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Futurelearn and York team up on four new MOOCS

University of York to offer new, free pathway to attract broader range of learners into higher education

Posted by Hannah Oakman | March 22, 2016 | Technology

In partnership with FutureLearn, the University will launch four Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS) over the next two years in an initial pilot phase of development. The aim is to attract new and diverse audiences from across the world to sample the benefits of a York education.

The University is encouraging staff involved in teaching and learning to develop and submit proposals for MOOCs. A panel of senior academics and administrators led by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Teaching, Learning and Students, Professor John Robinson, will decide which four are included in the pilot.

The free courses lasting between two and eight weeks have no formal entry requirements and students do not usually earn credits though learners who complete a course may be awarded a statement of completion.

York Vice-Chancellor, Professor Koen Lamberts, said: “This is an exciting initiative which will make it easier for learners across the world to sample the innovation, teaching expertise and the vibrant student experience which are an integral part of a University of York education.

Simon Nelson, CEO of FutureLearn added: “We’re delighted to be working with the University of York for the first time to provide free, online courses for students looking to extend and expand their learning online.

“The University of York’s courses will open the door to tertiary study for learners returning to formal education and people seeking a career change or wanting to expand their skills and knowledge.”

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