Are you new to the whole e-learning/m-learning/internet-based learning topic? Don’t know where and how to start? In this article I will try to introduce you to the course that I think everyone should take no matter of one’s life and work experience. At first, I found this course accidentally, but later it occurred it is the most popular massive online open course in the internet. Let’s see why you should take it! Of course this text contains only my own reflections and opinions. I personally love this course and Barbara Oakley’s academic achievements.
What is it?
Learning How to Learn is a e-course available on Coursera which main objective is to present a let to obtain a broad selection of learning techniques. Content of this course is based on research and scientific knowledge which really adds to it’s value and makes it a reliable source of knowledge.
How did I find it?
Actually – Now I’m thinking how could I not found it sooner? My whole adventure started when I bought book written by Barbara Oakley – “A Mind for Numbers“. I was looking for books, articles – basically everything about the mathematical reasoning and problem solving in that area and why it has some kind of magical aura for many people (I bet everyone knows someone who says: I’m just not talented when it comes to math; I’m more like humanistic person – more into reading and writing, not numbers) and eventually found this fantastic book. Later I discovered this most popular online course – made by Barbara Oakley, an electrical engineer, and Terry Sejnowski, a neuroscientist. And what happened next was a pure magic.
Why do I need that?
I made a short list of reasons you should take this course:
- It will be a great base for future learning,
- You can get to know something about your process of learning and yourself,
- You’ll get to know many useful mental tools which will improve your mental abilities,
- You’ll receive a great newsletter every Friday (of course if you agree to do that),
- Ability to participate in truly engaged community of learners.
Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects is a course made at University of California, Sandiego. The course is taught by Dr. Barbara Oakley with Dr. Terrence Sejnowski and consists of about 3 hours of video, 3 hours of exercises, 3 hours of bonus material. The whole content is divided in 4 weeks with five different quizzes.
Instructors has a rare skill of using a simple and witty way to talk about important and complicated matters. For example in this course you’ll get know how to learn more efficiently and fight with procrastination.
The course is translated to 19 different languages – including Polish and German (as for 9th of March, 2018) so you don’t have to fluent in English to participate. However, it is worth mentioning that all quizzes (and other activities like discussions) are only in English, so you have to use it at a certain level.
That’s of course is up to you and your learning processes. But this is what you can get to know:
- various learning techniques,
- two learning modes and how it encapsulates information,
- illusions of learning,
- memory techniques,
- dealing with procrastination,
- practices shown by research to be most effective in learning process.
Why do I recommend that?
Besides this course being extremely effective I strongly value scientific and research-proven knowledge. This course is made by worldwide known specialists in their fields. It has an atractive form and is suitable for almost everyone.
Can I take this course for free?
Yes. It is possible to obtain the access to the whole course content for free on Coursera. You only have to pay if you need/want a certificate. Here is a three-step instruction how to sign up and learn for free.
- When you already have a Coursera account, find the “Learning How to Learn” course.
- Click Enroll button.
- Select Full course, no certificate option to sign up for free.
You don’t know if it’s right for you? Try to sign up and complete the first week of this course. If you are not sure, have no motivation and so on – write to me and we can talk about it. You can do it here in the comment section, through my contact form, by my Facebook page or Instagram. I really hope that this course will change your view on learning and education.
This is probably the longest text on this site for now, yet somehow you made it, so thank you for reading.