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Open University logoOpenLearn 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.

We launched the LearningSpace back in October 2006 thanks to a grant from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Our shared vision was free online education, open to anyone, anywhere in the world. OpenLearn is the result and we 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 our OpenLearn free course 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 our BBC television and radio programmes. As if that isn’t enough, you can also find Open University channels on YouTube and iTunesU and you can follow us on Twitter (@OpenUniversity).

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