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Rebecca Judd

Rebecca Judd
Scotland
Bachelors Degree

A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment

Written 2 years ago
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Big History: Connecting Knowledge

Written 2 years ago
Superb course. It's given me a much better perspective on the universe and our own history. It also asks some questions about what's in store for the universe, and us, which got me thinking about the future.

The videos generally don't feel too long. The course doesn't have much compulsory material, but it does have a lot of optional material to accompany the videos; I found this worked well for me, because I could more easily mould the course around my weekly life as I got busier or less busy.

Oh, and I found the short video on tips for reading hieroglyphs to be a pleasant surprise!

Should you take this course? Yes. Everyone should.

Just don't give up at week 2. The week starts off with a cautionary video about week 2 being more complicated, but not to give up. Pay attention to that video and keep going. Week 2's material is interesting, you can take your time, and it doesn't matter if (like me) you end up getting lost during some of the videos. It gets easier again from week 3 onwards.
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Rebecca Judd completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

The Emergence of the Modern Middle East - Part I

Written a year ago
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Rebecca Judd completed this course.

World War 1: Lessons and Legacy of the Great War

Written a year ago
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The Emergence of the Modern Middle East - Part II

Written a year ago
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The Truth About Cats and Dogs

Written a month ago
I went into this course feeling like I was already quite experienced with living with cats and looking after them, and something of a novice regarding dogs and their needs. I expected to learn a lot about dogs, and hoped to learn some new things about cats.

The course lived up to those expectations. I've picked up a few new nuggets of information about cats, which I've immediately been able to apply to life with my cat. My already-spoilt kitty is hopefully even happier in his little kitty life.

I also learned a fair bit about dogs, which will be a decent basis to start from should I ever decide to take the plunge and get a canine companion.

This MOOC wasn't perfect, though. My first problem with it was that some of the quiz questions seemed a bit irrelevant. The ones that stick in my mind were about identifying breeds of dogs and cats, which hadn't really been covered in the videos beyond a few specific breed examples — which didn't relate to these quiz questions. These seemed a bit pointless as quiz questions; they didn't seem to have any deeper connotation, such as "and what does that mean for X breed's potential health conditions or lifestyle needs?" I think other quiz questions may have felt a bit off too, and there sometimes seemed to be a bit more of a focus on dogs than cats. I wouldn't mind that, but I expected a roughly 50/50 split on focus between dogs and cats given how the course was presented in the title and in early course videos.

The only other big problem I had with the course was the final week's material seemed both a bit rushed and decidedly skewed towards dogs. It was interesting to learn about dogs, but again: I was expecting more of a 50/50 split on focus. Also, the material in the final week didn't really feel "new" or like it particularly built on previous weeks.

All that said, I did enjoy the course, and I'm glad I took it and learned some things to help give my cat a better life. I also liked the video about dogs on the street, which seemed like a bit of a different idea compared to most MOOCs, and added an extra layer to the course.
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Rebecca Judd completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

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