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I am not impressed at all with the random student grading system they use which essentially generates a random mark no matter how hard and thorough you work in this course. Random grading is demotivating and in my opinion reflects badly on any institution that adopts it. At least they allow you to pay for a Certificate after you pass in case some random student gives you a failing mark. OxfordX has taken what could be a great course and added a highly demotivating process to it. I only bothered completing because the essay itself was not that long..
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Excellent course!!! After the first week I am very impressed. It was exactly what I was looking for. It is full of good information and well presented. One point to note is that it is more text based rather than video but the material is well worth it. Looking forward to the rest.
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This is one of the best history courses I have taken and I have taken many. It is a comprehensive look at the history of the world since the Middle Ages. They only warning is that it is much more time consuming than most MOOC's. The weekly lectures are much longer than most MOOC's and they have team essays produced every two weeks. However that this likely the best way to cover such an expansive topic so I found it well worth the time.
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Some of the lectures seem very promotional and biased towards trade agreements at times but there is a lot of good detailed information presented how these trade agreements work. It also provides access to good resources for more indepth study. The instructors are difficult to understand at times because english is a second language but fortunately the transcripts are visible so you can read what they are saying. Overall I do think it was a good course worth taking however they did completely fail to discuss the primary public concern of trade agreements being the Investor-State lawsuit provisions. They ignored the elephant in the room when it comes to current trade agreements.
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I am not so impressed by this course. It does not really deliver what it says it will. Instead of teaching a more generalized knowledge of nuclear energy that would be relevant to the layman, it is a mixed collection of sometimes very technical lectures that have no relevance to the layman. Many of the exam questions are technical math and chemical questions that test nothing that the layman would want to know. Do I really need to know the correct electron configuration for the valence state of U3+? Some of the lectures were relevant and informative to the layman so it was worth watching for those lectures and there were helpful experts participating in the discussion forums. However the worst insult was random student grading of essays that were assigned. I am seriously concerned about some of the problems around nuclear energy whereas some of the students were aggressively supportive of it. If I write my essay outlining my concerns about nuclear energy and I randomly draw as my marker a strong proponent of nukes, then I am sure to fail even though my essay was a well thought out expression of my views. This is no way for an educational institution to mark the work of students/learners. That is why a gave the course a 2 star instead of a 3 star.
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Simple way to get the basics on life saving. The course is formatted to be very easy which hopefully will encourage many more to take it so that if we witness a medical emergency we could help save a life.
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I am very impressed with this course. I have learned so much over a relatively short time which I give credit to the instructors. It is more challenging at times than some MOOC's but certainly manageable. Very fair grading system and very well organized. Highly recommended for anyone interested in ecology or conservation.
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This is a basic, short overview on Smart Grid technology implementation. I found it to be a quick and easy introduction telling you what smart grid is and the stages to implementation. I found it worth taking and it certainly whet my appetite to learn more. I agree with another reviewers comments about acronym overload.
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I am so impressed with this course. It had very informative case studies on humanitarian aid responses and the problems that arose in these real life disaster situations. Well organized, well presented, fair grading, highly informative. I strongly recommend it for anyone interested in the state of the world today in responding to humanitarian crises. This is a model MOOC. Thank you Harvard.
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Almost half the grade is based on random student grading which is the worst form of grading since it is essentially a random mark that can be insulting and demotivating. Shame on them for taking what could have been a great course and messing up the experience this way.
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This course relies HEAVILY (35%) on random student grading which is a ridiculous way to generate random grades to students. I can be unfair and demotivating. This could be a much better course if better structured and fairly graded. There are better Human Rights courses out there such as the one put out by Amnesty International on edX
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This has been an excellent MOOC with well selected readings and well spoken presentations from the best experts in the world on their topic. This course works well in combination with Readings in Global Health. The grading system is fair, discussions and material are thought provoking and is one of the very best examples of an excellent MOOC from Harvard. It has been an exceptional learning experience.
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This is an easy introduction to ancient egyptian history. It gives you a taste of the culture of the time and certainly leads to many more questions due to Egypt's vast and impressive history. I look forward to more courses on this topic.
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This relies HEAVILY (30%) on random student grading which is ridiculously unfair and demotivating. It could be a good course if better structured and fairly graded.
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Excellent course!!! Well organized, well presented by one of the top paleoanthropologists. Dr. Johanson is a pleasure to listen to and speaks so clearly that he can be understood at 2x speed.You learn a lot of information at a reasonable pace so it's not overwhelming. It is a little more challenging than other MOOCs but so well taught that it is very manageable. They use excellent learning tools and a very fair, though challenging, grading system, unlike some MOOC's. It is a model MOOC and I strongly recommend it if you are at all interested in learning about human origins.
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This is an excellent course!!! It is very well organized and well presented. It provides an interesting combination of architecture and history regarding this special place. It is reasonably paced and has a very fair grading system. I would consider this a model MOOC and a must see if you are interested at all in Rome from either an architectural or historic view.
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I happen to be a lawyer and I am thoroughly impressed by the quality of this course. It is an excellent summary of the criminal justice process. It goes beyond the psychology to provide an informed analysis of all the key steps within the criminal justice system for prosecuting crimes. The tools this course uses to allow the learner to participate as well as the grading system are superb. My hat goes off to the team for the excellent job done in putting together this valuable course. I would recommend this course to everyone to learn how the criminal justice system works and its weaknesses. This course should be provided to all high school students before graduation so they can see how the system works to investigate and punish crime for their benefit and the challenges the system faces.
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Economics is know as the dismal science but this course makes it a lot less dismal and actual goes deeply into a topic that is very important for human welfare. There is a lot of material to go through relative to other MOOCs but it is very solid information and I thought well worth it. The course is well organized, well presented, very thorough and intelligently designed. The grading system was completely fair and even though the final exam is challenging the pass mark is set low so you will pass if you view all the videos. There is lots of time provided to complete the work which is good because the course goes into depth on the key subjects without getting overly technical so its worth taking the time to take it all in.
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Excellent course, excellent prof, excellent introduction to jazz. I have taken both jazz courses on Edx and they are both well worth taking together. The other course "Jazz Appreciation" is more on the history & evolution of Jazz and does a fabulous job of providing an overview of the musicians whereas this course introduces you more to the structure of jazz music, what makes it jazz musically as well as some of the stories and players.
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Well selected readings and lectures on Global Health issues. This has been an excellent course. I have taken numerous courses on Global Health and this one is different in its approach, more in depth and well worth taking. This is a classic Harvard MOOC with some of the best experts in the world discussing interesting topics in their field. Fair grading system and well paced to create an overall positive learning experience.
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This is a very fine MOOC on the topic of the Indian healthcare system. Well organized with a business management focus which makes sense since it's taught by India's top Management Institute. Normally I am not interested in business management courses but Indian healthcare is an important social issue that I am interested in.
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Dr. Jha is an excellent instructor, who brings in the best scientists in the world to discuss this important topic. Thank you Harvard for another fabulous MOOC for those who are interested in this topic. It has been very instructive on this important issue.
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This may be a half decent introductory course on code but if that's the case I am personally not that interested. It is tedious and boring. I like using programs not drawing pictures using code.
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This has been a great course, heavy on the reading though. Dr. Graham is a pleasure to listen to and content is very well organized, informative and interesting. The lectures provide a very tight overview with the main material presented in the readings so if you don't complete the readings the final exam will be difficult to do. It is worth working through if you want a decent university level introduction to psychology.
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I am not impressed with the heavy reliance on random student marking which in my opinion is an inappropriate way to grade learner performance and understanding. instead it results in a random mark which can be quite insulting after all the work put into an essay. This course makes things worse by making it so that you can not pass without doing random student assessments. Some Harvard courses deliberately limit random student grading to 10% to minimize this problem. As a result I'll watch the lecturers but won't be completing.
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I am not impressed by their focus on "peer assessed" grading. It results in random and sometimes insulting marks which gives no motivation to write the four 600 word essays they require. Some courses you can simply not do them & still pass but this course is structured differently. However, the content of the course and the profs presentation is excellent. He does a very effective job of explaining the different components of the American government system and how they are put together. I am impressed by the videos and have learned a lot from them, but i still won't waste time writing essays for the Certificate just to be trashed by random student markers.
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This has been an excellent course!!! Well structured with excellent instructors, clear and concise delivery of the best science on this topic, interesting panel discussion from some of the top medical experts in the world, quizzes that fairly test your learning. You couldn't ask for anything more if you are interested in an introduction to this topic. It also has a mix of more advanced technical info with basic info which can make some of the quiz questions more challenging however you only need 50% to complete so this won't be a bar. As with any MOOC you can take what you want and leave the rest. In response to the one complaint below it is more process based than fact based. It teaches how epidemic spread rates are calculated rather than summarizing historical spread rates. It is not a history of past epidemics it is teaching tools on handling future epidemics.
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Prof Widner has an excellent speaking style (recommend at 2x because she enunciates well). Her lectures are clear and concise and well thought out. I am sure this course will be well worth your time if you want to know how to make government work in third world countries to better serve the people. Note that no completion certificates are given.
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Of the over 90 MOOCs I have taken this is one of the very best!! Dr. Sandel is an amazing lecturer and the content is exceptionally well organized and so very interesting. It is a History of Western Moral Philosophy and I am so glad Harvard put this course out. It is so well taught I was able to watch it with my grandkids and discuss the very interesting moral dilemmas they discuss as examples. The testing is very fair (unlike some MOOC's) and the discussion forums are so interesting you want to jump in. This IS a model MOOC. For anyone interested in political philosophy this course is a must.
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I am totally impressed. They provide a wealth of interesting information in a concise clear format. They have a good mix of lectures and readings that nicely covers the general early history of Western Civilization. This is an excellent MOOC well worth the time.
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Interesting course concept of teaching about the jury system and then allowing us to deliberate issues as a jury every 2 weeks. Technology for deliberation "Google Hangout" has lots of problems since everyone doesn't have the best connection or equipment but it is a worthy effort.
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To use the vernacular of my time and place, I think this course is totally lame. For those not familiar with West Coast vernacular, this is not a positive statement. I heard a lot of words that said very little. There is no real analysis or detailed description of the architecture. Instead half the mark for the course is for you to write down your thoughts and then have some random student judge your thoughts resulting in a mark that is really just a flip of the coin. There is very little learning here. Like I said, totally lame, don't waste your time.
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Well suited for high school or elementary school audiences. Relevant also for people who want to get involved in improving their urban environment. Course goes directly into how to fix broken urban environments and provides examples of successes to inspire learners. Some excellent readings by conservationists.
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Excellent course!!! It is like an in depth tour of one of the Smithsonian Museums with a great combination of historical education and human interest stories and then an opportunity for you to suggest additions to the museum where you can learn to be a curator. Though "peer assessments" are included which I don't support, they are strictly optional and do not affect your grade. Certificate completion is based on submitting a project at the end which they carefully prepare you for making it a smooth ride throughout. Kudos to the people of the Smithsonian for creating this wonderful course. Thank you!!!
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I am not impressed by the heavy reliance on random student grading which is euphemistically called "peer assessments". 30% of the mark is based on it. This form of marking is demotivating and of little beneficial value. The course itself appears to be relevant but very basic. For instance it provides a long guide (that's marked) on how to join the digital age of Twitter if you haven't done so already.
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It presents a right-wing U of Chicago view of the economics of wireless as if that is the only view (students were great at providing links to opposing views by other economists) however the material is well organized and full of solid information so I gave it close to top marks even though I prefer the liberal view (so far missing from the course) supporting public domain wifi, etc.
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Excellent instructor and course!!! This is the second course on ancient Chinese thought I have taken (previous one, Chinese Thought: Ancient Wisdom meets Modern Science, was also excellent and should be taken if interested in this subject). There is no doubt that the topic is subtle and complex so, like the other course, this course can be difficult at times but the instruction and course organization is excellent so if you plow through it you will learn more. It is very time consuming more so than most MOOC's. Also a big disappointment is the use of peer assessed grading which results for all practical purposes in a random grade which isn't very good after putting so much work into the course. That is why I reduced my review by one star.
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Very interesting course. Practice looking at things in a different way and interesting discussion topics. Factual knowledge is more limited, instead it is more about learning ways to learn and how to pass on that knowledge. Good summer course.
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I am disappointed that 30% of the grading is based on random student grading. You can spend hours perfecting an essay only to get a random trash mark. What a waste of time. Course itself is fine so far.
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Excellent course!!! I took Part 1 of this course and this one meets the same high standards of education value and relevance and well as excellent instructors presenting clearly and concisely. The course is so well taught it makes the course seem easy even though it is conveying in depth quality information.Grading structure is a completely fair as well which is becoming increasingly rare in MOOC's.
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I believe this course could have represented the very best of what MOOC's can be except for their grading system. The course itself is full of interesting useful information highly relevant to people all over the world and is taught in a style that I believe is accessible to non-academics. I strongly urge anyone considering this course to take it if it stays on as a self-paced course. I believe the course team have done a fantastic job in producing interesting and relevant lectures, so far, but badly fell short in the area of grading where they have adopted a ridiculous practice of random student grading which results in a random mark based on the whims of the random student who gets to grade your hard work. I would have given the course a 5 star but because of the very bad grading system they have adopted I could only give them a three at most. It is too bad that the course team at McGill took what could have been a fabulous course and messed it up with this absurd grading system.
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This course has far exceeded my expectations!!! It has proven how many misconceptions we all have and how to refocus attention on what counts. It helps you spot cognitive errors and think more effectively The course team has done an amazing job, perfectly executed, to bring to the world this highly relevant course. The course is so well organized that it is easy to follow. Many thanks!!!
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As a lawyer in Canada I have always been curious how the human rights system operates at an international level since it doesn't come up in daily practice. After taking this course it has filled that knowledge gap The course was well- organized and the teaching team showed flexibility, fairness and technical competence by improving the grading system midstream in response to concerns raised by other students. The one concern I have is that it is heavy with reading and light on lectures. I spent far more time on this course than any other MOOC because of all the reading material and you must do the readings to do well on the exams because many questions are based on the readings. In short the course does what it says it will do, it provides a very solid and thorough understanding of the international system for the protection of human rights, but you have to work hard for it.
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Of the 10 MOOC's I have completed this has been one of my favorites. Prof Rogers is an excellent lecturer and the course organization is first class. As a another reviewer said so well Prof Rogers truly brings Alexander to life with his vivid descriptions. I looked forward every week to the next lecture release to hear the next chapter in Alexander's story. I described the course as medium difficulty only because there is a lot of material we go through but Prof Rogers makes it easy with his riveting talks. The exams are fact based so they are relatively easy if you view all the lectures and do the work. If you have any interest in history this course is a must. Kudos also to the course team who managed the technical side so perfectly and thank you to WellesleyX for putting on such a fabulous course.
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Great course that covered both depth and breadth of food science in a short course which was quite a challenge. They had a problem with test grading because they were scoring you wrong for right answers because of bad program design for phrase grading (they really should just drop phrase grading, it doesn't work). This was frustrating and the only reason that I didn't give them a 5 out of 5.
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Ichiro Kawachi is an excellent lecturer, very clear and easy to follow. The course provides a great overview of epidemiological studies on human health. It teaches the basics of epidemiology and then selects a variety of interesting topics to provide the outcomes of studies. It gives you a taste of a vast topic and may leave you hungering for more.
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This is an amazing course that doesn't just provide a history of architecture, it provides an excellent history of civilization as it evolved around the world. Mark Jarzombek has an excellent teaching style that easily takes you through a general overview of a history of the human development by studying the structures we built and why. Mark's humorous style is fun and easy to follow and in the end very insightful.
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This course gave me insights into global poverty that I did not expect. The depth of experience and knowledge of these lecturers is enlightening. One drawback is their speaking style was difficult to follow at times and the exams at times are more technically challenging unless you clearly understand the concepts (I have an economics background so picked up on it easier). The quality of the information conveyed however is in my opinion exceptionally high and well worth the effort if you what to better understand the state of the world for the poorest in society. The results will be unexpected.
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Fantastic experience discovering jazz music I never knew from the last 100 years and understanding better the jazz I did know. Jeff Hellmer is an excellent lecturer with an easy to follow speaking style that makes the course easier and enjoyable. It was a positive experience throughout. Jeff's direct involvement in Discussion groups was a pleasure. The course greatly enhanced my appreciation of Jazz and introduced me to Cerego which is a great teaching tool.
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Excellent course. Extremely informative on the basics of energy. Dr Webber is an excellent lecturer whose speaking style conveys large amounts of information clearly and succinctly. Rare talent which makes the course easier. He has also developed the most sensible style of grading for non-credit MOOC's. Instead of competitive grading, everyone is instead guaranteed 100% as long as you do the work (you have unlimited submissions on quizes until you get it right). The end result is always a positive experience. I should add that of all the MOOC's I have taken (I've completed over 10 at this point) this one had the cleverest gadgets that enhanced learning and access to information. Kudos to whoever developed those gadgets.
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Nice mini-MOOC module focusing on one part of the overall course that can be completed in a much shorter time. I did find that this module of The Book Series had less content than the others but it still is a useful edition to the series because it doesn't take much time either. Nice presentation.
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This is the worst designed course I have ever come across on EDx. The bulk of the mark is "peer assessed" grading which is really random student grading leading to random marks. There are short deadlines imposed for completion so if it are out of town or unavailable for a week you get zero. Instructions are given in some of the poorest English I have seen in any course leading to ambiguities or instructions that don't make any sense. It is really quite appalling.
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Excellent mini-MOOC. Module focusing on one part of the overall course that can be completed in a much shorter time. I was able to focus on the topics of most interest. Excellent presentation and material.
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Excellent course, well delivered but it did have much more lecture time than most MOOC's so prepare to put in the time. I considered the time well spent and wouldn't change a thing because so much material was covered as a result. I learned more than I expected and now feel I can speak as more of an expert on Confucius and those after him who interpreted him. Thank you Prof Slingerland, UBC and Edx for this challenging model MOOC.
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Great course!! Great instructor!!! Well presented coverage of various global issues. Interesting approach to grading where no grades are given. I discovered that without grades I don't concern myself with deadlines and finished most of the course well past its deadline. I focused on the sections I was interested in. Usually I complete everything to maximize grade out of habit but didn't bother here since grades aren't given. Either way it is worth taking course.
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The information is a bit scattered. Many questions came to mind, few answers. Strictly speaking the information itself was good but it covered too many topics with mixed depth, especially where it purports to discuss the impacts of radiation on human health. They also used some of the worst marking strategies for MOOC's such as input text questions that created lots of problems with people getting marked wrong for right answers and peer assessed final exam which is ls nothing more than a random mark with little educational value. To their credit they responded to the complaints about input text questions (and hopefully will not make the mistake of using them in the future) and limited the grade impact of peer assessed questions to 10% of the total mark so you could choose not to waste your time with it and still pass. I think they have the makings of a good course but it needs work. They used very effective translators for the videos and did an excellent job of presentation in those videos.
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I really loved this course. It provided a broad base of knowledge on the issues of cybersecurity ranging from the technology involved to international law as well as the ethical issues pertaining to privacy and leaks. It was well rounded and well presented. I found it to be an excellent learning experience on a very relevant issue. Well done AdelaideX
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I am so impressed by the information and organization of the material. The instructor does a fantastic job of explaining the concepts and structure of international law. I happen to be a lawyer and know of the complexities of international law. Some students have expressed concern of its difficulty and perhaps I am the wrong person to judge that since I have a legal background. To me this course is an excellent primer on International Law and another example of why some MOOC's are so great a learning experience.
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This has been an amazing series and this last course in the series is a must see. We learn about an important period in American history that is little known and full of misconceptions. Prof Foner is one of the best instructors I have seen in the 60+ MOOC's I have taken. This course is well worth the time and does not require a large time commitment because Prof Foner's lecturers carry you through the material so well. I saw that these lectures were from Prof Foner's last year teaching this course. This MOOC is a wonderful way to keep his lectures going to be taught to future generations long after he has retired. Thank you Dr. Foner for such an excellent education on this important period of American history.
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I am totally impressed by the selection of instructors who are top in their field, as well as the quality of the content. As a cyclist and skier and am very concerned about sports injuries and this course answered many questions about how to reduce risk of injury and what to do if injured. It covered a broad spectrum of issues providing some of the most reliable information sports medicine has come up with to date (whether to stretch or not stretch and when for instance). I certainly feel it has been worth it and the staff have been great about addressing issues through the course with midstream changes. You couldn't ask for anything more. Of the over 60 MOOC's I have taken this has been one of the most beneficial. Thank you Dr. Shrier for your excellent course.
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I am not impressed by the heavy reliance on random student grading which is euphemistically called "peer assessments". 40% of the mark is based on it so this is one of the few courses which forces you to do randomly graded peer assessed essays in order to pass. I was graded half marks on a word count when my word count on the essay was exactly right. Nothing fair about that. Other courses have been more fair in limiting random student grading to 10% so the impact of unfair grading would be minimal. Not here. This course is a perfect example of how if online education was used for credit courses, it could be a disaster. In the end they have taken a good course and turned it into a bad experience.
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This series has been amazing. It far exceeded my expectations. We had the best profs teaching a thorough overview of both the history and current conditions in China and the importance of China in the world today. I urge anyone interested in understanding current China to enroll in the archived version IF available. If its not available I hope Harvardx can make it available in some form in the future because it is a valuable learning experience on an important topic for the 21st Century.
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Excellent instructor, clear & concise delivery! I have always heard the names from Renaissance art but never really knew much about it. It is great to finally study art history as a novice in this way. The course works really well at introducing you to the basics and best of Renaissance art. The course also includes beautiful detailed images of the art. However I took away a star because they use random student grading (referred to as peer assessments) for the final essay worth 20% of the mark. This type of grading system can result in a random unfair mark.
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This has been an excellent course. It contained inciteful dialogue of differing views using a point/counterpoint approach by two well versed instructors. It is one of those courses that I strongly recommend every MOOC learner take especially due to its current relevance. It confronts the difficult issues of freedom vs national security when they are in conflict and provides opportunities to work on more in depth analysis where you get case studies to write briefs to the president and others. You don't have to do the case studies so it set up with a very nice flexibility where you can take on a lot or if you don't have time, just watch the videos and discuss on the forum.
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Having done dozens of MOOC's I have noticed one difference with the European approach. Courses like this based in Europe have way more technical content whereas the American courses are designed for the generalist. Personally I am looking for generalized knowledge on a topic, not highly technical details. I don't work in the fields I am studying so I do not need nor want to know the formula to calculate the COD for lactic acid. In short though I am interested in general knowledge about sewage treatment technology, this course goes into and tests on way more detailed technical information than I would care to know.
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This is an excellent course presenting an interesting general overview of environmental sciences. The background info has been detailed but not too detailed so it remains interesting and relevant to the generalist.  I strongly recommend this course if you have any interest in environmental science. It is not too late to start now.
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Excellent instructors!! Very clear concise delivery. This has been a great series (Parts 1-4). It is worth seeing all 4 and you don't have to take them in sequence because they cover different aspects of the education system. Thank you Harvard for this great series of courses and to Edx for a great format!
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I am totally disappointed that 50% of the mark for grading is based on random student marking. It totally undermines the motivation to take this course. I will do the lectures for now to learn what I can then drop the course since there is no point in doing the graded work. Furthermore, having done dozens of MOOC's I have noticed one difference with the European approach. Courses like this based in Europe have way more technical content whereas the American courses are designed for the generalist. Personally I am looking for generalized knowledge on a topic, not highly technical details. I don't work in the fields I am studying so I do not need nor want to know how to calculate the maintenance coefficient in ton (CH2O) ton-1 (dry matter) per day within 5 digits. Yes that's the actual question on the exam in the second week. In short though I am interested in general knowledge about growing food crops, this course goes into and tests on way more detailed technical information than I would care to know.
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To be clear I have not reviewed the course content because I dropped the course as soon as I saw it was heavily weighted with random student marking which results in random marks which I consider to be very unfair.
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Excellent primer on contract law. Covers the basics and the prof is excellent. I strongly recommend this course to anyone because everyone can apply these well presented concepts on contract law to their daily lives
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This has been an excellent course. Our human relationship and dependence on forests for most of the people, mostly poor, in the world is covered brilliantly and succinctly. The information is well paced and thorough. You can't rush through it though, just listen carefully.
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This is a great course that I strongly recommend for anyone wanting an introductory look at the science around food and nutrition. You can enroll later without any problem (course work is due in March) and the course follows an easy pace yet is rich with good concise information. The real value of EDx MOOC's is that in an online world full of contradictory and bad information EDx will bring you information from the worlds top universities that you can rely on or see in the right perspective. This course is not as detailed as "Food for Thought" by McGillx so if you are looking for more in depth coverage of the same topic "Food for Thought" would be much better but for a quick overview this is the one.
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This is as engaging as Part 1. I strongly recommend anyone interested in American history to take this series. I look forward every week to the next lectures.
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It is a good example of the value of MOOC's for mass learning. Their effective use of visual learning tools makes this a interesting learning experience about the recent history of Japan. They state upfront that they can't cover all aspects of recent history and in fact the events covered is quite limited but they do an good job for the key events that they do cover and provide the opportunity to examine period paintings, etc. at a detail previously unavailable to the general public.
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This has been a very informative MOOC on the US education system and how it evolved. I am taking Part 3 that is currently in session and caught up on the series at the same time that fortunately is available though closed.
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The course was full of good information but rather disjointedly presented. Throughout the course they jumped back and forth across the century touching on issues without depth and cohesion. By the end there is a lot learned but in a haphazard way.
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This Part was much more focused providing deeper insights in to the period of time of Mao Tse Tung rule. It was well organized and I learned a great deal about this time in China's history. It is certainly critical to the understanding of modern China's evolution.
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This Part deals predominately with the 18th & 19th century when the world was changing rapidly through industrialization, technological advancements and rapidly advancing military aspirations. It becomes more clear that this course really has to skim the surface which it does well but unfortunately so much more could be said and taught about this period that it seems inadequate to touch on so many key events in China's history so lightly.
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I decided to see what our youth are being taught or expected to know before placement and I was surprised by the some of the errors I saw. For instance they referred to the ozone hole as being a consequence of greenhouse gases. Actually it is ozone depleting substances that are the cause of the ozone hole and it is true that some greenhouse gases are also ozone depleting substances, but they are still sowing confusion by mixing up climate change with ozone depletion, these are actually separate issues.
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This was a valuable edition to the China series. It is certainly a critical link between the ancient and modern era. Should take Part 1 & 2 before this one (you can leave out 3 without loss of continuity). I have learned far more about Chinese culture and history than expected.
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Excellent course, well delivered but it did have much more lecture time than most MOOC's so prepare to put in the hours. i considered the time well spent and wouldn't change a thing because so much material was covered as a result. I learned more than I expected and now feel I can speak as more of an expert on Confucius and those after him who interpreted him. Thank you Prof Slingerland, UBC and Edx for this challenging model MOOC.
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Course is full of great information and well organized. Learned more than I expected. I recommend you take the first China course in this series (SW12x) before this one because the first course provides a broad look at the starting point of Chinese history that provides a base for this second course. The historical period covered by this part (300 BCE to 450 AD) builds directly off the base outlined in the first part.
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It was a surface look at issues around future cities. It presented great references for more in depth study later. This is very quick and easy course that touched on issues and tools being used to improve the resilience of future cities.
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I strongly recommend this course as providing an excellent primer on water and health. I know something of the subject and I am very impressed by the high quality of information and presentation of this critical issue on human health. The teaching is very concise making the course seem easy even though it is conveying quite in depth quality information. Its focus is on infectious diseases from drinking water and how to prevent it so is relevant to anyone concerned about your health.
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Excellent course. This course gives a well rounded coverage of this whole issue and has been interesting throughout. This is a vast area so they can only go so deep but it succeeds in providing an overall look at this important topic. This is a model MOOC in that it gives you everything you can expect from a MOOC, high quality instructors teaching in a format easily accessible to the world.
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This course is heavily weighted towards essays (30% of the mark) and uses an AI computer to grade the essays that in my opinion is grossly unfair. You are probably being matched to a standard essay which punishes creativity or novel thinking. Students complained to no avail. So you spend hours putting your heart and soul into writing an essay only to get an insulting mark from a computer. In my opinion this is ridiculous and demotivating. In the end the whole thing is a waste of time cause you don't even get an explanation of why the computer gave you a crappy mark. No one knows so there is no learning from mistakes other than learn to regurgitate the lectures as much as possible because computer marking systems reward regurgitation over independent thought.
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This course exemplifies what is so great about EDx MOOC's. It provided the very best most reliable information on the Web on this topic in my opinion. I am an information junkie and I love MOOC's like this one because you get the latest and best summary of the science from the best people in the field. This course is well organized but does have a full workload. For me it was worth it but if you fall behind on the weeks I couldn't imagine you catching up easily. There is a fair amount of reading as well as lectures and the tests are challenging so you have to do the work to do well on the tests. However if you don't care about the mark there are excellent life improvement lessons in the lectures themselves and the latest in effective happiness tips based on the best science to increase happiness in your life. So you have a choice of taking what you like from the lectures at your convenience or challenging yourself by learning all the material thoroughly and be tested in a fair but challenging way.
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Excellent course as far as the teaching side goes on many aspects of Globalization in the world today. The course is very well organized which makes it relatively easy to complete while at the same time passing on a great deal of information. They need to get rid of the ridiculous marking tool they use for the Final Essay Exam. It is completely unfair. This represents the down side of MOOC's They can't come up with a fair way to mark essays without reading it themselves so they introduce completely unfair ways to mark essays making the students effort in writing essays a waste of time. Fortunately the mark percentage of the overall grade was low so impact of the unfairness was minimized.
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Highly informative course bringing students up to speed on improvements needed to the global health care system. The course not only brought in experts from around the world to provide their insights but also mobilized the views of the students from around the world to share their experiences on key topics. The result was a penetrating look at key ingredients for improvement. The effective instruction made the course feel relatively easy but in the end you will learn much.
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This has been an excellent course on one of the most important issues of our time. Prof Bacevich covered a lot of material quickly and thoroughly. The course material was easy to digest because it was so well organized. In my opinion this is one of those courses that every North American should take.
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This has been an excellent course, a great way to be introduced to anthropology. The course is well organized, interesting, the marking system is fair and free of any technical glitches that plague some courses. The technical side has been superbly handled (like other Queensland course I've taken) and the instructors have been great. I strongly recommend this course if you would like to learn something about anthropology and the world. The time commitment is light which is good if you don't have a lot of time.
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The course clearly has an agenda promoting removal of energy subsidies. In that sense it is like watching an IMF infomercial. If you want to hear the IMF view of the subject, take the course. If you want to know why your government is jacking up energy prices in some controlled markets like electricity, you'll find out why.
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This was an excellent course,.It is a history not just of American capitalism but a history of America. It provided far more depth and breadth than expected. The profs did an amazing job of covering this vast topic so succinctly in the time provided by the course. The course was well organized and well delivered. Staff quickly responded early in the course to concerns about quiz formats and "peer" reviewed grading. Their modifications on the fly were much appreciated. Thank you for this great course. I strongly recommend it.
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Very interesting, relevant course on this exciting new area of science that has so much potential to reveal breakthrough treatments for serious medical conditions. Well presented, challenging at times because of the scientific detail (the final exam was the toughest of any of the Edx courses I have taken but was very fair). Early in the course it seemed a little promotional in nature but by the end it proved its case. The seemingly promotional nature was just an expression of the enthusiasm the prof had for the subject and by the end I shared his enthusiasm. Genomics WILL provide a key role in identifying new pathways for treatment for currently fatal conditions as well as assist greatly in targeting treatments based on an individuals genome. I'll say no more, take the course.
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I have just completed this course and am very impressed. ANU and the course team did a fantastic job of expanding MOOC's into a multi-language format and bringing this course to the world. There is so much to discuss and explore on India that it was impossible to go in depth and I would love to see a Part 2, 3 & 4 to go even deeper into the subjects raised. In the time available the lecturers covered many disciplines and provided a great overview. The discussion forum in this course added to the depth by sharing information with Indians taking the course. The course team did a great job in fostering discussion to better utilize this resource and energy so as to improve the overall value of the course. Their innovation in this regard was very successful. I have not seen other MOOC's mobilize discussion as effectively. KUDOS to the course team and thank you for an informative MOOC. I very much hope this course team can develop more courses on specific aspects of India.
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This course was plagued by the worst grading glitches I've seen in a MOOC & I've completed 12 MOOC's now. Thankfully they are now fixed. Fortunately the audited version of the MOOC available now shouldn't have these problems because there is no grading. The course promotes one view of the privacy debate on the privacy paranoid side of the spectrum which some people may like. However it also provides a useful background on the technology, the law, the politics and the history around broadband usage and the governments power to monitor what you do with it.
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Well that was different!! I feel like I just walked out of a focus group and watched some info-mercials. I do see that "social physics" is a very relevant and interesting new field of study made possible by big data technologies and that it has many potential applications. But that's about it. At least it introduced me to the term "social physics".
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Excellent way to learn about this brilliant composer!!! The course is quick and easy (I completed it in a morning) and very educational. It is well worth the time. Thank you edX for another great course!!!
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Simple way to get the basics on life saving. The course is formatted to be very easy which hopefully will encourage many more to take it so that if we witness a medical emergency we could help save a life.
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Simple way to get the basics on life saving. The course is formatted to be very easy which hopefully will encourage many more to take it so that if we witness a medical emergency we could help save a life.
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So far this is proving to be a very intensive, in depth course that is well presented and well organized. I do question the time estimate for the course of 2-3 hours per week. There is way more material to go through than most courses. I'm finding it far more time consuming but the subject is very well examined.
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Another excellent UofQ course. Still time to sign up for the four mods that will take you through the basics of philosophical and critical thinking. I was really impressed how well they simply and concisely explain many of the logical fallacies people can fall into and how to avoid them. Great instructors!! Well organized!! Fair grading scheme!! I hope they extend the end date so more people can discover and benefit from this course.
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This is an excellent introductory course on anatomy. It is well organized and succinctly takes you through the basics of anatomy for those with a non-medical background like myself. Module 2 was particularly helpful in summing up the various systems in the human body. The videos were clear, articulate and effective at conveying an overview of human anatomy.
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Excellent course, well organized, very useful information. I have been very impressed with ASU courses and this one is no exception. It is an important topic, relevant to everyone and presents good science to base decisions on. I am happy to be taking this course.
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Excellent course. Interesting subject. General history of spaceflight and some of the science that is all well taught by an astronaut with real world experience. It was certainly worth the time but when it comes to space every answer triggers many questions.
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I actually took this course when it was called Introduction to Global Sociology. They have now broken it into three courses which is an excellent idea because the original course was long and time consuming. I loved this course and the instructor was excellent, a pleasure to listen to, clear and concise. The topic has some tragic case studies of inequity in the world that can be upsetting but through knowledge we will hopefully see the seeds of change, I strongly recommend this three course series.
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I actually took this course when it was called Introduction to Global Sociology. They have now broken it into three courses which is an excellent idea because the original course was long and time consuming. I loved this course and the instructor was excellent, a pleasure to listen to, clear and concise. The topic has some tragic case studies of inequity in the world that can be upsetting but through knowledge we will hopefully see the seeds of change, I strongly recommend this three course series.
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I actually took this course when it was called Introduction to Global Sociology. They have now broken it into three courses which is an excellent idea because the original course was long and time consuming. I loved this course and the instructor was excellent, a pleasure to listen to, clear and concise. The topic has some tragic case studies of inequity in the world that can be upsetting but through knowledge we will hopefully see the seeds of change, I strongly recommend this three course series.
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The presentation and tools used are excellent but the main point I learned is how difficult it is to read medieval script. My hat is off to Prof Smail whose understanding is absolutely invaluable for translating medieval texts and we certainly need to train others in this skill to continue translating all the remaining untranslated text. It certainly won't be me.
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I am not impressed with the courses heavy reliance on random student grading where your required essays are graded by random students resulting in random marks. Some courses limit random grading to 10% but this course uses it for 30% of the mark and you must do it to have any chance to pass. In my experience random marks serve little academic purpose and can by insulting and demotivating. I think this series does a great disservice to MOOC's by imposing it.
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This is an excellent series for a novice like myself. I admit that I came in not knowing an alto from a tenor. Prof Kelly has an excellent teaching style that teaches the basics of an oratorio through the in depth study of Handel's Messiah. It is a wonderful MOOC that demonstrates the value of MOOCs in providing any learner with a well rounded education.
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I am so impressed and surprised by what i learned in this course. I am a complete novice when it comes to symphony music and though I have always loved Beethoven's Ninth. i never knew the technical side of it. Prof Kelly's teaching style is so good that by the end I was able to discern aspects of the structure of the music that I never would have expected. He does a fabulous job of teaching the uninitiated.This is a great MOOC to broaden your knowledge into this field.
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Excellent basic course on CPR. Everyone should take it so that if circumstances require it, we may have the good fortune to save a life because of what we learned here. The course is quick and easy and well worth the time!!!
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This has been an excellent primer on Patent Laws. I am certainly looking forward to Part 2 which i assume will be focused on other intellectual property. Lecturer is clear and concise, easy to follow. Testing is very fair and appropriate. I like that the whole course is released at once so if you have the time you can work through it more quickly. I am very impressed!!!
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This is a brief course on human rights, very brief. I applaud Amnesty International on what they do generally & what they have started with this course, but its only a start.
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I think the series is really good and the format of a series of mini-MOOC's is excellent along with the grading scheme. I have to say that I found the subject matter of this one less interesting than the other modules in this series. The instructor and display technology was great but the subject was a little dry.
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Excellent mini-MOOC. This is the first module of the series and should be done if you are interested in this subject. Each module of the series focuses on one part of the overall course that can be completed in a much shorter time. I was able to focus on the topics of most interest however this module should be included since it gives a good background on the western origins of books. Excellent presentation and material.
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Excellent mini-MOOC. This module focuses on one part of the overall course that can be completed in a much shorter time. I was able to focus on the topics of most interest. Excellent presentation and material.
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This is a great little course!!! Short but full of solid information to give you the basics on steel. I found it very interesting. The instructor was excellent, very clear and concise. The teaching tools were excellent. I would love to see more of these mini-courses. They provide very interesting, useful information and are easy to complete. Well done!!!!.
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I took this course last year and it is one of the best MOOCs I have taken. Through the history of architecture you learn far more than expected on the development of civilization since they are inextricably linked. The professor has an excellent teaching style, very easy to follow. I strongly recommend this course.
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I am impressed by this course. The focus is fairly limited so may not be of interest to the broader public but I for one am very interested in the broader adoption of eHealth tools and fully support the initiatives presented in this course.
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This course is extremely well presented. It provides a brief but accurate and thorough summary of the mechanics of the Federal Reserve Bank. I was very impressed. Anyone you wants to understand the basic structure of the system quickly should take this course. The instructor is an extremely effective speaker. Looking forward to the next in the series.
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So far this is an excellent course particularly if you are interested in Western literary roots with reflections on war. Professionally organized this course does NOT fall into many of the pitfalls I have seen more and more with other edX courses which is a welcome change.
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So far this is a very informative course on a topic close to me since I have a dyslexic grandchild. I know something of the topic and this course is full of solid, helpful information to better understand this condition. Thank you U of London for putting on this excellent course.
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Excellent course, well organized. I learned a lot about the education systems current condition and where it can be improved. Discussion was interesting. It did have a heavier than usual reading component. The lectures were excellent, concise and informative.
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Great summary of the status and history of teacher policies within the US school system. Very informative and interesting presentation.
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I really enjoyed this Part. There is so much I have learned about Chinese history that was never taught in Western schools. This Part covers a very interesting period of time and a key part of the evolution of China. I look forward to Part 7.
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Very interesting stage of Chinese history is covered here. This Part fits well within the series and should ideally be watched in sequence with the other Parts of this series.
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Well this was a disappointment. Should be titled Poetry, Calligraphy and a story from Tang period. First two modules are worth going through, skip the rest or skip it altogether, I don't think it'll be missed from the series. Part 1 & 2 from the series are great. This part is disjointed. Hopefully Part 4 will be back in flow.
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Very interesting study of China. I intend to take the remaining parts. I did just take a course on Ancient Chinese Thought which covered the same period of time as this course but the other course had much more detail. This course is more of a surface look so it is easier and less time commitment which is fine because it still provides a great introduction and general look at the topic. Well worth taking.
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A great introduction to new ethics and approaches to water management or better yet living within water systems.Many great insights into a new way of thinking around water. Only disappointment was it was over so soon. It is a relatively short course. I hope they can get funding to expand to show more innovations. The ones they did show were inspiring.
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Another model MOOC by EdX! Excellent coverage of a very interesting time in our history. I looked forward every week to the next release. I am certainly looking forward to Part 2 that starts soon and recommend anyone interested in the subject to sign up for Part 2 even if you missed Part 1. The course is well paced so it seems relatively easy and provides a lot of good information by the time you are finished.
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The course is quite intensive in that there is a lot of work. Time commitment will be high but I learned more about Sociology and can see its application in the world though I must admit I have found other MOOC's much more interesting. It is a distressing topic since it covers serious exploitation in the world, in particular against garment workers so my reaction is certainly influenced by the depressing subject matter. Can't really improve the feeling of the course until the world starts treating its poorest workers better.
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This course turned out to be far more relevant than expected. It is well paced, well organized and Clay Cook is excellent at conveying useful skills for stress management. The course goes by easily because of his skills. Thank you Clay and to UWash for for a very helpful course and to EDx for bringing these fine courses to the world at no cost to us.
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This course has a completely ridiculous marking structure. 40% of the mark is based on randomly assigned students marking each other resulting in a random mark. There is nothing helpful about the process and it is demotivating for people who work hard on an assignment to receive a random mark as credit for work done. It undermines the credibility of MOOC's to introduce such a random structure for something like grading. I am not impressed.
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I liked this course. As a Canadian with friends and relatives in the US I have often wondered how the US Healthcare system works on the ground. This course answered all my questions. It was a detailed well paced course which helped me understand the evolution of health care in the US and how the Affordable Care Act impacts on it. Some students thought it had a liberal bias but I didn't see that but I also admit I am a liberal. I was surprised by how heavily politicized the provision of health care is state by state with many conservative states refusing to accept federal government paid for benefits for its citizens. When it comes to health care I am extremely grateful to live in Canada.
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Great course for a general understanding of medical imaging technologies. It is suitable for the layman except the MRI section that was overly technical (I want to know what an MRI does and does not do, I don't want to build one). All the other sections covering ultrasound imaging, CT. Pet & SPECT were very well explained and helpful to the non-professional.
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The course compacted a lot of diverse information and could probably been better organized over two courses. There were a variety a lecturers with different styles and quality. Some topics were well handled, others not so much and even promotional in nature like watching an industry ad. Overall it was a worthwhile course on important topics but they seriously messed up the grading in the end which was frustrating.