Learners can add their comments to any FutureLearn step.
Discussion steps differ in that educators actively encourage learners to respond to specific questions prompted by previous steps.
Tips to make a great step
Keep the discussion topic short, e.g. three sentences: Background, issue, question.
Set a topic that requires the learner to demonstrate understanding of the immediately previous steps, preferably also drawing on personal experience.
End with an open-ended question that elicits a range of answers.
Experiment with other formats, eg debate “Argue for or against the proposition that …. Give evidence to back up your argument.”
“Social divisions exist in all societies. Discuss the types of social division that exist in society and give examples from your own experience. Why do certain types of division appear to create more conflict than others?”