This article gives you some advice on how to use FutureLearn. If you are new to learning with us, it might be helpful to read this first. If you have learned with us before, there might be some additional ideas here on how to get more out of your courses.
Let's begin with the 'To do' list. That’s exactly what it sounds like: a list of the course steps that make up your learning experience.
You can find the To do list option in the tabs at the top of any step:
To start, click on the title of the first course step in the list. We make it clear which step you should do next by outlining it with a pink block:
If you find yourself on a different week of the course, don’t panic! To start from week 1, click on Week 1 at the top of the To do list and you’ll be able to take the course from the beginning.
What might I find in a course step?
The light grey text next to the step title tells you what’s involved:
- A video step involves watching a video and discussing what you’ve seen.
- An audio step involves listening to a recording and discussing what you’ve heard.
- An article involves reading a piece of writing and discussing what you’ve read.
- A discussion shows you a prompt - usually a statement or question - and invites you to discuss it with your peers and the educators.
- An exercise takes you through a short exercise - often on another website - that’s designed to help you build your skills.
- A poll invites you to vote on something using the radio dial buttons and discuss the options and results.
- An assignment shows you an assignment brief and contains a plain-text box for you to copy and paste your work into.
- An assignment review is an opportunity to read work by other learners and give them your feedback.
- A quiz allows you to test your knowledge by selecting from a multiple-choice questionnaire, or entering words or short phrases into a text box.
- A test looks very similar to a quiz, but you get three tries at each question and you’re graded on the results. If your course has test steps, you’ll need to score an average of 70% or above to qualify for a certificate.
Moving forward through the course
Once you’ve finished with a course step, make sure you click on the Mark as complete button at the bottom.
Before you click on it, it will look like this:
or (mobile and tablet devices)
And once clicked, it will look like this:
or (mobile and tablet devices)
Clicking on Mark as complete is how the system knows how much overall progress you’ve made and which steps you haven’t looked at yet. You’ll need to mark at least 90% of the steps as complete to qualify for a certificate.
On either side of the Mark as Complete button, there are buttons to let you navigate forwards and backwards in the course. Click on Next, and you'll be taken straight to the next course step.
If it’s the last step in a week, clicking on the next button will take you back to your To-do list. To carry on to the next week, click on the week number you want to go to at the top of the list.
Using the left-hand menu
To open the left-hand menu:
Click the top-left arrow (widescreen devices)
Or the menu icon in the navigation bar (mobile and tablet devices)
Use the left-hand menu to get a quick overview of the course and navigate to another step by clicking on it. Close the menu by clicking the arrow again (as below for widescreen devices) or the X button on mobile.
How can I find where I left off?
There are a couple of ways to find the next step you need to do:
- Look at the coloured blocks around the step in the To do list. Steps you’ve done will be highlighted in blue; steps you haven’t done will be surrounded by a white block; and the next step you need to do will be highlighted in pink. Here’s an example:
- At the top of your To do list, you’ll see a box with the header “Hi (your name), here’s the last step you visited”.
Clicking on Continue in that box will take you to the last step you visited!
If that step was the last step in a week, hop back to your To do list and click on the following week number to carry on.
What’s all that other stuff at the top of the page?
At the top of every course step you will see three tabs:
- The left tab is To do which is explained above, and gives you a preview week-by-week of how the learning will be organised, as well as showing your progress through the steps and activities using colour coding.
- The centre tab is Activity, where you can see the most recent comments posted in the course. You can filter this activity by; All comments, Comments you have bookmarked, Your comments, and Comments by people you are following.
- The tab to the right – Progress – shows you what percentage of the course you have marked as complete, and the scores of any in-course assessments.
For more information on how to use comments on FutureLearn, have a look at this this article: Getting started with comments and replies
You can learn about tracking your progress through the course here: Knowing how much of the course you've completed
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