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OpenLearn Live: 11th January 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Jan 2016
Reaction and context following the death of David Bowie - including his influence on the net and financial markets; plus who is entering the public...

OpenLearn Live: 19th November 2015

OpenLearn Live: 19th November 2015 Creative commons image Michael Mandiberg under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Nov 2015
The Monday which understands the internet, and the coral that glows. Then more free learning through the day.

Explore your world with free learning from The Open University

Explore your world with free learning from The Open University Copyrighted image Copyright: Tom Wang | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Aug 2014
We've thousand of free learning items across OpenLearn - from games to full free online courses. Need help with where to start? We've a few...

The internet and the English language

The internet and the English language Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Jul 2014
Mark Swinson, business leader at IBM and OU graduate suggests the internet has been the biggest influence on the English language's development...

Children and the Internet

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Introductory level Duration 40 mins Updated 28 May 2014
What impact has the internet had on children’s lives? How has the arrival of the internet changed children’s exposure to media? ...

Online retail business is booming

Online retail business is booming Copyrighted image Copyright: Pjmorley | Dreamstime.com
Updated 17 Apr 2014
Trace the growth of online shopping and e-commerce in Europe and the Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) nations.

Creating a culture of participation

Creating a culture of participation Copyrighted image Copyright: talkaoke.com
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 09 Apr 2014
An interview with Mikey Weinkove of The People Speak, an artists’ collective that creates ‘tools for the world to take over itself’. Their many...

Engaging EU citizens in policy making

Engaging EU citizens in policy making Copyrighted image Copyright: Puzzled by policy
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 09 Apr 2014
An interview with Deirdre Lee at Insight-NUI Galway, about Puzzled by Policy, a European Commission funded project that aimed to engage citizens in...

Organising today: Stewarding and responding to ‘the people’

Organising today: Stewarding and responding to ‘the people’ Copyrighted image Copyright: 38 degrees
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 09 Apr 2014
38 degrees aims to bring people together to take action on the issues that matter to them. Participation Now researcher Nick Mahony talked to Becky...

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Living and working in the new economy

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Living and working in the new economy Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 04 Feb 2014
The new 'service economy': is it a direct result of globalisation? This free course, Living and working in the new economy, examines the switch...

An introduction to e-commerce and distributed applications

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Advanced level Duration 8 hours Updated 11 Dec 2013
What is e-commerce? This free course, An introduction to e-commerce and distributed applications, will look at typical application areas including...

Living with the internet: learning online

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Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 09 Dec 2013
Learning online is one of the great advantages of information technology. This free course, Living with the internet: learning online, will help...

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 free course, Preparing for your digital life in the 21st Century, provides a general overview of how digital technology has come to dominate...

Finding information in information technology and computing

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Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 08 Jul 2013
The internet provides a world of information, but how do you find what you are looking for? This free course, Finding information in information...

Protocols in multi-service networks

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Protocols in multi-service networks Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 30 hours Updated 16 Oct 2012
The internet, like the telephone system which preceded it, depends for its existence on communications networks. This free course, Protocols in...

Using a computer for study

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Using a computer for study Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 12 Oct 2012
The internet is a fantastic source of information for any student, but how do you evaluate the information each site provides? This free course,...

Web guide

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Web guide Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 12 Oct 2012
Frightened of the internet? This free course, Web guide, will help you make effective use of the internet, giving you the basic skills required for...

Living with the internet: Keeping it safe

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Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 10 Oct 2012
Computer crashes are often the result of viruses, worms or trojans as unfortunately some internet users want to cause havoc or vandalise your...

Living with the Internet: Online shopping

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Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 07 Sep 2012
Online shopping think of it as a shopping centre in cyberspace, with online auctions as the car-boot sale in the car park. This free course,...