Energy, the Environment, and Our Future

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Energy, the Environment, and Our Future

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Coursera online courses
Coursera's online classes are designed to help students achieve mastery over course material. Some of the best professors in the world - like neurobiology professor and author Peggy Mason from the University of Chicago, and computer science professor and Folding@Home director Vijay Pande - will supplement your knowledge through video lectures. They will also provide challenging assessments, interactive exercises during each lesson, and the opportunity to use a mobile app to keep up with yo...
Coursera's online classes are designed to help students achieve mastery over course material. Some of the best professors in the world - like neurobiology professor and author Peggy Mason from the University of Chicago, and computer science professor and Folding@Home director Vijay Pande - will supplement your knowledge through video lectures. They will also provide challenging assessments, interactive exercises during each lesson, and the opportunity to use a mobile app to keep up with your coursework. Coursera also partners with the US State Department to create “learning hubs” around the world. Students can get internet access, take courses, and participate in weekly in-person study groups to make learning even more collaborative. Begin your journey into the mysteries of the human brain by taking courses in neuroscience. Learn how to navigate the data infrastructures that multinational corporations use when you discover the world of data analysis. Follow one of Coursera’s “Skill Tracks”. Or try any one of its more than 560 available courses to help you achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Get Rich and Save the Earth…Or Else! Learn about the past, present, and possible futures of human energy use.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 8 months ago
Super super experience. I am reviewing this after having finished the course requirements yesterday although the course is still technically not over. Positives - 1\. The course is hosted by two professors. Dr Richard and Dr. Seth. While Dr. Seth prefers to stay hidden behind his course material (his material is damn good though), it is Dr. Richard who is the face of the course and keeps you heavily engaged with his sheer passion and perspective. You instantly and instinctively know you are with an real subject matter expert and who enjoys doing what he does. He makes the course very very engaging. 2\. The course feels very comprehensive if you are getting into this domain for the first time. Perspectives on energy consumption and history / fossil fuels / science and history behind climate change / renewables / geoengineering / economics, policy and ethics behind tackling climate change. 3\. The course material is absolutely amazing.... Super super experience. I am reviewing this after having finished the course requirements yesterday although the course is still technically not over. Positives - 1\. The course is hosted by two professors. Dr Richard and Dr. Seth. While Dr. Seth prefers to stay hidden behind his course material (his material is damn good though), it is Dr. Richard who is the face of the course and keeps you heavily engaged with his sheer passion and perspective. You instantly and instinctively know you are with an real subject matter expert and who enjoys doing what he does. He makes the course very very engaging. 2\. The course feels very comprehensive if you are getting into this domain for the first time. Perspectives on energy consumption and history / fossil fuels / science and history behind climate change / renewables / geoengineering / economics, policy and ethics behind tackling climate change. 3\. The course material is absolutely amazing. Many of the reading material / videos / url's that is shared gives you amazing insights and perspectives into the subject. What could be better? \- While taking the chapters on policy related issues, I felt that it would have been good to get some different perspectives too. Dr. Richard shares what is going on / options being discussed out there and also gives you some insights of what he believes are the best options to tackle climate change - but at times I felt his views may be too utopian / idealist. It would have been good to hear from a) politicians b) those who question / debate / delay action on climate change - this would have given us some perspectives on contrarian views / challenges being faced in getting the world to move fast and in sync. \- if in general, you dont like one person hogging the limelight, you may end up feeling you see too much of Dr. Richard in videos. However, trust me the course would not be half as good without him. One comment on the workload - Honestly, reading all the material / watching the videos / also going through useful links that got shared on the discussion forums by other students ends up taking fair bit of time. I think that if you want to just get by, you could speed read and do the bare minimum in about 4 hours a week. But if you are really here for the learning, it would definitely take longer. Also, the course duration is 8 weeks with couple of weeks being especially heavy. Also, for reasons of time, I did not attempt the certificate with distinction but just the plain version - that would add another hour or so per week. I am also taking another related course simultaneously ( still in week 7 out of total 11) - Global Sustainable Energy: Past, Present and Future. While there are some overlaps, largely I have found the course material so far complimentary. And that has helped me get more out from Coursera in this area. The best course so far for me on Coursera (this is my 3rd course). It sets up a good base before you want to deep dive into particular parts of this subject. Strongly recommend. Amit
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10/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 8 months ago
An excellent introductory course to anyone considering a career in energy management and solutions to global warming. Highly recommended. Excellent and well prepared staff and course material. The biggest challenge is reading all the material in time, with other commitments, but if it interest you, it shouldn't be a significant issue.
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9/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 9 months ago
It was my first MOOC, and from the quality I found in this course I found a different topic for my Master Thesis, into apply energy innovations for Food security. Anyway, I could say the content was well organized, the videos really interesting and the learning porcess really delightfull. Many Thanks for the opportunity to join for free at this level of knowledge.
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8/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 9 months ago
This was my first MOOC course. Overall, I enjoyed it. My main problem was that when I started following the suggested threads online, I could go for hours looking at lots of interesting data, but not completing the actual assignments. As a retired mechanical engineer, I srtruggle with some of the simplistic views on the solutions to climate change. As I have said before, Prii, windmills and solar panels will not get us there. At the age of 70, I probably will not be around the see some of the disaster scenarios play out, but my children and grandchildren will. I may take some related courses as time permits.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 9 months ago
Outstanding course! This should be a requirement for all college students! The topic is key to our mutual future on Earth. The instructors did a great job of taking us through a complex topic, without overwhelming, but with a great sense of the key data to learn that justifies the science....excellent. Very balanced also, they let the facts do the talking. Excellent course infrastructure, just right time requirements, and the quizzes were great. Highly highly recommend!
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 9 months ago
This is the first MOOC course I have taken and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. With a scientific background and some experience in the energy business, my interest was engaged in the topic before I started. The presentation style was combined video and text, with sufficient enhancement of ideas to encourage understanding. The science behind climate change is dramatic and well covered; what we can do about it is well outlined with supporting case studies. The "where do we go next" is a global problem, which everyone should be encouraged to recognise - by participating in this course for a start!
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5 years, 9 months ago
This class was excellent, with valuable information about energy and climate change shared in a captivating way. The assignments were interesting and challenging. Posting work to the forums was rewarding as it was an excellent way to receive feedback. Another bonus was being able to learn about new ideas and perspectives from people taking the class from all over the US, and the world.
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5 years, 9 months ago
I strongly recommend this course for any one willing to have a career in growing Energy sector. The content of this course helps in understanding various critical aspects that one need to focus while thinking of generating or utilizing energy. The course also gives insight from economic feasibility of various technologies The most beautiful part of the course is to discuss your observations with various peers across the world. Also we will have an opportunity to have a look about things happening across the world. I liked it by all means and recommend the same for any one interested in energy domain
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5 years, 9 months ago
I am very impressed with the content as well with the passion and involvement of the staff, especially Dr Richard Alley. As mentioned in another review, some of the weeks had really heavy workload by combining two lessons into one week and the middle portion (taught by Dr. Seth Blumsack) wasn't as engaging or in depth as the start and end. This has also caused some confusion when it comes to assignment deadlines but the staff was understanding and extended deadline by extra week to allow those who want, to catch up on homework. I think this course is excellent introduction to energy issues for someone who has no knowledge of the topic or very limited but it might be a little bit on the light side for those who deal with energy issues or regular basis. My suggestion would be to either improve this course and make it longer or offer a follow up course with more advanced topics (might be a better idea after all). One way or another, thi... I am very impressed with the content as well with the passion and involvement of the staff, especially Dr Richard Alley. As mentioned in another review, some of the weeks had really heavy workload by combining two lessons into one week and the middle portion (taught by Dr. Seth Blumsack) wasn't as engaging or in depth as the start and end. This has also caused some confusion when it comes to assignment deadlines but the staff was understanding and extended deadline by extra week to allow those who want, to catch up on homework. I think this course is excellent introduction to energy issues for someone who has no knowledge of the topic or very limited but it might be a little bit on the light side for those who deal with energy issues or regular basis. My suggestion would be to either improve this course and make it longer or offer a follow up course with more advanced topics (might be a better idea after all). One way or another, this is one of the best MOOCs I have taken.
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