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How women changed the world

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How women changed the world Copyrighted image Copyright: Stephen Collins
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 03 Mar 2015
Who wrote the first novel over 1000 years ago? Who disguised herself as a man to explore the new world? Take this interactive world tour to...

Halloween: What’s the devil got to do with it?

Halloween: What’s the devil got to do with it? Creative commons image Geckoam under CC-BY-NC-ND licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 20 Oct 2014
Why is Halloween, an evening traditionally used to honour the deceased, now associated with all things spooky and gruesome? 

Design Essentials: are you sitting comfortably?

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Design Essentials: are you sitting comfortably? Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 26 Aug 2014
Theo Zamenopoulos, of the OU design faculty, offers a glimpse into the ideological and historical context of design ideas and principles. With Emma...

OU on the BBC: Pain, Pus and Poison: The Search For Modern Medicines

OU on the BBC: Pain, Pus and Poison: The Search For Modern Medicines
Introductory level Updated 24 Jan 2014
Pain, Pus and Poison tells the extraordinary story of how mankind learnt to look at the world around him and use it to heal his body

Doctor Who and human history

Doctor Who and human history Creative commons image Doctor Who Spoilers under CC-BY licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Nov 2013
In the Doctor Who historicals, the bad guys often won - no matter what the Doctor tried. Tony Keen looks at why the Doctor can not change the human...

What makes a great speech?

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What makes a great speech? Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 16 Aug 2013
Throughout history great orators have been able to capture a shift in the zeitgeist, and tap into an audience’s emotions. Speeches by John. F....

OU on the BBC: History of Scotland

OU on the BBC: History of Scotland Copyrighted image Copyright: photos.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 May 2013
Neil Oliver returns to Scotland to explore its dramatic history.

OU on the BBC: The Secret History Of Our Streets: London

OU on the BBC: The Secret History Of Our Streets: London Copyrighted image Copyright: Map used with thanks to the LSE
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 May 2012
Six streets - apparently unremarkable, but each one with a lot to tell us about how life and London has changed in 150 years.

OU on the BBC: The Story of Wales

OU on the BBC: The Story of Wales Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Feb 2012
From the cave at Paviland to the ex-council houses of Merthyr, explore the surprising story of Wales

The History of English in Ten Minutes

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The History of English in Ten Minutes Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University 2011
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 22 Jun 2011
Where did the phrase ‘a wolf in sheep’s clothing’ come from? And when did scientists finally get round to naming sexual body parts? Voiced by Clive...

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Science: microbes

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Science: microbes Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Updated 01 Jul 2016 Register by 01 Feb 2016
Explore the extraordinary world of microbes – the history of their discovery, their dangers, their practical uses and even the possibility of their...

Exploring the classical world

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Exploring the classical world Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 01 Jul 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Develop your interest in classical Greece and Rome, studying everything from Homer to Roman social history, and evaluating ancient sources from...