Apr 07, 2018
The course presents a multitude of models that enable us to analyze human and systems behavior and interactions. By making implicit assumptions explicit we can understand real world processes better.
Feb 25, 2017
Great content and lectures, that possibly provides new dimensions to look/explain the situation in context, I guess I will comeback for references to continue with this journey in to 'Model Thinking'
Jun 24, 2016
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Mar 17, 2016
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By Andreas S•
Dec 30, 2019
Scott E. Page has conducted a great online course on Model Thinking that helps in order to be an more intelligent citizen of the world, to make us clearer, better thinkers and sort out logical inconsistencies by using models, to better understand data as well as to better to decide, strategize, and design. The lecture style of Mr. Page is very entertaining, calm, pleasurable and congenial - he explains very good and is able to get complex and abstract things to the point and makes them transferable to the real world. Some issues are related to the transcript or material style and some smaller errors, for example. Anyways: Thank you very much, Mr. Page. I would appreciate working with you and visiting other lectures.
By Les S•
Nov 26, 2016
This is a a really good intro course. As a short introduction to lots of different models, you come away with a full appreciation of how the reduction of the complex into simple models can advance your thinking, help better understand why people make the choices they do and make sense of situations that otherwise would be obscure. The only reason this is not a five-star rating is because there are a few points in the class where there is a break in the logic (i.e. a missing piece) and there are slides and text below the video that contain typos or mistakes. Individually, none of these are a big deal, but collectively, they take the professionalism down a notch.
By Pavlo V•
Aug 08, 2017
The course is interesting as it shows some new ways of thinking. It has some fun models which seem to be interesting to play with. The concepts given in the course may be used in many different ways. Nevertheless, too much time of the course is wasted on simple calculations like 1/3+1/3 = 2/3 which doesn't help to undrestand the concepts or to memorise them. Some practice in building own models would make the course more difficult maybe, but funnier and more memorable for sure.
By Vince L•
Jun 02, 2017
Dr. Page provides engaging and informative lectures, explaining models I've found useful in my work and personal life. I enjoyed the readings, lectures, and quizzes in this course although I found the content around week 8 or so dragged a bit for me (could've just been fatigue). I have and gladly would recommend this course. I've enrolled in a NetLogo course on Agent-Based Modelling to supplement what I learned here.
By Michel D•
Oct 10, 2015
I wasn't planning to follow the whole course and doing assessment and homework. It end up being a good learning and I watched most of the videos. I skipped known information and skimmed to relatively familiar ones / or when there was too much examples. I understand the course was built for common denominator student. Thanks for making this free course. It's much appreciated. - Michel
By Mario J S C•
Dec 07, 2015
Contents of the course are very diverse, clearly changes your way and ability to identify patterns, and fit real world in to models to extract additional information ...
It does not have a very in depth, description about most models, but enough to understand them, because there are so many different concepts that are fit together ...
Its an excellent introductory course to models.
By Gehazi R d S B•
May 19, 2019
This is a very comprehensive course of modeling, with excellent explanations, slides, readings and exercises. However, it's heavy based on rational economic models and intuition. This approach can be a barrier if you have come from a less deductive background like Behavioral and Biological Sciences.
Jul 20, 2017
I rate 4 stars for the originality of the theme of his course ... not really an academic thing as far as I know. Doesn't get a 5 stars because I would have wished something more formal and rigorous. Indeed many models are covered and the lack of proper definitions make some concepts "blurred"
By Bokarev N•
Aug 31, 2019
This course let me unserstand basic things about models, I think it was the target of this one. I would prefer to have more mathematics, more depth, but I think it is perfect for beginners, all topics in this course are quite easy understandable for the majority of people. Thank you!
By Andrew C•
Jun 29, 2017
An fascinating but difficult course, especially if you are just doing it out of interest rather than having a background in the subject. There is a fair bit of maths which isn't difficult but is rather swept over if you haven't done any for the last 30 years!
By Samuel D•
Jan 10, 2020
Broad range of modeling topics covered relatively quickly. Depending on your background, some of the concepts will be more or less difficult to understand. Nice way to familiarize and challenge yourself with new material at the same time.
By Roberto G R•
Dec 27, 2015
This course is both very instructive and fun. The professor covers a lot of interesting topics. It would be better if he speaks a little bit slower, so the non native English speakers like me can understand all he is saying.
By Dmitry U•
Feb 28, 2016
The course focus is broad and instructor is great. However, some particular models have been described too general, e.g. the lectures on Lyapunov functions had no connection to the ODEs and other mathematical phenomena.
By Christopher A•
Jan 10, 2016
Very interesting course. It isn't a hard course whatsoever but the concepts you learn are very fundamental and can be applied in so many domains. Very important to be a well rounded thinker.
By Milind G•
Dec 31, 2015
A must do course for everyone.. It's a rejoinder to all those who say that what you learn in schools/colleges is of no use in practical life.
By Toke S•
Mar 27, 2016
I found this course very educational and i feel brighter after finishing.
Modelthinking helps me to interpret the world and my surroundings.
By George T M•
Feb 25, 2019
Model Thinking by the University of Michigan makes one a better thinker and helps one to understand practical situations using models.
By Nikita V•
Feb 19, 2016
One of the greatest courses on MOOC! The only thing which is still hard to handle with is the temp of speech of the tutor. :)
By Luuk T•
Jan 16, 2016
Contributed to making me a clearer thinker and was a good refreshment of material from my MSc Business Administration.
By Sid R•
Jan 28, 2016
Love it! This is my first foray into model thinking. I wish there is a better way to say thanks to Professor Page.
By Venugopal B•
Nov 14, 2019
Good introduction to the material. But don't depend on the lectures / course if you want to go deeper