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What is a password manager - and should I be using one?

What is a password manager - and should I be using one? Copyright free image Copyright free: stevepb New content
Introductory level Updated 30 Nov 2016
Password managers can make keeping track of your online security a little easier. But are the downsides to using them?

OpenLearn Live: 25th July 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 25th July 2016 Creative commons image Roderick Eime under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Jul 2016
A bus ride that took a country in a new direction and Yahoo gets sold. Free learning from across the day.

OpenLearn Live: 11th January 2016

OpenLearn Live: 11th January 2016 Creative commons image Stephencdickson under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
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

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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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Children and the Internet Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University
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.

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Childhood in the digital age

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Childhood in the digital age Copyrighted image Copyright: © boggy22 (via iStockPhoto.com)
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 18 Oct 2016
This free course, Childhood in the digital age, delves into the lives of children and discuss the potential benefits and limitations of technology...

Protocols in multi-service networks

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Advanced level Duration 30 hours Updated 30 Sep 2016
The internet, like the telephone system which preceded it, depends for its existence on communications networks. This free course, Protocols in...

Finding information in information technology and computing

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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 information...

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...

Living with the internet: learning online

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Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 17 Mar 2016
Learning online is one of the great advantages of information technology. This free course, Living with the internet: learning online, will help...

Living with the internet: Keeping it safe

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Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 17 Mar 2016
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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Living with the Internet: Online shopping Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 17 Mar 2016
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,...

Web guide

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Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 14 Mar 2016
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...

Using a computer for study

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Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 14 Mar 2016
The internet is a fantastic source of information for any student, but how do you evaluate the information each site provides? This free course,...

Living and working in the new economy

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Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 04 Mar 2016
The new 'service economy': is it a direct result of globalisation? This free course, Living and working in the new economy, examines the switch...