Leiden University Expands its MOOC Portfolio with FutureLearn


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Founded in 1575, Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands. Today, the university is at the forefront of online education in Europe, and has been delivering MOOCs to a global audience since 2013, currently with a portfolio of over 30 courses available on Coursera.

Now, Europe’s leading social learning platform, FutureLearn have recently announced a new partnership with Leiden University to expand its online learning offering. The university plans to launch courses in early 2020 and hopes to deliver microcredentials later in the year.

Several of the new courses will be from Leiden’s medical school (LUMC), with a view to creating microcredentials in this discipline and others. Leiden also intends to run some of its most successful existing online courses, such as De-Mystifying Mindfulness on the FutureLearn platform, making use of its unique social learning pedagogy.

"Working at the forefront of advances in transplant practices means that it is vital that we have a way to share the most recent research with both students and professionals. Online courses give medical professionals from all over the world the ability to keep their clinical knowledge up to date with innovations in clinical best practices. It provides ambitious students from developing countries with limited access to transplant centers the opportunity to broaden their knowledge without traveling abroad and making extra costs. The flexibility and personalisation that online courses offer is essential to the future of education", said Dr. Marlies Reinders, professor at Leiden University Medical Centre.

Founded in 2012, FutureLearn recently reached a significant milestone having accumulated 10 million registered learners from every country in the world. The platform currently offers free-to-join online courses as well as undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, and soon microcredentials, with a particular focus on healthcare, teaching, business and technology.