Free online learning
It doesn’t matter if you’re into art or zoology, 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.
We publish courses, games, videos, podcasts, ebooks and much more on OpenLearn and other sites around the web. Everything is free, no matter where you are - all you need is an internet connection.
OpenLearn - Scotland
OpenLearn is a site of free online learning from The Open University. It gives you free access to Open University course materials and expert opinion on topical issues. Click here to find out more about resources developed for Scotland.
OpenLearn - worldwide
Interested in a new topic and want to dig deeper? Or maybe you're already passionate about a subject. For a five minute exploration or a 50 hour expedition into learning, head to OpenLearn. You’ll find over 700 free courses, totalling over 8,500 hours of learning. It’s all free. Resources include the interactive toolkit, Reboot Your STEM Career.
OpenLearn Create is an innovative leading open educational platform from The OU, where individuals and organisations (including The OU) can publish their open content, open courses and resources. It is Moodle based and has tools for collaboration, reuse and remixing.
TV and radio programmes
OpenLearn includes TV and radio programmes from The Open University, made in collaboration with other broadcasters. The OU in Scotland has contributed to programmes including The Secret History of Our Streets: Scotland, History of Scotland, and Town with Nicholas Crane.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
Want another way to listen and learn? Visit The OU on audioBoom, where we have over 900 free audio extracts across 14 different subject areas.
Open Research Online (ORO)
If you want to dig deeper into a subject with our expert researchers, visit ORO: one of the largest university research collections in the UK, with more than 15,000 research publications available online.
Open Educational Practices in Scotland
The OU is leading a project to consider the development of free online educational resources and their effective use in Scotland. Working in partnership with other Scottish universities, The OU aims to support best practice in this area, to encourage greater engagement in both informal and formal learning, within and beyond the university sector. The Opening Educational Practices in Scotland (OEPS) project has been funded for three years by the Scottish Funding Council and is guided by a steering group with the following universities: Glasgow, Edinburgh, Strathclyde and the University of the Highlands and Islands. In September 2016 OEPs launched a new open badged course, Becoming an Open Educator, available for free online on OpenLearn Create. Hear Pete Cannell, OEPS co-director, talk about the project (from 06:12 - 11:06).