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OpenLearn

The OU's OpenLearn portal website

open.edu/openlearn 

Interested in a new topic and want to dig deeper? Or maybe you're passionate about a subject. Whether it’s a five minute exploration or a 50 hour expedition into learning that you’re after, you’ll find it on OpenLearn for free.

OpenLearn is the Open University's web access point for its open and free online resources. Established in 2006 it started as a two-year experiment to understand how we can operate in a more open manner and what benefits it brings for learners, educators and The Open University. It is now a business-as-usual activity that supports informal learners and OU students alike.

Alongside popular factual TV and radio output a wide range of topics are covered; for example the death of David Bowie (about gender identity and creativity), the language of Yoda in Star Wars (about linguistics), or understanding current affairs and politics (courses and articles on Islamophobia, sociology of terrorism and politics of the EU and Middle East). Content can be filtered by format (course, video, short article), subject, skills for work and skills for study.

The site attracts more than 6 million unique visitors each year from around the world.