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FutureLearn announces first US university partners

14 February 2017

FutureLearn, the leading social learning platform owned by The Open University, has announced partnerships with five key education institutions in the United States. 

American University, Colorado State University, Penn State University, Purdue University and UVA Darden School of Business have all selected to work with FutureLearn and will run courses throughout 2017.

Since its first course began in October 2013, UK-based FutureLearn has grown fast, attracting more than million registered learners from almost every country around the world.  It currently partners with more than 100 world-leading UK and international universities and specialist education providers to offer hundreds of high-quality online courses. To date, FutureLearn has realised more than 13 million course enrolments.

The FutureLearn approach is based on a social learning pedagogy that is designed to support learning through conversation on a platform with an award-winning user experience that works on any device with internet access. Its courses can reach huge scale, the largest so far being the British Council’s course, ‘Understanding IELTS,’which attracted learners from more than 150 countries, including large areas of the Middle East, Asia and Latin America. More than1.5 million learners have enrolled in this course across five runs.

Simon Nelson, CEO of FutureLearn comments: "FutureLearn is proud to be at the forefront of transforming higher education… We work with around a quarter of the top universities in the world and are honoured to be welcoming such a stellar group of US universities to join the FutureLearn partnership."

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