Hi everyone! Welcome to the study group.
Tomorrow, May 12, we’re officially getting started.
The goal is ambitious: trying to complete Mountains 101 in just a month. To help everyone stay on track, every Tuesday, I’ll be sharing a post in the forum summarizing the week ahead. But before going over the Week 1 schedule, I wanted to start with some general information.
Enrolling in Mountains 101. If you haven’t yet, here’s how to enroll in Mountains 101 on Coursera.
Class Central Study Group. As you may know, this open study group is an extension of Class Central’s internal study group that we started last year. You can read more about here. We’ll be handling the logistics of running the study group. But besides that, we’ll be taking the course like everyone else.
Live Sessions. To our delight, @DavidHik, co-creator and co-instructor of Mountains 101, has joined the study group. You can read David’s introduction here. In addition, David has offered to host live sessions exploring topics that go beyond the course material. We’ll soon share more information.
Week 1 — Schedule
Wednesday, May 12 – Tuesday, May 18
On Coursera, Mountains 101 is broken down into 12 weeks/lessons. But we’ll try to cover the entire course in a month. So we’ll be hitting the ground running. In Week 1, the objective is to complete three lessons:
- Lesson 1: Why mountains matter
- Lesson 2: The origins of mountains
- Lesson 3: Mountain climates
(You can find the full course schedule here.)
The lessons involve videos lectures, practical tips about how to safely enjoy mountains, interactive world maps where you’ll try to locate specific mountains, quizzes, and lesson summaries.
Each lesson takes about 90 minutes to complete. So you can can expect a weekly workload of 4 to 5 hours. This can seem intense, but one of the aspects that made the original MOOCs so rewarding was precisely that they were challenging. And you can turn to the study group for support: we’re here to help.
Have a great week everyone. And as @barboakley would say, happy learning!