Free and flexible – building your skills with our FutureLearn courses

Thousands of Code Club volunteers and educators give their time each week to help young people learn coding and digital making skills, but what about growing your own skills? Our free online courses from Raspberry Pi, using the FutureLearn platform are an easy and flexible way to learn in your own time.

Short on time? Learn online

One of the joys of learning online is versatility. Learning isn’t confined to a classroom but can be done in your garden at the weekend, or with a cup of tea over your lunch break, at a time that suits you.

In 2017 the Raspberry Pi Foundation launched a series of free online courses, to give educators the opportunity to build their digital skill set. Each course, hosted on the FutureLearn platform, is written by our team of UK-based educators and contains helpful videos, tips, and advice on your chosen digital topic. Learning is collaborative, with courses featuring multiple discussion points where learners ask questions and share their thoughts.

So far, more than 27000 people have trained on one of our FutureLearn courses, including many Code Club leaders from across the world.   

And don’t forget, for educators based in the UK, these courses can also help you work towards your National Centre for Computing Education certificate.

Get involved

There are lots of courses for you to try, whatever your current level of experience. Here are some highlights we think would be useful for any Code Club leader or volunteer:  

And there’s more! If you’re looking for something a bit more adventurous, there are even more courses for you to try on more advanced topics, from Demystifying Computation to Object Oriented programming.

Learn new skills, pursue your interests, or advance your career by signing up for one of our free online courses. Head on over to FutureLearn to take a look at our full range of topics and sign up today!

Free online course: prepare to run a Code Club

On 20 November, Code Club will be launching a brand-new free online course called Prepare to Run a Code Club on FutureLearn. Join it, and in just a few hours you will learn the skills and gain the confidence you need to start up a Code Club.

Sarah Sheerman-Chase, Participation Manager for Code Club UK, tells you more.

Over the last year, the team at the Raspberry Pi Foundation has created three free courses on the FutureLearn platform, and I am very excited that Prepare to Run a Code Club is the fourth!

FutureLearn

FutureLearn is a digital education platform which offers a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. It uses interactive formats and encourages learners to connect with each other through comments and discussions.

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Therefore, it made perfect sense to me to offer Prepare to Run a Code Club as a free course on their site, giving anyone who wants to start a club practical, hands-on advice on how to do it.

Prepare to Run a Code Club

The course is spread over three weeks, and you can join it at any point. Each weekly module takes approximately an hour to complete.

Week 1 kicks off with advice on how to prepare to start a Code Club, for example which hardware and software are needed. Week 2 focusses on how to deliver Code Club sessions, with practical tips on helping young people learn and an easy taster coding project to try out. In the final week, the course looks at interesting ideas to enrich and extend club sessions.

Each week features suggestions and insights from experienced volunteers and teachers, as well as articles about everything necessary for setting up and running a Code Club.

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The course is not a requirement for becoming a Code Club volunteer, but I hope that lots of volunteers will take advantage of the tips and information offered in it, and that they will also use this opportunity to connect with other volunteers through discussions on the site.

If they wish, learners can choose to purchase a certificate at the end of the course, but this is completely optional and not necessary for volunteering with Code Club.

As part of the course launch, we’re waving a fond farewell to the online training that was previously part of signing up to volunteer, so now it’s even easier and quicker for you to get registered!

Get started

The first course run starts on 20 November — sign up now! Don’t worry if you can’t join this time, as the course will be running throughout the year.

Do you have questions? Then check out our training FAQs.