Pearson launches Love to Learn: Informal learning for adults

Pearson has launched Love to Learn, a website that provides informal learning courses for adults in the UK. Aimed at those who have the time to take up new interests or brush up on existing ones, the site launches today with a course on Family History.

Love to Learn will offer informative online learning for adults on a variety of leisure-related topics. Gill Jackson, Director of Learning Solutions at Pearson said: “Our research shows that many adults have a hunger for learning which isn’t always met by conventional evening classes. Love to Learn provides fun, easily digestible courses that you can do wherever and whenever you like.”

Family History is the first of a suite of web-based courses planned for Love to Learn. It uses video and multimedia to deliver learning in bite-sized modules, allowing users to learn at their own pace. A video tutor guides the learner through the material while an online workbook helps them put together their own personal records.

The course was created in partnership with the Imperial War Museum, who wrote the unit on military history and with It helps learners build up and record their family history, covering everything from how to start researching their family history through to accessing census records and interpreting military medals, war diaries and photographs.

Early users described the course as “an excellent shortcut to family history research” and a “user-friendly introduction to finding out about your family's military history”, saying: “it brings you closer to your ancestors.”

The first module of Family History unit 1 is available to try for free, and the full course is currently on offer at a 30% early bird discount.

Family History will be followed by a host of other courses in early 2012, covering subjects such as: Internet Basics, Digital Photography, Starting an Enterprise and Growing Your Own Vegetables.

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