The Open University’s free courses help those staying at home

Record numbers are accessing The Open University’s free online courses during the COVID-19 pandemic as people across Scotland stay at home and practice social distancing.

Traffic to OpenLearn, the University’s home for learning online, has more than doubled since lockdown measures were introduced at the end of March, reaching a milestone of 75 million visitors.

Susan Stewart, Director of The Open University in Scotland, said:

“This is a challenging time and we know people may feel isolated. The OpenLearn website has lots of timely content, with topics from digital literacy to mental health support. You can find out how immune systems work, how young children learn, how to develop career resilience, and how to teach online.

“The Open University has always been present in peoples’ homes and has long been a front-runner in distance learning, specifically online. These incredible resources are all free and for everyone, young and old.”

OpenLearn has more than 950 courses, with no fees, entry requirements or start or end dates. From languages and the arts to maths, science and technology, there is a subject for everyone. Some of the most popular courses for people in Scotland include Understanding Autism, Forensic Psychology, and Introduction to Cyber Security: Stay Safe Online.

The site also offers experiments and activities for families to entertain their children whilst the schools remain closed amid the ongoing pandemic.