- 5 reviews
- 4 completed
First, the lectures - overall fairly interesting statistical evaluations of various aspects of life in China since 1700, though I disagree with some of the conclusions drawn from the data. The style of the professor's presentation is actually engaging. Understand, though, that the class provides no chronological history of China. Someone without an understanding of the basics of modern Chinese history will be lost and should not take the class. Second, the quizzes. There was no feedback. Only the final attempt counted. That would have been fine if the quizzes were clearly worded, or if every quiz actually had one unambiguously correct answer. So far I've taken four quizzes (there is still a final exam that will be released tomorrow), each with three questions. One or two questions on all four quizzes have been deeply flawed. Third, since the beginning of the course, well over a hundred comments have been made complaining about the poor nature of the quizzes. When it came to one question, the professors accepted two right answers. In all other cases, student comments about the confusing nature of the questions were completely ignored. The lack of responsiveness from the professors has been extremely disappointing. In short, I would recommend this course only to people who (A) have a sophisticated understanding of statistics, (B) don't care about earning a certificate, (C) already know a good deal about modern China, and (D) don't mind if questions posed by numerous students in the forums are ignored by the staff and professors. ADDENDUM: I have just seen the final exam for the course. It features 10 questions, all dealing with trivia rather than understanding. And the professors, who have never addressed any of the concerns about the course, just closed down all the forums. This is extremely annoying, given that we were actively told by the professors early on to reach out to classmates in the forums to discuss confusing questions.
Wow! Great class! I learned so much. The professor was extremely knowledgeable and engaging. I've taken five classes so far, and his quizzes are clear and concise. The class opened my eyes to a lot of musical trends I previously knew nothing about! Thank you, Dr Covach! I have recruited my whole family to take Parts I and II when they come around again in the fall!
This course was so informative! I really enjoyed the articles and the forum activities. The professor and staff were more active in the forums than in any of the other four classes I have taken. I learned a lot and actually am trying to make a commitment to eating somewhat more sustainably. New weekly activities probably should have been posted at a consistent time, but that is the only complaint I have about what was otherwise a fabulous, informative course. I would definitely take another MOOC from Dr. Hill if he offered one!
I took both Parts I and II, so I'm just going to cut and paste my review from Part II here. YOU WILL LOVE THIS CLASS!!!! Wow! Great class! I learned so much. The professor was extremely knowledgeable and engaging. I've taken five classes so far, and his quizzes are clear and concise. The class opened my eyes to a lot of musical trends I previously knew nothing about! Thank you, Dr Covach! I have recruited my whole family to take Parts I and II when they come around again in the fall!
Wonderful class! It was my first class in Social Epidemiology, and Dr Oakes really made it easy for a layman to understand the terms. To be honest, I got a little busy at work in early June and didn't read all the papers, but the ones I did read were quite interesting and accessible. I found myself really eager for Dr. Oakes to post his video lectures; they were so interesting! A fascinating, well-organized class. I'd recommend it to anyone!