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Nature & Environment 

Environment: understanding atmospheric and ocean flows

What affects the atmospheric and ocean flows? This free course, Environment: understanding atmospheric and ocean flows, explores the mechanisms that are important; the most rapid carrier is the wind. The basic principle of global atmospheric circulation is simple: warm air rises and cold air sinks. How does this principle affect the atmosphere and flow of water in practical terms? Starting with an iconic environmental icon, the polar bear, you will learn how global flows of water, heat and pollution are affecting the Arctic region and changing our world.

Free course
10 hrs
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History & The Arts 

National Storytelling Week 2019

Are you a natural storyteller or do you fancy writing a novel? Look no further than here where we have an abundance of free resources for National Storytelling Week.

Article
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History & The Arts 

Promoting equality in Milton Keynes through the Arts

Budding stars of the stage performed to highlight all people are equal and should enjoy social, political and economic rights and opportunities.

Video
15 mins
Managing my money free course icon Level 1 icon

Money & Business 

Managing my money

This free course, Managing my money, allows you to gain the skills to manage your personal finances: managing budgets, debts, investments, property purchase, pensions and insurance.

Free course
24 hrs
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Money & Business 

5 tips on financially thriving

If you are like most people, then you're likely feeling the financial squeeze this month. Here are 5 tips on how to financially thrive all year.

Article
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Money & Business 

Managing my money with Bobby Seagull

Watch Bobby Seagull talk to students and ex-students about their experiences of living in shared rental accommodation while at university.

Video
15 mins
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Education & Development 

Take your teaching online

In this free course, Take your teaching online, you will gain  knowledge fundamental to delivering effective teaching online. You will hear about the experiences of real educators, be introduced to cutting edge research, and understand the ideas and tools that shape how we teach and learn online. You will also learn useful methods that will guide you to test out these new ideas in your own practice.

Free course
24 hrs
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Education & Development 

Coming soon! Children and young people: food and food marketing

Interested in the fascinating topic of how food marketing affects children and young people? Then this free course is for you.

Article
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Education & Development 

OU 40th anniversary: Broadcasting history

The first 40 years of The Open University has been filled with a myriad of broadcasting moments. To celebrate the 40th anniversary, here's a 2-minute race through the OU's broadcasting history — see if you can spot the famous faces along the way!

Video
10 mins
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The science behind wheeled sports free course icon Level 1 icon

Health, Sports & Psychology 

The science behind wheeled sports

This free course, The science behind wheeled sports, focuses on cycling and wheelchair racing: what we might collectively call wheeled sports. The Scientific concepts such as force, acceleration and speed are also useful for understanding these sports. However, cycling and wheelchair racing differ from other sports in that technology more obviously plays an important role.

Free course
8 hrs
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Health, Sports & Psychology 

What are the connections between music and memory?

Hearing a particular song can take us back to a certain moment in our lives. In this interactive we're going to take a trip down memory lane, looking at songs from the past and exploring what music means to you.

Activity
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Health, Sports & Psychology 

Us too! Why it’s time to give female death by suicide some serious sociological attention

The #MeToo campaign has had many consequences, one of which is a welcome and long overdue look at the devastating consequences of female sexual assault on the lives of women. 

Video
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History & The Arts 

What is good writing?

Does the idea of essay writing put you off the idea of studying? This free course, What is good writing?, will help you to realise that essays are not to be feared. You will learn how important it is to answer the question that is set and that your style of writing is as communicative as possible.

Free course
12 hrs
National Storytelling Week 2019 article icon

History & The Arts 

National Storytelling Week 2019

Are you a natural storyteller or do you fancy writing a novel? Look no further than here where we have an abundance of free resources for National Storytelling Week.

Article
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Promoting equality in Milton Keynes through the Arts video icon

History & The Arts 

Promoting equality in Milton Keynes through the Arts

Budding stars of the stage performed to highlight all people are equal and should enjoy social, political and economic rights and opportunities.

Video
15 mins
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Languages 

How to learn a language

Learn about the concepts and skills required to learn languages successfully. This free course, How to learn a language, introduces the skills and strategies for language learning, setting realistic goals when learning languages and keeping motivated, practise speaking skills and vocabulary learning strategies. It will enable you to evaluate resources and create a virtual immersion environment.

Free course
24 hrs
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Languages 

David Bowie: identity is creativity

On what would have been Bowie's 72nd birthday, Frank Monaghan explores how his constant evolution wasn't just about changing the nature of his art - his reinventions were his art.

Article
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Languages 

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.  

Video
10 mins
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Environment: understanding atmospheric and ocean flows free course icon Level 1 icon

Nature & Environment 

Environment: understanding atmospheric and ocean flows

What affects the atmospheric and ocean flows? This free course, Environment: understanding atmospheric and ocean flows, explores the mechanisms that are important; the most rapid carrier is the wind. The basic principle of global atmospheric circulation is simple: warm air rises and cold air sinks. How does this principle affect the atmosphere and flow of water in practical terms? Starting with an iconic environmental icon, the polar bear, you will learn how global flows of water, heat and pollution are affecting the Arctic region and changing our world.

Free course
10 hrs
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Nature & Environment 

Exploring the depth of the Antarctic ice sheet...

(...Within the comfort of my office and a computer model). Andreas Wernecke explains his research at The Open University.

Article
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Nature & Environment 

OU on the BBC: From deep oceans to super sewers

Looking back over just some of our great collaborations with the BBC from the last few months. Together, we've explored the civilisations, the oceans - and the depths of London, metaphorical and actual.

Video
25 mins
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Science, Maths & Technology 

Understanding antibiotic resistance

Antibiotic resistance is a serious threat, compromising our ability to treat infections and increasing the risk of routine surgery. Resistant infections are increasing due to overuse of antibiotics and this has resulted in the emergence of 'superbugs' (bacteria resistant to multiple antibiotics). This free course, Understanding antibiotic resistance, provides the science background underlying antibiotic resistance. It will cover the following questions. What are antibiotics? Why do we need them? How do they work? What is antibiotic resistance? Why is it a problem? What can we do about it?

Free course
24 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology 

Beatrice Shilling (1909-1990)

Who was Beatrice 'Tilly' Shilling? Professor Carol Morris delves into the life of the gifted engineer.  

Article
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Science, Maths & Technology 

Discovering the dark side of the Moon

Watch Dr Mahesh Anand's lecture on the topic of the dark side of the Moon, which was given to the Royal Astronomical Society.

Video
40 mins
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Society, Politics & Law 

The Scottish Parliament and law making

This free course, The Scottish Parliament and law making, explores the law making powers of the Scottish Parliament and examines its place in the UK’s constitution. It considers how, and why, laws are made by both the Scottish and UK Parliaments before exploring devolved matters, reserved matters, legislative competence, secondary legislation, and the work of MSPs and MPs. It discusses the characteristics of the constitution, the importance of the concept of the rule of law, how an Act of Parliament is structured and considers how and why members of the public are encouraged to become involved with the work of the Scottish Parliament.

Free course
24 hrs
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Society, Politics & Law 

Can you prepare for Brexit?

With the right knowledge you can prepare for anything. Our interactive quiz will help to build your understanding of the forces and deadlines driving Brexit.

Activity
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Society, Politics & Law 

Kropotkin, anarchism and geography: A discussion

What links geography to anarchism? Dr Philip O’Sullivan finds the surprising connection lies with a Russian prince who died nearly 100 years ago.

Audio
10 mins