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Taught by an affable and enthusiastic professor. It's a fine survey of the history of rock music that moves at a good clip. Lectures are well-delivered and peppered with interesting trivia bits. Best parts were when the inherently fascinating and fun material intersected with social and political currents of its time...such as a discussion on the sudden 'demise' of disco or how James Brown did not water down his black identity and yet achieved mainstream success and acceptance. I have the occasional quibbles of certain inclusions such as The Bangles and some major exclusions (no mention of ABBA or CHIC) of certain musical acts but that is to be expected given the rich genre that it is.
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The well-paced lectures were most illuminating because the instructor, Prof. Fujiwara was adept at bringing out the various nuances, complexities and paradoxes that lie within this field.
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Unfortunately i had to drop out due to lack of time but i just want to mention that Dr. White's and Dr. Macnow's lectures on the anatomy were super clear and very well-paced. I hope to redo the course sometime in the future.
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Dr. Harari delivers a set of highly approachable and very provocative lectures that should blow most peoples minds away...and i'm not even exaggerating. Even though this MOOC runs for a much longer time (4 months) than the average one, it is well worth your time as you will not view humankind in the same perspective again.
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A solid presentation of diabetes, somewhat heavy on both theory, clinical research and practical information for diabetics. Pretty dense with information and can be challenging in parts for those coming from non-medical backgrounds...but then again diabetes is a complex multi-layered disease along with its complicated treatments so the instructors wisely choose not to over- simplify the material. The students who hang on and patiently go through the material will come away with a pretty good appreciation for the complexities of the illness. A whole week was focused on dental health and how that is strongly related to diabetes and for me, that was a welcome addition. The final week was also somewhat challenging with an introduction of the various ongoing cutting edge research to improve the health outcomes of diabetics.
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A justly very well-received course. Like the ModPo (Modern and Contemporary Poetry) course, this MOOC sets a really high standard for its accessibility, quality of content, fun factor and sheer enthusiasm. The lively instructor, Prof. Alcock and her team, has thoughtfully constructed a multi-layered educational experience - great lecture content delivered with passion, very active discussion board, many extra features that were fun to discover and interact, strong presence of the professor and teaching assistants in the discussion threads, fun assignments - every week we had three interesting choices! It was simply a great introduction to the field.
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Who knew Epidemiology, the study of epidemics and infectious diseases could be so much fun? The professors at Penn State have carefully constructed a highly accessible primer to this field - short video lectures accompanied by cute animation and graphics to underscore salient points. I also enjoyed them taking the time to reconvene each week to answer the student's questions. It's a feature that more MOOCs should have. The discussion boards were pretty lively as well as the students were truly fascinated by the subject. Another unexpected cool bonus was that 2 separate online games, Vax! and MOOCdemic, were created so that students could apply some of the principle lessons. Some of the optional reading material however was significantly more challenging to grasp compared to the video lectures as they were research papers.
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Somewhat interesting look at socio-political forces on education and wealth distribution in China based on found data. Also interesting to see how the professor made the point that some of those trends were distributed more fairly in China in comparison to western nation. That, of course generated significant discussion and debate on the board. The quizzes were not so well- conceived.
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This is what every MOOC should aspire to be - a passionate, encouraging and kind instructor, carefully selected study material, a very active discussion board filled with enthusiastic students, the instructor and the teaching assistants having a very strong presence on the discussion boards, weekly live panel discussions whereby students could phone in, well-produced video 'lectures' or discussions. It was amazing to witness a community that was quickly formed during this course and it has continued to exist via facebook and elsewhere after the course has ended. I checked out this course just out of curiosity to see the pedagogy behind it and was very impressed. Not many other MOOCs i suspect approach this really high standard that this course has set for itself. The peer reviews remain a weaker point in the course but there again it tries to mitigate it by the instructor choosing to post ALL of our writing assignments onto the board so many more students could respond to it. That, i thought was a great idea given the variance of quality in the peer reviews. So BRAVO, Prof. Filreis and Julia and the teaching assistants plus the rest of the support team. It's no wonder why so many fell in love with this course and have returned to the second run of it.
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A very well-taught but challenging course especially for someone like me who has scant prior knowledge of biology and genetics. Pretty dense with information but lectures were delivered with clarity by Prof. Conradt. Through her teaching, i got a good peek into the rigorous thought-process of a scientist. It's a fascinating field and well-worth taking as it plays a crucial role in the treatment of many auto-immune diseases, cancers and malignancies. A bonus feature that i liked was the professor taking time out to answer a small handful of questions posed by the students. Plus the teaching assistants did a great job of interacting with the students on the discussion boards.
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Professor Pattison is quite the performer in this course as he carefully lays the groundwork and teaches the necessary concepts and tools for the students to use in the crafting of a song. His expressive and emotive lectures are very approachable and enjoyable to watch and they were presented in a very systematic manner. I appreciate his demystification of the songwriting/lyric writing process and the subtext that you need a combination of sheer talent and hard work to create exceptional songs. It's just too bad that the peer reviews are sometimes less than satisfactory here. I would recommend to just stay for the lectures.
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Excellent introduction to various aspects of animal behaviour and the profound influence of evolution. Fascinating and fun as many different types of animals were used as examples to illuminate the concepts. Very well-taught with just the right amount of content and difficulty...though i felt the material did get progressively more difficult towards the final weeks of the course. Great to see the bonus feature of guest appearance of other animal researchers as well as the written assignment of composing an article for the lay public based on a research paper. The latter turned out to be a good exercise of communicating scientific concepts and methodology and results without resorting to scientific jargon.
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A good solid introduction to nutrition. Taught by an affable instructor. Appreciated that she conducted live open chats with students. Contains a lot of fascinating and enlightening info such as what kinds of health claims can a food manufacturer make and claims that are not approved by the American Food and Drug Administration. The video lectures are a bit overproduced with flashy graphics but can be easily overlooked. I also appreciated the many outside web links that were provided in the course.
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A fun and enlightening course, well taught. You can tell Prof. Higgins is not only extremely good at explaining the cinema vocabulary but also his enthusiasm and love for film is evident. It was fascinating to hear the influence of vaudeville as well as business and technical considerations that shape this art form and continue to do so. The films of various genres that were covered in this course (students were expected to seek them out) were great choices too.
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Intriguing course, well-taught by a straight talking professor. Material was engaging, as it focused on the difficult dilemmas that arise in organ transplantation, flu pandemics and other health related issues. I especially enjoyed the discussion of the philosophical basis behind much of the policies that govern the allocation of scarce medical resources. It certainly gives you a lot to think about. Also good presentation of historical examples when medical resources were scarce. Lectures were delivered/taped in a lecture hall and very occasionally, the sound quality was mediocre. One more minor quibble - For some reason, the professor did not sign the certificate of completion.
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Solid introduction to the field. Could be quite challenging for those who don't have a strong background in biology and chemistry like myself. Enjoyed the assignments and exams which focused on application of the material, testing us through the use of brief case studies.
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Even though this MOOC is geared towards the dental health providers, it is still a helpful course for those who want to improve their own dental health and their loved ones. Typical of all UCSF medical courses that i've taken, it delivers a lot of information. However, this one stands out because many of the salient points are unfortunately driven home one too many times and the lectures move at a slower pace. Still, the proposed diagnostic and treatment protocol that is offered here is solid as it is evidence-based.
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Fun and fast-paced survey of the history of rock music right up to the late 1960s. Well-delivered lectures by an enthusiastic professor. Great to see hear various discussions of the social, cultural and political impacts on this vibrant art form. It was a pity that no thanks to draconian copyright issues, no sound clips of the songs covered appeared in the video lectures but it turned out to be a non-issue as students quickly assembled collections of music related to the course and shared them with other students.
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Very good primer on taking care of elders with this terrible disease. Instructors gave many helpful hints and practical suggestions in this course. The lectures were well-delivered and organized and rightly emphasized on the importance of being compassionate. Many other helpful web links were also provided in this course.
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This was an impressively taught course, geared specifically towards clinicians and others in the medical community but less so for those who have no ties to the medical field like me. And yet, I loved this course so much because the instructor, Dr. Lucey and her colleague did such a great job of delivering the lectures, that i, as a lay person was able to follow and understand the material (some of it quite sophisticated stuff) every step of the way right to the end. I listened to the lectures and took careful notes but did not do the assignments as i lacked the medical training. This course offers invaluable insights into the mind of a working physician as you got to learn the different cognitive processes when diagnosing a patient. This will then allow you to differentiate a competent doctor from a Great doctor.
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Excellent set of straight-forward lectures by Dr. Offit. I particularly found the history of the development of the various forms of vaccines and the debunking of the specific issues and concerns that are harbored by those who are anti-vaccination to be most illuminating.
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Extremely well-planned and executed course. The layout of the material was impressive. Lectures were delivered well with a touch of attitude. Excellent introduction to the field and the many exciting applications of its technology.
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Excellent introduction on the subject. I particularly appreciated the fact that Prof. Oakes provided a fair critique of his own field early in the course itself which was pretty refreshing. He was very good at carefully bringing out the important nuances in the concepts and bringing to light the pitfalls that could lie before a researcher in the field.
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Very accessible and informative course for the general public and i highly recommend it as you never know if you could help save someone's life in the future. Lectures were very clear and well-presented and had a good pace. It was great to see how medical science is working hard to improve the odds of survival for someone who has a cardiac arrest. The overview of the cutting edge approaches were fascinating.
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Very well-taught course by 2 enthusiastic professors. Can be challenging for those will little background in biology and physics but the rewards are ample for those who persevere. Material was always nothing less than fascinating and compelling plus they were well-organized and framed against the principle of homeostasis. Exams are also challenging as they are timed and many questions test your application of the knowledge and principles as opposed to rote memorization. The discussion boards were great as the instructors presence was felt as well as students helping other students to tackle the material.
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Taught by an exceptionally warm instructor. Dr. Bic delivers a good solid and approachable overview of the field. Also notable for her motherly instincts for her students. Loaded with extra reading links and sites to check out.
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Probably the best of the nutrition courses out there as the material is well- delivered, well-organized and packed with useful information for the general public to adopt - Information that is based on solid evidence-based research. Course could have been even stronger if the instructor had either participated in some of the discussion threads or at least responded to them or even invited students to pose questions to her and she could answer a selection in a video clip. This, i feel, is important as nutrition is a field that is hotly contested as many people carry all sorts of misinformation.
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First the pluses - Prof. Moreno is more than well versed in his field and he provided a fairly quick overview of many provocative issues that are current being grappled within the field. The material delivered in a simple series of lectures from his office will leave you a tad uneasy and that's a good thing. The minus - The course was basically hobbled by poor sound quality. I hung on to the end because the content of the lectures were truly fascinating. Hopefully if it runs again that would improve vastly. It would have been better if the slide content were to be incorporated into the video lectures themselves. I get the feeling that they were produced at the last minute.
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Recommended not only to those who are curious about this 'trendy' Nordic cuisine and it's health related properties but also how (ie. the methodology) the researchers have gone about to measure the health impact of this diet on certain segments of its population. Lectures were fairly short and very accessible but it remains to be seen how well some of its key concepts such as foraging, sustainability could translate in a world dominated by corporate forces.
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A fairly well-organized and quick overview of the impact of nutrition and physical activity on health.
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Lectures were very short and seemingly thin on substance...that is until you started to ponder on it and apply. Not all the weeks video lectures were great but the discussion boards were lively. The final week on time travel was very intriguing and was a high point of the course.
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Interesting, fair-minded and somewhat breezy overview at the current state American foreign policy and how history has shaped it. The most enlightening and helpful bit of the course was when Prof. Jentleson taught us to analyze specific policies through four core principles - Power, Peace, Prosperity and Principles. As such, one comes away with an understanding of the many contradictions or opposing forces that are at play in foreign policy making. Predictably, some of the discussion threads were very lively. In the final week, the prof. truncated the section on Africa in order to devote some time impressing us on the crucial issue of global warming and how that relates to foreign policy.
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A quick and solid introduction to the principles of marketing and some of its current trends are well delivered by three professors from one of the top business schools in the U.S. Material is pretty straight forward, peppered with lots of examples and a single case study.