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With the New Year upon us Research Fellow Melissa Matarazzo challenges to think about our personal development as we finalize our 2014 new year’s resolutions…

Have you ever set a personal development goal that eluded you? Have you attended a class, seminar, or other learning opportunity, but then had difficulty implementing your new skills on a day-to-day basis? If these experiences sound familiar to you, as they certainly do to me, then I recommend a new and exciting MOOC from EdX for you. Let me explain.

A MOOC is a massive, open, online course, which allows you to learn with experts and classmates around the globe, for free. EdX is a non-profit online initiative created by founding partners Harvard and MIT that offers online courses from MITx, HarvardX, BerkeleyX, UTx and many other universities.

The course I recommend is a powerful opportunity to confront your internal resistance to new habits, and is taught by Dr. Robert Kegan and Dr. Lisa Lahey, renowned professors of adult development at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. I can assure you that “GSE1x: Unlocking the Immunity to Change: A New Approach to Personal Improvement,” will be impactful, as I have experienced its power myself.  Here’s a bit of the course description:

Via demonstrations, exercises, readings, experiments, small-group supports, and novel interactive tools, this course will teach you new psychological theory about personal change, but—more than this—it will engage you in applying that theory to yourself from the first class to the last. In 2011 Oprah Winfrey listed the Top Ten Things You Should Do to Start the New Year Right. Number One on the list was, “Try the Immunity-to-Change approach.”

I thought of this course as I read November WRIE posts about learning, aligned to the Studer Group’s Standard of the Month of Professional/Personal Development. I couldn’t help but recall and recommend this cool experience that will enable you to “Seek self-development” and “Never stop seeking to expand [your] skill set or knowledge,” as Studer Group encourages all employees to do in November.

Check out GSE1x, and let us know how it goes. Happy learning!




MatarazzoThis WRIE post was authored by Melissa Matarazzo. Melissa Matarazzo is a Research Fellow at Studer Education and a doctoral candidate in the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Urban Superintendents Program. Melissa most recently served as the Executive Director for Achievement and Accountability in the Charleston County (SC) School District.  Prior to her work in South Carolina, Melissa served as a middle school principal in the Peabody (MA) Public Schools, and as an 8th grade teacher and assistant principal in the Derry (NH) Cooperative School District. Melissa has served as a supervisor of teacher interns at the College of Charleston, SC and an adjunct instructor at American International College in Springfield, MA. Follow Melissa on Twitter at @LrngLdr.

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