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I have just completed “Coaching in the Knowledge Era” - a free* online course from Deakin University on FutureLearn.
The title of the course, presented by Paddy Upton, is slightly misleading - it covers the concept of coaching as a collaborative activity, and discusses the process of developing “learning” athletes.
Very well presented, and very thought-provoking.
More information here: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/coaching-knowledge-era
This was my first experience with Future Learn, and I have already signed up for some more courses.
* you can access the course materials, including comments from the participants and course mentors, completely free, but your access is limited to the duration of the course (2 weeks, in this case) plus two weeks.
You can pay for extended access to the course and to take a certificate of completion.
I signed up to this although as of yet haven't been able to access the course due to being busy - hoping I can still look at it. Done a few Future Learn courses over the past couple of years and they have always been worthwhile
My understanding is that you get access for 4 weeks from the day you sign up on FutureLearn (that is the 2 weeks of the course plus 2 further weeks). If you don’t expect to start the course soon, it might be worth looking at the options to defer your start date.
You can pay to have unrestricted access (and take the test to get a certificate of completion) - You can do this after completing the course, but possibly not after the free access expires.
fwiw - the course admin suggest 6 hours to complete the course; I took 8-9 hrs, including the test at the end.
Thanks Andrew, I've probably missed the slot then. They do tend to repeat courses so I will keep my eye open for that. Hopefully when my little one starts nursery in the new year I will have some time to devote to CPD without little hands trying to tap the keyboard for me!
It might be best to “leave” the course, then, and register an interest for the next run.
I believe that you can start at any time (not just the official launch dates) but the forum conversations will be more engaging “live”; the course tutors will also probably be more active during the official run.
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