Skip to 0 minutes and 6 secondsWelcome to this Deakin University unit, one of the first we're presenting on FutureLearn, a global platform. I'm Professor Beverley Oliver, the Deputy Vice Chancellor Education, and I want to take a moment to explain some of the unique learning experiences we're offering through this FutureLearn platform. Your learning will be broken into two-week courses. This allows us to present a clear story in simple steps that are easy for you to follow. It means that you can go at your own pace, and study when and how it suits you. And you can track your progress by marking each step as complete. You'll also notice that we ask you to collaborate with other students.
Skip to 0 minutes and 51 secondsResearch over many years shows us we learn more effectively when we learn with others, rather than in isolation. So your course has been designed to provoke conversations with your fellow learners. These days, in various parts of the world, we hear talk of walls going up and borders closing. We think now more than ever, higher education needs to be open for richer conversations for people around the globe. So in the first two weeks of your unit, you'll be studying with thousands of open learners who've signed up to get a taste of what we offer and how we learn. We've designed it this way to make your learning a really enriching experience.
Skip to 1 minute and 39 secondsFor all the remaining weeks in your unit, your fellow learners will be only Deakin-enrolled students. Regardless, you will receive feedback and advice throughout your unit from our Deakin staff. Finally, and most importantly, you will complete assignments that challenge you, test your understanding, and build evidence of your graduate learning outcomes for your professional future. We're very pleased to be offering this to you as a world first with FutureLearn, and we're very glad you're joining us. We're looking forward to hearing from you about how you find it.