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Wendy Wilson

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My favourite Coursera course so far. Let me first state that I am not a "science" person - as soon as I was aboe to in my schooling, I dropped all science classes. Prof Bloomfield is a wonderful teacher who is obviously very passionate about physics and keen to share that passion with students. Loved the demonstrations of the various physics concepts - that helped it all make sense in ways my schoolteachers never did. Would highly recommend this to anyone with a fear of physics. If Prof Bloomfield creates more of these courss, I will be the first to sign up!
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Excellent information in this course, very applicable to everyday life. Dan Ariely is an engaging teacher and I enjoyed all of the video lectures. Two downsides for me: 1- the weekly required readings were all articles from professional publications that I often found extremely dense and difficult to understand. Dan's books were much more accessible and generally contained chapters on these same studies and presented the info in a much easier to understand language. The books were not required reading but I recommend getting them. 2-the 85% threshold for a certificate is higher than most Coursers courses. Most of the ones I've taken set 70% as the threshold for a certificate and 85% for certificate with distinction. The grading policy in this course was set up so that the lecture quizzes, readings quizzes and a written assignment were worth 33.33% EACH. I did not do the written assignment (I could not come up with what I felt was a creative/original solution to a behavioural problem and having been through peer assessments did not feel like being criticized for not being original) so although I did really well on quizzes and demonstrated understanding of the material I did not receive any certificate. Besides those 2 points, I would recommend this course.
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Lots of information in this course! Mitch Green covers so much ground - it's very wide-ranging in content. I did not do many of the recommended readings but still got quite a lot from the course. Prof Green is a wonderful teacher, explaining the various concepts of self clearly. Some may have found this distracting but I personally enjoyed that he filmed the lectures in different places, sometimes inside, sometimes outside. I especially enjoyed the lectures filmed on his back deck and ALL lectures that included the beautiful Clementine, his dog.
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I did enjoy this course - partly because it gave me the chance to use in practice things I learned in another Coursera course (Duke University's "Think Again: How To Reason And Argue"). While I found the video content in "Critical Thinking" to be very short in length compared to other Coursera courses I have or am taking (which was both a blessing - since I was enrolled in 3 other courses at the same time - and a curse - I would have liked more in-depth information and discussion or more examples), I did find the Global Challenges assignments quite interesting. Those gave me a chance to dig deeper into a topic, using the basic information provided in the lectures. I was impressed with the look of the videos and presentation of the instructors. Overall, this was a great introduction to critical thinking. If you were to offer a follow- up course, I would be very likely to enroll. Thanks to all at University of Edinburgh!!