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Sustainable Development Goals through the eyes of 17-year-olds

The Project 17 logo has text PROJECT 17 against a pink background with coloured circles around it.Project 17, a new radio series from the BBC World Service and The Open University, hears from seventeen 17-year-olds on whether the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals are making progress in addressing the issues relevant to them and their communities.

21st January 2021

New IET report highlights trends in online and blended learning

An asian student wears a virtual reality (VR) headset over his glasses and imagines holding a digital globe up in front of his face. The OU logo and Beijing Foreign Studies University logos appear at the top of the image.‘Enriched realities’ and ‘Using chatbots in learning’ are two of the top ten new approaches to learning and teaching, according to this year’s Innovating Pedagogy 2021 report, co-authored by colleagues in The Open University’s Institute of Educational Technology (IET).

13th January 2021

Homeschooling project to inspire hope and celebrate BAME diversity

Group of young children reading a book with a grown up.A homeschooling project, lead by WELS academics and geared towards inspiring hope and celebrating Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) diversity, has been awarded funding from the OU’s COVID-19 Rapid Response fund.

13th January 2021

Enhancing the impact of technologies for hospice residents

Two hands are pictured in focus with the background blurred. The older hand is being held by a younger one. Dr Verina Waights, in collaboration with Willen Hospice, has received funding to enhance the use of technologies in a hospice; piloting and evaluating the use of digital technologies to enhance communications for service users and their families during the pandemic.

13th January 2021

Support for social workers during COVID-19

Joe Hanley, Social Work Lecturer, is leading a project to support social workers during the pandemic, piloting free online CPD to rapidly upskill social workers.

7th January 2021

Promoting Resilience and Wellbeing through co-Design (PRIDE): The PRIDE Rainbow Toolkit Project

teenage boy sits overlooking a field. He's wearing a hooded sweatshirt and facing away from the camera. He's wearing headphones and looking at his phoneDr Mathijs Lucassen, in conjunction with Professor Louise Wallace and Dr Raj Samra, has been awarded a grant from the Public Health Intervention Development (PHIND) Scheme to co-design an online rainbow wellbeing toolkit to promote wellbeing and resilience in LGBTQ+ adolescents.

5th January 2021

Language Toolkit wins 2020 Fred Mulder Award for Best Open Practice

A group of colleagues from the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics (LAL) has developed a free toolkit, ‘Moving your language learning online’ which has received a Best Open Educational Practice award by GO-GN.

16th December 2020

Jo's story: from Access course to first class graduate

Portrait photograph of OU graduate Jo. She's facing the camera and smiling. In the background you can just see blue balloonsHealth and Social Care graduate Jo had to leave school after her O-Levels, to help support her family. Following a conversation with a colleague, she was inspired to pursue an Access course with the OU, which she describes as a 'game-changer'. She shared her OU journey with us. 

11th December 2020

Research funding win to improve education in Africa

Four Ghanaian children (three boys and one girl) are sitting in a large pink play car. They're smiling and one of the boys is holding a tablet.A research project, led by Professor Kwame Akyeampong, which takes a play-based approach to learning to improve education in early years education in Africa, has received $500,000 CAD in funding.

11th December 2020

Reports call for more support for people with learning disabilities

two friends, one male, one female, with a learning disability watch a digital tablet together, whilst seated at a table. Two reports on the effect of COVID-19 on people with learning disabilities launched on 10 December. Carried out by the Social History of Learning Disability (SHLD) research group with the Faculty of WELS) the research focuses on lessons learned during COVID-19 that can help shape how support for people with learning disabilities can be better organised and better funded.

9th December 2020

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