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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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May 29th 2017

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

Average: 3.5 (4 votes)
May 29th 2017

Learn how to make phone calls, book accommodation, shop for food and get things done in the fifth Spanish for Beginners course.

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May 15th 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)
May 15th 2017

Gain the basic skills to manage all phases of project lifecycle effectively, using the most appropriate methods and tools. Whatever the type or scale of your project, delivering great results, on time and within budget, is always a challenge. This free online course introduces you to the essential skills and processes which support successful project management in a way that allows you to apply them to your own context.

Average: 8 (3 votes)
May 15th 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: 5.7 (3 votes)
May 15th 2017

Explore the UK financial services landscape, how financial firms and their products are regulated and how consumers are protected. The dramatic events of the financial crisis in the late 2000s transformed the UK financial services industry. Long established institutions went out of business, others were forced into takeovers and only the intervention of governments worldwide - courtesy of eye-watering sized financial recovery packages - prevented the banking industry from implosion.

Average: 2.5 (2 votes)
May 15th 2017

Learn how to manage supply chains effectively in the digital era. The goods and services that customers depend on each day don’t just appear out of the blue. They reach end users through increasingly intricate channels, involving people and processes all over the world and supported by continually advancing technology.

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May 15th 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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May 15th 2017

Take a journey around the UK financial marketplace: how has it changed following the financial crisis and subsequent reforms? The dramatic events of the financial crisis in the late 2000s transformed the UK financial services industry. Long established institutions went out of business, others were forced into takeovers and only the intervention of governments worldwide - courtesy of eye-watering financial recovery packages - prevented the banking industry from implosion.

Average: 8.5 (2 votes)
May 8th 2017

Software and data make the world go round. Learn programming, to analyse and visualise open data, with this free online course. This hands-on course will teach you how to write your own computer programs, one line of code at a time. You’ll learn how to access open data, clean it and analyse it and to produce visualisations. You will also learn how to write up and share your analyses, privately or publicly.

Average: 5.8 (4 votes)
May 8th 2017

Discover the science behind nuclear energy and its role in energy provision in the past, present and future. With the need to reduce carbon emissions around the world, the way we generate our power has to change and nuclear energy is back on the political agenda. But do you know your fission from your fusion? Would you like the knowledge to make an informed decision?

Average: 7 (1 vote)
May 1st 2017

Learn how to balance your books and develop the skills to manage finances in personal and business environments. Discover how money flows in personal and business environments and develop the basic skills to manage your finances with this course introducing you to bookkeeping and accounting.

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Apr 24th 2017

This hands-on course helps you to get started with your own fiction writing, focusing on the central skill of creating characters. Start Writing Fiction focuses on a skill which is central to the writing of all stories and novels – creating characters.

Average: 4.2 (35 votes)
Apr 24th 2017

Learn how to talk about your hobbies and free time, and your likes and dislikes in the fourth Spanish for Beginners course.

Average: 5.5 (2 votes)
Apr 24th 2017

In the fourth Italian for Beginners course, learn to talk about your likes, dislikes and preferences.

Average: 10 (1 vote)
Apr 10th 2017

Our lives depend on online services. Gain essential cyber security knowledge and skills, to help protect your digital life. We shop online. We work online. We play online. We live online. As our lives increasingly depend on digital services, the need to protect our information from being maliciously disrupted or misused is really important.

Average: 6.4 (25 votes)
Apr 10th 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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Apr 3rd 2017

Uncover new perspectives on the role and behaviour of your customers. No matter how sophisticated your marketing is, if it doesn’t result in attracting customers, then your business is set to fail. This free online course applies fresh thinking to how marketing and selling activities combine to create customers who keep coming back.

Average: 1 (2 votes)
Apr 3rd 2017

Develop a business plan and build a team with one of two courses in the Management and Leadership program.

Average: 6.8 (8 votes)
Apr 3rd 2017

Gain a practical grounding in communication to boost your personal effectiveness, save you time and reduce your stress levels. Faced with a daily deluge of information, we have never had greater need of clear communication skills. This free course offers you a practical grounding in using a range of communication media, which will boost your personal effectiveness, save you time and reduce your stress levels.

Average: 5.3 (8 votes)

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