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What can we learn from Pokemon Go?

What can we learn from Pokemon Go? Creative commons image Rob Brooks under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Jul 2016
While scooping up Ratatas on the way to Sainsbury's is fun, Rebecca Ferguson is more excited by the potential of applying the technologies of...

OpenLearn Live: 27th July 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Jul 2016
When politicians get on the bus; the Ice Bucket Challenge money; Philae fades and newspapers must forget. Learning from across the day.

More or Less

More or Less Copyrighted image Copyright: © Doreen Salcher | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Jul 2016
Tim Harford presents BBC Radio 4's surprising and refreshing guide to statistics in the news.

Why could phosphorus depletion leave us all hungry?

Why could phosphorus depletion leave us all hungry? Creative commons image Dennis Jarvis under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Jul 2016
Easily accesible phosphorus rock sources are starting to run out. As the mines empty, food production could be hit. Should access to the rock...

OpenLearn Live: 22nd July 2016

OpenLearn Live: 22nd July 2016 Creative commons image Ydam under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Jul 2016
A biochemist with a fearsome reputation; how drones are helping ferrets and keeping your workers involved. Free learning from across the day.

OpenLearn Live: 20th July 2016

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Updated 20 Jul 2016
The sociologist who suggested gender is a social structure; what DNS is when it's working; then more free learning across the day.

How can statistics bring dead languages back to life?

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How can statistics bring dead languages back to life? Copyright free image Copyright free: Gellinger New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Jul 2016
Languages long unspoken are being brought back to life through statistical models.

OpenLearn Live: 19th July 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 19th July 2016 Creative commons image Biswarup Ganguly under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Jul 2016
Meet the cosmologist trying to plug the gaps in the Big Bang Theory; explore places that are hotter than our current heatwave and discover how BB8...

OpenLearn Live: 15th July 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 15 Jul 2016
A pioneer in the sky, an expert in reading it, and preserving our journey into it. Then more free learning across the day.

How do ruminants digest?

How do ruminants digest? Copyrighted image Copyright: Adapted from The New Encyclopedia of Mammals, Oxford University Press
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Jul 2016
A quick intoduction to how ruminants break down the plant matter they eat - equally useful as quick a revision aid on ruminants.

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Succeed with maths – Part 2

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Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 19 Jul 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 Jul 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...

Prices, location and spread

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Prices, location and spread Copyrighted image Copyright: © Leanne J in Flickr https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/ Updated content
Introductory level Duration 18 hours Updated 18 Jul 2016
The free course, Prices, location and spread, explores aspects of the question Are people getting better or worse off? It covers statistical...

Can renewable energy power the world?

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Can renewable energy power the world?
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 29 Jun 2016
Renewable energy sources are gaining an increasing share of world energy supplies. In the next eight weeks well cover the physical principles...

Information security

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Information security Creative commons image © ISAF Public Affairs under Creative-Commons license
Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 22 Jun 2016
Information security underpins the commercial viability and profitability of enterprises of all sizes and the effectiveness of public sector...

Introduction to cyber security

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Introduction to cyber security
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 22 Jun 2016
This free course, Introduction to cyber security, will help you to understand online security and start to protect your digital life, whether at...

Infection and immunity

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Infection and immunity
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 09 Jun 2016
In this free course, Infection and immunity, you will be introduced to infectious diseases and to the biological agents that invade our bodies and...

Returning to STEM

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Returning to STEM
Advanced level Duration 24 hours Updated 06 Jun 2016
This free badged course, Returning to STEM, offers useful skills and solutions to help you get back into a career in science, technology,...

Technology, innovation and management

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Technology, innovation and management Copyrighted image Copyright: David Parker / Science Photo Library / Universal Images Group
Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 29 Apr 2016
Develop a critical understanding of technological innovation and management. This free course, Technology, innovation and management, will provide...

Ratio, proportion and percentages

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Ratio, proportion and percentages Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 25 Apr 2016
From politics to cookery, ratios, proportions and percentages are part of everyday life. This free course is designed to help you become more...

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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 27 Jul 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 27 Jul 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 27 Jul 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 27 Jul 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 27 Jul 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 27 Jul 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 27 Jul 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 27 Jul 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 27 Jul 2016
How can we best think about and live sustainably within natural and built environments, given the pressures that threaten them? This certificate is...