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Health, Sports & Psychology

Hospital

Hospital returns for a second series to tell the riveting story of the NHS in unprecedented times. 

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Science, Maths & Technology

Project Fear: Order your free graphic novel

An uncertain world. Can systems thinking free us from fear? Simon Bell & Charles Cutting's graphic novel asks the question.

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Health, Sports & Psychology

How can you exercise safely in the heat?

We've just seen a week in which temperatures in parts of the UK nudged 35 degrees Centigrade. Do you have to abandon your keep-fit routines when the mercury gets so high? Not if you're careful, say Hannah Moir and Chris Howe.

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Money & Business

Creativity and innovation

This free course offers an introduction to factors that are important in creativity and innovation at work. It addresses different ideas about the cause of creativity and some key approaches to innovation in organisations.

Free course
6 hrs
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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 my financial journey

This free course, Managing my financial journey, explores the history of the financial services industry in the UK and its transformation following the global financial crisis. The institutional landscape following the crisis, recent developments to financial products and the regulation of the industry are examined.

Free course
12 hrs
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Education & Development

Succeeding in postgraduate study

This free course, Succeeding in postgraduate study, will help you to become familiar with the requirements and demands of postgraduate study and to develop the skills and confidence to pursue your learning further.

Free course
24 hrs
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Education & Development

What do you think about OpenLearn? Take the survey

The OU is conducting a survey investigating how people use our free content. The aim is to provide a better free learning experience for everyone. We would be delighted if you could take part.

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Education & Development

Democracy? You think you know?

Participating in the democratic processes is seen as being a fundamental aspect of citizenship. All pupils need a broad knowledge and understanding of the rights, responsibilities and duties of citizens, as well as an understanding of forms of government. Notions of citizenship have been forged alongside the expansion of the right to vote and the development of our ideas about democracy. In this fee course, Democracy? You think you know? we explore different interpretations of democracy and strategies for involving pupils in consideration of these issues within the citizenship curriculum.

Free course
8 hrs
Hospital Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Ryan McNamara BBC Two

Health, Sports & Psychology

Hospital

Hospital returns for a second series to tell the riveting story of the NHS in unprecedented times. 

TV Programme
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Health, Sports & Psychology

How can you exercise safely in the heat?

We've just seen a week in which temperatures in parts of the UK nudged 35 degrees Centigrade. Do you have to abandon your keep-fit routines when the mercury gets so high? Not if you're careful, say Hannah Moir and Chris Howe.

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Health, Sports & Psychology

Exploring sport coaching and psychology

This free course, Exploring sport coaching and psychology, investigates how scientific and management ideas contribute to success while also taking you on a journey through unique sporting case studies and insights that will change how you view and study sport. You will consider how the mind, the body, the environment and training techniques all contribute to optimum fitness.

Free course
24 hrs
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History & The Arts

What did Voltaire think about Buddhism?

Donald S. Lopez, Jr. looks at Voltaire’s early reflections on Buddhism and how, in his desire to separate the Buddha’s teachings from the trappings of religion, the French Enlightenment thinker prefigured an approach now familiar in the West.

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History & The Arts

Shakespeare: For All Time?

A current production of Julius Caesar is causing controversy in the USA for allegedly depicting Donald Trump's murder, but what does this tell us about the nature of Shakespeare's plays?

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10 mins
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History & The Arts

What is Britain's most sacred site?

Britian is scattered with sacred sites - why do we feel the resonance of ancient religion?

Video
5 mins
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Languages

Why is 'modern language' taken to mean 'European language'?

In education in the UK, 'modern languages' all too often means those of Northern Europe.  Dr Jieun Kiaer argues that it's an attitude that's outdated.

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Languages

Understanding language and learning

Learning is understood broadly as any kind of activity, whether in a formal or informal context, that enhances an individual’s knowledge or skills in one way or another. The relationship between language and learning is approached in three ways: learning a language, learning about language and learning through language. This free course, Understanding language and learning, explains and illustrates the different relationships between language and learning, and these are illustrated through videos, activities and other examples.

Free course
10 hrs
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Languages

Why has English taken over academia?

If English is globally squeezing out teaching in local languages, the fault isn't with the language but with economics. Anna Kristina Hultgren and Elizabeth J. Erling explain.

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Nature & Environment

iSpot: Sharing nature

This free course, iSpot: Sharing nature, provides a valuable resource for anyone with an interest in nature. It will give you the opportunity to learn more about wildlife, and to share your interest with a wider community.

Free course
5 hrs
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Nature & Environment

'Land grab': an environmental issue?

This free course, 'Land grab': an environmental issue?, explores how environmental problems are entangled with economic and political issues and offers tools for making sense of the complexity that results. The case of land grab illustrates how everyday issues such as food prices are caught up in connections that link different places, different people and their livelihoods across the globe; connections that are brought to life in the course through rich audio-visual material and interactive activities.

Free course
8 hrs
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Nature & Environment

Nuclear transboundary consultations are a test for public participation and transparency across Europe

Over the next three years, 30 nuclear reactors across Europe will reach their retirement age. Making the decision-making process over their future open and transparent is crucial.

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Project Fear: Order your free graphic novel Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Simon Bell, Charles Cutting & The Open University activity icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Project Fear: Order your free graphic novel

An uncertain world. Can systems thinking free us from fear? Simon Bell & Charles Cutting's graphic novel asks the question.

Activity
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Science, Maths & Technology

Horizon: 10 Things You Need to Know...

...About the Future. Hannah Fry delves into the data we have today to give an evidence-based vision of tomorrow. 

TV Programme
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Science, Maths & Technology

Gene therapy

Following on from the advances made in diagnosing disorders using genetic testing, this free course, Gene therapy, looks at the possibilities for genetic therapies. Two approaches to gene therapy are discussed: correcting genes involved in causing illness; and using genes to treat disorders. Before closing on a discussion of the issues around 'designer babies' somatic gene therapy and germline gene therapy are discussed.

Free course
4 hrs
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Society, Politics & Law

Who counts as a refugee?

The words 'refugee' and 'asylum seeker' have a wide variety of connotations in Britain, many of them negative. This free course, Who ------ as a refugee?, explores how changing social policy and terminology help to shape, and are shaped by, the experiences of people seeking asylum in the UK.

Free course
10 hrs
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Society, Politics & Law

What does the Queen's Speech tell us about the next two years?

Yesterday [June 21st] the Queen's Speech laid out the May government's plans for the next two years. In Ben Williams' view, it showed a wounded prime minister on the backfoot.

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Society, Politics & Law

Could international law block a deal between Theresa May & the DUP?

Theresa May has yet to seal a deal with the DUP to keep her minority administration afloat. But even if they come to terms, there may be another block to their plans.

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