I am a serial learner, and my learning is not restricted to the degree programs and universities I have attended. I am always studying about my various personal and professional interests through reading, online courses, discussion with smart people, and practice.
You can peek into my personal learning environment by reading my posts on this site, and the social networks in which I engage. They reflect my evolving interests. I am currently most engaged in learning about the following topics:
- Education for the 21st century
- Understanding by Design and curriculum design
- Woodworking and furniture design
Online courses and guided learning experiences
I enjoy learning online, and often enroll in courses. These are the ones I have completed:
- 11.154x: Launching Innovation in Schools by MITx, 2017: I completed this course, led by professors Justin Reich and Peter Senge in 2017. I received a verified certificate.
- Mindful Educator Essentials, by Mindful Schools, 2017: I completed this online course in August 2017. I learned about the Mindful Schools curricula for Elementary and Middle/High School, and how to deliver it. Certificate here.
- Mindfulness Fundamentals, by Mindful Schools, 2017: I completed this six week introductory course in July 2017, which provided interesting information in secular mindfulness, and science, and supported the development of my personal mindfulness practice. Certificate here.
- GSE3x: Introduction to Data Wise: A Collaborative Process to Improve Learning & Teaching by HarvardX, 2016: I finished the course and earned an honor code certficate from HarvardX through EDx.
- 6.00x Introduction to Computer Science and Programming by MITx, 2013: I completed this course in its first (longer) version and earned an honor certificate from MITx through EDx.
Unfinished and abandoned online courses
These are some of the courses from which I have drifted away for some reason or another. The list is a sample, since I enroll in many more than I can finish.
- CS50x Introduction to Computer Science by HarvardX: I worked through half the course in 2012.
- Leading for Understanding, 2007: while working at the Ministry of Education, I was part of a group that enrolled in this course, offered by Wide World, from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. We worked through the first half and then the crazy work load of the MoE took over our lives.
- OLI Introduction to Statistics, 2006: I've worked through most of the first 2 (out of 4) units of this course by Carnegie Mellon's Open Learning Initiative.
- Change 11: I was involved in the first few weeks of this course led by Stephen Downes and drifted off after a few weeks.