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  • The Brits Who Built The Modern World Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Nathan Kendall/OFTV

    The Brits Who Built The Modern World

    Join us for the series that tells the story of how an exceptional generation of British architects conquered the globe with their high-tech vision

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    19 Jul 2017

  • The Brits Who Built The Modern World

    The Brits Who Built The Modern World Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Nathan Kendall/OFTV Updated content
    Updated 19 Jul 2017
    Join us for the series that tells the story of how an exceptional generation of British architects conquered the globe with their high-tech vision
  • Britain's Greatest Invention Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

    Britain's Greatest Invention

    BBC Two takes us inside the Science Museum vaults and asks the nation to vote for Britain's Greatest Invention.

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    17 Jun 2017

  • Britain's Greatest Invention

    Britain's Greatest Invention Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC
    Introductory level Updated 17 Jun 2017
    BBC Two takes us inside the Science Museum vaults and asks the nation to vote for Britain's Greatest Invention.
  • Brits Who Built The Modern World: A video collection Creative commons image Icon Matt Brown under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Brits Who Built The Modern World: A video collection

    Collected extracts from the BBC/OU series exploring the titans of British architecture

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    15 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    03 May 2017

  • Brits Who Built The Modern World: A video collection

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    Brits Who Built The Modern World: A video collection Creative commons image Icon Matt Brown under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 03 May 2017
    Collected extracts from the BBC/OU series exploring the titans of British architecture
  • Everyday Miracles: The Genius of Sofas, Stockings & Scanners Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

    Everyday Miracles: The Genius of Sofas, Stockings & Scanners

    Professor Mark Miodownik uncovers the fascinating science behind the everyday stuff of our lives.

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    18 Apr 2017

  • Everyday Miracles: The Genius of Sofas, Stockings & Scanners

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    Everyday Miracles: The Genius of Sofas, Stockings & Scanners Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC
    Updated 18 Apr 2017
    Professor Mark Miodownik uncovers the fascinating science behind the everyday stuff of our lives.
  • The Switch tells us a lot about Nintendo Creative commons image Icon Elvis untot under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    The Switch tells us a lot about Nintendo

    By Dr Brendan Cassidy

    Nintendo's new console, the Switch, makes perfect sense in light of the company's history, says Brendan Cassidy.

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    08 Mar 2017

  • The Switch tells us a lot about Nintendo

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    The Switch tells us a lot about Nintendo Creative commons image Icon Elvis untot under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Mar 2017
    Nintendo's new console, the Switch, makes perfect sense in light of the company's history, says Brendan Cassidy.
  • What is inclusive design and how are Microsoft using it to make the XBox better? Creative commons image Icon ViperSnake151 under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    What is inclusive design and how are Microsoft using it to make the XBox better?

    In this short video, Microsoft's XBox team explain how they used inclusive design to improve everyone's social gaming...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    15 Feb 2017

  • What is inclusive design and how are Microsoft using it to make the XBox better?

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    What is inclusive design and how are Microsoft using it to make the XBox better? Creative commons image Icon ViperSnake151 under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 15 Feb 2017
    In this short video, Microsoft's XBox team explain how they used inclusive design to improve everyone's social gaming experience.
  • Why would a nation move its capital city? Creative commons image Icon Bgabel under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Why would a nation move its capital city?

    Eight countries in the last 100 years have elected to transplant the heart of their nations. This short video...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    26 Jan 2017

  • Why would a nation move its capital city?

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    Why would a nation move its capital city? Creative commons image Icon Bgabel under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Jan 2017
    Eight countries in the last 100 years have elected to transplant the heart of their nations. This short video explores why nations go to the bother of such...
  • How do planes survive lightning strikes? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

    How do planes survive lightning strikes?

    As planes carry us through the sky, they can - and do - come under attack from lightning strikes. Good design keeps...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    18 Jan 2017

  • How do planes survive lightning strikes?

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    How do planes survive lightning strikes? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Jan 2017
    As planes carry us through the sky, they can - and do - come under attack from lightning strikes. Good design keeps us safe, though, in the City In The Sky.
  • OpenLearn Live: 12th December 2016 Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Google Cultural Institute

    OpenLearn Live: 12th December 2016

    By The OpenLearn team

    The production wing of a Viennese art movement; monkey typing; and what happens when you play Lennon in a coffee shop...

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    12 Dec 2016

  • OpenLearn Live: 12th December 2016

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    OpenLearn Live: 12th December 2016 Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Google Cultural Institute
    Duration 15 mins Updated 12 Dec 2016
    The production wing of a Viennese art movement; monkey typing; and what happens when you play Lennon in a coffee shop? Learning and research across the...
  • OpenLearn Live: 2nd December 2016 Creative commons image Icon Aero Icarus under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    OpenLearn Live: 2nd December 2016

    By The OpenLearn team

    Ice falling from planes isn't an urban myth - it can be more dangerous than that. Plus how Victorians saw Shakespeare...

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    02 Dec 2016

  • OpenLearn Live: 2nd December 2016

    OpenLearn Live: 2nd December 2016 Creative commons image Icon Aero Icarus under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Updated 02 Dec 2016
    Ice falling from planes isn't an urban myth - it can be more dangerous than that. Plus how Victorians saw Shakespeare. Learning and research from across the...

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  • Manufacturing

    How are designs turned into products? What resources, materials and methods are used and what set of activities goes under the heading of ...

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    20 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    26 May 2017

  • Manufacturing

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    Manufacturing Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 26 May 2017
    How are designs turned into products? What resources, materials and methods are...
  • Design thinking

    Are you ever frustrated with something that you thought you could design better? This free course, Design thinking, will show you how to structure...

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    10 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    26 May 2017

  • Design thinking

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    Design thinking Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 26 May 2017
    Are you ever frustrated with something that you thought you could design better?...
  • Introduction to structural integrity

    The I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis in August 2007, resulting in at least 13 deaths, illustrates the importance of structural integrity. This...

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    20 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    28 Mar 2017

  • Introduction to structural integrity

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    Introduction to structural integrity Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 28 Mar 2017
    The I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis in August 2007, resulting in at least 13...
  • Innovation through representation

    Innovations are realised through design, and some of the most useful tools in the designer's toolbox are the representations that are used to move...

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    15 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    23 Mar 2016

  • Innovation through representation

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    Innovation through representation
    Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 23 Mar 2016
    Innovations are realised through design, and some of the most useful tools in the...
  • Seeing the light

    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...

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    10 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    21 Mar 2016

  • Seeing the light

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    Seeing the light Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © audioundwerbung/iStockphoto.com
    Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 21 Mar 2016
    This free course, Seeing the light, will teach you about how the Sun affects your...
  • People-centred designing

    Designed products surround us all and range from bus tickets to buildings. This free course, People-centred designing, focuses firmly on usability...

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    12 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    17 Mar 2016

  • People-centred designing

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    People-centred designing Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 17 Mar 2016
    Designed products surround us all and range from bus tickets to buildings. This...
  • Design

    This free course looks at the process of design, from assessing the complexity of design as an activity to exposing the difficulty in making...

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    28 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    17 Mar 2016

  • Design

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    Design Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 28 hours Updated 17 Mar 2016
    This free course looks at the process of design, from assessing the complexity of...
  • Design for beginners

    How do you create depth and tone on paper? How do you create a cd case from scratch? Steve Garner, Professor of Design at The Open University answers these...

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    20 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    27 May 2011

  • Design for beginners

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    Design for beginners Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University 2011
    Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 27 May 2011
    How do you create depth and tone on paper? How do you create a cd case from...

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    Top-up Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

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    Top-up Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 24 Jul 2017
    This course enables you to top up your knowledge and skills to honours degree...

    Top-up BSc (Honours) Computing and IT Practice

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    Duration 1200 hours Updated 24 Jul 2017
    If you work in computing and IT and have already completed a foundation degree or...

    Foundation Degree in Engineering

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    Foundation Degree in Engineering Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 24 Jul 2017
    Engineering is at the heart of the built environment, and plays a central role in...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Engineering

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    Diploma of Higher Education in Engineering Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 24 Jul 2017
    Engineering is at the heart of the built environment, and plays a central role in...

    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

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    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 24 Jul 2017
    From microscopic electronic devices to super structures like dams, bridges and...

    BA/BSc (Honours) Design and Innovation

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    BA/BSc (Honours) Design and Innovation
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 24 Jul 2017
    Design and innovation play a central role in society, finding solutions to...

    BSc (Honours) Environmental Management and Technology

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    BSc (Honours) Environmental Management and Technology Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 24 Jul 2017
    How can we best manage the environment, given the pressures that threaten its...

    Understanding children's development and learning

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    Understanding children's development and learning
    Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 24 Jul 2017 Register by 21 Sep 2017
    This module is for people working with children and young people and looks at...
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