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UK Universities To Offer Free And Open Online Courses
News from iProgrammer:
The UK’s Open University has announced Freelearn, a new MOOC platform that will provide online educational offerings that are free of charge.
The past year has seen the term MOOC, standing for Massive Open Online Courses, become common parlance with prestigious universities across North America and many from Europe, putting popular courses online for anybody, anywhere with an internet connection to take advantage of.
For months we’ve been wondering whether, when and how the Open University, which has embraced internet technologies within its established curriculum was going to join in this trend and finally it has announced a new company, Futurelearn, that will give free access to students in the UK and around the world to content from the OU and other British Universities. So far the universities of Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, East Anglia, Exeter, King’s College London, Lancaster, Leeds, Southampton, St Andrews and Warwick have signed up for this venture.
Announcing Futurelearn, Martin Bean, the Vice-Chancellor of The Open University, said:
“MOOCs represent an enormous development in higher education, one that has the potential to bring about long-lasting change to the HE sector. The OU has decades of experience in world-class distance learning – each year we teach around 250,000 regi…………… continues on iProgrammer
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