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Barbara

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Very useful course chock full of information. At times, the lectures seem long and if you're not careful you can find yourself drifting off a little. But it's easy to rewind and pick back up. Instructor knows the material well and does a good job of conveying his knowledge although at times he seems to focus a little bit too much on his own geographic area. This does not effect the content or the quality of the lectures at all -- it just lends itself to the drifting off I mentioned earlier. The discussion forums are very diverse -- several enviromentalist promoting their ideology, several foreign students looking for useful information about best management practices, some large scale farmers and some small scale farmers and even a few scientists. The class participation rules are not very clear. I am not sure if I have met the goal or not although I actively participate in the forums. The quizzes come from the covered material and focus on the most important parts of the lectures which is really helpful given how long the lectures are. The grading scale, at least on the quizzes, is fair. I'd recommend this course for anyone with an interest in land management or best management practices.
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Very interesting material presented at an introductory level. Good course for a skilled high school student or an undergraduate. The lecture on philosophy of science -- or something similar -- should be required for all teachers. Excellent course for someone who doesn't have much time to invest reading or doing projects but likes to learn new things and/or mull things over.
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I would recommend this course for anyone planning to start a small business or anyone looking to grow a business. I think any business decisionmaker could benefit from studying the concepts covered in this course. The instructor knows the material well and does a great job of conveying his knowledge in an engaging way. There is one final exam for the course and your grade on this exam is your grade for the course. You don't get the grade immediately after completing the exam. Instead, it takes a short while to get an email telling you your test results.
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Excellent course that covers everything from the basics of sound to the complexities of MIDI and other forms of digital music. The professor has an top notch grasp on the subject matter and does a great job of explaining it in a way that even somebody with only a little bit of musical experience can understand. The course works more like a college course than other Coursera courses. The course grade is based on scores from a midterm and a final exam that can only be taken once each. The tests were straightforward although the wording on a question or two of the questions made picking the answer harder than it should have been. The only hesitation I have about recommending this course is that the instructor clears his throat alot, sometimes to the point of distraction. I was able to overlook it because I was focused on learning the material but it proved too distracting for one of my friends.
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Interesting course with lots of quirks. The early lectures don't prepare you for the complexity of the first quiz which is much harder than the videos would suggest. Most of the quizzes took me several hours to complete. If you don't get a passing score on a quiz, you don't get to retake the same test (or a very similar test) but instead have to take a different exam that tests slightly different material. The material itself was compelling enough for me to continue with the course although there were several points where I just wanted to call it quits. The professors were attuned enough to the course and the discussion boards to make adjustments along the way to keep the course moving. At the end of the day, I was happy I stuck with it.
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I took the first offering of this course which did lack a little bit in organization. But the professor was engaging enough and actually conducted online office hours where students could log in and ask questions -- something I have yet to see any other professor do. The material covered in the course is the type of information that everyone needs to know and is especially important for anyone who votes or is interested in the election process. Just listening to the lectures is enough to make you start asking questions that most people haven't considered. I'd say this is one of the most enlightening -- and frightening -- courses that I've ever taken.
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This course is a great introduction to gamification, although people don't seem to agree about what the term means or what it includes. The instructor has a good grasp of the material and does a good job of conveying his knowledge. This is the kind of course that could provide usable skills that might actually help somebody in the job market.
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Excellent overall course: Begins with philosophy of property, moves into property law and economics, then ties back into the original theory. Political philosophy is taught on the same level as an introductory level college course on political thought. Property law cases are some of the same courses that I covered as a first year law student, although simplified. I can't say what level the economics is taught at but it isn't material that I covered in my macro or micro courses or in my finance and accounting courses. I'd recommend this course to anyone who likes philosophy and/or political thought. I'd also say anyone who has studied law would benefit from this course -- the idea of an efficient tort will probably be familiar but the idea of an efficient crime may come as a surprise. I wouldn't recommend this course for someone with a strong background in economics, especially those who have spent a great deal of time constructing behavioral models. This course might not be right for persons with math phobias, although the amount of math is minor and the problems are relatively easy. Also, people who like hard and fast rules, bright line tests and absolutes might object to some of the material. I'd say this course is on par with other Coursera offerings. You can complete the course just by watching the videos. There is no need to do any outside reading. The instructor gives you multiple chances to take and pass the quizzes. The discussion forums have some helpful posts and a few flames. Overall, a solid, well done course that's well worth the time and effort to complete.