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Applying to study for a PhD in psychology  free course icon Level

Health, Sports & Psychology 

Applying to study for a PhD in psychology

This free OpenLearn course is for psychology students and graduates who are interested in PhD study at some future point. Even if you have met PhD students and heard about their projects, it is likely that you have only a vague idea of what PhD study entails. This course is intended to give you more information.

Free course
6 hrs
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A freelance career in the creative arts free course icon Level Badge icon

History & The Arts 

A freelance career in the creative arts

A freelance career in the creative arts is a free badged course which lasts 8 weeks, with approximately 3 hours’ study time each week. You can work through the course at your own pace, so if you have more time one week, there’s nothing to stop you pushing on and completing another week’s study. This course has a specific focus on the creative arts, looking at how you can develop your ideas in the cultural industries and the particular issues related to creative freelance careers. The course is pitched at beginner level, for individuals who already have a creative idea but limited knowledge of freelancing and business. You’ll start by enhancing your understanding of what freelancing and running your own business actually means, learning from the experiences of others in your situation through case studies included throughout the course. You’ll reflect on your current position, analysing the advantages and disadvantages of choosing this career path and considering where you want to get to in the future. You’ll learn how to identify your audience and markets and develop your networks and partnerships, exploring innovative ways to promote yourself and create interest and potentially investment in your business. Finally, you will have the opportunity to identify goals and develop an action plan. Throughout the course, you’ll be encouraged to reflect on your experiences and learning through a series of short activities.

Free course
24 hrs
Astronomy with an online telescope free course icon Level

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 evolve, and study variable stars. For those new to astronomy and/or the use of robotic telescopes this course provides a practical introduction and will prepare you for further OU study where remotely operable telescopes feature. 

Free course
24 hrs
Using data to aid organisational change free course icon Level

Money & Business 

Using data to aid organisational change

This free course explores how to use data to inform a change you would like to make within your business or organisational context. It looks at the type of evidence you can gather to inform your proposed change, and how to evaluate data with a view to using it as part of this transformation. Specifically, you will learn about internal and external sources of secondary information and how to evaluate them. You will also examine how to negotiate access to different types of information in a work context. Finally, you will obtain hands on experience in collecting and using secondary sources of information in the context of researching and making this organisational change.   Transcript

Free course
10 hrs
Exploring evidence-based policing free course icon Level

Money & Business 

Exploring evidence-based policing

This course, Exploring evidence-based policing, examines the basic elements of evidence-based policing and gives insight into how more evidence-based approaches can inform better policing practice.This course was produced by The Open University in association with the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

Free course
4 hrs
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Business models in strategic management free course icon Level

Money & Business 

Business models in strategic management

In this free course, Business models in strategic management, you will be introduced to the theory and practice of business models as they have developed in strategy literature. In particular, you will explore the emergence of the business model idea, types of business models and how business models can be designed.  Inherent in this course is the idea that, despite being more frequently used in business, business models are not limited to the business context. Neither are they meant for strategic planning in organisations only. Rather they may have wider applications in our lives. For instance, you will see how they can be applied to build strategies of your professional development and career growth. 

Free course
10 hrs
Justice, fairness and mediation free course icon Level

Money & Business 

Justice, fairness and mediation

This free course, Justice, fairness and mediation, considers the concepts of justice and fairness from various perspectives but mainly focuses on effective policing and community empowerment. This course was produced by The Open University in association with the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

Free course
4 hrs
Engaging with children and young people free course icon Level

Money & Business 

Engaging with children and young people

This free course, Engaging with children and young people, explores how police engage with children and young people and how this can be approached differently.This course was produced by The Open University in association with the Police Service of Northern Ireland. 

Free course
4 hrs
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Companies and financial accounting free course icon Level

Money & Business 

Companies and financial accounting

This free course, Companies and financial accounting, introduces you to the legal characteristics of limited companies and how limited companies raise finance through ordinary shares and loan capital. It also introduces the interests of company stakeholders, and looks at three different perspectives on companies and their role in society. Finally, it introduces the formats of company financial statements in comparison with those of sole traders. This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract from the Open University course B293 Financial accounting in context.   Transcript

Free course
6 hrs
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Exploring innovative assessment methods free course icon Level

Education & Development 

Exploring innovative assessment methods

This course is particularly relevant for teachers, trainers and educators who are looking for new and innovative methods to teach and ------ learners at a distance when they are not physically in school or on a campus.  This free course introduces the use of innovative methods for ------ment within secondary, further and higher education. The course is highly practical in nature and guides educational and training professionals through the process of introducing flexible formative and summative ------ments that can meet the needs of a standardised curriculum. The course will be particularly useful for educators who work in secondary schools and teachers and lecturers who work in further and higher education colleges or universities. The course provides a practical approach to introducing innovative flexible ------ment methods that are designed to improve the effectiveness of the ------ment.

Free course
12 hrs
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Electronic applications free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology 

Electronic applications

Electronics is fundamental to modern life. Take for example this free course, Electronic applications. An interactive website with videos and interactive software will show how electronic systems pervade everything we do; review some basic ideas of signal processing, control and communications; and allow you to use a digital filter to remove Gaussian noise from a signal.       Transcript

Free course
10 hrs
Collaborative problem solving for community safety free course icon Level

Money & Business 

Collaborative problem solving for community safety

This free course, Collaborative problem solving for community safety, offers a range of techniques for community police officers, other community-based public service professionals and members of community groups working to solve problems collaboratively and creatively. It examines some of the ways which OU specialists in creative problem solving recommend to tackle difficult problems, and how to implement them in a community setting.

Free course
16 hrs
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