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Published August 8th 2017
Free lunch? No way; free course? Today, online through OUA
Are you feeling a little bit curious and restless? Or perhaps you're just a little bit bored and looking for the next fun and productive thing to do. Maybe you want to learn a little bit more about a certain topic before considering it for a career change. Maybe you want to learn something completely new and different just for fun. All of those and more are great reasons to look into doing some additional study, and you can start today for free.
Open Universities Australia (OUA) are offering free online courses to the public. Although these courses are not part of any accredited qualifications, they can award you a Certificate of Achievement upon completion. You can learn about an area of interest for free.
As a self-professed nerd, I was a little bit impressed by the sheer diversity of topics in the OUA free course offering. The courses available as at August 2017 include the following:
Agriculture and the World We Live In Astronomy: Discovering the Universe Basic Physics Becoming a Confident Trainer Becoming Human: Anthropology
Big Data for Better Performance Chemistry - Building Blocks of the World Chinese Language and Culture
Concepts in Game Development
Contemporary Issues in Ocean Governance
Diagnosing the Financial Health of a Business
Early Childhood Education
Education in a Changing World
Entrepreneurship and Family Business
Food, Nutrition and Your Health
Foundations of Psychology
Indigenous Studies: Australia and New Zealand
Innovation for Powerful Outcomes
Introduction to Business in Asia
Introduction to Enterprise Architecture
Introduction to Nursing in Healthcare
Latin American Music: Translating Cultural Sensibilities
Leadership: Identity, Influence and Power
Management for a Competitive Edge
Marine and Antarctic Science
Microbiology and Forensic Science
Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
Principles of Project Management
Sports and Recreation Management
Teaching Adult Learners
The Art of Photography
The Human Body as a Machine
Understanding Common Diseases
Understanding the Origins of Crime
User Experience for the Web
Water in a Thirsty World
Writing for the Web
I have had a look at many of the courses available. The formats tend to comprise of modules. Each module typically has some videos, quizzes and a final assessment for you to complete. Although the lengths of the courses vary, each course states how long the video content runs for and how long the course should be studied for. Each course also states how many students have taken it, how many videos have been watched and how many classroom posts there are.
As you can see from the list of courses, many of the topics are very interesting and practical to say the least. Further study options are provided on each individual course page, which is helpful for those of you who are looking into different study areas for a career change. Looking at the home page of OUA's free courses has made me want to study at least ten of them. I hope you enjoy. If you've studied one of those courses, please feel free to comment below and talk about your experience for everyone else to see.