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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 New content
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 New content
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 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.

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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...

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

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What's in a title: Understanding meanings in community care Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
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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Health and environment Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
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...

The science behind wheeled sports

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The science behind wheeled sports Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 22 Mar 2016
This free course, The science behind wheeled sports, focuses on cycling and wheelchair racing: what we might collectively call wheeled sports. The...

Exploring family health

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Exploring family health Copyrighted image Copyright: Iakov Filimonov/Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 21 Mar 2016
How can families support healthy living and cope with illness? This free course, Exploring family health, will provide an understanding of what is...

Work and mental health

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Work and mental health Copyrighted image Copyright: iStock
Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 21 Mar 2016
Although being at work during periods of mental illness can be difficult for those with mental health problems, most people with these difficulties...

Exploring sport online: Athletes and efficient hearts

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Exploring sport online: Athletes and efficient hearts Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 18 Mar 2016
We all know that the heart is very important but what exactly does the heart do? Why is the blood so important? What functions do the lungs perform...

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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 28 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...

Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling

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Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 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 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 28 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 28 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 28 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 28 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 28 Aug 2016
This certificate provides a broad introduction to health sciences, exploring some of the scientific and social aspects of disease and disability....

Certificate of Higher Education in Healthcare Practice

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Certificate of Higher Education in Healthcare Practice Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Aug 2016
This certificate is for healthcare support staff. It integrates theory and practice and has a strong emphasis on learning in the workplace. You...

Foundation Degree in Counselling

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Foundation Degree in Counselling Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 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...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Aug 2016
Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a statistic we’re proud of – the BA/BSc Open is one of the most...