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Five ways you can tell if your child is ‘normal’

Five ways you can tell if your child is ‘normal’ Copyrighted image Copyright: © Mcpics | Dreamstime.com - Children with different sizes
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 09 Sep 2016
Just about every parent will have googled this question at some time or another. But how do you know whether your child really is 'normal'? Here...

Rio 2016: A short Paralympics reading list

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Sep 2016
Athletes with intellectual disabilities; zika virus; empty seats; risky cheating; inspiration porn - a round-up of pieces about the Paralympic...

Can comedy change your life?

Can comedy change your life? Creative commons image Russell McGovern under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 31 Aug 2016
After years spent in dark comedy clubs and cramped rooms above pubs, Mary O’Hara knows what makes her laugh. But what else can a good joke do? She...

OpenLearn Live: 26th August 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 26th August 2016 Creative commons image Nick Webb under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Aug 2016
Rounding off a week of Bolts with the fastest of them all; and how can you trust online video? Free learning from across the day.

Life after the Olympics: retirement

Life after the Olympics: retirement Creative commons image AdamKR under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 25 Aug 2016
What does the retired life hold for Olympians such as Usain Bolt, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Michael Phelps? Can they cope with the change of lifestyle?

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
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.

Hammering into hearts: How Dilshod Nazarov's Rio victory lifted the Tajiks

Hammering into hearts: How Dilshod Nazarov's Rio victory lifted the Tajiks Creative commons image Rjruiziii under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Aug 2016
Tajikistan won its first independent Gold during Rio 2016. For a nation without a lot to celebrate, it's a big deal.

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
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: Aisuluu Tynybekova - not quite a medalist; still a national hero

Rio 2016: Aisuluu Tynybekova - not quite a medalist; still a national hero Creative commons image Marie-Lan Nguyen / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY 3.0 under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Aug 2016
Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan didn't quite make it to the podium - but her performance still helped lift a country hit by a doping scandal.

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The lottery of birth

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The lottery of birth Copyrighted image Copyright: © adventtr (via iStockPhoto.com) Updated content
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 23 Sep 2016
This free course, The lottery of birth, will look at both the big picture of the ‘lottery of birth’ and the smaller, human stories. You will...

Understanding service improvement in healthcare

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Understanding service improvement in healthcare Copyrighted image Copyright: Copyright © Olesya Zhigula/123RF Updated content
Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 14 Sep 2016
This free course, Understanding service improvement in healthcare, will help you to understand what people mean by the terms ‘service’ and ...

Facilitating learning in practice

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Facilitating learning in practice Copyrighted image Copyright: Istockphoto.com
Intermediate level Duration 24 hours Updated 09 Sep 2016
Are you interested in mentorship or looking to develop your mentorship skills? In particular, are you involved in nurse mentorship? If so, then...

Finding information in health and lifestyle

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Finding information in health and lifestyle Creative commons image Used with permission under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 15 Aug 2016
This free course, Finding information in health and lifestyle, will help you to identify and use information in health and lifestyle, whether for...

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...

Marketing in the 21st Century

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Marketing in the 21st Century Copyrighted image Copyright: © Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. Copyright © Boeing
Advanced level Duration 6 hours Updated 29 Apr 2016
This free course, Marketing in the 21st century, offers a managerial perspective on how to deliver more effective marketing in an organisation,...

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.

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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 27 Sep 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 27 Sep 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 27 Sep 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 27 Sep 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 27 Sep 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 27 Sep 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 27 Sep 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 27 Sep 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 27 Sep 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 27 Sep 2016
This certificate provides a broad introduction to health sciences, exploring some of the scientific and social aspects of disease and disability....