Instructor led Cohort

Uncommon Sense Teaching

Deep Teaching Solutions

A Cohort with the acclaimed Instructor Barbara Oakley with 4+ million learners worldwide. This course weaves late-breaking insights from neuroscience with practical new approaches from the classroom.

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Class Central Cohorts: Social Learning for Open Courses

  1. 1. Online Course

    The course we’ll take. This will be found on an external provider site.

  2. 2. Discussion Forum

    Where we support each other as we take the course.

  3. 3. Weekly Live Streams

    Where we learn from instructors, experts, or each other.

Completed Jan 17, 2022

692 learners enrolled

Do your students spend too much (or too little) time learning, with disappointing results? Do they procrastinate in their study because it’s boring and they’re easily distracted? Are you working to make your teaching even more inclusive? Uncommon Sense Teaching will give you practical new insights that will help you solve these goals and challenges, and many more.

This is like no other course on teaching—it weaves late-breaking insights from neuroscience with personal insights from the classroom to provide unexpected, yet practical, new approaches. You’ll discover how to bring out the best from all your students in today’s diverse teaching environment, where students often have a wide range of abilities.

Uncommon Sense Teaching will take your teaching to a higher level for whatever subjects you teach, whether math, physics, literature, dance, art, or anything else; and whether you are teaching K-12, university, business, vocational, or at home.

Join us today to move into the new era of education!

Meet the Instructor

Barbara Oakley


Barbara Oakley, PhD, PE is a Professor of Engineering at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan and Coursera’s inaugural “Innovation Instructor.” Her work focuses on the complex relationship between neuroscience and social behavior. Dr. Oakley’s research has been described as “revolutionary” in the Wall Street Journal—she has published in outlets as varied as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. She has won numerous national teaching awards, including the American Society of Engineering Education’s Chester F. Carlson Award for technical innovation in engineering education. Together with Terrence Sejnowski, the Francis Crick Professor at the Salk Institute, she co-teaches Coursera – UC San Diego’s “Learning How to Learn,” one of the world’s most popular massive open online course.

Schedule Jan 17th, 2022 – Feb 12th, 2022

  • Week 1W1 January 17th – January 23rd

    • 1.1

      Active Learning for All

  • Week 2W2 January 24th – January 30th

    • 2.1

      Helping the Brain Build Better Links for Learning

  • Week 3W3 January 31st – February 6th

    • 3.1

      Practice, Passion, and Procrastination

  • Week 4W4 February 7th – February 12th

    • 4.1

      How Human Brains Evolved—and Why This Matters for your Teaching

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