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OpenLearn – The Home of Free Learning From The Open University

Posted by Marcus Zillman

OpenLearn – The Home of Free Learning From The Open University

OpenLearn gives you free access to learning materials from The Open University. It has content which stretches back to 1999, when The Open University created, providing free online learning to support broadcast collaborations with the BBC. They launched the LearningSpace back in October 2006 thanks to a grant from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Their shared vision was free online education, open to anyone, anywhere in the world. OpenLearn is the result and they have since reached over 23 million people. In the first two years, the LearningSpace grew to include over 8000 study hours of learning materials from Open University courses. The website continues to grow with new course materials being published regularly in their OpenLearn ‘Try’ section. LearningSpace merged with in 2010 to create the new OpenLearn – providing a single home for all the OU’s free learning activity. Combined, OpenLearn gives access to topical and interactive content, from expert blogs, to videos and games. This ‘open media’ often links to their BBC television and radio programmes. As if that isn’t enough, you can also find Open University channels on YouTubeExternal link and iTunesU and you can follow them on Twitter (@OpenUniversityExternal link ). This will be added to Tutorial Resources Subject Tracer™.

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