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Wartime Farm - Episode 3

 Wartime Farm - Episode 3 Copyrighted image Credit: Lion TV / BBC Updated content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 06 Mar 2015
Our wartime farmers welcome town-dwellers seeking shelter from the Blitz, and prepare for the first Christmas under rationing.

How did 18th Century people react to eclipses?

How did 18th Century people react to eclipses? Creative commons image Credit: Wellcome Library, London under CC-BY licence New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 06 Mar 2015
With jokes, with panic, with searches for religious meaning: A collection of contemporary responses to eclipses from 18th Century publications.

World Book Day

World Book Day Copyrighted image Credit: Flynt | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Updated 05 Mar 2015
Calling all bookworms and budding writers! Celebrate World Book Day (Thursday 5th March 2015) with our free resources and eBooks on OpenLearn.

Child of Our Time: Try our childhood surveys

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Child of Our Time: Try our childhood surveys Copyrighted image Credit: BBC Updated content
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 03 Mar 2015
We've run a series of surveys about aspects of childhood over the last few years - try them here, and tell us what you think.

Climate Week 2015

Climate Week 2015 Copyrighted image Credit: Nathan Gallagher Updated content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Mar 2015
3-9 March 2015 is Climate Week, a national occasion for everyone wanting to do their bit to protect our planet and create a secure future.

Climate change: Think risk not fact

Climate change: Think risk not fact Copyrighted image Credit: Ackroyd Harvey, Lost Souls New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 02 Mar 2015
Dr. Joe Smith, Senior Lecturer in Environment at The Open University discusses how we should focus on risk when looking at climate change. 

The Bottom Line - Whatever happened to?

The Bottom Line - Whatever happened to? Creative commons image Credit: Stefano Bertolotti | Flickr New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Mar 2015
Evan Davis and his guests discuss what happened to some of the biggest brands that dominated the high street. 

Thinking Allowed: Commercial surrogacy in India and money

Thinking Allowed: Commercial surrogacy in India and money Copyrighted image Credit: Aleksandar Kamasi | Dreamstime.com New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Mar 2015
Reproductive tourism and being unable to keep up with the transformation in money across the world is spoken about on this week's Thinking Allowed....

How Obamacare is reaching young invincibles through digital technologies

How Obamacare is reaching young invincibles through digital technologies Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Feb 2015
Reaching the under-35s by using digital technologies is crucial to the success of the insurance campaign from the Obama administration.

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Exploring family health

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Exploring family health Copyrighted image Credit: Iakov Filimonov/Dreamstime.com Updated content
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 05 Mar 2015
How can families support healthy living and cope with illness? This OpenLearn course, 'Exploring family health', will provide an understanding of...

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 05 Mar 2015
This free course Introduction to bookkeeping and accounting provides an introduction to the essential numerical skills required for accounting and...

Beginners' Chinese

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Beginners' Chinese Updated content
Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 04 Mar 2015
This is introductory material, and was chosen to be easily accessible for those with some basic knowledge of Chinese. This unit concentrates on...

Succeed with maths – Part 1 [TEST]

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Succeed with maths – Part 1 [TEST] Updated content
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 25 Feb 2015
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE. IT IS ENTIRELY FOR OPENLEARN TESTING PURPOSES.

Introduction to ecosystems

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Introduction to ecosystems
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 17 Feb 2015
If we don’t grasp why ecosystems function, it becomes harder to determine possible reasons for when they don’t, and makes it difficult to identify...

English: skills for learning

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English: skills for learning Copyrighted image Credit: © PepitolPhotos/Istockphoto.com
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 17 Feb 2015
[BETA] This course is for anybody who is thinking of studying for a university degree and would like to develop the English reading and writing...

Managing my money

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Managing my money
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 17 Feb 2015
Gain the skills to manage your personal finances: managing budgets, debts, investments, property purchase, pensions and insurance.

Can renewable energy power the world?

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Can renewable energy power the world?
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 17 Feb 2015
Renewable energy sources are gaining an increasing share of world energy supplies. In the next eight weeks we’ll cover the physical principles...

Succeed with learning

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Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 17 Feb 2015
[BETA] Succeed with learning is an informal, introductory course for people who are want to feel more confident about their learning skills. This...

The business of football

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The business of football
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 17 Feb 2015
Welcome to this free new OpenLearn course produced by The Open University working in partnership with The Football League Trust. If you are...

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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 09 Feb 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 09 Feb 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 09 Feb 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 09 Feb 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 09 Feb 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 600 hours Updated 09 Feb 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 09 Feb 2015
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...