University of Kent and FutureLearn Expand Partnership with microcredentials
The University of Kent will be expanding its partnership with social learning platform FutureLearn to include several new credit-bearing microcredentials.
With these microcredentials, University of Kent and FutureLearn will be expanding their established partnership, with the University launching its first FutureLearn course on programming back in 2016.
Over the past four years, Kent has run a series of popular courses on the FutureLearn platform, covering topics such as history, autism, and politics and generating over 150,000 enrolments.
FutureLearn’s microcredentials are created and accredited by universities as professional credentials designed to help in the building of career skills. As well as enhancing a deeper understanding of subjects, it provides learners with the opportunity to earn academic credits.
Kent Law School and FutureLearn microcredentials to be launched in 2021
Kent Law School said it will be launching a new microcredential, ‘Critical International Migration Law’, in early 2021. The course will be delivered online by FutureLearn and will provide students with broad insights specific to international law.
Justin Cooke, Chief Content and Partnerships Officer at FutureLearn, said: “The University of Kent is one of our longstanding partners and we are delighted to be expanding our relationship to include microcredentials.
“At FutureLearn, we believe that microcredentials are a key tenet in our mission to transform access to education. By unbundling the degree, we are enabling learners to access high quality, modular learning that fits into their life and work at an accessible price.”
The Kent Law School course will be one of a new suite of microcredentials Kent and FutureLearn will be launching.
Commenting on the development, Anthony Manning, Dean for Internationalisation at the University of Kent, said: “The development of our microcredentials represents a natural step in Kent’s developing collaboration with FutureLearn. It is a key part of the University’s commitment to extending worldwide access to our learning opportunities in new and flexible ways. We have identified a series of microcredentials which we feel will appeal to our UK and international audiences and we look forward to extending the reach of our educational provision in this new and exciting manner.”
University records positive feedback from students on FutureLearn courses
Owing to the disruption caused to education by the COVID-19 pandemic, Kent signed up to FutureLearn Campus, which has enabled universities to give students and staff free upgraded access to short courses across the platform.
Following the launch of its FutureLearn courses, University of Kent and FutureLearn said they had recorded a 93.5% positive feedback on students enrolled in the courses.
Cooke added: “We strive to give our learners access to the skills they need to remain competitive within a fast-changing jobs landscape, and as digital innovation continues to impact the way we work, research has shown that 64% of HR leaders believe that in the future, the need for continuous lifelong learning will demand higher levels of education and more credentials.
“The economic disruption brought on by the pandemic has only heightened this need for upskilling and so we are proud to partner with forward-thinking institutions like the University of Kent, that are passionate about equipping students and professionals with the right skills, not just for the current climate but for the future too.”
Emaido Affia is a Nigeria-based reporter for Global Education Times who covers stories from North America, MENA and Africa for the publication. Emaido is an experienced journalist and is also a lifestyle blogger in her free-time.