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The BBC And The OU: Inspiring Learning

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Sep 2016
Take a look back at some of the programmes, apps and online learning the BBC and Open University has brought to life in the past year with this...

Rio 2016: A short Paralympics reading list

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Sep 2016
Athletes with intellectual disabilities; zika virus; empty seats; risky cheating; inspiration porn - a round-up of pieces about the Paralympic...

OpenLearn Live: 2nd September 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Sep 2016
The short King who secured the Vatican; Hazel Rymer on Today and the FDA bans antibiotics in soap. Then more free learning across the day.

Dr Matt Balme on modelling the landscape of Mars

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 31 Aug 2016
In this 3 minute video, Dr Matt Balme in The Open University's Space Science research priority area, gives us a tour of his laboratory and...

Living Shakespeare: Alissar Caracalla on Lebanon and A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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Living Shakespeare: Alissar Caracalla on Lebanon and A Midsummer Night’s Dream Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Aug 2016
Choreographer Alissar Caracalla reimagines A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the mountains of Lebanon.

Living Shakespeare: Hong Ying on China and the sonnets

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Living Shakespeare: Hong Ying on China and the sonnets Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Aug 2016
Shakespeare's sonnets were once banned in China and are now popular with the gay community. Hong Ying, author of ‘Daughter of the River’ looks...

Living Shakespeare: Dame Evelyn Glennie on the UK and The Tempest.

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Aug 2016
The United Kingdom's Dame Evelyn Glennie talks us through her unique way of hearing and interpreting Shakespeare’s The Tempest. 

Living Shakespeare: Kalki Koechlin on India's women and Ophelia

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Living Shakespeare: Kalki Koechlin on India's women and Ophelia Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Aug 2016
Ophelia's situation in Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' bears a lot of parallels with Indian women and their place in society. Bollywood actor, Kalki...

Living Shakespeare: Dr John Kani on South Africa and Othello

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Living Shakespeare: Dr John Kani on South Africa and Othello Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Aug 2016
Shakespeare's 'Othello' still makes people uncomfortable because it tackles racism, so what was it like for John Kani who played the play's lead...

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The lottery of birth

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Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 23 Sep 2016
This free course, The lottery of birth, will look at both the big picture of the ‘lottery of birth’ and the smaller, human stories. You will...

Get started with online learning

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Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 22 Sep 2016
This free course will explain how you can study online without putting the rest of your life on hold.

Start writing fiction: characters and stories

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Start writing fiction: characters and stories Updated content
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 22 Sep 2016
Start writing fiction is a free course that helps you to get started with your own fiction writing, focusing on the central skill of creating...

Asset allocation in investment

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Advanced level Duration 9 hours Updated 20 Sep 2016
This course looks at how to take investor objectives and constraints and turn them into a portfolio which aims at achieving an expected return and...

Managing my investments

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Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 20 Sep 2016
Gain the skills to manage your investments: analyse portfolio risk and plan your pension, with this free online course.

Managing my money

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Managing my money Updated content
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 20 Sep 2016
This free course, Managing my money, allows you to gain the skills to manage your personal finances: managing budgets, debts, investments, property...

Returning to STEM

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Returning to STEM Updated content
Advanced level Duration 24 hours Updated 19 Sep 2016
This free badged course, Returning to STEM, offers useful skills and solutions to help you get back into a career in science, technology,...

Basic science: understanding experiments

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Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 19 Sep 2016
This free course, Basic science: understanding experiments, introduces you to science-based skills through simple and exciting physics, chemistry...

Understanding service improvement in healthcare

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Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 14 Sep 2016
This free course, Understanding service improvement in healthcare, will help you to understand what people mean by the terms ‘service’ and ...

Developing high trust work relationships

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Intermediate level Duration 2 hours Updated 12 Sep 2016
Learn about trust in the organisational context. This free course, Developing high trust work relationships, introduces the concept of trust, what...