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Crowdsourced Open Education powered by Blackboard

Free online courses from Blackboard's global community of clients

General Information

Best for
General interest, K-12 & Higher Education Students, Professionals
Arts & Humanities, Sciences, Technology, Social Sciences, Business, Education, K-12 content
Type of learning
Personal & professional development, Academic, skill-based, K-12
Course type
Self-paced & Scheduled courses
English (predominenetly), Portuguese, Italian, Spanish
Certificate of Completion on some courses
Learning pathways
Mobile Apps
iOS & Android
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Open Education is a cloud based platform powered by the latest Blackboard technology which allows educators to publish courses or course content as Open Education Resources. Learners have access to over 300 free online courses from over 100 different educational institutions covering a range of subjects from the Arts, to Computer Science to Social Sciences. Courses are available in a multitude of languages and provide options for those interested in professional development, learning more about a topic, or wanting to preview a program at an institution before applying.

Tools & Features

  • 300+ free courses
  • 100+ institutions
  • Social Learning components
  • Course functionality videos
  • Mobile apps: iOS & Android
Given that Blackboard's Open Education is primarily a course creation service, the course format, tools & features vary from one course to another, but may include video, audio, reading material, quizzes & assignments. Some courses offer social learning components & gamification such as reward badges.



Course Info

Course Cost
Both Free & Paid Courses
Skill Type
  1. Academic
  2. Business Skills
  3. Technical Skills
  4. Language Skills
Course Type
  1. MOOCs
  2. Short Online Courses
Course Format
  1. Scheduled
  2. On-Demand
Course Language
  1. English
  2. French
  3. German
  4. Italian
  5. Portuguese
  6. Spanish
  7. Arabic
  8. Chinese
  9. Japanese
  10. Turkish
  11. Dutch
  12. Polish

Latest reviews

Number of courses
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Partner Institutions
3.00 star(s)
Course format
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Social tools & features
4.00 star(s)
Interface usability
3.00 star(s)
Pros: Quality K-12 content
Free courses only
Some good social tools on some courses
Cons: Course quality can be variable
A good resource particularly for K-12 content, offering a fair amount of social learning tools.


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