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. All courses can be accessed in the Opening Educational Practices in Scotland collection.

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 launched in September 2016.


Introduction to Dyslexia and inclusive practice

Introduction to dyslexia and inclusive practice 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.

Supporting dyslexia and inclusive practice is the second of the three linked modules. It develops the themes introduced in the ‘Introduction to dyslexia and inclusive practice’ module and builds upon these, particularly in relation to literacy. This module was launched in September 2017.

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


Supporting collective learning in workplace and community settings

Workplace Community Facilitator badgeSupporting collective learning in workplace and community settings was created by the OEPS team building on the learning and good practice collected whilst working with informal educators across the duration of the OEPS project.

The course provides support for anyone involved in organising informal learning in the workplace or in community settings. The course looks at how and where to find resources appropriate for your learners and explores how to set up study groups. This course may be of particular interest to Union Learning Representatives, support workers, volunteers with third sector organisations or people with similar roles in their workplace or community.

The course was launched in June 2017.


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

The second course Parkinson’s Managing palliative and end of life care was launched in September 2017. It is aimed at health professionals working with people with Parkinson’s. The course aims to encourage early conversations about advance care planning, and the need to make decisions about treatments which people may or may not wish at the end of their life.

Forthcoming (pre-registration available soon):

  • Parkinson’s: Bone health



How to make an open online course

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.


Global trends in death and dyingTwo hands with world map painted on them

Ever wondered what is death like around the world? How do we know what the causes and circumstances of death are globally? Global Trends in Death and Dying looks at these and other topical questions relating to death. The course was written collaboratively and produced as part of research led by the End of Life Studies Group at the University of Glasgow and supported by the Wellcome Trust.

The course was launched in July 2017.


Open Science Lab experiments

These two experiments enable secondary school pupils and teachers to look at genetic variations and try genetic testing and to analyse pesticides using gas chromatography and mass spectroscopy. The experiments were developed by the Open Science Lab project.

The courses were launched in July 2017.


In production

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


Other courses:

Grow your own loaf

Grow your own loaf - handful of soilInspired by attending an OEPS forum, the Royal Highland Education Trust developed Grow your own loaf to provide you with everything you need to grow your on loaf. (*seeds and soil not included). Read what the media said about this course.





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