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Why are tiger moths making people unwell - and what can we do about it?

Why are tiger moths making people unwell - and what can we do about it? Creative commons image John Flannery under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Aug 2016
Some people can be fatally allergic to tiger moths - and lepidopterism can often be misdiagnosed. New research might have a solution.

What happened to Rio 2016's leftover food?

What happened to Rio 2016's leftover food? Creative commons image Indra Galbo under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Aug 2016
Gourmet chefs fed the athletes of the Olympic Games. Then, they fed the poor.

Rio 2016: A Caster Semenya reading list

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Rio 2016: A Caster Semenya reading list Creative commons image Citizen59 under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 22 Aug 2016
Caster Semenya's 800 metres victory at Rio hasn't been met with universal acclaim, at it reopens the debate over hyperadrogenic atheletes.

OpenLearn Live: 22nd August 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 22nd August 2016 Creative commons image Benjamin Hollis under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Aug 2016
The tiny pieces of metal that climbers hang their life from, and the fight for the right to see the code running your body. Free learning from...

OpenLearn Live: 19th August 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 19th August 2016 Creative commons image SD Dirk under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Aug 2016
The poles that allow athletes to vault; and 25 years on from the Soviet Coup. Free learning from across the day.

How Team GB cyclists peaked at the Olympics and owned the velodrome

How Team GB cyclists peaked at the Olympics and owned the velodrome Copyrighted image Copyright: By Adam.J.W.C. (Own work) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 18 Aug 2016
While Great Britain celebrates Team Gb's wins at the velodrome, it seems other countries' coaches are baffled by their success. This article...

OpenLearn Live: 18th August 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 18th August 2016 Creative commons image Two Wings under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Aug 2016
What's the stuff that gymnasts put on their hands? How is Australia helping Japan identify the dead of the Second World War? How is Park Hill...

Rio 2016: South East Asia on the podium

Rio 2016: South East Asia on the podium Creative commons image Chan-Fan under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Aug 2016
Jonathan Schooling's victory over the seemingly unbeatable Michael Phelps was just one high spot in an Olympics that brought success to South...

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The family at the centre of early learning

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The family at the centre of early learning Copyright free image Copyright free: Courtesy: Karen Horsley.
Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 19 Jul 2016
This free course, The family at the centre of early learning, focuses on the positive learning relationships that can exist in any family and how...

Introducing healthcare improvement

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Introducing healthcare improvement Creative commons image Irekia in Flickr under Creative-Commons license
Advanced level Duration 3 hours Updated 14 Jul 2016
This course explores quality improvement in healthcare settings. It begins by defining healthcare quality and describing the meaning of quality...

The Ancient Olympics: Bridging past and present Includes explicit content

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The Ancient Olympics: Bridging past and present Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 01 Jul 2016
This free course, The Ancient Olympics: Bridging past and present, highlights the similarities and differences between our modern Games and the...

Infection and immunity

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Infection and immunity
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 09 Jun 2016
In this free course, Infection and immunity, you will be introduced to infectious diseases and to the biological agents that invade our bodies and...

Early years team work and leadership

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Early years team work and leadership
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 12 Apr 2016
This free course, Early years team work and leadership, explores aspects of teamwork and leadership for early years practitioners.

Forensic psychology

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Forensic psychology Copyrighted image Copyright: RichLegg
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 12 Apr 2016
In this free course, Forensic psychology, you will discover how psychology can help obtain evidence from eyewitnesses in police investigations and...

Facilitating learning in practice

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Facilitating learning in practice Copyrighted image Copyright: Istockphoto.com
Intermediate level Duration 24 hours Updated 12 Apr 2016
Are you interested in mentorship or looking to develop your mentorship skills? In particular, are you involved in nurse mentorship? If so, then...

Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland

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Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland
Introductory level Duration 50 hours Updated 12 Apr 2016
This free course, Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland, explores the development, impact and challenges of personalisation in the...

What's in a title: Understanding meanings in community care

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Intermediate level Duration 4 hours Updated 05 Apr 2016
What do we mean by 'community', 'care' and 'welfare'? In this free course, What's in a title: Understanding meanings in community care, you will...

Health and environment

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Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
To be able to understand the importance of the environment for our health, we need to know a little about the interdependence between environment...

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 22 Aug 2016
Are you interested in what shapes the lives we lead and the decisions we make? Have you wondered why people continue to smoke when they know the...

Certificate of Higher Education in Youth Justice (England and Wales)

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Certificate of Higher Education in Youth Justice (England and Wales) Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 22 Aug 2016
Do you work with young people in the youth justice system? Would you like to study for a qualification that will have a real impact on your...

Top-up BA (Honours) Early Years

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Top-up BA (Honours) Early Years Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 22 Aug 2016
This pathway enables experienced practitioners with a Foundation Degree in Early Years (normally sector endorsed) to enhance their professional...

Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling

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Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 22 Aug 2016
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...

Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (England)

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (England) Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 22 Aug 2016
Are you thinking about going into social work or social care? This certificate course is the ideal way to find out if it’s the right career for you...

Certificate of Higher Education in Sport, Fitness and Management

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Certificate of Higher Education in Sport, Fitness and Management Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 22 Aug 2016
What makes a top-flight sports coach or fitness instructor? This Certificate course investigates the factors that contribute to success, and gives...

Certificate in Promoting Public Health

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Certificate in Promoting Public Health Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 600 hours Updated 22 Aug 2016
Public health is everyone’s business and the contribution of local authorities, education, social care, families, police, prisons, business and...

Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 22 Aug 2016
If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this certificate course is ideal. It’s part of our unique Open...

Certificate in Health and Social Care

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Certificate in Health and Social Care Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 600 hours Updated 22 Aug 2016
Care is constantly in the headlines because it involves such a huge workforce and huge budgets, and profoundly affects so many lives. And what...

Certificate in Health Sciences

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Certificate in Health Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 600 hours Updated 22 Aug 2016
This certificate provides a broad introduction to health sciences, exploring some of the scientific and social aspects of disease and disability....