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Andrew Rundle-Keswick

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  • 7 reviews
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I found this course a bit vague, it had parts that were very interesting, then it would get very boring.
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I had been reading about climate change and wanting to learn more about it. This was my 1st online course and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was looking for a bigger picture of climate change than this course provided, but still found all the science and maths very interesting. The course states that the level of Maths needed is high, but my high school years are far behind me, and so I struggled with some of it, but found the online forums full of very helpful knowledgeable people. I would recommend this course to anyone who want a good introduction to the science of Climate Change, to help make them more able to sort the facts from the fiction in the overload of information out on the web.
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I have done a few other online courses on Climate Change, and I found Climate Change in Four Dimensions(CCFD) Great. It is actually a campus focused course, where they have taken videos of the lectures and put them online, rather than a course built specifically for online consumption, but it is still full of great information. I did the course and attempted to do all the weekly (graded) exercises, and 2 exams, as I found by doing the exercises and exams I improved my learning and I got a passing grade. If you want to learn about climate change from a big picture perspective CCFD will give you lots of thought provoking information.
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I started this course with the intention of doing all the exercises, but I found them too hard. I completed the course by just watching the videos as I was still able to learn some interesting things. It states in the Prerequisites "some college-level mathematics" it been too long for me since my University days for me to be able to do the Maths in this course.
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I have had a interest in the Universe for some time and have read a few books on the subject. I enrolled in this course because of the title. I found the videos very interesting, but when I attempted the course work I got left behind very early on. I finished watching the rest of the course video as I still found the subject matter very interesting, and just fast forwarded past the maths bits.
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I had never had anything to do with Philosophy. I found this course a very good introduction to Philosophy, with some very thought provoking discussion. The tutors were encouraging us to get involved in the online forums, but I found that they were often overloaded and I couldn't participate. I was able to complete the course by just watching the videos and doing the assignments. Great Into to Philosophy.
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Introduction to Interactive Programming in Python (IIPP) was fantastic. I have dabbled with JavaScript making rollovers in HTML, but otherwise have never coded before. I was doing the Java programming course at the Khan academy at the same time as doing IIPP and I dropped Khan (though it was easier) as I was getting confused between the two different languages, and I was enjoying Python course much more, as I was making fun games as well as learning. I thoroughly enjoyed coding each of the Mini Projects, then got the joy of playing the games after I had finished building them. If I had a challenge with part of the code, I would just need to go to the forums and I would usually find that someone else was struggling with the same section of code as I was and that there were many others offering helpful hints on how to work out what was needed. I also found that the practical exercises (with solutions) were a great help as each weeks exercises were examples similar to what was needed for the Mini Project, and I could look at the exercise solution code, make some adjustments (IE it wasn't just a straight copy and paste) for what was needed in the mini project. The practical exercises were also great for improving my coding style. Early in the course I would often do an exercise and achieve the required outcome, then look at the solution and see 3 lines of code where I had needed 5 or 6. Later in the course I could mostly get the solution with similar amounts of code. Overall I would Highly recommend IIPP for anyone who is interested in a great introduction to a programming language, with little or no prior experience.