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Nature & Environment 

Waste management and environmentalism in China

This free course, Waste management and environmentalism in China, is an introduction to waste generation and waste management processes currently being practiced in China. This course explores how the Chinese can deal with increasing volumes of waste, drawing parallels with the UK experience of waste management. It also discusses the conceptual tools that can be used to make the cycle of material use, waste production and treatment more sustainable. The course ends with a brief examination of the growth of environmentalism in China.

Free course
8 hrs
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Money & Business 

Coming soon: Effective communication in the workplace

Interested in becoming more confidence using your communication skills in your current job, voluntary work or future roles? If so, this free course is for you.

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Science, Maths & Technology 

Blue Planet Live

In an exciting week of programmes, Blue Planet Live celebrates marine life and explores our oceans.

TV Programme
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Money & Business 

Working in diverse teams

This free badged course, Working in diverse teams, will help you consider your experience of working in teams and the different roles you play in them. It will increase your confidence in marketing this key skill to employers as well improve your ability to perform well in teams you are currently part of.

Free course
24 hrs
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Money & Business 

Coming soon: Effective communication in the workplace

Interested in becoming more confidence using your communication skills in your current job, voluntary work or future roles? If so, this free course is for you.

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Money & Business 

The Bottom Line 2019

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

Radio Programme
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Education & Development 

Creating open educational resources

Are you interested in creating your own open educational resources? This free course, Creating open educational resources, will help you to write a learning course and provide you with links to various resources for open-learning materials. You will learn about the different purposes of self-instruction and receive advice about the techniques and strategies to help the learner.

Free course
15 hrs
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Education & Development 

Open Education Week

Open Education Week is a celebration of the global Open Education Movement. We've got involved by sharing our best open educational resources with you. 

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Education & Development 

School

School follows the experiences of pupils, teachers, parents and school leaders, across an academic year.

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Health, Sports & Psychology 

Forensic science and fingerprints

This free course, Forensic science and fingerprints, covers how science can make fingerprints easier to study, how they are used in court and some of the questions about the extent to which fingerprint identification is sound and scientific. Students will learn the principles used in classifying and matching fingerprints (often called marks).

Free course
10 hrs
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Health, Sports & Psychology 

Why is the Mental Health Act in England and Wales being reviewed?

Dr Sarah Vicary explains why the legislation is in need of a review and explores the current challenges with the system.

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Health, Sports & Psychology 

Hospital

Hospital tells the riveting story of the NHS in unprecedented times. 

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History & The Arts 

What is poetry?

Have you always wanted to try to write poetry but never quite managed to start? This free course, What is poetry?, is designed to illustrate the techniques behind both the traditional forms of poetry and free verse. You will learn how you can use your own experiences to develop ideas and how to harness your imagination.

Free course
12 hrs
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History & The Arts 

Promoting equality 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.

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History & The Arts 

The Secret Life of Books: Series Two

Discover The Secret Life of Books in this second series getting behind the pages of six more books..

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Languages 

A brief history of communication: hieroglyphics to emojis

This free course, A brief history of communication: hieroglyphics to emojis, is an introduction to the history of writing, and the key role it plays in human communication. It tracks this history from the invention of writing around 5500 years ago to the mass popularity of emojis today.  

Free course
5 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 

Rome Unpacked

Andrew Graham-Dixon and Giorgio Locatelli explore Rome for the greatest food and art that they can find.

TV Programme
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Nature & Environment 

Waste management and environmentalism in China

This free course, Waste management and environmentalism in China, is an introduction to waste generation and waste management processes currently being practiced in China. This course explores how the Chinese can deal with increasing volumes of waste, drawing parallels with the UK experience of waste management. It also discusses the conceptual tools that can be used to make the cycle of material use, waste production and treatment more sustainable. The course ends with a brief examination of the growth of environmentalism in China.

Free course
8 hrs
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Nature & Environment 

Seasons: Spring

Spring is a time when new life begins: some species start looking for a mate while others give birth.

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Science, Maths & Technology 

Blue Planet Live

In an exciting week of programmes, Blue Planet Live celebrates marine life and explores our oceans.

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Science, Maths & Technology 

The oceans

The oceans cover more than 70 per cent of our planet. In this free course, The oceans, you will learn about the depths of the oceans and the properties of the water that fills them, what drives the ocean circulation and how the oceans influence our climate.

Free course
15 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology 

Maths Skills for Science

Want to study science but worried you don't have the maths skills required for higher education? Fret not! We have a handy interactive guide to get you on track...

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Science, Maths & Technology 

Blue Planet Live

In an exciting week of programmes, Blue Planet Live celebrates marine life and explores our oceans.

TV Programme
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Society, Politics & Law 

The value of coffee

This free course explores the economic and cultural value of coffee. You will follow the chain of processes that connect the drink you enjoy on a daily basis with circuits of economic and cultural value, hearing from coffee farmers and consumers in different parts of the world.

Free course
3 hrs
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Society, Politics & Law 

What is OpenLearn Scotland?

OpenLearn Scotland, is intended to be of interest not only to people living in Scotland, but to anyone wishing to know more about Scottish society and culture. Find out more here..

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Society, Politics & Law 

Thinking Allowed 2019

Thinking Allowed explores how society works, with leading social science experts. 

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