July 18th, 2014 02:53

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

Alanna Irving
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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 July 18th, 2014 03:06

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.


Dean Procter July 18th, 2014 03:21

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 July 18th, 2014 03:23

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

Alanna Irving

Alanna Irving July 18th, 2014 03:25

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

Peter Barron July 18th, 2014 03:27

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

Jason Pemberton July 18th, 2014 03:51

Very keen! Signing up right now

Matthew Bartlett

Matthew Bartlett July 18th, 2014 06:58

Cool idea @alanna !


Cobi July 18th, 2014 11:35

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


Dean Procter July 18th, 2014 14:27

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

Wade Schuette

Wade Schuette July 18th, 2014 15:09

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

Wade Schuette July 18th, 2014 15:24

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

Quentin Grimaud July 18th, 2014 16:07

I'm interested!

Quentin Grimaud

Quentin Grimaud July 18th, 2014 16:16

Alanna Irving

Alanna Irving July 19th, 2014 00:03

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 July 21st, 2014 02:20

Just signed up!

Tal Yaron

Tal Yaron July 21st, 2014 08:22

I would like to join the group

Hubat McJuhes

Hubat McJuhes July 23rd, 2014 08:43

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

Katherine Despot

Katherine Despot July 24th, 2014 12:46

I'm in! just registered for the course

Joseph Cederwall

Joseph Cederwall July 24th, 2014 22:43

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 July 30th, 2014 21:24

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


Diana Shand July 31st, 2014 21:53

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

Alanna Irving

Alanna Irving August 5th, 2014 22:26

@cobyzephyrbabani will be joining us as well :)

Novica Zivkovic

Novica Zivkovic August 9th, 2014 12:11

I’ve signed up for the course.


Michaela Spangenburg August 10th, 2014 00:02

I just signed up! Thanks!

Francisco George PP-ES

Francisco George PP-ES August 10th, 2014 10:28

Count me in

Novica Zivkovic

Novica Zivkovic August 10th, 2014 17:44

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

rory tb

rory tb August 12th, 2014 01:44

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

Alanna Irving

Alanna Irving August 14th, 2014 03:50

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

Rathy Srikanthan

Rathy Srikanthan August 16th, 2014 04:25

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

Alanna Irving

Alanna Irving August 16th, 2014 11:27

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

Jochen Walter

Jochen Walter August 22nd, 2014 07:04

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

Quentin Grimaud

Quentin Grimaud October 24th, 2016 09:31

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

Sam Yohannes October 24th, 2016 20:54

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

Forrist Lytehaause

Forrist Lytehaause October 25th, 2016 02:15

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

Alanna Irving October 25th, 2016 22:22

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.