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Please find a selection of extremely useful OER resources provided by the Open University. These resources can be used to supplement you course delivery or provide CPD opportunities. 


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Open Learn Cymru 


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RLP Mentoring Skills Workshop - November 2014
The folder below contains the following documents from our recent workshop:
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Workshop Powerpoint presentation can be downloaded by clicking here. 



A Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is a web based delivery platform (the equivalent of bricks and mortar of a conventional college) that provides all the tools, functions and resources to support on-line learning. When the VLE is used to support students who never step foot in a conventional college it is termed remote or distance learning; when the VLE is used with students in a classroom, it is termed blended learning. In both cases e-learning is being used to support and enhance the teaching and learning experience.

The Virtual Colleges’ VLE has been developed in house by academic staff and software developers to create a learning platform that is driven by pedagogy and not by technology i.e. good teaching and learning practice is put first. The VLE has evolved from a simple web site in 1998 to a database driven, intuitive, flexible learning platform embracing current best practice in e-learning. The development process is on-going, driven by research and constructive feedback by users (staff and students).

The VLE can be accessed by any student with a valid username and password (allocated on enrolment) anywhere in the world as long as they have access to a computer and the internet. Feel free to log in as a guest to see a sample of learning units and some of the tools and features of the VLE.

If you live in Wales the Virtual College can offer you a selection of short non accredited units for free or for a low enrolment fee. Unlike a Virtual College course learndirect units are not learndirectlogosupport by a real tutor however if you get stuck with the self study system we're only a phone call or email away. Whether you’d like to improve your employability skills, or complete an IT course, we have a range of flexible online courses to suit all your needs. Before you start, we’ll find out why you want to learn and suggest which of our courses are best for you. All learndirect courses are accessed via the internet and can be studied anywhere in Wales.
The Virtual College is working with learndirect to encourage people to learn new skills for work and leisure purposes via the Internet. Through the learndirect portfolio of over 800 on-line courses, more than 40,000 people in Wales have used the service to gain new skills. By using today’s technology to deliver learning via the internet, learndirect is breaking the barriers that many people face to learning: lack of time, money and fitting in around family and other commitments. By learning online with learndirect, people can learn at a time, place and pace that are convenient for them.


Click this link to try a FREE taster course http://www.learndirect.co.uk/wales-eng/taster/

Our learndirect courses sit in a number of places, please select your theme below :

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Business and Sage  English and Maths Microsoft Office and ILM Units Languages  

Each of these VLEs (Virtual Learning Environment) are tailored to your individual learning journey.

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