Future higher education by ‘Futurelearn’


I am sitting in the EADTU Conference on open Higher education in the Open University UK. Here I am listening to Simon Nelson, CEO of FutureLearn.

Futurelearn, the UK national MOOC Platform has just announced that they will enter into a partnership with Coventry University which intends to offer more than 50 degrees over the MOOc platform in from of modularized small standalone courses. This is a clear move towards the concept of Microcredentials. Students will have the opportunity to pick and choose models which can be studied in their own right and study them, get certification for their leananodegreesrning and then lateran down the road, in their own pace, learn and study and then bundle their micro credentials together into larger degrees like Bachelor or Masterdegrees.

In this scale of speed it seems now to realize what the discussion about Microdegrees raises. This is interesting news in so far as we have just started a European initiative on Microdegrees, called MicroHE (and here) and in which we will investigate how Universities can benefit from turning their traditional offers into modularized micro degrees.

About Ulf-Daniel Ehlers

Ulf is a learning innovation expert and has been appointed Professor for Educational Management and Lifelong Learning at the Baden-Wurttemberg Cooperative State University in Karlsruhe in 2011. From 2011-2016 he held the position of Vicepresident at the same university and has been responsible for Quality and Academic Affairs. He held positions as Associate Professor of University Duisburg-Essen (Germany), Professor for Technology Enhanced Learning of University Augsburg (Germany) and Associate Professor of the Graduate School for Management and Technology of the University of Maryland University College (USA). Ulf is a featured keynote-speaker and speaker to audiences in more than 45 countries and is author of more than 150 scholarly articles with over 3000 academic citations. Ulf holds degrees in English Language, Social Sciences and Education Sciences from the University of Bielefeld, where he finished his Ph.D. with honors in the field of Technology Enhanced Learning in 2003. He was awarded his habilitation in 2008 from the University of Duisburg-Essen.
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