The Open University Centre for Professional Learning and Development (CPD) has a range of flexible online courses, especially designed for people who wish to extend or update their skills. The OU CPD courses can give new skills, knowledge and ideas, which can be applied in the workplace. Most take around 30 hours to complete and can be studied at a time and pace to suit each individual without the need to take days off work. The discounted course fee is £445 (usually £495), for the members.
The Publishers Association has negotiated with the Open University for members and employees to receive 10% off the Continuous flexible online Professional Development course fees.
Each course draws on the breadth of the Open University's expertise in the work-based professional development and offers:
- Relevance to your work
Each course is designed to help you respond to the actual challenges you face in your day-to-day work.
- Immediate applicability
The strong link between a course learning and your work practice means that you can immediately use newly acquired skills and knowledge.
- Online flexibility
The courses are 'chunked' into convenient 1-2 hour elements to enable you to spread your skills development, to keep pace with your work patterns and take in total around 20-30 hours, starting and finishing when it suits you (within a course presentation patterns).
- Online convenience
You can learn online, at work or wherever it is convenient.
- Guidance and feedback
An expert learning adviser will provide you with continuing guidance and feedback.
- Action orientation
By the end of a course you will have built your own Personal Development or Action Plan.
- An Award of Certificate
Each course can enhance your CV with an OU Certificate of successful completion
Click here for a list of OUP courses.