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Parlez-vous Eurovision?

Parlez-vous Eurovision? Creative commons image Credit: Ngo Quang Minh under CC-BY-NC-2.0 licence New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 22 May 2015
As English-language songs dominate the Eurovision Song Contest in its 60th anniversary, this article explores why so many of the songs are sung in...

Thinking Allowed: Happiness industry and wellness syndrome

Thinking Allowed: Happiness industry and wellness syndrome Copyrighted image Credit: Rachwal | Dreamstime.com New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 May 2015
Laurie Taylor and guests discuss why policy makers are focused on measuring happiness in this week's Thinking Allowed. 

OU on the BBC: More or Less - Female drink drivers, pub closures and The Rotterdam Effect

OU on the BBC: More or Less - Female drink drivers, pub closures and The Rotterdam Effect Copyrighted image Credit: Photodynamx | Dreamstime.com New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 May 2015
Tim Harford investigates the statistics behind female drink drivers, whether half our exports really go to Europe and the rate at which pubs in the...

The Bottom Line - The Spring 2015 series

The Bottom Line - The Spring 2015 series Copyrighted image Credit: bowbrick under CC-BY-NC-SA licence New content
Updated 22 May 2015
Catch up with The Bottom Line Spring 2015 episodes and extra content from our Business School academics.

The Bottom Line - Productivity

The Bottom Line - Productivity Copyrighted image Credit: Raw Pixel Images | Dreamstime.com New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 May 2015
The Bottom Line returns with Evan Davis and guests discussing the poor productivity problem in the UK. 

Dementiaville

Dementiaville Copyrighted image Credit: Channel 4 New content
Updated 21 May 2015
Dementiaville explores the latest thinking in dementia care which aims to alleviate the anxiety of sufferers and their families ...

From Underground to Outer-space: Studying the impact of volcanoes

From Underground to Outer-space: Studying the impact of volcanoes Creative commons image Credit: The Open University New content
Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 21 May 2015
Speakers from The Open University's Science Faculty explore whether we are now equipped to spot the signs of another major volcanic eruption...

What do you think about OpenLearn? Take the 2015 survey

What do you think about OpenLearn? Take the 2015 survey Copyrighted image Credit: Thinglass | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 20 May 2015
The OU is conducting a survey investigating how people use our free content. The aim is to provide a better free learning experience for everyone....

The OpenScience Lab and Light - International Year of Light

The OpenScience Lab and Light - International Year of Light Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 20 May 2015
Free learning resources from The Open Science Lab, relating to light, as part of The Open University's International Year of Light celebrations....

What was the war in 1864 about?

What was the war in 1864 about? Copyright free image Credit: Public Domain New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 15 May 2015
As Danish drama 1864 comes to BBC Four, what was the war at the heart of the series all about?

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Project management: the start of the project journey

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Project management: the start of the project journey Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission Updated content
Masters level Duration 35 hours Updated 26 May 2015
The free course, Project management: the start of the project journey, introduces projects, what they are, how they come about, responses to...

Introduction to bookkeeping and accounting

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Introduction to bookkeeping and accounting Copyrighted image Credit: © 2009 Image Source/Jupiterimages Corporation Updated content
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 19 May 2015
Learn about the essential numerical skills required for accounting and bookkeeping. This free course, Introduction to bookkeeping and accounting,...

Understanding operations management

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Understanding operations management Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission Updated content
Advanced level Duration 4 hours Updated 18 May 2015
Operations management is one of the central functions of all organisations. This free course, Understanding operations management, will provide you...

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 18 May 2015
[BETA ] Are you interested in mentorship or looking to develop your mentorship skills? In particular, are you involved in nurse mentorship? If so,...

Partnerships and networks in work with young people

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Partnerships and networks in work with young people Updated content
Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 14 May 2015
The term ‘partnership’ is used to describe a wide range of organisational arrangements and ways of working: from informal networking between...

Professional relationships with young people

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Professional relationships with young people Copyrighted image Credit: © John Birdsall Updated content
Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 13 May 2015
In some people’s eyes, the development of relationships is a good end in itself, as it is in relationships that we express our humanity. Young...

Forensic psychology

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Forensic psychology Copyrighted image Credit: RichLegg
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 12 May 2015
Discover how psychology can help obtain evidence from eyewitnesses in police investigations and prevent miscarriages of justice.

Migration

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Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 11 May 2015
This unit introduces migration in animals, with special reference to birds, and also introduces the themes of movement, selection and homeostasis.

Ratio, proportion and percentages

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Ratio, proportion and percentages Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 29 Apr 2015
From politics to cookery, ratios, proportions and percentages are part of everyday life. This free course, Ratio, proportion and percentages, is...

Squares, roots and powers

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Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 29 Apr 2015
From paving your patio to measuring the ingredients for your latest recipe, squares, roots and powers really are part of everyday life. This free...

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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 Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 27 May 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 Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 27 May 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 Updated content
Duration 900 hours Updated 26 May 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 Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 27 May 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 Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 26 May 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 Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 26 May 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 Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 27 May 2015
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...