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Learning at Work Week

Learning at Work Week 2021 runs from 17 to 23 May on the theme 'Made for Learning'

We have put together a number of free resources for learning in your own time. We hope you enjoy dipping in and out of these resources, and you can explore more about all of these topics or anything else that interests you on OpenLearn or FutureLearn, for free, at any time.


Robots communicating Effective communication in the workplace

This free course, Effective communication in the workplace, explores the importance of communication as a skill in the workplace. It aims to increase your understanding of communication skills and to help you to consider how your communication could be perceived by others.


CustomersUnderstanding your customers

This course underlines the relevance of understanding customers as individuals, members of society and members of organisations. It clarifies some key marketing concepts and terminology and highlights some differences between consumer and business-to-business marketing.


Man in forestDecision trees and dealing with uncertainty

This free course introduces basic ideas of probability. It focuses on dealing with uncertainty in a financial context and explores decision trees, a powerful decision-making technique, which can help you to simplify and formulate business decisions.


People looking in museumCuriosity in a Lockdown

One year on from a blog Liz Moody wrote on Curiosity and how it could be utilised to good effect in learning during lockdown, she has some reflections to share based on her own lockdown experience.


Business MeetingGetting started with Chinese business culture essentials

This short course is designed to introduce some core Chinese cultural beliefs and values, highlight some potential challenges and bring in stories and reflections from Westerners who have lived and worked in China.


BBC Ideas imageBBC Ideas

The Open University and the BBC are collaborating on a distinct OU playlist of films as part of BBC Ideas, drawing the university’s academic expertise to challenge and explore the ideas and concepts that shape our world. Short films for curious minds.


MSE Academy of money cartoon imageMSE's Academy of Money

The Open University has joined forces with MoneySavingExpert to produce a free course to give you the skills and knowledge to master your finances. Master your money journey.


Image of different coloured hands supporting each other Retirement planning made easy

Planning your retirement is probably the most important aspect of financial planning for you to consider. Making the right decisions and building a sound financial plan can help to ensure that you have the quality of life in retirement that you aspire to. Learn about financing your retirement journey.


Image of person working on a laptopLearning at Work Week Webinar archive

We have been a supporter of Learning at Work Week for a number of years and have a playlist of webinars freely available on our YouTube channel, which also contains a host of other video resources from the Business School.

Visit the archive


Formal Learning

If any of this has inspired you to explore studying with us, please visit our Study pages and find out more about all our courses. You can also find out more about all the courses The Open University offers on the website.

Learning at Work Week takes place in May every year. It is coordinated by the Campaign for Learning and is led by companies and organisations in their workplaces.