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Last updated on 2/21/22

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I am delighted that you have chosen to follow this course. I’m Ross Hall, Director of Education for Ashoka, and I shall be your guide throughout the course.

How does this course work? What should I expect?

If this is the first time that you are pursuing an online course, the format might surprise you. Unlike a traditional course, here you are not obliged to come to class and it isn't me, the teacher, who will make you do anything at all. You study of your own free will, for yourself and at your own pace.

It is essential that you have a good understanding of how the course works so that you can get a good grasp of it.

Totally familiarise yourself with the format of the course

As you can see (and read), this course has been designed using two formats: video and text.

In the videos, I shall explain all the theoretical ideas to you, in a fairly summarised way, in order to then put them straight into practice through concrete examples.

In the text, you will find reminders, some anecdotes and additional resources. Above all, you will find tasks to enable you to practise for yourself.

Some students will be able to learn just from watching the videos. To get the full benefit of this course, I suggest that you take the time to complete the activities. By practising during the sessions, you will gain new skills. In other words, you will be able to repeat what you have seen.

At the end of each of the four course parts, you will be able to assess yourself by taking a quiz, or by carrying out an activity corrected by your peers (the thousands of other learners who will be following the course with you).

If you pass all the assessments, we will send you a certificate of achievement. 🏅

Plan how to follow the course

Following this course will not take you very long (between one and 10 hours, according to your level of commitment). So, it is quite short in format. Nonetheless, to increase your chances of continuing to the end and enjoying your new skills, I advise you strongly to plan how you will follow it.

I suggest that you proceed in three stages.

1. Select your level of commitment:

Level of commitment


Approximate number of hours

1. Curious

You follow the course as you would watch a film. You are curious, but not necessarily determined to really improve your learning ability. You are not interested in practicing.

1 hr

2. Participant

You wish to acquire the skills, but spending the minimum amount of time doing so. You watch the videos, simply read the text and carry out the assessments as you go along, without spending too much time on the activities in the chapters.

3 hrs

3. Active

You want to improve your learning ability and to devote time to develop new skills. You follow all the advice and take the time to think about what you are learning in order to absorb it.

6 hrs

4. Determined

You are passionate about the subject and determined to achieve full mastery. You go over and above the advice, have discussions with your peers online and off-line. You design your learning plan and implement it.

+10 hrs

2. Split up the course

According to your level of commitment, you will split up the course in different ways. Again, you are free to organise yourself as you see fit.

All the same, here is the split that I recommend:

Level of commitment

Time period


Length of a session

1. Minimal

1 day

1 or 2 sessions

30 mins to 1 hr

2. Participant

3 days

3 to 6 sessions

30 mins to 1 hr

3. Active

1 week

12 to 18 sessions

20 mins to 30 mins

4. Determined

+2 weeks

+20 sessions 

20 mins to 30 mins

3. Add the sessions to your diary

Now that you know how much time this course could take you, and how to split your sessions:

  • Give yourself a realistic deadline.

  • Block out periods in your diary.

If you wish to gain time, schedule a recurring event called "Learn how to learn" every day at the same time, until you have mastered the course.

We will go over the questions of scheduling, in detail, in the third part of the course, which is dedicated to drawing up your personalised learning schedule.

Learn together with others

For many reasons that we shall go into later, surrounding yourself with learning companions is an excellent way of boosting and maintaining your motivation. Discussion with other learners allows you to jointly create meaning and to fix the information more permanently in your memory.

You will learn as much in discussion about the course as in following it.
You will learn as much in discussion about the course as in following it.

So invite your friends and colleagues to follow the course with you. If you decide to share with them on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn, you should still remember to come back to OpenClassrooms to resume the course. 😅

The more of you there are following the course and giving feedback, the more the course will improve.


To get the most out of this course, you will need to demonstrate independence, even self-determination. So, be as firm as possible in your decision to learn how to learn, but flexible about how you get there.

When you are ready, continue to the next chapter to get to the heart of the subject.

Example of certificate of achievement
Example of certificate of achievement