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
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.
Managing my investments
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.
Basic science: understanding numbers
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.
Start writing fiction: characters and stories
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.
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.
Managing my Money
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.
Introduction to ecosystems
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.
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?
The Business of football
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.
Succeed with maths - Part 1
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.
Succeed with maths – Part 2
This free badged course from The Open University will develop your mathematical knowledge and skills using everyday examples.
Succeed with learning
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.
Taking your first steps into higher education
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.
Succeed in the workplace
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.
Facilitating learning in practice
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.
Introduction to cyber security
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.
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.
Basic science: understanding experiments
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.
Dimensions of Openness in Education
Learn about the concepts of open educational practices (OEP), open policy, open source and open teaching to achieve more sustainable education for all.
OER Development Project
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.
Technology Diffusion and Models of Change in Education
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.
The e-Learning Maturity Model (eMM)
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.
Australian Indigenous Culture, History and Contemporary Issues
Appropriate for anyone who wishes to gain an introductory understanding of Australian Indigenous cultures, history and contemporary issues.
Introduction to Art Appreciation and Techniques
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.
Scenario Planning for Educators
What futures are possible in education? Learn how to plan for uncertain education futures using scenario planing.
Introduction to Regional Relations in the Asia-Pacific
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.
Learning in a digital age
Develop the skills and confidence to become a competent and autonomous learner in a digital age.
Understanding Culture in Asia and the Pacific
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.
Regional Economics in Asia and the Pacific
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.
Tourism in Asia and the Pacific
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.
Model United Nations (MUN)
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.
Open Content Licensing for Educators
Learn about the concepts of open educational resources, copyright and Creative Commons open licenses to achieve more sustainable education for all.
English: skills for learning
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.
Can renewable energy power the world?
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'?
Digital Skills for Collaborative OER Development
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.
The UN, Global Governance and Diplomacy
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.
Global Issues: Concepts and Challenges
Thinking about a career in international relations? This course is for you. Learn and apply key theories and concepts in international studies.
Introduction to Human Rights
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.
The inspiring challenge of sustainable development
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.
Designing the transition to a living 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.
Research Methods and Design
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.
Strategic planning for success
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.
Taking action and choosing priorities
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.