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Dave Rawlings

ex local government officer working in finance and customer service

Dave Rawlings
Crawley, England
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Bachelors Degree

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

Written 2 years ago
Lots of practical advice supporting by scientific explanations. Interviews with a number of academics, etc and further reading sources added value to the core of the course. It was also enjoyable. My only regret is not having done the course years ago. Highly recommended.
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Dave Rawlings completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

The Modern and the Postmodern (Part 1)

Written 2 years ago
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The Science of Everyday Thinking

Written 2 years ago
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Shakespeare and his World

Written 2 years ago
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The Modern World, Part Two: Global History since 1910

Written 2 years ago
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The Modern World, Part One: Global History from 1760 to 1910

Written 2 years ago
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Age of Jefferson

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The Emergence of the Modern Middle East - Part II

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Magic in the Middle Ages

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Roman Art and Archaeology

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The Ancient Greeks

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The Emergence of the Modern Middle East - Part I

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PredictionX: John Snow and the Cholera Epidemic of 1854

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The French Revolution

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England in the Time of King Richard III

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Western Civilization: Ancient and Medieval Europe

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A History of the World since 1300

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A History of Royal Food and Feasting

Written 2 years ago
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Shakespeare on the Page and in Performance: Tragic Love

Written 2 years ago
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Shakespeare on the Page and in Performance: Young Love

Written 2 years ago
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"A Christmas Carol" by Dickens: BerkeleyX Book Club

Written 2 years ago
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"Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Twain: BerkeleyX Book Club

Written 2 years ago
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Introduction to Philosophy

Written 2 years ago
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Paradoxes of War

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Propaganda and Ideology in Everyday Life

Written 2 years ago
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The Music of the Beatles

Written 2 years ago
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History of Rock, Part One

Written 2 years ago
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The Music of the Rolling Stones, 1962-1974

Written 2 years ago
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History of Rock, Part Two

Written 2 years ago
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Scandinavian Film and Television

Written 2 years ago
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Shakespeare: On the Page and in Performance

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Roman Architecture

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Logical and Critical Thinking

Written 2 years ago
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The Modern and the Postmodern (Part 2)

Written 2 years ago
I found this one of the more challenging MOOCs I've taken. Some of the readings were fairly complex although most were enjoyable. The peer reviewed assignments were hard work but made sure I had understood the lectures - indeed they were a major component in my learning. The style of teaching was concise and supportive to understanding. I would strongly recommend the course.
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Dave Rawlings completed this course, spending 7 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.

Introduction to Ancient Egypt and Its Civilization

Written 2 years ago
I felt the presentation was somewhat staid and not always well structured. Nevertheless a useful introduction to the subject matter.
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Dave Rawlings completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

Greek and Roman Mythology

Written 2 years ago
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Health and Wellbeing in the Ancient World

Written 2 years ago
An interesting insight into the ancient world and health and wellbeing. Good involvement of the instructor and mentors and some reasonably good discussions on the forum.
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Dave Rawlings completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

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

Written 2 years ago
A snappy and useful guide that could challenge students to think about their career choices. Style is engaging and i n many ways builds on the Learning How to Learn MOOC. Perhaps not so useful for those that have retired from the world of work.
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Dave Rawlings completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

Democratic to Authoritarian Rule

Written 2 years ago
A different approach to most MOOCs with a live discussion on a relatively complex subject over a weekend. [Note - it wasn't clear to me before the course started that it was over just a weekend and not a whole week - consequently I didn't gain the benefit I feel I could have done.] You would probably have to sacrifice the whole weekend to get the greatest benefit.

It widened my understanding of some disturbing world wide trends and gave a good insight into what is happening. That insight is largely from a liberal democratic perspective.
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Dave Rawlings completed this course, spending 10 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Introduction to Classical Music

Written 2 years ago
I'm the most unmusical person in the world (so my wife says), and had no knowledge of classical music before starting the course. I found some of it challenging, especially the sections that concentrated on the technical aspects of the music. Nevertheless I felt I gained a lot, now have a little knowledge, and enjoyed the course. The professor's approach is very engaging and covers the historical development very well.

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Dave Rawlings completed this course, spending 7 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

The Meaning of Rome: The Renaissance and Baroque City

Written 2 years ago
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The European Discovery of China

Written 2 years ago
Of all the MOOCs I've taken this is the one that had the most information per lecture. It is highly concentrated. And there is a phenomenal amount of further material to go through if you want to. [I'm beginning to do it after having completed the course - there wasn't time whilst it was running].

The discussion forums were reasonably good. The professor (Delors) participated frequently and her input enhanced the discussions taking place.

The coverage is good and there is a lot to learn about China and the way Europeans interacted with it. My only criticism was that I feel the material could have been more spaced out and maybe allowed more time to consider why the Europeans held the perceptions of China that they did
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Dave Rawlings completed this course, spending 10 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Moral Foundations of Politics

Written a year ago
A very useful introduction to political philosophy that goes through a number of traditions from (and against) the Enlightenment and ending with democracy. It focuses on the traditions, the rationale behind them and the problems with them. The delivery of the material is a little one dimensional, but the basic information is there and there is the opportunity to read further if you wish.
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Dave Rawlings completed this course, spending 7 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Democracy and Development: Perspectives from Africa

Written a year ago
A good starting point for the subject matter. Enhanced by the contributions of a wide range of African academics, politicians and NGO workers. There was a lot of further reading detailed that I didn't have time for, but hope to visit it the future. The professor is engaging.

The only disappointing aspect was the forums. There tended to be very little discussion. The approach of encouraging people to post by setting questions seemed to result in plenty of posts, but few conversations,
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Dave Rawlings completed this course, spending 8 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Global History Lab

Written 11 months ago
An excellent introduction to world history. The course advances at a rapid rate and the coverage of some events can feel a little superficial. The assignments, if you chose to do them, can be done on your own. However, there is an opportunity to work with fellow students across the world. I found that a rewarding experience. As a warning don't expect everyone in your team to contribute - only 4 did out of 10 in the team I was in.

Also there is a lot of work to do to keep up with the pace of the course, especially if you are going to get the associated text book and read it.
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Dave Rawlings completed this course, spending 12 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Modern & Contemporary American Poetry (“ModPo”)

Written 11 months ago
If you're reading a review, you are probably uncertain as to whether you want to take the MOOC. This might be because studying poetry is new to you. It was to me (at least since school almost 50 years ago). And I was nervous about my capacity to deal with something outside my comfort zone - a career in finance doesn't prepare you for understanding poetry.

But the approach take of showing collaborative close readings in action encouraged me to have a go at some of the assignments. And I found I could get a lot out of a poem. I learned about my capacities as well as about poetry.

The generosity of what Al and the ModPo team put into the course is phenomenal. That, and the continual access to large volumes of material, is the reason so many people continue to engage with the course year after year. So I'd urge you to give it a go. You will get hooked.
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Dave Rawlings completed this course, spending 10 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Stalin and Stalinism in Russian History

Written 10 months ago
The course was a useful introduction to the subject matter and provided me with more detail about an area of history I had limited knowledge of. There were a number of minor issues with the course material that could easily be tidied up (including quiz questions which sometimes relied on information that hadn't been provided in the material). There was also very limited activity in the discussion forum.

If you want to complete the course you'll need to do a lot of assignments that rely on peer assessment. There is one every week, plus a longer essay as a final test. I actually found them a useful way of making me review the material provided. Overall, worth doing if you are interested in the subject matter.
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Dave Rawlings completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Arab-Islamic History: From Tribes to Empires

Written 9 months ago
Excellent introduction to the subject matter. Well produced and engaging. Provided an understanding of the complexity of the place and time in a straightforward manner. A nice mix of methods - lectures, scripts, interviews and materials. I enjoyed the course.
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Dave Rawlings completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Rome: A Virtual Tour of the Ancient City

Written 5 months ago
An excellent course, professionally delivered. It is one of the most enjoyable MOOCs I have done. The virtual tours add great interest to the buildings covered and the videos and articles provide good context as well as information. The engagement by the lead educator and others was also very good. Highly recommended.
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Dave Rawlings completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

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