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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 New content
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 New content
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...

Early adopters: What are smartphones doing to children?

Early adopters: What are smartphones doing to children? Creative commons image Steve Paine under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Jun 2016
Children - very young children - are adept at using iPads and other touchscreen technologies. Should we worry? Probably not, says Olivia Solon.

Why do some cities thrive?

Why do some cities thrive? Creative commons image Scorpions and Centaurs under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Jun 2016
Milton Keynes, home of The Open University, has grown successfully as a city - while other places have failed to thrive. New research is hoping to...

Will a new European law mean YouTube has to monitor your uploads?

Will a new European law mean YouTube has to monitor your uploads? Creative commons image Erich Ferdinand under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 01 Jun 2016
New proposals from the European Commission could force some internet hosting sites to proactively monitor everything posted to their sites. Daphne...

Reboot Your STEM Career

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Reboot Your STEM Career Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 May 2016
Returning to a STEM career? Reboot Your STEM Career is a comprehensive interactive toolkit to help you relaunch your career and ...

Are old voting machines a threat to democracy?

Are old voting machines a threat to democracy? Creative commons image Joebeone under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 May 2016
Although e-voting might seem like a modern way of running an election, in the US the current infrastructure is already sliding into obsolesence -...

City in The Sky

City in The Sky Copyrighted image Copyright: The BBC
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 26 May 2016
This three-part OU/BBC co-production on BBC Two investigates the 'City in the Sky'. You will never look at your time aloft in the same...

A short history of the early days of artificial intelligence

A short history of the early days of artificial intelligence Copyright free image Copyright free: Archive.org
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 May 2016
Artificial Intelligence seems very much of our time - but as Jessica Riskin explains, history records many attempts to create machines that think.

Aeroplane Design and Engineering

Aeroplane Design and Engineering Copyrighted image Copyright: iStock
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 25 May 2016
Ever wondered what happens to lost luggage or why plane windows are the shape they are? Take a tour of our interactive aeroplane to find out.

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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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Superconductivity Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
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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Invention and innovation: An introduction Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
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...

Finding information in technology

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Finding information in technology Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 22 Mar 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,...

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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 29 Jul 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 29 Jul 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 29 Jul 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 29 Jul 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 29 Jul 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 29 Jul 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 29 Jul 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 29 Jul 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 29 Jul 2016
This Diploma of Higher Education in Materials Fabrication and Engineering brings together qualifications offered by The Welding Institute (TWI) –...