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deicidereigns profile image
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1/10 starsCompleted
  • 16 reviews
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6 years, 3 months ago
The worst MOOC I've ever taken. There's so much wrong with this course that I'm just going to give a list. *Videos not edited properly, outtakes left in. *Videos artificially 12-15 minutes each, whether they... The worst MOOC I've ever taken. There's so much wrong with this course that I'm just going to give a list. *Videos not edited properly, outtakes left in. *Videos artificially 12-15 minutes each, whether they need to be or not. *No lecture slides, in-video slides, graphics or any learning tools what-so-ever *No in-video quizzes *No video subtitles *No video lengths *Videos in the wrong order *Poor, muffled audio *Worst speaking professor I've ever heard. speaksinonelongcontinuousmanner that makes it incredible difficult to stay focused or parse ideas in lectures. Uses "ummm" and other sound effect frequently to string sentences together. Has an incredibly dry and flat speech vocalization. Doesn't matter how interesting the material may sound on paper, it's delivered horribly in voice. *No peer review assignments *No final *Quiz contains only five of the least critical and basic questions you can imagine. *Students have no opportunity to critically test their understanding of the material. *Opens up his first lecture by saying how it won't measure up to an offline course. This gives you a clear impression exactly how this course is going to go (and it does go). *Staff replies became increasingly sparse as the course went on. No replies to the fact that no one was receiving their certificates over a month after the course had finished. *Course was delayed almost a year to 'get stuff ready for the Coursera platform,' and this is what is produced. Bottom line. Avoid this course like the plague. However, consider other courses from this university. This one is the unfortunate exception.
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3/10 starsCompleted
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  • 77 completed
6 years, 4 months ago
I hate the "entitled generation" who believes they must get anything they want just the way they want it, and have it free and immediately. It's a blessing to be able to attend these courses, no matter the p... I hate the "entitled generation" who believes they must get anything they want just the way they want it, and have it free and immediately. It's a blessing to be able to attend these courses, no matter the problems, and we should be grateful to.professors and staff. But that does not exonerate course organizers from their responsibility of offering something decent - at least cover the basics like make the audio audible. This is the worst course I've taken so far in terms of organization and must be completely re-done if it is ever offered again. The whole experience was a mess. There were sound issues (which were "resolved" and actually sound quality just got worse), the subtitles didn't work either (they were our last resort, and even those were not synchronized), the quizzes were terrible with a terrible grading system (it shows an X when you haven't selected an option that shouldn't be selected, meaning you got it right), there was an amazing lack of communication, especially after a while, and so on and so on. This is all basic stuff. The sound issue is particularly serious because it was IMPOSSIBLE to understand the lectures. Everyone complained after week 1 - I want to believe they shot everything before they noticed the sound issue, and then just didn't want to go back and shoot it again. This seems highly unethical, to be honest. Why didn't they just tape it again? The segments weren't that long, and if they just re-read the transcript from the previous takes it would be literally less than one hour of work per week! The only conclusion is that the staff didn't care. No wonder they kicked it off in week 1 by downgrading their own course - saying it will never compare to on-campus education. If you already start from that premise, the rest of the disaster is no surprise. It was a shame - very interesting topic by a professor who I'm sure is very knowledgeable, and has a very good career in the area. Too bad most of the time I was unable to hear a single word he said. It's also a shame that after a while there were no meaningful staff replies to any of our complaints. It just looked like everyone gave up on this course while it was happening. Now you tell me - without wanting to sound entitled, is this even ethical? Sometimes course staff seem to forget that we are also using our time to attend and appreciate their work, and learn from it. If a lecturer ignores us in mid-session, that is just disrespectful. I stuck with the course until the last week because I've been waiting for things to get better. Now I feel insulted, I feel like an idiot for doing so. I feel like I've been wasting my time. Don't make the same mistake I did.
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