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Oliver Sacks: "Romantic, in the sense of the romantic poets"

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Sep 2015
For Vaughan Bell of Mind Hacks, the more Sacks wrote, the more we were inspired - and the more we knew of the man himself

Oliver Sacks: "You are in the hands of a master storyteller"

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Sep 2015
The writer Josh Bernoff hails Oliver Sacks' ability to engage readers from the start.

Oliver Sacks: "Don't skip the footnotes"

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Sep 2015
Matthew Wade - writing after Oliver Sacks had revealed his prognosis, but before his death - celebrated the life of the "stray Santa" who loved...

OpenLearn Live: 1st September 2015

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Sep 2015
A four day week, starting with four things; then free learning across the day.

OpenLearn Live: August Bank Holiday Special 2015

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 28 Aug 2015
Not so much live, but with a great collection of free courses, things to watch and listen to, and read over the long weekend.

Question Time for Yanis Varoufakis

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Duration 10 mins Updated 28 Aug 2015
Nine leading academics were given the chance to put their questions to the man who - for six months - was Greece's finance minister. Here's what...

OpenLearn Live: 28th August 2015

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 28 Aug 2015
A resilient community in California, a much maligned subculture - and more free learning through the day.

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.

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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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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/
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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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 02 Sep 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 02 Sep 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 02 Sep 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 02 Sep 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 02 Sep 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 02 Sep 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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Duration 2400 hours Updated 02 Sep 2015
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...