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Millions of learners flock to Leeds courses on FutureLearn


Online courses from the University of Leeds have attracted over 2 million enrolments since the first course was launched on FutureLearn in 2013.

This staggering milestone reveals how vital digital education has become, especially for anyone adapting to working from home or preparing to go to university during the COVID-19 pandemic. This year alone, the University of Leeds has achieved almost 800,000 online course enrolments.

The top two most popular courses from the University of Leeds are Starting a Business 1: Vision and Opportunity (over 155k enrolments) and Anatomy: Know Your Abdomen (over 122k enrolments). These courses appear in the Going to University collection, which is designed to enhance the work of students in high schools and colleges, introducing them to new subjects and improving their online learning skills.

The Going to University collection also comes with useful teacher resources to supplement each course. With over 6 million secondary school learners experiencing disruption to their studies due to COVID-19 outbreaks, these preparatory online courses have provided crucial support to teachers and learners alike.

Blended Learning Essentials: Getting Started has also proven popular with over 51k enrolments, indicating an increasingly serious interest in the vast potential that digital teaching tools provide. This course is designed for anyone teaching in the vocational education and training (VET) sector, providing the skills to help them use technology effectively to enhance their teaching methods.

The Digital Skills for the Workplace collection has been another huge draw to learners, attracting over half a million enrolments. Created in partnership with the Institute of Coding and FutureLearn, the Digital Skills for the Workplaces courses cover a range of topics such as coding for the web and social media marketing.

In April, six courses from Digital Skills for the Workplace were adopted by the Department for Education for The Skills Toolkit, an online platform designed to help people learn digital skills from home. With an overall satisfaction rating of 96%, it’s clear that the collection has been a major success.

While the population continues to adapt to remote work and study, the Digital Education Service is honoured to provide trusted online learning opportunities to people all over the world.

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