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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...

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...

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...

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.

OpenLearn Live: 19th April 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 19th April 2016 Creative commons image dancing_stupidity under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Apr 2016
The shower curtains which stuck together and changed the world; why the 'gay' lions aren't; and a trip inside the large hadron collider. Free...

OpenLearn Live: 18th April 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 18th April 2016 Creative commons image CGP Grey under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Apr 2016
The medal awarded to celebrate where industry and arts unite. Then more free learning across the day.

OpenLearn Live: 8th April 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 8th April 2016 Creative commons image game boy band pepino under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license
Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Apr 2016
The attempt to drag cassette tapes into the late 20th Century that unspooled. Then more free learning through the day.

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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 ...

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...

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 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...

Seeing the light

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Seeing the light Copyrighted image 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 home, both in terms of light and warmth and the energy it...

People-centred designing

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People-centred designing Copyrighted image 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 free course, People-centred designing, focuses firmly on usability...

Design

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Design Copyrighted image 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 as an activity to exposing the difficulty in making...

Introducing engineering

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Introducing engineering Copyright free image Copyright free: VIADGRIN shutterstock
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 29 Jan 2015
Engineering encompasses a broad range of disciplines from design to manufacturing. This free course, Introducing engineering, introduces a number...

Design for beginners

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Design for beginners Copyrighted image 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 scratch? Steve Garner, Professor of Design at The Open University...

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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 28 Sep 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...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Sep 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...

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 28 Sep 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 28 Sep 2016
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

BSc (Honours) Computing&IT and a second subject

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BSc (Honours) Computing&IT and a second subject Creative commons image Sam I Are under CC-BY-NC-SA under Creative-Commons license
Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Sep 2016
Computing and IT skills are hugely valued in the modern workplace; studied together with a second complementary subject they can open up careers in...

BA/BSc (Honours) Design and Innovation

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BA/BSc (Honours) Design and Innovation Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Sep 2016
Design and innovation play a central role in society, finding solutions to problems of all sizes in many aspects of our lives, not just the...

Design essentials

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Design essentials Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 28 Sep 2016 Register by 15 Sep 2016
Gain the skills for research, planning and development of a design project as well as the ability to translate your design ideas into well...

Innovation: designing for change

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Innovation: designing for change Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 28 Sep 2016 Register by 15 Sep 2016
This project-based module looks at how successful innovations emerge, and how innovation can be directed towards ensuring a socially, economically...

Design for engineers

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Design for engineers Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 300 hours Updated 28 Sep 2016 Register by 15 Sep 2016
Explore the three phases of product design – research, planning and development – through online practical activities to gain the skills and...