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OU on BBC: A History of Ideas - Ayn Rand and selfishness

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Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Apr 2015
Morality and selfishness sound like opposites - but not according to the Russian-American novelist of the 1950s, Ayn Rand. 

OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Buddhism's four Noble Truths

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Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Apr 2015
Naomi Appleton, Chancellor's fellow in Religious Studies at the University of Edinburgh, explores the Buddha's Four Noble Truths.

Why do we feast on so much chocolate at Easter?

Why do we feast on so much chocolate at Easter? Copyrighted image Credit: Richard Thomas | Dreamstime.com New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 01 Apr 2015
Have you ever wondered what's the connection between Easter and chocolate? In this article Graham Harvey looks at the origins of our appreciation...

New technology for engaging voters with election debates

New technology for engaging voters with election debates Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker New content
Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 01 Apr 2015
Our speakers investigate new ways in which the public can replay the debates and engage more deeply with the issue and arguments at stake. 

What do you really know about autism?

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What do you really know about autism? Creative commons image Credit: The Open University Updated content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Apr 2015
You've probably heard a lot about autism - but can you separate the myth from the reality?

Can I take a feed of OpenLearn content?

Can I take a feed of OpenLearn content? Copyright free image Credit: haraldheuser New content
Duration 5 mins Updated 31 Mar 2015
RSS feeds are incredibly useful things - and with OpenLearn, you can help yourself to as much, or as little, information as you'd like.

What is RSS and how can I use RSS feeds?

What is RSS and how can I use RSS feeds? Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 31 Mar 2015
RSS feeds detect new content from websites of your choice then send it to you, meaning you can read new articles without even visiting those...

Psychological drama: Writing fictional crime drama for a forensic psychology course

Psychological drama: Writing fictional crime drama for a forensic psychology course Copyrighted image Credit: Micha Klootwijk | Dreamstime.com New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 31 Mar 2015
For Graham Pike, writing psychology courses is part of the job. But what happened when he found himself having to create a crime drama?

How(e) 'Labour Isn't Working' did the job for the Conservatives

How(e) 'Labour Isn't Working' did the job for the Conservatives Copyrighted image Credit: Chris Ware / stringer New content
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 31 Mar 2015
Alan Shipman discusses how Saatchi and Saatchi's 'Labour Isn't Working' campaign became the poster-child of political advertising.

'TTIPing' over the democratic edge

'TTIPing' over the democratic edge Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain New content
Duration 15 mins Updated 30 Mar 2015
Creating a TTIP between the EU and the USA presents a great threat to the national EU member states' sovereignty, says Roger Rees.

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The business of football

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The business of football Updated content
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 30 Mar 2015
Welcome to this free new OpenLearn course produced by The Open University working in partnership with The Football League Trust. If you are...

Early years team work and leadership

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Early years team work and leadership Updated content
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 26 Mar 2015
This unit explores aspects of teamwork and leadership for early years practitioners.

Start writing fiction

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Start writing fiction Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission Updated content
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 25 Mar 2015
Have you always wanted to write, but never quite had the courage to start? This free OpenLearn course, 'Start writing fiction', will give you an...

Introducing ageing

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Introducing ageing Copyrighted image Credit: Copyright © Debbie Crouch Updated content
Introductory level Duration 11 hours Updated 24 Mar 2015
Everyone is ageing, whatever their current age, and we live in a world where many people are living much longer that previous generations. This is...

Taking your first steps into higher education

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Taking your first steps into higher education Copyrighted image Credit: Image courtesy of chanpipat at FreeDigitalPhotos.net Updated content
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 19 Mar 2015
[BETA] What is university study like? Is it for me? If you are asking yourself these questions, this badged course is for you. ...

Introduction to ecosystems

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Introduction to ecosystems Updated content
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 19 Mar 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...

Introduction to bookkeeping and accounting

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Introduction to bookkeeping and accounting Copyrighted image Credit: © 2009 Image Source/Jupiterimages Corporation
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 09 Mar 2015
This free course Introduction to bookkeeping and accounting provides an introduction to the essential numerical skills required for accounting and...

Exploring family health

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Exploring family health Copyrighted image Credit: Iakov Filimonov/Dreamstime.com
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...

Beginners' Chinese

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Beginners' Chinese
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...

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...

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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 01 Apr 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 01 Apr 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 01 Apr 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 01 Apr 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 01 Apr 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 01 Apr 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 01 Apr 2015
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...