Leeds joins partners in offering free online access to education

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, the OU, King’s College London and the Universities of Bristol, Cardiff, East Anglia, Exeter, Lancaster, Southampton, St Andrews and Warwick.

“I’m delighted that Leeds is part of this exciting development.  FutureLearn will give people around the world the opportunity to sample some of the great education offered here.  It will also mean that those unable to access a traditional university education will have the chance to learn from our world-leading academics,” said Professor Vivien Jones, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Student Education.

“Our current students will have access to a rich, interactive set of resources, from both Leeds and our partners.  In line with the Leeds Curriculum, this will help give them a deeper and fuller understanding of their field of study as well as encouraging them to broaden their education beyond their main subject areas.”

FutureLearn will announce future details of its structure and courses early in the New Year.  In the meantime you can find more information on the FutureLearn site or email futurelearn@leeds.ac.uk

Read more about OERs and the University's position on Open Education.

Read about a forthcoming HEA funded workshop on OERs.

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