Brookes open online courses deal with important current issues in education and society. They are, first of all “courses”. That is, they extend through some time (usually about 5 weeks), involve a range of learning activities, have aims and outcomes related to a wider context, and bear some mark of achievement at the end. 

You can sign up on this page for available courses. See the list below.

Brookes open online courses are more than a multimedia “taster”, or a stand-alone informative set of web-pages. Though they may also have these features they offer an authentic higher education experience. Our courses extend dialogue with others and include peer evaluation. Tutors plan courses around learning activities, in which they are active participants. Some Brookes open online courses may be taken for academic credit (academic credit incurs a fee).

Please visit our area on the Oxford Brookes website for more information.

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    Available courses

    RIBA Certificate (Part 1), RIBA Diploma (Part 2)

    This 'taster' programme provides you with a sense of what it is like to study with us on the MA Publishing Studies programme offered by the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies at Oxford Brookes University. The full MA programme is developed from our successful campus master's programme. We have adapted the materials for delivery to people studying at a distance.

    In trying out this course, your experience will not be exactly the same as on the full programme because there are no tutors to work with you. Also, the units are limited to sample materials from the two-week induction sessions and from the Marketing and Sales Management module. However, by following these units, trying out the activities, using the links and reflecting on your experience you will be able to get a feeling for the material we cover and whether this might suit you. 

    This Course at a Glance

    Title Biodiversity Monitoring
    Commences Course next runs 9th April
    Number of weeks 5 Week course
    Number of hours 3 Hours of work / week (estimated)
    Badge This course awards badges
    Conference This course has group discussions
    Videos This course has videos

    This course offers a series of taster sessions into the subject of Biodiversity Monitoring. Through expert instruction in the scientific methods underpinning effective conservation and biodiversity assessment. These include: methods for detecting species presence in the field and assessing species richness, determining the abundance of species and interpreting community similarity and change in the context of environmental change. Emphasis is placed on why we need to do this and on the areas of uncertainty around some of our data sources used to monitor biodiversity, This is accomplished by having some practical work in the field.

    Japanese Virtual Language Placement Tests

    A virtual learning space for Oxford Brookes Psychology students designed to enhance statistics, research quality, academic writing and engagement with alumni. The VESPR project is supported by a Brookes Team Teaching Fellowship Award (2014-2016) and is run by the psychology demonstrators.

    This Course at a Glance

    Title Teaching Online Open Course
    Commences Course next runs 4th March 2016
    Number of weeks 6 Week course (with Easter break)
    Number of hours 6 Hours of work / week (estimated)
    Accredited This course is accredited
    Badge This course awards badges
    Conference This course has webinars
    Videos This course has videos

    Teaching Online Open Course is an open online course which runs from 4th March - 22nd April 2016. It is free to participate, but for a fee of £425 this course may be taken for 10 M-level credits.

    This is an intensive introduction to supporting student learning in online environments, and you will be supported through scheduled activities by selected key readings, specially developed course resources, skilled online tutors and guest experts. 

    This Course at a Glance

    Title First Steps into Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
    Commences Course next runs 20 January 2016
    Number of weeks 5 Week course
    Number of hours 4-6 Hours of work / week (estimated)
    Accredited This course is accredited
    Badge This course awards badges
    Conference This course has webinars
    Videos This course has videos

    The First Steps into Learning and Teaching massive open online course (MOOC) will run from 20 January - 26 February 2016.

    First Steps into Learning and Teaching is targeted at new lecturers, people entering higher education teaching from other sectors and postgraduate students who teach. We also welcome experienced lecturers to update and share their knowledge and expertise. The First Steps course is an element of the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development’s (OCSLD) HEA accredited Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (PCTHE).

    ELMAG logoThe ‘Developing leaders for a Digital Age’ course will support college leaders to become better informed and empowered to make decisions about the provision and use of technology which meets learners’ expectations, develops their digital literacies and prepares them for employment. 

    This Course at a Glance

    Title First Steps into Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
    Commences Course next runs 28 January 2015
    Number of weeks 5 Week course
    Number of hours 6 Hours of work / week (estimated)
    Accredited This course is accredited
    Badge This course awards badges
    Conference This course has webinars
    Videos This course has videos

    The First Steps into Learning and Teaching massive open online course (MOOC) will run from 28 January - 6 March 2015.

    First Steps into Learning and Teaching is targeted at new lecturers, people entering higher education teaching from other sectors and postgraduate students who teach. We also welcome experienced lecturers to update and share their knowledge and expertise. The First Steps course is an element of the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development’s (OCSLD) HEA accredited Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education.

    This site is intended for people relatively new to teaching in higher education or branching out into new directions in teaching: new lecturers, PhD students about to take on a seminar section, new demonstrators, associates from industry, researchers with occasional teaching or supervisory duties and people with similar roles.

    The aim of the site is to introduce you to a few fundamental principles about teaching and to communicate an ethos about teaching at Brookes. The site also aims to provide you with an opportunity to discuss your own upcoming teaching responsibilities, to engage with other teachers and to provide some basic skills, “tips and tricks” to ease your way into teaching. The workshop will introduce the professional development opportunities and pathways for lecturers and others who facilitate students’ learning at Brookes.

    This Course at a Glance

    Title Teaching Online Open Course
    Commences Course next runs 15 March 2015
    Number of weeks 6 Week course (with Easter break)
    Number of hours 6 Hours of work / week (estimated)
    Accredited This course is accredited
    Badge This course awards badges
    Conference This course has webinars
    Videos This course has videos

    Teaching Online Open Course is an open online course which runs from 16 March - 8 May 2015, (with a two week break for Easter). It is free to participate, but for a fee of £425 this course may be taken for 10 M-level credits.

    This is an intensive introduction to supporting student learning in online environments, and you will be supported through scheduled activities by selected key readings, specially developed course resources, skilled online tutors and guest experts. 

    ELMAG logoThe ‘Developing leaders for a Digital Age’ course will support college leaders to become better informed and empowered to make decisions about the provision and use of technology which meets learners’ expectations, develops their digital literacies and prepares them for employment. 

    This is an old version of the programme. Please got to https://moodle.brookes.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=30081 for the new version.

    The PSF Pathway programme offers a supported CPD route to gain the award of Senior or Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. These awards recognise your standing in Higher Education and represent a marker of your professional commitment to enhancing the student learning experience through your influence on practice.