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OpenLearn Champions

OpenLearn Champions bring The Open University’s free Open Educational Resources to communities right across Wales

Since its launch in 2012, the OpenLearn Champions project has equipped a network of people – from librarians to Communities First staff to union learning reps – with the knowledge and skills to use the OU’s free learning resources to help learners in their communities. Champions use resources such as ‘OpenLearn’ and ‘OpenLearn Cymru’ with learners and for their own professional development.OpenLearn Champions

Could you be an OpenLearn Champion?

Our OpenLearn Champions come from a wide range of sectors and a variety of backgrounds. Typically are Champions are; 

  • Communities First Cluster staff or volunteers
  • Tutors or trainers from community organisations and colleges
  • People working in adult community leaning or promoting learning as part of their job role
  • Library staff
  • Union Learning Reps within the workplace
  • Job Centre staff
  • Careers advisors
  • Others with links in their community or workplace and a genuine interest in helping others to access learning.

Upcoming events: OpenLearn Champions near you

Throughout the year we run a programme of ‘train the trainer’ days and workshops. Workshops will begin again from November 2017 and will be posted here when dates are confirmed. 

If you are linking to one of our online sessions for the first time you may want to look at our guidance notes for joining an online session.You can also keep up to date with the project by following us on Twitter, reading our project blog or signing up to the OpenLearn Champions newsletter.

Would you like us to run a training session for your team? 

We can adapt the OpenLearn Champion training session to the needs of your team and arrange to come to your workplace and run a free training session. We are happy to work directly with Communities First clusters, training and education providers, libraries, voluntary and community organisations, and local authorities.

We can tailor our ‘train the trainers’ session to your needs, identify free courses relevant for your sector and give your team the skills and confidence to use new resources with their learners and customers.

To discuss your needs and book a free session please contact:

What is the OpenLearn Champion training like and how is it useful?


OpenLearn Champion, Richard

Richard works for Digiskills Cymru. He told us that ‘OpenLearn’ is the first port of call when it comes to free online learning. He often signposts learners who are keen to progress to higher education. 

A transcript of this video is also available 

Keep up to date with the project

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