Tuesday 17 January 2017

An open invitation to the future of work

Published 11/08/2011 | 05:00

If you are one of the people thinking of a Springboard programme but wondering how you are going to balance study and the demands of a busy lifestyle, then distance learning may provide the best option. The Open University (OU) is a world leader in flexible distance learning, pioneering teaching and learning methods that enable people to achieve their career and life goals. It has taught more than 1.7 million students worldwide and has over 7,500 students throughout Ireland. Courses are taught using a combination of written, online and audio-visual materials, with students receiving tutor support throughout their studies along with the support of fellow students via OU's online communities.

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My Digital Life and Discovering Mathematics are two of OU's newest courses, which can be studied for free as part of the Higher Education Authority's Springboard Programme.

My Digital Life is OU's innovative new course that introduces people to ubiquitous computing: a future of small computers hidden in the everyday world.

Students will study topics such as:

•how the internet works

•the evolution of the computer from a machine that filled a room to something that fits in your pocket

•cloud computing and computer networks

•virtual worlds and social networking

•how location- and computer-controlled sensors are changing our perception of computers

• why personal data must be protected and how it is secured.

There is a significant practical element, in that OU gives you your own plug-in ubiquitous computer and teaches you how to use it. On successful completion of My Digital Life, students will be awarded a Certificate in Computing and Information Technology. This is a Higher Education and Training Award Council (HETAC) Level 6 qualification worth 30 European Credit Transfers (ECTs). This certificate is a relevant initial qualification for anyone intending to work in an environment using computing technologies.

Discovering Mathematics -- Because of OU's supported learning approach, no entry qualifications are required to take up this popular programme, which aims to both restore your mathematical confidence and ability and help you to gain the key skills needed for the country to regain its global competitiveness. Successful completion leads to 15 ECTs at NCF Level 7 and provides a platform for further numeracy learning.

The Open University in Ireland is hosting an Open Day in the Clarion Hotel, IFSC, Excise Walk, Dublin 1, on Saturday, August 27, from 11am -- 4pm, where you can learn more about their Springboard course offerings.

Alternatively you can contact them directly at 01 678 5399 / Ireland@open.ac.uk

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