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Language on the move: Migrating literature and Zachary Richard’s Cajun tales

Language on the move: Migrating literature and Zachary Richard’s Cajun tales Creative commons image Credit: Jeangagnon under CC-BY-SA licence New content
Advanced level Duration 15 mins Updated 27 Aug 2015
The musician and poet Zachary Richard has kept the Cajun tradition alive. But how has the migration of his stories affected them? Mathilde Köstler...

Learn 40 hand signals used by the Aboriginal people of the Western Australian Desert

Learn 40 hand signals used by the Aboriginal people of the Western Australian Desert Creative commons image Credit: Michael Theis under CC-BY-ND licence New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Aug 2015
Long before the invention of telegraphy, never mind mobile phones, the people of the Australian desert had a way to communicate across distances.

Life with the lions: Why relocating South African lions to Rwanda might create its own problems

Life with the lions: Why relocating South African lions to Rwanda might create its own problems Creative commons image Credit: David Berkowitz under a CC-BY licence New content
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Aug 2015
The reintroduction of lions to Rwanda after twenty years might seem like a conversation success story - but it's a little more compliacted,...

Bringing up Britain

Bringing up Britain Copyrighted image Credit: BBC New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Aug 2015
Mariella Frostrup presents the series that explores the complex realities of parenting in today's Britain.

OpenLearn Live: 27th August 2015

OpenLearn Live: 27th August 2015 Creative commons image Credit: David Wilson under CC-BY New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Aug 2015
Why Malibu might not be around forever, plus more free learning across the day.

Small Data: Summer petrol prices

Small Data: Summer petrol prices Creative commons image Credit: Albert Bridge under CC-BY-SA licence Updated content
Updated 27 Aug 2015
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?

A hard day at the Met Office: The BBC look for a change in the weather

A hard day at the Met Office: The BBC look for a change in the weather Copyrighted image Credit: BBC New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Aug 2015
After nearly a century, the BBC has announced it's looking for a new weather partner. That's bad news for the Met Office.

Canals: The Making of a Nation - Find out more

Canals: The Making of a Nation - Find out more Copyrighted image Credit: © BBC New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Aug 2015
Find out more about how the history of canals shaped a nation's financial system, workers' rights and civil engineering.

Canals: The Making of a Nation

Canals: The Making of a Nation Copyrighted image Credit: © BBC New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Aug 2015
Liz McIvor looks at who built the nation's canal network, who funded it, those who worked on it and how they were regenerated following WWII.

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Challenges in advanced management accounting

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Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 24 Aug 2015
This free course, Challenges in advanced management accounting, focuses on strategic management accounting and selected concepts and techniques. It...

An introduction to music research

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An introduction to music research Copyrighted image Credit: © Updated content
Masters level Duration 16 hours Updated 21 Aug 2015
In this free course, An introduction to music research, we have gathered together materials to allow you to explore the ways in which music may be...

Developing your skills as an HR professional

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Masters level Duration 9 hours Updated 20 Aug 2015
This free course will help you to develop some of the skills you will need to be effective as an HR professional. You will practise learning...

Nutrition: vitamins and minerals

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Nutrition: vitamins and minerals Creative commons image Credit: © Adam Howarth in Flickr made available under https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/ Updated content
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 18 Aug 2015
Both vitamins and minerals are essential in the diet in small quantities. Learn about the two main vitamin groups and the major mineral elements....

Teaching assistants: support in action (Chinese)

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Teaching assistants: support in action (Chinese) Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 12 Aug 2015
本免费课程是“助教:提供行动支持”课程的中文翻译版本,英文原版也在本网站中提供。 ...

Supporting professional development in Initial Teacher Training (Chinese)

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Supporting professional development in Initial Teacher Training (Chinese) Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 12 Aug 2015
本免费课程是“职前教师的培训与专业发展”课程的中文翻译版本,英文原版也在本网站中提供。 ...

Learning to teach: becoming a reflective practitioner (Chinese)

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Masters level Duration 20 hours Updated 12 Aug 2015
本免费课程是“学会教学:成为反思型教学实践者”课程的中文翻译版本,英文原版也在本网站中提供。 ...

Careers education and guidance (Chinese)

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Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 12 Aug 2015
本免费课程是“职业生涯教育与指导”课程的中文翻译版本,英文原版也在本网站中提供。 ...

Understanding early years environments and children’s spaces (Chinese)

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Understanding early years environments and children’s spaces (Chinese) Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 12 Aug 2015
本免费课程是“理解早期教育环境以及儿童空间”课程的中文翻译版本,英文原版也在本网站中提供。 ...

Beginners’ Italian: food and drink

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Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 27 Jul 2015
This free course, Beginners’ Italian: food and drink, focuses on buying drinks and snacks in an Italian café, as well as on greeting and...

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Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science

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Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 600 hours Updated 27 Aug 2015
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

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 27 Aug 2015
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 in Physics

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Certificate in Physics Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 900 hours Updated 27 Aug 2015
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)

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Bachelor of Laws with Honours (graduate entry) Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 27 Aug 2015
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)

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Certificate of Higher Education in Youth Justice (England and Wales) Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 27 Aug 2015
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

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Top-up BA Early Years Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 27 Aug 2015
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

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Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 27 Aug 2015
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...