The Open University’s foray into the world of MOOCs, FutureLearn, is to open for ‘Beta’ students later this month with the first courses due to start in October. FutureLearn is somewhat behind the pace-setters of edX, Coursera and Udacity, but that may be no bad thing. As Sally Roy of the US-based Online Schools points out in her excellent article and infographic, no-one quite seems to have cracked the issue of how these experiments in mass education will find a sustainable business model.
She’s kindly allowed me to reproduce her infographic below. Let’s hope that FutureLearn can manage a successful launch and find a sustainable business model where others still appear to be struggling.