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How to use FutureLearn

This may be the first course that you have undertaken on FutureLearn, or perhaps it is the first course you have taken online. Don’t worry: the platform is designed to be easy to navigate.

You can learn whenever and wherever you like, on any desktop, mobile or tablet device. You will be learning by watching videos with leading academics as well as reading teaching material, attempting quizzes or tests, and taking part in discussions.

Finding your way around

There are three icons at the top of each step to help you make the most from your learning experience.

To Do

The first icon takes you to your to do list for the course you’re in. This shows all the steps for that week. You can take a look ahead to see what’s coming up in the following weeks. You will be able to access the course for a total of 8 weeks, so there is time within that to return to previous weeks and catch up.

Activity

The second icon takes you to the activity feed, which shows the most recent comments posted by learners on this course.

Progress

The third icon takes you to your progress page, where you’ll see what percentage of the course steps you’ve marked as complete.

Comments and discussions

Learning from conversations is an important part of the FutureLearn approach. You will learn from discussions with other people taking part in the course, by reading their comments and responding with your own thoughts, which you can do on nearly all steps. On some steps there will be a more structured discussion.

Your notifications

Look out for notifications tab in the top right of the screen. You will get a notification when another learner likes one of your comments or replies to you. If you click on the notification you can quickly jump to the right place in the course to rejoin the conversation. You will also be notified when people “follow” you.

Anyone enrolled on the course can comment and discuss the course material. To see all the comments on a particular step, click the pink speech bubble icon and the comments will be revealed. The number next to this icon tells you how many comments there are for this step. Found a comment which was really useful or interesting? Click the Like button!

Don’t forget, whilst robust debate is encouraged, it’s important that you follow the FutureLearn code of conduct and are respectful of your fellow learners.

Follow others

If you want to keep track of another learner’s comments easily, click the Follow button next to their name (on their profile page).

Filtering comments

You can click to filter the comments on a step to only see:

  • comments by people you are following
  • comments you have bookmarked
  • your own comments

You can see the most liked comments by using the Sort by link. You might like to read these tips and tools for social learning, to help you get the most from FutureLearn’s features.

Mark as Complete

When you reach the end of a step and have understood everything, click the pink Mark as Complete button at the bottom. This will update your progress page, and will help you to keep track of which steps you’ve done. Any steps you’ve completed will turn blue on your To Do list.

Need more help?

If you still have a question about how the site works, have a look at the FutureLearn help pages. If your query hasn’t been answered, please don’t hesitate to click the support tab on the bottom right of each step to ask for help.

Get extra benefits, upgrade your course

You can now get extra benefits by upgrading this course, including:

Unlimited access to the course: Go at your own pace with unlimited access to the course for as long as it exists on FutureLearn.

A Certificate of Achievement: To help you demonstrate your learning we’ll send you a Certificate of Achievement when you become eligible.

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