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More universities join Futurelearn

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Four more universities have announced plans to offer massive open online courses via the UK-based Futurelearn platform, taking the total number of higher education institutions involved to 21.

Loughborough University and the universities of Sheffield, Glasgow and Strathclyde are the latest to partner with the Open University-owned company, which is due to start offering courses from affiliated universities, free of charge, later this year.

In addition, the British Museum has signed up to work with Futurelearn, following the lead of the British Library, which partnered with the Mooc provider in February, and the British Council.

Frank Coton, vice-principal for learning and teaching at the University of Glasgow said partnering with Futurelearn would allow the university to “reach out to a whole new group of learners”.

“The prospect of doing this through the innovative delivery platform that Futurelearn has developed is a very exciting one that we hope will inspire and engage those who choose to study with us,” he added.

Details of what courses are to be offered on the Futurelearn platform have yet to be confirmed.

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