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Victor Campos Silveira

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* My Prior Experience: I had read a lot about Human Rights before. In fact, I was interested in taking my first MOOC in French. * Evaluation activities: There is a 10-question quiz every week and a final exam. * Good points: \- The lessons are usually well divided according to themes and support material are well utilised, contributing for a extremelly didatic course. \- Interviews and discussion forums effectively deepen some subjects discussed during classes. \- Quizzes could be done five times, permitting to improve the grade, if necessary. Moreover, due dates are extremely flexible. * Bad points: \- Sometimes, professors seem to be uncomfortable in front of the camera and it seems a little strange. Or maybe it was just a impression that I had... Overall evaluation: The course "Introduction aux droits de l'homme" effectively reached its objectives and maybe achieved some extra goals, presenting questions to be constantly thought afterwards. It was an excellent introduction to Human Rights: well planned and very clear. It was also an awesome French course: perfect for those who have learned the language and want to practice. No doubt, a good option! (Course taken between March and May 2014).
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* My Prior Experience: I was continuing the ChinaX course. This was the fifth part. * Evaluation activities: There are lots of quizz-like questions during the weeks and participation in discussion forums also is required. At the last week, there is a Final Assessment. * Good points: \- The lessons are well organised, with lots of supporting material and interview with experts, to aid understanding. \- Professor Bol - responsible for Part 1 to 6 - exposes subjects very well and Professor Kirby gives goods contributions during classes and debates. \- Some discussions emerged in Office Hours are very fruitful, since the professor and some experienced students can deepen some contents and clarify some questions. \- The whole course is divided in 10 mini-courses, and each part will keep open until the end of the entire course. Thus, flexibility is surely one of the best points of this MOOC. * Bad points: \- The sound is not perfect, but it is okay! That is a great progress! =D \- The obligation of participating in discussions sometimes becomes tiring, especially if you are doing the course after it had finished. * Overall evaluation: The fifth mini-course presents the History of China between the Yuan and the Ming Dynasties. Until now, this was the part I enjoyed most. I really recommend this course to those who want to know something about East. In fact, it goes beyond China. It is really awesome! (Course taken in May 2014).
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* My Prior Experience: I know how to connect my notebook to the Internet. =D * Evaluation activities: There is a 10-question quizz each week and a 30-question final exam. Besides, there are three optional peer graded essays, to improve one's grade. * Good points: \- Professor Chuck can easily transform a class into a informal setting, creating a relaxed atmosphere and making learning a fun process. \- The course team is always present in discussion forums, giving assistance to the students as well as possible. \- Although the final exam can only be taken once, quizzes can be taken several times, permitting students to rise their grades. Besides, peer graded essays are also good oportunities to improve their performance. * Bad points: \- The lessons are not perfectly organised: sometimes, class seems like just a chat, without any consistent supporting note or scheme, to help comprehension. \- Some presented interviews are not well contextualised. In fact, most of them extrapolate the necessary information to understand the theme and have no clear reason for being shown. \- The course is too long for its purpose. As an introduction for high-school students, it could be compressed in half the time. * Overall evaluation: All in all, I think "Internet History, Technology, and Security" was below my expectations. The course is divided in three topics, as sugested in the title; I only enjoyed the last one, about security. The others, about history and technology, were shown in a very disconcerted way. Nonetheless, I would recommend it for those who are completely new in the area, who really do not know nothing... (Course taken between February and April 2014).
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* My Prior Experience: I had listen to a lot of Jazz music before and I also studied Music Theory about 5 years ago. Nonetheless, I had no structural knowledge on the subject. * Evaluation activities: The evaluation is based on a continuous learning system through some question-and-answer programmes, supported by Cerego. * Good points: \- Professor Hellmer is very didactic: he explains subjects in an easy way and with simple word, utilising media resources as support, if necessary. \- The lessons are well divided and organised, contributing for a better understanding of each subject. \- Discussions are stimulated by the professor, after some video classes. Besides, advice is offered for those who want to improve their knowledge. \- Evaluation is based on continuous learning system with flexible due dates, which gives the students the oportunity to learn without pressure. * Bad points: \- The history of Jazz is not presented in chronological order. Despite its didatical purpose, one could get a little confused by the order facts are displayed. \- Although the question-and-answer programmes are good tools for learning, it becomes boring if you learn the subject before you achieve complete goal. * Overall evaluation: In the end, "Jazz Appreciation" was an outstanding course! It exposed the main trends of Jazz, from the 1920's to nowadays, explaining the key characteriscs of each era. After weeks of course, one is not satisfied! In fact, I want more and I am waiting for some Prof. Hellmer's new course... It is really great!!! (Course taken between January and March 2014).
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* My Prior Experience: I have listened a lot to the Beatles. That was all... * Evaluation activities: There was a 10-question quizz each week and a 21-question final exam at the last week. * Good points: \- As well as in History of Rock, Professor Covach continues extremelly didactic. \- The lessons are well organised and presented according the chronological order of recording, contributing for a better understanding of each subject. \- Evaluation is based on quizz and one can do it three times, demanding little time and permiting to improve the grade, if needed. * Bad points: \- Due to copyright, there is no song during any class, demanding that students look for songs over the Internet. This may take much time of some people. * Overall evaluation: The course is short and very exciting. "The Music of the Beatles" really makes one listen to the group in a new perspective, since it presents a connection between all the albums of the British band. It is stongly recommended for those who loves Rock 'n' Rock and wants to understand the importance of the Beatles to world music and, especially, for the Beatlemaniacs. (Course taken between February and March 2014).
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* My Prior Experience: I studied Logic during my graduation course, acquiring deep knowledge on the subject. * Evaluation activities: For each of four units, there are four quizzes; among theses four, the quizz in which one have the best grade is the one that counts for the final grade. * Good points: \- Classes are developed with a lot of humor: professor really can use humor to teach. \- Subjects are usually well exposed and evaluation exercises never demands more than taught during video classes. \- There is huge flexibility regarding to due dates. * Bad points: \- Due to the extension of the course, it sometimes gets boring and exhausting. \- Statement of accomplishment delayed almost two months to be issued * Overall evaluation: Despite too long and fatiguing, "Think Again: How to Reason and Argue" is a good and funny course that explain the principles of Logic in an easy way, as it uses almost no symbology. I would recommender it for those who have interest in the subject, but especially for those who need or want to learn Logic and have some troubles to do it. (Course taken between August and November 2013).
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* My Prior Experience: I usually read about International Relations. * Evaluation activities: There are 10-question weekly quizzes and two peer-graded essays. * Good points: \- Professor Kiichi Fujiwara is very didactic and his video lessons are well organised and divided, contributing to a better understanding of subjects. \- The course has a good rhythm, neither too quick nor too slow, providing good explanation and good examples of each concept. \- There are good exercises: the quizzes contribute to fix some ideias and the essays also make students think about discussed themes. * Bad points: \- There are no rubric for essays, so one does not know exactly the evaluation criteria. * Overall evaluation: "Conditions of War and Peace" was an excellent introductory course about relations between countries. I would recommend it for anyone interested in a first contact with the subject, since it does not demand any prior knowledge. An awesome introduction to International Relations! (Course taken between October and November 2013).
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* My Prior Experience: Despite all Rock and Roll songs when I was a teenager, I coursed "History of Rock, Part One"... * Evaluation activities: There is a 30-question quizz every two weeks, which one can try three times. * Good points: \- Professor Covach is extremelly didactic: he always finds the best words to use, even when it is necessary to talk about technical aspects, such as tempo, tone or rhythm. \- The lessons are well divided and organised, contributing for a better understanding of each subject. \- There are lots of discussions and Professor Covach participates of them as much as possible. \- Evaluation is based on quizz and one can do it three times, demanding little time and permiting to improve the grade, if needed. * Bad points: \- Despite easy, the course is very high-paced: some subjects are not deepened, other are not even mentioned. This second part is specially much quick than the first: sometimes it is almost an enumeration of bands of a style. \- Due to copyright, there is no song during any class, demanding that students look for songs over the Internet. This may take much time of some people. * Overall evaluation: In my viewpoint, "History of Rock, Part Two" was also awesome! Although I prefered the first part, it also went beyond my expectations and it helped me to expand my Rock knowledge. I recommend this course for all Rock lovers... You won't regret! Rock on! (Course taken between July and August 2013).
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* My Prior Experience: Well... I have listen to Rock and Roll since I was a teenager. That is all! * Evaluation activities: There is a 30-question quizz every two weeks, which one can try three times. * Good points: \- Professor Covach is extremelly didactic: he always finds the best words to use, even when it is necessary to talk about technical aspects, such as tempo, tone or rhythm. \- The lessons are well divided and organised, contributing for a better understanding of each subject. \- There are lots of discussions and Professor Covach participates of them as much as possible. \- Evaluation is based on quizz and one can do it three times, demanding little time and permiting to improve the grade, if needed. * Bad points: \- Despite easy, the course is very high-paced: some subjects are not deepened, other are not even mentioned. \- Due to copyright, there is no song during any class, demanding that students look for songs over the Internet. This may take much time of some people. * Overall evaluation: In my opinion, "History of Rock, Part One" was awesome! It really exceeded my expectations and I became more interested in Rock and Roll than ever. I recommend this course for all Rock lovers... You won't regret! (Course taken between May and July 2013).
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* My Prior Experience: I had studied Logic throughout my graduation course, acquiring deep knowledge on the area. I would like to know Coursera website. * Evaluation activities: There is a quizz about each topic. However, at the end of the course, there is a final exam, when students can improve their grades. * Good points: \- The course is offered by one of the most important universities of the world on Logic. \- Professor Genesereth made his book avaiable during the classes, in order to students improve their knowledge on the theme. \- The final exam gives a chance to enhance one's score. * Bad points: \- Some subjects are quickly exposed in the video lessons, often requiring much time. \- There are not enough exercises for a Logic course, demanding that students look for additional activities. \- There is a mass evasion in first weeks of the course, since many people have much trouble. * Overall evaluation: In my opinion, "Introduction to Logic" was a very interesting course, albeit I expected it would be easier. Regardless of the name, it goes beyond a mere introduction, proposing proofs from six or seven basic inference rules, when most of introduction to Logic courses usually utilise the double of rules. Therefore, I would recommended it for those who have already studied Logic and want to deepen their knowledge on the subject. (Course taken between April and May 2013).
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* My Prior Experience: I had taken "History of Rock", offered by Prof. John Covach, from University of Rochester. In fact, it seems to be a good idea to complete Prof. Covach's course first, if possible. * Evaluation activities: There is a 10-question quizz every week. Participation in discussion forums also is required. There is also an opitional project plan, which consisted in building a timeline about the birth of Rock and Roll. * Good points: \- The lessons are, in general, well organised, following a logical connection between music, technology and history. \- Professor Carlson is always present in the discussion forums, stimulating debates and aiding students as well as possible. \- Quizzes can be done several times, permiting to improve the grade, if needed. Moreover, due dates are considerably flexible. \- The opitional project plan, required for those who want a Statement of Accomplishment with Distinction, is very exciting. To build a timeline contributes to organise some ideas and better understand the progress of facts that caused the rise of Rock and Roll. * Bad points: \- Some themes are divided between two week with no need, impairing thinking on the subject. \- Mandatory discussions sometimes are boring. Although it stimulates interaction, people also write things they do not want to, just to achieve the established aim. * Overall evaluation: It is quite interesting! "Music's Big Bang: The Genesis of Rock 'n' Roll" makes a travel in the period before the rhythm until its first generation of Rock stars, showing their influences over later groups. It is a way of focusing on the first years of Rock 'n' Roll and broading the knowledge on this period. Well... I advise you: Take it! It worths every minute you spend on it! (Course taken between March and May 2014).
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* My Prior Experience: I could point China in a map. Besides, I knew too little about this Asian country. * Evaluation activities: There are lots of quizz-like questions during the weeks and participation in discussion forums also is required. At the last week, there is a Final Assessment. * Good points: \- The lessons are well organised, usually following a logical and chronological order. \- Professor Bol - responsible for Part 1 to 6 - exposes subjects very well and Professor Kirby gives goods contributions during classes and debates. \- Some discussions emerged in Office Hours are very fruitful, since the professor and some experienced students can deepen some contents and clarify some questions. \- The whole course is divided in 10 mini-courses, and each part will keep open until the end of the entire course. Thus, flexibility is surely one of the best points of this MOOC. * Bad points: \- The sound has serious problems: it is very low. \- The obligation of participating in discussions sometimes becomes tiring, especially if you are doing the course after it had finished. * Overall evaluation: This is the first part of ChinaX and it covers from the origins of China to the Warring States (around 200BC), passing through the Shang and the Zhou Dinasty. It is a good course, especially for presenting a new viewpoint about History. I loved to put aside my Eurocentric formation and learn a little about a traditional Eastern civilisation. It puts things in perspective!!! (Course taken in March 2014).
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* My Prior Experience: I had finished the three previous mini-courses about China, offered by Harvard University. * Evaluation activities: Nothing special. There are lots of quizz-like questions during the weeks and participation in discussion forums also is required. At the last week, there is a Final Assessment. * Good points: \- The lessons are well organised, with lots of supporting material and interview with experts, to aid understanding. \- Professor Bol - responsible for Part 1 to 6 - exposes subjects very well and Professor Kirby gives goods contributions during classes and debates. \- Some discussions emerged in Office Hours are very fruitful, since the professor and some experienced students can deepen some contents and clarify some questions. \- The whole course is divided in 10 mini-courses, and each part will keep open until the end of the entire course. Thus, flexibility is surely one of the best points of this MOOC. * Bad points: \- The sound! The sound!!! I cannot believe they did not fix the sound yet! \- This part, in particullar, has too much texts too read, so that it becomes almost impossible to conciliate this course with other activities. In fact, I read just a few texts. \- The obligation of participating in discussions sometimes becomes tiring, especially if you are doing the course after it had finished. * Overall evaluation: This forth part of ChinaX focuses on the transition from Tang to Song Dynasty, presenting its philosophical, political, social and economic changes. Comparing to other parts, I think this one was more exhausting. Nonetheless, as a sequence of a whole course, it is an important course as well. (Course taken between April and May 2014).
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* My Prior Experience: I was following the sequence of courses provided by Harvard. * Evaluation activities: Nothing has changed. There are lots of quizz-like questions during the weeks and participation in discussion forums also is required. At the last week, there is a Final Assessment. * Good points: \- The lessons are well organised, with lots of supporting material to aid understanding. Interviews with experts were used in this course too. \- Professor Bol - responsible for Part 1 to 6 - exposes subjects very well and Professor Kirby gives goods contributions during classes and debates. \- Some discussions emerged in Office Hours are very fruitful, since the professor and some experienced students can deepen some contents and clarify some questions. Some videos of Prof. Bol discussing with their students in classroom were included in this part. \- The whole course is divided in 10 mini-courses, and each part will keep open until the end of the entire course. Thus, flexibility is surely one of the best points of this MOOC. * Bad points: \- The sound remains the main problem. I cannot believe no one in Harvard can solve it! \- The obligation of participating in discussions sometimes becomes tiring, especially if you are doing the course after it had finished. * Overall evaluation: The third part of ChinaX covers the Tang Dynasty and its cosmopolitan culture, since it spreads their values around the world, from Far East to Near East, passing through Indian Ocean. In this part, poetry and calligraphy are analised in depth. It was worthy to continue the course. I enjoyed very much! (Course taken in March 2014).
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* My Prior Experience: I had finished ChinaX, Part 1, one week before. * Evaluation activities: Basically the same as the first part. There are lots of quizz-like questions during the weeks and participation in discussion forums also is required. At the last week, there is a Final Assessment. * Good points: \- The lessons are well organised, usually following a logical and chronological order. Besides, some interviews were included in this part. \- Professor Bol - responsible for Part 1 to 6 - exposes subjects very well and Professor Kirby gives goods contributions during classes and debates. \- Some discussions emerged in Office Hours are very fruitful, since the professor and some experienced students can deepen some contents and clarify some questions. \- The whole course is divided in 10 mini-courses, and each part will keep open until the end of the entire course. Thus, flexibility is surely one of the best points of this MOOC. * Bad points: \- The sound still has serious problems: it is very low. \- The obligation of participating in discussions sometimes becomes tiring, especially if you are doing the course after it had finished. * Overall evaluation: This second part of ChinaX covers especially the Qin and Han Dynasties, as well as their main characteristics, such as government, culture, philosophy etc. It was an excellent sequence, brief and deep. I really recommend it for those who want to learn something about this new contemporary power. (Course taken in March 2014).