Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Art Archive/Alamy
Getting started on classical Latin free course icon Level 1 icon

History & The Arts 

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.

Free course
10 hrs
Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
An introduction to music theory free course icon Level 1 icon

History & The Arts 

An introduction to music theory

Gain an understanding of the basic building blocks of musical theory and notation. This free course, An introduction to music theory, will introduce you to music staves, clefs, rhythmic and pitch values, rhythmic metre and time signatures. This OpenLearn course provides an introduction to music theory pitched at a level equivalent to Grades 1–3 of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music theory exams. You can test your understanding as you proceed by completing simple multiple-choice questions.

Free course
8 hrs
Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
Start writing fiction free course icon Level 1 icon

History & The Arts 

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.

Free course
12 hrs
Start writing fiction: characters and stories free course icon Level 1 icon

History & The Arts 

Start writing fiction: characters and stories

Start writing fiction is a free course that helps you to get started with your own fiction writing, focusing on the central skill of creating characters.Please note: Numerous activities involve the use of a course forum. For GDPR reasons, his is being removed on Tuesday 25 June, and the activities will be adjusted. Make sure you keep copies of any work you post, and note down any feedback fellow writers have provided to you on the forum.

Free course
24 hrs
Creative commons image Icon This file is made available under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication / Source/Photographer: Jebulon under Creative-Commons license
Plato, opinions and the statues of Daedalus article icon

History & The Arts 

Plato, opinions and the statues of Daedalus

Have you wondered what a Platonic dialogue is and what it is used for? Carolyn Price introduces Plato, the philosopher who took dialogues to another level.

Article
Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Antigone video icon

History & The Arts 

Antigone

Discover the Ancient Greek tragedy 'Antigone' in our two minute animation voiced by Helen Skelton, then find out more about the characters in the classical Sophocles' play.

Video
5 mins
Creative commons image Icon By Edward N. Jackson (US Army Signal Corps) (U.S. Signal Corps photo) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative-Commons license
The debate on the origins of the First World War article icon

History & The Arts 

The debate on the origins of the First World War

The way historians have viewed the causes of WWI has changed in the hundred years since war broke out.

Article
Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC
The Somme: The German perspective article icon

History & The Arts 

The Somme: The German perspective

How do Germans view the Battle of The Somme?

Article
Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC
Death on the eve of Armistice audio icon

History & The Arts 

Death on the eve of Armistice

Flu and a last gasp of fighting claimed lives even as the First World War was coming to a close. Michael Palin spoke to two experts to find out why.

Audio
10 mins