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Science, Maths & Technology 

Introduction to algebra

This free course is an introduction to algebra which builds on the idea of using letters to represent numbers. Section 1 looks at finding, simplifying and using formulas and includes useful tips on learning algebra. Section 2 introduces some of the terminology used in algebra and techniques such as evaluating and checking equivalence of expressions, identifying terms in an expression and collecting like terms. Section 3 looks at how to simplify terms and introduces index notation and multiplying powers. Section 4 looks at the use of brackets in algebra and section 5 covers solving, checking and using simple linear equations.

Free course
16 hrs

Nature & Environment 

Blue Planet II

Sir David Attenborough presents Blue Planet II.

TV Programme
Digital forensics free course icon Level 3 icon

Science, Maths & Technology 

Digital forensics

Digital evidence features in just about every part of our personal and business lives. Legal and business decisions hinge on having timely data about what people have actually done. This free course, Digital forensics, is an introduction to computer forensics and investigation, and provides a taster in understanding how to conduct investigations to correctly gather, analyse and present digital evidence to both business and legal audiences. It also outlines the tools to locate and analyse digital evidence on a variety of devices, how to keep up to date with changing technologies, and laws and regulations in digital forensics.

Free course
8 hrs
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Money & Business 

You and your money

An important aspect of personal finance is the way in which individuals and households manage their debt, how much it costs and the different types of credit they can or cannot access. This free course, You and your money, explores these issues, with respect to the wider, changing, social and economic context.

Free course
12 hrs
Management: perspective and practice Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission free course icon Level 3 icon

Money & Business 

Management: perspective and practice

What does it mean to be a manager? Being a manager is a complex and challenging activity. This free course, Management: perspective and practice, introduces you to the role of the manager. In this OpenLearn course you’ll look at an array of activities including leadership, human resources, finance, project management, change management, operations management and stakeholder management.

Free course
10 hrs
Discovering management Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission free course icon Level 3 icon

Money & Business 

Discovering management

This free course, Discovering management, introduces you to the role of the manager. It covers management activities looking at leadership, human resources, finance, project management, change management, operations management and stakeholder management.

Free course
15 hrs

Education & Development 

How do you prepare for an assessment?

What must you do to complete a successful assessment? Laurence Knell gives us the lowdown...

Article
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Education & Development 

Laurence Knell on assessments

The Open University's Laurence explains assessments and exams in this extended interview from 'Go the Distance'.

Video
10 mins
Digital literacy: succeeding in a digital world Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © Sakonboon Sansri/Shuttterstock.com free course icon Level 1 icon Badge icon

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. You will be encouraged to reflect on your own situation and to apply what you learn to real-life scenarios, using a digital skills plan to keep a record of progress.

Free course
24 hrs
Do I have mental health problems and should I get some help? article icon

Health, Sports & Psychology 

Do I have mental health problems and should I get some help?

How do we recognise if a reaction to a stressor has developed into a mental health problem? Here's a five point guide...

Article

Health, Sports & Psychology 

Eating to win: activity, diet and weight control

What should we eat before and after exercise? This free course, Eating to win: activity, diet and weight control, examines the importance of nutrition in physical activity, sport and weight management. The role that physical activity has alongside nutrition in controlling body weight will be discussed, as will considerations for pre-exercise and post-exercise nutrition and hydration.

Free course
6 hrs
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Health, Sports & Psychology 

The psychological aspects of sports injury

For many people sport is a way of life, so imagine the emotional distress that a sports injury can bring when it restricts someone's participation in sport. This free course, The psychological aspects of sports injury, examines the role of psychological factors in sports injury. You will look at both the psychological factors that can lead to a sports injury and the psychological reactions that a sports person can experience when injured, including insight from Olympic hockey gold medallist Helen Richardson-Walsh. This course is for you if you have ever experienced a sports injury, if you work with injured athletes or if you have a general interest in the area.

Free course
3 hrs

History & The Arts 

The values of Bond: What 007 tells us about changing attitudes to sexual harassment

James Bond's workplace relationships reflect changing attitudes over six decades, says Moncia Germana.

Video
5 mins
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History & The Arts 

Making sense of art history

You can prepare for this free course, Making sense of art history, by looking around you. It's likely that wherever you are you'll be able to see some images. It's also likely that many of these will be intended to have some sort of effect on you. In the course itself you will be exploring the power of images via a study of contemporary art from the 1980s onwards. Taking the time to look beyond the immediate appearance of an art work to consider what the artist might be trying to say can be immensely rewarding.

Free course
5 hrs

History & The Arts 

Star Wars: The Class Jedi

You don't have to be in a galaxy far, far away to learn more about Star Wars. Let the force awaken your curiosity and explore now.

Article
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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
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Languages 

English Loanwords – Interactive World Map

Explore the fascinating origins of some words in the English language with this interactive world map. Simply select the book items to uncover the word and its history. 

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Languages 

Designing the Spanish nation

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

Article

Nature & Environment 

Blue Planet II

Sir David Attenborough presents Blue Planet II.

TV Programme
The frozen planet free course icon Level 1 icon

Nature & Environment 

The frozen planet

This free course is a general introduction to the frozen planet, including the temperature in the polar regions; the energy from the Sun and the seasons; reading and understanding graphs and maps; and how the Arctic and Antarctic regions are defined.

Free course
7 hrs
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Nature & Environment 

Extending 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 course, Extending water resources, examines the options.

Free course
7 hrs
Introduction to algebra free course icon Level 1 icon

Science, Maths & Technology 

Introduction to algebra

This free course is an introduction to algebra which builds on the idea of using letters to represent numbers. Section 1 looks at finding, simplifying and using formulas and includes useful tips on learning algebra. Section 2 introduces some of the terminology used in algebra and techniques such as evaluating and checking equivalence of expressions, identifying terms in an expression and collecting like terms. Section 3 looks at how to simplify terms and introduces index notation and multiplying powers. Section 4 looks at the use of brackets in algebra and section 5 covers solving, checking and using simple linear equations.

Free course
16 hrs
Digital forensics free course icon Level 3 icon

Science, Maths & Technology 

Digital forensics

Digital evidence features in just about every part of our personal and business lives. Legal and business decisions hinge on having timely data about what people have actually done. This free course, Digital forensics, is an introduction to computer forensics and investigation, and provides a taster in understanding how to conduct investigations to correctly gather, analyse and present digital evidence to both business and legal audiences. It also outlines the tools to locate and analyse digital evidence on a variety of devices, how to keep up to date with changing technologies, and laws and regulations in digital forensics.

Free course
8 hrs

Science, Maths & Technology 

What happens when you microwave an egg?

The New Scientist team have microwaved an egg, so you don't have to. Because you really, really shouldn't.

Video
5 mins
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Society, Politics & Law 

Culture can be brutal, just ask Milton Keynes

Liz McFall and Darren Umney consider Milton Keynes' history and cultural heritage and argue that the city's bidding to be 2023 Capital of Culture matters and should be taken seriously.  

Video
25 mins

Society, Politics & Law 

What do I need to know about the Irish/UK border question

In the negotiations covering the UK's departure from the EU, the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland has become a major problem. Here's what you need to know.

Article
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Society, Politics & Law 

Crimes of the powerful

This free course examines the complexities of, and barriers to, setting new criminological research agendas by considering the difficulties associated with conducting research on crimes of the powerful.

Free course
2 hrs