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Many college and universities around the world are using our courses and unique learning platform—and now you can too! You can access most OLI course materials at no cost to you and work at your own pace*. Our learning platform gives you targeted feedback as you go, which helps you know if you are mastering a topic or if you need more practice.
*Important to know:
- The Open Learning Initiative does not grant credit for the completion of any course.
- OLI does not provide any verification or certification of completion.
- Open & Free courses and Independent (paid) courses are not led or monitored by an instructor.
- Independent courses may carry a per-student fee, which is described on each course page in the catalog.
Arabic for Global Exchange
This is a mini-course for individuals with no proficiency or extremely limited knowledge of Arabic language and culture who are about to begin study or work in an Arabic-speaking context. The course will introduce learners… Read the rest
This course provides an introduction to exploring and understanding arguments by explaining what the parts of an argument are, and how to break arguments into their parts and create diagrams to show how those parts relate to… Read the rest
This is an introductory course in biochemistry, designed for both biology and chemical engineering majors.
A consistent theme in this course is the development of a quantitative understanding of the interactions of biological molecules from a structural, thermodynamic,… Read the rest
Introduction to Biology
This introductory course defines biology and its relationship to other sciences. We examine the overarching theories of life from biological research and also explore the fundamental concepts and principles of the study of living organisms and… Read the rest
Causal & Statistical Reasoning
This course provides an introduction to causal and statistical reasoning. After taking this course, students will be better prepared to make rational decisions about their own lives and about matters of social policy. They will… Read the rest
Introduction to Chemistry (Stoichiometry)
This is a complete course in chemical stoichiometry, which is a set of tools chemists use to count molecules and determine the amounts of substances consumed and produced by reactions. The course is set in… Read the rest
Elementary Chinese I
Elementary Chinese I aims to help beginners develop communicative competence in the basic four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and culture of Chinese. The course curriculum is organized around the 5 Cs principles of the… Read the rest
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The Concepts of Statistics course is an introductory statistics course designed for students who may have a weak algebra background. Authors followed language and literacy guidelines provided by experts… Read the rest
Elementary French I
Elementary French I is a carefully sequenced and highly interactive presentation of French language and culture in a media-rich course environment. The latest update includes a self-paced version of the course with scored assessments for independent… Read the rest
Elementary French II
Elementary French II is a carefully sequenced and highly interactive presentation of French language and culture in a media-rich course environment. The latest update includes a self-paced version of the course with scored assessments for independent… Read the rest
Statics is the study of methods for quantifying the forces between bodies. Forces are responsible for maintaining balance and causing motion of bodies, or changes in their shape. You encounter a great number and variety of examples… Read the rest
Evidence-Based Practice In Management And Consulting
This course will introduce you to the basic concepts and skills of evidence-based practice. The course is directly relevant to (future) managers, leaders, consultants and policy makers who desire to improve the quality… Read the rest
Health Information Technology Foundations
This course offers an overview of healthcare, health information technology, and health information management systems. The focus is on the role and responsibilities of entry-level health IT specialists in each phase of the health information… Read the rest
Logic & Proofs
Logic is a remarkable discipline. It is deeply tied to mathematics and philosophy, as correctness of argumentation is particularly crucial for these abstract disciplines. Logic systematizes and analyzes steps in reasoning: correct steps guarantee the truth… Read the rest
Programming is a way of organizing a task so that it is replicable by something else—a computer. If you have ever given someone directions, or written down a recipe, you have some experience with programming. Learning more… Read the rest
This course covers specialized and somewhat advanced topics in the fields of cellular biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, and genetics. It does not cover organismal biology or taxonomy. The course is carefully planned to provide the background that… Read the rest
PC Hardware: Cyber Pathways Across Maryland (CPAM)
The CPAM Consortium is a TAACCCT grant-funded project modeled after the NSC Cyber Technology program, created to “close the skills gap and connect more Maryland residents to high-quality employment in the cybersecurity … Read the restSee course details
PC Software: Cyber Pathways Across Maryland (CPAM)
The CPAM Consortium is a TAACCCT grant-funded project modeled after the NSC Cyber Technology program, created to “close the skills gap and connect more Maryland residents to high-quality employment in the cybersecurity… Read the rest
Principles of Computing
This course provides an introduction to Python and elementary principles of computing, including iteration, recursion, and binary representation of data. Additional topics on cellular automata, encryption, and the limits of computation are also introduced. The goal… Read the rest
Probability & Statistics
This course introduces students to the basic concepts and logic of statistical reasoning and gives the students introductory-level practical ability to choose, generate, and properly interpret appropriate descriptive and inferential methods. In addition, the course helps… Read the rest
Introduction to Psychology
This course offers students an engaging introduction to the essential topics in psychology. Throughout this study of human behavior and the mind, you will gain insight into the history of the field of psychology, as well… Read the rest
Public policy issues are important to every field of engineering. Yet, most engineering students know little about the topic. For most students, however, an entire course focused on the topic is not necessary. For… Read the rest
This course is designed to help students (primarily incoming college freshmen) develop the foundational computing and information literacy skills that they will need to succeed in other courses. The course is available for use in academic settings.… Read the rest
Elementary Spanish I
Spanish I can be adapted for a hybrid delivery system or solely distance delivery. The course is media-rich and interactive, driven by video that was shot on-site in Guadalajara, Mexico. This course is available for low-cost… Read the rest
Statistical Reasoning introduces students to the basic concepts and logic of statistical reasoning and gives the students introductory-level practical ability to choose, generate, and properly interpret appropriate descriptive and inferential methods. In addition, the course helps students… Read the rest
This course is design to support the development of foundational skills in workplace communication and mathematics that are used in various STEM careers. The course offers practice using workplace communication and math skills that are encountered in… Read the rest
The STEM Readiness course provides a refresher of core skills related to STEM careers. The core skills covered are Mathematics from arithmetic to beginning algebra, Workplace Communications and Professionalism. The topics of the course are presented through… Read the rest
Introduction to Visual Design
In this course, students learn to analyze and produce effective printed documents, such as technical reports, proposals, and software documentation. To guide their learning, students are introduced to the basics of visual communication design and… Read the rest
Computational Discrete Mathematics
This course presents material in discrete mathematics and computation theory with a strong emphasis on practical algorithms and experiential learning.
Discrete mathematics, also called finite mathematics or decision mathematics, is the study of mathematical structures that… Read the rest
Empirical Research Methods
In this course you will learn how to conduct research using empirical methods, which rely on observation and experimentation. This course is appropriate for those interested in using empirical research methods in their field, particularly students… Read the rest
The Andes Physics course currently provides over 500 problems that are suitable for both calculus and non-calculus introductory physics courses at the college or advanced high school level.
The Open & Free Physics course provides you with access… Read the rest
Principles of Economics
This course teaches the core principles of economics using a collection of experiments and workbooks. In the experiments, students become traders in a market and attempt to make profitable deals with one another. At the conclusion… Read the rest