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LetterRip
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This past two weeks have been watching lectures, doing quizes, etc. at coursera and it is awesome.

Having one of the foremost experts on a subject doing the lectures is really nice, the lectures tend to be broken into minilectures (5-10 minute chunks that can be watched independently as time allows), there are inline quizes to check comprehension during the lectures, good forum discussions - especially when you have other experts in the field who are auditing the classes. Each class is 6 to 12 weeks long.

Right now I'm signed up for about 100 classes, although I'm only actively participating in 3 since most of them either haven't started yet or started early november and it is too late for me to complete the courses (I've signed up for those ones just to download the notes and lectures and will re sign up for the classes when the are next offered).

I really love watching instruction at 2-3 times the normal speed, and watching a six week course in an afternoon.

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Out of curiosity (and personal interest - I'm a professor), what sort of classes are you taking?
Are you doing "homework" in addition to the quizzes?
Is this based on personal interest or are you trying to build skills for the workplace or academia?

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LetterRip
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JoshCrow,

yep doing homework assignments, inline quizzes (check understanding during the lecture), and regular quizzes (test understanding after multiple lectures), and tests. Homework assignments can be from simple 'fill in the blank, multiple choice' to essays, complicated programming assignments, etc.

I'm taking all sorts of classes, see list below. Note that many classes won't be starting till half a year from now.

Mostly personal interest, a few for review of class material I learned 10+ years ago and would like a refresher on, or material that I've taught myself and would like to see if there are any holes in my knowledge, not any plans for usage in academia or workplace currently, but doesn't hurt to get a certificate documenting that I know this stuff.

About 1/4 comp sci/math 1/4 biology/neuroscience 1/4 economics and 1/4 misc.


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quote:
...Astrobiology and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life...
I've been planning on signing up for this class for a while. It starts in the Spring, IIRC. [Smile]

How long are the lectures available for download?

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Chael
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Thank you for this post! I keep making a note to look at this and forgetting (when I hear about it, it's usually on the car radio).
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LetterRip
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Wayward,

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How long are the lectures available for download?
it depends on the class. Some classes switch to a 'preview' mode after a class ends, which allows only online viewing; others seem to leave the class online with everything, you just can't get certification; and some make the class material completely inaccessible after a class ends.
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Thanks, LetterRip. I just signed up for Astrobiology, which starts Jan. 28 (a bit earlier than I remembered). I just hope I have time for it...
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