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What a wonderful class. The instructors were fun, engaging, and clear (most of the time). And if you were confused, you could post your questions, and have them answered by other students, course staff, or even the instructors, who were always gracious and open-minded, even when students were criticizing them. They even had a special overlay, a "mystery" which was great fun and gave the students who already knew much of the material something to play with, and the rest of us something to wonder at. In the end, though, you only needed the material presented in the videos and exercises to pass the class. Some of the exercises were devilish, because the idea was to get you to think like an astrophysicist, but they were always do-able in the end. I cannot recommend this class enough!
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Fascinating course. The material applies to many other fields, and has led me to think about some of my beliefs and why I am slow to examine opposing views at times. The course description clearly states it is not about the science of climate change, but examines the science behind denial.
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Just can't say too much good about this course! I completed the whole series (4 courses). I fully expected to crash and burn in the first two weeks, but the instructors were so helpful that I not only made it through, I did well. Additionally, Paul and Brian are a fantastic team! Brian has the funniest deadpan, and is so "blank" in asking questions that someone wrote in that he must not have much background in the topic. Only a Nobel Prize! You do need good high school math to get the most out of the class, but you can even enjoy it without doing the math exercises. I cannot recommend it enough!
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I have taken some extraordinary courses at edx.org, but unfortunately, this wasn't one. Pros: It's fun. The presenter is amusing and non-threatening. If you don't know much about the blues, you will certainly learn something. Cons: This is not really a course as much as a teaser for Berklee's own online classes. Once I realized that it made sense, but they don't do the plug for their paid class till you finish the course. It's way to light at first...after you hear the presenter sing an interval a few times, you are expected to recognize it in a quiz...no referal to ear-training practice apps, for example. Then it abruptly transitions to much more sophisticated materials related to blues form..boom! Also, no contact with instructors...oh,OK, at the end they tell you that if you want that you have to take their paid class. I wouldn't have minded this if it had been clear up front, but as it was, I felt scammed. Finally didn't learn much about music theory. But it was fun.
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This was my second MOOC, and almost put me off them for good. I had high hopes, but I found, for instance, that the videos did not give enough information, and then people were asked to comment on the item. For example, in one case, we were asked if Thoreau would approve of a fashion item students at Harvard wore in the early 1800s. Many of us came to the conclusion that he would approve because it was hand-sewn. Staff never commented on the fact that pretty much everything was hand sewn in those days, as sewing machines didn't come into common use for another 30 years or so, and the item was produced in a workshop by 'sewing-girls.' So Thoreau would have taken that quality for granted. I thought that the basic idea was interesting, but that the implementation was unsatisfactory.