My First MOOC

The first Massively Open Online Class(MOOC) I took was The Science of Everyday Thinking, offered by The University of Queensland, Austrialia through edX.org.

I completed the class with a score of 84%, earning an Honor Code Certificate (pdf).

Constant Negativity

I grew up with a lot of negativity, and the echoes of those words continue to haunt me. I know that I am not alone in my struggle with these recurring thoughts, and work every day to fight them off, yet they persist.

This, my constant curiosity, and an enduring interest in psychology, led to my interest in this class. The time I spent in it was well rewarded.

Thinking and Our Biases

The class presented a wealth of information from a variety of people, but repeatedly referenced the book Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. The result of decades of work, his book earned several awards, and the instructors referred to “System 1” (fast, subconscious) and “System 2” (slow, calculating) thinking throughout the class.

The class also discussed some of the unconscious many cognitive biases that affect our decisions, if we are not careful and take the time to think slowly. A complete list of these can be a bit overwhelming; it would be a mistake to let this fact deter you from learning about them, and how they can limit us from fulfilling our potential.

A Great Start!

The class was a great start to taking more, both at edX and at Coursera. As I later learned in the Leaders of Learning class I took at HarvardX, the internet is changing how we learn, opening up grand opportunities for all of us!