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A new era for HIV? article icon

Health, Sports & Psychology 

A new era for HIV?

How has HIV treatment changed since the 1980s? Ou PhD student, Tom Witney, explains and tells us about his research into serodiscordant relationships.

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Society, Politics & Law 

Migration 2018: What's currently happening?

We've been watching what happens to migrants risking their lives in the Med to reach Europe over the last two years. This update from the International Organization for Migration captures the situation now.

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Nature & Environment 

Plastic planet

The discovery of plastic unleashed humanity's creativity, as we embraced the magic of this versatile product. But it was at a cost - has the material which made the 21st Century brought about an environmental catastrophe?

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Money & Business 

Why smart leaders allow a bit of football frenzy

In some workplaces over the coming weeks, heads will be down over streams of Sweden v South Korea rather than spreadsheets. But for a productive workplace, a bit of football fun might be a positive good.

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Money & Business 

The business of football

Welcome to this free course, The business of football, produced by The Open University working in partnership with The English Football League Trust. If you are fascinated by football and interested in discovering more about business and management, then this engaging and stimulating course, which provides the opportunity to share and comment on your learning with others, is for you. You can progress at your own pace over 3 to 5 weeks, and it will take a minimum of around 9 hours of your time over this period.

Free course
15 hrs
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Money & Business 

How teams work

This free course, How teams work, provides an introduction to working in virtual project teams by explaining terms and concepts related to teams and to projects. The complexity of the interaction of people and technology is highlighted.

Free course
10 hrs
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Education & Development 

The power of infographics in research dissemination

Infographics are becoming an essential tool in data representation and research communication. In this free course, The power of infographics in research dissemination, you will explore when and how infographics can be useful to your work. You will look at some good and bad practice in making and using infographics, and will learn how to evaluate infographics that appear to be presenting research evidence. The course concludes by introducing some free resources that can help you produce effective infographics of your own, and critically evaluate the infographics of others.

Free course
7 hrs
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Education & Development 

What are your views about technologies to support and assess writing skills? [Awards to be won]

We are inviting all students and professionals to present their views about technology-supported approaches to assessment in a two-step study by June 25th, with the chance to win an award. See details further down this page.

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Education & Development 

How can I cope with exam stress

The exam period brings with it extra challenges - but if you manage your stress, you can make it through. Teena Clouston has some tips, and you may turn your papers over now.

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A new era for HIV? article icon

Health, Sports & Psychology 

A new era for HIV?

How has HIV treatment changed since the 1980s? Ou PhD student, Tom Witney, explains and tells us about his research into serodiscordant relationships.

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Health, Sports & Psychology 

What do you really know about HIV and AIDS?

You've probably heard a lot about HIV and AIDS in the news - but can you separate the myth from the reality? Take our quiz to find out...

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Health, Sports & Psychology 

OpenLearn Live: 2018 World Cup Special

A victory in England's first match. But there's a long way still to go. Fight the big match nerves with some calming insights into the world of soccer.

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History & The Arts 

Match report: England v Scotland, 1872

The first international football match took place between England & Scotland in Glasgow, on November 30th 1872. Here's how it went.

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History & The Arts 

Masterpiece Me

Ever wanted to see how Warhol might have made you look? What about Monet or Picasso? Masterpiece Me gave you your chance.

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History & The Arts 

Getting started on classical Latin

This free course, Getting started on classical Latin, has been developed in response to requests from learners who had had no contact with Latin before and who felt they would like to spend a little time preparing for the kind of learning that studying a classical language involves. The course will give you a taster of what is involved in the very early stages of learning Latin and will offer you the opportunity to put in some early practice.

Free course
10 hrs
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Languages 

Download our Chinese characters learning apps

Why is an app an ideal way to learn a new language? Qian Kan, one of the team members behind the OU course Beginner's Chinese and the "Chinese Characters First Steps" (Android only) and “Chinese@OU’ apps (iOS and Android) explains.

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Languages 

Can you learn a language with an app?

From Duolingo to busuu, there are a variety of apps out there promising to revolutionise language learning - but how effective are they? Fernando Rosell-Aguilar explores...

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Languages 

MAED (Applied Linguistics) at the OU

Are you interested in how language works? Do you want to know more about theories and methods relating to English language? Are you interested in researching an educational context?

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Nature & Environment 

Plastic planet

The discovery of plastic unleashed humanity's creativity, as we embraced the magic of this versatile product. But it was at a cost - has the material which made the 21st Century brought about an environmental catastrophe?

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Nature & Environment 

Animals at the extremes: The desert environment

Animal life has adapted to survive in the most unlikely and inhospitable habitats. This free course, Animals at the extremes: The desert environment, looks at the surprisingly diverse desert climates throughout the world and mammals, birds, lizards and amphibians that survive there. It splits these animals into three groups according to their strategy for survival: evaders, evaporators and endurers, then discusses how these strategies work on a biochemical and physiological level.

Free course
14 hrs
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Nature & Environment 

The science of evolution

This free course debates the issues surrounding the science of evolution and religion.

Free course
5 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology 

Approaches to software development

This free course, Approaches to software development, presents an engineering approach to the development of software systems – a software engineering approach. The course pays particular attention to issues of software quality, in terms of both product (what is built) and process (how we build it).

Free course
9 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology 

An introduction to electronics

Electronics is fundamental to modern life. Using an interactive website, videos, and easy-to-use electronic circuit design and simulation software, this free course, An introduction to electronics, will show how electronic devices and systems pervade everything we do, and teach some of the basic ideas.

Free course
10 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology 

The civil engineer's fear of the penalty shoot-out: Predicting the World Cup

Civil Engineering uses a lot of predictions; World Cups generate a lot of predictions. Charles MacRobert brings the two worlds together.

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Society, Politics & Law 

Migration 2018: What's currently happening?

We've been watching what happens to migrants risking their lives in the Med to reach Europe over the last two years. This update from the International Organization for Migration captures the situation now.

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Society, Politics & Law 

Gender, IT and economic growth

Does gender matter to the world's fastest growing economies? Parvati Raghuram explores how the labour driving many Rising Powers is gendered.

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Society, Politics & Law 

Why Russia is hoping for a good World Cup

After the doping and hooligan scandals that have taken the shine off previous events, Vitaly Kazakov explains why Russia is hoping for better this time round.

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5 mins