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  • How to make:

    Have you ever wondered how something works and how things are made? ...

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    31 Mar 2020

  • How to make:

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    Beginner level Duration 15 mins Updated 31 Mar 2020
    Have you ever wondered how something works and how things are made? ...
  • Life through a lens

    By Dr Susie West

    Humans have changed their view of the world through lenses, we see further and closer thanks to the power of this wonderful invention, could you imagine life without lenses?

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    02 Mar 2020

  • Life through a lens

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    Humans have changed their view of the world through lenses, we see further and closer thanks to the power of this wonderful invention, could you imagine ...
  • Weather derivatives - the financialization of weather

    By Professor John Allen, Michael Pryke

    Is it possible to manage the risks presented by nature, such as too much rain at the wrong time of the year and very harsh frosts?

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    16 Dec 2019

  • Weather derivatives - the financialization of weather

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    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 16 Dec 2019
    Is it possible to manage the risks presented by nature, such as too much rain at the wrong time of the year and very harsh frosts?
  • The European Union and the impact on mixed nationality relationships in northern Finland

    By Dr Carol Brown-Leonardi

    Carol Brown-Leonardi investigates how Britain’s exit from the European Union has affected the perceptions and decision-making of mixed nationality couples to stay and live permanently in Finland or the United Kingdom.

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    16 Dec 2019

  • The European Union and the impact on mixed nationality relationships in northern Finland

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    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 16 Dec 2019
    Carol Brown-Leonardi investigates how Britain’s exit from the European Union has affected the perceptions and decision-making of mixed nationality couples...
  • The Z Files: Tony Waithe

    By Benjamin Zephaniah

    British inventor Tony Waithe shares his passion for design and innovation with the poet Benjamin Zephaniah

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    14 Oct 2019

  • The Z Files: Tony Waithe

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    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Oct 2019
    British inventor Tony Waithe shares his passion for design and innovation with the poet Benjamin Zephaniah
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    Design a school

    As a new academic year gets under way, some schools are settling in to new premises. But what sort of choices and trade-offs are made during the design process?

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    15 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    30 Aug 2019

  • Design a school

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    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 30 Aug 2019
    As a new academic year gets under way, some schools are settling in to new premises. But what sort of choices and trade-offs are made during the design...
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    Artificial intelligence - chatting with bots

    By Dr Jessamy Perriam, Dr Simon Carter

    As technology advances, machines are becoming more advanced at interacting with humans, but what does this mean for the future?

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    Updated on:

    21 Aug 2019

  • Artificial intelligence - chatting with bots

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    Beginner level Duration 10 mins Updated 21 Aug 2019
    As technology advances, machines are becoming more advanced at interacting with humans, but what does this mean for the future?
  • In-car technology: are we being sold a false sense of security?

    By Dr Gemma Briggs

    Our new cars come equipped with technology to read out text messages and let us use voice commands to make phone calls. Allocating attention to other tasks, can lead to our driving performance suffering and putting lives at risk.

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    04 Jul 2019

  • In-car technology: are we being sold a false sense of security?

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Jul 2019
    Our new cars come equipped with technology to read out text messages and let us use voice commands to make phone calls. Allocating attention to other tasks,...
  • Hands-free phone tech is dangerous - so why do car firms still promote it?

    By Dr Gemma Briggs

    Using a hands free phone while driving is as dangerous as holding a phone - and yet they're marketed as a desirable extra. Dr Gemma Briggs wonders why.

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    01 Jul 2019

  • Hands-free phone tech is dangerous - so why do car firms still promote it?

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Jul 2019
    Using a hands free phone while driving is as dangerous as holding a phone - and yet they're marketed as a desirable extra. Dr Gemma Briggs wonders why.
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    Seven myths of being a female engineer

    By The OpenLearn team

    There is a mountain of myths surrounding the engineering profession – particularly the role of women within the industry.

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    07 Mar 2019

  • Seven myths of being a female engineer

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    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Mar 2019
    There is a mountain of myths surrounding the engineering profession – particularly the role of women within the industry.

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  • Strategic planning: systems thinking in practice

    Strategic planning systems thinking in practice is a free course introducing core ideas of systems thinking in practice for managing and improving complex situations The ideas correspond with three core activities of firstly understanding interrelationships secondly engaging with multiple perspectives and thirdly reflecting on boundary judgements

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    20 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    17 Dec 2019

  • Strategic planning: systems thinking in practice

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    Strategic planning: systems thinking in practice
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    Strategic planning: systems thinking in practice is a free course introducing core...
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    Introduction to finite element analysis

    What is finite element analysis what is it and why do we carry it out This free course Introduction to finite element analysis introduces the essence of finite element analysis As an example of its use you will look at the case of FEA of the tub of a racing car You will also have the opportunity to try out two exercises to carry out a simple analysis of a plate and a square beam

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    7 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    12 Sep 2019

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    What is finite element analysis (what is it and why do we carry it out? This free...
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    Manufacturing

    How are designs turned into products What resources materials and methods are used and what set of activities goes under the heading of manufacturing This free course will introduce manufacturing as a system and will describe some of the many different ways of making products We will illustrate how the required properties of the materials in a product influence the choice of manufacturing process used

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    20 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    17 Jul 2019

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    How are designs turned into products? What resources, materials and methods are...
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    Invention and innovation: An introduction

    This free course Invention and innovation An introduction is for designers engineers technologists and anyone interested in designing and inventing It is also for managers and consumers interested in innovation and technical change The course will show you how design and innovation can create a more sustainable future It will also help you understand how innovation comes about and will encourage thinking about environmental and social challenges for the future

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    55 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    04 Jul 2019

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    This free course, Invention and innovation: An introduction, is for designers,...
  • Innovation through representation

    Innovations are realised through design and some of the most useful tools in the designers toolbox are the representations that are used to move from a vague idea to a concept and then to a realised product service or system This free course Innovation through representation explores what innovation is and how representations are used to develop and communicate visions of innovation

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    15 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    13 Mar 2019

  • Innovation through representation

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    Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 13 Mar 2019
    Innovations are realised through design, and some of the most useful tools in the...
  • Exploring communications technology

    This free course Exploring communications technology looks at some of the principles underpinning communications technology It looks at the properties of signals and media such as optical fibre and radio waves error control data compression and the principles of 4G mobile communications wifi and DSL broadband

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    10 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    11 Mar 2019

  • Exploring communications technology

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    Exploring communications technology
    Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 11 Mar 2019
    This free course, Exploring communications technology, looks at some of the...
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    Design thinking

    Are you ever frustrated with something that you thought you could design better This free course Design thinking will show you how to structure your natural creativity to come up with solutions to all kinds of problems and have fun in the process too

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    10 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    05 Dec 2018

  • Design thinking

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    Are you ever frustrated with something that you thought you could design better?...
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    General principles of cellular communication

    Learn about how cells sense and respond to extrinsic stimuli a capacity that allows them to communicate with each other and to respond to changes in their environment This free course General principles of cellular communication explains cell signalling pathways in general terms and identifies some of the universal characteristics of signalling pathway components

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    8 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    05 Dec 2018

  • General principles of cellular communication

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    Advanced level Duration 8 hours Updated 05 Dec 2018
    Learn about how cells sense and respond to extrinsic stimuli, a capacity that...
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    Design

    This free course looks at the process of design from assessing the complexity of design as an activity to exposing the difficulty in making general conclusions about how designers work You will be able to identify innovation in a wide variety of designed objects and evaluate the impact of this innovation

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    28 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    09 Nov 2018

  • Design

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    This free course looks at the process of design, from assessing the complexity of...
  • An introduction to interaction design

    From apps phones and business systems to wearables the Web and the Internet of Things interactive products have become part of everyday life But how can interactions be designed to best meet their purpose and offer good user experience This free course An introduction to interaction design explores this topic You will learn what interaction design is the importance of usercentred design with its goals and principles how interaction design focuses on the characteristics of the user their activities and environment and the core activities and methods of the interaction design process

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    10 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    05 Jun 2018

  • An introduction to interaction design

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    An introduction to interaction design
    Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 05 Jun 2018
    From apps, phones and business systems to wearables, the Web and the Internet of...