Very, very insightful. Best course that I participated in. I simply loved it. And if you (the reader of this review) have any sort of curiosity regarding reasons of existence, this course is for you.
I love everything about this. Plan to go back sometime later and explore more of the websites and links that are referenced. I especially enjoy material from the American Museum of Natural History.
By pieter d p•
I have a deep interest in your program. I am a professional working on topics of a similar nature. I think the course is quite interesting and informative and I plan to take more of your courses; but you should be very concerned about the Coursera Platform that it is presented on. I have spent hours and hours trying to navigate within it. I watch the videos and this is apparently not recorded. Then I watch them again to see if the fact that I watched them shows up. The layout of the page is scattered; its use being indecipherable. The platform is a disaster. An institution of higher learning should take exception to the total lack of logical layout or (let's say intuitiveness) of what Coursera presents here. Three stars are for Yale and the two empty ones are for Coursera.
By Leslie G•
The material was amazing (thank you!), but for those who audit, being excluded from the discussions and the tests at the end of each unit made for a "less than" experience. Please don't call yourself a MOOC if the free content is so different from the paid version. I'd like for my Coursera listed courses to show this as complete (but without the badge or Yale specific recognition) but it shows that I didn't complete the course, didn't meet the deadlines because I can't do (although I can see) the needed assignments. For me, I don't need badges or certificates, but I do like being able to access and do everything within a course. This "less than" experience isn't how most Coursera courses work. If the content wasn't so amazing, I would have given even fewer stars.
By Juan M•
The basic ideas exposed during the course are interesting and good food for thought. However the course contents practically depend on the film and book by Swimme and Tucker; so at the beginning of the course one is shown the complete film, and over the ensuing weeks a particular book chapter and its corresponding fraction of the film is presented again; the quiz (which is very little demanding) at the end of the week is basically based on those contents. I paid for the certificate since the idea of a "specialization" appealed to me, but I am not sure it was worth.
By Peter M•
If you like 5th to 6th grade level material presented in the spirit of an Allen Alda type on a PBS special then this is for you. I cant believe Yale would sponsor such dribble.
By Joy S•
The gobbledygook mooc. Worst bunch of talking a lot and saying nothing I ever encountered.