Posts by Simon Pearson

The FutureLearn roadmap: help shape our future

In this post Simon Pearson, Head of Consumer Products, shares our product roadmap (our rough plan of what we’re working on next at FutureLearn).

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Category Making FutureLearn

Introducing more detailed, more rigorous Certificates of Achievement

We’ve just introduced a new type of certificate to help you better prove what you’ve achieved on FutureLearn courses. Here, our Senior Product Manager, Simon Pearson, explains the new Certificate of Achievement.

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Category FutureLearn news

Introducing digital, shareable Statements of Participation

We’ve just made a range of improvements to our Statements of Participation, including a new design, updated wording and digital versions. Here, our Product Manager, Simon Pearson, explains all. Since April 2014, we’ve offered printed Statements of Participation as a way to prove that you took part in a FutureLearn course. We know that thousands…

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Category Using FutureLearn

Sprint retrospectives: reflecting on how we do things at FutureLearn

Can you remember the last time you stepped back from your day-to-day activities to think: “How do I feel about this? Is this the right thing to be doing? Is there a better way to do it?” Here, our Product Manager, Simon Pearson, explains how we ask these questions at FutureLearn, through regular sprint retrospectives….

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Introducing new open, shareable steps in FutureLearn courses

We’ve recently made some of the steps within FutureLearn courses open, so that you don’t need to sign in to the site to see or share them. Here, our Product Manager, Simon Pearson, explains how it works. As you’re moving through your courses, you might from time to time notice a little set of share…

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3 ways we’ve made it easier to join FutureLearn courses

Many FutureLearn courses are now running multiple times a year. We’ve recently made three changes, so that you can see all of the start dates for a course in one place and register your interest in past courses that you’d like to see run again. Our Product Manager, Simon Pearson, explains. Until recently, each run…

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How we told the story of our first year in numbers

To celebrate our first birthday, we recently built an interactive that tells our story so far with some remarkable numbers – like the fact that 30,638 comments were left on just one course discussion. Here, our Product Manager, Simon Pearson, shares some background to the project and how we developed it. It all started with…

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Category Making FutureLearn

How to make a Statement

FutureLearn Product Manager, Simon Pearson, goes to inspect our Statements of Participation hot off the press. For most of our free online courses, you can now buy a Statement of Participation, if you complete the majority of steps, including tests. We’ve been printing these eye-catching certificates for a few months now, and we thought it’d be fun…

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FutureLearn runs the British 10k!

Yesterday, a team of brave runners from FutureLearn took part in the British 10k race in central London. For a few of them, this was the first time running a race of any kind – so in the weeks and months leading up to the race, they’ve been nervously swapping tips and training stories. They braved the…

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Category FutureLearn news

Building and facilitating relationships with FutureLearners

Inky, our User Advocacy Lead, talks about fostering fruitful relationships with users by actively listening to feedback “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” The impact of this much-quoted adage from Charles Darwin reaches much further than the subject of evolution…

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