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Five common myths and misconceptions about ADHD

Five common myths and misconceptions about ADHD

“Everyone has ADHD nowadays, don’t they?” When you talk with the general public about ADHD, one of the first things peoplemention is how common it is “nowadays” and cite figures like 20% of all boys in the USA being diagnosed with ADHD. In the UK, things are quite different. ADHD diagnosis rates are around 1%…
CEO update: Answering the questions about FutureLearn’s new investors

CEO update: Answering the questions about FutureLearn’s new investors

Update as of 3pm May 2, 2019 Read the original blog post announcing the news here. Thank you for all your messages of congratulations, we’re really excited about what this investment means for the future. I can see that there are some questions and concerns about what it means, so let me try to clarify…
FutureLearn announces SEEK as new 50/50 shareholders alongside The Open University

FutureLearn announces SEEK as new 50/50 shareholders alongside The Open University

We’re delighted to announce a new shareholder today. SEEK, Australia’s top employment marketplace, is joining The Open University as 50/50 shareholders in FutureLearn. Our existing relationship with The Open University and its vision for the higher education sector has, and will continue to have, a huge impact on and benefit to FutureLearn. This is big…
What did the word ‘Sharia’ mean in seventh century Arabia?

What did the word ‘Sharia’ mean in seventh century Arabia?

Long before the birth of the Prophet Muhammad in c.570 CE, the word Sharia was commonly used by Arabic speaking communities on the Arabian Peninsula and in the wider region. The origins and development of the term Sharia are subject to debate, but it seems to have been well known. For example, Arab Christian communities…
Five benefits of being an Unlimited learner

Five benefits of being an Unlimited learner

For a while now learners have been asking for a way to pay to access more of our courses. We’re happy to say you now can – with Unlimited – a new flexible way for you to study on FutureLearn. For £209, you will get access to hundreds of FutureLearn short courses for a year…
What is money?

What is money?

Money itself is changing. Debates about the money form – who issues it and how we use it – have found new shapes in the digital economy.  The emergence of a cashless society and the fascination with cryptocurrencies are both altering how we use money and what we know it to be. Yet it’s far…
Our favourite social enterprises

Our favourite social enterprises

Ahead of our course on social enterprise, we decided to share some of our favourite companies that are making a difference, not just making a profit. In the UK alone there are estimated to be 70,000 social enterprises – each working for social good or environmental good, or both, and reinvesting the money they make…
Genomics by numbers: 6 key figures

Genomics by numbers: 6 key figures

Ahead of the course The Genomics Era: the Future of Genetics in Medicine we take a look at some of the key numbers, big and small, related to history of genomics. 2003 The year that the full human genome was published by the Human Genome Project. It was funded by organisations around the globe and the work was…
How do we stop the poor and isolated going blind from cataract?

How do we stop the poor and isolated going blind from cataract?

Ahead of the course Global Blindness: Planning and Managing Eye Care Services, lead educator Dr Daksha Patel of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, discusses the major yet solvable problem of cataract blindness in low and middle-income countries. A blind woman spinning wool by hand in Taquile, Peru. Photo by Thomas Quine on Flickr. Cataract is…
Research is for sharing: Stories from a Palaeobiologist

Research is for sharing: Stories from a Palaeobiologist

In this post lead educator Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan, on our exciting new course Extinctions: Past and Present, talks about what led her into the field of palaeobiology and why getting more people involved in science is so crucial. I became a scientist quite unintentionally. Growing up as a black (Indian) woman in segregated South Africa,…

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