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Melinda Chen

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  • 6 reviews
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This was a great course that I would recommend to anyone who uses the internet (including you!). It started off with a fascinating unit on the history of computing and networking, and continued by delving into the technical aspects. The technology and security units were gentle introductions - I had never taken a networking course before this and had no trouble following along. You wont learn everything about the internet from this class, but it's a great way to learn the basics and decide if you're interested in exploring deeper.
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I took this course after completing the HTML & CSS course on CodeAcademy, and it's been a great experience. The jQuery track introduces concepts in digestible bite-sized chunks, starting from the basics of how to set up a jQuery script and progressing to different manipulations of HTML elements. Repetition is key here - each lesson starts with setting up the document from scratch, effectively reinforcing everything from the previous lessons. Highly recommended for any beginners interested in learning how to make interactive websites.
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This is a great way to learn HTML and CSS. The in-browser editor made it really easy to just start coding and see the results instantly. I especially liked how they set it up so that you can easily switch between the HTML and CSS files to see how they interact with each other. It seems to start off kind of slow if you already know a little HTML, but it's excellent if you're just starting out.
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I think I would have gotten more out of this class if I were actually in the process of building a real start-up. The course is structured around a business model canvas and walks you through the different things you have to consider when forming your business plan. It really expects you to follow along, filling in your canvas with ideas that match your start-up idea (which I didn't have). Regardless, I still learned a lot about general start-up business concepts. Interesting class if you just want to learn about what goes into building a start-up, definitely recommended if you have an actual start- up in the works.
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This was my first paced online course, and I had a good experience overall. Each week there was about 1-2 hours of video lectures to watch. For the most part, they were clear and easy to understand. There were a few lectures with derivations that were more involved for students looking to delve deeper into the theory, but we were not expected to understand each and every mathematical proof. Each set of lectures came with a short problem set. I liked that the problems extended slightly beyond what was covered in lecture, encouraging some independent research and discussion on the forums. The problem sets did have a few bugs and typos, but they were still readable/doable. The instructors for the course were great, and definitely willing to talk to students - they held weekly g-chat sessions where students could ask them questions directly. I learned a lot from this class, and would be willing take another similar class like this again.
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This course was a great way to learn python and get started programming some basic functions. The core material was fairly easy, but the course did provide some harder "starred" problems for more advanced students. I liked that the videos were all around 1-6 minutes long - long enough to contain useful information, but not too long that it loses my attention. The video quizzes and subsequent explanations were also great for ensuring that I actually understood the content. My only complaint is that everything was done in the browser IDE. This made it really easy to jump right in to writing code, but it might be useful to also include a tutorial on how to write your own stand- alone programs outside of the course.