New learning tool enables pupils to address “tricky topics” in OU

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A new tool and activities to enhance learning, particularly amongst low ability pupils, has been developed by OU academics.

The Tricky Topic Tool was to identify and assess barriers to student learning. The project uses a range of innovative, creative technologies to support student-led learning. These technologies include tabletops, ipads and interactive large screen displays.

The term ‘Tricky Topic’ was co-developed with teachers. The tool helps teachers break down Tricky Topics into a set of stumbling blocks and uncovers the reasons why these are problems for the students. Examples of Tricky Topics are identifying mass in Chemistry and understanding equations in Mathematics.

Other organisations have also expressed interest in the tool. The University Of Oxford Department of Education are interested in developing the tool as part of teacher training,  and researchers within the Open University Policing Research Consortium are using it for games-based training in conducting interviews with children.

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