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Blackhat, dark night: Could hackers really cause a power outage?

Blackhat, dark night: Could hackers really cause a power outage? Creative commons image Credit: Eva Rinaldi under CC-BY-SA licence New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 25 Feb 2015
Although the nuclear meltdown depicted in Blackhat is fiction, Mike Richards warns there are other ways those with bad intentions could switch our...

What do I need to know about the SIM hack?

What do I need to know about the SIM hack? Creative commons image Credit: yum9me under CC-BY-NC-ND licence New content
Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Feb 2015
Revelations that security forces have broken the protection of mobile phone technology are a real concern. Mike Richards explains why - and how the...

International Women's Day 2015

International Women's Day 2015 New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 25 Feb 2015
International Women's Day 2015 - Sunday 8th March 

The Bottom Line - The business of queuing

The Bottom Line - The business of queuing Creative commons image Credit: Bundesarchiv, Bild 102-10246via CC-BY-SAh license via New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Feb 2015
Evan and his guests look at the stereotypically British art of queuing and how it affects businesses. 

Thinking Allowed: Migration to London and South Africa

Thinking Allowed: Migration to London and South Africa Creative commons image Credit: Petras Gagilas under CC-BY-SA licence New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Feb 2015
This week's Thinking Allowed features The Open University's Dr Daniel Conway and looks at migration in contrasting contexts

OU on the BBC: Inside the Commons - Episode 4

OU on the BBC: Inside the Commons - Episode 4 Copyrighted image Credit: BBC New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Feb 2015
In the final part of  Inside the Commons, battles break out over the future of the House.

The government's new pension service has one fatal flaw

The government's new pension service has one fatal flaw Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain New content
Duration 10 mins Updated 20 Feb 2015
Can the government's new Pension Wise service really give people the pension freedoms?

World Day of Social Justice 2015

World Day of Social Justice 2015 Creative commons image Credit: Jeff Kubina under CC BY-SA 2.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 19 Feb 2015
20th February is the World Day of Social Justice.

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Succeed with maths – Part 1 [TEST]

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Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 25 Feb 2015
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE. IT IS ENTIRELY FOR OPENLEARN TESTING PURPOSES.

Exploring family health

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Exploring family health Copyrighted image Credit: Iakov Filimonov/Dreamstime.com Updated content
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 18 Feb 2015
How can families support healthy living and cope with illness? This OpenLearn course, 'Exploring family health', will provide an understanding of...

Introduction to ecosystems

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Introduction to ecosystems Updated content
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 17 Feb 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...

English: skills for learning

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English: skills for learning Copyrighted image Credit: © PepitolPhotos/Istockphoto.com Updated content
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 17 Feb 2015
[BETA] This course is for anybody who is thinking of studying for a university degree and would like to develop the English reading and writing...

Managing my money

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Managing my money Updated content
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 17 Feb 2015
Gain the skills to manage your personal finances: managing budgets, debts, investments, property purchase, pensions and insurance.

Can renewable energy power the world?

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Can renewable energy power the world? Updated content
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...

Succeed with learning

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Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 17 Feb 2015
[BETA] Succeed with learning is an informal, introductory course for people who are want to feel more confident about their learning skills. This...

The business of football

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The business of football Updated content
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 17 Feb 2015
Welcome to this free new OpenLearn course produced by The Open University working in partnership with The Football League Trust. If you are...

Succeed with maths – Part 1

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Succeed with maths – Part 1 Copyrighted image Credit: Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net Updated content
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 17 Feb 2015
[BETA] If you feel that maths is a mystery that you want to unravel then this short 8-week course is for you. The course will guide you through how...

Taking your first steps into higher education

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Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 17 Feb 2015
[BETA] What is university study like? Is it for me? If you are asking yourself these questions, this badged course is for you. ...

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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 09 Feb 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 09 Feb 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 09 Feb 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 09 Feb 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 09 Feb 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 600 hours Updated 09 Feb 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
Duration 2400 hours Updated 09 Feb 2015
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...