The University of Sheffield has been publishing online courses on FutureLearn since 2013.
During this time, engaging with a diverse and rich global community of over 530,000 joiners has helped shape our understanding of online learning. As educational developers alongside academic educators we have uncovered new ways of delivering learning within varied areas of expertise and have been discovering how useful online courses can be in attracting new audiences to our teaching excellence and offering flexible new routes into HE.
The Online Learning Team
Professor Marie Kinsey, Academic Lead
Layla Croll, Production Manager and Team Leader
Dave Holloway, Production Manager
Laura Giles, Educational Developer
Rob Spark, Educational Content Developer
Chris Black, Production Assistant
Kieran Bentley, Animator
We are a small team within Academic and Learning Services who develop online curricula, design and create learning content and manage projects.
We support and work alongside staff over a development period of months, helping to shape and translate their subject expertise into segmented, engaging online learning experiences.
We also work within the Digital Commons initiative, helping to bring staff together with support to develop new and innovative learning and teaching ideas.
We have enabled staff to produce courses that attract professionals and non-traditional audiences, and have helped potential applicants to access examples of university teaching.