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Science, Maths & Technology

Life Story

Life Story takes us on the greatest of all adventures – the journey through life. Find out more, and watch clips from the series.

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Education & Development

Open Education Week 2017

Open Education Week, 27–31 March 2017, raises awareness of the global open education movement.

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Society, Politics & Law

Meet The Lords

Series following the larger-than-life characters that populate the House of Lords, one of Britain's oldest, most idiosyncratic and most important institutions.

TV Programme
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Money & Business

Will Brexit force British retirees to return from Spain?

No place in the sun? Britons who followed the sun and relocated for the more pleasant Spanish climate are worried that when the UK leaves Europe, so must they.

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Money & Business

Developing career resilience

This free course, Developing career resilience, will help you to understand the factors that influence career resilience and offer examples and tactics for you to develop your own resilience further.

Free course
24 hrs
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Money & Business

Investment risk

Risk, in a financial context, is a synonym for uncertainty. This free course will allow those with some background knowledge of the area to explore investment risk. You will examine how and why investors are risk-averse and look at the risk factors involved in making a decision to invest.

Free course
6 hrs
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Education & Development

Open Education Week 2017

Open Education Week, 27–31 March 2017, raises awareness of the global open education movement.

Article
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Education & Development

Early years team work and leadership

This free course, Early years team work and leadership, explores aspects of teamwork and leadership for early years practitioners.

Free course
8 hrs
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Education & Development

Digital literacy: succeeding in a digital world

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. Learners are encouraged to reflect on their own situation and to apply what they learn to real-life scenarios, using a digital skills plan to keep a record of progress.

Free course
24 hrs
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Health, Sports & Psychology

The autistic spectrum: From theory to practice

Most of us have a very vague and narrow concept of what autism is, based mainly on such stereotypes as Dustin Hoffman's character in the film Rain Man. In this free course, The autistic spectrum: From theory to practice, you will discover that there is a wide spectrum of disorders associated with autism, and an equally wide range of approaches to diagnosis and treatment.

Free course
20 hrs
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Health, Sports & Psychology

International Day of Happiness

"Clap along if you know what happiness is to you..." Happiness may mean different things for different people. Celebrate whatever makes you happy on the International Day of Happiness.

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Health, Sports & Psychology

Population ageing: a global health crisis?

This free course, Population ageing: a global health crisis?, focuses on two major issues of our time – ageing societies and global health. It provides you with an introduction to ageing societies and their implications for global health – implications which are only just beginning to be fully understood. The course will help you to deepen your understanding of ageing societies across the globe and the different components of the concept of global health. You will also explore the ways in which population ageing is often framed as a crisis and begin to develop your own ideas about the implications of population ageing.

Free course
6 hrs
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History & The Arts

Reporting in the fog of an attack

As Channel 4 News showed following the Westminster attacks, it can be easy for even the best journalists to slip up covering a fast-moving story. 

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History & The Arts

World Poetry Day

21 March is World Poetry Day. Take a look at a range of powerful poems in our poetry prescription tool, view our videos and try a range of free courses.

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History & The Arts

Canals: The Making of a Nation

Liz McIvor looks at who built the nation's canal network, who funded it, those who worked on it and how they were regenerated following The Second World War.

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Languages

How can your accent put your life at risk?

Stories from Australia and the US reveal how dangerous it can be when listeners fail to take people seriously because of their accented English.

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Languages

What effect is social media having on the way we mourn global tragedies?

Is the outpouring of grief we see on social media after a terrorist attack or the death of a prominent figure a sincere expression of emotion, or more to do with self-promotion?

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Languages

Fast, fun, free: Try some of our Spanish language items

OpenLearn is full of short items where you can learn something fast, for free - and have some fun doing so. Here's a selection of easy ways to start with Spanish.

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Nature & Environment

Global water resources

Water is arguably the most important physical resource as it is the one that is essential to human survival. Understanding the global water cycle and how we use water is essential to planning a sustainable source of water for the future. In the UK there are areas where water supplies are limited, shown by recent droughts. Globally, there are many areas that do not have enough water to support the current population adequately. Decisions will have to be made on the best way to use water in a world where there is climate change. This free course, Global water resources, examines the options.

Free course
2 hrs
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Nature & Environment

The world of water

Delve into the world of water to celebrate World Water Day (22 March), and take a look at our free courses and articles on the subject.

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Nature & Environment

What impact does your pet's food have on the environment?

Producing food for our four-legged friends comes with a massive environmental costs, explains Cailin Heinze.

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Life Story Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC/Anup Shah BBC Two

Science, Maths & Technology

Life Story

Life Story takes us on the greatest of all adventures – the journey through life. Find out more, and watch clips from the series.

TV Programme
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Science, Maths & Technology

Introduction to structural integrity

The I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis in August 2007, resulting in at least 13 deaths, illustrates the importance of structural integrity. This free course, Introduction to structural integrity, looks at the investigation that followed the collapse of the Silver Bridge over the Ohio River in 1967 which demonstrates how the study of safe design and the assessment of components and structures under load is of increasing importance in engineering design.

Free course
20 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology

What's up with Whatsapp - and should we weaken its security?

Following the murders in Westminster, UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd appeared to demand that Whatsapp and other messaging systems provide government with a backdoor to listen in. But how does Whatsapp keep users' secrets - and should we be telling them to stop?

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Meet The Lords Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC BBC Four

Society, Politics & Law

Meet The Lords

Series following the larger-than-life characters that populate the House of Lords, one of Britain's oldest, most idiosyncratic and most important institutions.

TV Programme
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Society, Politics & Law

Explore Philosophy, Politics and Economics

Explore connections in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, or PPE. 

Activity
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Society, Politics & Law

Brexit: A collection

On June 23rd, 2016, the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. On March 29th, 2017, Theresa May sent the letter triggering Article 50, formally starting the process of leaving. We'll help you make sense of what this means for the nations, for Europe - and for you.

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