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Christopher

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  • 7 reviews
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Really wanted to enjoy the course and learn about the subject matter. Unfortunately, the course wasn't a true introduction as I apparantly needed. The lectures covered vast and detailed topics quickly and all at once; many of the terms and concepts were briefly mentioned and I wasn't able to apply when they were later referenced. As a suggestion, I would recommend breaking some of the early lectures down by topic and going over them more extensively, with examples. Maybe more charts, summaries or real-world application would have helped. Found it hard to follow and wound up very lost.
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Really enjoyed the course and learned a lot. Exceeded expectations, didn't really know what to expect for material. The professor is very knowledgable and did a great job of organizing the material and presenting in a logical way. Covers a variety of aspects and topics so always fresh; supplemental materials, readings and videos: pertinent and useful. The only drawback is that some of the student population several times expressed in the forums an ethno-centric world view and with comments about "you can't understand because you're not Canadian" or "McDonald's is a Canadian institution" (?!), nitpicking on spelling/phrasing to non-native speakers, commentary about aboriginal alcohol compsumption, etc. Ironically this and other viewpoints highlighted the points of the class about closed-mindedness. But the superiority attitude was only in the student population, not the course overall. Highly recommend, but use caution in the forums.
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Frankly I didn't expect to enjoy the course as much as I did. Good topics, I appreciated how it was organized more thematically than linearly. Quizes seem easier than they are; I missed the deadline on the last one and average wasn't high enough for completion. But I enjoyed the time and coursework. Great for those without a lot of knowledge about ancient greek history or society.
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What you really hope to find in a MOOC, a true expert sharing their insight. The course was well organized and presented....material was new and refreshing, interesting and challanging. Led to some great discussions on the boards. Quizes were well related, challanging yet reasonable. A great modern spin on history for those of us who haven't studied it in a few years.
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Great course, one of the first I took and set the bar for me. The material is somewhat esoteric and new to many I assume, but it was well organized and presented. Lectures were well presented, with good examples and graphics. Exercises were reasonable, pertinent and challanging, applying the topics covered. Well done! Just to add, the topic has nothing to do with my work/career, yet I'm please with what I learned and now understand about gamification (don't ask me to talk about it at a party).
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One of the best MOOCs I have taken. The course is organized very well, with a lot of material complementary to the lectures such as worthwhile readings and interviews with practicing archeologists as well as some 'lab demonstrations' to watch. Another real strong point of the class is the assignments: there is a choice in each assignment of which you prefer to complete, so you can channel your creativity, yet you grade all types so you can see and learn about the tasks others chose to complete. I found the assignments particularly useful and enlightening. Professor "Sue" is charming, funny and a great speaker - perfect balance of good information but still introductory.
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The subject matter is fascinating. The professor is an expert in the field and has a great way of organizing and presenting the material. The lectures and exercises were quite enjoyable. Unfortunately some rigidity in the schedule of the written assignment precluded my completion of the course, as the task was rather lengthy and came up with strict deadlines while I was travelling so it wasn't really possible to work on it or submit ahead of time. That was rather frustrating, so...if you must travel without time or the ability to access the course with the same frequency, you can't really work around it. I would definitely retake it though.