Material Science 10 Things you should know

This is a Material Science Engineer intro course. Coursera usually splits its courses into weeks, but the instructor packages each week with different "things" or modules in material science. Essential skillls such as studying the bonds of molecules, how we measure the states of a material, its dutrability, techniques/processes of changing the materials are essential skills in studying material science. Which each thing, there is a summary at the end that tells you what the video lectures within the thing has covered. At the end of every thing there is a quiz to test your knowledge. There is also a forum for the course separate from the week-by-week hiearchy so you can ask questions on any topic within the entirety of the course.

Introduction to Imagemaking

This is more of a graphic design course that goes into graphic design principles, and testing the student's understanding of them. Each week is a mixed bag however, as some topics in the week give you a mix of readings, quizes, discussions, and assignments, however sometimes you would be doing a topic that is just lecture and readings. It's interesting how the instructor doesn't force an activity every topic, but trusts that some topics require more synthesis and digestion of topics, and other topics are too subjective to have quizzes on, leaving room for discussion.


Product Design: The Delft Design Approach

This design course doesn't go much into design theory per se, but moreso the sociological aspect and contexts in which people design for at the beginning, and then the design process at the end. Throughout the course, you are creating documents and plans around your design project, and then assessing and testing it on users. Assignments involve affirming progress of these activities, and uploading your own results in ideation and testing.

The Architectural Imagination

This architecture course feel more like an art history one using examples of architecture to study the theory and origin of design rather than concept first. This is consumed in lecture. Some quizes and activities even revolve around the retrieval of information rather than the student's ability to apply their own insights into architecture save for self assessments. The only graded material are self assessments and concept checks.


Public School American is pretty bad here's why

Chapter 2 of NAP touches upon the cultural/physiological/psychoactive parts of learning. It addresses the access of needs for a sufficient learner (sleep, food absence of an environment of toxins, etc). Although public schools address these issues I feel like they're still at a point where these needs outside the classroom do not work with the facilitation of learning within the classroom.

When I was in highschool I had a lack of sleep due to certain vices I had going on in my life at the time. A lot of people would joke saying how they don't sleep until 1am or 2am because of school work, and it kind of created this culture where it became the norm to abuse our bodies like this. I feel this way in college too. Although public schools provide lunch I dislike that there are times where lunch and gym periods are adjacent to each other, where my combined lack of sleep, exhaustion, and digestion of food took a toll on my body that I couldn't pay attention/stay awake in class.

Now in college I have to exercise and sleep on time and attempt to become a better person in this toxic environment of STEM kids comparing how sleep deprived and sad they are. I say this with spite, as I am jealous of their ability to grasp such concepts and have a better socioeconomic standing than me. The individualistic learning experience is so hard to design for because there is so many people who get by on paper, and it's difficult to measure things like satisfaction of class or the impact on their quality of life. It is even more difficult to measure/design for because these factors are not only subjective, but I feel like subjects who are outliers end up falling out of the system and switch majors or get a different job or something. It seems public schools will only care about a standard and their ability to represent high achieving students regardless of their quality of life.