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Educator spotlight: Great South Land: Introducing Australian History with University of Newcastle Australia

17 Apr 2019
Great South Land: Introducing Australian History ran on FutureLearn for the first time in late February 2019. It is among the first courses to be offered as part of the University of Newcastle’s Bachelor of Arts Online. The University of Newcastle is the first partner to offer an undergraduate degree on FutureLearn. Kate Ariotti, Lecturer... more

What’s going on with degree apprenticeships?

08 Mar 2019
Author: Lucy Stanfield, Strategy and External Affairs Lead at FutureLearn “…It is an intrinsically sound policy, but… the implementation will not deliver the Government’s ambitious policy objectives unless urgent improvement measures are set in place.” This was the conclusion of a report released by Policy Connect in January. The authors included five recommendations for immediate and... more

Educator Spotlight: Preparing for Teaching with Manchester Metropolitan University  

11 Feb 2019
Preparing for Teaching began its first run in mid-January. The course is aimed at people considering a career in teaching, and covers many aspects of what to expect before commencing teacher training by first encouraging learners to reflect on their own experiences of learning. Ellie Overland, Senior Lecturer in Education at Manchester Metropolitan University, explains... more

Food for thought: The role of educators and employers in getting people ready for the world of work

07 Feb 2019
Author: Stephen Somerville, MD, Government & Employers at FutureLearn This month, FutureLearn hosted its inaugural Employment Breakfast Briefing with a focus on how we — collectively — can bridge the skills gap. Last year, a Bloomberg Next and Workday survey asked if business and academia were meeting the skills gap challenge, and what areas they... more

Experiences of Timorese language teachers in a blended MOOC for CPD

10 Jan 2019
Monty King, Partnership Manager at FutureLearn has had a paper published detailing the experiences of a group of Timorese English language teachers from Lorosa’e English Language Institute (LELI) in Dili, Timor-Leste, who participated in a professional development MOOC entitled Teaching for Success: Lessons and Teaching between March and April 2017. Drawing on the pedagogical principles... more

Implications of the ONS accounting change and looking ahead to the Post-18 review

10 Jan 2019
Author: Lucy Stanfield, Strategy and External Affairs Lead at FutureLearn 2018 was a turbulent year in UK higher education policy and 2019 looks set to be the same. As we await the much anticipated Post-18 Review, leaks of which have implied that a reduction in student fees may be coming, every day seems to bring fresh... more

Educator spotlight: Challenging borders of entrepreneurship and collaboration

10 Jan 2019
From the start of the Demystifying Entrepreneurship course — part of an appropriately innovative degree venture — the cross-national team of educators from Deakin and Coventry Universities challenge learners, encouraging them to reconsider their assumptions about entrepreneurship and what it means to be an entrepreneur. With the city of Coventry in the background of the... more

Course Spotlights: examples of best practice

10 Jan 2019
May/ June spotlight: NDORMS (University of Oxford) – Cognitive Behavioural Skills to Treat Back Pain Cognitive Behavioural Skills to Treat Back Pain: The Back Skills Training (BeST) Programme is the first FutureLearn course produced by the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences (NDORMS), part of the Medical Sciences Division at the University of... more

We need a change in attitude to achieve the national skills strategy

27 Nov 2018
Author: Lucy Stanfield, Strategy and External Affairs Lead at FutureLearn The fourth industrial revolution will drive significant change to the way we live and work, thus fundamentally impacting not only what we need to learn but the ways in which we learn. This requires a fundamental attitude shift in how we perceive the value of different... more

Partner spotlight: The impact of Sponsored courses model and accreditation

27 Nov 2018
Wellcome Genome Campus Advanced Courses and Scientific Conferences launched its first biomedicine courses on FutureLearn earlier this year. Working with internationally-renowned scientists and healthcare professionals, the team’s expert courses are aimed at research scientists, clinicians and healthcare professionals, as well as students and the wider public who are interested in learning more about genomics, biomedical... more