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Practitioner research

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Practitioner research Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 07 Jul 2014
How does a researcher collate and analyse information? What are the best methods of investigating/examining a question?

COP 15: The hum of expectation

COP 15: The hum of expectation Copyrighted image Copyright: Stephen Peake
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 10 Dec 2009
Climate change conferences sound as though they’re going to be really boring, stuffy affairs. The first of our series of blogs from COP 15 suggests...

Search Engines of the Future: The Pharos project

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Search Engines of the Future: The Pharos project Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 29 Oct 2009
The volume of stored information is growing exponentially and an increasing share is audio-visual content. This content drives the demand for new...

Interacting with ambient displays

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Interacting with ambient displays Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 29 Oct 2009
Will an 'ambient information display' change peoples behaviour within a building? The 'Clouds' research investigation project in The Open...

The Open University Worldwide

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The Open University Worldwide Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 40 mins Updated 07 Oct 2009
The Open University transforms lives. Millions have realised or expanded their potential through flexible education programmes allowing them to...

International Adoption

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International Adoption Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Mar 2009
Open University Professor Monica Dowling looks at the effects of globalisation and the differences between 'qualitative' and 'quantitative'...

The information economy

The information economy Copyrighted image Copyright: photos.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 06 Aug 2008
The Open Minds programme explores the information economy.

Forewarned is Forearmed

Forewarned is Forearmed Creative commons image Thomas Hawk under CC-BY-NC licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Apr 2008
Can market analysis and good planning help companies through tough times?

Cybertalk: Transcript

Cybertalk: Transcript Copyrighted image Copyright: Thinkstock
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 08 May 2007
New technology is changing the way we communicate. Digital Planet found out how.

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Finding information in technology

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Finding information in technology Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 15 Aug 2016
The internet provides a world of information, but how do you find what you are looking for? This free course, Finding information in technology,...

Finding information in Society

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Finding information in Society Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 15 Aug 2016
This free course, Finding information in Society, will help you to identify and use information in Society, whether for your work, study or...

Finding information in science and nature

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Finding information in science and nature Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 15 Aug 2016
This free course, Finding information in science and nature, will help you to identify and use information in Science and Nature, whether for your...

Finding Information in Modern Languages

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Finding Information in Modern Languages Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 15 Aug 2016
This free course, Finding Information in Modern Languages, will help you to identify and use information in Modern Languages, whether for your work...

Finding information in mathematics and statistics

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Finding information in mathematics and statistics Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 15 Aug 2016
This free course, Finding information in mathematics and statistics, will help you to identify and use information in maths and statistics, whether...

Finding information in Arts and History

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Finding information in Arts and History Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 15 Aug 2016
This free course, Finding information in arts and history, will help you to identify and use information in arts and history, whether for your work...

Information security

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Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 22 Jun 2016
Information security underpins the commercial viability and profitability of enterprises of all sizes and the effectiveness of public sector...

Understanding the environment: Flows and feedback

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Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 29 Mar 2016
There is increasing recognition that the reductionist mindset that is currently dominating society, rooted in unlimited economic growth...

Inheritance of characters

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Inheritance of characters Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
Genes are units of inheritance that contribute to a person's behaviour and health. In this free course, Inheritance of characters, you will learn...

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...

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Top-up BSc (Honours) Computing and IT Practice

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Top-up BSc (Honours) Computing and IT Practice Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 23 Sep 2016
If you work in computing and IT and have already completed a foundation degree or equivalent, this degree course enables you to top up your...

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 23 Sep 2016
In the twenty-first century technology dominates the way we live, work, socialise and play – and computing and IT skills are increasingly essential...

Diploma of Higher Education in Computing and IT

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Diploma of Higher Education in Computing and IT Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 23 Sep 2016
In the twenty-first century technology dominates the way we live, work, socialise and play – and computing and IT skills are increasingly essential...

Diploma of Higher Education in Computing and IT Practice

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Diploma of Higher Education in Computing and IT Practice Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 23 Sep 2016
The modern world depends on computers and IT systems to function. Gain the skills to work with them, and you’ll open up a huge variety of careers...

BA (Honours) History

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BA (Honours) History Copyrighted image Copyright: Firebrandphotography | Dreamstime.com
Duration 3600 hours Updated 23 Sep 2016
With this degree course you will develop and deepen your knowledge of different periods of history from antiquity to the twentieth century....

BSc (Honours) Criminology and Psychological Studies

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BSc (Honours) Criminology and Psychological Studies Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 23 Sep 2016
Why does crime occur? What makes people do harm to others? The BSc (Honours) Criminology and Psychological Studies explores a range of fascinating...

Business functions in context

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Business functions in context Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 23 Sep 2016 Register by 15 Sep 2016
A practice-based course about how five essential organisational functions – human resources; marketing; operations management; information...

The computing and IT project

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The computing and IT project Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 23 Sep 2016 Register by 05 Jan 2017
The computing and IT project enables you to explore computing, information and communications technologies in substantial depth and it offers you...

Information security

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Information security Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 23 Sep 2016 Register by 13 Oct 2016
Explore the professional and technical skills necessary to understand, document, manage and implement strategic and operational aspects of your...

Engineering: an active introduction

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Engineering: an active introduction Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 100 hours Updated 23 Sep 2016 Register by 30 Apr 2017
Gain laboratory and fieldwork experience and develop practical engineering skills – taking measurements, analysing data, seeking and evaluating...