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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.)...

Top reviews


Jun 21, 2020

I enjoyed this MOOC. It is very well-done and clearly covers the topics of mindshifting along with career advancement. Also--good illustrations and visuals/sounds which assist in the learning process.


Oct 30, 2020

Great course! This is a lot more general than Learning about Learning but is also useful nonetheless. I like the focus on keeping positive and being confident in your potential despite our weaknesses.

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By Zai E

Jul 9, 2017

I got so many ideas from this course. Also I developed a better understand on learning and how our minds work. I had already taken Learning How to Learn and this was a wonderful follow up course. I highly recommend this course to people who want to learn something new, want to make a shift in their career, and to teachers/future teachers.

By Samiur R

May 25, 2017

This course is very well designed. The instructors are skilled. This course will help anyone who is willing to learn. By doing this course both professionals as well as students can get the help necessary to be successful in their respective field. I enjoyed this course and recommend everyone to do it before doing any other MOOC course.


Jun 7, 2017

This is the second MOOC I make. The first was "Learning How to learn". Like the previous one, this one seemed excellent too, and I already feel that the teachers and I are friends, of course, I reiterate that they are highly professional and made the course interesting and very enjoyable. My congratulations from Caracas-Venezuela.

By Jaroslava M

May 26, 2017

Wonderfully inspiring, I would recommend to anyone, who is such poor learner and I am and even a lot better, because there is always new thing to study :) A lot of helpfull informations, thought the last part about changing into information age was a bit scarry, but with more MOOC´s like this we are going to handle it in no time.

By Maria A D E

May 31, 2017

Este curso es perfecto para los que usamos excusas para no aprender, te abre los ojos e impulsa a mejorarte a la vez que te provee con herramientas para seguir aprendiendo.

Además, todos los consejos y estrategias tienen un respaldo científico lo cual incrementa las razones por las cuales mejorarte!

Sin excusas, Happy mindshift.

By Morelca G

Aug 10, 2017

This course was so amazing that I found time to complete it in one week. I look forward to buying the book and looking into further reading. A complete course that motivates you and really gets you hooked on learning more. I've found many ways to learn in a way that is more useful to me, so I am very grateful.

By Patama G

May 29, 2021

I would recommend this course as the first course for Coursera. If you are an adult learner, this course gives you useful concepts to enhance your lifelong learning ability (learning how to learn). If you are a teacher, this course will be an example of a very engaged online course (learning how to teach).

By Mar

May 26, 2023

I really enjoyed taking this course ! It is full of value, humour and concrete tips and tools for the students to gain confidence in their learning potential. Professor Oakley is very passionate and inspiring and her knowledge - but also her personality - bring great value to her materials. Thank you !

By Santos H

Jun 20, 2017

Amazing course, if you have taken Barbara Oakey's previous course Learning How to Learn and enjoyed it, you will enjoy this one, too. Barbara breaks down many of problems of today and the future with practical and well supported advice that will serve you well for years to come in the information age.

By Erin N

Jun 9, 2023

This course covers topics well, linking neuroscience and data behind their theories and advice. It was a nice refresher and I learned some helpful new information as well. Barbara seems passionate and excited about helping others learn to help themselves and Dr. Sejnowski was very knowledgeable.

By Dawn L

Jun 3, 2017

I loved this course which kept me engaged throughout the course. Learned many things to work on and have more confidence and not feeling like an outsider. Learning if forever lasting. Don't let something new scare you like it did me. I am moving forward in a good way. Thank you!

By Nataliia K

May 26, 2023

I am very grateful to the authors of the course - this course helped me confirm my decision to change my profession and gain new knowledge. I hope that I will have the opportunity in my life to become a mentor for someone in the same way that this course has become a mentor for me.

By Unai A

May 18, 2017

Everybody is different but We should look for strategies that can make as work more efficiently. And If we based it on scientific information, we can skyrocket as individuals to enhance productivity. This course is a must take and I will be mentoring it for a while.

Happy learning

By Wallace

Jun 22, 2017

This course, along with Learning How to Learn, is now one of the best free of charge courses can help you to increase and improve your personal and professional skills. I strongly recommend you apply to this course right now and start it to become a better version of yourself.

By Lucia R

Apr 25, 2017

Thank you, Dr. Barbara Oakley, for the great course. The content is presented in an efficient and concise way, but also very pleasant and funny. Through different learning techniques (movement, association, jokes) my attention was always engaged and the content persisted.

By Warwick B

May 6, 2017

Mindshift is a course that effectively builds upon Learning How to Learn in a way that encourages thinking beyond the comfortable, beyond what is already known. Both of these courses are inspiring and should be taken by everyone interested in the process of learning.

By Emelia A

May 15, 2017

Completely awesome course that should be the basis for all your other MOOC's. Gives great insight into overcoming your biggest hang up - yourself. It also sets you straight about how you should go about your new level of achievement in anything. You will love it!!

By María J R

Jul 24, 2017

This is a very great course to take. The professor explain very clearly and easily every topic of the course, in a very fun and didactic way. It is a class that can help you to improved and make sustancial changes in your habbits. I recommend 100 % this course.

By Ammar S

Jul 14, 2017

This is the first ever MOOC I have completed and I loved it! It's something which will help me learn over a period of time and has opened up my mind as to how our minds actually work. Thank you for this great learning opportunity that you have provided to us.

By Fredy C

Apr 29, 2023

Excelente curso, permite ver la realidad desde otro punto de vista. Ayuda a comprender como los sucesos considerados como negativos dejan grandes aprendizajes. Y por otro lado trasmite una manera de desarrollar un estilo de vida de continuo aprendizaje.


Aug 2, 2017

Last summer I have attended "Learning how to learn" and I found it really helpful. "Mindshift" is a more to public MOOC with useful tips about how to broaden one's potential. After all "potential is hidden in plain sight all around us."

By Erik M

May 8, 2017

I love this MOOC! It helped to open my mind to new possibilities and helped me to understand there is so much more I can do. Barbara Oakley inspired me to broaden my passions and make it a perpetual goal to become a lifelong learner.

By Blanca G M

May 24, 2017

I really enjoyed this course, this is the first course I have ever completed here or in any other online environment. It was able to keep my attention and above all to be able to work, I have learned to throw a pomodoro at my work.

By Ramya H

Apr 30, 2017

This course has been a good refresher of Learning How to Learn and has helped me clear my mind about how I can inculcate those habits and take the momentum forward. I recommend it to anyone who is looking to be a lifetime learner

By Nagendranath Y R

May 24, 2023

It's a great course where you will learn how skills in one field help you in another leading to an invention sometimes. Thanks to Barbara mam and Terry Sir for the sincere efforts in making the course so crisp and clear.