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  • Best for:
    Higher Education students, Professionals, General interest
    Subjects:
    Arts & Humanities, Sciences, Technology, Social Sciences, Education, Business
    Type of learning:
    Academic, Professional
    Course type:
    Video, audio and reading material, with short quizzes and assignments
    Languages:
    English
    Certification:
    Yes
    Learning pathways:
    Yes
    Mobile Apps:
    No, but the platform is designed to work on smartphones, tablets and desktop computers
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    FutureLearn is a UK-based MOOC platform wholly owned by The Open University and offers a diverse selection of free courses from leading universities and internationally renowned organisations from around the world.

    Users can browse the individual course list or take advantage of one of FutureLearn's "Collections", a hand-picked selection of free online courses, to help learners discover a new passion, understand a subject in depth or become an expert in a particular field.

    In addition to taking individual courses, learners can enrol in Programs to master a subject in depth with the possibility to earn academic credit or professional accreditation.

    Students benefit from free access to Futurelearn courses, but can also opt to "Upgrade" to gain unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn, access to course tests and a Certificate of Achievement on completion of the course. Courses are delivered one step at a time via video, audio and reading material, with short quizzes and assignments. It is a private company owned by the Open University, with the benefit of over 40 years of their experience in distance learning and online education.

    Tools & Features
    • 6.5 million+ learners
    • 400+ courses
    • 20 learning pathway programs
    • 130+ partner institutions
    • Video, audio and reading material, quizzes & tests
    • Peer review assignments on some courses
    • Transferable university credit on some course programs
    • Course Upgrades
    • User profiles
    • Content-linked discussion forums
    • Course dashboard
    • Exams available on some courses
    • No Mobile apps currently, but the platform is designed to work on smartphones, tablets and desktop computers
    Certification
    A Certificate of Achievement is awarded to students who successfully complete an upgraded course. Students who opt to take the free version of a course also have the option to buy a Certificate of Achievement.

    CREDIT
    FutureLearn offers programs of courses allowing students to earn academic credit, professional accreditation and other awards. For more information, see MOOCs for Credit programs on FutureLearn.

    DEGREES
    In partnership with Deakin University, Futurelearn currently offers 4 fully online Master's Degrees in Cyber Security, Information Technology, Humanitarian and Development Action and Leadership. Find out more here
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Recent Reviews

  1. Andrew Kalioka Kabaghe
    5/5,
    "Notes/Lectures Downloadable:"
    Number of courses:
    5/5,
    Partner Institutions:
    5/5,
    Course format:
    5/5,
    Materials:
    5/5,
    Instruction:
    5/5,
    Assessment:
    5/5,
    Accreditation:
    3/5,
    Social tools & features:
    5/5,
    Interface usability:
    5/5,
    I like the fact that I can also download lectures in PDF to cut cost on video streaming, which very expensive on this part of the world.
    Carolyn likes this.
  2. Andreas
    5/5,
    "High quality for free!"
    Number of courses:
    4/5,
    Partner Institutions:
    5/5,
    Course format:
    4/5,
    Materials:
    5/5,
    Instruction:
    5/5,
    Assessment:
    4/5,
    Accreditation:
    3/5,
    Social tools & features:
    5/5,
    Interface usability:
    4/5,
    Lots of different topics. Most courses are powered by British universities. Courses last between 2 and 8 weeks. An ideal way to dive into different kinds of highly interesting knowledge.
    Rose King likes this.
  3. Carolyn
    5/5,
    "First UK provider offering high quality courses"
    Number of courses:
    4/5,
    Partner Institutions:
    5/5,
    Course format:
    4/5,
    Materials:
    4/5,
    Instruction:
    5/5,
    Assessment:
    4/5,
    Accreditation:
    5/5,
    Social tools & features:
    5/5,
    Interface usability:
    5/5,
    Pros - Good quality courses
    Wide selection of subjects
    High quality reputable partner institutions
    Easy site navigation
    Free courses
    Cons - Relatively small course catalogue compared to other major MOOC platforms
    Some courses lack depth of learning
    FutureLearn offers an interesting and diverse collection of courses provided by highly reputable institutions and organisations. The courses tend be of an introductory level and would be best suited to people wishing to get a taste of a subject.

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