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Being an OU student free course icon Level 1 icon Badge icon

Education & Development 

Being an OU student

In the course, you’ll get a flavour of what OU study is actually like, learn about how you’ll be supported, the technologies you’ll use and start to develop the skills you’ll need to succeed.

Free course
12 hrs
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Languages 

European Day of Languages

Happy European Day of Languages! Find out more about why we should celebrate language learning.

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Society, Politics & Law 

Shopping for citizenship: A conversation at the Citizenshop

Nele Vos’s interactive installation, The Citizenshop, is also part of the ‘Who Are We?’ project at Tate Exchange. Agnes asked Nele what kinds of issues The Citizenshop was meant to highlight.

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10 mins
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Money & Business 

Developing career resilience

This free course, Developing career resilience, will help you to understand the factors that influence career resilience and offer examples and tactics for you to develop your own resilience further.

Free course
24 hrs
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Money & Business 

Why do multinationals hope for a customs union?

In a customs union, goods cross borders seamlessly, but in a free trade agreement, border checks are needed to ensure conformity with rules of origin. Paola Conconi explains why a customs union is key for multinationals wishing to stay in the UK after Brexit.

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Money & Business 

Will artificial intelligence put us out of work?

Should companies be cautious when embracing new technologies for fear of displacing their employees? 

Video
5 mins
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Education & Development 

Introduction to child psychology

Childhood is a time of rapid growth and development, and studying these changes is endlessly stimulating. In this free course, Introduction to child psychology, you will be introduced to the discipline of child psychology and some of the key questions that guide the understanding of childhood. These questions include 'What influences children's development?' and 'How do psychologists study the physical and cognitive changes that occur during childhood?' As you work through this material, you will also gain a deeper understanding concerning how psychologists work with young children across a range of applied settings through activities and audio-visual materials.

Free course
8 hrs
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Education & Development 

Tomorrow's Ed

What's possible in the future of education? We've pulled together some of our best FREE learning content pondering this question...

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Education & Development 

OU 40th anniversary: Broadcasting history

The first 40 years of The Open University has been filled with a myriad of broadcasting moments. To celebrate the 40th anniversary, here's a 2-minute race through the OU's broadcasting history — see if you can spot the famous faces along the way!

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10 mins
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Health, Sports & Psychology 

The autistic spectrum: From theory to practice

PLEASE NOTE: this course was written over ten years ago. The material comes from a ‘classic’ perspective which does not take sufficient account of relatively recent developments. There is a brand new free OpenLearn Badged Open Course – Understanding autism – comprising 8 weeks of study of a range of up to date materials. Personal accounts, including recently recorded interview material play an important role in this new course, and can be accessed here: http://www.open.edu/openlearn/science-maths-technology/understanding-aut... Most of us have a very vague and narrow concept of what autism is, based mainly on such stereotypes as Dustin Hoffman's character in the film Rain Man. In this free course, The autistic spectrum: From theory to practice, you will discover that there is a wide spectrum of disorders associated with autism, and an equally wide range of approaches to diagnosis and treatment. The Open University also currently offers a much more up-to-date introduction to the field – a 20 week undergraduate course called ‘Understanding the Autism Spectrum'. This course obviously does present scientific findings, but balances this with more discussion of neurodiversity, and other topical issues such as autism across cultures, and differences in autism between men and women. There is a greater and more up to date range of personal testimonies, including video clips and an hour’s interview with Dr Wenn Lawson, recorded specially for the OU. This OpenLearn course will itself complete its life cycle in 2018.

Free course
20 hrs
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Health, Sports & Psychology 

Life or Death Decisions

Ever heard of advance care planning? Setting out what you’d want to happen to you if you became too unwell to make your own decisions doesn’t have to be morbid but can be incredibly helpful and give you peace of mind. Find out more in this interactive video simulation…

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Health, Sports & Psychology 

Calling the game: Sexism in World Cup punditry

Eniola Aluko has worn the three lions - so why did her ITV colleagues treat her knowledge of football as a surprise? We've got a way to go to chase sexism out the commentary box, says the OU's Kath Woodward.

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5 mins
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History & The Arts 

The poetry of Sorley MacLean

Sorley MacLean (1911-1996) is regarded as one of the greatest Scottish poets of the twentieth century. This free course, The poetry of Sorley MacLean, will introduce you to his poetry and give you an insight into the cultural, historical and political contexts that inform his work. MacLean wrote in Gaelic and the importance of the language to his work is also examined.

Free course
10 hrs
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History & The Arts 

Why do we have a two minutes’ silence on 11th November?

Have you ever wondered where the two minutes' silence originated? Has the practice stayed unchanged since 1919? Find out here...

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History & The Arts 

How did Aretha Franklin inspire the civil rights movement?

Aretha Franklin's death last week saw the loss not just of a sublime singer, but also one of key figures in the US Civil Rights movement. Leah Kardos pays tribute.

Video
5 mins
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Languages 

Business English: Presenting the decision

Do you want to relocate to the UK? This free course, Business English: Presenting the decision, will help you with the language difficulties that can ----- while providing assistance with the practicalities of moving your company and relocating its employees. You will also learn how other companies have approached this task.

Free course
5 hrs
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Languages 

European Day of Languages

Happy European Day of Languages! Find out more about why we should celebrate language learning.

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Languages 

Teaching a robot how to speak

Language is a defining feature of human interaction, and programmers have been gradually developing this capability in robots. But even with the vast progress made in artificial intelligence, is it really possible for robots to learn language? Watch the video below to learn more.  

Video
10 mins
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Nature & Environment 

Future energy demand and supply

When you consider that the global annual consumption of primary energy increased more than ten-fold during the 20th Century, the importance of planning future energy supply becomes clear. Future energy demand and supply is a free course that offers an introduction to how this is being undertaken.

Free course
13 hrs
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Nature & Environment 

Recycling and Waste

How much do you think about what you throw away? Do you know what happens to the things you chuck out? Find out more about waste and recycling with our FREE resources:

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Nature & Environment 

Life In Cold Blood

David Attenborough explores the lives of amphibians and reptiles - cold blood, but amazing creatures. Watch clips and find out more.

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Science, Maths & Technology 

Succeed with maths – Part 1

If you feel that maths is a mystery that you want to unravel then this free course is for you. It will guide you through how numbers are put together, give you confidence with using percentages, fractions and negative numbers and provide you with problem solving skills for your everyday life and the wider world.

Free course
24 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology 

Engineering your dream career

Imagine spending time working on the things you love. Discover engineering careers which match your passions in this short interactive experience on women in engineering.

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Science, Maths & Technology 

Women in Engineering - Interview with Robyn Moates

Hardware engineer Robyn discusses the highlights of her job, plus the misconceptions of her industry.

Video
10 mins
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Society, Politics & Law 

Crimes of the powerful

This free course examines the complexities of, and barriers to, setting new criminological research agendas by considering the difficulties associated with conducting research on crimes of the powerful.

Free course
2 hrs
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Society, Politics & Law 

Explore the range of migrant experiences: Play Uneven Journeys

Uneven Journeys offers a new way of exploring the routes migrants take to the UK - it takes patience when one false move can put you back where you started.

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Society, Politics & Law 

Shopping for citizenship: A conversation at the Citizenshop

Nele Vos’s interactive installation, The Citizenshop, is also part of the ‘Who Are We?’ project at Tate Exchange. Agnes asked Nele what kinds of issues The Citizenshop was meant to highlight.

Audio
10 mins