Exeter is part of a consortium of leading UK universities that will be offering MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) through the FutureLearn platform.

University of Exeter MOOCs

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Exeter is part of a consortium of leading UK universities that will be offering MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) through the FutureLearn platform.

It will offer free courses that are open to anyone who wishes to study worldwide.

Potential benefits of running a MOOC

For students, the benefits of participating in a MOOC are clear; they get an engaging educational experience that develops new skills and understanding. In addition, there is no cost, no travel and the timing is flexible so that they can fit study in around their work and other activities. The only disadvantage is that, normally, no official academic credit is awarded for successful completion.

For the institutions and academics creating and running MOOCs there are a number of potential benefits. MOOCs can act as highly-targeted marketing tools: “If you enjoyed this course, why not consider enrolling in our credit-bearing degree programme?” They may enhance the reputation of the institution and provide a public service aligned with HE’s non-profit charitable status. The University is working with Futurelearn Ltd. on ways in which MOOCs can generate revenue; for example by students paying for tutorial-style support or taking accredited tests in commercial assessment centres. Of course, the educational techniques and technologies used in MOOCs can also be applied to on-campus blended learning and distance-learning programmes, potentially improving our existing modules.