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

 with  Dr. Barbara Oakley and Dr. Terrence Sejnowski
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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.)

Syllabus

Change IS possible
In today's world, change is the only constant. This means that whatever stage you are in life, you need to keep yourself open and able to change. How can you do this? In three ways: Learn more about your hidden capabilities and assets. Learn more about learning effectively. Learn about matching your assets with the opportunities that face you. In this week, we'll dive into these three important areas!

Getting Deeper into Happy Learning
Key to your ability to mindshift is being able to learn effectively. This week, we’ll dive deeper into this vital area. Getting yourself motivated to tackle procrastination can sometimes be a challenge in learning, so we’ll give you some important tips here. But we’ll also give insights into mental tricks to help you focus, relax, and reframe if stress intrudes. We’ll also show you how to avoid common learning pitfalls. Welcome and enjoy!

Learning and Careers
This week, we’ll be talking about how your own career can develop and change through your life. Your own internal feelings about what you want to do can play a critical role in your long-term happiness. But society and culture can also have a dramatic effect on your career choices and decisions—as can your parents, family, and friends. We’ll talk about second-skilling yourself, and developing a talent stack of average talents that can combine into a formidable asset. We’ll also talk about various tactics and techniques to help you survive career changes and upheavals. Welcome and enjoy!

Adopting a Learning Lifestyle
In this final week of the course, we'll be exploring how and why to keep yourself in "mindshift" mode. We'll give you all sorts of insider tips on how to pick out the best online learning with materials that are right for you. And we'll also talk about other ways of learning—ways that can make you "the smartest person in the room." Disruption lies ahead in the world—this week, we'll help you seize the advantage. Off we go for our final week of Mindshift!

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Institution McMaster University
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Language English
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1079 reviews for Coursera's Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential

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7 months ago
Beth Tiozzo 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 thi Read More
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 required. I have a bit more theoretical knowledge but little practical things to apply to my life. This is contrast with "Learning to Learn" from which gave theories but also gave practical advice i.e. Pomodoro Technique

I wish Mindshift would have been more deeper insights. I wish there would have been more guests speakers to give their insights on different aspects of a mindsshift. The test questions were too easy, giving you a feeling of competence where there really wasn't much competence.

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6 months ago
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Sarah Joyce 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 Read More
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 MOOC is covered, but they do not make the assumption that you have already taken it-- but I highly recommend taking the Learning MOOC first, as that will help you to make this one count. The quizzes, discussion prompts, and honors assignments are well done and do not veer off course, and really help the information to sink in further. Put time into the honors assignments!

The only complaints that I have about this young MOOC have nothing to do with the content. Coursera is one of the better platforms that I have used, but I still find myself fighting with the site often. Sometimes I am even surprised by due dates or uncompleted assignments because they were not logically presented by Coursera's system, which is not a failing of this MOOC specifically. It was worth the mild struggle though!
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6 months ago
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Nicole Janks 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 looki Read More
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 career direction you decide to take in future. Read for 20 minutes each day. Keep your brain trained and active for the rest of your life. Surround yourself with people who are like-minded and will contribute to enabling you to make the changes you need to. Change your surroundings - even aesthetics can make a big difference in how you retain information or absorb it. Learn something new each day. This course has also helped me in gaining insight when choosing future MOOC courses. I would have gone into MOOC learning blindly and probably lost momentum along the way or given up. I have direction now. I'm so glad I've done this course. Thank you so much!
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4 months ago
Jennifer Boyer 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 intelligenc Read More
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.

Mindshift contains many optional videos with memory champion Nelson Dellis, which are very practical and helpful.

The instructors have done a laudable job of teaching how to integrate learning into your everyday life, and the importance of doing so. They also make lifelong learning seem practical and possible, which is important to give hope and skills to people who may be stuck in a job.

The reason I didn't give the course 5 stars is that there was no discussion of the role of personality or temperament when considering a career field. I would have liked specific discussions of different types of jobs or fields and what factors helped people be successful in those fields. I also think temperament is something that should be considered carefully when selecting a career field.

I was also a bit disappointed that the optional videos did not include more interviews with the people featured in the book. The interview with the Singapore businessman was very interesting, and I had expected more optional interviews like there were in Learning How to Learn.

Aside from these minor criticisms, the instructors have performed a valuable service of teaching learning techniques and career strategies that can help both working professionals and students navigate changing work environments.
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7 months ago
Monika Reuter 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 thi Read More
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 people learn on their own ... but I understand also that they need some type of feedback here and there. And here and there, it wouldn't be bad to be challenged!! 3) It was only at the end of week 3 in this 4 week course that I posted a question about who our mentor was supposed to be. The person(s) did not introduce themselves or offer how we could ask for help in the first week, as I have seen in another MOOC. And, BTW, you cannot just select a mentor from the frame offered on the right hand side which has the photographs of some mentors, and the name abbreviations of all of them. I got lost, and since there was no feedback, I often did not know whether I was going in the right direction. I may take this MOOC again, just to enjoy it this time around. I will recommend it to others who are interested in MINDSHIFTING.
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3 months ago
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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 a Read More
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 easier to complete, compared to the previous MOOC.

As expected, the content is solid, practical, and worthwhile. I found the lessons on motivation (Be Specific, Decrease Impulsiveness, Increase Expectancy, Increase Value) to be a particularly helpful when planning my week.

Also, after completing a test, there's an explanation accompanied with each incorrect answer explaining exactly how that answer is wrong. The instant feedback worked wonders for me because I didn't have to scour through the previous videos (or my notes) in order to discover how I was wrong. I don't believe this was a feature in "Learning How to Learn", but I could be mistaken.

Overall, I highly recommend this course, but with one caveat: if you haven't finished "Learning How To Learn", please do so before starting "Mindshift". You won't regret it.
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4 months ago
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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 Read More
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 something or change your career path (regardless of your age, gender, ethnicity, etc.), anyone can learn anything at any time, and people should be open-minded about their opportunities and surroundings.

Of course, there are some specifics that the course covers that provide extra detail to the obvious points I mentioned above (as well as other not-so-obvious points).

And to be fair I guess this course was more of a course that was meant to boost your confidence and encourage you to maintain your humility than anything else anyway.

If you expected to learn something you didn't already know, then that's not going to happen that often in this course. It is still worth the time though. After all, this course is "Mindshift", now "Mindblow".

It's supposed to convince you to change your perspective, not outsmart you.
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7 months ago
Zsuzsanna Kispál - Vitai 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 Read More
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 that you actually understand neuropsychology, which is, of course, an illusion but how nice! I would recommend this course to everyone in doubt about themselves and about what to do next in life. My advice to the MOOC makers would be to give more background literature, the same amount they have given us in LHTL, I still use those. And I could not understand why they talked so much about MOOCs, but of course, if this is the next trend in education then they know better. But I had so much fun, and I loved it. Thank you for providing people this great opportunity and help.
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4 months ago
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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 Read More
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 were well spent, as I have already seen an improvement in my learning to read, remember and understand music theory. The cognitive approach they recommend works well for many adult learners. I would not recommend this to people who have severe developmental disabilities or FASD - the course is based on changing your own thinking, which is not necessarily what everyone needs, some people just need more support to achieve modest goals in their lives.

Barbara and Terry both come across as very intelligent, sweet and adorable, interesting teachers. I highly recommend this course to most adults interested in making a change in their learning or direction in life.
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5 months ago
Ramon Medel 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 Read More
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

I found the first course How to Learn more useful; Mindshift addresses what could not be included in the first one, or perhaps a brief update. What is remarkable is that unlike its predecessor, this course that seems designed to motivate and empower, goes beyond explanations and suggestions. For this reason, I would recommend it, especially for those starting in MOOCs. Finally, despite the good intentions with editing and visuals, I sometimes found annoying some editing errors and colors or effects used.
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5 months ago
John K. Philip 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 Read More
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 all the online quizzes. That feeling of elation on have 'achieved' a Mindshift was missing.

Would I recommend it? To those who completed the first MOOC, this would be a logical bringing together of all the concepts one started with on that course. There little by way of new value meriting of four weeks' work (and the money for the certificate). Do it to review the learnings from the first MOOC.

That's it!
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7 months ago
Ragini Babitha audited 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 Read More
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 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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3 weeks ago
Robyn Bole audited 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 Read More
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 negative attitude about the possibility of being able to gain an education this time around. I now believe it is possible to teach an old dog new tricks after all.

The instructor, Barbara Oakley, is great. At first, I was struggling to pay attention to what she was saying. But, the more I watched her videos I really connected with her. She shared her own struggles as a learner and it made her much more personable. I could identify with her even though my issues are ADHD related. I retained the information better because of the way she presented the material with video clips and stories. The quizzes after each lesson helped to cement the information into my brain. I now share what I have been learning with my teenagers who are working through high school now. I am also looking forward to taking new classes that will help me transition to a new career path.

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6 months ago
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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 Read More
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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6 months ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
I enjoyed this course immensely. I began teaching a course unrelated to my field of expertise and each day was approached with much trepidation. The information provided in this course has given me both insight and encouragement. Additionally, it has armed me with a wealth of teaching strategies to motivate my students.
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7 months ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
I just finished the cours and it was so much fun and inspiration. I am hadding off to second business next to my job and would have never thought this would happen wenn I starded the course (I acctually followed this classe because I liked " learning how to learn "so much!) Hope there arme some more courses comming up...
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6 months ago
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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 completed this course.
I think the course is really interesting if you want to gain some useful tips/insights about your personal development. There is a fear work load, the videos are short and interesting. I had no time for the discussion forum, which I have found too difficult to follow because of the time you need to devote to them.
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8 months ago
Jo Marchant completed this course.
Engaging and fun presenter! I love Barbara's teaching style and I hope she does more MOOCS! However, even though enjoyable, it had lots of interesting content, useful tips and a bit of learning theory and neuroscience thrown in for interest. I am now going to re-read my notes and work out what my misson is.....
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Anonymous completed this course.
This course is as excellent as "Learning how to learn" : in an informal way, with humour, it gives you tools and advices on how, and what, to keep on learing, in front of an ever and faster changing world. At the end of the course, you're aware of the pitfalls to avoid, and the help you can have to navigate your way.
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5 months ago
Astrid Ixehuatl completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
This course was really amazing. I enjoyed every session of this course and also I learned a lot of new things and information. But the most important was that it helped me to make my own mindshift. I also recommend to take the course "Learning how to Learn", it's not hardly necessary but it will be a great complement.
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5 months ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
I really like this course since it can be applied to everyone in our daily life. The course is only 4 weeks, you might not have much time to make a change yet. However,you shift your might be able to shift mind how you think and open to the new change, you might be able to make a significant change in your life later.
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6 months ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
Enjoyed the pace of the course. It is important to budget time for additional reading to make the course more fruitful. The earnestness of the instructors to facilitate learning really impressed me. Realized that there is hidden potential in everyone - challenge is to discover the talent sooner rather than later.
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8 months ago
Trish Morley completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
The course is inspirational in how it frames the importance and mechanics of learning, particularly the value of moving to another field. It pulls together threads from neuroscience and education to give you a sense of how important a balanced life including exercise and learning is, perhaps especially as we age.
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8 months ago
Samaa Zien El Abedin completed this course.
Bigs thanks to Dr. Barbara Oakley and Dr. Terrence Sejnowski

I really loved the course simple ,easy and extremely effective

Thank you both for your efforts

Good material and not boring at all actually brain storming
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4 months ago
Alexander Yusupov completed this course.
First, I'd like to say that Barbara Oakley with Terry Sejnowsky are among the best MOOC instructors. This course is good but some differences with their top course "Learning How to Learn" is worth to mention. I find "Mindshift" to be more motivational and "Learning How to Learn" to be more educational with most of mat Read More
First, I'd like to say that Barbara Oakley with Terry Sejnowsky are among the best MOOC instructors. This course is good but some differences with their top course "Learning How to Learn" is worth to mention.

I find "Mindshift" to be more motivational and "Learning How to Learn" to be more educational with most of material overlapped.

There are also more interviews with interesting speakers in "Learning How to Learn" than in "Mindshift". Though interview with singapore entrepreneur Adam Khoo is very inspirational.

One week of "Mindshift" is especially devoted to career development while there is minor discussion about it in "Learning How to Learn".

Overall I really liked the way "Mindshift" synthesizes lots of concepts of personal lifetime learning and development in 4 weeks course. Although I guess I did not "mindshift" (because I'm in right state of mind :) and already apply many of the concepts) the course motivated me to speed up.

My personal advice is to take "Learning How to Learn" first and than "Mindshift". This way you'll get most of Barbara and Terry efforts and expirience.

P.S. By the way "Mindshift" has 6 pretty cool memory tips videos from US memory champion Nelson Dellis while in "Learning How to Learn" I can remember just one!
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6 months ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
Excellent course. Il learned a lot as it completes the "Learning how-to learn one".

It's a really sure value: you don't loose your time taking it.
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3 months ago
Daryna Petryshyn completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Very usefull course for those who have doubts about themselves and their abilities to broaden their mind and develop their skills
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3 months ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
This is the only one I have completed . That says something about the

course . Would say go ahead if somebody asked me my opinion .
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7 months ago
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Anonymous audited this course.
THIS IS A GREAT COURSE, IF YOU TAKE IT YOU WILL BE INFORMED, EDUCATED, MOTIVATED, INTERTAINED. YOU WILL BE MORE SECURE IN YOUR CAREER.
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8 months ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
Great course. A good addition to the LHTL calss. It's very useful to rethink what you thought previously. I new view on how to improove your life.
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3 months ago
Scott Rowe completed this course.
Mindshift was a very useful follow-up course to Learning How to Learn, which Barb and Terry also produced. It blended study techniques and methods for overcoming bad study habits with easily understood lessons on how brain physiology and neuropsychology inform our learning experiences. I devoted about 4.5 hours per w Read More
Mindshift was a very useful follow-up course to Learning How to Learn, which Barb and Terry also produced. It blended study techniques and methods for overcoming bad study habits with easily understood lessons on how brain physiology and neuropsychology inform our learning experiences.

I devoted about 4.5 hours per week to the course, which is probably more than the average student. I reviewed about one-quarter of the learning videos a second time, and I paused them frequently throughout to take longhand notes (which one of the lessons emphasizes is a study technique for improving information retention).

The last week of this seminar provides some solid tips for assessing other MOOCs we might be thinking of taking, and for getting the most out of the MOOC experience.

All-in-all, Mind Shift was well worth the time invested and I have already begun implementing the lessons learned over the course of the four weeks. I would not hesitate to recommend this MOOC to others interested in enhanced personal learning and reframing one's thinking to improve their professional and personal lives. Thank you, Barb and Terry!
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6 months ago
Abhilash Vj completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This course follows on the footsteps of thr highly rated and famous course Learning How To Learn which gave me great insights to the process of life long learning although I had taken dozens of moocs before that course it gave me a great boost of confidence knowing that I had executed many of the techniques they use ho Read More
This course follows on the footsteps of thr highly rated and famous course Learning How To Learn which gave me great insights to the process of life long learning although I had taken dozens of moocs before that course it gave me a great boost of confidence knowing that I had executed many of the techniques they use how to learn with out knowing that and so I can confidently say those techniques work.This course however tells us not just to follow our passion but also to broaden our passion.This course tells us to be practical while following your dreams effectively a mix of your parents advice and your passion but I think it is possible with today's technology such as moocs.This course is to open our minds to learning and new experiences and I think it will change your attitude towards learning and will let you have many more passions.I completed watching the videos and quizes but there is amore engaging and time consuming honors content which I think will reinforce all those concepts taught in the course it is notnecessary to complete the honors content to complete the course.So go ahead , Happy learning.
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Anonymous completed this course.
Mindshift from Coursera not only gives learners great tips on how to learn effectively but also hopes and encouragements. The course is broken down into 4 weeks with small lessons, each lasts about 3-6 minutes and this is super useful for very busy learners and therefore easy for them to pursue through the end. Dr. O Read More
Mindshift from Coursera not only gives learners great tips on how to learn effectively but also hopes and encouragements. The course is broken down into 4 weeks with small lessons, each lasts about 3-6 minutes and this is super useful for very busy learners and therefore easy for them to pursue through the end. Dr. Oakley is the greatest example of "mindshift" when she shared with learners her real stories and experiences in the past, and that's why I said the course gives us learners hopes and encouragements. I like the way she delivers her lessons and messages: very simple, easy to remember with lively and funny visual effects. Dr. Sejnowski is also a great professor, however I feel that he speaks a bit too fast, and his lessons are of more complicated matters, so I suggest non-native English speakers (like me) would benefit more if you read the text first before watching his videos. Bottom line, I think this is a great course for anyone to start with, to feel more confident and motivated to immerse themselves deeper in the unlimited power of a life time of learning.
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a month ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
Mindshift from Coursera not only gives learners great tips on how to learn effectively but also hopes and encouragements. The course is broken down into 4 weeks with small lessons, each lasts about 3-6 minutes and this is super useful for very busy learners and therefore easy for them to pursue through the end. Dr. O Read More
Mindshift from Coursera not only gives learners great tips on how to learn effectively but also hopes and encouragements. The course is broken down into 4 weeks with small lessons, each lasts about 3-6 minutes and this is super useful for very busy learners and therefore easy for them to pursue through the end. Dr. Oakley is the greatest example of "mindshift" when she shared with learners her real stories and experiences in the past, and that's why I said the course gives us learners hopes and encouragements. I like the way she delivers her lessons and messages: very simple, easy to remember with lively and funny visual effects. Dr. Sejnowski is also a great professor, however I feel that he speaks a bit too fast, and his lessons are of more complicated matters, so I suggest non-native English speakers (like me) would benefit more if you read the text first before watching his videos. Bottom line, I think this is a great course for anyone to start with, to feel more confident and motivated to immerse themselves deeper in the unlimited power of a life time of learning.
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5 months ago
Keith Seiji Kawamura completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
MIND SHIFT should not be taken by those who never want to change, are satisfied with their income, accomplishments, and life experience. MIND SHIFT should be taken by people hungry for more in life, who need hope and tools for change, and who want to take small steps that will lead to BIGGER things, possibly even highe Read More
MIND SHIFT should not be taken by those who never want to change, are satisfied with their income, accomplishments, and life experience. MIND SHIFT should be taken by people hungry for more in life, who need hope and tools for change, and who want to take small steps that will lead to BIGGER things, possibly even higher income, better health and relationships, and happiness!

This COURSERA platform needs improvement. Twice, my writing "vanished." In addition, the platform did not allow me copy and paste a document typed in Word.

My best experience with this MIND SHIFT class happened after I read a post written by one of the Teaching Assistants who commented on what I wrote. Please pass this note on to her:

"Thank you for your kind and thoughtful words. You deserve a raise! Please email me (keithseijikawamura@protonmail.com) so I can keep you posted on new discoveries I make and new adventures I take. I want to hear about yours as well. Keep MIND SHIFTING!"
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3 months ago
Georg completed this course.
Thank you for the online course! I'm working in the area of IT and new technology and it was helpful to receive the confirmation that we need to be open for change and ongoing learning. It is my understanding that we are still at the beginning of a revolution that will impact all of us. The fact that networking will b Read More
Thank you for the online course!

I'm working in the area of IT and new technology and it was helpful to receive the confirmation that we need to be open for change and ongoing learning. It is my understanding that we are still at the beginning of a revolution that will impact all of us. The fact that networking will be soon 10 times faster and is already 100 faster in the laboratories, the fact that computing and storage will soon be available with almost no limits, the fact that fantastic sensors are available and become more and more sophisticated, the fact that Artificial Intelligence will become commonly applied will change our community on our planet.

The course helps to revise our views on learning. At an age of almost 60, it is obvious that learning helps to stay young and that it is possible and necessary. The course provides some excellent examples, methods and approaches.

Thank you so much for the free course and for the contribution of a new view on learning.
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6 months ago
Mahwish Anwar completed this course.
This is the first MOOC I have completed out of the 20+ of MOOCs I enrolled into. So it has to my favourite for now! I like it because the materiel / key concepts were well presented; the script, natural gestures , animations, metaphors, humor helped in understanding the material and enabled me to stick to it. The less Read More
This is the first MOOC I have completed out of the 20+ of MOOCs I enrolled into. So it has to my favourite for now!

I like it because the materiel / key concepts were well presented; the script, natural gestures , animations, metaphors, humor helped in understanding the material and enabled me to stick to it. The lessons were nicely broken down , were not overwhelming. The option to enroll in new session just appeared while I was wrapping week 4 (last session ended 2 days late ago and I was super busy so couldn't catch up), which is very good, because otherwise I was planning to type answers for the forums and post now and post later when the new session starts.

If you are not sure, you should take up some new, difficult or unrelated task/job/activity in your personal or professional life, this course is what you should take!

Good thing is it has many frequent sessions, so probably there is one opened now for you! So enroll fast!
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8 months ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
I had learned so much in Learning How to Learn that I had to give this second course a try. What I appreciate most about this course are the practical tips that can be put into action right away. This course didn't seem to have as much science as the first one, which I would have liked. As well, there are a few vide Read More
I had learned so much in Learning How to Learn that I had to give this second course a try. What I appreciate most about this course are the practical tips that can be put into action right away. This course didn't seem to have as much science as the first one, which I would have liked. As well, there are a few videos about what makes a good MOOC, which I found a little off topic, even though I understand that the information can help with better choosing which MOOCs to take. Dr. Oakley and Dr. Sejnowski are both much more animated in this second course and I would say that next time they don't need to try as hard (less Hollywood) and just be themselves. They are both very inspiring and good speakers! My takeaway from this second course is that it is possible to experience a mindshift - it takes being open to thinking in different ways and it takes deliberate action. Thank you Dr. Oakley, Dr. Sejnowski, and your teams!
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7 months ago
Fatma Saghrouni partially completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
I learned a lot from this course. The subjects covered are very relevant and useful for everyday life, personal and professional The presentation of key points is so easy Complex concepts are simplified to be understood by virtually anyone The illustrations are funny Concrete examples brought from the experience o Read More
I learned a lot from this course.

The subjects covered are very relevant and useful for everyday life, personal and professional

The presentation of key points is so easy

Complex concepts are simplified to be understood by virtually anyone

The illustrations are funny

Concrete examples brought from the experience of the teacher make the concepts real, close to us and alive, therefore convincing and striking

This course and the one "Learning how to learn" was a point of a new beginning for me

These 2 courses have inspired and motivated me

On the other hand, this course was an opportunity for me to improve my English. I am Francophone. There was no French translation . But that was not an obstacle for me. I watched and rewatched the videos to lose no crumbs of what the teachers say.

A BIG THANK YOU for you Teachers, Dr. Barbara Oakley and Dr. Terrence Sejnowski

And for the entire team

My sincere gratitude
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a month ago
Barbara Dickinson completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This is an excellent MOOC and most probably must be taken with its older sibling, Learning How to Learn, although it can be taken stand-alone. It is an excellent collection of advice, experience and knowledge about developing and maintaining a life-long attitude of learning. If you have any obstacles in your path su Read More
This is an excellent MOOC and most probably must be taken with its older sibling, Learning How to Learn, although it can be taken stand-alone.

It is an excellent collection of advice, experience and knowledge about developing and maintaining a life-long attitude of learning.

If you have any obstacles in your path such as the belief that learning is only for the young, this is the MOOC for you! It's a myth buster and a breath of fresh air all at once. The Instructors are engaging, for all they are virtual! The material, especially the "extras," is invaluable, and the quizzes and discussion prompts are exactly the right level of challenging.

The one mild criticism I would make is that the tech is a tiny bit glitch y and the meta information about deadlines was confusing in one key place. I hope the authors clean up the little messes, because they have a big hit on their hands over all.
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7 months ago
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Nalaka Gamage completed this course, spending 16 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
I have taken LHTL course before and it was one of the best MOOCs I have done. I decided to took this one, since it's from the same team and I was having a hard time due to a recent career change I have made. I'm happy with the information presented and I was able to learn and apply some of them to keep motivated. Compa Read More
I have taken LHTL course before and it was one of the best MOOCs I have done. I decided to took this one, since it's from the same team and I was having a hard time due to a recent career change I have made. I'm happy with the information presented and I was able to learn and apply some of them to keep motivated. Comparing to LHTL, I thought the course perhaps was bit too simple and the lessons are too short at times. At times it felt like scientific component is lacking though all the content seems to be backed by scientific research. That's perhaps the only minor downside. I like the simplicity and openness by Barb and Terry when presenting. Thank you for putting up this course and I have enjoyed and learned from it. I would recommend this to someone whether they are thinking of a career change, retirement, or even have become too complacent on current career.
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3 weeks ago
Anna completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Concise, encouraging and uplifting guide to positioning yourself in the new economy. It is NOT taxing to breeze through this cheerful course which is delivered with a refreshingly light touch. In fact, you can kinda get on with your daily tasks while you watch it in the background. But do not be deceived: the creators Read More
Concise, encouraging and uplifting guide to positioning yourself in the new economy. It is NOT taxing to breeze through this cheerful course which is delivered with a refreshingly light touch. In fact, you can kinda get on with your daily tasks while you watch it in the background. But do not be deceived: the creators have worked hard to craft the material into bite-sized, memorable chunks which they skillfully deliver in a way that's intutive to absorb. A lot of valuable, practical principles are embedded in your longterm memory. The importance of mentors, environment, reframing your self-doubt, exploring new experiences... all these things become part of your toolkit because the teachers take the time to clearly illustrate WHY they are valuable. Once you understand that, it's impossible not to feel inspired to put your new tools to good use right away
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a month ago
Emily Johnson completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Found the instructors very engaging, and easy to relate to. The material was presented very interestingly, and in many different ways. You did have to review the material, and pay attention to the small details in order to complete the quiz's. This was my first MOOC, and enjoyed it very much. I did find that the time Read More
Found the instructors very engaging, and easy to relate to. The material was presented very interestingly, and in many different ways. You did have to review the material, and pay attention to the small details in order to complete the quiz's. This was my first MOOC, and enjoyed it very much. I did find that the time rating were too low as you did need to re-watch a few videos to get all of the material into your learning. But i did like the fact that they were short videos and could squeeze in one or two when i could. I also learn't taking more than one at a time is not a good idea from this material and i hope to use some of the techniques to improve my completion rate in the future, as well as my procrastination, issues and leaving things to the end. i will be looking for more MOOC s with these instructors as i enjoyed them very much.
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2 months ago
Udbhav Jatia completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
Great course that was made by the same instructors who created Learning How to Learn which is the most popular MOOC of all time. It is very easy to complete and can be done in the space of a few days. I generally noted down important tips into my laptop as the videos were playing instead of writing notes to save time. Read More
Great course that was made by the same instructors who created Learning How to Learn which is the most popular MOOC of all time. It is very easy to complete and can be done in the space of a few days. I generally noted down important tips into my laptop as the videos were playing instead of writing notes to save time.

Pros:

- Full of great tips on effective learning techniques and how to pick a great MOOC to study

- Makes you discover some unexpected things in how we learn things. Eg. Learning two things completely unrelated to one another can actually help our learning in both areas

Cons:

- Might not have that much of a value-add if you have already taken 'Learning How to Learn' (I did not)

- Material can seem a bit haphazard and disorganized at times

All in all, its a solid course. Definitely one of the better ones out there.
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3 months ago
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Gustavo Navas completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
The course is good although it is basically an application of the main topics of the course "Learning how to learn" doing emphasis on the importance of selecting a career based both on passions and future employment opportunities. From this perspective I feel that the new material could be included in "Learning how to Read More
The course is good although it is basically an application of the main topics of the course "Learning how to learn" doing emphasis on the importance of selecting a career based both on passions and future employment opportunities. From this perspective I feel that the new material could be included in "Learning how to learn", expanding it perhaps in no more than a week. On the other hand the lecturers invited were basically focused in techniques about how to memorize, it would be great if some of them were coming from academia and talk about the new world we are just beginning to live and what areas of knowledge will be of primary importance inviting to do carry out our mindshift. I enjoyed, for instance, very much the last lecture of Dr. Terrence about AI (Artificial Intelligence) and how it is changing the world we know.
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5 months ago
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Jason E completed this course.
Mindshift is really the logical extension of Learning How to Learn. After seeing this course come up on Coursera I rewatched everything in Learning How to Learn, which I completed about 1 year ago and went through the course materials for both classes, back to back over the last few weeks. To put it simply, if you Read More
Mindshift is really the logical extension of Learning How to Learn. After seeing this course come up on Coursera I rewatched everything in Learning How to Learn, which I completed about 1 year ago and went through the course materials for both classes, back to back over the last few weeks.

To put it simply, if you have the desire to turn yourself into something more, or to get a serious competitive advantage in what you are already doing, I cannot recommend these courses strongly enough. Print out and tear into each and every optional reading assignment, and watch every optional video. There is so much good advice it is hard to undo a lifetime of bad habits and implement the good stuff all at once, so keep coming back to reinforce everything and keep introducing the good habits into your work and study.
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4 months ago
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Esther Martinez completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
As someone who is still relatively new to MOOCs, I've to say this is an amazing course that will help you understand and seek new knowledge in a more organized and productive way: After taking it, I know more about how important it is to acquire new knowledge in other areas, not just in my chosen career, and how usefu Read More
As someone who is still relatively new to MOOCs, I've to say this is an amazing course that will help you understand and seek new knowledge in a more organized and productive way:

After taking it, I know more about how important it is to acquire new knowledge in other areas, not just in my chosen career, and how useful that knowledge can be for it! In addition, they give great advice on how to change the way you think about your potential, and how important it is to broaden you passions. The advice on how to select new MOOCs to try is also great: with it, I now have a list of requisites that any MOOC I take in the future needs to pass, so I can get the best of online learning.

Overall, a great MOOC full of useful information, great advice, excellent material and amazing teachers!
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3 months ago
Cheryl Penn completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Best MOOC I've taken, hands down. The instructors don't waste your time. Ideas are explained simply with well produced videos. This is practical information that is useful right now and could help you change your career path. One of the most important ideas in this course is that some teachers are less effective becaus Read More
Best MOOC I've taken, hands down. The instructors don't waste your time. Ideas are explained simply with well produced videos. This is practical information that is useful right now and could help you change your career path. One of the most important ideas in this course is that some teachers are less effective because they have no competition, but online teachers, such as the ones for this course, have to be very prepared to get landslide ratings. This explains a lot! This MOOC is creative, goes beyond the lecture style and uses images to teach - this is how our brains are wired if you consider how much of our brain is used for visual input. They get to the point, wrote excellent script, and slipped in some humor when they could. As a result, it was interesting and effortless!
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3 months ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
Wow! Just wow! I have to say that this is the most inspirational course I have ever taken!!!! I loved learning from this course so much that I really could not stop. I finished the whole course on the day I was supposed to start it. There was not a single boring minute; videos, audio-visuals were just fantastic. I Read More
Wow! Just wow! I have to say that this is the most inspirational course I have ever taken!!!!

I loved learning from this course so much that I really could not stop. I finished the whole course on the day I was supposed to start it. There was not a single boring minute; videos, audio-visuals were just fantastic.

I really appreciated the way Barbara brought examples from her personal life to encourage people to learn. This course certainly gave me the necessary fuel to go after what I have never tried before, that is learning a new technical field. Although I have a doctorate in one field and 2 masters degrees in two others, I have always kept close to soft sciences for the fear of failure. Now, I feel so energized to start a new path.

Thank you so much for this course.
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6 months ago
John Tyler Housley completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
I found this course to be slightly less useful than its companion, but there is plenty of worthwhile material to be found as well. Additionally, this course utilizes concepts from Learning How to Learn which makes it worthwhile as a review as well as a fresh perspective on the overlapping material. Of course, there is Read More
I found this course to be slightly less useful than its companion, but there is plenty of worthwhile material to be found as well. Additionally, this course utilizes concepts from Learning How to Learn which makes it worthwhile as a review as well as a fresh perspective on the overlapping material. Of course, there is a plenty of content here that is useful in its own right. Among the topics covered were the importance of broadening ones passions, making the most of online learning via MOOCs, as well as a number of topics pertaining to careers and life enhancement. Again, the instructor was wonderful and clear. The material was presented at a very accessible level and the commitment required to complete the course is surprisingly low relative to its benefit.
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3 months ago
Mn3012017 Chua Ren Jie completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This programme has been really enjoyable and I appreciate the dedication the instructors have put into it. However,comparing Learning how to learn to this course,I would have to downgrade its rating. If I have to take away 5 ideas only from this course,it would be that in life, we must have keep learning, either thoug Read More
This programme has been really enjoyable and I appreciate the dedication the instructors have put into it. However,comparing Learning how to learn to this course,I would have to downgrade its rating.

If I have to take away 5 ideas only from this course,it would be that in life, we must have keep learning, either though online learning or reading books (1), that we must adopt a pi attitude to learning and our careers,where we have at least two life skills that we can use(Example,language and engineering)(2),that we should not multitask by learning from too many MOOCs at the same time(3), that we must change our thinking(to positive thinking) whenever faced with a difficulty(4) and most importantly, that we have to change ourselves to change our situation(5).
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7 months ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
Would recommend taking their previous MOOC "Learning How To Learn" – as the topic is same and continued in this MOOC – before this one, though You would be fine also, if You don't take it. I feel that this course have reminded some things and surely given some thoughts to think about more. Some to highlight: the effe Read More
Would recommend taking their previous MOOC "Learning How To Learn" – as the topic is same and continued in this MOOC – before this one, though You would be fine also, if You don't take it.

I feel that this course have reminded some things and surely given some thoughts to think about more. Some to highlight: the effect that my past and current environment has to my learning ; the value that lifetime learning (accompanied with good exercise and nutrition) and widening my hobbies, passion or skills, can add to my life ; and of course, the mentors and the books! 

Easy to listen videos with constant examples, tips and good amount of history and statistics as well.

One will always be learning, though one can choose, what, how much and where.
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6 months ago
Ma. Asuncion Schenk completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
If you have taken "Learning How to Learn" made by the same instructors, there will be some overlap (duplication) in the first week and a few instances in the rest of the weeks which could be a little disappointing. It might be too much to ask for a separate version for those who took the first class - and just show th Read More
If you have taken "Learning How to Learn" made by the same instructors, there will be some overlap (duplication) in the first week and a few instances in the rest of the weeks which could be a little disappointing.

It might be too much to ask for a separate version for those who took the first class - and just show the "new" things - career path, learning style, mentors, reading, etc. (if possible so that it will be efficient)

I have not finished all the optional videos yet but the Nelson Dellis' memory tips (videos 1, 4[names and faces], and 5 [language]- only the ones I finished yet) were very entertaining.

Overall, I still think Barbara Oakley and Terence Sejnowski are good at what they do and look forward to their future MOOCs.
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3 months ago
Cherry Xu completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This is my first MOOC and I learned a lot about MOOCs during the last week of Mindshift. This MOOC has helped me find class central and how to determine what is considered a good MOOC and how it works. I also really enjoyed the 1st week of Mindshift since it helped me shift my mindset in that being a slow learning and Read More
This is my first MOOC and I learned a lot about MOOCs during the last week of Mindshift. This MOOC has helped me find class central and how to determine what is considered a good MOOC and how it works. I also really enjoyed the 1st week of Mindshift since it helped me shift my mindset in that being a slow learning and having horrible memory are not particularly bad things.

There are a good number of memory tricks that Nelson Dellis provided and I have yet to exercise them for improving my memory.

The only thing I would like is for this MOOC to provide a little extra push to practice the skills we learned from the videos, such as having an interactive discussion board or something that forces learners to really think about these concepts.
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7 months ago
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Rob Willans completed this course.
This course builds on the authors previous very popular "Learning How To Learn Course", in not only explaining how best to approach learning but also how to learn strategically to benefit from your learning. Learners in the middle or later years of their life will find this especially helpful, as would those who have s Read More
This course builds on the authors previous very popular "Learning How To Learn Course", in not only explaining how best to approach learning but also how to learn strategically to benefit from your learning. Learners in the middle or later years of their life will find this especially helpful, as would those who have struggled with confidence from learning or have had previous bad experience with learning in formal environments.

The course is concise and not too onerous in time terms, and touches on a number of important topics, reinforcing learning through a short number of multiple choice questions and also encouraging participants to share their learning experiences and how they are using what they've learned in the course.
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Anonymous completed this course.
Despite English is not my native language, the course is easy to follow. The presentations are well balanced and easy to be memorized, with underpinning by clear, to-the-point and sometimes funny cartoons / pictures. The questionnaires are composed in a way that it enforces memory of the material. The most important Read More
Despite English is not my native language, the course is easy to follow. The presentations are well balanced and easy to be memorized, with underpinning by clear, to-the-point and sometimes funny cartoons / pictures. The questionnaires are composed in a way that it enforces memory of the material.

The most important I learned was set your goal, for a month, a year and use a mental picture for encouragement. Secondly, I was glad to hear that also in an age like mine (71) new neurons are generated and have to be used for keeping them alive. Furthermore, my habit for exercises, walking and biking are stimulated by the effect I have been taught. I thank dr. Barbara Oakley and dr. Terence Sejnowski for their excellent course.

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6 months ago
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Viviane Lador Vogel completed this course.
This is a great MOOC for learning how to take advantages in all life situation. You will learn your brain function regarding memorization, and you will be able to use this new knowledge to memories anything you need to remember. Nice metaphors and examples are used all along the course, and you will find difficult to s Read More
This is a great MOOC for learning how to take advantages in all life situation. You will learn your brain function regarding memorization, and you will be able to use this new knowledge to memories anything you need to remember. Nice metaphors and examples are used all along the course, and you will find difficult to stop watching it because it seems suddenly so easy to learn how to change or improve your life. The teachers, Barbara Oakley and Terrence Sejnowski, are amazing. Barbara is fantastic in the way she is always able to transmis her calmness and clear explanations; then, you be able to turn your weaknesses, negative emotions for positive situations.

In other words, you will get soon addicted to this MOOC.
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8 months ago
Jay Shaffer completed this course.
This was an excellent MOOC not only because of the content but also the variety in the presentation. The subject matter can be understood quickly and applied immediately. Colorful graphics and helpful metaphors introduce complicated topics in an easy-to-comprehend method. Also, bonus sections on techniques for memori Read More
This was an excellent MOOC not only because of the content but also the variety in the presentation. The subject matter can be understood quickly and applied immediately. Colorful graphics and helpful metaphors introduce complicated topics in an easy-to-comprehend method. Also, bonus sections on techniques for memorization are available each week.

Dr. Barbara Oakley recorded the bulk of the instruction and Dr. Terrence Sejnowski also provided complementary information each week. (Full disclosure, I also completed "Learning How to Learn" MOOC and the setting is so intimate, I want to call the instructors "Barbara" and "Terry". ) I highly recommend this course to life-long learners, young or young-at-heart.

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7 months ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
If I took this MOOC without having taken the Learning How to Learn (LHTL) MOOC, I would have given a five-star review. I am giving a four-star one here, as somehow I felt underwhelmed a bit because of my (probably unfoundedly) high expectations. On net, both instructors delivered a coherence course on how to make use Read More
If I took this MOOC without having taken the Learning How to Learn (LHTL) MOOC, I would have given a five-star review. I am giving a four-star one here, as somehow I felt underwhelmed a bit because of my (probably unfoundedly) high expectations.

On net, both instructors delivered a coherence course on how to make use of learning to become a better person per se. This life-wide scope is now much wider than that of LHTL (which seems to focus on school matters) more. However, perhaps because of this far-ranging scope the examples of success used are much harder to be readily related to the audience. That said, what the instructors conveyed are likely principles that should be mulled over years, not weeks.
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7 months ago
Yenni Febrina completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
A very insightful, scientifically enlightening and inspiring course if you happen to be in the cloud of thinking to make a career shift or to acquire a second skill or being stuck in a life situation/job you hate or simply to understand that it is a must for us to keep on learning till our last breath in life! Deliver Read More
A very insightful, scientifically enlightening and inspiring course if you happen to be in the cloud of thinking to make a career shift or to acquire a second skill or being stuck in a life situation/job you hate or simply to understand that it is a must for us to keep on learning till our last breath in life!

Delivered in a very easy (and funny! Yeah!) way to understand by anyone from any background.

Verdict: highly recommended for any home sapiens in any stage of their life who wish to understand better about what they could do in their life regarding to their passions with some reality checks (wish my 5-year-old daughter could take this course now so my parenting tasks will be lighter :D)

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2 months ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
This is an inspiring, yet practical course for those who are looking to make a "shift" in their career and/or lifestyle through learning. It's a unique course that combines many different perspectives to provide guidance on making the "learning" leap into a new, unknown territory. I came across this MOOC from a recomme Read More
This is an inspiring, yet practical course for those who are looking to make a "shift" in their career and/or lifestyle through learning. It's a unique course that combines many different perspectives to provide guidance on making the "learning" leap into a new, unknown territory. I came across this MOOC from a recommended reading list for various computer programming subjects. Although it seems unrelated, this MOOC has given me a broad framework for how i approach a new computer programming language.

Barbara provides some practical advice on learning, how to think about career + mindshift and even provides a peek under the hood for evaluating high quality MOOCs. Highly recommended!
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3 weeks ago
Lesley Bulbeck completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
I took this course as a follow-on to Barbara Oakley's and Terry Sejnowski's Learning How To Learn course. Three comments: 1) Barbara and Terry recap on some of the material in Learning How To Learn, which is useful as it cements the learning. 2) They also develop some ideas, in particular, the coverage of the Pomodo Read More
I took this course as a follow-on to Barbara Oakley's and Terry Sejnowski's Learning How To Learn course. Three comments:

1) Barbara and Terry recap on some of the material in Learning How To Learn, which is useful as it cements the learning.

2) They also develop some ideas, in particular, the coverage of the Pomodoro Technique for overcoming procrastination includes some very useful resources.

3) The process of taking the course helped me grapple with the reality of making a mindshift at my stage in life (mid-career), something I have to do as I was made redundant three months ago. It created a space to believe it is possible.

I can highly recommend this course.
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7 months ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
I completed this course in 2 weeks, and found it to be fantastic. While not necessary, I would advise all participants to complete the MOOC Learning How to Learn first, as Mindshift felt like an improved sequel that built off the lessons of the former. After taking LHTL, I noticed a complete change in how I approache Read More
I completed this course in 2 weeks, and found it to be fantastic.

While not necessary, I would advise all participants to complete the MOOC Learning How to Learn first, as Mindshift felt like an improved sequel that built off the lessons of the former. After taking LHTL, I noticed a complete change in how I approached learning, and a thorough improvement in the results. While it is too early to say with certainty whether this MOOC will have the same effect, I am highly confident that it will.

This MOOC has not only inspired me to pursue the new opportunities that are arising in the new economy, it has provided me with concrete methods to achieving them.
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7 months ago
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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 tr Read More
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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6 months ago
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Barbara Hibdon completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I really enjoyed this course and it gave me tools to use in my daily life. The weekly presentations were short enough to complete easily. The written assignments did take time--but I put a lot of effort into them--which is why I marked the difficulty of the MOOC as medium. If you don't put much effort into them, this i Read More
I really enjoyed this course and it gave me tools to use in my daily life. The weekly presentations were short enough to complete easily. The written assignments did take time--but I put a lot of effort into them--which is why I marked the difficulty of the MOOC as medium. If you don't put much effort into them, this is a very easy and entertaining course. This is an excellent MOOC for the beginner. One down side is it is a lot like the first MOOC they did on learning. I would have liked to see a little more depth in this one. Other than that, it was very helpful for me at this time in my life--retired and looking for direction. I hope they do more.
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2 months ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
Es un excelente curso, que se complementa brillantemente con "Aprendiendo a Aprender", con los cuales, he podido direccionar, de muy buen aforma, mi constante interés por aprender, cosas nuevas en mi vida (62 años hoy). Los recomiendo a todo el mundo pero en especial aquellos mayores de 50, que pueden pensar que ya s Read More
Es un excelente curso, que se complementa brillantemente con "Aprendiendo a Aprender", con los cuales, he podido direccionar, de muy buen aforma, mi constante interés por aprender, cosas nuevas en mi vida (62 años hoy). Los recomiendo a todo el mundo pero en especial aquellos mayores de 50, que pueden pensar que ya saben todo lo que deberían saber y la verdad, es que, todavía hay mucho nuevo por aprender y no hay limitación alguna para ello., como lo demuestran, claramente estos dos Moocs.

Muchas gracias a Barbara y a todo su equipo, han producido un importante cambio en mi, y hago este reporte en español, para motivar a los hispanoparlantes.....
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4 months ago
Anna Khudorenko completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Awesome course continuing the "Learning how to learn " one coursera. It was extremely helpful forme as a person switching career, there was a of of advice more or less related to this issue.If you haven't taken the Learning how to learn course though, better do it before starting Mindshift. I feel like in Mindshift Read More
Awesome course continuing the "Learning how to learn " one coursera.

It was extremely helpful forme as a person switching career, there was a of of advice more or less related to this issue.If you haven't taken the Learning how to learn course though, better do it before starting Mindshift. I feel like in Mindshift the quality of the vids was better, but the information was equally great in both courses. It also covered some unexpexted topics like meditation which was quite useful as well. And some more practical methods for memorization through metaphors were demonstrated. The course also helps to develop a healthy mindset about career and learning.
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7 months ago
Sindhu Rao completed this course.
I took this course called Mindshift with a great expectations of getting to know about the Mindshift required to change one's learning ability and career progression, and I must say I am not at all disappointed. This is one of the courses which made me to wait for the next video and learn as much as I can. The instruct Read More
I took this course called Mindshift with a great expectations of getting to know about the Mindshift required to change one's learning ability and career progression, and I must say I am not at all disappointed. This is one of the courses which made me to wait for the next video and learn as much as I can. The instructors Prof. Barbara Oakley and Terrence have taught the course very well and makes it very interesting. This course has a right mixture of information clubbed along with some visuals. The way of explaining is simple to understand, yet still deep.

I recommend everyone to take this course, irrespective of the career stage, age or demography.
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7 months ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
This course (and Learning How to Learn) should be required for every serious student! The easily understood concepts give an invaluable structure for designing an effective life long learning practice. Outstanding in every respect. Barb Oakley is a teacher whose love of her subject and love for her students jumps off Read More
This course (and Learning How to Learn) should be required for every serious student! The easily understood concepts give an invaluable structure for designing an effective life long learning practice. Outstanding in every respect. Barb Oakley is a teacher whose love of her subject and love for her students jumps off the screen--I'd put her in the top rank of all the teachers I've ever had, even though I've never met her. If you think MOOCs are cold and impersonal, take one of Barb's courses and change your mind! Well, take one of her courses and change your mind in lots and lots of energizing and exciting ways. Five stars without reservation!
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7 months ago
Marc Linsangan completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Great follow-up to Learn How to Learn. This course teaches us how to be more purposeful in our learning. It gives practical and insightful advice on how to improve our life and career. A couple examples of valuable advice: 1. Do not ask someone you don't know to be your mentor. The mentor-mentee relationship should d Read More
Great follow-up to Learn How to Learn. This course teaches us how to be more purposeful in our learning. It gives practical and insightful advice on how to improve our life and career.

A couple examples of valuable advice:

1. Do not ask someone you don't know to be your mentor. The mentor-mentee relationship should develop organically. Be useful to your mentor also so both of you benefit from the relationship.

2. It's okay not to be the fastest learner. We can learn the material or skill more deeply if we study it slowly.

3. We don't have to be the best in a single skill. Being good enough at a stack of skills can be a huge advantage.
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3 months ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
This course pulled together many concepts about learning and online learning (MOOCs). It presented basic research supporting new information about learning and how to overcome common learning obstacles and also presented research to help us break through previously believed notions about learning that are simply not tr Read More
This course pulled together many concepts about learning and online learning (MOOCs). It presented basic research supporting new information about learning and how to overcome common learning obstacles and also presented research to help us break through previously believed notions about learning that are simply not true, but we were led to believe they were. It was inspiring! The videos were short, easy to follow and chunked into bite size pieces making them easy to take in. Barbara Oakley was animated and seemed very passionate about getting the message across. We didn't see much of Terry, but his contributions were interesting.
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6 months ago
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Said Ali completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
The best MOOC ever. This course shifted my perspective in learning and growth. This course is for you if: 1. You want to improve your learning ability. 2. You're looking for intellectual and professional growth. 3. You want to stop procrastinating and put and end to failure in completing courses. I failed to comple Read More
The best MOOC ever. This course shifted my perspective in learning and growth. This course is for you if:

1. You want to improve your learning ability.

2. You're looking for intellectual and professional growth.

3. You want to stop procrastinating and put and end to failure in completing courses.

I failed to complete MOOC courses for years and even wasted money on some courses but thanks to MINDSHIFT course, I completed this course and it give me the motivation to start and finish Coursera specializations, Udacity nanodegrees or treehouse techdegrees, etc sooner or later when I'm financially capable to take them one at a time.
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Julie Allarie completed this course.
This course will help you identify the weaknesses or obstacles you THOUGHT you had when it comes to learning and will give you new insight and ideas about what learning really is and how to know which category you fall into and what you need to develop to achieve what you didn't think you could. It's a real door-opener Read More
This course will help you identify the weaknesses or obstacles you THOUGHT you had when it comes to learning and will give you new insight and ideas about what learning really is and how to know which category you fall into and what you need to develop to achieve what you didn't think you could. It's a real door-opener and the possibilities are only as endless as you make them. Barbara Oakley spends a lot of time describing how this MOOC is a labor of love and I personally found her to be a very nurturing person, as well as an interesting instructor. It was an immediate observation that kept me persisting with this MOOC.
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6 months ago
Jasmine O completed this course.
This course has helped me to better understand how learning can be addictive and can improve my health. I have also enjoyed learning new techniques to apply to my life long learning journey. Barbara delivers the content with visual diagrams and metaphoric analogies which has helped to solidify my understanding. I also Read More
This course has helped me to better understand how learning can be addictive and can improve my health. I have also enjoyed learning new techniques to apply to my life long learning journey. Barbara delivers the content with visual diagrams and metaphoric analogies which has helped to solidify my understanding. I also love the fact that the topics are broken down to mini 3-5minutes sessions with quizzes at the end and opportunities to have discussions with other learners. I strongly recommend this course to anyone who has struggled with learning new things and is looking for a better way to learn effectively and effeciently.
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8 months ago
Steven Cooke completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This course might be best as a "preview" to the more practical techniques taught in "Learning How To Learn". It is a good guideline for anyone wondering about how to cope with modern change or still looking for how to get into a particular career. I "audited" and even with the "Honors Assignments" I don't think that Read More
This course might be best as a "preview" to the more practical techniques taught in "Learning How To Learn". It is a good guideline for anyone wondering about how to cope with modern change or still looking for how to get into a particular career.

I "audited" and even with the "Honors Assignments" I don't think that anyone would really gain more from the "Paid" version with the Certificate. It might be better to just ask for "donations" if you liked the course than to require a fee.

It's short length, engaging teachers and general topic make it a great MOOC for anyone trying out online learning for the first time!
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7 months ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
Mindshift is a GREAT MOOC; many thanks to Barbara, Terrence and all the Mindshift team! It is fantastically vivid, inspiring and useful. It might seem easy, especially to those who took the previous course, Learning How to Learn. However, being a teacher myself, I realize that this apparent "easiness" is one of the mos Read More
Mindshift is a GREAT MOOC; many thanks to Barbara, Terrence and all the Mindshift team! It is fantastically vivid, inspiring and useful. It might seem easy, especially to those who took the previous course, Learning How to Learn. However, being a teacher myself, I realize that this apparent "easiness" is one of the most precious virtues of a MOOC, which originate from the talent and hard work of the authors. Barbara and Terry have found a very good balance between giving specific facts and advices, and showing the directions and horizons for further individual learning and development. Thank you again!
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8 months ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
Bigs thanks to Dr. Barbara Oakley and Dr. Terrence Sejnowski once again for another great MOOC. They really know how to tickle my curiosity, break my hidden shackles of "passion", and shift my mindset to realize the potential and possibilities/opportunities that I had all along. I feel empowered and excited to learn/di Read More
Bigs thanks to Dr. Barbara Oakley and Dr. Terrence Sejnowski once again for another great MOOC. They really know how to tickle my curiosity, break my hidden shackles of "passion", and shift my mindset to realize the potential and possibilities/opportunities that I had all along. I feel empowered and excited to learn/discover something new!

Love the optional interviews! Those videos are gold!

Thank you Nelson for the awesome memory tools! The top 10 populated countries, the tallest buildings, and the grocery lists scattered in your apartment. It's so funny, I can still (slowly but surely) remember them!
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8 months ago
Viktoria L completed this course.
Wow, to begin, this is an absolutely amazing, enormously inspirational must-take course -- really, before doing anything else you’re up to, you'd better stop and FIND A FEW HOURS to go through it!!) I once called its predecessor, Learning How to Learn, “super insightful, revealing, engaging -- and by far, just unpar Read More
Wow, to begin, this is an absolutely amazing, enormously inspirational must-take course -- really, before doing anything else you’re up to, you'd better stop and FIND A FEW HOURS to go through it!!)

I once called its predecessor, Learning How to Learn, “super insightful, revealing, engaging -- and by far, just unparallelled course” -- but it’s been surpassed by this new, significantly upgraded sequel!

You’ll likely to feel like it can change your whole life! Enjoy! ;)

& of course, countless thanks go to the instructor dream team, Dr. Barbara Oakley and Dr. Terrence Sejnowski!!!
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5 months ago
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Nigelcochran completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I found the Mindshift MOOC, very interesting, useful & at times very changeling. I wanted to successfully complete the MOOC in 4 weeks; pleased to say this I acheived. The Mindshift book was equally useful to look up points in more detail & preparation for the regular tests. While I have read the book & studied from Read More
I found the Mindshift MOOC, very interesting, useful & at times very changeling.

I wanted to successfully complete the MOOC in 4 weeks; pleased to say this I acheived.

The Mindshift book was equally useful to look up points in more detail & preparation for the regular tests.

While I have read the book & studied from it to acheive my successful completion of the MOOC, I have yet to complete the extra points in each chapter usually headed up 'now you try'.

Will now go through the book working through these points which I am sure will enchance my learning still further.

Nigel [from the UK]

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2 months ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
The course was itself nice. Collection of multiple ideas that I had already come across in different books, nicely woven together. The only thing that I did not like about the course was the authors giving excessive importance to MOOCs and excessive advertising of MOOCs as an effective study tools. MOOCs are nice but t Read More
The course was itself nice. Collection of multiple ideas that I had already come across in different books, nicely woven together. The only thing that I did not like about the course was the authors giving excessive importance to MOOCs and excessive advertising of MOOCs as an effective study tools. MOOCs are nice but the advertisement of MOOCs as a medium was a little over the top. Also, the authors did a little bit of self promotion which is fine given their good work and all the effort they have put up to create an effective free MOOC. I finished this in a little over week's time.
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2 months ago
Morpho Nymphaea completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
I took Learning How to learn a year ago, and when I knew the same team was doing another MOOC I didn't doubt and joined it right away. It took me a few months to actually find time to commit to it, but now that I finally have finished it I'm so glad I've taken it. The concepts I learned have given me a new insight into Read More
I took Learning How to learn a year ago, and when I knew the same team was doing another MOOC I didn't doubt and joined it right away. It took me a few months to actually find time to commit to it, but now that I finally have finished it I'm so glad I've taken it. The concepts I learned have given me a new insight into my life and life in general. It has given me the courage to try new things and the confidence to learn something I'm not good at. Taking this course will teach you why becoming a lifelong learner is important and how to do it. A great complement to Learning How to Learn.
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6 months ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
This was the first MOOC I have ever taken and I am so lucky to have coincidentally chosen this one to start with. It was like a sales pitch for online learning basically but way more than that. It was really enjoyable, full of enough inspirational ideas and scientific facts to be a well-rounded Viewpoint of the materia Read More
This was the first MOOC I have ever taken and I am so lucky to have coincidentally chosen this one to start with. It was like a sales pitch for online learning basically but way more than that. It was really enjoyable, full of enough inspirational ideas and scientific facts to be a well-rounded Viewpoint of the material.

It's also excellent for anyone who has had any difficulty learning in the past to explain misconceptions that may have been communicated to them or insecurities felt.

Thank you for this labor of love for human kind, I wish everyone would take it!! ;)
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