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Moons of our Solar System free course icon level 1: introductory icon Badge icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Moons of our Solar System

In this free course, Moons of our Solar System, explore the many moons of our Solar System. Find out what makes them special. Should we send humans to our Moon again?

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24 hrs
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Understanding science: what we cannot know free course icon level 1: introductory icon Badge icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Understanding science: what we cannot know

This free course, Understanding science: what we cannot know, investigates the boundaries of our understanding across numerous scientific fields. It asks whether it's possible that we will one day know everything, or whether some knowledge will always lie beyond the bounds of human comprehension.

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24 hrs
Introducing technology and innovation management free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Introducing technology and innovation management

This free course will introduce you to technology and innovation management and is relevant to managers and students of technological innovation. You will learn about innovation types and processes, how innovation can add or create value, and about the management activities that underpin the innovation and value creation process. You do not ...

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15 hrs
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Succeed with maths: part 1 free course icon level 1: introductory icon Badge icon

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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Introducing vectors for engineering applications free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Introducing vectors for engineering applications

Applied mathematics is a key skill for practicing engineers and mathematical modelling is an ever-increasing field within engineering. This free course, Introducing vectors for engineering applications, covers one aspect of a Level 1 engineering module, the application of vectors and vector algebra, using examples inspired by engineering ...

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5 hrs
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Astronomy with an online telescope free course icon level 1: introductory icon Badge icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Astronomy with an online telescope

This free course shows you how to navigate the night sky, and introduces the wide variety of objects it contains. You will develop a hands-on understanding of telescopic observations using the Open University’s own robotic telescope facility COAST sited on the island of Tenerife. Supported by your own measurements we illustrate how stars...

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24 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology

Online Summer School 2021

An OpenSTEM online summer school providing you with an introduction to several analytical techniques in biology, chemistry and health science via the following online investigations.

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16 hrs
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The search for water on Mars free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Science, Maths & Technology

The search for water on Mars

The possibility of water on Mars has captured human imagination for over a century. In this free course, The Search for Water on Mars, find out more about how scientists have found evidence for water in the red planet’s past and present, and what this might mean for the possibility of life beyond Earth.

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5 hrs
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Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in STEM free course icon level 3: advanced icon Badge icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in STEM

This free course, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in STEM, provides a toolkit for conducting Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) within Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). SoTL involves educators using their disciplinary knowledge to investigate a question about learning and teaching, gather evidence in a ...

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24 hrs
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An introduction to computers and computer systems free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Science, Maths & Technology

An introduction to computers and computer systems

This free course, An introduction to computers and computer systems, challenges how we view computers through the examples of processors in kitchen scales and digital cameras, as well as examining the work of art that, at heart, is a computer. You will also explore how computers are connected together to achieve even more than when working alone.

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16 hrs
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Could we control our climate? free course icon level 1: introductory icon Badge icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Could we control our climate?

Climate crisis is one of the grand challenges we face as a society, but it can be hard to approach as a subject. Not only can the science at times seem dauntingly complex, but the solutions are also far from clear. This leaves many people feeling confused, guilty, anxious, angry, or else completely switched off from the subject. This course ...

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24 hrs
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Student Partner in Educational Research free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Student Partner in Educational Research

The Student as Partners in Educational Research is an ongoing initiative sponsored by eSTEeM: The OU Centre for STEM Pedagogy whereby OU undergraduate or postgraduate students are supported to participate as partners in STEM Educational research with OU staff, alongside their studies. eSTEeM manages a range of Educational Research projects with ...

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8 hrs