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Laurie Blome

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This course was as equally bad as the rest of the courses in the "Data Science" track through Johns Hopkins University.  While I understand this format of learning cannot be on par with a university degree, I frankly am quite shocked that Coursera is taking payment for these courses from those who sign up for a verified certificate.  There is not even an attempt to engage the learner in the lectures, which consist almost solely  of the instructor (?) reading overheads with a whole lot of "and so's" in between.  The presentation material itself is very poorly organized, rife with mistakes and very important steps in the processes he is trying to teach completely left out.  I did learn, but this was mostly through my own trial and error trying to make sense of the presentation material, the quizzes and the assignments. The discussion boards are chock full of thoroughly confused students trying to help each other out, and this is where the real learning occurred.  With the exception of a few TAs that single-handedly saved the course, there was no professor interaction on the boards, nor was there any attempt to clarify, correct mistakes or otherwise show at least a minimal interest.  Shameful pretty much sums up this effort.
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This course was as equally bad as the rest of the courses in the "Data Science" track through Johns Hopkins University.  While I understand this format of learning cannot be on par with a university degree, I am very disappointed in the program which is almost an insult to those of use quite eager to learn.  There is no attempt to engage the learner in the lectures, which consist almost solely  of the instructor (?) reading overheads with a whole lot of "and so's" in between.  The presentation material itself is very poorly organized, rife with mistakes and very important steps in the processes completely left out.  I did learn, but this was mostly through my own trial and error trying to make sense of the presentation material, the quizzes and the assignments.  The discussion boards are chock full of thoroughly confused students trying to help each other out, and this is where the real learning occurred.  In fact, one of the most valuable aspect of the discussion boards was information about where else one could take courses in R.  With the exception of a few TAs that single-handedly saved the course, there was no professor interaction on the boards, nor was there any attempt to clarify, correct mistakes or otherwise show at least a minimal interest.  Shameful pretty much sums up this effort.
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I found the lectures poorly presented, the material unorganized and in general not providing enough detailed description of all the required steps in solving a problem.  Although the title of the course indicates "data analysis" is the topic, there is very little thought given to how professionals in the real world define and approach problems from a data analysis standpoint.  This is a course for those very interested in, and with prior experience in programming. I struggled through the course, and considered re-taking it, but as there are so many other, much better courses available on the topic, I would steer any potential student away from this course.  There is a huge disconnect between the material presented in the videos and the quizzes and assignments, which means a substantial amount of time being spent searching the user group discussion boards for clues on how to complete the work being assigned.  If I wanted to teach myself, I would not have enrolled in a course, yet this is primarily how it ended up.  Very dissapointing.