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From animation to vaccination: seven brand new courses announced

Seven new free online courses are now live on FutureLearn and ready for you to join, while many previous courses are preparing to run again. Here’s our quick guide to them all.


Social Media in Healthcare: Opportunities and Challenges

You can understand how social media is used in healthcare, to improve communication and information sharing, with this six-week course.

The first FutureLearn course from Taipei Medical University, it will help both medical professionals and patients discern reliable health information from misleading content.

Find out more and join the course now – it starts 30 November.


Explore Animation

Explore Animation

Whether you’re a budding animator or simply an animation fan, this five-week course from the National Film and Television School (NFTS) will have something for you.

A team of award-winning animators will take you through their approach to telling stories and demystify their own animation techniques, including 2D, stop motion, CGI and pixilation.

Find out more and join the course now – it starts 4 January.


Exploring English: Shakespeare

Explore English: Shakespeare

You can improve your English language skills in this British Council course, which looks at the life and works of William Shakespeare, and his enduring popularity.

Over six weeks, you’ll look at five well-known plays, and learn about the words and expressions that Shakespeare introduced to the English language.

Find out more and join the course now – it starts 11 January.


Liver Transplant: the Ins and Outs

You can learn about the science behind having a liver transplant with this three-week course from the Centre for Liver Research at the University of Birmingham.

It will answer important questions such as: how is it possible to take an organ like the liver from one person and have it survive inside another? And why is there such an increasing demand for donor livers?

Find out more and join the course now – it starts 11 January.


Transmedia Storytelling


Stories are increasingly told across a variety of formats, such as books, comics, events, films, games and TV programmes – a trend known as transmedia storytelling.

This six-week course – the first on FutureLearn from Sungkyunkwan University – will help those with an interest in media or marketing understand this trend.

Find out more and join the course now – it starts 18 January.


Influenza: How the Flu Spreads and Evolves

In this two-week course, you will cover everything from the history of influenza to modern laboratory diagnostics and vaccination.

With experts from Lancaster University, you’ll learn about the annual cycle that brings seasonal flu to our shores every winter, and how bird and swine flus can contribute to the emergence of new pandemic strains of flu.

Find out more and join the course now – it starts 18 January.


Understanding Public Financial Management: How Is Your Money Spent?

We all want good roads and schools, thriving industry, and personal and national security, but how can we be sure that public monies are being managed properly, and hold those in charge to account?

You’ll find out in this four-week course – the first on FutureLearn from the Centre for Financial and Management Studies at SOAS, University of London.

Find out more and join the course now – it starts 25 January.


Returning courses

Several previous courses will also be returning to FutureLearn in the coming months:

Starting November

Starting January

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