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A 19th century autopsy unmasks a poisoner

A 19th century autopsy unmasks a poisoner Copyright free image Copyright free: gokalpiscan New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Jun 2016
14 physicians gather at a graveside to untangle a tale of American settlers, poison, weak alibis, murder and suicide.

OpenLearn Live: 23rd June 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Jun 2016
Did Harold Wilson get 'arold and Albert shifted to win an election? How did Britain become an island? Can you trust an ethicist? Free learning from...

Virtual Microscope

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Jun 2016
Examine moon rocks and meteorites up close with our Virtual Microscope

OpenLearn Live: 22nd June 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Jun 2016
The greatest electoral fraud in history, and learn how to digest statistics over lunch. Then more free learning across the day.

Why is it time to revisit the Moon?

Why is it time to revisit the Moon? Copyrighted image Copyright: Thinkstock New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Jun 2016
Join our audience in Cardiff or online to discover if it's time for us to head back to the Moon.

OpenLearn Live: 17th June 2016

OpenLearn Live: 17th June 2016 Copyright free image Copyright free: NASA New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Jun 2016
The moon that wasn't there. Twice. Then more free learning through the day.

How do you tell the biological sex of a T-Rex?

How do you tell the biological sex of a T-Rex? Copyright free image Copyright free: Yana Ray New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Jun 2016
Carefully, if you find yourself trying to determine the sex of a live T-Rex. But when all you have is fossils... how do you go about it?

OpenLearn Live: 16th June 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Jun 2016
A dark, blue moon; Frankenstein's 200th birthday and fast food boxes that deliver virtual reality. Free learning from across the day.

OpenLearn Live: 14th June 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Jun 2016
Charon, locked in a dance with Pluto. Then more free learning across the day.

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Information security

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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 Updated content
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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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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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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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....

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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 25 Jun 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 25 Jun 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 25 Jun 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 25 Jun 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 25 Jun 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 25 Jun 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 25 Jun 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 25 Jun 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 25 Jun 2016
How can we best think about and live sustainably within natural and built environments, given the pressures that threaten them? This certificate is...