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  • What makes near-future Sci-Fi especially scary? Creative commons image Icon Mark Hill under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license

    What makes near-future Sci-Fi especially scary?

    By Amy C Chambers

    Science fiction set in the near-now can unsettle more than tales from the year 2525. Why is that?

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    03 Mar 2017

  • What makes near-future Sci-Fi especially scary?

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    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 03 Mar 2017
    Science fiction set in the near-now can unsettle more than tales from the year 2525. Why is that?
  • Beyond the Babble: A conversation about the art of listening Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license

    Beyond the Babble: A conversation about the art of listening

    By Lucia Scazzocchio, Dr Giota Alevizou

    Beyond The Babble is an interactive and participatory audio focused installation, exploring questions of identity,...

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    02 Mar 2017

  • Beyond the Babble: A conversation about the art of listening

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    Beyond the Babble: A conversation about the art of listening Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Mar 2017
    Beyond The Babble is an interactive and participatory audio focused installation, exploring questions of identity, belonging and the fragile nuance of power...
  • From a distance Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Andreas Engman

    From a distance

    By Behjat Omer Abdulla, Dr Umut Erel

    From a Distance: A conversation on the ethics of representing the refugee crisis between Umut Erel and Behjat Omer...

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  • From a distance

    From a distance Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Andreas Engman
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    From a Distance: A conversation on the ethics of representing the refugee crisis between Umut Erel and Behjat Omer Abdulla
  • Order your free booklet 'Young People: Changing times' Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license

    Order your free booklet 'Young People: Changing times'

    By Dr Naomi Holford, Tyrrell Golding, Andy Rixon

    Order our free, 28-page booklet 'Young People: Changing times' to accompany the 'Child of Our Time 16' series. 

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  • Order your free booklet 'Young People: Changing times'

    Order your free booklet 'Young People: Changing times' Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 02 Mar 2017
    Order our free, 28-page booklet 'Young People: Changing times' to accompany the 'Child of Our Time 16' series. 
  • How does OpenLearn deal with older content? Creative commons image Icon Cliff under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    How does OpenLearn deal with older content?

    OpenLearn has a vast archive of content from across the years. Here's our policy for dealing with it.

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  • How does OpenLearn deal with older content?

    How does OpenLearn deal with older content? Creative commons image Icon Cliff under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Updated 02 Mar 2017
    OpenLearn has a vast archive of content from across the years. Here's our policy for dealing with it.
  • Thoughts on creativity Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University

    Thoughts on creativity

    By Professor Andrew Cowan

    Andrew Cowan shares his perspective on the creativity, his creative process - and beating writer's block.

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    01 Mar 2017

  • Thoughts on creativity

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    Andrew Cowan shares his perspective on the creativity, his creative process - and beating writer's block.
  • At home with ghosts and werewolves Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University

    At home with ghosts and werewolves

    By Toby Litt

    Toby Litt explains his approach to chronicling his non-realistic worlds.

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    01 Mar 2017

  • At home with ghosts and werewolves

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    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 01 Mar 2017
    Toby Litt explains his approach to chronicling his non-realistic worlds.
  • What is the relationship between history and historical fiction? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University
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  • What is the relationship between history and historical fiction?

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    What is the relationship between history and historical fiction? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 01 Mar 2017
    Two authors who tell stories about the past come together to compare notes.
  • Keep the quotes straight and the puns sharp: The creativity of translation Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University

    Keep the quotes straight and the puns sharp: The creativity of translation

    By Jutta Schetterl, Professor Jeremy Munday, Jamie Bulloch

    Professor Jeremy Munday, and professional translators Jutta Schettler and Jamie Bulloch talk about creativity in...

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    01 Mar 2017

  • Keep the quotes straight and the puns sharp: The creativity of translation

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    Keep the quotes straight and the puns sharp: The creativity of translation Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 01 Mar 2017
    Professor Jeremy Munday, and professional translators Jutta Schettler and Jamie Bulloch talk about creativity in translation.
  • Happy Saint David's Day | Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus Creative commons image Icon By Self (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative-Commons license

    Happy Saint David's Day | Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus

    As we celebrate St David's Day, the patron saint of Wales, find out more about Welsh language, culture and...

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  • Happy Saint David's Day | Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus

    Happy Saint David's Day | Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus Creative commons image Icon By Self (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 01 Mar 2017
    As we celebrate St David's Day, the patron saint of Wales, find out more about Welsh language, culture and society with our great range of learning...

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  • The use of force in international law

    This free course, The use of force in international law, is designed to provide you with an introduction to one of the contentious topics in public...

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    This free course, The use of force in international law, is designed to provide...
  • The lottery of birth

    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...

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    09 Feb 2017

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    Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 09 Feb 2017
    This free course, The lottery of birth, will look at both the big picture of the ...
  • Finding information about society

    This free course, Finding information about society, will help you to identify and use information in society, whether for your work, study or...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    07 Feb 2017

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    This free course, Finding information about society, will help you to identify and...
  • Language and creativity

    This free course is an introduction to the relationship between language and creativity, to the roles that linguistic creativity plays in culture...

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    8 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    07 Feb 2017

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    Language and creativity
    Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 07 Feb 2017
    This free course is an introduction to the relationship between language and...
  • Hearing

    Hearing is a familiar and important human sense that is a topic naturally of interest to those who are curious about human biology. This free...

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    15 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    06 Feb 2017

  • Hearing

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    Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 06 Feb 2017
    Hearing is a familiar and important human sense that is a topic naturally of...
  • Introducing the voluntary sector

    This free course, Introducing the voluntary sector, will guide you through some of the distinctive features and values of the voluntary sector, how...

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    24 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    06 Feb 2017

  • Introducing the voluntary sector

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    Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 06 Feb 2017
    This free course, Introducing the voluntary sector, will guide you through some of...
  • Encouraging book talk in the school library

    As adults we sometimes struggle to justify our feelings about particular books, but children are quite clear about what they like and don't like....

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    4 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    04 Feb 2017

  • Encouraging book talk in the school library

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    As adults we sometimes struggle to justify our feelings about particular books,...
  • 'Land grab': an environmental issue?

    This free course, 'Land grab': an environmental issue?, explores how environmental problems are entangled with economic and political issues and...

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    8 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    03 Feb 2017

  • 'Land grab': an environmental issue?

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    Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 03 Feb 2017
    This free course, 'Land grab': an environmental issue?, explores how environmental...
  • Babylonian mathematics

    This free course looks at Babylonian mathematics. You will learn how a series of discoveries has enabled historians to decipher stone tablets and...

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    8 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    02 Feb 2017

  • Babylonian mathematics

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    Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 02 Feb 2017
    This free course looks at Babylonian mathematics. You will learn how a series of...
  • Effects of pollutants on the aquatic environment

    Effects of pollutants on the aquatic environment is a free course. It begins with an introduction to water and goes on to briefly outline the major...

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    3 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    01 Feb 2017

  • Effects of pollutants on the aquatic environment

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    Advanced level Duration 3 hours Updated 01 Feb 2017
    Effects of pollutants on the aquatic environment is a free course. It begins with...

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    BA (Hons) Youth Justice Studies (England and Wales)

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    Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Mar 2017
    How can we improve the lives of children and young people who are ‘in trouble’?...

    Foundation Degree in Early Years

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    Foundation Degree in Early Years Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Mar 2017
    The first few years of children’s lives are crucial to their development and...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Social Policy and Criminology

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    Diploma of Higher Education in Social Policy and Criminology
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Mar 2017
    Is there a link between poverty and crime? Are inequality and injustice factors in...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Healthcare Practice

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    Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Mar 2017
    The role of healthcare support worker is fulfilling and increasingly challenging,...

    BSc (Honours) Mathematics

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    BSc (Honours) Mathematics Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Mar 2017
    From economic policy to scientific advancement, mathematics is indispensable to...

    Foundation Degree in Computing and IT Practice

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    Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Mar 2017
    The modern world depends on computers and IT systems to function. Gain the skills...

    Foundation Degree in Combined Professional Studies

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    Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Mar 2017
    The Foundation Degree in Combined Professional Studies is an extremely flexible...

    Foundation Degree in Paramedic Sciences

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    Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Mar 2017
    This foundation degree has been specially developed for staff working in a variety...

    Foundation Degree in Working with Young People

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    Foundation Degree in Working with Young People Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Mar 2017
    If you work with young people as a volunteer or in a paid role, the Foundation...

    Diploma of Higher Education Open

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    Diploma of Higher Education Open
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Mar 2017
    Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a...
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