Badged courses

Badged courses

A growing selection of our courses allow you to display and share your learning achievements by gaining a free Open University digital badge as well as a statement of participation. Badges demonstrate your interest in a subject, evidence of continuing professional development or a commitment to your studies.

Award winning badged courses. The team at The Open University who produce these courses were finalists in The Times Higher Education Awards 2015 for 'Outreach project of the year' and Winner of the Open Education Consortium Creative Innovation Award in 2016.

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Earning and sharing your badge

A free Open University open digital badge is awarded for completing all sections of a course and passing the assessments. You can share your badge on social media platforms such as LinkedIn or Twitter or upload to your favourite badge or eportfolio platform. It also appears on your statement of participation and in your Open University My OpenLearn Profile.

Results: 20 courses Grid List

Money & Business 

Developing career resilience

This free course, Developing career resilience, will help you to understand the factors that influence career resilience and offer examples and tactics for you to develop your own resilience further.

Free course
24 hrs
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Money & Business 

Introducing the voluntary sector

This free course, Introducing the voluntary sector, will guide you through some of the distinctive features and values of the voluntary sector, how organisations are funded and involve volunteers and other ‘stakeholders’ in their work. It will also provide you with knowledge and skills you can apply to your own work or volunteering as well as your everyday life.

Free course
24 hrs
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Education & Development 

The digital scholar

Digital scholarship is a shorthand for the intersection of three technology related developments: digital content, networked distribution and open practices. It is when digital, networked and open intersect that transformational practice occurs. In this free course, The digital scholar, you will explore the impact of digital technologies on scholarly practice.

Free course
24 hrs
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Education & Development 

English: skills for learning

English: skills for learning, is a free course for anybody who is thinking of studying for a university degree and would like to develop the English reading and writing skills needed to succeed. You will learn through a range of engaging activities aimed at extending your existing language skills.

Free course
24 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology 

Succeed with maths – Part 2

This free course, Succeed with maths Part 2, is a sequel to Part 1, in which you will continue to develop your mathematical knowledge and skills using everyday examples. The course takes a look at measurement of length, mass and volume, negative numbers and how to use these, scientific notation (based upon powers of 10), shapes and how to calculate their properties before finally turning to how to construct and read from tables, charts and graphs. It provides a solid foundation for you to continue with studies in any subject which requires some degree of mathematical knowledge.

Free course
24 hrs

Education & Development 

Taking your first steps into higher education

What is university study like? Is it for me? If you are asking yourself these questions, this free course is for you. Taking your first steps into higher education provides insights into how subjects are studied at university. This introduction to carefully selected materials helps you decide what you might want to study. You will be looking at three main areas: arts and humanities; the social sciences; and maths, technology and science.

Free course
24 hrs
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Education & Development 

Succeed with learning

Succeed with learning is a free, introductory course for people who want to feel more confident about their learning skills. Informal in approach, the course builds on each person's own qualities, knowledge and skills to develop a deeper understanding of the nature of learning and of their own potential. It introduces some core ideas about learning and academic study, and some planning tools to enable participants to take their next step with confidence.

Free course
24 hrs
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Health, Sports & Psychology 

Facilitating learning in practice

Are you interested in mentorship or looking to develop your mentorship skills? In particular, are you involved in nurse mentorship? If so, then this free course, Facilitating learning in practice, is for you. This badged OpenLearn course explores the principles and best practices underpinning mentorship. The authors draw on their experience in nursing to help you develop your knowledge, understanding and skills of mentorship practice that can be applied to many workplace environments.

Free course
24 hrs
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