FutureLearn

Introduction

At FutureLearn, we want to inspire learning for life. That’s why we offer a diverse selection of free, high quality online courses and content from some of the world’s leading universities and other outstanding cultural institutions.

Our aim is to connect learners from all over the globe with high quality educators and with each other. We believe learning should be an enjoyable, social experience, with plenty of opportunities to discuss and reflect on what you’ve studied, in order to make fresh discoveries and form new ideas.

Courses are delivered one step at a time and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life, rather than your life around learning.

We are a private company wholly owned by the Open University, with the benefit of over 40 years of their experience in distance learning and online education. Our partners include over 80 of the best UK and international universities, as well as institutions with a huge archive of cultural and educational material, including the British Council, the British Library, and the British Museum.



Why it works

FutureLearn offers you a powerful new way to learn online. Every course has been designed according to principles of effective learning, through storytelling, discussion, visible learning, and using community support to celebrate progress.

Learning through storytelling

Each partner university has designed a complete learning experience, presented by leading academics in their field. Rather than broadcast long classroom lectures, ideas are introduced via high quality videos and articles. You can then discuss what you’ve learned, testing your new knowledge with interactive quizzes that offer helpful responses and the opportunity to try again if an answer is wrong. Every course tells a story, step by step, with challenges and helpful tips along the way, to test and build your understanding.

Discussion for learning

We learn best when we share and debate ideas with fellow learners, to understand their different experiences and perspectives and to fill the gaps in our own knowledge. But not everyone likes being social, so rather than sending our learners off to separate discussion forums, you can add your comments alongside the content.

You can start by reading what other people have to say about the topic, and then join in when you’re ready. If you particularly like a comment, you can choose to follow its author so that you can easily find the people and comments that are of the most interest to you.

We’ll be building on these concepts of ‘discussion in context’ and ‘following’ over the coming months, so that social learning feels less like a forced conversation and more like a chat with friends about your ideas and what you’ve learned.

Visible learning

One way to enhance learning is to make the process visible, so that you know what is coming next, where you are in the course and how far you have come. The To Do list gives you an overview of the course, showing the activities for each week, and keeping a record of what you’ve completed.

The profile page provides a summary of your own activity, including your courses and any comments you have made. We shall be extending these with further signposts for the course and indications of your progress.

Community supported learning

An intensive tutoring model can’t work for massive-scale free courses, so we need to offer online support without a large network of tutors. The solution is to harness the power of the community, where learners can make immediate use of their newly acquired skills by sharing their knowledge with their peers.

Following other learners is part of a powerful system we are building that will allow you to acknowledge good contributions and promote people who offer helpful advice, and to develop your own reputation. In this way, success comes not just from passing an assignment and completing a course, but also from making a contribution to the FutureLearn community.

Massive-scale social learning

All these approaches need to work with huge numbers of learners, so that comments don’t just flash past, and reputations can be built over time. That’s why we decided to create a new massive-scale social learning platform, drawing on expertise from The Open University, BBC, social media designers, as well as our FutureLearn partners. It’s a new way of learning.

Notes

Visible learning is inspired by the work of John Hattie, to find out more, visit visible-learning.org.

Our principles

Ten principles that guide how we design and build FutureLearn.

Open

Wherever possible, we encourage our partners to make course content open and discoverable, to link out to the best of the web and take part in the online discussion. We strive to make course content accessible on as many devices as possible and to all visitors. We share our development process and the reasoning behind our business decisions via channels such as our blog.

Listen to our learners

Feedback from our learners is at the heart of our development process: both in terms of course content and features of the platform. We constantly iterate and improve based on feedback and observing how people are learning. We release features as quickly as possible and learn from how real people use them. And then we make them better.

Tell stories

Narrative is important. We want to inspire our learners to go on a journey and know where they are and where to go next. The narrative includes times to watch, listen and read, space for conversation, moments of quiet reflection and climaxes of assessment. We use storytelling to communicate ideas in fun and engaging ways. And we always let learners catch up.

Provoke conversation

Conversation happens in context and is integral to the learning experience. Social interactions are open by default to encourage vicarious learning and allow all to benefit from the discussion. We encourage everyone to be sociable because one of the best ways to learn is through talking with others.

Embrace massive

We seize the opportunities that a large number of people learning together affords: the specialist knowledge that exists in the group; the number of people online together at one time; the way ideas flow around a network; and how crowds can help surface the best content. And we learn from watching how a large group of learners behave.

Create connections

We encourage learners to make connections to provide mutual support, challenge their ideas and remove the loneliness of distance learning. We create spaces for small groups to come together and reach shared understandings.

Keep it simple

We try to avoid complexity wherever possible. We use down-to-earth language and make the experience as friendly and welcoming as we can, and encourage our partners to the same. We design for the common use cases. If a feature is useful but only to a few, we will resist the temptation to include it, in order to keep the platform easy to use by all.

Learn from others

We borrow from the best of broadcasting, games and social media to create an engaging and enjoyable learning experience. We draw on the vast knowledge and experience that exists in The Open University and among our consortium of partners, who will also share their wealth of experience as educators with each other, to create the best possible final product.

Celebrate progress

We motivate our learners by breaking the journey into small steps. Each step is bite-sized to make the learning visible, help learners see progress quickly and regularly reflect on what they have learnt. We celebrate every step of progress, both small and large. There is no such thing as dropout: we encourage learners to take from the experience as little or as much as they desire.

Embrace FutureLearners

We want to create a community of lifelong learners, and provide the stepping stones from one journey to the next. Our visitors are FutureLearners, not students of a particular university.

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Course : A History of Public Health in Post-War Britain

Online Full time Part time 3 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

Understand where public health has come from, why it looks the way it does today and where it might go next. [+]

History can offer us a unique insight into the public health problems, policies, and practices of the past, and is of critical importance to our understanding of healthcare in the contemporary world.

This online course will offer you an opportunity to bring the past into conversation with the present, enabling you to set the changing nature of public health in post-war Britain in context with changes seen today.

What topics will you cover? How the meaning and scope of public health has changed in Britain over the last 70 years The nature of public health services and their shifting relationship to local government and the National Health Service Individual responsibility for public health How chronic disease became a key challenge for public health The persistence of infectious disease and the appearance of new conditions like HIV/AIDS Socioeconomic status and its impact on public health Health education techniques, tactics, and effectiveness Attempts to use regulations to improve public health The limits of public health, its successes, and failures over time. What will you achieve? ... [-]

Course : A History of Royal Food and Feasting

Online Full time Part time 5 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

Chart the history of royal food in the splendor of royal palaces. [+]

Explore the history of royal food through the tastes of five key monarchs.

From the Tudors to the 20th century you’ll join expert historians, curators and food scientists from the University of Reading and Historic Royal Palaces, and indulge in the changing tastes of successive generations of royalty and experience the splendor of their palaces. We’ll take an intimate look behind the scenes at some of the most incredible palaces in England; Henry VIII at Hampton Court Palace, Elizabeth I at the Tower of London, George I at Hampton Court Palace, George III at Kew Palace and Victoria at Kensington Palace.

What topics will you cover?

Week 1: King Henry VIII and Hampton Court Palace... [-]


Course : Aim Higher: Access to Higher Education for Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Online Full time Part time 3 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

This course is designed to help refugees and asylum seekers get the information they need to apply for university in the UK. [+]

This course is designed to help refugees and asylum seekers get the information and the support they need to apply for and enter university in the UK. Follow Ahmad and Rassina as they guide you through the application process, helping you to understand where you want to go, and how to get there. The course is supported by a group of experts across higher education, refugee support networks, language assessment providers and refugees studying at universities.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for refugees and asylum seekers looking to continue or start their Higher Education studies in the UK.

It would also be useful for anyone who supports or teaches refugees hoping to study at university.... [-]


Course : Behind the Scenes at the 21st Century Museum

Online Part time 6 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Get an introduction to museum studies with this free online course. Learn about the people and ideas that shape museums today [+]

How can we understand museums today? Who are museums for? How do we respond emotionally to museum objects and spaces? And how can museums play a role in the pursuit of social justice, human rights, or health and wellbeing? On this course, you will explore these questions through a range of inspirational case studies and thought-provoking ideas. Discover how modern museums seek to impact our contemporary world, learning with National Museums Liverpool, one of the UK’s leading museum services, and the University of Leicester, pioneers of museum studies for over 50 years.

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at anyone with an interest in museums. You might be a current or prospective student, who wants to find out more about training in museum studies; a museum volunteer; or a museum practitioner. No prior knowledge or equipment is required.... [-]


Course : Big Data and the Environment

Online Full time Part time November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

From sources such as satellites, sensors, and social media, how can environmental data analytics benefit business and research?

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Use current examples to explore the potential benefits of big environmental data

From weather fluctuations to the spread of an invasive species, what problems can scientists address by analyzing these vast data collections? What are the potential benefits of business, research, and our daily lives?

Find out about possible career paths and gain insights from industry experts and research scientists working on a range of current projects. From urban planning to monitoring wildlife, explore the complexities of managing and analyzing big data to seek innovative solutions.

What topics will you cover?

Week 1: Introduction to big data

Sources of big data, including satellites for looking at the surface of the Earth Environmental analytics and the link to big data Computing power, processing, and storage of environmental data ... [-]

Course : Blended Learning Essentials: Getting Started

Online Full time Part time November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

A free course for the Vocational Education and Training sector to promote effective practice and pedagogy in blended learning. [+]

This course is designed to help anyone teaching or supporting learning in the Vocational Education, and Training (VET) sector understand the benefits of blended learning and how to use technology effectively to support learners. Supported by a group of Digital Champions, you will connect with teaching and training professionals who understand the practical challenges of using blended learning. You will be aware of the importance of being able to blend digital methods into your teaching. These methods will help your learners become familiar with the digital workplaces they will be joining.

What topics will you cover? Definitions of blended learning. The impact of digital technology on teachers and learners. Pedagogical theories and teaching approaches that underpin blended learning, including constructivism, social constructivism, and problem-based learning. Digital technologies available to support blended learning in formal and informal learning scenarios. The role of Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) and how to use them effectively for blended learning. The role of open tools in blended learning. Open educational resources (OERs): what they are, how they can be used, and where to find them. Processes for blended learning design, including curriculum and instructional design. The role of the DADDIE model in planning and evaluating blended learning. Story-telling and story-boarding techniques for developing digital learning. The role of assessment in the curriculum design process. Different approaches for using technology to support assessment and feedback. The benefits and challenges of ‘flipped’ learning. Approaches to designing a flipped lesson. Collaboration in blended learning, including the use of discussion... [-]

Course : Cultural Heritage and the City

Online Full time Part time 3 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

Discover how cities develop their own unique cultures and explore key concepts related to cultural heritage. [+]

Cultural heritage is usually discussed in national or religious terms: we speak of Italian culture, Greek civilization, Islamic art, and so on. But today cities are creating their own heritage through museums, galleries, markets of artistic goods, and urban networks. Cities project themselves as cultural hubs representing and connecting entire regions, for example, Doha and the UAE, Singapore and Southeast Asia, Los Angeles and North America.

Using these and other examples, through this course you’ll explore exactly what is meant by urban cultural heritage and key concepts related to it.

What topics will you cover?

Cultural Heritage in an Urbanising World

What is cultural heritage? Cultural heritage policies Cities and their heritage ... [-]

Course : Cultural Studies and Modern Languages: an Introduction

Online Full time Part time 4 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

Explore the culture, language and national identity of eight countries through their books, images, slogans, and monuments [+]

Are you interested in other countries? Do you want to study and understand other cultures? This free online course will take you on a journey through a number of periods from the medieval to the modern day, from Russia to Europe and all the way to Latin America.

Explore eight countries

Together we’ll explore eight countries by looking at some of the slogans, books, monuments, and images which emerged from them over different historical periods. You will learn about the following topics:

Slogans: Franco Basaglia’s La libertà è terapeutica; Dolores Ibárruri’s ¡No pasarán!; Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels’s Proletarier aller Länder, vereinigt euch! Books: Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables; Dante’s Inferno; Ladislav Fuks’s The Cremator Monuments: The Holocaust Memorial; The Obelisk of Luxor; The Bronze Horseman Images: Bouabdellah’s video artwork ‘Belly Dancing to the Marseillaise: French Identity in Video Art’; Shepherd’s map of the Habsburg Empire; The Quauhquechollan’s cloth painting Learn with 12 cultural experts ... [-]

Course : Digital Transformation of Businesses and Services

Online Full time Part time 4 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

Explore the impact of digital transformation on businesses and services and find out how to implement it in your own organization.

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Technology is changing every aspect of how businesses and services, whether public or private, operate – a process known as digital transformation.

On this free online course, you will explore the impact of digital transformation and the issues arising from it, and learn how to implement digital transformation in your organization, especially where to begin.

Implement digital transformation in your organization

By the end of the course, you will:

understand the tools and methods that you can use to initiate digital transformation, beyond the purely technical aspects; have an idea of the new jobs, roles, and responsibilities created by the digital transformation of services and businesses; develop a digital strategy and business model for your digitized service offering; understand the evolution of marketing in the digital age; know how to industrialize services, by integrating digital and human aspects; and understand the good and bad sides of digital transformation, remaining critical and conscious of the balance between humans and technology. ... [-]

Course : Environmental Challenges: Hierarchy in Property Rights

Online Full time Part time 2 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

How does language help us develop our relationship with nature and determine the rights of access and ownership? [+]

Why join the course?

Increasing populations and social changes are pressurizing our relationship with the environment. Property rights are embedded in power structures and land management. This course explores the different ways that nature is perceived by different types of societies and the impact of property rights on natural resource management.

This course explores three approaches to the hierarchy of property rights and applies these to environmental use and management around the world. It also includes advice on producing a policy brief for an environmental issue.

What topics will you cover? Recognise the difference between the perspectives of the ‘giving spirit of nature’ and ‘controlling ancestor’ in our perceptions of nature. Understand the meaning of ‘reciprocity’ as a way of reducing risk in uncertain environments. Be introduced to Elinor Ostrom who developed a hierarchy of different types of property rights. Recognise different types of property rights and how they affect access to, and withdrawal of, natural resources. Appreciate the need for flexible property rights in areas with dynamic ecologies. Be introduced to the contrasting arguments of Thomas Malthus and Ester Boserup on population and agricultural production. Understand the concept of ‘more people, less erosion’ when higher population densities lead to better land management. Recognise the links between property rights and level of biodiversity in agriculture. Understand how ‘historical institutionalism’ of past laws affects current legal rights to natural resources. Appreciate the social asymmetries caused by the power to control access to natural resources. Recognise the importance of language for describing... [-]

Course : Explore Animation

Online Part time 4 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online

Learn animation techniques, including stop-motion, 2D, CGI and pixilation, with award-winning animators, in this free NFTS course. [+]

Whether you’re a budding animator or a fan of animation who wants to understand more about what happens behind-the-scenes, this free online course from the internationally acclaimed National Film and Television School (NFTS) will have something for you.

Over four weeks, our team of award-winning animators will take you through their approach to telling stories and demystify their own animation technique.

Each week, our contributors will use examples from their own work, as well as the animated films that have influenced and inspired them, to enable you to explore different forms of animation:

1 - Stop motion or stop frame animation.

2 - 2D or cel animation.

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Course : Exploring Possible Futures: Modeling in Environmental and Energy Economics

Online Full time Part time 5 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

Take a look at the future and learn how to develop and use models in environmental and energy economics. [+]

Make informed decisions about pressing environmental issues.

What will our future look like? Will we continue burning fossil fuels or will we live in a 100% renewable world? How can we address climate change and what policies do we need to implement?

We will provide you with model examples to make you familiar with aspects of economic modeling and state-of-the-art research on current debates in energy policy.

This online course explores these concerns, using models in environmental and energy economics. You will learn how to design models, how to interpret and use results to make informed decisions, and how to use models to assess energy and environmental policies.

What topics will you cover? Climate change and energy policies. Evidence-based recommendations on current problems of energy policy. Models in environmental economics and energy economics. Building blocks of models and possible applications. Informed decisions by the results of different modeling approaches. What will you achieve? ... [-]

Course : Filmmaking and Animation in the Classroom

Online Full time Part time 3 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

Learn how to use simple filmmaking and animation to bring learning to life, and aid cross-curricular attainment and assessment. [+]

This free online course will help anyone working with young people aged 5-19 to engage them in learning through simple filmmaking and animation. You’ll discover how film and animation can be used as powerful tools for encouraging active learning and enabling pupils to establish strong connections with any area of the curriculum.

Try filmmaking and animation in the classroom

During the course, you will:

learn how even simple equipment can be used to produce high-quality short films in the classroom; apply this knowledge to the classroom, creating films that help raise attainment; discover a range of top tips to help you hone your filmmaking skills; learn how to produce simple films and animations with your students; and learn how to use this creative art form as an assessment tool. ... [-]

Course : From Crime to Punishment: an Introduction to Criminal Justice

Online Part time 4 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

What is crime? How does criminal justice work in England and Wales? Find out more by following a case through the system. [+]

What happens when a crime is allegedly committed in England and Wales? Now’s your chance to find out. On this course, you’ll follow a suspect through the journey of investigation, prosecution and adjudication. You’ll step inside the courtroom - discovering how criminal justice processes work - and learn about the criminal law and key institutions like the police and the courts.

What topics will you cover? Week 1: Definitions of crime; measuring the extent of crime Week 2: Investigation and prosecution Week 3: The trial process Week 4: Sentencing What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

Identify different definitions of ‘crime’ Describe, in basic terms, key processes in criminal justice including investigation, prosecution, defense, adjudication, and sentencing Develop a reasoned view of the values underpinning criminal justice processes in England and Wales and on the effectiveness of institutions including police, lawyers, and courts Who is the course for? ... [-]

Course : From Ink to Sound: Decoding Musical Manuscripts

Online Full time Part time November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

Travel through the history of musical notation and learn how to decode medieval music manuscripts [+]

Broaden your understanding of musical notation in the past few centuries

Music is all around us: we listen to it while we are on our way to work, when preparing lunch or even while showering. Most people know that music has its own script – the notation. But seldom are they aware of the long tradition of this notation system.

In this course, we’ll travel back in time and explore musical notations from the Middle Ages. We will show you how to decode and transcribe early notational systems. And we will discuss the challenges and principles of music notation, referring to semiotic approaches and visual theory.

What topics will you cover?

Music manuscripts and notations and their evolution through history.... [-]


Course : Go Solar PV: The Business Potential of Solar Photovoltaics

Online Part time January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Explore the current state and future potential of solar PV technology, and get new insights into the solar photovoltaics market. [+]

Discover the PV business and expand your professional options.

Harnessing the power of the sun has been the dream of energy professionals for decades. Now, with solar photovoltaic technology becoming more and more affordable, scalable and accessible, that dream is getting closer to reality.

This online course looks at solar PV in depth, examining its potential for today and the near future, exploring the technical challenges, and assessing the commercial opportunities.

It offers you an unparalleled insight into the global solar power market and will give you the knowledge and practical details to shape and lead the future of solar energy.

What topics will you cover? Which are the drivers influencing the PV business Challenges associated with the world How to anticipate the changing market Business opportunities discovery How to develop a PV project of any type What will you achieve? ... [-]

Course : How to Read a Novel

Online Part time 4 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Get underneath the skin of a novel by understanding some of the main building blocks of modern fiction. [+]

Get more from your reading

What makes a great novel? How is a novel woven together? How can we best appreciate works of fiction?

Answer these questions and more with this course from The University of Edinburgh and the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

On the course, you’ll discover four of the main building blocks of modern fiction: plot, characterization, dialogue, and setting using examples from a range of texts including the four novels we shortlisted for the James Tait Black fiction prize last year. You’ll also explore the formal strategies authors use, how they came to be, and how they affect us as readers.

What topics will you cover? The course examines specific techniques relating to plotting and temporality including flashbacks, unreliable narration and framed narratives. The course considers ways of understanding character, such as behavior and motives. It explores issues relating to the presentation of dialogue, including conversational mood and dialect voices. The course examines the impact of various different settings on the development of plot and character. It invites learners to test their understanding through weekly quizzes and a final peer assessment task. The course covers the four novels shortlisted for the James Tait Black fiction prize 2017: C. E. Morgan’s The Sport of Kings, Garth Greenwell’s What Belongs to You, Eimear McBride’s The Lesser Bohemians, and Jo Baker’s A Country Road, A Tree. What will you achieve? ... [-]

Course : Inside IELTS: Preparing for the Test with the Experts

Online Part time 5 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Learn about the skills you need for IELTS Academic on this free course from Cambridge English, the producers of the test. [+]

Are you wondering what skills you need for success in the IELTS Academic test? Maybe you want to know how IELTS examiners assess your level, or how to improve your band score? This course will help you find the answers, understand how to study for the test, and develop your academic English skills. You’ll interact with experts and learners around the world. You’ll also have the chance to try authentic IELTS practice tasks and learn what skills they’re testing and how they’re marked. IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment.

What topics will you cover? the content of the IELTS Academic test the skills you need in order to improve your IELTS score the way that IELTS candidates are assessed the range of tasks you need to complete the IELTS test, and the skills that these tasks test some of the skills that you need when studying at university where English is the language of instruction What will you achieve? ... [-]

Course : In the Night Sky: Orion

Online Part time 4 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

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.

You’ll examine one of the most famous constellations Orion. Starting with its nebula, where new stars and planets are formed, you’ll take a look at the seven brightest stars that make up Orion using high-quality images, including from the Hubble Space Telescope.

You’ll learn about exoplanets and the secrets to life outside our Solar System. And you’ll think about the Milky Way, considering the history of the universe from the Big Bang to the present.

The course was produced with the kind support of Dangoor Education.

What topics will you cover? Observing and photographing the night sky Constellations and Orion in particular Star formation and stellar evolution Nuclear fusion in stars Supernovae, white dwarfs, neutron stars and black holes The Milky Way and other Galaxies The Big Bang and the evolution of the Universe Dark matter & dark energy The Solar System, especially asteroids and comets Planets around other stars What will you achieve? ... [-]

Course : Introduction to Process Mining with ProM

Online Part time 4 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Learn how to use the free, open source process mining framework (ProM) to analyse, visualise, and improve processes based on data. [+]

Learn to get a critical, process-centric perspective on data

Process mining combines business process management with data science. Using process mining, you can analyse and visualise business processes based on event data recorded in event logs. For example, you could analyse how people use public transportation; verify whether a loan application is processed correctly by a bank, or predict when hardware parts are likely to fail. This online course will give you an introduction to this new and exciting field.

What topics will you cover?

Process mining provides a critical, process-centric perspective on data, which is not available with classical data mining or machine learning techniques. For example, with process mining you can:... [-]


Course : Introduction to Sustainability and Development

Online Full time Part time 2 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

Explore the impact of human activity on our planet, and what we can do to ensure a sustainable future for everybody. [+]

How can we create a more sustainable future?

As extreme weather events continue to hit the headlines, it is clear that environmental issues are on the rise across the globe.

Get an introduction to sustainable development, and find out what we can do to help our environment, with this online course from Deakin University.

You’ll explore the different ways in which sustainable development can be understood, and examine the true impact of human activity on our planet.

You’ll find out about recent actions that have been taken to achieve sustainable development and the solutions that we may need to implement in the future.

What topics will you cover? diverse understandings of sustainability and development changing planetary conditions and the growing human population what the future might look like, and the potential for technology to save us What will you achieve? ... [-]

Course : Learning in the Network Age

Online Full time Part time 2 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

What does it mean to learn in a networked world? Find out, and discover how to make use of your own personal learning network. [+]

Develop the skills to succeed in education today.

Digital technologies have fundamentally changed how we learn. The web is no longer simply an information resource, but also a space for interaction, scholarship, and creativity.

In this world where knowledge is widely distributed, accessibility is determined by and dependent on the strength of an individual’s learning network. This course will equip you with the skills needed to succeed in education, in this networked age. You’ll explore our digital differences and how to address them and examine ways to grow and manage your own personal learning network.

What topics will you cover? How we learn in the network age (learning theory) Understanding digital inequalities and digital citizenship in an educational context What your Personal Learning Network (PLN) looks like and how you use it Growing your network – making new connections and assessing reliability Contributing to your network – managing your online identity (single vs multiple); creating and sharing Putting your network to work – searching; sending/requesting/posting; collaborating What will you achieve? ... [-]

Course : Making Sense of Data in the Media

Online Full time Part time 3 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

Become a critical consumer of social statistics. Learn what numbers reveal, when and why they mislead, and how to spot fake news. [+]

What do social statistics and economic data really reveal?

Increasingly, we’re bombarded with all sorts of data about how society is changing. From opinion poll trends and migration data to economic results and government debt levels.

On this course from the Sheffield Methods Institute at University of Sheffield, we’ll look at ways of cutting through the confusion to decide what numbers reveal, when and why they (sometimes deliberately) mislead and determine what is ‘fake news.’

What topics will you cover? Recognising the ‘size’ of numbers that are reported in the media. How change and risk are reported. How social statistics are created, paying particular attention to survey data. What we can learn from census categories. The different ways that surveys can be conducted and the impact that different formats can have on the results. How to draw a representative sample from a population. Sources of measurement error in surveys. Measuring sensitive or difficult subjects. Checking whether data is trustworthy by reviewing the methodology. How to calculate the Margin of Sampling Error (MoSE). The difference between correlation and causation. Where to find existing sources of data. How to develop a quantitative research project. What will you achieve? ... [-]

Course : Managing My Financial Journey

Online Full time Part time 4 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

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.

Now, nearly 10 years on from the crisis, it’s time to take stock and examine how the industry looks today. Most importantly, how is the industry now working for the consumer? What are the products? How competitive is the industry? Is regulation working effectively to protect consumers in the financial marketplace? Where can consumers go to get help and guidance in a changing financial environment?... [-]


Course : Maps and the Geospatial Revolution

Online Full time Part time 5 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

Learn to make maps and analyze geographic patterns using the latest geographic information systems (GIS) and cartographic tools. [+]

Learn to make maps and analyze geographic patterns using the latest tools

The past decade has seen an explosion of new ways to understand and use location information in widely-accessible technologies. This Geospatial Revolution has created new consumer GPS tools, interactive web maps, and location-aware mobile devices. These advances make it possible for everyone to use, collect, and understand spatial information.

This online course brings together core concepts in cartography, geographic information systems (GIS) and spatial thinking, and uses real-world examples, to give you the fundamental skills to engage with geography beyond the surface-level.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you will be able to:... [-]


Course : Mergers and Acquisitions: Free Cash Flow Modeling

Online Part time 3 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Learn how to evaluate a company’s financial performance to determine acquisition opportunities. [+]

This course looks at how to use free cash flow concepts to analyze and evaluate corporate performance in order to make better capital budgeting and acquisition decisions.

You’ll get an introduction to free cash flow and its components and learn about the cost of capital. You’ll also look at how free cash flow can be used in acquisitions, and explore some common implementation issues.

What topics will you cover?

Week 1 - Free Cash Flow

Free cash flow components and the objective of the firm

Week 2 - Capital and Modified Free Cash Flow

The cost of capital, capital budgeting using free cash flow, and modified free cash flow

Week 3 - Evaluating & Integrating Acquisitions... [-]


Course : Mergers and Acquisitions: Structuring the Deal

Online Full time Part time January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

Learn how to structure mergers and acquisitions and discover the documents, tax, and legal structures needed to execute a deal. [+]

Understand the practicalities of mergers and acquisitions

This course looks in detail at the different ways in which mergers and acquisitions transactions are structured.

You’ll learn about legal structures, stock purchases, asset purchases, tax loss mergers and reverse mergers.

As you explore these different transaction structures, you’ll consider the legal and corporate documents involved and the tax implications for both buyer and seller.

What topics will you cover?

Week 1 - Review, Documents & Legal Structures

Understand the documents like engagement letters, confidentiality agreements, term sheets, letters of intent and the structures that underpin M&A... [-]


Course : Online Business: Digital Marketing for Success

Online Full time Part time 4 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

Understand how digital marketing can help your startup with one of four courses in the Online Business Success program. [+]

This free online course will introduce you to the rapidly evolving world of digital marketing and the role it plays in driving awareness and sales for online businesses. We will go on a customer journey together, to discover how people use digital to search, engage, review and buy.

Learn how to create a digital marketing strategy

If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll never arrive, which is why you need a strategy to direct your digital marketing decisions. We will provide you with a step-by-step guide to creating your own digital marketing strategy, to keep you on the right track towards engaging and retaining your most valuable customers online.

Explore digital marketing tools ... [-]

Course : Prepare for Career Success at University

Online Part time 3 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online

Find out how to make the most of your time at university and ensure you have the skills and experience graduate employers want. [+]

Why join the course?

Choosing the right degree and university may feel daunting enough, without worrying about what you’re going to do after graduation. But with the graduate job market becoming increasingly competitive, it’s vital to start thinking about your long-term career and employability now.

This free online course will show you how to make the most of the time you’ll spend in higher education, with the ultimate aim of improving your prospects when you graduate.

Use higher education to develop your skills and experience

Over three weeks, you will:

increase your own awareness of your skills, values and interests; understand the importance of employability skills and experience in your graduate job hunt; understand how you can best use higher education to develop these skills and experience; and formulate a skills development action plan. Learn with Goldsmiths Pre-Entry Careers Consultant ... [-]

Course: Prepare to Run a Code Club

Online Part time 3 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Build your confidence and get practical advice on launching and running a Code Club for young people. [+]

Prepare to run a fun and educational Code Club

Code Club is a global network of volunteers and educators who run free coding clubs for 9- to 13-year-olds.

This short course will give you the confidence and skills to run a Code Club for young people and inspire the next generation to get excited about computing and digital making.

You’ll get practical advice and tips from volunteers, teachers, and the Code Club team, and you’ll explore the free resources which Code Club provides.

What topics will you cover? Step-by-step guidance to get your Code Club started. Create an action plan to set up a Code Club. Design and delivering your first session with young people. Ideas and tips on how to motivate your learners and celebrate their achievements. What will you achieve? ... [-]

Course : Process Mining in Healthcare

Online Part time 4 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Learn how process mining can be used to turn healthcare data into valuable insights to improve patient care while reducing costs. [+]

Learn how to get the most from healthcare data using process mining

Within healthcare, there are thousands of complex and variable processes that generate data including treatment of patients, lab results, and internal logistic processes. Analysing this data is vital for improving these processes and ending bottlenecks.

On this course, you will explore how process mining can help turn this data into valuable insights by looking at different areas of process mining and seeing how it has been applied. You will even get the chance to apply process mining to real life healthcare data.

What topics will you cover?

Process mining provides a critical, process-centric perspective on data, which is not available with classical data mining or machine learning techniques. Applying process mining in the healthcare environment is extra beneficial since processes are complex, and costs are high.... [-]


Course : Propaganda and Ideology in Everyday Life

Online Part time 5 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online

Find out how propaganda is used to instil political ideologies and its impact on our daily lives, with this free online course. [+]

This free online course explores the building blocks of our political views: freedom, community, peace, justice and choice.

These words mean different things to different people – such radically different things in fact, that individuals, protest movements and entire states often go to war to assert their understanding of, say, freedom over somebody else’s.

Understand how propaganda works with our everyday beliefs

Over five weeks, we will explore how and why words come to mean such different things, across time and space. We will look at how we come to be political, and how political ideology and propaganda pick up on the words, images and symbols we use to express our own convictions and sentiments.... [-]


Course : Shipwrecks and Submerged Worlds: Maritime Archaeology

Online Full time Part time November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

Learn how maritime archaeology investigates our changing relationship with the oceans and seas, from 2.5m years ago until today. [+]

People have explored and depended on the oceans of our planet for millennia. During that time the geography of our world has changed radically as coastal regions have flooded and islands have risen, or been lost beneath the waves. With 70% of the world’s surface covered by water, an unparalleled, yet largely untouched record of human life has been left beneath the sea for us to discover, from our earliest ancestors right through to present day. Over the length of this Shipwrecks and Submerged Worlds course we will learn about maritime archaeology together - exploring underwater landscapes from the ancient Mediterranean to the prehistoric North Sea, and consider Shipwrecks from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific coast of the Americas.... [-]


Course : Smart Choices: Broadening Your Horizons

Online Full time Part time November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

A free online course from UCAS to help students understand the wealth of UK higher education opportunities open to them. [+]

This course has been designed by UCAS to help you better understand the study and training opportunities open to you. The wide range of subjects, universities, and options available can be overwhelming. Exploring your choices and making decisions can be quite daunting. So we’ve put together a set of materials to help shape your thinking.

Choose the right subject and pathway for you

By signing up, you’ll discover more about your options and enhance your ability to make choices that are right for you. We’ll provide insight into choosing subjects and the different pathways that can be taken after school, through higher education or other training routes, to your chosen career path.... [-]


Course : Study UK: a Guide for Education Agents and Counsellors

Online Part time 3 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online

Develop your knowledge of UK education, the UK as a study destination and the benefits of Study UK. [+]

This online course from the British Council will provide international education agents, school counselors, and consultants with advice on all aspects of UK education. Further information is included around becoming a professional education agent for the UK if relevant for you. It will develop your knowledge of:

the UK education and training system the attractions for students in the UK quality assurance systems and how they operate student lifestyle issues welfare and support for international students application processes and entry requirements What topics will you cover? Understanding the benefits of study in the UK Learning why students choose the UK Defining the skills, knowledge, and responsibilities needed to get students onto the right course Understanding how UK institutions support learners Exploring the resources available to support agents, counselors, and advisors What will you achieve? ... [-]

Course : The Business of Film

Online Part time 6 weeks October 2018 United Kingdom UK Online

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. The studios are where Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens and the 24th James Bond film Spectre were recently filmed.

Using the value chain concept and important independent film case studies, the course provides a practical and in-depth exploration of the key business decisions.

Why do films fail? Why are intellectual property and copyright important? Why do films get public funding? What is the relationship between marketing, box office returns, and overall film success?... [-]


Course : What Influences Property Value?

Online Part time 2 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online

Explore the factors that influence property values and house prices with this online course. [+]

Gain new insights into the property market

Our homes provide shelter, sanctuary and comfort, but they’re also a source of wealth. So what makes some properties more valuable than others? Find out with this course.

You’ll unlock the mystery of property values, looking at the influences that inflation and interest rates can have on house prices; and exploring the differences between price, market and investment values.

You’ll also learn about the influence proximity to various amenities have on property demand and demographics, and interpret data on property prices.

What topics will you cover?

Our homes provide shelter, sanctuary and comfort, but they’re also a source of wealth. This online course asked: what makes some properties more valuable than others?... [-]


Course : What Is a Mind?

Online Full time Part time 6 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

Explore the most pertinent scientific and philosophical concepts for understanding our own minds with this free online course [+]

This free online course will bring together learners and practitioners interested in how the mind works. It aims to build bridges between traditionally antagonistic approaches to understanding the mind.

What is a mind?

This question has perplexed philosophers, scientists, historians and ordinary people across time and cultures.

While advances in the medical understanding of how the brain functions can shed light on neurological functions and disorders, the essential question of what the mind is speaks to a different problem.

This problem cannot be answered by a purely scientific understanding of the brain, nor by a purely philosophical or psychological approach. Many disciplines have attempted to address the question’, resulting in multiple and sometimes antithetical answers.... [-]


Course : What Is Leadership?

Online Part time 2 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online

Leadership is a term often used, and often misunderstood. Learn what being a leader means and how you can practice leadership. [+]

Investigate leaders and leadership to improve your effectiveness as a leader

In this course over the next two weeks, we look to answer the question: ‘What is leadership?’ In the first week, we explore two fundamental perspectives on leadership: leader as a person and leadership as a practice. In Week 2 we examine the difference between leadership and management so you can determine whether you are a leader in a management role, a leader without a management role, or a manager who needs to become a leader. By exploring sources of power and influence, and how perception shapes behaviour, you will be able to address important issues more effectively.

What topics will you cover?

This thought-provoking course will help to discover more about yourself and others as we explore:... [-]


Course : Why do People Migrate? Theories

Online Part time 3 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Explore theories about migration in greater depth and learn how migration is a constant phenomenon throughout human history. [+]

Move beyond the headlines about migration

In the second course in this two-part series, you will learn about different theoretical models that seek to explain why migration starts and why it continues. You will explore migration as a structural feature of our societies and examine individual’s choices to migrate. You will consider the role networks and institutions play in the movement of people. You will also hear from international experts about how migration theories can help us understand cases of labor migration in different world regions.

What topics will you cover? Understanding migration as a global phenomenon Why does migration start? How does migration continue? Theoretical approaches to practice What will you achieve? ... [-]

Course : Why Research Matters

Online Part time 2 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Explore what research is and why it’s so important to us all. Find out how to make evidence-based decisions. [+]

Imagine a world without research, where governments carry out policy based on hunches and manufacturers release products without testing.

Research allows us to solve problems on a global scale and make evidence-based decisions.

During this course, you’ll get an introduction to what research is, and why it’s so important to us all. You’ll learn fundamental research concepts, meet leading researchers working on real-world problems, and identify an interesting area for your own research.

What topics will you cover? The contribution of research to society Introduction to fundamental research concepts, including:Evidence-based decision-making Research paradigms and approaches What will you achieve? ... [-]

Course : World of Spies: Keeping Secrets

Online Campus Part time 4 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

Get a taste of spy training, and learn how you can keep your secrets safe with a course designed for 13-18-year-olds. [+]

Use logic and problem-solving skills to solve difficult puzzles

What does it take to be a spy? Strong critical thinking and communication skills, a firm grasp of logic, and a love of puzzles are all useful.

This course will help you develop those abilities while exploring the exciting world of espionage. You’ll learn about code-making and breaking, encryption, logical thinking and more as you find out whether you would make a good spy.

What topics will you cover? Introduction to spying and the common United States agencies that collect intelligence Reasons for encrypting information Various ways information is encrypted Using logical thinking and linguistic patterns to break encrypted messages without a key How traditional decryption methods led to the modern day computer Why protecting information is important How information we provide in social media can compromise the safety of our personal information The effectiveness of modern day encryption What will you achieve? ... [-]

Course : World War 1: A History in 100 Stories

Online Full time Part time 5 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

Change the way you see World War 1 as you explore stories of hope, suffering, and loss from newly released historical archives. [+]

25 April 2015 marked the Centenary of the Gallipoli Landings.

The Gallipoli Campaign was Australia and New Zealand’s first major military engagement in World War 1. The Anzacs went on to fight in Palestine, Egypt and the Western Front and suffered one of the highest casualty rates of any allied army.

Often confronting, always challenging, this course involves a critical examination of a conflict that changed the world.

This free online course is part of the 100 Stories Project at Monash University, commemorating the Anzac centenary and exploring the cost of war. The course will coincide with ANZAC Day on 25th April and suggests new and more inclusive ways of remembering.

Go on a journey across the battlefields of Gallipoli and the Western Front on which the war was fought and into the homes of the ordinary people who suffered it. ... [-]

Course about Gabriel García Márquez: Power, History and Love

Online Part time 8 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online

In this course, you will be able to identify Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez’s narrative contributions to world literature through the study of three of the author’s obsessions: power, history, and love.

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In this course, you will be able to identify Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez’s narrative contributions to world literature through the study of three of the author’s obsessions: power, history, and love. You will have the opportunity to enjoy reading the following works: The Incredible and Sad Tale of Innocent Eréndira and Her Heartless Grandmother (1972), The Autumn of the Patriarch (1975), Chronicle of a Death Foretold (1981), Love in the Time of Cholera (1985), The General in his Labyrinth (1989) and Of Love and Other Demons (1994).

Reading these works chronologically will allow you to appreciate how the author’s literary production evolves.

You will explore the characteristics of “the dictator novel”, reaching a clear understanding of the particularities of the new historical novel. You will also reflect upon the relationship between history and fiction and understand the author’s literary influences.... [-]


Course about Korea in a Global Context

Online Part time 6 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online

From a geopolitical perspective, South Korea is located in Northeast Asia, a region from which almost all security tension in East Asia emerges. Consider, for example, the long-standing Sino-Japanese rivalry and the unresolved territorial disputes in the East China Sea. [+]

South Korea is at a critical juncture, particularly from global perspectives.

Understand geopolitics and security

From a geopolitical perspective, South Korea is located in Northeast Asia, a region from which almost all security tension in East Asia emerges. Consider, for example, the long-standing Sino-Japanese rivalry and the unresolved territorial disputes in the East China Sea. It is often said that the territorial disputes between Tokyo and Beijing have reached a ‘boiling point.’ Also, the persistent security threats posed by North Korea’s nuclear weapons and long-range missiles cannot be taken lightly. Most of all, the rise of China and the United States’ “rebalance” toward Asia is likely to generate a new dimension of global power politics.... [-]


Course From Notation to Performance: Understanding Musical Scores

Online Part time 4 weeks February 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Explore what’s involved when musicians create a performance from the 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?

This free online course provides a general introduction to how to understand a musical score and insights into what professional musicians do with the notation that these contain. You’ll learn how to connect the notation you see with the music you hear, from short familiar melodies to a full orchestral score.

Focussing on works by Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven, and Mahler, we’ll introduce you to a pianist, a small chamber group and a conductor who will explain how they create memorable performances from the notes on the page.... [-]


Course From World War to White Heat: the RAF in the Cold War

Online Part time 6 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online

This free online course is a collaboration between the Royal Air Force (RAF) Museums and the Department of History at Royal Holloway, University of London. It will introduce you to some of the major turning points in the history of Britain in the post-1945 era. [+]

This free online course is a collaboration between the Royal Air Force (RAF) Museums and the Department of History at Royal Holloway, University of London. It will introduce you to some of the major turning points in the history of Britain in the post-1945 era.

Explore the changing role of the RAF during the Cold War

Guided by Dr Ross Mahoney, Aviation Historian, RAF Museum, and Dr Emmett Sullivan, Senior Lecturer in History, Royal Holloway, the course will examine:

The role of the RAF in the early Cold War period; RAF’s operations across the globe in an era of decolonisation; Britain’s decision to develop a nuclear deterrent; The development of the RAF’s strategic nuclear capability, the V-Force; The role of the RAF in defending UK airspace; The re-focus on NATO after East of Suez and the transfer of the strategic nuclear role to the Royal Navy; The RAF’s contribution to NATO. Consider how the RAF is remembered and memorialised ... [-]

Course in Academic Integrity: Values, Skills, Action

Online Part time 4 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online

What is academic integrity? Why is it so important in academia? And how can you, as a student at the university, achieve with integrity and honesty? [+]

What is academic integrity? Why is it so important in academia? And how can you, as a student at the university, achieve with integrity and honesty?

These are some of the important questions we’ll explore over the four weeks of the course. As we do so, you will hear from the lead educator as well as the perspectives of students like you.

Specifically, each week contains videos, articles, activities, and quizzes that will help you develop the knowledge and skills needed to be a successful and ethical learner. There will also be opportunities for you to discuss your ideas with other students on the course and learn from their experiences and points of view.

By the end of the course, we hope you’ll come to understand the meaning of academic integrity and how to avoid academic dishonesty, misconduct, and plagiarism but more importantly we hope you will also embrace the values associated with academic integrity as your own.... [-]


Course in Advanced Data Mining with Weka

Online Part time 5 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Learn how to use popular packages that extend Weka's functionality and areas of application. Use them to mine your own data! [+]

Extend your repertoire of data mining scenarios and techniques

This course will bring you to the wizard level of skill in data mining, following on from Data Mining with Weka and More Data Mining with Weka, by showing how to use popular packages that extend Weka’s functionality. You’ll learn about forecasting time series and mining data streams. You’ll connect up the popular R statistical package and learn how to use its extensive visualization and preprocessing functions from Weka. You’ll script Weka in Python – all from within the friendly Weka interface. And you’ll learn how to distribute data mining jobs over several computers using Apache SPARK.

What topics will you cover? Time series analysis Data stream mining Incremental classifiers Evolving data streams Support vector machines Accessing data mining in R Distributed data mining Map-reduce framework Scripting data mining in Python and Groovy Applications * Soil analysis * Sentiment analysis * Bioinformatics * MRI neuroimaging * Image classification What will you achieve? ... [-]

Course in An Introduction to Public Leadership

Online Part time 3 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online

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. [+]

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.

Find out what makes leadership in public service distinctive

You will explore the distinctive features of leadership in public service, including its increasing focus on the generation of public value and the negotiation of different forms of public interest. You will learn some of the key skills of public leaders such as political astuteness, working in collaboration and conflict handling. Throughout, you will look at different types of public leadership, exploring the different roles of elected politicians, public servants and community activists, and how each can contribute (or detract from) the public good. You will consider different levels and contributions of leadership – from frontline police officers or social workers through to prime ministers. Finally, you will have the opportunity to examine, through a series of interviews with key stakeholders, how awareness of these key facets of public leadership is helping to change the face of policing in Britain today.... [-]


Course in Archaeology: from Dig to Lab and Beyond

Online Part time 2 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online

Get an introduction to studying archaeology, exploring exciting discoveries in the Vale of Pewsey, near to Stonehenge and Avebury. [+]

Get an introduction to studying archaeology, exploring exciting discoveries in the Vale of Pewsey, near to Stonehenge and Avebury.

Take a virtual field trip to the Vale of Pewsey

We’ll be showing you around our field school – a month-long excavation at the Vale of Pewsey, which is a relatively untouched site compared to its world-famous neighbours, Stonehenge and Avebury.

The Vale of Pewsey is an archaeological treasure chest and the jewel of its crown is Marden. Built around 2,400 BC, Marden is the largest henge in the country and one of Britain’s most important but least understood prehistoric monuments.

Every object has a tale to tell and we’ll investigate how archaeologists paint a vivid picture of what life was like in Neolithic times through the astounding assortment of discoveries made in this beautiful part of England.... [-]


Course in Assessment for Learning in STEM Teaching

Online Part time 6 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Assessment for Learning (AfL) is a term that’s widely used in education but applied in ways that are variable in their effectiveness. This free online course - designed for STEM teachers in primary and secondary schools, and sixth form and further education colleges - will help you understand and use it more effectively.

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Assessment for Learning (AfL) is a term that’s widely used in education but applied in ways that are variable in their effectiveness. This free online course - designed for STEM teachers in primary and secondary schools, and sixth form and further education colleges - will help you understand and use it more effectively. Understand Assessment for Learning in theory and practice Through this course, you’ll understand:

the theory and science behind effective Assessment for Learning; how to use Assessment for Learning to elicit evidence about what’s going on in your learners’ minds; how to use this evidence informatively with your learners in your laboratory and classroom; and how to write, judge and use the hinge questions that are central to Assessment for Learning in STEM. Enjoy your teaching more ... [-]

Course in Babies in Mind: Why the Parent's Mind Matters

Online Part time Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online

This course will explore how the mind of the parent influences the developing mind of the child, from conception through infancy and into later life. [+]

This course will explore how the mind of the parent influences the developing mind of the child, from conception through infancy and into later life.

We will take you on a journey that begins in pregnancy, exploring the importance of the ability of the mother-to-be to think about her baby while still in utero, alongside the impact of emotions such as anxiety and depression.

We will then explore what the research tells us about the way in which the parent’s emotional and cognitive mind, can shape the interactional context of the baby during the first two years of life, and the impact of this interaction on the baby’s developing the mind. This will include, for example, thinking about the parent’s ability to be ‘mind-minded’ in terms of being able to treat their baby as an individual with a mind of their own.... [-]


Course in Basic Science: Understanding Experiments

Online Part time 4 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Get an introduction to science-based skills through simple, exciting, hands-on physics, chemistry and biology experiments. [+]

Get to grips with science, by carrying out fun experiments at home

On this practical course, you will start thinking like a scientist, by carrying out experiments at home.

You will extract the DNA from fruit, observe osmosis in action, see how different liquids behave when frozen, and bake a potato to destruction.

As you carry out these experiments, you will develop scientific skills including observation, record-keeping, data analysis and experiment control.

The course was produced with the kind support of Dangoor Education. You may also enjoy Basic Science: Understanding Numbers.

What topics will you cover?

Evaporation during heating, quantified by weight

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Course in Basic Science: Understanding Numbers

Online Part time 4 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

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.

It might be the size of the Greenland ice sheet, the number of molecules in a raindrop, or the latest set of mind-boggling numbers about climate change presented in the media.

No longer will you be put off by averages or percentages, and you’ll even learn to love negative numbers. You will understand and manage numbers like a scientist. The course will introduce all the main skills you’ll need to understand and communicate scientific numbers, relate them to the real world, and share your discoveries with other learners.

You may also be interested in joining Basic Science: Understanding Experiments.... [-]


Course in Becoming a Digital Citizen: an Introduction to the Digital Society

Online Part time 3 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online

Become a more informed digital citizen and engage with debate about what is appropriate in the modern world of social media [+]

The ‘digital citizen’ is a person who has developed the skills and knowledge to effectively use the internet and digital technologies, who uses digital technologies and the internet in a responsible and appropriate way in order to engage and participate in society and politics.

We live in a world where the use of digital technology has become the norm. Effective participation in our society increasingly requires our ability to engage online. This isn’t just a question of technical ability – just as with our physical society, there are appropriate and responsible behaviours we need to acquire.

In this course, we’ll investigate and explore the concept of the digital society. We’ll look at how personal values and ethical judgments shape our online participation, and how new technologies can be applied to solve some of the problems we might face. Through all of this, we will develop your digital capabilities, and your awareness of the cultural and ethical implications of using digital technologies, and we’ll seek to establish the skills required to become an effective and successful digital citizen.... [-]


Course in Becoming a Student Assistant: Teaching and Mentoring

Online Part time 5 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Learn how to be professionally involved in teaching, support and governing of higher education institutions. [+]

Student assistants are valuable staff members at the University of Groningen. Currently, over 700 students take up teaching duties, support role functions, governing positions, and many other responsibilities.

But, how to prepare for a job as a student assistant? What is professional behavior? How to deal with challenging situations in the classroom? How to support first-year students? These and other questions will be covered in this course.

What topics will you cover? The benefits of involving students in the organization Professional behavior in higher education Basic design principles of higher education Class preparation Teaching a class Assessment Mentoring and feedback Student representation Case studies in higher education What will you achieve? ... [-]

Course in Becoming Career Smart: How to Sell Yourself

Online Part time 2 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online

Most people change their jobs multiple times during the course of their working lives. Many make dramatic career shifts. Identifying your transferable generic skills is key to making the most of this agile employment marketplace. [+]

Most people change their jobs multiple times during the course of their working lives. Many make dramatic career shifts. Identifying your transferable generic skills is key to making the most of this agile employment marketplace.

Understand your strengths and how to sell them

This course looks at the current career environment. Using case studies and a series of unique audit tools, the course will challenge you to:

explore your successes and what success means to you develop your capacity to reflect on your strengths and weaknesses identify your key professional skills and capabilities. Credentials and portfolios

You will also learn about credentials – contemporary recognition, usually in digital form, of the skills and capabilities you have built during your life and career. Providing evidence of what you can do can often signify more than formal qualifications. This course will teach you how to document your cumulative work and life experience.... [-]


Course in Big Data: Mathematical Modelling

Online Full time Part time 2 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

Learn how to apply selected mathematical modeling methods to analyze big data in this free online course.

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Why join the course?

Have you ever wondered how mathematics can be used to solve big data problems? This course will show you how. Mathematics is everywhere, and with the rise of big data it becomes a useful tool when extracting information and analyzing large datasets.

Learn how maths underpins big data analysis

We will begin by explaining how maths underpins many of the tools that are used to manage and analyze big data. We will show you how very different applied problems can have common mathematical aims, and therefore can be addressed using similar mathematical tools. We will then proceed to introduce three such tools, based on a linear algebra framework. These tools and the problems that they address are:... [-]


Course in Big Data: Statistical Inference and Machine Learning

Online Full time Part time 2 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

This free online course equips you for working with these solutions by introducing you to selected statistical and machine learning techniques used for analysing large datasets and extracting information. [+]

Why join the course?

Many people have big data but only some people know what to do with it. Why? Well, the big problem is that the data is big—the size, complexity and diversity of datasets increase every day. This means we need new solutions for analysing data.

This course equips you for working with these solutions by introducing you to selected statistical and machine learning techniques used for analysing large datasets and extracting information. We also expose you to three software packages so you can develop your coding skills by completing practical exercises.

What will you achieve? Identify big data application areas Explore big data frameworks Model and analyse data by applying selected techniques Demonstrate an integrated approach to big data Develop an awareness of how to participate effectively in a team working with big data experts Who is the course for? ... [-]

Course in Biochemistry: the Molecules of Life

Online Part time 3 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Explore the impact of biochemistry on bioenergy and health, discovering why graduates are in demand; with the Biochemical Society. [+]

Why join the course?

Biochemistry brings together all of the sciences to study the chemical and physical processes that occur in living organisms. It truly is the science of life.

As a scientific discipline in its own right, biochemistry has a major impact on all areas of the life sciences and biochemists are in high demand among employers.

Get an introduction to biochemistry

This free online biochemistry course will outline the background and history of the field and its contemporary significance in the life sciences. It’s ideal if you enjoy biology and chemistry at school, and are thinking about studying or working in biochemistry as a distinct subject.

By the end of the course, you will be able to: discuss how biochemistry brings together the natural sciences, to describe the chemical basis of living systems; describe the events and scientists that have been significant during the historical development of biochemistry; describe the seminal experiments that led to significant advances in biochemical knowledge; discuss where biochemistry will play a role in future scientific advances, such as bioenergy, pharmaceuticals, and synthetic biology. recognize the wide range of jobs and career opportunities that become possible as a biochemistry graduate. Learn with expert biochemists from UEA and beyond ... [-]

Course in Bioprinting: 3D Printing Body Parts

Online Part time 4 weeks June 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Discover how biomaterials and 3D printing collide, to create revolutionary, bioprinted body parts, with this free online course. [+]

You may be aware of 3D printing or have seen low-cost 3D printers that can create plastic toys, replicas, and objects of your own design. But did you know that 3D printing is also enabling life-saving and transforming medical procedures, which were unthinkable a few years ago? The world of medicine and biomaterials has collided with advances in 3D printing, creating a new clinical paradigm in biomedicine: 3D bioprinting. This online course tells the story of this revolution, introducing you to commonly used biomaterials and bioprinting techniques.

What topics will you cover? The multidisciplinary nature of clinical 3D bioprinting The advantages and limitations of 3D modeling software for bioprinting The 3D printing process (the problem, design, material selection and object fabrication) Case studies of biomaterials enhancing lives (e.g. Robohand, Titanium heel, glaucoma implants) The nature and variety of materials for prosthetics and structural supports used in 3D bioprinting The difference between an implant and a prosthetic Innovative bioactive research (e.g. cartilage, biopens, skin regeneration) The ethical and regulatory issues involved in new medical treatments and the future of 3D bioprinting Communicating with the community on matters of new medical systems What will you achieve? ... [-]

Course in Blockchain in the Energy Sector

Online Part time 4 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Understand how blockchain works, where the technology has come from and why it will empower energy customers like never before. [+]

Understand the disruptive potential of blockchain in the energy sector

This online course studies the incredibly disruptive potential of blockchain technology in the energy sector. You will look at how blockchain works and start to understand the background, value proposition and geopolitical context that brought it to the center of everyone’s attention.

The course will offer a clear overview of how and why blockchain will take over the energy sector, optimizing old processes and empowering the customers like never before. This will create a new paradigm, where users can buy and sell energy from and to each other.

What topics will you cover? What is blockchain? Digital currencies The evolution and future of blockchain Smart contracts and decentralized applications Blockchain in the energy sector: the new paradigm P2P energy trading Blockchain applied to EV charging What will you achieve? ... [-]

Course in Bookkeeping for Personal and Business Accounting

Online Part time 4 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Learn how to balance your books and develop the skills to manage finances in personal and business environments. [+]

Get practical financial skills to help you balance the books

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.

You’ll master common terms, basic maths and gain the ability to put your knowledge into practice. After this course, you’ll be able to perfectly balance your books and understand how concepts of profit and loss lead to revenue or debt.

Develop ideas through conversation

This course is not facilitated. Learners are encouraged to support one another, share personal experience and knowledge, and see new perspectives.

What topics will you cover? ... [-]

Course in Building a Future with Robots

Online Full time Part time 3 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

On this free online course, we’ll present some of the major challenges that working with autonomous systems creates, to help you understand how researchers design robotic systems, how these connect to other fields of study, and the potential role of robotics in our everyday future. [+]

Explore the future of robotics in factories, homes, hospitals, schools and cars

In the near future, many of us will work alongside robots. Knowledge of robotics and autonomous systems will be a helpful skill for a surprising number of today’s careers.

On this course, we’ll look at current and future developments in the field of robotics that could shape many different aspects of our daily lives. We’ll build up a picture of the principles and the fundamental challenges of robotic design, and demonstrate how research here at The University of Sheffield is working to overcome some of these challenges.

What topics will you cover?

This course looked at current and future developments in the field of robotics that could shape different aspects of people’s daily lives. It built an understanding of the principles and fundamental challenges of designing robots including:... [-]


Course in Business Fundamentals: Customer Engagement

Online Part time 4 weeks April 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

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. [+]

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. Even if you have never considered marketing to be relevant to you personally, the ideas shared in this course will reveal how you can benefit from it – at work or elsewhere.

Discover how to engage customers through relationships

You will explore how organisations choose the right customers to engage with, how they sustain such engagement, and how and why they disengage. As well as analysing how organisations implement relationship marketing, the course will encourage you to apply its ideas to your own role even if you have little or no direct contact with customers. You’ll also be able to use these principles with potential employers.... [-]


Course in Business Fundamentals: Effective Communication

Online Part time 4 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

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. [+]

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.

Improve your written and verbal communication skills

You will discover the principles of writing influential documents for work such as reports and proposals. As you learn simple frameworks for emails and meetings you’ll immediately put them into practice and increase your productivity. You will find new confidence in your ability to make convincing presentations and conduct productive meetings – whether virtual or face to face. You will develop communication approaches that are sensitive to cultural and personal difference and are tailored to the occasion, whether online, in print or face to face.... [-]


Course in Business Fundamentals: Effective Networking

Online Full time Part time 4 weeks February 2019 United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

Learn how to build and sustain your network to enhance your professional relationships and open up career opportunities. [+]

Why join the course?

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.

Build your network and personal brand online and in the real world

You will craft, and receive feedback on, an elevator pitch, a short statement about your role and talents. You will learn how to analyze the value of your connections, whether you are looking for a new job or seeking ways of being more effective in your current position. The course will also cover strategies for self-presentation, keeping in touch with your connections and ensuring that your networking relationships are based on mutual benefit and trust. As well as honing your interpersonal skills in essential areas such as giving and seeking information, the course will cover the fundamentals of creating and managing your digital presence for networking on social media platforms such as LinkedIn and Facebook.... [-]


Course in Business Fundamentals: Project Management

Online Full time Part time 4 weeks October 2018 United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

Gain the basic skills to manage all phases of project lifecycles 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.

Visualise, plan, manage and evaluate projects successfully

You will learn techniques to help you visualize, plan and manage key activities and events in your project, and make links between project management and related theories of innovation, change and people management.

You will be introduced to essential tools which support project management, as well as the fundamental personal skills of team selection, management, and evaluation. The course will also cover the stage of evaluating project performance and learning for the future.... [-]


Course in Business Futures: Sustainable Business Through Green HR

Online Part time 3 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online

Get an introduction to how HR, specifically Green HR, can help create a business that’s environmentally friendly. [+]

Sustainability is an embedded practice in many businesses. It recognizes the long-term benefits of acknowledging the social and environmental impacts of production and consumption. While governments encourage responsible social and environmental action, implementation is often left to individual organizations and many of these are under pressure from shareholders driven by a profit-centered return on investment (ROI) model. And so, environmental and sustainable practices often become an HR matter - it’s people that must make the difference.

This course will explore what constitutes sustainability from both ecological and business perspectives. We will investigate the emergence of sustainable approaches to human resources, known as ‘Green HR’, and identify various types of sustainability models.... [-]


Course in Business Futures: the Sharing Economy

Online Part time 3 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online

This course provides an introduction to the sharing economy and examines its impact on economies, businesses, and consumers. The growth of the sharing economy in many industry sectors highlights the challenges and opportunities while providing a range of options to provide innovative consumer experiences.

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This course is part of the Business Futures program, which will enable you to gain insights into three emerging trends that are disrupting traditional business practices.

About the course

The sharing economy is a 21st Century phenomenon that has shaken the status quo in accommodation, transport, personal services, media, and entertainment sectors. This course provides an introduction to the sharing economy and examines its impact on economies, businesses, and consumers. The growth of the sharing economy in many industry sectors highlights the challenges and opportunities while providing a range of options to provide innovative consumer experiences.

Trace the history of the sharing economy ... [-]

Course in Business Futures: Understanding Omni-channel Retailing and Supply Chains

Online Part time 3 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online

We no longer only buy products or experience services in physical spaces. We now often buy in-store and online using a laptop, a phone and even a watch. This course demystifies the omnichannel experience and explores how omnichannel retail and supply chains have changed the production and consumption experience for both enterprises and consumers. [+]

We no longer only buy products or experience services in physical spaces. We now often buy in-store and online using a laptop, a phone and even a watch. This course demystifies the omnichannel experience and explores how omnichannel retail and supply chains have changed the production and consumption experience for both enterprises and consumers.

Understand Omni-channel retailing

We trace the evolution of the retail purchase from physical acts or transactions through to multi-channel online purchasing. Today’s technology-driven virtual and physical worlds enable transactions anytime anywhere and to anyone. We will explore how the omnichannel world differs from multichannel retailing, and how businesses can adopt omnichannel approaches to the production of goods and services.... [-]


Course in Business Process Management: An Introduction to Process Thinking

Online Full time Part time 3 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

Organisations run many business processes. They underpin what gets done, when and how, allowing them to achieve their strategic goals. Do we begin by posing the question: How can we leverage knowledge of business processes to improve organisational performance in this complex, changing the world? [+]

Understand the importance of value-driven process thinking.

Organisations run many business processes. They underpin what gets done, when and how, allowing them to achieve their strategic goals. Do we begin by posing the question: How can we leverage knowledge of business processes to improve organisational performance in this complex, changing the world?

Business processes are around us everywhere and they play a key role in our personal and professional lives. Explore the benefits of systematically managing business processes through business process management (BPM), how this approach differs from related disciplines and the key phases of a BPM project.

What topics will you cover? Introduction to the redesign of business processes through the Ford Motor case study. Exploration of strategic goals which enable a business to improve its processes. Investigation of the value of BPM to support a business to retain its competitive edge. Identification of the phases of the BPM lifecycle. Assessment of process identification and its role in the BPM lifecycle. Explanation of the power of process discovery phase in the BPM lifecycle to capture what work is done, when it will be done and who will do it. Introduction to the purposes and techniques of qualitative analysis in business process management. Overview of the technique of value-added analysis of a business process. Explanation of the technique of quantitative analysis and the three dimensions which inform it - time, cost and quality. Analysis of process redesign and the prospects redesign offers an organisation to review how it conducts its... [-]

Course in Caring for Vulnerable Children

Online Part time November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online

In times of austerity and shrinking public services, the task of identifying and caring for vulnerable children has never been more challenging. In this free online course, we’ll help you explore some of the issues involved in undertaking this task. [+]

In times of austerity and shrinking public services, the task of identifying and caring for vulnerable children has never been more challenging. In this free online course, we’ll help you explore some of the issues involved in undertaking this task.

Understand risk and vulnerability, in theory, and practice

We’ll consider what we mean by risk and vulnerability, as well as how we define good enough parenting. We’ll think about how children grow and develop, and how we can provide them with containment and security via meaningful relationships and attachments. And we’ll look at the particular skills involved in communicating with children and young people. We’ll go on to learn about the characteristics that define different methods of practice and how some approaches can help us to resist risk-averse thinking. We’ll consider different possible interventions and how, in Scotland, this is managed within the Children’s Hearing System. We’ll conclude by reflecting on the current politics of caring for vulnerable children in a context of budget cuts and increasing child poverty.... [-]


Course in Challenging Behaviour: Strategies for Helping Young People

Online Part time 5 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online

How can you manage challenging behaviour in young people? Find out with this free online course featuring the latest research. [+]

Young people today face mounting problems which make working with and helping them learn, more important than ever. This course will help improve your experience working with young people. On the course, we’ll use the latest research to investigate the causes of challenging behaviour and look at strategies, helping you build a toolkit to modify behaviour. Ambition School Leadership work with a variety of experts that offer empirical knowledge and learning from within different school settings, meaning their expertise is drawn from both research and people directly working with young people.

What topics will you cover? Identifying what your current reality looks like in relation to behaviour management Identifying the causes of challenging behaviour Approaches to managing and modifying behaviour Analysis of cutting-edge academic research to develop knowledge and skills Planning for individual and institutional change What will you achieve? ... [-]

Course in Challenging Wealth and Income Inequality

Online Part time 4 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online

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? [+]

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?

Has the baby boomer generation had it all?

This free online course will explore the growing concerns surrounding rising inequality in income and wealth in developed countries. You’ll scrutinize claims that the baby boomer generation has had it all, in terms of pension deals and affordable houses, while social and political changes have left younger generations struggling to find security for their accommodation and retirement income.

You’ll examine the causes and implications of growing economic inequalities and what can be done about them, by individuals, communities, and governments.... [-]


Course in Childhood in the Digital Age

Online Part time Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online

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. [+]

Why join the course?

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.

Are social media changing the way that children form relationships? How is technology changing the way that children think, and how will it shape the classroom of the future? This exciting new course pulls together the latest evidence from experts in the field to explore these and other questions.

Join us as we delve into the lives of children and discuss the potential benefits and limitations of technology in their lives.... [-]


Course in Clinical Bioinformatics: Unlocking Genomics in Healthcare

Online Part time 5 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online

This free online course aims to raise awareness amongst healthcare professionals of the role of Clinical Bioinformatics and Genomics in healthcare today. We will illustrate how the discipline of Clinical Bioinformatics provides an important bridge between the cutting edge science and the delivery of genomic medicine in clinical practice. [+]

This free online course aims to raise awareness amongst healthcare professionals of the role of Clinical Bioinformatics and Genomics in healthcare today. We will illustrate how the discipline of Clinical Bioinformatics provides an important bridge between the cutting edge science and the delivery of genomic medicine in clinical practice. By understanding the role of a Clinical Bioinformatician it will become clear how integral they are to ensuring the beneficial opportunities of genomic medicine are fully realised in patient care.

Discover the potential of Clinical Bioinformatics

This is an exciting time. We are now beginning to sequence whole genomes in the clinic, the most personal information we can have on a patient. We can start to see how genome variants might impact on health and we can direct really precise medicine to individual patients. This is not without its challenges. The genome is a huge amount of information. Identifying the causative variant (the part in the genome that can cause a change in health) is like looking for a needle in a haystack. But what does this phrase actually mean? This course will take you into the world of a Clinical Bioinformatician and show you what they do behind the scenes when finding that needle in the genomic data. It will also show you what happens next and the important contribution Clinical Bioinformatician’s make to the patient’s journey.... [-]


Course in Commercialization of Social Enterprises: Stemming the Tide of Mission Drift

Online Part time 5 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online

Many social enterprises are becoming more commercial, adopting the techniques, funding or governance more usually associated with for-profit ventures. [+]

Many social enterprises are becoming more commercial, adopting the techniques, funding or governance more usually associated with for-profit ventures. In this online course, social enterprise and microfinance experts from Université Libre de Bruxelles and their guests will shed new light on this trend. They will ask how commercialization affects the management and operations of social enterprises, and which avenues could or should be used to avoid mission drift.

What topics will you cover?

Why social entrepreneurs innovate The motivations behind starting a social enterprise; new data related to inequality and happiness; the link between financial exclusion and poverty; and how social innovation has tried to tackle these problems. Microfinance practices The basics of microfinance, covering its historical roots and evolution, and the current provision of financial and non-financial services. When a not-for-profit becomes a for-profit organization How institutions evolve beyond the not-for-profit structure; case studies exploring the impact, both internally and externally, of such a transition; and the concept of mission drift. Sources of financing, mission drift and zoom out How different sources of financing impact the social mission of microfinance institutions; the different strategies and practices to avoid mission drift in social enterprises; and what is specific to the commercialization of microfinance and what is common to all social enterprises.... [-]


Course in Compassionate Care: Getting it Right

Online Part time 5 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online

This free online course will explore the impact of compassionate care, for both practitioners and users of health and social care. [+]

The importance of compassionate care in health and social care has been brought to the fore in recent years by high-profile public inquiries into the mistreatment and sometimes deaths of patients at, for example, Morecambe Bay and Mid Staffordshire hospitals.

Explore the issue of compassionate care

This free online course will explore the issue of compassionate care in relation to the key points from these investigations, and from other theoretical perspectives. This includes the need to create a common, person-centred culture across organisations. This person-centredness is not limited to patients but extends to the way organisations treat staff and to the culture within the organisation itself.... [-]


Course in Competitive Advantage: Using Information to Build Business Success

Online Full time Part time November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

Learn the value of information to businesses and how it can give the business a competitive advantage [+]

Get started learning how to use information as a competitive edge.

Apple, Facebook, and Google are three of today’s most vibrant companies. And they have something in common: they understand that the value of their business is built on what they know about their business and their customers, and this gives them their competitive advantage. Information is the key to contemporary business success.

Learn from the business experts

Deakin University’s Business School is a global leader in business and management education. Its online MBA is ranked in the top 20 in the world, and the School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). A hallmark of excellence, AACSB accreditation is awarded to business schools that meet strict standards of quality, academic and professional excellence, and the most recognized form worldwide of professional accreditation an institution and its business programs can earn.... [-]


Course in Concurrent Programming in Erlang

Online Part time 3 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online

We combine the theory of concurrent programming with the practice of how that works in Erlang. You’ll get the opportunity to reinforce what you learn through practical exercises and more substantial, optional practical projects. [+]

Concurrent functional programming is increasingly important in providing global-scale applications on the internet. We combine the theory of concurrent programming with the practice of how that works in Erlang. You’ll get the opportunity to reinforce what you learn through practical exercises and more substantial, optional practical projects. Functional programming has been a strength the University of Kent for the last 30 years. Throughout the course, you’ll learn with Simon Thompson – co-author of one of the standard introductions to Erlang, O’Reilly Media’s Erlang Programming.

What topics will you cover? Processes and messages in Erlang Message-passing concurrency Designing for robustness Handling errors and dealing with exceptions Testing and fixing concurrency Multicore and distributed Erlang OTP: The Open Telecom Platform What will you achieve? Develop concurrent programs in Erlang using processes and message-passing communication between them Describe the mechanisms underlying message processing in Erlang Explain the life-cycle of an Erlang process and the handling of errors Design and implement robust systems in Erlang Summarise the design principles underlying the Open Telecom Platform (OTP) Who is the course for? ... [-]

Course in Contract Management: Building Relationships in Business

Online Full time Part time 3 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

Learn to build relationships and manage contracts successfully with this free online course backed by UK government and IACCM. [+]

Why join the course?

Contracts are fundamental to all business activities and relationships are fundamental to all contracts.

This free online course will help you understand contract management processes; give you the confidence to develop new contracts; and help you build successful relationships to implement contracts effectively.

Manage contracts and relationships successfully

The course has been developed by the University of Southampton, in association with the Crown Commercial Service, UK Cabinet Office, Civil Service Learning and the International Association of Contract & Commercial Management (IACCM).

Over three weeks, you will realise the importance, complexity and challenges of designing and delivering good contracts. You will learn how your objectives and those of your customer/client can be achieved in an effective way, to minimise possible threats or failures.... [-]


Course in Cyber Security: Safety at Home, Online, in Life

Online Full time Part time 3 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

This three-week free online course explores practical cybersecurity including privacy online, payment safety and security at home

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This three-week free online course explores practical cybersecurity including privacy online, payment safety and security at home.

Why join the course?

In the modern world, information security has an influence on all of us: at home, at work, online and in life in general. Like many inventions that have gone before, the internet and the web, the cloud and the Internet of Things (IoT) bring with them many advantages, but also open up new possibilities for criminal activity. So should you avoid all contact with this brave new world? This free online course presents an alternative, providing you with the knowledge to make informed decisions.

Understand key topics in cybersecurity ... [-]

Course in Cyber Security for Small and Medium Enterprises: Identifying Threats and Preventing Attacks

Online Part time 2 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online

Almost daily we hear about cyber attacks on large organisations, but we rarely hear much about similar attacks on small and medium enterprises. This doesn’t mean that they’re not happening. [+]

Almost daily we hear about cyber attacks on large organisations, but we rarely hear much about similar attacks on small and medium enterprises. This doesn’t mean that they’re not happening.

In this course, you’ll explore some of the common cyber threats facing small and medium enterprises, what a cyber attack means, and what practical tools and strategies you can put in place to prevent them.

Investigate a real cyber attack in action

We’ll start by looking at the recent Panama Papers leak to find out more about cyber threats, the methods that hackers use, and what the consequences of cyber attacks can be for small and medium enterprises.

Explore strategies for protecting your organisation against cyber attacks After viewing a simulation of a cyber attack in action, we’ll then take a look at some of the tools and preventative strategies that you can put in place to protect your organisation.... [-]


Course in Data Mining with Weka

Online Part time January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Today’s world generates more data than ever before! Being able to turn it into useful information is a key skill. This course introduces you to practical data mining using the Weka workbench. [+]

Learn how to mine your own data

Today’s world generates more data than ever before! Being able to turn it into useful information is a key skill. This course introduces you to practical data mining using the Weka workbench. We’ll dispel the mystery that surrounds the subject. We’ll explain the principles of popular algorithms. We’ll show you how to use them in practical applications. You’ll get plenty of experience actually mining data during the course, and afterward, you’ll be well equipped to mine your own. Weka originated at the University of Waikato in NZ, and Ian Witten has authored a leading book on data mining.

What topics will you cover? What is data mining? Where can it be applied? How do simple classification algorithms work? What are their strengths and weaknesses? In what ways are real-life classification methods more complex? How should you evaluate a classifier’s performance? What is “overfitting” and how can you combat it? How can ensemble techniques combine the result of different algorithms? What ethical considerations arise when mining data? What will you achieve? Demonstrate use of Weka for key data mining tasks Evaluate the performance of a classifier on new, unseen, instances Explain how data miners can unwittingly overestimate the performance of their system Identify learning methods that are based on different flavors of simplicity Apply many different learning methods to a dataset of your choice Interpret the output produced by classification methods Describe the principles behind many modern machine learning methods Compare the decision boundaries... [-]

Course in Data to Insight: an Introduction to Data Analysis

Online Part time 8 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online

Organisations around the world are collecting more data than ever. They are talking about big data, data science, business intelligence, analytics, data mining and data visualisation.They want to extract insights from data about their worlds and make predictions to inform their decisions. [+]

Gain useful practical and thinking skills in data analysis efficiently

Organisations around the world are collecting more data than ever. They are talking about big data, data science, business intelligence, analytics, data mining and data visualisation.They want to extract insights from data about their worlds and make predictions to inform their decisions.

This is an introduction to statistical data analysis and data visualisation for those new to the subject as well as those wanting a fresh perspective. We focus on the exploration of data and discovery, the limitations of data, avoiding being misled, and learning to think like a statistician.

What will you achieve? Explore fundamental statistical concepts Create visual and numerical representations of data Interpret data analysis outputs Discuss possible interpretations of statistical data Who is the course for? ... [-]

Course in Decision Making in a Complex and Uncertain World

Online Full time Part time 7 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

By completing this course you will have developed skills and knowledge that will enhance your decision-making skills in order to act in a complex world and under uncertainty. [+]

Why join the course?

Leaders must be able to act in a complex world and under uncertainty. This course is the first step to develop yourself into one of the future’s key decision makers or to enhance your decision-making skills.

First, this course will address what complexity is and will define uncertainty. Next, we cover a number of tools and methods to understand and be able to navigate through the complex and uncertain world.

The need for a multidisciplinary approach will be emphasised throughout the course. Guest lecturers from different faculties will explain, provide applications and examples from their respective fields of study for a more comprehensive understanding of the different elements of complexity. For example, complexity can be beautifully explained by the use of insects and brains and many other naturals and social phenomena. The same ideas can be applied to economic and financial systems.... [-]


Course in Developing Cultural Intelligence for Leadership

Online Full time Part time 4 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

Find out what Cultural Intelligence (CQ) is, and why good leaders and managers need it, in this free online course. [+]

Course in Developing Cultural Intelligence for Leadership

Cultural Intelligence (CQ) is the natural evolution from the well-established notions of IQ (intelligence quotient) and EQ (emotional intelligence). Good leaders need all three to lead effectively.

CQ is the ability to cross divides - whether country, generation, gender, sector or background - and to thrive in multiple cultures. Developing your CQ will enable you to work with people who are different from you, and lead in your organisation, community, business or place of study.

Understand and develop Cultural Intelligence

This free online course will introduce you to the concept of CQ and explore its evolution and relevance for leadership.... [-]


Course in Developing Your Research Project

Online Part time January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

The course is intended for anyone who is currently undertaking or planning to undertake a piece of academic research, be that the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), International Baccalaureate Extended Essay, Welsh Baccalaureate Individual Project, coursework or a piece of independent scholarship. The course is running in March, June, September and October 2017 so you can choose the start date that suits you. [+]

The course is intended for anyone who is currently undertaking or planning to undertake a piece of academic research, be that the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), International Baccalaureate Extended Essay, Welsh Baccalaureate Individual Project, coursework or a piece of independent scholarship. The course is running in March, June, September and October 2017 so you can choose the start date that suits you.

Curiosity is one of humanity’s most important characteristics. It has enabled us to make the unknown known, to break barriers and to shine a light on all aspects of life, from our day to day hobbies to the exploration of the stars. Our innate desire to explore is responsible for many of our proudest achievements. This course will help train you to harness your curiosity and use it to undertake your own research projects in a scholarly manner.... [-]


Course in Digital Leadership: Creating Value Through Technology

Online Full time Part time 4 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

Digital technologies are changing extraordinarily quickly. This four-week course will introduce you to the new digital landscape. [+]

In this course you will explore: What it means to be a ‘digital leader’; how aligning business and IT strategies and capabilities will enhance competitiveness; and the role that digital technologies can play in empowering business. Who is this course for?

Digital Leadership is aimed at the top and middle management in any type and size of the organisation, and in any industry.

Whether you’re a CEO or someone involved in improving business competitiveness through digital technologies, this course is for you. We don’t expect you to have any prior knowledge of management theory or hands-on technical skills to get started.

Representatives of both profit and not-for-profit organisations will benefit through a better understanding of how to plan, manage and implement new digital technologies.... [-]


Course in Digital Skills: Grow Your Career

Online Part time 2 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Learn about how digital is changing the world of work, and how you can successfully grow your career in the digital age. [+]

Develop your career in digital skills

Digital technology now touches almost every aspect of our lives, including work. On this course, you will explore how you can build a successful career in the digital age. You’ll get a closer look at the meaning of digital, and how it has changed the way we work.

You’ll also explore the different paths you could take to grow your career, and what role digital can play in these. Plus, you will also learn about the key skills we all need to thrive in this new environment, and how you can find support and keep learning to reach your goals.

What topics will you cover? The meaning of ‘digital’ Introduction to key digital technologies that are impacting the way we work Changing workplace dynamics due to digital technologies Considerations around digital strategy when promoting your business Key skills required in a digital age Ways of showcasing your skills to attract employers What will you achieve? ... [-]

Course in Digital Skills: Social Media

Online Part time 2 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Learn how to use social media for business, from creating a social media presence to measuring success. [+]

Learn how to effectively use social media for business

Does your business need to use social media? Find out why social media is relevant for businesses today and how you can use it to establish and improve your brand.

You’ll learn about the key steps in promoting your brand through social media, including setting campaign objectives, identifying the target audience and the right channels, creating engaging content and managing your presence. You will also look at examples of different social media channels, tips for using them and how to measure success and improve your campaigns.

What topics will you cover?

Week 1

What is social media? Target groups Social media channels Managing your social media presence Social media management tools ... [-]

Course in Disability and a Good Life: Working with Disability

Online Part time 6 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online

Today we recognize disability as a part of human diversity. But what does it mean to work with disability in a way that enables a good life for ourselves and others?

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Work with a disability to enable a good life for yourself and others Today we recognize disability as a part of human diversity. But what does it mean to work with disability in a way that enables a good life for ourselves and others? In this course, you’ll have the opportunity to engage with some of the big issues facing disabled people, governments, and societies. You’ll explore human rights approaches to disability and critically examine the concepts of inclusion, access, and support. You’ll also learn about disability politics and policy, advocacy and activism, and consider how to work with a disability at multiple levels to enable a good life for all.

What topics will you cover? The importance of valuing human diversity, inclusion, and belonging The implications of discrimination and barriers to access in the lives of people with disabilities Definitions of disability, human rights, access, care, support, and contribution The significance of international human rights frameworks, including the UNCRPD What care and support look like in practice The diverse ways that people with disabilities contribute to society Advocacy and activism as channels for working for change What will you achieve? Identify and explain what a good life might mean for a diversity of people, including people with disabilities Evaluate the importance of listening to the ideas and life experiences of people with disabilities Explain disability rights through an examination of international human rights frameworks, including the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) Explain how discrimination... [-]

Course in Discovering Science: Atmospheric Chemistry

Online Part time 2 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Learn about the role that radiation and greenhouse gases play in our understanding of atmospheric chemistry. As levels of CO2 in the atmosphere increase, you will discover the solutions scientists are exploring to reduce levels. [+]

Why join the course?

Learn about the role that radiation and greenhouse gases play in our understanding of atmospheric chemistry. As levels of CO2 in the atmosphere increase, you will discover the solutions scientists are exploring to reduce levels. And discover how missions to other planets and moons in our solar system are revealing extraordinarily diverse atmospheres. Explore how an exponential increase in the discovery of new exoplanets is helping us learn about the evolution of our own atmosphere.

What topics will you cover? The chemistry of atmospheric pollution. The role that radiation and greenhouse gases play in atmospheric chemistry. The role of chemical feedbacks. An introduction to the FAGE container. The research conducted using the FAGE container to predict climate and air quality. Chemical solutions for reducing the amount of Carbon Dioxide in our atmosphere. The influence of humans on recent climate change. Assignment: prepare interview questions to demonstrate an understanding of lowering CO2 emissions. The role of chemistry in understanding the atmospheres in the solar system. Space exploration in the media. The evolution of technology in aiding knowledge of planetary atmospheres. The Cassini-Huygens space mission. Similarities and differences between Titan’s and Earth’s atmospheres. The search for life or a habitable planet. Assignment: a peer-reviewed task to write a press release about a space mission. What will you achieve? Explore the chemistry behind climate and pollution in Earth’s atmosphere. Assess the future of living with climate change, the contributing impact humans are making and possible solutions. Explore how knowledge... [-]

Course in Discovering Science: Chemical Products

Online Part time 2 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online

For centuries natural materials have been used by people to meet their daily needs. Discover how scientists are using their knowledge of the molecular structure of naturally occurring compounds to develop new and exciting materials. [+]

This course is part of the Discovering Science program, which will enable you to learn about the extraordinary world of everyday chemistry, and earn 10 credits from the University of Leeds. For centuries natural materials have been used by people to meet their daily needs. Discover how scientists are using their knowledge of the molecular structure of naturally occurring compounds to develop new and exciting materials. From clothing to tooth enamel, the possibilities are endless. You’ll also consider the chemistry behind the development of everyday consumer, and consider the ethics behind the products you use.

What topics will you cover? Everyday biomaterials and their molecular properties. The molecular structure of wool and silk and how this has developed over the last century. The influence of natural materials on the development of man-made fibers. The potential uses of self-assembling peptides within the human body. The creation of hydrogels from self-assembling peptides. The development of synthetic spider silk. The future of bio-inspired materials. The creation of composite biomaterials that combine organic and inorganic components. Assignment: prepare a press release to communicate the science of ‘composite bio-inspired materials’. The science and environmental impact of everyday household products. The evolution of effective, safe and economical products. The use of surfactants in household products. The chemistry of hair dyes and how they are tested and regulated. The significance of the chemical industry. The complexity of scientific fact and public perception of consumer products. Parabens and the controversy that surrounds their use as preservatives. Construct a... [-]

Course in Discovering Science: Science Writing

Online Part time 2 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online

Without science writing, science could not really exist. By recording experiments and publishing the results of studies and discoveries, scientists can share their important work, and find an engaged audience. [+]

Why join the course?

Without science writing, science could not really exist. By recording experiments and publishing the results of studies and discoveries, scientists can share their important work, and find an engaged audience. Science writing takes many forms: from press releases to video scripts. You’ll learn about different types of science writing, and look at the factors which you need to consider to write a story. You’ll discover how to gather accurate information and relevant opinions as well as tips on how to conduct a successful interview.

What topics will you cover? Examine the different forms science writing can take, and the sources for finding out about science. Examine the factors to consider when preparing to write your own science story, such as the angle, who your audience is, and why they will be interested in a story. Understand how to structure a narrative. Examine the different components you need to write for news articles, press releases, and blogs, such as the headline for a news article. Understand the importance of balance in a news story and how to achieve it. Explore how to use video stories to communicate scientific information to different audiences. Explore interviewing techniques to use before and during a broadcast. Write a news article, blog post or video script; and review and comment on the work of other learners. What will you achieve? Explain what science writing is and identify different types. Identify how to source examples of science writing and evaluate them. Evaluate how... [-]

Course in Education for All: Disability, Diversity and Inclusion

Online Part time November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online

Discover ways to make education more inclusive, especially in areas where resources are limited. [+]

Millions of children around the world are excluded from access to education because of a disability - robbing them of their potential and diminishing our society. On this course you will learn about inclusive education, understanding what barriers there are to learning and how to challenge them. Over six weeks you will learn from a range of people with experience of disability, discovering practical ways to create a more inclusive learning environment that you can apply in your own area. Join us and help create a world where learning is for all children.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to

Describe the principles and approaches to inclusive education Identify environmental and social barriers to inclusion Discuss the role of the family and the community in supporting inclusive education Explore how to create an inclusive school environment Apply ideas for inclusive education practices in the classroom Explore the impact of attitudes on one's ability to implement inclusive education Who is the course for? ... [-]

Course in eHealth: Combining Psychology, Technology and Health

Online Part time 6 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

How can technology make you healthy? Learn about the design, application, implementation and evaluation of eHealth.

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eHealth refers to the use of technologies to improve well-being, health, and healthcare. It is an umbrella term that captures concepts about the health context, technology, and people. In this free online course, we will provide you with insight into the domain of eHealth, describe methods to develop eHealth, and explain theories that enable behavior change and facilitate implementation. You will also understand how eHealth technologies are developed and used in practice, using a variety of case studies, assignments and examples. This course pays attention to the perspectives of the eHealth developers, patients, healthcare professionals and healthy people who want to improve or maintain their health and wellbeing. These perspectives are applied to the three main topics of this course: During Weeks 1 and 2, we will introduce eHealth and show you how eHealth technologies are used to enable or improve self-care and prevention, supportive care, and societal health. Weeks 3 and four will focus on design. You will learn how to design eHealth that fits the user and the context and can seduce or support people into changing their behavior. In Weeks 5 and 6, we focus on the diffusion and evaluation of eHealth technologies within the intended context, and among users and other relevant stakeholders. After finishing this course, you will have new knowledge about eHealth, acquired relevant eHealth skills, and gained insight into the use of eHealth in practice.... [-]


Course in Elements of Renewable Energy

Online Part time 4 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online

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. [+]

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.

These ‘renewables’ have been utilised for centuries, in water mills, windmills and wood stoves, but in recent years we’ve developed the technology to utilise these natural power sources on a much larger scale.

During this free online course, we’ll study renewable energy using the four Greek elements as our weekly themes:

Earth – here we introduce the Earth’s renewable energy sources, most of which are derived from power delivered by the Sun. Air – here we look at wind power. Fire – here we focus on the direct power of the Sun. Water – here we look at hydropower. ... [-]

Course in Empire: the Controversies of British Imperialism

Online Part time 6 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online

The British Empire was the largest empire ever seen. It ruled over a quarter of the world’s population and paved the way for today’s global economy. But British imperialism isn’t without controversy, and it continues to cause enormous disagreement among historians today. This free online course will help you understand why. [+]

The British Empire was the largest empire ever seen. It ruled over a quarter of the world’s population and paved the way for today’s global economy. But British imperialism isn’t without controversy, and it continues to cause enormous disagreement among historians today. This free online course will help you understand why.

Explore the British Empire through six controversial themes

Over six weeks, we’ll explore the British Empire through six themes - money, violence, race, religion, gender and sex, and propaganda. You’ll get to hear the stories of the fascinating individuals who contributed to both its rise and fall.

Along the way, you’ll be able to debate the questions these themes raise with learners from around the world and draw your own conclusions.... [-]


Course in England in the Time of King Richard III

Online Part time 6 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

The discovery of the skeleton of Richard III in a Leicester car park - and the recent revelations of an infidelity within his family’s bloodline - have made headline news around the world. [+]

The discovery of the skeleton of Richard III in a Leicester car park - and the recent revelations of an infidelity within his family’s bloodline - have made headline news around the world.

In this free online course, a team of scholars from the University of Leicester address a broad set of themes about the England Richard would have inhabited in the 15th century and look back at his rediscovery and reinterment.

Explore the Wars of the Roses

The political scene in the 15th century was dominated by savage dynastic warfare – the Wars of the Roses - in which allegiances and power shifted among an aristocratic clique, with devastating outcomes.

The century also saw the abandonment of many villages through general population decline and a shift towards greater use of the land for pasture farming. But demand for labour meant that the prosperity of working people rose, and towards the end of the century, the introduction of printing transformed access to literacy and books.... [-]


Course in English as a Medium of Instruction for Academics

Online Part time 4 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online

Equip yourself to teach in international contexts by increasing your English language skills and intercultural knowledge. [+]

As universities work to become globally competitive courses taught in English are expanding. Those working in Higher Education are often thrown into producing academic work in English – either as teachers or researchers – without training in English language or intercultural skills. This course aims to remedy that, giving you a thorough introduction to English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI). You’ll learn about current EMI practice, and increase your confidence in using English, you’ll also work to grow your intercultural skills. Join us and get prepared for the global classroom. What topics will you cover?

What is EMI? Different contexts of EMI use and different interpretations/meanings of the term including internationalization ‘at home’ Latest research findings and discussions about how ELF research has influenced EMI The role of language in effective intercultural communication Useful language for presenting ideas in English (e.g. signposting language) The use of the voice in effective intercultural communication, e.g. clarity, speed of delivery, intonation etc How far is accuracy in language important? Issues and challenges in lecturing for a multilingual and multicultural audience Facilitating and managing effective communication in small groups or seminars Recognising cultural differences in the international classroom and avoiding stereotypes Practical tips for addressing intercultural challenges What will you achieve? ... [-]

Course in English for the Workplace

Online Part time 4 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

This course is for people who are learning English and who are interested in developing English language skills for employability and workplace contexts. It will help job seekers and young professionals with the English they need. [+]

This course is for people who are learning English and who are interested in developing English language skills for employability and workplace contexts. It will help job seekers and young professionals with the English they need.

Each week, we’ll focus on key aspects of English for the workplace. You’ll watch videos and listen to audio recordings of people searching and applying for jobs, preparing for interviews, taking interviews, starting their new job, and working with new colleagues. Our experienced tutor will examine some of the language used and will draw your attention to useful points that will help you improve your English in workplace contexts.

The course does not follow a language syllabus but takes workplace English as its starting point, and offers functional language phrases and real, authentic workplace scenarios. Short quizzes and discussions will help you measure your understanding and practise your English.... [-]


Course in English in Early Childhood: Language Learning and Development

Online Part time 6 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online

This free online course for parents and practitioners will explore how young children learn English and investigate many more aspects of early childhood learning and development. [+]

Why join the course?

How do very young children best learn English as an additional language while they’re still learning their mother tongue? How and why do children learn best through play? What can parents and practitioners do to enable children to get the most out of a learning experience?

This free online course for parents and practitioners will explore how young children learn English and investigate many more aspects of early childhood learning and development.

Create the best environment for young children to learn English

British Council educators will share their insights and experiences so that you can learn how to best talk to young children; how to create the best environment for them to learn English as an additional language; and how to monitor their progress most effectively.... [-]


Course in Environmental Challenges: Human Impact in the Natural Environment

Online Part time 2 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online

Complex patterns in ecology are not always causal and predictable. Populations have their own dynamics that can be independent of external environmental conditions. [+]

This course is part of the Environmental Challenges program, which will enable you to explore how people and nature interact and earn 10 credits from the University of Leeds.

Complex patterns in ecology are not always causal and predictable. Populations have their own dynamics that can be independent of external environmental conditions. In this course we look at the way that natural systems are organised; although living systems are complex, there are also some fairly constant patterns and relationships.

This course explores three approaches to the causality and dynamics of environmental systems, and how humans are involved and affected by these systems worldwide. It also includes an introduction to correlation and the limitations of statistical testing.... [-]


Course in Environmental Challenges: Scarcity and Conflict in the Natural Environment

Online Part time 2 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

The human conflict has both short and long-term effects on the natural world. The environment is directly impacted by pollution and explosions and can be used as a weapon of war. In the longer term, sustainable environmental management is disrupted when conflict destabilizes social systems and people are denied access to natural resources.

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War and conflict can severely disrupt the governance of the environment. What is the impact on both people and the environment? This course is part of the Environmental Challenges program, which will enable you to explore how people and nature interact and earn 10 credits from the University of Leeds.

Why join the course?

The human conflict has both short and long-term effects on the natural world. The environment is directly impacted by pollution and explosions and can be used as a weapon of war. In the longer term, sustainable environmental management is disrupted when conflict destabilizes social systems and people are denied access to natural resources. As resources become scarcer, it might be expected that people come into conflict about access to natural resources. This course explores three aspects of conflict and resource scarcity and applies these to explore decision making and negotiation skills.... [-]


Course in Environmental Justice

Online Part time 5 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Understand how climate change, biodiversity loss, and deforestation affect people, exploring justice in environmental management. [+]

The world faces challenging environmental problems. They are challenging because different people typically contribute differently to environmental change and because its effects will be felt differently by different people in different places.

Understand environmental injustices

This free online course will help you understand how injustice is a common feature of many environmental problems. Over 5 weeks, we’ll look at deforestation, biodiversity loss, climate change and other environmental issues, asking questions such as:

Can we manage tropical forests to increase timber revenues and carbon stocks, while ensuring that the people who live in them can fulfill their own subsistence needs and vision of a healthy ecosystem? How can protected areas strike the right balance between contemporary global interests in species conservation, local interests, the needs of future generations and rights of nature? ... [-]

Course in Ethical Cities: Shaping the Future of Your City

Online Part time 5 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online

Who runs your city? What makes your city liveable? Using stories from cities around the world, this course will introduce you to the importance of ethics in civic leadership, planning, and business, and citizen engagement. [+]

Who runs your city? What makes your city liveable? Using stories from cities around the world, this course will introduce you to the importance of ethics in civic leadership, planning, and business, and citizen engagement. Explore the problems that cities face, and understand the concept of an ‘ethical’ city On the course you’ll look in depth at the challenges facing cities - considering your own city, or the one nearest you. We’ll ask you to share your stories so you can connect with other learners and compare your experiences in order to recognize and understand the problems cities face. You will explore the power of various entities in your city and examine how they help solve or exacerbate local problems. You will delve into the notion of the ethical city and how it adds value to professionals and citizens - especially in terms of how it may help to improve the quality of urban life. In doing this you will also get a sense of the broader context of issues like social justice, corporate responsibility and ethical practice at the city level. Get practical insights into sustaining an ethical city Through the course we’ll introduce a range of new ideas, tools and techniques (including practical examples, video stories, expert interviews and other resources) to inspire you to:... [-]


Course in Exploring Anatomy: the Human Abdomen

Online Part time 3 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online

You will be introduced to the human abdomen and its many complex structures through stimulating discussions on common surgical scenarios and current research. [+]

You will be introduced to the human abdomen and its many complex structures through stimulating discussions on common surgical scenarios and current research. Each week, we will focus on a specific area of the abdomen; starting at the anterior abdominal wall and be able to detail the anatomy of numerous organs including the stomach and liver. Specialists will come together to compare and discuss contrasting surgical techniques. This will help you to apply your understanding of basic anatomy to common clinical scenarios and introduce you to research being undertaken at the University of Leeds.

What topics will you cover? Assess your current knowledge of the basic anatomy of the abdomen. Develop an understanding of the muscles of the anterior abdominal wall, and the functions carried out by the anterior abdominal wall musculature. Consider, research and discuss the basic structure of the peritoneum and its main roles in the body. Consider the different surgical approaches to the condition commonly known as a hernia. Appreciate the various parts of the gastrointestinal tract and their main roles. Appreciate the basic structure of the accessory organs of digestion and spleen, and their main roles. Understand the common clinical problems associated with the gastrointestinal tract and accessory organs of digestion. Understand why and how a section of bowel may be surgically removed. Consider, research and discuss the basic function of the kidneys and suprarenal glands. Explore the muscles of the posterior abdominal wall. Explore the autonomic nervous system and how it supplies the abdominal viscera.... [-]

Course in Exploring Copyright: History, Culture, Industry

Online Part time 4 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online

Have you ever thought about how a composer or a writer make a living? Or how they make money to live their daily lives, just like other people? This course will explore the process of creators becoming professionals: how a marketplace and an industry have grown thanks to inventions like the 15th-century printing press. [+]

Have you ever thought about how a composer or a writer make a living? Or how they make money to live their daily lives, just like other people? This course will explore the process of creators becoming professionals: how a marketplace and an industry have grown thanks to inventions like the 15th-century printing press.

You’ll learn that this process began with the idea that artistic work is the property of creators and how this idea inspired a new industry based on copyright. You’ll also explore the various aspects of this process - looking at how technological enhancement, creativity and the legal dimensions of copyright are all closely linked.

Medieval to modern: understand how copyright has evolved... [-]


Course in Exploring Economics: Will the Next Generation Be Worse Off?

Online Full time Part time November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

Will the next generation be better or worse off than their parents? Look at both sides of the debate and decide for yourself. [+]

Explore the economic outlook for the next generation and how to improve it.

The next generation faces uncertain economic prospects. This online course explains why.

You’ll get an introduction to the global economy, how it experiences spikes and dips in economic growth and how this affects prosperity worldwide.

We will look at reasons to be optimistic and reasons to be pessimistic. We will discuss to what extent the next generation can expect to be better or worse off than the current generation.

You’ll get to share your views on what’s more likely and hear how prominent economists and other scholars can have different views on this question.

What topics will you cover? Reality check: why the next generation is likely to be worse off What might lie ahead: an unequal society incapable of innovation Why the market will not save us and the need for government intervention A history of government failures: learning from past mistakes Rethinking economic growth and economic policy A new approach to promote growth and support socioeconomic transformation What will you achieve? ... [-]

Course in Exploring English: Language and Culture

Online Full time Part time 6 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

This course for learners of English looks at British culture and examines English in use to help you improve your language skills. [+]

Why join the course?

This course is for people who are learning English and who are interested in finding out more about British culture and improving their English language skills.

The course will use short videos to present a different topic each week, including English as a global language, the environment, entrepreneurship and literature. Filmed in Great Britain, these videos will help you to develop your listening skills as you watch authentic examples of people speaking English. Our experienced tutor will examine some of the language used in the videos and will draw your attention to useful points that will help you improve your spoken and written English.

The course does not follow a language syllabus but takes authentic English in context as its starting point. Short quizzes and discussions will help you measure your understanding and practise your English throughout the course. At the end of each week, you will be asked to describe your own feelings and experiences about that week’s topic in a short piece of writing.... [-]


Course in Exploring English: Shakespeare

Online Part time Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online

This free online course will look at the life and works of William Shakespeare and take you from his birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon to the Globe Theatre in London, from where he secured his central place in English literature. [+]

This free online course will look at the life and works of William Shakespeare and take you from his birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon to the Globe Theatre in London, from where he secured his central place in English literature.

We will look at five of Shakespeare’s plays with the help of actors and experts from around the world. They will explain and explore the universal themes Shakespeare addressed in his work.

The plays are Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest and Macbeth.

Our video tutor will guide you through the course and look at some of the words and expressions that Shakespeare introduced to the English language.

Short quizzes will check your understanding and you’ll be asked to share your ideas and opinions on the topics Shakespeare raises.... [-]


Course in Exploring Everyday Chemistry

Online Part time 4 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online

Explore the organic chemistry behind perfume, medicine, brewing and sport from one of the UK's leading universities [+]

This free online course explores a range of chemistry-based topics relating to our everyday lives, with an emphasis on the important role of organic chemistry – the study of carbon-containing organic compounds. Activities include experimenting ‘in the kitchen’ with hands-on projects ranging from extracting a plant fragrance to testing the activity of spices against microbes. The course will be particularly useful for sixth formers who are interested in developing independent learning skills to help the transition to university.

Use real-life examples to study organic compounds

During each week of the course, we will use real-life examples to show you how an understanding of the structure and shape of organic compounds can be used to explain their reactivity and properties.... [-]


Course in Exploring Our Oceans

Online Part time 4 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online

Explore the half of our world covered by deep ocean, and how our lives affect the hidden face of our planet. [+]

The first astronauts to leave the Earth’s orbit saw our “blue planet” for the first time. But what lies in the half of our world covered by water more than two miles deep? How are our everyday lives connected to the ocean depths, and what challenges and opportunities does this previously hidden realm hold for our future?

In this course, you will join scientists exploring the ocean from the deepest undersea vents to the chilly waters of the Poles, going deeper, longer, and more often than ever before - and find how what we now know about the ocean depths is as amazing as the unknown that remains. By taking this course, you will see how the deep ocean is no longer out of reach, and join a global debate about the future of our “blue planet”.... [-]


Course in Exploring the World of English Language Teaching

Online Part time 6 weeks February 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Learn what teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) involves. Explore the opportunities to teach English abroad or at home. [+]

Teaching English is a fantastic way to see the world. And it’s immensely satisfying – you get to see students achieve great things with their new skills.

That’s why thousands of people take up posts around the globe every year, teaching English as a foreign language.

If you want to join them, now’s your chance. This online course explores the ins and outs of English Language Teaching (ELT), covering what ELT involves and where you can teach it.

You’ll get advice from fellow teachers and experts from Cambridge English Language Assessment, helping you to teach English abroad or at home.

What topics will you cover?

Teaching Contexts

Places to teach Types of classes Motivations for learning English Learners and the learning context Different types of learners Ways to motivate learners Planning for learning Classroom management and language ... [-]

Course in Extinctions: Past and Present

Online Part time November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online

This free online course explores how life on earth has been shaped by five mass extinction events in the distant past. At present, biodiversity is facing a crisis, with the prospect of a sixth extinction event today. [+]

This free online course explores how life on earth has been shaped by five mass extinction events in the distant past. At present, biodiversity is facing a crisis, with the prospect of a sixth extinction event today.

Explore the five mass extinctions of the past

Each week there are discussions with scientists about how their research informs us about the biodiversity of our planet including the very first life forms; fish and tetrapod diversification; the radiation of reptiles and dinosaurs; and the rise of mammals.

We focus on the five previous mass extinction events that have shaped the biodiversity of our planet. The fossil record reveals evidence of species that went extinct during these mass extinctions and the new opportunities created for the surviving biota to diversify.... [-]


Course in Finance Fundamentals: Financial Planning and Budgeting

Online Part time 4 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

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. [+]

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.

We introduce a simple four-stage model for making financial decisions before moving on to examine the two components of household budgeting – income and expenditure. In doing this we learn about the impact of inflation and taxation on incomes and the support to households provided by the state benefit system.

In examining expenditure we look at the pressures placed on us to spend our money, how to shop with confidence on the internet and on how ‘heuristics’ can interfere with good spending decision-making.... [-]


Course in Finance Fundamentals: Financial Services after the Banking Crisis

Online Full time Part time 4 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

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.

Now nearly 10 years on from the crisis it’s time to take stock and examine how the industry looks today - how both its structure, the way it operates and the way it is regulated have changed. Most importantly how is the industry now working for the consumer? What are the products? How competitive is the industry? Is regulation working effectively to protect consumers in the financial marketplace? And where can consumers go to get help and guidance in a changing environment where rules about product selling are changing and where greater freedoms can be exercised with pension savings?... [-]


Course in Finance Fundamentals: Investment Theory and Practice

Online Part time 4 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online

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. [+]

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. You’ll study the various investment choices and the returns and risks associated with different products. You’ll also study investment strategies and how to ensure your approach to investment is consistent with your risk-return appetite. You’ll also look at how to avoid the individual and group behavioral traits that can impair effective investment decision making. Throughout the course will provide recent and current case studies on investment issues to demonstrate how the ideas and problems explored in the course are manifested by episodes in the world of personal investments. The facilitated 4-week course is right up-to-date and includes coverage of the current reforms to pensions rolled out in 2015 – changes that have radically changed the way many will use their pension savings as they move into retirement. Finance Fundamentals: Investment Theory and Practice aims to give you the knowledge and confidence to take charge of your investments and your financial future. Develop fundamental business and finance skills This course has been developed by The Open University Business School – a pioneering institution that is... [-]


Course in Finance Fundamentals: Managing the Household Balance Sheet

Online Part time 4 weeks February 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

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. [+]

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.

We then move on to examine the array of investments that people can hold – including savings accounts, bonds, shares and holdings in funds. We look at the determinants of investment returns and at the historical evidence about which are the best investments. We also look at how investments are taxed.

Housing is the next topic. We look at the costs of buying and selling the property and at the rationale for owning property and the risks involved. This involves understanding the mortgage products that are used to buy property.... [-]


Course in Football: More than a Game

Online Full time Part time January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

Explore the role of football in the world today - including finances, clubs, nations, and rivalries - with this free online course. [+]

Explore the world of football (soccer), the money, the rivalries, the trends, the past, the present, the men’s game, the woman’s game and the real issues. Whether you love it, hate it or try to ignore it – join us as we go behind the scenes to examine why football is more than just a game.

From street soccer to multi-million dollar transfers, from the men’s game to the women’s, from the global to the local, from the beaches of Brazil to the fight against poverty this online course looks beyond the pitch, to explore football’s role in society and possibly a community near you.

What topics will you cover? Introduction to early history, origins, and myths about football Golden football moments The rise of global football, FIFA, and the Big 5 Football Leagues Introduction to football finance and wealth Great football clubs, nations, rivalries and matches that changed the world Introduction to football data, trends and what it tells us Who are the world champions and what makes them champions? The rise, popularity, and myths about women’s football Tackling inequality, homelessness, and health through football Introduction to football governance, ownership and power What makes a great football team? Is football more than a game? Meet a football legend and their views on Brazil and the greatest footballer they played against What will you achieve? ... [-]

Course in Forensic Psychology: Witness Investigation

Online Part time 8 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online

Explore how your own mind works, and discover how the limitations of the human brain can lead to major miscarriages of justice. [+]

Explore how your own mind works, and discover how the limitations of the human brain can lead to major miscarriages of justice.

Despite advances in forensic science, eyewitness testimony remains a critical component of criminal investigations. Psychological research has revealed the dangers of relying on evidence gained from an eyewitness and also how careful the police need to be when questioning witnesses.

Using videos of real witnesses and from cameras that go behind the scenes of a police investigation, this course explores the psychology of eyewitness testimony. You will get the chance to test your own cognitive skills and to see whether your powers of investigation are as good as a crack squad of police officers, as you try to solve a crime using nothing but evidence from eyewitnesses.... [-]


Course in Functional Programming in Erlang

Online Part time 3 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online

Functional programming is increasingly important in providing global-scale applications on the internet. [+]

Functional programming is increasingly important in providing global-scale applications on the internet. We combine the theory of functional programming and the practice of how that works in Erlang. The course will also help you if you are interested in Elixir, based on the same virtual machine as Erlang, and will help you get going with any functional language. Functional programming has been a strength at the University of Kent for the last 30 years. You’ll learn with Simon Thompson – co-author of one of the standard introductions to Erlang, O’Reilly Media’s Erlang Programming.

What topics will you cover? Getting started programming in Erlang Programs and functions in Erlang Data structures using lists Tools for Erlang programming Functions as data, and higher-order functions Case studies What will you achieve? Explain why Erlang was developed, how its design was shaped by the context in which it was used, and how Erlang can be used in practice today Reflect on the design of Erlang, in the context of the rationale for its development, and how it is used in practice today Produce programs using the concepts of functional programming, including, in particular, recursion, pattern matching and immutable data Apply knowledge of lists and other Erlang data types in programs Develop higher-order functions using generic patterns Who is the course for? ... [-]

Course in Functional Programming in Haskell: Supercharge Your Coding

Online Full time Part time 6 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

Get an introduction to Haskell, the increasingly popular functional programming language, with this University of Glasgow course. [+]

Why join the course?

Do you want to develop software using the latest programming language paradigm? Haskell is a functional programming language, based on formal mathematical principles. As such, it is easy to reason about and develops, and it executes efficiently on modern multicore machines. From investment banks to social networks, everyone is adopting Haskell.

Get an introduction to functional programming in Haskell

In this introductory course, you will discover the power, elegance, and simplicity of functional programming in Haskell. In the end, you will be able to:

characterize the differences between imperative and functional programming paradigms; implement small-scale functional programs in elementary Haskell; apply standard combinators for operating on lists; create new algebraic data types and use recursion to define functions that traverse recursive types; and reason in a mathematical manner about data types, functions, recursion and similar functional constructs. Learn with developers from the birthplace of Haskell ... [-]

Course in Gender and Development

Online Part time 2 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online

How does gender relate to international and community development? Find out about this online course. [+]

Explore the relationship between gender and international development

What does gender have to do with international development? Is ‘woman’ the centre point of gender and development? What is it that brings gender and development together?

These are some of the questions you will be asking and answering in this course. You’ll explore the gendered dimensions of contemporary international and community development and ultimately learn how and why gender is so important.

What topics will you cover?

The key questions addressed in this online course about why gender matters in contemporary international and community development, include:

what does gender have to do with development? is ‘woman’ the core of gender and development? what brings gender and development together? What will you achieve? ... [-]

Course in Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree

Online Part time 6 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online

Develop your understanding of genealogy. Uncover your ancestors’ past and create a meaningful family history or family tree. [+]

This online course will develop your understanding of genealogy techniques and how to communicate your family history.

You’ll start by defining what you want to research, before considering the best ways to find and analyse sources, and store and record what you find. You’ll look at the challenge of locating the right ancestor, including the potential of DNA testing in genealogy.

Finally, we’ll introduce the main tools that genealogists use to communicate their research, including creating a family tree, and show you how to write a meaningful family history, incorporating historical context.

What topics will you cover? A consideration of the differences between primary derived primary and secondary sources. An understanding of the importance of knowing who made a document and why and how they were created. Lateral ways to approach research including the FAN/cluster technique and mind mapping. Primary source databases including searching techniques to deal with a name change or spelling differences; these include the use of wildcards. An introduction to main source types including civil, church, census and military records to give a sense of the typical type of data these records contain and how to use them. Review the content of major international and selected local and specialised databases and consider ways to evaluate databases. The principles of the Genealogical Proof Standard including how to establish proof and how to evaluate evidence. The use of DNA testing in genealogical research with a focus on Y-testing techniques. An exploration of secondary and primary sources which provide historic... [-]

Course in Genomic Medicine: Transforming Patient Care in Diabetes

Online Part time 4 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Learn how developments in genomics are transforming our knowledge and treatment of conditions such as diabetes. [+]

There have been huge advances in the field of genetics in the last 10 years since the sequencing of the first human genome in 2003. It is now possible to analyze all 20,000 human genes in a single experiment, rather than focussing on one gene at a time. We are in the genomics era.

This free online course will introduce the topic of genomics, using the University of Exeter’s research expertise in diabetes, to illustrate the clinical application of current genomics knowledge.

Explore the impact of genomic testing

We will use patient experiences to discuss the impact and value of a genetic diagnosis for diabetes for patients, their families and the clinicians responsible for their care. You will learn about the value of understanding the underlying pathological mechanism of a disease, to enable the progression from genomic testing to improvements in clinical care.... [-]


Course in Geohealth: Improving Public Health through Geographic Information

Online Part time 4 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Explore how spatial data and geographic information systems (GIS) can be used to understand and improve public health. [+]

Why join the course?

The environment in which we live and work can have a profound effect on our health – an effect that is explored by the emerging field of geohealth.

This free online course will introduce you to new developments in geohealth, looking at the latest thinking and methods for using spatial data and geographic information systems (GIS) in health settings.

Understand geohealth techniques and best practice

The course consists of ten different topics, ranging from data collection techniques to spatial simulation, and aims to bridge the gap between scientific research and health professionals.

By the end of the course, you will understand how spatial data and geo-information techniques can contribute to solving public health problems, and be aware of best practice when using GIS in the health field.... [-]


Course in Girls' Education: Teaching Strategies That Develop Confidence, Resilience and Collaboration

Online Part time 4 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online

The behaviours that the education system rewards – studying, careful preparation, patient climbing from one level to the next – seem to give women an advantage academically. Yet in the world of work, people hire and promote based on character as much as on formal qualifications. [+]

The behaviours that the education system rewards – studying, careful preparation, patient climbing from one level to the next – seem to give women an advantage academically. Yet in the world of work, people hire and promote based on character as much as on formal qualifications.

Through examining what should be experienced by young women in the classroom this course aims to start a conversation between teachers about how to best help girls succeed in the classroom and beyond, as well as offering authoritative advice, guidance and practical solutions.

Understand the factors that affect girls at school

Before exploring teaching strategies that work in the classroom, we will first examine the significant factors that influence girls’ learning experiences. In particular, we’ll look at the strategies that develop character in a way that supports academic success in school and professional success after school. We will also examine and discuss the factors that can inhibit girls reaching their full potential in school and in their future careers.... [-]


Course in Global Prosperity Beyond GDP

Online Part time 4 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

How can we think beyond GDP and build a prosperous economy that works better for people and the planet? Find out with this course. [+]

Discover how we can build a better world by focusing on prosperity, not wealth.

Economic growth is no longer the best indicator of broader success. By 2050, the global population will reach 10 billion, and we may face an environmental crisis. If we are to thrive, and not just survive, into the next century, we will need new tools and new ways of thinking to tackle the challenges of today and ensure a successful and prosperous future for everyone.

On this course, you will look at other approaches to defining success for society, examining how we must aim for a broader notion of prosperity at both a personal and planetary level.

What topics will you cover?

Week 1

The origins and future of GDP The Democratic Deficit The state as the guardian of prosperity ... [-]

Course in Global Resource Politics: the Past, Present and Future of Oil, Gas and Shale

Online Part time 6 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Understand the critical energy challenges the world faces and analyse the political economy of the global energy industry. [+]

Energy is often said to be the lifeblood of modern society. Multiple sea changes are currently afoot in the global economy, at the heart of which lies energy.

Understand the numerous critical energy challenges the world faces

The goal of this free online course is to examine the numerous critical energy challenges we are facing, and the complex interaction between the economics and politics of global energy markets.

Over six weeks, we will explore: the causes and implications of low oil prices for global energy markets and geopolitics; the success of North American shale gas and the desire of other countries, particularly China, to replicate it in future; the state of US natural gas and oil production; and the impact of the shale revolution and low oil prices on OPEC and Russia.... [-]


Course in Global Studies: the End of Globalization?

Online Part time 2 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Understand why some governments try to retrieve their sovereignty and leave global institutions. [+]

Globalization is a process that no human being can speed up, slow down or stop. But that doesn’t mean people won’t try.

Governments and citizens across the world either try and benefit from globalization (and try to limit its negative effects) or try to avoid it. On this course, you’ll learn about some of the reasons why people are either pro or anti-globalization. You’ll discover why some governments and countries choose boundaries and demarcation and others choose integration.

What topics will you cover? Defection from alliances, treaties, and organizations Democratic fatigue and populist demands Regionalization and Europeanization Xenophobia and cosmopolitanism Relocations and economic nationalism Protectionism and global competition Who is this accredited by? ... [-]

Course in Global Systems Science and Policy: an Introduction

Online Part time 2 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Policy is largely a coordination problem. Here data and models can help. The Ebola outbreak in West Africa did not spread worldwide because science-based policies were implemented, replacing ineffective policies such as restricting movement by closing borders. [+]

Policy is the art of achieving the desired outcome in the presence of constraints and differing priorities.

Policy is largely a coordination problem. Here data and models can help. The Ebola outbreak in West Africa did not spread worldwide because science-based policies were implemented, replacing ineffective policies such as restricting movement by closing borders.

Model policy problems with Global Systems Science

The science of epidemics is one of the successes of Global Systems Science (GSS) – an interdisciplinary approach to modelling the complex, multi-faceted and intertwined problems of the modern world. Another example is the use of network science in financial regulation dealing with many interconnected financial actors.... [-]


Course in Good Brain, Bad Brain: Basics

Online Part time 3 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

This free online course is an introduction to the key concepts of the human brain and is designed for the non-specialist. It gives you basic information and explanations, so that you may better understand your own amazing brain. [+]

This course is part of the Good Brain, Bad Brain program, which will enable you to explore the human brain, for CPD or as a gateway to further study. This free online course is an introduction to the key concepts of the human brain and is designed for the non-specialist. It gives you basic information and explanations, so that you may better understand your own amazing brain.

Understand your own amazing brain

We will look at what your brain is made of, how these components are organized and how they function. This information is helping neuroscientists across the globe understand the brain - and how it is able to do everything from stopping you falling off your bike, to making you feel sad that your football team lost their game, to help you learn how your brain works.... [-]


Course in Health and Wellbeing in the Ancient World

Online Part time 6 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Use literary and archaeological evidence to see how ancient Greeks and Romans approached health, well-being, and societal issues. [+]

Understand Greek and Roman approaches to health and well-being

What did being healthy in ancient Rome or Greece look like? How can we tell what well-being meant in ancient times?

This online course will help you investigate these questions, using both literary and archaeological evidence, to uncover details of real life in ancient societies.

We will divide the body up into organs and systems, using each to explore ancient theories on the structure and function of the human body.

We will discover what ancient societies thought about topics that we still wrestle with today – from the relationship between mind and body to sexuality, aging, and gender.

What topics will you cover? What is health? Ancient and modern perspectives on health and disease Medicine, religion, and magic Using online resources Vision: theories of sight, approaches to eye disease, including drugs and surgery Body modifications Diet and digestion Human waste: using evidence from toilets and sewers Conception and birth: theories and practices Ideal bodies and disabled bodies The health of the army: recruiting and treating soldiers What will you achieve? ... [-]

Course in Health Technology Assessment: Choosing Which Treatments Get Funded

Online Part time 4 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online

Find out how new drugs and treatments are assessed before being introduced. [+]

This course will help you understand how and why drugs and treatments are funded and discover how healthcare organizations make decisions about whether we should have access to certain treatments.

You will focus on a key part of the information used to make these decisions - Health Technology Assessment (HTA).

What topics will you cover?

In this course we looked at:

What health technology assessment is and how it is applied by healthcare decision-makers to inform the choices they make about which drugs and treatments should be made available to patients- this means looking at both the benefits or effects of the treatment, and its costs. The kinds of evidence that can help us to decide whether a treatment is of benefit, and how much of a benefit it gives. The range of evidence types, with a focus on clinical trials, what they can offer, their limitations and why they are particularly important for HTA. The methods used to bring the existing research and evidence about a treatment together, so we can get a clear picture of what benefits the treatment offers. To do this, we looked at a technique called ‘sytematic reviewing’ which combines the evidence into a single report and uses statistical techniques to bring the data from a number of studies together to create a single estimate of the effects of a treatment. The ways in which the costs of drugs and the economic impacts can be compared with those of existing treatments. To do this we... [-]

Course in Hispanic Culture Through Film

Online Full time Part time 3 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

Get an introduction to Hispanic culture through the films of Luis Buñuel, Pedro Almodóvar, and Guillermo del Toro.

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Explore Hispanic culture through three iconic film directors

This online course will explore Hispanic culture through the work of three iconic Hispanic film directors: Luis Buñuel, Pedro Almodóvar, and Guillermo del Toro.

Each week, we will look at a different Hispanic director, and you’ll discover why so many people like their work. You’ll train your eyes and ears, evaluating photography, movement, color, acting, and story, helping you to enjoy all types of film.

You’ll also learn to recognize and interpret cultural and ideological messages in film and talk about the ways that Hispanic culture in the film differs from your own.

What topics will you cover? Recognize Luis Buñuel and his contributions to film and culture. Learn to analyze basic concepts of photography and mise en scène, Describe the photography and mise en scène to Buñuel films. Recognize Pedro Almodóvar and why he is important. Learn to recognize sexual politics, camp, and Kitsch on film & Identify them in the films of Almodóvar Recognize Guillermo del Toro and why he is important Learn basics of movement and editing Be able to analyze films of del Toro through movement and editing What will you achieve? ... [-]

Course in Homo Floresiensis Uncovered: The Science of ‘the Hobbit’

Online Part time 4 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online

In a cave on the Indonesian island of Flores, a team of archaeologists were surprised to find the skeletal remains of a mysterious new species. This free online course follows the incredible discovery of Homo floresiensis - or ‘the Hobbit’ as it has come to be known. Join us on a quest for discovery and adventure as the mystery is unravelled piece by piece using a variety of scientific techniques and archaeological approaches. [+]

In a cave on the Indonesian island of Flores, a team of archaeologists were surprised to find the skeletal remains of a mysterious new species. This free online course follows the incredible discovery of Homo floresiensis - or ‘the Hobbit’ as it has come to be known. Join us on a quest for discovery and adventure as the mystery is unravelled piece by piece using a variety of scientific techniques and archaeological approaches.

Welcome to the fascinating world of modern archaeological science and Homo floresiensis

In this course, you will follow a dedicated team of scientists as they continue to uncover clues that shine a light on the world in which ‘the Hobbit’ lived and our own origins as a species. You will learn about the nature and implications of the mystery of ‘the Hobbit’ through investigating a range of significant questions including:... [-]


Course in How to Succeed at: Interviews

Online Part time 3 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online

This course has been designed and developed by experts from The Careers Service here at The University of Sheffield to help you to succeed at interviews, whether you are applying for jobs or planning to study. Because being offered an interview can be quite daunting, we’ve put together a set of materials to help you prepare and be successful on the day. [+]

This course has been designed and developed by experts from The Careers Service here at The University of Sheffield to help you to succeed at interviews, whether you are applying for jobs or planning to study. Because being offered an interview can be quite daunting, we’ve put together a set of materials to help you prepare and be successful on the day.

We’ll help you to research the organisation so you can answer that frequently asked question ‘why do you want to work for us?’ with style. We’ll provide advice on what to wear (and what not to wear) and go through some common interview questions. We’ll have tips from employers and admissions tutors on what they look for in candidates and cover the types of questions you should be asking them.... [-]


Course in How to Succeed at: Writing Applications

Online Part time 3 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

This free three-week course will help you produce a perfect CV, application and online profile when applying for a job or course. [+]

This course has been designed and developed by experts from The Careers Service here at The University of Sheffield to help you to write successful applications, whether you are applying for jobs or planning to study at university or college.

Over the three weeks, we’ll look at different parts of the application process. We’ll help you to understand the skills you have gained through work experience and your studies and show you how you can match them to job advertisements or course requirements.

We’ll share top tips with you to help you write exceptional applications, CVs (or résumés), covering letters and personal statements and provide insight from employers and admissions tutors on what they look for in candidates. We’ll go on to help you examine your digital footprint and develop a professional profile online.... [-]


Course in How to Succeed in the Global Workplace

Online Full time Part time 4 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

The course is for anyone looking to start work anywhere in the world. It will also provide an excellent refresher to those already in employment, or return to work after a career break, as you brush up on the most important communication skills needed to step back into the working environment. For undergraduates and graduates, it will give you an insight into how to manage yourself successfully and the skills necessary to succeed in the global workplace.

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This course will help you succeed when you enter the workplace.

Beginning your career or starting a new job brings to mind lots of questions, so we’ve designed a course to guide you through those initial weeks and months so you can make a positive start to your career. You’ll see videos from employers, giving you insights from around the world into what they look for from their employees. You’ll learn how to communicate across cultures and discover the skills to build and maintain relationships with colleagues, managers, and clients. The course includes articles, discussions, and quizzes with tips to help you feel confident.

What will you achieve? Develop an understanding of the communication skills need to effectively present yourself in a professional context Develop an awareness of the underlying principles behind communicating effectively across different cultural environments Explore the skills needed to build and maintain relationships in a professional context Develop the ability to manage yourself in the modern workplace Who is the course for? ... [-]

Course in How to Succeed in Your EPQ: the Nuts and Bolts of Completing Your Project

Online Part time 3 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

A short course designed to help students prepare for EPQ qualifications [+]

Thinking about doing an EPQ? Or already undertaking an EPQ and feeling overwhelmed? Or just want to get some tips?

Discover all things Extended Project Qualification with this course. You’ll look at reasons to do an EPQ, explore the research process and assessment criteria, and get practical advice on time management and be doing your EPQ presentation.

You’ll also develop skills useful for transitioning to university level study and get chance to swap discussion and ideas with other people also doing an EPQ.

What topics will you cover? Reasons to do an EPQ The research process What the assessors are looking for in an EPQ Writing the project report Finding and evaluating sources Time management Doing your EPQ presentation Bringing your project together What will you achieve? ... [-]

Course in Identifying Food Fraud

Online Part time 4 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

In this course, we will look at topical issues concerning ‘food fraud’ and explore ways in which analytical chemistry can help in its identification and prevention. We’ll share fascinating examples, such as the history of white bread and a surprising ingredient once found in bitter beer. [+]

The food industry is one of the most important commercial sectors in the world. Everyone uses it, but how many people abuse it? As we witness the increasing globalization of the supply chain, a growing challenge is verifying the questionable identity of raw materials in the food we eat.

In this course, we will look at topical issues concerning ‘food fraud’ and explore ways in which analytical chemistry can help in its identification and prevention. We’ll share fascinating examples, such as the history of white bread and a surprising ingredient once found in bitter beer.

The University of East Anglia has joined forces with the world-renowned Institute of Food Research (IFR) to bring you this unique course. You’ll be led by Kate Kemsley, a specialist in the use of advanced instrumentation for measuring the chemical composition of food materials. Course content is linked with UEA’s MChem postgraduate programme, which supports final-year students’ practical research projects in this area of science.... [-]


Course in Inclusive Learning and Teaching Environments

Online Part time 3 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Explore the barriers experienced by disabled students and learn how to overcome these barriers through inclusive practices. [+]

Explore how to make Higher Education more inclusive

According to research by the UK government, disabled people are around half as likely to hold a degree-level qualification than people without disabilities. It raises an important question: how can we make education more inclusive?

On this course, you will learn about different aspects of inclusion and digital accessibility experienced by students, teachers and support staff in Higher Education.

You’ll explore the barriers experienced by disabled students, the role of inclusive practices and hear firsthand from students about the impact inclusion has had on their studies.

What topics will you cover? Introduction to inclusive learning with students and staff perspective How inclusive learning practices differ from individual adjustments Creating inclusive learning and teaching materials using digital technologies Inclusive library services, science, practical sessions and fieldwork Setting inclusive assignments and assessments Planning and encouraging inclusive collaborative learning activities What will you achieve? ... [-]

Course in Innovation: the Fashion Industry

Online Part time 2 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

This course introduces a case study showing how Marks & Spencer has been a key innovator in fashion, introducing new fabrics that make our lives easier and more comfortable. [+]

This course introduces a case study showing how Marks & Spencer has been a key innovator in fashion, introducing new fabrics that make our lives easier and more comfortable.

You will see how M&S continues to drive innovation to bring consumers new and better products. You will also consider your own clothing and its innovation story, research how a favourite item of clothing is the result of innovative developments in the industry and share your findings with other learners.

What topics will you cover? An overview of innovation: defining different types and levels Case study: incremental innovation at M&S Innovation in fashion advertising Fashion innovation outside the retail industry How to create an educational video What will you achieve? Explore the different types of innovation and discuss examples of each. Identify the three levels of innovation: incremental, radical, and disruptive. Discuss the different types and levels of innovation in the fashion industry. Evaluate the way in which clothes were marketed in the 1950s compared to today. Explore future directions in fabric and garment innovation and discuss technologies which have impacted on innovation in the fashion industry. Research and report on the history and development of an item of clothing. Record the history and development of your chosen clothing item. Share and discuss your research with fellow learners. Who is the course for? ... [-]

Course in Innovation: the Food Industry

Online Part time 2 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

This course considers the ways in which the food industry has evolved over the past 70 years and has created the industry of convenience we have today. [+]

This course considers the ways in which the food industry has evolved over the past 70 years and has created the industry of convenience we have today.

Introduced through a case study from Marks and Spencer, you will see how new innovations have changed the way we shop. You will also consider the issue of food waste; in a world where thousands suffer from malnutrition and starvation, you’ll consider the attitudes in your own society to this global problem.

What topics will you cover? Key issues for innovation in the food retail sector Drivers and challenges for innovation specific to the food industry Case study: the ‘cold chain’ process at M&S Looking for solutions to the wicked problem of food waste Innovation and technology within the brewing process What will you achieve? Explore the different types of innovation and think of examples of each. Identify the three levels of innovation: incremental, radical, and disruptive. Discuss the consumer needs that drive innovation in the food industry. Reflect on a case study showing innovation in the cold chain process for food delivery. Identify drivers in food retail innovation and discuss future directions for innovation in the food industry. Explore how individuals and groups can aid innovation. Identify examples of crowdsourcing activities. Assess what the wicked problem of food waste is. Summarise in less than 250 words an innovative solution for addressing the wicked problem of food waste. Research and identify the drivers and challenges of technical innovations in the brewing process. Assess... [-]

Course in Innovation: the World's Greatest

Online Part time 2 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

This course considers innovations throughout history identifying that very few innovative ideas are new; the vast majority take something that is already working and improve it, be it a product, service or process. [+]

This course considers innovations throughout history identifying that very few innovative ideas are new; the vast majority take something that is already working and improve it, be it a product, service or process.

You’ll consider the development of an innovation that you are particularly interested in, and, through a short project, produce and share with other learners your interpretation of its history.

What topics will you cover? What is innovation? Interpretation in business and within a wider context Determining types of innovation: products, processes, services Levels of innovation: incremental, radical, disruptive Innovation in action: the challenges of an independent, serial innovator The solar fridge: finding innovative solutions to challenges in Africa What will you achieve? Discuss great innovations from history and share ideas with fellow learners. Compare your ideas with those of educators and students from the University of Leeds. Explore what the term ‘innovation’ means and reflect on how it is interpreted in business and in wider contexts. Contribute to the discussion regarding the different types of innovation and think of examples of each. Identify examples of the three levels of innovation: incremental, radical and disruptive. Evaluate your chosen innovation in light of your understanding of the types and levels of innovation. Research and report on the history and development of an innovation of your choice. Record and report on the history of your chosen innovation. Share and discuss your report on your chosen innovation with fellow learners. Who is the course for? ... [-]

Course in Innovation Strategy: Challenging the Usual Suspects

Online Part time 4 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Gain innovation strategy insights and learn to apply them to advanced and emerging contexts in business. [+]

Meeting today’s business and world challenges require going beyond the thinking that created the challenges in the first place. This is where a good innovation strategy helps. On this course, you will develop your knowledge of the challenges of open innovation, management innovation, platform innovation and emerging market innovation and learn how to meet them with a long-term approach. Using quizzes, the newest theoretical insights, cases on pioneering businesses, and thought-provoking debates with leading experts, you will solidify your knowledge of innovation.

What topics will you cover?

Week 1: What is innovation strategy?

Definition of innovation strategy The shift towards open innovation Case study: Procter & Gamble ... [-]

Course in Intercultural Communication

Online Part time 5 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Whether you’re engaging in business across borders or cultural regions, meeting other people through international travel, working in a diverse, global organization or studying abroad, you can benefit from a better understanding of intercultural communication.

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Whether you’re engaging in business across borders or cultural regions, meeting other people through international travel, working in a diverse, global organization or studying abroad, you can benefit from a better understanding of intercultural communication.

Master the basics of intercultural communication

This free online course will focus on the basic but important concepts. It will:

help you better understand cross-cultural complexity; cultivate your awareness of your own and others’ cultural identities; highlight some notable variations in communication styles and cultural values; and signpost paths towards building your intercultural competence. We will start with a journey of self-discovery, telling each other our cultural stories and exploring different cultures. You will be amazed to see how cultures have influenced our perceptions, thinking, communication styles, values, and beliefs. Adjust to new cultural practices that come into your life ... [-]

Course in International Affairs: Global Governance

Online Full time Part time 4 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

Learn the importance of global governance and explore the processes and institutions finding solutions for global challenges. [+]

Countries across the globe are increasingly linked and dependent on each other. This can lead to tensions and confusion. This course will give you a compass to navigate our interconnected world.

You’ll learn all about global governance, which aims for increased cooperation between nations, and why it’s vital. You will also explore the complex processes and institutions aiming at managing global challenges and issues, learning how the large variety of stakeholders can make global governance a tricky job.

What topics will you cover? The visible and invisible: international summits and norms of global governance. The global regulatory toolkit: hard law and soft law Blended governance mechanisms Beyond state to state solutions: public-private partnerships What will you achieve? ... [-]

Course in Introducing Robotics: Build a Robot Arm

Online Part time 5 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Design, build and program a simple robot and share it with other learners. [+]

Here’s your chance to build a simple robot.

Robotics is all about integrating hardware and software. In this course, you’ll design, build and program a simple robot, with at least two joints, that can carry a pen or pencil and draw a coordinated line on a sheet of a paper. There are lots of ways you could actually build such a robot and that will depend on your skill level, your budget, or what equipment you can source. You may find the project challenging. You’ll need to bring together a number of skills, such as mechanical design and software development. The software needs to implement kinematic algorithms as well as communicate with sensors and motors. You will need to generate a trajectory of points for the robot to move on the worksheet and test and adjust the software to improve your robot’s performance. At the end of the course, you’ll be invited to submit a video of your completed robot for peer review.... [-]


Course in Introduction to Cyber Security

Online Full time Part time 8 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

Our lives depend on online services. Gain essential cybersecurity knowledge and skills, to help protect your digital life. [+]

Why join the course?

This online course will help you understand online security and protect your digital life, whether at home or work.

Guided by Cory Doctorow, you will learn how to recognize threats that could harm you online and take steps to reduce the chances that they happen to you.

The course will frame your online safety in the context of the wider world, introducing concepts like malware, viruses, trojans, network security, cryptography, identity theft and risk management.

The course is supported by the UK Government’s National Cyber Security Programme, is GCHQ Certified Training and IISP accredited.

What topics will you cover?

Threat landscape: terminology, cybersecurity threats, keeping up to date Authentication: access control, passwords, two-factor authentication Malware: types of malware, attack vectors, preventing infection Networking and communications: fundamentals, security challenges, standards Cryptography: symmetric and asymmetric cryptography, applications Network security: firewalls, virtual private networks, intrusion detection/prevention When your defences fail: cybersecurity laws, recovering from attacks Managing security risks: risk analysis and management ... [-]

Course in Introduction to Ecosystems

Online Part time 6 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online

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. [+]

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.

In this course, you will discover how organisms are linked together by complex interrelationships, how such links are studied and how the physical properties of a particular habitat interact with the organisms that inhabit it. Using case studies, you will come to learn how knowledge of ecosystems leads to an understanding of their individual importance, and how they can be preserved.

All Open University science courses presented on FutureLearn are produced with the kind support of Dangoor Education.... [-]


Course in Introduction to Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

Online Part time 3 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online

Traditional views of education have shifted. Teachers now do far more facilitation of learning as opposed to simply seeing their role as transferring knowledge. We’re now seeing student-focused and learner-centered approaches being the norm - approaches that change the roles and responsibilities of teachers and learners. This course will introduce you to student-focused approaches and general principles of teaching and learn at a university level.

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This course is part of the Foundations of University Learning and Teaching program, which will enable you to develop your skills in teaching and knowledge about learning in higher education with a flexible program of online courses from UNSW. Traditional views of education have shifted. Teachers now do far more facilitation of learning as opposed to simply seeing their role as transferring knowledge. We’re now seeing student-focused and learner centered approaches being the norm - approaches that change the roles and responsibilities of teachers and learners. This course will introduce you to student-focused approaches and general principles of teaching and learn at a university level.

Learn about the basic principles of teaching and learning in higher education ... [-]

Course in Introduction to Quantitative Investing

Online Part time 6 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online

Financial markets have become increasingly complex - it’s not easy to know where to start when it comes to investing. In today’s world, the demand for accurate data-driven quantitative analysis across the world is steadily rising: it’s become crucial to understand and be able to use statistical and mathematical information accurately and promptly.

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Financial markets have become increasingly complex - it’s not easy to know where to start when it comes to investing. In today’s world, the demand for accurate data-driven quantitative analysis across the world is steadily rising: it’s become crucial to understand and be able to use statistical and mathematical information accurately and promptly. This course will teach you the essentials of modern investment theory and help you learn to apply them in real life using financial data and programming. Understand modern investment theory On the course you’ll start by learning about key concepts in modern investment theory and quantitative investing like return, risk and portfolio optimisation. Get used to statistical techniques and practice using programming language R Once you’ve learned basic investment concepts we’ll look at applying them using statistics and programming using open source language R will be introduced. You’ll practice by doing assignments every week using actual securities data from Yahoo Finance. Discover how to construct an investment portfolio Using your new knowledge of quantitative investing and your ability to analyze investment characteristics using programming, you’ll be able to build your own diversified investment portfolio based on return analysis. Learn from an expert in the field Through the course you’ll be taught by an educator who has worked in quantitative finance for more than 15 years in Wall Street global investment banks before she joined SKKU in 2015. She was Chief Investment Officer at a hedge fund and head of systematic trading groups at global banks such as... [-]


Course in Italian for Beginners 3: My Daily Life

Online Part time 4 years Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online

During the four weeks of the course, you will learn vocabulary and expressions to talk about what you do during a normal day, and learn the present tense of regular verbs ending in -ere and -ire, as well as some irregular verbs such as and are (to go) and uscire (to go out) and venire (to come). You will also talk about your leisure habits and things you do regularly, using reflexive verbs.

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This course is part of the Italian for Beginners program, which will enable you to learn basic Italian, and discover Italy and its language and culture. This free online course is the third of six in the Italian for Beginners program. It will introduce you to language that you need to:

ask and say the time; say what time things happen; talk about your daily routine; talk about working hours; talk about going to places; talk about leisure activities.

Describe your normal day in Italian During the four weeks of the course, you will learn vocabulary and expressions to talk about what you do during a normal day, and learn the present tense of regular verbs ending in -ere and -ire, as well as some irregular verbs such as and are (to go) and uscire (to go out) and venire (to come). You will also talk about your leisure habits and things you do regularly, using reflexive verbs. By now, you will find that you are getting more confident in your listening, and you will continue to work on your speaking, reading and writing skills too. You will find out about meal times and eating habits in Italy, and about bike-friendly towns.... [-]


Course in Italian for Beginners 6: Out And About

Online Part time 4 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online

During the four weeks of the course, you will learn the vocabulary and phrases you need to get things done, such as booking a hotel or a holiday house or ordering a meal - and also making a complaint. You will find out how to specify dates. [+]

This course is part of the Italian for Beginners program, which will enable you to learn basic Italian, and discover Italy and its language and culture. This free online course is the last of six in the Italian for Beginners program. It will introduce you to the language that you need to:

book holiday accommodation; talk about dates; make a complaint; order a meal; make a request; talk about what you are doing right now.

Learn Italian to get things done During the four weeks of the course, you will learn the vocabulary and phrases you need to get things done, such as booking a hotel or a holiday house or ordering a meal - and also making a complaint. You will find out how to specify dates. You will learn how to use the present continuous to talk about what you are doing and how to make a request using the verb potere (can). You will expand your knowledge of Italian culture, with information on holiday accommodation, Italian regional dishes, and fast food Italian style.... [-]


Course in Learning English for Academic Purposes: First Steps

Online Part time 3 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Develop the academic language and study skills you need to learn in English at the university.

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This online course will give you an introduction to the academic language and skills that you will need to study at a university where the teaching is done in English. You will develop four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) using tasks that a university student would undertake: listening to lectures, taking notes, spoken presentations, reading academic texts (including long sentences and visual information) and writing reports using proper academic words. Throughout the course you will be able to share your practice work with other learners, to give and get feedback.

What topics will you cover? Developing strategies and vocabulary for reading and understanding academic texts. Finding, understanding, describing and evaluating information for academic purposes. Developing active listening and effective note-taking skills. Building on language skills to describe problems and cause-and-effect. Gathering a range of information, using the skills learned, to integrate into your written report. Engaging in peer-to-peer feedback before finalizing your report. What will you achieve? ... [-]

Course in Learning Online: Learning and Collaborating

Online Part time 2 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Online learning is likely to be important for you in the future, either at university or in the workplace. Learning online is different to learning in the classroom as it requires different skills. This course will help you to develop those skills, showing you how to learn and communicate effectively in an online environment. [+]

Online learning is likely to be important for you in the future, either at university or in the workplace. Learning online is different to learning in the classroom as it requires different skills. This course will help you to develop those skills, showing you how to learn and communicate effectively in an online environment.

This course is just one of a series about ‘learning online’, which introduces you to the essential skills and tools you need to study effectively online.

What topics will you cover? Learning environments: an introduction to VLEs and MOOCs The learning journey and the differences between classroom-based and online learning Techniques for learning effectively online Using discussions to aid online learning Collaborating online: using wikis and other collaborative tools What will you achieve? Assess your current level of confidence with learning online. Explore the online learning that is available via search engines, video channels and social media. Explore more formal online learning environments such as VLEs and contribute to the discussion regarding your experiences. Explore MOOCs, and identify the importance of the learning journey and defining personal learning goals. Reflect on the factors which help you to learn effectively online. Identify the implications of not using online communications effectively. Assess your knowledge of learning by video using short quizzes. Explore online profiles and understand how to make the most of learning discussion forums. Explore the value of working collaboratively with others online by contributing to online discussions. Explore tools such as wikis, pinboards and reports to... [-]

Course in Learning Online: Managing Your Identity

Online Part time 2 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Many of us now have an online identity running alongside our everyday lives. In this course you’ll consider your online presence; you’ll discover how what we say and do online can have major implications for our real lives, and those of others. [+]

Many of us now have an online identity running alongside our everyday lives. In this course you’ll consider your online presence; you’ll discover how what we say and do online can have major implications for our real lives, and those of others. You’ll also spend time looking at how to assess and enhance your online identities to ensure that you can get the most out of being yourself online.

This course is just one of a series about ‘learning online’, which introduces you to the essential skills and tools you need to study effectively online.

What topics will you cover? Evaluating your current approach to managing your online identity Your online presence: defining how you want to appear and what you want to advertise Defining and applying a personal code of practice for online communication Building your profile: creating and promoting content, and crediting the work of others Your billboard: boosting your online identity using social media tools What will you achieve? Assess your current confidence level in managing your identity online. Reflect on your current approach to managing your identity online and discuss with other learners. Explain how an individual’s actions online can have both positive and negative consequences in the real world. Produce and share your own code of practice for your online presence. Research and reflect on the power of social media and identify examples of people who are using the tool to raise awareness of projects. Explore the tools available to create your online presence. Critically... [-]

Course in Learning Online: Reflecting and Sharing

Online Part time 2 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

In this course, you’ll be introduced to some of the tools you can use to help you reflect on your learning; such as short tests and quizzes or online logs and journals. You will then move on to focus on sharing your learning with others. By producing and sharing video, using blogs, pin-boards, collaborative platforms or social media you can enrich the learning experience. [+]

In this course, you’ll be introduced to some of the tools you can use to help you reflect on your learning; such as short tests and quizzes or online logs and journals. You will then move on to focus on sharing your learning with others. By producing and sharing video, using blogs, pin-boards, collaborative platforms or social media you can enrich the learning experience.

This course is just one of a series about ‘learning online’, which introduces you to the essential skills and tools you need to study online.

What topics will you cover? Reflecting online: why it is important to reflect, and the tools available Sharing online: exploration of tools to enable the sharing of text, images, and video Using online resources to research playwright and actor, William Shakespeare Producing great video content by considering essential elements such as purpose, audience, subject, and quality Sharing video and audio: reviewing the work of others What will you achieve? Assess your current level of confidence when reflecting and sharing online. Explore the tools available to share text, images, and video online. Discuss the reasons why it is important to reflect on your learning. Experiment with online tools to record and reflect on your learning. Experiment with and explore online tools to share and collaborate online. Apply your learning from the previous week and produce an effective video or text article. Evaluate the video or text article of a fellow learner. Discuss and reflect on your activity before finishing this course. Assess... [-]

Course in Learning Online: Searching and Researching

Online Part time 2 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

In this course, you’ll explore the rich and diverse range of information available to you online, how to use search tools effectively, and the ways in which you can begin to assess information that you might want to use in your studies. [+]

In this course, you’ll explore the rich and diverse range of information available to you online, how to use search tools effectively, and the ways in which you can begin to assess information that you might want to use in your studies. Using a wide range of learning activities, you will be challenged to dig deeper and think critically about the information that you find online.

This course is just one of a series about ‘learning online’, which introduces you to the essential skills and tools you need to study online.

What topics will you cover? Searching effectively online using a variety of search engines and tools Combining information from multiple sources, blending online and offline materials to aid research Sharing research to collaboratively develop a broader understanding of topics Assessing and evaluating information: considering the authority, timeliness, and relevance of sources to ensure validity Critical thinking: utilizing information and providing context to research to aid the drawing of conclusions What will you achieve? Assess and record your current level of knowledge regarding searching and researching online. Identify and discuss your search engine of choice. Explore methods of using search tools more effectively to locate appropriate sources. Perform web searches using different ‘operators’ and advanced search options. Discuss the benefits of using a wide range of online sources for researching subjects. Demonstrate effective use of multiple sources to contribute information in a collaborative environment. Assess the quality and appropriateness of information found online to help determine its validity and contribute... [-]

Course in Learn to Code for Data Analysis

Online Full time Part time 4 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

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 analyze it and to produce visualizations. You will also learn how to write up and share your analyses, privately or publicly.

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Why join the 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 analyze it and to produce visualizations. You will also learn how to write up and share your analyses, privately or publicly. You will install free software (see Requirements below) to learn to code in Python, a widely used programming language across all disciplines, due to its support for scientific and engineering libraries and visualization tools, and a wide range of development tools. You will write up analyses and do coding exercises using the popular Jupyter Notebooks platform, which allows you to see immediately the result of running your code and helps you identify – and fix – any errors more easily. You will look at real data from the World Health Organisation, the World Bank, and other organizations. You’ll be encouraged to discuss the data and your analyses with your fellow learners, and to build a community of researchers around these and other datasets.... [-]


Course in Listening and Presenting: Learning English for Academic Purposes

Online Part time 6 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Improve your listening and note-taking skills, plus your understanding of academic vocabulary, then create your own presentation. [+]

Find out how to listen and present effectively in English.

Being able to listen to others and present your own ideas effectively will help you to succeed at university. This online course helps you to develop these skills while studying in English. It shows you effective strategies for listening and note taking, to help you identify and record the key points in other people’s presentations. As part of this, you will improve your understanding of key academic language and specialist vocabulary.

You will bring everything you learn together, to create and practice delivering your own spoken presentation and receive detailed Educator feedback.

What topics will you cover? Key listening skills and strategies for academic purposes. Vocabulary learning strategies to expand your academic vocabulary. How to make effective notes. How to identify and analyze a lecture’s structure. What makes a good presentation. How to be confident in presenting to others. Skills for connecting with your target audience. Differentiating between fact and opinion. Find and evaluate information for your purposes. Plan and create your own presentation. Get detailed feedback from an Educator on your presentation. What will you achieve? ... [-]

Course in Literature and Mental Health: Reading for Wellbeing

Online Part time 6 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Find out how poems, plays, and novels can help us understand and cope with a deep emotional strain in this free online course. [+]

The great 18th-century writer Dr. Samuel Johnson, who suffered from severe bouts of depression, said: “the only end of writing is to enable the reader better to enjoy life or better to endure it.”

Taking Johnson’s phrase as a starting point, this course considers how poems, plays, and novels can help us understand and cope with times of deep emotional strain.

Along the way, you’ll hear from doctors, who offer a medical perspective, and from people who have turned to literature at moments of crisis, including such well-known figures as Melvyn Bragg, Mark Haddon, Sir Ian McKellen and Stephen Fry.

What topics will you cover?

Together, we’ll explore six themes:

Stress: In poetry, the word “stress” refers to the emphasis of certain syllables in a poem’s meter. How might the metrical “stresses” of poetry help us to cope with the mental and emotional stresses of modern life? Heartbreak: Is heartbreak a medical condition? What can Sidney’s sonnets and Austen’s Sense and Sensibility teach us about suffering and recovering from a broken heart? Bereavement: The psychologist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross famously proposed that there are five stages of grief. How might Shakespeare’s Hamlet and poems by Wordsworth and Hardy help us to think differently about the process of grieving? Trauma: PTSD or “shellshock” has long been associated with the traumatic experiences of soldiers in World War 1. How is the condition depicted in war poetry of the era? Can poems and plays offer us an insight into other sources of trauma, including miscarriage... [-]

Course in Literature in the Digital Age: from Close Reading to Distant Reading

Online Part time 6 weeks April 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

This free online course addresses these key questions as it introduces you to a variety of ways of interpreting literary texts. We will look into time-tested methods such as close reading. We shall also address more recent, computer-assisted practices such as distant reading. [+]

As we make sense of what we read, we construe meaning using the ancient cultural technique of interpretation. Only rarely do we actually reflect this process: what are the means that help us understand literary texts? How does interpretation work? And how has our increasing use of e-books and tablets changed the way we read and interpret literature? This free online course addresses these key questions as it introduces you to a variety of ways of interpreting literary texts. We will look into time-tested methods such as close reading. We shall also address more recent, computer-assisted practices such as distant reading.

Do we read differently on e-books, tablets, and mobiles?

You will learn about the professional reading practices used by literary scholars. But we will also probe the benefits and limitations of the screen-based reading all of us perform every day as we move from hyperlink to hyperlink. Along the way, we will inquire into the materiality of texts, asking ourselves what difference it makes whether we encounter a poem, play or novel as an e-book, paperback, hardback or manuscript. While we will take a modern American poem as our tutor text, you will encounter a great variety of literary texts and forms. We will also visit the rich library holdings of the University of Basel, one of the world’s 50 oldest universities.... [-]


Course in Logical and Critical Thinking

Online Part time 8 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online

Improve your logical and critical thinking skills in this free online course. Identify common obstacles to effective thinking. [+]

We are constantly being given reasons to do and believe things: to believe that we should buy a product, support a cause, accept a job, judge someone innocent or guilty, that fairness requires us to do some household chore, and so on. Assessing the reasons we are given to do or believe these things calls upon us to think critically and logically.

Improve your logical and critical thinking skills

Even though we’re called upon to use our critical and logical thinking skills all the time, most of us are not that good at it. This free online course aims to help you develop and improve these skills.

You’ll learn how to:

identify and avoid common thinking mistakes that lead to the formation of bad beliefs; recognise, reconstruct and evaluate arguments; use basic logical tools to analyse arguments; and apply those tools in areas including science, moral theories and law. Associate Professor Tim Dare and Dr Patrick Girard from the University of Auckland take us on an informative and engaging eight-week journey through the worlds of logical and critical thinking helping us to avoid these common obstacles and fallacies and improve our logical and critical thinking skills. ... [-]

Course in Management and Leadership: Growing as a Manager

Online Full time Part time 4 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

This free online course will provide an introduction to the foundation skills and knowledge that you need when becoming a manager. [+]

Why join the course?

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.

Understand the foundations of management and leadership

Over four weeks, the course will enable you to:

define the concepts of management and leadership; evaluate different management and learning styles; recognise the need for and importance of data as evidence in good decision making; define the term “stakeholders” and explain why they’re important; and begin the on-going process of personal development planning. Learn with The Open University Business School and CMI ... [-]

Course in Management and Leadership: Leading a Team

Online Part time 4 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online

This course is all about what’s core to leading and managing in organisations. Understanding who is important to an organisation – and that’s everybody who has a stake in it in some way – is a really good starting point. [+]

This course is all about what’s core to leading and managing in organisations. Understanding who is important to an organisation – and that’s everybody who has a stake in it in some way – is a really good starting point. Building relationships with interested groups and people are time well spent. So too is time spent on planning. As someone once said ‘To fail to plan is to plan to fail’. If there’s no plan, how do organisations get people on board? If there’s no plan, what’s the difference between success and failure? How do you know when things are going off track? Or going well?

Plans are one thing. The people who can make the plans a reality are those with the right knowledge, skills and experience. Without the right person, performing as well as they can in the right job, plans don’t get off the ground. So building, supporting, growing and developing a team is much of what leading and managing is all about. And sometimes that’s about tackling poor performance, which can be uncomfortable.... [-]


Course in Managing Big Data with R and Hadoop

Online Part time 5 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online

This online course will introduce you to various high-performance computing (HPC) facilities for big data analysis. This includes R – a programming language renowned for its simplicity, elegance and community support – and Hadoop – an open source, Java-based programming framework for large datasets.

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This online course will introduce you to various high-performance computing (HPC) facilities for big data analysis. This includes R – a programming language renowned for its simplicity, elegance and community support – and Hadoop – an open source, Java-based programming framework for large datasets. You will find out how to use them, avoiding common pitfalls and saving you time and money.

What topics will you cover? First steps in R and RStudio Working with Apache Hadoop 1 – Fundamentals Working with Apache Hadoop 2 – RHadoop Statistical learning using RHadoop What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you will:

Understand how the performance of modern supercomputing is achieved Understand the basic functionality of the Bash terminal window Understand the basic functionality of Apache Hadoop for scalable, distributed computing Understand the basic functionality of RHadoop Understand the basic problems of supervised and unsupervised learning Perform basic clustering, regression, and classification with RHadoop. [-]

Course in Managing My Investments

Online Part time 6 weeks March 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

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. [+]

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. Managing My Investments aims to give you the tools to avoid these personal finance nightmares.

Understand investment choices, risks and returns

On this free online course, you’ll learn about different investment choices, the returns and risks associated with each, and the evidence about their historical performance. You’ll explore investment strategies, as well as the practicalities of involvement in personal finance markets. And you’ll look at how to avoid the individual and group behavioural traits that can impair effective investment decision making.... [-]


Course in Managing My Money

Online Part time 8 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

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.

This free online course starts by giving you practical guidance on how to compile a budget and use it to make good decisions about your spending. You’ll explore debts and investments, and find out how mortgages are used to finance home ownership. The critical issue of pension planning is explained, with guidance on different pension products.

The course concludes by examining different types of insurance and offers practical advice on how to make rational decisions about which insurance products to buy.... [-]


Course in Marketing Analytics

Online Part time 5 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Learn the basics of marketing analytics and understand how to use data to ensure your marketing is effective. [+]

Learn how to use analytics to improve marketing results

Companies large and small are inundated with data about consumer choices. But that wealth of information does not always translate into better decisions. Knowing how to interpret data is the challenge – and marketers, in particular, are increasingly expected to use analytics to inform and justify their decisions.

In this course, you will get the tools to measure the effectiveness of brand and customer assets, interpret regression analysis, calculate customer lifetime value, and design experiments as a way to evaluate and optimize marketing campaigns.

What topics will you cover? The marketing process Metrics for measuring brand assets Customer lifetime value Marketing experiments Regression basics What will you achieve? ... [-]

Course in Maths Puzzles: Cryptarithms, Symbologies and Secret Codes

Online Part time 3 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Explore and solve encrypted maths puzzles, in which numbers are replaced by letters or symbols, with this free online course. [+]

Explore and solve encrypted maths puzzles, in which numbers are replaced by letters or symbols, with this free online course.

This online course looks at three types of maths puzzle, their history and the puzzlists who created them:

Cryptarithms: where digits have been replaced by letters, requiring verbal arithmetic to solve them. Symbologies: where numbers are represented by symbols, including examples from the ancient and modern worlds. Mathematical operator puzzles: where numbers are given, but the operator is missing. For example, what does the asterisk stand for in *1320=6?

You’ll exercise your brain, improve your problem-solving skills, and learn the art and science of deciphering maths puzzles.... [-]


Course in Medicines Adherence: Understanding and Changing Patient Behaviour

Online Part time 2 weeks December 2018 United Kingdom UK Online

This course has been designed by psychologists and clinicians at King’s College London for people interested in medicines adherence. [+]

This course has been designed by psychologists and clinicians at King’s College London for people interested in medicines adherence.

Using evidenced-and theory-based techniques, you will deepen your awareness and understanding of current practical and theoretical issues around medicines adherence.

You will become familiar with the COM-B framework and see examples of behavior change techniques to promote adherence. Learners from around the world will share best practices and discuss the practical examples shown through simulated clinical consultations.

What will you achieve?

Apply a framework to better understand the drivers of medicines non-adherence Apply techniques to effectively support behavior change in medicines taking behavior Reflect on how to implement these techniques in clinical practice Who is the course for?... [-]


Course in Mergers and Acquisitions: Accounting Principles

Online Part time 2 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Understand how to apply accounting and tax principles with this final course in a program about mergers and acquisitions. [+]

Once a company has merged or been acquired there are a number of key processes that can help ensure the deal is successful. On this course, you will explore some of these processes and learn how to apply accounting and federal income tax principles to project earnings and cash flows, specifically of the post-combination entity.

What topics will you cover?

Week 1 - Consolidation

Equity methods of consideration and the cost method, its sub-categories, and consolidation

Week 2 - Purchase Accounting and Special Topics

Explore purchase accounting in detail and other areas like Internal Revenue Code Section 338, tax deductible goodwill and intangibles

What will you achieve? ... [-]

Course in Modern Building Design

Online Part time 3 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online

Climate change, technology, and regulation are changing modern building design, and the professional practices of the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry.

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Climate change, technology, and regulation are changing modern building design, and the professional practices of the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry. This online course explores these trends, highlighting how higher education and the construction sector can address them. It’s been developed by the University of Bath’s highly rated Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering and draws on its new, interdisciplinary MSc programme in Modern Building Design.

What topics will you cover? The links between Higher Education and the Modern Building Design industry The emerging role of the design manager The importance of information modeling for enhanced design New sustainable construction materials and techniques Water-sensitive design for increased resilience Buildings and their impact on health and wellbeing What will you achieve? Develop an awareness of the various aspects that influence modern building design in current times Identify the various areas where professionals within AEC can work (from the traditional office and site positions to lab-based ones) Describe how design management, digital modeling, nanotechnology, resilience, wellbeing, and sustainability are driving the AEC curriculum Discuss the need for increased integration between HE and practice as the way forward to the formation of AEC professionals Who is the course for? ... [-]

Course in Monitoring the Oceans from Space

Online Part time January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Explore our oceans from space. Discover how Earth observation allows us to monitor ocean health, and inform policy and planning. [+]

This free online course will provide an introduction to ocean monitoring Earth Observation (EO) satellite data, and its uses, types, and challenges. It will explain how the data is acquired and used, the range of data types available, and the terminology and techniques involved.

The course is presented by physicist, oceanographer, and broadcaster Dr. Helen Czerski from University College London, remote sensing specialist Dr. Hayley Evers-King from the Plymouth Marine Laboratory, and the lead educator Dr. Mark Higgins from EUMETSAT.

The course is run by EUMETSAT in support of the Copernicus Programme.

Explore ocean monitoring EO data using real-world examples

You will look at practical examples of using ocean monitoring EO data - in real-world case-studies and in a range of areas of policy and decision-making - and will explore emerging technologies and trends.... [-]


Course in Moons

Online Part time 8 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

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. There are even tiny moons orbiting some of the asteroids. [+]

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. There are even tiny moons orbiting some of the asteroids. Some have ongoing volcanic eruptions; others are dead, heavily cratered lumps. One has rivers and lakes of liquid methane. Our own Moon has resources that could help open the Solar System for future exploration. A small handful of moons have conditions below their surfaces where primitive life might exist.

Sign up to explore the rich diversity of moons, the fundamental processes that have shaped them, and the relationship between the Moon and the Earth. You will be under the guidance of experts from The Open University and elsewhere. The course is rich in high-quality text, images, video, audio and interactive elements.... [-]


Course in Music Copyright: Understanding UK Copyright Law When Working with Music

Online Part time 2 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online

Understand UK music copyright law and how it applies to you as a creator, producer, marketer, distributor or licensee of music. [+]

Explore UK music copyright law and how it can benefit musicians

This online course introduces you to the key aspects of UK music copyright law.

It answers questions such as: what is protected by copyright and what is not? In what circumstances can you reuse copyrighted material without permission or payment? How do collecting societies work? And how can you make money as a musician through licensing deals, self-publishing or giving your music away?

Real-life musicians share their experiences throughout the course, offering advice on dealing with copyright, being copied by other artists and avoiding accidentally falling into a copy trap.

What topics will you cover?

Week 1: Introduction to UK copyright law (including What does copyright protect? What does it not protect? How long does copyright protection last? What are some exceptions that allow limited use without seeking permission from copyright owners?; What is unlawful copying or copyright infringement (including real-life experiences of musicians talking about their own non-specialist understanding of copyright law); Case study: breaking down different types of ‘copyright works’ in a single song which attracts their own different type of copyright.... [-]


Course in Nanotechnology for Health: Innovative Designs for Medical Diagnosis

Online Part time 4 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online

Explore the use and implications of nanotechnology in new medical applications Nanotechnology is used to control and manipulate nanometer-sized matter with nanometer precision. [+]

Explore the use and implications of nanotechnology in new medical applications Nanotechnology are used to control and manipulate nanometer-sized matter with nanometer precision. This can be atoms, molecules, or larger biological structures such as DNA or living cells. This online course explores the potential of nanotechnology in medical applications, to create new devices that can be used to diagnose a disease or monitor a medical treatment.

What topics will you cover? Introduction to the technology and science of nanotechnology. The relation between nanotechnology and medical applications. The impact and possible consequences of new techniques for ethical questions and societal behaviour. Introduction to the underlying science and technology of nanotechnology developments and of the techniques used to produce devices that use nanotechnology. Nano and breath: Electronic nose; Nano and blood: Lab-on-a-chip; Nano and urine: Cancer detection. Example cases where new technology is not an independent development but arises from societal questions, and in turn also creates new societal and ethical questions. What will you achieve? Describe technology and the science of nanotechnology Investigate the relationship between nanotechnology and the medical application Engage in the underlying science and technology and techniques used to fabricate nanodevices Discuss societal and ethical questions that arise from new technological developments in the health domain Who is the course for? ... [-]

Course in Network Security for Industry Professionals

Online Part time Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online

Network security is of growing concern for businesses, with daily attacks occurring on internal systems. Increasingly, staff need to be more aware of network security issues, and how to protect themselves and their businesses from attack. [+]

Network security is of growing concern for businesses, with daily attacks occurring on internal systems. Increasingly, staff need to be more aware of network security issues, and how to protect themselves and their businesses from attack.

Understand network security attacks and protect your systems

This short, free online course will help professionals understand the first steps of network security techniques. We will focus on software vulnerabilities that can be used to attack a system, before exploring potential defence strategies to either deter or mitigate such attacks.

Over three weeks, you will:

identify different types of network security attack; analyse how businesses and individuals can identify an attack on their networks; compare different defend, deter and detect methods for protecting systems; and explore the tools used to detect attacks. Learn with network security experts from CSIT Belfast ... [-]

Course in Numeracy Skills for Employability and the Workplace

Online Part time 3 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online

In our highly technical world numeracy skills, particularly the ability to interpret data, are becoming increasingly important and are highly sought after by employers. [+]

In our highly technical world numeracy skills, particularly the ability to interpret data, are becoming increasingly important and are highly sought after by employers.

A lack of mathematical confidence and poor numeracy skills are barriers to employment as numeracy tests are increasingly part of the recruitment process, often early on.

Many people feel that they just simply “cannot do maths” yet the need to process numbers is a skill that we all need not just for employment but in our everyday lives.

Improve or revise your knowledge of mathematics

This free online course from the Mathematics Education Centre at Loughborough University will help you improve or revise your knowledge of mathematics. You will gain the numeracy skills needed to succeed in both employers’ numeracy tests and the workplace. It is designed to build your confidence.... [-]


Course in Online Business: Customer Profiling for Success

Online Full time Part time 4 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

This course will introduce you to how, where and why to gather data and how to use it to create customer personas and marketing strategies. [+]

Why join the course?

When asked who their customer is, aspiring entrepreneurs often say “anyone”. This could not be further from the truth. This free online course will help you understand how you can use primary and secondary research, to identify the right customer and design engagement strategies to attract and retain them.

Understand the data and discover your customer

This course will introduce you to how, where and why to gather data and how to use it to create customer personas and marketing strategies.

We will help you understand how to develop market analysis strategies and show you how to develop a marketing strategy to guide you towards implementation.

By the end of the course, you will understand:... [-]


Course in Online Business: Customer Profiling for Success

Online Part time 4 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online

When asked who their customer is, aspiring entrepreneurs often say “anyone”. This could not be further from the truth. This free online course will help you understand how you can use primary and secondary research, to identify the right customer and design engagement strategies to attract and retain them. [+]

This course is part of the Online Business Success program, which will enable you to launch, market and run your own successful online business.

When asked who their customer is, aspiring entrepreneurs often say “anyone”. This could not be further from the truth. This free online course will help you understand how you can use primary and secondary research, to identify the right customer and design engagement strategies to attract and retain them.

Understand the data and discover your customer

This course will introduce you to how, where and why to gather data and how to use it to create customer personas and marketing strategies.

We will help you understand how to develop market analysis strategies and show you how to develop a marketing strategy to guide you towards implementation.... [-]


Course in Online Business: Planning for Success

Online Part time 4 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online

This free online course focuses on the planning phase of starting a small online business and will introduce what you need to do for clarity and action. [+]

This free online course focuses on the planning phase of starting a small online business and will introduce what you need to do for clarity and action. Understand online business and e-commerce With so many ways to operate online, it is important that you understand what your business is and where it fits in. We’ll take you through the differences between various forms of online business models, to help you decide the best direction. We will help you develop a business plan or business model canvas to focus your thinking on the best opportunities for your online business. You will understand how to use primary and secondary research to identify your most valuable customer. By the end of the course, you will be ready to:... [-]


Course in Open Innovation

Online Part time 3 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online

In today’s world, the development of new products and services is not confined to one organisation or indeed one country. To succeed, businesses must be willing to work with others, to spot and develop ideas – a model is known as open innovation. [+]

In today’s world, the development of new products and services is not confined to one organisation or indeed one country. To succeed, businesses must be willing to work with others, to spot and develop ideas – a model is known as open innovation.

Apply open innovation for competitive advantage

This free online course is about how you can find ideas for innovation from the outside world – for example, suppliers, competitors or customers – and assimilate them into your own supply chain, to develop new processes, products and services.

The course offers insight and research into how an organisation, regardless of its location, can harness the latest thinking in applying open innovation to achieve competitive advantage.... [-]


Course in Outstanding Physical Education Lessons

Online Part time 3 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online

This free online course is designed to help PE teachers achieve and sustain these levels. It defines an “outstanding” physical education lesson as one that meets the diverse learning needs of all of its students at a point in time and in a specific context. [+]

UNESCO has stressed the urgent need for schools to address physical inactivity, by improving young people’s experiences of physical education. Couple this with the regular external inspections that schools in many countries receive, and there are growing pressures on all PE teachers to reach the highest levels of performance. This free online course is designed to help PE teachers achieve and sustain these levels. It defines an “outstanding” physical education lesson as one that meets the diverse learning needs of all of its students at a point in time and in a specific context.

Become an “activator” and deliver outstanding PE lessons

The course begins with a guided, expert analysis of students’ needs, local and national curriculum requirements, and teachers’ personal readiness to deliver outstanding PE lessons. Throughout, PE teachers will be positioned as “activators” – practitioners who activate new, inclusive learning possibilities for their students. By the end of the course, you will:... [-]


Course in People Studying People: Research Ethics in Society

Online Part time 6 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online

If we consider data collection and its reporting to make up research, then we will all have been exposed to being participants in some form of social research. Data collection from people in society is now part of everyday life. [+]

If we consider data collection and its reporting to make up research, then we will all have been exposed to being participants in some form of social research. Data collection from people in society is now part of everyday life. Ethical research demands that respect is afforded to the rights and dignity of human participants. Studies need to be designed to be worthwhile and any potential harm anticipated and minimized. Ethical research requires thinking carefully about what constitutes participation in research and the responsibilities of researchers not only to participants but also to all those affected by a study.

Use an ethical appraisal framework to develop and assess research proposals ... [-]

Course in Physical Theatre: Exploring the Slap

Online Part time 2 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

This course introduces you to world-renowned Russian director Meyerhold’s technique of biomechanics. It invites you to study and experience first-hand his revolutionary biomechanical étude, ‘The Slap’. [+]

This course introduces you to world-renowned Russian director Meyerhold’s technique of biomechanics. It invites you to study and experience first-hand his revolutionary biomechanical étude, ‘The Slap’.

Through a mixture of video, animation, discussion forums and practical exercises you will begin to understand Meyerhold’s Russian actor training technique – a two-minute repeatable exercise used to develop balance, awareness, and expression. You will be invited to explore your own response to this unique approach to training and will share these responses with your fellow learners.

What topics will you cover? Meyerhold and the Russian Revolution: why biomechanics was invented and why he felt it was necessary Exploring ‘the Slap’ through biomechanical training exercises known as études Meyerhold in action: working safely by preparing using warm-up techniques ‘The Slap’ in action: techniques for the ‘shake and shake’, ‘slap and taking aim’, and ‘the slap and return to neutral’ Production of a video, image or prose demonstrating actions from the études What will you achieve? Explore and discuss events in Russia during the first half of the 20th century to help understand the development of Russian theatre, and the lives of Meyerhold and his contemporaries. Assess your understanding of biomechanics and the études. Reflect on the week’s learning by contributing to the discussion regarding moving in a biomechanical manner. Perform the biomechanics and études warm-up activities. Explore the three components of ‘the Slap’. Develop your physical experience of moving biomechanically. Investigate historical examples of writing, still images and moving images and consider how you... [-]

Course in Predictive Analytics: Gaining Insights from Big Data

Online Part time 4 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online

Learn how predictive analytics tools can help you gain insights from big data. Collecting big data is just the first step; once you have it, how do you make sense of it? This free online course will show you how predictive analytics tools can help you gain information, knowledge and insights from big data. [+]

Learn how predictive analytics tools can help you gain insights from big data. Collecting big data is just the first step; once you have it, how do you make sense of it? This free online course will show you how predictive analytics tools can help you gain information, knowledge and insights from big data.

Over the next four weeks, experience the power of HPE’s Vertica Analytics platform as an applied tool. Using Vertica Analytics and a case study approach, apply built-in predictive analytics functions and algorithms – linear regression, logistics regression and k-means clustering – to derive insight from your data, helping to create opportunities for your organisation.

What topics will you cover? Modelling, estimation and prediction Estimation and prediction using linear regression Estimation and prediction using logistic regression Estimation and prediction using k-means clustering What will you achieve? Describe big data analytics Identify solutions to big data problems Evaluate predictive data analysis models Assess the suitability of predictive models Model data using various predictive models Who is the course for? ... [-]

Course in Preparing for University

Online Part time 6 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

This course explores and develops key analytical skills that students need in order to succeed at university learning environment. [+]

Higher education is about learning at a higher level: developing skills relating to critical thinking; holding a supported, substantive argument; analysing and using data or sources critically. These are university-level skills but you can work on the foundations of these skills before you get there. Such skills will also help in assessments such as A-levels and extended project work. They also attribute that employers value to graduates.

In this course, you will explore some key skills needed for success at university. You will hear what university lecturers have to say about skills their students excel at or struggle with, from undergraduates about areas they have found difficult and some top tips for coping with the university learning environment.... [-]


Course in Psychology and Mental Health: Beyond Nature and Nurture

Online Part time 6 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online

Learn how a psychological understanding of our emotions and behaviour gives us new ways to improve mental health and well-being. [+]

Psychological therapies and the work of clinical psychologists are now very popular. This free online course provides an introduction to how psychologists understand emotions, behaviours and thinking patterns, and how this helps clinical psychologists make sense of their clients’ problems.

Over six weeks, you will explore some of the current challenges and debates in the area of diagnosis and treatment, and discover new ways of thinking psychologically about mental health.

You will gain new perspectives on the “nature vs nurture” debate, and understand how we are affected by life experiences. You will also discuss new research, which promises to help us improve our own mental health and well-being.... [-]


Course in Religion and Conflict

Online Part time 6 weeks October 2018 United Kingdom UK Online

Many conflicts in the world today are framed in terms of religion, but there is much discussion and confusion concerning the precise role religion plays in these conflicts. [+]

Many conflicts in the world today are framed in terms of religion, but there is much discussion and confusion concerning the precise role religion plays in these conflicts. According to some, conflict and violence are inherent to religion. Others claim that religion is only the guise under which social, economic or political conflicts are fought out. The first step to solving religiously framed conflicts is understanding the role of religion in them, and that is what this free online course is about.

Our point of departure is that religion means different things in different circumstances and to different (groups of) people. Therefore, the aim of this course is to show how a religiously framed conflict can be studied in the wider cultural and political contexts of these conflicts. In the course material, we will refer to various religious, cultural and political settings. In addition, we invite you to engage in some modest research activities in your own environment and compare your own findings with those of fellow students.... [-]


Course in Rome: a Virtual Tour of the Ancient City

Online Part time 5 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online

Take a guided tour around ancient Rome with University of Reading expert, Dr Matthew Nicholls, using his detailed, historically accurate and award-winning, 3D digital model of this awe-inspiring city. [+]

Take a guided tour around ancient Rome with University of Reading expert, Dr Matthew Nicholls, using his detailed, historically accurate and award-winning, 3D digital model of this awe-inspiring city.

Immerse yourself in the architecture and history of Ancient Rome

Join Matthew on a walk around the city of Rome, and ask yourself:

Why was this ancient city built where it was? Did all roads really lead to Rome? How was drinking water supplied to the city’s million inhabitants? Where did Romans worship their gods and meet their political masters? And which buildings provided a backdrop for the spectacular events that both celebrated emperors and secured the loyalty of the masses?... [-]


Course in Shakespeare and his World

Online Part time 10 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online

William Shakespeare is one of the most famous authors of all time. 2016 marked the 400th anniversary of his death, his words have inspired and moved people from around the globe for centuries. [+]

William Shakespeare is one of the most famous authors of all time. 2016 marked the 400th anniversary of his death, his words have inspired and moved people from around the globe for centuries.

How much do we know about Shakespeare’s cultural background and influences and why his works have endured? To get a real sense of how Bard’s world would have actually looked and felt, renowned Shakespearean academic Professor Jonathan Bate will be exploring the acclaimed collections of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Professor Bate is also the Lead Educator, with Dr. Paula Byrne, on the new Literature and Mental Health: Reading for Wellbeing FutureLearn course from Warwick.

Each week, Professor Bate will examine a particular play and a cultural theme alongside a selection of treasures from the Trust’s archives in Stratford-upon-Avon. Weekly learning material will be broken down into six video segments, each examining a variety of artifacts and play extracts. The course will open with an introduction to Shakespeare and his living and working environment, moving onto broader cultural themes and issues examined in his plays and ending with an exploration of his legacy.... [-]


Course in SMART-ASD: Matching Autistic People with Technology Resources

Online Part time 4 weeks April 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Most children with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) also have an Intellectual Disability (ID) – or Learning Difficulty. However, this group is hugely under-represented in research and knowledge regarding this specific group can be hard to find. [+]

Most children with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) also have an Intellectual Disability (ID) – or Learning Difficulty. However, this group is hugely under-represented in research and knowledge regarding this specific group can be hard to find.

On this course, you will get more of an understanding of ASD and ID specifically. Then we will explore how technology can be used to best support this group, introducing you to the SMART-ASD app that identifies the skills and needs of children with ASD and ID so that the most suitable technologies can be identified to support them.

What topics will you cover? What is ASD and Intellectual (or learning) Disability (ID)? How can technology best support children with ASD and ID? How to choose the most appropriate technology to support children with ASD and ID. SMART-ASD: Matching autistic people with technology – how recommendations can be made, specific to each child. Who is the course for? ... [-]

Course in Smart Grids for Smart Cities: Towards Zero Emissions

Online Part time 5 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Find out how smart grids and big data can help citizens, companies, and cities understand energy use and reduce carbon footprint. [+]

See how smart grids can help citizens, companies, and cities cut emissions

This online course provides a technological and behavioral framework to help citizens, companies, and cities to reduce their carbon footprint.

You’ll look at energy production models and use basic tools to integrate yourself into the energy production cycle. You’ll find out how smart grids work, at both a small and large scale. And you’ll collect big data from smart grids and analyze it to understand energy consumption.

Finally, you’ll look at how you can lobby public institutions, to boost energy innovation and sustainability, in both urban and rural environments.

What topics will you cover? The power and energy transition impact in the world economy How smart grids will enhance the era of information What is a smart city and how can we make cities smarter Smarts citizens: new forms of mobility and energy consumption and production New business models for smart cities What will you achieve? ... [-]

Course in Social Enterprise: Business Doing Good

Online Full time Part time 3 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

This course is a must for anyone who wants to understand more about what social enterprise is and its relation to sustainable development. You will learn how to evaluate social enterprise in the context of global and local problems. If you work with social enterprise or are thinking about launching a social enterprise, this course provides a valuable foundation. [+]

Why join the course?

Can business do good? In this course, we explore different models of social enterprise and the local and global problems that they aim to address.

Where could this course take me?

This course is a must for anyone who wants to understand more about what social enterprise is and its relation to sustainable development. You will learn how to evaluate social enterprise in the context of global and local problems. If you work with social enterprise or are thinking about launching a social enterprise, this course provides a valuable foundation.

What and how will I learn?

Social Enterprise: Business Doing Good includes a mix of theory, practical information and case studies from around the world. You will assess different definitions and models of social enterprise and evaluate their social impact. Video interviews with experts and practitioners, articles and discussion steps will offer you the opportunity to learn and engage with other learners on key concepts and ideas. By the end of the course, you will understand the key concepts related to social enterprise and how to assess the social impact of a social enterprise model.... [-]


Course in Social Enterprise: Growing a Sustainable Business

Online Part time 3 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

This course is a must for anyone who wants to understand how to scale and sustain a social enterprise. You will learn how to evaluate and diagnose your current business model, identify your challenges, and develop strategies to grow your social enterprise, and evaluate its impact. [+]

Is your social enterprise sustainable? Is it scalable? This course helps you evaluate your model and develop a plan to take it to the next level. Where could this course take me? This course is a must for anyone who wants to understand how to scale and sustain a social enterprise. You will learn how to evaluate and diagnose your current business model, identify your challenges, and develop strategies to grow your social enterprise, and evaluate its impact. What and how will I learn? Social Enterprise: Growing a Sustainable Business includes a mix of theory, practical information, and case studies from around the world. You will learn how to map your stakeholders, consider partnership opportunities, and manage change. You will also consider different marketing and communications strategies, how to find talent and different sources of funding and investment. By the end of the course, you will be prepared to take your social enterprise to the next level. Learn more with the Social Enterprise program This course is one of three in the Social Enterprise program prepared by Middlesex University Business School, in collaboration with researchers at the Jindal Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship and the social enterprise Living in Minca, and with funding by the British Council. The program will enable you to understand what it takes to launch and run a sustainable social enterprise. When you complete all three courses and buy a Certificate of Achievement for each, you will earn a FutureLearn Award as proof of completing... [-]


Course in Social Enterprise: Turning Ideas into Action

Online Part time 3 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online

How can you turn a social enterprise idea into action? In this course, you will identify the problem your idea is trying to solve, design your social enterprise venture model and prepare to take it to market. [+]

How can you turn a social enterprise idea into action? In this course, you will identify the problem your idea is trying to solve, design your social enterprise venture model and prepare to take it to market.

Where could this course take me?

This course is a must for anyone who wants to launch a social enterprise. It will help you understand the problem your social enterprise is trying to address, consider the level of innovation in your idea, and build your business plan and your team.

What and how will I learn?

Social Enterprise: Turning Ideas into Action includes a mix of theory, practical information, and case studies from around the world. You will also learn about the legal and marketing considerations as you prepare to take your idea to market. By the end of the course, you will develop a plan for turning your social enterprise into action and there will be a competition to find the best learner-produced plan.... [-]


Course in Social Media Analytics: Using Data to Understand Public Conversations

Online Part time 3 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online

How can you discover what’s being said about the things that matter to you on social media platforms, including Twitter? [+]

Learn how to use powerful digital tools to analyse conversations on Twitter.

What are tweets and the cultural politics of Twitter? Learn to use TAGS and discuss the implications of accessing social media data.

What are the pros and cons of analysing social media data in real time? Learn how to use Tableau to analyse data, identify trends and patterns and explore how social media have been used in times of crisis and during political campaigns.

Use Gephi to visualise data networks, discuss the benefits of using digital tools to analyse social media data and consider how such analyses may be supported by other methods.

What topics will you cover? The role and structures of social media conversations Methods for and implications of gathering data Key metrics used for analysing Twitter Methods for identifying trends in social data The theory of social networks Methods for creating and interpreting data visualisations What will you achieve? Access social media data and understand the ethical implications of doing this Apply digital methods to recognise and explain the significance of patterns in social data Create data visualisations and use them to identify features of social networks Draw personally relevant conclusions about social media that apply beyond the course Who is the course for? ... [-]

Course in Social Media in Healthcare: Opportunities and Challenges

Online Part time 5 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Understand how social media is used in healthcare, to improve communication and information sharing, with this free online course. [+]

Understand how social media is used in healthcare to improve communication.

Social media has emerged as a new channel for both seeking information, and for creating and exchanging user-generated content among peers.

But as the amount of information being uploaded to social networks such as Facebook, Whatsapp or YouTube continues to grow, it is becoming increasingly difficult to discern reliable health information from misleading content.

This course for anyone who is looking into the opportunities and challenges of using social media in healthcare, including as a mass communication tool during infectious disease epidemics.

What topics will you cover? Introduction to social media and networking Social media generated big data Gamification and social media for health behavior change Social media and health communication crisis Use of social media by hospitals and health authorities What can patients do for themselves via social media? What will you achieve? ... [-]

Course in Soils: Introducing the World Beneath Our Feet

Online Part time 4 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online

Soils are a vital part of our planet’s functioning, but all too often we take soils for granted. In this free online course, we introduce you to soils and explore the world beneath our feet. [+]

Soils are a vital part of our planet’s functioning, but all too often we take soils for granted. In this free online course, we introduce you to soils and explore the world beneath our feet.

Get an introduction to soil science

Soils are a fantastically complex environment, teeming with life and supporting our most fundamental environmental processes. However, they are increasingly under threat and our soil resource is a finite one.

Starting from what soil is and how soils form we will take a journey through the soil, not just learning the basics of soil science but also about life in the soil.

Then we will look at why soil is so important and investigate the topic of soil security - a topic relevant to the past and present.... [-]


Course in Solving the Energy Puzzle: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Energy Transition

Online Part time 7 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Learn how to analyze energy transition cases from technological, legal, economics, spatial, and social perspectives. [+]

Today, energy systems are confronted with pressing global challenges: economic and social development, poverty eradication, adequate food production, health for all, conservation of ecosystems, peace, and security. A major transformation – the energy transition - is required to address these challenges.

In this course we will take the multidisciplinary approach to examine the energy transition question, providing you with the framework and methods to analyze the question yourself. Will you solve the energy puzzle?

What topics will you cover? Energy transition and sustainability Technical aspects of energy transition Spatial Planning Integrated Energy System Psychological aspect of energy transition Law aspect of energy transition Energy Systems Economic aspect of energy transition What will you achieve? ... [-]

Course in Spanish for Beginners 2: People and Places

Online Full time Part time 4 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

Learn how to describe people and what they wear, and talk about your family and home in the second Spanish for Beginners course. [+]

Why join the course?

This free online course is the second of six in the Spanish for Beginners program. It will introduce you to the language that you need to:

describe people, both physically and in terms of their personality; talk about what people wear (clothes, accessories and colours); talk about your family; ask for people’s contact details (address, telephone number, e-mail); describe your home and the furniture in it; talk about what you want when looking for accommodation. Talk about people and places in Spanish

During the four weeks of the course, you will learn the vocabulary and phrases you need to talk about people and places, and the present tense of some of the basic verbs, such as se/estar (to be), tener (to have) and querer (to want), and the expression ‘hay’ (there is/there are) to describe places.... [-]


Course in Spanish for Beginners 3: My Life

Online Part time 4 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online

During the four weeks of the course, you will learn the vocabulary and expressions to talk about what you do during a normal day, and learn the present tense of regular verbs, as well as some irregular verbs such as ir (to go), salir (to leave/to go out) and venir (to come). You will also learn to talk about things you do frequently. [+]

This course is part of the Spanish for Beginners program, which will enable you to learn basic Spanish and discover the Spanish-speaking world. This free online course is the third of six in the Spanish for Beginners program. It will introduce you to the language that you need to:

talk about your daily life; talk about what you do every day and every week; ask for and tell the time, and say when things happen; talk about means of transport; talk about working hours; talk about opening and closing times of shops and businesses.

Describe your normal day in Spanish During the four weeks of the course, you will learn the vocabulary and expressions to talk about what you do during a normal day, and learn the present tense of regular verbs, as well as some irregular verbs such as ir (to go), salir (to leave/to go out) and venir (to come). You will also learn to talk about things you do frequently. By now, you will find that you are getting more confident in your listening, and you will continue to work on your speaking, reading and writing skills too. You will find out more about the variety of people and places in the Spanish-speaking world, and about some differences in vocabulary between the different Spanish varieties.... [-]


Course in Spanish for Beginners 6: Out and About

Online Part time 4 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online

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

This free online course is the last of six in the Spanish for Beginners program. It will introduce you to language that you need to:

talk about where places are; ask for directions; shop for clothes; order food and drinks.

Learn how to go out, shop, eat and drink in Spanish During the four weeks of the course, you will learn some phrases you’ll need if you have to ask for directions, as well as a range of vocabulary related to clothes and food, so you can enjoy going shopping next time you visit a Spanish-speaking country. You will find out about tapas, pinchos and raciones, and be able to make sense of a Spanish menu, and will learn about the beautiful city of Valencia in Spain. You will also learn to use the imperative to give directions. By now, as we reach the end of the Spanish for Beginners program, you should be fairly confident in using basic Spanish to talk about yourself and about everyday and familiar situations. In this course, you will also find some advice about what you can do next to take your Spanish further.... [-]


Course in Starting a Business 1: Vision and Opportunity

Online Part time 2 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

A successful business starts with a clear vision and a thorough understanding of the opportunities available to turn that vision into a reality. Whether you have an idea for a future venture or you already have a side-line business whilst studying, this course will help you consider your vision and explore the opportunities available. [+]

A successful business starts with a clear vision and a thorough understanding of the opportunities available to turn that vision into a reality. Whether you have an idea for a future venture or you already have a side-line business whilst studying, this course will help you consider your vision and explore the opportunities available. It will give you the time to plan and help you to start documenting your thoughts in a structured business plan while allowing you to share your ideas with others.

This course is the first in a series of six about ‘starting a business’.

What topics will you cover? The entrepreneurial learning cycle The opportunity business model: the importance of sharing your vision Vision and opportunity for successful businesses Writing a core value proposition Introduction to writing a robust business plan. What will you achieve? Assess the entrepreneurial cycle which underpins the course. Explore the scope for discovering or creating business opportunities. Investigate businesses in your local area. Discuss the entrepreneur’s business challenge: Which business should I start and how? Evaluate and assess a business idea. Produce a business plan within 200 words. Investigate the vision and opportunities for a business plan. Who is the course for? ... [-]

Course in Starting a Business 2: People and Networks

Online Part time 2 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

A successful business relies heavily on people and networking. A good team and wider network are essential to success and growth. Whether you have an idea for a future venture or you already have a side-line business whilst studying, this course will help you to recognise the people who can help you take your business forward in both formal and informal business networks. [+]

A successful business relies heavily on people and networking. A good team and wider network are essential to success and growth. Whether you have an idea for a future venture or you already have a side-line business whilst studying, this course will help you to recognise the people who can help you take your business forward in both formal and informal business networks.

This course is the second in a series of six about ‘starting a business’.

What topics will you cover? The importance of people, teams and networks within business Roles within a team Methods to develop a team Formal and informal business networks How to build and expand a professional network The business plan: identifying people, teams and networks What will you achieve? Assess the importance of people, teams and networks for business success. Identify the eight types of team roles. Explore the five stages of team development. Discuss the entrepreneur’s business challenge: Which option should Nick select to build a high performing team? Identify people and networks in a business plan. Identify what skills are required. Explore how you will develop your networks. Who is the course for? ... [-]

Course in Starting a Business 3: Customers and Competitors

Online Part time 2 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

To run a successful business you need to understand who your customers are and more importantly, how you are going to reach them. Whether you have an idea for a future venture or you already have a side-line business whilst studying, this course will help you to recognise and understand your target market. [+]

To run a successful business you need to understand who your customers are and more importantly, how you are going to reach them. Whether you have an idea for a future venture or you already have a side-line business whilst studying, this course will help you to recognise and understand your target market. It will give you the time to plan and help you to start documenting your thoughts in a structured business plan while allowing you to share your ideas with others.

This course is the third in a series of six about ‘starting a business’.

What topics will you cover? Define a market: identifying customers and competitors The theory of understanding markets: the differences between a market and an industry Analyse a market: the market size and its potential How to determine a business’ target market Competitor analysis How to target specific customers The business plan: customers and competitors What will you achieve? Assess the importance of understanding customers and competitors when starting a business. Discuss the difference between a market and an industry to help define the market and the product or service to offer to that market. Evaluate the entrepreneur’s business challenge: Which markets should Ashleigh target for her product? Explore the market for a business plan. Discuss the size, scale and characteristics of your market. Summarise your key competitors or those of another business by performing a competitor analysis. Who is the course for? ... [-]

Course in Starting a Business 5: Managing Finances

Online Part time 2 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

The management of finances is crucial to a successful business; financial information provides the evidence to support your decisions about a business and helps to justify those decisions when you present them to other people. [+]

The management of finances is crucial to a successful business; financial information provides the evidence to support your decisions about a business and helps to justify those decisions when you present them to other people. Whether you have an idea for a future venture or you already have a side-line business whilst studying, this course will introduce you to key financial information and gives you a chance to discuss your ideas with others.

This course is the fifth in a series of six about ‘starting a business’.

What topics will you cover? The importance of financial information An introduction to key financial information: sales revenue forecast; profit and loss forecast; and cash flow forecast Analysing and interpreting financial performance How to increase profitability Marketing a product in terms of price and number of sales Key financial forecasts: determining the viability of a business opportunity The business plan: business finances What will you achieve? Discuss why forecasting and planning are key skills within any successful business. Discuss sales revenue forecast, net profit and the purpose of a cash flow forecast. Evaluate the entrepreneur’s business challenge: How can Hannah make her business more profitable? Identify business finances in a business plan. Assess costs, prices, gross profit and cash flow forecasts. Who is the course for? ... [-]

Course in Starting a Business 6: Funding Your Business

Online Part time 2 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

A successful business requires funding to get it started. There are many ways to get your business up and running, from the informal such as personal savings and borrowing, borrowing from friends and family to the more formal avenues like bank loans, raising equity to crowd-funding. [+]

A successful business requires funding to get it started. There are many ways to get your business up and running, from the informal such as personal savings and borrowing, borrowing from friends and family, to the more formal avenues like bank loans, raising equity to crowd-funding. This course will help you consider the finance options available for businesses, and how to fund the expansion of a business.

This is the final course in a series of six about ‘starting a business’.

What topics will you cover? The options available to raise capital for new ventures Financial support in your locality How to fund the expansion of a business An introduction to crowdfunding Pitch your business idea, product or service The business plan: funding a business What will you achieve? Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the types of funds that can be raised to help get a business up and running. Identify the factors which impact on the way a new venture is financed eg company type, the market or sector the company is trading within, the aspirations of the founders. Discuss the entrepreneur’s business challenge: How can the expansion of the team’s company be funded? Assess funding for a business plan. Assess whether funding is required to get started. Reflect on how you would approach financial sources. Who is the course for? ... [-]

Course in Stereoscopy: An Introduction to Victorian Stereo Photography

Online Part time November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online

On this free online course, we will examine the rise of stereo photography and the work of two pioneering photographers – the Scotsman, George Washington Wilson, and the Englishman, Thomas Richard Williams. [+]

Following its presentation to the world at the Great Exhibition in London in 1851, the stereoscope – a device that makes images appear 3D – mesmerised Victorians. Collecting and viewing stereo photographs became a craze.

Stereoscopes were produced in different price ranges, thousands of stereo images were printed and bought each year, and one company involved in this boom, The London Stereoscopic Company, proclaimed: ‘No home without a stereoscope.’

Explore the origins of the stereoscope and stereo photography

‘Stereoscopy’ derives from the Greek ‘stereos’ meaning ‘firm’ or ‘solid’ and ‘skopeō’ meaning ‘to look’ or ‘to see’. So together, they mean ‘seeing something firm or solid’.... [-]


Course in Supercomputing

Online Part time 5 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online

Today’s supercomputers are the most powerful calculating machines ever invented, capable of performing more than a thousand million calculations every second. This gives scientists and engineers a powerful new tool to study the natural world – computer simulation.

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Today’s supercomputers are the most powerful calculating machines ever invented, capable of performing more than a thousand million calculations every second. This gives scientists and engineers a powerful new tool to study the natural world – computer simulation. Using supercomputers, we can now conduct virtual experiments that are impossible in the real world – from looking deep inside individual atoms to studying the future climate of the earth and following the evolution of the entire universe from the big bang.

Discover how supercomputers are powering scientific breakthroughs

This free online course will introduce you to what supercomputers are, how they are used and how we can exploit their full computational potential to make scientific breakthroughs. Over five weeks, we’ll look at:... [-]


Course in Superpowers of the Ancient World: the Near East

Online Part time 4 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online

Over four weeks, this free online course explores four ancient Near-Eastern cultures and how they interacted with each other 3,500 years ago. [+]

Over four weeks, this free online course explores four ancient Near-Eastern cultures and how they interacted with each other 3,500 years ago.

Tracking the Egyptian, Mitannian and Hittite superpowers

Travel, diplomacy, trade and warfare feature, as we track the ancient Egyptian, Mitannian and Hittite superpowers. We will see how they came into contact with each other in their efforts to extend their influence into the ever-contested Syria-Palestine lands.

We will examine objects from the University of Liverpool’s Garstang Museum of Archaeology - one of the most important collections of artifacts in the UK - enabling you to learn not only about the history of this period but also how experts use artifacts to reconstruct the past.... [-]


Course in Supply Chain Innovation: How Technology Can Create a Sustainable Future

Online Part time 6 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Every product that we use today is the result of a supply chain - a complex series of steps that turn raw materials into the final products we use and everything related to this.

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Every product that we use today is the result of a supply chain - a complex series of steps that turn raw materials into the final products we use and everything related to this. Managing these supply chains have become more and more a challenge, especially with all modern technologies and today's trends. The 24-hour economy, fast delivery of goods to your home, wanting to have customized products and of course, the focus on sustainability is a few of these trends. In this course, you will learn why managing supply chains are important and challenging. It is a key activity for both large multi-national companies as well as for small businesses. We’ll find out how to design supply chains that meet future economic, environmental and social requirements, asking questions such as:... [-]


Course in Systems Thinking and Complexity

Online Part time 2 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

This free online course addresses the practical problems that arise in social systems in the context of management and public policy at local, regional and global levels. It is problem-oriented, providing you with both the theoretical understanding and practical tools, to find and implement solutions to organisational and social problems. [+]

This free online course addresses the practical problems that arise in social systems in the context of management and public policy at local, regional and global levels. It is problem-oriented, providing you with both the theoretical understanding and practical tools, to find and implement solutions to organisational and social problems.

Use systems thinking to solve complex, real-world problems

The course will look at the nature of social, managerial and policy problems, considering a variety of real-world examples: community action; crime and policing; health and social welfare; transportation; smart cities; energy; Europe and Brexit; and mass education for Africa and Latin America.... [-]


Course in Talking About Cancer

Online Part time 3 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online

Talking about cancer can be tough. You might be worried that you’ll say the wrong thing or that you simply don’t know enough about the subject. Perhaps you feel unsure about how the conversation will go or you’ve tried in the past and had a difficult experience. Maybe you’re not even sure if it’s your job. [+]

Talking about cancer can be tough. You might be worried that you’ll say the wrong thing or that you simply don’t know enough about the subject. Perhaps you feel unsure about how the conversation will go or you’ve tried in the past and had a difficult experience. Maybe you’re not even sure if it’s your job. In this course, you’ll learn how to encourage people to make healthy lifestyle changes, access local services or visit their doctor promptly if they notice changes to their body. You’ll develop a personal plan for talking about cancer and where to find reliable information. 1 in 2 people will develop cancer in their lifetime, and at Cancer Research UK we think it’s essential to get people talking about the disease. This course will give you the tips, tools and confidence to have simple, effective conversations that could help save lives.... [-]


Course in Teaching Computing

Online Part time January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Enhance your practice and subject knowledge as a primary or secondary school teacher of Computing. [+]

How can Computing be taught in a way that engages young people and is relevant to the world they live in? The Computing curriculum in England encompasses computer science skills, digital literacy, digital citizenship and digital scholarship. This course offers subject knowledge, skills, and advice on planning, teaching, assessment, and policy. Originally created by UEA with sponsorship from Computing at School (CAS) and BT, the National STEM Learning Centre hosts this course enabling you to learn from expert CAS Master Teachers and reflect on your own classroom practice to develop your teaching.

What topics will you cover?

Week 1: Introduction to the computing curriculum

The computing curriculum Talking about computing ... [-]

Course in Teaching for Success: Lessons and Teaching

Online Part time 4 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online

This free online course is for English language teachers around the world. It will help you develop the skills and practices you need for your continuing professional development (CPD). [+]

This course is part of the Teaching for Success: Practices for English Language Teaching program, which will enable you to develop professionally as an English language teacher.

This free online course is for English language teachers around the world. It will help you develop the skills and practices you need for your continuing professional development (CPD).

This course is part of our Teaching for Success: Practices for English Language Teaching program. In the program we will look at the 12 professional practices for CPD on the British Council’s teacher development framework.

In this course you will look at four professional practices:

Planning lessons and courses Managing resources Managing the lesson Taking responsibility for professional development. Learn with English language teachers worldwide ... [-]

Course in Teaching for Success: the Classroom and the World

Online Part time 4 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Explore 21st-century skills, ICT and multilingual approaches with this English language teaching professional development course. [+]

This free online course is for English language teachers around the world. It will help you develop the skills and practices you need for your continuing professional development (CPD).

This course is part of our Teaching for Success: Practices for English Language Teaching program. In the program, we will look at the 12 professional practices for CPD on the British Council’s teacher development framework.

In this course you will look at four professional practices :

Integrating ICT Promoting 21st-century skills Using multilingual approaches Understanding educational policies and practice.

Learn with English language teachers worldwide

Each week will focus on one of these practices. Short video interviews with experienced teachers will be combined with classroom films from around the world to illustrate the main points.... [-]


Course in Teaching Practical Science: Biology

Online Part time 3 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Develop practical lessons to help 14-16 year old students understand biology with this CPD for science teachers. [+]

Improve student learning in biology practical lessons

There are only so many ways a student can look at an onion cell, so how do we engage students with biology practicals?

On this course, you will discuss the relationship between theoretical concepts and practical work, and consider closely what is happening in your own classroom during biology practicals.

You will also develop and share creative ways of teaching practical biology with approaches that apply to a range of situations including GCSE required practicals.

What topics will you cover?

Practical work for 14-16-year-olds for the key topics of enzymes, microscopy, and microbiology.

Contextualising practical work in biology to the everyday environment.... [-]


Course in The Birmingham Qur'an: Its Journey from the Islamic Heartlands

Online Part time 4 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Explore the history and significance of the Birmingham Qur'an, and its journey from late Antiquity Middle East to contemporary UK. [+]

Discover the story behind one of the oldest Islamic manuscripts in the world

The Birmingham Qur’an is one of the oldest surviving Islamic manuscripts. This course will explore the origins and the journey of the Birmingham Qur’an from the Islamic heartlands, the significance of the Birmingham Qur’an, the methods used to determine its age and how it is cared for at Cadbury Research Library, University of Birmingham. Learn how to identify features of Qur’an manuscripts and how they influenced the arts of the book in Islamic manuscript culture. You will also learn more about the Mingana collection of Middle Eastern manuscripts and their relevance to the 21st century.

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Course in The Digital Economy: Finance for Business Growth

Online Part time 4 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online

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? [+]

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?

Evaluate how to fund your business investment

Whether you are managing a micro business, a small- or medium-sized company, or a large corporation, this free online course will guide you through the finance options to help you evaluate what type of funding is suitable for your business investment and how to develop a funding strategy to make the right decision about the type of borrowing for your business. You will consider the role of traditional and alternative finance options and learn to use financial statements to assess the financial health of a business. You will also learn to use cash flow forecasts to help you make decisions about managing a business’ finances.... [-]


Course in The Digital Economy: Selling Through Customer Insight

Online Part time 4 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

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. [+]

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.

Build a holistic view of your customers

Perspectives on the role and behaviour of customers are changing, with marketers drawing on increasingly powerful information systems to build a holistic view of consumers.

In this course, you will develop an understanding of how customer relationship management breeds business development success and will critically evaluate accepted wisdom on how marketing influences customers. You will also learn how selling has transitioned from being a ‘foot in the door’ to having a ‘finger on the pulse’, using insight-driven approaches to win those all-important sales.... [-]


Course in The Earth in My Pocket: an Introduction to Geology

Online Part time 4 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

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.

During this free online course, you will discover the link between the ocean floor, volcanoes and your mobile phone; why tiny marine plants and animals are at the core of the plastics industry; and how colliding continents and mountain building processes influence the appearance of many buildings and numerous kitchen worktops.

Get an introduction to geological processes ... [-]

Course in The Frozen Frontier: Monitoring the Greenland Ice Sheet from Space

Online Part time 3 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online

Learn how the Greenland ice sheet is monitored from space and the ground, to understand our past, present and future climate. [+]

Discover how climate change is impacting the Greenland Ice Sheet

Made up of layers of compressed snow from over the last 100,000 years, the vast Greenland ice sheet acts as both a valuable record of our past climate and a bellwether for future climate change.

This online course highlights how the Greenland ice sheet is monitored from space and the ground. You’ll look at the measurements made possible by Earth Observation (EO) satellites like Cryosat, the technologies and techniques involved, the data generated, and its uses and challenges.

You’ll also explore the role of ice in the climate system and the impact of climate change on the Greenland ice sheet.

What topics will you cover? Satellite Earth Observation technology, terminology and the types of data products available when monitoring ice sheets Understanding the unique measurements of ice thickness and dynamics which satellite data can provide How to access process and work with Earth observation data and ice sheet measuring tools The use of Earth observation data in a range of scientific, policy and decision-making areas, in conjunction with models What will you achieve? ... [-]

Course in The Impact of Climate Change on Public Health

Online Part time 4 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Explore the impact of climate change on public health, and discover ways to influence behaviors and policies at all levels. [+]

Explore the direct and indirect ways that climate change affects health

This online course gives you the opportunity to explore the impact of climate change on public health. It shares knowledge of both the direct and indirect ways in which climate change is affecting health around the globe.

It starts by examining current trends in climate change and the methods used to evaluate the continuously emerging data in this field. You will find out how to leverage the data that is publicly available, to campaign for changes to behaviors or policies, at both a local and regional level.

What topics will you cover? What are the climate change themes and trends about public health and is there anything we can do to improve things? Who are the key contributors to climate change, what are they doing and how are their harmful activities being countered? How can we prove that the impact on health is linked to climate change? How to implement an action plan to improve health outcomes impacted by climate change What will you achieve? ... [-]

Course in The Politics of Economics and the Economics of Politicians

Online Part time 3 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online

In this three-week course, Sir Vince Cable and a team of leading economists at the University of Nottingham will explain the links between politics and economics. You will explore these links by looking at the work of major political figures and the key economic ideas they adopted. [+]

How does economics impact on politicians? And how do politicians impact on economics? In this three-week course, Sir Vince Cable and a team of leading economists at the University of Nottingham will explain the links between politics and economics. You will explore these links by looking at the work of major political figures and the key economic ideas they adopted.

Find out about the links between politicians and economics

You will study both contemporary economics – for example exploring responses to the financial crisis of 2008 – and some of the political leaders who have put key economic theories into practice throughout history. These are political figures from around the world who have changed economic history, including Alexander Hamilton, Sir Robert Peel, the Mejii Emperor, FD Roosevelt, Margaret Thatcher and Deng Xiaoping. The economic policies and practices of these former leaders are still having an impact on our world today.... [-]


Course in the Secret Power of Brands

Online Full time Part time 6 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

If you’re developing a career in branding -­ or if you work in a related area, like strategy, marketing or innovation -­ this course is for you. It will support your professional development, and also provide you with a taste of what taking a Masters in branding or brand management would be like. [+]

Why join the course?

Brands are the most potent commercial and cultural force on the planet. Think about McDonald’s, Apple, Manchester United, Tate, Google or even Harry Potter. This free online course will help you get under the skin of such brands, and ask how and why they become so powerful.

The University of East Anglia has teamed up with one the world’s most influential brand consultancies, Wolff Olins, to bring you this course. It’s built on their hugely successful joint MSc in Brand Leadership and shares the same course leader -­ renowned branding consultant, Robert Jones.

Where could this course take me?

If you’re developing a career in branding -­ or if you work in a related area, like strategy, marketing or innovation -­ this course is for you. It will support your professional development, and also provide you with a taste of what taking a Masters in branding or brand management would be like.... [-]


Course in Time Management Strategies for Project Management

Online Part time 2 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online

Develop your time management skills and discover time management strategies to ensure every project you manage runs smoothly. [+]

Every project manager or project leader has had a project that seems to spiral out of control - absorbing more time and resource than was planned. This course will help you stop that happening. You will learn time management strategies to help you prevent projects becoming unmanageable and develop the fundamental skills of a project manager to make sure every project you run meets its deadlines. Now is the time to put an end to runaway projects.

What topics will you cover? Introduce the time management processes Explain the key concepts in time management, including lags and leads, critical path, feeding buffers, resource leveling, resource smoothing, scheduled completion date, target completion date, milestones. Explain various tools and methods improving time management, including Precedence Diagramming Method (PDM), Critical Path Methods, Critical Chain Method, Gantt chart What will you achieve? ... [-]

Course in Transmedia Storytelling

Online Part time 4 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Learn how to tell compelling stories across multiple platforms, like books, films, games, and TV, with this free online course. [+]

Stories are increasingly told across a variety of formats - books, comics, events, films, games and TV programmes. This is known as transmedia storytelling or multiplatform storytelling.

This course will help you tell compelling stories across multiple platforms.

We’ll look at examples such as The Avengers, The Matrix, and Transformers - and put theory into practice, by retelling the popular fable, The Three Little Pigs, in a multiplatform format.

You’ll learn with Daniel H Byun - the film director also known as 변혁.

What topics will you cover?

Over four weeks, we’ll ask:

What is transmedia storytelling? And how does it differ from related ideas like media convergence and one source multi-use (OSMU)? How do the key elements of character, plot, and setting create a memorable story? What can we learn from folklore and traditional narratives? And how is storytelling in the digital age different from previous forms? ... [-]

Course in Transparent and Open Social Science Research

Online Part time 3 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Demand is growing for evidence-based policy making, but there is growing recognition in the social science community that limited transparency and openness in research have contributed to widespread problems. [+]

Demand is growing for evidence-based policy making, but there is growing recognition in the social science community that limited transparency and openness in research have contributed to widespread problems.

Explore transparency issues in social science research – and how to solve them

In this free online course, we will discuss the major transparency and reproducibility issues across the social sciences today, including the problems of fraud, publication bias and data mining.

We will also discuss many of the emerging solutions to these problems, including:

pre-registering studies and writing pre-analysis plans performing replications conducting meta-analyses making data open and available visualizing data in ways that are honest and effective. Apply tools to make your own social science research open and transparent ... [-]

Course Introduction to Dutch

Online Part time 3 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online

Are you planning to visit the Netherlands? This free online course is perfect if you have little or no knowledge of Dutch but would like to master the fundamentals. [+]

Are you planning to visit the Netherlands? This free online course is perfect if you have little or no knowledge of Dutch but would like to master the fundamentals.

The course will help you to:

introduce yourself, talk about your family, friends, work, and study, experience life in the Netherlands. During the course, you will learn Dutch phrases, vocabulary, and grammar.

You will learn familiar words and phrases about yourself and your family. You will learn to use simple sentences about everyday activities. And you will be able to write short texts.

Get a taste of Dutch? Join the course now!

What topics will you cover? Reading and listening to dialogues about work, study, hobbies, eating, drinking, living, weather and the time Understanding the grammar around the conjugation of verbs, word order, personal pronouns, adjectives, modal verbs and making questions Writing and speaking assignments including introducing oneself and speaking about eating and living Introduction to Dutch culture What will you achieve? Apply basic Dutch vocabulary and grammar in a range of everyday situations Produce short written statements in Dutch about everyday life Discuss simple concepts, situations, and needs in Dutch Who is the course for? ... [-]

Course Introduction to Educational Design in Higher Education

Online Part time 2 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online

Central to effective teaching is providing students with a strong educational design that offers opportunities to independently and collaboratively explore and acquire knowledge. Students can then apply what is learned to different contexts, in order to demonstrate that the learning outcomes have been achieved

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Central to effective teaching is providing students with a strong educational design that offers opportunities to independently and collaboratively explore and acquire knowledge. Students can then apply what is learned to different contexts, in order to demonstrate that the learning outcomes have been achieved This course will introduce you to effective educational design - taking into account the evolving higher education environment and current research into the curriculum, educational design, assessment and feedback that supports student learning. Explore what makes good educational design Developing effective educational design requires careful planning and structured thinking to scaffold learning in order to maximise students’ potential for success. In this course, you will identify the principles and key steps teachers need to take to design effective educational opportunities for their students. The course is based on the recognition that learning is most effective when it is guided by clear expectations, academic standards and an integrated curriculum, where the various components of the program, courses, classes, field trips, etc. are identified, aligned and linked to assessment. Learn how to apply educational design in your own context Students learn best when they are actively engaged: when they interact with their peers, tutors and course resources, when they are reflective and have opportunities to apply this knowledge. Successful design, therefore, needs to ensure that students are given opportunities to take an active, interactive and reflective role in their studies. This course will provide you with an educational framework and an opportunity to design effective educational materials you... [-]


Course Introduction to Frisian

Online Part time 3 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online

Learn to speak, write and understand the second official language of the Netherlands with this free introductory language course. [+]

Learn to speak, write and understand the second official language of the Netherlands with this free introductory language course.

Did you know that, besides Dutch, a second official language is spoken in the Netherlands? It’s a language even more closely related to English than Dutch. This language is called Frisian.

What topics will you cover? Reading and listening to dialogues about work, study, hobbies, eating, living, weather and the time Understanding the grammar around the conjugation of verbs, word order, personal and possessive pronouns, adjectives, modal verbs and making questions Writing and speaking assignments including introducing oneself and speaking about working and living What will you achieve? Apply basic Frisian vocabulary and grammar in a range of everyday situations Produce short written statements in Frisian about everyday life Discuss simple concepts, situations, and needs in Frisian Who is the course for? ... [-]

Course Introduction to Norwegian

Online Part time 4 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Learn to speak, write and understand basic Norwegian, with this free, four-week, introductory foreign language course. [+]

Are you planning on going to Norway to study, travel or work? Are you interested in Norwegian culture? Are you looking for the key to the Scandinavian Model? Or a troll to marry?

This free online course will give you the basic language skills needed to make new friends and cope with everyday situations, as well as being a stepping stone for a further exploration into Norwegian language, society, and culture.

Get an introduction to the Norwegian language

This four-week course will give you an introduction to Norwegian, a language spoken by about 5 million people. You will learn basic language and grammar through active learning. After completing this course, you will be able to participate in everyday conversations.... [-]


Course Introduction to the UK Parliament: People, Processes and Public Participation

Online Part time 3 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online

This free online course will introduce you to the work and role of the UK Parliament. By setting the age at which we start school to deciding pension policy, the UK Parliament makes laws that impact our lives, our work, and our wider society.

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This free online course will introduce you to the work and role of the UK Parliament. By setting the age at which we start school to deciding pension policy, the UK Parliament makes laws that impact our lives, our work, and our wider society. Learn what Parliament is and does You will begin by looking at what Parliament is, how it is different from government and how it has changed and evolved over hundreds of years. You will find out about the work of the House of Commons and the House of Lords and discover how things work in the Chambers and beyond on a day-to-day basis. Learn how Parliament scrutinizes government Parliament is vital in scrutinizing the work of government; on this course, you’ll learn what this looks like in practice. You will consider the different tools MPs and members of the House of Lords use to check and challenge the work of government to ensure its decisions are transparent, efficient and fair. You will examine the purpose and role of different types of questions, discover some of the conventions of debate and explore the work of select committees. Learn how Parliament is evolving Towards the end of the course, you will examine the process of lawmaking and discover the journey of a Bill. You will also explore the range of opportunities open to citizens, which enable you to engage with and influence the UK Parliament.... [-]


Course in Understanding Drugs and Addiction

Online Part time 6 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online

We are all touched by addiction – personally, within our circle of family and friends, and within our community. Addiction and its related harms can be crippling for those affected and the people around them. [+]

We are all touched by addiction – personally, within our circle of family and friends, and within our community. Addiction and its related harms can be crippling for those affected and the people around them.

But how does addiction develop? What can we do to treat it? And what can we do to prevent it?

Explore how addiction develops

In this free online course, we’ll explore how addiction develops, looking at the environmental, genetic and personal risks involved.

We’ll examine what happens when a drug enters your body and your brain, how your brain changes, and how this process can make recovering from addiction such a challenge.

You’ll learn how we can best treat addiction, and how national and international policies help limit the harms of addiction.... [-]


Course in Understanding Financial Crisis: Business Cycles and Policy

Online Part time 5 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online

Discover the relationship between history, financial crises and business cycles, with this free online course. [+]

Economic crises often have severe consequences - for everyone from governments and corporations to you and I. But crises can be seen as an essential part of an evolving economy, along with structural adjustments and institutional changes. In this course, you will learn more about the role of financial crises, their history and how they can be interpreted.

Explore the history of financial crisis

Can we learn from the history of crises? With this course, we’ll see financial crisis from a historical perspective - investigating different incidences of the crisis in relation to context. By the end of the course, you should be able to define and describe various economic and financial crises and interpret such crises from a historical perspective.... [-]


Course in Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching

Online Part time 4 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

An introduction to some key concepts in the effective teaching and learning of languages. [+]

What is language? How do we learn a new language? What is easy and hard about learning another language? And what is the best way to teach other languages?

This free online course suggests some answers to these questions. It has been developed by the University of Southampton and the British Council and draws on their exciting joint online course, MA in English Language Teaching.

If you are a fully participating learner in “Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching,” you will be eligible to apply for a scholarship to cover part of the MA fees. You will find out more when you join the course.

The course takes place over four weeks. It will introduce you to some of the latest ideas in research and practice in language learning and teaching. We will:... [-]


Course in Using Data to Improve Student Outcomes

Online Part time 3 weeks Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online

This free online course will help you to use data science to deliver better outcomes for your students. Each week will focus on a different aspect of data. You will identify sources and interpret them, determine their implications and establish actions for improvement. [+]

This free online course will help you to use data science to deliver better outcomes for your students.

Each week will focus on a different aspect of data. You will identify sources and interpret them, determine their implications and establish actions for improvement.

Week 1 – Improvement Science

We will consider different sources and types of data; ways to improve student outcomes; improvement processes in your own context and professional experience; and real-world examples of improving student outcomes.

Identifying different sources and types of data Ways to improve student outcomes Improvement processes in your own context and professional experience Real-world examples of improving student outcomes ... [-]

Course in Using Open Data for Digital Business

Online Part time 3 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Discover the power of Open Data and learn how you can use it to transform business. [+]

Open Data is data that anyone can access, use or share and when used well it can be extremely powerful. It enables businesses, citizens, developers, and researchers to harness resources that can make crucial improvements to their communities and the economy. It can also help with the development of new products and services, improve business efficiency and create economic value.

This course provides new insight into the history of Open Data, its pros and cons, business cases and business models related to publishing and using Open Data.

How could you benefit? Join to find out.

What topics will you cover? What is Open Data? Why is Open Data useful in business? How to assess and manage risk when using Open Data How Open Data can improve business How to create an Open Data business model How to use external Open Data How to publish Open Data What will you achieve? ... [-]