Open Learning through The Ohio State University


Open Learning includes learning opportunities through MOOCs and iTunes.Through Ohio State’s massive open online courses (MOOCs), podcasts and iTunes U content, you have the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge that could benefit your career, or inspire you to continue with formal education through Ohio State’s online degree programs.

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Ohio State MOOCs

The benefits of participating in an Ohio State MOOC go beyond the convenience of learning online. You join a growing online community where you can foster relationships and create interactions that are vital to the learning process.

Introduction to Pharmacy

The Introduction to Pharmacy course is a survey of the profession of pharmacy including its history, evolving scope of practice, ethical foundations, regulation, educational and career opportunities, and more. Topics relating to medication use and drug development are explored through the course lectures and interviews with practicing pharmacists.

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Introduction to the Science of Cancer

This course covers what cancer is, how it's formed in the body, diagnosis and treatment, risk factors and methods of cancer prevention. While this open course is designed to be accessible to those with limited knowledge of science, it will also be useful to healthcare professionals with a limited background in the field of cancer.

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Media Writing and Editing

In this virtual newsroom, you will learn reporting, writing, researching and multimedia techniques for all news media platforms, and then dig deeper into how social media, community-centered journalism and multimedia elements can enhance coverage.

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Biology and Management of Weeds and Invasive Plants

This course is a study of the biology, ecology and management of plants that interfere with human activities and agroecosystems. The main goal of this course is to learn scientific principles and processes of weed biology and ecology in order to apply knowledge of those principles toward more efficient management of weeds and invasive plants.

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Buckeye Biography: 150 Years of Ohio State

As part of The Ohio State University's sesquicentennial celebration, we are proud to offer this tailor-made, publicly available version of the popular History of Ohio State course. This exciting course explores the origins of Ohio State traditions, notable turning points in our 150 year history, and the contributions of students, faculty and staff to Ohio State and the world.

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white phone with podcast on the screenStay informed and get inspired wherever you are with podcasts developed by Ohio State faculty and staff!

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iTunes U

iTunes U is the world’s largest open education library, available at no cost in more than 150 countries. iTunes U allows faculty, staff and campus organizations to share content with the world.

The following is a sample of the Ohio State content available on iTunes U:

From Planets to the Cosmos

General Chemistry

History of Architecture

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Open Learning News

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"Science of Cancer" MOOC Helps Pique Interest in High School Classroom

"TechniCity" Open Course Pivots Online Learner’s Career Path

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