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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential by McMaster University

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About the Course

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.)...

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Feb 12, 2018

I really enjoyed the first course, Learn 2Learn. The female professor is great but the boring old guy should have been kicked out of the course, as he do not provide anything of value for the course.


Jan 18, 2018

Thank you Barbara. It was really enjoyable trip with you in this course. I have found many new learning techniques. Your positive behavior was very encouraging for me to begin a new list of my life!

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By Sandy A

Mar 09, 2018

Really a good course. I think it should be mandatory! Fantastic! I gave me techniques to improve my concentration and to handle or channel better negative thoughts or emotions. Loved it!

By Benedikt K

Mar 07, 2018

Wonderful course to build upon the basis from learning how to learn. The course expands on these basics and places it within the bigger context of your life and the environment we live in.


Dec 27, 2019

This remarkable course opens the chance to reset your point of view of what our skills and potential are defined for and it definetely offers us possibilities to change and perform better

By Desired C

Oct 22, 2018

Learned many new ideas and relearned old ones. I only wished that I could speed up some of the areas of the video that I already knew and slow down the parts I didn’t, in a perfect world.

By Lexie G

Jan 17, 2018

I have been soaking in every word of this MOOC. Thank you so much, Barbara and Terrence! I really think that this class is a milestone for me. I feel so much hope and incredibly inspired!

By Alexandra T C

Jan 17, 2018

Absolutely AWESOME! I learned a lot, the teacher was great and explained everything wonderfully. I finish the course with a feeling of positivism and happiness. I absolutely recommend it!

By Odysseas C

Jun 03, 2018

Amazing course that anyone should take, in whatever age, career, or stage of their life they are. Positive, inspiring and very informative it will make you develop a new mindset in life.

By Juan R P G

Aug 21, 2017

This course is amazing and I strongly recommend to take it together with the Learning How To Learn course. This course will give you tools and techniques to improve your career and life.

By Robert N

Jul 22, 2019

An inspirational and motivating course to keep on learning throughout your life. It's especially good for those of us older folks to keep learning and to embrace change in our careers.

By Narasimhan S R

May 30, 2018

Great course. The course covered very useful tips and techniques for learning new things, setting right mindset. Awesome efforts by the Barbara Oakley and Terrence Sejnowski. Thank you.

By Colin E

Oct 23, 2017

A superb MOOC! Very well presented, engaging and memorable content that shall serve me well for years to come. Thanks to Barb and Terry for producing a fantastic learning experience!

By Andreia D

Jul 21, 2017

This was my first online learning experience, and I must say this was an excelent MOOC.

The way is is organized and the material available for learning is actually very interesting.

By Jaideep J R

May 03, 2017

You are seriously going to be a different person after you complete the course. Do this with a commitment to complete the material and also being open to a positive change in life.

By Luis R

May 01, 2017

Lifelong Learning is the main idea I got from the course, but more than the concept, the course gave me how to set my mind properly and skills towards the goal of lifelong learning

By Zahra L M

Mar 26, 2018

One of the best MOOCs of all time without any doubt. A must take for anybody and everybody in any age range, preference, job or major. Take it! It does worth your valuable time.

By Kaveh G

Dec 16, 2017

I really enjoyed this course. It was very helpful and helped me a lot to discover myself and my potential to change. I will definitely recommend this course to every age group.

By Erikton K

Jun 01, 2017

An excellent continuation of "Learning How To Learn" with more insights and broader coverage of the ideas around learning, and within the scope of leading a learning lifestyle.

By Galaxy H

Dec 17, 2018

I really appreciate this course to encourage me being a "self-breaking" girl. I always love learning by myself and explore new sphere in my life, which makes me feel peaceful.

By Suzanne M

Jul 27, 2018

i found this course very helpful in giving me direction for broadening my passions. The material was easily understood and Barbara and Terry are a joy to watch and listen to.

By Akhil V

May 11, 2017

This course was simply amazing. It has broaden my thoughts of learning and how the things that I do may not really be a bad thing. Rather they might be much more useful to me.

By Alex

Jun 28, 2019

I loved "Learning to Learn" and this is why I took Mindshift that I also love it. It´s worth it to everyone and I believe that is somethings like a refresh in a daily basis.

By Subbalakshmi K

Jun 15, 2017

Brilliant! This is a course which everyone must take irrespective of which level of study they are in. Also for general learning enthusiasts who aren't into formal learning!


Jul 10, 2019

Thank you very much. Babara is such a great lecturer. I really enjoyed her course learning how to learn. Am sure this mooc will be of great help to my proffessional career.

By Jeroen

Feb 03, 2018

A good follow-up to the Learning How to Learn course, although has a different focus. I preferred the original course, even though this course definitely has its own merit.