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Introduction to content design course is back on FutureLearn!

Landing page for the Introduction to Content Design course on FutureLearn. On the page there is information about the course and a button to register for the course.

The ‘Introduction to Content Design' online course was launched in 2020, a previous blog covers the pilot and first launch of the course. Over 21,000 learners completed the course in 2020 and 2021, with people from all over the world taking part.

This month, Government Campus and the Central Digital and Data Office are launching the next iteration of the course. This is an open course, which means there will be no limit on the number of spaces or who can sign-up.

The 4-week online course will be available from 10 April and you can register now.

Who the course is for

The course is designed for people who are new to content design in government, or are interested in learning more about the profession.

The principles and ideas covered will also be useful for anyone who would like to learn more about how to:

  • communicate information clearly
  • make content inclusive and accessible

What the course includes

The course is based on the UK government content design role profile and GOV.UK content design guidance.
You will learn about a range of topics, including:

  • what makes good content and what skills you need as a content designer
  • designing accessible content
  • writing in plain English
  • user needs, user research techniques and prototyping
  • testing and evaluating the success of your content

There is a mix of articles, videos and quizzes, as well as optional tasks and polls.

You can get a certificate that shows you have completed this course at the end. Also, if you are studying a related subject at a UK university, some universities may award up to 20 credits for completing this course.

Social learning

FutureLearn, where the course is hosted, is a social learning platform. Interaction between learners is built into the way the platform works.

Each section gives you the opportunity to chat to other learners about the subjects and activities covered. You can comment as much or as little as you want.

During the 4-week course run, educators from the cross-government content community will also be there to chat to learners in the comments. We look forward to seeing you there.

Register for the course now on FutureLearn – you will be able to start this 4-week online course anytime from 10 April. 

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