Kent MOOCs launch on FutureLearn

The University of Kent is a member of the FutureLearn partnership, which includes many leading UK and international universities and specialist organisations with a huge archive of cultural and educational materials.

FutureLearn logoFounded by The Open University in 2012, FutureLearn is a social learning platform, designed to support learning through conversation. It offers over 5 million learners free online courses from world-leading UK and international universities, centres of research excellence and specialist education providers like the British Council, Creative Skillset and European Space Agency.

We’re developing online courses to strengthen public engagement with scholarship and research at Kent. In addition to the Erlang programming courses, we are also developing courses in Understanding Autism and in The Science of Endurance Sports Training and Performance.We first investigated MOOCs (massive open online courses) with a successful pilot in Erlang programming, as part of the K-MOOCs ‘Beacon Project’ celebrating the University of Kent’s 50th anniversary. We’re now delighted to bring this improved course to a wider audience, and Functional Programming with Erlang will launch on FutureLearn on Monday 20th February.

Functional Programming in Erlang

Our first course “Functional Programming in Erlang” is the first MOOC (massive open online course) dedicated to Erlang. The course will begin on 20th February 2017 and learners can enroll now here.

The course is suitable for learners who have some prior experience of programming but functional programming experience in particular is not required. The course will be relevant to computing practitioners who want to gain an understanding and experience of this technology, students of computer science, or self-taught programmers who want to take their knowledge to the next level.

Concurrent Programming in Erlang

“Concurrent Programming in Erlang” is designed to teach the principles of concurrent programming to people who are already familiar with the basic concepts of functional programming, for example as taught in our “Functional Programming with Erlang” course. The course will begin on 3rd April 2017 and learners can enroll now here.

This course is designed for anyone with prior experience of functional programming and the Erlang language, who wants to learn more about concurrent programming. This course is ideal if you are a developer or computing professional seeking to understand and gain experience with this technology; a computer science undergraduate studying functional programming as part of your degree; or a self-taught programmer looking to take your knowledge to the next level.

The Science of Endurance Training and Performance

“The Science of Endurance Training and Performance” will explore the science behind effective training methods, effective nutritional and psychological preparation to support training/competition, and maintainance of a healthy and injury free experience. The course will begin on 24th April 2017.

This course is designed for anyone with an interest in taking up an endurance sport or who is training for an endurance challenge ahead. It will also be relevant to athletes, coaches and sport scientists, as well as prospective sports science students. No previous experience is necessary.

Understanding Autism

Does autism exist? This is the big question we’ll be exploring on “Understanding Autism”. Autism was first identified over 70 years ago yet many myths exist about its causes and there are plenty of ‘armchair’ theories. The course will begin on 1st May 2017.

You don’t need any prior experience or qualifications to do this course. It will be of particular interest to practitioners in the field of autism, healthcare workers, people on the autism spectrum, and parents or carers.

The image for this course is “Colours” by Connor Sparrowhawk. We are grateful to Connor’s mother Sara who has kindly agreed for the image to be used. Find out more about Connor’s story at (#JusticeforLB)


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