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Lindley Walter-smith

Lindley Walter-smith
Australia
Masters Degree

Concepts in Game Development

Written 3 years ago
Short, with not much in the way of participation (short quizzes only), but fun, engaging, illuminating and inspiring. I am finding that going on to learn object oriented programming, the concepts I learned in this course make it easier to apply and understand. I enjoyed the lecturer, too.
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Lindley Walter-smith completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

Programming for Everybody (Python)

Written 3 years ago
Absolutely brilliant. If I could give it more than five stars, I would.

As someone who has started programming courses before but found it hard to engage, I found every aspect of this course--the open source textbook, the lectures (and Dr Chuck himself), the assignments, the supportive learning community--encouraging, helpful, clear and fun. I looked forward to each week's reading and work, and now I'm going on to less beginner-friendly courses, the foundation it laid, and the confidence it engendered is incredibly useful.
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Lindley Walter-smith completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Greek and Roman Mythology

Written 3 years ago
The enthusiasm of the lecturer for the subject matter was clear, and I really did feel I came away understanding much more about the texts (and caring more about them) than I could have from reading them myself. However, I felt that it was an in-class course not perfectly translated for an MOOC.
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Lindley Walter-smith completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Understanding Media by Understanding Google

Written 3 years ago
Fantastic course, with far more reading required than other MOOCs I have taken (or started), so be aware of that if you prefer lectures! Fascinating look at the effect Google has on our world from a journalism perspective, and interesting assignment. The peer marking was actually one of my favourite parts of the course, letting me hear stories from completely different cultures and perspectives, and the different way different countries use things I take for granted, like YouTube.

Highly recommended.
My rating
Lindley Walter-smith completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

Creative Coding

Written 3 years ago
While this course was advertised as being aimed at beginners to programming looking at make creative applications and learn to think algorithmically, the programming instruction wasn't really much more than some difficult to read pdfs. I struggled to work out what I was supposed to do, and it just became frustrating and un-fun, staring at supplied code trying to figure out what I could do with it and googling desperately. Looking at student submissions, I was sure not the only one!

I think that now, with more programming knowledge behind me, I would get much more out of it, but I think "a background in programming is not assumed or necessary" is a very misleading statement. Be aware of that if you are looking at this course.
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Lindley Walter-smith dropped this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.

How to Change the World

Written 3 years ago
The course materials, and readings, were in themselves fascinating, and I regret having to drop the course.

However, I dropped the course because a student with clear mental health issues (but who had paid for the signature path) was allowed to run rampant over the forums, filling them with conspiracy theories and attacks on other students (who were ignorant and sociopaths and part of the problem etc.). As a result, intelligent discussion on the forums, a vital part of this kind of subject, was completely smothered.

This would be a much more effective course if the runners actively moderated the forums appropriately to keep them as a safe space for all students.

My rating
Lindley Walter-smith dropped this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Unethical Decision Making in Organizations

Written 3 years ago
Genuinely fascinating and enlightening. I really enjoyed the lectures and felt like I understood better how terrible decisions can be made by good people, and some ways to guard against it. Highly recommended!
My rating
Lindley Walter-smith completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.