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OpenLearn Live: 5th August 2015

OpenLearn Live: 5th August 2015 Creative commons image Credit: Flowzim... under CC-BY-NC-SA licence New content
Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Aug 2015
Game consoles in China, and how GZA is helping teach science. That's just for starters...

Foreign games consoles finally enter the Chinese market

Foreign games consoles finally enter the Chinese market Creative commons image Credit: dalvenjah under CC-BY-SA licence New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Aug 2015
After fifteen years locked out of the largest potential market, non Chinese game consoles are finally being sold in mainland China. But is it too...

Why Cilla Black was more than just a light entertainment star

Why Cilla Black was more than just a light entertainment star Creative commons image Credit: Netherlands National Archive under CC-BY-SA licence New content
Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Aug 2015
Cilla Black's hosting of Surprise Surprise and Blind Date shouldn't obscure what a significant figure in the cultural history of the 20th century...

BBC Inside Science

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Aug 2015
Adam Rutherford returns with guests in this new series to illuminate the mysteries and controversies behind the science that's changing our world.

What do tests tell us?

What do tests tell us? Creative commons image Credit: By Alberto G. via Flickr under Creative Commons license New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 04 Aug 2015
Are test results truly a reflection of a student's ability and development? Dr Jane Cullen looks into this. 

OpenLearn Live: 4th August 2015

OpenLearn Live: 4th August 2015 Creative commons image Credit: IllaZilla under CC-BY-SA New content
Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Aug 2015
More science-meets-music and then updating free learning and research across the day.

The first geological map of the UK

The first geological map of the UK Copyright free image Credit: York Museums Trust New content
Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Aug 2015
One of the most important maps of the UK ever made – described as the ‘Magna Carta of geology’ – is to go on permanent public display in Cambridge...

OpenLearn Live: 3rd August 2015

OpenLearn Live: 3rd August 2015 Creative commons image Credit: Arthur Mouratidis under CC-BY licence New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Aug 2015
Bringing you the best of free learning, research and analysis from across OpenLearn and around the world

Do animals have sex for fun?

Do animals have sex for fun? Copyright free image Credit: htraue New content
Updated 31 Jul 2015
How was it for Fido? Do animals approach sex in more than a - well, animalistic - way?

Life In Cold Blood

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Life In Cold Blood Copyrighted image Credit: Production team New content
Updated 31 Jul 2015
David Attenborough explores the lives of amphibians and reptiles - cold blood, but amazing creatures. Watch clips and find out more.

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Beginners’ Italian: food and drink

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Beginners’ Italian: food and drink Copyrighted image Credit: © Robert Harding Picture Library Ltd/Alamy Updated content
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...

Seeing the light

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Seeing the light Copyrighted image Credit: © audioundwerbung/iStockphoto.com Updated content
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 27 Jul 2015
This free course, Seeing the light, will teach you about how the Sun affects your home, both in terms of light and warmth and the energy it...

Start writing fiction

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Start writing fiction Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission Updated content
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 27 Jul 2015
Have you always wanted to write, but never quite had the courage to start? This free course, Start writing fiction, will give you an insight into...

The body in antiquity

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The body in antiquity Copyright free image Credit: Science Museum, London Updated content
Masters level Duration 5 hours Updated 27 Jul 2015
This free course, The body in antiquity, will introduce you to the concept of the body in Greek and Roman civilisation. In recent years, the body...

Facilitating group discussions

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Facilitating group discussions Copyrighted image Credit: Rawpixel/iStockphoto.com Updated content
Introductory level Duration 2 hours Updated 23 Jul 2015
Gain an insight into facilitating meetings and discussions in the workplace. In this free course you will look at some of the behaviours effective...

Writing what you know

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Writing what you know Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 21 Jul 2015
Do you want to improve your descriptive writing? This free course, Writing what you know, will help you to develop your perception of the world...

The oceans

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The oceans Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 20 Jul 2015
The oceans cover more than 70 per cent of our planet. In this free course, The oceans, you will learn about the depths of the oceans and the...

Challenging the biomedical model of childbirth

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Challenging the biomedical model of childbirth Copyrighted image Credit: iStock
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 17 Jul 2015
Health means different things to different people, and this is reflected in the experiences of pregnancy and childbirth in this free course,...

Minerals and the crystalline state

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Minerals and the crystalline state Copyrighted image Credit: courtesy of Peter Sheldon
Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 14 Jul 2015
Rocks are made of minerals and, as minerals are natural crystals, the geological world is mostly a crystalline world. This free course, Minerals...

What is strategy?

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Advanced level Duration 5 hours Updated 09 Jul 2015
Thinking about strategy generates many controversial questions. This free course, What is strategy?, focuses on practitioner views of strategy. 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 05 Aug 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 05 Aug 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 05 Aug 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 05 Aug 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 05 Aug 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 05 Aug 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 05 Aug 2015
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...