New maths MOOC revealed by FutureLearn
A maths course from Loughborough University is one of eight new massive open online courses (MOOCs) unveiled by FutureLearn today.
Getting a grip on mathematical symbolism will teach aspiring engineers and scientists to think mathematically and explore essential concepts. The three-week course begins on 28 April.
“This course is designed for anyone planning to embark upon studies in science or engineering who would like to strengthen their basic maths skills,” explains Tony Croft, Professor of Mathematics Education at Loughborough. “It is based on the mathematics support we already offer to our students at Loughborough, and this new MOOC enables us to extend that support to a wider audience, to enhance students’ skills and provide them with the confidence to take their studies further.”
The start date of Loughborough’s second MOOC Innovation and enterprise, which was officially announced last year and will enable students to learn how an innovative idea becomes a reality, has also been confirmed. It runs for six weeks from 14 April and will be a stepping stone for further study at the University. The course is being led by Loughborough’s renowned School of Business and Economics - the only business school to be offering courses through FutureLearn
This new set of courses brings the number of free, web-based courses currently available on FutureLearn to 44, with more new MOOCs lined up to appear throughout the year.
The FutureLearn course experience centres on social interaction, whereby people learn actively by engaging in conversations around the learning material. The website has also been designed to work on smartphones and tablets, as well as desktop computers, so that learners can enjoy the same high quality user experience, regardless of their screen size.
To view Loughborough’s course trailers and sign up online visit: www.futurelearn.com/partners/loughborough-university
Futurelearn.com is the first UK-led multi-institutional provider of free, open, online higher education courses and is wholly owned by The Open University. The website combines the best elements of the social web with The Open University’s 44 years of expertise in distance and open learning.
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Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.
It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year title in 2008-09 and has been named Sports University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and Sunday Times. Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and has been voted England's Best Student Experience for six years running in the Times Higher Education league. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.