Exercise steps on FutureLearn give you the opportunity to embed external tools into the FutureLearn platform and into your course, rather than requiring the learner to leave FutureLearn to experience it.
How it works
Exercise steps work by embedding a secure url for the external tool into a specially created Exercise step within your course.
At the activity level those with the Organisation Admin permission can add an Exercise step:
You'll find detailed advice about how to add embedded exercise steps in this article.
Exercise steps follow a separate quality assurance process which is extremely important as FutureLearn is designed to work optimally across a range of devices including computers, tablets and smartphones. Therefore the Exercise step needs to be checked to make sure all of its elements are fully accessible to learners no matter what device they use.
We ask that all partners QA their own exercise steps first prior to them being added to the course using the following checklist:
Once you are happy the external tool meets the requirements of the checklist, you can complete the Exercise Step Submission form below – which will enable our developers here at FutureLearn to undertake a rigorous QA process on it also.
Exercise step submission form
Below is our Exercise Step Submission Form. By completing and submitting this form no less than 30 days before the course is due to start, we’ll get all the information about your Exercise step here at FutureLearn.