Last week I started the most fantastic MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) called ‘Identifying the Dead.’
After colouring in a human skeleton (I can see how this has become a new trend for adults – colouring in, I mean!) and then checking out the in-depth detailing of an Interpol Identity form, I can truly say I am hooked and can’t wait for week two to start.
However, I’ve been bitten by the MOOC bug and saw that another forensic-based course was due to start on Sept 14th – so, I just had to sign up for that one too.
These things could become addictive!
This time it’s all about forensic psychology and eyewitness testimony.
Explore how your own mind works, and discover how the limitations of the human brain can lead to major miscarriages of justice.
Despite advances in forensic science, eyewitness testimony remains a critical component of criminal investigations. Psychological research has revealed the dangers of relying on evidence gained from an eyewitness and also how careful the police need to be when questioning witnesses.
Using videos of real witnesses and from cameras that go behind the scenes of a police investigation, this course explores the psychology of eyewitness testimony. You will get the chance to test your own cognitive skills and to see whether your powers of investigation are as good as a crack squad of police officers, as you try to solve a crime using nothing but evidence from eyewitnesses.
Compelling stuff, or what? Can you walk away from this?
So, if you need to beat those Monday blues, try a MOOC – it’s the best way to start the week, feed your mind and meet loads of others with similar interests. There is a course for everyone. I dare you not to find something thst interests you here: FutureLearn