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Nathan M

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Professor Markos is a dynamic lecturer. I was already a Lewis fan; more familiar with his non-fiction, Christian writing. Through this course, I've gained a greater appreciation for his fiction as well. I've seen the recent Chronicles of Narnia movies, but hadn't read the books since childhood. Now I want to re-read those, plus the other fiction I haven't gotten to yet.
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This course was an interesting tour through the thinkers of 17th–18th century Europe. I learned more about the intellectual giants of the time, and heard about more obscure thinkers for the first time. Professor Kors has a noticeable New Jersey accent; easy to understand, and quite charming once I got used to it.
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I had multiple courses on calculus, statistics, linear algebra, differential equations, and discrete math in college, but forgot most of the details. Professor Benjamin is an energetic lecturer, breaking concepts down into understandable chunks. If you haven't taken any math in while, you might want to watch the videos in sequence, but it's not strictly necessary. I'll probably re-watch some of the videos in the future to refresh my memory.
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I'm still listening to these 48 lectures on Western music. Overall, this is a great introduction to the history of music in the West, from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. It has definitely broadened my knowledge of music, exposed me to new composers, and spurred me to further reading and careful listening. Some people don't like Greenberg's humor. He's opinionated and sometimes silly, but always holds my interest, even if the subject of a particular lecture isn't quite my cup of tea. The audio version is more than enough for this course, plus the course guide is very extensive. Sometimes, there wasn't enough time for me to fully absorb the lecture and music in one sitting. I plan on listening to this whole course again someday, after I've had time to explore more of the composers' music.
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This course is 12 lectures on one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century. Professor Fears was a good storyteller. He really brings Winston Churchill to life, explaining his whole story, from childhood to the end. I only listened to the audio version; visuals might be nice, but they're definitely not needed.
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I'd already taken a few statistics courses, including one that used R. I've also been programming for several years, and had tinkered a bit with R programming, though nothing serious. The course was short, but covered most of the built-in functions (especially the apply family) and some other packages, like ggplot2 and knitr. The material was well organized, lectures were interesting, and homework was challenging enough to stretch my R programming skills. I'd definitely recommend this course (although I think it's been superseded by the new sequence of "Data Science" Specialization courses.), especially if you want to take the Data Analysis course with Jeff Leek. It might be a bit out of reach if you don't have a good foundation in programming and statistics.