All you need to know...

At last - all you ever wanted to know about the graphics calculator is revealed in a new series of books published by two OU mathematicians, Alan Graham and Barrie Galpin. The pair used their experience and student feedback from working on the OU's Open Mathematics course to produce the textbooks, which are designed for maths teachers, parents and anyone interested in learning how to get the best from this powerful mathematical tool. The highly-sophisticated calculator is widely used in secondary schools and is regarded as a valuable maths teaching aid.

A+B Books on 01780 444360

..about `modern art'

Difficult, strange and even less flattering labels have been applied over the years to 'modern art', and these perceptions can make it a daunting subject to teach. Investigating Modern Art is a pack produced by the OU's School of Education with primary and secondary teachers and gallery education officers in mind. Two illustrated books provide an introduction to modern art and the main debates surrounding it, and also look at critical studies and teaching and learning in schools and galleries. Topics such as gender, culture, modernism and post-modernism are well covered, and a sixty-minute video develops some of the issues raised in the two books. There's also a clearly-structured study guide of ideas and activities for the teacher and class.

Contact OU Learning Materials Sales 01908 858793, price pounds 54 inc VAT.

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Back to the Business Cafe

Catch up with the latest business and management thinking on Sunday mornings with the return of the Business Cafe to BBC 2 next month at 7.45 am. The magazine programme will be exploring the latest hot topics, with discussion and news ongoing through its advanced website run by the OU Business School.

Next, Open Medicine?

The Open University could be involved in training doctors in the next century. It is currently looking at working in collaboration with other institutions to develop new models of medical training which would increase access to the profession. The first step was taken in November with a link-up between the OU and the Universities of Plymouth and Exeter, with the aim of developing a proposal to Government for a graduate-entry medical training programme.

Online for just pounds 1

Full Internet service provided - uniquely for the OU community - for only pounds 1 a month. Call 0870 6070797 and ask for the Open Eye offer.

Pride on a plate

Show your pride in the OU with a customised OU Alumni Association rear number plate for just pounds 10 plus Vat (pounds 11.75). Order by post or phone (credit card payment accepted).