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OpenLearn Live: 16th November 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 16th November 2016 Creative commons image Robin Vanags under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Nov 2016
Where Doctors once acted, now real doctors perform - a trip to Pebble Mill. Do apps update too often? And post-truth: word of the year. ...

OpenLearn Live: 15th November 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 15th November 2016 Creative commons image Birmingham Museums Trust / Wikimedia under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 15 Nov 2016
Birmingham: Home of the photocopier; European names for the platypus; and the point of art. Learning and research from across the day.

Can engineering help improve patient safety?

Can engineering help improve patient safety? Creative commons image Visitor6 under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 15 Nov 2016
New research from Cambridge suggests that better, clearer, consistent design of tubes and liquids could save lives.

Attacked but not hacked: How secure was the US election?

Attacked but not hacked: How secure was the US election? Creative commons image US Embassy The Hague under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Nov 2016
Fears that hackers might try and alter figures at the ballot boxes were unfounded - but that doesn't mean the US democratic process didn't come...

Exploring Religion in London

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Exploring Religion in London
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 02 Nov 2016
Take a guided tour round 7 of London’s principal religious buildings in full 360° detail.

Ada Lovelace Day

Ada Lovelace Day Creative commons image Wikimedia under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 11 Oct 2016
An intriguing story of Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage, and their role in the 19th century development of the computer.

Taxes and privacy: A tech business reading list

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Taxes and privacy: A tech business reading list Creative commons image Quagmire's Photos under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Aug 2016
Tax judgements, privacy concerns, wonky algorithms, Labour's digital plans and antitrust worries. OpenLearn brings you a quick guide to a busy day...

Studying Engineering

Studying Engineering Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 30 Aug 2016
Interested in studying engineering? Find out how with The Open University. 

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
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
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...

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Technological innovation: a resource-based view

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Technological innovation: a resource-based view Copyrighted image Copyright: ANDRZEJ DUDZINSKI/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY/Universal Images Group
Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 17 Nov 2016
This free course, Technological innovation: a resource-based view, aims to provide you with an overview and introduction to a range of related...

Introduction to structural integrity

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Introduction to structural integrity Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 31 Aug 2016
The I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis in August 2007, resulting in at least 13 deaths, illustrates the importance of structural integrity. This...

Technology Evaluation

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Technology Evaluation Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 24 Aug 2016
The aim of this free course, Technology Evaluation, is to provide you with the knowledge you need to develop and work with forms of evaluation that...

Creating musical sounds

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Creating musical sounds Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 24 Aug 2016
How do different instruments produce the sounds we classify as music? How do we decide whether something whether a piano or a vacuum cleaner is...

Sound for music technology: An introduction

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Sound for music technology: An introduction Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 24 Aug 2016
Whether you're a professional musician, play music with your friends on the weekends or just like to listen to CDs, music technology affects your...

Theories in Technology Evaluation

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Theories in Technology Evaluation Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 24 Aug 2016
This free course, Theories in Technology Evaluation, is devoted to exploring and analysing the theoretical and political nature of evaluation and...

Finding information in technology

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Finding information in technology Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 15 Aug 2016
The internet provides a world of information, but how do you find what you are looking for? This free course, Finding information in technology,...

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 ...

Tay Bridge disaster

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Tay Bridge disaster Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 06 May 2016
The sudden collapse of Scotland's Tay Bridge in 1879 killed more than 70 rail passengers and shocked the population. An extensive inquiry was...

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...

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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 02 Dec 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 02 Dec 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 02 Dec 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 02 Dec 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 02 Dec 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 02 Dec 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 02 Dec 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 02 Dec 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 02 Dec 2016
This Diploma of Higher Education in Materials Fabrication and Engineering brings together qualifications offered by The Welding Institute (TWI) –...