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Nature & Environment 

Blue Planet II

Sir David Attenborough presents Blue Planet II.

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Money & Business 

Collaborative problem solving for community safety

This free course, Collaborative problem solving for community safety, offers a range of techniques for community police officers, other community-based public service professionals and members of community groups working to solve problems collaboratively and creatively. It examines some of the ways which OU specialists in creative problem solving recommend to tackle difficult problems, and how to implement them in a community setting.

Free course
16 hrs

Money & Business 

Managing your money: understand your bank statement

Want to know more about how to check and understand your bank statement? This short video offers tips on how to manage your transactions and keep on top of your finances.

Video
10 mins
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Money & Business 

Collaborative problem solving for community safety

This free course, Collaborative problem solving for community safety, offers a range of techniques for community police officers, other community-based public service professionals and members of community groups working to solve problems collaboratively and creatively. It examines some of the ways which OU specialists in creative problem solving recommend to tackle difficult problems, and how to implement them in a community setting.

Free course
16 hrs

Money & Business 

Managing your money: understand your bank statement

Want to know more about how to check and understand your bank statement? This short video offers tips on how to manage your transactions and keep on top of your finances.

Video
10 mins
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Money & Business 

Managing my money for young adults

This free course, Managing my money for young adults, will help you start to think about managing your finances. You will learn how to budget effectively, and will be encouraged to start thinking about your financial future.

Free course
24 hrs
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Education & Development 

Critical thinking – A skill and a process

To be successful at learning we need to do more than just remember information - critical thinking is essential. Anne Wesemann explains the benefits...

Article
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Education & Development 

Looking globally: the future of education

In this free course you will explore three big themes that are challenging the world itself and therefore education: the environment, demographic changes and the impact of technological advances. The key question is this: is education fit for this future?

Free course
24 hrs
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Education & Development 

Succeed in the workplace

Do you want to change jobs, are you just starting in the job market or may be returning after a break? If so, then this free course, Succeed in the workplace, is for you. It will help you explore career opportunities. You will also gain the skills to write strong CVs and application forms, and to handle different types of interviews. By the end of the course you will have made a start on your own realistic and strong action plan to enable you to find a job that will fulfil your aspirations and suit your lifestyle.

Free course
24 hrs

Health, Sports & Psychology 

All You Need to Know About Drugs

Recreational drugs are on the rise and the harm and risk associated with drug-taking is much greater. Explore the OpenLearn video content, articles and courses on offer and uncover all you need to know about drugs. 

Audio
15 mins

Health, Sports & Psychology 

Drugsland

Exploring the consumption, dealing, treatment and policing of illegal drugs in the city of Bristol. 

TV Programme

Health, Sports & Psychology 

Introducing public health

This free course, Introducing public health, presents some key elements of public health and health promotion. It considers the scope and focus of public health and how it is subject to change and located within the wider global context.

Free course
6 hrs
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History & The Arts 

Wartime Farm: Can you Beat The Ministry

A nation at war has many demands on its machinery and manpower - can you share resources more effectively than Lord Woolton and help the war effort?

Activity

History & The Arts 

Wartime Farm: Food In the World War

Some nations suffered harshly during the shortages of wartime - others adapted and managed to keep their populace well-fed. Explore our map to hear some of the stories.

Activity

History & The Arts 

CCA Exhibition: History of architecture and design

Professor Elizabeth McKellar leads an exhibition on The Open University's teachings of Design History, beginning November 14th, 2017. 

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Languages 

Beginners' Chinese

Learn about Mandarin Chinese as a tool for communication and gain insights into Chinese society and culture. This free course, Beginners’ Chinese, provides a brief introduction to the Chinese language, its scripts and sounds, and how words are formed. You will hear short conversations where people greet each other, introduce themselves, describe where they come from and what they do for a living. You’ll hear them talk about their daily activities and order food and drinks in a restaurant. This OpenLearn course will be easily accessible for those with some basic knowledge of Chinese.

Free course
6 hrs
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Languages 

English Loanwords – Interactive World Map

Explore the fascinating origins of some words in the English language with this interactive world map. Simply select the book items to uncover the word and its history. 

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Languages 

Designing the Spanish nation

Delve into the politics behind the national symbols of modern Spain. 

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Nature & Environment 

Blue Planet II

Sir David Attenborough presents Blue Planet II.

TV Programme

Nature & Environment 

The Deep: Polar 'pumps'

The life of almost all marine animals relies on the 'polar pumps' caused by rising and falling water. Philip Sexton explains how they work.

Article

Nature & Environment 

Palaeobiology: Solving the Riddle of the Gastroliths

The evidence explains why some prehistoric animals have stomach stones?

Article

Science, Maths & Technology 

Smart cities

This free course will help you to navigate your own path through the complex landscape of smart cities. You’ll hear from smart city innovators and entrepreneurs, city leaders, communities and business, connecting with learners from around the world to reflect on issues facing smart cities of different sizes and situations. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS COURSE IS SOON TO BE REPLACED WITH AN UPDATED VERSION. THIS NEW VERSION WILL ALSO OFFER YOU THE OPPORTUNITY TO EARN A FREE DIGITAL BADGE ON COMPLETION OF THE COURSE.

Free course
18 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology 

Comparing stars

Stars can necessarily be observed only at a distance. Comparing stars is a 16-hour free course that introduces the HertzsprungRussell diagram, an essential tool in understanding the nature of stars. You should have some understanding of the basic stellar properties of luminosity and temperature in order to get the most from the unit.

Free course
16 hrs

Science, Maths & Technology 

How can scientists fight the tide of "fake news"?

"Fake news" is as much a problem for scientists as politicians. Crispin Maslog calls for an end to propaganda dressed up in lab coats.

Article

Society, Politics & Law 

Brexiting Hub

Britain is currently negotiating its departure from the European Union. The Brexiting Hub is here to help make sense of what this means for the nations, for Europe - and for you.

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Society, Politics & Law 

Meet The Lords

Series following the larger-than-life characters that populate the House of Lords, one of Britain's oldest, most idiosyncratic and most important institutions.

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Society, Politics & Law 

Legal skills and debates in Scotland

This free course, Legal skills and debates in Scotland, considers how laws are interpreted and applied. It looks at legislation, court judgments, argument, judicial reasoning and rights. It also explores the relationship between society’s values and the laws which it supports and how policy and rights influence development of law.

Free course
24 hrs