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Video and Transcript - Polish

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Video and Transcript - Polish Copyright free image Credit: By Mareklug, Wanted [Public domain, Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Jul 2015
As part of an international project to get our International Year of Light animation translated into as many languages as possible, the...

Free course: The science of nuclear energy

Free course: The science of nuclear energy Copyrighted image Credit: © Jarous | Dreamstime.com New content
Updated 19 Jun 2015
Do you want to gain some fantastic resources to help aid your understanding of nuclear energy? OpenLearn has a range of courses, articles and more...

Reboot Your STEM Career

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Reboot Your STEM Career Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 19 Jun 2015
Returning to a STEM career? Not sure where to start? Reboot Your STEM Career is an interactive toolkit to help you get prepared and navigate your...

Round-up: Philae recharged

Round-up: Philae recharged Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Updated 15 Jun 2015
As part of the consortium that brought Philae to life, we're delighted that it's sending messages once again. Here's a quick round-up of reactions...

OU on the BBC: More or Less - Obesity Projections, Global Footprint, Street Value of Drugs

OU on the BBC: More or Less - Obesity Projections, Global Footprint, Street Value of Drugs Creative commons image Credit: e-Magine Art under CC-BY-SA licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 12 Jun 2015
As the series draws to a close, Tim Harford and the More or Less team are packing in the statistical goodies so that you can go into numerical...

It’s a crying shame when Nobel laureates are exposed as sexist

It’s a crying shame when Nobel laureates are exposed as sexist Creative commons image Credit: Paloma Baytelman under CC-BY-SA-2.0 licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 11 Jun 2015
Tim Hunt should have realised that his "light-hearted" comment about the "trouble with girls" was going to offend.

The OpenScience Lab and Light - International Year of Light

The OpenScience Lab and Light - International Year of Light Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
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....

DNA Profiling

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Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 15 May 2015
Dr Martin Bootman explains what DNA profiling is, how it works and how it can be used to catch a killer. 

Catching History's Criminals: The Forensics Story

Catching History's Criminals: The Forensics Story Copyrighted image Credit: The BBC
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 15 May 2015
Gabriel Weston investigates the world of the forensic scientist and the murders they've helped to solve.

What is forensic science?

What is forensic science? Creative commons image Credit: West Midlands Police under CC-BY-SA licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 15 May 2015
We've all seen CSI, but what exactly is forensic science? Martin Bootman explains.

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Basic science: understanding experiments

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Basic science: understanding experiments Updated content
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 23 Jun 2015
This free course introduces you to science-based skills through simple and exciting physics, chemistry and biology experiments.

Introduction to cyber security

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Introduction to cyber security Updated content
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 23 Jun 2015
This free course, Introduction to cyber security, will help you to understand online security and start to protect your digital life, whether at...

Moons

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Moons Updated content
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 23 Jun 2015
Explore the many moons of our Solar System. Find out what makes them special. Should we send humans to our Moon again?

Succeed with maths – Part 2

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Succeed with maths – Part 2 Copyrighted image Credit: Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net Updated content
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 23 Jun 2015
Following on from Succeed with maths – Part 1 this course will continue to develop your mathematical knowledge and skills using everyday examples....

Can renewable energy power the world?

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Can renewable energy power the world? Updated content
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 23 Jun 2015
Renewable energy sources are gaining an increasing share of world energy supplies. In the next eight weeks we’ll cover the physical principles...

Introduction to ecosystems

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Introduction to ecosystems Updated content
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 23 Jun 2015
If we don’t grasp why ecosystems function, it becomes harder to determine possible reasons for when they don’t, and makes it difficult to identify...

Succeed with maths – Part 1

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Succeed with maths – Part 1 Copyrighted image Credit: Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net Updated content
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 23 Jun 2015
If you feel that maths is a mystery that you want to unravel then this short 8-week course is for you. The course will guide you through how...

Migration

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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...

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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
Duration 600 hours Updated 02 Jul 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
Duration 900 hours Updated 02 Jul 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
Duration 1200 hours Updated 02 Jul 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
Duration 1200 hours Updated 02 Jul 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
Duration 1200 hours Updated 02 Jul 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
Duration 600 hours Updated 02 Jul 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
Duration 600 hours Updated 02 Jul 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
Duration 1200 hours Updated 02 Jul 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
Duration 1200 hours Updated 02 Jul 2015
How can we best think about and live sustainably within natural and built environments, given the pressures that threaten them? This certificate is...