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Rules and agreements for learning in a group, social learning via FutureLearn platform
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During almost every step of the process, you will be able to use the comments area to discuss the course material with other learners. We encourage you to try social learning and to share your thoughts and ideas. Some of the course’s steps are Discussion Steps. Please take a look at FutureLearn’s Social Learning Tips and for more details see FutureLearn’s Learning Guide.

Use these ideas to help you to make comments and to join in the Discussion Steps:

  • Write what you would also say to someone face-to-face
  • Make constructive comments – critique the idea, not the person
  • Remember that other learners vary in culture, age and experience
  • Read your comments and responses through before posting
  • Some learners do not have English as their first language, so always try to write clearly
  • Explain any acronyms you use and avoid jargon if you can

If you read a comment that you think might break FutureLearn’s Code of Conduct, report it to FutureLearn’s moderators for review by clicking the flag button beneath it.

The course should take about 5 hours a week. It may take you more or less time depending on several factors, such as your learning preferences, your prior knowledge and experience, or how much time you have available. We encourage you to:

  • Learn when it is best for you and at a pace that suits you
  • Use the quizzes to help you track your learning, recall and apply key concepts, and reflect
  • Remember to press the ‘Mark as complete’ tab as you complete each step

At the end of each week we will share a summary of your key discussion points and give you feedback.

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