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The OpenScience Lab and Light - International Year of Light

The OpenScience Lab and Light - International Year of Light Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 20 May 2015
Free learning resources from The Open Science Lab, relating to light, as part of The Open University's International Year of Light celebrations....

OU on the BBC: More or Less - Strokes, teachers and electoral reform

OU on the BBC: More or Less -  Strokes, teachers and electoral reform Copyrighted image Credit: Brett Critchley | Dreamstime.com New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 May 2015
Tim Harford investigates strokes, the plight of new teachers, overhauling the electoral system and how computers struggle with big numbers as much...

Rough Science 1 Mediterranean: Video extras: Why Jonathan's a scientist

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Rough Science 1 Mediterranean: Video extras: Why Jonathan's a scientist Copyrighted image Credit: Production team Updated content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 May 2015
Rough Scientist Jonathan Hare explains what got him into studying science in the first place, from the BBC/OU Rough Science 1 series

Can animals predict earthquakes - and how could they alert us?

Can animals predict earthquakes - and how could they alert us? Copyright free image Credit: Public domain image
Updated 06 May 2015
It might sound like something out of a Lassie film - animals warning of imminent disasters. But connecting animals to the cloud could give early...

Opinion polls in a nutshell

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Opinion polls in a nutshell Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Apr 2015
Have opinion polls got you baffled? Fear not - Professor Kevin McConway explains opinion polls in these short videos. 

Astronomy and Light - International Year of Light

Astronomy and Light - International Year of Light Copyrighted image Credit: By Davidherraezcalzada via Dreamstime under subscription
Introductory level Updated 23 Apr 2015
Free learning resources in astronomy, relating to light, as part of The Open University's International Year of Light celebrations. 

The Election Debate Visualisation Project

The Election Debate Visualisation Project Copyrighted image Credit: EDV Project / Party leader images CC Plaid Cymru / Edinburgh Greens / Scottish Government / Gage Skidmore / Ed Miliband
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 14 Apr 2015
Even though social media is thoroughly embedded in voters’ culture we have yet to come up with an engaging, interactive way to share our feedback...

The science behind forensics

The science behind forensics Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 10 Apr 2015
"Forensic science is just recent archaeology", says Allan Jamieson, Director of the Forensic Institute, Glasgow, as he explains how the same...

OU on the BBC: Wastemen

OU on the BBC: Wastemen Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Apr 2015
Join the people who work round the clock to cope with the vast swathes of waste produced by modern Britain, as we meet the Wastemen.

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Migration

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Migration Updated content
Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 11 May 2015
This unit introduces migration in animals, with special reference to birds, and also introduces the themes of movement, selection and homeostasis.

Ratio, proportion and percentages

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Ratio, proportion and percentages Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 29 Apr 2015
From politics to cookery, ratios, proportions and percentages are part of everyday life. This free course, Ratio, proportion and percentages, is...

Squares, roots and powers

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Squares, roots and powers Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 29 Apr 2015
From paving your patio to measuring the ingredients for your latest recipe, squares, roots and powers really are part of everyday life. This free...

Numbers, units and arithmetic

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Numbers, units and arithmetic
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 29 Apr 2015
Do fractions and decimals make you apprehensive about maths? Do you lack confidence in dealing with numbers? If so, then this free course, Numbers,...

ICTs in everyday life

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ICTs in everyday life Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 29 Apr 2015
We now live in a global village where distance in no longer a barrier to commercial or social contact. This free course, ICTs in everyday life,...

Nutrition: vitamins and minerals

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Nutrition: vitamins and minerals Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 28 Apr 2015
Both vitamins and minerals are essential in the diet in small quantities. Learn about the two main vitamin groups and the major mineral elements....

Introduction to computer forensics and investigations

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Introduction to computer forensics and investigations Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 28 Apr 2015
With a few easily available tools people can reveal the stored passwords on their computer and access previously deleted data. Learn about some of...

An introduction to information security

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An introduction to information security Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Masters level Duration 55 hours Updated 28 Apr 2015
Headline news scares about stolen or missing data are becoming a frequent occurrence. This free course, An introduction to information security,...

Can renewable energy power the world?

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Can renewable energy power the world?
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 15 Apr 2015
Renewable energy sources are gaining an increasing share of world energy supplies. In the next eight weeks we’ll cover the physical principles...

Succeed with maths – Part 2

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Succeed with maths – Part 2 Copyrighted image Credit: Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 15 Apr 2015
[BETA] Following on from Succeed with maths – Part 1 this course will continue to develop your mathematical knowledge and skills using everyday...

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Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science

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Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 23 May 2015
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 Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 900 hours Updated 23 May 2015
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 Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 23 May 2015
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 Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 23 May 2015
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 of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 23 May 2015
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 Promoting Public Health

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Certificate in Promoting Public Health Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 23 May 2015
Public health is everyone’s business and the contribution of local authorities, education, social care, families, police, prisons, business and...

Certificate in Health Sciences

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Certificate in Health Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 23 May 2015
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 Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 23 May 2015
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 Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 23 May 2015
How can we best think about and live sustainably within natural and built environments, given the pressures that threaten them? This certificate is...