The Open University

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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Enabling Community-Based Leadership in Design: Sustainable Development of Historic Faith Buildings (FutureLearn)

Mobilise the power of communities to re-imagine and shape their place. Learn how to enable communities to lead design initiatives in places of worship. Apart from being special places where people practise their faith, places of worship play an important role for the wider community by providing pastoral care [...]

In the Night Sky: Orion (FutureLearn)

Nov 22nd 2021
In the Night Sky: Orion (FutureLearn)
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Explore the night sky and improve your knowledge of astronomy, all through the constellation of Orion. This online astronomy course will change the way you see the night sky.

Project Management: Beyond the Basics (FutureLearn)

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Project Management: Beyond the Basics (FutureLearn)
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Build your existing project management knowledge and develop the skills to manage teams and deliver effective projects. Learn how to lead project teams with success. Digital transformation and the rise of large scale infrastructure projects has created a growing demand for more project-oriented jobs worldwide. On this course, you [...]

Introduction to Phenomenology and its Application in Qualitative Research (FutureLearn)

Jun 28th 2021
Introduction to Phenomenology and its Application in Qualitative Research (FutureLearn)
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Find out about the philosophical fundamentals of phenomenology and how it can be integrated in qualitative research. Build strong qualitative research methods and learn how to use phenomenology. Phenomenology is one of the most influential philosophy schools. It focuses on exploring in-depth aspects of lived experience in a variety [...]

Introduction to Cyber Security (FutureLearn)

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Introduction to Cyber Security (FutureLearn)
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Discover essential cyber security knowledge and skills, and learn how you can better protect your digital life. Explore the world of cyber security and develop the skills needed to stay safe. Modern life depends on online services, so having a better understanding of cyber security threats is vital. On [...]

World War 1: Trauma, Memory, Controversy (FutureLearn)

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World War 1: Trauma, Memory, Controversy (FutureLearn)
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Explore the traumatic effects of WW1 on soldiers and civilians. Discover how we remember and debate the history of this war. In this free online course, you will study the social, cultural, medical and diplomatic history of the First World War. Topics range from physical and mental trauma suffered [...]

Italian for Beginners 1: Meeting, Greeting and Eating (FutureLearn)

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Italian for Beginners 1: Meeting, Greeting and Eating (FutureLearn)
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Learn how to order food and drink, greet people, and introduce yourself, in this first Italian for Beginners course. During the four weeks of the course, you will learn some of the vocabulary and phrases you need to help you interact with people at a basic level.
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Spanish for Beginners 1: Meeting and Greeting (FutureLearn)

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Spanish for Beginners 1: Meeting and Greeting (FutureLearn)
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Learn how to greet people, and talk about where you live and what you do in the first of six Spanish for Beginners courses. This free online course is the first of six in the Spanish for Beginners program.
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Supporting Physical Development in Early Childhood (FutureLearn)

Learn how to ensure young children do enough physical activity and how it improves child mental and physical health development. Discover the benefits of physical activity for children and babies. On this course, you’ll discover the importance of physical activity for young children’s overall [...]

Why Religion Matters: Religious Literacy, Culture and Diversity (FutureLearn)

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Why Religion Matters: Religious Literacy, Culture and Diversity (FutureLearn)
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Discover why religion is important for understanding and engaging with global challenges. Consider the ways religion affects personal and political decision-making. Religion not only influences personal behaviours and ethics, but it’s also relevant to international conflicts and domestic policy decisions. On this course, you will gain a broader understanding [...]