- How does assessment work in an ExpertTrack?
- Can Learners retake tests?
- How long does it take to launch an ExpertTrack?
- How can I convert an existing course/program to an ExpertTrack?
- What are the main differences between an ExpertTrack and a Microcredential?
- Who can I ask if I have further questions?
How does assessment work in an ExpertTrack?
ExpertTracks require at least one form of summative assessment which can appear at any point throughout the ExpertTrack. However, we strongly recommend that you include a good mixture of summative assessment throughout the constituent courses. We also recommend trying to end the ExpertTrack with a graded assessment that assesses the learning gained across all courses as a whole. This could live either at the end of the final short course or as its own separate short course.
Assessments should be included to determine learner’s progress and demonstrate understanding, ideally as several but lower risk rather than few and high-stakes. We offer Tests (multiple choice questions) and Peer Graded Assessment (which includes one submission and two reviews as essential criteria) as the two methods of summative assessment. Learners must achieve at least 70% overall grade in all summative assessments in order to complete each short course. Completing all short courses earns the learner the overall ExpertTrack achievement.
Can Learners retake tests?
Yes! This is currently only possible for tests in ExpertTrack courses but if a Learner scores less than 70% and 8 hours have passed since they last completed the test then they will be able to try again.
Once 8 hours have passed since the learner last completed the test, they will be able to see a new call-to-action on the test summary page prompting them to retake the test.
How long does it take to launch an ExpertTrack?
We are keen to help you to get your ExpertTrack live on FutureLearn as quickly as possible. Please aim to submit your course proposals, and create your ExpertTrack in Course Creator at least six weeks before your preferred start date. If you would like to discuss a quicker turnaround, please speak to your Partnership Manager.
This allows us time to create the course shells (so you can start adding content), work with you (and our copywriters and designers) to produce a compelling landing page, and to Quality Assure your content before learning gets underway.
How can I convert an existing course / program to an ExpertTrack
There is no need to submit new course proposals if courses already exist on FutureLearn, but you will need to submit a proposal for any new courses and fill in the ExpertTrack form (see step 1 above).
The ExpertTrack courses will be created as re-runs of the existing courses in Course Creator. A Course Development Manager can help you to nest these reruns within the ExpertTrack once that has been created. You can then make any edits required. Once a course becomes an ExpertTrack it will no longer run as a regular, standalone short course.
Note that, if the existing courses don’t contain any summative assessment, we would encourage you to consider adding some within each course. One final piece of summative assessment is compulsory at the end of the ExpertTrack. This might be an existing end of program assessment perhaps, or might involve adding a peer assessment and/or test to the existing final course, or creating a brand new course to house the final assessment.
What are the main differences between an ExpertTrack and a Microcredential?
Although Microcredentials and ExpertTracks are both made up of bundles of short courses, there are some key differentiators to be aware of:
- Microcredentials award academic credit and ExpertTracks do not
- Microcredentials are expected to have a higher level of facilitation
- Microcredentials must meet the requirements of the Common Microcredential Framework
- Microcredentials should generally contain higher number of learning hours and more time allocated for independent research and self-study
Who can I ask if I have further questions?
Your Partnership Manager will be able to support you with any questions you have and put you in touch with our Content team for advice on creating and running ExpertTracks if required.