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Claire Bennett

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What was your prior experience with the subject? Mostly independent study from a variety of sources. No formal academic background in this area. I have been taking MOOCs for a little less than a year and usually end up taking three at a time. I know MOOCs have only been around for a few years, but I feel, "Where have you been all my life?" Here is a free, all-you-can-learn buffet that only a fraction of the online population is even aware of. How does this course compare to others? Lots of information that is understandable to a person who lacks background, but still eye-opening to one who has background in this discipline. Clear, organized presentation and excellent guest lectures added to the course. Nominated for Best-dressed Coursera professor :) by his Facebook audience. I hope to see a sequel. Perhaps this course should be in clinical trials for treatment of bibliophobia, the fear of approaching or appreciating biblical literature and exploring its meaning as well as historical and modern significance. Maybe the next course should be, "Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Bible?" What did you like/dislike about the course? I really like the fact that an enthusiastic community has formed around this class, and Dr. Wright is interested in being engaged with his students, more than I have experienced in any Coursera or edX that I have taken. If Dr. Wright ever led a tour or dig to the historical sites, it would make an incredible MOOC offering. I think the course might be improved by adding an optional related assignment that is peer-reviewed, like another course I took. I would have liked to have participated in the Google hangout, but must have missed seeing this posted until the following day.
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This is the best MOOC course I have taken. Dan Ariely is funny, entertaining and interesting. The course is stimulating and provocative and highly recommended.