- What do we mean by opening for enrolment?
- Why do we open courses for enrolment before they start?
- What is required to open a course for enrolment?
What do we mean by ‘opening for enrolment’?
Opening a course for enrolment is when we publish the Course Description Page. If the course is listed publicly, as most FutureLearn courses are, this page will appear in FutureLearn course listings pages and, after a day or two, in internet searches.
When a learner finds a course description page either from within FutureLearn or an internet search, they will see the details of the course and can ‘join’, or enrol. If they join before the course begins they can access a Welcome Area (if available). They will be prompted by email when the course has begun.
Opening for enrolment is when the description of a course becomes visible to prospective learners. The course start date indicates when they can start learning.
- Short courses open for enrolment shortly before, or on the day of, the course start date. Enrolment continues after that, usually indefinitely.
- Expert Tracks open for enrolment on the same day they start. Learners can join and study at any point after that.
- Microcredentials typically open for enrolment months before they start. Enrolment generally closes just before the start date.
After enrolment opens, but before a course or microcredential start date, Learners who enrol cannot access course content.
Why do we open courses for enrolment before they start?
On-demand courses generally do not need an enrolment window, since they are always available for learners to enrol and study.
Any course that will run for a limited period needs time to promote itself and enrol learners.
In this, and some other instances, it may benefit the course to open for enrolment before it begins.
Enrolment windows are only useful in certain instances, which include:
- Limited-run courses, especially where facilitated and/or technical and specialist audience (this includes microcredentials).
- A facilitation window is scheduled at the start of an on-demand short course run.
- Marketing or promotional aims, needing a course URL to link to.
Our data has shown diminishing returns with short course enrolment periods beyond 4 weeks.
What is required to open a course for enrolment:
- Approved Course Description Page copy. We’ll let you know when the copy is ready to review. You will be asked, at this time, to confirm when you would like to open the course for enrolment.
- Learning Outcomes inserted into Course Creator.
- Educator Profiles added to the CDP.
- Any collaborating organisation information, which we will add, at your instruction.
- Facilitation window dates added in Course Creator (if appropriate).
- Certificate information submitted.
- A Welcome Area created for your course which allows Learners to interact with each other and access some pre-course reading [optional].