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Marc Stanton

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I expected to learn sound and consistent model via academic experiment and actual happenings that would document any of the concepts shown throughout the course. Gerhard Hoffstaedter is a lively and enthusiastic presenter, with clear knowledge of the theme. He has the right amount of passion for the subject and clear perception to guide other presenters into a meaningful presentation. However, unlike other MOCCS I took, this course was unable to present a theory of antropological relationships and back them up with experiment and design and event data. Further, the examples provided were few and were mainly based upon other teacher's concepts. The fact that I scored 100% right answers on all tests did not prove how well I grasped any course learning, but rather my copy and paste hability in capturing the asked question and then looking for the same words within the provided video transcript. My own practical theory is that if I can just find an answer by copy and paste mechanism, I am not learning anything at all. Worst part of all was filling lectures with interviews from other professors, who in turn would just provide their own definition of a subject. These professors may well be experts in their own very fields, and as ignorant to the subject I cannot tell they are wrong. But without a model or data from actual happenings, their opinions are just as good as mine. There were very few actual events used to present cases. And a number of different resources that could have outlived speakers that have little hability in presenting their points. I found the course a waste of time, offering little to no chance of improving my knowledge. The fact that Anthropology may not be exact science, but rather a social science, should not prevent teachers to offer hard data evidence and make test interpretation part of the answer by building a model. This course needs complete re-writing. Teachers have good intention, but results are poor.
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The course was above my expectations, delivering solid academic experiments related to real-life situations. And best of all, with humor.