Royal Holloway has already run a number of successful Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and is in the process of developing more. MOOCs are free online courses that attract thousands of learners.
Offering MOOCs raises the College’s profile both in the UK and around the world, and provides a platform to showcase particular areas of strength in research and teaching. At present, around 59% of FutureLearn learners are from outside the UK. MOOCs at Royal Holloway are not credit bearing and there are no formal entry requirements.
Royal Holloway has previously run MOOCs on US-based platform provider Coursera (through the University of London) and is now also partnered with FutureLearn, the social learning platform co-owned by the Open University. FutureLearn partners with a quarter of the world's top universities, and offers an ever-expanding catalogue of free online courses on a wide range of subjects to over ten million registered learners worldwide.
The following free online courses are live or are running shortly:
Discover the history of protest, parliament and citizens’ rights. (Department of History, The People’s History Museum & The Houses of Parliament) - Starts on May 4 2020. Enrol on Peterloo to the Pankhursts: Radicalism and Reform in the 19th Century.
Get an introduction to energy and explore how humans and other living things obtain and use their biological energy sources. (School of Biological Studies) - Starts June 1 2020. Enrol on Understanding Biological Energy.
More information about this free online course
Explore the campaign for women’s right to vote and its impact on women’s rights and equality to the present day. (Department of History, The Houses of Parliament) - Starts on June 1 2020. Enrol on Beyond the Ballot: Women’s Rights and Suffrage from 1866 to Today.
Learn to evaluate risk, make useful approximations and more rational decisions with this online course on statistics. (Department of Economics) - Starts on June 1 2020. Enrol on Survival Statistics: Secrets for Demystifying Numbers.
Free online courses which have run in the past, and may run again in the future:
Proposals for future MOOC development
The following propsals are under consideration:
- Statistics for Psychologists (Department of Psychology)
- Seismological Analysis (Earth Sciences)
- Teaching Developmental Geography with VR (Geography)
Find out how to propose and develop a MOOC