Planet Earth...and You!

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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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Planet Earth, an overview of selected geological topics, discusses how earthquakes, volcanoes, minerals and rocks, energy, and plate tectonics have interacted over deep time to produce our dynamic island in space, and its unique resources.
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Could be an excellent course: The topics covered in the videos are very interesting. The videos are of good quality, making the material accessible for interested amateurs without cutting too many corners. There is a rich mix of assignments: quizzes about the lectures, assignments to explore your own environment from the perspective of the teachings of this class, and labs to get some insight into the practical work of a scientist in the field. - This course could have a straight 5.0 rating, if the labs, quizzes and assignments weren't so buggy, and what is probably even more bothering, if the instructors showed any interest to address the issues. In the first run of this course, students and teaching assistants have eagerly tried to find the errors in the material and suggest solutions, just to see the second run start again with the same and new bugs (in the case the material had been so buggy it had to be replaced by a completely ... Could be an excellent course: The topics covered in the videos are very interesting. The videos are of good quality, making the material accessible for interested amateurs without cutting too many corners. There is a rich mix of assignments: quizzes about the lectures, assignments to explore your own environment from the perspective of the teachings of this class, and labs to get some insight into the practical work of a scientist in the field. - This course could have a straight 5.0 rating, if the labs, quizzes and assignments weren't so buggy, and what is probably even more bothering, if the instructors showed any interest to address the issues. In the first run of this course, students and teaching assistants have eagerly tried to find the errors in the material and suggest solutions, just to see the second run start again with the same and new bugs (in the case the material had been so buggy it had to be replaced by a completely new version), with apparently no testing done before it was released in the new session. Also, instead of showing gratefulness for good suggestions, the instructors and/or university shut down efforts of students collaborating on collecting class notes, and slammed students with the honor code if they discussed solutions of wrongly graded assignments. Moreover, the grading in this class is rather dissatisfactory, "fixing" bugs (i.e., correct answers graded as wrong) by giving ample make-up options for easy extra credit instead of a real solution, and giving lots of credit "for free" (e.g., by having weekly "assignments" that just ask students to enter some numbers at will that are not verified or used for anything constructive in the course - the most plausible explanation seems to me that they are used for "data mining" for internal use by the instructors, though none of this is proven). So a grade of 100% is nothing you can pat yourself on the back for hard work, but just means that you picked up all the little grains thrown to you as compensation after you didn't manage to get full credit for correct answers on the main assignments. - So even if the instructors may be great lecturers, their apparent lack of interest and respect for students leaves a stale taste.
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