February 15, 2017

Purdue students, faculty and staff invited to learn about new global online learning opportunities

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University students, faculty and staff are invited to learn more about a new partnership that will offer global online learning opportunities.

A formal announcement and two days of seminars will be Feb. 27 and 28 as part of Purdue’s new partnership with FutureLearn. The third-largest provider of massive open online courses (MOOCs) internationally, FutureLearn is based in the United Kingdom and founded by The Open University, a distance-learning leader since 1969.

Purdue will initially offer four MOOCs through FutureLearn, which utilizes social constructionism teaching theories. There is no cost to participate in a MOOC, but they do not offer credit hours. Certifications, though, can be achieved for a small fee, typically about $60.

The seminars will focus on multiple topics, including strategies on maximizing the learning opportunities offered by FutureLearn and Purdue.

Those interested in the seminar can watch via a live stream, while a limited number of seats will be available. Seminar registration, along with a schedule of events, can be found at https://www.digitaleducation.purdue.edu/future-learn/default.aspx.

Purdue’s partnership with edX, an online learning platform founded by MIT and Harvard, will continue.

Questions on the FutureLearn partnership can be directed to Maricel Lawrence, Purdue’s associate director for digital education, at lawren36@purdue.edu

Writer: Brian Peloza, 765-496-9711, bpeloza@purdue.edu 

Source: Maricel Lawrence, lawren36@purdue.edu

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