“To promote and provide for the advancement of higher and further education for the public benefit and, in particular, but without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, to develop and provide for and to promote the obtaining of diplomas, certificates and other distinctions and qualifications whether by attendance at polytechnic, higher education corporations and other institutions providing higher and further education within or outside the United Kingdom or otherwise.”
The OLF supported this aim with a variety of activities, but efforts centred on the provision of open or distance learning materials for the use of member institutions and their staff, particularly trying to encourage and help members’ staff to develop a more flexible approach to their teaching and learning strategies. These materials are for use in post 16 years education including foundation, undergraduate, postgraduate and short courses and have been used in traditional taught, online and e-Learning programmes.
The Open Learning Foundation was established in the 1970’s as the Open Polytechnic Foundation but the name was changed to the Open Learning Foundation by special resolution on 9th December 1991. The Articles of Association and objectives set out for the Charity Commission, remained the same essentially.
The Foundation originally had as members some 25 institutions that became universities in 1990. Members’ annual subscriptions provided learning materials originally in print form, then CDs, then online Word documents - but always on the basis of being used flexibly to meet the particular organisation’s needs in supporting students or as materials for modules or courses leading to formal accreditation.
The OLF continues to be ready to work with academics and others to produce new or updated materials. We are also seeking partners who wish to work with us in providing accreditation based at least in part, on our learning materials.
Thank you for your interest in our learning materials.
Please look at our catalogue and let us know if you are interested in any of the materials.
Many of the materials will be free, and some may have a small fee.
We must however offer a word of warning, which applies only to some of the free materials, but which we must nevertheless set out.
“The OLF, and CAPDM, which is providing this open educational resource, accept no liability arising from the use of these free materials.”
The reasons for the warning are that some of the materials
- Were written some time ago
- Have out of date references
- Refer to matters that have changed substantially’
Such issues do not apply in many cases and may not be substantial in others, but some, especially materials related to the law, may have very significant changes, may not be current, or may apply, for example, only in England. Please seek expert advice in these circumstances.
However, whilst some materials may be dated, they will have many useful sections, learning activities and serve as suitable starting points so :
- References can be easily updated
- New references and websites added
- Activities and text edited to suit
- Video clips, interactive media, social media added
Content can then be set up on the learning platform of the institution, using e-portfolios and e-workbooks to suit the needs of the School, Faculty, College or institution.
Please register with your e-mail and state which materials are of interest so we can get back to you.
- Most materials will be accessed for NO CHARGE by anybody.
- They are an open educational resource for use by lecturers and learners alike.
- We will not supply your email to any third party.
- We reserve the right to follow up with a very short email survey to see what use has been made of the materials when they are downloaded.
We have additional features and aspirations to work with new partners
Exemplar of contemporary e-learning
Adult Care is a module that is not only up to date, but is also on a platform, which shows just how e-learning can be provided for the learners of today and tomorrow. You may be interested in gaining access to our support and expertise to achieve a similar product for your own use.
We are looking for partners who, using our website and materials, will provide accreditation for the completion of workbooks and the activities contained within them. This process may involve modification of the materials for which we may provide additional support.
Marketing and promotion
We will use our profile as an educational charity and social media to attract learners to our website and in turn will direct them to partners to gain accreditation of various types and levels
Current core subject areas:
- Business Studies – includes:-
- Business development; environment; research methods
- E-business – technologies; strategies; funding; impact
- International business strategy
- Managerial – finance; people; enterprise; marketing;
- Operations management
- Social Work/Social Care – includes:-
- Adult care
- Developing Quality Care
- Loss and social work
- Ethics and values
- Collaborative working
- Social work practice and the legal system
- Health & Nursing - includes:-
- Dementia care
- Evaluative research in nursing
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Introduction to Pharmacology for health workers
- Research Methodology
- Pandemic Influenza
These materials are in the form of Word documents so they can easily be adapted for use in different ways, to suit the needs of individuals and their institutions. They are designed to be used by staff who are busy but want to access some useful support materials and activities for their students for existing delivery, but at the other extreme to be used as the foundation for online modules and even courses, with assessments added to suit learning levels and needs.
The materials were developed, and updated from time to time, by academic staff with subject expertise and the ability to write materials and activities to the OLF standards and format.
Materials Layout – general but with slight variations
Learning profile/review of learning on commencement
Guidance on completing the module
- Text to read accompanied by references as needed
- A question (with indicative time to work through the potential answers)
- An answer – or points the student may have reflected on
Progress checks – possibly linked to formative assessment
Further activities – and so on
Potential Assessment (Note some use activity ‘answers’ in a workbook or e-portfolio)
Overall reading list
Learning review on completion