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Loughborough University offers three courses as part of FutureLearn, the first UK-led provider of massive open online courses (MOOCs). The courses are free and can be taken by anyone from around the world.

Innovation and enterprise gives you the opportunity to learn how an innovative idea becomes a reality. The course is led by our internationally renowned School of Business and Enterprise and runs for six weeks. Next start date is TBA.

Getting a grip on mathematical symbolism teaches aspiring engineers and scientists to think mathematically and explore essential concepts. The three-week course is run by our award-winning Mathematics Education Centre. The next start date is TBA. 

Numeracy Skills for Employability and the Workplace will help you build your mathematical confidence and prepare you for both employers’ numeracy testing and using numeracy in the workplace. The course starts on 1 February 2016.

Innovation and enterprise

Learn how innovative ideas become reality

Introducing something new or innovating is easy in theory but hard in practice. New ideas can be plentiful, but selecting the best ideas and implementing them can be challenging. Managing the innovation process is neither a scientific process nor a black art.

In addition to detailed research and planning, its success is influenced by human factors and, of course, luck! In order to make sense of this complex topic, the course will feature a model of the innovation process and its management to help show the way the innovation pathway works, from creation of new ideas to their selection and implementation.

Watch this video to find out more about our free online innovation management course.

Getting a grip on mathematical symbolism

Want to be an engineer or scientist? Lack mathematical confidence? Learn to think mathematically and explore essential concepts.

This course is aimed at those who aspire to study science or engineering foundation courses at university level. Through an accessible introduction to graphical and algebraic techniques, you will start to think mathematically and develop an informal understanding of vital properties of points, lines and curves before formalizing mathematically some of these essential notions.

The course will pave the way into the study of calculus by explaining that engineers and scientists need to build upon the ideas introduced in order to describe, analyze and predict the behavior of physical, biological and technological systems.

Watch this video to find out more about our free online course on mathematical symbolism.

Numeracy Skills for Employability and the Workplace

Improve your mathematical confidence and gain the skills to pass employers’ numeracy tests.

This free online course from the Mathematics Education Centre at Loughborough University will help you improve or revise your knowledge of mathematics. You will gain the numeracy skills needed to succeed in both employers’ numeracy tests and the workplace. It is designed to build your confidence.

Over three weeks, we will look at where numbers occur in everyday life and what numeracy means in this context. We will look at the rationale behind employers’ numeracy testing and the skills you will need to be successful.

In addition to refreshing your understanding of specific numeracy skills (such as percentages, ratios, averages and currency conversions), you will develop essential skills for interpreting numerical data and understanding statistics.

Watch this video to find out more about our free online numeracy skills course.