29 Jun 2015

New course to signpost wealth of resources for those who want to learn at work

New online guide

New online guide

New course to signpost wealth of resources for those who want to learn at work

A new Open University online guide is being launched to point employees in the right direction for free learning in the workplace

A free badged course is being introduced by The Open University (OU) aimed at improving opportunities for work-based learning.

The OpenLearn Learner Guide is a free 10-hour badged course which provides a gateway for facilitators and in turn employees, to a wealth of free resources and learning materials on the OU’s OpenLearn pages.

OpenLearn offers around 11,000 hours of materials including interactives, videos, academic blogs and podcasts from Open University courses on a wide range of subjects, from arts and literature to science and politics.

This new online course is intended for learning facilitators, such as Union Learning Representatives (ULRs), Workers Education Association (WEA) tutors and anyone else involved in signposting learning opportunities in the workplace. It will help users to develop the skills to sign up to and navigate OpenLearn and introduce the platform’s main features and resources. It will also offer facilitators the chance to experience studying an OpenLearn free course themselves, whilst giving them the skills and information for further studying opportunities to share with learners.

The importance of adult learning has been highlighted by the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) in their recent report Raising the Productive Potential of the Economy which focuses attention on the learning needs of low paid workers and those with disabilities. NIACE calls for action by the Government to avoid what it calls a “productivity crisis” and seeks a transformation of the employment and skills system.

Director of the OU’s Centre for Inclusion and Collaborative Partnerships Dr Liz Marr said: “There is a real need for relevant, affordable and easily-accessible learning for adults in the workplace. Finding such resources is not always easy so this free course has been designed primarily to aid navigation. At the same time it can open up so many opportunities for employees to improve and develop their skills, while being of benefit to employers too.”

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