Monash unveils first online FutureLearn courses

The University's first two MOOCs will teach computer programming for creative design, and the science behind medicines used to treat major health issues such as heart disease, depression and diabetes.

The first two MOOCs will teach computer programming for creative design, and the science behind medicines used to treat major health issues such as heart disease, depression and diabetes.

Monash University today announced its first massive open online courses (MOOC) to be launched by partner FutureLearn, the UK-led MOOC provider.

The University’s first two MOOCs will teach computer programming for creative design, and the science behind medicines used to treat major health issues such as heart disease, depression and diabetes.

Creative Coding’ and ‘The Science of Medicines’ will launch on FutureLearn, the free, online social learning platform later this year. Creative Coding will begin in 2 June and The Science of Medicines in 1 September 2014. Learners are encouraged to register their interest in these courses now on www.futurelearn.com.

The new titles bring to 46 the number of free online courses added to FutureLearn since its launch in September 2013 and builds on the website’s growing portfolio of Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM) and Art & Design offerings.  

Monash University Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) Professor Darrell Evans said the expansion of the University’s course offerings provided exciting new educational opportunities for students.

“We are very excited about our partnership with FutureLearn. With its focus on student engagement and social learning, we see FutureLearn as the perfect fit for Monash MOOCs,” Professor Evans said.

“This is an opportunity to make Monash courses open to the broadest audience, further enhancing our international reach.” 

Professor Evans said the courses not only reflect important strengths of the University, but were well-suited to the MOOC format. 

“The Creative Coding course is truly multidisciplinary, cutting across information technology and art and design. Being a course that will encourage creativity, we see the FutureLearn platform as the idea way to facilitate a vibrant exchange of ideas amongst students from the broadest mix of geographical and cultural backgrounds,” Professor Evans said.

“The Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is a world leader in research and education, and so was a natural choice to develop one of our first MOOCs. The Science of Medicine course will showcase the innovative ways the Faculty presents pharmacology but will do so in a way of immediate practical value to the students.”

CEO of FutureLearn Simon Nelson said the partnership with Monash University gives learners around the world access to some of the highest quality teaching from a truly global educator. 

“At FutureLearn, we want to support our partners – both in the UK and internationally – to become world-leading digital practitioners. The two courses from Monash University promise to be really enjoyable learning experiences, combining topical subjects with a strong compelling narrative, for our growing community of learners.” 

For more information about the courses, visit the Future Learn website.