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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 (https://www.coursera.org/learn/plant-biology/home/welcome). 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 – https://tauonline.tau.ac.il/registration Additionally, you can apply to certain degrees using the grades you received on the courses. Read more on this here – https://go.tau.ac.il/b.a/mooc-acceptance Teachers interested in teaching this course in their class rooms are invited to explore our Academic High school program here – https://tauonline.tau.ac.il/online-highschool...

Top reviews

RV

Dec 13, 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! :)

MR

Oct 01, 2016

So far, I'm really enjoying this course. I like the look of it, the professor is engaging and as a layperson I find the content very, very interesting. What a wonderful take on plant biology!

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By Federica S

Mar 30, 2018

Excellent course! Well done!

By Zeynep O B

Jul 13, 2017

I totally LOVED this course.

By Bruce w

Dec 17, 2017

Well done and interesting.

By 李家泓

Jun 03, 2017

老師用淺顯易懂的方式將植物生理學呈現出來,獲益良多。

By Mariana G G

Jun 17, 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 Preeti H M

Sep 11, 2019

I enjoyed thoroughly !

By Clemens K

Jun 19, 2019

Very well structured!

By Elizabeth

Mar 09, 2018

Excellent instruction

By DAOUDGHERIB m

Sep 13, 2017

SUPER INTERESSANT !

By Lun L

Jan 06, 2020

good for beginner

By ,jhgfhkgd

Nov 26, 2017

Very informative!

By маргарита п

Mar 27, 2017

Это было здорово!

By vaaman s

Dec 20, 2016

awesome and great

By Nitesh M

Oct 16, 2018

Very Informative

By Patrick A

Mar 04, 2019

Extraordinário!

By Ricardo G T

Sep 20, 2017

Simply amazing!

By bhargavjanjam

May 02, 2017

Beautifully put

By Willie C

Oct 19, 2019

great course

By ena

Oct 14, 2016

Fantastic!

By Juwayriyyah B O

Mar 25, 2019

AMAZING

By Ghaxala A

Jul 21, 2017

perfect

By Jesús M M G

Jan 23, 2018

genial