Eleven of some of the best UK universities are partnering with the Open University to launch free internet courses, in a bid to catch up with rival US programmes Coursera, edX & Udacity.
King's College London, along with the Universities of Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, East Anglia, Exeter, Lancaster, Leeds, Southampton, St Andrews and Warwick have partnered with "FutureLearn", a company set up by the Open University that will offer free, non-credit bearing courses to internet-users around the world.
The courses are structured along the lines of the American 'massive open online courses' (Moocs), which have attracted millions of users across the globe, and are especially popular in emerging economies - a key market place for UK universities. Read more...