The course was brilliantly done. From how a person receives input (sees it (visual), hears it (auditory), feels it/tries it/does it-hands-on (kinesthetic), to how a person perceives the input; the course describes in a very understandable way, how to harness the input by effectively using your ‘brain.’ Professors Oakley and Sejnowski describe how the brain works (focused mode & diffused mode; working memory and long-term memory; . . . ), and how anyone can improve their learning of anything—from very technical, to very artistic) by applying the techniques they present. (This is a very skeletal explanation. Take a peek at the course outline and contents. Be prepared to be energized!)
I downloaded all sections and reviewed them, outlined them, thought about them and used them, to re-energize me. I had hid an intellectual wall, and was basically stalled in neutral, stagnating.) I happened upon this course in the NY Times and was immediately curious. After diving in, I could not put the material down, but forced myself to take breaks to let my subconscious (diffuse mode) soak it in.
In closing, I have a Ph.D., in Economics, earned decades ago, have taught for over 20 years, and have consulted and taught on-site courses on risk and uncertainty assessment. This course has added a new set of skills I can use to more effectively present/teach and also learn.
I have recommended this course to friends, colleagues, students in high school, as well as parents who can enhance their children’s learning and excitement about learning.
Looking forward to taking more courses from these two outstanding teachers.