Whether we're looking at changing our career path or simply enjoy learning a new hobby, short courses are a great way to gain some extra knowledge about a wide range of topics and activities. However, most courses are unfortunately not cheap, which puts them out of the reach of many people who would love to take advantage of them to broaden their horizons.
Solving this dilemma, through their four-week online courses, Open2Study enables people to learn about a wide range of topics that interest them, free of charge, in the comfort of their own homes. Affiliated with Open Universities Australia, Open2Study offers over forty-five courses on topics ranging from mining engineering and mobile robotics to photography and world music. A great source of valuable information, the courses give students a glimpse into a particular field of knowledge that they may otherwise have never considered as a career.
While Open2Study courses aren't accredited (meaning, you don't receive advanced academic recognition at an Australian tertiary institution for completing them), they're a great introduction to specific topics and a way to ascertain whether or not you really want to commit to further study in that field. For example, by completing the short 'Introduction to Nursing and Healthcare' course offered by Open2Study, you may discover that either nursing is the career you've been looking for all your life or that it's definitely not for you.
Discovering this through a short course like these is obviously preferable than halfway through an expensive three-year nursing degree. Therefore they're great for young school-leavers who want to be certain about their career choice before they begin longer university studies or parents returning to the workforce after raising their family. Apart from the fact that they're free and cover so many topics, another great thing about these Open2Study courses is that, being on-line, they can be accessed by people all around the world.
Open2Study courses last for four weeks and are self-paced, with no formal assessments. At the end of each topic and module students are simply asked to answer a few multiple-choice questions to test their knowledge and give an indication that they're on-track with the subject-matter. Each course requires between two and four hours study a week, and is therefore easy to fit into busy work and family schedules.
To learn more about Open2Study and register for your first free courses, check out the Open2Study website.