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  • Hyper Evolution: Rise of the Robots Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Ed Cave - Windfall Films

    Hyper Evolution: Rise of the Robots

    Could machines built to enhance our lives one day become our greatest rivals?

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    10 mins

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    03 Aug 2017

  • Hyper Evolution: Rise of the Robots

    Hyper Evolution: Rise of the Robots Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Ed Cave - Windfall Films
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 03 Aug 2017
    Could machines built to enhance our lives one day become our greatest rivals?
  • Understanding Milton Keynes Creative commons image Icon By Own work (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Understanding Milton Keynes

    Much like The Open University, its home Milton Keynes took a less than conventional approach when it was designed....

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    27 Jul 2017

  • Understanding Milton Keynes

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    Understanding Milton Keynes Creative commons image Icon By Own work (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 27 Jul 2017
    Much like The Open University, its home Milton Keynes took a less than conventional approach when it was designed. Watch our feature-length videos.
  • The Brits Who Built The Modern World Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Nathan Kendall/OFTV

    The Brits Who Built The Modern World

    Join us for the series that tells the story of how an exceptional generation of British architects conquered the globe with their high-tech vision

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    19 Jul 2017

  • The Brits Who Built The Modern World

    The Brits Who Built The Modern World Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Nathan Kendall/OFTV
    Updated 19 Jul 2017
    Join us for the series that tells the story of how an exceptional generation of British architects conquered the globe with their high-tech vision
  • What do you know about fear? Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license

    What do you know about fear?

    By Professor Simon Bell

    Fear is something we all have an instinct about. But what do we really know about fear? Try this interactive quiz to...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    29 Jun 2017

  • What do you know about fear?

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    What do you know about fear? Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Jun 2017
    Fear is something we all have an instinct about. But what do we really know about fear? Try this interactive quiz to test your knowledge about fear. 
  • Project Fear: Order your free graphic novel Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Simon Bell, Charles Cutting & The Open University

    Project Fear: Order your free graphic novel

    By Professor Simon Bell

    An uncertain world. Can systems thinking free us from fear? Simon Bell & Charles Cutting's graphic novel asks the...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    27 Jun 2017

  • Project Fear: Order your free graphic novel

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    Project Fear: Order your free graphic novel Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Simon Bell, Charles Cutting & The Open University
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Jun 2017
    An uncertain world. Can systems thinking free us from fear? Simon Bell & Charles Cutting's graphic novel asks the question.
  • Offshore wind powers ahead in Europe Creative commons image Icon "Sunset sailing" by Aaron Crowe, via Flickr under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license

    Offshore wind powers ahead in Europe

    By Climate News Network

    Falling costs mean that power generated by offshore wind farms is becoming increasingly competitive with other fuels ...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    13 Jun 2017

  • Offshore wind powers ahead in Europe

    Offshore wind powers ahead in Europe Creative commons image Icon "Sunset sailing" by Aaron Crowe, via Flickr under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Jun 2017
    Falling costs mean that power generated by offshore wind farms is becoming increasingly competitive with other fuels – and that’s good news for the climate
  • Three Unsung Inventions: Tarmac, Time and Propellers

    By Dr James Warren

    Dr James Warren gives us the lowdown on three unsung inventions and the stories behind the ingenious inventors....

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    30 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    13 Jun 2017

  • Three Unsung Inventions: Tarmac, Time and Propellers

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    Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 13 Jun 2017
    Dr James Warren gives us the lowdown on three unsung inventions and the stories behind the ingenious inventors. Vote for your favourite in our poll....
  • Book, comic and animation - What is the fear collection? Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    01 Jun 2017

  • Book, comic and animation - What is the fear collection?

    Book, comic and animation - What is the fear collection? Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Jun 2017
    Professor Simon Bell tells the story behind Project Fear.
  • Does nanotechnology offer a better way of dealing with electronic waste? Creative commons image Icon Ivan2010 under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Does nanotechnology offer a better way of dealing with electronic waste?

    By Madhukara Putty

    Obsolete computer equipment creates a waste headache. Smashing it up into tiny, tiny particles might be the best way...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    03 May 2017

  • Does nanotechnology offer a better way of dealing with electronic waste?

    Does nanotechnology offer a better way of dealing with electronic waste? Creative commons image Icon Ivan2010 under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 May 2017
    Obsolete computer equipment creates a waste headache. Smashing it up into tiny, tiny particles might be the best way of recycling, says new research.
  • Brits Who Built The Modern World: A video collection Creative commons image Icon Matt Brown under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Brits Who Built The Modern World: A video collection

    Collected extracts from the BBC/OU series exploring the titans of British architecture

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    15 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    03 May 2017

  • Brits Who Built The Modern World: A video collection

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    Brits Who Built The Modern World: A video collection Creative commons image Icon Matt Brown under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 03 May 2017
    Collected extracts from the BBC/OU series exploring the titans of British architecture

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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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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    26 May 2017

  • Manufacturing

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    Manufacturing Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 26 May 2017
    How are designs turned into products? What resources, materials and methods are...
  • 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

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    26 May 2017

  • Design thinking

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    Design thinking Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 26 May 2017
    Are you ever frustrated with something that you thought you could design better?...
  • 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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    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...
  • 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

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    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,...
  • Introduction to finite element analysis

    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...

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    7 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    23 Mar 2016

  • Introduction to finite element analysis

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    Introduction to finite element analysis Copyright free image Icon 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...
  • Seeing the light

    This free course, Seeing the light, will teach you about how the Sun affects your home, both in terms of light and warmth and the energy it...

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    10 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    21 Mar 2016

  • Seeing the light

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    Seeing the light Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © audioundwerbung/iStockphoto.com
    Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 21 Mar 2016
    This free course, Seeing the light, will teach you about how the Sun affects your...
  • People-centred designing

    Designed products surround us all and range from bus tickets to buildings. This free course, People-centred designing, focuses firmly on usability...

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    12 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    17 Mar 2016

  • People-centred designing

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    People-centred designing Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 17 Mar 2016
    Designed products surround us all and range from bus tickets to buildings. This...
  • 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:

    17 Mar 2016

  • Design

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    Design Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 28 hours Updated 17 Mar 2016
    This free course looks at the process of design, from assessing the complexity of...
  • Design for beginners

    How do you create depth and tone on paper? How do you create a cd case from scratch? Steve Garner, Professor of Design at The Open University answers these...

    By The iTunes U team

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    20 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    27 May 2011

  • Design for beginners

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    Design for beginners Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University 2011
    Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 27 May 2011
    How do you create depth and tone on paper? How do you create a cd case from...