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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,…
UPDATE: Now closed. We’re partnering with the British Council to give away 10,000 free certificates

UPDATE: Now closed. We’re partnering with the British Council to give away 10,000 free certificates

In this post find out more about our partnership with the British Council, the Study UK campaign, and whether you might be eligible for a free certificate. Update: the Study UK Campaign on FutureLearn has finished. We’re happy to say we’ve given away 10,000 certificates to those who need them. We’ll post about any future…
The Importance of the Right Questions in Teaching

The Importance of the Right Questions in Teaching

In this post Dylan Wiliam, lead educator on Assessment for Learning in STEM Teaching, discusses how the right questions at the right time make a big difference in the classroom. When I was teaching full-time, the decision I made most often every day was this: “Do I need to go over this one more time,…
Teaching goals for 2017

Teaching goals for 2017

In this post find great courses to help you achieve your teaching goals this year. Whether you’re looking to develop your teaching skills or help your students learn exciting new topics in 2017, we’ve got courses to help. Best of all every course is broken down into manageable chunks so you can fit your learning…

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