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Wilko Dijkhuis

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I disagree passionately with deicidereigns, Although funny, brief and in its own way very profound, this course is definitely not the best in its class. That honer, without doubt, go's to: e-learning and digital cultures For more (or should I say, for substancially very litle) have a look at: http://coursetalk.org/e-learning-and-digital-cultures-edinburgh
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View this course as a master class in statistics. Jeff Leek is a master statistician; he shows how experts do academic statistical research. To benefit from this course you should: • Know about statistics beyond the basics • Be familiar with the process of doing academic research • Be able to write research reports in English • Be comfortable with the R statistical package (tip: do the course “computing for data analysis” before you try this one) • Want to become an academic statistical researcher yourself. This is a very rich course. A pretty good statistician, probably could do this course three times in a row, and learn new things each time he did it. There are two challenging assignments which each take say 20 hours to complete (but when you really dig into them, you easily can spend 60 hours on each). Watching the lectures and doing the quizzes took me about 10 hours each week. The professor is an expert statistician; he is not an expert teacher. You probably need good study skills to follow his presentations. This is definitely not an easy introduction; it is more a statistics course for statisticians. For those who want to become serious about statistics this is a great course.
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You probably heard stories about artists that bought a can of sardines, smuggled it into a museum and placed it on a pedestal. Next day visitors look at the sardine can, use their art appreciation skills to interpret it, go home and tell their friends about the wonderful transformative experience they had. This course basically is such a can of sardines. Somehow the authors smuggled it onto the Coursera site. A very nice course for those who want to practice art appreciation skills or blog about deep transformative experiences.
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The fun way to learn python, sometimes it is hard work but you hardly notice. The professors really designed this course very carefully. It works very well, excellent design. excellent presentation, you learn a lot (coding in Python, intro in object oriented programming) and you have lots of fun.