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Let me start this review by saying that the course staff, headed by Prof. Irazoqui, are prominent researchers in their field and their work is incredibly interesting and relevant. Having said that, I was som... Let me start this review by saying that the course staff, headed by Prof. Irazoqui, are prominent researchers in their field and their work is incredibly interesting and relevant. Having said that, I was somewhat disappointed that the course didn’t show that to the extent it should have, except for the excellent lecture videos by Prof. Irazoqui. The course lacked a weekly rhythm imposed by a well-planned schedule, and graded weekly targets, so the discussion forum, which is often one of the best aspects of online learning, was left virtually unmoderated and served mainly as a place to vent about practicum software issues and the course's buggy grading system. The practicum, although very interesting and potentially highly rewarding in its concept, has become a cause of some student aggravation, since the Raspberry Pi/Linux/Python stack has shown to be too high maintenance and distracted the students from focussing on the signals and their processing. The potentially very interesting practical work with bioelectric signals, and later a numerical solution of the seminal Hodgkin-Huxley equation, was left without academic reward since the assignments were neither compulsory nor graded, which was somewhat demotivating. Finally, the unavailability of the solutions for the midterm and the final exam left the students in the dark, without possibility to learn from their mistakes. I think this course has a great potential and could, with some effort from the course staff, do justice to its fabulous topic and easily become one of the most attractive MOOC offerings.