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Attacked but not hacked: How secure was the US election?

Attacked but not hacked: How secure was the US election? Creative commons image US Embassy The Hague under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Nov 2016
Fears that hackers might try and alter figures at the ballot boxes were unfounded - but that doesn't mean the US democratic process didn't come...

Ada Lovelace Day

Ada Lovelace Day Creative commons image Wikimedia under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 11 Oct 2016
An intriguing story of Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage, and their role in the 19th century development of the computer.

Taxes and privacy: A tech business reading list

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Taxes and privacy: A tech business reading list Creative commons image Quagmire's Photos under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Aug 2016
Tax judgements, privacy concerns, wonky algorithms, Labour's digital plans and antitrust worries. OpenLearn brings you a quick guide to a busy day...

OpenLearn Live: 26th August 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 26th August 2016 Creative commons image Nick Webb under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Aug 2016
Rounding off a week of Bolts with the fastest of them all; and how can you trust online video? Free learning from across the day.

OpenLearn Live: 15th August 2016

OpenLearn Live: 15th August 2016 Creative commons image Ben Schumin under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 15 Aug 2016
The shoe that tries hard to not be a shoe; fighting malaria; and Devon wrecks. Free learning from across the day.

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...

What can we learn from Pokemon Go?

What can we learn from Pokemon Go? Creative commons image Rob Brooks under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Jul 2016
While scooping up Ratatas on the way to Sainsbury's is fun, Rebecca Ferguson is more excited by the potential of applying the technologies of...

Early adopters: What are smartphones doing to children?

Early adopters: What are smartphones doing to children? Creative commons image Steve Paine under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Jun 2016
Children - very young children - are adept at using iPads and other touchscreen technologies. Should we worry? Probably not, says Olivia Solon.

Will a new European law mean YouTube has to monitor your uploads?

Will a new European law mean YouTube has to monitor your uploads? Creative commons image Erich Ferdinand under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 01 Jun 2016
New proposals from the European Commission could force some internet hosting sites to proactively monitor everything posted to their sites. Daphne...

Are old voting machines a threat to democracy?

Are old voting machines a threat to democracy? Creative commons image Joebeone under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 May 2016
Although e-voting might seem like a modern way of running an election, in the US the current infrastructure is already sliding into obsolesence -...

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Technology Evaluation

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Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 24 Aug 2016
The aim of this free course, Technology Evaluation, is to provide you with the knowledge you need to develop and work with forms of evaluation that...

Creating musical sounds

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Creating musical sounds Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 24 Aug 2016
How do different instruments produce the sounds we classify as music? How do we decide whether something whether a piano or a vacuum cleaner is...

Sound for music technology: An introduction

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Sound for music technology: An introduction Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 24 Aug 2016
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...

Theories in Technology Evaluation

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Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 24 Aug 2016
This free course, Theories in Technology Evaluation, is devoted to exploring and analysing the theoretical and political nature of evaluation and...

Finding information in technology

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Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 15 Aug 2016
The internet provides a world of information, but how do you find what you are looking for? This free course, Finding information in technology,...

Technology, innovation and management

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Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 29 Apr 2016
Develop a critical understanding of technological innovation and management. This free course, Technology, innovation and management, will provide...

Structural devices

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Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 29 Mar 2016
Microelectronics has enabled designers of integrated circuits to exercise complete control over the electrical characteristics of each component...

Structural materials in cells

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Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 17 Mar 2016
Where does the structure of our body come from? This free course, Structural materials in cells, looks at the structure of cells and how proteins...

Microelectronic solutions for digital photography

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Advanced level Duration 4 hours Updated 17 Mar 2016
The human eye is a fascinating and complicated device, but how do digital cameras capture images? This free course, Microelectronic solutions for...

Potable water treatment

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Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 17 Mar 2016
Without it we are dead! Water is essential, but what processes must it go through to become fit for human consumption? This free course, Potable...

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Duration 1200 hours Updated 09 Dec 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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Duration 3600 hours Updated 09 Dec 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 Open

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 09 Dec 2016
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

Strategic capabilities for technological innovation

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Strategic capabilities for technological innovation Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 09 Dec 2016 Register by 13 Apr 2017
This module draws on a range of theoretical perspectives from both strategic and innovation management to produce a multi-layered, practical,...

Engineering small worlds: micro and nano technologies

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Engineering small worlds: micro and nano technologies Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 09 Dec 2016 Register by 14 Sep 2017
This module examines the development of micro- and nano-scale devices in terms of their engineering and operation, through detailed study of real...

Structural integrity: designing against failure

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Structural integrity: designing against failure Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 09 Dec 2016 Register by 14 Sep 2017
This engineering module covers design and assessment of components and structures under load – exploring stress analysis, materials behaviour, and...

Cisco networking (CCNA)

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Cisco networking (CCNA) Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 09 Dec 2016 Register by 14 Sep 2017
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 09 Dec 2016 Register by 28 Apr 2017
This one-week residential school module will help you develop a range of essential practical and intellectual skills relevant to engineers and...

Problem solving and improvement: quality and other approaches

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Problem solving and improvement: quality and other approaches Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 09 Dec 2016 Register by 13 Apr 2017
This module focuses on the practical application and deeper understanding of many of the methods and techniques associated with modern quality...

Engineering: mechanics, materials, design

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Engineering: mechanics, materials, design Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 09 Dec 2016 Register by 14 Sep 2017
Explore how engineers find solutions for technical problems, studying aspects of the mechanics of solids and fluids and the structure and...