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Mike Taylor

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This was a well done course and I learned a lot - especially about R. For someone without some knowledge of statistics, it might prove very challenging. I am a math teacher and was largely able to skip of the math portion and concentrate on the analysis using R. They offered lots of supplemental reading for increasing an understanding of stats and did some basic explanation of the concepts but without understanding things like r-squared and exponential functions, SOME students might get frustrated. I'm generally a fan of the EdX setup and found they did a good job of providing the right amount of comprehension checks - in fact, sometimes this got a little repetitive and I just skipped some problems if I felt I already got the point and didn't want to do the calculations. Overall I would recommend this course if you are looking to learn more about R while reviewing your knowledge of basic statistics.
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Great introductory course for learning how to program Android phones in a drag-n-drop environment. Some familiarity with programming (scratch?) may be useful. I took this outside of the normal class calendar so all of the forums were closed and had to figure out a few technical issues on my own. Since then I have moved on to Android Studio which is more powerful but also much more complicated. It has taken me several weeks to develop the knowledge to develop the app I had developed by the end of this course.
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I took this a few summers ago and never wrote a review - but it deserves one. I learned a lot about music theory and how much of the style of the classical period works. I even was able to create my own version of a classical piece at the end. It also helped me to learn to use scoring/composing software.
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I am a programmer but didn't have a lot of game design experience. This was a good introduction to a lot of the thought related to game elements and motivation. The lecturer was great. The assignments were worthwhile although I got to where I didn't really want to grade other papers at the end. The only thing I would change is I wish the quizzes were more often. Udacity had a check-in about every 2-3 minutes, Coursera tends to go 7-10 before a quiz.
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It was a reasonable overview but if you had any knowledge of the space already there wasn't much knew here. I am a High School teacher and was hoping I'd learn some ways where adults were really a lot different that young adults. The end of module questions were really elementary. The last one I took without even watching the material first and got 100%.
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I still have a few lessons to go. I've both taken and taught programming in the past and was interested in how Code Academy was delivering the content as well as the syntax and particulars of Python. Starts slowly enough for the beginners but moves fairly quickly to include items like control, lists, functions, dictionaries, loops, and classes. There are some projects for stretching what you know but the projects walk you through the steps. What's missing here are the hard open ended questions you often get in a teacher led programming class. If you'd prefer not to listen to an instructor, this is a GREAT class. All reading. It's the hours of working through hard problems where one really learns the ins and outs of programming. As far as learning basics of programming and python - the course does a pretty good job. I also liked the badges. You never get too old for a gold star. Udacity has a pretty good intro to programming class which has more videos (I like the instructor). If you are just learning programming, I'd recommend taking both.