New Online Learning Opportunities through “FutureLearn”

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Are you interested in “Learning for Life” ? The FutureLearn initiative, endorsed by the Third Age Trust, offers a diverse selection of free, high quality online courses over the Internet to audiences across the world.

Horsley U3A members have already completed several courses and you can read their reviews of courses on Cyber Security ("Essential cyber security knowledge and skills that help protect your digital life"), Astronomy ("Moons of the Solar system”), Psychology (“Good Brain, Bad Brain"), Forensic Science and Criminal Justice ("Sleuth School"), and the Environment and Sustainability ("Global Food Security") here.

FutureLearn courses are currently free to participants. Teaching materials (articles, presentations, and short videos) are displayed on the FutureLearn website, and participants use email, web logs (blogs) and discussion forums to interact with the course tutors and discuss topics with fellow participants. Courses are available on an eclectic range of subjects and usually run for 3 to 6 weeks at a time, each week’s study taking 2 to 3 hours of effort; the work can be done at any time of day or night to suit the student. Courses are delivered one step at a time, and are equally accessible by smartphone, iPad or Android tablet computer, or conventional personal computer or laptop.

FutureLearn is the brainchild of an international consortium of English-speaking universities and world-renowned institutions including the British Library, and the British Museum.

Course topics include the arts, life and social sciences, technology, and business. Click here for full details on all the FutureLearn courses currently open to applicants.

Some courses are designed for individual study; others could form the basis for Activity Group learning and discussion. For further details go to: www.futurelearn.com or contact:

Richard Deighton tel:  01483 285251 email:  website@horsleyu3a.org.uk.


 SELECTED FUTURELEARN COURSES ON OFFER - April 2017 - listed by subject

Click on a course title to go to the course webpage

 

FutureLearn: Current and Future Courses as at 16 April 2017    
Subject Title Detail Date & Effort
Creative Arts & Media An Introduction to Screenwriting  This free online course explores the key concepts and fundamental principles involved in the process of screenwriting. Monday 08 May - 3 hours pw for 2 weeks
  Filmmaking and Animation in the Classroom  Learn how to use simple filmmaking and animation to bring learning to life, and aid cross-curricular attainment and assessment. Monday 08 May - 3 hours pw for 3 weeks
  The Business of Film  Explore the intriguing world of film production and find out about the complexities of development, distribution and finance. Monday 12 Jun - 3 hours pw for 6 weeks
  From Notation to Performance: Understanding Musical Scores  Explore what’s involved when musicians create a performance from musical notation in this free online course. Monday 17 Jul - 3 hours pw for 4 weeks
Health & Psychology Logical and Critical Thinking  Improve your logical and critical thinking skills in this free online course. Identify common obstacles to effective thinking. Monday 13 Feb - 4 hours pw for 8 weeks
  Discover Dentistry  An entertaining and illuminating course for everyone to explore the impact dentistry has on our lives. Monday 20 Feb - 3 hours pw for 6 weeks
  The Genomics Era: the Future of Genetics in Medicine  Get an introduction to the growing role of genomics in healthcare, for patient diagnoses, treatment and disease prevention. Monday 20 Feb - 2 hours pw for 5 weeks
  Talking About Cancer  Gain the tips, tools and confidence to talk about cancer prevention with this free online course from Cancer Research UK. Monday 27 Feb - 1 hour pw for 3 weeks
  Myths and Realities of Personalised Medicine: the Genetic Revolution  Learn about personalised medicine and the impact that our enhanced understanding of genetics has on modern medicine and society. Monday 06 Mar - 3 hours pw for 5 weeks
  The Science of Medicines  Learn the science behind how and why medicines work, and what can improve patient's treatment, with this online course. Monday 06 Mar - 3 hours pw for 6 weeks
  Forensic Psychology: Witness Investigation  Discover how psychology can help obtain evidence from eyewitnesses in police investigations and prevent miscarriages of justice. Monday 20 Mar - 3 hours pw for 8 weeks
  Babies in Mind: Why the Parent's Mind Matters  Find out how parents and caregivers influence children’s minds, from conception through infancy, with this free online course. Monday 27 Mar - 4 hours pw for 4 weeks
  Good Brain, Bad Brain: Basics  What do we know and what are we discovering about the form and function of the human brain? Find out with this online course. Monday 27 Mar - 3 hours pw for 3 weeks
  Understanding Drugs and Addiction  How do addictions develop? How are they best treated and prevented? Explore these key questions with this free online course. Monday 27 Mar - 4 hours pw for 6 weeks
  Exercise Prescription for the Prevention and Treatment of Disease  Learn how physical exercise can help patients including those with cardiovascular disease, mental health problems and cancer. Monday 03 Apr - 4 hours pw for 2 weeks
  Exploring Cancer Medicines  Explore the use of medicines in treating cancer and take your first steps towards becoming a science writer. Monday 03 Apr - 2 hours pw for 2 weeks
  Making Babies in the 21st Century  Explores the new reproductive technologies, the opportunities they provide, and the profound social challenges they pose. Monday 03 Apr - 2 hours pw for 6 weeks
  Body Weight: How Our Brain, Behavior and Genetics Influence Appetite and Food Choices  Explore the environmental and biological factors that influence our appetite and food choices, and regulate our body weight. Monday 17 Apr - 2 hours pw for 3 weeks
  Antibiotic Resistance: the Silent Tsunami  Understand antibiotic resistance and what actions are needed to address this increasingly serious global health threat Monday 24 Apr - 3 hours pw for 4 weeks
  Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Public Health Dimensions  An introduction to public health and wider responses to high-risk biological agent events, epidemics and bioterrorism. Monday 24 Apr - 4 hours pw for 4 weeks
  Medicine and the Arts: Humanising Healthcare  Explore the field of medical humanities - the intersection of the arts, humanities and healthcare - with this free online course. Monday 24 Apr - 3 hours pw for 6 weeks
  Good Brain, Bad Brain: Parkinson's Disease  Learn the fundamentals of Parkinson's disease with this online course. What causes it and what we can do to treat it? Monday 01 May - 3 hours pw for 3 weeks
  Influenza: How the Flu Spreads and Evolves  Get an introduction to the biology, epidemiology and evolution of the influenza virus in this free online course. Monday 15 May - 3 hours pw for 2 weeks
  Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance  Learn mindfulness techniques to reduce stress and improve your wellbeing and work/study performance in this online course. Monday 15 May - 3 hours pw for 6 weeks
  First Aid for Babies and Children  Learn life-saving skills to treat choking, burns, wounds or cardiac arrest in children through this free online first aid course. Monday 22 May - 2 hours pw for 2 weeks
  From Crime to Punishment: An Introduction to Criminal Justice  What is crime? How does criminal justice work in England and Wales? Find out more by following a case through the system. Monday 22 May - 4 hours pw for 4 weeks
  Whole Genome Sequencing: Decoding the Language of Life and Health  Learn how whole genome sequencing works and what it could mean for the future of healthcare with this free online course. Monday 22 May - 3 hours pw for 3 weeks
  Crime, Justice and Society  Explore the role of the state in regulating criminal behaviour and the parts played by those in the criminal justice system. Monday 29 May - 3 hours pw for 7 weeks
  Basic First Aid: How To Be An Everyday Hero  Get an introduction to basic first aid, including how to help someone who is choking, with this first aid course Monday 05 Jun - 1 hour pw for 2 weeks
  Good Brain, Bad Brain: Drug Origins  Explore our past, present and future understanding of drugs with this online course. Where do drugs come from? How do they work? Monday 05 Jun - 4 hours pw for 2 weeks
  Understanding Anxiety, Depression and CBT  Improve your understanding of depression and anxiety and find out more about an effective and evidence-based treatment: CBT Monday 05 Jun - 3 hours pw for 5 weeks
  First Aid for Adults  Learn first aid techniques to address seven common injuries in adults, including cardiac arrest, choking, bleeding and burns. Monday 12 Jun - 2 hours pw for 2 weeks
  Food as Medicine  Explore the role of food in health. Apply nutrition science to guide you on using food as medicine for you and your family. Monday 17 Jul - 4 hours pw for 3 weeks
  Discovering Science: Medicinal Chemistry  What role does chemistry play in healthcare and our ability to diagnose and treat patients? Monday 16 Oct - 5 hours pw for 2 weeks
History The European Discovery of China  Explore Chinese history through the eyes of Western travellers, discoverers and missionaries, with this free online course. Monday 06 Feb - 6 hours pw for 8 weeks
  England in the Time of King Richard III  Explore 15th century England through archaeology, history and literature. Learn more about Richard III’s discovery and reburial. Monday 27 Feb - 3 hours pw for 6 weeks
  Rome: a Virtual Tour of the Ancient City  Explore the architecture and history of Rome, walking around a 3D digital model of the ancient city, with this free online course. Monday 13 Mar - 3 hours pw for 5 weeks
  Exploring Copyright: History, Culture, Industry  Understand the importance of copyright and learn its history, from the Renaissance to the Internet, with this free online course. Monday 20 Mar - 3 hours pw for 4 weeks
  Stereoscopy: An Introduction to Victorian Stereo Photography  Discover why the stereoscope and stereo photography mesmerised Victorians when they first appeared at 1851’s Great Exhibition. Monday 20 Mar - 3 hours pw for 2 weeks
  Superpowers of the Ancient World: the Near East  Experience the world’s first international age, 3,500 years ago in the ancient Near East, with this free online course. Monday 20 Mar - 3 hours pw for 4 weeks
  From World War to White Heat: the RAF in the Cold War  Explore the role that the Royal Air Force played in the Cold War through the collections of the RAF Museums at Hendon and Cosford. Monday 27 Mar - 5 hours pw for 6 weeks
  WW1 Heroism: Through Art and Film  Discover just some of the ways that heroism and the First World War is portrayed through art and film. Monday 03 Apr - 2 hours pw for 2 weeks
  A History of Royal Food and Feasting  Chart the history of royal food in the splendour of royal palaces. Monday 24 Apr - 3 hours pw for 5 weeks
  World War 1: A History in 100 Stories  Change the way you see World War 1 as you explore stories of hope, suffering and loss from newly released historical archives. Monday 24 Apr - 4 hours pw for 5 weeks
  Radical Spirituality: the Early History of the Quakers  Learn about the beginnings of this radical religious group as it emerged in 17th century England, with this free online course. Monday 22 May - 3 hours pw for 3 weeks
  Health and Wellbeing in the Ancient World  Discover what healthcare was like in ancient Greece and the Roman world with this free online course. Monday 05 Jun - 3 hours pw for 6 weeks
Languages Italian for Beginners 3: My Daily Life  In the third Italian for Beginners course, learn how to talk about your daily life and your leisure activities. Monday 20 Mar - 4 hours pw for 4 weeks
  Italian for Beginners 6: Out And About  In this sixth Italian for Beginners course, learn to book holiday accommodation and order a meal. Monday 20 Mar - 4 hours pw for 4 weeks
  Spanish for Beginners 3: My Life  Learn to talk about daily life, what you do during the day and when things happen in the third Spanish for Beginners course. Monday 20 Mar - 4 hours pw for 4 weeks
  Introduction to Frisian  Learn to speak, write and understand the second official language of the Netherlands with this free introductory language course. Monday 27 Mar - 3 hours pw for 3 weeks
  Italian for Beginners 4: Likes And Dislikes  In the fourth Italian for Beginners course, learn to talk about your likes, dislikes and preferences. Monday 24 Apr - 4 hours pw for 4 weeks
  Spanish for Beginners 4: Leisure Time  Learn how to talk about your hobbies and free time, and your likes and dislikes in the fourth Spanish for Beginners course. Monday 24 Apr - 4 hours pw for 4 weeks
  Introduction to Norwegian  Learn to speak, write and understand basic Norwegian, with this free, four-week, introductory foreign language course. Monday 15 May - 5 hours pw for 4 weeks
  Introduction to Korean  Get an introduction to the language and culture of Korea, with this online Korean course from Hanyang University in Seoul. Monday 29 May - 3 hours pw for 6 weeks
  Italian for Beginners 5: Time To Travel  In the fifth Italian for Beginners course, learn to ask for information on trains and buy train tickets. Monday 29 May - 4 hours pw for 4 weeks
  Spanish for Beginners 5: Getting Things Done  Learn how to make phone calls, book accommodation, shop for food and get things done in the fifth Spanish for Beginners course. Monday 29 May - 4 hours pw for 4 weeks
  Spanish for Beginners 6: Out and About  Learn how to ask for directions, shop for clothes, and order food and drinks in the sixth Spanish for Beginners course. Monday 03 Jul - 4 hours pw for 4 weeks
  Introduction to Dutch  Learn to speak, write and understand basic Dutch, with this free, three-week, introductory foreign language course. Monday 14 Aug - 3 hours pw for 3 weeks
Literature Gabriel García Márquez: Power, History and Love  Identify the author’s contributions to world literature through the study of three of his obsessions: power, history and love. Monday 27 Feb - 4 hours pw for 8 weeks
  Shakespeare and his World  Together with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Professor Jonathan Bate explores Shakespeare, his works and the world he lived in. Monday 20 Mar - 5 hours pw for 10 weeks
  Physical Theatre: Exploring The Slap  Learn about Meyerhold’s form of physical theatre, biomechanics, and understand and perform ‘The Slap’. Monday 03 Apr - 2 hours pw for 2 weeks
  Start Writing Fiction  This hands-on course helps you to get started with your own fiction writing, focusing on the central skill of creating characters. Monday 24 Apr - 3 hours pw for 8 weeks
  Japanese Culture Through Rare Books  Explore the important roles that books have played in the cultural history of Japan. Monday 22 May - 3 hours pw for 3 weeks
  How to Read a Novel  Get underneath the skin of a novel by understanding some of the main building blocks of modern fiction. Monday 24 Jul - 2 hours pw for 4 weeks
Nature & Environment Homo Floresiensis Uncovered: The Science of ‘the Hobbit’  Discover the incredible world of 'the Hobbit' as modern archaeological science uncovers secrets hidden in time. Monday 06 Mar - 2 hours pw for 4 weeks
  Identifying Food Fraud  An introduction to modern analytical science techniques and how they can be used to uncover food fraud. Monday 13 Mar - 2 hours pw for 4 weeks
  Environmental Challenges: Scarcity and Conflict in the Natural Environment  War and conflict can severely disrupt the governance of the environment. What is the impact on both people and the environment? Monday 20 Mar - 5 hours pw for 2 weeks
  Extinctions: Past and Present  Discover the diversity of life on earth, the impacts of five past mass extinctions and the prospect of a sixth extinction today. Monday 20 Mar - 3 hours pw for 5 weeks
  Soils: Introducing the World Beneath Our Feet  Learn about soils, the variety of life they contain and how humans impact this fragile system, with this free online course. Monday 20 Mar - 3 hours pw for 4 weeks
  Ethical Cities: Shaping the Future of Your City  Understand the problems cities face and learn how they can be resolved with ethical solutions. Monday 03 Apr - 2 hours pw for 5 weeks
  Innovation: the Fashion Industry  Understand how big fashion retailers innovate and discover the story behind a favourite piece of your clothing. Monday 03 Apr - 2 hours pw for 2 weeks
  Innovation: the Food Industry  Learn how innovation has changed the food industry, the way we shop and how we manage the global issue of food waste. Monday 03 Apr - 2 hours pw for 2 weeks
  Innovation: the World's Greatest  Understand what innovation means and consider the history and developments of innovations that are important in our daily lives. Monday 03 Apr - 2 hours pw for 2 weeks
  Climate Change Leadership  Learn how to apply climate change leadership in your business, municipality or organization, with this free online course. Monday 10 Apr - 4 hours pw for 5 weeks
  Smart Cities  Explore the role of technology and data in cities, and learn how you can participate in the creation of smart cities. Monday 10 Apr - 3 hours pw for 6 weeks
  Energy, the Environment and Our Future  Learn where we get our energy from today and why we need to change our energy system now, to avoid future changes to our climate. Monday 17 Apr - 3 hours pw for 5 weeks
  Football: More than a Game  Explore the role of football in the world today - including finances, clubs, nations and rivalries - with this free online course. Monday 17 Apr - 3 hours pw for 6 weeks
  Virtual Hong Kong: New World, Old Traditions  Discover Hong Kong, its people, culture and customs with this free online course using 360° video and virtual reality. Monday 24 Apr - 3 hours pw for 3 weeks
  Citizen Science: From Soil to Sky  Learn how to understand your soil and explore global environmental soil issues by becoming a citizen scientist. Monday 08 May - 4 hours pw for 3 weeks
  Planetary Urbanisation: Global Challenges in a Changing World  Understanding the Global Challenges of a Changing World Monday 15 May - 3 hours pw for 5 weeks
  Modern Building Design  Learn how climate change, technology and regulation are changing modern building design and professional practice in construction. Monday 05 Jun - 2 hours pw for 3 weeks
  Come Rain or Shine: Understanding the Weather  Get an introduction to the weather and climate of the UK and beyond, from understanding storms to how to do a weather forecast. Monday 19 Jun - 3 hours pw for 3 weeks
  The Earth in My Pocket: an Introduction to Geology  Get an introduction to geology. Discover where materials that make up everyday objects come from and how to use them sustainably. Monday 03 Jul - 3 hours pw for 4 weeks
  The Science of Nutrition  Explore the science behind what you eat with this free online course. Monday 03 Jul - 3 hours pw for 4 weeks
  Elements of Renewable Energy  Learn how sustainable energy from the Greek elements – Earth, Air, Fire and Water – can replace fossil fuels and nuclear power. Monday 11 Sep - 3 hours pw for 4 weeks
  Introduction to Ecosystems  Gain an understanding of the natural world, how the web of life works, with illustrations from around the world. Monday 11 Sep - 3 hours pw for 6 weeks
  Discovering Science: Global Challenges  Can chemistry help to feed a growing population, or overcome increasing bacterial resistance? Monday 30 Oct - 5 hours pw for 2 weeks
Online & Digital Supercomputing  Discover how supercomputers work and the real-life scientific breakthroughs made possible by today’s computer simulations. Monday 06 Mar - 3 hours pw for 5 weeks
  Literature in the Digital Age: from Close Reading to Distant Reading  Learn new ways of interpreting literary texts, from time-tested methods to computer-assisted practices such as distant reading. Monday 13 Mar - 4 hours pw for 6 weeks
  Network Security for Industry Professionals  Explore different methods to defend, deter and detect attacks on your business’s systems, with this free network security course. Monday 27 Mar - 2 hours pw for 3 weeks
  Introduction to Cyber Security  Our lives depend on online services. Gain essential cyber security knowledge and skills, to help protect your digital life. Monday 10 Apr - 3 hours pw for 8 weeks
  Teaching Physical Computing with Raspberry Pi and Python  Create simple systems that respond to and control the physical world using the Raspberry Pi and Python. Monday 17 Apr - 2 hours pw for 4 weeks
  Understanding Information and Technology Today  Non-technological ‘big picture’ of technology and information systems to help you understand what technology can do for you today. Monday 22 May - 2 hours pw for 5 weeks
  The Internet of Things  Learn how IoT works, and how to create a successful product or company using it, with this free online course. Monday 05 Jun - 2 hours pw for 4 weeks
Science, Maths, & Technology Moons  Explore the many moons of our Solar System. Find out what makes them special. Should we send humans to our Moon again? Monday 20 Feb - 3 hours pw for 8 weeks
  Childhood in the Digital Age  Delve into the lives of children and discuss the potential benefits and limitations of technology in their lives. Monday 20 Mar - 3 hours pw for 4 weeks
  Discovering Science: Atmospheric Chemistry  What can we learn about Earth, and other planets in and beyond our solar system, by studying their atmospheres? Monday 20 Mar - 5 hours pw for 2 weeks
  Maths Puzzles: Cryptarithms, Symbologies and Secret Codes  Explore and solve encrypted maths puzzles, in which numbers are replaced by letters or symbols, with this free online course. Monday 20 Mar - 4 hours pw for 3 weeks
  Through Engineers' Eyes: Engineering Mechanics by Experiment, Analysis and Design  Learn the techniques of Engineering Mechanics, use them to interpret experiments and apply them to design. Monday 24 Apr - 4 hours pw for 7 weeks
  Maps and the Geospatial Revolution  Learn to make maps and analyze geographic patterns using the latest geographic information systems (GIS) and cartographic tools. Monday 08 May - 6 hours pw for 5 weeks
  The Science of Nuclear Energy  Discover the science behind nuclear energy and its role in energy provision in the past, present and future. Monday 08 May - 3 hours pw for 4 weeks
  Understanding Superstructures  Discover the mechanics behind the natural and man-made structures that make up our world with this free online course. Monday 22 May - 3 hours pw for 5 weeks
  Antiquities Trafficking and Art Crime  Delve into the seedy underbelly of the art world, looking at smuggling, theft, fakes, and fraud, with this free online course. Monday 05 Jun - 4 hours pw for 3 weeks
  Biochemistry: the Molecules of Life  Explore the impact of biochemistry on bioenergy and health, discovering why graduates are in demand; with the Biochemical Society. Monday 26 Jun - 3 hours pw for 3 weeks
  Exploring Everyday Chemistry  Explore the organic chemistry behind perfume, medicine, brewing and sport from one of the UK's leading universities Monday 03 Jul - 4 hours pw for 4 weeks
  Understanding Nuclear Power  Learn more about nuclear power, from the risks and benefits to the technology and its future, with this free online course. Monday 09 Oct - 4 hours pw for 5 weeks
Wellbeing & Ageing Dementia Care: Staying Connected and Living Well  A course for carers, to help you stay connected to loved ones, manage stress at home and defuse difficult situations. Monday 27 Mar - 2 hours pw for 3 weeks
  Internet of Things for Active Aging  Learn about how the Internet of Things can help people aging well with this free online course. Monday 03 Apr - 2 hours pw for 4 weeks
  Dysphagia: Swallowing Difficulties and Medicines  This course will enhance the knowledge of any person involved in the administration of medicines to patients with dysphagia. Monday 24 Apr - 2 hours pw for 6 weeks
  Supporting People Living with Long-term Conditions  Explore how healthcare professionals work in partnership with people with long-term conditions in this free online course. Monday 24 Apr - 2 hours pw for 3 weeks
  Living Well with Diabetes  Examine the concepts of health, wellness and holism and understand what it means to have an illness like diabetes. Monday 01 May - 3 hours pw for 2 weeks
  Strategies for Successful Ageing  Find out how staying happy, healthy, socially-connected and active can help you age successfully, with this free online course. Monday 01 May - 2 hours pw for 5 weeks
  The Many Faces of Dementia  Gain a unique insight into dementia through the stories, symptoms and science behind four less common diagnoses. Monday 05 Jun - 2 hours pw for 4 weeks
Politics The Politics of Economics and the Economics of Politicians  Investigate links between economics and politicians with Sir Vince Cable and leading economists at the University of Nottingham. Monday 20 Mar - 3 hours pw for 3 weeks
  Empire: the Controversies of British Imperialism  The British Empire continues to cause enormous disagreement among historians. Find out why and join the debate. Monday 27 Mar - 3 hours pw for 6 weeks
  Korea in a Global Context  Learn the international politics of Asia-Pacific with a focus on the United States, China, Japan, North Korea, and South Korea Monday 27 Mar - 3 hours pw for 6 weeks
  Challenging Wealth and Income Inequality  Explore the concerns about rising generational and economic inequality in developed countries, with this free online course. Monday 03 Apr - 3 hours pw for 4 weeks
  Global Studies: Risks and Threats in International Relations  Explore global issues and discover how cultural divides and security threats impact foreign affairs and global policies. Monday 24 Apr - 3 hours pw for 4 weeks
  European Culture and Politics  Learn about the link between identity, culture and politics in the construction of contemporary Europe. Monday 01 May - 5 hours pw for 6 weeks
  Ending Slavery: Strategies for Contemporary Global Abolition  There are 45.8 million slaves alive today. Find out how we might achieve a slavery-free world with this free online course. Monday 08 May - 5 hours pw for 4 weeks
Finance Introduction to Quantitative Investing  Learn basics of financial economics and try its real life application using financial data and programming. Monday 20 Mar - 3 hours pw for 6 weeks
  Managing My Investments  Gain the skills to manage your investments: analyse portfolio risk and plan your pension, with this free online course. Monday 20 Mar - 3 hours pw for 6 weeks
  Finance Fundamentals: Investment Theory and Practice  Explore the links between investment theory and practice. Examine investment strategies and performance. How do experts manage? Monday 03 Apr - 3 hours pw for 4 weeks
  Economics of Crime  Learn how economic analyses can help us better understand crime problems that we face. Monday 24 Apr - 3 hours pw for 6 weeks