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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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