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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    13 Apr 2018

  • Inclusive Design and Making: Designing for individuals, in a personal way

    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 13 Apr 2018
    Rachael Luck explains how inclusive designers are making closer connections with the maker community, to create individual items to solve everyday challenges.
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    What connects knitting to helicopter design?

    By Claudia Eckert, Dr Janet Sumner

    The skills you learn knitting could come in handy putting a helicopter together. The OU's Claudia Eckert explains why.

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    27 Feb 2018

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    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Feb 2018
    The skills you learn knitting could come in handy putting a helicopter together. The OU's Claudia Eckert explains why.
  • Uncover the mysteries of flatpacks

    By Julian Cooper

    Flatpack - does the word strike fear or joy in your heart? Julian Cooper investigates the history of the mysterious...

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    Article

    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    31 Jan 2018

  • Uncover the mysteries of flatpacks

    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 31 Jan 2018
    Flatpack - does the word strike fear or joy in your heart? Julian Cooper investigates the history of the mysterious flatpack. 
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    Building Stories

    By Nicole Lotz

    Meet the architects and explore the stories behind some of Britain's most iconic buildings.

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    30 Jan 2018

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    Updated 30 Jan 2018
    Meet the architects and explore the stories behind some of Britain's most iconic buildings.
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    Article

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    29 Jan 2018

  • How 20th century design movements may have influenced IKEAs design culture

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    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 29 Jan 2018
    The enduring popularity of IKEA’s products, particularly its furniture, suggests that the design principles have been carefully considered over time. But how...
  • Article

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    29 Jan 2018

  • Keepers and seekers: iconic products, fashion fads and flops

    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 29 Jan 2018
    What stays and what goes? Dr Fiona Harris explores IKEA's product development.
  • Article

    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    29 Jan 2018

  • Swedish by name, Swedish by nature

    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 29 Jan 2018
    Dr Fiona Harris explores IKEA branding and product names.
  • How has Teddy Kinyanjui taken plastic out of reforestation?

    By Verenardo Meeme

    Planting trees seems to be a good thing, ecologically. But... what if the saplings come wrapped in plastic bags?...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    11 Jan 2018

  • How has Teddy Kinyanjui taken plastic out of reforestation?

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Jan 2018
    Planting trees seems to be a good thing, ecologically. But... what if the saplings come wrapped in plastic bags? Kenyan Teddy Kinyanjui has come up with an...
  • How much electronic waste do we generate as a species?

    By Madhukara Putty

    Old computers, knackered telly sets and phones that are so last year: How much of this discarded stuff is piling up?

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    Article

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    11 Jan 2018

  • How much electronic waste do we generate as a species?

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Jan 2018
    Old computers, knackered telly sets and phones that are so last year: How much of this discarded stuff is piling up?
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    Systems Thinking: Free courses

    A guide to all our free course offerings that explore systems as a subject in its own right, and subjects which can...

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    16 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    22 Nov 2017

  • Systems Thinking: Free courses

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    Introductory level Duration 16 hours Updated 22 Nov 2017
    A guide to all our free course offerings that explore systems as a subject in its own right, and subjects which can be understood through the application of...

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  • Strategic planning: systems thinking in practice

    Strategic planning: systems thinking in practice is a free course introducing core ideas of systems thinking in practice for managing and improving...

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    20 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    24 Apr 2018

  • Strategic planning: systems thinking in practice

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    Strategic planning: systems thinking in practice
    Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 24 Apr 2018
    Strategic planning: systems thinking in practice is a free course introducing core...
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    An introduction to design engineering

    This free course, An introduction to design engineering, looks at the way in which engineers use ideas and approaches from the discipline of design...

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    10 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    23 Apr 2018

  • An introduction to design engineering

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    Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 23 Apr 2018
    This free course, An introduction to design engineering, looks at the way in which...
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    Design thinking

    Are you ever frustrated with something that you thought you could design better? This free course, Design thinking, will show you how to structure...

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    10 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    28 Mar 2018

  • Design thinking

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    Are you ever frustrated with something that you thought you could design better?...
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    Design

    This free course looks at the process of design, from assessing the complexity of design as an activity to exposing the difficulty in making...

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    28 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    22 Feb 2018

  • Design

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    Design Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 28 hours Updated 22 Feb 2018
    This free course looks at the process of design, from assessing the complexity of...
  • Exploring communications technology

    This free course, Exploring communications technology, looks at some of the principles underpinning communications technology. It looks at the...

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    10 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    19 Jul 2017

  • Exploring communications technology

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    Exploring communications technology
    Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 19 Jul 2017
    This free course, Exploring communications technology, looks at some of the...
  • An introduction to interaction design

    From apps, phones and business systems to wearables, the Web and the Internet of Things, interactive products have become part of everyday life....

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    Free course

    10 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    05 Jun 2017

  • An introduction to interaction design

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    An introduction to interaction design
    Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 05 Jun 2017
    From apps, phones and business systems to wearables, the Web and the Internet of...
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    Manufacturing

    How are designs turned into products? What resources, materials and methods are used and what set of activities goes under the heading of ...

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    20 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    26 May 2017

  • Manufacturing

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    Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 26 May 2017
    How are designs turned into products? What resources, materials and methods are...
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    General principles of cellular communication

    Learn about how cells sense and respond to extrinsic stimuli, a capacity that allows them to communicate with each other and to respond to changes...

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    Free course

    8 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    22 Aug 2016

  • General principles of cellular communication

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    General principles of cellular communication Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: STEVE GSCHMEISSNER/Science Photo Library
    Advanced level Duration 8 hours Updated 22 Aug 2016
    Learn about how cells sense and respond to extrinsic stimuli, a capacity that...
  • Innovation through representation

    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...

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    Free course

    15 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    23 Mar 2016

  • 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...
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    Invention and innovation: An introduction

    This free course, Invention and innovation: An introduction, is for designers, engineers, technologists and anyone interested in designing and...

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    55 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    23 Mar 2016

  • Invention and innovation: An introduction

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    Invention and innovation: An introduction Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Advanced level Duration 55 hours Updated 23 Mar 2016
    This free course, Invention and innovation: An introduction, is for designers,...