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  • Why is East Africa experiencing such a terrible drought? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: AMISOM Public Information

    Why is East Africa experiencing such a terrible drought?

    By Rob Marchant

    Countries across East Africa are in the grip of a murderous period of drought. It's been caused by the dipole. Rob...

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  • Why is East Africa experiencing such a terrible drought?

    Why is East Africa experiencing such a terrible drought? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: AMISOM Public Information
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    Countries across East Africa are in the grip of a murderous period of drought. It's been caused by the dipole. Rob Marchant explains how the 'Indian Nino'...
  • Has Donald Trump improved the US economy in fifty days? Creative commons image Icon Steven Depolo under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Has Donald Trump improved the US economy in fifty days?

    By Gabriella Legrenzi

    Donald Trump is proudly acclaiming his great economic data. But is he actually enjoying a boom handed to him by...

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  • Has Donald Trump improved the US economy in fifty days?

    Has Donald Trump improved the US economy in fifty days? Creative commons image Icon Steven Depolo under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
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    Donald Trump is proudly acclaiming his great economic data. But is he actually enjoying a boom handed to him by President Obama? Gabriella Legrenzi considers...
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    Is there a problem with OpenLearn? OpenLearn status updates

    We hope OpenLearn works normally, around the clock, through the year. If we know something's wrong (or if we're...

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    We hope OpenLearn works normally, around the clock, through the year. If we know something's wrong (or if we're planning some downtime), we'll tell you here.
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    How OpenLearn uses third-party content

    The steps we take to ensure that content from contributors outside The Open University is of the same high quality as...

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  • How OpenLearn uses third-party content

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    The steps we take to ensure that content from contributors outside The Open University is of the same high quality as other material on OpenLearn
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    Remembering Peter and John

    By Dr Daniel Weinbren

    In the light of the recent deaths of two colleagues in Social Sciences, we have put together collective obituaries to...

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  • Remembering Peter and John

    Remembering Peter and John Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
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    In the light of the recent deaths of two colleagues in Social Sciences, we have put together collective obituaries to remember their careers supporting...
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    British Science Week

    Celebrate all things science with British Science Week 10th-19th March 2017!

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  • British Science Week

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    Celebrate all things science with British Science Week 10th-19th March 2017!
  • Separate coloured ink with this experiment

    By Dr Nicholas Turner

    Did you know your black biro isn't black and your green felt tip isn't green? Don't believe this? Try this...

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  • Separate coloured ink with this experiment

    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 13 Mar 2017
    Did you know your black biro isn't black and your green felt tip isn't green? Don't believe this? Try this chromatography experiment.
  • 12 famous Confucius quotes on education and learning Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: MorgueFile

    12 famous Confucius quotes on education and learning

    By Dr Qian Kan

    What's your favourite Confucius quote on education and learning? Look at these examples and let us know what you...

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    13 Mar 2017

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    What's your favourite Confucius quote on education and learning? Look at these examples and let us know what you think by voting in our poll. 
  • The Secrets of Your Food Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Martha Swales - BBC

    The Secrets of Your Food

    'The Secrets of Your Food' is the delicious science story of the food on your plate. 

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    10 Mar 2017

  • The Secrets of Your Food

    The Secrets of Your Food Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Martha Swales - BBC
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 10 Mar 2017
    'The Secrets of Your Food' is the delicious science story of the food on your plate. 
  • Beachbrains Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license

    Beachbrains

    By Jon hall

    Ever tried to picture how many neurons we have inside our brain but can't envisage it? Use this busy beach ...

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    10 Mar 2017

  • Beachbrains

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    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 10 Mar 2017
    Ever tried to picture how many neurons we have inside our brain but can't envisage it? Use this busy beach analogy to help you understand the brain:...

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  • The business of football

    Welcome to this free course, The business of football, produced by The Open University working in partnership with The English Football League...

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    Welcome to this free course, The business of football, produced by The Open...
  • Brighton Pavilion

    In this free course, Brighton Pavilion, we examine the Royal Pavilion at Brighton, and its relationship to nineteenth-century Romanticism and...

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    In this free course, Brighton Pavilion, we examine the Royal Pavilion at Brighton,...
  • Getting started on classical Latin

    This free course, Getting started on classical Latin, has been developed in response to requests from learners who had had no contact with Latin...

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    This free course, Getting started on classical Latin, has been developed in...
  • The origins of the wars of the three kingdoms

    From Catholic rebellion to Civil War, what happened during the latter years of the reign of Charles I that caused people to take up arms against...

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    From Catholic rebellion to Civil War, what happened during the latter years of the...
  • Dundee, jute and empire

    Britain was the first country to industrialise, and it acquired the largest empire ever during this same period. But its sphere of economic...

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    Britain was the first country to industrialise, and it acquired the largest empire...
  • Entrepreneurial behaviour

    Have you ever wanted to start your own business? This free course, Entrepreneurial behaviour, will give you the opportunity to consider and reflect...

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    20 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    Have you ever wanted to start your own business? This free course, Entrepreneurial...
  • An introduction to law in contemporary Scotland

    Many aspects of the law in Scotland are different from those of England and Wales. Centuries of development and growth have been influenced by...

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    Many aspects of the law in Scotland are different from those of England and Wales....
  • Succeed with maths – Part 1

    If you feel that maths is a mystery that you want to unravel then this free course is for you. It will guide you through how numbers are put...

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    24 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    28 Feb 2017

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    Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 28 Feb 2017
    If you feel that maths is a mystery that you want to unravel then this free course...
  • Improving aerobic fitness

    Aerobic fitness is integral to successful sports performance and to maintaining good health. But what sort of exercise should you be doing to...

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  • Improving aerobic fitness

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    Aerobic fitness is integral to successful sports performance and to maintaining...
  • Eating to win: activity, diet and weight control

    What should we eat before and after exercise? This free course, Eating to win: activity, diet and weight control, examines the importance of...

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    27 Feb 2017

  • Eating to win: activity, diet and weight control

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    What should we eat before and after exercise? This free course, Eating to win:...

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    Certificate of Higher Education in Environment

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    Certificate of Higher Education in Environment Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Mar 2017
    How can we best think about and live sustainably within natural and built...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling

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    Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Mar 2017
    The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly...

    CertHE in Business Management (Sport and Football)

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    CertHE in Business Management (Sport and Football) Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Mar 2017
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    Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities

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    Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Mar 2017
    Why study the arts? Apart from sheer enjoyment, these subjects give you an...

    Certificate of Higher Education in Mathematical Sciences

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    Certificate of Higher Education in Mathematical Sciences Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Mar 2017
    As well as being fascinating and intellectually rewarding, the study of...

    DipHE in Business Management (Sport and Football)

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    Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Mar 2017
    The Open University’s Diploma of Higher Education in Business Management (Sport...

    Certificate in Health Sciences

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    Certificate in Health Sciences Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
    Duration 600 hours Updated 28 Mar 2017
    This certificate provides a broad introduction to health sciences, exploring some...

    Top-up BSc (Honours) Computing and IT Practice

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    Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Mar 2017
    If you work in computing and IT and have already completed a foundation degree or...

    Certificate of Higher Education in Business and Management

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    Certificate of Higher Education in Business and Management
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Mar 2017
    This certificate will introduce you to business and management and help you to...

    Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

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    Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Mar 2017
    Are you fascinated by life’s big questions? Are you thinking about studying for a...
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