Category Archives: Course

Childhood in the Digital Age – a new free online course

FLdigitalkid15Delve into the lives of children, and discuss the potential benefits and limitations of technology in their lives, with this free online course.

Childhood in the Digital Age is a four week long course beginning on 8 June 2015. During the course, you’ll ask: is social media changing the way that children form relationships? How is technology changing the way that children think? And how will it shape the classroom of the future?

The course is offered by The Open University on the attractive FutureLearn platform, and is led by Dr Nathalia Gjersoe. It requires 3 hours of study time per week, a total of 12 hours overall. The course is free to study, and if required, a Certificate of Participation is available at £29. The course is intended for anyone with a general interest in childhood studies and child psychology and does not require any prior experience of studying this subject.

Enrol free here: www.futurelearn.com/courses/childhood-in-the-digital-age

If you are interested in Childhood in the Digital Age, you may also like to take a look at Mariella Frostrup’s BBC radio series Bringing Up Britain: Raising ‘digital kids’, which I previously reviewed and is still freely available.

Child Psychology: a free introductory course

nbm36_177150130.psThis free 8 hour course covers some of the main ideas that are central to child psychology, with a particular focus on early development.

Childhood is a time of rapid growth and development and studying these changes is endlessly stimulating. In this 2014 study unit from The Open University, you will be introduced to the discipline of child psychology and some of the key questions that guide the understanding of childhood. These questions include ‘What influences children’s development?’ and ‘How do psychologists study the physical and cognitive changes that occur during childhood?’ As you work through this material, you will also gain a deeper understanding concerning how psychologists work with young children across a range of applied settings through activities and audio-visual materials.

Access the course at: http://www.open.edu/openlearn/health-sports-psychology/childhood-youth/introduction-child-psychology/content-section-0

The course is freely available to study at any time. There is no need to register if you just want to read the content without participating in activities, but registering enables you to track your progress and download an activity record.

OpenLearn courses are licensed for you to use under the Creative Commons licence ‘Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share-Alike’ so you may use the materials as they are or in modified form. You may translate, modify, print, network, reformat or change the materials in any way providing that you meet the terms of the licence. cc-by-nc-sa

If you are interested in Child Psychology, you might also visit the free online Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development that I reviewed in 2014.

Caring for vulnerable children – a new free online course

FLChildrenDevelop an understanding of some of the approaches involved in caring for vulnerable children, with this free online course.

Caring for Vulnerable Children is a six week long course beginning on 23 Feb 2015. It aims to inspire and challenge you to think differently about how we, as a society, care for vulnerable children and the future lives we help them to create.

The course is offered by The University of Strathclyde Glasgow on the attractive FutureLearn platform, and is led by lecturer Graham McPheat. It requires 4 hours of study time per week, a total of 24 hours overall. The course is free to study, and if required, a Certificate of Participation is available at £25. The course will be of interest if you wish to work or study in the fields of child care or social work, or if you just want to consider the role you play in responding to and caring for the children and young people who you encounter in different aspects of your life.

If you are interested in caring for vulnerable children, you may also like to take a look at SCIE’s Introduction to Residential Child Care, a suite of three e-learning modules which I previously reviewed and is still freely available.