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This series created with National Geographic would be great for pros and novices alike. I've taken photo courses before including hands-on workshops and tours, but nothing as comprehensive as this. I can't recommend it enough. Even if you think you know photography, you're guaranteed to pick up valuable insights from this accomplished and engaging National Geographic photographer. Technical skills and techniques are covered, but it's all subtext to a larger focus on "seeing well." It's wonderfully produced by The Great Courses so you feel like you're looking through the lens with the photographer. Really great.
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This series is captivating, entertaining, and most importantly highly recommended for any manager. Valuable in work and in life. Highly organized and research-based. Professor Roberto is terrific.
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This course blew me away. What's being explored and discovered right now in the Andes and the Amazon completely debunks long-held beliefs about the origins of civilizations and human migration. This epic series is proof that we can never stop learning.
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Yes, yes, yes, I cannot recommend this course enough. It is one of the best courses I've listened to, and that's saying something because I've taken many. It's so good, I may have to listen to this one again. The title of this series is a little hard to wrap your head around, but suffice to say this course would be both fascinating and valuable to anybody curious about the world, whether you travel or not. It is also HIGHLY relevant if you deal with people from different cultures, even within this country (and who doesn't)? I got the audio version. It is not a visually-intensive course.
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This was The Great Courses' epic first series with The Culinary Institute of America. Chef Bill Briwa is a master instructor, and he jam-packs each session with valuable lessons, any of which would be worth the price of the course. I consider myself a very good cook, and I learned a ton. People with no kitchen experience tell me they loved it as well. The focus is on core techniques, and I will turn back to these lectures from time to time.
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Professor Albala's knowledge is vast and his enthusiasm for the subject is palpable. This is not a short course, but studying food throughout history presents a window into the entire evolution of civilization itself. Fun and informative, thirty six 30-minute lectures absolutely flew by. I listened to most on audio and watched just a few on video. Either format works fine. When visuals are required Professor Albala does a nice job of explaining.
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I have listened to dozens of The Great Courses and this remains one of my favorites. It is an outstanding 48-lecture survey of western history from the renaissance through the 20th century. This course should be required for any politician today. Professor Bucholz is an amazing storyteller. This course opened my eyes and changed my perspective on so many things. I loved it all, but have to say I was particularly blown away by the discussions that carried from the industrial revolution through WWII. Professor Bucholz beautifully weaved together the many causes of WW1 and how they ultimately led to WWII and the subsequent cold war.
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This is a completely different kind of survey course. This lengthy series picks apart common myths about American history. I listened on audio. My favorite lecture: The Myth of Laissez Faire, which debunks the notion that the industrial revolution was driven by laissez faire economic policies.
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I have completed 70 courses and without a doubt Professor O'Donnell is among the best instructors you'll find – entertaining, quick-paced, highly organized. In Turning Points of American History, every lecture begins with a story, then an outline of the points to be covered, and closes with a summary of why it represents a turning point. The course is a well-researched mix of the usual suspects (1776, Antietam, Watergate) plus insightful unexpected choices (baseball, National Parks, hookworm). This series will inform you, entertain you, and make you a better citizen. I can't wait for his new series on the gilded age and the progressive era.
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I listened to the audio version and can highly recommend it. As soon as Professor Allitt started talking in lecture #1 about John Smith, I started grinning. He is such a wonderful storyteller, and this course is the absolute perfect vehicle for his gifts as a historian! Professor Allitt has chosen 48 fascinating individuals to represent a range of qualities that are (or were) uniquely American, or contributed in a lasting and meaningful way to the character of this country. Each lecture paints a picture of a time and place in American History, and sculpts an intimate portrait of an individual from that time, while describing the lasting impact (good or bad) that person had on America. Some are familiar and obvious (Thomas Jefferson, Henry Ford, Ralph Waldo Emerson), but the vast majority of Professor Allitt's choices are the people less commonly studied who nonetheless had a fascinating and indelible impact on America ... people like John Wesley Powell, Edmund Ruffin, "Buffalo Bill" Cody, and Betty Friedan. It's fascinating listening. Professor Allitt is a gem. I have loved his other courses with The Great Courses and this one is just as good. At 48 lectures, it's a long one, but it will fly by quickly.
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This was my first course with Professor John McWhorter, and now I see why he's so popular. I listened to the audio version and it was fast-paced, energetic, and thought-provoking. Professor McWhorter will challenge everything you thought about grammar and what's considered "proper." The course starts by covering the history of English and challenging many popular notions about the origins of the language. He then goes on to tackle topics from speech to oratory to slang and texting. Looking forward to taking more of his courses.
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I listened to this course on audio and can highly recommend it in that format. It is not a short series -- 36 lectures averaging over 30 minutes each -- but it was an absolute blast. Professor Curzan is expert (she is among those who determine which words go into the dictionary), authoritative, and most importantly loads of fun. It's clear she loves what she does and it comes through. This course completely changed my perspective on the definition of "proper" language.
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This lecture series (which I listened to on audio) was pure ear candy. The professor is great, and his subjects are even greater. The focus is on the speeches more than the speakers, but you get some great tidbits about their approach as well.
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I purchased this for my aging and out of shape mother, and watched the first several lectures with her. The instructor is outstanding, engaging, and not preachy at all. The point of the course is to understand your body and what you're capable of, and to recognize that no matter your current shape, there are steps you can take to feel better and live longer. I would recommend this series to any adult.
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I listened to the audio version. This is a series for those who know medieval history and want to delve deeper re the politics of the Italian city states. Professor Bartlett assumes that the listener knows European history, particularly middle ages: Byzantines, Holy Roman Empire, Turks, the houses of Anjou, Habsburg, etc. With that as background, this series provides a survey of all the city states and their political (more than cultural) evolution, particularly vis a vis their relationships with Rome and the rest of Europe.
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I listened to the audio version. It was a fantastic listen. This course does overlap with the outstanding course from The Great Courses series Foundations of Western Civilization II by Professor Bucholz, but I couldn't begin to say which course is better. This one focused more on political and philosophical evolution: nationalism, conservatism, imperialism, capitalism, liberalism, communism, socialism, fascism, etc. But it's not a philosophy class. Professor Childers paints vivid pictures of the leaders of the day and of the circumstances that propelled Europe through the last 200 yrs.
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One of the first courses I listened to (I chose the audio version), and completely fascinating. It's not a long course -- just about 12 hours. Through a series of stories, you get a real sense of just how recently we relied on "science" that got it all wrong. This course makes you glad to be living in modern times, and makes you wonder how much more we still are getting wrong.
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I listened to this remarkable course on audio and finished it fairly quickly, considering it's a full 12+ hours of lecture material and role plays, plus an accompanying guidebook. The professor is abvolutely brilliant and this is probably the most directly practical course I've ever taken -- valuable for work, valuable for home, valuable for life. I will certainly come back to it over the years. Engaging and practical.
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This was my first course on EdX. Someday they'll figure out how to adjust the course material to the medium, but until then I'd rather not spend my time listening to a huge chunk of the lecture time spent on office hours, drop-add period, TA introductions, locations and times of recitation sections, exam and homework schedules. And you're mic'd, so you don't need to shout.