Research insights

Who are our Learners? Part 4: The ‘Leisure’ archetypes

22 Feb 2018
A research-based insight into FutureLearners. Part 4: The ‘Leisure’ archetypes. By Tracey Walker, User Experience Researcher at FutureLearn In part one, Tracey explained how the research and data team at FutureLearn set out to understand more about our learners. You can read more about this in Part 1: what we did and why. In part... more

Are learners learning? (and how do we know?)

15 Feb 2018
A snapshot of research into what we know about how FutureLearners learn. By Matt Jenner SFHEA, Learning Developer at FutureLearn Our purpose, at FutureLearn, is to help everyone fulfil their potential in a changing world, by transforming access to education. Rightfully, we’re not alone, but bold statements need to give evidence of their impact. Our... more

Who are our learners: Part 3: The ‘Personal Life’ archetypes

15 Feb 2018
A research-based insight into FutureLearners. Part 3: The ‘Personal Life’ archetypes. By Tracey Walker, User Experience Researcher at FutureLearn In part one, Tracey explained how the research and data team at FutureLearn set out to understand more about our learners. You can read more about this in Part 1: what we did and why? In... more

Making great online courses: 10 insights

09 Feb 2018
Top 10 insights about how to make great online courses – based on course evaluation. By Reka Budai, Strategy & Insights Analyst at FutureLearn At FutureLearn, we take great pride in having high quality courses from reputable institutions and educators. When asked recently in our Net Promoter Score (NPS) survey, 91% of learners said that the... more

Who are our learners: Part 2: The ‘Work and Study’ archetypes

08 Feb 2018
A research-based insight into FutureLearners. Part 2: The ‘Work and Study’ archetypes. By Tracey Walker, User Experience Researcher at FutureLearn In part one, Tracey explained how, last year, the research and data teams set about some foundational research to understand who our learners really are. We wanted to understand their motivations, their personalities and characteristics,... more

Development and impact of a MOOC for antimicrobial stewardship

29 Jan 2018
A short summary of the research paper ‘Development and impact of a MOOC for antimicrobial stewardship’ which appeared in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy Written by Sally Bradley, E-Learning Manager, British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy The University of Dundee and the British Society of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC) developed a course called Antimicrobial Stewardship: Managing Antibiotic Resistance to address... more

Who are our Learners? Part 1: What we did and why

24 Jan 2018
A research-based insight into FutureLearners. Part 1: What we did and why. By Tracey Walker, User Experience Researcher at FutureLearn After 4 years, thousands of courses, and millions of learners, it seemed a good time to investigate who our learners really are and get to know them better.   At the beginning, we assumed that... more

 A Far Cry from School History

24 Jan 2018
Massive Online Open Courses as a Generative Source for Historical Research By Dr Silvia Gallagher and Dr Ciaran Wallace from Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin One of the most interesting things we’ve learned from running MOOCs is not just how to teach in these huge online classrooms, but also, what we can learn... more

The Pedagogy of FutureLearn: How our learners learn

24 Jan 2018
By Mike Sharples, formerly Lead Academic at FutureLearn  FutureLearn has been designed to support a pedagogy of social learning. This booklet sets out to explain why we chose this approach, and what it means for the way we create our courses and how people learn on the FutureLearn platform. Download the FutureLearn pedagogy white paper booklet to... more