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Ten Years of OpenLearn

Ten Years of OpenLearn Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 01 Sep 2016
OpenLearn, the home of free learning from The Open University, is ten in October. To celebrate our website's double figures, we've gone all out on...

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: 25th August 2016

Featuring: Audio Audio
OpenLearn Live: 25th August 2016 Copyright free image Copyright free: Claudio Elias
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Aug 2016
The twelve bolts that ensured divers could continue to breathe; a brief history of gay soaps; and the end of conflict in sight in Colombia. Free...

Jorge Luis Borges: A short reading list

Jorge Luis Borges: A short reading list Copyright free image Copyright free: Grete Stern
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 24 Aug 2016
"My father's library has been the chief event in my life...the truth is that I have never emerged from it" wrote Borges. Perhaps; but works by and...

10 big news stories that happened in 2006 (when OpenLearn was born)

10 big news stories that happened in 2006 (when OpenLearn was born) Copyrighted image Copyright: Imgur
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 03 Aug 2016
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...

Happy Birthday Harry Potter!

Happy Birthday Harry Potter! Creative commons image Sas Amoah under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 27 Jul 2016
July 31st is the birthday of everyone's favourite wizard (and coincidentally Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling). To celebrate, we're going...

Euro 2016

Euro 2016 Creative commons image Football.ua [CC BY-SA 3.0, CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 06 Jun 2016
The UEFA European Championship starts on Friday 10th June - get fanatical about football with our range of free articles, games and free courses on...

What made Muhammad Ali "The Greatest"? Includes explicit content

What made Muhammad Ali Creative commons image Dutch National Archive under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 06 Jun 2016
Muhammad Ali died on Friday June 3rd, 2016. Ellis Cashmore remembers a legend on both sides of the ropes.

Language variety all but disappears from the Eurovision song contest

Language variety all but disappears from the Eurovision song contest Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 13 May 2016
Why has the English language dominated the Eurovision Song Contest once more? Fernando Rosell-Aguilar explores what the competition holds this year.

Is the UK media failing Welsh voters?

Is the UK media failing Welsh voters? Creative commons image John Lord under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Apr 2016
With elections for the welsh Assembly taking place in a fortnight, are voters getting a clear picture?