All content

Hundreds of educational interactives, games, quizzes, videos and podcasts, plus 1000s of articles written by academic experts and guest contributors.

Grid List Results: 306 items
Crime fiction article icon

Languages

Crime fiction

Explore the world of crime fiction with The Open University, a world leader in distance learning. Discover free courses, articles, video and audio resources, and interactive activities, free to study and available to start right away.

Article
5 mins
Swearing today: have our attitudes changed? article icon

Languages

Swearing today: have our attitudes changed?

Are people less fussed about swearing today than they were in the past? This article (with an associated film ‘Why do we swear?’) looks at attitudes towards offensive language.

Article
5 mins
Heroes and villains: the presentation of the outlaw in early twentieth-century American folk music article icon

Health, Sports & Psychology

Heroes and villains: the presentation of the outlaw in early twentieth-century American folk music

This article will consider how the figure of the outlaw is presented in early twentieth-century American folk music. What is constant, and what changes? What lies behind these strands of imitation and innovation?

Article
5 mins
How are social workers portrayed in the media? article icon

Languages

How are social workers portrayed in the media?

Academic research shows how social work is misrepresented in newspapers and on TV. Maria Leedham explains more.

Article
5 mins
Commemorating Lord Byron on the streets of London article icon

Languages

Commemorating Lord Byron on the streets of London

On the 200th anniversary of Lord Byron’s death, we explore the history of his commemoration, and how this sheds light on our understanding of English heritage.

Article
5 mins
Crime fiction in French: le polar français free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

Languages

Crime fiction in French: le polar français

Le polar, crime fiction, is the most popular literary form in France. In this free course, you will discover the origins and development of French crime fiction, along with its current status, before reflecting on whether it is simply mass entertainment or, rather, genuine literature of quality. You will discover some important authors and work ...

Free course
6 hrs
Introduction to Arabic free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Education & Development

Introduction to Arabic

In this free course you will learn the Arabic alphabet, vowels, and also a little bit about the history of the Arabic language.

Free course
4 hrs
Year of the Dragon: Lunar New Year article icon

Languages

Year of the Dragon: Lunar New Year

Happy Year of the Dragon! Learn more about what this year means and how to say some traditional New Year greetings to celebrate.

Article
5 mins
Tips for using a large language model article icon

Digital & Computing

Tips for using a large language model

How should you use Chat GPT and other language models for work, study and life? This article gives you eight top tips for using this sort of artificial intelligence.

Article
5 mins
Large language models - the chatty computer article icon

Digital & Computing

Large language models - the chatty computer

Chat GPT is a large language-model based chatbot but is the information it gives accurate? This article looks at the limitations of this advanced open artificial intelligence.

Article
5 mins
From boom to bust: the AI winter article icon

Digital & Computing

From boom to bust: the AI winter

This article explains perceptrons and what this had to do with an AI hiatus from the late 1960s.

Article
5 mins
A very brief history of AI article icon

Digital & Computing

A very brief history of AI

When was artificial intelligence (AI) first developed? This article looks at the first wave of AI - in particular ELIZA, one of the very first chatbots.

Article
5 mins