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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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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: 6.4 (7 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: 5.2 (6 votes)
Apr 3rd 2017

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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Apr 3rd 2017

Explore the concerns about rising generational and economic inequality in developed countries, with this free online course. From religious leaders to heads of state, everyone is talking about economic inequality. What form can such inequality take in different countries? What impact does it have on society? And why should it matter to you?

Average: 3 (2 votes)
Apr 3rd 2017

With household budgets feeling the pinch this course shows how to bring order to your finances and make good financial decisions. Finance Fundamentals: Financial Planning and Budgeting starts by looking at the current economic backcloth and its impact on household finances. We then move on to explore your attitude to financial management and whether you have bad financial habits and how these should be addressed.

Average: 6.4 (7 votes)
Apr 3rd 2017

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)
Apr 3rd 2017

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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Mar 20th 2017

Gain the skills to manage your investments: analyse portfolio risk and plan your pension, with this free online course.

Average: 4 (12 votes)
Mar 20th 2017

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

Average: 5.8 (4 votes)
Mar 20th 2017

Discover how psychology can help obtain evidence from eyewitnesses in police investigations and prevent miscarriages of justice.

Average: 8.6 (7 votes)
Mar 20th 2017

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)
Mar 20th 2017

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)
Mar 20th 2017

In this sixth Italian for Beginners course, learn to book holiday accommodation and order a meal.

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Mar 13th 2017

What is distinctive about leadership in the public sphere? Find out more about what it takes to lead public service organizations. Leadership has been studied for centuries, although its examination in modern times has largely focused on the work of senior executives in private sector, profit-making organizations. In this free online course, you will learn more about leadership in the context of public service provision, by public sector organizations, community and voluntary groups, and political bodies.

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Mar 13th 2017

Learn how sustainable energy from the Greek elements – Earth, Air, Fire and Water – can replace fossil fuels and nuclear power. In recent decades there’s been increasing global concern about the sustainability of our use of fossil fuels and nuclear power, which has led to increased interest in more sustainable renewable energy sources.

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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 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)

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