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Dino 101: Dinosaur Paleobiology

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University of Alberta via Coursera

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  • Provider Coursera
  • $ Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
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  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Effort 3-10 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 12 weeks long

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Dino 101: Dinosaur Paleobiology is a 12-lesson course teaching a comprehensive overview of non-avian dinosaurs. Topics covered: anatomy, eating, locomotion, growth, environmental and behavioral adaptations, origins and extinction. Lessons are delivered from museums, fossil-preparation labs and dig sites. Estimated workload: 3-5 hrs/week.

Taught by

Philip Currie and Betsy Kruk

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4.8 Based on 23 reviews

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Jeffrey C
5.0 3 years ago
by Jeffrey completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
Great course! The lectures are very enjoyable to watch, much like watching nature documentaries. Overall the difficulty is extremely easy and requires minimal committment, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, especially if you are a busy person. In addition, all the lectures are made available at the beginning of the course, so you can watch multiple week's worth of lectures at once if you want.

To get the most out of the course, I recommend reading the included class notes, which go into greater detail than the lectures and contain some wonderful diagrams and pictures.

The only (very minor) criticism I have is that difficulty of the in-lecture quizzes varies greatly and depends on prior knowledge.

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John S
3.0 4 years ago
John completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
I personally found this course to be far too basic. It is a very superficial introduction to and overview of dinosaurs that will not be very interesting to anyone with more than a passing interest in them. Having said that, the course was quite well done and would be perfect for someone who is just beginning to learn about dinosaurs.
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Stephen S
5.0 4 years ago
Stephen completed this course.
Great intro to dinosaur biology. Engaging lectures and some good discussion in the forums. Plus there are some 3D scans of dino fossils you can play with in your browser.

As one of the other reviewers implied, it is not a rigorous course, although they do go into some detail about dino anatomy. I thought it was perfect for a 100 level course. If UAlberta ever gives a follow-on, I am there!
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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I was initially nervous about taking this course given that I don't come from a scientific background but I was pleased to discover that I struggled much less than I thought I would. It is a wonderful overview and introduction to paleobiology and inspired me to look for more courses in the same arena.
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Mona L
5.0 2 years ago
by Mona completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Very interesting course. I did it for myself, because I wanted to know more about dinosaurs and I learned so much also about the Earth. What I also liked was to learn about the latest discoveries in that field. The content was well organised. The teachers were clear and agreable to listen to. I particularly enjoyed the visits on the field.
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Anonymous
5.0 4 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Superb! Excellent presentation, real fossils used, on-location filming, engaging software applications, great supplementary materials, and strong on-line support. This was my first class in over a decade and it has motivated me to look at additional MOOC offerings.
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Meg B
5.0 4 years ago
Meg completed this course.
Another terrific MOOC featuring engaging material and presenters. This one gets points for variety – they regularly changed up the format of the video lectures and even took us on-site to excavations in the Alberta Badlands.
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Anonymous
5.0 4 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Very high quality of video presentations. Some nice interactive activities (3d models, timescale, fossil puzzles). Very high budget.

A bit too simple - absolutely not for "hardcore scientists".
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Tw H
5.0 3 years ago
Tw completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I zoomed through the videos, foregoing the week by week. This was a really great course. A thorough introduction to dinosaurs that touches on so much of the relevant scientific information. Embedded questions in the video were great.
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Peri O
5.0 a year ago
Peri completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This course really does give a good, broad base of knowledge. To explore more about these concepts I recommend checking out the other paleo courses from the University of Alberta.
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Julia S
5.0 2 years ago
Julia completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Excellent course -- highly recommended for the armchair paleontologist, especially anyone who has yet to outgrow a youthful passion for dinosaurs.
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Anonymous
5.0 4 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
great information. really enjoyed this class. It was just too short and my computer skills are lacking. Thanks for a great time. Very enjoyable
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Cécile C
5.0 4 years ago
Cécile completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
The videos are very engaging, I watched them twice. I wish there was more, maybe a Dino 102 in the future?
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Gerald V
5.0 2 months ago
by Gerald completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Excellent presentation. I audited the course twice to make sure I didn't miss a word.

Likewise, I would recommend all the paleontology courses offered by the Univ of Alberta.

I sent a contribution to this department to show my gratitude
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