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From mindfulness to critical thinking: five brand new courses announced

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


The Informed Health Consumer: Making Sense of Evidence

The Informed Health Consumer

Every day we read or hear about new health research that looks at what might help or harm, limit or extend our lives. But how do we judge how good that evidence is?

This four-week course from Cardiff University will help you understand the reliability and terminology of health research.

Weekly case studies will look at topics including the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine and severe pregnancy-related vomiting.

Find out more and join the course now – it starts 7 September.


Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance

Tired, distracted and stressed by the pace of modern life? Mindfulness might be the solution. Mindfulness is essentially about being more aware and awake in every moment of your life.

On this practical six-week course, you’ll learn how to incorporate mindfulness practices into your life to reduce stress, improve mental health, and enhance your personal and professional life.

The course is led by experts from Monash University.

Find out more and join the course now – it starts 14 September.


Teaching Computing

Teaching Computing

This University of East Anglia course aims to help teachers in primary schools and at Key Stage 3, who are delivering the Computing curriculum, which was introduced in England in September 2014.

With a mixture of subject knowledge and pedagogical advice, the six-week course is aimed at both subject specialists and primary teaching non-specialists.

Combining two previous courses on FutureLearn, this new course includes the latest advice and will link to materials in the BBC Make it Digital initiative.

Find out more and join the course now – it starts 14 September.


Causes of Climate Change

This six-week course provides the basis for understanding the underlying physical processes governing climate variations in the past, present and future.

Experts from the University of Bergen will explain the main external forcing mechanisms such as the sun, volcanoes, and changes in greenhouse gasses and aerosols, which can contribute. They will also describe the important role of internal feedback mechanisms.

Find out more and join the course now – it starts 21 September.


Logical and Critical Thinking

Even though we’re called upon to use our critical and logical thinking skills all the time, most of us are are not that good at it. This eight-week course from The University of Auckland aims to help you develop and improve these skills.

You’ll learn how to: identify and avoid common thinking mistakes; recognise, reconstruct and evaluate arguments; and use basic logical tools to analyse arguments, in areas including science, moral theories and law.

Find out more and join the course now – it starts 28 September.


Returning courses

Many previous courses will be returning to FutureLearn in September:

Starting 7 September

Starting 14 September

Starting 21 September

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