Thanks to MOOCs, YouTube, and other such channels, people feel as if they can learn just about anything there is to know about anything. The reality is very different however. Consider, for instance, a piano, which has 88 keys. No matter how much you learn about pianos, composition, notes, and so on, a human being always only has 10 fingers, which means that they will never be able to hold down more than 10 keys. This relates to today’s learning in as such that it describes that certain things are simply outside of the realms of possibilities.
Common Neurological Myths
Again and again, we hear that we only use 10% of our brains, which we translate into the concept that 90% of it is unused. Hence, we think that, if there were a way to access those extra 90%, we could increase our learning capabilities as well. In reality, however, we can only use 10% of our brain at a time. Should we use more, we wouldn’t be able to make sense of our own thoughts anymore.
Thomas Rollins and Learning the Right Way
For Thomas Rollins teaching is an art. He helped to develop the Great Courses, which are lectures delivered through audio and video. These courses cover any type of subject, from the Barbarian empires to Buddhism. These programs were designed for people committed to lifelong learning, but at the same time realistic about what capabilities are. The great benefit of these courses was that people could learn at a time and pace convenient to them, something that is now commonplace thanks to the internet. The Great Courses proved to be hugely popular, with even George Lucas and Bill Gates taking part in them.
Rollins launched the concept of the Great Courses in 1990. Since then, over 500 different courses have been created, and some 14 million copies of courses have been sold all over the globe. They continue to be created by a privately owned company, although they do not have public earnings. It is said that they earn around $100 million each year, however.
So how is it possible that the Great Courses continue to be popular, despite the fact that MOOCs and YouTube and other such solutions are now available? One of the key reasons is that they constantly create new courses, delivered by highly talented individuals. In fact, people like Thomas Rollins continue to refer to their lecturers as “rock stars”.
Training that people can access through the Great Courses goes above and beyond anything that can be found through MOOCs. It is also far more trustworthy than anything found on YouTube or similar locations. After all, on those types of free channels, there is no opportunity to check the credentials of the lecturers. With the Great Courses, however, Thomas Rollins and his team vet each lecturer individually, thereby guaranteeing the standard of their courses. It is expected that, soon, there will even be a course available on neuro-ethics, which no other online learning platform offers today.