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Mythbusting moons

Introductory level Duration Updated 28 Jul 2014
To find out about the significance of the supermoon on 10 August 2014, enjoy this short animation 

The Scottish Independence Debate: Class, Nation and the Politics of Criminal Justice

Updated 25 Jul 2014
What are the key questions that must be asked now if a future Scottish criminal justice system is to become more progressive?

OU on the BBC: Timewatch - Last Day of World War One

Introductory level Duration Updated 25 Jul 2014
Michael Palin joins the Timewatch team to discover why troops were still dying after the peace had been signed.

OU on the BBC: The Somme - From Defeat To Victory

Introductory level Duration Updated 24 Jul 2014
Was The Somme as much a disaster as history records? This BBC/OU co-produced drama investigates.

The Street crossword answers

Updated 23 Jul 2014
Check your answers for the The Street crossword puzzle.

OU on the BBC: The Secret History of Our Streets: Scotland

Updated 23 Jul 2014
Coming soon to BBC Two: The second series of Secret Streets takes on three great cities of Scotland.

Saving Setrus: To Intervene or not to Intervene

Duration Updated 22 Jul 2014
Can you save Setrus by using all your political skills and personal courage? Play this game to prevent your neighbouring country from descending...

Commonwealth on Film: Free time

Updated 22 Jul 2014
Episode four takes a look at free time within the Commonwealth.

The Bottom Line - Recalls

Introductory level Duration Updated 22 Jul 2014
Evan Davis and guests discuss the process for recalling defective items

Will gay rights and feminist movements please return to your assumptions?

Updated 21 Jul 2014
We need a broader based education about gender and sexual diversity and to move away from simplistic binary labels, writes Meg Barker.

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The business of football

The business of football
Introductory level Duration Updated 09 Jul 2014
Welcome to this free new OpenLearn course produced by The Open University working in partnership with The Football League Trust. If you are...

Managing My Money alumni

Managing My Money alumni
Introductory level Duration Updated 30 Jun 2014
The Managing My Money alumni is an area that encourages insightful discussions and topical debates with other learners through our alumni forum and...

Start writing fiction alumni forum

Start writing fiction alumni forum
Introductory level Duration Updated 23 Jun 2014
The Start writing fiction alumni forum encourages the insightful discussions and topical debates with other learners.

Environmental management and organisations

Environmental management and organisations
Intermediate level Duration Updated 18 Jun 2014
It is believed that environmental management requires action at all levels, including by organisations of all types and sizes. However it is not...

Learning to Learn

Learning to Learn
Introductory level Duration Updated 16 Jun 2014
Learning and change can mean big decisions and asking important questions. This free online course is a friendly starting point introducing a range...

Introduction to computational thinking

Introduction to computational thinking
Intermediate level Duration Updated 10 Jun 2014
You will learn about algorithms and abstraction, and encounter some applications of computational thinking in various disciplines, ranging from...

Creativity and innovation

Creativity and innovation
Masters level Duration Updated 04 Jun 2014
This unit offers an introduction to factors that are important in creativity and innovation at work. It addresses different ideas about the cause...

Organisations and management accounting

Organisations and management accounting
Intermediate level Duration Updated 22 May 2014
This OpenLearn study unit examines the nature of organisations, specifically their objectives and structure. Organisational objectives and...

Financial accounting and reporting

Financial accounting and reporting
Intermediate level Duration Updated 15 May 2014
This unit discusses how accountants act as processors and purveyors of information for decision making and the needs of those who use accounting...

Modelling pollution in the Great Lakes: a review

Modelling pollution in the Great Lakes: a review
Introductory level Duration Updated 12 May 2014
This is the fifth and final unit in the series on mathematical modelling. In this unit we revisit the model developed in the first unit of this...

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Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science

Duration Updated 29 Jul 2014
If you’re fascinated by astronomy and planetary science, this certificate course provides a good basic introduction and equips you with the skills...

Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences

Duration Updated 29 Jul 2014
Are you interested in what shapes the lives we lead and the decisions we make? Have you wondered why people continue to smoke when they know the...

Certificate of Higher Education in Computing

Duration Updated 29 Jul 2014
Ten years ago there was no

Certificate in Physics

Duration Updated 29 Jul 2014
Physics is perhaps the most exciting intellectual adventure of our age – discoveries being made now will change your life, and learning physics...

Bachelor of Laws with Honours (graduate entry)

Duration Updated 29 Jul 2014
If you’re already a graduate, with a first degree or masters degree in any subject from a UK university or recognised overseas university, you can...

Certificate of Higher Education in Youth Justice (England and Wales)

Duration Updated 29 Jul 2014
Do you work with young people in the youth justice system? Would you like to study for a qualification that will have a real impact on your...

Top-up BA Early Years

Duration Updated 29 Jul 2014
This pathway enables experienced practitioners with a Foundation Degree in Early Years (normally sector endorsed) to enhance their professional...

Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling

Duration Updated 29 Jul 2014
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...