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 of learners are adding them to their CVs or resumés, online professional profiles and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) portfolios.
Today, we’re thrilled to announce a host of improvements to Statements, to make them even more useful:
1. Digital Statements are now available to view and share
Firstly, Statements of Participation now include a digital version. Rather than being a downloadable PDF, which is easy to forge or misplace, these digital versions take the form of a webpage on the FutureLearn site, each with its own unique URL.
This means you can easily share your Statements with friends or employers via social media or email; add them to your LinkedIn profile with one click; or include them in your online CV with ease. And you can do all of this immediately after buying it:
You’ll still receive a printed Statement in the post around two to five weeks later, depending on your location. This will include the unique URL for the digital version.
2. Statements have a new design and updated wording
Secondly, we’ve redesigned digital and printed Statements from the ground up, to better represent your achievements, based on feedback from learners. The information is displayed more clearly and we’ve improved the wording, to better reflect the effort you put in on your course.
You can learn more about the in-depth design process we went through – and our thinking behind the design change – in a blog post by our Visual Designer, Kieran McCann.
3. You can now collect digital Statements on your FutureLearn profile
Thirdly, a digital version of every Statement you buy will now be included on your FutureLearn profile, so you can collect all of your achievements across many courses in one place. You can also share each Statement directly from your profile.
If you haven’t bought any Statements yet, you’ll also see a new section on your profile, showing you which ones you’re eligible for.
4. If you’ve already bought a printed Statement, we’ve given you a digital version
If you’re among the thousands of learners who’ve bought a Statement in the past, we’ve just added a digital counterpart to your profile, at no additional cost.
It’s our way of saying thank you for being with us from the start!
5. The price of Statements is increasing
We’ve increased the price of these new Statements to £34 (GBP) + shipping, to reflect the additional value and convenience that the digital counterpart adds. The money from these Statements helps us to develop and maintain FutureLearn, and enables our partners to offset some of the costs of developing and running free courses.