• Engineering mechanics: solids

      Engineering mechanics: solids

      These materials comprise the core teaching text of T235, which is an introductory course to mechanical/aeronautical/materials engineering. Engineering mechanics: solids was last presented in 2003.

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    • Environment: Treading lightly on the Earth

      Environment: Treading lightly on the Earth

      This unit focuses on the problem of green-house gas emissions, especially carbon dioxide, and explores what you can do to lighten those emissions to help reduce the rate of climate change.

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      15 hrs

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    • EPOCH Psychology history timeline

      EPOCH Psychology history timeline

      This unit uses an interactive resource (EPoCH) to gain a better sense of how the historical and social context influences psychological inquiry. You will examine the different methods used by psychologists to investigate human behaviour and learn to identify the different perspectives that exist in psychology.

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      10 hrs

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    • Exploring the youth justice system: an introduction

      Exploring the youth justice system: an introduction

      This is an opportunity to find out how the youth justice system works and the people it serves. It introduces many of the key frameworks, concepts and themes, with particular focus on evidence-based practice and the principles of effective practice.

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    • French Boot Camp 2014

      French Boot Camp 2014

      This space is for the French Boot Camp 2014 (Intermediate Learners)

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      1 hr

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    • French Boot Camp 2015

      French Boot Camp 2015

      This space is for the French Boot Camp 2015 (Intermediate Learners)

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      1 hr

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    • Geoengineering, Permaculture and Transition Towns

      Geoengineering, Permaculture and Transition Towns

      There is increasing concern among meteorologists working with the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) that governments will not curb greenhouse emissions enough to prevent dangerous levels of warming, usually considered to be 2C by 2100. Many members of the public must share this pessimism, and are also concerned about dwindling supplies of low cost petroleum. Among the possible responses to holding such a belief are: denial / avoidance, campaigning and focussing on adaptation. In this unit we will look at three alternative responses, all outside of mainstream thinking: geoengineering, permaculture and Transition Towns.

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    • Getting ready to study Design and Innovation

      Getting ready to study Design and Innovation

      This unit is aimed at people who are thinking about studying or enrolled to study Design and Innovation at the Open University.

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    • Graded Online Maths

      Graded Online Maths

      This project aims to provide practice in basic arithmetic for primary school children, while making it easy for teachers to track their progress. It is composed of the following blocks: Addition Subtraction Multiplication Division Mixed operations Fractions Geometry Unit conversion These blocks are designed to complement the pupils' homework. All drills are graded according to difficulty and can be done as many times as wished. The letters in their names are self-explanatory.

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      1 hr

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    • Hands–on Moodle Quiz

      Hands–on Moodle Quiz

      A short course on the Moodle Quiz.

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      20 hrs

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    • Healthcare technology management

      Healthcare technology management

      In modern healthcare, healthcare technology has a major role to play in order to serve the objective of high-standard healthcare provision. The planning and management of healthcare technology is complex and diverse. It requires combined knowledge, which includes engineering, commercial, logistics and planning, and management skills.

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      15 hrs

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    • How do we adapt agriculture to climate change?

      How do we adapt agriculture to climate change?

      This unit looks at how industrial agriculture is one of the anthropogenic causes of climate change. It goes on to consider what adaptations must be adopted in order to mitigate its impact on climate change. The concept of food security is introduced and its link to climate change explored. Finally, the notion of adapting agriculture through the way we design and live in cities is presented.

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      2 hrs

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    • How Global are you?

      How Global are you?

      How global are you? This MOOC enables participants to understand intercultural competence in the workplace. Participants will audit their intercultural skills and personal qualities, and plan how to develop them further.

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    • How non human species adapt to climatic changes

      How non human species adapt to climatic changes

      This unit explores the effects of anthropogenic climate change on non human species. It explores examples of the way that different non human species adapt to climate change. It uses basic ideas in ecology to examine how species will, and, already are, adapting to changing climates. Finally, it looks at how these adaptations will affect biodiversity within the UK.

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    • How to become an online facilitator

      How to become an online facilitator

      This course is for anybody who would like to become a facilitator on an open online course. You'll be introduced to concepts and ideas as how best to engage with learners, encourage conversation, and identify good practice for responding to learners online.

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      5 hrs

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    • How to make an open online course

      How to make an open online course

      A short guide to how to create a good open online course.

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      15 hrs

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    • How to use OpenLearn Create

      How to use OpenLearn Create

      How to create Open Educational Resources in OpenLearn Create

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      2 hrs

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    • Introduction to animal physiology

      Introduction to animal physiology

      Physiology is the study of how organisms function. The emphasis in this unit is on the functioning of vertebrate animals, including humans, and a variety of solutions to the problems posed by different habitats and ways of life are illustrated. This unit will be of particular interest to those who have a general concern for biology and those engaged in teaching and research.

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      24+ hrs

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    • Introduction to Business and Sustainability

      Introduction to Business and Sustainability

      Concern for the environment is playing a major role in society nationally and internationally. Transboundary issues such as acid rain, ozone layer depletion and global warming have assisted in placing environmental issues firmly in our consciousness.

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      5 hrs

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    • Introduction to Customer Service

      Introduction to Customer Service

      Customer service is key to the success of every salon. This unit compares customer service with customer care and raises awareness of current legislations in relation to service industries.

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      12 hrs

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    • Introduction to Ecopsychology

      Introduction to Ecopsychology

      This introduction to ecopsychology explores how climate change affects how we feel about our world and our future. We will explore how strong feelings triggered by this crisis can send us into denial and despair, hindering our ability to act meaningfully. We will also come to understand more about our emotional responses and how they can empower us to learn to live with climate change.

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      2 hrs

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    • Introduction to International Economic Law

      Introduction to International Economic Law

      This unit is an introduction to the subject of International Economic Law. It includes a historical development of the subject and refers to the principal organisations related to International Economic Law.

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      8 hrs

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    • Introduction to thermofluid mechanics

      Introduction to thermofluid mechanics

      This course introduces the subject areas of fluid mechanics and thermodynamics from an engineering perspective. The course is concerned with the application of these topics to analysis and design in an engineering context.

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      24+ hrs

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    • Issues in complementary and alternative medicine

      Issues in complementary and alternative medicine

      Why are so many people now turning to complementary and alternative medicine and why do approaches to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) raise such controversy? This unit explores the following three key areas: ‘Why people use complementary and alternative medicine’, ‘Critical issues in the therapeutic relationship’ and ‘Ethics in complementary and alternative medicine’.

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    • Issues in deafness

      Issues in deafness

      Undergraduate level 2 course from the Faculty of Social Sciences presented between 1991 and 1996. The materials accessible here are from 1995.

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    • It's impacts and our options for stabilising climate change

      It's impacts and our options for stabilising climate change

      This unit considers the ways in which climate change affects us as individuals and where we live. It also considers what can be done to reduce or stabilise climate change. These key questions are explored - How does climate change affect me and where I live? What kind of changes might I be able to observe where I live? What kinds of change will be experienced in other parts of the world? What can be done to stabilise climate change? What can be done to reduce/stabilise climate change? What is the best way to reduce the risk of climate change?

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    • Job search guide

      Job search guide

      You’d like to step back and take stock on your career and life to date, and decide which way your life should be going. This unit is a companion unit to the Career and life planning unit and concentrates on searching and applying for jobs, and preparing for and being successful at interviews. You’ll also find out more about different selection methods used by employers to find the right person for the job.

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    • Katori One

      Katori One

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    • KGIS Scholarship Programme in Malawi

      KGIS Scholarship Programme in Malawi

      An 18 month study programme to prepare for Malawi national senior secondary exams (MSCE) in English, Maths, Physical Science and Biology, alongside a formative school experience placement as a Teaching Assistant.

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    • Language and literacy in a changing world

      Language and literacy in a changing world

      This unit explores the rapidly changing field of language and literacy studies and its relevance to teaching and learning. It’ll help you gain a deeper understanding of the nature of language and literacy, and to learn a range of ways of analysing different kinds of language in context.

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      Level 1 Introductory

    • Large Scale Action on Climate Change

      Large Scale Action on Climate Change

      National and international mitigation is mediated by a range of governmental and intergovernmental bodies and policies. The most famous of these is probably the Kyoto Protocol, but this is only a starting point, with a more effective global agreement required to sufficiently reduce carbon emissions and avoid dangerous climate change.

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      10 hrs

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    • Learning how to learn

      Learning how to learn

      This toolkit was created for tutors of courses from any discipline. Its focus is on the process of reflection and encourages tutors to help their students to become reflective learners by developing a process of feedback and dialogue with them.

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      15 hrs

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    • Learning schools programme

      Learning schools programme

      The programme was built around the concept of networks of Local Advisers consulting and negotiating a training package tailored to the needs of all or part of a school staff. These LEA Adviser teams provide support for schools and teachers and are equipped with a range of text and audio-visual resources to assist them. Teachers on the Programme undertook their own needs assessment and prioritise various professional tasks and activities to help meet them. The programme materials and support structures facilitated the completion of their selected tasks. The materials consisted of booklets, textbooks, a resource-led web site and subject/phase-based CD-ROMs of examples of good classroom practices using ICT. The support structures include contact with LEA Advisors, face-to-face and by e-mail, and access to a series of moderated local and national electronic conferences. The materials comprise both generic and subject specific content covering Primary and 16 Secondary subjects and country versions where required, including teacher packs in Welsh.

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    • Learning through reflective practice

      Learning through reflective practice

      This course is for students who are about to start on the first module of the Professional Certificate in Management: B628/BZX628 Managing and Managing People. This short course is an introduction to reflection for learning in professional settings.

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      6 hrs

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    • Learning to (Re)Use Open Educational Resources

      Learning to (Re)Use Open Educational Resources

      This open course will guide participants through the discovery, use and reuse of open educational resources (OER) for teaching purposes in all sectors of education. Together we will explore approaches to selecting and using materials that have been created by others, unpack the process of adaptation and discuss sharing and networking. This course will be highly attractive to both those who want to start using OER in their teaching and those who are already users but who are looking for an opportunity to create and share their own teaching resources for teaching.

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      12 hrs

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    • Learning to teach reading

      Learning to teach reading

      This material is taken from a discontinued Open University course. It is intended for re-purposing and re-use by educators rather than for use directly by learners. Learning outcomes appropriate to the original course may be provided within the material, but it is intended that educators will construct new learning outcomes appropriate to the re-use they make of this material.

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      24+ hrs

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    • Liverpool slave city first

      Liverpool slave city first

      This is an undergraduate level 2 course from the Faculty of Social Sciences presented between 1995 and 2005. The materials accessible here were recorded in 1994.

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      1 hr

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    • Living arts

      Living arts

      The Living Arts series of study modules introduced pre-degree students to the key ideas and skills involved in studying humanities. The complete series included study modules on: Words, Sounds, Images, Places, Ideas, A Living Culture. Here we present Words and Sounds. The Living Arts course has now been replaced by Y160 Making Sense of the Arts.

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      24+ hrs

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    • London Centre for Languages and Cultures (LCLC)

      London Centre for Languages and Cultures (LCLC)

      LCLC is intended to encourage and promote the study of languages which are traditionally less popular choices for university applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds. The languages included in the programme for the new centre are Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Persian, Portuguese and Spanish, as well as a focus on applied linguistics.

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      5 hrs

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    • Managing Organisational Knowledge for Sustainability and Competitive Advantage

      Managing Organisational Knowledge for Sustainability and Competitive Advantage

      This unit examines the number of challenges associated with personal and organisational learning.

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      4 hrs

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    • Market Research Methods

      Market Research Methods

      >Conducting market research can involve employing both quantitative and qualitative research models. This unit gives an overview of both and how they can be used effectively to investigate your customer service levels.

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    • Masters Programme in Education

      Masters Programme in Education

      This compilation of materials is a valuable resource for postgraduation students involved in educational research, either from a professional or an academic standpoint.

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      24+ hrs

      Level 3 Advanced

    • Maternal Exercise during Pregnancy Increases BDNF Levels and Cell Numbers in the Hippocampal Formation but Not in the Cerebral Cortex of Adult Rat Offspring

      Maternal Exercise during Pregnancy Increases BDNF Levels and Cell Numbers in the Hippocampal Formation but Not in the Cerebral Cortex of Adult Rat Offspring

      Clinical evidence has shown that physical exercise during pregnancy may alter brain devel- opment and improve cognitive function of offspring. However, the mechanisms through which maternal exercise might promote such effects are not well understood. The present study examined levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and absolute cell num- bers in the hippocampal formation and cerebral cortex of rat pups born from mothers exer- cised during pregnancy. Additionally, we evaluated the cognitive abilities of adult offspring in different behavioral paradigms (exploratory activity and habituation in open field tests, spatial memory in a water maze test, and aversive memory in a step-down inhibitory avoid- ance task). Results showed that maternal exercise during pregnancy increased BDNF lev- els and absolute numbers of neuronal and non-neuronal cells in the hippocampal formation of offspring. No differences in BDNF levels or cell numbers were detected in the cerebral cortex. It was also observed that offspring from exercised mothers exhibited better cognitive performance in nonassociative (habituation) and associative (spatial learning) mnemonic tasks than did offspring from sedentary mothers. Our findings indicate that maternal exer- cise during pregnancy enhances offspring cognitive function (habituation behavior and spa- tial learning) and increases BDNF levels and cell numbers in the hippocampal formation of offspring.

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      Level 2 Intermediate

    • Mathematics and Statistics Support

      Mathematics and Statistics Support

      A repository and index of high-quality online maths support resources to foster a community amongst those who work in mathematics support.

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      24+ hrs

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    • MathML for OU XML

      MathML for OU XML

      This course is meant to serve as a more comprehensive guide to the purpose, means, and execution of displaying Math formulas in OpenLearn OUXML using MathML, TeX, and image files.

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      3 hrs

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    • Mentoring in Primary Schools

      Mentoring in Primary Schools

      This material is taken from a discontinued Open University course. It is intended for re-purposing and re-use by educators rather than for use directly by learners. Learning outcomes appropriate to the original course may be provided within the material, but it is intended that educators will construct new learning outcomes appropriate to the re-use they make of this material.

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      24+ hrs

      Level 0 Beginner

    • Multimedia Advocacy: Making plans with people with learning disabilities

      Multimedia Advocacy: Making plans with people with learning disabilities

      Introducing Multimedia Advocacy support for people with learning disabilities. You are provided with a background to the approach and software to develop multimedia materials. Three case studies are presented. These look at the use of multimedia advocacy in: • Education, Health and Care Plans • Telling personal histories • Everyday classroom practice

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    • Natural and Social Sciences

      Natural and Social Sciences

      This project aims to support and provide practice in Natural and Social Sciences for primary school children. For now, it is composed of two sections: one for G4 (Y5) pupils and another for G6 (Y7) pupils. These blocks are designed to complement the pupils' homework.

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      24+ hrs

      Level 0 Beginner

    • New Technologies in Education in Brazil

      New Technologies in Education in Brazil

      Collaborator: New Technologies in Education PUC-SP Brazil

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    • Numbers, units and arithmetic

      Numbers, units and arithmetic

      Do fractions and decimals make you apprehensive about maths? Do you lack confidence in dealing with numbers? If so, then this unit is for you. The unit will explain the basics of working with positive and negative numbers and how to multiply and divide with fractions and decimals.

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