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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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Completed ( 27 )

Audited ( 23 )

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

Written 11 months 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 audited 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 11 months ago
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The Science of Everyday Thinking

Written 11 months ago
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Shakespeare and his World

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The Modern World, Part Two: Global History since 1910

Written 11 months ago
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The Modern World, Part One: Global History from 1760 to 1910

Written 11 months 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

Written 11 months ago
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PredictionX: John Snow and the Cholera Epidemic of 1854

Written 11 months ago
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The French Revolution

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The American South

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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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Superpowers of the Ancient World: the Near East

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A History of the World since 1300

Written 11 months ago
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A History of Royal Food and Feasting

Written 11 months ago
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Shakespeare on the Page and in Performance: Tragic Love

Written 11 months ago
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Shakespeare on the Page and in Performance: Young Love

Written 11 months ago
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"A Christmas Carol" by Dickens: BerkeleyX Book Club

Written 11 months ago
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"Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Twain: BerkeleyX Book Club

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Introduction to Philosophy

Written 11 months ago
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Paradoxes of War

Written 11 months ago
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Propaganda and Ideology in Everyday Life

Written 11 months ago
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The Music of the Beatles

Written 11 months ago
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History of Rock, Part One

Written 11 months ago
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The Music of the Rolling Stones, 1962-1974

Written 11 months ago
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History of Rock, Part Two

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Scandinavian Film and Television

Written 11 months ago
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Shakespeare: On the Page and in Performance

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European Paintings: From Leonardo to Rembrandt to Goya

Written 11 months ago
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Roman Architecture

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Logical and Critical Thinking

Written 11 months ago
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The Modern and the Postmodern (Part 2)

Written 10 months 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 audited 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 10 months 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 10 months ago
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Health and Wellbeing in the Ancient World

Written 8 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months ago
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The European Discovery of China

Written 7 months 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 audited this course, spending 10 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Moral Foundations of Politics

Written 3 months 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 audited 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 week 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.

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