Creating a program
A closed program sits within a degree and the number of programs will depend on your own institution’s policies and learning design. Most FutureLearn degree programs are comprised of approximately nine programs.
We recommend that each program of a degree contains at least one ‘taster’ or open course. These courses are available on the upgrade model and accessible by a wider global cohort.
Unlike open programs, degree programs do not need to go through our program proposal process.
Below are a few pointers on creating your degree program:
Create a program – To create a program navigate to the Programs tab and select ‘Create new program’.
Program type key – This should always be set to ‘Degree program’.
Include this program in program listings – Make sure this is un-ticked. Doing so will ensure that your programs do not appear at https://www.futurelearn.com/programs. Since degree programs are only available to fee-paying students we do not want them to be publicly visible.
Why join this program? – As with the discipline page you may wish to consult your marketing team about the copy on this page.
Partner title – This tagline will appear at the bottom of the program page
Partner description – This information will appear above your logo and is intended to describe your relationship to the program and if your program was co-created you should talk about both institutions in this field.
Endorser description – If you have an external endorser or a partner accreditor add the information here.
External enrolment URL – This link is required in order to allow a program to be open for enrolment and will take the learner to apply at the University to join the program.
Creating a program run
Programs on FutureLearn will likely run multiple times. Program runs allow cohorts of students to move through the courses comprising a program at a similar pace.
For example if one intake of students starts a particular program in May and a new intake takes the same program in September this program will need two runs – one in May and one in September.
Courses making up programs may be changed run to run too. Run 1 may have 5 courses but you may decide to add an additional course to Run 2.
To add a program run, navigate to the Programs tab and select ‘+ Add Run’:
Starts on – A date is mandatory before FutureLearn can fully publish the program.
Allow learners to enrol on this program run – Does not need to be ticked before the program run is published. This can be ticked when you are ready or can be left blank.
Enrolment deadline – This is optional.
Code – Should ideally match the coding system in your student records system.
Resources – Alerts learners to any pertinent assessment information, reading lists and whether/how they can gain access to the university library.
Support information for learners – If you want to add a message from or about your student experience team, this is placed here.
Portfolios provide an opportunity for learners to get rich feedback, and build a showcase of their learning. The portfolio is a collection of individual portfolio task steps – which are added to courses within a program.
The Portfolio tool is available on all degree programs and allows learners to gather, curate and showcase their learning. If you plan to enable the portfolio tool for a program add an appropriate title and description in the Title and Guidance fields.
FutureLearn will need to enable the Portfolio tool for you, please contact email@example.com to enable the tool.
Enable discussion – If you would like learners to post questions in the Announcements section of the Program page, please ask firstname.lastname@example.org to tick ‘Enable discussion’. This is accessible to learners via their Your Learning section when they enrol on a program.