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  • Understanding Milton Keynes Creative commons image Icon By mattbuck (category) (Own work by mattbuck.) [CC BY-SA 2.0 or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative-Commons license

    Understanding Milton Keynes

    Much like The Open University, it's home Milton Keynes took a less than conventional approach when it was designed.

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  • Understanding Milton Keynes

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    Much like The Open University, it's home Milton Keynes took a less than conventional approach when it was designed.
  • Why Study Philosophers? Creative commons image Icon Bernd Schwabe in Hannover under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Why Study Philosophers?

    By Professor Derek Matravers

    Derek Matravers considers what makes someone a philosopher and what makes a philosopher representative.

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  • Why Study Philosophers?

    Why Study Philosophers? Creative commons image Icon Bernd Schwabe in Hannover under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license Updated content
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    Derek Matravers considers what makes someone a philosopher and what makes a philosopher representative.
  • How does JK Rowling use Latin and other classical languages in Harry Potter? Creative commons image Icon Crest: Jakovche https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hogwarts_coat_of_arms_colored_with_shading.svg / Hogwarts Model Karen Roe https://www.flickr.com/photos/karen_roe/7544166316 under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    How does JK Rowling use Latin and other classical languages in Harry Potter?

    By Dr Joanna Paul

    To create a sense of the long history of wizardry in the Potterverse, JK Rowling drew heavily on classical languages....

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  • How does JK Rowling use Latin and other classical languages in Harry Potter?

    How does JK Rowling use Latin and other classical languages in Harry Potter? Creative commons image Icon Crest: Jakovche https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hogwarts_coat_of_arms_colored_with_shading.svg / Hogwarts Model Karen Roe https://www.flickr.com/photos/karen_roe/7544166316 under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
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    To create a sense of the long history of wizardry in the Potterverse, JK Rowling drew heavily on classical languages. The OU's Joanna Paul explores.
  • What do volcanoes tell us about the possibility of life on Mars? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: NASA/USGS/ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G Neukum)

    What do volcanoes tell us about the possibility of life on Mars?

    By Professor David Rothery

    Discoveries of volcanoes on the surface of the Red Planet suggests that life could once have been supported there....

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  • What do volcanoes tell us about the possibility of life on Mars?

    What do volcanoes tell us about the possibility of life on Mars? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: NASA/USGS/ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G Neukum) New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Jul 2017
    Discoveries of volcanoes on the surface of the Red Planet suggests that life could once have been supported there. Dave Rothery explains how.
  • Chlorine-washed chicken: An OpenLearn reading list Creative commons image Icon Татьяна ВС under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Chlorine-washed chicken: An OpenLearn reading list

    As the prospects of a post-Brexit UK/US trade deal get caught up in the question of chickens washed in chlorine, here...

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    26 Jul 2017

  • Chlorine-washed chicken: An OpenLearn reading list

    Chlorine-washed chicken: An OpenLearn reading list Creative commons image Icon Татьяна ВС under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 26 Jul 2017
    As the prospects of a post-Brexit UK/US trade deal get caught up in the question of chickens washed in chlorine, here's a short guide to background reading...
  • What do you think about OpenLearn? Take the survey Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Thinglass | Dreamstime.com

    What do you think about OpenLearn? Take the survey

    The OU is conducting a survey investigating how people use our free content. The aim is to provide a better free...

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  • What do you think about OpenLearn? Take the survey

    What do you think about OpenLearn? Take the survey Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Thinglass | Dreamstime.com Updated content
    Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 26 Jul 2017
    The OU is conducting a survey investigating how people use our free content. The aim is to provide a better free learning experience for everyone. We would...
  • Addicted Parents Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Becky Potts - Lambent Productions

    Addicted Parents

    ...Last Chance to Keep My Children. The story of the only family rehab in the UK.

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  • Addicted Parents

    Addicted Parents Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Becky Potts - Lambent Productions Updated content
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    ...Last Chance to Keep My Children. The story of the only family rehab in the UK.
  • Assessing the Future of Artificial Intelligence Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © Maxuser2 | Dreamstime

    Assessing the Future of Artificial Intelligence

    By Dr Tony Hirst

    With the use of more AI techniques in the modern world, how should governments and lawmakers respond? How can we keep...

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  • Assessing the Future of Artificial Intelligence

    Assessing the Future of Artificial Intelligence Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © Maxuser2 | Dreamstime New content
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 25 Jul 2017
    With the use of more AI techniques in the modern world, how should governments and lawmakers respond? How can we keep best informed about which advances may...
  • Ocean Explorer Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license

    Ocean Explorer

    By Dr Philip Sexton, Dr Julia Cooke

    Take a journey into the Earth's oceans and discover whether you've got what it takes to become an oceanographer....

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  • Ocean Explorer

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    Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 24 Jul 2017
    Take a journey into the Earth's oceans and discover whether you've got what it takes to become an oceanographer. Explore ocean depths, currents, temperatures...
  • Timeline: LGBTQ History

    By Dr Julia Downes, Dr Avi Boukli, Sue Hemmings, Gabi Kent

    Explore some snapshots of LGBTQ history with our timeline. 

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    Explore some snapshots of LGBTQ history with our timeline. 

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  • Digital literacy: succeeding in a digital world

    This free course, Digital literacy: succeeding in a digital world, will develop your confidence and skills for life online, whether study, work or...

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  • Business communication: writing a SWOT analysis

    This free course, Business communication: writing a SWOT analysis, is designed to develop your writing skills for business. You will be taken step...

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    This free course, Business communication: writing a SWOT analysis, is designed to...
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    This free course, Introduction to cyber security: stay safe online, will help you to understand online security and start to protect your digital...

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    This free course, Introduction to cyber security: stay safe online, will help you...
  • Understanding your sector

    This free course, Understanding your sector, will help you to understand the difference between sectors, industries and professions. It will also...

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    This free course, Understanding your sector, will help you to understand the...
  • The technology of crime control

    How big an impact does CCTV have on your life? This free course, The technology of crime control, provides the opportunity to listen to an argument...

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    How big an impact does CCTV have on your life? This free course, The technology of...
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    This free course, Influenza: A case study, explores the biology of influenza, covering a range of topics including: the virus, infection,...

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    This free course, Influenza: A case study, explores the biology of influenza,...
  • Exploring books for children: words and pictures

    Many people have fond memories of the stories they encountered in childhood, perhaps especially of those wonderful picture books and illustrated...

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    Many people have fond memories of the stories they encountered in childhood,...
  • National identity in Britain and Ireland, 1780–1840

    What is a ‘nation’? What is a ‘state’? Where have these ideas come from and how have they developed over time? This free course, National identity...

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    What is a ‘nation’? What is a ‘state’? Where have these ideas come from and how...
  • The value of coffee

    This free course explores the economic and cultural value of coffee. You will follow the chain of processes that connect the drink you enjoy on a...

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    Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

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    Duration 3600 hours Updated 24 Jul 2017
    Studying law is stimulating in its own right, and it’s also a smart career move....

    Graduate Diploma in Mathematics Education

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    Graduate Diploma in Mathematics Education Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 24 Jul 2017
    You don't need a specialist mathematics background to be an effective maths...

    Foundation Degree in Youth Justice (England and Wales)

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    Foundation Degree in Youth Justice (England and Wales) Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 24 Jul 2017
    How can we improve the lives of children and young people who are ‘in trouble’?...

    Certificate in Promoting Public Health

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    Certificate in Promoting Public Health Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Duration 600 hours Updated 24 Jul 2017
    Public health is everyone’s business and the contribution of local authorities,...

    Top-up BA (Honours) Early Years

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    Top-up BA (Honours) Early Years Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 24 Jul 2017
    This pathway enables experienced practitioners with a Foundation Degree in Early...

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    This Professional Certificate in Accounting is ideal if you want a route into the...

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    If you’re interested in human biology, psychology and health, or you are thinking...

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    This course enables you to top up your knowledge and skills to honours degree...

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    In the twenty-first century technology dominates the way we live, work, socialise...
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