From July 16th, The Open University will be exploring the future of education - what's possible, what might happen and what we are already innovating at The OU. Follow the Facebook and Twitter page for more information on #TomorrowsEd and explore some of our related FREE learning articles, videos and courses below.
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Teaching a robot how to speak
Language is a defining feature of human interaction, and programmers have been gradually developing this capability in robots. But even with the vast progress made in artificial intelligence, is it really possible for robots to learn language? Watch the video below to learn more.Watch now ❯Teaching a robot how to speak
While scooping up Ratatas on the way to Sainsbury's is fun, Rebecca Ferguson is more excited by the potential of applying the technologies of Pokemon Go to online learning.Read now ❯What can we learn from Pokemon Go?
A new free course about teaching for the future. Watch the trailer here:Watch now ❯Looking globally: the future of education
This free course, Digital literacy: succeeding in a digital world, will develop your confidence and skills for life online, whether study, work or everyday life. It explores a range of digital skills and practices, including digital identity, digital well-being, staying safe and legal, finding and using information and online tools, and dealing with information overload. The importance is emphasised throughout of developing a critical approach to life online, whether consuming or creating information. You will be encouraged to reflect on your own situation and to apply what you learn to real-life scenarios, using a digital skills plan to keep a record of progress.Learn more ❯Digital literacy: succeeding in a digital world
A new generation of robots could be expanding their career options - and that could be catastrophic news for the poorest in the world, says Aisling Irwin.Read now ❯Are robots about to take jobs from the poor?
Artificial Intelligence seems very much of our time - but as Jessica Riskin explains, history records many attempts to create machines that think.Read now ❯A short history of the early days of artificial intelligence
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We might end up being looked after by robots. How do we prepare for that?
As old age approaches, Geoff Watts confronts an inevitable future in the care of robots. But that doesn’t mean he likes it.Watch now ❯We might end up being looked after by robots. How do we prepare for that?
Digital scholarship is a shorthand for the intersection of three technology related developments: digital content, networked distribution and open practices. It is when digital, networked and open intersect that transformational practice occurs. In this free course, The digital scholar, you will explore the impact of digital technologies on scholarly practice.Learn more ❯The digital scholar
Should companies be cautious when embracing new technologies for fear of displacing their employees?Watch now ❯Will artificial intelligence put us out of work?
With the use of more AI techniques in the modern world, how should governments and lawmakers respond? How can we keep best informed about which advances may impact our economy and society?Read now ❯Assessing the Future of Artificial Intelligence
One goal of artificial intelligence is to build machines that can operate in the real world, with all its noise and uncertainty. Much of what we want machines to do (see, recognise, navigate, move, coordinate) is already done very well by simple creatures. In this free course, Natural intelligence, we look at how such creatures achieve these goals and start to understand how we can build machines with the same capabilities.Learn more ❯Natural intelligence
Computers are becoming smarter and may soon become intelligent. This free course, Machines, minds and computers, looks at what intelligence is, how computers may become so, and whether they ever will really be intelligent. It is aimed at people interested in understanding what intelligence and thinking really are, and who want to understand the underpinnings of our ideas about them.Learn more ❯Machines, minds and computers
This free course, Preparing for your digital life in the 21st Century, provides a general overview of how digital technology has come to dominate virtually every aspect of the modern world and some guidance on how to prepare for this digital life. It also provides a more detailed explanation of the internal structure and workings of a typical computer.Learn more ❯Preparing for your digital life in the 21st Century
Digital evidence features in just about every part of our personal and business lives. Legal and business decisions hinge on having timely data about what people have actually done. This free course, Digital forensics, is an introduction to computer forensics and investigation, and provides a taster in understanding how to conduct investigations to correctly gather, analyse and present digital evidence to both business and legal audiences. It also outlines the tools to locate and analyse digital evidence on a variety of devices, how to keep up to date with changing technologies, and laws and regulations in digital forensics.Learn more ❯Digital forensics
Everything we wear, every product we use, every building we see is a design defined by a certain shape. The Design with Vision project illustrates how eye tracking technology can be combined with shape generation software to create a radically new type of computer aided design. As you sketch ideas for product shape the system detects what you are looking at and offers you a range of on-screen alternative shapes. This is computing that works with your own creativity rather than replacing it – this research, a collaboration between the OU and the University of Leeds is aimed at stimulating and generating ideas for designers, the result could have a global effect on the industries of the future.Watch now ❯Future Technologies: Designing with vision
What does the future of learning look like? For over 40 years The Open University has pushed the boundaries of teaching and learning to deliver a dynamic learning experience to people all over the world. ‘University of The Future’ shows how the OU has harnessed new and emerging technologies to enable students to study from their computers, mobile phones, mp3 players and tablet devices – without necessarily having to open a book.Watch now ❯University of the Future