Skip main navigation

Getting the most out of this course

.
chalk drawings of people jumping
© CQUniversity 2021

Whether you’re learning online for the first time, or you’re new to FutureLearn, the following tips will help you get the most out of your course.

Travelling through the course

Each course is broken up into weeks, and within each week there are a number of steps. You’re on a step right now. Select the navigational arrows to travel onto the next step, or back to the previous step.

Each step will provide you with some clear instructions and ask you to contribute in some way. You might be asked to find an article about a particular topic, post your thoughts on a specific debate or provide some comments on discussion question. Read through others’ posts to build on what you’ve learnt.

Just a note: FutureLearn is set to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), however we at the CQUniversity are based in Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST). We recommend you use a time zone converter to check this against your local time (you can also change your FutureLearn time zone settings via your FutureLearn profile).

Social learning

The social nature of FutureLearn means you have access to diverse perspectives, opinions and knowledge – make sure you take advantage of them. If you’re new to this kind of thing, review these tips on social learning.

  • Strike up a conversation with another learner if you feel someone has made an interesting point.
  • If you found a post particularly helpful or insightful, give it a like. This will help your peers find it.
  • Follow any learners who are making regular, interesting contributions.

Netiquette

  • Be kind and constructive when replying to your peers.
  • Respect differences of opinion and competing points of view.
  • Report any comments that are offensive.
  • Follow the FutureLearn Code of Conduct.

What to do if you see something offensive

Simply press the flag button if you see any offensive content (such as a comment or profile) posted by another learner. The content will then be reviewed by FutureLearn’s moderators who help to maintain a positive learning environment.

Remember, move forward at your own pace

Each step will give you the opportunity to mark it off as complete. If you feel like you need to come back to a step and revise the content, or you haven’t quite finished what is asked of you, you can leave this unchecked until you are ready.

CQUniversity is proud to have the highest ratio of students from low socio-economic, mature age, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and first-in-family backgrounds. The University defines itself by who it embraces rather than who it excludes, and because of this is widely recognised as Australia’s most inclusive university. CQUniversity is focused on creating and build stronger relationships and sustainable opportunities that will enable equality and integration, greater study, employment and research prospects and the reciprocation of knowledge.

In the spirit of reconciliation CQUniversity and FutureLearn acknowledge the traditional custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.

© CQUniversity 2021
This article is from the free online

Building Effective Professional Networks and Relationships

Created by
FutureLearn - Learning For Life

Our purpose is to transform access to education.

We offer a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.

We believe learning should be an enjoyable, social experience, so our courses offer the opportunity to discuss what you’re learning with others as you go, helping you make fresh discoveries and form new ideas.
You can unlock new opportunities with unlimited access to hundreds of online short courses for a year by subscribing to our Unlimited package. Build your knowledge with top universities and organisations.

Learn more about how FutureLearn is transforming access to education