Fri 18 Jul 2014 2:53AM

Free online course about Group Decision Making - anyone want to do it and form a Loomio Community study group?

AI Alanna Irving Public Seen by 229

If you'd like to join our study group, please join this subgroup. Everyone is welcome!

There's a free online class from Coursera called Making Better Group Decisions: Voting, Judgement Aggregation and Fair Division, which I have signed up for.

Since by definition many people in the Loomio community are interested in this topic, I was wondering if anyone else might want to sign up and we could host a studygroup here on Loomio, which other people who aren't able to take the course could also learn from.

Details: Starts 25 August, goes for 7 weeks, requires 1-3 hours/week of study time. The instructor is Eric Pacult of the University of Maryland.

EDIT: There's a bunch of people interested (yay!) so I'll set up a subgroup for us before the course begins and we can use it for our study group. If you're interested, go ahead and sign up for the course and make yourself known in this thread so I know to add you.


Simon Fri 18 Jul 2014 3:06AM

Great idea Alanna. This is something I'd really like to do in the way you propose and I would encourage people to say yes. Unfortunately I can't this time as I'll be on a big holiday.


[deactivated account] Fri 18 Jul 2014 3:21AM

Awesome, I'd really like to participate in this and perhaps encourage some people from my org to come too. We've had a number of process questions on decision making lately and it would be great to have the knowledge.

Id also like to be more active in this community, so this would be a great way to do that.

Count me in!


Meg Rose Fri 18 Jul 2014 3:23AM

Yes! Wonderful opportunity Alanna, thank you. I'm in!


Alanna Irving Fri 18 Jul 2014 3:25AM

Yay! Glad people are keen. Please sign up using the link to the course above. I've already done so myself - it was really easy.


Peter Barron Fri 18 Jul 2014 3:27AM

Kia Ora Alanna
Depending on timing I would be very interested especially if the class is going to look at tools fro multi-criteria decision making


Jason Pemberton Fri 18 Jul 2014 3:51AM

Very keen! Signing up right now


Matthew Bartlett Fri 18 Jul 2014 6:58AM

Cool idea @alanna !


Cobi Fri 18 Jul 2014 11:35AM

yes! I'm interested. Thanks for setting it up!


[deactivated account] Fri 18 Jul 2014 2:27PM

Signed up! Do add me to the sub-group! Thanks heaps!


Wade Schuette Fri 18 Jul 2014 3:09PM

Umm... the enthusiasm is great and definitely a study group is wanted by a LOT of people -- but did you look at the preview of the lectures for THAT PARTICULAR course? It looks pretty abstract and mathematical, even as a springboard for side discussions, and I was a mathematical physics major. "Background material" includes sections on functions, probability, and predicate calculus?


Alanna's idea is wildly popular, but maybe there's a better course to start with that won't dampen people's enthusiasm quite so much as hours of algebra tends to do?


Wade Schuette Fri 18 Jul 2014 3:24PM

This is not "the answer" but it's a link that might describe the kind of course we are really looking for. Or maybe not. Anyway, for consideration:
If that's what people are looking for we can search more specifically for that sort of thing.


Quentin Grimaud Fri 18 Jul 2014 4:07PM

I'm interested!


Quentin Grimaud Fri 18 Jul 2014 4:16PM


Alanna Irving Sat 19 Jul 2014 12:03AM

That course looks interesting @quentingrimaud but it's not currently scheduled.

@wadeschuette the course does not require any specialist knowledge and I don't think it will be highly technical. We can use the content as a jumping off point to talk about whatever we want! Also, I'm not afraid of a little math ;) I think it will be fun and interesting just to try it.


David DiGiovanni Mon 21 Jul 2014 2:20AM

Just signed up!


Tal Yaron Mon 21 Jul 2014 8:22AM

I would like to join the group


Hubat McJuhes Wed 23 Jul 2014 8:43AM

I have subscribed to the course and would like to join the group. Cheers.


Katherine Despot Thu 24 Jul 2014 12:46PM

I'm in! just registered for the course


Joseph Cederwall Thu 24 Jul 2014 10:43PM

I am very scared of mathematics, but would still love to be involved. I'm currently doing this MOOC on the psychology of negotiating the commons which is a little similar: http://www.mooc-list.com/course/psychology-negotiations-leuphana
Anyone who is interested can jump on and view it as an observer


Robert Beck Wed 30 Jul 2014 9:24PM

I've signed up for the course. Please add me to the group


Diana Shand Thu 31 Jul 2014 9:53PM

Yes would like to join and learn how to do this.


Alanna Irving Tue 5 Aug 2014 10:26PM

@cobyzephyrbabani will be joining us as well :)


Novica Zivkovic Sat 9 Aug 2014 12:11PM

I’ve signed up for the course.


Michaela Spangenburg Sun 10 Aug 2014 12:02AM

I just signed up! Thanks!


Francisco George PP-ES Sun 10 Aug 2014 10:28AM

Count me in


Novica Zivkovic Sun 10 Aug 2014 5:44PM

Just received links to several Coursera useful resources find them at Coursera site if You're interested


rory tb Tue 12 Aug 2014 1:44AM

This looks like fun, I'll sign up for the course, add me to the group please :)


Alanna Irving Thu 14 Aug 2014 3:50AM

I have created a subgroup for us, and invited everyone who has expressed interest :)


Rathy Srikanthan Sat 16 Aug 2014 4:25AM

I'd be keen to join in as well! Have signed up on coursera.


Alanna Irving Sat 16 Aug 2014 11:27AM

That's great @rathy ! I'll invite you to the subgroup.


Jochen Walter Fri 22 Aug 2014 7:04AM

Hi @alanna: I signed up too. I joined the subgroup by myself. ;o)


Quentin Grimaud Mon 24 Oct 2016 9:31AM

The loomio subgroup as well the coursera MOOC do not seem to be accessible anymore. Here is some material written by the teacher, which serves as basis for the course: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/voting-methods/


Sam Yohannes Mon 24 Oct 2016 8:54PM

Thanks Quentin! I was wondering how to get access to the course since its not in coursera.


Forrist Lytehaause Tue 25 Oct 2016 2:15AM

Hi, link didn't work. Course gone. However here is a good summary w links - https://justincarcher.wordpress.com/2014/10/12/my-first-coursera-experience/


Alanna Irving Tue 25 Oct 2016 10:22PM

I still think about what I learned on this course 2 years ago :) My main takeaway was there are no perfect voting protocols, and all introduce certain bias. It reaffirmed my focus on deliberation and qualitative synthesis, which can be supported by quantitative surveys as well but neither is the whole story.