Once again this past week we’ve been busy scanning across the internet to find the latest information and Open University courses. This week we continue to cover the strike action, take a look at the new concept of nano-degrees and a massive investment in Future Learn. Remember if there’s a free course or bit of news on the agenda then hopefully we will pick it up and stick it on the next Open University news.

Members of the University and College Union will walk out on November 25, followed by a series of regional stoppages from the end of the month. The union is campaigning against plans to close seven regional centres, which it says puts more than 500 jobs at risk.

Read more on the regional closures and planned strike action


People will be able to study for “nano-degrees” using mobile phones as more British universities sign up for a free online learning platform. University College London, Durham and Manchester are among the latest institutions to agree to develop free courses for people to study anywhere in the world.

Fancy a nano-degree delivered from an app?


The Open University to invest £13m in FutureLearn. The investment will be put towards internationalising the platform, improving accessibility and developing its social learning approach. FutureLearn, which is wholly owned by the Open University, has seen over two and a half million users from 190 countries register for courses since its inception in October 2013.

Find out more about the Future Learn investment


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