University expands online course portfolio with FutureLearn

By | October 1, 2019
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The University of Michigan’s mission to share knowledge across the globe and shape the future of learning is further enriched through a new partnership with the U.K.-based social learning platform FutureLearn. With the Sept. 24 announcement of the partnership, U-M is reinforcing its commitment to fostering open, global, diverse, flexible and inclusive learning environments.

FutureLearn’s diverse community includes nearly 10 million learners worldwide, with significant reach across Europe and large communities in India, Egypt, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Ukraine, Spain, Brazil and China. About 60 percent of its learners are women, which makes the platform noteworthy in the online learning space.

The platform’s content priorities, which include health, teaching, business and technology, align well with several areas of the university’s expertise as well as interest and demand from global learners, said James DeVaney, associate vice provost for academic innovation and founding executive director of the Center for Academic Innovation.