FutureLearn, the UK-based MOOC platform which competes with Coursera and edX, has launched a new pricing plan to access most of its course catalog: one payment of $199 for one year.
This unlimited enrollment, which will increase to $269 after May 11, includes access to all short courses which offer a Certificate of Achievement. Courses not included are premium, program assessments, degrees (although open taster courses are), and classes which offer a Statement of Participation. Certificates of Achievement will be kept indefinitely regardless of whether the user renews the yearly subscription.
With this recurring revenue strategy, FutureLearn introduces a new pricing model, Pluralsight style, and moves ahead of Coursera, edX, and Udacity.
From the learner perspective, it is a drastic price reduction because for the same price as four-course upgrades, they are able to access a catalog of around 1,000 courses.