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Introducing Homer's Iliad free course icon Level 2 icon

History & The Arts 

Introducing Homer's Iliad

This free course, Introducing Homer's Iliad, focuses on the epic poem telling the story of the Trojan War. It begins with the wider cycle of myths of which the Iliad was a part. It then looks at the story of the poem itself and its major theme of Achilles' anger, in particular in the first seven lines. It examines some of the characteristic features of the text: metre, word order and epithets. Finally, it explores Homer's use of simile. The course should prepare you for reading the Iliad on your own with greater ease and interest.

Free course
6 hrs
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History & The Arts 

Veiling

This free course explores controversies associated with the practice of 'veiling' within Islam. The Islamic 'veil', be it in the form of the hijab, niqab, jilbab or burqa (we shall explore this terminology in more detail later), has been at the centre of many different controversies. Many of these controversies can be understood in the context of debates about different citizenship models and different understandings of the roles, rights and demands of faith groups in society. In some instances, such controversies have resulted in legal disputes and the creation of new laws.

Free course
10 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology 

Discover a new world: S World - M World

The comic S World - M World, is a story showing the different behaviours between our solitary (M World) and our shared lives (S World). 

Video
30 mins
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Money & Business 

Entrepreneurship – from ideas to reality

This free course, Entrepreneurship: from ideas to reality, is about starting and running your own business. Using case studies it will take you through the decisions from generating initial ideas through to deciding what you will do and how to establish your business and grow it. It will guide you through business models, funding options, business types and the influence of location and importantly assessment of your own skills, values and attitudes to risk. It is focused on practical advice from real entrepreneurs, and will signpost learners to where they can find additional support and how they can further develop their own capabilities.

Free course
24 hrs
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Money & Business 

Coming soon: The business of film

This upcoming free course will explain the key business decisions made behind the scenes within the film industry.

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 

Get started with online learning

This free course will explain how you can study online without putting the rest of your life on hold.

Free course
6 hrs
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Education & Development 

The Children's Research Centre Hub

The Open University's Children's Research Centre enables participation by children and young people - this collection of FREE resources explores some of their important work. 

Article
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Education & Development 

Social media - fake news, filter bubbles and sharing wisely!

Meet Frank and travel with him on his adventures through the (sometimes foggy) realms of social media. Explore sharing, filter bubbles and fake news- maybe you can learn from Frank's mistakes with the help of Josie Long.

Video
10 mins
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Health, Sports & Psychology 

Exploring sport coaching and psychology

This free course, Exploring sport coaching and psychology, investigates how scientific and management ideas contribute to success while also taking you on a journey through unique sporting case studies and insights that will change how you view and study sport. You will consider how the mind, the body, the environment and training techniques all contribute to optimum fitness.

Free course
24 hrs
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Health, Sports & Psychology 

Five reasons why you should care about mindfulness

Mindfulness is about focusing on the present moment, whilst at the same time accepting your feelings, thoughts, and body’s sensations. But why does mindfulness matter?

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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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Introducing Homer's Iliad free course icon Level 2 icon

History & The Arts 

Introducing Homer's Iliad

This free course, Introducing Homer's Iliad, focuses on the epic poem telling the story of the Trojan War. It begins with the wider cycle of myths of which the Iliad was a part. It then looks at the story of the poem itself and its major theme of Achilles' anger, in particular in the first seven lines. It examines some of the characteristic features of the text: metre, word order and epithets. Finally, it explores Homer's use of simile. The course should prepare you for reading the Iliad on your own with greater ease and interest.

Free course
6 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
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Languages 

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.

Free course
48 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.

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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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Nature & Environment 

Surviving the winter

In this free course, Surviving the winter, we study one aspect of the fluctuating nature of an organisms environment. We consider how organisms living in a temperate climate, such as that in Britain, are adapted to cope with winter. You will see that there is much diversity of adaptations among organisms, with different species coping with the demands of a fluctuating environment in quite different ways. As cyclic variations are a widespread feature of environments, the range of adaptations to them is an important source of biological diversity.

Free course
10 hrs
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Nature & Environment 

The animals are rebelling because they are dying. And we should too. Lessons from a modern-day fable

Reading news about animals as modern-day fables alerts us to human beings’ vulnerability to climate change. What moral lesson about sustainable futures are exposed by restorying news of animals in the context of climate change?

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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 

Learn to code for data analysis

This free course will teach you how to write your own computer programs, one line of code at a time. You'll learn how to access open data, clean and analyse it, and produce visualisations. You will also learn how to write up and share your analyses, privately or publicly.

Free course
24 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology 

Iconic engineering: The Forth Bridge and Concorde

Why do we look on with adoration and amazement at some engineering creations while others leave us feeling indifferent? Dr Ian Johnston examines why some structures are worthy of their iconic status. 

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Science, Maths & Technology 

Discover a new world: S World - M World

The comic S World - M World, is a story showing the different behaviours between our solitary (M World) and our shared lives (S World). 

Video
30 mins
From Brexit to the break-up of Britain? free course icon Level 1 icon

Society, Politics & Law 

From Brexit to the break-up of Britain?

This free course, From Brexit to the break-up of Britain?, sets the experience of Brexit in the context of the UK. It first analyses Brexit as a symptom of the political, economic and social geography of the UK, focusing on its uneven development in a country increasingly dominated by London and the South East of England. It then considers how the divisions within the UK (within England as well as between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) were reflected in the voting patterns of the 2016 referendum. Finally, the course reflects on the implications of these short-term and long-term trends for the UK’s future as a multinational state.

Free course
12 hrs
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Society, Politics & Law 

What is crime?

The Open University's senior lecturer in Criminology, Dr David Scott discusses the concept and aspects of crime.

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Society, Politics & Law 

Convoy to Calais

How should we respond to humanitarian crises in other countries? Steve Pile explores the geographies that underlay the 2016 “Convoy to Calais” protest.

Video
10 mins