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FutureLearn & U Glasgow launch online degree

FutureLearn and the University of Glasgow have announced an expanded partnership which sees the University of Glasgow deliver its first online degree on the FutureLearn platform.

The University of Glasgow is FutureLearn's eighth degree partner. Photo: wikimedia

The University of Glasgow is FutureLearn's eighth degree partner

The End of Life Studies degree will be available as a MSc, PGDip, PGCert, and students can study at a time, place and pace that fits with their commitments.

A taster course will be launched towards the end of this year where learners will be able to join for free to gain insight into what the degree course will entail, with the full degree launching towards the end of 2020.

“We’re delighted that they have chosen to extend the work they do with us”

Delivered by world-leading academics in end of life studies, the degree will examine the varied cultures and ideologies relating to ‘a good death’, global attempts to improve end of life care, specific examples of legalised assisted dying, and the wider debates that have resulted.

Assistant vice-principal of Digital Education at the University of Glasgow Jo-Anne Murray said the University of Glasgow is delighted to partner with FutureLearn in the provision of this online degree.

“The University has significantly increased the number of online distance learning programs delivered in the last five years and this partnership will allow us to expand our existing portfolio as well as providing flexible, online, micro-sized education,” she explained.

Mark Lester, managing director of Universities and Educational Partnerships at FutureLearn, added that as people have to upskill on a continuous basis with rapid advances in jobs and technology, universities need ways to develop and offer courses that meet the diverse needs of globalising industries.

“The University of Glasgow is one of our founding partners, we’ve been on a great journey together so far and we’re delighted that they have chosen to extend the work they do with us to include the full breadth of our portfolio to cater to the needs of today’s learners,” he added.

The University of Glasgow is FutureLearn’s eighth degree partner joining Deakin University, Coventry University, Murdoch University, University of Newcastle Australia, The Open University, Anglia Ruskin University and Dublin City University.

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One Response to FutureLearn & U Glasgow launch online degree

  1. I think that for many, learning online will be the cheaper and more effective option, not least because students can study at any time of day and retain a full-time job since some platforms allow prerecorded lessons to be viewed multiple times. Also, they avoid paying for unnecessary services and gain precisely the qualifications that they need for employment in potentially a much shorter time. For some, learning at College/University can be a daunting experience since students attend packed lecture theatres and it can feel impersonal. The quality of lecturers can also vary substantially even at the best Universities, so much so that students will often seek further assistance in the form of private tuition. Thankfully some Universities are moving towards keeping digital records of lectures so that students have the option to learn at a time that suits them.

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