- Intro ǀ Cyflwyniad
- Find out more (Open University & Wales TUC) ǀ Dysgu mwy (Y Brifysgol Agored a TUC Cymru)
- Union Learning Reps ǀ Cynrychiolwyr Dysgu Undeb
- Next Steps ǀ Camau Nesaf
- Stay in touch ǀ Aros mewn cysylltiad
- Links and courses ǀ Dolenni a chyrsiau
Welcome to the Wales TUC OpenLearn with your Union hub.
The hub has been designed to help you navigate the Open University’s OpenLearn website and library of free courses. Learning online with OpenLearn allows you to learn at your own pace, track your progress, earn badges and save statements of participation.
OU’s flexible free courses cover a huge range of topics, we’ve picked some that might help you upskill, gain a love for learning, and offer pathways to further learning. You can build up credits and achieve a qualification with the Open University.
Links include advice around funding, learning with the Open University and useful everyday skills.
The Wales TUC is excited to work in partnership with the Open University. This hub will help Union Learning Reps, members and learners’ access free courses to gain skills needed to compete for the jobs of the future. Many of our future economic and environmental challenges, such as digitalisation, automation, and decarbonisation can be addressed through learning and skills.
Croeso i OpenLearn TUC Cymru gyda hwb eich Undeb.
Dyluniwyd yr hwb i'ch helpu chi ddeall gwefan OpenLearn y Brifysgol Agored, a llyfrgell o gyrsiau am ddim. Mae dysgu ar-lein gydag OpenLearn yn eich caniatáu chi i ddysgu wrth eich pwysau eich hun, cofnodi eich cynnydd, ennill bathodynnau ac arbed datganiadau cyfranogiad.
Mae cyrsiau hyblyg y Brifysgol Agored yn ymdrin ag ystod eang o bynciau, ac rydym wedi pigo rhai fydd yn eich helpu chi i uwchsgilio, magu diddordeb mewn dysgu, a chynnig llwybrau at ddysgu pellach. Gallwch ennill credydau a chyflawni cymhwyster gyda'r Brifysgol Agored.
Mae dolenni'n cynnwys cyngor ynghylch ariannu, dysgu gyda'r Brifysgol Agored a sgiliau dydd i ddydd defnyddiol.
Mae TUC Cymru yn edrych ymlaen at weithio mewn partneriaeth gyda'r Brifysgol Agored. Bydd yr hwb hwn yn helpu Cynrychiolwyr Dysgu'r Undeb, aelodau a dysgwyr i gael mynediad at gyrsiau am ddim ac ennill y sgiliau sydd eu hangen i gystadlu am swyddi yn y dyfodol. Gellir ymdrin â nifer o'n heriau economaidd ac amgylcheddol yn y dyfodol, megis digidoleiddio, awtomatiaeth a datgarboneiddio drwy ddysgu a sgiliau.
What is your experience of work and what have you learned from this experience? This free course, Working life and learning, will enable you to reflect upon what you have learned from work and will support you in improving how you learn at work. It will encourage you to think critically about work-based learning and review your own professional knowledge and skills.Learn more ❯Working life and learning
This free course, Leadership and followership, will help you to explore what makes a good leader, recognise common leadership challenges, and identify the skills you need to develop if you want to enhance your own leadership experience.Learn more ❯Leadership and followership
The importance of managing people for the success of a project cannot be underestimated. This free course, Managing projects through people, identifies the groups and individuals whose appropriate involvement in a project is important for its success, and considers the ways in which their contribution might be maximised.Learn more ❯Managing projects through people
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.Learn more ❯Introducing the voluntary sector
Creativity and innovation address ways of doing things better and differently. This free course, Making creativity and innovation happen, focuses both on individual creativity – where it comes from and how it can be developed – as well as creativity and the related concept of innovation at an organisational level. It considers how organisations can more effectively tackle the challenges posed by creativity and innovation in order to be more successful. The trailer below explores one aspect that will be covered in the course: the paradox of choice.Learn more ❯Making creativity and innovation happen
Gantt charts, critical path analysis, SMART objectives and estimation skills are just some of the topics covered in this free course, Planning a project, to help you understand how to plan for a project. You will gain an appreciation of the range of planning techniques available and the situations in which it is appropriate to use them.Learn more ❯Planning a project
In this free course, Workplace learning with coaching and mentoring, you will consider theoretical and practical issues in planning and managing learning and talent development programmes in your organisation. You will also explore ideas about coaching and mentoring; both are prominent learning and development tools in contemporary organisations. You will also learn about how different learning theories and philosophies become concrete in the practical decisions you make about learning and talent development. The course is designed to encourage critical and personal reflection on these practices which will enhance your learning.Learn more ❯Workplace learning with coaching and mentoring
This free course introduces the mechanics of effective, persuasive oral presentations, by giving you the opportunity to analyse examples and then create your own. Using resources such as TED Talk videos, you will see how experts deliver professional talks and famous speeches, observe what works, and identify how language connects ideas and keeps a listener engaged.Learn more ❯Talk the talk
This free course is one in a series focusing on leadership, decision-making and communication in the context of policing with the community. This particular course focuses on the challenge of leadership and leading change in an ever-changing policing context. It provides insights to help individuals become more effective leaders of teams and organisations, and to engage more effectively with key community stakeholders.Learn more ❯Step up to leadership
Ever since the very beginning of humanity, tools have played a pivotal role in who we are and what we do. Tools for recording, processing and communicating information have a time-honoured history – from the clay tokens used in Mesopotamia to mechanical calculating machines. The invention of the digital computer has boosted the scale, speed and reach with which thinking tools extend our natural capabilities. This free course, Digital thinking tools for better decision making, starts by placing thinking tools in their historical context and concludes with an examination of their future. During the course, you’re introduced to a wide variety of digital thinking tools. You will apply these tools in many practical activities and case studies, solving problems that involve finding and evaluating information, performing calculations and drawing reasoned conclusions.Learn more ❯Digital thinking tools for better decision making
This free course, Digital skills: succeeding in a digital world, will develop your confidence and skills for life online, whether study, work or everyday life. It explores a range of digital skills and practices, including digital identity, digital well-being, staying safe and legal, finding and using information and online tools, and dealing with information overload. The importance of developing a critical approach to life online is emphasised throughout, whether consuming or creating information. You'll be encouraged to reflect on your own situation and to apply what you learn to real-life scenarios, using a digital skills plan to keep a record of progress.Learn more ❯Digital skills: succeeding in a digital world
To succeed in management you need good interpersonal skills, you need to understand how to deal with other people. This free course, The importance of interpersonal skills, will help you gain an awareness of your own skills and understand that an awareness of the interpersonal skills of others can help us enormously in dealing with the work tasks we are responsible for.Learn more ❯The importance of interpersonal skills
Er mwyn llwyddo fel rheolwr, mae angen sgiliau rhyngbersonol da arnoch, mae angen i chi ddeall sut i ymdrin â phobl eraill. Bydd yr uned hon yn eich helpu i feithrin ymwybyddiaeth o'ch sgiliau ac i ddeall y gall ymwybyddiaeth o sgiliau rhyngbersonol pobl eraill fod o gymorth mawr i ni wrth ymdrin â'r tasgau gwaith rydym yn gyfrifol amdanynt.Learn more ❯Pwysigrwydd sgiliau rhyngbersonol
This free course explores how to use data to inform a change you would like to make within your business or organisational context. It looks at the type of evidence you can gather to inform your proposed change, and how to evaluate data with a view to using it as part of this transformation. Specifically, you will learn about internal and external sources of secondary information and how to evaluate them. You will also examine how to negotiate access to different types of information in a work context. Finally, you will obtain hands on experience in collecting and using secondary sources of information in the context of researching and making this organisational change. TranscriptLearn more ❯Using data to aid organisational change
This free badged course, Working in diverse teams, will help you consider your experience of working in teams and the different roles you play in them. It will increase your confidence in marketing this key skill to employers as well improve your ability to perform well in teams you are currently part of.Learn more ❯Working in diverse teams
This free course, Croeso: Beginners' Welsh, is taken from Croeso, a beginners' language module that concentrates on Welsh as a tool for communication, but it also provides some insights into Welsh societies and cultures through printed and audio materials. It will be of interest to all those who want to improve their language skills in order to communicate more easily and effectively in Welsh. The course focuses on basic greetings and introductions, numbers and days of the week. By the end of the course you will have gained confidence in communicating in Welsh, and you will be able to understand language used by speakers from different areas of Wales. You will develop the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in Welsh.Learn more ❯Croeso: Beginners' Welsh
Learn about the essential numerical skills required for accounting and bookkeeping. This free course, Introduction to bookkeeping and accounting, explains the fundamental rules of double-entry bookkeeping and how they are used to produce the balance sheet and the profit and loss account.Learn more ❯Introduction to bookkeeping and accounting
This free course, Financial accounting and reporting, discusses how accountants act as processors and purveyors of information for decision making and the needs of those who use accounting information. It also looks at the role performed by accountants and notes the need to be aware of relevant regulatory and conceptual frameworks.Learn more ❯Financial accounting and reporting
In this free course, Internships and other work experiences, you’ll begin by learning more about what an internship is and how it might differ from other forms of work experience. You’ll find out what you can gain personally and professionally, and consider the practicalities of obtaining work experience, from how to choose what’s right for you, to making strong applications. You’ll explore the virtual internship and why more employers are starting to use them, and finish by looking at how to maximise your experience and make it work for you as your career progresses, considering your next steps and setting yourself SMART goals.Learn more ❯Internships and other work experiences
This free course, Understanding and managing risk, provides an introduction to financial risk management. The processes of risk identification, risk measurement and risk management are explored. The course then goes on to examine reputational risk and operational risk. It concludes with an examination of the subject of behavioural finance and what this can contribute to our understanding of risk taking and risk management.Learn more ❯Understanding and managing risk
The Open University has joined forces with MoneySavingExpert (MSE) to produce this new free course to give you the skills and knowledge to master your finances. Packed with videos, audios, quizzes and activities the course covers all the key aspects of personal finance in six sessions of study that each take around two hours to complete.Learn more ❯MSE’s Academy of Money
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
‘You are what you eat’, goes the old adage, but what you eat also has an impact on the environment. Transcript This free course, Eating for the environment, will explore the links between food, nutrition and environmental sustainability. It will start by exploring the diversity on your dinner plate and encourage you to reflect on it in relation to dietary choices and preferences of people around the world. It will explore the connections between food, culture and traditions, and the challenges in providing healthy and nutritious food to the world’s growing population. The course will examine innovative approaches to food that also help environmental sustainability.Learn more ❯Eating for the environment
This free course, Citizen science and global biodiversity, deals with the importance of biodiversity and explores how anyone can contribute to and be involved in identifying and recording wildlife, as a citizen scientist. It looks at what citizen science is, and how citizen science facilitates public involvement in scientific research activities as individuals learn and build skills. Traditional biological keys are introduced and online recording is demonstrated using citizen science techniques and practical activities using the www.iSpotnature.org platform. The course goes on to demonstrate how, once a species is identified, web resources can be used to research its ecology. The role of citizen science is illustrated through a number of case studies from across the world. Finally, the course concludes by exploring the impact citizen scientists are having on recording biodiversity around the globe.Learn more ❯Citizen science and global biodiversity
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iSpot: Your place to share nature
Global biodiversity is in decline and the spotlight is on all of us to act to help monitor and protect the variety of ecosystems to reduce deterioration. This loss affects ecosystems, species and habitats on which all life on earth depends. What can and should we be doing to help sustain nature?Read now ❯iSpot: Your place to share nature
This free course charts the transformation of the Welsh devolution settlement in the 20 years following the referendum on devolution in 1997. You will consider how an Assembly with minimal public support and limited law-making powers became a Parliament with the power to set taxes. You will explore some of the biggest challenges facing politics in Wales today, from debates over the size of the Senedd and lack of scrutiny to questions of funding fairness and judicial independence. Using video, audio and interactive elements, this course brings the debates dominating Welsh politics to life.Learn more ❯Understanding devolution in Wales
Mae'r cwrs am ddim hwn yn dilyn y ffordd y mae setliad datganoli Cymru wedi cael ei drawsnewid yn yr 20 mlynedd ers y refferendwm ar ddatganoli yn 1997. Byddwch yn ystyried y ffordd y daeth Cynulliad â chefnogaeth mwyafrif bach iawn o'r cyhoedd a phwerau deddfu cyfyngedig yn Senedd â'r pŵer i osod trethi. Byddwch yn archwilio rhai o'r heriau mwyaf sy'n wynebu gwleidyddiaeth yng Nghymru heddiw, o ddadleuon dros faint y Senedd a diffyg craffu i gwestiynau am degwch o ran cyllido ac annibyniaeth farnwrol. Gan ddefnyddio fideo, sain ac elfennau rhyngweithiol, mae'r cwrs hwn yn dod â'r prif ddadleuon ym myd gwleidyddiaeth yng Nghymru yn fyw.Learn more ❯Deall datganoli yng Nghymru
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
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Introduction to Green Social Prescribing — Mental Health and the Workplace Environment
How workplaces can begin to make use of ideas from green social prescribing to enhance wellbeing.Read now ❯Introduction to Green Social Prescribing — Mental Health and the Workplace Environment
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Cyflwyniad i Bresgripsiynu Cymdeithasol Gwyrdd — Iechyd Meddwl ac Amgylchedd y Gweithle
Sut y gall gweithleoedd ddechrau defnyddio syniadau yn ymwneud â phresgripsiynu cymdeithasol gwyrdd i wella llesiant.Read now ❯Cyflwyniad i Bresgripsiynu Cymdeithasol Gwyrdd — Iechyd Meddwl ac Amgylchedd y Gweithle
Although being at work during periods of mental illness can be difficult for those with mental health problems, most people with these difficulties could take paid employment if it were not for numerous barriers in the workplace and the wider community (Centre for Mental Health, 2013). In this free course, Work and mental health, you will look at some of the ways in which employment affects mental health and what can be done to support people in finding and keeping work.Learn more ❯Work and mental health
This free advanced level course, Exploring the relationship between anxiety and depression, serves as an introduction to masters level study in neurosciences and mental health. Focusing on anxiety and depression, you will consider key issues concerning diagnosis, causes and interventions, exploring how these conditions relate to each other. You will also explore some of the more contemporary and controversial findings within the field.Learn more ❯Exploring the relationship between anxiety and depression
This free advanced level course, Exploring anxiety, serves as an introduction to masters level study in neurosciences and mental health. Focusing on anxiety, you will consider key issues concerning diagnosis, causes and interventions. You will also learn how to evaluate news items, and to go behind the headlines and begin to explore some of the more contemporary and controversial findings within the field.Learn more ❯Exploring anxiety
This free advanced level course, Exploring depression, serves as an introduction to masters level study in neurosciences and mental health. Focusing on depression, you will consider key issues concerning diagnosis, causes and interventions. You will also begin to explore theoretical models, biological and psychological explanations, and look at a range of pharmacological and psychological therapies for depression.Learn more ❯Exploring depression
This free course, Exploring issues in women's health, will introduce social model approaches to health and wellbeing, which take as their starting point not the scientific context of the body, but the social context in which women live. The focus is on women and the impact of social and cultural factors on women's health. The course touches on various issues concerning women's health, such as abortion, periods, the menopause, mental health and fertility.Learn more ❯Exploring issues in women's health
Each year thousands of pounds are spent on medications to treat conditions such as anxiety and depression. These medications often have negative side effects. Exercise is an alternative treatment that is low cost and has few side effects. In this free course, Exercise and mental health, we will look at the links between exercise and improved mental health and psychological well-being. This will include consideration of the role of exercise in combating stress, anxiety and depression, and in enhancing mood.Learn more ❯Exercise and mental health
Yn flynyddol caiff miloedd o bunnoedd eu gwario ar feddyginiaethau i drin cyflyrau megis gorbryder ac iselder. Mae gan y meddyginiaethau hyn sgil effeithiau negyddol yn aml. Mae ymarfer corff yn driniaeth amgen sy'n isel ei chost ac yn isel o ran niferoedd o sgil effeithiau. Fel rhan o'r cwrs rhad ac am ddim hwn, Ymarfer Corff ac Iechyd Meddwl, rydym yn edrych ar y cysylltiadau rhwng ymarfer corff a gwell iechyd meddwl a lles seicolegol. Bydd hyn yn cynnwys ystyriaeth o rôl ymarfer corff wrth ymdopi â straen, pryder ac iselder, ac wrth wella hwyliau.Learn more ❯Ymarfer corff ac iechyd meddwl
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, Exploring equality and equity in education, considers the complexity of social justice as applied to education and reflects on the different purposes of, and value ascribed to, education in different countries and cultures. It discusses different conceptions of 'justice' and the distinction between equity and equality.Learn more ❯Exploring equality and equity in education
Learn about autism, one of the most challenging long-term conditions of the century. This free course, Understanding autism, introduces the autism spectrum, how it is experienced by individuals and families, and why it has become a global concern. The course explains how understanding of the autism spectrum and approaches to diagnosis and care have evolved. Key scientific approaches to studying autism are explained and illustrated, alongside substantial use of different personal perspectives. The course culminates with key topical issues such as autism in adulthood, and missed diagnosis in women. The course is suitable for all who need a clear, authoritative overview, and does not require prior knowledge of science or social science. It uses text, images and audio-visual media.Learn more ❯Understanding autism
This free course, Modern slavery, is designed to develop an understanding of the international system of human rights protection in relation to modern slavery, but also encourage an appreciation of the influence of International Human Rights Law on the development of the domestic system of human rights protection.Learn more ❯Modern slavery
This free course, Exploring learning disabilities: supporting belonging, takes the real-life cases of a number of different people to explore what it is like to have the label ‘learning disability’. The course also considers how it feels to support someone with a learning disability, as a family member, a friend, an advocate or a paid worker. Through these human stories the course considers the complex moral, ethical and practical debates learning disability gives rise to.Learn more ❯Exploring learning disabilities: supporting belonging
Study tools, tips and learning with the OU
This course is 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.Learn more ❯Succeed with learning
In this free course, Assistive technologies and online learning, you will explore some of the technology that disabled students use when accessing computers. We will take a look at the tools and techniques that make it possible for disabled students to engage with online learning.Learn more ❯Assistive technologies and online learning
Writing reports and assignments can be a daunting prospect. Learn how to interpret questions and how to plan, structure and write your assignment or report. This free course, Essay and report writing skills, is designed to help you develop the skills you need to write effectively for academic purposes.Learn more ❯Essay and report writing skills
Do you want to improve your reading, writing or maths skills? Whether you want to improve your job prospects or simply help your children with their homework, we offer free bite-sized courses in maths and English.Read now ❯Everyday skills in maths and English
Welcome to the Social Partnerships Network (SPN) portal. The SPN consists of a number of partners, including The Open University, who champions workplace and lifelong learning. Below you will find a series of free online courses aimed at those who wish to improve their skills, knowledge and career prospects in a number of specific areas.Watch now ❯Free badged courses from the Social Partnerships Network
This innovative and flexible OU level 1 module allows you to count previous or current study from the OU's free learning website, , or other specified open educational resources (OER) towards qualifications. Through a series of topics and assessment tasks, you will explore what you have learned on these OER whilst developing the skills you need to be a successful student. The blend of subjects that you choose to cover is up to you, making this learning experience an entirely personal one. Your tutor will help you plan your study and identify what you are hoping to achieve through this module and your future study plans.Learn more ❯Making your learning count
Distance learning can open up opportunities for study. You might have not studied for a while, you might be returning to education, or you might not have had the chance to study at a higher level before. This free course, Am I ready to be a distance learner?, will help to boost your confidence. You'll explore useful skills so you can discover how ready you are to study and how to develop your study skills in six steps to become a successful distance learner.Learn more ❯Am I ready to be a distance learner?
A little about us ǀ Amdanom ni
The Wales TUC is the voice of Wales at work.
With 48 member unions, the Wales TUC represents around 400,000 workers in Wales. We campaign for a fair deal at work and for social justice at home and abroad.
Unions help people find learning opportunities and gain skills.
Union Learning Reps (ULRs) help unions to support workers to become lifelong learners.
Together with OpenLearn, ULRs can support individuals to try a range of free online learning opportunities such as digital literacy, employability skills, Welsh culture and help during career or organisational change.
Try a course now! Simply sign up by clicking the create an account link (link to our personalised link), choose a course and enjoy!
Mae TUC Cymru yn llais i Gymru wrth ei gwaith.
Gyda 48 undeb sy'n aelodau, mae TUC Cymru yn cynrychioli oddeutu 400,000 o weithwyr yng Nghymru. Rydym yn ymgyrchu ar gyfer cytundeb deg yn y gwaith a chyfiawnder cymdeithasol adref a thramor.
Mae undebau yn helpu pobl i ddod o hyd i gyfleoedd dysgu ac ennill sgiliau.
Cynrychiolwyr Dysgu Undeb (ULRs)
Mae Cynrychiolwyr Dysgu Undeb (ULRs) yn helpu undebau i gefnogi gweithwyr i ddod yn ddysgwyr gydol oes.
Cyfochr ag OpenLearn, gall URLs gefnogi unigolion i roi cynnig ar ystod o gyfleoedd dysgu am ddim ar-lein, megis llythrennedd digidol, sgiliau cyflogadwyedd, diwylliant Cymreig a chynnig help yn ystod newid gyrfaol neu sefydliadol.
Rhowch gynnig ar gwrs nawr! Cofrestrwch drwy glicio ar y ddolen i greu cyfrif (link to our personalised link), dewiswch gwrs a mwynhewch!
Next Steps ǀ Camau Nesaf
If you enjoyed learning online, found the OpenLearn courses useful and would like to take the next step, why not try out a more advanced course. You can check out the FutureLearn website or the Open University’s prospectus.
If you need help with funding courses, the Wales Union Learning Fund (WULF) might be able to help and offer support.
Os ydych yn mwynhau dysgu ar-lein, yn meddwl bod cyrsiau OpenLearn yn ddefnyddiol ac eisiau cymryd y cam nesaf, beth am roi cynnig ar gyrsiau uwch. Gallwch weld gwefan FutureLearn neu prosbectws y Brifysgol Agored.
Os ydych angen cymorth gydag ariannu cyrsiau, efallai bydd Cronfa Ddysgu Undebau Cymru (WULF) yn gallu eich helpu a chynnig cymorth.
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