December 1, 2013, by Helen Whitehead

Advent calendar #1: A December of preparation!

Welcome to December!  As we lead up to our first MOOC, Sustainability, Society and You, in January, we are going to have an Advent calendar throughout the month of December – there’ll be a short informative post every day, with tips on being a student in a MOOC, sneak peeks at content, sustainability news and issues, and insights from the MOOC team here at the University of Nottingham.

We hope to tell you everything you need to know to decide to join our Sustainability MOOC, how to make the most of it, manage your time and get ready to change your life (well, bits of it!) if not the world!

Today’s tip is about being a student in a worldwide community of learners.  One of the things you often need to know, when you’re responding to fellow participants in forums or, particularly, in real time, is the time in another part of the world.  The best website I’ve found for this is You can instantly see the current time in any part of the world, find out what time it will be somewhere at a particular time, or organise a meeting at the best time for all parties.

We look forward to welcoming students from all over the world on January 6th for the free course Sustainability, Society and You on FutureLearn.

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