I really liked this course, the professor was engaging, clear, and informative, and did a great job explaining and simplifying the more complex biology topics so that it was digestible for beginners.
Love the clarity of the instructors deliver which is supported by great explanations and most importantly visual aids & demonstrations. Ps... Especially loved the bloopers at the end. Nice treat! :)
By Jan M•
I loved this course. I think it is the perfect course for someone who wants a challenge, but does not want a totally complex course. The course was challenging, and Professor Chamowitz is the coolest fellow out. It was sometimes tough, but if you want that qualification, you'll go out and complete this course. This course has taken me six months. Thank you for the course, and my certificate. Understanding Plants offers what it promises. I am now much more understanding of our plant friends. I still don't have a green thumb though!
By Alex C•
excellent course! The presenter was engaging and clear and the content was of a very high standard. Not too easy and not too difficult. I confess to watching most of them with my gardening wife and arguing lots about the content and questions! I was also fun and enjoyable. Taken purely to broaden my knowledge and interest. During the virus we had a lot of free time and started growing lots of plants on the balcony and it was therefore very interesting for me :-)
Thank you for making this course and i will do the next!
By Vitória P d S•
O professor é sensacional!! Ele explica de forma muito clara, sucinta e acessível á todos e todas!! O curso me proporcionou um amplo conhecimento sobre esse universo das plantas. Acabei por descobrir que gosto muito dessa área e já penso em fazer alguma iniciação científica sobre algum assunto relacionado às plantas, pois realmente gostei demais!! A plataforma foi incrível também, me auxiliou bastante em como utilizar as ferramentas para o melhor aproveitamento do curso e para os testes a serem feitos!
By Kashika L K•
Professor Daniel Chamovitz is one of the best teacher i ever had. So i want to thank coursera for providing this course. I am a M.Sc Botany student. I joined this course to add the certificate in my CV. but after taking this course professor Daniel taught me so much that the certificate does not even matter to me. I am really really thankful that coursera is providing such courses for students. and one last thing i want to say to Prof Daniel is that ,I have no words how much you have taught me.
By Sara R•
I had a great time following this course. The lecturer really makes plant understanding fun and (relatively) easy. Great lessons with many practical explanations, lots of experiments and science history.
I am a biotechnologist working in molecular biology and my studies were mostly focused on humans / mammals. I currently work on plants and wanted to deepen my knowledge of the basis of plant physiology. This course was a great introduction to plants!
After having seen "American Pie" , I don't see apple pie in the same way.
After following this training, Ii don't see apple tree in the same way !
More seriously,Ii'd like to thank you very much for this training which was both very interesting and understandable by majority of us.
The videos are very clear and, actually, you're not boring (;-))!
Thanks to Nir, as well.
I 've appreciated the mix of simple experiment results and theoretical explanation behind.
By Marwan E I•
This is an enjoyable, interesting, eye opening course, yet it is not an easy one to pass. I have not done much biology before, and some of the terminology and processes described were a little demanding. I had to go through the lectures more than once. Professor Daniel Chamovitz is interesting to listen to. You do not go to sleep! I wish he would offer a third course on Coursera soon. Thank you professor for the knowledge you were so generous to provide.
This is one of the best courses I have ever taken. Professor Chamovitz is such a passionate person that drives you not only to understanding the course material but to make you think about plants as very complex organisms. The commitment to the principles of science is very remarkable as well. The research that Professor Chamovitz is doing on food security seems so interesting as this area is crucial amidst future climate change-related issues.
By Zvi Z D C•
This is a wonderful course! There are minor problems in transcripts and in language usage. The course is very informative, the professor is very knowledgeable, light, and gives out the information in a delightful way, making the learning process fun fun fun! I am already heading to his next course, Fundamentals of plant biology! If the course seems interesting to you, you have to take it, i am telling you, you do, you will enjoy every bit of it!
By Helen H•
The lecturer is very enthusiastic and engaging. There is a lot of information presented quite quickly, so if you are a beginner in biology (like me!), you will probably need to do the reading in addition to watching the videos. It was really interesting to see round the lab in the final lecture. I'm not sure how much of the detail I will retain in a few weeks, but I think I have enough of the gist to have gained a new respect for plants!
By Alison C•
I really enjoyed this and learnt a lot. I'm a zoologist currently studying botanical illustration, so this course was a great way to brush up on my botany. I read Prof Chamovitz' book a couple of years ago and liked his style, and this course is similar - very engaging but thorough. Some of the tests, especially the last one, are quite tough but I think that is a good thing, you have to pay attention to the material if you want to pass.
By Miland K K•
Extremely well designed course that gives amazing insights into the sensory prowess of plants. The beauty of this course is that no biology background is required. The concepts and terms have been explained with awesome examples and that foster easy understanding. Prof. Daniel Chamovitz is simply mesmerizing and keeps you gripped to your chair during the entire lecture. One of the good decisions of my life is that I chose this course.
By Stella G•
Now that I know how sensitive plants are, I'll watch my language when in their presence :)
I work with plants in a retail setting, and this course helps me to understand the plant 'behaviors' that I observe, especially in response to my care.
I think I already guessed what a plant knows; now I know why.
This course provides a great understanding of plants for the layperson/non-academic.
I enjoyed the instructors lecture delivery.
By Andrei M d S•
The content included is exactly as described. The professor is just the right amount of playful, and makes sure to repeat and explain the more complicated parts. Video lectures include images to help visualise and clarify what is being talked about. There is only one personal thing I am not a fan of, but that one thing is still not enough to justify a less than 5-star rating for such a clear course. Plants deserve more credit.
By Melanie F•
I actually loved the course and the teacher was great but the final quiz made me want to throw my computer at the wall a bit and cancenl my university application. I do not like 'trick' questions. Where there are more than one answer that is scientifically correct but the question is only referring to one scientists discovery. I dont really care who discovered what, no offense Darwin. I just want the scientific facts
By Janice R•
Thank you, Dr. Chamovitz for making this course interesting! Most students get bored when lectures are about plants or plant biology, but you made boring and complex concepts easy to understand and enjoyable to learn. I especially liked the examples and experiments presented (with very excellent illustrations as well). Your quizzes are tricky and a tad difficult, but they really test the student's understanding.
By Eleanor R W•
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to take this wonderful course. It was laid out in a really interesting way; i very much enjoyed the focus on how plant senses were discovered - I never knew how prolific Darwin was in plant biology!
Awesome course, thank you for giving me access to it (and a certificate) for free. As soon as I get some more free time I hope to take the next course in the series.
By Ana V C A•
In this course I learned a lot of plant behaviour and biology. I liked the most that professor Chamovitz not only explains concepts but also the questions that stimulated the study of plants, the experiments designed, the analysis and the conclusions leaded from them. It was also very enjoyable and with many materials which complemented the videos. I understand and love plants (even more) now!
By Joakim N•
In my case where im currently changing proffesion from a programmer into plants generally speaking, i find this easy to understand with short and consise lectures where only the important things are discussed. Professor Chamovitz doesn't randomly dive on a specific topic, which would cause confusion. I rarely comment on videos and courses but this one deserves all credit it can get.
By Daniel P•
Awesome course for two reasons:
1.) The contributors of this course made a lot of effort to make the topic as interesting as possible (e.g. a tour through their own lab, cool examples to illustrate theory, (external) videos of plant growth,...).
2.) The course gives you a better idea of the complexity of plants which encourages to appreciate and protect nature.
By Lucky S•
Best learning experience and course provide almost everything those helpful for my career growth Understanding plants one of the best course to understand about plants with simplest way and teachers are good and their teaching way almost simple and good and easy to understand .
one of the best experience to study about plants with the help of this course .
By Nathan N I•
As an introduction to botany this was a fun and informative course. I've watched you tube videos which briefly talk about the ability of plants to see, hear, memorize and balance themselves. but this course goes into the molecular mechanics. As someone who has done microbiology. this course allows me to go back to basics of my microbiology in general.
The instructor loves the course area and is likely to be able to get you to love it too. He is able to explain complicated concepts in context, even to beginners, and he does it with passion. I've come back to this course and the book many times for what has now been years. I am hooked on how plants interact with their environment, probably for life.
By Connie S•
I really love the class. It taught me so much things about the plants surrounding us. It's like filling the hole of the terrible science education at my home town where most people could mix up spores and deadly insects and then throw their beautiful ferns into the rubbish bins. I wish my home town could also have a wonderful science class like this.
By Solange A J G P•
Really an interesting course. I was fascinated by the facts and experiments carried out by scientist to understand plants. As a specialist in the computer field, I felt very bad that I have ignored learning about this part of the world for quite a long time. Thank you, Prof. Daniel and the coursera team for giving me this wonderful experience.