Shanghai university enhances online learning network
Updated: 2018-12-05

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Shanghai International Studies University renews cooperation with FutureLearn, a UK-based massive open online courses platform, on Nov 12. [Photo/shisu.edu.cn]

Shanghai International Studies University (SISU), a prestigious university of foreign language education, renewed cooperation with FutureLearn, a UK-based massive open online courses (MOOC) platform, on Nov 12.

As learning becomes more digital, SISU is acting boldly to adopt new technologies to reach a wider audience of learners. The two sides' collaboration is just the tip of the iceberg.

Their relationship originates from 2014. International Communication, the first English MOOC wholly presented by SISU, then became available on the British online learning platform in November 2015. The course has been carried out seven times since, motivating over 50,000 learners from 190 countries and regions.

Li Yansong, head of SISU, extended his wish for the two sides to conduct in-depth cooperation in course planning, cultural communication and resource sharing.

Simon Nelson, CEO of FutureLearn, said the establishment has always appreciated its sound relationship with SISU. He cherished the university's vision to become the first partner of FutureLearn and thought highly of further collaboration between the two.

Launched in September 2013, FutureLearn was a joint project between 12 British universities and was the first local MOOC platform to be totally free and offer high quality courses to the public. The platform has engaged more than nine million learners and established collaborative ties with over 150 international partners.

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International Communication, the first English MOOC presented by SISU, becomes available on the British online learning platform in November 2015. [Photo/shisu.edu.cn]

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