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Nicholas Paul

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Sorry, Hank, but I have to give this course a half star. The video presentations were poorly produced and packed full of newspaper-level case studies and pseudo-valid causal interpretations of historical events. The very notion of a course designed to help one "Survive Disruptive Technologies" betrays a fundamental misunderstanding of the nature of disruptive technologies—if you could survive them by internalizing more information, they wouldn't be disruptive, they'd just be difficult.
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This course did a great job of unpacking the fundamentals of product design, and Karl was generous in sharing his personal experience with the field. I found his approach and insight to be valuable and enjoyable. I didn't partake in the homework portion because I just didn't see the added value it would bring being worth the price of admission—but I thought the video lectures were excellent. I just didn't feel the need to demonstrate my grasp of concepts like "formulate problem statements"...I get the idea, and when I need to flex those muscles, I will. All in all, a great course. Highly recommended to engineers, designers, musicians, creators.
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I came into this course having read a number of books on Behavioral Economics, including a few titles by Dan Ariely, himself. Dan is a veritable celebrity in this circle, so when I saw he was teaching a course, I jumped in with both feet. The production value of the videos was spectacular, the TAs were fantastic, and the subject matter is fascinating. If I had to provide a suggestion for improvement, it would regard the homeworks: they didn't really add to my knowledge or challenge my knowledge...they mostly just tested whether I had paid attention to the videos/readings. That approach to homework always seems pedantic to me, so that was a turn off. Also, when I was informed that the final would only be offered on ONE day—a day I was out of town for business—I realized I couldn't get the certificate, even though I had done all the homeworks, quizes and readings up to that point. That was a bummer, but honestly, I got in this one for Dan Ariely and the material—and on that front, this course delivered. This was an awesome chance to learn about a cutting edge social science from one of the field's leading researchers (who, it turns out, is a really funny and nice guy). I thoroughly enjoyed this course.
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I came into this course with a BS in Engineering but no previous experience with this subject matter in a college setting. This was one of the best online courses I've taken. Lada's homework policies were flexible and thoughtful—and for this format, why shouldn't they be?—and her lectures were great launching points for further exploration. I say that because, if I had to find a fault with this class, it's that it is too short to properly cover the material. Lada's lectures inspired me to do lots of independent research on the topics, because her lectures left a lot to be explained and explored, which—don't get me wrong—is a great thing. She was a great instructor, though, and the material sells itself. What an interesting field! I wouldn't change a thing aside from making the course longer and more in-depth. I'm left wanting more—MISSION ACCOMPLISHED, LADA!
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I came into Game Theory with an BS in Engineering but no direct experience with the subject matter in a college setting. Compared to Ben Polak's Game Theory lectures via Yale (available on YouTube), this course has a lot of improving to do. The lecture videos and the accompanying "textbook" are poor vehicles for the—IMHO—very interesting subject matter. Toward the end of the class, I even skipped the material from this class in lieu of the Yale offerings on the week's subject matter—which actually made completing the week's homework assignments easier. The discussion fora for this course were great, and well-populated with useful information, insights, alternative learning materials, etc. It was probably the best part of this course. I can't be ungrateful for a free course, and the difficult homework kept me on my toes, but if you are really curious about this material, make sure to check out the Yale course videos. I think you'll agree that the instructor does a better job of conveying the ideas and keeping your attention. All in all, no regrets. Game Theory is profoundly interesting.