Mark Lester | Director of Partnerships Development
FutureLearn Ltd

Mark Lester, Director of Partnerships Development, FutureLearn Ltd

Mark Lester is the co-founder and Director of Partnerships at FutureLearn, one of the world's foremost massive open online course (MOOC) platforms. He has been responsible for growing FutureLearn's partnerships and heads up FutureLearn's new online degrees area. Mark sits on the Academic Advisory Board of elearnAfrica, a social enterprise working with the Association of African Universities and the African Union to help local universities develop digital curricula and widen access to quality education in Africa. He is the founder of, and FutureLearn's representative on, the European MOOC Consortium (EMC), which works to support the application and recognition of large scale digital learning across Europe. He is on the Senior Management Board of a major DFID-British Council project aimed at supporting access to higher education for 20,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon. He also sits on the research advisory board of a research project led by Leeds University on The Unbundled University, a joint research study into the impact of digital technology on the changing nature of higher education in South Africa and England. 

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VIP Conference Day 2 @ 10:00

Where is online higher education going?

  • Technology and rapidly changing industry needs are forcing the reimagining of tertiary education
  • Traditional postgraduate degrees are being challenged by emerging credentials and employer attitudes could force a rethink of the traditional undergraduate degree
  • Who are FutureLearn and how do they see the future of online learning in higher education?
  • How might African universities engage with this emerging world?
last published: 08/Oct/18 09:57 GMT

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