• Five million people sign up to learn online with personal devices

In the three years since it was set up, five million people have signed up to FutureLearn, the social learning platform owned by the Open University.

The platform allows its users to use personal computers or mobile devices to study courses from anywhere in the world. So far, learners from over 190 countries have completed 12 million courses, with the most popular being the British Council International English Language Testing System course, the world’s largest MOOC (massive open online course).

In May of this year, the platform introduced ‘Programs’, in which learners can earn credits towards degrees and MBAs, professional qualifications or formal CPD accreditation. The 17,000 people who are currently signed-up for degree-level programmes could apply for a full degree once they have completed their FutureLearn courses.

Simon Nelson, CEO of FutureLearn commented: “We are incredibly proud of what we have managed to achieve in these three short years. We have built a platform that delivers world-class social learning, that retains learners better than any other MOOC and now delivers meaningful qualifications that can be studied from anywhere, on any device.  

“Our focus for the next few years is to continue to create connections between learners, universities and employers, developing courses that are exciting and interesting for learners, relevant for employers and that give access to leading academic material for everyone everywhere.”