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Call for content: Narratives of Death, Grief and Loss during Covid-19

Close up of a woman's face. She is wearing a surgical mask and staring into the distance. A tear is running down her face. A team of academics from the Faculty of WELS are creating a book to capture first-hand accounts of loss during the pandemic, that reflect the things which have challenged us, and those which have helped us to cope, and are inviting submissions from the OU family.

9th February 2021

Applauding apprenticeships: National Apprenticeship Week 2021

A social work degree apprenticeship student making study notes

From 8 – 14 February, The Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies will be shining a spotlight on our apprenticeships to mark the 14th annual National Apprenticeship Week. For over 50 years, it has been the OU’s mission to open up education for all.  Since our first degree apprenticeships launched in 2016, our apprenticeship offer has continued to expand.

8th February 2021

SAGE learning materials adopted by the Zimbabwe Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education

Four female participants in the Zimbabwean SAGE project are shown sitting in a line,

Up to two million out-of-school learners will benefit from new learning materials now approved by the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education in Zimbabwe.

5th February 2021

WELS assists FIFA in creating Safeguarding in Sport Diploma

A football coach is crouched down with a stopwatch in one hand and a blue clipboard in the other. He is observing a football player who is kicking a ball around some cones. We can only see the player's legs and feet. A team from the OU's Faculty of WELS and FIFA have today announced the launch of the FIFA Guardians Safeguarding in Sport Diploma – a major new global education programme designed to strengthen and professionalise safeguarding standards across football.

28th January 2021

Exploring participation of young citizen scientists: The case of iNaturalist

Two young girls in a field. They're crouching down, looking closely at something small hidden in the grassCitizen science researchers at The Open University's Institute of Educational Technology (IET) have made recommendations to National History Museums to improve how young people can be supported to engage in structured learning when at field-based events and in remote, home settings.

27th January 2021

Embracing blended research methods

Senior Research Fellow Dr Alison Buckler spoke to Times Higher Education on how the pandemic has forced researchers to consider alternative research methods.

25th January 2021

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

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Jul 14

Diversity and social justice in language learning, teaching and research: bringing theory and practice together

Thursday, July 14, 2022 - 09:00 to Friday, July 15, 2022 - 17:00

Online - Zoom

Contact: Organising Team

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