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Catching History's Criminals: The Forensics Story

Catching History's Criminals: The Forensics Story Copyrighted image Credit: The BBC New content
Introductory level Updated 03 Jul 2015
Gabriel Weston investigates the world of the forensic scientist and the murders they've helped to solve.

A use of fiction: How 'Requiem For A Dream' helped shape a psychologist

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A use of fiction: How 'Requiem For A Dream' helped shape a psychologist New content
Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Jul 2015
Hubert Selby's Requiem For A Dream is a bleak tale of descent into addiction. It inspired Dr Amy Milton and shaped her career.

Some changes to OpenLearn

Some changes to OpenLearn Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University New content
Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Jul 2015
We were offline for a few hours this week. Here's what we were adding to the site...

Video and Transcript - Polish

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Video and Transcript - Polish Copyright free image Credit: By Mareklug, Wanted [Public domain, Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Jul 2015
As part of an international project to get our International Year of Light animation translated into as many languages as possible, the...

After Waterloo: What happened next?

After Waterloo: What happened next? Copyright free image Credit: Bibliothèque Nationale de France New content
Introductory level Updated 01 Jul 2015
After the collapse of Napoleon's army two hundred years ago, what happened next? We catch up with the news from July 3rd, 1715

Great Ormond Street Hospital

Great Ormond Street Hospital Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 01 Jul 2015
This series explores the remarkably difficult tasks facing children and medical professionals at Great Ormond Street Hospital. 

Thinking Allowed

Thinking Allowed Copyrighted image Credit: BBC New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Jun 2015
Thinking Allowed puts the focus on the latest thinking about how society works. Read exclusive academic insights every week as each show airs.

The Bottom Line: Summer 2015

The Bottom Line: Summer 2015 Copyrighted image Credit: BBC New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Jun 2015
Evan Davis gets to the heart of the big finance stories - by talking to the people who take the decisions that touch all our lives.

The Bank

The Bank Copyrighted image Credit: BBC New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Jun 2015
This three-part OU/BBC series set in a NatWest branch in Huddersfield looks at the complex relationship between us, the bank and our money.

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Start writing fiction

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Start writing fiction Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission Updated content
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 02 Jul 2015
Have you always wanted to write, but never quite had the courage to start? This free course, Start writing fiction, will give you an insight into...

The role of the manager

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The role of the manager Copyrighted image Credit: iStock Updated content
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 01 Jul 2015
This free course, The role of the manager, examines the manager role in theory and in practice. You will begin by considering two classic theories...

An introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER)

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An introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER) Updated content
Masters level Duration 6 hours Updated 29 Jun 2015
In this free course, An introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER), you will look at some institutional OER initiatives. These will include...

Modern slavery

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Modern slavery Copyrighted image Credit: © Richard D Kaplan Updated content
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 24 Jun 2015
This free course focuses on the topic of modern slavery. It is designed to develop an understanding of the international system of human rights...

The law-making process in England and Wales

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The law-making process in England and Wales Creative commons image Credit: Recardo Andre Frantz in Wikipedia made available under http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creative_Commons Updated content
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 23 Jun 2015
This free course, The law-making process in England and Wales, introduces you to the sources of law and law-making process in England and Wales. It...

What is strategic human resource management?

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What is strategic human resource management? Copyrighted image Credit: iStock Updated content
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 23 Jun 2015
This free course, What is strategic human resource management?, is about the interplay between decision making in HR and the multiple environments...

Basic science: understanding experiments

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Basic science: understanding experiments Updated content
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 23 Jun 2015
This free course introduces you to science-based skills through simple and exciting physics, chemistry and biology experiments.

Succeed in the workplace

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Succeed in the workplace Copyrighted image Credit: 4maksym/iStockphoto Updated content
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 23 Jun 2015
Do you want to change jobs, are you just starting in the job market or may be returning after a break? If so, then this free course, Succeed in the...

Introduction to cyber security

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Introduction to cyber security Updated content
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 23 Jun 2015
This free course, Introduction to cyber security, will help you to understand online security and start to protect your digital life, whether at...

Facilitating learning in practice

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Facilitating learning in practice Copyrighted image Credit: Istockphoto.com Updated content
Intermediate level Duration 24 hours Updated 23 Jun 2015
Are you interested in mentorship or looking to develop your mentorship skills? In particular, are you involved in nurse mentorship? If so, then...

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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 04 Jul 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 04 Jul 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 04 Jul 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 04 Jul 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 04 Jul 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 04 Jul 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 04 Jul 2015
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...