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Am I ready to be a distance learner? free course icon Level 1 icon

Education & Development 

Am I ready to be a distance learner?

Distance learning can open up opportunities for study. You might have not studied for a while, you might be returning to education, or you might not have had the chance to study at a higher level before. This free course, Am I ready to be a distance learner?, will help to boost your confidence. You'll explore useful skills so you can discover how ready you are to study and how to develop your study skills in six steps to become a successful distance learner.

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3 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology 

Can renewable energy sources power the world?

We ask the question ‘Can renewable energy sources power the world?’ as a response to the growing awareness that increased use of renewable energy technologies is making a major contribution to global efforts to limit anthropogenic climate change. The course begins by examining the environmental concerns that have caused a rise in interest in renewable energy, introducing the main sources and technologies, and describing global efforts to increase the share of renewables. The course then looks at each of the principal renewable energy technologies and the contributions they might make to global energy demand. Finally, several future energy scenarios are analysed to show how combinations of renewable energy sources and technologies could provide a major share of global energy needs.

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24 hrs
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Nature & Environment 

Aquatic mammals

Mammals come in a bewildering variety of shapes and sizes and yet all of the 4700 or so species have some characteristics in common, which justifies the inclusion of diverse types within a single group. Although mammals evolved on land, a number of species have become adapted to spending part or all of their lives in water and it is these mammals that you are going to concentrate on in this course. You will meet some aquatic mammals, find out how we can study them, consider their evolutionary history and read about human impacts on one iconic group.

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5 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology 

Everyday maths 2

This free course, Everyday maths 2, will develop and improve your essential maths skills for work, study and everyday life.

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48 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology 

Everyday maths 1 (Wales)

This free course will develop and improve your essential maths skills for work, study and everyday life. The course has four sessions, which cover the following topics: numbers, measurement, shapes and space, and handling data. There will be plenty of examples to help you progress, together with opportunities to practise your understanding. A Welsh-language version of this course is also hosted on OpenLearn Cymru. Everyday maths 1 was written by Bedford College Group in partnership with Middlesbrough College, West Herts College and The Open University, in collaboration with Coleg Cambria, Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales, Coleg Gwent and the NPTC Group of Colleges.

Free course
48 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology 

Succeed with maths – Part 1

If you feel that maths is a mystery that you want to unravel then this free course is for you. It will guide you through how numbers are put together, give you confidence with using percentages, fractions and negative numbers and provide you with problem solving skills for your everyday life and the wider world.

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24 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology 

Further Laboratory Skills for Biology and Health

An OpenSTEM laboratory school providing you with 25 hours of ‘hands on’ experience of several widely used molecular techniques for quantifying gene expression. Western blot analysis is performed to examine protein levels with colorimetric and chemiluminescent visualization of HRP-linked secondary or biotin-streptavidin reagents. For RNA quantitation, you use qPCR approaches to quantitate mRNA in human cells: PCR efficiency, absolute quantitation against GAPDH calibration standards, cDNA synthesis by reverse transcription, relative quantitation against other commonly used reference genes using ΔCt analysis and dual label hydrolysis probe quantitation. To gain the badge, you must have successfully participated in all aspects of practical training/techniques at this OpenSTEM ‘Further skills for biology and health’ Laboratory School (SS032), demonstrated awareness of and working to relevant health and safety guidance and actively engaged with data analysis and interpretation. Earn this Open University digital badge if you complete this course! The badge can be displayed, shared and downloaded as a marker of your achievement. The badge is awarded for successfully completing the laboratory school.

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18 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology 

Further Laboratory Skills for Chemistry

An OpenSTEM laboratory school providing you with 24 hours of ‘hands on’ experience with several widely used techniques in chemistry. Techniques include making up standard solutions and serial dilutions, use of automatic pipettes, solvent extraction, use of rotary evaporator, column chromatography, recrystallisation, handling air sensitive reagents and heating under reflux under a nitrogen atmosphere, TLC, and characterisation using IR and NMR spectroscopy. The laboratory protocols are designed to develop good laboratory practice (GLP). To gain this badge, you must have successfully participated in all aspects of practical training/techniques at the OpenSTEM ‘Further laboratory skills for chemistry’ Laboratory School (SS031), and demonstrated awareness of and working to relevant health and safety guidance. Earn this Open University digital badge if you complete this course! The badge can be displayed, shared and downloaded as a marker of your achievement. The badge is awarded for successfully completing the laboratory school.

Free course
18 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology 

Laboratory Skills for Biology and Health

An OpenSTEM laboratory school providing you with 18 hours of ‘hands on’ experience with several widely used molecular and microbiological techniques to investigate bacterial antibiotic resistance.  Techniques will include PCR, qPCR, agarose gel electrophoresis, bacterial plasmid transformation, micro-pipette handling, sterile working, serial dilution for bacterial enumeration and analysis of GFP expression. The laboratory protocols are designed to develop both good laboratory practice (GLP) and good microbiological practice (GMP). To gain this badge, you must have successfully participated in all aspects of practical training/techniques at the OpenSTEM ‘Laboratory skills for biology and health’ Laboratory School (SS022), and demonstrated awareness of and working to relevant health and safety guidance. Earn this Open University digital badge if you complete this course! The badge can be displayed, shared and downloaded as a marker of your achievement. The badge is awarded for successfully completing the laboratory school.

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18 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology 

Laboratory skills for chemistry

An OpenSTEM laboratory school providing you with 24 hours of ‘hands on’ experience with several widely used techniques in chemistry. Techniques include pipetting, titration, solvent extraction, heating under reflux, crystallisation, filtration, melting point determination, TLC, UV-Vis analysis and IR spectroscopy. The laboratory protocols are designed to develop good laboratory practice (GLP). To gain this badge, you must have successfully participated in all aspects of practical training/techniques at the OpenSTEM ‘Laboratory skills for chemistry’ Laboratory School (SS002/SS021), and demonstrated awareness of and working to relevant health and safety guidance, including completion of the pre-laboratory test and the associated guide Chemistry: a practical subject. Earn this Open University digital badge if you complete this course! The badge can be displayed, shared and downloaded as a marker of your achievement. The badge is awarded for successfully completing the laboratory school.

Free course
18 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology 

Laboratory Skills for Science

An OpenSTEM laboratory school providing you with 18 hours of ‘hands on’ experience with an introduction to several widely used techniques in chemistry and physics.  Techniques include preparing solutions, pipetting, titration, handling radioactive sources, colorimetry and spectrometry as well as recording data and observations, plotting graphs and interpreting results. The laboratory protocols covered are designed to develop good laboratory practice (GLP). To gain the badge, you must have successfully participated in all aspects of practical training/techniques at the OpenSTEM ‘Laboratory skills in Science’ Laboratory School (SS001/SS011), and demonstrated awareness of, and working to, relevant health and safety guidance. Earn this Open University digital badge if you complete this course! The badge can be displayed, shared and downloaded as a marker of your achievement. The badge is awarded for successfully completing the laboratory school.

Free course
18 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology 

Understanding antibiotic resistance

Antibiotic resistance is a serious threat, compromising our ability to treat infections and increasing the risk of routine surgery. Resistant infections are increasing due to overuse of antibiotics and this has resulted in the emergence of 'superbugs' (bacteria resistant to multiple antibiotics). This free course, Understanding antibiotic resistance, provides the science background underlying antibiotic resistance. It will cover the following questions. What are antibiotics? Why do we need them? How do they work? What is antibiotic resistance? Why is it a problem? What can we do about it?

Free course
24 hrs
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