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Online retail business is booming

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Updated 17 Apr 2014
Trace the growth of online shopping and e-commerce in Europe and the Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) nations.

Retail agnosticism

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Introductory level Updated 01 Mar 2013
Andy Street, Managing Director of the department store chain John Lewis, discusses the future of retail.

Nationality online

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Nationality online Copyrighted image Copyright: Production team
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 01 Jan 2012
Evgeny Morozov of Foreign Policy and The Open University's Ray Corrigan praise the chances and weigh the challenges offered as nationality moves...

Crimbo shopping in your pyjamas

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Dec 2011
This Christmas, we have swapped the bustle of late night shopping for ordering online in our pyjamas and slippers. But what does it mean for the...

Nick Wheeler discusses online retail

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Nick Wheeler discusses online retail Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 13 Oct 2011
Charles Tyrwhitt chairman Nick Wheeler argues that retailers should focus on customers and products, and not get carried away with the latest and...

Environmental concerns on the shop floor

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Environmental concerns on the shop floor Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 06 Dec 2010
 Justin King of Sainsburys explains why questions of environmental impact aren't as simple as they seem.

How does over a century of heritage influence a modern brand?

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How does over a century of heritage influence a modern brand? Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 06 Dec 2010
140 years of trading - what does that history means to a brand like Sainsbury's? Justin King explains.

Theo's Adventure Capitalists: Six months on: DreamAid

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Theo's Adventure Capitalists: Six months on: DreamAid Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 18 May 2010
Six months after Theo first met him, we catch up with Peter McAteer to find out how DreamAid has been doing.

Re-wiring our minds?

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Feb 2010
Susan Greenfield considers the proposition that time spent online is re-wiring our minds.

The Open University Worldwide

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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...

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Digital literacy: succeeding in a digital world

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Digital literacy: succeeding in a digital world
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 12 Oct 2016
This free course, Digital literacy: succeeding in a digital world, will develop your confidence and skills for life online, whether study, work or...

Living with the Internet: Online shopping

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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,...

How to be a critical reader

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Intermediate level Duration 7 hours Updated 14 Mar 2016
In this free course you will focus on how to be a critical reader. Reading critically is an essential skill at university. It means being aware of...

Summarising text

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Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 14 Mar 2016
In this free course, Summarising text, you will learn how to summarise. Summarising is useful both when completing assignments and while studying.

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Enhancing your healthcare practice

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Enhancing your healthcare practice Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 09 Dec 2016 Register by 10 Aug 2017
This online, work-based course explores the importance of promoting health and  reflects on the contexts of practice and development of knowledge,...

Environmental monitoring and protection

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Environmental monitoring and protection Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 09 Dec 2016 Register by 12 Oct 2017
This online module equips you with the skills necessary to undertake environmental assessment work, interpret the results and suggest appropriate...

English for academic purposes online

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English for academic purposes online Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 09 Dec 2016 Register by 14 Sep 2017
Develop the specific language skills you need for successful academic study in English.

Design for engineers

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Design for engineers Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Intermediate level Duration 300 hours Updated 09 Dec 2016 Register by 14 Sep 2017
Explore the three phases of product design – research, planning and development – through online practical activities to gain the skills and...

Youth: policy in practice

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Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 09 Dec 2016 Register by 21 Sep 2017
This online course continues the development of the critical, practical and analytical skills you need to work proactively within the youth...

The networked practitioner

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The networked practitioner Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 09 Dec 2016 Register by 21 Sep 2017
This course enables you to experience producing resources related to online and distance education and then improving them through engagement with...

Accessible online learning: supporting disabled students

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Accessible online learning: supporting disabled students Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 09 Dec 2016 Register by 17 Aug 2017
Examine the learning experiences of disabled students, the technical aspects of accessibility, and the current debates and discussions about...

Business organisations and their environments

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Business organisations and their environments Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 09 Dec 2016 Register by 14 Sep 2017
This practical course about sharing and developing personal and professional practice in business is delivered mainly online, building your IT...

Preparing for graduate practice

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Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 09 Dec 2016 Register by 20 Apr 2017
This online module is the final of three practice-based modules in the Pre-registration Nursing Programme leading to the award of BSc (Hons) Adult...

Improving health and wellbeing

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Improving health and wellbeing Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Updated 09 Dec 2016 Register by 01 Jun 2016
Online interactive teaching material and case studies explain how nutrition, exercise, alcohol, smoking and stress are influenced by individual...