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Narrator: Curiosity, you never lose it. OpenLearn provides free educational resources for the insatiably curious all around the world; and not just courses – there’s articles, videos, features, games and more, created by academic experts and guest contributors. Explore new topics and refresh your skills - whether for further study or the sheer pleasure of learning. You'll find hundreds of free courses on everything from arts to forensics, to project planning and earn free digital badges to show employers everything you've learned. Plus, you’ll find information about our many broadcasts with the BBC and other partners and catch up with our latest projects on BBC iPlayer.
So, to truly satisfy your curiosity, visit OpenLearn – the home of free learning from The Open University.
We've got thousands of ways to learn - short articles by academic experts from the OU and beyond; videos; podcasts - even, if you're really keen, free courses. You can find your own way through our content - navigate by subject at the top of the page; choose by type of experience at the top right of most pages - or look to the bottom, where subjects and experience are listed again. Or, to get started - why not see what's popular right now?
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The links below provide access to a series of free, short Open University courses aimed at supporting initial teacher education, teacher professional development and classroom practice. They may... Read now: Free courses for teachers and student teachers and those interested in teaching
It seems to be a buzzword in education and one that gets thrown around quite a lot these days. But what does 'interdisciplinary' study really mean? And why is it so desirable? Read now: What are the benefits of interdisciplinary study?
Watch our short video updates from the young people who featured in Child of Our Time. Watch now: Child of Our Time: Updates from the participants
How much do you remember about 2006? We take a look back at ten of the biggest news stories from the year. Read now: 10 big news stories that happened in 2006 (when OpenLearn was born)
Some individuals generate an effective immune response to COVID-19. Why? Discover the immune response to viral infection in this explainer article... Read now: How does the human body fight a viral infection?
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In this free course, Forensic psychology, you will discover how psychology can help obtain evidence from eyewitnesses in police investigations and prevent miscarriages of justice. Learn: Forensic psychology more
This free course, Attachment in the early years, covers theory and research in the area of attachment in early childhood. In the 1950s, John Bowlby was the first person to develop a theory about... Learn: Attachment in the early years more
This free course, The science of nutrition and healthy eating, looks at the science behind nutrition, covering aspects of biology, chemistry and physics as well as giving some insight into... Learn: The science of nutrition and healthy eating more
Childhood is a time of rapid growth and development, and studying these changes is endlessly stimulating. In this free course, Introduction to child psychology, you will be introduced to the... Learn: Introduction to child psychology more
Learn about autism, one of the most challenging long-term conditions of the century. This free course, Understanding autism, introduces the autism spectrum, how it is experienced by individuals and... Learn: Understanding autism more
Introduction to cyber security: stay safe online Featuring: Atomic Taco in Flickr under Creative-Commons licenseIntroductory level
This free course, Introduction to cyber security: stay safe online, will help you to understand online security and start to protect your digital life, whether at home or work. You will learn how... Learn: Introduction to cyber security: stay safe online more
This free course, Effective communication in the workplace, explores the importance of communication as a skill in the workplace. It aims to increase your understanding of communication skills and... Learn: Effective communication in the workplace more
Learn about the essential numerical skills required for accounting and bookkeeping. This free course, Introduction to bookkeeping and accounting, explains the fundamental rules of double-entry... Learn: Introduction to bookkeeping and accounting more
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