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Lars Ericson


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The instructor designed course to require Matlab for $99 when Octave is freely available and used by Stanford courses such as Machine Intelligence. Lectures were copied from poor quality videos produced for UW consumption. Downloading of lectures for offline viewing was obstructed and discouraged. For-pay UW course was heavily promoted. For this reason also I think UW does not give certificates to non-paying Coursera students. I have looked at other UW courses on Coursera and all are similar in regards to these factors. There are many similar courses available on Coursera from providers more sincerely committed to the free MOOC education model, I recommend these instead.