What is 'on demand' and what's happening to runs?
Previously, courses on FutureLearn had been delivered in ‘runs’, time-limited study windows. Learners enrolling on a course have needed to wait until a run begins before they can begin their studies.
However, we're now encouraging all courses to become 'on demand' where possible. This means that the course will run continuously and Learners will be able to begin learning as soon as they enrol, never waiting for a new run to begin.
Note: This does not apply to Invite-only, Premium, Programs, Microcredentials or Degrees."
What about highly facilitated courses or courses with sensitive content?
We understand there may be some courses where on demand is unsuitable and you may prefer to create separate runs. This is likely to be the case if your course requires high levels of facilitation or if it's on a sensitive topic and you would prefer to monitor courses more closely for designated periods. For more information about how to run highly facilitated courses, see here.
What if I need to make a change to my course content?
For short courses on the on demand model, we recommend that new runs are only created when substantial changes to the course are planned. This is because major updates to the existing run may affect the learning experience of learners who have long term access to it.
Substantial changes include:
- Adding or removing steps
- Adding, changing, or removing quiz/test questions or answers
- Changing the upgrade price
- Changing the course name
- A shift in the scope of the course resulting in changing the learning outcomes of the course and/or major updates to the course description
If you are planning to make substantial changes as outlined above please contact email@example.com. An additional QA may be required depending on the level of changes made.
Changes that do not warrant a new run to be scheduled and can be updated on the current course:
- Fixing minor errors in the text e.g. typos
- Small updates to step text e.g. for clarification purposes
- Adding references, “see also” links and additional resources to the bottom of a step
- Changes to course emails
- Change in course educator/ course team
For more detailed advice about how to prepare your course and course content for being 'on demand' please see here.