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My Second Attempt at Ariely’s A Beginner’s Guide to Irrational Behavior

It’s a good thing that I take online courses for the enjoyment of it, and not for the grades. If grades mattered to me, I would be very disappointed right now.

I’ve taken the Dan Ariely course, A Beginner’s Guide to Irrational Behavior, last year and actually failed the class because I missed a writing assignment that I didn’t know existed. I was determined to take the course again, and pass it this time, mainly because I enjoyed the class so much. It’s in my top 5 favorite online courses, and missing that assignment (and thereby failing the class) was a large regret.

And so, this time, I took all the quizzes (with near-perfect grades), and did the writing assignment (with an OK grade, but still a pass). All was well, until the exam was announced. And then I didn’t complete the exam before the cutoff. I thought I had more time! Failed again.

So what is the problem? Why did I twice miss a key assignment from this course causing myself to fail? It’s not because the material is bad or uninteresting. It must be something with me. It’s certainly irrational behavior, and perhaps I need to see someone about this.

In any event, I enjoyed it the second time as well. Dan and his team added some new content, including interviews with other researchers in the field. Most of the videos were a repeat of last season.

I won’t be taking it again next time it’s offered. I feel like I’ve extracted all the information from the class unless it changes substantially. Well recommended to anyone who has an interest in the topic. But be sure and keep careful track of dates lest you miss an important one.


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One comment

  1. Have you tried to put email remainders via the Google calendar of the class? I usually put a reminder 4 days before (for programming assignments) and then again the day before the deadline, in case I miss something.
    I think the provided deadline calendars for the classes are very useful, especially when doing many courses at the same time.

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