Bringing free online educational resources to communities across Scotland.
The Open Learning Champions project equips a wide network of people – from third sector organisations to colleges and libraries – with the knowledge and skills to use the OU’s free learning resources to help learners in their communities.
They can also help learners plan the transition from informal to formal learning. The model is based on trusted relationships, such as that between a support worker and carer.
There are over 350 Open Learning Champions in over 100 organisations across Scotland.
Open Learning Champion Fiona Barr is a carer support worker with the Dumfries and Galloway Carers Centre. She facilitated the Caring Counts course as part of the Open Learning Champions pilot. Covering rural Wigtownshire, Fiona encouraged carers to take up the opportunity for online learning and felt the course was of real benefit to them.
I now feel more confident promoting the course and supporting carers through it. It helped us all brush up on our computer skills and reflection as well. The course has been invaluable for carers but it’s been an opportunity for me too.Fiona Barr
Open Learning Champion
Jane Stitt from Dumfries studied the Caring Counts reflection and planning course for carers. This gave her the confidence to return to the workforce, after having cared full-time for 13 years.
When the course was offered I thought, it will make me reflect on what I've been doing. The course really opens your mind and gets you thinking about what you actually do and what your value is. It made me think I could do this and when I went to the interview, the words just flowed.Jane Stitt
Caring Counts student
The Open Pathways to Higher Education online resource is supported by a learner guide (.pdf) with information on subject pathways, navigating OpenLearn and support for planning individual learning journeys.
The Open Learning Champions guide (.pdf) offers information and suggestions to facilitators on using Open Pathways to support individuals and groups of learners in exploring opportunities on OpenLearn.
Champions can also access learning packages to create bespoke programmes for specific contexts. These are source documents with links to informal and formal resources at different levels.
Packages are available on: transitions (college to Higher Education; school leavers; return to work / learning); employability; languages / ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages); health and social care; community learning; business and entrepreneurship; and third sector / volunteering.
There are also OpenLearning Champions project presentations available.