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  • What can emoji teach us about human civilization?

    By Dr Philip Seargeant

    Is emoji another example of the dumbing-down of our language and culture or is there a more educational purpose to...

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    15 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    18 Jul 2017

  • What can emoji teach us about human civilization?

    What can emoji teach us about human civilization? New content
    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 18 Jul 2017
    Is emoji another example of the dumbing-down of our language and culture or is there a more educational purpose to the little pictures used to communicate?
  • Thoroughly Modern Millennials

    By Steve Woods

    How do Millennials want to learn? Does their use of new technologies require a more contemporary educational system?

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    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    13 Jul 2017

  • Thoroughly Modern Millennials

    Thoroughly Modern Millennials New content
    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 13 Jul 2017
    How do Millennials want to learn? Does their use of new technologies require a more contemporary educational system?
  • Hyper Evolution: Rise of the Robots Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Ed Cave - Windfall Films

    Hyper Evolution: Rise of the Robots

    Could machines built to enhance our lives one day become our greatest rivals?

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    05 Jul 2017

  • Hyper Evolution: Rise of the Robots

    Hyper Evolution: Rise of the Robots Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Ed Cave - Windfall Films
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 05 Jul 2017
    Could machines built to enhance our lives one day become our greatest rivals?
  • After Manchester: The strength of the city Creative commons image Icon twitter.com/pdjohnson under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    After Manchester: The strength of the city

    By Caroline Cheetham

    Even as it coped with the shock, Manchester and its people displayed their strength of character. Caroline Cheetham...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    24 May 2017

  • After Manchester: The strength of the city

    After Manchester: The strength of the city Creative commons image Icon twitter.com/pdjohnson under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 May 2017
    Even as it coped with the shock, Manchester and its people displayed their strength of character. Caroline Cheetham tells how a Northern city rallied in the...
  • If Wannacry caused so much disruption, how come it raised so little money? Creative commons image Icon Christiaan Colen under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    If Wannacry caused so much disruption, how come it raised so little money?

    By Bill Buchanan

    Hundreds of thousands of computers locked across the globe - but Wannacry raised less than other ransomware attacks....

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    23 May 2017

  • If Wannacry caused so much disruption, how come it raised so little money?

    If Wannacry caused so much disruption, how come it raised so little money? Creative commons image Icon Christiaan Colen under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 May 2017
    Hundreds of thousands of computers locked across the globe - but Wannacry raised less than other ransomware attacks. Bill Buchanan explains why.
  • Learning to swim in murky seas: Exploitation of the Electorate via Social Media Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: rawpixel

    Learning to swim in murky seas: Exploitation of the Electorate via Social Media

    By Dr Volker Patent

    Learn psychological self-defence and start resisting the dark arts of political communication, in Volker Patent’s...

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    10 mins

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    19 May 2017

  • Learning to swim in murky seas: Exploitation of the Electorate via Social Media

    Learning to swim in murky seas: Exploitation of the Electorate via Social Media Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: rawpixel
    Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 19 May 2017
    Learn psychological self-defence and start resisting the dark arts of political communication, in Volker Patent’s second article on Brexit and the General...
  • Seeing the internet Creative commons image Icon Barrett Lyon / The Opte Project under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license

    Seeing the internet

    By Professor Gillian Rose

    How do we see the internet? Gillian Rose explores why some artists and campaigners think it's important that the...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    18 May 2017

  • Seeing the internet

    Seeing the internet Creative commons image Icon Barrett Lyon / The Opte Project under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 18 May 2017
    How do we see the internet? Gillian Rose explores why some artists and campaigners think it's important that the internet is made more visible.
  • Exploring the digital world: a collection Creative commons image Icon JD Hancock under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Exploring the digital world: a collection

    From social media to the impact of screen time - academics from the OU and beyond explore the new worlds created by...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    18 May 2017

  • Exploring the digital world: a collection

    Exploring the digital world: a collection Creative commons image Icon JD Hancock under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 May 2017
    From social media to the impact of screen time - academics from the OU and beyond explore the new worlds created by technology
  • What are your chances during a zombie apocalypse? Creative commons image Icon Sam Javanrouh under CC BY-NC 2.0 licence under Creative-Commons license

    What are your chances during a zombie apocalypse?

    By Dr Neil Smith

    According to mathematics we'd all die in a zombie apocalypse but nature and computer science offer us more optimistic...

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    18 May 2017

  • What are your chances during a zombie apocalypse?

    What are your chances during a zombie apocalypse? Creative commons image Icon Sam Javanrouh under CC BY-NC 2.0 licence under Creative-Commons license
    Updated 18 May 2017
    According to mathematics we'd all die in a zombie apocalypse but nature and computer science offer us more optimistic outcomes. 
  • Has media literacy become self-destructive? Creative commons image Icon 1uffster (Jeanie) under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license

    Has media literacy become self-destructive?

    By Danah Boyd

    Danah Boyd, founder of Data & Society, asks if American society has become too distrustful of experts

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    17 May 2017

  • Has media literacy become self-destructive?

    Has media literacy become self-destructive? Creative commons image Icon 1uffster (Jeanie) under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 May 2017
    Danah Boyd, founder of Data & Society, asks if American society has become too distrustful of experts

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  • Natural intelligence

    One goal of artificial intelligence is to build machines that can operate in the real world, with all its noise and uncertainty. Much of what we...

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  • Crossing the boundary - analogue universe, digital worlds

    How does the computer's peculiar binary world of digital entities differ from our analogue world of colour, sound, taste and touch? This free...

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    How does the computer's peculiar binary world of digital entities differ from our...
  • Software and the law

    In this free course, Software and the law, you'll look at the laws relevant to software and its use, taking a global perspective. A major part of...

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    In this free course, Software and the law, you'll look at the laws relevant to...
  • Protocols in multi-service networks

    The internet, like the telephone system which preceded it, depends for its existence on communications networks. This free course, Protocols in...

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    The internet, like the telephone system which preceded it, depends for its...
  • Internet of everything

    The internet of everything (IoE) is the networked connection of people, process, data and things. As more people, data and things come online, we...

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    The internet of everything (IoE) is the networked connection of people, process,...
  • Managing virtual project teams

    Many projects are now ‘virtual’, i.e. some or all of the team are located remotely and may be working in different time zones. The project manager...

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    Level: 3 Advanced

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    Many projects are now ‘virtual’, i.e. some or all of the team are located remotely...
  • Project governance and Project Management Office (PMO)

    Whether a project is large or small, innovative or similar to other projects, governance and administrative support will be needed. The type of...

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    Whether a project is large or small, innovative or similar to other projects,...
  • Information security

    Information security underpins the commercial viability and profitability of enterprises of all sizes and the effectiveness of public sector...

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    Information security underpins the commercial viability and profitability of...
  • Managing Complexity: A Systems Approach

    Do you need to change the way you think when faced with a complex situation? Managing Complexity: A Systems Approach, is a free course that...

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    Do you need to change the way you think when faced with a complex situation?...
  • Systems diagramming

    Pictures speak louder than words. But how can you use diagrams to help you? This free course, Systems diagramming, looks at how diagrams can be...

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    Pictures speak louder than words. But how can you use diagrams to help you? This...