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New on OpenLearn

Money Saving Expert, Martin Lewis, has partnered with OpenLearn to create MSE's Academy of Money, a new free course to help people master their finances. It's made up of 6 x 2 hour sessions covering key aspects of personal finances – making good decisions, budgeting, borrowing, mortgages, saving and retirement (Introductory level, 12 hours).

There's a similar course for young adults getting ready to live independently – Managing my money for young adults (24 hours, introductory level).

Microcredentials on FutureLearn

There's a new OU course called Online Teaching: Creating Courses for Adult Learners starting on FutureLearn on Monday 8 June (postgraduate level, 12 weeks). This is a microcredential course, which means it is worth credit towards a qualification and costs £475. Most FutureLearn courses are still free to join, but microcredentials are a new option being offered by universities around the world using platforms like Futurelean. Find out more about them here.

If your finances don't stretch to that, there are lots of free resources on taking your teaching online:

The Online Educator: People and Pedagogy is running on FutureLearn just now (four weeks) and is free to join (extra cost for certificate)

Take your teaching online on OpenLearn is all free, all the time (24 hours, Intermediate level)

OpenLearn has a collection of tips and free resources (from introductory to postgraduate level) covering distance learning, creating online courses and accessibility – How can you take your teaching online?

Our colleagues in the Open University Learning Design team have created a collection of collaborative online activities in a handy booklet (PDF).

This recent blog, by open educator Maha Bali, on the pedagogy of care (COVID-19 edition) is a lovely read about building care for your learners into every stage of online teaching and ensuring equity and justice.

What else is happening in Scotland?

SCVO and Third Sector Lab have been running DigiShift Zoom sessions for third sector organisations who are moving to online delivery. CVSI welcomed Ross McCulloch at the end of May to deliver a DigiShift Zoom session, as part of our CVS Inverclyde COVID Conversations series. There is a themed one on Community Learning and Development on Thursday 4 June (book here). Check out SCVO's events page for future dates/themes.

If you're supporting anyone with care experience, you can now refer them to Who Cares? Scotland's new counselling service. The sessions are being made available to care experienced people aged 12 years and over who are experiencing distress and are funded by the Scottish Government.

Reminder of useful resources
• OpenLearn collection of mental health and wellbeing resources
• OpenLearn family friendly hub
Furloughed workers resources (in partnership with SDS My World of Work)

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