FutureLearn: Free Online Courses

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FutureLearn is a digital education platform founded in December 2012. The company is wholly owned by The Open University in Milton Keynes, England. It is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) learning platform, and as of May 2018 included 143 UK and international partners, including non-university partners.

“Whether anyone wants to develop as a professional or discover a new hobby, there’s an online course for that.” 

They can even take their learning further with online Programs and Degrees.

Future Learn’s courses span a broad range of topics. The first course opened on 14 October 2013 and since then 4,155,568 people have joined and taken part in courses. The first courses to be made available included: “Web science: how the web is changing the world” (University of Southampton), “Introduction to ecosystems” (The Open University), “Improving your image: dental photography in practice” (University of Birmingham), “Causes of war” (King’s College London), “The discovery of the Higgs boson” (University of Edinburgh), “Discover dentistry” (University of Sheffield), “Muslims in Britain: changes and challenges” (Cardiff University), “Begin programming: build your first mobile game” (University of Reading) and “England in the time of King Richard III” (University of Leicester). The first course to launch was “The secret power of brands”, conducted by professor Robert Jones of the University of East Anglia.

A variety of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.

Future Learn tends to believe that learning should be an enjoyable, social experience, so their courses offer the opportunity to discuss what you’re learning with others as you go, helping you make fresh discoveries and form new ideas.

It is a private company owned by The Open University with the benefit of over 40 years of experience in distance learning and online education. They have 94 partners around the world including many best national and international universities.

You can choose from hundreds of free online courses.

It is a great way to meet other learners and top educators from around the world, Learning is as easy and natural as chatting with a group of friends, you can share experience’ through videos, articles, quizzes, and discussions.

To browse through all the free online courses or for more information, check out their website.




Keywords: Lifelong Learning, Open Educational Resources (OER) & Open Access