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Studies with Coursera on Humility

Dorothy Willis's profile picture
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11 January 2018, 7:32 PM

A new page gives an overview of three studies from Edinburgh University via Coursera.

The subject of Intellectual Humility vs Intellectual Arrogance is fascinating.  The Theory, Science and Practice of Humility opens up this subject and introduces the latest world wide research on the topic.

David Bell's profile picture
Posts: 1067

11 January 2018, 10:26 PM

Dorothy's overview can be seen here in the Micro-moocs Collections and pages.

At the conclusion of her most interesting article you will also find the link to the Coursera page. You will also see this page has been added to the Micro-mooc Group About list of courses.

David Hill's profile picture
Posts: 79

12 January 2018, 7:50 AM

Thanks, Dorothy

After completing the City and You Coursera course through Toronto University, I have moved on to:

Love as a Force for Social Justice through Stanford University - led by a New Zealander Anne Firth Murray -

Sharpened Visions: A Poetry Workshop through the California Institute of the Arts -

And Making Sense of the News : News Literacy Lessons for Digital Citizens, jointly run by New York State University and the University of Hong Kong -



David Bell's profile picture
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14 January 2018, 12:24 PM

What a tremendous undertaking, David Hill! Good luck with these three new Coursera moocs. And thank you in advance for keeping us up-to-date with aspects that we can engage with. I am wondering if you looked back what would be the top two moocs you would recommend to ordinary church-goers? 

David Hill's profile picture
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14 January 2018, 2:38 PM

Thanks, David

Well, that is a tough one. I have completed six and have signed up for another three - making nine in total (though I haven't paid for the poetry one yet).

For church goers, definitely the Stanford University course I'm doing now and not just because it's run by a New Zealander (and funnily enough another New Zealander just marked my reflection, expressing my agape love for Otakaro Avon River!). "Love as a Force for Social Justice" teaches about agape love (care and concern or compassion) for other people and for the world around us.

As Christians we often talk about, but this course forces you to really about it, to observe it and to practice it. In week three the tutor interviews a rabbi, a catholic monk, a Muslim teacher, a Buddhist teacher (another New Zealander) and a follower of Ghandi's teachings. In week four we are exploring love in the workplace.

The second one is a tough one, but probably the very first one I did with David Bell and others - How to Change the World through Wesleyan University, which explored a range of issues facing the world today and possible solutions.

Becoming a Changemaker through Cape Town University helps you develop an idea for social change, it helped me to develop Walk for the Planet - 7 Rivers, 7 Weeks.

Science Literacy - How Solid Science Can Help You Save the World through Erasmus University in the Netherlands asked some hard questions around science to get you thinking about some of the science which is often presented to us.

Public Policy Challenges of the 21st Century through the University of Virginia gets you thinking about some of the global challenges facing the world in the next 30 years.

Chicken Behaviour and Welfare through Edinburgh University if you're into chooks

The City and You through Toronto University if you want to know more about cities, which is actually really important as already more than half of the world's population lives in cities and that is expected to grow to 70% by 2050.

Making Sense of the News run jointly by Hong Kong University and New York State University teaches you critical thinking skills for discerning the news - which is probably equally important for discerning what we are told in churches.

And Sharpened Visions through the California Institute of Arts if you are into poetry.

Actually there's more, I have signed up for three other courses which don't offer certificates which I haven't completed.

Another cities one through Sciences Po in Paris and two Princeton University courses about Altruism and one astronomy. They are good courses too, but without the assessment and the goal of a certificate I didn't have the same motivation and also they go for longer than the five to seven weeks for the courses I have completed or are completing. The astronomy one went for 24 weeks and the Altruism one for 12 weeks. The cities one goes for 8 weeks, but the lecturer just talks endlessly and his French accent is really hard to follow so I probably wouldn't recommend that one, though the material is quite interesting.

But definitely look out for the first few...

Hope this helps



David Hill's profile picture
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14 January 2018, 2:47 PM

If you haven't done How to Change the World yet, it starts again on January 29 and it's $49 to go for the certificate:

While Love as a Force for Social Justice starts again on January 22 and it only costs $US29 for the course certificate, whereas most courses cost $US49.

The Become a Changemaker course through Cape Town University also only costs $US29 for the certificate - it starts again on February 5.

New Zealander Anne Firth Murray also lectures International Women's Health and Human Rights through Stanford University, which again is only $US29 to do the certificate. It also starts again on January 22.

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