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Courses and tips for taking care of your mental wellbeing at work

Courses and tips for taking care of your mental wellbeing at work

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The theme of World Mental Health Day 2017 is mental health in the workplace. While mental health problems can affect anyone, at any time, today is a time to think about your own wellbeing and that of the people close to you – especially in relation to work. Here are three simple things you can…
Are learning experiences only for an LXP?

Are learning experiences only for an LXP?

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The other day, I was thinking about Apple. I remember the days of the Macs in the 90’s. While they were a software company – operating system wise, they also sold hardware.  Then, they sold mp3 devices.  Next, came iTunes, which went from just music to e-books, movies and eventually podcasts.  Wait, oh, yeah, iCloud. …
Research is for sharing: Stories from a Palaeobiologist

Research is for sharing: Stories from a Palaeobiologist

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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,…
Happy English Language Day from FutureLearn!

Happy English Language Day from FutureLearn!

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First held in 2010, the day coincides with William Shakespeare’s birthday and celebrates English as one of six official UN languages. To mark the occasion, we spoke to IELTS expert Chris Cavey about how the British Council’s online IELTS course helped 2.2 million students learn English last year, enabling them to live, work or study…
What can communities do to help themselves?

What can communities do to help themselves?

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Community based research is research carried out by, with and for a community. It is explicitly not carried out on their behalf by an external agency, even if the aim is to benefit them. It is intended to help them help themselves, on their own terms. There are inspiring examples of community based research in…
5 more tips and tools for social learning

5 more tips and tools for social learning

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Following on from his first blog post, 6 tips and tools for social learning, our social lead David Thair shares more advice on getting the most out of social learning.   At FutureLearn, the idea of social learning or learning through conversation is important to us. That’s why we built commenting into almost every step…
International Women’s Day 2017 – 5 women who inspire us to keep learning

International Women’s Day 2017 – 5 women who inspire us to keep learning

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In honour of International Women’s Day 2017, in this post we share five women who inspire us to keep learning, and keep helping others to learn. 1. Katherine Johnson The Apollo 11 flight to the moon wouldn’t have got very far without Katherine Johnson, an African-American physicist and mathematician who worked at NASA in the…
8 famous figures who changed the course of history

8 famous figures who changed the course of history

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Bonnie Prince Charlie Full name: Charles Edward Louis John Casimir Sylvester Severino Maria StuartOccupation: Aristocrat Also known as: The Young Pretender, The Young Chevalier Time period: 1720 – 1788 Famous for: trying to reclaim the British throne for his exiled family (the Stuarts) by leading an uprising in 1745, failing and running away to France…
8 of the best Spanish Idioms

8 of the best Spanish Idioms

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No se pueden pedirle peras al olmoyou cannot ask an elm for pears In short: you cannot ask the impossible. Si mi abuela tuviera ruedas seria una bicicleta If my grandmother had wheels, she’d be a bicycle This means if things happened differently, they would be different, so it’s silly to even suggest it. Pájaro que…
Our top courses starting this week

Our top courses starting this week

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We’ve got lots of courses starting this week. In this post we pick five great ones to get started on. Isn’t it time you became better acquainted with the Duke of Wellington? Well, today you can get up close and personal thanks to the University of Southampton course Wellington and the Battle of Waterloo. On the…

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