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What is autism?

What is autism? Creative commons image Credit: Marcobellucci via Flickr
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.

Interests, skills and talents

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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...

Having a go

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Having a go Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Introductory Level Duration 15 mins Updated 23 Apr 2012
The key to successful intercultural communication is very simple: just get out there and give it a go!

When words do not matter

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When words do not matter Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Introductory Level Duration 15 mins Updated 23 Apr 2012
Body language, gestures, willingness to communicate and share knowledge can get you a long way when you do not speak each other’s language.

When words do matter

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When words do matter Copyrighted image Credit: 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...

Competent speakers

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Competent speakers Copyrighted image Credit: 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.

The language of sharing

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The language of sharing Copyrighted image Credit: 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.

Beyond the language gap: intercultural communication

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Beyond the language gap: intercultural communication Copyrighted image Credit: 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...

Crowd Pressure: Confused by the terms used in the programme?

Crowd Pressure: Confused by the terms used in the programme? Creative commons image Credit: 58/365 -- Thirteen Stone / davidd / CC BY 2.0
Introductory Level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Apr 2012
Spot the unusual terminology in Bang's 'Crowd Pressure' episode? Stephen Serjeant and Ian Johnston explain how scientists sometimes abbreviate...

BBC/OU Creative Climate short film competition 2011

BBC/OU Creative Climate short film competition 2011 Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory Level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Nov 2011
Dr Joe Smith introduces the winners of the Creative Climate student short film competition run by the BBC and OU during 2011.

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Understanding children: Babies being heard

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Understanding children: Babies being heard Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory Level Duration 5 hours Updated 12 Feb 2014
Here you will find out some of the things very young babies can do. You will also discover how babies can contribute to family life and...

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 21 Aug 2013
This unit provides a general overview of how digital technology has come to dominate virtually every aspect of the modern world and some guidance...

Retail marketing

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Retail marketing Copyrighted image Credit: Cover: Adapted for OpenLearn. © Turbosquid.Copyright 1996–2011 The 3dstudio.comTM, Inc. All rights reserved.
Introductory Level Duration 8 hours Updated 26 Jul 2013
This unit explores how retailers use marketing to communicate with their customers, considering definitions of retailing and consumers, the basics...

Introducing ICT systems

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Introducing ICT systems Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory Level Duration 9 hours Updated 08 Jul 2013
Information and communication technologies (ICTs) systems now dominate our everyday lives. This unit will explain what constitutes such a system...

ICTs in everyday life

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ICTs in everyday life Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory Level Duration 4 hours Updated 08 Jul 2013
We now live in a global village where distance in no longer a barrier to commercial or social contact. This unit will enable you to gain an...

Diversity and difference in communication

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Diversity and difference in communication Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory Level Duration 16 hours Updated 12 Oct 2012
Interpersonal communication in health and social care services is by its nature diverse. As a consequence, achieving good or effective...

From sound to meaning: hearing, speech and language

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From sound to meaning: hearing, speech and language Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate Level Duration 12 hours Updated 10 Oct 2012
Human communication is vastly more complex than that of any other species we know about. It is so complex that linguists are only just beginning to...

Postgraduate study skills in science, technology or mathematics

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Postgraduate study skills in science, technology or mathematics Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Advanced Level Duration 14 hours Updated 03 Sep 2012
Are you about to undertake a PhD in science, technology or mathematics? If so, this unit will help you to examine your work processes. You will...

Key skill assessment: Communication

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Key skill assessment: Communication Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate Level Duration 50 hours Updated 29 Jul 2012
Communication is part of everyone's life. Being able to communicate clearly and effectively – orally, visually and in writing – underpins nearly...

Understanding the environment: Thinking styles and models

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Understanding the environment: Thinking styles and models Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate Level Duration 16 hours Updated 27 Jul 2011
There is increasing recognition that the reductionist mindset that is currently dominating society, rooted in unlimited economic growth...