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  • Digital skills: succeeding in a digital world

    This free courseDigital skills 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 wellbeing staying safe and legal finding and using information and online tools and dealing with information overload The importance of developing a critical approach to life online is emphasised throughout whether consuming or creating information Youll be encouraged to reflect on your own situation and to apply what you learn to reallife scenarios using a digital skills plan to keep a record of progress

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    Free course

    24 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    13 Jul 2020

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    Digital skills: succeeding in a digital world
    Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 13 Jul 2020
    This free course, Digital skills: succeeding in a digital world, will develop...
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    Understanding dyslexia

    Dyslexia is a condition affecting literacy skills This free course Understanding dyslexia analyses how our image of normality affects the way we as a society define such conditions You will learn how important it is to integrate the different psychological accounts of dyslexia in order to provide a full explanation of potential causes and strategies for remediation Please note that this course was written around 10 years ago and so reflects best practice in this area at that time We are currently looking to update the course to include some more recent theories and examples

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    Free course

    20 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    03 Jun 2019

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    Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 03 Jun 2019
    Dyslexia is a condition affecting literacy skills. This free course, Understanding...
  • Everyday English 1

    This free course Everyday English 1 will develop and improve your essential speaking and listening reading and writing skills for work study and everyday life

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    Free course

    48 hours

    Updated on:

    20 Jan 2020

  • Everyday English 1

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    Everyday English 1
    Beginner level Duration 48 hours Updated 20 Jan 2020
    This free course, Everyday English 1, will develop and improve your essential...
  • Everyday maths 2

    This free course Everyday maths 2 will build on your existing maths skills and help you to feel more confident tackling the maths you come across in everyday situations

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    Free course

    48 hours

    Updated on:

    20 Jan 2020

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    Beginner level Duration 48 hours Updated 20 Jan 2020
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  • 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 free course Numbers units and arithmetic is for you The course 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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    5 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    10 May 2019

  • Numbers, units and arithmetic

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    Numbers, units and arithmetic
    Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 10 May 2019
    Do fractions and decimals make you apprehensive about maths? Do you lack...
  • Teaching mathematics

    This free course Teaching mathematics has been designed for nonspecialist mathematics teachers of 8 to 14 year olds teaching assistants home schoolers and parents and draws on the established provision of mathematics education at the Open University It can also be used as Continuing Professional Development by individuals or groups of teachers The authors have many years experience of teaching mathematics in the classroom and in Initial and Continuing Teacher Education

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    Free course

    24 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    14 May 2020

  • Teaching mathematics

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    Teaching mathematics
    Intermediate level Duration 24 hours Updated 14 May 2020
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  • Can renewable energy sources power the world?

    We ask the question Can renewable energy sources power the world as a response to the growing awareness that increased use of renewable energy technologies is making a major contribution to global efforts to limit anthropogenic climate change The course begins by examining the environmental concerns that have caused a rise in interest in renewable energy introducing the main sources and technologies and describing global efforts to increase the share of renewables The course then looks at each of the principal renewable energy technologies and the contributions they might make to global energy demand Finally several future energy scenarios are analysed to show how combinations of renewable energy sources and technologies could provide a major share of global energy needs

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    Free course

    24 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    06 Mar 2020

  • Can renewable energy sources power the world?

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    Can renewable energy sources power the world?
    Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 06 Mar 2020
    We ask the question ‘Can renewable energy sources power the world?’ as a response...
  • Astronomy with an online telescope

    By Dr Jo Jarvis, Dr Alan Cayless

    This free course shows you how to navigate the night sky and introduces the wide variety of objects it contains You will develop a handson understanding of telescopic observationsusing the Open Universitys own robotic telescope facility COAST sited on the island of Tenerife Supported by your own measurements we illustrate how stars evolve and study variable stars For those new to astronomy andor the use of robotic telescopes this course provides a practical introduction and will prepare you for further OU study where remotely operable telescopes feature

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    Free course

    24 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    07 Aug 2019

  • Astronomy with an online telescope

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    Astronomy with an online telescope
    Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 07 Aug 2019
    This free course shows you how to navigate the night sky, and introduces the wide...
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    Start writing fiction

    Have you always wanted to write but never quite had the courage to start This free course Start writing fiction will give you an insight into how authors create their characters and settings You will also be able to look at the different genres for fiction

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    Free course

    12 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    14 May 2018

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    Have you always wanted to write, but never quite had the courage to start? This...
  • Discovering computer networks: hands on in the Open Networking Lab

    Have you ever wondered how the internet gets into your home school college or workplace How do all the computers phones tablets printers and other devices connect and work together In this free course Discovering computer networks hands on in the Open Networking Lab you can explore how computer networks operate discover how data is sent around the internet put your understanding into practice using an inbuilt network simulator to create your own simulated computer networks

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    Free course

    24 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    30 Oct 2019

  • Discovering computer networks: hands on in the Open Networking Lab

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    Discovering computer networks: hands on in the Open Networking Lab
    Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 30 Oct 2019
    Have you ever wondered how the internet gets into your home, school, college or...
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    Judges and the law

    How do judges make law This free course Judges and the law will examine how the common law system works the differences between civil code and common law systems and the advantages and disadvantages of the common law system The role of the judiciary in the lawmaking process is explored by examining the origins of common law the system of precedent and the rules of statutory interpretation

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    Free course

    20 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    05 Jul 2019

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    Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 05 Jul 2019
    How do judges make law? This free course, Judges and the law, will examine how the...
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    Understanding operations management

    Operations management is one of the central functions of all organisations This free course Understanding operations management will provide you with a basic framework for understanding this function whether producing goods or services or in the private public or voluntary sectors In addition this OpenLearn course discusses the role of operations managers and the importance of focusing on suppliers and customers

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    Free course

    4 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    07 Jun 2019

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    Operations management is one of the central functions of all organisations. This...
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    Beginners’ Spanish: Getting around

    Do you want to improve your language skills and communicate more easily and effectively in Spanish This free course Beginners Spanish Getting around concentrates on Spanish as a tool for communication but it also provides some insights into Hispanic societies and cultures through authentic printed and audio materials This OpenLearn course focuses on public spaces and how to get by in a Hispanic city

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    Free course

    20 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    02 Nov 2018

  • Beginners’ Spanish: Getting around

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    Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 02 Nov 2018
    Do you want to improve your language skills and communicate more easily and...
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    Children’s perspectives on play

    In this free course Childrens perspectives on play you are asked to put yourself in the place of young children and to think about their view of play and their reasons for playing When children have personal freedom to choose and make decisions about what and who they want to play with as well as where they want to play they are highly selfmotivated and active in their engagements with everything around them In this course you will think about how you listen to childrens perspectives why it is important and also consider the choices children make about where they play and why

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    Free course

    5 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    06 Jun 2018

  • Children’s perspectives on play

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    Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 06 Jun 2018
    In this free course, Children's perspectives on play, you are asked to put...
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    Primary education: listening and observing

    Would you like to volunteer or find work in your local primary school Are you thinking about becoming a teaching assistant or becoming a teacher in the future In this free course Primary education listening and observing you will have the chance to look inside primary schools and watch and listen to children and teaching staff Youll also find out what head teachers look for in people who want to work or volunteer in a primary school

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    Free course

    24 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    09 Jan 2020

  • Primary education: listening and observing

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    Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 09 Jan 2020
    Would you like to volunteer or find work in your local primary school? Are you...
  • Legal skills and debates in Scotland

    This free course Legal skills and debates in Scotland considers how laws are interpreted and applied It looks at legislation court judgments argument judicial reasoning and rights It also explores the relationship between societys values and the laws which it supports and how policy and rights influence development of law

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    Free course

    24 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    18 Jun 2020

  • Legal skills and debates in Scotland

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    Legal skills and debates in Scotland
    Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 18 Jun 2020
    This free course, Legal skills and debates in Scotland, considers how laws are...
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    Exploring career mentoring and coaching

    This free course Exploring career mentoring and coaching will explain what mentors and career coaches do and how a colleague or expert who can ask the right questions challenge assumptions and help an individual to find the best solutions for themselves can make a significant difference in a wide range of situations and contexts

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    Free course

    24 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    11 Dec 2019

  • Exploring career mentoring and coaching

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    Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 11 Dec 2019
    This free course, Exploring career mentoring and coaching, will explain what...
  • Caring for adults

    Caring for adults is an introductory course for anyone in a caring role either paid or unpaid It builds on what you already know to give you a better understanding of your role as a carer It also supports your own wellbeing by giving you some ideas and information about looking after yourself and dealing with stress

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    Free course

    15 hours

    Updated on:

    25 Jun 2020

  • Caring for adults

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    Caring for adults
    Beginner level Duration 15 hours Updated 25 Jun 2020
    Caring for adults is an introductory course for anyone in a caring role, either...
  • An introduction to electronics

    Electronics is fundamental to modern life Using an interactive website videos and easytouse electronic circuit design and simulation software this free course An introduction to electronics will show how electronic devices and systems pervade everything we do and teach some of the basic ideas

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    Free course

    10 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    05 Dec 2019

  • An introduction to electronics

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    An introduction to electronics
    Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 05 Dec 2019
    Electronics is fundamental to modern life. Using an interactive website, videos,...
  • Everyday English 2

    This free course Everyday English 2 will inspire you to improve your current English skills and help you to communicate more effectively in everyday work and life

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    Free course

    48 hours

    Updated on:

    20 Jan 2020

  • Everyday English 2

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    Everyday English 2
    Beginner level Duration 48 hours Updated 20 Jan 2020
    This free course, Everyday English 2, will inspire you to improve your current...
  • Understanding mental capacity

    This free course Understanding mental capacity covers the principles and criteria underpinning the assessment of mental capacity and decision making in the UK

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    Free course

    24 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    20 Jan 2020

  • Understanding mental capacity

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    Understanding mental capacity
    Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 20 Jan 2020
    This free course, Understanding mental capacity, covers the principles and...
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    Discovering chemistry

    Chemistry lies at the centre of our modern life playing a part in areas as diverse as the development of new drugs and materials analysing our environment through to more mundane activities such as washing your clothes and making your tea But to truly understand the role chemistry plays you need to have a sound grasp of a number of fundamental principles This free course Discovering chemistry introduces you to some of these concepts beginning with the idea that everything that you can see is made of building blocks called atoms This leads on to a look at the chemical elements and how they are arranged in the Periodic Table enabling chemists to rationalise patterns in their chemical and physical behaviour Next you will consider chemical reactions specifically how atoms combine with other atoms to form molecules and how molecules combine with other atoms or molecules to form bigger molecules You will meet simple tried and tested theories to explain the bonding in molecules and at how their shapes may be explained and indeed predicted And in a wider sense youll be looking at why reactions happen at all and how fast they go This is also a beginners level course in the language of the chemist youll learn about symbols formulas and how chemical equations which represent reactions are constructed Finally you will see how chemists count atoms and molecules essential for making up solutions of a known concentration in order to carry out a reaction or performing a chemical analysis

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    Free course

    24 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    26 Mar 2020

  • Discovering chemistry

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    Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 26 Mar 2020
    Chemistry lies at the centre of our modern life, playing a part in areas as...
  • Infection and immunity

    In this free course Infection and immunity you will be introduced to infectious diseases and to the biological agents that invade our bodies and cause them pathogens You will also learn about the immune system the human bodys vital defence against pathogens Along the way you will learn about the scientific method and how it has helped scientists understand pathogens and aid the prevention of infectious disease But the challenge is ongoing Pathogens are everywhere and come in all shapes and sizes As you will see the fight against infectious disease remains critical for global health today

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    Free course

    12 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    25 Mar 2020

  • Infection and immunity

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    Infection and immunity
    Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 25 Mar 2020
    In this free course, Infection and immunity, you will be introduced to infectious...
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    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 before and who felt they would like to spend a little time preparing for the kind of learning that studying a classical language involves The course will give you a taster of what is involved in the very early stages of learning Latin and will offer you the opportunity to put in some early practice

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    Free course

    10 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    24 May 2018

  • Getting started on classical Latin

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    Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 24 May 2018
    This free course, Getting started on classical Latin, has been developed in...
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    Youth justice in the UK: children, young people and crime

    This free course will introduce you to the many ways of working with children in trouble with the law You will learn about the emergence of the youth justice system in England and Wales and how it has changed over the years A comparative approach provides opportunities to learn about the approaches taken in Northern Ireland and Scotland You will explore topical issues surrounding young people and crime such as how rates of victimisation and offending vary with particular reference to the ways age gender race and social class shape young peoples experience of crime

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    Free course

    24 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    30 Nov 2020

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