This report describes and analyses survey data responses, web analytics and other data relating to the Bringing Learning to Life project. Bringing Learning to Life was funded by the Department for Education’s Flexible Learning Fund to offer functional skills courses in English and mathematics through the OpenLearn online learning platform. OpenLearn is The Open University (UK) repository for openly licensed learning materials that supports flexible delivery of structured content. The Bedford College Group, Middlesbrough College and West Herts College worked with The Open University to develop the online courses and offer validation of learning through qualifications.
The key findings for those who had studied an Everyday Skills course were as follows:
- Learners responded highly positively to both the course materials and their flexible and open delivery.
- 78.7% of those who took an Everyday Skills course would recommend it to others
- Similarly, 71% reported that taking the course made them want to study more
- More than half the sample (51.3%) felt they had seen improved performance at work or in their studies as result of taking Everyday Skills. 43.5% felt they now had improved employment prospects.
- Improved job/career prospects are an important motivation for many, but not all
- Financial concerns were seen as the greatest barrier to learning, followed by lack of confidence, work-life balance and time management
- Disability was seen as the least serious barrier (including by disabled learners)
- There were higher level of interest in the English courses but the Maths courses attracted learners who were more likely to go on to complete the course and be awarded a badge
- Not knowing where to begin or lacking study skills were seen as barriers by more than half the sample