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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Understanding Plants - Part I: What a Plant Knows by Tel Aviv University

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About the Course

For centuries we have collectively marveled at plant diversity and form—from Charles Darwin’s early fascination with stems and flowers to Seymour Krelborn’s distorted doting in Little Shop of Horrors. This course intends to present an intriguing and scientifically valid look at how plants themselves experience the world—from the colors they see to the sensations they feel. Highlighting the latest research in genetics and more, we will delve into the inner lives of plants and draw parallels with the human senses to reveal that we have much more in common with sunflowers and oak trees than we may realize. We’ll learn how plants know up from down, how they know when a neighbor has been infested by a group of hungry beetles, and whether they appreciate the music you’ve been playing for them or if they’re just deaf to the sounds around them. We’ll explore definitions of memory and consciousness as they relate to plants in asking whether we can say that plants might even be aware of their surroundings. This highly interdisciplinary course meshes historical studies with cutting edge modern research and will be relevant to all humans who seek their place in nature. This class has three main goals: 1. To introduce you to basic plant biology by exploring plant senses (sight, smell, hearing, touch, taste, balance). 2. To introduce you to biological research and the scientific method. 3. To get the student to question life in general and what defines us as humans. Once you've taken this course, if you are interested in a more in-depth study of plants, check out my follow-up course, Fundamentals of Plant Biology ( In order to receive academic credit for this course you must successfully pass the academic exam on campus. For information on how to register for the academic exam – Additionally, you can apply to certain degrees using the grades you received on the courses. Read more on this here – Teachers interested in teaching this course in their class rooms are invited to explore our Academic High school program here –

Top reviews


Aug 14, 2021

I really liked this course, the professor was engaging, clear, and informative, and did a great job explaining and simplifying the more complex biology topics so that it was digestible for beginners.


Dec 12, 2016

Love the clarity of the instructors deliver which is supported by great explanations and most importantly visual aids & demonstrations. Ps... Especially loved the bloopers at the end. Nice treat! :)

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By Daniel M

Nov 22, 2016

Great introduction to the world of plants.

I enjoyed it a lot.

By Like G

Jan 5, 2021

Very insightful. Enjoyed Prof Chamomitz' lectures very much!

By lixiaoxu

Dec 8, 2016

pretty enjoyable and heuristic course!! Thank u professor!!!

By obada a

Jan 11, 2021

i love it just need to show us our mistakes multiple answer

By pedro p p

May 5, 2020

It's a great course that change the way you see the plants.

By Arely V P L

Apr 16, 2020

Very brief and directed course about generalities of plants


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By Siddhant J

Feb 18, 2019

this is the one of the best online course ever I studied

By Rafael

Jun 12, 2017

Reforce muchas cosas y aprendí otras que no sabía mucho.

By Mirela V

May 23, 2021

I have entered a whole new world of plants :) Thank you

By Marta R R

Nov 18, 2020

I am super happy with this course. Thank you soon much!

By Heather L

Jun 18, 2020

Thank You an excellent course and enjoyable challenges.

By jose c a m

Jul 27, 2020


By Dimas D T S C

Dec 8, 2018

really usefull, really made the diference in my life

By mihai d

Mar 10, 2019

Amazing course! I can recommend to anyone. Thank you!

By vasanth k

May 20, 2018

Learnt a lot on how plants interact with environment.

By Hyrum E

Dec 29, 2017

Excellent course! Well designed and very informative.

By Harris

May 16, 2020

Professor Chamovitz is a star and so are the plants.

By luis r o c

Mar 14, 2018

awesome course!!! enjoyed a lot and learned a lot...

By Vanessa H

Feb 17, 2021

Excellent course to learn more about plant biology!

By Silviu T P

Jan 8, 2022

Very well organized course, I highly recommend it.


Sep 5, 2020

Interesting and clear. Very enthusiastic lecturer.

By Luis S

Jan 30, 2019

curso muy interesante con un comunicador talentoso

By Sthali S

Apr 29, 2019

I love the teaching method. Fascinating subject!

By Tan T

Mar 12, 2021

A very good course support with solid knowledge