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Free OU course materials and other educational resources, delivered through a multi-award-winning website. Visitors don’t need to register as students.

Badged Open Courses

The Open University is building on years of knowledge, experience and research into Open Educational Resources (OER) with its release of innovative new badged open courses (BOCs). These have been developed in response to the needs of informal learners who are seeking access to study skills and to have their learning recognised.

BOCs are different from MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) because they are perpetual, enabling students to return to them at any time to refresh their knowledge, unlike MOOCs which have a set start and finish date.


FutureLearn is the UK’s first massive open online course (MOOC) platform, delivering free online learning in conjunction with more than 60  partners from around the world. These include many of the best UK and international universities, as well as institutions with a huge archive of cultural and educational material, such as the British Council, the British Library, the British Museum, and the National Film and Television School.

We also work with a range of internationally renowned organisations - from professional bodies such as the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), to businesses like the BBC and Marks & Spencer, to the UK Government. Since launching our first courses in September 2013 more than 1,800,000 people have joined FutureLearn.


Over 800 videos including clips about student life, current research and extracts from OU broadcasts and teaching materials.

iTunes U

A huge range of podcasts to listen to on the move. In April 2012 we became the first university in Europe to reach more than a million subscriptions.

Open Research Online

One of the largest university research collections in the UK, with more than 15,000 research publications available online.