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Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential

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McMaster University via Coursera

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  • Provider Coursera
  • Subject Personal Development
  • $ Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
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  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Start Date
  • Duration 4 weeks long

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Mindshift is designed to help boost your career and life in today’s fast-paced learning environment. Whatever your age or stage, Mindshift teaches you essentials such as how to get the most out of online learning and MOOCs, how to seek out and work with mentors, the secrets to avoiding career ruts (and catastrophes) and general ruts in life, and insights such as the value of selective ignorance over general competence. We’ll provide practical insights from science about how to learn and change effectively even in maturity, and we’ll build on what you already know to take your life’s learning in fantastic new directions. This course is designed to show you how to look at what you’re learning, and your place in what’s unfolding in the society around you, so you can be what you want to be, given the real world constraints that life puts on us all. You’ll see that by using certain mental tools and insights, you can learn and do more—far more—than you might have ever dreamed!

This course can be taken independent of, concurrent with, or subsequent to, its companion course, Learning How to Learn. (Mindshift is more career focused, and Learning How to Learn is more learning focused.)

Taught by

Dr. Barbara Oakley and Dr. Terrence Sejnowski

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4.8 Based on 1960 reviews

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Beth T
3.0 2 years ago
by Beth completed this course.
As I read others statement about this Mooc, I really felt that there was a lack of helpful criticism. Barbara knows she is good. You can't get better than #1. What she needs to get better still is to be aware of where she can improve. So here is what I really think.

I loved "Learning to Learn". I learned so many things that I could apply right away to my life. I love Barbara's weekly emails- I always find some good theories and practical actions I can take.

Mindshift seems to repeat the material in "Learning to Learn". Very little practical action on our part is r…
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Anonymous
5.0 8 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This is the first course I take under the topic Mindshift. As a non-native speaker of English I found the course easy to understand. The course has covered many concepts that meant a lot to me, which I took time to analyse and deeply think about and relate to events in my life. I have put serious effort to try to memorize them. Here are some:

- The hiker learning style;

- Getting actively engaged into what I am trying to learn: testing myself is a way, using the new information is another;

- Paradigm Shift;

- Broaden my passion rather than f…
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Jennifer B
4.0 a year ago
by Jennifer completed this course.
I took Mindshift immediately after taking Learning How to Learn, and both courses are taught by the same instructors. Some of the material in Mindshift repeats topics in Learning How to Learn, but I found the repetition helpful for reinforcing the learning techniques. The sections on career change and the intelligence of emotions are new in Mindshift. I recommend reading or listening to the book, Mindshift, as you take the course, because the book contains interviews with a diverse group of individuals who made significant changes in their lives and careers at different ages.

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Sarah J
5.0 2 years ago
Sarah completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Loved this course! As always, Doctors Oakley and Sejnowski knocked this one out of the park. I marked the difficulty as Medium, but I worked very hard to try and make sure I could apply it to my life. If you don't work as hard on that, you could probably pop it down to Easy... You get out of it what you put into it, so be cautious on that.

The workload and required videos were reasonable (actually shorter than I thought they'd be!), and the order in which information is presented and explained makes this course very easy to follow. Some information from their Learning How to Learn…
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Monika R
3.0 2 years ago
by Monika completed this course.
There are three issues I had with this course: the instructors and the material are truly inspiring. 1) What is really bad is that there is no separation between the people who currently take the class, and the people who have taken this class in the past. Hence, you may be responding to people who actually took this MOOC the last time it was offered!! 2) There is little actual discussion between the people who post comments. People write down what they think/experience, and there is only intermittent response from others. As a college teacher myself, I understand the whole idea that peo…
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Robyn B
5.0 a year ago
by Robyn completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
As an adult learner, I was intimidated by the idea of going back to school. I struggled when I was a high school student and through what I did in college 20 years ago. Learning has just never been easy because I was just bored and could not focus on what was being said. So I gave up the idea that I could ever be a success.

I have loved this class. It has taken away a lot of my anxiety about re-starting an education in mid-life. It has taught me new ways to learn and to view the learning process. I have begun a change in my thought patterns, leading to a reduction in my …
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Nicole J
5.0 2 years ago
Nicole completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This course has helped debunk ideas I had about myself and my learning style that were very negative. I learned that being a 'slow learner' has it's advantages. I learned that my gut feel has always been right - well-meaning friends or family encouraging me to 'follow my dreams' is not wise. I am 40 years old and looking at making a career change. The advice in this course is very wise. Don't study something that is going to put you in debt with no financial return. Expand your interests. Make life a life-long learning process. Everything you've done in your past can contribute towards what ca…
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Anonymous
4.0 a year ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This course wasn't as eye-opening to me as "Learning How to Learn" was, but nonetheless I still learned some interesting things, so I think it was still well worth the time.

The transcripts of the lecture videos seemed to have more grammatical errors, but that was only a slight inconvenience.

Also note that there are some quiz questions that ask about some of the concepts mentioned from the "Learning How to Learn" course.

Despite those concerns, overall the contents of Mindshift had some obvious points to it such as how it's never too late to learn someth…
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Zsuzsanna V
5.0 2 years ago
by Zsuzsanna completed this course.
I have taken learning how to learn and it was great and a huge help. Mindshift is also very useful and helped me again. I missed though the professional literature in the amount they gave us in LHTL, I was looking forward articles so much. This course is more to the public, simpler easy to follow and complete - these are of course advantages. It is a great nudge to think about oneself and aims and why are we not so successful as we wish to be. The professors in the videos are perfection, Barbara Oakley is impossible not to pay attention to, and Terence Sejnowski is giving you the impression …
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Anonymous
5.0 a year ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Mind shift is more of a "companion piece" to "Learning How To Learn" rather than a stand-alone MOOC, but it's worth your time regardless. Because it's an extension of previously taught concepts, it's inherently less impactful than it's predecessor, but to be fair, the bar has already been set very high.

The visuals are more engaging/memorable and the dialogue is clearer and better-delivered this time around. Barb definitely seems more comfortable, and she makes the learning process stress-free and leisurely. The videos are more brisk, and each week feels less intimidating, and ea…
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Anonymous
3.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
It is a light course that won't take much of your time and some of the videos included nice ideas. But if you have completed the "Learning How to Learn" MOOC, you would have studied most of the concepts in this course, and in my opinion, they were much better in "Learning How to Learn".
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Extremely interesting, helpful, and motivating course. It opens your mind to not only transform your life, but bring encouragement to others who need life transformation. It destroys the mundane, and enables you to realize you have a whole world of learning right at your fingertips. Possibilities are endless and that brings hope.
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Anonymous
4.0 a year ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I took this course right after taking Learning to Learn, because I really enjoyed Barbara Oakley's presentation of the material. I also appreciate the neuroscience contributions of her inspiring co-presenter Terry Segnowski. While I liked Learning to Learn better, I am glad that I took Mindshift. I am also reading the book Mindshift, and find the stories and self-reflection exercises to be very helpful in shifting my beliefs about my own abilities. I always thought I was a right brained creative, but now I know I have the capacity to do more difficult technical things. The few hours it took we…
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John P
3.0 a year ago
by John completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
Not surprised that most of the reviews here compared this MOOC with Dr. Oakley's first one: Learning How To Learn.

This one was way too easy and at the end of it, I felt cheated - in a way. I spent a good amount of time expecting a step change forward from the first MOOC. I breezed through the online quizzes and the one assignment before I received an email congratulating me on finishing the programme and asking me to buy the certificate. I did pay for a certificate after my first MOOC, but this one I refused to because I couldn't justify it to myself even though I scored 100% in…
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Ramon M
4.0 a year ago
by Ramon completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Me pareció más completo el primer curso Learning How to Learn; Mindshift fue más una extensión lo que no pudo incluirse en el primero, o quizá una breve actualización. Lo destacable es que a diferencia de su antecesor, este curso que parecer diseñado para motivar y empoderar, es decir, va más allá de las explicaciones y sugerencias. Por esta razón lo recomendaría, principalmente a quienes inician en los MOOCs. Finalmente, a pesar de la buena intención con la edición y los recursos visuales, me resultó molesto en ocasiones algunos errores de edición y colores o efectos utilizados. 4/5
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Ragini B
4.0 2 years ago
by Ragini completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
Courses from Dr. Barbara Oakley and Dr. Terrence Sejnowski can never disappoint you. This is my second course from them after Learning How To Learn (LHTL). But, I think it makes more easy if we take this course after completing LHTL; that way it would be easy to comprehend some of the tools/techniques explained in this course. Mindshift really helped find ways of revealing my hidden potential. It helps boosts your confidence, but of course not until you apply the techniques explained in this course. However, I have a suggestion - in their future courses it would be more interesting if they can explain techniques with more real life examples and more interviews (with loads of questions, and not just a guest appearance). Thanks a lot Dr. Barbara Oakley and Dr. Terrence Sejnowski.
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Anonymous
4.0 2 years ago
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
This course was visually appealing as well as being filled with inspirational, scientific and myth busting information. The section on 'overcoming cognitive distortions' is particularly helpful to help one recognize the thought patterns that can hold you back and ways to overcome. Barbara highlights how our worst traits can also be our best traits. For example, it was comforting to know that a poor working memory allows for more creativity. Overall, this course was very enjoyable, easy to follow and filled with great tips. One still has to do the hard work to make change but at least they provide some tools to point you in the right direction.
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Anonymous
1.0 4 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
With a self-help book style clickbait title this MOOC is presumptuous in assuming it's doing a paradigm shift for learners, when all it does is rehash some generalities interspersed with gifs and some spiel about neuroscience and brain circuitry.

Absolutely nothing about specific careers or interesting interviews with persons who were able to make career changes in tricky or tough situations.

The main instructor Beth thinks very highly of her ability to create and edit videos, which have too many crazy jarring effects and distract from the experience.
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Anonymous
1.0 9 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
​‎I expected that I could learn something new from this course, but I found that there is just the same things taught in this course that there is in 'MOOC Learning how to learn'. As Prof. Oakley mentioned, you shouldn't learn something you've understood. It's a bad thing called "overlearning" since it would make me think that I can resolve any problem by what this course taught, but it isn't the case.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I am a Venezuelan living in Italy , I have aleado decide to change the discipline I work ed all my life, but this course help me a lot to see more clearly the road I want to choose , how to go through this road , fight the problems I will encounter , and maybe help others travelers I could find on my way.

It's like going to the jungle with Indiana Jones at your side .
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