When you click on a course you’ve joined - either through the link in a welcome email or in Your Learning - you’ll be taken to your To-do list. That’s exactly what it sounds like: a list of the course steps that make up your learning experience.
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 page 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:
And afterwards, it will look like this:
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.
Underneath the Mark as complete button, you’ll see the title of the next step with an arrow pointing to the right. Click on that, and you’ll be taken straight to the next course step.
If it’s the last step in a week, clicking on the arrow 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.
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. 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?
Clicking on Activity will take you to the Activity feed. This is where you’ll be able to read all the comments on the course and look for comments you’ve bookmarked, comments you wrote, and comments by people you’re following.
You can find out how to use comments on FutureLearn in this article: Getting started with comments and replies
Clicking on Progress will tell you how much of the course you’ve completed overall, based on how many steps you’ve marked as complete by clicking on the Mark as complete button. If you’ve taken any tests, you’ll also be able to see your percentage scores for them.
You can learn about tracking your progress through the course here: Knowing how much of the course you've completed