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Welcome to OpenLearn: Free learning from The Open University

Updated Wednesday 5th November 2014

OpenLearn aims to break the barriers to education by reaching millions of learners around the world, providing free educational resources and inviting all to sample courses that our registered students take – for free!

What can you do on OpenLearn?

You can use this website to:

  • browse the subject categories to discover articles, watch videos and interact with features and games created by our academic experts and guest contributors
  • explore new topics to build your personal knowledge or look for reference material for a course you are already studying
  • join the debates - hit the Comments area on all our pages to make your voice heard, rate how we're doing and share with your friends
  • find out What's On TV and radio - great Open University programmes on the BBC
  • take one of our free courses
  • earn a digital badge or statement of participation as evidence of your learning

Explore OpenLearn

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Hundreds of free online courses to try

A woman uses a laptop to update her OpenLearn course Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Sheftsoff | OpenLearn is a great place to get an idea of what to expect from university study. With almost 1,000 free courses, spread across a variety of subject areas, we hope you'll find something that interests you.


Study with The OU and make this the year you change your life

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Don't miss out

There are other initiatives we participate in. Take a look at some free online courses brought to you by the Social Partnership Network – a group of national organisations who collectively aim to create and encourage a more diverse higher education system.


Help us make OpenLearn work for you: The OpenLearn team are conducting a survey to find out more about how people use our free learning content. If you've got a few minutes to spare, please tell us what you think.

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Fancy getting involved in a good old discussion? 

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Welcome to Social Partnerships OpenLearn Portal, tailor-made for our social partners members to provide a quick and simple way to find relevant free educational resources on OpenLearn.


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

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