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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Genomics: Decoding the Universal Language of Life by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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About the Course

What is a genome? A genome contains all of the information that a cell needs to develop, function, and reproduce itself, and all the information needed for those cells to come together to form a person, plant, or animal. Genomes contain an organism’s complete set of genes, and also the even tinier genetic structures that help regulate when and how those genes are used. The ability to regrow a torn ligament, the clues that might predict the onset of mental illness, the nutritional potential of crops, and even the history of life itself, are all encoded in genomes. By taking this course, you will discover how scientists are deciphering the language of genomes to learn how to develop sustainable food and fuel supplies, improve disease treatment and prevention, and protect our environment. Professor Robinson is the main instructor for this course. In addition, each module features several guest instructors. These guest instructors come from diverse fields of study—biology, physics, computer science, and many others—and pursue diverse research goals, yet they share a common interest in genomic approaches and technologies. The guest instructors include: - Elizabeth (Lisa) Ainsworth, Associate Professor of Plant Biology - Mark Band, Director of the Functional Genomics Facility - Alison Bell, Associate Professor of Animal Biology - Jenny Drnevich, Functional Genomics Bioinformatics Specialist with High-Performance Biological Computing - Christopher Fields, Associate Director of High-Performance Biological Computing - Bruce Fouke, Director of the Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center - Glenn Fried, Director of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology Core Facilities - Nigel Goldenfeld, Professor of Physics - Brendan Harley, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering - Alvaro Hernandez, Director of the High-Throughput Sequencing and Genotyping Facility - Victor Jongeneel, former NCSA Director of Bioinformatics and former Director of High-Performance Biological Computing - Kingsley Boateng, Senior Research Specialist with the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology Core Facilities - Stephen Long, Professor of Plant Biology and Crop Sciences - Ruby Mendenhall, Associate Professor of African American Studies - William Metcalf, Professor of Microbiology - Karen Sears, Assistant Professor of Animal Biology - Saurabh Sinha, Associate Professor of Computer Science - Lisa Stubbs, Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology - Rachel Whitaker, Associate Professor of Microbiology - Derek Wildman, Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology - Peter Yau, Director of the Protein Sciences Facility...

Top reviews

SI
Dec 17, 2020

This course helped me better understand genomics. The instructors used simple language and were easy to understand. I highly recommend this course to anyone interested.

MP
Aug 2, 2020

Hello, myself Mili Patel\n\nI really enjoyed this course. All in this course satisfying and just want to say it's beyond my expectation.\n\nThank you.... 🙂

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By Misha V

Sep 7, 2019

Awesome

By Mona A A

Sep 18, 2020

GOOD

By Tanmai A

Jul 13, 2020

Good

By Bruce N

Aug 19, 2021

It was nice to have the ability to audit this class. However, I was locked out of the weekly tests and projects. The subject format was excellent. However, the structure and formate of the practice tests needed work.

By Terence O

May 13, 2021

Nicely presented, interesting combination of materials and links & prompts to further outside reading.

By Prabuddha G

Jul 1, 2020

Overall Good, But expected a little bit on application of coding, simple algorithms in the syllabus.

By Anthony C

Apr 25, 2021

Make the quizzes more relevant to the video information.

By Ruchit S

Oct 16, 2020

OVERALL RATING: 2 stars/5

PROS: Amazing Content! Great, funny, instructors, really thought provoking, lucid content. One of the best courses I have come so far.

I will give 5/5 for the content.

CONS: Horrible management! No one to help or respond to queries, as if all mentors are in deep slumber. Numerous technical issues with the website, pasting text was not happening, submission errors. Really gross mismanagement. Resetting deadlines when not required, option to reset deadlines don't show up when there is an actual need to do so. No one to review / grade your assignments. Really a bummer! Pathetic! The blame falls squarely on the technical team, and course management.

I will give 0/5 for apathy

By Juan A P A

Sep 26, 2020

Es el primer curso del que me doy de baja. Las clases son monótonas y básicamente son expertos del área dando opiniones y entrevistas que no profundizan en los temas.

By maria n

Feb 8, 2021

Superficial, excessive time to talk about the talk. But the most annoying: extremely imprecise. For me it was a waste of time and I gave up after the 1st week.

By Udo R

Jan 15, 2018

The course should focus more on the achievemnts of the professors, than a description of what they are doing. So you can get more information about Genomics.

By estevao o

Jul 20, 2020

Eu não consigo entender o que devo fazer no curso, os videos são simples e muito bons, mas as tarefas, são muito complicadas, o meu prazo expirou e eu ainda não entendo o porque disso, tentei de todas as formas procurar ajuda e entrar em contato, mas não consegui . O sistema de tarefa e atividades de vocês é extremamente confuso, e me ocupou um tempo precioso, agora terei de recompensar o meu tempo perdido.

By Deleted A

Nov 7, 2021

noticed various definitions of genome given instead of one all inclusive solid definition. Giving various definitions in a course for beginners can be confusing for early students.

By Rajan D

Jul 27, 2021

Materials dont correspond to the subject being taught and the quiz is poorly designed.

By Tashia S

Jun 16, 2021

Peer graded assignments should be removed from this course.