The Open University - Try before you buy

Published July 21, 2011

A while back I discussed the concept of degrees via the Open University, and whilst I move more and more away from the concept of degrees and suchlike, the very open format and wide variety of courses on the OU still intrigues me.

Open University learning space

I just discovered the LearningSpace with tons of free modules - usually bits and bobs taken from now defunct courses - and there are some interesting things to read. I was only browsing around for a moment and found this piece on Aberdulais Falls. I’ve been there!

You don’t get anything from reading them, apart from the knowledge, obviously. If you’re considering taking up a subject though, it might be a great way to see if it’s something you want to actually study or something that should remain a mild hobby. Of course, the site sells it slightly differently:

Try over 600 free online courses from The Open University.

Available from introductory to advanced level, each takes between 1 and 50 hours to study.

Complete activities to assess your progress and compare your thoughts with sample answers.

Sign up for free to track your progress, connect with other learners in our discussion forums and find the tools to help you learn.

There’s a lot of content on there, loads of subjects to choose from. I haven’t had a chance to browse around much, but I thought I would share in case anyone else wants to have a good peruse as well.

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