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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 sandun c

Jun 19, 2022

I learn lot of things about in plant sciences.

By Amethyst B

May 6, 2022

This course was very challenging but worth it.

By Nayagam L J

Mar 19, 2022

Excellent course!

An eye opener about plants!

By Tom L

Mar 9, 2020

Great introducing to the physiology of plants.

By Karla B

Aug 2, 2017

Excellent! Very interesting and well explained


Jul 10, 2020

Incredible journey, high-quality explanations

By Júlia R

May 11, 2020

Very interesting and well explained course :)

By Ravi S C

Sep 21, 2019

Great Course to Understand How plant feels :)

By Silvia M B

Nov 20, 2018

Excellent! This is the 2nd time I'm doing it.

By Nguyễn  H P

Aug 3, 2017

This course is really helpful and interesting


Sep 17, 2022

I fell in love with hiswithwiwthwithhihisaa

By Danny L P H

Mar 30, 2022

Very informative, well designed and layout.

By Javier B

May 23, 2020

Outstanding course for basic plant biology!

By Suhail R R

May 17, 2020

The way sir teaches this course is awesome.

By Fernanda A G

Aug 13, 2020

Excellent course! I enjoyed it completely!

By Franciszek K

May 30, 2020

It was a very good and inspiring course: )

By Roman B

Feb 8, 2017

Simple language. Interesting. Very useful.

By William H

Nov 21, 2020

Thorough coverage, engaging presentation.

By nakul v

Aug 27, 2020

very insightful, know what a plant knows.

By Benjamin P

Aug 27, 2017

Excellent Course with a great instructor!

By bhamamani b j

Jan 24, 2022

Good professor, exceeded the expectation

By Brody A G

Jan 4, 2021

Awesome course with an awesome professor


Aug 25, 2020

excelent course and excelent Professor.

By Harika N

Jul 1, 2021


By Daniel K

Mar 31, 2018

very interesting! I have learned a lot