Explore.
Watch, listen, debate & discover with our experts

RSS Icon

Opinion polls in a nutshell

Featuring: VideoVideo
Opinion polls in a nutshell Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Apr 2015
Professor Kevin McKonway investigates opinion polls in these short YouTube videos. 

More or Less : The Discussion Hub

More or Less : The Discussion Hub Copyrighted image Credit: Brad Calkins | Dreamstime.com
Updated 22 Jan 2015
Some statistics can be incredibly misleading. Do you feel that these misrepresentations are pulling the wool over the public's eyes?

OU on the BBC: More or Less

OU on the BBC: More or Less Copyrighted image Credit: © Doreen Salcher | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 19 Dec 2014
BBC Radio 4's surprising and refreshing guide to statistics returns.

Hans Rosling: Unveiling data on the world's health

Featuring: VideoVideo
Hans Rosling: Unveiling data on the world's health Creative commons image Credit: Wingspan Productions
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 25 Sep 2014
In an animated fashion, Hans Rosling shows us the correct way to display data on health across the world.

Hans Rosling: Presenting data on carbon emissions

Featuring: VideoVideo
Hans Rosling: Presenting data on carbon emissions Copyrighted image Credit: Wingspan Productions
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 25 Sep 2014
Think China is the biggest gas guzzler? Hans Rosling exposes this myth by showing carbon emissions per capita. 

Hans Rosling: Conveying income distribution statistics

Featuring: VideoVideo
Hans Rosling: Conveying income distribution statistics Copyrighted image Credit: Wingspan Productions
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 25 Sep 2014
Hans Rosling depicts the inequality within each country by using income distrbution indicators. 

Hans Rosling: Displaying GDP per capita income data

Featuring: VideoVideo
Hans Rosling: Displaying GDP per capita income data Copyrighted image Credit: Wingspan Productions
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 25 Sep 2014
Find economics challenging? Hans Rosling makes it easier by explaining how to show income data.

Hans Rosling: Showing the population's age distribution

Featuring: VideoVideo
Hans Rosling: Showing the population's age distribution Copyrighted image Credit: Wingspan Productions.
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 24 Sep 2014
Hans Rosling teaches you how to display the age distribution of any country and interpret the patterns. 

Hans Rosling: How to compare countries using statistics

Featuring: VideoVideo
Hans Rosling: How to compare countries using statistics Copyrighted image Credit: Wingspan Productions
Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 24 Sep 2014
Statistician magician Hans Rosling shows you how to collate and animate the data of different countries in these short videos that depict our...

Small Data: Summer petrol prices

Small Data: Summer petrol prices Creative commons image Credit: Albert Bridge under CC-BY-SA licence
Updated 01 Aug 2014
It's August - and many families will be heading off soon on summer holidays. But how has the cost of petrol changed over the last ten years?

Free OpenLearn courses.
OU course extracts and exclusive free courses

RSS Icon

Analysing skid marks

Free CourseFree Course
Analysing skid marks Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 12 May 2014
This unit is the second in the series of five units on mathematical modelling. In this unit you are asked to relate the stages of the mathematical...

Interpreting data: Boxplots and tables

Free CourseFree Course
Interpreting data: Boxplots and tables Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
This unit is concerned with two main topics. In Section 1, you will learn about another kind of graphical display, the boxplot. A boxplot is a...

Become an OU student.
Change your life with a qualification

RSS Icon

Certificate of Higher Education Open

CourseCourse
Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 27 Apr 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

CourseCourse
BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 27 Apr 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...

Certificate of Higher Education in Mathematical Sciences

CourseCourse
Certificate of Higher Education in Mathematical Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 27 Apr 2015
As well as being fascinating and intellectually rewarding, the study of mathematics is highly relevant to every aspect of modern society. Its tools...

Diploma of Higher Education in Mathematical Sciences

CourseCourse
Diploma of Higher Education in Mathematical Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 27 Apr 2015
Mathematics and statistics are vital in modern society, and indispensable to problem solving and decision making in a wide range of situations –...

BSc (Honours) Mathematics and its Learning

CourseCourse
BSc (Honours) Mathematics and its Learning Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 27 Apr 2015
Mathematics education has long been a government priority. This unique degree course will give you an understanding of how people learn mathematics...

Diploma of Higher Education in Computing&IT&Second Subject

CourseCourse
Diploma of Higher Education in Computing&IT&Second Subject Creative commons image Credit: Sam I Are under CC-BY-NC-SA Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 27 Apr 2015
Computing and IT skills are hugely valued in the modern workplace; studied together with a second complementary subject they can give you an...

BSc (Honours) Economics and Mathematical Sciences

CourseCourse
BSc (Honours) Economics and Mathematical Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 27 Apr 2015
Graduates who understand the commercial and economic environment and who are also highly numerate are in short supply. If you enjoy solving...

Diploma of Higher Education Open

CourseCourse
Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 27 Apr 2015
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) Mathematics and Statistics

CourseCourse
BSc (Honours) Mathematics and Statistics Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 27 Apr 2015
Mathematics and statistics play an important role in almost every area of life, and are at the heart of advances in science and technology. They’re...