What are ExpertTracks?
Collections of courses that allow learners to go deeper into a subject, with payment via a flexible subscription model.
- Monthly subscription with 7 day free trial, £36/m
- 6 - 28 weeks long, formed of up to 8 short courses (normally we would recommend between 3 - 5). Learning time of around 4 hours per week.
- Always available and unfacilitated - learners can join at any point and start on any short course
- Automated tests and peer graded assessments [new feature]
- No credit
- Final digital certificate award and digital certificates available on each short course
You may want to consider creating an ExpertTrack from scratch, or by migrating existing content - perhaps building on content that already exists on Futurelearn (in the form of short courses, as part of a microcredential, degree or old-style program), or from another platform. Read more about ExpertTracks and download a product preview, here.
How to create an ExpertTrack
Step 1: Submit your ExpertTrack
For each ExpertTrack, you will need to submit a proposal for each individual component short course, plus submit the ExpertTrack itself. You will need ‘organisation admin’ permissions in order to do this (please contact email@example.com if you or a member of your team needs this permission level).
Note that if all or any of the courses within your ExpertTrack are existing FutureLearn courses, there is no need to submit a new course proposal. We can help you create new runs and nest these within the ExpertTrack.
Create an ExpertTrack
Within Course Creator, you’ll find a ‘Create New ExpertTrack’ button at the top of the “Programs’ page:
Enter the required details:
- Start date
- Introduction copy
- Description copy
- Level (beginner / intermediate /advanced)
- ‘Is this program right for you?’ copy
- Subject categories
Note that our copywriters will use this as the basis for the learner-facing copy for the landing page
Submit individual course proposals
You can do this via the usual route, via the ‘submit new course proposal’ button in Course Creator. Within the course proposal, please ensure you select ‘program’ and enter the details of the ExpertTrack
On submission of your course proposals and your ExpertTrack form, one of our Course Development Managers will be in touch. They will explain the next steps, including the Quality Assurance process and the preparation of the landing page.
Step 2: Design and build
Once your Course Development Manager has created the component courses, you are ready to start adding content to your courses. The partners site contains lots of resources about creating courses.
Bear in mind that each component short course should include at least one piece of summative assessment and the program as a whole should conclude with a final assessment course.
Your Course Development Manager will be happy to review course outlines and/or sample materials during the development of the courses.
Step 3: Quality Assurance
All courses within an ExpertTrack will go through our Quality Assurance checks. Please aim to have all your courses ready for QA at least 30 days before the Program is due to start.
During this period, your Course Development Manager will also work with you to produce the landing page for the ExpertTrack, ready for publication on the start date.
Step 4: Run
ExpertTracks are designed to be ‘Always On’, meaning that they launch and start learning on the same day and are then available on an on-going basis for new learners to start whenever is convenient to them.
They are intended to run without facilitation, so there is no expectation of any in-course support from the partner. We have some existing resources that might be useful to refer to when thinking about how to design a course without active facilitation.
If you'd like to know more, you may find our ExpertTrack FAQ section helpful.