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  • A reader's guide to Midnight's Children Creative commons image Icon Fronteiras do Pensamento under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    A reader's guide to Midnight's Children

    By Dr Stephanie Forward

    As BBC Radio 4 launches an ambitious dramatisation of the work, discover Salman Rushdie's 1981 Booker Prize-winning...

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    A reader's guide to Midnight's Children Creative commons image Icon Fronteiras do Pensamento under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license Updated content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Aug 2017
    As BBC Radio 4 launches an ambitious dramatisation of the work, discover Salman Rushdie's 1981 Booker Prize-winning novel Midnight's Children.
  • I Bought A Rainforest - Episode 3 Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Charlie Hamilton James

    I Bought A Rainforest - Episode 3

    By The OpenLearn team

    Nine months on and the project has hit rock-bottom. Charlie has to decide what to do next. In our clips, the forest...

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  • I Bought A Rainforest - Episode 3

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    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Aug 2017
    Nine months on and the project has hit rock-bottom. Charlie has to decide what to do next. In our clips, the forest catches fire - and Charlie uses a...
  • I Bought A Rainforest - Episode 2 Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Charlie Hamilton James

    I Bought A Rainforest - Episode 2

    By The OpenLearn team

    Torn between his love of the forest and a growing awareness of how hard life can be, Charlie's loyalties are...

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  • I Bought A Rainforest - Episode 2

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    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 14 Aug 2017
    Torn between his love of the forest and a growing awareness of how hard life can be, Charlie's loyalties are dramatically split. In our video clips, Charlie...
  • I Bought A Rainforest - Episode 1 Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Charlie Hamilton James

    I Bought A Rainforest - Episode 1

    By The OpenLearn team

    Charlie's dream was soon shattered when he got to the land he bought over the phone. And watch Charlie get to know a...

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  • I Bought A Rainforest - Episode 1

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    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Aug 2017
    Charlie's dream was soon shattered when he got to the land he bought over the phone. And watch Charlie get to know a local resident - a venomous snake.
  • Should Economics and the Environment work together?

    By Vicky Johnson

    The recent UK general election saw many parties pledge to ‘improve’ the environment. Vicky Johnson considers progress...

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  • Should Economics and the Environment work together?

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    Should Economics and the Environment work together? New content
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    The recent UK general election saw many parties pledge to ‘improve’ the environment. Vicky Johnson considers progress can be measured by more closely...
  • Secrets of Silicon Valley Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Tristan Quinn for the BBC

    Secrets of Silicon Valley

    Jamie Bartlett uncovers the dark reality behind Silicon Valley's glittering promise to build a better world.

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  • Secrets of Silicon Valley

    Secrets of Silicon Valley Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Tristan Quinn for the BBC Updated content
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    Jamie Bartlett uncovers the dark reality behind Silicon Valley's glittering promise to build a better world.
  • The Perseid meteor shower 2017 Creative commons image Icon Brocken Inaglory (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons under CC-BY-SA-3.0 licence under Creative-Commons license

    The Perseid meteor shower 2017

    The Perseid meteor shower reaches its peak this year on the nights of 11th-13th August. Find out more about meteors,...

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    11 Aug 2017

  • The Perseid meteor shower 2017

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    The Perseid meteor shower 2017 Creative commons image Icon Brocken Inaglory (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons under CC-BY-SA-3.0 licence under Creative-Commons license Updated content
    Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 11 Aug 2017
    The Perseid meteor shower reaches its peak this year on the nights of 11th-13th August. Find out more about meteors, Perseus and what meteors have to do with...
  • Smart Cities in the Making: Learning from Milton Keynes Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University

    Smart Cities in the Making: Learning from Milton Keynes

    By Professor Gillian Rose

    Why research Milton Keynes? Professor Gillian Rose introduces a study of how cities are increasingly using digital...

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  • Smart Cities in the Making: Learning from Milton Keynes

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    Why research Milton Keynes? Professor Gillian Rose introduces a study of how cities are increasingly using digital data to improve their management and...
  • Milton Keynes and the roots of 'Smart' transport Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: MK:Smart

    Milton Keynes and the roots of 'Smart' transport

    By Dr Alan-Miguel Valdez, Professor Stephen Potter

    Learn about MK’s unique history of transport innovation, and how The Open University has been a part of the...

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  • Milton Keynes and the roots of 'Smart' transport

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    Learn about MK’s unique history of transport innovation, and how The Open University has been a part of the experiment.  
  • How is Milton Keynes a ‘smart’ city? Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license

    How is Milton Keynes a ‘smart’ city?

    By Dr Oliver Zanetti

    What is a ‘smart city’, and how is smart rooted into Milton Keynes’ past and future?

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  • How is Milton Keynes a ‘smart’ city?

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    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 11 Aug 2017
    What is a ‘smart city’, and how is smart rooted into Milton Keynes’ past and future?

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  • Machines, minds and computers

    Computers are becoming smarter and may soon become intelligent. This free course, Machines, minds and computers, looks at what intelligence is, how...

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    Computers are becoming smarter and may soon become intelligent. This free course,...
  • Icarus: entering the world of myth

    This free course, Icarus: entering the world of myth, will introduce you to one of the best-known myths from classical antiquity and its various re...

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    This free course, Icarus: entering the world of myth, will introduce you to one of...
  • Starting with psychology

    The most 'important and greatest puzzle' we face as humans is ourselves (Boring, 1950, p. 56). Humans are a puzzle, one that is complex, subtle and...

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    The most 'important and greatest puzzle' we face as humans is ourselves (Boring,...
  • Information technology: A new era?

    Do the advances in information technology equate to a new industrial revolution? The advances made by IBM, Dell and many other manufacturers have...

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    Do the advances in information technology equate to a new industrial revolution?...
  • Geometry

    Geometry is concerned with the various aspects of size, shape and space. In this free course you will explore the concepts of angles, shapes,...

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    Geometry is concerned with the various aspects of size, shape and space. In this...
  • Technology, innovation and management

    Develop a critical understanding of technological innovation and management. This free course, Technology, innovation and management, will provide...

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    Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 04 Aug 2017
    Develop a critical understanding of technological innovation and management. This...
  • Nuclear power: Friend or foe?

    Are you for or against nuclear energy? The necessity to respond to climate change has put nuclear energy back on the political agenda as an...

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    Are you for or against nuclear energy? The necessity to respond to climate change...
  • Introduction to histology

    This free course provides an introduction to histology, the study of tissues. It also describes how histology can aid in the diagnosis of disease...

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    This free course provides an introduction to histology, the study of tissues. It...
  • Exploring books for children: words and pictures

    Many people have fond memories of the stories they encountered in childhood, perhaps especially of those wonderful picture books and illustrated...

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  • Exploring books for children: words and pictures

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    Many people have fond memories of the stories they encountered in childhood,...
  • Neighbourhood nature

    There is a fascinating world of nature all around us which we can see if we know how to look for it. Wherever you live, be it in a city or the...

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    There is a fascinating world of nature all around us which we can see if we know...

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    Certificate in Health and Social Care

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    Certificate in Health and Social Care
    Duration 600 hours Updated 14 Aug 2017
    Care is constantly in the headlines because it involves such a huge workforce and...

    Diploma in Paramedic Science

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    Duration 1200 hours Updated 14 Aug 2017
    The Diploma in Paramedic Science is designed for paramedics who are already HPC...

    Certificate in Working Together for Children

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    Certificate in Working Together for Children Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 600 hours Updated 14 Aug 2017
    Working with children requires practitioners to develop knowledge, skills, and...

    Professional Certificate in Management

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    Professional Certificate in Management
    Duration 700 hours Updated 14 Aug 2017
    If you’re new to management, or you need to develop your managerial abilities and...

    Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences

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    Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 14 Aug 2017
    Are you interested in what shapes the lives we lead and the decisions we make?...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Financial Services

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    Diploma of Higher Education in Financial Services
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 14 Aug 2017
    With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily,...

    Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (Scotland)

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    Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (Scotland) Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 14 Aug 2017
    Are you thinking about going into social work or social care? This certificate...

    Certificate of Higher Education in Working with Young People

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    Certificate of Higher Education in Working with Young People
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 14 Aug 2017
    Do you have experience of working with young people in informal settings such as...

    Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science

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    Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science
    Duration 600 hours Updated 14 Aug 2017
    If you’re fascinated by astronomy and planetary science, this certificate course...
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