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Joanna

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This course is designed for people who every now and then have a feeling, that something is wrong, but cannot grasp what and why exactly. Like what is wrong about the Achilles and the turtle. Both professors are great lecturers and make the videos fun. The pace is slowish, but that is good, because the material may be difficult for most people. The excersises are well-designed, not too easy but not about trivia from the lectures. The extra three weeks to complete the course after posting all the material were crucial for me. Courses this long suffer from a huge number of dropouts and this extra time makes it possible to return to the course after a rougher week.
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The sheer amount of reading required makes this great course difficult. I plan to take it again someday and finish it. Professor Rabkin is very engaging and his lectures are very insightful. I would love this course to be shorter, because all short MOOCs are better than the long ones.
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This course is designed for people, who have little knowledge of pharmacology, but are familiar with basic concepts of molecular biology and human physiology. The videos were lenghty and repetitive, which might be good for a real-life lecture but is not so good in MOOC. The lecturer talking students through questions instead of embedding them in the video even enhanced the feeling of being in a classroom. The quizzes were easy in comparison to the material in the course.
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As a Biotech MSc I knew quite a lot on the topic, but wanted to tidy and expand my knowledge. This course is designed for people with little knowledge on the topic, especially for young parents, who really want to know the science behind vaccines. The graded excersises often asked about trivia from the lectures, which made them difficult to pass and left a feeling of distaste. The lecturer speaks very fast, but the lectures themselves are engaging. I would recommend to enroll and watch the videos, but not take the quizzes and complete the course.
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This course is a second part of a series. Is is designed for people with basic knowledge of Python and develops important programming skills, like thinking about algorithms (and understanding code by somebody else) or testing your code. Because it requires a low level of knowledge of Python, people with more experience may find it boring. In the first run many of the videos were damaged in a way that didn't make them useless, only irritating, but I expect that this will be fixed by the second run.
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Nick has a great style. This course is designed for people who know next to nothing about computers (there is even a video showing how a hard-drive is build and how it spins). If you are undecided if programming is for you, this is the course to take. You will not learn any real programming in this course, but you will learn the basic rules that govern all kinds of computer programming. This course uses an adapted version of Javascript, but does not teach real-life version of Javascript.
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This is a great course for people, who know a thing or two about computers, but never programmed. I do belong here, but for highly inteligent people (like me) it may be too easy. I found the excersises boring and super-easy, mostly because at this level everything can be done by copy-paste. I think the Assignments had too detailed instructions, but from what I saw in the fora, people still had trouble completing them. The lecture videos are short and sometimes I had to play them 3-4 times before I understood what was happening, but short and concise lectures are a merit for MOOCs, where it costs you nothing to replay the video.