Distance Learning Trends in the UK
° The increase in tuition fees at UK universities from £3,000 to £9,000 has led to an increase in the number of students considering applying to degree programmes offered by established online education providers, such as the Open University, which charges between £1,800 - £5,000 per year. In June 2011 The Open University reported that the number of younger students taking its degrees had increased by a third in comparison to 2010.
° Futurelearn is led by the Open University and is the first UK based MOOC. It was announced in December 2012 and is due to begin offering courses in July 2013. The universities of Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, East Anglia, Exeter, King’s College London, Lancaster, Leeds, Southampton, St Andrews and Warwick have all signed up to Futurelearn. The business is managed by former BBC Radio Player front man Simon Nelson.
° The University of Edinburgh is the first British university to offer a MOOC which is titled ‘E-learning and Digital Cultures’ and is due to be launched on 28th January 2013. The course has 260,000 sign-ups to date.