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OK, so 2006 wasn't as relentless as 2016, but the year still had some huge news stories. As part of our ten year anniverary celebrations we look at what happened in our birth year... Read more: 10 big news stories that happened in 2006 (when OpenLearn was born)
What's your favourite Confucius quote on education and learning? Look at these examples and let us know what you think by voting in our poll. Launch now: 12 famous Confucius quotes on education and learning
Who created the computer? What was the first video game? When did Apple first make $1bn? When was Facebook founded? Get the answers in our interactive timeline. Launch now: Timeline: The History of Technology and Silicon Valley
Here's a guide to TV and radio programmes co-produced by The OU and the BBC - and a guide to what you can watch or listen to now on iPlayer. Read more: Open University programmes on TV, radio and online
Dr Will Hardy assesses the consequences of the Atlantic Slave trade. Read more: Riches & Misery: The Consequences Of The Atlantic Slave Trade
Try our interactive quiz on some high-profile medical cases to see if you agree with the establishment or individual while learning more about medical ethics. Launch now: Difficult healthcare decisions: What will you choose?
It seems to be a buzzword in education and one that gets thrown around quite a lot these days. But what does 'interdisciplinary' study really mean? And why is it so desirable? Read more: What are the benefits of interdisciplinary study?
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