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From visual effects to social media: 7 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.


Visual Effects for Guerrilla Filmmakers


This four-week course from Norwich University of the Arts will show you how to create no-budget visual effects (VFX) and take your filmmaking to a new level.

It will supply free software, and show you tips and techniques in a non-technical way, including green screen, motion tracking and colour grading.

Find out more and join the course now – it starts 8 February


Digital Leadership: Creating Value Through Technology


This course from the University of Reading’s Henley Business School is aimed at top and middle management in any type and size of organisation, and in any industry.

Over four weeks, it will introduce you to the new digital landscape and help you make the most of technology in your business.

Find out more and join the course now – it starts 8 February


Strategies for Successful Ageing


Find out how staying happy, healthy, socially-connected and active can help you age successfully, with this five-week course.

Academics and physicians at Trinity College Dublin will present world-leading research in successful ageing, which may challenge many of the assumptions you have about growing old.

Find out more and join the course now – it starts 8 February


World War 1: Lessons and Legacy of the Great War

This UNSW Australia course will help you understand how the Allies defeated the Germans in World War 1, how the memory arose that the war was futile, and why this view is untrue.

You will learn with John Connor, one of Australia’s leading military historians, and a team of international historians over six weeks.

Find out more and join the course now – it starts 8 February


Designing E-Learning for Health

This five-week course will help you design effective e-learning that tells powerful, real-life stories, in health and other sectors.

You will discover a methodology for designing your own e-learning objects, which has been successfully used by The University of Nottingham’s Health E-Learning and Media team (HELM) for 15 years.

Find out more and join the course now – it starts 15 February


Health Technology Assessment: Choosing Which Treatments Get Funded


Before new drugs or treatments are adopted, their effectiveness and cost must be assessed. This University of Sheffield course explains how.

It looks at a key part of the process that healthcare organisations use – Health Technology Assessment (HTA).

Find out more and join the course now – it starts 15 February


Why We Post: the Anthropology of Social Media

The first course from UCL (University College London) on FutureLearn will discuss the varying uses of social media around the world and its consequences for politics, relationships and everyday life.

It’s based on the work of nine anthropologists who each spent 15 months in fieldsites in Brazil, Chile, industrial and rural China, England, India, Italy, Trinidad and Turkey.

Find out more and join the course now – it starts 29 February


Returning courses

Many previous courses will also be returning to FutureLearn in January and February:

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