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Crater calculator

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Crater calculator Copyright free image Copyright free: Fredrik / NASA
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Sep 2016
How big a crater would be made by an impact from a body hurtling from space? It depends... but our calculator will give you an idea. You can choose...

The 2016 race enters the home straight

The 2016 race enters the home straight Creative commons image Gage Skidmore under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Sep 2016
The start of September sees the US Presidential election enter its final stages. The polls might be suggesting Hillary will coast to victory - but...

Dr Matt Balme on modelling the landscape of Mars

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Dr Matt Balme on modelling the landscape of Mars Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 31 Aug 2016
In this 3 minute video, Dr Matt Balme in The Open University's Space Science research priority area, gives us a tour of his laboratory and...

Taxes and privacy: A tech business reading list

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Taxes and privacy: A tech business reading list Creative commons image Quagmire's Photos under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Aug 2016
Tax judgements, privacy concerns, wonky algorithms, Labour's digital plans and antitrust worries. OpenLearn brings you a quick guide to a busy day...

Studying Engineering

Studying Engineering Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 30 Aug 2016
Interested in studying engineering? Find out how with The Open University. 

OpenLearn Live: 26th August 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 26th August 2016 Creative commons image Nick Webb under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Aug 2016
Rounding off a week of Bolts with the fastest of them all; and how can you trust online video? Free learning from across the day.

OpenLearn Live: 25th August 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 25th August 2016 Copyright free image Copyright free: Claudio Elias
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Aug 2016
The twelve bolts that ensured divers could continue to breathe; a brief history of gay soaps; and the end of conflict in sight in Colombia. Free...

Why are tiger moths making people unwell - and what can we do about it?

Why are tiger moths making people unwell - and what can we do about it? Creative commons image John Flannery under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Aug 2016
Some people can be fatally allergic to tiger moths - and lepidopterism can often be misdiagnosed. New research might have a solution.

How are Snapchat filters allowing survivors of sexual assault tell their stories?

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How are Snapchat filters allowing survivors of sexual assault tell their stories? Creative commons image Maurizio Pesce under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Aug 2016
By Vishal
The ability to disguise yourself is allowing Indians to talk openly about the crimes they've been victims of - without having to reveal their...

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Strategic planning: systems thinking in practice

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Strategic planning: systems thinking in practice Updated content
Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 21 Sep 2016
Strategic planning: systems thinking in practice is a free course introducing core ideas of systems thinking in practice for managing and improving...

Returning to STEM

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Returning to STEM Updated content
Advanced level Duration 24 hours Updated 19 Sep 2016
This free badged course, Returning to STEM, offers useful skills and solutions to help you get back into a career in science, technology,...

Basic science: understanding experiments

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Basic science: understanding experiments Updated content
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 19 Sep 2016
This free course, Basic science: understanding experiments, introduces you to science-based skills through simple and exciting physics, chemistry...

Succeed with maths – Part 2

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Succeed with maths – Part 2 Copyrighted image Copyright: Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net Updated content
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 19 Sep 2016
This free course, Succeed with maths Part 2, is a sequel to Part 1, in which you will continue to develop your mathematical knowledge and skills...

Succeed with maths – Part 1

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Succeed with maths – Part 1 Copyrighted image Copyright: Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net Updated content
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 19 Sep 2016
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...

The digital scholar

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The digital scholar Copyrighted image Copyright: © alengo/iStockphoto.com Updated content
Intermediate level Duration 24 hours Updated 16 Sep 2016
Digital scholarship is a shorthand for the intersection of three technology related developments: digital content, networked distribution and open...

Internet of everything

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Internet of everything
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 30 Aug 2016
The internet of everything (IoE) is the networked connection of people, process, data and things. As more people, data and things come online, we...

Finding information in technology

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Finding information in technology Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 15 Aug 2016
The internet provides a world of information, but how do you find what you are looking for? This free course, Finding information in technology,...

Finding information in science and nature

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Finding information in science and nature Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 15 Aug 2016
This free course, Finding information in science and nature, will help you to identify and use information in Science and Nature, whether for your...

Finding information in mathematics and statistics

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Finding information in mathematics and statistics Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 15 Aug 2016
This free course, Finding information in mathematics and statistics, will help you to identify and use information in maths and statistics, whether...

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Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science

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Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 600 hours Updated 29 Sep 2016
If you’re fascinated by astronomy and planetary science, this certificate course provides a good basic introduction and equips you with the skills...

Certificate in Physics

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Certificate in Physics Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 900 hours Updated 29 Sep 2016
Physics is perhaps the most exciting intellectual adventure of our age – discoveries being made now will change your life, and learning physics...

Graduate Diploma in Mathematics Education

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Graduate Diploma in Mathematics Education Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 29 Sep 2016
You don't need a specialist mathematics background to be an effective maths teacher. This professional development diploma course equips you with...

Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 29 Sep 2016
Are you fascinated by life’s big questions? Are you thinking about studying for a degree? The Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences...

Certificate in Promoting Public Health

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Certificate in Promoting Public Health Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 600 hours Updated 29 Sep 2016
Public health is everyone’s business and the contribution of local authorities, education, social care, families, police, prisons, business and...

Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 29 Sep 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 in Health Sciences

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Certificate in Health Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 600 hours Updated 29 Sep 2016
This certificate provides a broad introduction to health sciences, exploring some of the scientific and social aspects of disease and disability....

Top-up Bachelor of Engineering with Honours

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Top-up Bachelor of Engineering with Honours Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 29 Sep 2016
This course enables you to top up your knowledge and skills to honours degree level if you have completed an OU foundation degree or diploma of...

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 29 Sep 2016
How can we best think about and live sustainably within natural and built environments, given the pressures that threaten them? This certificate is...