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OpenLearn Live: 31st August 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Aug 2016
The brothers who started the mass production of aircraft. Then more free learning across the day.

Taxes and privacy: A tech business reading list

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Taxes and privacy: A tech business reading list Creative commons image Quagmire's Photos under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Aug 2016
Tax judgements, privacy concerns, wonky algorithms, Labour's digital plans and antitrust worries. OpenLearn brings you a quick guide to a busy day...

Studying Engineering

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 30 Aug 2016
Interested in studying engineering? Find out how with The Open University. 

OpenLearn Live: 30th August 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Aug 2016
He made reflecting telescopes, and he made them well. Meet James Short. Then more free learning across the day.

OpenLearn Live: 26th August 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 26th August 2016 Creative commons image Nick Webb under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Aug 2016
Rounding off a week of Bolts with the fastest of them all; and how can you trust online video? Free learning from across the day.

Life after the Olympics: retirement

Life after the Olympics: retirement Creative commons image AdamKR under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license New content
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 25 Aug 2016
What does the retired life hold for Olympians such as Usain Bolt, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Michael Phelps? Can they cope with the change of lifestyle?

OpenLearn Live: 25th August 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Aug 2016
The twelve bolts that ensured divers could continue to breathe; a brief history of gay soaps; and the end of conflict in sight in Colombia. Free...

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Internet of everything

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Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 30 Aug 2016
The internet of everything (IoE) is the networked connection of people, process, data and things. As more people, data and things come online, we...

Fundamentals of accounting

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 23 Aug 2016
Learn about the essential numerical and double-entry skills required for accounting. This free course, Fundamentals of accounting, will explain the...

Quantitative and qualitative research in finance

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Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 22 Aug 2016
What are the key features of qualitative and quantitative research in finance? What do they involve in practical terms, and what they can produce?...

Mosquito resistance to insecticides

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Advanced level Duration 3 hours Updated 15 Aug 2016
Learn about how allele frequency can change rapidly in a population in response to selective pressure by considering how evolutionary change can...

Manufacturing

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Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 12 Aug 2016
How are designs turned into products? What resources, materials and methods are used and what set of activities goes under the heading of ...

General principles of cellular communication

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General principles of cellular communication Copyrighted image Copyright: STEVE GSCHMEISSNER/Science Photo Library
Advanced level Duration 8 hours Updated 11 Aug 2016
Learn about how cells sense and respond to extrinsic stimuli, a capacity that allows them to communicate with each other and to respond to changes...

Strategic planning: systems thinking in practice

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Strategic planning: systems thinking in practice
Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 05 Aug 2016
Strategic planning: systems thinking in practice is a free course introducing core ideas of systems thinking in practice for managing and improving...

Literacy, social justice and inclusive practice

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Literacy, social justice and inclusive practice
Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 03 Aug 2016
This free course, Literacy, social justice and inclusive practice, explores some of the tensions and debates linked to the aim of achieving...

Managing virtual project teams

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Advanced level Duration 8 hours Updated 28 Jul 2016
Many projects are now ‘virtual’, i.e. some or all of the team are located remotely and may be working in different time zones. The project manager...

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Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science

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Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 600 hours Updated 31 Aug 2016
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 Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 31 Aug 2016
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 Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 900 hours Updated 31 Aug 2016
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 Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 31 Aug 2016
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 Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 31 Aug 2016
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...

Foundation Degree in Financial Services

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Foundation Degree in Financial Services Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 31 Aug 2016
With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily, there’s never been a more exciting time to study finance and...

Top-up BA (Honours) Early Years

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Top-up BA (Honours) Early Years Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 31 Aug 2016
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 Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 31 Aug 2016
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...