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Informal learning

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As part of The Open University’s mission to widen access to higher education, OUBS has developed a wide range of free online learning resources – helping to bridge the gap between informal and formal learning.

OpenLearn: the home of free learning

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OpenLearn is packed with fascinating free articles, blogs, discussions and mini-courses from the OU, covering a huge range of subject areas.

Finance-related resources can be found on the OpenLearn website, with highlights including a feature on how shops make us part with our money, an interactive personal finance tool and free courses such as:

FutureLearn

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FutureLearn is the OU’s MOOC (‘massive open online courses’) platform, designed to help people all over the world engage and interact with high quality learning, no matter where they live or what their circumstances. They can also be a gateway to formal study. Some of our MOOCs, such as The Digital Economy and Business and Finance Fundamentals carry credit points that students can put towards awards like the MBA or BA in Business Studies; while Management and Leadership earns successful students a CMI Level 5 Award – the first step to Chartered Manager status.

Other MOOCs are presented in partnership with The True Potential Centre for the Public Understanding of Finance (known as True Potential PUFin for short) – a pioneering Centre of Excellence for research in the development of personal financial capabilities, based at The Open University Business School. They include:

OU/BBC partnerships

For half a century the OU has produced programmes with the BBC, starting with late night lectures (before the days of video and online learning) and evolving into today’s prime time TV and radio shows – designed to engage millions of viewers and listeners with entertaining, informative and educational content. High profile business-related programmes include The Bottom Line and The Bank.

Discover current TV and radio programmes from the OU

For more information on The Open University’s work to widen participation in higher education, visit our Mission page on the main OU website.

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