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Nature & Environment 

Hugh's Wild West

Lifelong nature-lover Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall pursues his fascination with the wildlife of the West country.

TV Programme

Science, Maths & Technology 

Catching History's Criminals: The Forensics Story

Gabriel Weston investigates the world of the forensic scientist and the murders they've helped to solve.

TV Programme
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Society, Politics & Law 

Reading and note taking – preparation for study

Reading and note taking are two essential study skills. How do you read? This free course, Reading and note taking preparation for study, will introduce you to different techniques to help you to alter the way you read according to the type of material you are studying. You will also learn the techniques behind successful note taking and how to apply them to your own notes.

Free course
12 hrs

Money & Business 

How have family budgets changed in sixty years?

The government has been gathering data about household outgoings for six decades. It tracks social and structural changes  over those times, says the ONS' Joanna Bulman.

Article
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Money & Business 

Business communication: writing a SWOT analysis

This free course, Business communication: writing a SWOT analysis, is designed to develop your writing skills for business. You will be taken step by step through the process of writing a SWOT analysis, with clear advice on selecting key information from a case study text, making concise notes, choosing an appropriate structure and using language effectively. You will learn how to write a formal report including recommendations, based on a case study analysis of the British company, Brompton Bicycle.

Free course
8 hrs
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Money & Business 

Managing and managing people

This free course, Managing and managing people, will introduce you to the world of management. We will be looking at a range of topics, including what managers do, what skills they require, and how you can develop as a manager.

Free course
8 hrs

Education & Development 

The secret history of teenage bedrooms

In this transcript from Thinking Allowed, Laurie Taylor and guests discuss the role of the teenage bedroom across history - with a little help from The Beach Boys. 

Article

Education & Development 

Talk the talk

This free course introduces the mechanics of effective, persuasive oral presentations, by giving you the opportunity to analyse examples and then create your own. Using resources such as TED Talk videos, you will see how experts deliver professional talks and famous speeches, observe what works, and identify how language connects ideas and keeps a listener engaged.

Free course
12 hrs
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Education & Development 

Childhood in the digital age

This free course, Childhood in the digital age, delves into the lives of children and discuss the potential benefits and limitations of technology in their lives.

Free course
12 hrs

Health, Sports & Psychology 

There is a biological reason why teenagers struggle to wake up early!

Schools and parents all over the world need to change how they treat teenagers says The Open University's Honorary Associate in Sleep, Circadian and Memory Neuroscience, Dr Paul Kelley.

Article
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Health, Sports & Psychology 

Exercise and mental health

Each year thousands of pounds are spent on medications to treat conditions such as anxiety and depression. These medications often have negative side effects. Exercise is an alternative treatment that is low cost and has few side effects. In this free course, Exercise and mental health, we will look at the links between exercise and improved mental health and psychological well-being. This will include consideration of the role of exercise in combating stress, anxiety and depression, and in enhancing mood.

Free course
2 hrs

Health, Sports & Psychology 

Blue Monday: An OpenLearn reading list

Blue chat for a blue day: collecting some thoughts on the marketing wheeze that is Blue Monday.

Article

History & The Arts 

Putting baby in a context: Stephen Lee Naish's Deconstructing Dirty Dancing

In Deconstructing Dirty Dancing, Stephen Lee Naish unpacks the enduring popularity of the film Dirty Dancing, released to mixed reviews in 1987 before going on to become a global hit. Offering a comparative study of the film with David Lynch’s Blue Velvet before a scene-by-scene analysis and reflections on the film’s personal resonance for the author, the book is an idiosyncratic and accessible take on this cultural phenomenon, finds Penny Montague.

Article
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History & The Arts 

Making sense of art history

You can prepare for this free course, Making sense of art history, by looking around you. It's likely that wherever you are you'll be able to see some images. It's also likely that many of these will be intended to have some sort of effect on you. In the course itself you will be exploring the power of images via a study of contemporary art from the 1980s onwards. Taking the time to look beyond the immediate appearance of an art work to consider what the artist might be trying to say can be immensely rewarding.

Free course
5 hrs
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History & The Arts 

Introducing philosophy

Ever wondered what it would be like to study philosophy? This free course, Introducing philosophy, will introduce you to the teaching methods employed and the types of activities and assignments you would be asked to undertake should you wish to study philosophy and the human situation.

Free course
8 hrs
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Languages 

Improve your understanding of spoken French

This free course, Improve your understanding of spoken French, is aimed at intermediate learners of French with an interest in language and culture. It is designed to develop your understanding of spoken French through six video portraits of people living in the Touraine region in France and in Brussels in Belgium. It introduces you to naturally spoken language, and gives clear advice on how to use authentic video resources as a useful and enjoyable learning tool. Through completing various activities you will improve your active use of the language, and develop the confidence to access further audio-visual resources and take your French studies to a higher level.

Free course
6 hrs
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Languages 

Weekend Break: French

Get the most out of your trip to France - take our audio introduction to the language and culture of France with you

Audio
45 mins

Languages 

You've ordered your Rome booklet

Before you go, why not try these...?

Article

Nature & Environment 

Hugh's Wild West

Lifelong nature-lover Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall pursues his fascination with the wildlife of the West country.

TV Programme

Nature & Environment 

Do animals really raise human babies as their own?

Myth, history and popular culture tells of children raised by wolves and more. Do these stories have any basis in truth?

Video
5 mins
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Nature & Environment 

Water for life

Atoms, elements and molecules are the building blocks of everything that makes up our world, including ourselves. In this free course, Water for life, you will learn the basic chemistry of how these components work together, starting with a chemical compound we are all very familiar with water.

Free course
15 hrs

Science, Maths & Technology 

Catching History's Criminals: The Forensics Story

Gabriel Weston investigates the world of the forensic scientist and the murders they've helped to solve.

TV Programme
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Science, Maths & Technology 

Numbers, units and arithmetic

Do fractions and decimals make you apprehensive about maths? Do you lack confidence in dealing with numbers? If so, then this free course, Numbers, courses and arithmetic, is for you. The course will explain the basics of working with positive and negative numbers and how to multiply and divide with fractions and decimals.

Free course
5 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology 

Succeed with maths – Part 2

This free course, Succeed with maths Part 2, is a sequel to Part 1, in which you will continue to develop your mathematical knowledge and skills using everyday examples. The course takes a look at measurement of length, mass and volume, negative numbers and how to use these, scientific notation (based upon powers of 10), shapes and how to calculate their properties before finally turning to how to construct and read from tables, charts and graphs. It provides a solid foundation for you to continue with studies in any subject which requires some degree of mathematical knowledge.

Free course
24 hrs
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Society, Politics & Law 

Reading and note taking – preparation for study

Reading and note taking are two essential study skills. How do you read? This free course, Reading and note taking preparation for study, will introduce you to different techniques to help you to alter the way you read according to the type of material you are studying. You will also learn the techniques behind successful note taking and how to apply them to your own notes.

Free course
12 hrs

Society, Politics & Law 

The growing demand for drugs in UK prisons

In light of the BBC Panorama documentary, 'Behind Bars: Prison Undercover', Dr David Scott explores the issue of drug smuggling in UK prisons.

Article
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Society, Politics & Law 

Thinking Allowed 2018

Thinking Allowed explores how society works, with leading social science experts. 

Radio Programme