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OpenLearn Live: 30th November 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 30th November 2016 Creative commons image Erik Wilde under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
Updated 30 Nov 2016
Look, we're calling them ice unicorns. What makes ice spikes happen? Plus Obama's record on climate change considered, and how the Big Mac was born...

Heathrow third runway: who and where will benefit?

Heathrow third runway: who and where will benefit? Copyrighted image Copyright: Artwork by Gary Edwards © The Open University
Updated 03 Nov 2016
Now that building a third runway at Heathrow ariport is offical government policy, we explore the costs and benefits of expanding Heathrow, using a...

Fast Reactors and Thorium

Fast Reactors and Thorium Copyrighted image Copyright: © Jarous | Dreamstime.com
Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 28 Oct 2016
The special topics for Week 1 of Understanding Nuclear Energy are fast reactors and thorium. 

Speed of Arctic changes defies scientists

Speed of Arctic changes defies scientists Copyrighted image Copyright: Rear Admiral Harley D Nygren, NOAA Corps (ret)
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 05 Oct 2016
The Arctic climate is changing so quickly that science can barely keep track of what is happening and predict the global consequences, the UN says.

App zeros in on loss of equatorial glaciers

App zeros in on loss of equatorial glaciers Copyrighted image Copyright: 25zero
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 05 Oct 2016
Smartphone app developed to highlight that there will be no glaciers left on the world’s equatorial mountains in 25 years.

OpenLearn Live: 18th August 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 18th August 2016 Creative commons image Two Wings under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Aug 2016
What's the stuff that gymnasts put on their hands? How is Australia helping Japan identify the dead of the Second World War? How is Park Hill...

OpenLearn Live: 12th August 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 12th August 2016 Creative commons image Caio Costa Ribeiro under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Aug 2016
Rio looks to tomorrow; Canada tries to save its desert. Free learning from across the day.

How can you use sand to store energy?

How can you use sand to store energy? Creative commons image Łukasz Zabierowski under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Aug 2016
A new project is attempting to bring together two things the desert has in abundance - sand and sunshine - to generate power cleanly and...

Jack Perks - Earth in Vision

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Jack Perks - Earth in Vision Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 28 Jul 2016
Jack Perks, underwater cameraman and fish aficionado, describes what it is like starting out as a young natural history filmmaker, exploring...

Abbie Barnes - Earth in Vision

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Abbie Barnes - Earth in Vision Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 28 Jul 2016
Abbie Barnes, founder of Song Thrush Productions, describes what it is like starting out as a young natural history filmmaker, exploring...

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Water for life

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Water for life Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 28 Sep 2016
Atoms, elements and molecules are the building blocks of everything that makes up our world, including ourselves. In this free course, Water for...

Operations, technology and stakeholder value

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Operations, technology and stakeholder value Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 40 hours Updated 24 Aug 2016
The management of processes or operations is the very essence of any kind of business enterprise, and it is critically important that they are...

Effects of pollutants on the aquatic environment

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Effects of pollutants on the aquatic environment Copyrighted image Copyright: Copyright © Artur Marciniec/Alamy
Advanced level Duration 3 hours Updated 24 Aug 2016
Effects of pollutants on the aquatic environment is a free course. It begins with an introduction to water and goes on to briefly outline the...

Global warming

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Global warming Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 12 Aug 2016
This free course provides an introduction to global warming. We will be considering the history of global warming by looking at the pattern of ice...

Energy in buildings

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Energy in buildings
Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 03 May 2016
Themes covered in this free course, Energy in buildings, include reducing heating demand in buildings, heating systems and fuel emissions, and...

Logframe planning

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Logframe planning Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 3 hours Updated 22 Apr 2016
As a way of thinking about projects, Logical Framework Analysis helps to focus on some key questions during the project design process. This free...

Working with our environment: an introduction

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Working with our environment: an introduction Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 11 hours Updated 30 Mar 2016
Global warming: are we responsible? Is our environmental impact damaging the planet? This free course, Working with our environment: an...

Sustainable Scotland

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Sustainable Scotland Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 30 Mar 2016
Sustainable Scotland is a free course that will appeal to anyone with an interest in a sustainable future in the context of contemporary Scottish...

The environmental impact of teaching and learning

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The environmental impact of teaching and learning
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 30 Mar 2016
This free course, The environmental impact of teaching and learning, discusses the impact on the environment of carbon based teaching and learning...

Environment: Treading lightly on the Earth

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Environment: Treading lightly on the Earth Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 29 Mar 2016
This free course, Environment: Treading lightly on the Earth, focuses on the problem of greenhouse gas emissions, especially carbon dioxide, and...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 05 Dec 2016
If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this certificate course is ideal. It’s part of our unique Open...

Certificate of Higher Education in Environment

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Certificate of Higher Education in Environment Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 05 Dec 2016
How can we best think about and live sustainably within natural and built environments, given the pressures that threaten them? This certificate is...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 05 Dec 2016
Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a statistic we’re proud of – the BA/BSc Open is one of the most...

Diploma of Higher Education Open

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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 05 Dec 2016
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

BA (Honours) Environmental Studies

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BA (Honours) Environmental Studies Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 05 Dec 2016
Environmental change affects us all, and the challenge of how human society can – and should – respond to environmental problems is likely to be...

BSc (Honours) Environmental Science

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BSc (Honours) Environmental Science Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 05 Dec 2016
Environmental science is a vital and vibrant subject, exploring the complexities of the natural environment and our relationship with it. Our...

BSc (Honours) Environmental Management and Technology

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BSc (Honours) Environmental Management and Technology Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 05 Dec 2016
How can we best manage the environment, given the pressures that threaten its future? How do we design more sustainable practices and use...

BA (Honours) Business Studies

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BA (Honours) Business Studies Copyrighted image Copyright: iStock
Duration 3600 hours Updated 05 Dec 2016
How do businesses develop strategies, handle risk and take decisions? What’s involved in essential business functions such as marketing, accounting...

Environmental management 2

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Environmental management 2 Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 05 Dec 2016 Register by 14 Sep 2017
This module further develops your environmental management and systems thinking skills, reviewing and investigating complex situations, and...

Environmental management 1

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Environmental management 1 Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 300 hours Updated 05 Dec 2016 Register by 14 Sep 2017
Why is environmental management vital for our sustainability? What kind of environmental management do we need now? Explore systemic answers to...