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.
Videos, photos and presentations from the conference can be found on the Enhancement Themes website.
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:
- Moira Oliphant, Team Leader, Carers Policy Branch (Care Support and Rights) Scottish Government
- Andrew Law, Director, Open Media Unit, The Open University
- Caring Counts Launch: Lindsay Hewitt and Sarah Burton, Open University in Scotland; Louise Morgan, Scottish Young Carers Alliance; carer support workers Gavin Paterson and Emma Azzopardi; and carer Katrina MacLeod
- Gill Ryan, NHS Education for Scotland, EPIC
- Discovering pathways, communities and next steps with Open Badges, Grainne Hamilton, e-Assessment for JISC RSC Scotland
- Enabling student carers to access and succeed in Scotland’s Colleges, Sandy MacLean, College Development Network
- Reflection in practice: supporting new migrants and refugees into education, training and employment, and case studies, Maggie Lennon and Moira Dunworth, Bridges Programmes
- Carers learning journeys to higher education – feedback and reflection on the carers project in Wales, Gayle Hudson, Widening Access Manager, The Open University in Wales – Also available is: Pathways to Success in Higher Education
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 0131 5497175
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.
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.
Important strategy document launched – you can access it here.
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.
For an international view of enhancement and the engagement of the Scottish sector click here.
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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: