FutureLearn adds brand new titles to its growing list of free online courses

Posted by pt91 at Dec 02, 2013 12:29 PM |
New additions to course catalogue includes 'Forensic science and criminal justice' from the University of Leicester

London, 2nd December 2013: FutureLearn, the first UK-led provider of massive open online courses (MOOCs), today added seven new titles to its free, web-based offering, including a number of courses aimed at building professional knowledge. The diverse list also covers the popular areas of Arts and Humanities, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).

Developed by some of the world’s leading universities, the new titles are all scheduled to begin in March next year.  Together with previously released titles, this new set brings the number of free courses currently available on FutureLearn to 36. FutureLearn will continue to add new courses to its line up throughout 2014.

Seven brand new courses are available now for learners to sign up for on futurelearn.com:

  • Shakespeare and his world, from The University of Warwick (3rd March)
  • An introduction to physical actor training, from the University of Leeds (10th March)
  • Understanding modern business & organisations, from the University of Strathclyde (10th March)
  • Make an impact: sustainability for professionals, from the University of Bath (17th March)
  • How to read… a mind, from the University of Nottingham (17th March)
  • Forensic science and criminal justice, from the University of Leicester (31st March)
  • Identity, conflict and public space: contest and transformation, from Queen’s University Belfast (31st March)

They join a list of previously announced courses scheduled for March:

  • Discover dentistry, from the University of Sheffield (3rd March)
  • Muslims in Britain: changes and challenges, from Cardiff University, (10th March)
  • The mind is flat: the shocking shallowness of human psychology, from the University of Warwick [2nd run] (24th March)
  • Fairness and nature: when worlds collide, from the University of Leeds [2nd run] (31st March)

The FutureLearn course experience centres on social interaction, whereby people learn actively by engaging in conversations around the learning material. The website has also been designed to work on smartphones and tablets, as well as desktop computers, so that learners can enjoy the same high quality user experience, regardless of their screen size.

FutureLearn is wholly owned by The Open University. The website combines the best elements of the social web with The Open University’s 44 years of expertise in distance and open learning.

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NOTES TO EDITORS

FutureLearn makes it possible to learn for life, offering unique access to some of the most inspiring learning opportunities from some of the world’s best universities and learning institutions – free of charge.

The website went live as an open beta in September 2013, offering free higher education level study to anyone interested in learning, including current and prospective university students, working professionals and leisure learners.

For further information, please contact:

Harriet Otoo, PR Manager, FutureLearn

T: +44 (0) 203 076 0276 / E: media.enquiries@futurelearn.com

New course descriptions:

Shakespeare and his world, from The University of Warwick (3rd March)

Together with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Professor Jonathan Bate explores Shakespeare, his works and the world he lived in.

An introduction to physical actor training, from the University of Leeds (10th March)

Explore the history and practice of physical theatre training using internationally recognised approach to acting: biomechanics.

Understanding modern business & organisations, from the University of Strathclyde (10th March)

Gain high-level perspective on the world of business and organisations today in preparation for a better understanding of tomorrow

Make an impact: sustainability for professionals, from the University of Bath (17th March)

Are you a professional interested in sustainable development? This course looks at integrating a sustainable development strategy.

How to read… a mind, from the University of Nottingham (17th March)

How do we read and model fictional minds? Introducing cognitive poetics: the application of cognitive science to literary reading.

Forensic science and criminal justice, from the University of Leicester (31st March)

This course explores how the police use science in criminal investigations and how forensic science interacts with various parts of the Criminal Justice System.

Identity, conflict and public space: contest and transformation, from Queen’s University Belfast (31st March)

This course introduces the learner to issues around the use of public space to express identity.

About FutureLearn:

Futurelearn.com is the first UK-led multi-institutional provider of free, open, online higher education courses. It will offer courses for people to access and enjoy wherever they are in the world on multiple devices.  Courses will be created by the Universities of Auckland, Bath, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, East Anglia, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Leicester, Liverpool, Loughborough, King’s College London, Lancaster, Leeds, Monash, Newcastle, Nottingham, The Open University, Queen’s Belfast, Reading, Sheffield, Southampton, Strathclyde, Trinity College Dublin and Warwick.  In addition, the British Council, British Library and the British Museum have all agreed to partner with FutureLearn to share content and their expertise and collaborate in the development of courses through futurelearn.com.

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