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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...

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...

Mass surveillance will never be able to stop all known terrorists

Mass surveillance will never be able to stop all known terrorists Copyright free image Credit: Memorycatcher via Pixabay
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Jan 2015
The government believes mass surveillance can keep us safe from harm. Ray Corrigan suggests those plans need a closer look.

Highlights and lowlights of 2014, a golden year for cybercrime

Highlights and lowlights of 2014, a golden year for cybercrime Creative commons image Credit: Ethan Prater under CC-BY-2.0 licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 02 Jan 2015
In 2014 we learnt how powerful hackers and cyber criminals are, will this continue in to 2015? Andrew Smith takes a look back at the year of...

Embarking on a career in cyber security

Embarking on a career in cyber security Copyrighted image Credit: © Oksipix | Dreamstime.com - Cyber Security Photo
Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Dec 2014
Are you interested in a career in cyber security? Find out what career paths you can take here. 

Blaming Facebook for Lee Rigby’s murder is nonsense

Blaming Facebook for Lee Rigby’s murder is nonsense Copyrighted image Credit:
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Nov 2014
Scapegoating Facebook for the murder of Lee Rigby is wrong and is being used for political gains, writes Ray Corrigan.

Telegram brief history. Stop

Telegram brief history. Stop Copyrighted image Credit: Photowitch | Dreamstime.com - Morse Code On Telegraph Photo
Updated 24 Sep 2014
What can the history of the telegram tell us about our own hopes and fears of modern technologies? 

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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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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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Introducing ICT systems Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
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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Living with the internet: learning online Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
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...