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Expectations of you as a learner

You have all joined the course for different reasons. Whether you already work in higher education, are a curious teacher or studying as a life-long learner, there is something in this course for you.

How to navigate the course activities

There are different types of activities each week in which you can engage. Activities are labelled:

Talking Points: are targeted questions which focus on the topics covered in that Step or Week. Engaging in discussion with other help you to gain a deeper learning experience through sharing your ideas with others from different discipline or professional contexts.

Reflective Points: are opportunities for you to stop and reflect independently.

Discussions: are for you to share your own experiences and ideas with other learners.

Quizzes: at the end of each week will help to revise and consolidate your understanding of the week’s topic.

Peer Review Assignment: provides an opportunity for you to give and receive feedback on Activity 1(b) from your ePortfolio.

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We strongly encourage you to interact with other participants on this course at every opportunity. You can also use the course hashtag, #FLlearnteach, to contribute to the discussions on social networks.

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This article is from the free online course:

Introduction to Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

UNSW Sydney