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  • Canals: The Making of a Nation Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © BBC

    Canals: The Making of a Nation

    Liz McIvor looks at who built the nation's canal network, who funded it, those who worked on it and how they were regenerated...

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    TV Programme

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    16 Mar 2017

  • Canals: The Making of a Nation

    Canals: The Making of a Nation Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © BBC
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Mar 2017
    Liz McIvor looks at who built the nation's canal network, who funded it, those who worked on it and how they were regenerated following The Second World War.
  • City in The Sky Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The BBC

    City in The Sky

    This three-part OU/BBC co-production on BBC Two investigates the 'City in the Sky'. You will never look at your time aloft in...

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    Updated on:

    29 Jan 2017

  • City in The Sky

    City in The Sky Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The BBC
    Updated 29 Jan 2017
    This three-part OU/BBC co-production on BBC Two investigates the 'City in the Sky'. You will never look at your time aloft in the same way again…
  • 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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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    18 Jan 2017

  • How do planes survive lightning strikes?

    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: 18th November 2016 Creative commons image Icon Highways England under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    OpenLearn Live: 18th November 2016

    By The OpenLearn team

    Where roads meet and elegantly entwine; taking back control; and saving plants from extinction in the Midlands. ...

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    5 mins

    Updated on:

    18 Nov 2016

  • OpenLearn Live: 18th November 2016

    OpenLearn Live: 18th November 2016 Creative commons image Icon Highways England under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Nov 2016
    Where roads meet and elegantly entwine; taking back control; and saving plants from extinction in the Midlands. Learning and research across the day.
  • Studying Engineering Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime

    Studying Engineering

    Interested in studying engineering? Find out what study options and qualifications are available to you with The...

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    Article

    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    30 Aug 2016

  • Studying Engineering

    Studying Engineering Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 30 Aug 2016
    Interested in studying engineering? Find out what study options and qualifications are available to you with The Open University. 
  • A short history of the early days of artificial intelligence Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Archive.org
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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    26 May 2016

  • A short history of the early days of artificial intelligence

    A short history of the early days of artificial intelligence Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Archive.org
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 May 2016
    Artificial Intelligence seems very much of our time - but as Jessica Riskin explains, history records many attempts to create machines that think.
  • Aeroplane Design and Engineering Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: iStock

    Aeroplane Design and Engineering

    By Dr James Warren

    Ever wondered what happens to lost luggage or why plane windows are the shape they are? Take a tour of our...

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    Article

    20 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    25 May 2016

  • Aeroplane Design and Engineering

    Aeroplane Design and Engineering Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: iStock
    Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 25 May 2016
    Ever wondered what happens to lost luggage or why plane windows are the shape they are? Take a tour of our interactive aeroplane to find out.
  • Deplaning: Why is the 747 coming to the end of the runway? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Wikimedia Images
    Article

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    05 Feb 2016

  • Deplaning: Why is the 747 coming to the end of the runway?

    Deplaning: Why is the 747 coming to the end of the runway? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Wikimedia Images
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Feb 2016
    For a long time, the 747 has dominated the skies. But Boeing is slowing production. How come?
  • OpenLearn Live: 13th November 2015 Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: The Engineer
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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    13 Nov 2015

  • OpenLearn Live: 13th November 2015

    OpenLearn Live: 13th November 2015 Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: The Engineer
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Nov 2015
    The man who started a two-wheeled craze. Then more free learning through the day.
  • OpenLearn Live: 12th November 2015 Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Public domain
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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    12 Nov 2015

  • OpenLearn Live: 12th November 2015

    OpenLearn Live: 12th November 2015 Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Public domain
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Nov 2015
    How do you run a railway uphill? Then more free learning through the day.

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  • Personal development planning for engineering

    This free course, Personal development planning for engineering, has been written in keeping with the requirements of UK-SPEC and the professional...

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    Free course

    12 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    08 Mar 2016

  • Personal development planning for engineering

    Personal development planning for engineering Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: iStock
    Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 08 Mar 2016
    This free course, Personal development planning for engineering, has been written...
  • Forth Road Bridge

    Scotland's Forth Road Bridge may not be the most beautiful bridge over the Firth of Forth, but it is an incredible feat of engineering and is...

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    Free course

    1 hour

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    05 Feb 2016

  • Forth Road Bridge

    Forth Road Bridge Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 05 Feb 2016
    Scotland's Forth Road Bridge may not be the most beautiful bridge over the Firth...

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    Engineering small worlds: micro and nano technologies

    Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 12 Feb 2018 Register by 13 Sep 2018
    This module demonstrates how matter can be manipulated at the atomic and molecular...

    Essential mathematics 1

    Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 12 Feb 2018 Register by 13 Sep 2018
    This key introductory module provides a broad and enjoyable foundation for...

    Engineering: mathematics, modelling, applications

    Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 12 Feb 2018 Register by 13 Sep 2018
    This module builds on the engineering concepts and basic mathematics in...

    Science and society

    Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 12 Feb 2018 Register by 13 Sep 2018
    This interdisciplinary science module extends the scientific understanding and...

    Design for engineers

    Intermediate level Duration 300 hours Updated 12 Feb 2018 Register by 13 Sep 2018
    People encounter designed products every day: chairs, buildings, medicines,...

    Team engineering

    Team engineering Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 12 Feb 2018 Register by 16 Aug 2018
    Team engineeringaims to develop the essential professional engineering skill of...

    Manufacture materials design

    Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 12 Feb 2018 Register by 12 Apr 2018
    Introducing materials processing from the perspective of a design engineer, this...

    Science, technology and maths Access module

    Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 12 Feb 2018 Register by 10 Jan 2019
    Are you new to higher education study or returning after a break? This Access...

    IT systems: planning for success

    Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 12 Feb 2018 Register by 13 Sep 2018
    IT systems are a critical part of our world, in business, public sector and...

    Finite element analysis: basic principles and applications

    Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 12 Feb 2018 Register by 11 Oct 2018
    Engineering is at the heart of modern life. Today engineers use computers and...
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