Jul 29 2014

New OER – Caring Counts

Caring Counts is a self-reflection and planning course developed with and for carers. Working with carers and carer’s organisations, The Open University in Scotland has developed a badged free online course to support carers to reflect on their caring journey and identify the skills and abilities they have gained and continue to gain in their caring role.

The course features the stories and experiences of a range of carers from very diverse backgrounds and caring circumstances, who share their lives in text and on film. Users have the option of completing a series of quizzes to gain a digital badge marking their achievement in completing the course.

This course is for carers of any age and at any stage in their life or caring role, it is flexible and adaptable to fit into your training and support programmes.

As well as helping carers recognise and value their skills and experiences and suggest opportunities for learning and other ideas for personal development, the course includes detailed information about career planning for those thinking about employment, or those thinking about returning to work and/or study that they may have had to put on hold.

Learners can gain a Caring Counts digital badge which recognises their learning through completing online quizzes that lead to a digital badge that acknowledges successful course completion. Digital badges are a useful way of demonstrating participation and recognising informal learning.

The OU in Scotland are working with a range of partners at national and local levels to support carers and carers centre staff to make full use of the course as well as to develop professionals’ knowledge and understanding of carers’ experiences.

You are welcome to explore the course and share details about it with others, or talk to the course team about opportunities for training and development and how they might be able to support you to make the best use of this free online resource.

Caring Counts is available at www.open.edu/openlearnworks/course/view.php?id=1688

The Open University supports carers in a range of ways, which you can read about in this leaflet designed for carers http://www.open.ac.uk/blogs/LearnDevDist/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/OU_Carers_2014.pdf – the OU in Scotland are sending copies of this leaflet to carers centres across Scotland.

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Jun 25 2014

2014 Enhancement Themes Conference

Videos, photos and presentations from the conference can be found on the Enhancement Themes website.

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Jun 18 2014

Caring Counts Symposium 9 June 2014

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the launch of the Open University’s free online course for carers:  Caring Counts: A reflection and planning course for carers (available July)
Caring Roles: Learning Lives, 9 June, CitizenM, Glasgow
The links below take you to presentations and material shared at the launch event in order of their presentation:

Read the article in The Scotsman that accompanied the launch (NB Caring Counts is designed for young adult and adult carers).

Download Flexible Study Opportunities for Carers leaflet

Contact Lindsay Hewitt at The Open University in Scotland lindsay.hewitt@open.ac.uk 0131 5497175


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Jun 10 2014

Caring Counts

An inspirational launch of the new Open Educational Resource for Carers in Glasgow yesterday.  Lindsay Hewitt has written about the context of the resource in the Scotsman.

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Jun 04 2014

Publication of Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce

The final report from the Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce, led by Ian Wood, has now been published – you can find it here.

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May 31 2014

What do we know about Open Educational Practice that supports widening access to HE?

This paper exploring the challenges for using Open Educational Resources to widen participation in Higher Education was presented at the OU in Scotland’s Learning and Teaching mini-conference.

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May 22 2014

Adult Learning in Scotland

Important strategy document launched – you can access it here.

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May 15 2014

Care sector work-based learning case study

In 2008, the Open University in Scotland (OUiS) responded to a request from Scottish Care (the representative body for private and voluntary Care Homes, Care at Home and Housing Support services in Scotland), to support the development of management and leadership skills for supervisors within the social services workforce. Senior social care workers in residential units are required by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) to hold a supervisory qualification of at least 15 credits at level 7 of the Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework (SCQF). To meet this request, the University adapted the generic Faculty of Business and Law Course, Managing in the Workplace  (B121) to ensure that it was fit for purpose for the relevant staff employed in residential care. In 2009, an OUiS bid to the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) for Skills Utilisation funding was successful. This seemed an ideal opportunity to develop this work further, focusing in particular on employer engagement. The work was informed by dialogue with a wide range of social services staff and designed to further enhance the learning experience and relevance for those studying the module.  A report can be found here.

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May 13 2014

Quality Enhancement in South Africa

For an international view of enhancement and the engagement of the Scottish sector click here.

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May 07 2014

Why Internships Matter

Internships and work placements are a key way of enhancing student employability. But how can these best be developed and supported by universities? Who can access them? And what are the benefits to employers and students?

Martha recently presented insights from Third Sector Internships Scotland at the SRHE workshop on this topic.

Her presentation can be found here:

Links to the working paper and statistical updates related to TSIS are available here:

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