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How to get the most out of this course

Learning online can be a rich and rewarding experience. You are a member of a global self-selecting community, finding out more about a topic area of your choice with like-minded individuals. The opportunities for sharing ideas, reflecting on your current understanding and engaging in social learning are waiting for you. Here are our top tips for learning online with the UAL’s Creative Computing Institute and FutureLearn.

Be considerate
FutureLearn courses attract learners from all over the world, from diverse backgrounds, and learning for a variety of reasons. It’s important to remember that your fellow learners might have different life experiences or ideas about course content. Keeping an open mind and being considerate in discussions with others is a great way to deepen your understanding by exploring other perspectives.

Be communicative
We learn best when we learn together, and FutureLearn is built on the concept of social learning. Throughout the course, you’ll see discussion prompts giving you ideas to think about or questions to consider based on course content. These can help you frame your response to a step, but feel free to get the conversation going in any way you wish. You can also reply to others’ comments, as well as showing your appreciation by liking or following other learners.

Be in control
FutureLearn courses are designed to be worked through in a particular order, but sometimes you might wish to revisit step content and discussions. You are in control of when you are finished with a step, and you can indicate as such by clicking ‘mark as complete’. Don’t worry if you didn’t get everything done in one week – you can catch up later.

Find a schedule that works for you
If you’re busy juggling work, life and study, see if you can put aside time each week to focus on online study. It might be first thing in the morning while you’re fresh, it might be before a meal or after the rest of the family have gone to bed.

Take time to reflect
Apart from the time spent on the course steps, and doing supplementary study, it’s good to spend time thinking about what you have achieved, reflecting on how you might apply your learning, and setting goals for the future. You can keep a learning journal either in a notebook or on a device, to record achievements and motivate yourself to learn more.

Who will I be learning with?

Mick Grierson
Mick is Research Leader at the UCL Creative Coding Institute, and will be your lead educator on this course. As well as his academic role, Mick is also an audiovisual artist and creative coder.

This course features a host of experts from the world of indie games, who will give you insight into their own experiences and knowledge. They include:

  • Dr Jo Twist
    Dr Jo Twist is CEO of Ukie, (UK Interactive Entertainment), which is the trade body for the UK games and interactive entertainment industry.

  • Holly Gramazio
    Holly is a games designer and curator of Now Play This which is a festival of experimental games design.

  • Rex Crowle
    Rex is an artist and games designer and the co-founder of Foam Sword, an independent games studio.

  • Moo Yu
    Moo is a gameplay programmer and the other co-founder of Foam Sword, an independent games studio.

Have your say

Before we start our exploration of indie games, why not take some time to introduce yourself to one another?

If you’d like, use the comments section to tell us more about yourself, where you are from, and why you have chosen to join this course. You can also like comments, and choose to follow other learners.

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Introduction to Indie Games

UAL Creative Computing Institute