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Q&A on Online Course: How to Be Your Own Brain Fitness Coach in 2012

We have received many excel­lent ques­tions about Sharp­Brains’ upcom­ing online course How to Be Your Own Brain Fit­ness Coach in 2012 (March 2012); let us answer the most com­mon ones below.

Ques­tion: Who has reg­is­tered to par­tic­i­pate so far?

Answer: 80 indi­vid­u­als have reg­is­tered so far, rep­re­sent­ing a fas­ci­nat­ing diver­si­ty of back­grounds. We have health and med­ical pro­fes­sion­als, edu­ca­tors, busi­ness exec­u­tives, traders, con­sul­tants, coach­es, soft­ware engi­neers, ther­a­pists, and more.  

Ques­tion: Is this a train-the-train­er? are you offer­ing CME/ CEUs?

Answer: No. This is a course designed for a well-edu­cat­ed gen­er­al audi­ence. Let us explain the incep­tion of the course: Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, the main course instruc­tor, has been teach­ing a sim­i­lar course at UC-Berke­ley Osh­er Life­long Learn­ing Insti­tute. By offer­ing this course online we want to engage every­one who is inter­est­ed in learn­ing “how to be their own brain fit­ness coach”, no mat­ter their occu­pa­tion, geog­ra­phy or age. This is nei­ther an over­sim­pli­fied self-help course, nor a medical/ pro­fes­sional con­tin­u­ing edu­ca­tion one. Aris­to­tle is quot­ed as say­ing, “Virtue is the mean between two extremes,” and we intend to ensure a vir­tu­ous learn­ing expe­ri­ence, think­ing of it as the course that any­one in our team would love to take for our own ben­e­fit. We will issue a Cer­tifi­cate of Atten­dance to those inter­ested, but we grant no CME/CEU units.

Ques­tionI have already read your book The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness (May 2009; 182 pages). Is it still wor­thy to attend the course?

Answer: Yes. The book is indeed a key ref­er­ence for the course, but the course goes well beyond it both in terms of con­tent and qual­i­ty of learn­ing expe­ri­ence. Books are an excel­lent medi­um to share infor­ma­tion, but edu­ca­tion­al cours­es are a bet­ter medi­um to ensure learn­ing and under­stand­ing on how to apply the infor­ma­tion. Think about the dif­fer­ence between read­ing a biol­o­gy text­book and attend­ing a Biol­o­gy 101 course.

Ques­tion: I can­not par­tic­i­pate in the four sched­uled live ses­sions. Can I still get val­ue from the course?

Answer: It may require a bit more effort on your side, but we cer­tain­ly think so. All live ses­sions will be record­ed for lat­er access, and the online course plat­form will enable con­tin­ued inter­ac­tion among Fac­ul­ty and Par­tic­i­pants through­out March and April. All week­ly activ­i­ties are designed to be com­plet­ed on your own.

Ques­tion: When will Guest Lec­tur­ers par­tic­i­pate?

Answer: Dr. Alvaro Pas­cual-Leone is sched­uled to co-teach the March 7th ses­sion on Debunk­ing Brain and Brain Fit­ness Myths, and Dr. Robert Bilder is sched­uled to co-teach the March 14th ses­sion on How to Address the Basics.

If you have more ques­tions, please Con­tact Us.

To Learn More and Reg­is­ter: please click on How To Be Your Own Brain Fit­ness Coach in 2012. Ear­ly-bird rates are avail­able until next Tues­day, Jan­u­ary 31st.

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