This is indeed a great course. It is very simply put and very easy to follow up.\n\nDo join without any hesitancy if you have a genuine interest in learning about the history of ancient Egypt!
First online course and I loved every moment of it! It felt really refreshing to hear some old names that I used to study as a child. Well done and thanks again for the amazing opportunity!
By Mary S•
The lecturer has a flat, boring delivery. The content is interesting. However the text on which this course is based is very good. It is lavishly illustrated. The print is too small in the paperback edition, but it's big enough in the hardcover edition.
By Myvanwy W•
some of the exam questions were misleading (the way they were phrased was misleading) and sometimes the delivery was difficult to follow because of the structure of the lectures but I enjoyed this course nonetheless and found the content very interesting.
By Rebecca H•
Over halfway through. Overall good information. However, the instructor talks fast and is really to the point with no babble, so taking notes can involve A LOT of pausing the videos, something to be aware of before beginning this course.
By Oliver G•
An interesting course that gives a little insight into Ancient Egypt, I think the videos could have been a little longer and more fleshed out in terms of content. But it was a okay course, quick and easy enough to follow along with.
By Lynn H•
There was a lot to try to remember from one quiz to the next and I have memory problems, but if you're a person with normal memory abilities, I guess that wouldn't be a problem. I really enjoyed learning more about ancient Egypt.
By Cindy D•
in the first few weeks i found it very slow and hard to take in the info... the course gets more interesting as you go forward. I enjoyed the the two weeks the most
By M. D C J•
The information was well organized and presented well. However, the presentation was at times dry monotone. Over all, the course taught me what I wanted to learn.
Informative course for anyone not familiar with the ancient Egyptians; The quizzes have a low (50%) threshold in order to pass, but are not always easy.
By Emma W•
While the topics are incredibly interesting, one would wish for a little more enthusiasm in the presentation of the knowledge and the course material.
By Dayna A•
A very basic overview of Egyptian history, not as detailed as I had expected. It didn't cover as many topics as I would have liked.
By Gary W•
Author is quite slow in presentation. Otherwise material is good and the pictures are well coordinated with the material
By Ananya G•
I think this course is very informative but I feel, the narration is very flat and some modulation can be used.
By Silke S•
A bit too theoretical, a list of information. Only the last Video was a bit interaction with other researchers
By Peter M•
I enjoyed the course. Dr. Silverman needs to stop reading a teleprompter - he literally was reading a script.
By Ahmad k•
A very enlightening course ... i would have liked to hear more about the mythology and the gods roles
By Alisha M•
Too simple a course... Would be nice to have more structure period wise and content wise!
By Gorret F•
Un cours intéressant parfois un peu dense
By Yuen L T L•
The quiz was the best part
By Angeliki K•
I was actually very excited for this course, yet it disappointed me. The lectures were monotonous and stiff, I found myself watching the videos on mute with the subtitles on! (p.s. the persons who transcribed the videos should have taken the time to see and hear what they were translating since there are quite a few errors on names, locations, even simple words). I also found the lessons rather superficial, did not "dive" into the heart of this great civilization. Finally, having read a book or two on the subject, the whole experience added almost nothing to my previous knowledge on ancient Egypt. The course is good for those who have no previous knowledge on the subject and wish to learn the basics regarding Egypt, its gods, mummies etc.
By Wendi S•
While the information is interesting, the speaker is horrendous. I can't put it any nicer. He is monotonous and is obviously reading from a prompter. There is no excitement in him to make me want to be excited to learn anything new. There are breaks in his speaking as if he is waiting for the prompter to move to the next page. All he does is stand and never moves, very boring and very dry.
Some of the later lessons were a bit better. At least we saw more pictures to support the information and didn't have to watch the speaker just standing there.
By Jennifer O•
I found listening to the instructor just read notes became very tedious very quickly. I had to force myself to finish this course which rather defeated my goal of learning for fun. The only video that engaged me was the very last one set in the artifact lab. I also feel that if you are going to offer transcriptions of the lectures, someone should proofread them. Not to do so is shoddy work and doesn't do Coursera or Penn any favors.
By Caelyn M•
I was disappointed by this course. I thought it was poorly organized and focused too much on trivia and not enough on motivating and contextualizing Ancient Egyptian civilization. I was hoping to come away from this course with a richer understanding of Ancient Egypt. The lectures were surprisingly dry.
By Karolina D•
The material was indeed interesting however the way of presenting it was surprisingly terrible. The manner of speech and lack of mimics and expression of the professor was disappointing and I preferred to read the script rather than watch the videos :(
By Katharina H•
Unfortunately, I did not find the course overly engaging and only provided very basic information. It would have been more interesting to look at a few things more in depth.
By Sharon C•
While the content is great, the lecturer isn't the most riveting to listen to. He stands as a statue most of the time and seems uncomfortable in front of the camera.