"A Room with a View" by Forster: BerkeleyX Book Club

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"A Room with a View" by Forster: BerkeleyX Book Club

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A Room with a View is a 1908 novel by English writer E.M. Forster.  

A Room with a View is a romance and a critique of English society at the beginning of the 20th century. As Forster’s most romantic and optimistic book, A Room with a View is considered one of the top 100 English language novels of all times. An award-winning film adaptation of this novel came out in 1985.

Participants in this course will read, discuss, and write about the text and its influence. As in most book clubs, the focus will be on lively discussion. Course materials will include background information for understanding the text, as well as vocabulary and language support. Assessment will include quizzes and short writing assignments.

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Regina TD

6/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 1 month ago
Frought with problems as noted by others--tech issues, lack of staff response, hours spent on homework not credited, no sensitivity to those taking from overseas with regard to homework topics. "Fool me once, shame on you, etc." You get the idea when you see "A Christmas Carol" which I did 2 years ago being offered self-paced (less work for staff) for Easter--What??
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1/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 1 month ago
In all honesty, this was a terrible course because the staff was totally unresponsive to the multiple problems that students experienced the whole way through. Quizzes wouldn't work, due dates would be wrong, homework wouldn't show up on the progress page. I and so many other students reported the problems, and in the month that this course ran, they never got fixed. An instructor logged in about half-way through the course to mark some of the problems as having been fixed. But they hadn't been! And she never showed back up. The discussion board in the course is filled with complaints about what a poor job was done by edX and with fury about the unresponsiveness of the course staff. I think that these book clubs are a great idea. I think that this novel was great, and the questions that were asked about the novel were sensible. Some of the people I encountered in the discussions offered insightful comments and content. So, this mod... In all honesty, this was a terrible course because the staff was totally unresponsive to the multiple problems that students experienced the whole way through. Quizzes wouldn't work, due dates would be wrong, homework wouldn't show up on the progress page. I and so many other students reported the problems, and in the month that this course ran, they never got fixed. An instructor logged in about half-way through the course to mark some of the problems as having been fixed. But they hadn't been! And she never showed back up. The discussion board in the course is filled with complaints about what a poor job was done by edX and with fury about the unresponsiveness of the course staff. I think that these book clubs are a great idea. I think that this novel was great, and the questions that were asked about the novel were sensible. Some of the people I encountered in the discussions offered insightful comments and content. So, this model, to me, could provide a valuable experience. But edX needs to exert a little oversight on the courses so that they aren't of such low quality and so that obvious, easily fixable problems are addressed. I would be embarrassed if I were the instructor--Maggie Sokolik--or Berkeley or edX and was putting my name on this produce. I can't believe that they are willing to take money for this.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 2 months ago
The course is wonderful for a book junkie like me. It's allowing me to read some of my dusty covers. I really want to applaud the creator of this course for the vocabulary and background element that has adds to the intensity of the reading experience that otherwise would have been linear. It has been truly a learning experience for me. From the book discussed, "The Room with a View", we had to learn words from different soils; as well as, deep research into the Edwardian era's politics, customs, economics, trends, and religions to name a few. I found it interesting in learning that the women's shoe had neither left or right before this era, or that corsets were wore as honorable to ones family, or that Audubon Society began due to the mass-amounts of birds being killed that adorn women all around the globe. Go figure. It not only aids my learning in this read, but several books yet been explored. I do agree with the above rev... The course is wonderful for a book junkie like me. It's allowing me to read some of my dusty covers. I really want to applaud the creator of this course for the vocabulary and background element that has adds to the intensity of the reading experience that otherwise would have been linear. It has been truly a learning experience for me. From the book discussed, "The Room with a View", we had to learn words from different soils; as well as, deep research into the Edwardian era's politics, customs, economics, trends, and religions to name a few. I found it interesting in learning that the women's shoe had neither left or right before this era, or that corsets were wore as honorable to ones family, or that Audubon Society began due to the mass-amounts of birds being killed that adorn women all around the globe. Go figure. It not only aids my learning in this read, but several books yet been explored. I do agree with the above reviews concerning homework deadlines and grammatical correctness requirements, but I try to keep in mind that this is a book club...the best I have been a part of in my life. Thank you EdX and Berkeley University for given me this great gift.
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1/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 2 months ago
I'm halfway through, but this course has been a mess. The content would possibly be ok, but the course has been plagued by technical and organizational problems. Specifically, though all course materials say that homework and quizzes are due on Wednesdays, and though the first week's work was due on Wednesday, somebody set the later due dates in the system to Mondays. So, for two weeks running, a large number of students did their homework and readings but couldn't turn in their homework. This seems like a simple mistake with a simple fix. But several days after the problems began to appear, no problems have been fixed, and EDX and course administrators have not even contacted students back on their concerns/complaints. The message board is filled with people complaining about the poor quality and unresponsiveness of the course administrators. From my perspective, these book clubs are a good idea, but half-way through, this one has b... I'm halfway through, but this course has been a mess. The content would possibly be ok, but the course has been plagued by technical and organizational problems. Specifically, though all course materials say that homework and quizzes are due on Wednesdays, and though the first week's work was due on Wednesday, somebody set the later due dates in the system to Mondays. So, for two weeks running, a large number of students did their homework and readings but couldn't turn in their homework. This seems like a simple mistake with a simple fix. But several days after the problems began to appear, no problems have been fixed, and EDX and course administrators have not even contacted students back on their concerns/complaints. The message board is filled with people complaining about the poor quality and unresponsiveness of the course administrators. From my perspective, these book clubs are a good idea, but half-way through, this one has been carried out out very poorly.
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Walter Rocha

7/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 2 months ago
The content I find very good, I'm able to learn. While instructors consider and professionals. I believe we need to improve more on grammar and perfect writing. The course itself is to be congratulated .
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