Learning How to Learn

Open University - Learning Space - Free Online Learning

If you’re seeking learning materials on a wide range of topics that are free to access, one option would be to visit the The Open University website and locate the ‘LearningSpace’ section.

On here you will find a wide range of mini training modules and free to access and use with over 500 study units, spread across 12 subject areas.

The Study units on offer can take anything from 1-50 hours to work through. Each unit is classified into different levels ranging from ‘introductory’ to ‘postgraduate’ level.

All study units have clear learning outcomes. For many of the units the learner is invited and encouraged to participate in various activities and each have sample answers to help assess the learning achieved.

The interactive forums available also enable a number of opportunities to connect with other learners online. 3 

The list of Topics available are collated under the following categories:
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Business and Management
  • Childhood and Youth
  • Computing and ICT
  • Education
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Environment, Development and International Studies
  • Health and Social Care
  • Law
  • Languages
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Psychology
  • Science
  • Skills
  • Social Science

Learning How to Learn  

For example, in the ‘Skills’ section there is a6 hour programme defined as ‘introductory’ level and focuses  upon how we can learn more effectively. Whilst acknowledging that learning is something we engage in throughout our lives, we learn via different methods and approaches. The unit of study– ‘Learning How to Learn’ - aims for the learner to examine the process of learning in a much more explicit manner by inviting them to apply various ideas and activities to their own learning with the aim to increase personal awareness of our own learning.

The broad aim of the unit to provide a framework for learning-based activities and reflective exercises to;

·         Think about and understand how you learn;
·         Apply the ideas and activities in this unit to your own learning experiences;
·         Learn how to become a reflective learner.

Course code is LDT101_3