6 Conclusion

Figure 6 Conclusion

The role of the affiliated guide is pivotal in the learning experience offered in open online courses, and in supporting the course facilitators. The wide array of people with different backgrounds and expectations who participate in the course means that an affiliated guide needs to be organised and friendly, and has to encourage everyone to take part.

Throughout this course you will have reflected on what it means to guide online conversations in this context, learned best practice methods in dealing with difficult situations and applied this learning in your action plan. You have also built your knowledge of the organisational, technical and communication skills required to be a successful affiliated guide.

If you have been recruited to be an affiliated guide on the FutureLearn platform, read the ‘How it works’ [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] page for more background on it.

Next, you will need to take the end-of-course assessment to gain recognition of your successful completion of this course.

5.1 Setting your objectives