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The massive open online course (MOOC) is free and will run from 16 September – 7 October,

Registration is now open for a unique online course that will show how engaging with research can transform teaching practice.

Run by the University of Birmingham, in partnership with the Chartered College of Teaching, the course Education Research that Matters: Finding and Reading Research for Teachers, will explore how to make the most of education research and apply it to practice.

The massive open online course (MOOC), which runs from 16 September – 7 October, is free and open to teachers working in early years, primary, secondary and further education settings. It would also be of interest to other education professionals working outside of school settings. The areas of focus for the four weeks of the course will be:

Week 1. How might engaging with research transform your practice? – Popular sources: Google search and its perils or how to go wrong on Twitter.

Week 2. How might you go about locating research to inform your practice? – Major research organisations and the research they do and promote.

Week 3. How might you go about selecting the most significant research to engage with? – Open access sources: finding great research that’s free.

Week 4. How might you most effectively judge the research you come into contact with and move to implement? – Is it any good and what does it tell me?

The course will be led by University of Birmingham academics; Deborah Youdell, Professor of Sociology of Education and Frances Child, Head of Department of Teacher Education  as well as  Hannah Tyreman, Head of Online Learning and Community at the Chartered College of Teaching. This will be the first of a series of three education-focused courses, which will run September 2019- January 2020.

Find out more:

  • Find out more and register for the course.
  • Keep an eye out on the Future Learn website for, Education Research That Matters: Ways of Researching – launching on  11 November 2019, and Education Research That Matters: Doing Research in Learning Communities, launching  6th December 2019.

For more information or interviews, please contact: Hasan Salim Patel, Communications Manager (Arts, Law and Social Sciences) on +44 (0) 121 415 8134 or contact the press office out of hours on +44 (0) 7789 921 165.

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