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I love all things free and that also means free online training courses!


I wanted to share with you a wonderful free way to study online and choose from hundreds of courses from top universities as well as specialist organisations.


FutureLearn is an online learning company set up by The Open University which offers totally free courses that you can study at your own pace and during your own time.


There are many courses to choose from – the complete list can be found here – there is such a vast array of subjects and the courses are from six to ten weeks long but of course there are shorter courses too.


The courses are very interactive and contain various activities to keep you interested and motivated including videos, audio and articles to read.  There are also short quizzes you can take as you go along.


Some of the courses that have just started are:


Business Fundamentals:  Effective Communication from The Open University


Cancer in the 21st Century from University of Glasgow


Exercise Prescription for the Prevention and Treatment of Disease by Trinity College Dublin


Innovation: The Key to Business Success of University of Leeds


Spanish for Beginners by The Open University



Each task you complete the easy to navigate system allows you to tick it off from your “To Do List” so you can move on to the next task.


There are also discussion sessions where you can chat to others who are taking the course – this is a great interactive tool to allow you to compare notes!


There are assignments that you can complete and at the end of most courses you will be given the opportunity to purchase a Certificate of Achievement.  The price for this really does depend on the course but you really don’t have to purchase one – it is up to you.


Whether you are studying for pleasure or considering a career change, FutureLearn is an excellent tool for increasing your knowledge or a way to increase your confidence in learning again.


Whatever the reason it is an infectious resource that you can continue to use again and again – totally free!


Happy learning!


Elf x



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