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6 years, 5 months ago
The course provides in-depth knowledge and is fairly fast-paced. It requires more hours than indicated if you do not have a background in the financial sector (whether by academic studies or work experience... The course provides in-depth knowledge and is fairly fast-paced. It requires more hours than indicated if you do not have a background in the financial sector (whether by academic studies or work experience). In particular the peer-2-peer assignments required extra work and proved less than rewarding in terms of knowledge consolidation. All videos are provided in lecture-style with the professor and a few of his staff talking. Transcripts are provided but as this is a course by an Italian university, the strong accent and lack of cultural awareness (in terms of teaching, interaction between course staff and engagement with the students) reduce the value of those features. The course suffered from a number of hick ups such as unclear instructions in quizzes, general errors which seemed to be down to inconsistencies or lack of careful checks prior to release of quizzes or hints, a marking scheme that was changed after a number of student complaints and in general a shorter period to submit work than other coursera courses. Student frustration was expressed in forum discussions but staff generally responded selectively, the lack of awareness that reliable marking criteria and engaged teaching are vital to student satisfaction was apparent and did not change over the duration of the course. Overall, the course provides valuable insights, not least due to the number of skilled and experienced professionals who engage in forum discussions - which provided a great opportunity for networking. The staff seemed to rely on that feature though rather than providing deeper insights themselves.