Help and support
Below are the frequently asked questions about OpenLearn Cymru.
Frequently asked questions
OpenLearn Cymru gives you free access to Welsh and English language learning materials and useful resources about Wales and other about subjects useful to vocational learners in Wales from The Open University and third party resources.
We launched OpenLearn back in October 2006 thanks to a grant from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Our shared vision was free online education, open to anyone, anywhere in the world. OpenLearn and OpenLearn Create is the result and we have since reached over 23 million people. 2014 sees the introduction of the Welsh Medium resource called OpenLearn Cymru
You will get the most from OpenLearn Cymru if you register (registration is free).
Registering will give you full access to a range of features that are not available to guests, from enrolling on free courses, tracking your progress and downloading activity records.
You can easily unenrol from these courses at any time.
You do not need to register if you just want to read content without participating in activities.
You can read about how we handle your personal data in our privacy statement.
Much of the content on OpenLearn Cymru will be accessible to anyone with a general interest in a subject. Each free course is set at a particular level to indicate the amount of previous educational experience expected for you to be able to study the unit without too much difficulty, and within the stated hours of study. There are four levels - introductory, intermediate, advanced and masters - indicated in the summary description of each free course. If you are new to higher education we recommend that you start with free courses at introductory level.
OpenLearn does not provide you with a tutor.
OpenLearn Cymru is optimised to be enjoyed by users on the current full versions of Firefox, Safari and Chrome on Windows 7 and Mac Snow Leopard, Lion and Mountain Lion, and Internet Explorer 9 and 10 on Windows 7 and 8.
Older browsers will display most of the content normally, but some features won't work. In particular, Windows users who use Internet Explorer 8 are strongly advised to upgrade their browser, or use an alternative, to get the full value of content.
In addition, we aim to provide the best possible experience for users of iPads, Android Tablets and Surface, but cannot guarantee that all features will work as intended on these devices.
Furthermore, some content on the site - in particular older interactive features and audio-visual content - was optimised for browsers at the time these were originally published and users may experience some compatibility issues. Most notably, many interactives use Flash, which is not supported widely on portable devices.
There could be many reasons but the most probable is that you have simply forgotten your password, are trying the wrong one or are entering it incorrectly. Does your username or password contain a mixture of upper or lower case letters? It should be entered exactly.
It is possible to download some audio and video files from the OpenLearn Cymru website.
OpenLearn is committed to open systems and will share its approach with those who may wish to launch similar efforts. OpenLearn is best described as an open educational resources (OER) project.
This means that we are using many of the principles of the open source software movement and applying it to materials and tools that help people learn. Most of our educational content can be reused according to the Creative Commons licensing that we have adopted and where this logo is seen:
The software tools that we have developed are also being released as open source to make them available for reuse and for others to contribute to the development. Finally, we are trying to use as many open source components in our work as possible, in particular building the main learning environments on the open source Moodle system. We do need to use some proprietary software behind the scenes to fit with how The Open University works, but these do not impact on the final system.
The OpenLearn Cymru website has been designed so that text can be resized using the standard tools in your browser. For example in Internet Explorer and Firefox this is achieved using the View menu and increasing the text size. If you use Google Chrome, you can adjust the font size in 'Settings' > 'Advanced Settings' > 'Web content'.
We aim to make OpenLearn Cymru content as accessible as possible. We continue to work towards full compliance with W3C standards for all aspects of the site, including providing accessible versions of our most interactive content.
OpenLearn Create has been reviewed by accessibility experts and tested using a range of different assistive technologies and computer settings. While we recognise there are areas that can and will be improved based on recommendations from this review and otherwise identified, core aspects of the site are already provided in a way which meets the needs of a wide variety of users. Users with screenreaders should have no difficulty accessing the text-based content. Users who require specific Windows or browser settings should not have any difficulties with the site, nor should users with screen magnifiers.
Video and audio materials are provided in such a way that they can be played through a range of different media players or downloaded and have textual descriptions or transcripts to accompany them. As far as possible, where material is provided as figures/images, we have included textual descriptions of them, but this does not yet cover every diagram or formula.
For more information on this please see our website accessibility statement
At OpenLearn Cymru we want to understand about your use of our website and how we can help you. We do this in three ways: by logging general activity on the site such as the time each visitor spends on the site and whether they have also used some other sites; by tracking the use of content for learning; and by asking visitors whether they are willing to be involved in research. You can read about how we handle your personal data in our privacy statement.
We do not release this information to third parties. Understanding how our users interact with OpenLearn Cymru helps us to improve the service we offer. If you prefer not to share anonymous information on your use of the site, you can disable cookies from your browser and delete all cookies currently stored on your computer. You do not need to have cookies turned on to use or navigate through many parts of our website.
If you already have an OUCU you only need to enter it when registering on OpenLearn. No other information is needed.
Copyright and intellectual property
The Open University owns and retains copyright in its course materials. However, our material also includes substantial extracts from other sources: quotations from books and journals, still and moving images, interviews with academic and subject experts and performers, and so on. We make use of these extracts under licence. We make every reasonable effort to clear and license our use of other rights holders' work. We will remove promptly any material that infringes the rights of others. If you believe that any of our content is infringing the rights of others please contact us by email at
We aim to make most OpenLearn content freely available for non-commercial educational use in all media worldwide. In the free courses in which we own copyright, these are licensed for you to use under the . 'Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share-Alike'.
This means that you must meet the following three requirements to use the materials:
- Your use is 'non-commercial'.
- You always cite The Open University and retain the name of any original authors.
We grant you the right to make use of the materials as they are or in modified form. You may translate, modify, print, network, reformat or change the materials in any way providing that you meet the terms of the licence. Free course content in which we do not own copyright, but which we have licensed for use from other rights holders, are identified in the acknowledgements of every free course and in the article information of other OpenLearn content. These extracts may be used freely as part of your use of the website but we are unable to grant the right to modify them or to use them as stand-alone items. The surrounding OpenLearn content may be modified, however, and the extract retained for use within the modified version.
The Open University considers 'non-commercial' to include educational institutions, commercial companies or individuals making use of OpenLearn content on a cost-recovery basis.
- You may use OpenLearn content in any format or medium, including photocopied or hard copy printouts, and make a small charge in order to recover the cost of printing.
- You may use content as part of a course for which you charge an admission fee.
- You may charge a fee for any value added services you add in producing or teaching based around the content providing that the content itself is not licensed to generate a separate, profitable income.
Our intention is to make these materials as widely and as freely available as possible.
If you use or amend or incorporate the 'OpenLearn Cymru' content provided under a Creative Commons licence, use the following attribution: '(Name of free course). An OpenLearn Cymru chunk used/reworked by permission of The Open University copyright © (Year).' If a chunk has a named author then the following citation must be added 'Written by (name)'. If your use is online, you must also include a link to the Creative Commons 'Attribution; Non-commercial; Share Alike' licence. If your use is offline depending which site you take our content from you need to include the following web addresses 'www.open.edu/openlearncymru' or ''
OpenLearn Create, has been built with contributors in mind. Take our content, rework it or adapt it for your own use and then contribute it back into the OpenLearn community by placing it in OpenLearn Create.
Educators are encouraged to use OpenLearn Cymru content in the classroom.
Please feel free to link to pages within the website. There must be no claim, appearance, or implication of an affiliation with or endorsement by The Open University. We cannot guarantee the permanence of any specific link other than those to the homepage.
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If you want to learn more, OU Worldwide offers many study materials from our full courses for those studying for pleasure or not yet ready for a full course. Our self-study workbooks, CDs, DVDs and software take you to the heart of the subject. Whatever your preferred style of learning, our range of materials enable you to interact with your subject and develop a real understanding.
If you're already studying, OU Worldwide can help there too! Our study support books, including the bestselling Good Study Guides, can help with your exams and assignments. They cover all the essential learning skills required for study, such as using a computer for research and online tutorials, absorbing information from your course books, preparing your essays and revising for exams.
In addition to our course materials, our TV programmes created in partnership with the BBC add colour, depth and imagination to everyday subjects. Series include Masters of Money, The Story of Wales and Our Food.
Visit the OU Worldwide to see our full range.
The Open University makes many programmes in partnership with the BBC and other broadcasters, covering arts, humanities, social science, education, maths, science, nature and technology.
A listing of programmes co-produced by The Open University on TV and radio this week can be found in the TV, Radio and Events on OpenLearn.
Many are available on DVD or video from the OU Worldwide website. For television stations interested in broadcasting OU/BBC programmes, full details can be found in Broadcast Media Sales
In developing OpenLearn, The Open University is very grateful for the generous support of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The philosophy of open content mirrors exactly The Open University's founding principles of widening access to high quality educational opportunities. Through OpenLearn, the University expects to contribute significantly to the development of both the quality and reach of open educational resources delivery at an international level.
The generosity of our users, supporters and partners will help our dedicated staff to continue the academic, pedagogic, technological and research activities that support OpenLearn.
Making a donation
You can make your donation to The Open University using our safe and secure online form. Please quote OpenLearn in the 'What prompted you to donate?' box. Your gift - whatever the amount - will enable us to continue to fulfil our mission.
You may also send your donation to:
The Open University Development Office Walton Hall Milton Keynes MK7 6AA United Kingdom
Phone: 01908 653786
The Open University is a world leader in the development of open educational resources (OER) and several prominent projects have emerged in recent years reflecting our work in this groundbreaking new field of Education.
To find out more about the Open University OER projects, current and complete, and to view a showcase of our research and good practice which takes place at the University, please visit the Open Educational Resources at The Open University website.