Don't give up, take up!
New year, new resolution? Why not try taking something up rather than giving something up? We've got a few ideas where you could get started - click on a link to jump to content:
- Succeed in the workplace
- Get writing
- Choose health
- Help others
- Get fit
- Learn a language
- Get motivated
Is this the year you put your career first? Check out our Badged Open Course, and if you are Returning to a STEM career, feast your eyes on our interactive toolkit:
Do you want to change jobs, are you just starting in the job market or may be returning after a break? If so, then this free course, Succeed in the workplace, is for you. It will help you explore career opportunities. You will also gain the skills to write strong CVs and application forms, and to handle different types of interviews. By the end of the course you will have made a start on your own realistic and strong action plan to enable you to find a job that will fulfil your aspirations and suit your lifestyle.Learn more ❯Succeed in the workplace
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
New year, new novel? Have you been itching to get your first novel started and haven't known where to begin? Well we know where - here! Start with Ten top tips for writing a novel. Then expand your knowledge with our Writing tips series and delve into the resources below:
Start writing fiction is a free course that helps you to get started with your own fiction writing, focusing on the central skill of creating characters.Learn more ❯Start writing fiction: characters and stories
Do you want to improve your descriptive writing? This free course, Writing what you know, will help you to develop your perception of the world about you and enable you to see the familiar things in everyday life in a new light. You will also learn how authors use their own personal histories to form the basis of their work.Learn more ❯Writing what you know
Can creativity be taught? How far can you be creative when translating other people's work? Listen to translators, authors and creative writing teachers as they explore these and other questions of creativity.Listen now ❯What's creative about creative writing?
Whether you've eaten too many mince pies over the Christmas break and need a health kick, or maybe you want to concentrate on your mental health and wellbeing this year instead - we've got you covered with our free courses and articles.
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
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
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
- Make sure you check out our Mind, Body, Media hub for a collection of free resources from Open University academics to ensure the wellbeing of you and your family.
Maybe you want to give something back to the community this year, or help an individual? Take a look at our free badged open course on volunteering, our article and video series on homelessness, and our interactive to help others stay safe online.
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
How will the current anti-homeless laws and strategies affect the increasing number of people with no fixed abode? Victoria Cooper and Daniel McCulloch explore current and historic legislation affecting the homeless.Read now ❯Britain’s dark history of criminalising the homeless
Are you a model citizen or a menace to society when it comes to divulging personal details? Take the test from the Ministry of Sharing and find out whether you share too much information.Take part now ❯Ministry of Sharing: Are you a safe sharer?
More free courses on volunteering, homelessness and cyber security:
- Homelessness and need
- Working in the voluntary sector
- Introduction to cyber security: stay safe online
You can also get healthy by taking up more exercise; it doesn't have to be strenuous - it can be a brisk 20 minute walk everyday. Take a look at the boxes below for some inspiration and learn about the importance of recovery and rest before and after exercise.
Aerobic fitness is integral to successful sports performance and to maintaining good health. But what sort of exercise should you be doing to develop your aerobic fitness? This free course, Improving aerobic fitness, will help you to answer this question by introducing you to principles of aerobic exercise prescription.Learn more ❯Improving aerobic fitness
The ability to recover quickly from an intensive training session or match can be extremely advantageous to sports performers. Sport and fitness participants are increasingly using strategies such as ice baths and compression clothing to enhance their recovery from intensive exercise, but how effective are these strategies? Do they really speed up the recovery process? To answer questions such as these this free course ‘Recovery strategies in sport and exercise’ investigates the science behind recovery exploring the physiological processes involved in training and recovery and the potential role of recovery strategies.Learn more ❯Recovery strategies in sport and exercise
Feliz año nuevo! Time to expand your horizons and learn the lingo! Where in the world are you headed?
- Croeso: Beginners' Welsh
- Portales: beginners' Spanish
- Rundblick: beginners' German
- Andante: beginners' Italian
- Bon départ: beginners' French
How are your language skills? Heading off on a trip to Spain, France or Italy and want to know how you'd fare getting by? Find out with our virtual, interactive adventures and test your language skills on the way!Take part now ❯Test your language skills: Spanish, French and Italian
Do you want to improve your language skills and communicate more easily and effectively in Spanish? This free course, Beginners’ Spanish: food and drink, focuses on buying and ordering food and drink at a restaurant or bar. You will be able to use some basic vocabulary relating to food, drinks, meals, quantities and measures. In this OpenLearn course you will listen to Spanish speakers in a variety of situations.Learn more ❯Beginners’ Spanish: food and drink
Learn about Mandarin Chinese as a tool for communication and gain insights into Chinese society and culture. This free course, Beginners’ Chinese, provides a brief introduction to the Chinese language, its scripts and sounds, and how words are formed. You will hear short conversations where people greet each other, introduce themselves, describe where they come from and what they do for a living. You’ll hear them talk about their daily activities and order food and drinks in a restaurant. This OpenLearn course will be easily accessible for those with some basic knowledge of Chinese.Learn more ❯Beginners' Chinese
Explore how you can dig a little deeper in languages with The OU.
Whether you want to tone up in the gym or get motivated in your everyday life, we have something for you:
This free course explores the term 'motivation' and factors affecting motivation. This includes looking at the most influential theories of motivation that contribute to understanding the causes of motivation. The motivation of sports people and people working in sport and fitness environments are used to help understand the theories presented.Learn more ❯Motivation and factors affecting motivation
Have you got a goal? Whether it is to exercise more, lose a few pounds, or write a novel, our Personal Best App will help you get there.Take part now ❯Want to achieve your goal? Try our Personal Best tool
In this collection of eight videos sporting legends including Michael Johnson, AP McCoy, Dame Sarah Storey and more outline the techniques used to take gold several times.Watch now ❯Chasing Perfection: How do athletes become champions?