Open Education Week (4th - 8th March 2019) is a celebration of the global Open Education Movement. Its goal is to raise awareness about the movement and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide.
We're all about 'openess' here on OpenLearn, so to mark this event we've pulled together our guides to open educational resources plus our most popular free courses, interactives, print items and more... We also have resources plus a researcher pack from The Open University's OER Hub.
About OER and OpenLearn
Are you interested in creating your own open educational resources? This free course, Creating open educational resources, will help you to write a learning course and provide you with links to various resources for open-learning materials. You will learn about the different purposes of self-instruction and receive advice about the techniques and strategies to help the learner.Learn more ❯Creating open educational resources
In this free course, An introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER), you will look at some institutional OER initiatives. These will include MIT's open courseware, Carnegie Mellon's Open Learning Initiative and The Open University's OpenLearn. You will get a flavour of how different OER initiatives design and present the content for their audiences. This OpenLearn course will also give you the opportunity to find, discuss and redesign some OER material. You can choose your audience for the material and redesign it to fit their needs.Learn more ❯An introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER)
The Open University turns 50 this year, to coincide with the celebrations we've reeled off 50 surprising things about the OU's free online learning resources...Read now ❯50 things you never knew about OpenLearn
Our most popular FREE courses
This free course, Getting started on classical Latin, has been developed in response to requests from learners who had had no contact with Latin before and who felt they would like to spend a little time preparing for the kind of learning that studying a classical language involves. The course will give you a taster of what is involved in the very early stages of learning Latin and will offer you the opportunity to put in some early practice.Learn more ❯Getting started on classical Latin
Childhood is a time of rapid growth and development, and studying these changes is endlessly stimulating. In this free course, Introduction to child psychology, you will be introduced to the discipline of child psychology and some of the key questions that guide the understanding of childhood. These questions include 'What influences children's development?' and 'How do psychologists study the physical and cognitive changes that occur during childhood?' As you work through this material, you will also gain a deeper understanding concerning how psychologists work with young children across a range of applied settings through activities and audio-visual materials.Learn more ❯Introduction to child psychology
Have you always wanted to write, but never quite had the courage to start? This free course, Start writing fiction, will give you an insight into how authors create their characters and settings. You will also be able to look at the different genres for fiction.Learn more ❯Start writing fiction
This free course, Introduction to cyber security: stay safe online, will help you to understand online security and start to protect your digital life, whether at home or work. You will learn how to recognise the threats that could harm you online and the steps you can take to reduce the chances that they will happen to you.Learn more ❯Introduction to cyber security: stay safe online
This free course, The science of nutrition and healthy eating, looks at the science behind nutrition, covering aspects of biology, chemistry and physics as well as giving some insight into healthier eating. Reading food labels, choosing healthier foods, hydrating appropriately and understanding how we taste food will allow you to be more informed about the choices you make about the food you eat.Learn more ❯The science of nutrition and healthy eating
This free course, Understanding depression and anxiety, explores the causes of these mental health issues, with a particular focus on stress. You will consider some risk and causal factors for some depression and anxiety disorders, and learn about the biology and psychology behind them.Learn more ❯Understanding depression and anxiety
If you feel that maths is a mystery that you want to unravel then this free course is for you. It will guide you through how numbers are put together, give you confidence with using percentages, fractions and negative numbers and provide you with problem solving skills for your everyday life and the wider world.Learn more ❯Succeed with maths – Part 1
Our best games and interactives
Take a journey into the Earth's oceans and discover whether you've got what it takes to become an oceanographer. Explore ocean depths, currents, temperatures and find out more about the future of our oceans.Take part now ❯Ocean Explorer
All of us will experience personal challenges, but could you make a positive impact on someone's life? Try our wellbeing interactive 'A Support Net' to see if you can help four people.Take part now ❯A Support Net: Can you help someone in need?
Returning to a STEM career? Reboot Your STEM Career is a comprehensive interactive toolkit to help you relaunch your career and navigate your way back into the world of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Build on areas such as work-life balance, professional skills, entering the world of work, how to present yourself, searching for jobs and how to network.Take part now ❯Reboot Your STEM Career
Pit yourself against fate by embarking on a journey into Europe during one of its most volatile periods: 1500-1700. Can your historical knowledge outwit tempestuous Fortuna?Take part now ❯O' Fortuna: Can you survive Early Modern Europe?
Test your puzzle-solving ability with incredibly immersive and interactive puzzles from The Open University and UKMTTake part now ❯Perplex: Classic puzzles, past and present
Our top OU produced TV series and print items
Download your free 'Drugsland' poster to accompany the OU/BBC series 'Drugsland'.Take part now ❯Download your free 'Drugsland' poster
Our favourite videos and animations
From gagging a kiss and tell story to the issues around the statement 'finders keepers', take a look at some of these extraordinary animated law cases and why they matter.Watch now ❯Five Equity, Trust and Land Law Cases You Should Know
Where did the phrase ‘a wolf in sheep’s clothing’ come from? And when did scientists finally get round to naming sexual body parts? Voiced by Clive Anderson, this entertaining romp through 'The History of English' squeezes 1600 years of history into 10 one-minute bites, uncovering the sources of English words and phrases from Shakespeare and the King James Bible to America and the Internet. Bursting with fascinating facts, the series looks at how English grew from a small tongue into a major global language before reflecting on the future of English in the 21st century.Watch now ❯The History of English in Ten Minutes
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Troy Story: Homer's Iliad and Odyssey
Interested in Greek myths? We've condensed the epic narrative of Homer's poems the Iliad and the Odyssey into short animations voiced by the dulcet tones of Don Warrington.Watch now ❯Troy Story: Homer's Iliad and Odyssey
Mindfulness is about focusing on the present moment, whilst at the same time accepting your feelings, thoughts, and body’s sensations. But why does mindfulness matter?Read now ❯Five reasons why you should care about mindfulness
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Social media - fake news, filter bubbles and sharing wisely!
Meet Frank and travel with him on his adventures through the (sometimes foggy) realms of social media. Explore sharing, filter bubbles and fake news- maybe you can learn from Frank's mistakes with the help of Josie Long.Watch now ❯Social media - fake news, filter bubbles and sharing wisely!
Beware the junk food marketer with their hashtags, games and sponsored tweets! Here are the top 5 things junk food marketers know about your child.Watch now ❯Top 5 things junk food marketers know about your child
Ever wondered where the Universe came from? Or more importantly, where it's headed? Voiced by David Mitchell, this series of 60 second animations examines different scientific concepts from the big bang to relativity, from black holes to dark matter. The series also explores the possibility of life beyond Earth and considers why David Bowie is still none the wiser about life on Mars.Watch now ❯60-Second Adventures in Astronomy
How can you apply the techniques of winning sports psychology to achieving your everyday goals? Find out in these short videos, where OU sports academics and burgeoning young athletes share their insight.Watch now ❯Video collection: Personal Best
The OER Hub
The Open Education Research Hub (OER Hub) at The Open University are leaders in researching the impact of open educational resources (OER) on teaching and learning practices. The OER Hub team has extensive expertise in authoring and developing open online courses. The following courses have all been produced by members of the Hub and represent an ideal personal and staff development suite of courses in understanding different aspects of open practice. These courses are open entry and can be studied at any time...
OER Hub - Researcher Pack
As an open research project the OER Hub is committed to sharing its research instruments. During the first phase of the project they released a range of our openly licensed tools. In December 2016 they launched an accompanying Pressbook: The OER Hub Researcher Pack. This toolkit was created to help potential users understand how they’d used their tools and methodologies in practice. All of the Toolkit is openly licensed (CC-BY) and can be reused and repurposed.
If you do use any of the survey questions, please consider sharing the results with the OER Hub so that they can add them to their Impact Map.