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Theories in technology evaluation free course icon level 3: advanced icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Theories in technology evaluation

This free course, Theories in technology evaluation, is devoted to exploring and analysing the theoretical and political nature of evaluation and assessment. It introduces theories and paradigms that play important roles in how we design, conduct and use evaluations and assessments, and deals with the thorny issue of participation in evaluation.

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20 hrs
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Experiences of learning mathematics free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Experiences of learning mathematics

This free course, Experiences of learning mathematics, is aimed at teachers who wish to review how they go about the practice of teaching maths, those who are considering becoming maths teachers, or those who are studying maths courses and would like to understand more about the teaching process.

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16 hrs
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Migration free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Migration

Migration is a free course looking at the migrations of animals, with special reference to birds, and also introducing the themes of movement, selection and homeostasis.

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8 hrs
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Introduction to microscopy free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Introduction to microscopy

This free course provides an introduction to microscopy and the operation of a simple light microscope, of the type found in histology courses and teaching laboratories. It outlines different methods used for preparing and staining tissue sections for microscopy, and explains how different stains can be used to identify particular cells, ...

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3 hrs
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Introduction to polymers free course icon level 3: advanced icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Introduction to polymers

This free course, Introduction to polymers, examines the use of polymers and demonstrates how their properties are controlled by their molecular structure. You will learn how this structure determines which polymer to use for a particular product. You will also explore the manufacturing techniques used and the how the use of polymerisation can ...

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20 hrs
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Mathemateg bob dydd 2 free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Mathemateg bob dydd 2

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48 hrs
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Learning from major cyber security incidents free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Learning from major cyber security incidents

As a society, we are now almost always connected to the internet and rely on it for many different day-to-day activities. However, this dependency on the internet can make us vulnerable to attacks.

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8 hrs
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Living without oil free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Living without oil

Crude oil is currently our most important global source of energy. It is vital in the manufacture of many modern materials. But the worlds supply of oil is finite, its price is unstable and our reliance on oil has damaging environmental consequences. This free course, Living without oil, explains why developing alternatives to oil is an ...

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8 hrs
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Gamified Intelligent Cyber Aptitude and Skills Training (GICAST) free course icon level 1: introductory icon Badge icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Gamified Intelligent Cyber Aptitude and Skills Training (GICAST)

This free course, Gamified Intelligent Cyber Aptitude and Skills Training (GICAST), will help you to understand online security and start to protect your digital life, whether at home or work. You will learn how to recognise the threats that could harm you online and the steps you can take to reduce the chances that they will happen to you.

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24 hrs
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Meiosis and mitosis free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Meiosis and mitosis

This free course, Meiosis and mitosis, looks at how units of inheritance are transmitted from one generation to the next. First you will look at what happens to the chromosomes of animals and plants during the process of sexual reproduction. Then you will examine how genes are transmitted in particular patterns from generation to generation. ...

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8 hrs
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Toys and engineering materials free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Toys and engineering materials

This free course, Toys and engineering materials, introduces engineering in context. It explores the variation in materials and composite materials, and provides real-life examples of material use in the manufacture of toys, and how the development of materials over time has influenced design.

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10 hrs
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Nature & Environment

Surviving the winter

In this free course, Surviving the winter, we study one aspect of the fluctuating nature of an organisms environment. We consider how organisms living in a temperate climate, such as that in Britain, are adapted to cope with winter. You will see that there is much diversity of adaptations among organisms, with different species coping with the ...

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10 hrs