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Five million sign-ups for FutureLearn

Five million people have signed up to study with social learning platform FutureLearn in just three years

Posted by Rebecca Paddick | November 22, 2016 | Higher education

FutureLearn, the leading social learning platform owned by the Open University has has announced that 5 million people have signed up to study with FutureLearn in just 3 years. Three-quarters of these learners are based outside of the UK, coming from over 190 countries around the world; between them they have studied around 12 million courses created by world class education institutions. The company is also celebrating running the world’s largest massive open online course (MOOC), with well over a million learners now enrolling on the British Council International English Language Testing System course since its launch.  

In May 2016, FutureLearn introduced Programs, which are groups of courses that learners can take to earn academic course credits for degrees and MBAs, professional qualifications or formal CPD accreditation.  So far, around 200,000 learners have signed up for a FutureLearn Program of which around 17,000 are signed up to degree course material, all of which could then decide to go on to apply for the full degree following the successful completion of the Program.  

Our focus for the next few years is to continue to create connections between learners, universities and employers, developing courses that are exciting and interesting for learners, relevant for employers and that give access to leading academic material for everyone everywhere

Simon Nelson, CEO of FutureLearn commented: “We are incredibly proud of what we have managed to achieve in these three short years. We have built a platform that delivers world-class social learning, that retains learners better than any other MOOC and now delivers meaningful qualifications that can be studied from anywhere, on any device. 

“Our focus for the next few years is to continue to create connections between learners, universities and employers, developing courses that are exciting and interesting for learners, relevant for employers and that give access to leading academic material for everyone everywhere.”

FutureLearn works with 70 universities of the world’s top 250 universities, over half of which are based internationally.  It is also proud to work with over 30 leading institutions from organisations such as The Houses of Parliament, The BMJ, Cancer Research, UCAS, European Space Agency and UNESCO.

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