Open Courses

The Opening Educational Practices in Scotland (OEPS) project advise, co-develop and collaborate with a wide range of organisations regarding the development of open content and open courses.

All courses are self-paced and openly licensed so resources can be remixed and reused.

Becoming an Open Educator  open_educator_badge_128x128

The badged open course Becoming an Open Educator was developed by the OEPS project team and community reviewed. With a focus on open educational practices (OEP) the course explores how becoming more open in your practice might impact on learning and teaching. This course is aimed at educators, facilitators and administrators across all sectors.

Read more about the course’s development. The course was formerly launched in September 2016.


Introduction to Dyslexia and inclusive practice

This is the first of three linked modules written by the Addressing Dyslexia 1 badgeDyslexia Toolkit and Dyslexia Scotland. It aims to provide teachers and local authority staff with an awareness of what dyslexia is, its impact and how it can be supported within an inclusive school community. It also supports the General Teaching Council for Scotland’s professional standards.

The course was launched in March 2017.

Pre-register for the follow-on modules on dyslexia:


My Seaweed Looks Weird

Co-created with the Scottish Association for Marine Sciences (SAMS) at the University oseaweed-badgef the Highlands and Islands the open course My Seaweed Looks

Weird takes a deep dive into the latest marine science research to help participants identify seaweed parasites. This course is aimed at anyone involved in seaweed production and cultivation.

The course was launched in May 2016.

Parkinsons UK 

Working together with Parkinsons UK the open badged course Understanding Parkinson’s was launched in May 2016. The course is aimed at health or social care professionals who are providing support for people with Parkinson’s and their families.

You can also read our Preliminary findings: Evaluation of a Pilot Cohort studying Understanding Parkinson’s

Forthcoming (pre-registration available soon):

  • Parkinson’s: Managing palliative care
  • Parkinson’s: Bone health

How to make an open online coursegreen-badge-128px

How to make an open online course explains how to design, structure and produce your own open online course. It was written by the Free Learning Team at The Open University and includes sections by the OEPS project team.

Coming soon

These courses will be live in summer 2017

  • Supporting collective learning in workplace and community settings
  • Global trends in death and dying (in partnership with the University of Glasgow)
  • Open Science Lab experiments


In production

A further three courses developed with OEPS partners are in production.

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