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How to Utilise Exercise Steps in your FutureLearn Course

Explore the suggested exercise steps and external tools available to use when creating your FutureLearn courses.

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  • Duration

    1 week
  • Weekly study

    2 hours

Learn how to use exercise steps effectively in your course design

Exercise steps and external tools allow your learners to interact with other online tools, websites, and resources, all without having to leave the FutureLearn platform.

On this course, you’ll be introduced to the exercise toolkit, ensuring that the external materials you’ve provided can be accessed easily and efficiently.

Examine external tools to enhance your learner experience

You’ll explore the main platforms recommended by FutureLearn and gain an overview of how to embed them in your course design.

Covering Padlet, Mentimeter, Kubity, Knight Labs, H5P, and Typeform, you’ll learn how to get started with each tool and discover their best applications.

Discover best practices for different tools

With example implementations, you’ll see each tool in action, and be able to gauge its suitability for your prospective exercise.

You’ll address any accessibility issues, gaining hints, tips, and techniques for ensuring your course is as accessible as possible. You’ll also discover a range of solutions to help maximise the functionality of each tool and help with basic troubleshooting.

By the end of this course, you’ll have gained an overview of the tools available to you when creating engaging exercise steps and the confidence to use them within your course design.


  • Week 1

    Exercise Toolkit

    • Welcome

      A short introduction to the platform and its exercise steps

    • Padlet

      Learn how to use Padlet as an exercise step inside your course steps and get acquainted with some of our suggestions on using it.

    • Mentimeter

      Mentimeter is mostly used for live polls and quizzes

    • Kubity

      Kubity is agile 3D technology that automatically optimizes and transforms models for visualization and exploration across any device. It is designed to work together as a web app and a mobile app.

    • Knight Lab Timeline

      TimelineJS is an open-source tool that enables anyone to build visually rich, interactive timelines.

    • H5P

      H5P makes it easy to create, share and reuse HTML5 content and applications.

    • Typeform

      One question at a time — like a conversation — keeps your audience engaged. You get more thoughtful responses, and higher completion rates.

    • Wrapping up

      Closing remarks

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and join a global classroom of learners. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for FutureLearn partners who want to utilise exercise steps in their courses.

Who developed the course?

FutureLearn Partner Support

FutureLearn supports our partners to create high-quality online courses.

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control

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