26 Top British Colleges offer Free Online Course

Britain’s leading universities will begin offering free online courses from Wednesday 18th September, 2013. Students will be given remote access to tutorials featuring high-profile lecturers and will be able to browse treasures held by the British Museum and British Library, which are partners in the scheme.

Indians are among the highest enrollers in Britain’s biggest open online courses.

Bristol, St Andrews, Warwick, Leeds, Nottingham and Exeter, which all charge fees of £9000 ( $15,300 ) a year for a degree on campus, are among the 23 UK universities backing FutureLearn, the company behind the venture.

FutureLearn, the first UK-led provider of massive, open, online courses ( MOOCs ) will unveil its first set of courses from leading UK and international universities on Wednesday.

India is among the top 10 countries in terms of registrations along with Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Greece, Ireland, Spain, UK and US.

The first courses open to learners will cover a range of topics, including literature, history, social sciences, computing and IT, environment and sustainability, marketing, psychology and physical science.

September’s release will mark the beginning of FutureLearn’s open beta phase of development, which runs until early 2014.

Simon Nelson, CEO of FutureLearn said: “We’re looking forward to introducing FutureLearn to learners around the world. Our partners have developed a wonderful range of high quality courses to launch the service and I have no doubt that our learners will find the content compelling”.

FutureLearn is being designed to enable people all over the world to enjoy learning through free courses accessible on mobiles, tablets or PCs.

The site’s design incorporates the expertise of The Open University, a world leader with over 40 years of experience in distance education and open learning.

FutureLearn was created in December 2012 as the UK’s first provider of free, high quality MOOCs.

Currently numbering 26, its partners and course providers comprise leading UK and international universities and cultural institutions including the British Library, British Museum and British Council.

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