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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 Ducree

Dec 14, 2020

Time and effort is worth it.

By Frank T

Nov 13, 2020

Great course. Learned a lot!

By Randy I

Nov 9, 2020

Now I know what plants knows

By David W

Jun 23, 2020

Great instructor and subject

By Federica S

Mar 30, 2018

Excellent course! Well done!

By Zeynep O B

Jul 13, 2017

I totally LOVED this course.

By Ni K E S

Aug 3, 2020

What an interesting course!

By Mary G

Oct 9, 2022

Very interesting material

By Bruce w

Dec 17, 2017

Well done and interesting.

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Jun 3, 2017


By Judith G A M

Aug 29, 2020

The teacher is excellent!


Jul 9, 2020

come to know about plants

By Diana A T S

Jul 8, 2020

The course was excellent!

By Hemansi B P

Jun 24, 2020

Very knowledgeable course

By Mariana G G

Jun 16, 2019

A very interesting curse!

By Alessandra

May 17, 2017

Simply an amazing course!

By andrea l

Jun 22, 2017

coherent and interesting

By Alexander B

Oct 27, 2017

Absolutely mindblowing.

By Dao T T H

Jan 21, 2022

Very interesting cours


Oct 29, 2020

The Prof was excellent

By Wilson Y T L

Jul 20, 2020

Well organized course!

By Preeti H M

Sep 11, 2019

I enjoyed thoroughly !

By Clemens K

Jun 19, 2019

Very well structured!

By Elizabeth

Mar 9, 2018

Excellent instruction

By Mariam H

Jul 20, 2021

Excellent Experience