U.K. universities are also coming in the area of free degree-style online courses with a new program called Futurelearn launched by the Open University. This program comes in direct competition with Coursera and edX that are free course offering platforms from U.S.
Recently, 11 universities including Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, East Anglia, Exeter, King’s College London, Lancaster, Leeds, Southampton, St Andrews and Warwick have signed up to Futurelearn alongside the Open University.
“Moocs (massive open online courses) represent an enormous development in higher education, one that has the potential to bring about long-lasting change to the HE [higher education] sector,” Martin Bean, Vice-Chancellor of the Open University, said in a statement.
“The OU has decades of experience in world-class distance learning… Futurelearn will take this proud heritage and work with some of Britain’s best-known universities to write the next chapter in the story of British higher education.”
Mooc model has recently gotten a huge attraction from around the world. These courses usually involve video lectures by academics of the institutions, online assignments and tasks and evaluations.
Details of structure and courses offered by Futurelearn will be announced in the early part of the next year.