WOW, I learned a lot form this and it was fairly educational but not overwhelming or difficult. This instructor really gets the points across without being to easy or hard. A very good class.
Celebrate your inner fish as you swim along with this awesome course charting our earliest ancestors. Very well constructed and delivered once again by the team at the University of Alberta.
By Adam M•
i like this. this is good. good can be fun. fun has rewards...yay, i win
By Clotilde D•
Very interesting course and concepts clearly explained, thanks !
By Nicholas S•
Amazing information, but the instructor is a little distracting.
By Kathryn M•
Awesome information, easy to follow readings and videos.
Very interesting lesson , congratulation!
By Richard K•
Well organized and excellent presenter.
Very interesting and entertaining!
By Suriya R•
Excellent Course...Loved it
By サフイア ワ•
très bien expliqué
By Daniel D J•
By Sachin R•
This is a very informative course, but the information is extremely complicated. I had to go over the notes several times.
By Kent R C•
Interesting, but assessments are too easy.
By Richard H•
Three stars seems too much, two stars too few.
First and foremost, I couldn't stand the lecturer. The course description says "Taught by: Alison Murray, Ph.D, Associate Professor" but she never so much as appears on camera. Instead the material is delivered by some graduate student dressed up in what I would have assumed was a cartoonist's stereotype of paleontological field gear, and he has the most annoying, grating presentation style I've ever seen. I ended up covering his half of the screen with another window just to not have to watch him. Still had to listen to him though, delivering a script which I infer was written by Murray and other faculty. (I signed up for Ancient Marine Reptiles allegedly taught by Michael Caldwell and Halle P. Street — and in reality it was the same grad student. Same outfit. I said "oh no" and didn't continue. Couldn't take four more weeks of that guy.) Come on, how about courses taught by actual faculty members? Like The Science of the Solar System, taught by the engaging and accomplished Prof. Mike Brown, discoverer of Eris?
The material is largely "here's a Latin name of a family, here's a Latin name of a member of that family, here are some of its physiological characteristics (more unfamiliar vocabulary) — lather, rinse, repeat." Forget about passing the quizzes if you can't remember which Latin species name goes with which characteristics. I felt there was too much emphasis on individual species and not enough on overall concepts. I didn't feel I came away with a real understanding of what happened and why it happened in early vertebrate evolution... some of that was there, but it wasn't clear enough, obscured as it was by emphasis on vocabulary and rote description.
By Alma D•
A jurassic park image, with material you can read by yourself?