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 Peter G•
The presenter is world class, and I really enjoyed the interactive maps. The quizzes should be a bit more challenging though - perhaps learn how to identify a few fossils,
By Kate K•
Difficult subject to get your head around but ultimately worth the effort. The teaching, as always with the University of Alberta's MOOCs, is second to none.
By Arash R•
A great course with useful and complete information. The only negative point is that there were not enough assignments for practicing and remembering.
By Mahendra A•
This course is very informative to students as will as teaching profession, we learn basic concept about early vertebrates
By Cameron M•
Interesting content and informative lectures. Wish the course was longer and more in depth on certain subjects.
By Zenab b•
i really enjoyed it aloot and learn alooot of new knowledge about early vertebrates....thumbs up...
By Vivek S•
Nice Course on Early Vertebrate Evolution. The interactive sections of the course were Amazing.
By john p•
Definitely an appetiser for the subject although the names and terminology are a challenge.
By pamela h•
enjoyed the course very much, lots of good information in manageable pieces.
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.
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?