Nanotechnology: The Basics

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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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Nanotechnology is an emerging area that engages almost every technical discipline – from chemistry to computer science – in the study and application of extremely tiny materials.  This short course allows any technically savvy person to go one layer beyond the surface of this broad topic to see the real substance behind the very small.
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6/10 starsTaking Now
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3 years, 1 month ago
As a young and pioneer girl who has graduated from engineering faculty (water engineering)with a high GPA and efficient activities in environmental fields, I want to start a new environmental revolution through nanotechnology (such as a plan for a better urban environmental future). As I have a minor background in nanotechnology (just some studies in high school) I need to take a course about basic knowledge in this area. Beside that I am so enthusiastic at learning more, through online courses which is a unique opportunity. I want to study in nanotechnology fields in master degree too because temperamentally I am eager at new sciences which can enable me to be an innovator, a pioneer and a more effective and useful person in my society. Especially among “Afghan women society”, a vulnerable society which need more support especially from educated women side. I wish I can be able to apply all my dreams through such courses.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 3 months ago
Very thorough course that is engaging and thought-provoking IF one does the Honors track that requires more in-depth work. Presented at a sophomore US college level and surveys all the major application of the field at the current edge of research
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10/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 6 months ago
I took this course as my first MOOC and I was pleasantly surprised by the thought and effort that went into creating it. The videos and slides seemed tailor made for the MOOC rather than just putting a video of a classroom lecture online. The videos were engaging, entertaining and informative. The instructors and TAs were very active and helpful in the forum. I have a (very rusty) background in chemistry and semiconductors, so didn't struggle with the basic concepts though was challenged and learnt a lot. Overall I thought this was an ideal introduction to both Nanotechnology and the world of MOOCs. If the other MOOCs I have now signed up for are even half as good as this I will become a MOOC addict :D
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5/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 7 months ago
Having little knowledge of nanotechnology, I thought this course would be a great introduction that would perhaps go over the history, the types of nano particles, where we're at now and future implications. And it did that. Sort of. Just not in the "Introduction to Nanotechnology" way I was hoping for. These facts and concepts were strewn about throughout the four weeks that covered Nanotechnology, Nanoelectronics, Nanomagnetics and Nanophotonics, respectively. There were a few things that they did right. First, the course offered the basic Statement of Accomplishment and a Statement of Accomplishment with Distinction for those who watched additional lectures and took additional, math intensive quizzes. They aren't lying when they say you need some knowledge of chemistry and physics. If you took those courses long ago, you need to brush up to get the most out of this course. The course clearly isn't geared towards anybody with just ... Having little knowledge of nanotechnology, I thought this course would be a great introduction that would perhaps go over the history, the types of nano particles, where we're at now and future implications. And it did that. Sort of. Just not in the "Introduction to Nanotechnology" way I was hoping for. These facts and concepts were strewn about throughout the four weeks that covered Nanotechnology, Nanoelectronics, Nanomagnetics and Nanophotonics, respectively. There were a few things that they did right. First, the course offered the basic Statement of Accomplishment and a Statement of Accomplishment with Distinction for those who watched additional lectures and took additional, math intensive quizzes. They aren't lying when they say you need some knowledge of chemistry and physics. If you took those courses long ago, you need to brush up to get the most out of this course. The course clearly isn't geared towards anybody with just a passing interest in nanotechnology but is obviously for students who already have a strong background in the sciences. The weekly lectures weren't easy to slog through. If you're one who loses focus when somebody is talking about exponents for 10 straight minutes, you might have a difficult time getting through the six to eight required 15 minute long lectures. This material should have probably been stretched out to six weeks instead of four, as some very elaborate material was shoehorned in to a series of slides that were quickly glossed over. The quizzes were more difficult than I was expecting, which is actually a nice change of pace for Coursera courses. You can take them up to 4 times, but the questions change between quizzes so you actually have to know your stuff rather than getting a better grade simply by eliminating incorrect responses. This was my fifth MOOC, and it was easily the course with the lowest production values I've yet to see. The lectures were just Power Point slides with a small webcam of the lecturers talking at the student. The video editing was sub-par, with in-video lecture questions often popping up mid- sentence. The volume was all over the place; one video too low but the next way too loud. There's a difference between simply putting a course online and creating a MOOC. The bad production values, the fact that interaction with other students was never discussed and the general lack of thought into the way the course was presented makes me think that Rice simply tweaked an existing online course without realizing that the bar has been set much higher.
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9/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 8 months ago
it was great to have these subjects reminded with such a perfect instructor. I can definitely say that you are way better on this task than the instructor who taught me this course. Thanks for everything you have given us.
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