FutureLearn, the OU UK’s entrant into the MOOCosphere is now live. Here’s the “About” text from the site:
FutureLearn will offer online courses from many of the best Universities in the UK for free, enabling everyone, everywhere to enjoy learning throughout their lives. Our aim is to increase access to higher education for people around the world by offering a diverse range of high quality courses and content from great Universities, educators and institutions across multiple platforms. Partnering with the British Library, the British Council, the British Museum and 20 of the UK’s top universities, our first courses will be launched later this year.
FutureLearn is a private company owned by the Open University. We are building on the OU’s unparalleled expertise in delivering distance and open learning to hundreds of thousands of people and combining this with online and mobile technology and the best of the social web to reinvent the learning experience. We hope to inspire people to continue to learn throughout their lives.