- 3 reviews
- 2 completed
Read Greg Harnel's review. Those who have solid programming experience or a lot of familiarity with R seem to be doing ok. The rest of us are *really* struggling. There is almost no engagement form teaching staff, and not much from the volunteer TAs. The videos are nice, I guess. Peng's speaking style is irritating, with lots of vocal breaks and hesitations. I find myself doing other MOOCs, online tutorials and reading stack overflow for hours to find what I need to do the assignments. Don't think that's how it's supposed to work...
I would not take a course from this set of instructors again, because of how the teaching team handled it rather than content. The course finished. No grades. Minimal communications from course staff. Weeks go by. No response to increasingly agitated and numerous messages on the boards asking when grades will be issued. Months go by. No grades. A staff member finally came on and said hand grading the assignments took a long time. Um... yeah. With thousands of students hand grading isn't really an option. I can't figure out what Coursera was thinking to allow that, or what the staff was thinking to propose it. We finally got our certificates the third week of February, and many people are complaining that they were given an incorrect grade. The class was over in November. As far as content, the info presented was based on pretty limited assumptions, although what was presented within those constraints was very well done. There were some really great discussions on the boards about all subjects, both within and without the given constraints.
I've been exposed to concepts and reality of infectious disease in two decades of training and practice as a veterinarian. If all my classes had been like this, I would have loved it! Instructors knew their material, liked what they were doing, course was well designed and virtually flawlessly executed. I learned more about the subject- both breadth and depth- than I ever did in 8 years of formal training, and it was *way* more entertaining. I will watch for more classes from these instructors and sign up, even if they it's in underwater basketweaving.