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Learning with us

If this is your first course, please review the Using FutureLearn guide for an introduction to learning with FutureLearn.

How will we learn?

Throughout our three weeks together, we will use articles, mini-lectures, and videos with experts in the field to highlight some of the key issues and thinking around maternal health. We encourage you to assess your learning through quizzes and share your experiences and views through discussion with fellow learners and the course team. Most steps include reference lists and supplementary reading that you may find useful for further study.

All content in The Lancet Maternal Health Series is freely available on Thelancet.com, and in some cases you will need to register to gain access. The full Series, including papers, supplementary materials and commentaries, is available here to support your learning on the course and beyond.

How will I learn?

There is no single way to approach the course that guarantees success. The way you learn depends on many factors and will not necessarily be the same as everyone else. However, in order to maintain enthusiasm and gain confidence about your studies, why not take a more active role within the course? You could:

  • Take notes on course steps. Which aspects of the material are most interesting to you and why? Is there anything you have struggled to understand? Why might that be?
  • Analyse connections between the current step and previous ones to help build a clearer picture of a topic
  • Ask yourself questions about what you’re learning and how it relates to your own experiences
  • Discuss your learning with others and consider how you can apply new knowledge, either in your personal life or a professional situation
  • Explain what you have learned to others if they are struggling.

In summary, one great way to figure out how to learn is to think about it.

Join the discussion

Almost every step has space for conversation and debate in the Comments area. While Discussion steps feature more focused conversational tasks, anyone can talk about material within each step’s Comments area. We will regularly prompt you to share your thoughts and ideas with questions or suggestions at the end of a step. You can contribute to these conversations as and when you are able to. You might like to read 6 tips and tools for social learning on FutureLearn to help you get the most out the platform’s social features.

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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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Re-using course materials

If you’re an educator or work in an aligned field, we encourage you to download, adapt, and re-use the content from this course for teaching and learning purposes. Materials will be made available on the School’s Open Study platform.

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The Lancet Maternal Health Series: Global Research and Evidence

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

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