OpenLearn on YouTube is The Open University’s place to go for bite-sized learning videos on everything from Philosophy to Astronomy. With nearly 40 million views, here are the most popular clips of 2018…
Ben and David Crystal discuss how the infamous Globe Theatre recreated the original pronunciation of Shakespeare for the first time, and reveal fascinating insight into the unique words of Britain’s notorious playwright.
Learn about the history of the English language in just 10 minutes – from Anglo Saxons to modern day, what a way to swot up for that pub quiz on Friday night!
This series deserves a place at number three. Through seven videos, some of the world’s leading experts explore the complex world of international relations – critical for the globalised world we live in.
The familiar voice of David Mitchell makes the history of the EU that little bit easier to understand.
Another series slips into our ‘Top 10’, Understanding Shell Shock looks at the impact of World War I on those that took part, focusing on how trauma is represented in art and literature. There’s lots we can learn from the past to help with the treatment of mental health today – well worth a listen.
David Mitchell is back with everything you need to know about Economics in just 60 seconds (6 minutes to be precise, but you get the idea).
7. Troy Story
Another series sneaks into our ‘Top 10’ list – listen to the dulcet tones of Don Warrington as he reads you shortened versions of Homer’s epic poems, The Iliad and The Odyssey, with fantastic animations to boot.
Compact the history of design into six short videos, from postmodernism to Bauhaus.
All seven wonders of the microbe world in just one clip – some are good, some are bad, see what they’ve done for mankind.
And finally to finish, get that party trick under your belt with tips on how to nail that Yoda impression.