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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 interviews with experts in the field to highlight some of the key issues and thinking around the current Zika outbreak. We encourage you to assess your learning through quizzes and share your experiences and views through discussion with fellow learners and the course team. Some course steps include reference lists and supplementary reading that you may find useful for further study.

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 are most meaningful to you, and which are you struggling to understand?
  • work out 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
  • explain what you have learned to others if they are struggling.

In summary, the most important aspect of learning how to learn is to think about it!

Join the discussion

Almost every step has space for conversation and debate: the Comments area. While Discussion steps feature more focused conversational tasks, anyone enrolled on the course can comment and discuss the course material within a Comments area, and we will regularly prompt you to share your thoughts and ideas. You can contribute to these conversations as and when you are able to. Although we will ask you to reflect on your own experiences and situation, remember not to share any private or personal details about yourself or anyone else in the comments.

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.

Would you like a certificate?

If you want to record your achievements in the course you can buy a Certificate of Achievement from FutureLearn.

The Certificate of Achievement is a great way to prove what you have learned and can act as evidence of your Continuing Professional Development. This is a personalised certificate and transcript, detailing the syllabus and learning outcomes of the course. It comes as a printed certificate and features a digital version that can be added to your LinkedIn profile. To be eligible, you must mark at least 90% of the steps in this course as complete.

There is also the option to purchase a personalised Statement of Participation to celebrate taking part. To be eligible for the Statement of Participation, you must mark at least 50% of the steps on the course as complete. This also comes in a printed and digital format that can be added to your LinkedIn profile.

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Preventing the Zika Virus: Understanding and Controlling the Aedes Mosquito

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

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