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The internet and the English language

The internet and the English language Copyrighted image Credit: 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...

Online retail business is booming

Online retail business is booming Copyrighted image Credit: 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 Credit: 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 Credit: 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 Credit: 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...

Participation Now: Meet the practitioners

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 08 Apr 2014
We have conducted a series of interviews with people involved in organising public participation initiatives.

Porn licensing isn't the answer

Porn licensing isn't the answer Creative commons image Credit: hansol under CC-BY licence
Updated 04 Apr 2014
The UK government thinks children can be protected from web porn by building barriers. Good luck with that, says Andrew Smith.

When is citizen participation transformative?

When is citizen participation transformative? Copyrighted image Credit: Mishkacz | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 08 Jan 2014
When is participation empowering and transformative? What is the relationship between ‘bottom-up’ and ‘top-down’ modes of participation?

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Living and working in the new economy

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Living and working in the new economy Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 04 Feb 2014
The new ‘service economy’, is it a direct result of globalisation? This unit examines the switch from manufacturing to services and looks at the...

Finding information in information technology and computing

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Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 26 Nov 2013
The internet provides a world of information, but how do you find what you are looking for? This unit will help you discover the meaning of...

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 unit provides a general overview of how digital technology has come to dominate virtually every aspect of the modern world and some guidance...

Online market research

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Masters level Duration 20 mins Updated 26 Apr 2013
How has the arrival of the internet changed the nature of marketing research? Can doing market research with online participants be as effective as...

Living with the internet: learning online

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Living with the internet: learning online Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 19 Mar 2012
Learning online is one of the great advantages of information technology. This unit will help you establish a safe and comfortable working...

Living with the Internet: Online shopping

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Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 27 Jul 2011
Online shopping – think of it as a shopping centre in cyberspace, with online auctions as the car-boot sale in the car park. This unit will help...

Living with the internet: Keeping it safe

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Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 27 Jul 2011
Computer crashes are often the result of viruses, worms or Trojans as unfortunately some internet users want to cause havoc or vandalise your...

Protocols in multi-service networks

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Masters level Duration 30 hours Updated 18 Jul 2011
The internet, like the telephone system which preceded it, depends for its existence on communications networks. This unit examines these networks...

An introduction to e-commerce and distributed applications

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Advanced level Duration 8 hours Updated 15 Jul 2011
What is ‘e-commerce’? This unit will look at typical application areas including the internet, supply chain management and online auctions. It will...

Web guide

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Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 15 Jul 2011
Frightened of the internet? This unit will help you make effective use of the internet, giving you the basic skills required for using web-based...

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Algorithms, data structures and computability

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Intermediate level Duration 300 hours Updated 28 Jul 2014 Register by 11 Sep 2014
You will learn how to take a problem and state it precisely using an algorithm so that it can be solved with a computer.