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Growing plants, growing communities: Climate Camp, Veggie Gardens and Local Politics

Growing plants, growing communities: Climate Camp, Veggie Gardens and Local Politics Creative commons image Credit: heather buckley under CC-BY licence Updated content
Introductory Level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Apr 2014
A former school site in East Sussex has become the focus for a fascinating cooperation between local politics and international activism.

Annihilating annuities

Annihilating annuities Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain New content
Updated 16 Apr 2014
They look like a trap, but we may miss them when they‘re gone, writes Alan Shipman.

Are you a secret hoarder?

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Updated 14 Apr 2014
Collector or hoarder: How can we define a healthy relationship to personal possessions? 

Protecting Our Parents: Who decides?

Protecting Our Parents: Who decides? Copyrighted image Credit: BBC New content
Updated 14 Apr 2014
This episode explores the dilemma faced by elderly care services when trying to keep people living in their own homes.

Protecting Our Parents: Safe from harm

Protecting Our Parents: Safe from harm Copyrighted image Credit: BBC New content
Updated 14 Apr 2014
Meet three patients who, like half a million older adults in the UK each year, have been taken to hospital following a fall.

Food: A nation of haves and have-nots

Food: A nation of haves and have-nots Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain New content
Updated 11 Apr 2014
The latest evidence about the growth in food banks reminds us that the Coalition's policies are making the situation worse, writes Dick Skellington.

Smoking out the tobacco industry

Smoking out the tobacco industry Creative commons image Credit: Jack Greenmaven under CC-BY-SA licence New content
Updated 11 Apr 2014
With plain packaging now looking a certainty, experts from the OU's Institute for Social Marketing explore the future for the UK tobacco industry.

Take a trip to infinity

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Updated 11 Apr 2014
The concept of ‘infinity’ has enchanted and perplexed the world’s leading mathematicians for centuries. Through her outreach work in schools, Dr...

Thinking Allowed: Gardens & football

Thinking Allowed: Gardens & football Creative commons image Credit: Derek Harper under CC-BY licence New content
Updated 11 Apr 2014
Laurie Taylor and guests explore the working class passion for garden, and England's problems on the pitch.

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Rural entrepreneurship in Wales

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Rural entrepreneurship in Wales Updated content
Introductory Level Duration 30 hours Updated 09 Apr 2014
What are the important issues to consider when starting up or running a small business in a rural environment? This study unit will introduce you...

The business of football

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Introductory Level Duration 15 hours Updated 09 Apr 2014
Welcome to this free new OpenLearn course produced by The Open University working in partnership with The Football League Trust. If you are...

Beginners' Chinese

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Introductory Level Duration 6 hours Updated 31 Mar 2014
This unit is a language unit that concentrates on Mandarin Chinese as a tool for communication, but also provides some insights into Chinese...

New Free OpenLearn Courses

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Introductory Level Duration 1 hour Updated 27 Mar 2014
This collection highlights the new free OpenLearn courses that have recently been published.

Learning to teach

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Learning to teach
Masters Level Duration 20 hours Updated 26 Mar 2014
This course, which comprises four study units, is aimed at people who are considering training to be teachers, student teachers, newly qualified...

Modelling displacements and velocities

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Modelling displacements and velocities Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory Level Duration 3 hours Updated 05 Mar 2014
In this unit you will see first how to convert vectors from geometric form, in terms of a magnitude and direction, to component form, and...

Introduction to computer forensics and investigations

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Intermediate Level Duration 6 hours Updated 05 Mar 2014
This unit is an easy introduction to some of the issues both in data privacy and computer forensics - with a few easily available tools people can...

Managing coastal environments

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Intermediate Level Duration 3 hours Updated 05 Mar 2014
Coastal environments are by their nature ever-changing. This unit looks at the example of the Blackwater Estuary in Essex, England, describing how...

People-centred designing

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Introductory Level Duration 12 hours Updated 05 Mar 2014
Designed products surround us all and range from bus tickets to buildings. This unit focuses firmly on usability and the increasingly important...

Data and processes in computing

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Intermediate Level Duration 14 hours Updated 05 Mar 2014
This unit will help you to understand the forms of data that are handled by software and look at the various processes that can be applied to the...

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Introduction to financial services

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Introduction to financial services Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory Level Duration 100 hours Updated 30 Apr 2013 Register by 24 Jul 2013
Explore the historical development of financial services in the UK and examine how the sector is currently structured and regulated.This course is...

Personal investment in an uncertain world

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Personal investment in an uncertain world Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Intermediate Level Duration 300 hours Updated 14 Apr 2013 Register by 09 Apr 2014
Explores some of the concepts that underpin investment planning and examines how investment planning decisions are affected by economic uncertainty...

Running the economy

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Running the economy Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Intermediate Level Duration 600 hours Updated 27 Mar 2013 Register by 04 Sep 2013
Learn how to think like an economist and understand the problems of running the national and global economy after the outbreak of a major economic...

Doing economics: people, markets and policy

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Doing economics: people, markets and policy Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Advanced Level Duration 600 hours Updated 10 Jan 2013 Register by 09 Jan 2014
Examine the various economic theories that explain people’s behaviour in households, businesses and governments and make critical judgements of...

BA (Honours) Business Studies

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BA (Honours) Business Studies Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 14 Mar 2012
This is a flexible degree that’s accessible and relevant to your workplace. You’ll study how organisations work, how they’re managed, and the...

Diploma of Higher Education in Financial Services

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 14 Mar 2012
This diploma will give you the knowledge, competencies and business skills to develop and progress a career in the financial services industry.With...

BSc (Honours) Economics and Mathematical Sciences

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BSc (Honours) Economics and Mathematical Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 14 Mar 2012
You’ll gain a good grounding in a broad range of mathematical, statistical and computational skills as well as an understanding of economic theory...

Foundation Degree in Financial Services

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Foundation Degree in Financial Services Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 14 Mar 2012
This foundation degree will give you the knowledge, competencies and business skills to develop and progress a career in the financial services...

Economics and economic change

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Economics and economic change Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Intermediate Level Duration 600 hours Updated 11 Feb 2012 Register by 10 Jan 2013
Are we living through a new, ICT-led industrial revolution? Explore key topics in contemporary economics while developing your ICT skills through...

BA (Honours) Social Work (England)

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BA (Honours) Social Work (England) Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 04 Jul 2013
Qualify as a social worker in England with this unique work-based degree, offered in partnership with employers – who must sponsor and register you...