The University of East Anglia has announced its next open, online course (commonly known as MOOCs), which aims to prepare students with the skills they need for university.
The course, titled ‘Preparing for University’, is offered through the new platform FutureLearn, and starts on June 15th 2015.
The course is aimed primarily at sixth form students, as an introduction to the skills which universities value and may also appeal to mature students returning to education as well as those overseas thinking of studying in the UK.
Designed to fit into the two to three hours of weekly non-assessed study time sixth formers have, it will help in preparation for university but also in students’ sixth form work, helping to improve grades required for course entry. It allows students a glimpse into the exciting atmosphere and life of a university whilst also introducing them to how academically rigorous it can be.
Harriet Jones, senior lecturer at UEA, said: "This course has been developed from years of experience teaching first year undergraduate students, and the experience gained from developing the current PreUniversity Skills programme used by many sixth form pupils."
"It will provide material to help students develop a degree of independent study with the option, through FutureLearn’s interactive style of learning, to be encouraged and directed by their teachers while they work through the course."
‘Preparing for University’ follows the successful launch of UEA’s ‘The Secret Power of Brands’, one of 10 courses from UK institutions which launched with FutureLearn in October, and which was the very first to go live. UEA will also launch ‘Teaching Computing’, aimed at those who will be teaching the new computing curriculum, this month.
To learn more about ‘Preparing for University’, view the course trailer here:
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