What a Plant Knows (and other things you didn’t know about plants)

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What a Plant Knows (and other things you didn’t know about plants)

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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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Can we say that plants have senses? You will learn how plants sense their environment and how scientists study plant senses. You will be exposed to both classic and modern experiments in plant biology, and may even start to question what defines us as humans.
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10/10 starsCompleted
  • 2 reviews
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5 years, 4 months ago
Excellent lecturer - Professor Daniel Chamowitz has a gist for making anything he says interesting. I studied biology at school and have an interest in plants,, but whilst I had encountered some topics before, the majority of the material was new to me, but presented in a way that made it easy to understand. The recommended reading- Prof Chamovitz' book "What a Plant Knows" is not absolutely necessary in order to pass the course. However i did find it helpful to read through the relevant chapter before watching the course video. Each chapter is like a summary of the video and helps to reinforce it.
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5 years, 4 months ago
A very good introduction into plant biology. A lot of fun and very accesible for everbody, but still going into the matter.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 4 months ago
What makes this course is absolute enthusiasm and love Prof. Chamovitz clearly has for his subject. It is infectious! As a vegan, I took this course to find out more about my food source, but WOW, I learned so much more than I thought. I will never look at (or eat) a plant in quite the same way. An absolutely mind-opening course. One caveat...while the quizzes seemed pretty easy, the final was HARD. Be prepared to study...and take your time. Still, even with its difficulty, I managed to earn a certificate with distinction, the one I am most proud of because plants aren't in my career field of interest (medicine) and the professor set a very high bar to earn it (95%). Thank you, Professor Chamovitz!
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5 years, 4 months ago
Besides very interesting information, I enjoyed the way the lecturer gave it. He spoke clearly, vividly and full of interest in the subject. I was never bored. The tour to the laboratory in the last lectures was cool!
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5 years, 4 months ago
It's the most beautiful course I've taken in Coursera. The teacher is also amazing and the contents, funny and original.
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Paul Davis profile image
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5 years, 4 months ago
A really good course with an extremely dedicated lecturer. One positive - incredibly interesting and I can genuinely say I learn the most from this course out of all other courses so far. One negative - the professor didn't quite get physics correct in circular motion and gravity (but that's ok). Final positive - A genuinely difficult enough course to really set the difference between distinction and achievement, well worth the effort.
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Sherri She profile image
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5 years, 4 months ago
Really enjoyed the course . Was well taught, interesting and fun. Final exam was a challenge for some it seemed but I thought it was fine personally although the distinction criteria I thought was a bit high at 95% think 90 would have been better in line with other courses. No real prior experience before taking course except Biology at school many many years ago.
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8/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 4 months ago
I liked this course, but didn't love it. The course content swerved between basic information and some advanced details. The instructor was involved with the course and feedback throughout, a great aspect of the course. He also adapted and updated the course as it went along. For example, initial quizzes had some short answer questions that required exact phrases, frustrating many, but later only multiple choice answers were used, to the relief of students. One of the reasons I wasn't thrilled with this course is that the instructor's own text was recommended (although not required) for the course, but had to be purchased. That possible self-promotion bothered me more than it probably should have. I would have preferred having some excerpts made available for free - and for interested students that may have resulted in book sales, but without feeling forced. I've taken a botany course in the past. Using the instructor's perspective o... I liked this course, but didn't love it. The course content swerved between basic information and some advanced details. The instructor was involved with the course and feedback throughout, a great aspect of the course. He also adapted and updated the course as it went along. For example, initial quizzes had some short answer questions that required exact phrases, frustrating many, but later only multiple choice answers were used, to the relief of students. One of the reasons I wasn't thrilled with this course is that the instructor's own text was recommended (although not required) for the course, but had to be purchased. That possible self-promotion bothered me more than it probably should have. I would have preferred having some excerpts made available for free - and for interested students that may have resulted in book sales, but without feeling forced. I've taken a botany course in the past. Using the instructor's perspective of plant senses was both enjoyable and instructive.
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10/10 starsCompleted
  • 9 reviews
  • 7 completed
5 years, 4 months ago
Because I have no baackground at all in biology, this course was very challenging for me. I failed to succeed, and even if I listened to all the video lectures, the final exam was too hard. But I enjoyed this course, and the teacher is to be congratulated for his clear and interesting way of explaining things.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 4 months ago
I have college level advance biology background. The introductory part was much familiar for me, so does most of the contents were but there were few new topics i've learnt from the course. Course was very much interesting and fun and informative too. Course was very simple, and anyone can take this course. Best part was Prof. Chamovitz, his simple way of explaining things was awesome.. The course has real video explanations and lots of research citations too.. I recommend it to anyone who is willing to learn about Plants..
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