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 educator facilitation?
On demand courses can be facilitated by setting facilitation ‘windows’. This both increases the reach of your course by being on-demand, and allows you to kick-off, or periodically refresh, the course’s social learning with expert facilitation and support.
Facilitation is not compulsory. Social learning continues, even when you don’t have facilitation windows. Our courses reach 1000s of Learners at a time, if you ensure your discussion prompts are clear, Learners can be encouraged to comment and engage with their fellow learners, further embedding knowledge and comprehending/applying the content you have presented.
What about highly facilitated courses or courses with sensitive content?
Some courses may be unsuitable for on demand and require 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. Find out more about how to run highly facilitated courses.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
Find out more about how to prepare your course for being 'on demand'.