Online courses from leading UK & International Universities FREE @ FutureLearn
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Online courses from leading UK & International Universities FREE @ FutureLearn

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Found 19th Apr 2014
FutureLearn aim is to connect learners from all over the globe with high quality educators, and with each other. We believe learning should be an enjoyable, social experience, with plenty of opportunities to discuss what you’ve studied, in order to make fresh discoveries and form new ideas.

Courses are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life, rather than your life around learning."

>>Learn online for free
Choose a high quality free course from a range of topics; from Science & Technology to Arts & Humanities, from Body & Mind to Business & Management.

>>Learn from the experts
Educators from top UK and international universities have created videos, articles and quizzes to inspire you, and will lead discussions and debates.

>>Learn step by step
Courses are designed to fit around your life, with short activities and clear goals to encourage you to make progress at a comfortable rate that suits you.

>>Learn from each other
Courses are designed to provoke questions and stimulate debate, so that learning becomes as easy and natural as chatting with a group of friends.

>>Learn anytime, anywhere
Enjoy learning one step at a time, wherever you are, whenever you want: on mobile, tablet or desktop.

>>Additional Information
If you don't have a lot of bandwidth and want to skip the videos, there are PDF files to download and areas where teachers and students can talk to each other.

Taking these online classes won't get you credits or a degree, but if you like diverse and interesting topics and like to learn new things, this site is for you!

-Enjoy-

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Thanks antdav just signed up for Start writing fiction course Looks like a well thought out site

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Holly1985

Thanks antdav just signed up for Start writing fiction course Looks … Thanks antdav just signed up for Start writing fiction course Looks like a well thought out site


No worries, glad to be of help. It's not a new site by no means, I checked with HUKD and it was last posted 7 months ago when FutureLearn was in Beta. It seems to have established quite a good site since then, and is frequently recommended within the various blogs I use.

I hope you find it as useful as me.
Edited by: "antdav" 19th Apr 2014

Looking very promising

I recently did a 4 week course on teaching computing. I can recommend these courses as easily accessible with good social elements too. Its a bit like having a "special Facebook" just for people on the course. I am taking part 2 in June.

Are all courses free and do you get a certificate?

On my course the learning is free but if you want one you do have to pay for a certificate at £24 plus P&P

Thank you i have signed up to two.

It still says Beta on top left hand corner..... but looks good.....

Thanks for posting.

Allot of these companies share your contact information with everyone regardless of whats written in the T&C's.

I signed up for one of these courses on HUKD, the next thing I know i'm getting non stop emails and calls from different training companies, they are obviously sharing their databases amongst each other. So beware!

fair point ukez
That said, I really like the sound of the forensic Tech & Science of Medicine...
l ill sleep on it... Call that practise for being a student!

Cheers OP, will take a look.

are these always free or is it a one off thing?

Hmm That's interesting because I've signed up to a fair few and have never had any such contact. Shrug. Another good site for free courses is edx.org which is largely US institutions like Harvard and MIT. They started the trend of this new online learning. There is also coursera which has a lot more courses but I couldn't vouch for the quality there, certainly a large quantity!

More here:
iversity.org

And here:
coursera.org

Edited by: "peterware" 20th Apr 2014

schofield8883

are these always free or is it a one off thing?



I think this site always has free courses, but the courses change every few weeks. On the site you can see courses in progress and past courses as well as the ones available to sign up to.
Worth checking every few weeks if there is nothing you fancy right now.

I cant c the art and humanities as described in post about it

If you want something a bit more indepth coursera.org/ offers some good courses

took the creative writing one

the terrorists had subverted the DNS router to pour their gihadist propaganda into the pliable minds of the desperate, young, aspiring students.

Well i've signed up for the build your first mobile game course so we'll see .. heat from me

Banned

Awesome

Thanks for the link and others for links to other course sites

If none of these courses lead to a degree, will they be accepted as proof of anything by a prospective employer ?

I do realise that it's possible to learn for fun, and it's better than watching "reality" tv shows, but isn't there a danger of some people being misled into thinking they will become better qualified by doing one of these online courses, and actually having a negative outcome as a result ?

learning isn't a negative outcome
You can increase your knowledge and abilities without a formal document stating your proficiency

kamenitzabrit

If none of these courses lead to a degree, will they be accepted as … If none of these courses lead to a degree, will they be accepted as proof of anything by a prospective employer ? I do realise that it's possible to learn for fun, and it's better than watching "reality" tv shows, but isn't there a danger of some people being misled into thinking they will become better qualified by doing one of these online courses, and actually having a negative outcome as a result ?



They'll show at the minimum a willingness to learn and improve which can only be a positive for an employer... even if they mean nothing.. plus at least having some knowledge might help with a cover letter or with an interview question, really is no negative for doing a free course - except a few hours of time.

Lets be honest here, if anyone thinks these will lead to anything other than a certificate that may or may not be accepted by a employer then they shouldn't be doing these anyway. Hardly going to end up with a degree after 8 weeks of a few hours a week on a free course now are we..
Different employess will accept different qualifications so it might help with some and not others, hard to say really..

I've subscribed to the mobile apps and psychology ones, because mobile apps might be useful to my current job and psychology because its interesting to me. I'm not expecting to improve anything out of it but abit of knowledge and some fun

Edited by: "winifer" 23rd Apr 2014

Any1 know if u don't finish these courses do they incur a penalty fee, as i was looking a another company/government funded on-line course which wanted £120 if u don't complete in set time period!

This looks good, have signed up for a couple. Any free learning is good and employers may be interested enough to let you discuss them which will be a positive over other candidates. Thanks OP.

Bookmarked for future reference. Thanks

Thanks! Looks great, hoping to catch up on the writing fiction course.
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