This section only applies to short courses that cannot be on the 'on demand' model because they contain highly sensitive topics or are highly facilitated. Most short courses will now be running continuously on the 'on demand' model so will not have an extended enrolment period. If this is the case with your course, please ignore this article.
What is an extended enrolment window?
An enrolment window is the period of time in which a learner can find and enrol on a course.
An extended enrolment window makes it possible to join and start learning on a course in the period we traditionally think of as ‘after’ a course. If a course has four weeks worth of activities the learner can join and enrol on the course from the moment the course is published until the enrolment window closes. The example below shows the enrolment period of a 4 week course with 6 weeks of extended enrolment.
When should a new run be scheduled for courses that have the maximum extended enrolment?
For courses that have the maximum extended enrolment period of 52 weeks, we recommend that new runs are 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.
A new run should also be scheduled when the number of enrolled learners exceeds the maximum recommended for an optimum social experience. Please contact your Partnership Manager for more information.
Changes that do not warrant a new run to be scheduled:
- 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
How to request a change to the extended enrolment window
FutureLearn can increase or decrease the enrolment window if necessary – please email email@example.com if you’d like to request a change to the extended enrolment period of a course, copying in your Partnership Manager for reference.
Should courses be facilitated during extended enrolment?
We do not require you to interact with learners during the extended enrolment window.
FutureLearn is a social learning platform, and social learning is core to our offering. However, while some learners may arrive with the expectation that there will be some amount of interaction with educators, this is not in fact essential to the principles of social learning.
If you do choose to facilitate your courses then the facilitation dashboard should help your facilitation be quicker and more efficient.