Click here to read OpenLearning press releases 

Press Coverage


University of the Future (Part 2)

The Star (Online) Jan 28th 2016
"There are two points to be made. The first point: As said by Dr Rujhan, “In the university of the future, education is available anytime, accessible anywhere, and by anyone.” Adam Brimo added, “Online learning will enable more people to access education as we are not restricted by physical infrastructure. The physical infrastructure will be used for students to come together and to develop soft skills, interaction, and team work. Both are important, both are complementary.”



Education for everyone

New Strait Times (Online) Jan 26th 2016
"ONLINE education via Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in the country has continued to grow within the past year, due to the efforts of the Higher Education Ministry in enhancing quality and accessibility, and making tertiary education affordable. It promotes student autonomy and fosters a community which engages and motivates each other, which is critical to better outcomes."



Malaysia to become first country to develop credit recognition policy for online courses

New Strait Times (Online) Jan 19th 2016
"Malaysia will soon be the first country in the world to develop a national policy on credit recognition for the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) platform. MOOCs is a web-based learning and teaching method which is effective for public universities as students can access the subjects anywhere and anytime through the website."

CommBank and UNSW invest in cyber security education

PCWorld (Online) Dec 8th 2015
"The Commonwealth Bank and the University of New South Wales have announced a $1.6m, five-year partnership to develop a centre of expertise for cyber security education aimed at boosting the nation’s reserve of quality security engineering professionals... Anyone interested in learning cyber security can join the online courses at:"




Commonwealth Bank and UNSW partner for security training​

Computer World (Online) Dec 8th 2015
"The Commonwealth Bank and the University of New South Wales will develop a centre of expertise for information security, the two organisations announced today.The $1.6 million, five-year partnership will include developing an applied cyber security undergraduate curriculum, the establishment of a security engineering lab, and support for PhD researchers. The first ‘SEC.EDU’ course will be available online through, starting in Semester 1 2016."



School’s in for summer as PM&C launches red tape MOOC

The Mandarin (Online) Dec 8th 2015
"The launch of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet’s first massive, open, online course (MOOC) has been expected since June when the course provider, OpenLearning, excitedly announced it had won the contract. The course, entitled How good policy is made: The Australian Government guide to regulation with rigour, is now live."

OpenLearning delivering first government MOOC

ITWire (Online) Jun 5th 2015
"Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) provider OpenLearning has been contracted by the federal government to deliver Australia’s first national government MOOC. Under the contract, OpenLearning has been commissioned by the Office of Best Practice Regulation in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to deliver a Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA) MOOC that will train thousands of public servants and members of the public over the next four years."



OpenLearning to deliver first Australian Govt MOOC

Technology Decisions (Online) Jun 9th 2015
"OpenLearning has been awarded a contract to deliver Australia’s first federal government massive open online course (MOOC)...The initiative will enable the government to roll out the training program on a large scale while increasing transparency on government decision-making for the public, community organisations and stakeholders."


OpenLearning inks deal with Australian government to bring MOOC to public servants

Startup Smart (Online) Jun 5th 2015
"The Office of Best Practice Regulation in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has commissioned OpenLearning to deliver a Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA) MOOC that will train thousands of public servants over the next four years. It follows OpenLearning signing an agreement with the Malaysian government to deliver 15% of the countries public university courses online. It’s all part of OpenLearning’s ambitious plan to offer MOOCs as a viable way for organisations, more than just universities, to deliver training to thousands of people."


OpenLearning secures major contract with the Federal Government to deliver its first MOOC

Startup Daily (Online) Jun 5th 2015
"Today, Australian startup OpenLearning announced that it has officially been awarded a tender by the Office of Best Practice Regulation in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to deliver Australia’s first Federal Government Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)"



Canberra gets its first MOOC

Herald Sun (Online) Jun 4th 2015
"The Office of Best Practice Regulation in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has commissioned OpenLearning to deliver the course to train thousands of public servants and members of the public over the next four years. The office said RIA is an objective process that involves problem solving, cost benefit analysis and public consultation that policy officers must undertake before proposing new regulations."

OpenLearning secures tender contract with federal government

ZDNet (Online) Jun 4th 2015
"As part of winning a tender, OpenLearning will deliver the federal government a massive open online course (MOOC) platform, which will be used to replace in-person training for large scale, ongoing projects. OpenLearning CEO and co-founder Adam Brimo said having the chance to be able to launch the first Australian government MOOC is proof of the organisation's position in collaborative learning."


OpenLearning secures federal government MOOC contract

Australian Financial Review (Online) Jun 4th 2015
"The federal government has selected a Sydney startup to provide the first Department of Prime Minister's first massive open online learning course, known as a MOOC. Online education startup OpenLearning was commissioned by the department's Office of Best Practice Regulation to deliver a regulatory impact analysis MOOC for the next four years."


OpenLearning targets 1M users and US$10M Series A in 2015

e27 (Online) April 6th 2015
"The Australia-based Co-founder sees huge potential in Southeast Asia’s 600-million-strong market — but at the same time is building inroads in China...The ed-tech startup’s Co-founder Adam Brimo was in Singapore last week and spoke to e27 about his beliefs, the journey so far, and where it’s all headed from here — including plans for a US$10 million Series A."



Australian MOOC provider OpenLearning offers universities free access

Australian Financial Review (Online) Feb 23rd 2015
"In a bid to expand its presence in Australian universities, massive open online course (MOOC) provider OpenLearning is offering academics free access to its platform to deliver university courses. OpenLearning chief executive Adam Brimo said the Australian-developed platform offered students far better online social interaction than the traditional systems used by universities."



From consumer activist to ‘techpreneur’, Adam Brimo is changing the way students around the world learn.

UNSW Engineering eMagazine (Online) Feb 13th 2015
"In the five short years since graduating from UNSW, Adam has become a prominent activist and the co-founder of an online education platform – OpenLearning – valued at $7.7 million...Recalling his own positive experiences of learning through group activities and student interaction at UNSW, he sought to change the way higher education was studied around the world."

OpenLearning attracts investors

ITWire (Online) Feb 5th 2015
"Online course platform provider OpenLearning has picked up $1.7 million in new funding, mostly from the former managing director of Netscape Australia...OpenLearning is already the official MOOC (massive open online course) provider for all Malaysian public higher education institutions, and the company's current focus is on Australia, Malaysia and China."

Tech entrepreneur Clive Mayhew pumps $1 million into OpenLearning, as the MOOC provider raises $1.7 million

Startup Smart (Online) Feb 5th 2015
"Massive open online course provider OpenLearning has raised $1.7 million that will be used to help meet its goal of increasing the number of students using its platform from 125,000 to a million by the end of the year.Roughly 50% of OpenLearning’s users come from Malaysia, while the majority of its other users are in Australia, the United States and China. The startup plans to use the capital raise to more than double the size of its Australian-based engineering team and grow its instructional design team."

Angel investor Clive Mayhew leads $1.7m round in OpenLearning​

BRW (Online) Feb 5th 2015
"Former muru-D participant OpenLearning has secured $1.7 million in funding with the aim of growing its users from 125,000 to a million globally by next year...“We’re quite excited to get to this point but funding alone is not a marker of success, it’s about giving us the opportunity to build a better product and find more people around the world who want to use it and who can get value out of it,” Brimo says."

Australian e-learning startup raises AU$1.7m for Asia growth

ZDNet (Online) Feb 4th 2015
"Australian online education startup OpenLearning has secured AU$1.7 million in funding, with the company set to leverage the cash injection to ramp up its engineering team and back its expansion into the Asian market...OpenLearning, which was one of the nine technology startups included in the "first class" of Telstra's muru-D accelerator last year, describes itself as a massive open online course (MOOC) provider, offering educational courses aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the internet."


Muru-D graduate OpenLearning has just landed another $1.7 million in funding

Business Insider (Online) Feb 4th 2015
"Online education platform has landed an additional $1.7 million in funding to expand its offering into Asia. Leading the round, entrepreneur Clive Mayhew has invested $1 million into the company and will take on the role of non-executive director and Chairman...The company which was started in Telstra’s startup accelerator muru-D has secured a total of $2.1 million in funding to date."

OpenLearning secures $1.7 million investment

Australian Financial Review (Online) Feb 4th 2015
"Technology entrepreneur Clive Mayhew has made his first tech investment since selling Sky Software last year, investing $1 million in Sydney start-up OpenLearning. The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) provider secured a total of $1.7 million in an angel investment round...Mr Mayhew said he invested in OpenLearning because he was confident in the start-up’s management."

This teacher earned $50k in two months

Sydney Morning Herald (Online) Jan 22nd 2015
"Wailes says UNSW has partnered with a MOOC provider. "We think that there are lots of companies, particularly ed-tech start-ups that are doing some really interesting things that we can learn a lot from...For example we recently partnered with a MOOC provider to run one of our courses on their platform because we were really interested in how they used social tools like chat and gamification to make online learning more engaging and build stronger peer-to-peer learning."

Australian education startup OpenLearning strikes a big deal with the Malaysian government on MOOCs

Startup Smart (Online) Sep 25th 2014
"Australian startup OpenLearning has secured a deal with the Malaysian government to deliver 15% of the country’s public university courses as massive open online courses (MOOCs). Under the government’s plan, Malaysian public universities will develop MOOCs on core modules and students from across those 20 universities will participate in those courses through OpenLearning’s social learning platform."



NSW start up OpenLearning takes Malaysian unis online

Australian Financial Review (Online) Sep 22nd 2014
"An e-learning platform created by Sydney start-up company OpenLearning has been selected by the Malaysian ­government for an ambitious expansion of online learning...Malaysia’s Second Minister of Education, Idris bin Jusoh, last week launched a program to have 15 per cent of the country’s public university courses available as MOOCs (or massive open online courses) by next year."



Govt hopes for more online varsity courses

The Sun Daily (Malaysia) (Online) Sep 18th 2014
"The government hopes to have at least 15% of the courses offered in all public and some privates universities taught online by next year as part of the country's vision to be a developed nation by 2020...The programme was developed in collaboration with Australia's and four local universities. It uses the "flipped classroom" method, where students are able to learn in two-way communication using texts, audio and video."


Why students’ full learning potential isn’t maximised in higher education (and what we’re doing about it) 

Open Forum (Online) Aug 13th 2014
"Students learn best when they actively construct their own knowledge and understanding. Adam Brimo explains how the learning platform OpenLearning aims to change the current model of higher education and align it with how students really learn..."

Real-life business experience over the internet

Australian Financial Review (Online) Aug 11th 2014
"The Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) has linked with two Sydney start-up firms to improve the online delivery of its master of ­business and technology degree by­ ­adding up-to-date networking features...Professor Wailes said Open ­Learning’s MOOC platform, developed by former UNSW student Adam Brimo and UNSW computing professor ­Richard Buckland, allowed communication and collaboration between ­students at a level not found elsewhere."

Learning without borders

The Star (Malaysia) (Print) May 30 2014
"Taylor’s University recently launched a MOOC on the OpenLearning platform which aims to not only equip students from the university but also students from the rest of the world to build and fund their own companies. The 15-week course, Global Entrepreneurship, is a collaborative course between Taylor’s University, the Education Ministry, OpenLearning and Australian crowd-funding platform Pozible."

Pozible Smashing China Debut Underlines Asia Push
Australian Anthill (Online) Apr 29 2014
In Malaysia, Pozible is partnering with OpenLearning Massive Open Online Course in Global Entrepreneurship, run out of Taylors University. Pozible expects this partnership to see more than a thousand entrepreneurs from across the globe running their own crowdfunding campaigns.

Social Media, Instant Messaging and Gamification: how OpenLearning has engaged students in the virtual age
VibeWire (Online) Apr 18 2014
"Having used... outdated platforms during his computer science degree at the University of New South Wales, Adam along with his lecturer Professor Richard Buckland noticed that the existing online education platforms focused solely on content delivery, ignoring the need for students to interact with each other."

15 week MOOC for Global Entrepreneurship Training Launches
StartupSmart (Online) Apr 8 2014
Taylors University has launched a 15-week massive open online course (MOOC) to equip students to buyild and fund their own companies... OpenLearning cofouder Adam Brimo told StartupSmart they were excited the course captured the opportunities of MOOCs as well as the unique challenges of entrepreneurship.

EdSpark: A Spotlight on EdTech in Australia and Abroad
Optus-Innov8 Seed (Online) Mar 3 2014 
Our aim was to spark conversation and provide a forum to share learnings and insights from leaders in the EdTech space, and also provide a platform for some of Australia’s up and coming EdTech startups to present their wares via a pitchfest. The winning team was Open Learning, who will have two team members flown to Singapore to attend Echelon 2014, which is Asia’s largest startup conference."
Open Learning selected for Telstra backed Muru-D Program
Telstra Media Release (Online) Feb 3 2014 by Ingrid Just
"muru-D has announced the 10 successful teams set to enter its start-up accelerator program, powered by Telstra. muru-D is a unique opportunity for the cream of Australian innovative start-ups to learn from the best – receiving ongoing business support, mentoring and coaching to bring their ideas to life in addition to an investment."
OpenLearning impresses in education tech pitching competition
Startupsmart (Online) Dec 17 2013 by Rose Powell
Online classroom platform OpenLearning was selected winner by both the judges and crowd at last week’s education technology start-up pitching competition co-hosted by SydEduTech meetup and the Optus-Innov8 Seed accelerator and investment program... SydEduTech meetup coordinator Atul Pandey told StartupSmart OpenLearning was the stand-out start-up of the night."


OpenLearning eyes corporate training
Financial Review (Online) 9 Dec 2013 by Tim Dodd
"OpenLearning chief executive Adam Brimo said the software platform could now offer organisations a branded e-learning portal and also record the progress of an individual student through a number of courses."
Shining a light on innovation
Uniken (Online) Dec 2013 by
Myles Gough
"The Open Learning platform differs from other online courses by encouraging student participation and learning through games. It also incorporates a social element where students can ask questions, self-regulate discussions and work together to build study notes."
OpenLearning launches new features to let anyone create a MOOC
Class Central (Online) 15 Oct 2013
OpenLearning is a MOOC provider that launched in 2012, and has offered several MOOCs to the public. They have now made a major revision to their platform which offers an easier way for anyone to create and teach a full-featured MOOC."
How to be a 'techpreneur'
The Sun-Herald (Print, Online) 13 Oct 2013 by Simon Webster
"[Adam Brimo] co-founded Open Learning, an online platform that allows universities, businesses and individuals to deliver courses in a way that encourages engagement, sharing and collaboration."


Straight Up Startup…Featuring Adam Brimo, CEO And Co-Founder Of OpenLearning
Rackspace (Online) 19 Sep 2013 by John McKenna
The Rackspace Startup Program thanks our favorite UNSW Lion, Adam Brimo, for taking the time out of his busy schedule to enlighten us on how finding and servicing your customers from the very beginning is vitally important to a startup.


Free online courses to get ahead in business
Financial Review (Online) 18 Sep 2013 by Tim Dodd
The advent of free online education has led to a rich choice of courses becoming available for people looking for professional qualifications. 
Services marketing: Selling the invisible: Presented by instructor ­Betina Crooks on the Open Learning MOOC platform created by UNSW IT professor Richard Buckland and his former student Adam Brimo.


OpenLearning selected for the Tech23 Conference in Sydney
Tech23 (Online) 16 Sep 2013

Tech23 celebrates innovation through an exciting collision of great minds, great ideas, and great purpose. Tech23 is dedicated to offering entrepreneurs opportunities. Exposure is a given, but what Tech23 also offers is direct contact to the investors, successful entrepreneurs, thought leaders and key government and industry experts that result in tangible business opportunities.


Plan Your Free Online Education at Lifehacker U: Fall Semester 2013
LifeHacker (Online) 28 Aug 2013 by Alan Henry
LifeHacker recommended the OpenLearning course, Taylor's University - Success - Achieve Success with Emotional Intelligence by Professors Mushtak Al-Atabi and Jennifer DeBoer as part of their LifeHacker University


Startup OpenLearning disrupts the education industry
Shoe String (Online) 13 Aug 2013 by 
Tasnuva Bindi

Forget blackboards and chalks. Forget long, theory-heavy lectures at 8am in the morning. Forget the online platforms that failed to make learning a more enjoyable experience. OpenLearning is set to excite students and teachers around the world who have long suffered the inadequacies of outdated educational tools.​


Innovator wins national teaching award
UNSW Media Office (Online) 12 Aug 2013 by 
Myles Gough

"We want our students to be able to actually think like scientists, and not just be able to recite the periodic table." Buckland is also the co-founder of Open Learning – Australia's first provider of Massive Open Online Courses, which he launched in October 2012 with former UNSW student Adam Brimo. ​


OpenLearning Named 'Runner Up' in Rackspace Startup Competition
Shoe String (Online) 7 Aug 2013 by 
Tasnuva Bindi

In front of the star-studded guest panel and an audience 150-strong, each of the 10 finalists delivered a five-minute pitch to persuade Rackspace’s Startup Liaison Officer, Robert Scoble, who flew in from San Francisco’s Silicon Valley to attend the event, and his fellow judges that their business has the greatest potential for disrupting an industry.​


2013 NSW ICT Educator of the Year iAward
ComputerWorld (Online) 14 Jun 2013 by 
Hamish Barwick
Richard Buckland has received the 2013 iAward in NSW for ICT Educator of the Year. The national iAwards are aimed at recognising the contributions that ICT makes and the impact which the application of technologies has on both the Australian and global economy. 
OpenLearning Platform (NSW) - 2013 Anthill SMART 100
Anthill Magazine (Online) 10 Jun 2013 SMART 100
OpenLearning has been ranked as the 2nd most innovative startup in Australia out of hundreds by Anthill Magazine on their annual SMART 100 ranking. The SMART 100 Index was created by leading business media channel Anthill Magazine in 2008 to identify and rank Australia's 100 most innovative products, proving to be one of the largest surveys of its kind in Australia.
Stellar NSW Line up for CeBIT Australia 2013
NSW Government (Print/Online) 27 May 2013 Media Release
"The NSW Trade & Investment stand in Hall 3 of the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre in Darling Harbour will host 15 of the State’s most innovative technology companies showcasing their solutions. The calibre and quality of NSW companies and solutions on show at this year's CeBIT Australia show why our State is increasingly being recognised around the world as Australia’s innovation powerhouse.

SV Entrepreneurs Announces Pitch and Demo Day Winners
PRWEB (Online) May 24 2013 by SV Entrepreneur
"Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs and Startups (also known as SV Entrepreneurs), the largest forum that gives stage to entrepreneurs and startups to present their innovative products and services, today announced that... 3rd Place was taken by OpenLearning

20 Ways to Enjoy Free Online Learning and Classes: MOOCs and More​
Huffington Post College (Online) Apr 4 2013 by Scott Steinberg
"This global platform seeks to combine the social elements of Facebook with the user-generated contributions of Wikipedia to create a unique community and gathering where online learning solutions, including MOOCs, can thrive."
Online Learning on Entrepreneurship Changes Malaysia’s Education Landscape
Taylor's University (Online) Apr 1 2013
Open Learning removes the barriers to a lifelong and quality education by offering continuous enrolment, flexible scheduling and sometimes minimal admission requirements which allowed an individual study at their own pace."
Learning to build a business through an expanding skill set
The Sun-Herald (Print) Dec 23 2012 by Keeli Cambourne
"[Adam] Brimo and his business partner, associate professor Richard Buckland from the University of NSW, founded to develop online learning platforms designed to deliver more engaging courses online."
Free online class attracts 2300
Australian Financial Review (Print) Nov 6 2012 by Tim Dodd
"The course is the first major test of Open Learning’s upgraded online learning software, which integrates social networking to create an online community."
Unis spur MOOC "feeding frenzy"
ITWire (Online) Nov 5 2012 by Beverley Head
"Steered by Adam Brimo, co-founder of Open Learning and UNSW associate professor Richard Buckland... Computing I runs for 12 weeks and essentially comprises about half of the material in the UNSW on-campus computing course."
Massive open online courses (MOOCs) go international
Open Culture (Online) Nov 5 2012 by Dan Colman
"The first major providers of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) got their start in Silicon Valley... Now we’re seeing them sprout up outside of the United States. Take for example"
OpenLearning launches into competitive MOOCs market
The Conversation (Online) Oct 15 2012 by Charis Palmer
"The Australian company will be emulating Facebook and YouTube and taking on Coursera and Blackboard with a platform that allows students to earn points by “liking” or voting down discussion posts and get feedback..."
Brave new free online course for UNSW
Australian Financial Review (Print & Online) Oct 15 2012 by Tim Dodd
"...UNSW introductory computing course will be made available from Monday, putting UNSW ahead of the universities of Melbourne, Western Australia and Queensland, whose MOOC programs are under preparation."
Free Online Computing Science Course
Life Hacker (Online) Oct 15 2012 by Angus Kidman
"Here's a nifty addition to our Lifehacker U roundup on online training courses: the University of New South Wales is offering its introductory computing science course online for free."
UNSW offers free online Computing 1 class
The Register (Online) Oct 14 2012 by Simon Sharwood
"The University of New South Wales (UNSW) has jumped on the international bandwagon of Universities giving their courses away for free, with a 12-week Computing 1 course starting today."
Online uni sows seeds of a golden age for education
Sydney Morning Herald (Print) Oct 13 2012 by Catherine Armitage
"Richard Buckland, who has more than 1.5 million views of his University of NSW computer science courses, likens it [online learning] to a tsunami: we have felt the earthquake but the wave is yet to come."
Sydney start-up OpenLearning to go up against Coursera
Startupsmart (Online) Sept 28 2012 by Michelle Hammond
"Sydney start-up OpenLearning will go up against online education heavyweight Coursera as it prepares to launch a range of free and paid courses, but with a much greater focus on student collaboration."
The business of educating others
Sydney Morning Herald (Online) Sept 27 2012 by Valerie Khoo
"...The service allows people from all over the world to teach courses online. Brimo hopes that those who have a passion for their particular area of expertise will be keen to share their knowledge."
More free online courses for entrepreneurs
BRW. (Online) Sept 24 2012 by Ben Woodhead
"Locally, OpenLearning and the University of NSW have also been working on trials ahead of the imminent launch of some free online courses, including one targeted at business owners..."