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The Pedagogy of FutureLearn: How our learners learn

The Pedagogy of FutureLearn: How our learners learn

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By Mike Sharples, formerly Lead Academic at FutureLearn  FutureLearn has been designed to support a pedagogy of social learning. This booklet sets out to explain why we chose this approach, and what it means for the way we create our courses and how people learn on the FutureLearn platform. Download the FutureLearn pedagogy white paper booklet to…
Who are our learners: Part 3: The ‘Personal Life’ archetypes

Who are our learners: Part 3: The ‘Personal Life’ archetypes

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A research-based insight into FutureLearners. Part 3: The ‘Personal Life’ archetypes. By Tracey Walker, User Experience Researcher at FutureLearn In part one, Tracey explained how the research and data team at FutureLearn set out to understand more about our learners. You can read more about this in Part 1: what we did and why? In…
Who are our learners: Part 2: The ‘Work and Study’ archetypes

Who are our learners: Part 2: The ‘Work and Study’ archetypes

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A research-based insight into FutureLearners. Part 2: The ‘Work and Study’ archetypes. By Tracey Walker, User Experience Researcher at FutureLearn In part one, Tracey explained how, last year, the research and data teams set about some foundational research to understand who our learners really are. We wanted to understand their motivations, their personalities and characteristics,…
Making great online courses: 10 insights

Making great online courses: 10 insights

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Top 10 insights about how to make great online courses – based on course evaluation. By Reka Budai, Strategy & Insights Analyst at FutureLearn At FutureLearn, we take great pride in having high quality courses from reputable institutions and educators. When asked recently in our Net Promoter Score (NPS) survey, 91% of learners said that the…
Who are our Learners? Part 1: What we did and why

Who are our Learners? Part 1: What we did and why

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A research-based insight into FutureLearners. Part 1: What we did and why. By Tracey Walker, User Experience Researcher at FutureLearn After 4 years, thousands of courses, and millions of learners, it seemed a good time to investigate who our learners really are and get to know them better.   At the beginning, we assumed that…
What are the expectations of disabled learners when participating in a MOOC?

What are the expectations of disabled learners when participating in a MOOC?

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A short summary of the work in progress paper ‘What are the expectations of disabled learners when participating in a MOOC?’ which was presented at L@S: Fourth Annual ACM Conference on Learning at Scale By Francisco Iniesto, PhD research student, Open World Learning, Institute of Educational Technology, The Open University MOOCs are making low cost learning opportunities…
Who are our Learners? Part 4: The ‘Leisure’ archetypes

Who are our Learners? Part 4: The ‘Leisure’ archetypes

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A research-based insight into FutureLearners. Part 4: The ‘Leisure’ archetypes. By Tracey Walker, User Experience Researcher at FutureLearn In part one, Tracey explained how the research and data team at FutureLearn set out to understand more about our learners. You can read more about this in Part 1: what we did and why. In part…
Yes! Digital Learners are Emotional – Insights from the Irish 101 MOOC

Yes! Digital Learners are Emotional – Insights from the Irish 101 MOOC

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Elaine Beirne, a researcher in The Ideas Lab at the National Institute of Digital Learning (NIDL) in DCU, and inaugural OLC Emerging Scholar, is researching the emotions of beginner language learners in Irish language MOOCs. Originally appeared on NIDL’s blog.  Many people believe that online learning can be a lonely journey for a learner and…
What do MOOC learners like and dislike?

What do MOOC learners like and dislike?

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A short blogpost on the subject of what MOOC learners like and dislike, originally published on Evalu-ate Written by Kerrie Douglas, Assistant Professor and Gaurav Nanda, Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Purdue University  Massive open online course (MOOC) learners vary widely in background and learning objectives. MOOCs are still trying to understand their learners better and provide…
Open, online CPD: supporting different modes of study

Open, online CPD: supporting different modes of study

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Matt Cornock, Online CPD Coordinator at the National STEM Learning Centre writes about supporting different modes of study and designing online courses with extended availability in mind. Online CPD courses from the National STEM Learning Centre encourage learners to actively participate, explore ideas together and take the time to reflect on their practice. An increasing number of…

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