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Laura Cushing

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  • 8 reviews
  • 7 completed
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This is hands down the worst MOOC offering I've seen. The videos are slapped together from previous courses the professor had pre-recorded, with little 'pop-ups' to adjust them for the Coursera course. Furthermore, those videos are only a whiteboard with no visual interest whatsoever. The audio quality is poor- one can hear students coughing and shuffling in the background, and the professor's voice is hard to follow at times. The only reason I give this course one instead of zero stars is that the free textbook they provide is well organized and interesting. I will save myself the trouble of taking this slapped together poorly designed course and just read the book on my own.
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I really liked that there were multiple methods of course completion, and badges for achieving different areas of success in the course. I thought the tests were way too hard though - it was often difficult to determine the right answer even though I had studied and read the matterials and watched the videos. I also really liked that there was a free textbook that could be downloaded to my Kindle. That was great. Interactivity between professor and students was limited to a few emails, but students were encouraged to get together and do projects and so forth. The discussion forums were lively.
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Your basic run of the mill course. No interactivity between professor / staff and studnents. All matterials are lectures, with power point presentation. While I was able to learn from this and did pick up a lot of writing tips I didn't know before, I didn't feel motivated and engaged enough in the course to attempt the essays. Watching the videos pretty much provided all the practice I felt I needed to grasp the concept. The weekly 'homeworks' gave extra practice, but the grading system made them very difficult to gauge.
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The matterials were very interesting - I loved the videos we had to watch, and links to them were embedded right in the class vidoes which was nice. There was very minimal interaction between the professor and TAs and students - that area can be greatly improved. The portion of the class where grad students modeled how to talk about the music didn't really work for me. They often used musical terms that went above the head of the average student. The essay topics we had to write on were interesting, and engaging. Overall a course that's worth taking.
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I really liked the professor of this course - he made the matterials less dry than a finance course might otherwise be. I wasn't able to complete this course past about three weeks because my own math skills weren't up to par to keep up with it.
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I'm enjoying the lectures and global dialogues. The essay grading rubric is just a little harsh. A professor's forum gives a little bit of interactivity on the discussion boards, but overall most of the discussion interaction is between students.
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My first Coursera course, and it was a great introduction. Professor Duneier provided a great learning experience - his lectures were very accessable and engaging. Weekly google hangout seminars with students from around the globe discussing with the professor made this an interactive experience. The exams were very topical, and the readings educational. Even though I didn't know anything about sociology, I was able to follow along and learn. Highly recommended.
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You want to take this course. Yes, you! This is the kind of course you can take no matter what your previous potetry experience. There are students who have backgrounds in poetry and writing and English majors and those who have never taken a lit class in their lives. People from all over the globe coming together to discuss poetry. Professor Al and the TAs are so passionate about the subject and involved in the success of their students. A wealth of learning matterials are provided - poems, recordings of poets reading their poems, and more add to video discussions between professor Al and the TAs that teach the matterial. A weekly live seminar at the Kelly Writer's House is open to students to drop in, call in, and ask their questions over social media. Fun, educational, and completely interactive - ModPo is an experience you don't want to miss out on.