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Introduction to the Spanish Language
Episode 1 of Learning Spanish: How to Understand and Speak a New Language
Begin by looking at both the "whats" of Spanish (elements such as grammar and vocabulary), and the "hows"--how to study, practice, and learn the language most effectively. Start with identifying cognates (Spanish words that are similar to their English equivalents),…
Cognitive Behavioral Foundations
Episode 1 of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Begin by meeting Dr. Satterfield's patients--Carol, Michael, and Maria--each with something in their lives that could be helped with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). You will follow these patients throughout the course as you learn the basics of CBT, including how…
An Introduction to Drawing
Episode 1 of How to Draw
Begin by considering the remarkable history of drawing, a history that has produced knowledge, methodology, and techniques that are readily learnable. Assess common misconceptions about talent and genius; discover how learning to see analytically and abstractly helps us draw; and…
History's Mysteries
Episode 1 of The Inexplicable Universe
Begin this journey by taking a closer look at concepts that were once unexplainable but are now better understood. You'll focus on two such former mysteries: the existence of an invisible "aether" through which light and sound were believed to…
The Importance of First Impressions
Examine the contexts and environments in which we encounter art and their critical effect on our viewing experience. Consider ways of displaying and framing paintings, as well as key parameters for viewing sculpture. Then, learn the predominant genres of Western…
Definite Articles and Nouns
Episode 2 of Learning Spanish: How to Understand and Speak a New Language
Learn the gender of Spanish nouns by practicing each new noun with its masculine or feminine definite article. Grasp how the suffixes of nouns can help identify their gender. Study how to make nouns plural, practice pronouncing Spanish consonants, and…
What Is Programming? Why Python?
Episode 1 of How to Program
"Hello, World!" Following tradition, write a program that produces this greeting as your first exercise in coding a computer program. Learn why Python is the ideal computer language for beginners and many others. After this lesson, follow the onscreen instructions…
Why Mindfulness Matters
Part of the Series: The Science of Mindfulness: A Research-Based Path to Well-Being
Begin by exploring the nature of mindfulness practice as a means of developing awareness with acceptance of our present experience. Review its remarkable range of psychological and physical benefits, dispel common misconceptions, and uncover the three core skills it employs…
Quantified Self-Assessment for Therapy
Episode 2 of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Trace the roots of CBT and see how it upends the typical psychoanalysis process, focusing on daily events and emotions instead of past history. Watch as Dr. Satterfield performs an initial assessment of three new patients, helps them set SMART…
The Joy of Math - The Big Picture
Episode 1 of The Joy of Mathematics
Professor Benjamin introduces the ABCs of math appreciation: The field can be loved for its applications, its beauty and structure, and its certainty. Most of all, mathematics is a source of endless delight through creative play with numbers.
Mindlessness: The Default Setting
Episode 1 of Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation Course
Do you control your mind, or does your mind control you? Investigate how the mind operates and the condition of mindlessness: the pervasive swirl of thoughts and judgments that separate you from the world around you. Consider the possibility of…
Drawing Materials for Line
Episode 2 of How to Draw
Here, investigate drawing materials you'll use throughout the course. Learn about artists' graphite pencils, charcoal, brush and ink, and drafting and measuring tools. Then learn how to set up your work area, and how to place both yourself and your…
Body Composition: Managing Our Expectations
Episode 1 of Changing Body Composition through Diet and Exercise
Confused by so many conflicting messages about nutrition and exercise? In this course, you'll learn the latest from the field of performance nutrition, with scientific research backing up every concept presented. Clear, easy-to-understand explanations will provide all the information you…
Mary Shelley and the Birth of Science Fiction
Episode 1 of How Great Science Fiction Works
Kick off your adventure into science fiction by clearly defining what science fiction is, and more importantly, what science fiction is not. Learn how science fiction is distinguished from--yet often confused with--other literary genres such as fantasy and horror. Take…
Drawing Fundamentals and First Exercises
Episode 3 of How to Draw
Explore essential first drawing exercises and learn how you will apply the skills developed here to much more complex subjects. Grasp how the curriculum--spanning the many pieces making up the "grammar" of drawing, such as composition, proportion, perspective, value, texture,…
The Meanings of Color
Part of the Series: How Colors Affect You: What Science Reveals
Begin your exploration of how colors affect you with a look at the general science behind color, first uncovered by Isaac Newton. Then, investigate the pervasive power of color on human behavior with a close look at how color shapes…
The Creative Person - Practice and Passion
What, exactly, is creativity? Take a closer look at what makes a creative person in this introductory lecture that explores ancient ideas about creativity (including the muses of the ancient Greeks); debunks common myths about the sources of creativity; and…
Making Great Pictures
Episode 1 of Fundamentals of Photography Course
What makes a photograph iconic? What three things must every picture have to stand out from any old snapshot? These two questions form the core of Mr. Sartore's introduction to the course. You'll also discover that a great picture doesn't…
The Spooky Universe
Episode 2 of The Inexplicable Universe
Did you know that electrons have never actually been observed by scientists to this day? Or that quarks can only be studied in pairs? Or that as you travel faster or find yourself in a higher gravity, time ticks more…
Color: Color Theory and Color and Light
Episode 28 of How to Draw
Delve into color theory, beginning with the organization of primary and secondary colors on the color wheel. Learn about analogous and complementary colors, as well as the attributes of hue, value, and saturation. Investigate how color functions in nature, and…