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Learning online with Deakin

At Deakin University, we believe the best learning occurs when we make your learning outcomes clear, offer engaging experiences.
MARCUS O’DONNELL: Hello. I’m Marcus O’Donnell and I’m Director of Digital Learning at Deakin University. Deakin is one of the pioneers of online learning and producing high quality innovative courses is in our DNA. It’s just what we do. Our promise is a brilliant education for where you are and what you want to be. Our courses are designed to stimulate and challenge you and they draw on our world class research and our deep connections with industry and community groups. And importantly, we believe that it’s really you the learners who make our courses work.
In each course, you have a great opportunity to join in with people from all over the world, to try out your ideas with them and to learn by listening to their perspective. We believe that’s the heart of learning. So you’ll notice that at the end of each step in this course, there’s a chance for you to make a contribution. We call it your task. It’s more than just making a comment. It’s what brings the course alive for everyone. Our educators bring their years of research and expertise to the courses we put together. And every learner also brings their life experience to the course. And it’s the meeting of these two things that turns abstract ideas into real knowledge and skills.
We talk about the three C’s that guide these long exchanges with one another. Be curious, be constructive, and be compassionate. Let’s unpack each of these for a minute. Being curious means always being ready to ask the next question, being open to finding out something new and being prepared to have your own ideas challenged. Being constructive is the other side of that. It’s about carefully stimulating other learner’s curiosity, not closing anyone down with a quick or harsh comment, being careful of the way you respond to each other, which brings us to compassion. How do we stand in another’s shoes? How do we really see from their perspective?
At a time when people are building walls and closing down borders, we believe that the power of education is in opening up our world so that we can see each other more clearly and live with each other more peacefully. So thanks for joining us. Now it’s over to you let’s have some fun learning together.
At Deakin you can expect to receive a world-class 21st century education enriched by multiple opportunities to interact with like-minded students, leading educators and industry peers.
Deakin’s online courses are based on a few, but important, learning principles. To get the most out of this course, we encourage you to keep in mind the following:

Our learning philosophy

Deakin University is a pioneer in innovative online learning and several key principles underpin all our online courses, which are designed to:
  • challenge you with new and interesting ideas
  • prompt you to connect and engage with other learners and Deakin educators
  • test your knowledge and understanding against clearly defined learning outcomes.

Get involved

Getting the most out of your online learning experience begins with getting 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 key ways to optimise your learning is to connect, respond and engage in topic-related conversations with other participants.
Likewise, participating in the tasks set by your educators is a critical step in getting the most out of this course.

Be mindful of others

Sometimes your educators might 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.

Your task

To find out more about how to get the most out of this Deakin University FutureLearn course watch the video.
If this is the first time you’ve studied online, you might want to use the comments to ask some questions. On the other hand, if you’ve previously studied online with Deakin or FutureLearn, you may be able to answer questions, share your own experiences or offer some helpful tips and advice.
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