FutureLearn, the UK’s online university platform with free online courses from universities including Warwick, King’s College London and Sheffield, has reached a million students signing up for courses in 190 countries. Set up by the Open University, FutureLearn has reached this milestone after launching in September 2013.
Sean Coughlan, Education correspondent, BBC News writes:
The provider of so-called Moocs (massive open online courses) says interest has been rising sharply, with 20% more UK students in the last three months of 2014.
The profile of students shows that the typical age group is between 26 and 35 and 62% of those studying are women.
FutureLearn is competing on a global stage, with the biggest competitors being Coursera, created by academics at Stanford University in California, and edX, a project jointly created by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Coursera has more than 11.5 million students registered for courses from 118 universities and institutions.