The UK’s first massive open online course platform will focus on promoting student discussion and debate in an effort to stand out from the Mooc crowd, according to Simon Nelson, its chief executive.

FutureLearn will offer “something fresh, something different”, he toldTimes Higher Education, including being optimised for use on smartphones.

The platform, which is owned by The Open University and was launched on 18 September, will compete with the likes of US-based platforms Coursera and edX, the latter of which last week announced plans to develop its open source platform, Open edX, with Google.


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