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Chris Alford

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Fantastic course. This was my first MOOC and it couldn´t have been a better experience for me. Make no mistake this course is challenging, especially if you are coming from a non-legal background like myself (I failed the first exam, and quite badly). However, don´t get disheartened if you find the content difficult - one of the things I liked most about this course is that you could really feel your skills and knowledge develop over its duration as you become more familiar with legal language and terminology and more acquainted with the human rights conventions and mechanisms. By the end of the course I was doing much, much better in the exams and was finding the readings a great deal easier. The course covers a lot of ground, but is very well structured and the insights provided by Dr Schutter, the other staff members, the exercises and the course materials is invaluable. Highly recommended.
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This course should be a model for all other MOOCs, and really shows the potential for what MOOCs can offer in terms of (free) online learning. The amount of work that has gone into putting this course together is really quite astounding and shows in just about every aspect of the course. The lectures are great and the professor is very talented. You cover a huge amount of ground very quickly, and for people new to statistics or who don't have a strong maths background (like me, the last time I studied maths was over 10 years ago!) can struggle a bit in places. However, there is also a very good free-to-download course textbook which helps explain each topic in more detail, so if you're struggling with one of the lectures this is a great reference point. Another excellent aspect of this course is that all of the things you learned are illustrated using real life examples There are very clear learning objectives established for each module, which helps greatly with revision. The quizzes and particularly the exams are difficult - they really make you think about what you have learned. You can't just look over your notes and pick the right answers - you actually have to apply the knowledge. The forums are also very helpful for when you're struggling with a particular aspect of the course - even the professor posts there! The optional R content and the corresponding project are a must - if you don't think you have the time to do this part then I would suggest delay taking this course until you do, as there's only so much of the course you can really apply without the use of statistical software. This part of the course was also very well structured - taking you from a complete beginner in R programming to being able to put together a data analysis project report using only R. All in all, if you're looking for an introductory statistics course - this is the one to choose!