What are MOOCs?

How do I register?

To register for a course, click on "Go to Class" button on the course page. This will take you to the providers website where you can register for the course.

How do these MOOCs or free online courses work?

MOOCs are designed for an online audience, teaching primarily through short (5-20 min.) pre recorded video lectures, that you watch on weekly schedule when convenient for you. They also have student discussion forums, homework/assignments, and online quizzes or exams.

3 out of 3 people found the following review useful

2 years ago
**completed** this course.

I highly recommend this course.
The structure of the course and the presentation are superb.
For example, the clever balance of detailed explanations and of general explanations of a few topics, provides quite an interesting (and useful) perspective of the material.
Exciting, interesting, thought-provoking fun on
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I highly recommend this course.

The structure of the course and the presentation are superb.

For example, the clever balance of detailed explanations and of general explanations of a few topics, provides quite an interesting (and useful) perspective of the material.

Exciting, interesting, thought-provoking fun on topics that are relevant to a wide range of disciplines (and growing).

-steve

The structure of the course and the presentation are superb.

For example, the clever balance of detailed explanations and of general explanations of a few topics, provides quite an interesting (and useful) perspective of the material.

Exciting, interesting, thought-provoking fun on topics that are relevant to a wide range of disciplines (and growing).

-steve

1 out of 1 people found the following review useful

2 years ago

This was a great class as in introduction to fractals and scaling. The metabolic scaling section was fascinating, and has encouraged me to do more in-depth reading and research on the subject. I'm definitely looking forward to the next Complexity Explorer course!

2 out of 2 people found the following review useful

2 years ago

Good course, really peaked my interest in the topics presented, good introduction! Could use some more hands on computational exercises to connect better with the material but was otherwise a very good course.

1 out of 1 people found the following review useful

2 years ago

Very nice course! Quite easy without going deep into math behind, without any computational assignments. But topic is rather interesting and explanations were very clear and with good examples. You can watch it on 1.5x speed easily.

3 months ago
**completed** this course.

The course was very well taught by the instructor, which provided a nice overview on the subject. However, I still missed some "real -life examples" during the course, yet the instructor discussed two nice applications, i.e., metabolic and urban scaling, which I have never heard before. Maybe further examples, like sto
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The course was very well taught by the instructor, which provided a nice overview on the subject. However, I still missed some "real -life examples" during the course, yet the instructor discussed two nice applications, i.e., metabolic and urban scaling, which I have never heard before. Maybe further examples, like stock market or large-scale structure of the Universe, would improve the course immersion even more. But taking into account the limited duration (2 months?) that such mooc should take, the content is very good and broad. Considering also that many of the attendants are not trained in the STEM field (as in my case), the introduction regarding logarithms, power laws etc. were very didactic and clarifying. Another positive point goes to the interviews, which were very insightful.

I am giving therefore a 4 out of 5, since I still believe that some points (the real life examples) could be improved a little bit, but these are just minor improvements that do not compromise the overall's quality of the course at all. So, I am very thankful for Prof. Feldman for providing such nice course.

I am giving therefore a 4 out of 5, since I still believe that some points (the real life examples) could be improved a little bit, but these are just minor improvements that do not compromise the overall's quality of the course at all. So, I am very thankful for Prof. Feldman for providing such nice course.

2 months ago
**partially completed** this course.

If you are interested in or are pursuing computer science or digital visual arts, I highly recommend taking this course. This course totally beats that one-day lesson on fractals in algebra I had in middle school. Even though the professor doesn't assume much more of a background in math than high school algebra, he ta
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If you are interested in or are pursuing computer science or digital visual arts, I highly recommend taking this course. This course totally beats that one-day lesson on fractals in algebra I had in middle school. Even though the professor doesn't assume much more of a background in math than high school algebra, he takes you step by step through logarithms and power laws if you need a refresher. Even though I didn't complete the course, the first few units on fractals were not only very interesting, but I found them very complementary to my study of recursion in computer science. If you're learning to program in Java, I would recommend downloading the Processing language IDE and trying to program the fractals that the professor introduces in the course, or if you're more into graphics software, downloading Inkscape and trying out the L-systems method of producing fractals on that. This is a very gentle but interesting and applications-packed course if this is your first course in complexity.

2 months ago
**partially completed** this course.

For lack of my own personal time I was not able to finish the course but the course itself has ample time to be finished. The homework is great, the easy questions make sure you get the basics down and the harder questions are challenging and within the range of what is being taught.
There are many references to real
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For lack of my own personal time I was not able to finish the course but the course itself has ample time to be finished. The homework is great, the easy questions make sure you get the basics down and the harder questions are challenging and within the range of what is being taught.

There are many references to real world practical usage, books, articles and software. The community of students and teacher are lively and supportive; they help out with doubts and always bring something new to contribute to the learning process in discussions.

I think that anyone who does this course may come out of it learning enough to understand what fractals are and have enough baggage to enter the more detailed and (more) mathematically challenging material on their own; or at least know exactly what is needed to advance.

There are many references to real world practical usage, books, articles and software. The community of students and teacher are lively and supportive; they help out with doubts and always bring something new to contribute to the learning process in discussions.

I think that anyone who does this course may come out of it learning enough to understand what fractals are and have enough baggage to enter the more detailed and (more) mathematically challenging material on their own; or at least know exactly what is needed to advance.

a month ago
**completed** this course.

I wasn't sure I'd have the time to take this course but I had taken another one taught by Dave Feldman last summer (Dynamical Systems and Chaos) and it was great. I had free time then but, having just started a job, I was more concerned about my ability to devote the necessary time to the course. I ended up giving it
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I wasn't sure I'd have the time to take this course but I had taken another one taught by Dave Feldman last summer (Dynamical Systems and Chaos) and it was great. I had free time then but, having just started a job, I was more concerned about my ability to devote the necessary time to the course. I ended up giving it a go and settled on a routine of downloading the lectures and watching them during my time at the gym, which not only allowed me to focus on the lectures but made me look forward to going to the gym! I work in human computer interaction and I'm hoping to direct my research in this direction but, even if it's a tough fit and I can't find a way to integrate things, the course is incredibly rewarding in and of itself and offers tasty brain food to chew on.

2 months ago
**audited** this course.

I really enjoyed this course. The material was interesting and the explanations were clear. The instructor was engaging. So I feel like an ingrate complaining, especially about something that is not within hos control. But I hope you'll find a way to adjust for a presenter's left handedness. Watching the back of h
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I really enjoyed this course. The material was interesting and the explanations were clear. The instructor was engaging. So I feel like an ingrate complaining, especially about something that is not within hos control. But I hope you'll find a way to adjust for a presenter's left handedness. Watching the back of his hand as he wrote on the whiteboard got to be frustrating after a while.

Thank you so much for offering ordinary people the opportunity to learn such cool stuff!

Thank you so much for offering ordinary people the opportunity to learn such cool stuff!

4 months ago
is taking this course right now.

This is an amazing course for anyone that wants to learn about this topic and does not have the time to go through all the mathematical rigour behind it. The lecturer has a natural skill to explain in a very simple way things that may seem very complicated in some textbooks or courses. You will have fun following these
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This is an amazing course for anyone that wants to learn about this topic and does not have the time to go through all the mathematical rigour behind it. The lecturer has a natural skill to explain in a very simple way things that may seem very complicated in some textbooks or courses. You will have fun following these lectures and learn while you can hold a cup of coffee in one hand and a pocket calculator in the other to compute dimensions of fractional objects.

3 months ago
**completed** this course.

Great overview of the topic with excellent resources and interviews for additional directions for more the interested students. A bit light on the math, but I understand the intent on making it accessible to the largest audience. Everyone should take this course since it is a fundamental topic to the future of systems science, which pretty much encompasses everything these days

3 months ago
**completed** this course.

Great overview of fractals, followed by a thorough in-depth exploration of the math and concepts behind them, that of self-similarity and Power Laws. Some practical implications peppered throughout but particularly near the end of the course. I admire David's restraint in implicating too much meaning behind self-similarity, while underscoring the potential power endowed by it.

3 months ago

It is a very informative and good course. The homework and solutions are helpful for students to go ahead with the test sessions and all of them help students understand the course content.

The label of Advanced level is for the study and exploration of supplementary materials.

The label of Advanced level is for the study and exploration of supplementary materials.

2 years ago
**partially completed** this course.

I started to take the course but for reasons of time I could not finish it I am very sorry, but the time was taking the course was very interesting, I hope I can take back to thank you very much Dave was very interesting. An apology for not being able to finish thanks to SFI muchs

4 months ago
**partially completed** this course.

This is one of the best online course I ever had till now. Dave is simply awesome. Earlier, I was having trouble understanding Nassim Taleb's underlying mathematical philosophy which was based on Fat tails distributions. This course alleviated that trouble.

2 months ago
**completed** this course, spending **3 hours** a week on it and found the course difficulty to be **easy**.

Excellent Course!! This is a highly accessible (barest minimum of Math) course on Fractals and applications on Scaling in a wide variety of scenarios. The instructor is good and he also provides many reference material for further study.

2 years ago
**completed** this course.

Great Course. Learned a lot from it. I found fractals very interesting, and I believe I can definitely apply that in my Artificial Intelligence project. There's lots of statistics involved, but they are not really difficult.

2 years ago
**completed** this course.

Good introductory course. Highly recommended for anyone interested in overview of fractals. Perhaps some additional information on generation of fractals in mathematical constructs, their basins of attraction can be added.

2 months ago

This course was great. It included a good amount of math, but not too much for someone like me who hasn't taken math courses for decades. And I loved learning about the relevance of fractals to our daily lives.

2 years ago
is taking this course right now.

One of the best instructors I have heard in the last........many years!!

Real pleasure of learning,

Clear explanations,

The part if the fractal counting is a bit too long, but you know it

Thank you

Real pleasure of learning,

Clear explanations,

The part if the fractal counting is a bit too long, but you know it

Thank you

2 months ago
**completed** this course.

Beautiful course exposing the elegance of science/nature. Almost no prerequisite is required. Instructor is very successful in making the student understand the concepts without using much of math.

2 years ago
**completed** this course.

Paul did a phenomenal job introducing new topics clearly, at good pace and with great examples. I also appreciate also the supplemental material and guest interview.

3 months ago
**completed** this course.

Nice overview of fractals, scaling and power laws with sufficient references for those wanting to go deeper. It is quite good and I don't think it can be improved much.

2 months ago
**completed** this course.

First class coverage of fascinating topic.

Well constructed and well-paced, with materials to help you build confidence that you are making solid progress.

Great tutor.

Well constructed and well-paced, with materials to help you build confidence that you are making solid progress.

Great tutor.

2 months ago
**partially completed** this course.

This course is helpful for my master thesis.

I understand easily box counting algorithm. The examples and explanations of teacher are excellent.

Thanks :)

I understand easily box counting algorithm. The examples and explanations of teacher are excellent.

Thanks :)

3 months ago
**completed** this course.

Great class! Explanations are very clear and it's the right depth for the topic. If you want to understand the reality of fractals this is perfect.

2 months ago
**completed** this course, spending **4 hours** a week on it and found the course difficulty to be **medium**.

Excellent for interested people and just beginners. Coming from Humanities I find this course comprehensible and exciting

I recommend it enfatically

I recommend it enfatically

2 months ago
is taking this course right now, spending **3 hours** a week on it and found the course difficulty to be **easy**.

This course is great! You'll not be sorry. Explanations are very clear and you'll learn many unexpected applications of what you learn. Have hun!

2 months ago
**completed** this course.

I love it, the way and the topics that were teach are interesting. It will help me to my classes and my investigation work at school for my Ph D.

2 months ago

It's a great lecture from David Feldman. He is author of Chaos and Fractals: An elementary Introduction. Don't miss the course !

2 months ago
**completed** this course.

A course very good course! The professor gave us the clue to go in deeper details of every concept if we want or need it.