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The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning.

Since it began in 1969, the OU has taught more than 1.8 million students and has almost 250,000 current students, including more than 15,000 overseas. The OU is rated in the top five of UK universities for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey, since the survey began in 2005. In 2012/13 it had a 92% satisfaction rating. Over 70% of students are in full-time or part-time employment, and four out of five FTSE 100 companies have sponsored staff to take OU courses.

In the UK’s latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008) the Open University was ranked in the top third of UK higher education institutions. More than 50% of OU research was assessed in the RAE as internationally excellent, with 14% as world leading.

Regarded as Britain’s major e-learning institution, the OU is a world leader in developing technology to increase access to education on a global scale. Its vast ‘open content portfolio’ includes free study units on OpenLearn, which has had more than 26.7 million visits, and materials on iTunes U, which has recorded more than 60 million downloads. The OU has a 41 year partnership with the BBC which has moved from late-night lectures in the 1970s to prime-time programmes such as Frozen Planet, Bang Goes the Theory, James May’s Big Ideas and The Money Programme.

More info: http://www.open.ac.uk/




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Feb 20th 2017

Explore the foundations of successful management with this free online course from The Open University and CMI. This free online course will provide an introduction to the foundation skills and knowledge that you need when becoming a manager. The course is designed for new or aspiring managers, who wish to supplement their experience with formal training and begin thinking about their continuing professional development.

Average: 4.4 (5 votes)
Feb 20th 2017

Learn how to build and sustain your network to enhance your professional relationships and open up career opportunities. Networking is a fundamental skill, which will help you take control of your career. This free online course introduces the principles of networking as a fundamental skill to help develop your personal brand in the world of work.

Average: 6.5 (2 votes)
Feb 20th 2017

Birth is a lottery. Where, when and to whom you are born and the society into which you are born will influence your life chances. This free online course will look at both the big picture of the ‘lottery of birth’ and the smaller, human stories. You will examine the inequalities of birth, particularly being born rich or poor and being born female or male.

Average: 7.2 (5 votes)
Feb 20th 2017

Explore how and why market segmentation can be used to improve business performance. Marketing is all about putting the customer at the centre of the business. But what exactly does that mean for today’s organisations, and what challenges do marketers face in satisfying ever more demanding customers in the age of digital disruption? In this free online course, you look at the challenges marketers are facing today and how they can gain a competitive advantage by using the vast amount of customer data available to segment, target and personalise products for their customers.

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Feb 20th 2017

Gain an understanding of the natural world, how the web of life works, with illustrations from around the world. If we don’t grasp why ecosystems function, it becomes harder to determine possible reasons for when they don’t, and makes it difficult to identify possible environmental threats to humans.

Average: 4.9 (8 votes)
Feb 20th 2017

Explore the many moons of our Solar System. Find out what makes them special. Should we send humans to our Moon again? There are lots of moons in our Solar System. The Earth is the only planet with just a single moon. Some moons are bigger than ours; many are much smaller.

Average: 9 (6 votes)
Feb 20th 2017

This course explores household assets (investments and property) and liabilities (debts) and examines how these should be managed. Finance Fundamentals: Managing the Household Balance Sheet starts by looking at borrowing and debts. We get to grips with the factors that drive interest levels.We look at the differences between ‘good’ debts and ‘bad’ debts and at the way lenders credit score those seeking to borrow money.

Average: 7 (2 votes)
Feb 13th 2017

Learn how to introduce people, exchange information about them and talk about your family.

Average: 9 (2 votes)
Feb 13th 2017

In the fifth Italian for Beginners course, learn to ask for information on trains and buy train tickets.

Average: 3.5 (4 votes)
Feb 13th 2017

Learn how to describe people and what they wear, and talk about your family and home in the second Spanish for Beginners course. This free online course is the second of six in the Spanish for Beginners program.

Average: 6.7 (3 votes)
Feb 13th 2017

Learn how to ask for directions, shop for clothes, and order food and drinks in the sixth Spanish for Beginners course.

Average: 8 (2 votes)
Feb 6th 2017

Explore what’s involved when musicians create a performance from musical notation in this free online course. Would you like to know more about what musicians do in rehearsals and performances? Would you like to learn different techniques for listening to and understanding music?

Average: 7.9 (8 votes)
Feb 6th 2017

Get an introduction to geology. Discover where materials that make up everyday objects come from and how to use them sustainably. Everything we use that has not been grown either contains or relies on materials that have been sourced by a geoscientist. Whether we are standing out in the wilderness, in the middle of a city or in our home, geology and the Earth’s natural resources are all around us, forming an integral part of our everyday lives.

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Feb 6th 2017

Discover what healthcare was like in ancient Greece and the Roman world with this free online course. What did being healthy in ancient Rome or Greece look like? How can we tell what wellbeing meant in ancient times? This course will help you investigate the health of people in ancient Greece and Rome, using both literary and archaeological evidence to uncover details of real life in ancient societies.

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Jan 23rd 2017

Across the humanitarian sector the success of response rely upon the ever increasing need of a skilled workforce. Managers within this response are under increased pressures with the growing number of natural and man-made disasters causing an incremental need for a professional response from the sector. In this massive online open course (MOOC), you will be exploring some of the core elements of being an effective leader and good manager in humanitarian response.

Average: 7.5 (2 votes)
Jan 16th 2017

Explore the role of technology and data in cities, and learn how you can participate in the creation of smart cities. Cities are incubators of innovation and opportunities but they also face great challenges such as rapid urbanisation, climate change and inequality. How can smart cities address these challenges and become more resilient? And what role will people play in the design and planning of our smart cities?

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Jan 9th 2017

Gain the skills to manage your personal finances: managing budgets, debts, investments, property purchase, pensions and insurance. With real incomes falling and personal debt at a record high, there has never been a better time to improve your personal financial skills – ‘Managing my money’ aims to do just that.

Average: 5.3 (10 votes)
Jan 9th 2017

Learn how to greet people, and talk about where you live and what you do in the first of six Spanish for Beginners courses.

Average: 4 (3 votes)
Jan 9th 2017

This hands-on course introduces you to science-based skills through simple and exciting physics, chemistry and biology experiments.

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Jan 9th 2017

This free online course will explain how you can study online without putting the rest of your life on hold.The internet is playing a bigger role in our lives, as we buy our groceries, manage our finances, share social experiences and otherwise live our lives online. But how many of us have considered studying online? In this free online course, you will find out what online learning is and what it can offer you.

Average: 4.5 (4 votes)

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