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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.

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.

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...

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: 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: 7th April 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 7th April 2016 Creative commons image Kārlis Dambrāns under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Apr 2016
The specs couldn't save Google's digital specs. Then more free learning across the day.

Design for urban living: how we live and how we might live

Design for urban living: how we live and how we might live Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Mar 2016
In the UK there is a rush to build more homes. Is there a different way of making the houses we want to live in, that suits the ways we...

OpenLearn Live: 11th March 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 11th March 2016 Creative commons image Tom Parnell under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Mar 2016
Marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of Harold Wilson, and rounding off a week in Dundee celebrating its design heritage. Free learning...

Urbanism in Blade Runner

Urbanism in Blade Runner Creative commons image Alan under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Jan 2016
As well as being a science fiction classic, you could read Blade Runner as a movie about town planning. No, really. Let Ryan Schleeter explain.

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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...

People-centred designing

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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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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...