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OpenLearn Live: 26th August 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 26th August 2016 Creative commons image Nick Webb under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Aug 2016
Rounding off a week of Bolts with the fastest of them all; and how can you trust online video? Free learning from across the day.

OpenLearn Live: 25th August 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 25th August 2016 Copyright free image Copyright free: Claudio Elias New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Aug 2016
The twelve bolts that ensured divers could continue to breathe; a brief history of gay soaps; and the end of conflict in sight in Colombia. Free...

OpenLearn Live: 19th August 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Aug 2016
The poles that allow athletes to vault; and 25 years on from the Soviet Coup. Free learning from across the day.

OpenLearn Live: 15th August 2016

OpenLearn Live: 15th August 2016 Creative commons image Ben Schumin under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 15 Aug 2016
The shoe that tries hard to not be a shoe; fighting malaria; and Devon wrecks. Free learning from across the day.

How can you use sand to store energy?

How can you use sand to store energy? Creative commons image Łukasz Zabierowski under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Aug 2016
A new project is attempting to bring together two things the desert has in abundance - sand and sunshine - to generate power cleanly and...

OpenLearn Live: 9th August 2016

OpenLearn Live: 9th August 2016 Creative commons image Paulo Roberto de Souza under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Aug 2016
The Brazilian who reclaimed native plants for tropical gardens; what went wrong with the Australian census; and mapping cyclists data. Free...

OpenLearn Live: 8th August 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 8th August 2016 Creative commons image Arthur Boppré under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Aug 2016
An astonishing bridge which makes a bold entrance to Rio. Then more free learning through the day.

OpenLearn Live: 3rd August 2016

OpenLearn Live: 3rd August 2016 Copyright free image Copyright free: Adrian Pingstone / Public Domain
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Aug 2016
Buy British? Maybe next time, says the government in 1966. Today's government embraces blockchains. And why the Alzheimer's drug isn't. Free...

What can we learn from Pokemon Go?

What can we learn from Pokemon Go? Creative commons image Rob Brooks under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Jul 2016
While scooping up Ratatas on the way to Sainsbury's is fun, Rebecca Ferguson is more excited by the potential of applying the technologies of...

OpenLearn Live: 19th July 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 19th July 2016 Creative commons image Biswarup Ganguly under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Jul 2016
Meet the cosmologist trying to plug the gaps in the Big Bang Theory; explore places that are hotter than our current heatwave and discover how BB8...

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Manufacturing

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Manufacturing Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 12 Aug 2016
How are designs turned into products? What resources, materials and methods are used and what set of activities goes under the heading of ...

Technology, innovation and management

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Technology, innovation and management Copyrighted image Copyright: David Parker / Science Photo Library / Universal Images Group
Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 29 Apr 2016
Develop a critical understanding of technological innovation and management. This free course, Technology, innovation and management, will provide...

Design thinking

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Design thinking Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 29 Mar 2016
Are you ever frustrated with something that you thought you could design better? This free course, Design thinking, will show you how to structure...

Structural devices

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Structural devices Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 29 Mar 2016
Microelectronics has enabled designers of integrated circuits to exercise complete control over the electrical characteristics of each component...

Superconductivity

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Advanced level Duration 12 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
The fascinating phenomenon of superconductivity and its potential applications has attracted the attention of scientists, engineers and businessmen...

Innovation through representation

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Innovation through representation
Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 23 Mar 2016
Innovations are realised through design, and some of the most useful tools in the designer's toolbox are the representations that are used to move...

Invention and innovation: An introduction

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Advanced level Duration 55 hours Updated 23 Mar 2016
This free course, Invention and innovation: An introduction, is for designers, engineers, technologists and anyone interested in designing and...

Introduction to structural integrity

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Introduction to structural integrity Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 23 Mar 2016
The I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis in August 2007, resulting in at least 13 deaths, illustrates the importance of structural integrity. This...

Introduction to finite element analysis

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Introduction to finite element analysis Copyright free image Copyright free: Red Bull Racing
Advanced level Duration 7 hours Updated 23 Mar 2016
What is finite element analysis (what is it and why do we carry it out? This free course, Introduction to finite element analysis, introduces the...

Engineering: The nature of problems

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Intermediate level Duration 40 hours Updated 23 Mar 2016
Engineering is about extending the horizons of society by solving technical problems, ranging from the meeting of basic human needs for food and...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 27 Aug 2016
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...

Top-up Bachelor of Engineering with Honours

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Top-up Bachelor of Engineering with Honours Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 27 Aug 2016
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...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 27 Aug 2016
Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a statistic we’re proud of – the BA/BSc Open is one of the most...

Foundation Degree in Materials Fabrication and Engineering

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Foundation Degree in Materials Fabrication and Engineering Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 27 Aug 2016
This Foundation Degree in Materials Fabrication and Engineering brings together qualifications offered by The Welding Institute (TWI) – the world...

Diploma of Higher Education in Engineering

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Diploma of Higher Education in Engineering Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 27 Aug 2016
Engineering is at the heart of the built environment, and plays a central role in every aspect of our working and personal lives – from electricity...

Foundation Degree in Engineering

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Foundation Degree in Engineering Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 27 Aug 2016
Engineering is at the heart of the built environment, and plays a central role in every aspect of our working and personal lives – from electricity...

Diploma of Higher Education in Computing&IT&Second Subject

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Diploma of Higher Education in Computing&IT&Second Subject Creative commons image Sam I Are under CC-BY-NC-SA under Creative-Commons license
Duration 2400 hours Updated 27 Aug 2016
Computing and IT skills are hugely valued in the modern workplace; studied together with a second complementary subject they can give you an...

Diploma of Higher Education Open

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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 27 Aug 2016
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

Diploma of Higher Education in Materials Fabrication and Engineering

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Diploma of Higher Education in Materials Fabrication and Engineering Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 27 Aug 2016
This Diploma of Higher Education in Materials Fabrication and Engineering brings together qualifications offered by The Welding Institute (TWI) –...