The OU provides around 5% of its formal course materials as free open educational content every year on OpenLearn. OpenLearn includes over 1,000 free courses derived from the OU's curriculum and dozens of specially commissioned Badged Open Courses. Learners can filter by subject, skills for life, skills for study or search by any term. The majority of learners visiting OpenLearn do so to study a free course.
All OpenLearn courses:
In addition, learners who successfully complete a Badged Open Course receive a free OU branded (non-accredited) digital badge to share online. Badged courses are highly engaging and cover a range of core subjects and professional competencies essential for the modern workplace.
Learners use OpenLearn courses to find out what university level study is like, to choose the topic of university study, to develop or enhance key skills used for studying or in the workplace, to demonstrate continuous development to their employer, or simply to find out more about a topic of interest.
Each year over half of the OU's own students use OpenLearn courses in order to augment their studies, inform module choice and increase confidence and skills.