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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Science Literacy - How Solid Science Can Help You Save the World by Erasmus University Rotterdam

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About the Course

This course will help you become scientifically literate so that you can make better choices for yourself and the world. Unlike other courses on statistics and scientific methods, we explore global challenges - such as poverty or climate change - and then discuss how key approaches of statistics and scientific methods can help tackle these challenges. We present these approaches in a non-mathematical and easily accessible way. You will leave the course being able to recognize which efforts to do good in this world actually work, and you will have used your science literacy to make some personal changes in your life. Many current attempts to do good in this world are based on good intentions, but don’t work well, or are even harmful. In this course we talk to leading experts from academia, business and non-profit organizations about how we can use science to distinguish bad, good and even better ways of improving this world. We also invite you to change your own behavior to do more good. You will learn how to spot BS (bad science) in the media, how to evaluate whether a social program works or not, and how your career could have a better impact on this world. Finally, you will develop your own plan on how you are going to do good better with science. Guest speakers include Behavioral Economist Dan Ariely, Philosopher Peter Singer, and Happiness researcher Elizabeth Dunn....

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By Xiu P L

Jun 05, 2018

Great course. Title a bit misleading, but was quite interesting to me nonetheless. There was a bit about scientific literacy but it was more about how to live ethically. Assignments were really hard in my opinion.


Jan 15, 2018

What a timely and important course! In comparison to ninety percent of the other courses we all take this is so much more important over the long term for ourselves, our shared planet, and the other species we inhabit the world with. My thanks to everyone who worked and helped on making this course possible. Dr Quincy

By Mihnea T

Aug 19, 2017

Very useful course for those with little or no background in science and/or scientific research methods. For the rest, the course does provide with a lot of interesting discussions and resources, but might not be that challenging. The interviews with the course's guests are definitely worth the time!

The authors are trying to sound familiar and easy going, which at times can seem annoying, particularly in the beginning, when they sound as if they are talking to unknowledgeable little children. If they would address this in the future sessions, I think many would appreciate it.

The material is interesting and definitely thought-provoking, but I had trouble in seeing what is the general direction (the vector, if you will) of this course.

The capstone project is also a bit too demanding, as it assumes one would create a video in which they would discuss a challenging topic. The assignment assumes one is able to produce a lecture-type of video, without taking into account that most students are not particularly good at such things (graphics, animations, video production etc.). While I do see the value of challenging students to do that, perhaps a paper alternative to this assignment will be possible in the following iterations of the course.

Finally, as a positive: really nice graphics and animations by the course's production team. Congratulations for that!

By Markus R

Dec 11, 2016

The course could be structured a little bit better and some topics should have been discussed in greater detail. But in general, I really enjoyed the course and found the two instructors very likable.

By Svenja J

Oct 25, 2016

Very interesting course and most video's are fun to watch.

Only the video's with a lot of interviews or where they switch all the time between skype conversations I sometimes find a bit boring, or I think the duration is too long.

By Mengjie W

Oct 24, 2016

Too many peer-viewed assignment

By Ken C

Oct 19, 2016

My feeling is that this MOOC is very inspiring in way that it brings out the fact and paradox that we previously were reluctant to say out , and that is we are not saving lives in an effective way and that's how we actually should behave if we are real egalitarians in ourselves. And it also provides us with simple tools to make analysis by ourselves.

Space for improvement could lie in that the links between videos and reading materials of a same module or block could be strong, at least sometimes they don't seem so hooked with each other to me or I sometimes got confused what these contents together show something different from other blocks.

By Iris v D

Oct 19, 2016

The content of the course was really interesting and made me think about things I didn't think of before. However, I found the layout of this course really confusing. It would be better if there was no division per week, but just a list of mandatory things and a list of optional things.

By Sophie P

Oct 19, 2016

Engaging instructors and very interesting content. This course is unique because you can apply what you learn in the real world.

By Amarins V

Oct 12, 2016

This is a very interesting and possibly even eye-opening course. I highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to use more rationality and solid science in everyday life.

By Matteo G

Oct 12, 2016

I really appreciate the attempt of the course; what I got is that we should trust good research and that claims need to be proved. The problem though was the approach, in my opinion. I felt that someone was giving me the right answer for everything and I wasn't supposed to think about it all.

I would rather focus my attention on the large gap between reality and "scientific" claims. The power of a cost-benefit analysis is enormous and it could be even broader with a personal interpretation and with a high level of awareness.

Well done with the aim of the course, just develop the approach impact.

p.s the part with the guy that is apparently in Asia is really chaotic and I couldn't follow that amount of short videos.