For Staff

MOOCs and FutureLearn

Students from the UK and around the world will soon have free access to new online education resources generated by the University of Leeds and its partners.

The content will be delivered through what are known as Massively Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, bringing together a range of free, open, online resources from leading UK universities, in clear, simple to use and accessible ways.

FutureLearn Ltd, an entirely new company being launched by The Open University (OU), will run MOOCs featuring content from Leeds and other leading universities and partners.  Read more about FutureLearn.

Below are a series of resources for staff which will provide a background to the University’s engagement with FutureLearn and MOOCs.  For more information please contact or visit the University's online learning webpages.

Staff are encouraged to review the presentation and to complete an initial course enquiry form in conjunction with their colleagues and managers for consideration by the FutureLearn Steering Group.  

Leeds resources  (campus or remote access only)

Leeds launches its first MOOC
Behind the scenes of the first MOOC with Professor Jon Lovett (video)
Background to FutureLearn and MOOCs
Presentation to open staff meetings, March 2013
Audio recording of presentation to open staff meetings, March 2013
Guidance for completing a course enquiry form
FutureLearn course enquiry form

MOOC forum

The University of Leeds MOOC forum exists for all staff interested in sharing ideas around the development of University of Leeds MOOCs.

The forum meets approximately every 6 to 8 weeks.  For details of the presentations at past forum meetings and details of future meetings, please see the SDDU Leeds MOOC forum webpage (available on campus only).

Selected press stories

FutureLearn's boss on breaking into MOOCs (THE, 21 March 2013)
The professors who make the MOOCs (Chronicle of Higher Education, 18 March 2013)
Online Q&A: Online learning 2013 - panel discussion (Financial Times, 14 March 2013)
Fund 'pick-and-mix' MOOC generation, ex-wonk advises (THE, 14 March 2013)
Pedagogical research into HE using MOOCs (Nature, 13 March 2013)
Online courses need human element to educate (CNN, 15 January 2013)


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Leeds launches its first MOOC

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