In every Zoom session, we had discussions before the professor joined. These were warm-ups of sorts, where we talked about our impressions of the course and shared some personal experiences. Once the professor had left at the end, some people stayed behind for another close-and-friendly chat among learners.
Eventually, a question came up: would a learner-guided study group with no tutors involved be a worthwhile experiment?
In this third edition of the study group, we’re gonna try to find out.
Learner-Guided Study Group
This is a good time to introduce myself. Hi! I’m Fabio, a teacher from Brazil. If you’ve been part of a study group before, we’ve probably met: I was in both the Mountains 101 and the ALOHAF Study Group.
I joined those study groups as a learner. But in our upcoming study group, I’ll be both learner and coordinator! I’ll write the weekly announcements, oversee the forums, and lead the Zoom sessions. So it will very much be a study group for learners, by learners. Our goal is to keep fostering a feeling of belonging to a global community.
Schedule: 6 weeks long, 2–5 hours a week, starting on Monday, September 13.
Discussion forum, to discuss our learning and support each other.
Weekly Zoom sessions, to chat with other study group members.
The Course: History of Science
Previous study groups were built around university courses, often with intense workloads. To try something different, for our next study group, we chose the course History of Science, offered on YouTube by Crash Course, who specialize in making fast-paced, content-rich animated educational series.
The course is taught by science communicator Hank Green, creator of Crash Course and, fun fact, brother of the author John Green. It has subtitles in 7 languages. And since it’s hosted on YouTube, the course is free and easy to access, but it has no certificate. You can watch it directly on Class Central if you want.
The course will take us on a worldwide trip to explore the development of science — from the Greek natural philosophers, to medicine in the Middle East, to the Space Age, to the advent of computers. The course explores how we’ve been trying to understand the universe and life itself, as well as our basis for establishing knowledge: the scientific method.
The course comprises 46 videos. Every week will involve 2–5 hours of commitment. We’ll support each other via a forum. And toward the end of each week, we’ll meet for a one-hour Zoom session to discuss what we’ve learned.
How to Enroll
The History of Science Study Group enrollments are open. Remember: it’s free, online, and open to all. If you’d like to enroll, here’s how: