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Diagramming for development 2: exploring interrelationships free course icon level 3: advanced icon

Digital & Computing

Diagramming for development 2: exploring interrelationships

Diagramming for development 2: exploring interrelationships, is a free course that introduces you to the diagramming techniques of Influence diagrams, Multiple Cause Diagrams and Cognitive Maps. Using a case study project based in Africa, this unit illustrates the powerful use of systems diagramming for international development management. This...

Free course
4 hrs
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Miscellaneous

Happy New Year

Happy New Year! What is 2024 going to mean for you? Improved health? Learning a language? Writing a book? Get started here...

Article
5 mins
Learning our way to a better environment video icon

Nature & Environment

Learning our way to a better environment

How can our capacity for learning help us understand more about managing our environment? This short video looks at developing a more sustainable relationship between humans and the environment.

Video
5 mins
Global challenges in practice: designing a development intervention free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

Money & Business

Global challenges in practice: designing a development intervention

This free short course addresses the key elements of designing a development intervention. Its approach to ‘doing development’ will be value led rather than technical. There is a wealth of material teaching a technical approach to development intervention. This course seeks to shift the balance back to a value based approach to doing development...

Free course
12 hrs
Finding a mentor article icon

Money & Business

Finding a mentor

A mentor can empower your personal development and help you to identify and achieve your career goals. This article looks at what qualities you should search for in a mentor.

Article
5 mins
The Financial Five a Day Podcast Series audio icon

Money & Business

The Financial Five a Day Podcast Series

Do you want to improve your financial nutrition? This podcast series will inspire you to think more purposefully about your personal finance and money habits.

Audio
5 mins
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
Gwirfoddoli yn y gymuned article icon

Education & Development

Gwirfoddoli yn y gymuned

Gall gwirfoddoli yn y gymuned gael effaith fawr. Darllenwch storïau gan staff y Brifysgol Agored ynghylch pam maen nhw’n gwirfoddoli, beth mae’n ei olygu, a sut y gall pobl eraill gymryd rhan.

Article
5 mins
Supporting learners to become agents for sustainability video icon

Education & Development

Supporting learners to become agents for sustainability

This session explored approaches to teaching designed to enable learners to learn the skills needed to live sustainably in the world.

Video
10 mins
Introducing social care and social work free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Health, Sports & Psychology

Introducing social care and social work

This free course, Introducing social care and social work, will introduce you to different social care and social work practitioner roles. It will develop your understanding of the context in which social care and social work takes place in the UK. The course is designed for people who are interested in and curious about social care or social ...

Free course
12 hrs
Should communities be expected to help in death, dying and bereavement? article icon

Health, Sports & Psychology

Should communities be expected to help in death, dying and bereavement?

A growing movement states that communities can play a vital role in supporting people around death and grief. But what are some of the potential implications of this?

Article
5 mins
One minute methods - familiarisation video icon

Health, Sports & Psychology

One minute methods - familiarisation

Discover how the familiarisation procedure, as used by Kisilevsky and colleagues, takes advantage of one thing young infants are really good at – getting bored.

Video
5 mins
Herodotus and the invention of history free course icon level 1: introductory icon

History & The Arts

Herodotus and the invention of history

With the information explosion online, how can you tell fake news from the real thing, or be more sensitive to how information can be weaponised? In the fifth-century BCE, a Greek by the name of Herodotus faced a similar challenge when he set out to examine why his people, the Greeks, and the Persians went to war with each other. Chief among his...

Free course
6 hrs
A reader's guide to Ulysses article icon

History & The Arts

A reader's guide to Ulysses

When is Bloomsday? Where does Bloomsday start? Celebrate the iconic novel, and the city it's set in, with OpenLearn's interactive map.

Article
5 mins
Why worldviews? video icon

History & The Arts

Why worldviews?

What is meant by ‘worldviews’? This animation imagines a public demonstration and the differing reasons people may have for attending.

Video
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
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
Creativity and artificial intelligence video icon

Languages

Creativity and artificial intelligence

Is artificial intelligence capable of being creative? This animation and associated article looks at the meaning of 'creativity' and whether machines can carry out creative tasks.

Video
5 mins
Energy in buildings free course icon level 3: advanced icon

Nature & Environment

Energy in buildings

Themes covered in this free course, Energy in buildings, include reducing heating demand in buildings, heating systems and fuel emissions, and reducing electricity use by appliances. The course looks at the importance of energy in buildings in the UK, investigate heat loss and how to prevent it, ways of increasing building efficiency, ...

Free course
10 hrs
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Nature & Environment

World Environment Day

We celebrate World Environment Day on 5th June every year... but that's not where our interest in the environment starts and ends, with just one day. Check out our selection of FREE courses, articles and other content related to the environment and nature that you can explore all year round...

Article
5 mins
Learning our way to a better environment video icon

Nature & Environment

Learning our way to a better environment

How can our capacity for learning help us understand more about managing our environment? This short video looks at developing a more sustainable relationship between humans and the environment.

Video
5 mins
Astronomy: images of the Universe free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Astronomy: images of the Universe

Modern astronomy utilises a range of techniques across the electromagnetic spectrum that allow astronomers to measure the brightness, size and shape of astronomical objects, as well as their structure in many cases. This free course enables you to explore multiwavelength images of the Universe and make your own measurements of stars, nebulae and...

Free course
6 hrs
What are the challenges and opportunities of urban artificial intelligence and robotics? article icon

Science, Maths & Technology

What are the challenges and opportunities of urban artificial intelligence and robotics?

Formerly the preserve of science fiction, artificial intelligence (AI) is now increasingly embedded in technologies which underpin everyday life in our towns and cities. Indeed, cities of multiple intelligences which include both artificial and human ones have arrived.

Article
5 mins
Design ecologies animation video icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Design ecologies animation

This animation explores why a whole systems approach to design is important. It uses the example of a smartphone to illustrate the need to shift from linear to regenerative resource flows.

Video
5 mins
Bun-chùrsa mu bhith a’ dèanamh atharrachadh poilitigeach is sòisealta free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Society, Politics & Law

Bun-chùrsa mu bhith a’ dèanamh atharrachadh poilitigeach is sòisealta

Written in a moment of multiple crises – environmental, economic, political, social and health-related – ‘An Introduction to making political and social change’ gives you a grounding in some of the key citizenship skills and information you will need to intervene in the world as it changes around you. This free course explores how you can make ...

Free course
10 hrs
Understanding refugee experiences: Refugee Week article icon

Society, Politics & Law

Understanding refugee experiences: Refugee Week

To celebrate refugee contributions to the UK and promote a better understanding of refugee experiences and creativity, here are a range of resources from The Open University.

Article
15 mins
Learning from the Global South video icon

Society, Politics & Law

Learning from the Global South

Voices from the Global South is a series of six short films made to stimulate thinking about and reflection on the difference that geography makes to understanding the climate crisis and its impact.

Video
45 mins
Diagramming for development 2: exploring interrelationships free course icon level 3: advanced icon

Digital & Computing

Diagramming for development 2: exploring interrelationships

Diagramming for development 2: exploring interrelationships, is a free course that introduces you to the diagramming techniques of Influence diagrams, Multiple Cause Diagrams and Cognitive Maps. Using a case study project based in Africa, this unit illustrates the powerful use of systems diagramming for international development management. This...

Free course
4 hrs
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
Animal-Computer Interaction and dogs video icon

Digital & Computing

Animal-Computer Interaction and dogs

Dr Clara Mancini tells us how Animal-Computer Interaction (ACI) is expanding the design of interactive systems beyond the human species.

Video
15 mins