Universities embrace MOOC platform

FutureLearn, the online learning platform has welcomed nine new university partners from Colombia, France, Spain and Switzerland

The latest academic partners to offer free online courses on FutureLearn include the first to join from Latin America, new European institutions and three colleges from the University of London.

A growing number of universities around the world are embracing FutureLearn’s distinctive approach to delivering massive open online courses (MOOCs), which is guided by theories of learning through conversation. 

The roster of European institutions now includes FutureLearn’s first Swiss partner, the University of Basel, as well as the University of Bergen from Norway. Paris Diderot University and Pompeu Fabra University join as the first partners from France and Spain respectively, while the University of Twente is the most recent institution to join from The Netherlands.

University of Los Andes, based in Bogata, Colombia, becomes the first Latin American university to offer free online courses to FutureLearn’s global community of learners.

Finally, from the UK come three more colleges from the University of London – Goldsmiths, SOAS (the School of Oriental and African Studies) and St George’s, University of London.

Simon Nelson, Chief Executive of FutureLearn, made the announcement during his opening keynote address at the Jisc Digital Festival in Birmingham, which is celebrating the very best in UK digital talent in education. He said: “As FutureLearn continues to attract more and more international learners, it brings into sharp focus the need to give them the choice to access as many of the world’s leading universities as possible. Social learning is proving to be one of the most effective means of delivering online courses at scale, and I am proud to welcome this roll call of prestigious universities from around the world.”

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