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Learning online is one of the great advantages of information technology. This unit will help you establish a safe and comfortable working environment to ensure that your study time at the computer screen does not impact on your health. It also looks at the basic skills for online study, such as file management and installing software.

This module is being developed to facilitate the acquisition of number skills for prospective candidates wishing to enter Health and Social Care Programmes.

Effective communication is the key to a successful presentation. This unit will provide you with a systematic approach to develop the necessary skills. It is important to understand that effective presentation skills can be practised and learned. It is the content of your presentation, and the simple delivery of clear and reasoned arguments, which will help you to achieve your objectives.
Learning how to learn: a process we all engage in throughout our lives, but no single method of learning guarantees success. This unit aims to make the process of learning much more explicit by inviting you to apply various ideas and activities to your own study as a way of increasing your awareness of your own learning. Most learning has to be an active process – and this is particularly true of learning how to learn.
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You're about to start a course in science and technology and you're wondering whether your level of maths is going to be enough to get you through. This unit will show you how to reflect on what you know, identify which skills you might need for your course, and help you to learn those skills using worked examples and activities.
We constantly need to find and use information, not only in the academic world but also in the course of our everyday lives and work. This unit will take you through the process of finding information from various sources, organising it effectively and citing it when necessary.
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You’d like to step back and take stock on your career and life to date, and decide which way your life should be going. This unit is a companion unit to the Career and life planning unit and concentrates on searching and applying for jobs, and preparing for and being successful at interviews. You’ll also find out more about different selection methods used by employers to find the right person for the job.
You’d like to step back and take stock on your career and life to date, and decide which way your life should be going. This workbook allows you to review your current situation so that you can make informed and considered plans for the future.

If working with people, products and money sounds exciting to you, explore the world of retail.  Get hands-on training in stocking pricing, cashiering, merchandising, and customer service. Come see what's in store!

You can learn...stocking, inventory and display, sales and customer service skills, Retail math and cash register operations, workplace safety, retail merchandising, how to operate a coffee/espresso maker and popcorn machine, Virtual Business software

In this course students will learn how to use audio recorders and editing software.  They will create audio segments which later will be included in a class created podcast.

This a course under construction which will be provided to the GEOSS project for other teachers to utilize. The course is designed with two goals in mind 1. to provide sample resources about acceptable use and internet safety that could be utilized in the classroom, and 2. to provide additional resources for teachers looking to teach better research practices to their students. For more info just shoot Joe Thibault an email.

This course is an orientation to school that will also serve as a Continuous Learning Plan for all students enrolled.

A 5 week course aimed at Y7 students in which they create digital storybook and turn this into an audiobook.


Unit 26: Computer Animation

Computer Animation is used for the web, games and other software. 3D graphics are used more and more but only 2D are required for this unit.

As with all computer applications you must first identify the need, specific requirements and constraints before building the solution.

We plan to use Macromedia Flash as our main development tool but we will also experiment with Blender and other design packages.

On completion of this you should:

1 Understand the origins and types of animation

2 Be able to use software techniques used in animation

3 Be able to plan, create and review an animation using digital methods.

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Welcome to Self-Hosting a Website with Wordpress!

In this course you will purchase a domain name, set up your computer as a server, set up and style a Wordpress blog, create posts on your blog, and comment on other students' posts.

Blogging is a way to connect with people all over the world who share the same ideas you do.

Upon completion of this class, you will be able to help others get started with their Wordpress blogs, and maybe even discover a new career path!

Learn the principles of network security and systems. 

Computers are all around us: in cars, kitchen scales, digital cameras, etc. But how do they store the data they hold? This unit will help you to understand how the data in a computer represents something in the outside world. You will also explore how ASCII code and Unicode are used to control data.
Computers and processors are ubiquitous in everyday life, and they're not only found in your PC. This unit introduces the different parts of computer systems and their use of binary code. Using the examples of kitchen scales, a digital camera and a computer artwork the unit, with the help of flowcharts, discusses how computers process data and instructions .
Modern society is often referred to as 'the information society' - but how can we make sense of all the information we are bombarded with? In this unit, you will learn how to interpret, and in some cases create, visual representations of data and information that help us to see things in a different way.
The World Wide Web is a vast information resource. This unit will provide you with the foundation skills to use search engines confidently to locate both information and images on the Web. You will also learn how to critically assess and reference the information you have found for study purposes.
www……..gov.uk You can now access government directly through the web. E-government in action. While studying this unit you look at the scope of e-government, the databases that are necessary, the use of biometrics in identification and verification of identity and assess the usability and accessibility of websites.
To develop as an independent, confident learner you will need to learn the study skills involved in reading articles, taking notes and summarising the information that you have obtained from an article. The unit explores the use of the Web as a resource for keeping up to date, looking in particular at how to assess material available online.

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) systems now dominate our everyday lives. This unit will explain what constitutes such a system and how ICT systems work. You will also look at how ICT systems convey, store and manipulate data, and how they process data. Finally you will learn how these systems are used.

We now live in a global village where distance in no longer a barrier to commercial or social contact. This unit will enable you to gain an understanding of the information and communication technologies that drive our networked world and how they now permeate our everyday lives.
Are you a technophobe? Bluetooth, Ethernet WiFi – are they terms that mean nothing to you? This unit will gently guide you to an understanding of how devices 'talk' to each other and what technologies and processes are involved. You will also look at wired and wireless communication technologies, introducing you to some of the key methods involved.
The materials we are providing correspond to the first module of T171 You, your computer and the net. T171 was the first Open University course to be developed and presented over the Web.
If you have no idea how your computer works, then this unit is for you. You will learn the basic operating principles and what the various components do. The unit will explain what factors affect the power of a computer and what the difference is between mainframes and PCs. A gentle introduction to the workings of a computer.

These three open source graphics and desktop publishing tools are free to use and redistribute. Learn to use them in this self-guided set of tutorials.

Models are mechanisms for communication. This unit looks at what a model is and what the process of modelling is about. The techniques discussed here are applicable to a wide range of systems and have one thing in common: they are all commonly used diagramming techniques. The five techniques are: data flow diagrams, use case modelling, activity diagrams, entity–relationship diagrams and state machines.
What is ‘e-commerce’? This unit will look at typical application areas including the internet, supply chain management and online auctions. It will also help you to understand the underlying technologies used to implement e-commerce applications before looking at some of the problems that can be encountered when developing distributed e-commerce systems.
No idea how relational database systems are constructed? Did you know that they underpin the majority of the managed data storage in computer systems? This unit has been designed to give you an overview of the developmental lifecycle for a database system, explaining the importance of data analysis and highlighting how database development differs from traditional software development.
This unit will help you to understand the forms of data that are handled by software and look at the various processes that can be applied to the data. These ideas are demonstrated through the use of a supermarket till and illustrate how simple data sets can be manipulated.
How do you model a software system? This unit will help you to work through the processes necessary to produce a conceptual model, by analysing the requirements document to identify classes and associations appropriate for modelling the system domain, together with their respective attributes and multiplicities.
Ever wondered how a computer processes data into information? This unit will help you to understand the distinction between the two and examines how a computer-based society impacts on daily life. You will learn what computers can do with data to produce information and how computers can be used to work with data and search for it, control machines, and support commercial operations.
The internet provides a world of information, but how do you find what you are looking for? This unit will help you discover the meaning of information quality and teach you how to evaluate the material you come across. You will learn how to plan your searches effectively and be able to experiment with some of the key resources in this area.
ICDL Concepts (ICT)This course gives you a general understanding of the basic all-round concepts of computers and everyday software commonly in use, as well as some of the main security issues, health issues and legal issues relating to Information Technology.

Ever wondered how a computer processes data into information? This unit will help you to understand the distinction between the two and examines how a computer-based society impacts on daily life. You will learn what computers can do with data to produce information and how computers can be used to work with data and search for it, control machines, and support commercial operations.

In this course you will learn the steps necessary for preparing and writing professional business plans.  This course includes many examples of plans that were awarded funding by the agencies they were presented to.  Doing a concise and well thought out business plan is the difference between failure and success.  In this course you will learn "how to plan your work so that you can work your plan".

This course covers the mechanisms, procedures, concepts and other aspects of international trade and commerce from the perspective of exporting and the business of exporting.

This unit provides you with a set of ideas for developing your approach to managing your own work – what we might call ‘self-management’. In order to do this, we will examine some of the key processes of management decision making – allocating time, staff, physical and financial resources: prioritising and problem solving and monitoring performance.
This unit examines CSR in the global context, the business case for it beyond the goal of good publicity, and also the factors that influence it.
This unit examines how companies and individual designers have established a distinctive profile and have invested much of their creativity towards Sustainable Product Design (SPD).
This unit will outline the concept of sustainable product innovation, explore the benefits of ‘green’ designs and examine the social-take up of such approaches.
This unit examines the development of eco-business practice and local eco-business communities and will outline the public, participatory and inclusive imperitives.
This unit examines the number of challenges associated with personal and organisational learning.
This unit examines CSR in the global context, the business case for it beyond the goal of good publicity, and also the factors that influence it.
This unit explores the concept of the triple bottom line and the take-up of this philosophy in business. It also covers the value base of this approach in underpinning Sustainable Development.
Concern for the environment is playing a major role in society nationally and internationally. Transboundary issues such as acid rain, ozone layer depletion and global warming have assisted in placing environmental issues firmly in our consciousness. This unit examines some of these issues.
This unit uses SWOT and PEST analysis and SMART targets models to help you to identify your current market position, identify your customer’s needs and plan for future changes.
Have you ever wondered what ‘management’ means? What kinds of ideas and activities are involved? What or who makes a good manager? Or a bad one? This unit provides a taste of the Open University's Understanding management course which could point you towards some of the answers to these questions.
>Conducting market research can involve employing both quantitative and qualitative research models. This unit gives an overview of both and how they can be used effectively to investigate your customer service levels.
Customer service is key to the success of every salon. This unit compares customer service with customer care and raises awareness of current legislations in relation to service industries.
In management the ability to communicate clearly and confidently is of key importance. This unit looks at the role of language in management communication, and helps you identify areas of English language you may need to develop for work or when studying for a managment qualification such as an MBA. It includes reading, writing, listening and speaking activities based on material related to the field of management, and encourages you to relate these to your own work context.
The power of graphics should not the underestimated. They can express information clearly and simply. This unit will help you to assess which style of graphic to use in different situations.
What is your experience of work and what did you learn from this experience? This unit will enable you to reflect upon what you have learned from work and support you in improving how you learn at work. It will encourage you to think critically about work-based learning and review your own professional knowledge and skills.
Do you hate making decisions? Does the ability of others to make snap decisions really frustrate you? This unit will help you understand some of the processes involved in decision making. Attention to the psychology of decision making and the social context in which decisions are made can improve your understanding of others and yourself.
Have you ever wanted to start your own business? This unit will give you the opportunity to consider and reflect on the personal aspects involved in transforming an innovative idea into an entrepreneurial product. You will also learn how to identify the requirements for building an appropriate entrepreneurial team.
This unit will examine the particular issues that arise in bringing a project to a close, and ways of evaluating a project on its completion. The key components of project closure will be identified and discussed and their importance in ensuring that the aims and objectives of a project have been successfully attained will be explored. After studying this unit, you will be able to plan an effective project closure.
The importance of managing people for the success of a project cannot be underestimated. This unit identifies the groups and individuals whose appropriate involvement in a project is important for its success, and considers the ways in which their contribution might be maximised.
Gantt charts, critical path analysis, SMART objectives and estimation skills are just some of the topics covered in this unit to help you understand how to plan for a project. You will gain an appreciation of the range of planning techniques available and the situations in which it is appropriate to use them.
Managing projects is something most managers will find themselves doing at some point in their career. This unit aims to provide an overview of the features of a project and the issues that arise in managing a project.
Revenue, profit and loss, balance sheets – are these accounting terms that intimidate you? This unit will help you to understand the very basics of accounting, from its historical beginnings to the objectives of modern day accountants. You will learn how an accountant in business balances conflicting demands to maximise market share and profit.
This unit explores team working from start to finish. It looks at how successful teams are created, roles within a team, the life cycle of a team, how to manage conflict within teams and evaluating team performance.
If you've ever been involved in campaigning for change, you probably know that getting the desired result is much harder than it seems. Moreover, the decision to campaign on a particular issue can expose tensions and cracks within an organisation itself. This unit explores effective approaches to campaigning.
Legacy fundraising, big-gift seeking are all part of the professional fundraiser's role. This unit will help you to gain the skills necessary to persuade individuals to become donors. How do you change people's ideas about methods of giving, moving them from casual street donations to regular direct debit giving?
Does the recruitment and selection process fill you with dread? Discrimination and equal opportunities legislation can make this area feel like a minefield. If you are faced with appointing a new employee, then this unit will provide a straight-forward guide to the process: from writing job descriptions to finally assessing who to appoint.

Disney and Google are just two companies renowned for their ‘business culture’. Have you ever wondered why the company you work for is different from others? This unit explores how the concept of culture developed to the point where it is now possible to see and (feel) the difference between companies.

Human rights now seem to take precedent over many areas of our lives, but where do these rights come from and how did they develop? This unit looks at the impact of the European Convention on Human Rights and its influence on law in the UK and examines the Human Rights Act 1998.
Rules affect us all, and the way they are made and interpreted could effect how we live. This unit explores how we could interpret and apply rules, and provides you with a basic understanding of rules and rule making within the English legal system.
This unit examines the relationship of International Economic Law and International Environmental Law within the context of multilateral trading.
In this unit we will examine the role and the influence of competition law and theory within the context of multilateral trading.
This unit is an introduction to the subject of International Economic Law. It includes a historical development of the subject and refers to the principal organisations related to International Economic Law.
This unit is an introduction to the subject of International Economic Law. It includes a historical development of the subject and refers to the principal organisations related to International Economic Law.
This unit concentrates on the relationship between development law and the role of the World Bank. In this context the unit briefly refers to the concept of sustainable development and it will evaluate the role of this concept within international trade.
This unit will explain the role of the International Monetary Fund with particular emphasis on the concepts of exchange rates, balance of payments and multilateral payments. In this context the efficiency of the IMF will likewise be evaluated.
This unit will explain the role of the International Monetary Fund with particular emphasis on the concepts of exchange rates, balance of payments and multilateral payments. In this context the efficiency of the IMF will likewise be evaluated.
This unit deals with the role and the functions of the World Trade Organization (WTO). It will critically address the salient agreements regulated by the WTO as well as outline the institutional structure within which the WTO functions. The unit will finish with an exploration under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and the WTO Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures.
This unit deals with the role and the functions of the World Trade Organization (WTO). It will critically address the salient agreements regulated by the WTO as well as outline the institutional structure within which the WTO functions. The unit will finish with an exploration under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and the WTO Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures.
This unit is an introduction to the subject of International Economic Law. It includes a historical development of the subject and refers to the principal organisations related to International Economic Law.

These sets of courses are a complete study required for all ECI business development officers.  This is a certified course requiring testing and lab work.

Orchestra Introductory Lessons

This unit provides an introduction to music theory pitched at a level equivalent to Grades 1-3 of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music theory exams. The material will provide you with an understanding of such basic building blocks of music notation as music staves, clefs, rhythmic and pitch values, rhythmic metre and time signatures. You can test your understanding as you proceed by completing simple multiple-choice questions.
Have you always wanted to write, but never quite had the courage to start? This unit will give you an insight into how authors create their characters and the settings for their work. You will also be able to look at the different genres for fiction.
This course looks at how aspects of learning may be supported and enhanced through the use of digital games. Computer, digital or video digital games are increasingly being incorporated into teaching and learning as educational resources. The focus of this course is a project that you will carry out in your teaching and learning setting.
This course is designed to support you in carrying out a project in KS4 in an aspect of e-safety. It is supported by a range of resources and activities to provide ideas and stimuli for the project. You will plan, carry out and reflect on the project with the guidance of a facilitator and in discussion with others.
This course is designed to support you in carrying out a project in KS2 in an aspect of e-safety. It is supported by a range of resources and activities to provide ideas and stimuli for the project. You will plan, carry out and reflect on the project with the guidance of a facilitator and in discussion with others.
This course is designed to support you in carrying out a project in KS1 in an aspect of e-safety. It is supported by a range of resources and activities to provide ideas and stimuli for the project. You will plan, carry out and reflect on the project with the guidance of a facilitator and in discussion with others.
This course is designed to support you in carrying out a project in KS2 in an aspect of assessing ICT. It is supported by a range of resources and activities to provide ideas and stimuli for the project. You will plan, carry out and reflect on the project with the guidance of a facilitator and in discussion with others.
This course is designed to support you in carrying out a project in KS1 in an aspect of assessing ICT. It is supported by a range of resources and activities to provide ideas and stimuli for the project. You will plan, carry out and reflect on the project with the guidance of a facilitator and in discussion with others.
This course is designed to support you in carrying out a project in KS3 in an aspect of teaching ICT. It is supported by a range of resources and activities to provide ideas and stimuli for the project. You will plan, carry out and reflect on the project with the guidance of a facilitator and in discussion with others.
This course is designed to support you in carrying out a project in KS2 in an aspect of teaching ICT. It is supported by a range of resources and activities to provide ideas and stimuli for the project. You will plan, carry out and reflect on the project with the guidance of a facilitator and in discussion with others.
This course has been produced in conjunction with UKLA. It is designed to support you in carrying out a project in KS2 in an aspect of writing using multimodal approaches. It is supported by a range of resources and activities to provide ideas and stimuli for the project. You will plan, carry out and reflect on the project with the guidance of a facilitator and in discussion with others.
This course has been produced in conjunction with UKLA. It is designed to support you in carrying out a project in KS1 in an aspect of writing using multimodal approaches. It is supported by a range of resources and activities to provide ideas and stimuli for the project. You will plan, carry out and reflect on the project with the guidance of a facilitator and in discussion with others.

Free online services can be used in educational contexts to share documents with learners and colleagues. This course introduces Microsoft Office Live and Google docs and is suitable for practitioners working in Primary and Secondary schools.

This course looks at how to find digital resources that you can legally use in your work, including any related copyright issues. It is suitable for practitioners working in Primary and Secondary schools.
In this unit of the Diploma learners will explore the potential of technology in a business context. This Secondary course, which focuses on how technology is used as part of the John Lewis retail lifecycle, demonstrates how to use the e-skills resources to deliver the unit.
This course explores how to use blogs to support teaching and curriculum-based activities, by helping Secondary school students make contributions and share knowledge and ideas.
This course explores how to use wikis to support collaborative learning projects in Secondary schools. It is a basic introduction to wikis. If you would like to understand more about, and how to add images, upload video and other media, our Learning together: developing wikis (V01s) course will be more suitable.
This course explores how to use wikis to support collaborative learning projects in Primary schools. It is a basic introduction to wikis. If you would like to understand more about, and how to add images, upload video and other media, our Sharing ideas: developing wikis (V01p) course will be more suitable.
In this unit of the Diploma learners develop an understanding of how organisations operate. This Secondary course will show you how to use the associated e-skills teaching and learning resources to help improve understanding and will give ideas and advice on how to engage employers with the Diploma.
In this unit of the Diploma, learners develop an understanding of contemporary digital media and how it applies to communication and entertainment. This Secondary course will show you how to use the e-skills teaching and learning resources for this course to deliver the module in 60 teaching hours.
Wikipedia is the largest encyclopedia in the world and an invaluable learning resource. This course, suited to Primary or Secondary practitioners, explores how to create and maintain pages, and how learners can use the site to add value to their own work and collaborative projects.
Installing a learning platform or VLE is as much about changing culture and processes as it is about new technology. This course will help Secondary senior leaders get more value from their learning platform, by understanding how it can benefit their school and by giving them time to successfully implement it.
Installing a learning platform or VLE is as much about changing culture and processes as it is about new technology. This course will help Primary senior leaders get more value from their learning platform, by understanding how it can benefit their school and giving them the tools to successfully implement it.
Starting with the basic principles of blogs and blogging, this Secondary course looks at their use within education and how they can be used to improve teaching and learning.
Starting with the basic principles of blogs and blogging, this Primary course looks at their use within education and how they can be used to improve teaching and learning.
When used properly, wikis are powerful tools that enable sharing of information and knowledge. This Secondary course explores how they can be used in the classroom to improve teaching and learning and enable collaboration on group projects. You will either use a wiki on your school’s learning platform or, if this is not available to you, we will explain how to sign up to use one of the free online wiki services.
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