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Hal DuBois

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  • 5 reviews
  • 5 completed
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The problem with the brevity of the lectures, mentioned in many reviews here, rings true. The course is really grounded in the readings, which are "tough reads" but generally excellent. Some writing requirement would be an improvement. You also shouldn't undervalue the joy of hearing a Scot say "MOOC!" It should be the international standard!
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Hmmm...how should I describe my "experience in the field?" How about, "I've been knowing myself for as long as I can remember." Seriously, this is a great course that left me wanting more. Of the online offerings I've explored, I'd say this one was the best at offering a variety of depths, all dependent on personal interest and motivation. You can "get by" by taking solid notes while listening to the ample set of well-executed lectures, take in the easily accessed supplementary readings, or go for the gusto and tackle sets of study problems. The course is a mix of psychological and philosophical viewpoints, so some students might suggest that the difficulty is something like "medium plus" given assessment questions that draw some close distinctions. All in all, worth every ounce of effort.
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There were some real problems with this course. The video presentations were dull, I found little practical value in the theories and practice pointers offered, and students really aren't challenged enough. I worked for years in a business that was disrupted by technology, so I'll admit there was a large measure of "been there, done that, knew that" in the course for me, but the lectures present an array of facts and fairly commonplace, vague conclusions with no connective process in between. If you're interested in this topic, I'd suggest reading "The Innovator's Dilemma" and looking elsewhere for practical instruction.
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While I think most people have had some exposure to Greek and Roman Myth, I felt like it was a big hole in my undergraduate experience (years ago!) As you read academic literature in most any field, you're assumed to know the basic, and this course delivered. This course requires a great deal of reading, naturally, but it's well worth the effort. I enjoyed the theory lectures most of all, both because they were unexpected and because they added some vibrancy that would have been lacking if we had just explored plot points and character names.
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I'd been exploring gamification for almost a year when I took the initial session of this class. I enjoyed the opportunity to learn from the peer reviewed exercises. The course helps those approaching the field to learn the most important lesson - gamification isn't about slapping points and badges on a marketing campaign or problem. The presentations were enjoyable and a solid review for me, but I'm definitely ready for a deeper dive.