More free, open, online courses

Image of computer desk and documentsThree new MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and some mini MOOCs launch this autumn at the University of Sheffield via Futurelearn.

The University of Sheffield is expanding its online offer to learners after the huge success of its first foray into the world of open online learning.  From September, we will be launching three new courses through the FutureLearn platform and repeating the popular “Discover Dentistry”.

To read more about Discover Dentistry and MOOCs in general, read our January 2014 article in REACH: The digital future

The Faculty of Social Science will present “Exploring Play: The Importance of Play in Everyday Life” which launches on 29 September 2014.  This course will help you to understand the nature and value of play through the course of our lives, across cultures and communities.  It will ask how does play change?  Does play help us to learn?  Can it prepare young people to be successful in the adult world?  Are all forms of play good for us?

For more information read: Exploring Play: The Importance of Play in Everyday Life 

The University of Sheffield Careers Service are also launching two new three-week mini-MOOCs. “How to Succeed at: Writing Applications” starts on 6th October 2014 and the course will help you produce a perfect CV, application and online profile when applying for a job or course.

How to Succeed at: Writing Applications

How to Succeed at: Interviews” starts on 3rd November and its aim is to help you land that dream job or get onto the course you want. The MOOC will give expert advice on how to prepare, what to expect on the day and provide insight from employers and admissions tutors on what they look for in candidates.

How to Succeed at: Interviews 

Back by popular demand is “Discover Dentistry”, starting on October 13. Its developer and teacher, Dr Chris Stokes, from the School of Clinical Dentistry said: “We had people from all over the world successfully participating in the first run of Discover Dentistry. We are particularly pleased that we also reached large numbers of students from families and communities under-represented in the profession. Come and join us for course number two!”

Discover Dentistry

For more information about all of the courses listed visit the web pages above or for information about the range of programmes offered via FutureLearn visit: FutureLearn