Research insights

What happens when you put African philosophies at the centre of learning

25 May 2018
The team at Stellenbosch University looks at African philosophies and practices that are placed at the centre of learning and how teachers and students on the continent can use the concepts of ubuntu (human interdependence) and ukama (relationality) to come up with homegrown solutions for societal and educational concerns. Originally appeared in The Conversation.  These were two of the questions we sought... more

Yes! Digital Learners are Emotional – Insights from the Irish 101 MOOC

04 May 2018
Elaine Beirne, a researcher in The Ideas Lab at the National Institute of Digital Learning (NIDL) in DCU, and inaugural OLC Emerging Scholar, is researching the emotions of beginner language learners in Irish language MOOCs. Originally appeared on NIDL’s blog.  Many people believe that online learning can be a lonely journey for a learner and... more

Do Moocs generate return on investment?

12 Apr 2018
Ang Davies, senior lecturer in clinical bioinformatics and genomics at the University of Manchester looks at the pros and cons of the University of Manchester’s recent clinical bioinformatics MOOC. Originally appeared in Times Higher Education.  Genomics, the study of people’s genetic make-up, is revolutionising healthcare. Expanding far beyond the field of clinical genetics, it is now being... more

What do MOOC learners like and dislike?

12 Mar 2018
A short blogpost on the subject of what MOOC learners like and dislike, originally published on Evalu-ate Written by Kerrie Douglas, Assistant Professor and Gaurav Nanda, Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Purdue University  Massive open online course (MOOC) learners vary widely in background and learning objectives. MOOCs are still trying to understand their learners better and provide... more

What are the expectations of disabled learners when participating in a MOOC?

06 Mar 2018
A short summary of the work in progress paper ‘What are the expectations of disabled learners when participating in a MOOC?’ which was presented at L@S: Fourth Annual ACM Conference on Learning at Scale By Francisco Iniesto, PhD research student, Open World Learning, Institute of Educational Technology, The Open University MOOCs are making low cost learning opportunities... more

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