FutureLearn is a digital education platform founded in December 2012. It is a company launched and wholly owned by The Open University in Milton Keynes, England. It is the first UK-led massive open online course (MOOC) learning platform, and as of January 2017 included 109 UK and international partners and—unlike similar platforms—includes non-university partners such as: the British Museum, European Space Agency, the British Council, UCAS, UNESCO, Cancer Research UK, the National Film and Telev...

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  • The winners of the sixth annual competition were announced at EdTechXEurope in June. FutureLearn, the social learning platform, was among the 20 fastest-growing, most innovative start-ups transforming the future of learning and work, to receive an award on the night. The post EdTechXGlobal All Stars start-up award winners announced appeared first on FutureLearn.

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  • The University of York’s admissions tutor, Andrew Parsons, thinks students aren’t opting for chemistry because its applications are unclear. He recommends resources for students to discuss real-world context, which could also help them with university applications. The post Students don’t appreciate what chemistry can do appeared first on FutureLearn.

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  • Four Irish universities are now classed as “Universities of Sanctuary” as they introduce specific initiatives to welcome and support asylum seekers and refugees on their courses to mark World Refugee Day. The post Refugees seeking Sanctuary in college appeared first on FutureLearn.

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  • A number of third level colleges have announced enhanced scholarship programmes for asylum seekers and refugees to help more begin university courses and meet the costs. Programmes were announced at both the University of Limerick and at Dublin City University to mark World Refugee Day. The post Colleges announce scholarships for asylum seekers and refugees appeared first on FutureLearn.

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  • Wellcome Genome Campus Advanced Courses and Scientific Conferences (ACSC) today announces the launch of its first online course in Bioinformatics in partnership with FutureLearn, the leading social learning platform. The free online course will introduce the revolutionary tools of bioinformatics and shares how researchers probe the genomes of disease-causing bacteria such as MRSA and E. coli to......

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  • The team at Stellenbosch University looks at African philosophies and practices that are placed at the centre of learning and how teachers and students on the continent can use the concepts of ubuntu (human interdependence) and ukama (relationality) to come up with homegrown solutions for societal and educational concerns. Originally appeared in The Conversation.  These were two of the questions w...

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  • Elaine Beirne, a researcher in The Ideas Lab at the National Institute of Digital Learning (NIDL) in DCU, and inaugural OLC Emerging Scholar, is researching the emotions of beginner language learners in Irish language MOOCs. Originally appeared on NIDL’s blog.  Many people believe that online learning can be a lonely journey for a learner and... The post Yes! Digital Learners are Emotional – Insig...

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  • Monday 23rd April was the UN’s English Language Day and also William Shakespeare’s birthday. To celebrate, we thought we’d pay homage to Shakespeare and the tribulations of spelling mistakes. With great carelessness and some delicious irony we ‘accidently’ made a spelling mistake on that very image. With this in mind, we’ve prepared a short list of... The post How do you spell accidentally incorre...

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  • If microcredentials could only gain the trust of employers and workers, platforms would have a golden goose on their hands, says Chris Fellingham. A common question to start-up founders is: “What problem does this solve?” Massive open online courses (Moocs) are a solution in want of a problem. The post Moocs are a solution in search of a problem appeared first on FutureLearn.

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  • First held in 2010, the day coincides with William Shakespeare’s birthday and celebrates English as one of six official UN languages. To mark the occasion, we spoke to IELTS expert Chris Cavey about how the British Council’s online IELTS course helped 2.2 million students learn English last year, enabling them to live, work or study... The post Happy English Language Day from FutureLearn! appeared...

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  • Ang Davies, senior lecturer in clinical bioinformatics and genomics at the University of Manchester looks at the pros and cons of the University of Manchester’s recent clinical bioinformatics MOOC. Originally appeared in Times Higher Education.  Genomics, the study of people’s genetic make-up, is revolutionising healthcare. Expanding far beyond the field of clinical genetics, it is now being... Th...

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  • Edtech firm FutureLearn has celebrated its fifth anniversary with an evening celebration in London’s Houses of Parliament. Hosted along with Open University, the firm’s parent organisation, the event was attended by members of Parliament from both major parties, along with stakeholders from the edtech and HE spheres. The post FutureLearn turns five, announces new PG degrees appeared first on Futur...

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  • A short blogpost on the subject of what MOOC learners like and dislike, originally published on Evalu-ate Written by Kerrie Douglas, Assistant Professor and Gaurav Nanda, Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Purdue University  Massive open online course (MOOC) learners vary widely in background and learning objectives. MOOCs are still trying to understand their learners better and provide... The post ...

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  • A short summary of the work in progress paper ‘What are the expectations of disabled learners when participating in a MOOC?’ which was presented at L@S: Fourth Annual ACM Conference on Learning at Scale By Francisco Iniesto, PhD research student, Open World Learning, Institute of Educational Technology, The Open University MOOCs are making low cost learning opportunities... The post What are the e...

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  • What is GDPR? The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – the strengthening of data protection in the European Union (EU) – comes into effect on 25 May 2018. The regulation will apply to all companies located in the EU or processing the personal data of any individual residing in the EU. How will it affect... The post How FutureLearn is preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDP...

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  • A research-based insight into FutureLearners. Part 4: The ‘Leisure’ archetypes. By Tracey Walker, User Experience Researcher at FutureLearn In part one, Tracey explained how the research and data team at FutureLearn set out to understand more about our learners. You can read more about this in Part 1: what we did and why. In part... The post Who are our Learners? Part 4: The ‘Leisure’ archetypes a...

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