The British Council, in association with Future Learn, has started an array of free online courses. The series of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have already begun from April, 2015.
These courses cover subjects in science, technology, arts, humanities, and management. It’s a flexible learning process like other online platforms such as Coursera and edX. A candidate can start the course at his or her own pace and do activities which is specific to individual needs. The course materials are designed by the educators from top universities in the UK and around the world. It includes videos, articles and quizzes and discussion forums. The discussion forums are essential in fostering peer reviewed knowledge. The aim is to simulate knowledge from people from various backgrounds.
The courses are free of cost and are basically taught in English language. In order to complete a course a candidate has to devote at least 2-4 hours per week. Each course is six to ten weeks long. Apart from that, there are short term courses for a duration of two to three weeks.
A candidate seeking a course must be at least 13 years of age or above to create his her user profile on the Future Learn platform. There is also a provision for parents to support their children if they have not reached the minimum age bracket.
Courses such as Heart Health: a Beginner’s Guide to Cardiovascular Disease, Managing my Investments, Understanding IELTS: Techniques for English Language Tests, What is a mind, and Propaganda and Ideology in Everyday Life have already started on May 11, 2015.
The main course that is important for people preparing for IELTS is the ‘Understanding IELTS: Techniques for English Language Tests’. As IELTS scores are accepted by 9000 organizations around the world, learning the techniques is quite an essential aspect before taking the IELTS exam. The course is designed to make the students learn the four modules: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. It’s a six week long course and it provides a certificate after successfully completing the course. The course aims at non-native English speakers with an intermediate level of English proficiency. British Council also provides courses such as ‘Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching’ and ‘Exploring English: Language and Culture’.
The course ‘Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching’ has already begun on April 20, 2015, whereas the course ‘Exploring English: Language and Culture’ is slated to begin on June 22, 2015. It’s a six week course and shall be instructed by Simon Carrie. This course aims the non-native English speakers with a proficiency level of B1. Candidates desirous of this course can click here to register.
Currently, there are 20 Universities which have joined the Future Leant platform. Future Learn is a private company owned by The Open University. There are institutions of historical importance that are part of the online program. These institutions arethe British Council, the British Library, the British Museum, and the National Film and Television School. There are other international organizations such as the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the BBC, Marks & Spencer, and the UK Government.
Future Learn was first established in September 2013. Since that, 1,602,468 people have joined the platform to learn from world class universities at their own comfort. The courses have been a huge success because it involves a storytelling narrative technique. Apart from that it encompasses community supported learning and visible individual progress.
Interested candidates seeking to start a course can log in here and browse future learn categories.