Hackdays and Hackathons – Experience of running these events in a University

Team Pattacini discuss their plans for the Hackathon

Seminar, workshop, symposium, colloquium, forum, panel discussion – there are many types of interactive events where people can meet to discuss a subject of interest. To this, I would like to propose adding ‘hackday’ and ‘hackathon’ to the list. If you want to know more you about running these events and what the impact of …

Celebrating half a million joiners with the inaugural Open Online Learning Awards

Open Online Learning Award nominees for most popular single course run

The inaugural Open Online Learning Awards took place last week which was an excellent opportunity to gather colleagues together to drink wine, show off some success stories and hand out some awards. The night was introduced by Vice President for Education, Professor Wyn Morgan, who spoke about the importance of digital and online learning to …

Inspiring our global learning community

Woman types on a laptop computer

FutureLearn Learner Stories is a collection of personal experiences from a handful of the 5,000,000 FutureLearners from across the world. We’re very happy to recently read of Rachel from Cornwall who, following being made unemployed, took our two courses from the Careers Service – How to Succeed at: Writing Applications and Interviews and found they significantly improved …

“We aren’t dealing with ordinary machines here”

Professor Tony Prescott shakes hands with the iCub robot

Director of Sheffield Robotics and contributor to our free online course Building a Future with Robots Professor Tony Prescott has written this illuminating article for The Conversation entitled Why watching Westworld’s robots should make us question ourselves. In it, Professor Prescott uses the new HBO series Westworld as his basis for discussing how the design of increasingly complex AI …