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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.

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Nov 28th 2016

This course explains how you can use numbers to describe the natural world and make sense of everything from atoms to oceans. This practical, hands-on course will help you to start thinking like a scientist, by using numbers to describe and understand the natural world.

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Nov 21st 2016

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

Average: 6 (5 votes)
Nov 21st 2016

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

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Nov 21st 2016

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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Nov 21st 2016

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)
Nov 21st 2016

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)
Nov 14th 2016

In the third Italian for Beginners course, learn how to talk about your daily life and your leisure activities.

Average: 6.7 (3 votes)
Nov 7th 2016

Get an introduction to histology – the study of anatomy at a microscopic level – and find out how it is used to identify disease. This free online course will help you understand the basic principles of light microscopy, before introducing you to histology, concentrating on the structure, function and relationship of normal human tissues.

Average: 10 (1 vote)
Oct 31st 2016

Explore the many moons of our Solar System. Find out what makes them special. Should we send humans to our Moon again?

Average: 9.4 (5 votes)
Oct 31st 2016

Learn more about nuclear power, from the risks and benefits to the technology and its future, with this free online course. Nuclear power remains a contentious issue - does it offer our best chance at sustainable energy future? Or do the risks outweigh the benefits? This course will answer some of these questions and is aimed at a broad audience - whether you’re an engineer or scientist thinking of working in the nuclear industry; a policy adviser working in energy or technology; a technical journalist; a teacher or lecturer; concerned with how infrastructure is financed or simply keep to develop your understanding of nuclear power.

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Oct 31st 2016

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: 10 (1 vote)
Oct 24th 2016

Learn how to design your activities to engage customers through relationships instead of a one-off sale. When did you last do business with someone you didn’t trust? Or who broke a promise? Building a relationship with your customer involves time, communication and commitment, but the benefits are a sure way to help your business succeed and grow. This free online course introduces the principles of relationship marketing, revealing long-term relationships as the way to unlock value for marketers, customers and other stakeholders.

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Oct 24th 2016

Explore the links between investment theory and practice. Examine investment strategies and performance. How do experts manage? Research shows that UK households are poor at investment management with a limited understanding of investment choices, risks and returns. The resultant ‘savings gap’ threatens a scenario where many cannot afford to retire. Elsewhere households fail to plan properly to make their investment choices fit with their risk appetites and the time horizons for access to their funds. Finance Fundamentals: Investment Theory and Practice aims to give you the tools to avoid these personal finance nightmares.

Average: 7.5 (2 votes)
Oct 24th 2016

Learn how to develop a funding strategy for your business; explore different types of finance and learn when, and how, to use them. Every business needs cash to grow and develop. Some businesses are able to find enough cash from their own operations to take advantage of growth opportunities. Others might need to use external sources of finance, like a bank loan. How does a business make robust decisions about borrowing?

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Oct 24th 2016

Gain an understanding of the natural world, how the web of life works, with illustrations from around the world.

Average: 3.6 (5 votes)
Oct 17th 2016

Learn to talk about daily life, what you do during the day and when things happen in the third Spanish for Beginners course.

Average: 5 (4 votes)
Oct 17th 2016

Explore the intriguing world of film production and find out about the complexities of development, distribution and finance. Making a film is a creative exploit, but just like any other business, the aim is also to make money. The Business of Film has been created by The Open University, in association with Pinewood Studios – the leading provider of studio services to the global screen-based industries.

Average: 7.7 (3 votes)
Oct 17th 2016

Delve into the lives of children and discuss the potential benefits and limitations of technology in their lives. Are you a technology optimist or a technology pessimist? The amount of technology available to children today is greater than in any previous generation, and it is more specifically designed to capture their imaginations. There is heated debate as to how the digital influx is shaping children’s development and experience.

Average: 6 (13 votes)
Oct 10th 2016

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

Average: 8 (1 vote)
Oct 10th 2016

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)

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