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History & The Arts 

Full Steam Ahead

It’s Full Steam Ahead for historians Ruth Goodman, Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn as they bring back to life the golden age of steam and explore how the Victorian railways created modern Britain.

TV Programme
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Education & Development 

Childhood in the digital age

This free course, Childhood in the digital age, delves into the lives of children and discuss the potential benefits and limitations of technology in their lives.

Free course
12 hrs

Nature & Environment 

Ocean Explorer

Take a journey into the Earth's oceans and discover whether you've got what it takes to become an oceanographer. Explore ocean depths, currents, temperatures and find out more about the future of our oceans. 

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Money & Business 

The Bottom Line

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show with people at the top giving insight into what matters.

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Money & Business 

Introduction to operations management

This free course, Introduction to operations management, will introduce you to the role of operations management in organisations, and gives you the opportunity to understand what an operations manager does. It looks at how the role might influence the short- and long-term success of the organisation. It is important to develop a clear understanding of the impact of good and bad operations management practice on the performance of an organisation as a whole.

Free course
6 hrs

Money & Business 

Billion Dollar Deals

 and How They Changed Your World. 

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Education & Development 

Childhood in the digital age

This free course, Childhood in the digital age, delves into the lives of children and discuss the potential benefits and limitations of technology in their lives.

Free course
12 hrs

Education & Development 

Learning through spoken interaction

How do people learn via spoken interaction? What tips are there for those learning English as a foreign language?  

Article
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Education & Development 

Should boys be taught about periods and the menstrual cycle at school?

Could including boys in lessons on periods help reduce stigma and taboo around the menstrual cycle? A recent report suggests it might.

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Health, Sports & Psychology 

Why going dairy-free can hit your iodine levels

Replacing cows milk with non-dairy alternatives can put you at risk of not getting enough iodine. Here's why that matters - and what you can do about it.

Article
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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

Health, Sports & Psychology 

Cultural differences in mental health?

October 10th is World Mental Health Awareness Day. The OU's Jonathan Leach asks: Are mental health problems the same the world over? 

Article

History & The Arts 

Full Steam Ahead

It’s Full Steam Ahead for historians Ruth Goodman, Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn as they bring back to life the golden age of steam and explore how the Victorian railways created modern Britain.

TV Programme

History & The Arts 

Blitz: Interview with the Producer

Hear from the producer of 'Blitz: The Bombs That Changed Britain', Emily Thompson, on how the production team did their research. 

Video
15 mins
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History & The Arts 

Goya

What influenced Goya? Did Napoleon's invasion of Spain alter the course of Goya's career? This free course will guide you through the works of Goya and the influences of the times in which he lived. Anyone with a desire to look for the influences behind a work of art will benefit from studying this course.

Free course
5 hrs
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Languages 

Designing the Spanish nation

Delve into the politics behind the national symbols of modern Spain. 

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Languages 

Beginners’ Spanish: food and drink

Do you want to improve your language skills and communicate more easily and effectively in Spanish? This free course, Beginners’ Spanish: food and drink, focuses on buying and ordering food and drink at a restaurant or bar. You will be able to use some basic vocabulary relating to food, drinks, meals, quantities and measures. In this OpenLearn course you will listen to Spanish speakers in a variety of situations.

Free course
6 hrs
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Languages 

Beginners' Chinese

Learn about Mandarin Chinese as a tool for communication and gain insights into Chinese society and culture. This free course, Beginners’ Chinese, provides a brief introduction to the Chinese language, its scripts and sounds, and how words are formed. You will hear short conversations where people greet each other, introduce themselves, describe where they come from and what they do for a living. You’ll hear them talk about their daily activities and order food and drinks in a restaurant. This OpenLearn course will be easily accessible for those with some basic knowledge of Chinese.

Free course
6 hrs

Nature & Environment 

Ocean Explorer

Take a journey into the Earth's oceans and discover whether you've got what it takes to become an oceanographer. Explore ocean depths, currents, temperatures and find out more about the future of our oceans. 

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Nature & Environment 

Blue Planet II

Sir David Attenborough presents Blue Planet II.

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Nature & Environment 

Watching the weather

This free course, Watching the weather, describes how meteorological observations are made looking upwards from the surface of the Earth, looking downwards from satellites in space and from aircraft and balloons within the atmosphere. This international network of observations is vital for scientists and forecasters and the results impact on everyones daily activities.

Free course
10 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology 

Diagrams, charts and graphs

Diagrams, charts and graphs are used by all sorts of people to express information in a visual way, whether it's in a report by a colleague or a plan from your interior designer. This free course will teach you how to interpret these tools and how to use them yourself to convey information more effectively.

Free course
5 hrs

Science, Maths & Technology 

What part did citizen science play in hurricane disaster relief?

The Caribbean was hit by two powerful hurricanes in quick succession - Irma and Maria. Citizen scientists were amongst those who swung into action to help, explains Rebekah Yore.

Video
5 mins

Science, Maths & Technology 

Why is discovering gravitational waves from a neutron star collision a big deal?

Scientists have detected gravitational waves by the violent collision of two huge stars weighing more than the sun and more than 100m light years from the Earth. Here's why it matters. 

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Society, Politics & Law 

Murder and the mental state of the defendant

How does the law treat defendants who suffer from conditions which impair their mental functioning? What if this has been impaired through voluntary intoxication?

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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

Society, Politics & Law 

The Detectives: Murder on the Streets

This four-part series follows Manchester's murder detectives as they crack complex cases in real time.

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