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Free online learning

The Open University's vision is to break down barriers to education by reaching millions of learners each year, through free educational resources.

It doesn’t matter if you’re looking to upskill or learn more about a particular interest, or whether you have 5 minutes or 50 hours. We’ve got a huge range of free online learning to help you explore your passion or need.

You can access any of these materials from your home (as long as you have internet access), your local library, or alternatively call into our Dublin office and a member of staff can guide you through how to access them.

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OU TV and Radio Programmes

The OU has a unique partnership with the BBC, co-producing content for radio, television and online channels. We also work with a range of other broadcasters internationally.

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OpenLearn

Interested in a new topic and want to dig deeper? Or maybe you're already passionate about a subject. You’ll find over 950 free courses, totalling over 8,500 hours of learning. It’s all free

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FutureLearn

FutureLearn inspires learning for life. Take a diverse selection of free, high quality online courses from some of the world’s leading universities and other outstanding cultural institutions.

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YouTube

Join nearly 100,000 others by subscribing to ouLearn, the home for our free learning videos on YouTube. With over 1,300 uploads you’ll easily find a video or playlist to explore, whatever subject you’re interested in

 

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iTunes U

We have a huge range of podcasts to listen to on the move. Choose from over 3,500 free audio and video tracks across all subject areas, or download one of over 400 free ebooks to your iPhone, iPad or iPod using the iTunes U app

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Google Play

Read one of more than 80 free ebooks on your Android phone or tablet. Visit the Google Play store and search for ‘The Open University’.

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OpenLearn Ireland

OpenLearn Ireland is a unique resource from Irish academics. Enjoy free learning content from the OU for all who are interested in the culture, developments and events in the Republic of Ireland.