A many of Britain's leading universities are going to start free online courses from Wednesday for students from all over the worlds. And, the Indians are among the highest enrollers of these courses.
Under this education scheme, students will be given remote access to tutorials featuring high-profile lecturers. Students will also be able to browse treasures held by the British Museum and British Library, which are active partners in the system.
FutureLearn, the first UK-led provider of massive, open, online courses (MOOCs), is a company that is behind this venture. Among the 23 UK universities who are backing FutureLearn in this endeavor are Bristol, St Andrews, Warwick, Leeds, Nottingham and Exeter, which all charge fees of £9000 ($15,300) a year for a degree on campus.
FutureLearn is off to unveil its first set of open online courses from leading UK and international universities on Wednesday.
According to sources, India is among the top 10 countries in terms of enrollment in these courses. Others are Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Greece, Ireland, Spain, UK and US.
The FutureLearn’s free online courses will cover a range of topics such as literature, history, social sciences, computing and IT, environment and sustainability, marketing, psychology and physical science.
Through its free online courses, FutureLearn will enable people across the world to enjoy learning through mobiles, tablets or PCs. Its website boasts the expertise of The Open University, a world leader with over 40 years of experience in distance education and open learning.
Launched in December 2012, FutureLearn is the UK's first provider of free, high quality MOOCs. Currently, its partners and course providers consists of leading UK and international universities as well as cultural institutions such as the British Library, British Museum and British Council.