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The Met: Policing London Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The BBC BBC One

Society, Politics & Law

The Met: Policing London

Across London, The Met is dealing with the pressures and dilemmas of policing a city of eight and a half million people. 

TV Programme
If Wannacry caused so much disruption, how come it raised so little money? Creative commons image Icon Christiaan Colen under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license article icon

Science, Maths & Technology

If Wannacry caused so much disruption, how come it raised so little money?

Hundreds of thousands of computers locked across the globe - but Wannacry raised less than other ransomware attacks. Bill Buchanan explains why.

Article
Digital forensics free course icon Level 1 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
Privatising Thames Water Creative commons image Icon Richard Ellis under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license article icon

Money & Business

Privatising Thames Water

How did a public utlity turn into a financial instrument?

Article

Money & Business

Developing career resilience

This free course, Developing career resilience, will help you to understand the factors that influence career resilience and offer examples and tactics for you to develop your own resilience further.

Free course
24 hrs
Working in the voluntary sector Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © Steve Debenport/iStockphoto.com free course icon Level 1 icon Badge icon

Money & Business

Working in the voluntary sector

This free online course, Working in the voluntary sector, will introduce you to some of the main activities carried out by volunteers and staff, will give you some background on how different organisations work and will provide you with knowledge and skills you can apply to your own work or volunteering, as well as to your every day life.

Free course
24 hrs
Childhood in the digital age Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © boggy22 (via iStockPhoto.com) free course icon Level 1 icon

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
Has media literacy become self-destructive? Creative commons image Icon 1uffster (Jeanie) under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license article icon

Education & Development

Has media literacy become self-destructive?

Danah Boyd, founder of Data & Society, asks if American society has become too distrustful of experts

Article

Education & Development

Dance skills

Dance communicates ideas through movement and is an expressive art form. Students need to learn how to use their body in a safe and healthy way, whilst developing a wide-ranging movement vocabulary. The use of different dance techniques can be an effective way of building vocabulary and developing different kinds of skills and abilities. Technical dance skills can form the foundation on which to develop and enhance each individual's performance. As dance teachers, we may have a range of skills, but it isn't always possible to possess expertise in every type of dance style and technique. Having the knowledge and experience to teach African Dance forms, Jazz Dance or Hip Hop to students is a great way of introducing them to a variety of styles and can be a rich and rewarding process. However, many teachers in schools and colleges work within a Contemporary Dance style because it will have been the basis of their education and training. In this free course, Dance skills, it is also the main point of reference.

Free course
12 hrs
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Health, Sports & Psychology

British summertime

The sun has got his hat on and people are jetting off for a much needed holiday; what does British summertime mean to you?

Article
Learning to swim in murky seas: Exploitation of the Electorate via Social Media Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: rawpixel article icon

Health, Sports & Psychology

Learning to swim in murky seas: Exploitation of the Electorate via Social Media

Learn psychological self-defence and start resisting the dark arts of political communication, in Volker Patent’s second article on Brexit and the General Election

Article
A Time to Live Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The BBC BBC Two

Health, Sports & Psychology

A Time to Live

What would you do if you were told you had a terminal illness and may only have months to live? 

TV Programme
Witches in popular culture Creative commons image Icon Matthew under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license video icon

History & The Arts

Witches in popular culture

Western culture can't seem to shake off portraying women as witches. Dr Chloé Germaine Buckley wonders why.

Video
5 mins
Ramadan Mubarak! Creative commons image Icon By vetman [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative-Commons license article icon

History & The Arts

Ramadan Mubarak!

27th May - 25th June marks the Muslim observance, Ramadan. Discover how this isn't just a time for abstaining but a time for celebration while showing devotion to Islam.

Article
Exploring books for children: words and pictures Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Courtesy of Jackie Tuck free course icon Level 2 icon

History & The Arts

Exploring books for children: words and pictures

Many people have fond memories of the stories they encountered in childhood, perhaps especially of those wonderful picture books and illustrated tales which fired our young imaginations and transported us to magical worlds. To an adult’s eye, some picture books may seem remarkably simple, even oversimplified. However, in this free course, Exploring books for children: words and pictures, you will learn how children’s books use words and pictures together in remarkably sophisticated ways to communicate both to young and older readers, drawing on examples from the classics, such as Beatrix Potter’s Tales of Peter Rabbit, and from contemporary children’s authors such as Anthony Browne, author of Gorilla.

Free course
8 hrs
Understanding language and learning Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © davidf / iStockphoto.com free course icon Level 3 icon

Languages

Understanding language and learning

Learning is understood broadly as any kind of activity, whether in a formal or informal context, that enhances an individual’s knowledge or skills in one way or another. The relationship between language and learning is approached in three ways: learning a language, learning about language and learning through language. This free course, Understanding language and learning, explains and illustrates the different relationships between language and learning, and these are illustrated through videos, activities and other examples.

Free course
10 hrs
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Languages

Why has English taken over academia?

If English is globally squeezing out teaching in local languages, the fault isn't with the language but with economics. Anna Kristina Hultgren and Elizabeth J. Erling explain.

Article
Exploring languages and cultures free course icon Level 1 icon

Languages

Exploring languages and cultures

Explore the multiple relationships between languages and cultures. In this free course you will learn about the benefits and challenges of meeting people from different cultures and the ways in which language and human communities shape each other. You will look at the role of intercultural competence at the workplace, reflect on the use of English as lingua franca in international contexts, and get a flavour of the skills involved in language-related professions such as translation and interpreting.

Free course
14 hrs
Evolution: artificial selection and domestication Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission free course icon Level 2 icon

Nature & Environment

Evolution: artificial selection and domestication

In the 18th and 19th century evolutionary biologists, including Darwin, emphasised the similarities between natural evolution and artificial 'improvement' of livestock under domestication. They believed that studying domesticated animals and plants could illuminate the mechanisms of natural evolution. This free course, Evolution: artificial selection and domestication, provides an introduction to their work.

Free course
5 hrs
Animals at the extremes: Polar biology Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission free course icon Level 2 icon

Nature & Environment

Animals at the extremes: Polar biology

The extreme challenges of life in the polar regions require the animals who make their habitat there to make many adaptations. This free course, Animals at the extremes: Polar biology, explores the polar climate and how animals like reindeer, polar bears, penguins, sea life and even humans manage to survive there. It looks at the adaptations to physiological proceses, the environmental effects on diet, activity and fecundity, and contrasts the strategies of aquatic and land-based animals in surviving in this extreme habitat.

Free course
14 hrs
Are we about to be at the mercy of superslugs? Creative commons image Icon Christine Majul under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license article icon

Nature & Environment

Are we about to be at the mercy of superslugs?

Is it a bird? Is it... a homeless snail? Or some sort of slug with superpowers? Leslie Noble goes behind the headline panics.

Article
If Wannacry caused so much disruption, how come it raised so little money? Creative commons image Icon Christiaan Colen under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license article icon

Science, Maths & Technology

If Wannacry caused so much disruption, how come it raised so little money?

Hundreds of thousands of computers locked across the globe - but Wannacry raised less than other ransomware attacks. Bill Buchanan explains why.

Article
Digital forensics free course icon Level 1 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
Can renewable energy power the world? free course icon Level 1 icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Can renewable energy power the world?

Renewable energy sources are gaining an increasing share of world energy supplies. In the next eight weeks well cover the physical principles underlying the various renewables, their economics, their environmental impact, their present status and future prospects. When youve completed this free course you should be able to give your own answer to the course question: Can renewable energy power the world?

Free course
24 hrs
The Met: Policing London Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The BBC BBC One

Society, Politics & Law

The Met: Policing London

Across London, The Met is dealing with the pressures and dilemmas of policing a city of eight and a half million people. 

TV Programme
Digital urban infrastructures: Smart cities in the making Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Smart Cities MK Project article icon

Society, Politics & Law

Digital urban infrastructures: Smart cities in the making

Nick Bingham discusses 'smart cities' and how digital technologies are changing the ways in which cities are planned and maintained.

Article
The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway: The Final Countdown Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Crossrail Ltd BBC Two

Society, Politics & Law

The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway: The Final Countdown

Ten thousand engineers and construction workers race to complete Crossrail.

TV Programme