Fresh air to overcome orthodox thinking and political correctness!! Challenge everything! Judge markets! Criticise companies! Question your thoughts and prejudices!! Prof. Rolf and his team has created a very interesting, attractive, and addictive course that is full of "old ideas" that, nowadays, are new and revolutionary.
This is what I expect from a course and from a teacher: challenge everything, re-think everything, think by your own...and discover that sometimes traditional thinking is revolutionary.
Through the development of non-trivial games, this course did an superb job of teaching python, interactive programming in general, and the basics of good programming practice in any language. Employing most of the data types, instructions, and facilities provided in python to build functional, realistic programs was an excellent way to not just present, but to really teach, the use of python. This was an outstanding course, and a fine example of how good computer-based instruction can be.
Awesome material from the best researchers and professors in the field. I would also recommend the full course material posted in ai.berkeley.edu for the second half of the course, which according to me is even more interesting :)
Of the half dozen or more MOOCs I've taken, this class is in the top two. MIT 7.00x, taught by Eric Lander, is the only one that is on the same level. This is the highest compliment that I can give; I loved 7.00x.
The prerequisites I recommend are an introductory DNA class (MIT 7.00x or equivalent), some programming experience, and (optionally) some formal exposure to algorithms. I do not think someone whose lifetime programming experience consists of completing a single introductory Python class will do well, though it is possible. You are allowed to complete the assignments in the language of your choice; I chose C++.
The material is presented as a collection of video lectures, and an "interactive text" that breaks the written material into many small, easy-to-digest pieces. I typically watched a video and then immediately dived into the corresponding text. On the rare occasion that I had trouble with the material, the discussion forums were a good place to get help.
You are graded on homework (programming assignments) and quizzes. The quizzes are easy if you read the material and do the assignments. The "heavy lifting" is the assignments, not so much due to their difficulty as to their quantity. There were 55 graded assignments, and at least a dozen optional assignments, some of which taught you how to approach the graded assignments. Each assignment asks you to perform some computational task on some data. You are provided with a tiny dataset which is useful for program development, and a practice dataset which is usually a good predictor of whether your program can handle the graded dataset. When you feel you are ready to be graded, you are given a unique dataset and 5 minutes to return the answer. If you fail to give the correct answer, you can try again, as many times as needed.
If this sounds like a lot of work, it is! But don't be scared of it. This class reaffirmed for me the truth of the saying, "you get out of it what you put into it". I got a whole lot out of it.
This is such a fun course and one I expect to repeat at some point. The instructor is very personable and delivers her information in a way that makes it accessible to every student. The guests offer so much insight to places most of us will never be able to visit and I thoroughtly enjoyed doing the assignments and the reading. I highly recommend this course to anyone who loves to learn.
I studied Geography and History at university and have been teaching around the world, living in 7 different countries, for the past 30 years. This course was exactly what I was looking for. The subjects discussed each week by Michael Roth and other experts were interesting, challenging and thought provoking, allowing us to consider our local situation and well as the global picture. I enjoyed everything about this course - reading, watching the videos, writing my assignments and reading the assignments and diverse viewpoints of other participants in this MOOC. I found the course very inspiring and empowering - there were many ways I discovered where I truly can make a difference in my small corner of the world. I would recommend this MOOC without reservation.
Mon premier MOOC connectiviste. Pas de vidéos, pas de quizz et pas de devoirs. Si cela peut dérouter et nécessite une autonomie et une rigueur accrue, quel plaisir de suivre ce MOOC tout au long des semaines. L'équipe encadrante est très présente et très dynamique. L'apprentissage repose sur une participation active du mooceur à l'aventure alors plus qu'un autre, ce MOOC est chronophage. Je pensais pas en apprendre autant quand j'ai commencé.
This is the follow on to the original 9_11 course run last year. It deals with the Bush/Obama war on terror, Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantanamo, Drone strikes and the issues around the Snowden revelations. A powerful insight into how US administrations operate.
A fantastic introduction to basic astrophysics but you have to work for every step! It is massively time demanding - the homeworks alone took multiple hours to complete (for me anyway), not just a quick quiz like other MOOCs. You will learn so much but you really need to be dedicated to get through the course. So many times when I just felt like giving up but I had such a sense of achievement when I finally completed it that I came back again the next year. Excellent teaching from Dr Plesser, excellent materials.
A very well organized and extremely interesting course. A lot of different ways of interacting with the subject. Suited to different groups: people knowing about archaeology but also interesting for more advanced learners. I had a lot of fun!
This is an amazing course! Anyone interested in the music business can get a wealth of knowledge that can help them tremendously! I would advise all artist / musicians / producers / managers / etc....to take this course! If you want to protect your intellectual property, understand your rights and learn the in's and out's of the record labels, this is a must course.
One will get real world knowledge from an experienced lawyer, businessman, and artist!
Knowledge is power and this course will give you a great foundation that you can incorporate immediately and continue to build upon!
A lot of artist, producers, song writers, and managers have paid a heavy price to learn this 1st class information! This course is offered to you for free OR you may pay a small price of $50.00 to help EDX offer courses to others all across the world. If you have it; please pay the $50.00 to help others. The knowledge that one will gain in this course is PRICELESS!!!!
A very well made course, covering a good range of topics, and highlighting the role of anthropology, and especially ethnography, in a better understanding of the world.
At first glance it might not seem so, but this course is very valuable for those studying business, marketing or management fields. It shows the value of participant observation for better understanding people. This leads to deeper and better insights of what they want, and need, so you can develop better services and products.
But, even more, it's also a very inspiring course for any human being. We often read reports in the news about distant issues like water scarcity and refugees. But those media reports mostly do not really tell us the impact on our fellow humans. Anthropologists, and this course, do. Thanks for that!
For me a life changing course. I have completed a number of MOOCs: None better. Anyone applying themselves to the subject matter and exercises: anyone with the capacity for empathy will likely be deeply moved as the implications of this transmitted insight sink in. Scott is an inspiration in both the manner of his teaching and the content. I only wish i had learnt; had been taught this content when much younger. It is revelatory on every aspect of life; both personal and interpersonal. Personally i now believe these things should be taught as fundamental knowledge along with math and English (or whatever native language). Bravo Scott Plous, this MOOC sets the highest of baselines all others would do well to take due note of!!
This course is superb! Dan Ariely and his team are passionate about this topic - and it shows. Dan is a great speaker, funny and engaging. The examples apply to many facets of life. Dan and his team engage the learners as partners to learn together. The readings are fascinating and guest speakers add greatly to the experience.
In order to gain the most from this course, I found I needed to allow for 4-6 hours per week for reading and videos. The time investment was completely worth it.
One of, if not the best course I have followed on Coursera or Edx. Excellent materials and lots of it, engaging and enthusiastic teacher, quite hard for a novice like me. I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it to everyone.
I enjoyed this course immensely because we learnt a lot about human memory and the difficulties when it comes to witness identification. In addition to articles about current studies, the course provided a wide range of online resources, expert interviews and examples for miscarriage of justice in the past. I found the theoretical part of the course very helpful for the practical part where participants could apply their new knowledge while solving a staged crime. We followed the investigation of two fictional detectives who used different approaches to solve a robbery. It felt a bit like watching two parallel universes where the same crime was solved by different detectives. In the end different people were convicted and we as participants had decide whether the police officers had made sound decisions or not. This demonstrated to me how important forensic psychology really is in order to avoid injustice. Thank you to the instructors for this amazing experience – I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone interested in this topic!
This course builds upon the previous course of the series. Whereas "An Introduction to Interactive Programming in Python" was about learning to program in python by making games, this course again gives you game based homework assignments, but the focus is more on good practices and programming much more simply or efficiently in order to solve problems (using recursion, generators or Monte Carlo methods for example).
Depending on how you find each weeks content, the assignments will be either be hard or not too difficult. Watching the lectures (especially the last few) really helped me understand exactly what they were expecting in terms of the program (they provide a template to use, so you're not programming from scratch every time). I found I was able to do each one in an evening, except for the final assignment. This final assignment is optional (if you want extra credit or a distinction) and it really tests everything you've learnt in the course, but I found it very satisfying when I was able to get it to work.
Overall this course will require some good input from you to make the most of it, but I found it immensely rewarding.
I joined this course late (the 5th week homework deadline was 2 days away when I joined it - its a 6 week course) based on a pointer to it on one of my LinkedIn groups. I was initially reluctant to start because of the workload involved, but changed my mind when I saw the course contents and how relevant it was to my job. I was able to complete the course (taking a week's worth of lectures and self-assessments in 2 evenings on average) but missed all the homework deadlines - the only grade-able thing I did was the final exam. As a result was only able to get a Certificate of Participation. I would recommend the course highly if you are a programmer working with Ontologies (or planning to).
I thoroughly enjoyed the lectures and material. Alberto Alemanno is an excellent teacher, clear, engaging, who has the talent to make boring stuff sound exciting. I strongly believe the material of this course should be compulsory for all European citizens who are entitled to vote and therefore decide of the future of the EU. Despite being a EU citizen, I had many misconceptions of the EU and very little knowledge of its functioning before starting the course. This MOOC has completely changed how I view the EU, I feel more european and more involved in european issues.
Malgré le fait que j'ai pris ce cours fin novembre pour une remise au 2 décembre, je l'ai trouvé passionnant, très bien mené au niveau des intervenants et des professeurs. Un premier essai de Mooc pour moi qui est concluant et qui m'a réellement enthousiasmé. J'ai rempli tous mes tests, j'attends le certificat si je suis admise. Et bien oui, c'est réussi, un certificat qui est le premier d'une longue liste j'espère. Dans tous les cas une belle expérience pour moi.
This was my 2nd Python course, having completed Coursera's Intro to Interactive Programming with Python (IIPP) just as this course was beginning. My "Difficulty" rating of "Intermediate" is based on how I expect students with no previous programming background to perceive it, since that is the target audience. Even though I found it fairly easy because I had some experience with Python, I found it very worthwhile and learned quite a bit. The IIPP course focused on teaching concepts through the creation of graphic games. This course focuses on data analysis. It isn't really an either/or decision. Both are exceptional. I would recommend taking this course first.
The pace of Programming for Everybody is quite gentle being spread out over 10 weeks. Professor Severance (a.k.a. "Dr. Chuck") is a fantastic lecturer: funny and entertaining, as well as great at explaining concepts clearly. The companion text is well written and provides good examples and exercises (which provide the basis for grading). As a popular MOOC, this course also has a very active forum and a very active Facebook page. Overall a valuable and enjoyable course with high quality resources to support student success.
The course is called "Programming for Everyone" and everyone should take it. The benefits of learning to program: systematic thinking, problem solving, creative thinking, etc. are valuable to even those who have no intention of pursuing a career in computer programming. Dr. Severance provides all the material for the class as Creative Commons with attribution so that anybody can learn or even teach it. I'm a firm believer in the benefits of learning to program so I hope Programming for Everyone goes viral. Giving this course a glowing review is nice, but rather than just preaching to the choir I'd like to see everyone get the message: You need to take Programming for Everyone!
Having successfully taken this course (and passed), I can say this course was very useful and interesting for me. The assignments and problems sets are quite challenging at times, but I did find it very satisfying once I had solved them. They are also nice in that they are based upon real problems that R is perfect for solving. This course only really provides a starting point into using R (don't expect to be analysing huge datasets utilising complex analysis techniques), but you can start to use R after taking this course. I think starting with already knowing some other programming languages helped, as did the fact that I'd already taken the "Data scientists toolbox" course. The latter of which sets you up ready to go straight into this course (though if you haven't taken it, they do provide some of the course lectures to get all the software set up). The biggest help in getting my head around the course I found came from using the optional material (the R package SWIRL). This really hand holds you through how to use R and also counts towards your grades if you take it. I did this before starting any of the other assignments or programming exercises. For myself I found I could power through the course in two weeks, so if you're willing to dedicate the time you can take this and the previous lecture series together.
Very interesting course about the dynamics, philosophies, institutions and organisations of global politics. Well presented study material, a treasure trove on extra materials (interviews with key researchers and players such as former and current secretary-generals of NATO) and some very interesting and challenging additional assignments. A must for people interested in global politics and because it's part of a specialization, a good course for those interested in a career in international organisations. With this course, Leiden University shows again that they understand how to make a MOOC. Very well organised.