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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Wood Science: Beyond Building by West Virginia University

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About the Course

The central question of this course: “why study wood?” If “why study wood” is the question, one answer would be that it is the only raw material available to us that is truly renewable in human life span terms. Wood is as important to society today as it ever was, despite the development of many man-made substitute materials, changing resource availability, and the changing needs of society. Some items on the list of wood products stay the same (lumber, plywood and veneer for building construction, furniture, shipping pallets & crates and other containers & packaging materials, railroad ties, utility poles, chemical feed stocks, etc), but the list also keeps changing to meet new needs and challenges as the resource changes. In short, wood is a far more diverse, green, and renewable resource than you might have imagined. Join us to learn about the important role of wood in human history, civilization, and our future. By the end of the course, learners will be able to: - describe wood as a raw material and its critical importance to the world economy, and the lives of the people that make that economy work. - identify the projected trend for wood consumption to continue to grow in the coming years, despite the image of wood as a "low tech" material. - identify the ways in which wood's properties can lead to its efficient and sustainable use. -identify wood's positive role in boosting the world economy and ability to lead to unexpected vocations....

Top reviews


Jun 4, 2020

I am glad that I took this informative course. This course is useful to each and every people irrespective of their academic background and interests. It is good course regarding wood and its uses.


Feb 11, 2020

As a Civil Engineering student, this course has been very helpful for me. I do recommend to have this course in order to get the basic concept of wood science and its use as a building material.

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By Thein T A

Jan 25, 2022

It's good course to know about knowledge in wood.


Jun 15, 2020

This is a short course but very helpfull

By Vittorio V

Jan 29, 2023

Not excessively techincal but usefull

By 4홍규민

Mar 24, 2021

the courses were interesting for me

By Chiemelie N

Jul 14, 2020

Interesting and helpful course

By Mahesh k A M

May 22, 2020

Good course and good material

By Laiphangbam R

Jan 13, 2022

In depth knowledge of wood.

By Joe S

Oct 17, 2020

interesting and light

By Richard K

Nov 19, 2017

interesting material

By Simonas M

Dec 22, 2020

some old material

By Shailender K

Sep 29, 2020

great journey


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By Arnab N U

May 23, 2020

It was fairly good. But, the course needs to be more improved and more enjoyable one. Since I was interested about the course topic, it seems a pretty one good course for me.

By Parikshit P

Apr 27, 2020

Sir Lawrence's voice was too low sometimes and too loud when he starts a sentence. otherwise, this course is full of knowledge.

By Laura B

Aug 10, 2021

Interesting to get a basic understanding of usage of wood.

By David G Q

Jun 21, 2017

A little short course, but usefull.

By Suman P C

Sep 21, 2020

Its good

By Ajith K

Aug 20, 2020


By T. A

Jun 24, 2020

too basic. The course doesnt get the student interest in wood science because all is explained in a very superficial way. It may need to get deep in technical aspects of this study field and how it is related with physics, chemestry and ingeneering carreers (but in a more DEEPER or technical way).

By Deleted A

Oct 24, 2020

At times, the course felt like it was not thought throw. It is still a good introductory course to wood science, but... I always felt that the instructors did not know exactly what to say and about what they should talk.

By Freddy C

Mar 8, 2018

Too focused on American context. Wrong technical information here and there. Generally uninformative if already working in the industry, your probably know more than what this course has to offer.

By Lynn B I

Nov 20, 2023

Disjointed and way too many broken links for readings.

By Sergio R

May 15, 2019

I appreciate the effort but althoug some interesting topics are metnioned, I think that it only moves from random ideas insted of getting a bit deeper in the interesting points (whenever possible since it is a short course).

One important think that I must say is that I found it incredible that when talking about the solutions for solving the "problem" of running out of forests to cut (that is, more management, plantations, ...) i think you forgot the most important (applicable to any other resource): REDUCE CONSUMPTION.