Education & Development

Badged Open Courses on OpenLearn

Updated Wednesday 4th March 2015

Free badged open courses on OpenLearn have recently been developed in response to the needs of informal learners who are seeking access to study skills and to have their learning recognised.

A man looks up from his tablet to see OpenLearn badges hovering in the air alongside him Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Main image © Wavebreakmedia Ltd | / Badges and montage Open University Currently, learners enrolled on any of the 800 short courses on OpenLearn can download an Activity Record to print or to share online what they have read. Digital badges issued with each badged open course and accompanying Statement of Participation certificate are a different marker of achievement: learners will have not only read full online courses but will have to pass online quizzes to earn their digital badge and Open University (OU) Statement of Participation.

Pilot research has shown that this will help informal learners build confidence and motivation for learning, providing a record of achievement which they can share with friends, learner communities, employers and educational institutions. Learners will be able to display their completed badges publicly or privately in their My OpenLearn profile and link to other platforms, such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

Each course is 24 hours in length, spread over 8 weeks, although courses are permanently open to study and learners can progress at their own pace.

By enrolling on any of the courses below you’ll have the opportunity to earn an OU digital badge. Badges are not accredited by The OU and are not credit rated but they’re a great way to demonstrate your interest in the subject and commitment to your career, and to provide evidence of continuing professional development.

You can manage your digital badges online from My OpenLearn once you’re signed in. In addition you can download and print your OpenLearn Statement of Participation – which also displays your OU badge.

Our First Badged Open Courses

This is part of a collection to accompany The Open University in Scotland's Open Pathways to Higher Education.

For more up to date information on our current and future Badged Open Courses, please visit the following page: Badges come to OpenLearn.


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