This is a working list of the best books and MOOCs I have discovered so far on my PhD journey
General PhD books
Gary Thomas: How to do your research project.
I am 6 months into my PhD, and I really wish I had read this book on day one, it explains the research process in a structured way. Gary explains in simple concise language what you need to do. He writes at a level that is accessible to a new research student, which is such a comfort.
I have completed the following MOOCs
- “Understanding Research Methods” Coursera. https://www.coursera.org/learn/research-methods. This MOOC was excellent. It gives a solid introduction to research methods, and to a newbie like me, it gave me the ability to read textbooks afterwards without having a heart attack.
“Introduction to Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis” Coursera. https://www.coursera.org/learn/systematic-review. This MOOC is medical focused but it introduces you to the concepts of systematic reviews, selection bias, publication bias, PICO and meta-analysis. If like me you are short on time, then watching a video that has been filtered to contain the important points makes sense.
- “Computational Thinking for Educators”. https://computationalthinkingcourse.withgoogle.com/ date: 23/05/2017. I have just started this MOOC. Will update at end
- “Code Yourself! An Introduction to Programming”
https://www.coursera.org/learn/intro-programming date 23/05/2017. I have just started this MOOC, and like above will update at end
Computational Thinking Related BOOKs:
Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions by
My inner geek loves this book, it takes known computer science algorithms and explains their relevance and application in everyday life. It is a book that makes you think