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FutureLearn is a massive open online course (MOOC) platform founded in December 2012 as a company majority owned by the UK's Open University. It is the first UK-led massive open online course platform, and as of October 2013 had 26 University partners and - unlike similar platforms - includes three non-university partners: the British Museum, the British Council and the British Library.
FutureLearn was launched with 12 university partners, seeking those who "consistently rank at the top end of the…league tables". The launch was described as a move to 'fight back' and provide a space for UK institutions to engage in the mooc space. FutureLearn's CEO, Simon Nelson, previously worked at the BBC. Prior to the launch of FutureLearn few British universities had run courses, with only two (the University of Edinburgh and the University of London) having previously signed up to offer such courses through Coursera.
The following UK universities are partnered with FutureLearn:
- University of Bath
- University of Birmingham
- Bristol University
- Cardiff University
- University of East Anglia
- University of Edinburgh
- University of Exeter
- University of Glasgow
- King’s College London
- Lancaster University
- University of Leeds
- University of Leicester
- University of Liverpool
- Loughborough University
- Newcastle University
- University of Nottingham
- The Open University
- Queen’s University Belfast
- University of Reading
- University of Sheffield
- University of Southampton
- University of Strathclyde
- University of Warwick
FutureLearn has also partnered with three non-UK universities: Monash University in Australia; University of Auckland in New Zealand and Trinity College, Dublin in the Republic of Ireland. In addition, some non-university partners will make content available via FutureLearn: the British Museum, the British Council and the British Library.
FutureLearn's courses span a brad range of topics. The first courses opened on 18 September 2013. The first courses to be made available included "Web science: how the web is changing the world", "Introduction to ecosystems", "Improving your image: dental photography in practice", "Causes of war", "The discovery of the Higgs boson", "Discover dentistry", "Muslims in Britain: changes and challenges", "Begin programming: build your first mobile game" and "England in the time of King Richard III". The first course to launch was "The secret power of brands", conducted by professor Robert Jones of the University of East Anglia.
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