Skip to 0 minutes and 5 secondsDeakin's FutureLearn courses offer you the opportunity to learn more about the topics, ideas, and issues that matter to you. They connect you with our leading educators, subject matter experts, and other industry professionals. And empower you to engage with other course participants in a peer-supported learning environment. FutureLearn is an intuitive and easy to use online learning platform that allows you to read articles, watch videos-- with or without subtitles-- download and view transcripts of videos, access relevant links, and download useful documents, engage in purposely designed learning tasks, and complete quizzes and tests to progressively assess your understanding.
Skip to 0 minutes and 51 secondsTo get the most out of your Deakin FutureLearn experience, refer to the 'To do' tab to see a list of all activities and steps in your course. While we encourage you to work through each step in order, you can also use the 'To do' menu or forward and back arrows to skip forward and back between steps at any time. Follow the 'Your task' prompts provided by your educators to consolidate and extend your learning. Discover additional topic-related links under 'See also' or other useful documents and resources under 'Downloads'. Be aware that when you select a link on FutureLearn, it will automatically open on the same window.
Skip to 1 minute and 28 secondsIf you want to open up a new window, right click and select 'Open Link in New Tab'. Use the 'Join discussion' and 'Comments' buttons to get involved, ask questions, and share ideas, perspectives, and resources with other learners. You can also Like, Reply, and Bookmark other posts or follow other learners. And keep up to date with what's happening by selecting the 'Activity' tab. When you finished this step select the 'Mark as complete' button to keep track of which steps you previously completed. Use the 'Progress' tab to view your progress. If your course includes tests, you can track what your average assessment score is.
Learning online with Deakin
At Deakin you can expect to receive a world-class 21st century education enriched by multiple opportunities to interact with like-minded students, leading educators and industry peers.
Deakin’s online courses are based on a few, but important, learning principles. To get the most out of this course, we encourage you to keep in mind the following:
Our learning philosophy
Deakin University is a pioneer in innovative online learning, and several key principles underpin all our online courses, which are designed to:
- challenge you with new and interesting ideas
- prompt you to connect and engage with other learners and Deakin educators
- test your knowledge and understanding against clearly defined learning outcomes.
Getting the most out of your online learning experience with Deakin begins by getting involved.
Our courses are designed for adult learners from around the globe who, like you, have diverse work, life and study experiences. One of the key ways to optimise your learning is to connect, respond and engage in topic-related conversations with other participants.
Likewise, participating in the tasks set by your educators is a critical to getting the most out of this course.
To find out more about getting the most out of FutureLearn’s social learning features, see these six tips and tools.
The 3Cs of positive contribution
In this course, we invite you to learn with and from others. This includes using the comments and discussion forums to write your own responses as well as liking, replying and following the posts of other learners.
We encourage you to make contributions that help you and your peers to learn in a supportive and collaborative environment. You can do this by keeping in mind the 3Cs:
- Curious – ask questions, seek clarification, be open to others’ differences.
- Constructive – build on other learners’ ideas, arguments or experiences.
- Compassionate – be kind and respectful towards others.
If you’re new to FutureLearn, you may want to watch this video or view these tips to find out more about how to get the most out of this Deakin course.
When you’re done, start flexing your communication skills and practise getting involved by reflecting on the following and adding your thoughts to the comments:
- Why do you think getting involved is an important part of online study?
- How will you get involved?
- What barriers might you encounter to getting involved and what are your tips for overcoming these?
Next, review the comments of other learners and try at least one or more of these ‘conversational moves’ adapted from educational experts, Brookfield and Preskill (2005):
- Use reply to ask a question or make a comment that indicates you’re interested in what someone else has said and encourages them (or others) to elaborate.
- Make a comment that summarises or underscores the link between different themes in the conversation and make this explicit in your post.
- Join a thread to build on what others are saying and use like to indicate which comments most resonate with you.
Brookfield, S.D. & Preskill, S. (2005). Discussion as a way of teaching: Tools and techniques for democratic classrooms. Retrieved from https://www.wiley.com/en-au/Discussion+as+a+Way+of+Teaching:+Tools+and+Techniques+for+Democratic+Classrooms,+2nd+Edition-p-9780787978082
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