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OpenLearn Live: 5th November 2015

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Nov 2015
The dog who uncovered an amazing cave, and a very short introduction to Boolean logic. Then more free learning through the day.

OpenLearn Live: 28th October 2015

OpenLearn Live: 28th October 2015 Creative commons image Matt Trostle under CC-BY licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 28 Oct 2015
A house leaking doom; the real characteristics of coders and the upside of parasites. Then more free learning through the day.

How can Facebook decide who you really are?

How can Facebook decide who you really are? Copyright free image Copyright free: Denvit
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Oct 2015
Facebook's policy of insisting on real names is causing problems for people who value their privacy. For Ellery Roberts Biddle, the social network...

What is openwashing - and how can you avoid it?

What is openwashing - and how can you avoid it? Creative commons image ShashiBellamkonda under CC-BY licence under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Oct 2015
Claiming to be open - whether in software, education resources, data, or government - but only for the kudos without making good on the open...

Getting into Hot Water over Hot Coffee

Getting into Hot Water over Hot Coffee Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 14 Sep 2015
Why did Rockstar have to pay out more than $20 million in legal fees for some hidden code left in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas?...

Simple Coding - Introduction

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 Sep 2015
Have you ever wanted to try out simple coding? Want to understand the basics of what coding entails? Look no further! 

Make it Digital

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Introductory level Updated 07 Aug 2015
To celebrate the BBC's Make It Digital season, which includes three co-productions with The Open University, we have collated together a wide array...

Ministry of Sharing: Are you a safe sharer?

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Ministry of Sharing: Are you a safe sharer? Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 14 Jul 2015
Are you a model citizen or a menace to society when it comes to divulging personal details? Take the test from the Ministry of Sharing and...

Simple Coding - Sequence

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Simple Coding - Sequence Copyrighted image Copyright: © Nikolaev | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Jul 2015
Learn about sequences of instructions in Python programmes. 

Free course: Learn to code for data analysis

Free course: Learn to code for data analysis Copyrighted image Copyright: Getty images
Updated 19 Jun 2015
Do you want to learn more about programming to analyse and visualise data? OpenLearn has a range of courses, articles and more to give you a real...

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Visualisation: Visual representations of data and information

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Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 19 Aug 2015
Modern society is often referred to as 'the information society' - but how can we make sense of all the information we are bombarded with? In this...

Computers and computer systems

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Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 27 Jul 2015
Computers and processors are ubiquitous in everyday life, and they're not only found in your PC. This free course, Computers and computer systems,...

An introduction to software development

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An introduction to software development Copyright free image Copyright free: iStock
Advanced level Duration 6 hours Updated 16 Oct 2014
Software development is the practice of organising the design and construction of software, the beating heart of much technology fundamental to our...

Machines, minds and computers

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Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 14 Apr 2014
Computers are becoming smarter and may soon become intelligent. This free course, Machines, minds and computers, looks at what intelligence is, how...

Natural intelligence

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Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 06 Mar 2014
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...

Representing and manipulating data in computers

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Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 10 Oct 2012
Computers are all around us: in cars, kitchen scales, digital cameras, etc. But how do they store the data they hold? This free course,...

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Software engineering

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Software engineering Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 10 Feb 2016 Register by 30 Sep 2016
Explore the advanced concepts and techniques used throughout the software life cycle, for the effective production and management of large, complex...