Courses

Take university-level courses online for free and submit assessments when you are ready to have your learning recognised for formal academic credit.

Over time, the number of courses will be expanded as well as the range of credential options. 

Introducing the voluntary sector

Introducing the voluntary sector

New

If you feel that you want to learn more about the voluntary sector then this short 8-week course is for you. The course 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.

Micro course
8 weeks, 3 hours
Managing my investments

Managing my investments

New

On this free online course, you'll learn about different investment choices, the returns and risks associated with each, and the evidence about their historical performance. You'll explore investment strategies, as well as the practicalities about involvement in personal finance markets. And you'll look at how to avoid the individual and group behavioural traits that can impair effective investment decision making.

Micro course
8 weeks, 3 hours
Basic science: understanding numbers

Basic science: understanding numbers

New

This practical, hands-on free course will help you to start thinking like a scientist, by using numbers to describe and understand the natural world.

Micro course
4 weeks, 1.5 hours
Start writing fiction: characters and stories

Start writing fiction: characters and stories

New

This free course helps you to get started with your own fiction writing. It provides a practical, hands-on approach, focusing on the central skill of creating characters.

Micro course
8 weeks, 3 hours
The inspiring challenge of sustainable development

The inspiring challenge of sustainable development

Future

In this course you'll learn how to apply an internationally recognised framework that integrates sustainability into a proven strategic planning process. It will enable you to define a vision of success and provide you with the tools you need to effectively and efficiently navigate your way there.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
Level: 1st & 3rd year
2 weeks, 10 hours per week
Certificates of achievement Official course credit
Designing the transition to a living future

Designing the transition to a living future

Future

In this micro course you’ll learn some powerful tools to assess and benchmark a baseline position of current sustainability performance. The focus is on finding ways to engage others in the process that will also raise their understanding of the issues, and enable them to begin seeing opportunities of sustainable practices.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
Level: 1st & 3rd year
2 weeks, 10 hours per week
Certificates of achievement Official course credit
Strategic planning for success

Strategic planning for success

Future

Whatever outcome you’re focused on creating - be it a building, a product, a service or a community - great design ideas are driven by starting with the end in mind. So, defining what ultimate success looks like for sustainable development is fundamental to the planning process.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
Level: 1st & 3rd year
2 weeks, 10 hours per week
Certificates of achievement Official course credit
Taking action and choosing priorities

Taking action and choosing priorities

Future

In this course you will learn how to prioritise the actions for sustainable development that sit between your baseline and your vision of success by applying the three prioritising questions. You will then consider communicating your work, your audience, your story, and how will you connect the two.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
Level: 1st & 3rd year
2 weeks, 10 hours per week
Certificates of achievement Official course credit
Critical Reasoning

Critical Reasoning

Current

The course has been designed to give students the opportunity to explore the basic tools of critical reasoning and to empower them to think for themselves. The ability to think critically is of great value in helping to deal competently with ethical, social and political problems in the work situation and everyday life. In most humanities courses at universities lecturers expect students to understand cultural diversity, to critically evaluate information and knowledge claims and to make responsible decisions. However, students are rarely given the opportunity to acquire these abilities in a systematic way.

Self-paced, available now
Full Course
Level: 1st year
Official course credit
Managing my Money

Managing my Money

Current

The free Open University course Managing my money is a course in personal financial management. It covers financial planning, budgeting, debt management, investments, housing, pension planning and insurance.

In addition to building a household budget and balance sheet and developing other practical skills in financial management, the course explores the social and behavioural drivers of financial decision making and the nature of financial risks households can be exposed to.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
Level: 1st year
24 hours, 3 hours per week
Certificates of achievement
Introduction to ecosystems

Introduction to ecosystems

Current

This free course from The Open University is designed to help you gain an understanding of the natural world and how the web of life works, with illustrations from around the world.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
Level: 1st year
6 weeks, 3 hours
Certificates of achievement
Moons

Moons

Current

This free course from The Open University explores the many moons of our Solar System. Find out what makes them special. Should we send humans to our Moon again?

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
Level: 1st year
8 Weeks, 3 hours per week
Certificates of achievement
The Business of football

The Business of football

Current

If you are fascinated by football and interested in discovering more about business and management then this engaging and stimulating free course which provides the opportunity to share and comment on your learning with others is for you. You can progress at your own pace over 3–5 weeks, and it will take a minimum of around 9 hours of your time over this period.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
9 hours, 3 hours
Certificates of achievement
Succeed with maths - Part 1

Succeed with maths - Part 1

Current

If you feel that maths is a mystery that you want to unravel then this eight week free badge course from The Open University is for you. The course 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.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
8 weeks, 3 hours
Certificates of achievement
Succeed with maths – Part 2

Succeed with maths – Part 2

Current

This free badged course from The Open University will develop your mathematical knowledge and skills using everyday examples.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
8 weeks, 3 hours
Certificates of achievement
Succeed with learning

Succeed with learning

Current

Have you ever had any of the following thoughts?

What do I want to do with my life? How can I reach my goal? Would I cope with studying at college or university? Can I get better at learning? How can I manage the challenges that life keeps throwing my way?

If you are thinking about questions like these, this free badged course from The Open University Succeed with learning is just what you are looking for.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
8 weeks, 3 hours
Certificates of achievement
Taking your first steps into higher education

Taking your first steps into higher education

Current

This free badged course from The Open University explores - What is university study like? Is it for me? If you are asking yourself these questions, this free badged course is for you.

Taking your first steps into higher education provides insights into how subjects are studied at university. This introduction to carefully selected materials helps you decide what you might want to study. You will be looking at three main areas: arts and humanities, the social sciences and maths, technology and science.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
8 weeks, 3 hours
Certificates of achievement
 Succeed in the workplace

Succeed in the workplace

Current

Do you want to change jobs? Are you just starting in the job market? Are you returning to work after a break? If so, this course will help you explore career opportunities by starting from you, not the job.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
8 weeks, 2 hours
Certificates of achievement
Facilitating learning in practice

Facilitating learning in practice

Current

Are you interested in mentorship or looking to develop your mentorship skills? In particular, are you involved in nurse mentorship?
This free badge course explores the principles and best practices underpinning mentorship. The authors draw on their experience in nursing to help you develop your knowledge, understanding and skills of mentorship practice that can be applied to many workplace environments.

Self-paced, available now
Full Course
8 weeks, 3 hours
Certificates of achievement
Introduction to cyber security

Introduction to cyber security

Current

Our lives depend on online services. Gain essential cyber security knowledge and skills, to help protect your digital life.

We shop online. We work online. We play online. We live online. As our lives increasingly depend on digital services, the need to protect our information from being maliciously disrupted or misused is really important.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
8 weeks, 3 hours
Certificates of achievement
Forensic psychology

Forensic psychology

Current

Explore how your own mind works, and discover how the limitations of the human brain can lead to major miscarriages of justice.

Despite advances in forensic science, eyewitness testimony remains a critical component of criminal investigations. Psychological research has revealed the dangers of relying on evidence gained from an eyewitness and also how careful the police need to be when questioning witnesses.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
8 weeks, 3 hours
Basic science: understanding experiments

Basic science: understanding experiments

Current

This practical, hands-on course aims to help you start thinking like a scientist by carrying out experiments at home and making scientific observations.
You will carry out simple experiments to extract the DNA from fruit or vegetables, observe osmosis in action and bake a potato to destruction! You’ll also investigate how different liquids behave when frozen and how much water an everyday food item contains.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
4 weeks, 3 hours
Certificates of achievement
Dimensions of Openness in Education

Dimensions of Openness in Education

New

Learn about the concepts of open educational practices (OEP), open policy, open source and open teaching to achieve more sustainable education for all.

2015Q4
Micro course
Level: 3rd year
2 weeks, 10 hours per week
Certificates of achievement Official course credit
OER Development Project

OER Development Project

New

Put your digital skills and knowledge of open educational practices to work and develop OER learning materials for the real world, with options for recognition towards formal academic credit.

2015Q4
Micro course
Level: 3rd year
4 weeks, self-guided study, 10 hours per week
Certificates of achievement Official course credit
Technology Diffusion and Models of Change in Education

Technology Diffusion and Models of Change in Education

New

Learn about the complexities of change with digital technologies in tertiary education from the perspective of the educator and students and apply this knowledge to local teaching contexts.

2015Q4
Micro course
Level: 3rd year
2 weeks, 10 hours per week
Certificates of achievement Official course credit
The e-Learning Maturity Model (eMM)

The e-Learning Maturity Model (eMM)

New

Learn how to assess organisational capability to sustainably develop, deploy and support e-learning so that organisations can engage in high quality processes which can be replicated, extended and sustained over time.

2015Q4
Micro course
Level: 3rd year
Certificates of achievement Official course credit
The UN, Global Governance and Diplomacy

The UN, Global Governance and Diplomacy

Current

Want to understand global issues and how individuals and nations can make a difference? This course is for you. Explore the past, present and future of global governance focusing on the United Nations system.

Self-paced, available now
Full Course
Level: Postgrad
6-9 weeks, 4-6 hours per week
Global Issues: Concepts and Challenges

Global Issues: Concepts and Challenges

Current

Thinking about a career in international relations? This course is for you. Learn and apply key theories and concepts in international studies.

Self-paced, available now
Full Course
Level: Postgrad
6-9 weeks, 4-6 hours per week
Introduction to Human Rights

Introduction to Human Rights

Current

Human Rights is a hot topic discussed daily in the news and media around the world. Find out what it means and where it all started.

Self-paced, available now
Full Course
Level: Postgrad
6-9 weeks, 4-6 hours per week
Research Methods and Design

Research Methods and Design

Current

Embarking on a research project or research-based course? This course will introduce you to the research methods and design appropriate for investigating current issues in a global environment.

Self-paced, available now
Full Course
Level: Postgrad
6-9 weeks, 3-5 hours per week
Australian Indigenous Culture, History and Contemporary Issues

Australian Indigenous Culture, History and Contemporary Issues

New

Appropriate for anyone who wishes to gain an introductory understanding of Australian Indigenous cultures, history and contemporary issues.

2016Q2
Full Course
Level: 1st year
Official course credit
Introduction to Art Appreciation and Techniques

Introduction to Art Appreciation and Techniques

New

This course introduces you to the basics of art appreciation: definitions and roles of the artist, visual thinking, artistic elements and principles of the visual language, and how art speaks.

2016Q4
Micro course
Level: 1st year
Certificates of achievement Official course credit
Scenario Planning for Educators

Scenario Planning for Educators

New

What futures are possible in education? Learn how to plan for uncertain education futures using scenario planing.

2016Q4
Micro course
Level: 3rd year
2 weeks, 10 hours per week
Certificates of achievement Official course credit
Introduction to Regional Relations in the Asia-Pacific

Introduction to Regional Relations in the Asia-Pacific

New

This micro course introduces students to the study of international relations and the social sciences with a focus on fundamental aspects of history and culture in Asia and the Pacific.

This course is the first of four micro courses to gain credit in Regional Relations in Asia and the Pacific.

2017Q1
Micro course
Level: 1st year
4 weeks, 10 hours per week
Certificates of achievement Official course credit
Learning in a digital age

Learning in a digital age

New

Develop the skills and confidence to become a competent and autonomous learner in a digital age.

2017Q1
Full Course
Level: 1st year
8 weeks, 10 hours per week
Certificates of achievement Official course credit
Planning a project

Planning a project

New

At the heart of any successful project is a well-considered plan. You will develop an understanding of budgets, resource allocation, quality and risk in order to produce a document that outlines the project's pathway to success.

2017Q1
Micro course
Level: 1st year
2 Weeks, 10 hours per week
Certificates of achievement Official course credit
The role of the project manager

The role of the project manager

New

A project manager must understand the scope of the task ahead. This course introduces the fundamentals that project management is built upon, enabling you to develop and lead a successful project team.

2017Q1
Micro course
Level: 1st year
2 Weeks , 10 hours per week
Certificates of achievement Official course credit
Executing and closing a project

Executing and closing a project

New

Writing the project plan is only one of the jobs of a project manager. This micro-course identifies the steps you can follow to ensure effective implementation and prepare for your future projects.

2017Q1
Micro course
Level: 1st year
2 weeks , 10 hours per week
Certificates of achievement Official course credit
Initiating a project

Initiating a project

New

It is project management best practice to 'start with the end in mind'. This means in order to plan and manage a project, the need and the desired outcome for a project must be clearly identified and incorporated into the project charter.

2017Q1
Micro course
Level: 1st year
2 weeks , 10 hours per week
Certificates of achievement Official course credit
World history in the early modern era

World history in the early modern era

New

This micro-course examines major historical events and developments during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. This course includes examination of the political revolutions at the close of the early modern period.

2017Q1
Micro course
Level: 1st year
4 Weeks, 10 hours per week
Official course credit
Imperialism and War

Imperialism and War

New

Imperialism and War examines major historical events and developments during the nineteenth century, and during the twentieth century prior to World War Two.

2017Q1`
Micro course
Level: 1st year
4 weeks, 10 hours per week
Official course credit
World War II to present

World War II to present

New

World War II to the Present examines the causes, impact and consequences of World War II, the deadliest conflict in history. It then explores major developments and events around the globe from 1945 until the present.

2017Q1
Micro course
Level: 1st year
4 weeks, 10 hours per week
Official course credit
Understanding Culture in Asia and the Pacific

Understanding Culture in Asia and the Pacific

New

This micro course develops students' knowledge of the historical significance of Asia and the Pacific and introduces them to a variety of human ideas, values, beliefs and behaviours.

This course is the second of four micro courses to gain credit in Regional Relations in Asia and the Pacific.

2017Q2
Micro course
Level: 1st year
4 weeks, 10 hours per week
Certificates of achievement Official course credit
Regional Economics in Asia and the Pacific

Regional Economics in Asia and the Pacific

New

In this micro course students will learn about the factors that have prompted growing interdependence of states in Asia and the Pacific and about the historical and current economic climate of the region.

This micro course is the third of four micro courses to gain credit in Regional Relations in Asia and the Pacific.

2017Q3
Micro course
Level: 1st year
Certificates of achievement Official course credit
Tourism in Asia and the Pacific

Tourism in Asia and the Pacific

New

This micro course focusses on tourism to the Asia and Pacific. It draws on three prior courses to encourage students to demonstrate cultural literacy skills and a detailed knowledge of one particular state or region.

This micro course is the last of four micro courses required to gain credit in Regional Relations in Asia and the Pacific.

2017Q4
Micro course
Level: 1st year
4 weeks, 10 hours per week
Certificates of achievement Official course credit
Model United Nations (MUN)

Model United Nations (MUN)

Past

Model United Nations (MUNs) are experiential learning programs where participants discuss ideas and brainstorm solutions to global challenges as model diplomats. MUNs are run all around the world. If you are interested in International Studies, Global Citizenship and Communications, Negotiation and Diplomacy - this subject is for you. You will study online alongside 50 students enrolled in this subject at the University of Wollongong.

Start: 2 Mar 2015
Full Course
Level: 1st & 2nd & 3rd year
12 weeks, 4-5 hours per week
Official course credit
Open Content Licensing for Educators

Open Content Licensing for Educators

Past

Learn about the concepts of open educational resources, copyright and Creative Commons open licenses to achieve more sustainable education for all.

Start: 26 Aug 2015
Micro course
Level: 3rd year
2 weeks, 10 hours per week
Certificates of achievement Official course credit
English: skills for learning

English: skills for learning

Past

This free badged course from The Open University will help you develop your English reading and writing skills you will need to succeed at university.

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
8 weeks, 3 hours
Certificates of achievement
Can renewable energy power the world?

Can renewable energy power the world?

Past

This free course from The Open University explores the physical principles underlying the various renewable energies, their economics, their environmental impact, their present status and future prospects in order for you to answer the question, 'Can renewable energy power the world'?

Self-paced, available now
Micro course
Level: 1st year
8 weeks, 3 hours
Certificates of achievement
Digital Skills for Collaborative OER Development

Digital Skills for Collaborative OER Development

Past

This is a hands-on course where you will learn and demonstrate your skills in using digital technologies for collaborative OER development culminating in publishing an OER learning sequence on your own website.

Start: 7 Mar 2016
Micro course
Level: 3rd year
3 weeks, 10 hours per week
Certificates of achievement Official course credit