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Short online courses website launched

The University has launched a new website to promote its growing portfolio of free short online courses.

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The new website makes it easier for prospective learners to find courses that best suit their needs. Users can view courses grouped clearly by subject area or filter the search results by course platform, difficulty level, subject or language.  

The construction and design of the site was informed by regular user testing which put the expectations and requirements of prospective learners at the fore. The website was built in the Drupal CMS to take advantage of latest search, indexing and editorial features available on this popular open-source platform. As well as being an optimised, fast-loading website, the user experience is consistent with the central University website.

In addition to promoting all free online courses that the University delivers in partnership with edX, Coursera and FutureLearn, the site also includes links to free open self-paced video resources from short courses that are not currently running on the platforms. 

More than 3.6 million learners have taken a University of Edinburgh short online course, and new courses are being added to the portfolio all the time, including micro-credential courses such as MicroMasters on edX and Specialisations on Coursera.

Visit short online courses website