The Business School has entered into an exciting partnership with FutureLearn, the popular UK-based social learning platform. FutureLearn will be launching three new online Social Enterprise courses (MOOCs) together with Middlesex University over the next 12 months.
The three social enterprise courses are on Business Doing Good, Turning Ideas into Action and Growing a Sustainable Business. These courses will provide individuals with an understanding of what it takes to launch and run a sustainable social enterprise.
Sara Calvo, a Lecturer and the Social Enterprise Coordinator at the Enterprise Development Hub in the Business School, approached FutureLearn about developing the programme in 2015 after identifying that there were no social enterprise courses being offered on their learning platform.
The Business School prepared the programme in collaboration with researchers at the Jindal Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship in India and the UK social enterprise Living in Minca, and with funding from the British Council.
Sara commented: “I am delighted that our University is now a FutureLearn partner. It is recognition of the social enterprise expertise we have here at Middlesex. I believe this partnership will offer us a great opportunity to share our knowledge with a wider audience and improve how we use digital technology in our teaching and learning.”
The flexible courses are accessible for free on desktop, tablet or mobile and are delivered over three weeks of learning. Once students have completed all three courses and bought a Certificate of Achievement for each, they will earn a FutureLearn Award.
Sara is intending to use these online courses in her teaching at Middlesex. She hopes these courses will enable Business School students and people from outside of the University to start up social enterprises and sustain them over the long term, as well as connecting them with successful social entrepreneurs, leading academics, practitioners and policy makers.
“These high quality courses will benefit our students and anyone else who wants to learn about social enterprise," she continued.
FutureLearn currently has 88 partners around the world, including some of the top UK and international universities and specialist organisations.
Nearly four million people from over 190 countries have signed up to follow its 250 plus online courses since the social learning platform was launched in 2013.
To learn more about the three social enterprise courses visit the FutureLearn website.