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March Events: Reflections

07 Apr 2020
Since the last newsletter, COVID-19 has had a major impact on events, some have changed to an online format, whereas others have been postponed or cancelled:  On 2 March, we hosted a panel at our FutureLearn head office to celebrate International Women’s Day. The panel discussion looked at how we can promote gender balance and... more

Rapid response: From zero to 140,000 learners in just eight weeks

07 Apr 2020
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, all eyes in the education sector have been on how online and distance learning providers will respond. Leaders in edTech around the world have had to move at a faster pace than ever before in order to support the needs of multiple stakeholders and audiences. Here at FutureLearn,... more

What will international education look like in 20 years time? Reflections from the UUK international higher education e-forum 2020

07 Apr 2020
Author: Flo Martin, Partnership Manager at FutureLearn Looking 20 years ahead is a seemingly impossible task in today’s uncertain world. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone and is making us work in ways we’d never anticipated..  For universities, with empty campuses and anxious students, the task to provide quality online education that meets the expectations... more

March’s industry round-ups

07 Apr 2020
New research: Most institutions expect to be worse off, but edtech can lessen impact – survey The PIE, 23 March According to a flash survey from HolonIQ, the majority of education institutions expect to be worse off in the long and short term as a result of coronavirus. However, by enhancing edtech provisions they expect to... more

Introducing FutureLearn Campus

07 Apr 2020
We’re living in unprecedented times. Coronavirus continues to affect lives all over the world and its impact on the education sector has been keenly felt, with university campuses and schools worldwide having to shut their doors to staff and students alike. At FutureLearn, our purpose is to transform access to education. Never has the need... more

Course Spotlight: How to Teach Online

07 Apr 2020
  At FutureLearn, we are proud to partner with educators across the globe, and as such, we’ve been keenly focused on what we can do to best support those teachers facing a significant challenge to move their face-to-face courses online and minimise disruption for their students. As part of this, we built a course specifically... more

March Events 

04 Mar 2020
The 2020 UPCEA Annual Conference is taking place in Boston, Massachusetts, USA from 18-20 March 2020. Holly Shiflett, PhD, Director, North American Partnerships, FutureLearn and Brian Breen, Chief Corporate Engagement and Partnerships Officer, University of California Irvine Division of Continuing Education, will be presenting a session on Developing a Microcredential on Wednesday, 18 March at... more

Course Spotlight: Supporting Victims of Domestic Violence

03 Mar 2020
Domestic violence is a global health issue that can take many forms and affect anyone. Health and social care professionals play an important role in recognising and helping victims of violent and abusive relationships. Aiming to improve knowledge of gender-based violence and the forms of domestic abuse, The University of Sheffield produced the course Supporting... more

Addressing the teacher retention crisis: key themes from the Westminster Education Forum

03 Mar 2020
Author: Isabel Drury, Partnership Manager at FutureLearn The Department for Education made a splash last month when it shared proposals to increase teacher starting salaries to £30,000 by September 2022, making it the biggest sustained pay increase since 2005. But will this salary increase be enough to attract new teachers into the profession, are these... more

February’s industry round-ups

03 Mar 2020
Opinion: Coronavirus quarantine could spark an online learning boom The Conversation, 23rd February  The spread of the coronavirus disease known as COVID-19 is a public health emergency with economic and social ramifications in China and across the world. While the impacts on business are well documented, education is also facing the largest disruption in recent... more