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The LSHTM building on Keppel Street in London
The LSHTM building on Keppel Street in London

Learning with us

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

We are delighted that you’ve joined the course and wish you a warm welcome to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The school is renowned for its research, postgraduate studies and continuing education in public and global health. In addition to our course participants, we have more than 4,000 students and 1,300 staff working in over 100 countries — all with a collective purpose to improve health worldwide.

How will we learn?

Throughout our four 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 efficient and sustained control of visceral leishmaniasis. 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. 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, 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 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 six 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.

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Control and Elimination of Visceral Leishmaniasis

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine