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Explore the Open Learning Environment

Build new skills and enhance your personal and professional development through our Open Learning Environment (OLE). 

The Open Learning Environment (OLE) is a collection of units that offers you the opportunity to extend your skills and knowledge by exploring other fields of study. You can learn about a diverse range of topics such as global cultures, entrepreneurial thinking, coding, ethics, design thinking, and project management.

Units in the OLE are either zero, two or six credit points. Zero credit point units are free and available to all current students (undergraduate and postgraduate). These short units are completely online and can be completed at your own convenience. There are also units designed specifically for HDR students.

Depending on your degree, you may be required to complete credit point OLE units.

Access the OLE

Zero credit point OLE units

You can find the full list of zero credit point OLE units and FAQ's on the OLE Canvas site.

We recommend you access the OLE Canvas site and enrol in units from a desktop computer or laptop. Once enrolled, you can access a unit using the Canvas app. It’s also a good idea to bookmark the site so you can easily access it.

You can complete as many zero credit point units as you like. You'll enrol through the OLE Canvas site, and have the rest of the calendar year to complete the unit.

Credit point OLE units

Depending on your course, you may need to take credit point OLE units to meet your degree requirements. This will be outlined in your handbook.

The credit point OLE units available are listed in Table O in the Interdisciplinary Studies Handbook.

You'll need to enrol in these units through Sydney Student during the enrolment period for your course.

In-Country Experience OLE units

If you find your handbook requires you to complete OLE units, you may choose to complete one of the School of Languages and CulturesIn-Country Experiences.

Read important information on the application process, departmental permission, and additional fees associated with these units.

You’ll need to apply for these units through the Global Mobility Database once applications open each semester.

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Last updated: 30 September 2022

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