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.