Open Access Educational Tools & Resources

Access and Opportunity

In an ongoing effort to eliminate barriers to education and strengthen our global community’s connection to UCLA, we are proud to introduce UCLAxOpen, open access education for all.

UCLAxOpen is your gateway to no-cost personal enrichment and professional development courses and seminars offered via UCLA Extension. These online courses and seminars are designed to provide timely and relevant lifelong learning opportunities, bringing UCLAx to the world.

Note: The courses offered below are numbered 700-799. These non-credit courses do not confer academic credit or continuing education units, and will not appear on student transcripts. Learn more about course numbers.

 

Current Events

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Let's Talk about Race, Baby
November 1 - 15
This workshop will introduce participants to the tenets of Critical Race Theory and help students understand how critical theories can unpack the role that institutions play in promoting white supremacist structures and systems.

Personal & Professional Development

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Study Skills & Other Key Preparations for Becoming a More Sophisticated Self-Learner
September 30 - October 14
This workshop is an introduction on how to succeed in college and beyond with easy-to-implement strategies and the right mindset for more effective learning!

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Well-Being in a Rapidly Changing World: Strategies for Self-Care
September 30 - October 14
This workshop will provide participants with an overview of the importance of self-care, placed within the context of challenges related to frequently-shifting work and social expectations.

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Design Thinking for Corporate Problem Solving
October 6
This webinar deconstructs the complexities of the problem-solving process, and shows in a simple language how anyone can defeat challenges using collaborative design thinking methods.

Art & Design

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Design a Brilliant Career and Find Your Professional Purpose
September 21
Design education leaders Scott Hutchinson and Vesna Petrovic teach you how to take your design career goals from lackluster to brilliant.

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Playing With Time: Looking Backwards into the Future of Motion Graphics
October 12
Gain the historical framework and vocabulary to become a mover & shaker in today’s motion graphics industry.

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Interior Design in Films
October 16
This seminar explores what interior designers can learn by studying films.

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Residential Home Remodeling: A Basic Guide
November 10
An introductory guide to remodeling residential homes to enhance modern lifestyle needs for designers, homeowners, and prospective buyers.

Business

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Scenarios-based action planning: Pre-crisis decision-making
September 8
This seminar provides the tools to engage in scenarios-based action planning. Students will learn proven methods of premortem scenarios planning to prepare for, respond to and recover from any event that could negatively impact organizational stability.

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Presentation Skills for Business
October 7
In this session, professionals will learn how to: Deliver effective messages that resonate with clients, colleagues, and customers. Help others not only visualize your ideas but act on them. Optimize the time spent preparing and delivering your presentations.

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Thriving in the Future of Work: 2022 & Beyond
October 27
This workshop will discuss the future of the workplace and what the rapid acceleration of work means to jobs and careers.

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A Safe and Ready Future: Preparing Today for the Disasters of Tomorrow
November 18
This seminar will provide an overview of the strategies to manage such emerging threats, including slow-onset disasters as well as cascading and concurrent incidents. We will explore the principles of complexity and how systems, organizations, and communities can be primed to adapt.

Education

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Engaging and interactive remote teaching strategies for K – 2nd grade parents
September 20 - October 10
Reduce worries that your child is falling behind. Learn to create unique and supportive learning experiences for young elementary children in online school and participate in a fun, collaborative network of parents experiencing the same concerns.

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Parenting Skills for Busy Parents: Developing sound parenting methods during quarantine and beyond
September 20 - October 17
Learn researched-based methods to create powerful learning environments while balancing work and raising your child during these uniquely challenging times.

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Navigating the College Search Process
October 3
This webinar is an interactive experience designed for students and parents to learn how to build and refine a successful college list. We'll also discuss application strategy and how to best navigate the college process.

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How to Cultivate an Intentional College-Going Culture with First Generation Families
October 26
This webinar will help high school counselors and other counseling professionals increase effective communication with families creating a college and career-ready culture between your organization and home.

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Using Creativity and Accountability to Counsel Large Student Caseloads
November 16
How is it possible to create a college-going culture for a large, diverse high school? What must be in place for students and families to embrace the college admission process? This webinar will focus on these important topics designed specifically for school counselors, college counselors, and individuals working at non-profits or CBO’s.

Engineering & Digital Technology

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Budget, Plan, Build: Construction Management – An Essential Industry Holding Strong During the COVID Era
October 20
Whether you are building a home addition or a 42-story downtown tower, construction managers need to visualize a construction project and properly communicate the plan to their teams. Come hear an industry expert present you with this exciting topic, followed by an overview from the Program Director of all the different construction management offerings available from UCLA Extension.

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Aircraft Stability and Control
October 29 or December 2
The objective of this webinar is to introduce the subject of Flight Mechanics, as applied to fixed-wing aircraft, with emphasis on Stability and Control.

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Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing – The mysteriously complex language used to communicate your engineering intent to the world
November 1
Enhance your engineering career by understanding how Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing, an international design language is used to communicate your ideas effectively to the engineering community through a 2D drawing or 3D model to meet your functional requirements.

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Influence the Decisions Other People Make
November 4 or December 9
In this short workshop an experienced manager and consultant will share some of the latest knowledge and practices used by effective managers, salespeople, and leaders to influence how people make decisions.

Humanities & Sciences

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Humans as a Solution: Creating Positive Behavioral Change
September 21 - October 5
In this seminar, we will discuss the psychological and behavioral barriers that prevent us from making positive change, plus the tools and solutions we can use to tackle these challenges effectively.

Writing

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Publishing During the Pandemic: Webinar
September 20 - January 2
In this pre-recorded webinar, several editing and publishing instructors from UCLA Extension’s Writers’ Program discuss the current state of the publishing industry, the ins and outs of various professional…

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Storytelling Starter Kit
September 25
Identify your own unforgettable personal story suitable for writing or performing before a live audience.

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Writing with Confidence
September 25
Increase your confidence in writing by getting an overview of basic writing skills, approaches, and exercises.

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ScriptHop
October 23
Access key metrics like who has viewed your materials to get a sense of how your pitches are landing.

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Showrunners and Show Writers
November 20
Hear directly from successful TV writers and creators in this course that demystifies the industry and how to break in and stay in.

 

 

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