Provider: UC San Diego at Coursera [course page]
Lecturer: Barbara Oakley and Terrence Sejnowski
Subject: Psychology + Learning and Metalearning
Delivery: intake-based asynchronous study
Recommended Load: 3-4 hrs/week over 4 weeks
Completion Date: 09/01/2014
Description: This course teaches relevant skills to improve deep learning and debunks myths about learning.
Strengths: This course is an introduction to learning theory. Some of you might be familiar with some of the methods discussed in the course, as I was, but I found that some of the techniques were actually new to me. I found this quite refreshing given some of the recent course non-starters. The course also collated neat links and resources.
Weaknesses: Some of the material is presented in a quirky manner that might annoy some folks. The two lecturers, as brilliant as they were, are still getting used to teaching to an online audience, but this doesn’t downplay the value of what they are teaching.
Conclusion: If you are looking to get back into a classroom or learning environment, this course offers a solid foundation for developing skills that will assist in deep learning. Some of the methods may seem a little odd at first, but studies suggest that they actually work. Even if you aren’t going back to school or college, some of the methods will assist in other areas.
The next intake begins on October 3rd. The MOOC only offers verified certificates at this time.