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It's more fun to work together

Learning online with Deakin and Griffith

You’re in great hands. This course has been crafted by leading researchers from both Deakin and Griffith Universities.

Our world-class universities have joined forces because we’re committed to research and we believe in the power of collaboration.

Just as you have done in the previous courses, you too will have many opportunities to collaborate with like-minded learners and our lead educators throughout this course. Join in at each discussion point and share your thoughts in the comments section anytime. You are not alone on this journey.

Our learning philosophy

It’s worth reiterating that our universities are enthusiastic about innovative learning and our aim is to:

  • challenge you with new and interesting ideas
  • prompt you to connect and engage with other learners and educators
  • test your knowledge and understanding against clearly defined learning outcomes.

Get involved

Our courses are pitched at adult learners from around the globe who, like you, have diverse work, life and study experiences. One of the most important ways to optimise your learning is to connect, respond and engage in topic-related conversations with other participants.

Likewise, participating in the set tasks is critical to getting the most out of this course.

Be mindful of others

Sometimes we will ask you to share personal opinions or experiences that may be sensitive or controversial in nature. In such situations, you should only share your thoughts if you’re comfortable doing so.

While we encourage robust debate, we also ask you to observe the FutureLearn Code of Conduct and be respectful of other participants and their individual points of view.

The 3Cs

In engaging with other learners, remember to use the 3Cs:

  • Curious – ask questions, seek clarification, be open to others’ differences

  • Constructive – build on other learners’ ideas, arguments or experiences

  • Compassionate – be kind and respectful towards others.

Your task

If this is the first time you’ve studied online, you might want to use the comments section below to ask some questions.

On the other hand, if you’ve previously studied with FutureLearn, you may be able to answer questions, share your own experiences or offer some helpful tips and advice.

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