Dino 101: Dinosaur Paleobiology

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Dino 101: Dinosaur Paleobiology is a 12-lesson course teaching a comprehensive overview of non-avian dinosaurs. Topics covered: anatomy, eating, locomotion, growth, environmental and behavioral adaptations, origins and extinction. Lessons are delivered from museums, fossil-preparation labs and dig sites. Estimated workload: 3-5 hrs/week.
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10/10 starsDropped
3 years, 10 months ago
I loved the course. Vertebrate Paleontology has been a childhood interest of mine, and I still continue to pursue it. I started the course off strong. But, I couldn't finish it though because I had other school related activities to tend to while I was attending College in the States. Dr. Philip J. Currie is an awe inspiring instructor because he is very informative in his subject matter, based on his experience in the field and tends to explain things more clearly.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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3 years, 11 months ago
I really loved this course, the graphics were amazing and the lectures were intriguing, fun and full of interesting information. Even though the course material is sometimes difficult to follow, there are great lecture notes that accompany each video (not the slides or subtitles, but more like encyclopedia excerpts, and these were very nicely written and illustrated, and could serve as a book on its own). The quizzes were a bit too easy, and I liked the way you could pick your own pace since all the lectures and the quizzes were posted in advanced, but there were weekly e-mails giving insight into new material, but also in new paleontological discovery around the world. I'd recommend this course to anyone who wants to learn the scientific background about their childhood passion, and to be obnoxious among your friends by claiming that the most of the The Jurassic Parks is actually The Cretaceous Park!
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6/10 starsCompleted
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4 years, 3 months ago
This is a reasonable introduction to the subject, and would be great for kids interested in the topic (as most of them are!), but if you've already done any reading about dinosaurs don't expect to learn much that's new. It's definitely an introductory course (as the "101" title suggests).
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9/10 starsCompleted
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5 years ago
Very nice introductory course. It answers most questions I had - as well as those of us who were interested in the topic (maybe as kids) but did not get any formal training. If you've ever been interested in dinosaurs - and who hasn't? - then you should definitely check this course out. It's fun, informative, and light. There are no major flaws I can discern. Great job from the people at the University of Alberta! By the way, the materials are all put online in the beginning, so you're able to do the course in one go. That is excellent.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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  • 1 completed
5 years ago
Awesome course for any Dinosaurs fanatic, tons of interesting data, and provide a deeper understandig of the topic. More than a imprive this course most have a secule.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 7 months ago
A fun engaging class which makes good use of video from the field and the museum, as well as online tools. It's definitely a cut above the usual Powerpoints and all the instructors were extremely engaging. Even if you know something about dinosaurs you'll likely learn some things and enjoy doing so-- although it's certainly not a demanding course. The class is essentially self- paced. There's an end date to the class but that's about it. This worked pretty well for me in the context of this class. Watching the videos, reading the handout, and taking the short quiz for a given week took me less than an hour so I actually appreciated being able to do 3-4 at a time when I had a few hours to spare. As others have noted, this is ostensibly a 12 week course. However, given the flexibility of the schedule and the length of the individual segments, you could just as easily think of it as a 6 week course with 2 segments each.
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9/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 9 months ago
I am not an expert in this field.I took the course cause i am huge fan of Sir David Attenborough documentaries about nature and i am always up for courses like this. I can n't judge the proficient of the instructors or if what we have learnt in the course,cause i have no prior knowledge on the field. What i liked: \- Videos were short and easy to follow \- No prior Knowledge required \- Insructor was "jolly" \- The 3d viewer,provided in the lectures for the fossils was really nice \- The tour in the Museum of the University of Alberta during the lectures,was helpful \- The outdoor demonstration 'on the field' of the excavations of fossils was also nice \- A lot of sketches and pictures provided on the lectures \- The not hard weekly dates,made the course more flexible \- It was one the the few courses that could get actually CREDIT from the University that provides the Mooc if you paid some fee What i did not Like: \- The Quizzes wer... I am not an expert in this field.I took the course cause i am huge fan of Sir David Attenborough documentaries about nature and i am always up for courses like this. I can n't judge the proficient of the instructors or if what we have learnt in the course,cause i have no prior knowledge on the field. What i liked: \- Videos were short and easy to follow \- No prior Knowledge required \- Insructor was "jolly" \- The 3d viewer,provided in the lectures for the fossils was really nice \- The tour in the Museum of the University of Alberta during the lectures,was helpful \- The outdoor demonstration 'on the field' of the excavations of fossils was also nice \- A lot of sketches and pictures provided on the lectures \- The not hard weekly dates,made the course more flexible \- It was one the the few courses that could get actually CREDIT from the University that provides the Mooc if you paid some fee What i did not Like: \- The Quizzes were easy.A final exam or more difficult quizzes could make the course more proficient. \- 12 Weeks for a Mooc is kind of long Mooc,hard to stay until the end.8 Weeks would be better in my opinion.(Don't know if is is possible though cause the course is provided during the actual semester of the course in the Uni)
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6/10 starsCompleted
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4 years, 2 months ago
I have been in close contact with the dino world since I was little. First with toys (I am still collecting plastic dinosaurs), sci-movies, and later in evolution classes and science magazines. This course gave me the foundations needed to understand a little bit more these incredible criatures. The course is very well made, the videos especially. You can sense the love and proficiency of the teachers. A mix between "old" famous and young masters students paleontologists. The only thing I did not like about this MOOC is the scarce motivation to follow a real schedule. Maybe this course will improve is reduced and the timetable is more strict with difficult quizzes and one or two assignments.
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9/10 starsCompleted
  • 8 reviews
  • 7 completed
5 years, 9 months ago
I thought this course was great fun and very interactive. you culd build your own dinosaur, track the development of the earth and view fossils in a 3d viewer. the staff was fun and tried very hard to be engaging. Dinosaur lover or not, this is a fun class with really great information.
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