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Teaching OU courses in-house

The in-house teaching scheme is an innovative initiative developed by The Open University, in which we capitalise on internal expertise and help to build internal capability. Through partnership, high quality learning opportunities from The OU can take place in workplaces and community settings in exciting and effective ways, to meet the needs of individuals, employers, organisations and communities.

Under the scheme, which has been running since 1997, an employer identifies suitably qualified members of staff to fulfil an OU Associate Lecturer role and support the learning and assessment of an OU course delivered in-house. Students receive a contextualised and enhanced learning experience.

The in-house teaching scheme has a track record of developing people and helping management to meet strategic aims in a variety of contexts across a range of sectors and settings.

Examples: Glasgow City Council social work degree programme

​Glasgow City Council delivers OU module in Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care

Glasgow City Council delivers OU module in Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care

  • a nine-month course delivered in-house by an OU-approved council employee
  • online coursework combined with tutorials
  • participants ranged from social workers to care home managers
  • accreditation fulfilling Scottish Social Services Council criteria.

Letters of congratulations were presented at an awards ceremony held at Glasgow City Chambers, signed by Dr Martha Caddell, the OU in Scotland’s Depute Director (Learning, Teaching and Curriculum), and Tony Mackie, Glasgow City Council’s Principal Officer for Learning and Development in Social Work Services.

Work-based learning is integral to The OU’s engagement with employers and this collaborative partnership arrangement with Glasgow City Council is a prime example of how supported employees can gain professional qualifications enabling them to deliver high quality services to the communities they work within.

Roger Davis, Head of Social Work Scotland at The OU

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