Within your course, tables are likely to be used as a particular structured format to summarise numerical information. They tend to be used to present data as a summary and as a starting point for discussion. But someone always prepares tables. So always be aware of where the table that you are looking at has come from. Could the source be trying to tell you something in particular? For example, if a table were summarising the costs of running a hospital, would you expect figures from the gov
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After studying this course, you should be able to:

• reflect on the reasons for needing to improve skills in using charts, graphs and tables

• understand the following mathematical concepts and how to use them, through instruction, worked examples and practice activities: reflecting on mathematics; tables; line graphs; bar charts and histograms; pie charts; analysis

• draw on a technical glossary, plus a a list of references to further reading and sources
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Bar charts show data in the form of bars that illustrate the relationship between the items of information in terms of size: the bars get larger (generally taller) as the amounts being shown increase.

When the bars touch, they show continuous data. In other words, data that changes gradually along some sort of a scale, for example weight, height, temperature, or length (these charts are called histograms, see Author(s): The Open University

A pie chart is a diagram in the form of a circle, with proportions of the circle clearly marked. A pie chart is a good method of representation if we wish to compare a part of a group with the whole group. It gives an immediate idea of the relative sizes of the shares. So, for example, it can be used to consider advertising income. It can also be used to look at, say, shares of market for different brands, or different types of sandwiches sold by a store.

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Cognitive Psychology
The consciousness of the human mind has long been a topic of fascination and curiosity amongst writers, artists and psychologists, from Carl Jung and Salvador Dali to Virginia Wolfe and Gertrude Stein. This album explores our understanding of consciousness, and features a discussion on some of psychology's most complex questions: what does it mean to be a conscious human, and what purposes our consciousness serves. This material forms part of The Open University course DD303 Cognitive psychology
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I assume that you are reading this course because you would like to create a course similar to the materials that you can find on the OpenLearn website. You therefore have a teaching purpose and are particularly interested in the use of online tuition. Hopefully you are also keen to share your teaching materials with others. But why bother creating a new OER? Surely there is so much material already available for free on the web anyway!

I would answer this in a number of ways. First: qu
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When seeking content for adaptation and re-use in open educational contexts there are several tools available to support discovery. Many of these tools are the result of experimental prototyping and short-term funded projects, however, and therefore carry with them a certain amount of risk. Not all are sustained beyond the life of the funding, but these initiatives have sought to use a variety of search technologies to support the discovery of generic and domain-specific OERs. As we move forw
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## What is an open educational resource?

The term â€˜open educational resourceâ€™ is one that encompasses a broad range of items.Â It can describe a single image or an entire short course, and materials can be in any medium or a mixture.Â The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has defined OERs as â€˜digitised materials offered freely and openly for educators, students and
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Harnessing the power of original, real things, that's what learning in museums is all about â€¦

Osborne (2004)

Pupils are handling a Second World War gas mask. This is part of their work on the Home Front. They can feel the weight of the gas mask and smell the stifling warmth of the mask on their face. This gives them a depth of understanding that nothing else could. For the moment they are
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The comments below all relate to the same book, Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech, and have been made by pupils at Churchill Community School, North Somerset â€“ the â€˜Churchill Chatterboxesâ€™.

A captivating yet far-fetched book, I feel this would suit most younger readers but older readers would want something more demanding. (Margaret)

I think Ruby Holler is a very moving book, especially when Da
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Abraham Lincoln defined democracy as rule of, by and for the people.

If democracy is such a good thing, why don't voters get to decide on policies as well as just vote for candidates? Some countries practise â€˜direct democracyâ€™, where people can vote on policy, alongside â€˜representative democracyâ€™, where we choose others to decide for us. When democracy was invented, in ancient Athens, it was direct democracy â€“ citizens met face-to-face to make decisions for the city-state (tho
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In this session you are going to learn how to ask about different places of interest in Spain, Chile and Uruguay: what they are, where they are and what they look like.

Key learning points

• Describing a building

• Using estar to indicate location

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1 Look at the following pictures and write two sentences describing each building. Use the nouns and adjectives from the boxes below, and don't forget to put the appropriate endings! You can either use the co
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## Vocabulario

 puente(el) bridge inacabado unfinished jardines (los) gardens
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After studying this course, you should be able to:

• describe places in Spanish

• give and understand directions in Spanish

• talk about urban transport in Spanish

• navigate around a building in Spain.

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What do people normally do on 14 July? And this year, will they all enjoy the celebrations or will some of them have good reasons for not getting involved?

## ActivitÃ© 5 Le quatorze juillet â€“ Habitudes et projets

Reg
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After studying this course, you should be able to:

• understand why companies may decide to move

• identify factors they have to consider

• demonstrate knowledge of what they may look for in the new location.

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The current political agenda requires service users' views to be incorporated into the design of health and social care services (Department of Health, 2006). Services are assessed by the quality of the outcomes they provide for users. Frontline managers are responsible for gathering service user views on their needs. Whose views should be taken into account? How do managers gather views? This course helps you consider ways of getting feedback from service users, and shows the inclusive appro
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This course focuses on issues of difference and diversity in a specific sense. Rather than analysing diversity in terms of kinds of communication and relationships, the focus here shifts to diversity in terms the people involved in interactions in care settings. Again, it is simple common sense to state that â€˜goodâ€™ communication in health and social care services involves acknowledging and responding to the diverse needs and backgrounds of everyone involved, whether service
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Diane said that Paul and Stanley helped her with dog minding, gardening, shopping and other jobs around the house. Sometimes they bought her presents.

John said that what he got from Mr Asghar was the reliability of long-term friendship, advice and support through his various recent problems.

Enid mentioned help from relatives and friends, whom she had come to rely on.

At home, Sarah got help from her mother, who was also disabled. She also got help from other students in he
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