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In 2016, the University of Derby received the OpenupEd quality label. This means that the University of Derby is recognised as operating in a continuous process of improving their MOOC offerings. By achieving this label the University of Derby demonstrates that it offers quality controlled MOOCs in compliance with benchmarks tailored to both online and open education and keeps up to date with the latest developments. Furthermore, that it uses the OpenupEd quality instrument for benchmarked self-assessment on MOOCs and takes measures of improvement accordingly.

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An accredited provider of the CPD Standards Office

We are proud to be an accredited provider of the CPD Standards Office for our online short courses and free courses, demonstrating that they conform to CPD best practice and are appropriate for inclusion in a formal CPD record.

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Course units

This unit explores how inequality is defined, understood and measured. It identifies some contemporary patterns in inequality including areas that are rarely discussed and asks you to critically reflect on your research plans, identifying how you define and measure inequality in your own work.

This unit explores how we can identify patterns of inequality from varying temporal, spatial and scalar perspectives, helping you to reflect on how you utilise time, space and scale in your own research.

In this unit we ask you to reflect on the sources of your research interests, how these can be developed into a statement of aims, objectives and research questions that frame your work.

This unit will help you to perform and track literature searches conducted via Google Scholar, to be able to identify the differences between types of literature reviews and select a literature review type that is most appropriate for your own research.

This unit takes you through the process of qualitative data collection. It will help you to identify potential interviewees and create a topic guide for one-to-one or group interviews for use in your research project. You will create a risk register for use when applying observational data collection techniques and identify strengths and weaknesses of qualitative data collection techniques.

This unit looks at how to use quantitative data on inequality in your research, helping you to identify and select appropriate secondary data sources. You will explore how to design a questionnaire to gather quantitative data for your research project.

This final unit will help you disseminate the results of your research by looking at how to write for a variety of different audiences and exploring different dissemination methods for reaching the target audience for your research. You will also prepare a plan to develop your research impact.