Episode 3: The Educators

Sarah Montague

Sarah Montague © BBC

The third episode of The Educators, an eight part series presented by Sarah Montague is scheduled for broadcast this Wednesday 27th August at 16:00 on BBC Radio 4.

The BBC and The Open University have come together to explore the ideas of people whose influence extends from students to governments. Is there a proven model for good schools and teaching? Can potential be unlocked in any student, at any age? Do we value and measure the most important skills? And can children be the best teachers of other children?

This series discusses these and many other issues on a global scale with various pioneers of education.

Episode 3: Tony Little
Broadcasting Wednesday 27th August – 16:00

Eton College in Berkshire is one of the world’s most famous schools. With so many of its old boys having distinguished careers, an Eton education carries the expectation of success.

The school’s name has also become a cultural shorthand for influence, privilege and wealth.
Tony Little became headmaster in 2002. A former pupil of the school, he talks to Sarah Montague about how Eton gets results, and whether there’s anything in the ethos and practice that could apply to all schools.

He believes a British education is uniquely rich and varied, with much of the value being outside the classroom, but fears it is being eroded by an age of measurement. Nineteen British prime ministers have been educated at Eton, alongside notable writers, actors and scientists. Tony Little says it asks something of all the boys there. “If they’ve done it, why not you?”

This episode will also be repeated on Monday 1st September at 00:15

Further Info

If you missed the previous episode you can still catch up:

Take a look at The Open University’s Education, Childhood and Youth prospectus for details on courses and qualifications surrounding this subject, and has particular relevance to:

There is also lots of content in connection with the series and relevant subject areas on OpenLearn.  Find out more now

John Sinton - Broadcast Project Manager

John Sinton - Broadcast Project Manager

John Sinton
Broadcast Project Manager
Open Media Unit

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Episode 2: Everyday Miracles

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The second episode of Everyday Miracles, a two part series presented by Professor Mark Miodownick who looks at the objects we take for granted, both in the home and in the wider world – revealing them to be Everyday Miracles of modern life.is scheduled for broadcast this Tuesday 26th August at 21:00 on BBC 4.

The BBC and The Open University’s Maths, Computing and Technology faculty uncover the story of Everyday Miracles – the objects that define modern life, bringing us comfort, pleasure and power. Fascinating in their own right, none of them would be possible were it not for advances in the materials from which they’re made.

Episode 2: Away
Broadcasting Wednesday 26th August – 21:00

Professor Mark Miodownik continues his odyssey of the stuff of modern life. This time he looks at how materials have enabled us to indulge our curiosity about the world around us. To go further and travel faster. He looks at how the bicycle suddenly stirred our national gene pool, why we should all be grateful for exploding glass and what levitation has to do with discovering your inner self. On the road and in the lab with dramatic experiments, Mark reveals why the everyday and even the mundane is anything but.

This episode will also be repeated on Wednesday 27th August at 03:00 and Thursday 28th August at 23:10

Further Info

If you missed the previous episode you can still catch up:

Take a look at The Open University’s Engineering section for details on courses and qualifications surrounding this subject, and has particular relevance to:

There is also lots of content in connection with the series and relevant subject areas on OpenLearn.  Find out more now

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Open Media Unit

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Episode 2: The Educators

Sarah Montague

Sarah Montague © BBC

The second episode of The Educators, an eight part series presented by Sarah Montague is scheduled for broadcast this Wednesday 20th August at 16:00 on BBC Radio 4.

The BBC and The Open University have come together to explore the ideas of people whose influence extends from students to governments. Is there a proven model for good schools and teaching? Can potential be unlocked in any student, at any age? Do we value and measure the most important skills? And can children be the best teachers of other children? This series discusses these and many other issues on a global scale with various pioneers of education.

Episode 2: John Hattie
Broadcasting Wednesday 20th August – 16:00

What really works in schools and classrooms? How much difference can homework and class size make to a child’s ability? Sarah Montague interviews John Hattie, Professor of Education at the University of Melbourne and Chair of the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership. Over 20 years, he carried out one of the biggest pieces of education research, compiling studies from previous decades and comparing the effect they have on attainment and ability.

His work is ongoing, but the results show a league table of effectiveness. It reinforces things you might expect, such as the importance of teachers, but also offers some surprises that might have parents and teachers questioning their priorities.

This episode will also be repeated on Monday 25th August at 00:15

Further Info

If you missed the previous episode you can still catch up:

Take a look at The Open University’s Education, Childhood and Youth prospectus for details on courses and qualifications surrounding this subject, and has particular relevance to:

There is also lots of content in connection with the series and relevant subject areas on OpenLearn.  Find out more now

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John Sinton - Broadcast Project Manager

John Sinton
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Open Media Unit

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Episode 1: Everyday Miracles

Everyday Miracles © BBC

The first episode of Everyday Miracles, a two part series presented by Professor Mark Miodownick who looks at the objects we take for granted, both in the home and in the wider world – revealing them to be Everyday Miracles of modern life is scheduled for broadcast this Tuesday 19th August at 21:00 on BBC 4.

The BBC and The Open University’s Maths, Computing and Technology faculty uncover the story of Everyday Miracles – the objects that define modern life, bringing us comfort, pleasure and power. Fascinating in their own right, none of them would be possible were it not for advances in the materials from which they’re made.

Episode 1: Home
Broadcasting Tuesday 19th August – 21:00

Professor Mark Miodownik shows us what is so great about stuff. All the things of modern life around us that we maybe take for granted are revealed to be little pieces of domestic magic – everyday miracles – from razor blades to tights, via plywood and foam rubber. On the road and in the lab with explosive experiments, Mark reveals why the everyday and even the mundane is anything but.

This episode will also be repeated on Wednesday 20th August at 03:00 and Thursday 21st August at 23:00

Further Info

Take a look at The Open University’s Engineering section for details on courses and qualifications surrounding this subject, and has particular relevance to:

There is also lots of content in connection with the series and relevant subject areas on OpenLearn.  Find out more now

John Sinton - Broadcast Project Manager

John Sinton - Broadcast Project Manager

John Sinton
Broadcast Project Manager
Open Media Unit

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Episode 1: The Educators

Sarah Montague

Sarah Montague © BBC

The first episode of The Educators, an eight part series presented by Sarah Montague is scheduled for broadcast this Wednesday 13th August at 16:00 on BBC Radio 4.

The BBC and The Open University have come together to explore the ideas of people whose influence extends from students to governments. Is there a proven model for good schools and teaching? Can potential be unlocked in any student, at any age? Do we value and measure the most important skills? And can children be the best teachers of other children?

This series discusses these and many other issues on a global scale with various pioneers of education.

Episode 1: Sir Ken Robinson
Broadcasting Wednesday 13th August – 16:00

A talk for the online lecture series TED in 2006 launched Sir Ken Robinson’s ideas to a global audience. He spoke about creativity in schools for 20 minutes, and the video has been watched more than any other TED Talk, with 27 million views so far.

In conversation with Sarah Montague, he argues that modern teaching is a product of industrialisation, putting children through a factory model that prepares them for working life. But if we truly value innovation and creativity, why isn’t it taught?

For the programme, Sir Ken returns to the former Margaret Beavan Special School in Liverpool, where he spent his primary school years in the 1950s, after contracting polio at four years old.

He’s since advised governments and businesses around the world on how to harness creativity, and believes if schools were radically different, giving creative subjects equal status, children would find their true talents.

This episode will also be repeated on Monday 18th August at 00:15

Further Info

Take a look at The Open University’s Education, Childhood and Youth prospectus for details on courses and qualifications surrounding this subject, and has particular relevance to:

There is also lots of content in connection with the series and relevant subject areas on OpenLearn.  Find out more now

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John Sinton - Broadcast Project Manager

John Sinton
Broadcast Project Manager
Open Media Unit

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#FLForensic14: End of Week 8

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Issues of realism and ethics in witness research ©The Open University/iStockphoto.com/Rich Legg

Week 8, our final week of Forensic Psychology, the free FutureLearn course from The Open University is coming to a close, and we’ve had a brilliant last week.

Firstly don’t worry if you still need a bit more time to work, as the online content won’t be closing any time soon.

This week we brought everything we have learnt over the past few weeks together in the form of an assessment test before moving on to explore what lies ahead in the future for the Forensic Psychology field with new research that is being undertaken. This included eyewitness psychology and studies in reading minds and behaviour.

We looked at what issues of ethics and realism need to be addressed when undertaking research into witnesses and also took a look at Psychology and the field of Forensic Psychology as a whole.

Feedback:

We’re pleased to report that we’ve had fantastic feedback regarding this course, and the amount of online participation and interaction we have received during the discussions and activities has been a testament to the learners’ enjoyment.

Statement of Participation:

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So what now?

We hope that you have enjoyed this Forensic Psychology course and that what you have learnt has inspired you to study more about this fascinating subject.

On OpenLearn’s Taking it Further section there is a vast amount of information available for you to dig into at your own leisure to learn more. For instance, there is the Starting with Psychology OpenLearn unit, plus the associated ebook is also available as a free download from Google play – which also has lots of other free Open University ebooks that you may be interested in.

You might also like to visit The Open University’s Psychology channel on Audioboo where you can download free audio tracks on the subject for various different devices.
For those with an iPhone, check out the Psychology section on iTunes U for more great free downloads.

Some researchers allow public access to information regarding their work, such as the Forensic Cognition Research Group Facebook page and the Centre of Forensic Interviewing. Learners on the course have also added other useful resources that they have found during their studies which you might be interested in and you can find them here.

There are of course lots more free courses available on FutureLearn, so make sure you have a look there.

If perhaps you are thinking of studying formally, there are lots of courses and qualifications involving this subject, including a BSc in Forensic Psychology available from The Open University.

You can continue to post and search on Twitter using the #FLforensic14 hashtag, and please continue to follow @OUFreeLearning for the latest news, events and info about all the free learning available at The Open University.

And finally:

Once again – a big thank you for all of your hard work during the last few weeks, and of us here at The Open University hope that you have enjoyed this Forensic Psychology course.

All the best
The Open University MOOC Team

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#FLForensic14: End of Week 7

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We’re coming to the end of Week 7, the penultimate for Forensic Psychology, the free FutureLearn course from The Open University. We’ve had a great week with our learners piecing together the jigsaw of the crime – a real nail-biter!

The main subject this week was ‘Whodunnit?’

We started the week with looking at DI Bullet’s opinion of how the crime happened, and looked at his case for the prosecution. This then prompted a lively discussion about the defence case, and a quiz where the learners were asked to evaluate the evidence DI Bullet had gathered.

We then moved on to look at DS Sund’s opinion of what happened and also examined her prosecution case. Again, the learners were also asked to look at the case for the defence and evaluate DS Sund’s prosecution evidence.

We then studied which investigation produced the best results before discussing what our super sleuth learners had pieced together from the evidence and witness statements about what they thought had happened on the night of the crime, which prompted fascinating and extremely interesting comments and opinions in their online interactions.

The learners were then able to watch the crime take place and as to whether they were correct in their suspicions, whilst also comparing their final decision with that of the police.

But were they correct?

Next week:

In our final week of the course it’s all about conclusions. We draw on what we have learnt during the last few weeks and delve into new types of research that is being studied in psychological behaviour to do with crime and witnesses.

Other interesting stuff:

On OpenLearn’s Taking if further section this week make sure you have a look at Psychological profiling where Paul Britton, who is known as ‘The Real Cracker’ – being perhaps the UK’s leading psychological profiler, discusses how he got started on the subject.

Continue to search on Twitter using the #FLforensic14 hashtag for news and chat surrounding the course, plus follow @OUFreeLearning for the latest news, events and info about all the free learning available at The Open University.

Congratulations with what you’ve achieved so far on Forensic Psychology, and we hope that you enjoy Week 8.

The Open University MOOC Team

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Episode 9: The Bottom Line

The Bottom Line - Photo: © BBC

The Bottom Line - Photo: © BBC

The final episode of The Bottom Line presented by Evan Davis is scheduled for broadcast this Thursday 24th July at 20:30 on BBC Radio 4.

The BBC and The Open University’s Faculty of Business and Law have come together to discuss the big issues with top business leaders from Britain and around the world.

Episode 9: Recalls
Broadcasting Thursday 24th July – 20:30

Faulty children’s beds, mislabelled horsemeat burgers and exploding dishwashers are among the products recalled by companies in the UK to protect the health and safety of consumers. Evan Davis and guests discuss the process for recalling defective items and find out how quickly manufacturers and distributors must act. What are the logistics of getting back hundreds of thousands of products from consumers? And what impact does a recall have on a company’s reputation? Does it reassure or unnerve customers?

Guests:

Gerard Bos, Customer Relations Manager for UK and Ireland, Ikea
Chris Dee, Chief Operating Officer, E.H Booth
Vince Shiers, Managing Director, RQA Global

This episode will also be repeated on Saturday 26th July at 17:30

Further Info

If you missed the previous episodes you can still catch up and listen to them:

This series of The Bottom Line links into a number of modules in the Business Faculty:

There is also lots of content in connection with the series and relevant subject areas on OpenLearn.  Find out more now

John Sinton - Broadcast Project Manager

John Sinton - Broadcast Project Manager

John Sinton
Broadcast Project Manager
Open Media Unit

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#FLforensic14: End of Week 6

Collage of a white board with an eye and photos of suspects

Fair line ups © The Open University/iStockphoto.com/Rich Legg

Week 6 of Forensic Psychology is coming to a close and we’ve had another great week on this fantastic free FutureLearn course from The Open University.

The main subject this week has been all about visual identification.

Firstly we looked at the procedures used in identification, including identification parades and how, depending on the ways these are undertaken – such as presenting the line-up members all together or one at a time, can influence the actual accuracy of identification.

We then moved to examine why producing a verbal description of a suspect can be less accurate than forming a visual image, and how the phenomenon of unconscious transference works.

Our super sleuth learners were then given the opportunity to test their own identification skills in a series of scenarios from a crime using various procedures to analyse accuracy differences.

We examined DI Bullet and DS Sund’s investigation so far, analysing their ID parades with the suspects, which resulted in online discussions with learners and generated many interesting and insightful comments. We then looked at DI Bullet and DS Sund’s outcomes of their parades.

The question is – are they correct?

Next week:

Another exciting one – during Week 7, our penultimate week of Forensic Psychology, our main subject is ‘Whodunnit?’ We work through the detectives’ case solving analysis and their conclusions, whilst looking at both prosecution and defence cases with the learners evaluating DI Bullet and DS Sund’s prosecution evidence.

Other interesting stuff:

There was a brilliant Facebook live chat on Thursday 17th July with Dr Catriona Havard inviting questions and discussing the subject of whether children make poorer witnesses compared to adults, and what technologies have been developed by researchers in order to help obtain eyewitness evidence from children.
Lots of great questions, responses and interactions went on during this live chat – and if you didn’t get chance to join in, you can view it here.

On OpenLearn’s Taking if further section this week there is even more information on the topics covered this week, enabling you to dig into those subjects a bit further.

You can have a look at Graham Pike discussing how different lines of questioning and stress can affect ability to remember clearly in Identification evidence,or check out Changing faces showing how he contributed to the development of EFIT-V, a tool to produce images quickly of criminal suspects.

Don’t forget to have a search on Twitter using the #FLforensic14 course hashtag for news and chat, plus make sure you are following @OUFreeLearning for the latest news, events and info about all The Open University’s free learning content.

It’s all hotting up now as we get closer to solving the crime, so the very best of luck for Week 7 of Forensic Psychology.

The Open University MOOC Team

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Episode 8: The Bottom Line

The Bottom Line - Photo: © BBC

The Bottom Line - Photo: © BBC

The eighth of nine episodes of a new series The Bottom Line presented by Evan Davis is scheduled for broadcast this Thursday 17th July at 20:30 on BBC Radio 4.

The BBC and The Open University’s Faculty of Business and Law have come together to discuss the big issues with top business leaders from Britain and around the world.

Episode 8: Location, Disruption, Location
Broadcasting Thursday 17th July – 20:30

Civil war in Sierra Leone, political unrest in Ukraine, the Japanese tsunami and Hurricane Sandy on the east coast of the US – three guests tell Evan Davis how they led businesses through periods of unexpected and extended turmoil.

Guests :

Steve Burridge, Business Continuity Manager, Arrow Electronics
Bryan Disher, Ukraine Country Manager, PWC
Mary Hodges, Co-owner Bennimix

This episode will also be repeated on Saturday 19th July at 17:30

Further Info

If you missed the previous episodes you can still catch up and listen to them:

This series of The Bottom Line links into a number of modules in the Business Faculty:

There is also lots of content in connection with the series and relevant subject areas on OpenLearn.  Find out more now

John Sinton - Broadcast Project Manager

John Sinton - Broadcast Project Manager

John Sinton
Broadcast Project Manager
Open Media Unit

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