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Updated Thursday 7th June 2012

You may have noticed that some LearningSpace tools and features have disappeared. Here you will find out why and where to find them.

 Where can I find...

LearningSpace forums

Forums have now been replaced by the OpenLearn Comments feature. At the end of each page you will find a section where you can read or add comments of your own. You will need to register for a free account in order to join in the conversation.

Learning clubs

Although learning clubs are no longer a feature of OpenLearn, why not try SocialLearn and connect with other learners to discuss a subject of shared interest?

Learning journal

From August 2012 LearningSpace will no longer support personal Learning journals and content will be removed.

To help you to move your blog to an alternative blogging platform, we have created a set of instructions. This ‘Migrate your Learning Journal’ feature allows you to move your learning journal posts, comments and tags to one of the world’s most popular open source blogging systems, WordPress.

If you do not have a WordPress blog already then please sign up for free at It only takes a few minutes.

To move the content of your Learning journal, you will first need to access it on LearningSpace and select the 'Migrate your Learning Journal' link. This will then take you to a set of instructions that will enable you to create a backup and move to WordPress.

Once you have completed the process you can continue to enjoy reviewing your imported posts, comments and tags.

If you have created any links between posts, then you will need to manually review and adjust these within the WordPress editing facilities.

Alternatively, if you want to make notes while you study you could try other services such as or even Tumblr.


FM is a video conferencing tool. It allows a group of people to meet online from anywhere in the world. Video conferencing means you can:

  • foster good problem solving skills
  • communicate and discuss with people with common interests
  • work together on a challenge posed by material you have encountered online.

To use this tool, you will need to log-in and book a meeting. Or, if you would prefer to simply watch public replays you can do that, too.


You can quickly and easily create instant video blogs with FlashVlog. Record and edit streaming video and make it available to a web audience within seconds. FlashVlogs are recorded and edited in the FlashVlog Editor and the results are watched using a separate FlashVlog Viewer. Both applets simply run in a standard web page using the popular Flash plug-in. For more information, visit the site's help pages.


Compendium is a software tool for mapping information, ideas and arguments. It also allows you to manage your personal digital information resources. You can drag and drop in any document, website, email, image and so on, and organise them visually, and then connect ideas, arguments and decisions to these. You can find out more about the tool and download the software from the OU's Compendium website.


Cohere is an experimental knowledge mapping tool that runs on the web, connecting you, and your ideas, to other learners with common interests. Cohere is designed to help you define and forge meaningful connections between ideas.


For further information, take a look at our frequently asked questions which may give you the support you need.

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