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Fair shares? Why sharing needs a democratic revolution

Fair shares? Why sharing needs a democratic revolution Creative commons image Credit: David Hawgood under CC-BY-SA licence New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Sep 2015
The sharing economy is in danger of becoming dominated by Silicon Valley. That needs to change, says Chris Martin.

Why would you want your own web domain?

Why would you want your own web domain? Creative commons image Credit: Warrenski under CC-BY-SA New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Aug 2015
New services are making it easier to have your own home, under its own address, on the internet. But why would you want to do that? Tony Hirst...

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? Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
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...

Free course: Learn to code for data analysis

Free course: Learn to code for data analysis Copyrighted image Credit: 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...

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...

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...

Blackhat, dark night: Could hackers really cause a power outage?

Blackhat, dark night: Could hackers really cause a power outage? Creative commons image Credit: Eva Rinaldi under CC-BY-SA licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 25 Feb 2015
Although the nuclear meltdown depicted in Blackhat is fiction, Mike Richards warns there are other ways those with bad intentions could switch our...

What do I need to know about the SIM hack?

What do I need to know about the SIM hack? Creative commons image Credit: yum9me under CC-BY-NC-ND licence
Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Feb 2015
Revelations that security forces have broken the protection of mobile phone technology are a real concern. Mike Richards explains why - and how the...

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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,...

ICTs: Information

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ICTs: Information Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 08 Jul 2013
BBC News 24, Sky News, CNN – we live in an era where news has become almost instantaneous. This unit will look at how news is gathered and the...

Presenting information

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Presenting information Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 3 hours Updated 08 Jul 2013
Tables and charts are a great way to present numerical information in a clear and concise form. This unit explains how to use the Windows...

ICTs: e-government

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Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 08 Jul 2013
www……..gov.uk You can now access government directly through the web. E-government in action. While studying this unit you look at the scope of e...

ICTs: Technology news

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 08 Jul 2013
To develop as an independent, confident learner you will need to learn the study skills involved in reading articles, taking notes and summarising...

Introducing ICT systems

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Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 08 Jul 2013
Information and communication technologies (ICTs) systems now dominate our everyday lives. This unit will explain what constitutes such a system...

ICTs: device to device communication

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Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 08 Jul 2013
Are you a technophobe? Bluetooth, Ethernet WiFi – are they terms that mean nothing to you? This unit will gently guide you to an understanding of...

Key skill assessment unit: Information technology

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Introductory level Duration 50 hours Updated 29 Jul 2012
Skills in information technology (IT) cover a broad range, from using software packages effectively to developing a critical understanding of the...

Key skill assessment unit: Information literacy

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Introductory level Duration 50 hours Updated 29 Jul 2012
As the volume of information grows in databases, libraries and on the internet, information literacy skills are key to being able to find and...

Living with the internet: learning online

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Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 19 Mar 2012
Learning online is one of the great advantages of information technology. This unit will help you establish a safe and comfortable working...