With five weeks of training completed at the Open University – the main reason for my sparse posting of late – I can finally turn my attention to showcasing all the awesome free stuff that you can get your hands on courtesy of the O.U.. This week it’s something mentioned previously on this blog and frequently engages me through on my breaks and before work starts.
OpenLearn is a resource I had spent a bit of time with before I started this job and now I recommend it to everyone. The site offers courses, downloads, videos, and up coming programmes with the BBC. Each course is an extract from our degree modules, and with almost 1000 samples here you can indulge in many various learning exercises.
There are courses for everyone over such varied fields as Languages, Nature & Environment , Money & Business, and my personal favourite History & the Arts, which has plenty of literary goodness but never fails to entertain with a speculative punt either.
The first course I took was Aberdulais Falls: A Case Study in Welsh Heritage. I had never previously considered the logistics of how the National Trust runs its sites and the impact on the local community, and I finished thoroughly entertained and educated on the subject. Since then anything goes in terms of course choice now.
There’s no need to even set up a profile, but if you do once you complete a course you will get a certificate of participation, which, whilst not being an official qualification is good to put on the CV, or indeed as I do, just watch them build up and feel a sense of achievement and satisfaction. There is no time limit to complete courses because part-time learning is how we roll at the O.U.
We are generous enough to give free stuff and you never even have to do a qualification with us. As long as you are learning we are happy. And If that hasn’t satiated your appetite, in the upcoming weeks I will be linking you to some other fascinating literary freebies that have kept me exploring of late.