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FutureLearn reaches 10 million learners

Posted in 'Featured' started by Carolyn, Nov 5, 2019.

  1. Carolyn

    Carolyn Founder at MoocLab Staff Member

    Suffolk, UK
    FutureLearn.com, the leading social learning platform, jointly owned by The Open University and The SEEK Group, have announced that it has now reached 10 million registered learners on their platform.

    Launched in December 2012, this is a significant milestone for the UK-based MOOC platform which has learners in every country in the world with over 70% of these from outside the UK.

    Image Source: FutureLearn Blog

    Having started out 6 years ago with 23 founding partners, the company now boasts over 175 global partners, including over a quarter of the world’s top 250 universities with recent additions including the University of Michigan, The University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education (DCE) and The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

    With a catalogue of over 2,400 unique courses, 25 million enrolments, and over 35 million comments made on course steps, FutureLearn is making progress towards their mission to increase accessibility to higher education. This year, the company introduced their Unlimited business model whereby learners can take out an annual subscription to take as many upgrade model short online courses as they want during that year. Learners have also been able to take undergraduate and postgraduate degrees on the platform, with the University of Glasgow being the latest partner to announce it will be running degrees on the learning platform.

    Simon Nelson, CEO of FutureLearn commented; “Reaching 10 million learners is a huge achievement for us and I’m incredibly proud of what the team has done within the last six years. We’ve evolved from a MOOC platform to a platform that still delivers an increasing number and variety of short online courses but also accredited programs, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Of course, we couldn’t have achieved any of this without our partners and our learners; it’s been a fantastic journey so far and it’s only getting started! The demand for lifelong learning is clear - people want to keep learning throughout their lives, whether it’s for the love of learning or to develop skills to further their careers, and the flexibility offered through online learning makes this possible. We’re on a mission to transform access to education and we can’t wait to welcome 10 million more learners to our global community.

    For more information, go to the FutureLearn blog.

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