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Reboot Your STEM Career

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 May 2016
Returning to a STEM career? Reboot Your STEM Career is a comprehensive interactive toolkit to help you relaunch your career and ...

Are old voting machines a threat to democracy?

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 May 2016
Although e-voting might seem like a modern way of running an election, in the US the current infrastructure is already sliding into obsolesence -...

A short history of the early days of artificial intelligence

A short history of the early days of artificial intelligence Copyright free image Copyright free: Archive.org New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 May 2016
Artificial Intelligence seems very much of our time - but as Jessica Riskin explains, history records many attempts to create machines that think.

Aeroplane Design and Engineering

Aeroplane Design and Engineering Copyrighted image Copyright: iStock New content
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 25 May 2016
Ever wondered what happens to lost luggage or why plane windows are the shape they are? Take a tour of our interactive aeroplane to find out.

Charles Darwin And The Tree Of Life

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Updated 14 May 2016
David Attenborough takes a passionate, personal journey through Darwin's discoveries.

10 billion dollar companies that didn't exist 10 years ago

10 billion dollar companies that didn't exist 10 years ago Creative commons image By Philafrenzy (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 10 May 2016
To continue the celebrations around OpenLearn's 10th birthday, here's a list of ten billion dollar companies that didn't exist ten years ago. 

Life In Cold Blood

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Life In Cold Blood Copyrighted image Copyright: Production team
Updated 29 Apr 2016
David Attenborough explores the lives of amphibians and reptiles - cold blood, but amazing creatures. Watch clips and find out more.

Life In The Undergrowth

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Life In The Undergrowth Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Updated 29 Apr 2016
David Attenborough pushes back the foliage and finds a world of invertebrates.

Life Story

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Life Story Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC/Anup Shah
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Apr 2016
Life Story takes us on the greatest of all adventures – the journey through life. Find out more, and watch clips from the series.

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Returning to STEM

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Returning to STEM Updated content
Advanced level Duration 24 hours Updated 26 May 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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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...

Squares, roots and powers

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Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 25 Apr 2016
From paving your patio to measuring the ingredients for your latest recipe, squares, roots and powers really are part of everyday life. This free...

Prices

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Prices Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 25 Apr 2016
This free course, Prices, looks at a wide variety of ways of comparing prices and the construction of a price index. You will also look at the...

Successful IT systems

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Successful IT systems Copyrighted image Copyright: © Exdez/Getty Images
Advanced level Duration 9 hours Updated 19 Apr 2016
Information technology (IT) systems are a critical part of our world, in business and the public and voluntary sectors. They are often highly...

Maths for science and technology

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Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 15 Apr 2016
Youre about to start a course in science and technology and you're wondering whether your level of maths is going to be enough to get you through....

Software and the law

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Advanced level Duration 8 hours Updated 14 Apr 2016
In this free course, Software and the law, you'll look at the laws relevant to software and its use, taking a global perspective. ...

Basic science: understanding numbers

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Basic science: understanding numbers
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 13 Apr 2016
This free course, Basic science: understanding numbers, explains how you can use numbers to describe the natural world and make sense of everything...

Basic science: understanding experiments

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Basic science: understanding experiments
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 13 Apr 2016
This free course, Basic science: understanding experiments, introduces you to science-based skills through simple and exciting physics, chemistry...

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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 31 May 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 31 May 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 31 May 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 31 May 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 31 May 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 31 May 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 31 May 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 31 May 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 31 May 2016
How can we best think about and live sustainably within natural and built environments, given the pressures that threaten them? This certificate is...