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Brilliant economist at the INET think tank founded by George Soros with groundbreaking theories presented in a striaght-forward and logical way. Prof Mehrling is highly engaged in the course with 200+ forum posts, a google chat, weekly office hours reacting to current events, deep insightful PDF books placing the theory in historical context. Other MOOCs should aspire to this.
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Just as good as the lectures from the first half of the course- see my other review
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Content filled, well-delivered, engaging professor, very challenging quizzes. I'm a very strong math and science student with a BS in Math and Physics and an MS in Finance and still feel this course is definitely difficult and would rank as a junior year undergraduate course. Very visual course with dissected brains, excellent use of white board and a teacher who has 30 years of experience in delivering complex material in a clear way Prof Mason posted over 300 times in the forums and her presence set a tone of respect and professionalism that made this course a pleasure to attend beyond simply the excellent material one learned
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I'm a certified FRM and this course strengthened my credit risk understanding to complement my insurance, asset and ops risk practical expertise. Breezy, engaging, and informative- although the lectures are a bit short there are plenty of links to offline written content that allows one to find material all centralized for in depth understanding
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Excellent broad and deep survey of international macroeconomics from the IMF. 3-4 hours of video per week, 25+ practice questions and 25+ graded questions per week. Extremely well explained presentations and quality PDF. Spreadsheet modeling to implement formulas and analytics. Incredibly well done- an example of what other MOOCs should aspire to
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The lecturers are the team who have discovered 40% of the known exoplanets to date- so no better source. The content is NOT for beginners- and assumes a few semesters of physics and math and the undergrad level. Excellent production quality- very easy "quizzes" despite the deep and non-beginner/difficult content.
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Good production value and straightforward content explanation for this esoteric asset class. Extremely well communicated, professional behavior on forums, helpful and caring professor and staff. Peer Review project 1 - deal risk assessment was challenging, Peer Review Project 2 had you do deal financials This was the first run and a second time through with more examples of say failed deals would be useful for forensically analyzing a deal's shortcomings
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Basic but comprehensive introduction to climate and energy topic- but also very well done so far. The course certainly conveys the ominous threat that climate change and energy/sustainability pose to future human and economic development
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Entertaining and informative survey course on the science underlying forensic analysis. The instructor is a bit eccentric but is an excellent lecturer- and the material has been organized succinctly with superior video and Powerpoint graphics that give a sound grounding in methodology. The forums were essentially unmonitored leading to some of the worst behavior I have seen among adults- hate speech, trolling, flame wars...seriously distracted from what was otherwise a fun course- on star off
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Interesting material for an American trying to fathom the byzantine EU structure. Engaging and enthusiastic lecturer. When the course is dealing with facts such as comparing and contrasting the branches of government to the US it is excellent. It is also great at providing history and the "theory" of federal and local scopes of subsidiarity etc As noted in other posts, the course glosses over as "features" rather than flaws the legitimate criticism of EU regulation that is described. For example the lecturer scoffs at anti-EU "propaganda" about the regulation of the shapes of bananas and how all the EU does is in the service of the entire regions free trade- while ignoring how the North/South political divide. Still it provides much useful information summarized into one place
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Very well done course surveying realpolitik, soft and hard power, negotiation, the UN, NATO, EU and global relations. First part of a 3-course certificate program which I intend to complete on globalization and politics.
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Excellent content, sophisticated delivery and well-planned pedagogy. Definitely a graduate level treatment that requires mathematics and physics "maturity". Prof Galitski is particularly excellent and Prof Clark is very good. Very valuable tricks of the trade in how actual practicing physicists would solve problems- especially from Prof Clark. Excellent exposition of theory from Prof. Galitski
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Excellent course, clear lectures, deep and wide content, active moderated forum, excellent companion required readings. Based on the Wharton bricks and mortar syllabus without watering down content. Excellent complement to Duke's Irrational Behavior course.
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Very good course on a broad variety of organizational theories- how to spot which one might fit what you are analyzing and the implications. Definitely requires the Distinction tracks with essays to have heft as an MBA level course. These assignments require you to pick what theory to apply to each of three case studies and then criticize its strengths and weakness and identify alternate theories that could work as well which is an excellent way of training one to not force a square peg real life example into a round hole theory. The lecturer speaks slowly and monotone so play at 1.5x speed. Otherwise he is quite technically clear in exposition and style. Required forum participation requires some thought on each theory between the 3 projects.
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I watched one week of lectures, saw the trivial quiz and fawning syllabus and dropped the course. Boring, droning lectures. "Content free" material. Was expecting an ethics course with serious social justice criticism and debate. The first lecture said that the "invisible hand" could solve corporate ethical problems. How this stance could be taken after the financial crisis is unfathomable.
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As a Risk Manager in the life insurance space I have some experience with the subject in terms of modeling catastrophic events- but certainly not as a theorist trying to intervene and stop radicals. The content was quite good in terms of explaining the how and why of radicalization and the presenters had definite expertise. The video and audio quality were quite poor. The forums were dominated by extreme political posts with little TA moderation to shut down the rants. 5 stars for content, -1 for delivery
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Rockstar professor who became youngest tenured at HBS Presents a Culture, Administrative, Geographic, and Economic framework to argue that the world is NOT flat but is only in its earliest stages of globalization and that success is bred by taking short steps in these 4 dimensions- expand to a similar culture, with similar Common or Civil Law, in a relatively close region that has similar economic development and you will succeed by not having to adapt too much until you learn. Content was great, cases study approach was great. After the first few weeks the lecturer becomes more humble and the arguments more convincing than dogmatic Peer review project to analyze a country in the framework which was an excellent way to drill home how a strategist could do a high level review of the sensibility of entering a market. The peers were novices with little business experience so forums and peer review was a bit naive and facile. 4 stars and worthy of the effort
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Very thorough course that is engaging and thought-provoking IF one does the Honors track that requires more in-depth work. Presented at a sophomore US college level and surveys all the major application of the field at the current edge of research
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Some experience with the subject Engaging Moderately challenging if one does the Distinction Track with essays and required journal article readings- otherwise would be easy. Engaged forum TAs and faculty.
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Very well explained and presented mini-course covering a full spectrum of complex analysis' greatest theorems and applications. It could benefit from an extra week to explore residue theory in depth. The lecturer is friendly, engaging, and cares deeply about her work and the students. The homework involves peer review proofs and quizzes
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Excellent course- very clear explanations from a talented and engaging professor who presented material that can be difficult- jump diffusion processes, brownian bridges, Octave/Matlab programming- in a very intuitive way.
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Excellent course- with engaging Professor- interesting and clear lectures and challenging assignments. Practicum track requires one to solve a real world operations project to earn Honors. You get a modestly deep and broad understanding of process flow, efficiency, bottlenecks, KPI trees, TQM, Six Sigma, queueing.
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I expected a basic/gentle intro course which is what this was- covering all the basic data types, control flows etc Liked- It was well explained and served as a good prep for the much more challenging EdX python course Disliked- very easy Improve- harder weekly quizzes and slightly more coding with more challenging problems- still it served its purpose very well
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Comprehensive, deep, engaging, and well explained lectures- one of the best MOOCs on Coursera
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Interesting but also VERY basic introduction to global trends. Freshman level content as compared to the IESE Globalization course (see my other review) that has serious research and content and a required essay. The course could be greatly improved by requiring a project- one need only get 28/40 MC questions spread across 5 weekly quizzes of 8 MC each to "pass". The final week successfully wraps together the prior themes to posit that the 21st century will be multi-polar with the US, China, India, and EU as dominant players.
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Second half of a 2=part course that gives entrepreneurs a case study approach on IF and HOW one should grow after the post start-up phase. This portion deals with the people issues of growing past the founder stage when one might need to dump the initial staff who aren't able to change with the scale of the company or adapt from being doers to managers. The professor is engaging, enthusiastic, and in both classes pushes an admirable "treat your customers well philosophy" It might seem dated but iis welcome in a world of box stores that throw customer service and worker well being under the bus just to create low prices with inferior products made with foreign slave-like labor. If only all business people had some "down home" ethics as this southern gentleman has the world would be a better place
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2nd Half of an excellent 2-part course which together would be a one semester course at an MS in Finance program. Intuitive presentations of interest rate modeling, copulas, practical spreadsheet implemetations
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Very well presented course on basic survival skills such as ensuring one has shelter, communication, potable water, food in a disaster scenario. Teaches how to cleanse drinking water, shop for a knife, start a camp fire, build shelter to avoid hypothermia if forced outdoors into the elements. Final project is to build a basic disaster plan for one's family which is practical and a jumping off point for deeper planning
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Superior 2 course sequence that together would be a one semester course in a Mathematical Finance MS program. The weekly spreadsheet based homework models give a great practical view into option pricing, interest rate trees, and valuation. Superior lecturers who are engaging and explain concepts simply
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Very well explained introduction to subject. Friendly, engaging professor with high quality production values. Definitely an entry undergraduate treatment not an MBA course. Exams were ridiculously trivial. Peer Project with case study was modest and wrapped together all the course material nicely. The students are rather naive and inexperienced so did poor peer grading. This was more of a refresher on my Macro course in my Masters program from 10 years ago as a prep to more serious courses I plan to take from Columbia on Money and Banking and the IMF on EdX on Debt and Sustainability
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Although basic- it is a very well thought out, systematic, and well-presented process to apply to an existing small business to decide IF one should expand it, and HOW to do this properly. As a an entrepreneur who has worked at 2 startups and co-founded another the insights are practical and useful and I still learned a few things. Very kind, engaging, and animated lecturer. As a typical "Southern Gentlemen" he speaks slowly so watch at 2x speed
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Along with Exploring Quantum Mechanics, the most challenging course on Coursera, requiring dense weekly peer reviewed proofs. Requires significant "maturity" in terms of ability to take the basic quizzes and very in depth weekly readings and synthesizing to prove the classic proofs in the field. Incredibly well self-policed forum with more skilled students training the junior students in a rather dense field. I taught myself calculus at age 12 and found this course rather challenging with 10+ hours a week of required work to absorb the material
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Excellent PhD level tour de force of network analysis blending theory, analysis, and practical problems. The optional companion text is a encyclopedic literature review crossing multiple disciplines such as game theory, risk and meme contagion, social groupings in high schools and tribal villages. Genuinely caring instructor and fantastically clear presentations.
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Superior pedagogy- well planned, well presented, thorough, deep, excellent examples, entire free online faculty textbook, multiple application tracks. One of the best MOOCs on Coursera. Highly caring and engaged faculty who posted 500+ times on forums
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Very well presented lectures, uses same case studies as on campus and good use of discussion forum to simulate a case-study MBA course. Practical final project that has you perform a fundamental analysis of an existing firm's strategy.
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Disengaged faculty, trivial content, poorly organized "2-track" syllabus. Deadlines on holidays, intrusive projects that in my opinion don't disclose how data will be used in research. Discussion forum dominated by inexperienced people and little to no TA moderation
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Excellent production value, content, clear examples and breadth and depth of coverage. First of a 2 course sequence. Engaging lecturer with a sense of humor.
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Excellently presented course with a complete introduction to picking a product or service that is not commoditized, how to position it in the market, how to research viability and Porter's 5 forces of segment to see if entry is feasible and profitable. Includes how to build a business plan and raise funds via crowd-sourcing. Final Project requires one to put on a venture capital hat and analyze a business plan using the concepts from the course.
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Trivial course- barely high school level. Highly repetitive "content" You could watch an entire week's content in 20 minutes and get 100% on the quizzes from common knowledge rather than syllabus content