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Who is in the wrong in the Ashley Madison hack?

Who is in the wrong in the Ashley Madison hack? Creative commons image Credit: Quinn Dombrowski under CC-BY-SA licence New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Aug 2015
Hackers have exposed the details of millions of users of a site designed to help married people cheat. Nobody comes out of the story looking...

How India reacted to Sundar Pichai's new role at Google - and what will he do?

How India reacted to Sundar Pichai's new role at Google - and what will he do? Creative commons image Credit: Maurizio Pesce under CC-BY licence New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Aug 2015
Indian-born Sundar Pichai has been appointed CEO at Google. How did India react to the news? Like anything, with jokes and Wikipedia edit wars.

Postcards from the doctor: Spreading health care messages in India

Postcards from the doctor: Spreading health care messages in India Creative commons image Credit: Rahul M under CC-BY licence New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Aug 2015
How do you spread healthcare messages amongst people too poor to access the for-profit health system in India? One doctor found a low-tech approach...

The world's busiest railway - Mumbai, India and rail

The world's busiest railway - Mumbai, India and rail Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Aug 2015
Find out more about the world's busiest railway network - Mumbai in India.

The world's busiest railway station - Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai

The world's busiest railway station - Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai Copyrighted image Credit: Kevin Nunes ©BBC New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Aug 2015
Find out more about the world's busiest railway station - Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai, India.

OpenLearn Live: 11th August 2015

OpenLearn Live: 11th August 2015 Copyright free image Credit: Public domain image
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Aug 2015
The Google rebrand; continuing our week of Japanese Nobel laureates; plus more free learning.

Foreign games consoles finally enter the Chinese market

Foreign games consoles finally enter the Chinese market Creative commons image Credit: dalvenjah under CC-BY-SA licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Aug 2015
After fifteen years locked out of the largest potential market, non Chinese game consoles are finally being sold in mainland China. But is it too...

Can we find the rest of MH370?

Can we find the rest of MH370? Creative commons image Credit: thierry ehrmann under CC-BY licence
Updated 30 Jul 2015
It looks as if part of MH370, the lost Malaysian Airlines jet, has been found. Will this help us locate the rest of the plane?

Can animals predict earthquakes - and how could they alert us?

Can animals predict earthquakes - and how could they alert us? Copyright free image Credit: Public domain image
Updated 06 May 2015
It might sound like something out of a Lassie film - animals warning of imminent disasters. But connecting animals to the cloud could give early...

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Finding information in technology

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Finding information in technology Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 26 Nov 2013
The internet provides a world of information, but how do you find what you are looking for? This unit will help you discover the meaning of...

Potable water treatment

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Potable water treatment Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 29 Jul 2011
Without it we are dead! Water is essential, but what processes must it go through to become fit for human consumption? This unit will guide you...

Structural materials in cells

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Structural materials in cells Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 25 Jul 2011
Where does the structure of our body come from? This unit looks at the structure of cells and how proteins are used by both animals and plants to...

Microelectronic solutions for digital photography

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Microelectronic solutions for digital photography Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 4 hours Updated 25 Jul 2011
The human eye is a fascinating and complicated device, but how do digital cameras capture images? This unit examines one of the human–machine...

Structural devices

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Structural devices Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 25 Jul 2011
Microelectronics has enabled designers of integrated circuits to exercise complete control over the electrical characteristics of each component...

Theories in Technology Evaluation

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Masters level Duration 20 hours Updated 12 Jul 2011
This unit is devoted to exploring and analysing the theoretical and political nature of evaluation and assessment. It introduces theories and...

Technology Evaluation

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Masters level Duration 20 hours Updated 12 Jul 2011
The aim of this unit is to provide you with the knowledge you need to develop and work with forms of evaluation that take full account of the...

Sound for music technology: An introduction

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Sound for music technology: An introduction Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 07 Jul 2011
Whether you're a professional musician, play music with your friends on the weekends or just like to listen to CDs, music technology affects your...

Creating musical sounds

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Creating musical sounds Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 01 Jul 2011
How do different instruments produce the sounds we classify as music? How do we decide whether something – a piano, a vacuum cleaner – is actually...

Revolutions in sound recording

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Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 31 Jul 2008
Since the invention of the phonograph in 1877, the recording and playback of sound has been a key element of life in the western world. This unit...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 27 Aug 2015
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 Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 27 Aug 2015
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 Open

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 27 Aug 2015
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

Cisco networking (CCNA)

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Cisco networking (CCNA) Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 27 Aug 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
This module provides the skills needed to configure a LAN/WAN using Cisco equipment, and prepares you to sit the industry-standard CCNA...

Engineering in action

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Intermediate level Duration 100 hours Updated 27 Aug 2015 Register by 29 Apr 2016
This one-week residential school module will help you develop a range of essential practical and intellectual skills relevant to engineers and...

Engineering small worlds: micro and nano technologies

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Engineering small worlds: micro and nano technologies Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 27 Aug 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
This module examines the development of micro- and nano-scale devices in terms of their engineering and operation, through detailed study of real...

Keeping ahead in information and communication technologies

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Keeping ahead in information and communication technologies Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 27 Aug 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
Investigate how to keep pace with rapid changes in ICT, and how to use ICT successfully in complex systems where people play a major part.

Ebusiness technologies: foundations and practice

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Ebusiness technologies: foundations and practice Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 27 Aug 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
This module explores the driving forces behind developments in ebusiness, introducing the fundamental technologies and protocols upon which new...

Structural integrity: designing against failure

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Structural integrity: designing against failure Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 27 Aug 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
This engineering module covers design and assessment of components and structures under load – exploring stress analysis, materials behaviour, and...

Technology strategy

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Technology strategy Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Masters level Duration 300 hours Updated 27 Aug 2015 Register by 30 Sep 2015
This module concerns technology strategy in public or private sector organisations. It considers the challenges of technology, introducing...