Inspired by this video:

I thought I would look up some free resources that may be generally useful for hacking your own education.

Learning how to learn

Learning how to learn: a process we all engage in throughout our lives, but no single method of learning guarantees success. This unit aims to make the process of learning much more explicit by inviting you to apply various ideas and activities to your own study as a way of increasing your awareness of your own learning. Most learning has to be an active process – and this is particularly true of learning how to learn.

The broad aim of this unit is to provide a framework for learning-based activities and reflective exercises. More specifically, it is designed to offer you the opportunity to:

  • think about and understand how you learn;
  • apply the ideas and activities in this unit to your own learning experiences;
  • learn how to become a reflective learner.

Find this course at http://www.open.edu/openlearn/education/learning-how-learn/content-section-0

Improving your own learning and performance

Learning new skills is what makes us human – but can we improve how we go about learning new things in new situations? Learning how to learn can help you to understand what works for you – and what doesn’t – when you set out to learn new skills at work, in education or training and in everyday life. In developing and assessing the key skill of improving your own learning and performance, you will learn to recognise, use and adapt your skills confidently and effectively in different situations and contexts. This unit is designed to be studied for 1 hour per week over 50 weeks.

Having studied this unit you should be able to:

  • develop a strategy for using skills in improving own learning and performance over an extended period of time;
  • monitor progress and adopt your strategy, as necessary, to achieve the quality of outcomes required;
  • evaluate your overall strategy and present outcomes of your work.

Find this course at http://www.open.edu/openlearn/education/key-skill-assessment-improving-your-own-learning-and-performance/content-section-0

Information Literacy

As the volume of information grows in databases, libraries and on the internet, information literacy skills are key to being able to find and manage information effectively in a complex society. Information literacy is about recognising when information is needed, and locating, critically evaluating, using and presenting the information to suit a specific purpose. These skills are increasingly in demand by individuals and employers alike. In developing and assessing your information literacy skills, you will learn to use and adapt your skill confidently and effectively in different situations and contexts. This unit is designed to be studied for 1 hour per week over 50 weeks.

Having studied this unit you should be able to:

  • develop a strategy for using skills in information literacy over an extended period of time;
  • monitor progress and adapt your strategy as necessary, to achieve the quality of outcomes required.
  • evaluate your overall strategy and present outcomes from your work, including citations and a bibliography.

Find this course at http://www.open.edu/openlearn/science-maths-technology/computing-and-ict/information-and-communication-technologies/key-skill-assessment-unit-information-literacy/content-section-0

Others from the OpenLearn site that looked interesting

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