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Online Course

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

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McMaster University via Coursera

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  • Provider Coursera
  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
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  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Duration 4 weeks long
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Overview

Mindshift is designed to help boost your career and life in today’s fast-paced learning environment. Whatever your age or stage, Mindshift teaches you essentials such as how to get the most out of online learning and MOOCs, how to seek out and work with mentors, the secrets to avoiding career ruts (and catastrophes) and general ruts in life, and insights such as the value of selective ignorance over general competence. We’ll provide practical insights from science about how to learn and change effectively even in maturity, and we’ll build on what you already know to take your life’s learning in fantastic new directions. This course is designed to show you how to look at what you’re learning, and your place in what’s unfolding in the society around you, so you can be what you want to be, given the real world constraints that life puts on us all. You’ll see that by using certain mental tools and insights, you can learn and do more—far more—than you might have ever dreamed!

This course can be taken independent of, concurrent with, or subsequent to, its companion course, Learning How to Learn. (Mindshift is more career focused, and Learning How to Learn is more learning focused.)

Syllabus

Change IS possible
-In today's world, change is the only constant. This means that whatever stage you are in life, you need to keep yourself open and able to change. How can you do this? In three ways: Learn more about your hidden capabilities and assets. Learn more about learning effectively. Learn about matching your assets with the opportunities that face you. In this week, we'll dive into these three important areas!

Getting Deeper into Happy Learning
-Key to your ability to mindshift is being able to learn effectively. This week, we’ll dive deeper into this vital area. Getting yourself motivated to tackle procrastination can sometimes be a challenge in learning, so we’ll give you some important tips here. But we’ll also give insights into mental tricks to help you focus, relax, and reframe if stress intrudes. We’ll also show you how to avoid common learning pitfalls. Welcome and enjoy!

Learning and Careers
-This week, we’ll be talking about how your own career can develop and change through your life. Your own internal feelings about what you want to do can play a critical role in your long-term happiness. But society and culture can also have a dramatic effect on your career choices and decisions—as can your parents, family, and friends. We’ll talk about second-skilling yourself, and developing a talent stack of average talents that can combine into a formidable asset. We’ll also talk about various tactics and techniques to help you survive career changes and upheavals. Welcome and enjoy!

Adopting a Learning Lifestyle
-In this final week of the course, we'll be exploring how and why to keep yourself in "mindshift" mode. We'll give you all sorts of insider tips on how to pick out the best online learning with materials that are right for you. And we'll also talk about other ways of learning—ways that can make you "the smartest person in the room." Disruption lies ahead in the world—this week, we'll help you seize the advantage. Off we go for our final week of Mindshift!

Taught by

Dr. Barbara Oakley and Dr. Terrence Sejnowski

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Beth T
by Beth completed this course.
As I read others statement about this Mooc, I really felt that there was a lack of helpful criticism. Barbara knows she is good. You can't get better than #1. What she needs to get better still is to be aware of where she can improve. So here is what I really think. I loved "Learning to Learn". I...
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Anonymous completed this course.
This is the first course I take under the topic Mindshift. As a non-native speaker of English I found the course easy to understand. The course has covered many concepts that meant a lot to me, which I took time to analyse and deeply think about and relate to events in my life. I have put serious effort...
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Christopher H
Christopher completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I have no complaints whatsoever regarding this course or the previous one, 'Learning How to Learn'. As an English language teacher of business people, doctors, nurses, entrepreneurs and executives in São Paulo, Brazil, I have a good reputation for being very creative and entrepreneurial, with my own...
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Jennifer B
by Jennifer completed this course.
I took Mindshift immediately after taking Learning How to Learn, and both courses are taught by the same instructors. Some of the material in Mindshift repeats topics in Learning How to Learn, but I found the repetition helpful for reinforcing the learning techniques. The sections on career change...
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Sarah J
Sarah completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Loved this course! As always, Doctors Oakley and Sejnowski knocked this one out of the park. I marked the difficulty as Medium, but I worked very hard to try and make sure I could apply it to my life. If you don't work as hard on that, you could probably pop it down to Easy... You get out of it what...
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Monika R
by Monika completed this course.
There are three issues I had with this course: the instructors and the material are truly inspiring. 1) What is really bad is that there is no separation between the people who currently take the class, and the people who have taken this class in the past. Hence, you may be responding to people who...
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Nicole J
Nicole completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This course has helped debunk ideas I had about myself and my learning style that were very negative. I learned that being a 'slow learner' has it's advantages. I learned that my gut feel has always been right - well-meaning friends or family encouraging me to 'follow my dreams' is not wise. I am 40...
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Robyn B
by Robyn completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
As an adult learner, I was intimidated by the idea of going back to school. I struggled when I was a high school student and through what I did in college 20 years ago. Learning has just never been easy because I was just bored and could not focus on what was being said. So I gave up the idea that...
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Mind shift is more of a "companion piece" to "Learning How To Learn" rather than a stand-alone MOOC, but it's worth your time regardless. Because it's an extension of previously taught concepts, it's inherently less impactful than it's predecessor, but to be fair, the bar has already been set very high....
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
This course wasn't as eye-opening to me as "Learning How to Learn" was, but nonetheless I still learned some interesting things, so I think it was still well worth the time. The transcripts of the lecture videos seemed to have more grammatical errors, but that was only a slight inconvenience. Also...
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
I was going through a very tough time in my career. I was facing constant failures and had fallen completely in the trap of stress, anxiety and depression. I had lost track of how to learn and make significant changes in my behaviour to alter the faulty outcomes. Then I came across this course by Barbara...
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Zsuzsanna V
by Zsuzsanna completed this course.
I have taken learning how to learn and it was great and a huge help. Mindshift is also very useful and helped me again. I missed though the professional literature in the amount they gave us in LHTL, I was looking forward articles so much. This course is more to the public, simpler easy to follow and...
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
I took this course right after taking Learning to Learn, because I really enjoyed Barbara Oakley's presentation of the material. I also appreciate the neuroscience contributions of her inspiring co-presenter Terry Segnowski. While I liked Learning to Learn better, I am glad that I took Mindshift. I am...
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Calibrated Rating: 4.80 stars I was very impressed with Dr. Oakley's course "Learning How to Learn" and I wanted to see what "Mindshift" was about. The course touches on some of the things that were talked about in "Learning How to Learn" but defines the course name Mindshift and what that means--part...
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John P
by John completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
Not surprised that most of the reviews here compared this MOOC with Dr. Oakley's first one: Learning How To Learn. This one was way too easy and at the end of it, I felt cheated - in a way. I spent a good amount of time expecting a step change forward from the first MOOC. I breezed through the online...
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Great Course and I learned a lot about the "Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential" and the below-mentioned topics are what I felt were relevant to me in my life. The reason and the logic behind the selection of these topics are due to its close relationship...
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
It is a light course that won't take much of your time and some of the videos included nice ideas. But if you have completed the "Learning How to Learn" MOOC, you would have studied most of the concepts in this course, and in my opinion, they were much better in "Learning How to Learn".
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
​‎I expected that I could learn something new from this course, but I found that there is just the same things taught in this course that there is in 'MOOC Learning how to learn'. As Prof. Oakley mentioned, you shouldn't learn something you've understood. It's a bad thing called "overlearning" since it would make me think that I can resolve any problem by what this course taught, but it isn't the case.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Extremely interesting, helpful, and motivating course. It opens your mind to not only transform your life, but bring encouragement to others who need life transformation. It destroys the mundane, and enables you to realize you have a whole world of learning right at your fingertips. Possibilities are endless and that brings hope.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Bar none! It is an excellent course! It is the second best MOOC ever, the best MOOC being “Learning How to Learn.” I highly recommend it. In fact, I have recommended the course to my siblings and my Mum. The instructors, Dr. Barbara Oakley and Dr. Ted Sejnowski are exceptional, most especially Dr. Oakley...
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