MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)

MOOCs offer university-level courses without the need to complete an entire programme of studies, and are becoming increasingly popular.

What you need to know

While most courses are free, some are fee-paying. Videos are normally short and much activity takes place on online discussion groups and forums.

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Are MOOCS for you?

Why you might consider a MOOC

Why a MOOC may not be suitable for you

MOOCs in the UK

In 2012 the Open University launched FutureLearn, partnering with more than 20 UK and international universities and other institutions such as the British Council, the British Library and the British Museum.

The following UK universities are offering MOOCs via FutureLearn:

And also the British Council, the British Film Institute, the British Library, the British Museum, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and the National Film and Television School.

Overseas universities offering courses via Futurelearn include:

University of Auckland, University of Cape Town, Fudan University, University of Groningen, Monash University, University of Oslo, Shanghai International Studies University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Sung Kyun Kwan University, Tel Aviv University, Trinity College Dublin, and Yonsei University.

Who else offers MOOCs?

Universities and other institutions worldwide partner with external providers, the largest including US-based Coursera, Udemy, Udacity, and EdX, and Australian MOOEC. Some providers specialise in particular areas of study.

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