The content was well prepared, delivered with enthusiasm and personality and somehow managed to be engaging and worthwhile yet accessible to the huge breadth of learner experience watching. Remarks made were clear to beginners yet concise and succinct enough for refresher students too. e.g. in my case learning Python GUI from a background of compiled languages.
The instructor team are clearly committed to making this a positive, useful, empowering and beneficial experience for *every* learner. They clearly want everyone to succeed. And to that end they've clearly invested much time in developing and polishing this 4/5th iteration of this course. When you add to that their boundless enthusiasm, Python-esque zany humour (and choice of t-shirts and ties), the team really does "give it all" for the thousands of students taking this course.
As to RICE University, I can only congratulate them for their insight that developing solid MOOC offerings is time well spent and this course is an excellent example of what can be done migrating classroom experience to the global MOOC platform. Well done supporting your own people and in turn potentially hundreds of thousands of future learners.
As an experienced software developer who took a long career diversion into first aid and emergency care, this has been an enjoyable and productive way to get my head back into Computer science and coding, as well as apply that knowledge in a fun way - that of building well known graphical games. Many Thanks to the RICE CS Team!!!