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Pat Bowden

Since discovering MOOCs in 2012, I have completed more than 80 fascinating courses. I am keen to help others make the most of online learning, so click the link above to go to my website: onlinelearningsuccess.org It is a privilege to be able to learn about a wide variety of subjects without leaving home.

Pat Bowden
Australia
Writing, Science and others

The Science of the Solar System

Written 2 years ago
Very well presented course. Plenty of optional material for those who want even more depth of knowledge. Quite challenging for my 40-year-old high school maths and physics but oh so satisfying when I finished the course!
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Pat Bowden completed this course.

Origins - Formation of the Universe, Solar System, Earth and Life

Written a year ago
This is a comprehensive 12-week course tracing the history of the universe from the Big Bang through the beginnings of life on Earth, evolution and changes in geology and biology culminating in the emergence of primates and humans and a discussion of biodiversity.

A fascinating course!
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Pat Bowden completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.

Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree

Written a year ago
I began this course thinking I only wanted to know how to find out my ancestors' names along with their dates and places of birth, marriage, and death. By the time I finished this well-presented course, I realised the story of their lives, what they did and how they lived would be much more interesting than dry numbers and facts on the page.

The estimated hours taken each week could be easily doubled by counting the time taken researching and beginning to write my family history.
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Pat Bowden completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects

Written a year ago
If you only do one online course, this should be it!

If you plan to EVER do any study, you should do this course.

If you know someone who plans to study, either online or on campus, tell them about this course. (Yes, even school students.)

Of the 70 courses I have done online, this was one of the most useful and enjoyable.
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Pat Bowden completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.

A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment

Written a year ago
A fun course. Occasional exercises asked for daily updates for a week, but sometimes I had not even read the requirements until a day or two before the deadline. This problem could be easily fixed by rearranging the order of the videos or asking students to start working on the exercises as soon as possible.

And, yes, the exercises were helpful for increasing happiness levels, and many were designed to continue after completing the course.
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Pat Bowden completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

Writing for Young Readers: Opening the Treasure Chest

Written a year ago
I enjoy writing but did not think writing for children was for me. On a whim, I decided to try this course and really enjoyed it. Plots for several children's books started revolving around in my head while taking this course and a new opportunity has opened up.

The peer reviews were not always helpful, as there are many non-native English speakers doing the course and guidance for reviewing was fairly minimal, but there was plenty of information to help beginner writers start a career and work towards being published.
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Pat Bowden completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

Paleontology: Theropod Dinosaurs and the Origin of Birds

Written a year ago
A fascinating course that discussed the evolution of birds and convinced me that the age of dinosaurs did not end 65 million years ago.
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Pat Bowden completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Mountains 101

Written 6 months ago
If you enjoy the great outdoors, stunning scenery or learning about a variety of plants, animals and geological processes, this course could be for you! Not only does it explain how mountains are formed and degraded, it also teaches us about glaciers, the water cycle, and why mountain habitats change as the elevation increases. Mountain ecosystems are visited and adaptations of plants and animals to life in the cold, rugged landscape and sparse atmosphere are described. Various specific mountains are featured in the discussion of mountains in folklore and legends. The effect of climate change on the world’s mountains is analysed. As well, each week features a short video with practical tips on a different aspect of hiking and camping in the mountains.

An interactive world map is available most weeks to locate mountains and ranges discussed in the course videos, and the weekly course notes are a handy memory-jogger of many main points. Specialists in a range of fields provide short segments and there are even visits from two well-known public figures. Although it is a 12-week course, the weekly time commitment is not large.

I thoroughly enjoyed this course.

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Pat Bowden completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

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