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The third week of the course was super interesting. The readings and multimedia focused on our broken criminal justice system. I will reflect on the YouTube video above from the syllabus as it was the content piece that most grabbed my attention. The video focused on the racial disparities in the system. For instance, there is no secret that minorities account for the majority of prisoners in our criminal justice system. This points to a deeper societal and socioeconomic problem. Additionally, a cons...
{{unknown}} {{unknown}} I am now in the second week of the course. After reading this article, I realized how the current judicial and penal system in our country is so unfair to many. The article did a good job highlighting the differences in sentencing criminals between how the U.S. and Europe. For instance, while a lot of st...
1493784921 {{unknown}} [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUdHIatS36A[/embed] After completing my first set of readings and videos assigned in the online class I am currently taking, I now understand why online classes are convenient, especially for individuals with busy schedules. This is my first experience taking an online class without a professor, but I am already convinced it won’t be my last. The class is very appealing bec...
I have decided to enroll in a course on MIT Courseware called Race, Crime, and Citizenship in American Law. The course aligns my interest in criminal justice and the current contested political debate about policing, especially in inner city neighborhoods. I’ve had a lifelong interest in ...
{{unknown}} {{unknown}} {{unknown}} {{unknown}} {{unknown}} {{unknown}}     Most of the discussion I’ve read about self-directed learning is focused primarily on students. There is a natural tendency to look at self-directed learning as a journey only students embark. Students (I prefer learners) can be anyone anywhere. This tendency of automatically placing learners in the student category carries over to teachers. The educ...
In a lecture at UCI Dan Russell from Google discusses the future of learning and the importance of skills in research and search.  This overview of the talk highlights the importance of evolving literacies as foundational for self-directed learning.  Russell covers search strategies in his 
{{unknown}} {{unknown}} {{unknown}} One of the things I’m noticing in my three online classes is self-pace and direction. Though the classes have suggested timelines and some, like my Organic Chemistry class, follow a traditional syllabus, I find that I can go at my own pace in terms of learning the material. The “self” in self-directed learning cannot be overlooked. The primary goal of taking these courses is to learn. Learning is sometime...
{{unknown}} I am currently stuck between two potential majors: biochemistry and education. Consequently, I decided to enroll in three online classes to help me determine my major. Here are the classes: -Organic Chemistry 1 offered by MIT OPEN COURSEWARE "taught" by Dr. Sarah Tabacco and Prof. Barbara. - Introduction to Family Engagement in Education offered by Harvard through edX. The "instructor" is Karen L. Mapp. - Leading Ambitious Teaching a...
{{unknown}} {{unknown}} Several years ago, motivated by a lifelong interest in global economic development, I decided to enroll in a mooc offered by Columbia University professor Jeffrey Sachs on Coursera. The course, The Age of Sustainable Development, was highly publicized by Sachs and Coursera. Sac...
{{unknown}} {{unknown}} Frank Obeng, who I have known for over two years, recently decided to enroll in three self-directed learning opportunities to better prepare himself for the next stage of his life. The first is Organic Chemistry. The sec...