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How did the referendum polls get it wrong - again?

How did the referendum polls get it wrong - again? Creative commons image Gage Skidmore under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Jun 2016
John Curtice explains why a clear prediction of the referendum result proved so elusive for many pollsters.

OpenLearn Live: 22nd June 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 22nd June 2016 Copyright free image Copyright free: Library of Congress New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Jun 2016
The greatest electoral fraud in history, and learn how to digest statistics over lunch. Then more free learning across the day.

When should you use a stacked area chart?

When should you use a stacked area chart? Copyright free image Copyright free: wokandapix
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Mar 2016
... or why you should never use stacked area charts, according to Dr Drang.

OpenLearn Live: 25th February 2016

OpenLearn Live: 25th February 2016 Creative commons image Ricardo Cabral under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Feb 2016
The wall once designed to repel which now attracts; and how to make sense of today's migration statistics. Then more free learning through the day.

More or Less

More or Less Copyrighted image Copyright: © Doreen Salcher | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Feb 2016
Tim Harford presents BBC Radio 4's surprising and refreshing guide to statistics in the news.

More confusing terms in statistics

More confusing terms in statistics Copyrighted image Copyright: Sunnycatty | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Feb 2016
Kevin McConway explains why statisticians use everyday words for not-so-everyday concepts - and how to translate what they really mean.

Why don't statistics reveal when sports matches have been fixed?

Why don't statistics reveal when sports matches have been fixed? Creative commons image Voo De Mar under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Jan 2016
Sport is awash in data - so you'd assume it'd be easy to tell if a game has been rigged on the whim of a shady gambling syndicate. It's not that...

OpenLearn Live: 13th January 2016

OpenLearn Live: 13th January 2016 Copyright free image Copyright free: The National Library of Israel collections
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Jan 2016
The godfather of emoji, pictograms and data visualisation; All of JS Bach; Bowie's lyric app; IM privacy and then more free learning through...

More or Less: interview with Tim Harford

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More or Less: interview with Tim Harford Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Duration 20 mins Updated 04 Jan 2016
Tim Harford, from More or Less, talks with Kevin McConway on why statistics matter and how they can impact the future.

Can we be sure the data on EU migration are correct?

Can we be sure the data on EU migration are correct? Creative commons image Caruso Penguin under CC-BY-NC licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Oct 2015
If we count everyone as a migrant every time they cross any border within the EU, how can we get a clear picture of migration numbers, asks Nando...

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Analysing skid marks

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Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 16 Mar 2016
This free course, Analysing skid marks, is the second in the series of five courses on mathematical modelling. In it you are asked to relate the...

Interpreting data: Boxplots and tables

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Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 22 Feb 2016
This free course, Interpreting data: Boxplots and tables, is concerned with two main topics. In Section 1, you will learn about another kind of...

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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 Jun 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 Jun 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...

Certificate of Higher Education in Mathematical Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Mathematical Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Jun 2016
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

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Diploma of Higher Education in Mathematical Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Jun 2016
Mathematics and statistics are vital in modern society, and indispensable to problem solving and decision making in a wide range of situations –...

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 Jun 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 Jun 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) Economics and Mathematical Sciences

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BSc (Honours) Economics and Mathematical Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Jun 2016
Graduates who understand the commercial and economic environment and who are also highly numerate are in short supply. If you enjoy solving...

BSc (Honours) Mathematics and its Learning

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BSc (Honours) Mathematics and its Learning Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Jun 2016
Mathematics education has long been a government priority. This unique degree course will give you an understanding of how people learn mathematics...

BSc (Honours) Mathematics and Statistics

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BSc (Honours) Mathematics and Statistics Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Jun 2016
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...