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"I was so depressed yesterday..." - or were you?

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Feb 2016
Using phrases relating to mental health to add drama to your conversation can have unintended consequences, warns Zsofia Demjen.

Languages and Employability

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Languages and Employability Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Sep 2015
Learning a language, or learning how languages work, can provide a key to the global workplace. In this video a collection of employers and...

Postcards from the doctor: Spreading health care messages in India

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Aug 2015
How do you spread healthcare messages amongst people too poor to access the for-profit health system in India? One doctor found a low-tech approach...

The Medium is the Message

The Medium is the Message Copyrighted image Copyright: The BBC
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Jan 2015
Surgeon Gabriel Weston looks at how medical technology has changed us - and is how we receive messages more important than the message itself? ...

Interests, skills and talents

Interests, skills and talents Creative commons image .ygor via Flickr under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 Aug 2012
OU experts Ilona Roth and Rosa Hoekstra describe the different talents that can sometimes be associated with autism, and also dispel some myths...

What is autism?

What is autism? Creative commons image Marcobellucci via Flickr under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 Aug 2012
There's a lot of confusion about what autism is. Ilona Roth and Rosa Hoekstra offer an easy-to-understand overview.

Beyond the language gap: intercultural communication

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Beyond the language gap: intercultural communication Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Apr 2012
Explore the challenges and rewards of communicating with people from other cultures as you follow the Hairy Bikers and the programme producers...

The language of sharing

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The language of sharing Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 23 Apr 2012
Communication brings people together. Sharing through language, food, music and drink is at the core of human relationships.

Competent speakers

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Competent speakers Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 23 Apr 2012
People who speak a foreign language very well never stop learning and use a variety of communication strategies. Watch the experts at work.

When words do matter

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When words do matter Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 23 Apr 2012
Gestures and body language can only get you so far. Sooner or later, you will find yourself in a situation in which verbal language actually...

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Understanding the environment: Thinking styles and models

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Understanding the environment: Thinking styles and models Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 29 Mar 2016
There is increasing recognition that the reductionist mindset that is currently dominating society, rooted in unlimited economic growth...

Digital communications

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Digital communications Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 23 Mar 2016
Optical-fibre communications became commercially viable in the 1970s and innovation continues today. This free course, Digital communications, will...

Understanding children: Babies being heard

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Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 18 Mar 2016
In this free course, Understanding children: Babies being heard, you will find out some of the things that very young babies can do. You will also...

Preparing for your digital life in the 21st Century

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Preparing for your digital life in the 21st Century
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 17 Mar 2016
This free course, Preparing for your digital life in the 21st Century, provides a general overview of how digital technology has come to dominate...

Understanding the environment: Learning and communication

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Understanding the environment: Learning and communication
Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 17 Mar 2016
There is increasing recognition that the reductionist mindset that is currently dominating society, rooted in unlimited economic growth...

Introducing ICT systems

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Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 17 Mar 2016
Information and communication technologies (ICTs) systems now dominate our everyday lives. This free course, Introducing ICT systems, will explain...

ICTs in everyday life

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ICTs in everyday life Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 17 Mar 2016
We now live in a global village where distance in no longer a barrier to commercial or social contact. This free course, ICTs in everyday life,...

Using a computer for study

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Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 14 Mar 2016
The internet is a fantastic source of information for any student, but how do you evaluate the information each site provides? This free course,...

Key skill assessment: Communication

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Key skill assessment: Communication Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 50 hours Updated 07 Mar 2016
Communication is part of everyone's life. Being able to communicate clearly and effectively orally, visually and in writing underpins nearly...

Postgraduate study skills in science, technology or mathematics

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Advanced level Duration 14 hours Updated 02 Mar 2016
Are you about to undertake a PhD in science, technology or mathematics? If so this free course, Postgraduate study skills in science, technology or...

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (England)

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (England) Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Jun 2016
Are you thinking about going into social work or social care? This certificate course is the ideal way to find out if it’s the right career for you...

Certificate in Health Sciences

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Duration 600 hours Updated 28 Jun 2016
This certificate provides a broad introduction to health sciences, exploring some of the scientific and social aspects of disease and disability....

Certificate of Higher Education in Healthcare Practice

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Certificate of Higher Education in Healthcare Practice Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Jun 2016
This certificate is for healthcare support staff. It integrates theory and practice and has a strong emphasis on learning in the workplace. You...

Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (Scotland)

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (Scotland) Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Jun 2016
Are you thinking about going into social work or social care? This certificate course is the ideal way to find out if it’s the right career for you...

Certificate of Higher Education in Business and Management

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Certificate of Higher Education in Business and Management Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Jun 2016
This certificate will introduce you to business and management and help you to develop the skills required for further study in this area. The...

Certificate of Higher Education in Computing and IT

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Certificate of Higher Education in Computing and IT Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Jun 2016
In the twenty-first century technology dominates the way we live, work, socialise and play – and computing and IT skills are increasingly essential...

Certificate in Working Together for Children

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Certificate in Working Together for Children Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 600 hours Updated 28 Jun 2016
Working with children requires practitioners to develop knowledge, skills, and values in a wide range of topics such as communication, transitions,...

Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (Wales)

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (Wales) Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Jun 2016
Are you thinking about going into social work or social care? This certificate course is the ideal way to find out if it’s the right career for you...

BSc (Honours) Sport, Fitness and Coaching

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BSc (Honours) Sport, Fitness and Coaching Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Jun 2016
If you are an aspiring or practising leader of sport or fitness activities, our degree in sport, fitness and coaching will develop your...

BA (Honours) English Literature

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BA (Honours) English Literature Creative commons image
Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Jun 2016
English literature is a broad and accessible subject that is important in its own right and offers connections to a wide range of other kinds of...