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Since 1999, with the launch of Open2.net, The Open University has been sharing free, online learning inspired by the university's courses, our broadcast partnerships and the world beyond. In 2006, the LearningSpace joined Open2.net online, releasing material directly from courses under a Creative Commons licence. In 2010, the two sites came together under the OpenLearn banner to offer a single website hub for all the University's free learning. The OpenLearn Content & Channel team works hard to add to to the breadth of material available, and to help users find their way around the site.

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OU on the BBC: Frozen Planet

OU on the BBC: Frozen Planet Creative commons image Credit: Will Hybrid under CC-BY-NC licence Updated content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Sep 2014
A stunning portrait of life at the poles, presented by David Attenborough

OU on the BBC: Secrets Of Our Living Planet

OU on the BBC: Secrets Of Our Living Planet Copyrighted image Credit: BBC Updated content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Sep 2014
Ten million species sharing one small planet. How does that work, then?

Dementia awareness: Can we reduce the risk?

Dementia awareness: Can we reduce the risk? Creative commons image Credit: McBeth under CC-BY-NC-ND licence Updated content
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 04 Sep 2014
Deminish your chance of developing dementia as part of World Alzheimer's Month 2014; know the signs, help those who are affected and get vital...

OU on the BBC: Castles in the Sky

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Updated 28 Aug 2014
Embrace a remarkable human drama behind the invention that was to prove pivotal in the Battle of Britain - radar.

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Comment posted by OpenLearn Moderator on 16th Sep 2014
Thanks, everyone for the comments and corrections on "Castles in the Sky". I think it's important to remember that the film is a drama based on the events leading up to the deployment of Chain Home...
Five ways to... use free software Copyrighted image Credit: Jupiter Images
Comment posted by OpenLearn Moderator on 15th Sep 2014
Hi Richard, I've sent the article to the team to look at and alter. Many thanks OpenLearn Moderator
Paul O'Grady's Working Britain: Order your free copy of 'A journal of working class life' Creative commons image Credit: The Open University
Comment posted by Daniella Schueller on 14th Sep 2014
Hello I've just received the free copy of 'A journal of working class life'and I must say it is one of the very rare works that I feel truly understood with while reading. Especially in the last...
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Comment posted by Richard Holman on 14th Sep 2014
This article needs updating, & some guidance for Linux users.
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Comment posted by Paul Martin on 12th Sep 2014
Robert Watson-Watt also inspired another valuable wartime technology - "high frequency direction finding" or "huff-duff" which enabled the Allies to target u-boats. This project was in many ways...

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Open source at The Open University

Open source at The Open University Copyrighted image Credit: Andy Hendry
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 07 Jun 2010
Why has the OU created a Linux course? Liam Green-Hughes and Andrew Smith discuss Open Source at the Open University.

Boundaries of the knowable

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Feb 2010
Professor Russell Stannard OBE delves into the question of whether we can ever go beyond the boundaries of what we know.