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Maxime Zabiégo

I'm French, 48, married and father of 2 kids. I work as a research engineer. I discovered MOOCs in 2014 and have been passionate about them since then.

Maxime Zabiégo
France
Nuclear engineering
Doctor of Philosophy

Taking right now ( 3 )

Completed ( 32 )

Partially Completed ( 3 )

Audited ( 18 )

Enrolled ( 15 )

Dropped ( 8 )

Introductory Human Physiology

Written 3 years ago
Great course, covering the topic in depth, but starting from basic knowledge (I had absolutly no background in neither physiology nor biology before I started this course) Quite demanding if one aims at passing the exams, but the course material is very helpful. Good video lectures, great lecture notes, and lots of practice tests. Great teachers, particularly Dr Jakoi, who's very much involved in forum discussions.
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Maxime Zabiégo completed this course, spending 10 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.

Fondamentaux en statistique

Written 3 years ago
Des aspects intéressants, mais la première session de ce cours était assez perfectible. Les bases sont biens couvertes, mais le choix de présenter certains points assez avancés sans y consacrer suffisamment de temps est plus discutable. Il semble que la seconde version de ce MOOC, programmée en mars 2015, puisse corriger ces quelques "défauts de jeunesse".
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Maxime Zabiégo partially completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Data Analysis and Statistical Inference

Written 3 years ago
One of the greatest courses I've taken so far. A great teacher, very much involved in exchanges with her students. A large variety of teaching approaches and tools. Lots of practice, through short tests, R-programming labs, and an in-depth project. A very lively forum, with lots of help to cope with difficulties. The course is not too difficult, but the variety of the proposed material requires that students get involved quite substantially. A very nice book available for free, with plenty of practice exercises.
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Maxime Zabiégo completed this course, spending 10 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Our Energy Future

Written 3 years ago
Very stimulating course: an eye-opener... Covers a broad spectrum of topics (this is both an advantage, because it offers variety, and a drawback, because some topics are covered too lightly). The biofuel aspects are particularly interesting, as well as the original discussion of the "energy for the bottom billions" topic. The course "manager", Dr. Mayfield, is very engaging, particularly through the weekly "office hour" session and the post-lecture interviews. The topic of the course potentially stimulates valuable forum discussions, too (when students do contribute to these).
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Maxime Zabiégo completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

3.032x: Mechanical Behavior of Materials

Written 3 years ago
Nice course. Very well taught (clear explanations, very illustrative applications), by excellent teachers. Covers a large variety of topics, at a basic level. The first 6 weeks are particularly interesting, but the last 4 weeks were of lesser interest to me. The lecture notes are very useful: they allow to skip some of the lengthy video lectures.
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Maxime Zabiégo completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

Vital Signs: Understanding What the Body Is Telling Us

Written 3 years ago
Interesting, easy-going course. Clear presentation of introductory notions regarding human physiology (good place to start with, for anyone considering taking some more advanced course on human physiology, such as the one proposed by Duke University). Too bad it's missing lecture notes...
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Maxime Zabiégo completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

Understanding the Brain: The Neurobiology of Everyday Life

Written 3 years ago
Great teacher! Very engaging lectures. I particularly enjoyed the laboratory sessions, with guided brain dissections (not advised to faint-of-stomach, though). Dr Mason is very good at communicating her passion for neurosciences. The course covers a variety of topics, not necessarily in a structured way but always with something interesting to learn.
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Maxime Zabiégo completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

Programming for Everybody (Python)

Written 3 years ago
Very easy introductory course in programming, with python (also covers material relevant to programming languages in general). A good place to start for anyone interested in learning programming. Dr. Chuck is a very fun teacher, who makes it a pleasure to learn. The book that's made available with the course, for free, is very well written and very useful to complement the lectures.
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Maxime Zabiégo completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.

Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects

Written 3 years ago
Stimulating ideas. The variety of approaches, notably proposed through interviews involving many different experiences, allows anyone to find his/her interest. I found the assignments particularly interesting and motivating: it was a good way to put the course into practice. A course that's not too demanding and potentially very valuable for anyone who takes it with the objective of actually putting it into practice.
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Maxime Zabiégo completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.

Introduction to Computer Science and Programming Using Python

Written 2 years ago
Very useful course, with plenty of practice exercises. Covers programming methods beyond just the python language. A very good introduction, that goes fairly deep into the concepts. I hesitated rating it intermediate, rather than beginner, for this reason: it's a more demanding course than that proposed by University of Michigan (Dr Chuck), for instance.
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Maxime Zabiégo completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Social Psychology

Written 2 years ago
Very nice introduction to social psychology. The lectures are very stimulating and well complemented by supporting documention (articles, videos...) I got caught by the topic and ended up spending quite a lot of time reading supplementary articles (which is why I rate the difficulty as "medium": the mandatory material is easy to cope with, but things get a bit harder if one goes underneath the surface)... I even bought the book, and I truly enjoyed my time!
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Maxime Zabiégo audited this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Critical Thinking in Global Challenges

Written 2 years ago
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Maxime Zabiégo completed this course.

Respiration in the Human Body

Written 2 years ago
Cours intéressant, avec une approche très pédagogue, qui couvre le sujet de manière assez complète pour une introduction. Je n'ai toutefois que "survolé" ce cours, car j'avais déjà suivi un cours similaire précédemment.
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Maxime Zabiégo audited this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

The Engineering of Structures Around Us

Written 2 years ago
This course provides some basic but very valuable introduction to structural mechanics, mainly applied to architectural structures (buildings, bridges...) Just perfect for those with no prior knowledge who want to understand how engineering structures are designed to resist loads, and how these behave under applied loads of various sorts.

The proposed material is very diverse: lectures, illustrative videos, simulator to play with concepts, calculations (very basic maths), hands-on activities, forum discussions...

The course team is very engaging and provides extremely clear explanations. The teaching method is excellent!

A course I definitely recommend for the above-discussed purpose!
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Maxime Zabiégo completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.

Quantitative Methods

Written 2 years ago
Great course! Very engaging teacher. Entertaining slide show, based on cartoons that provide some very pleasant and efficient way of conveying messages. Great course transcripts. Some pretty demanding peer-reviewed assignments, but these truly provide a remarkable opportunity to practice with the learned material: I wouldn't miss these. A very good introduction to methods used in social sciences.

I came to this course sort of "by chance", but decided to stay and even enrolled in the following courses (this course is part of a 5-course specialization). Two thumbs up for the University of Amsterdam and Annemarie Zand Scholten!
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Maxime Zabiégo is taking this course right now, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Optimisation Stochastique Évolutionnaire

Written 2 years ago
Sujet extrêmement intéressant et bien introduit, mais qui mériterait une mise en pratique mieux accompagnée. La théorie est assez bien couverte, quoique parfois un peu rapidement. Les quizz sont assez perturbants (formulation assez ambigüe) et ne permettent pas vraiment de consolider les acquis du cours. Pour les exercices d'application avec le logiciel EASEA, l'accompagnement informatique est insuffisant : il ne m'a pas permis de réaliser la configuration nécessaire sous Windows, ce qui enlève une grande part d'intérêt à ce cours... Dommage!
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Maxime Zabiégo completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.

Python : des fondamentaux à l'utilisation du langage

Written 2 years ago
Cours très bien construit, avec des leçons claires et beaucoup d'exercices applicatifs de niveaux variés. Une approche très progressive des difficultés, et qui ne se contente pas de rester à un niveau basique. Très bonne introduction à l'utilisation de ce langage.
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Maxime Zabiégo completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

Pratiques du Dimensionnement en Mécanique

Written 2 years ago
Certainement l'un des meilleurs cours (peut-être LE meilleur) de ceux que j'ai suivi. Une pédagogie assez extraordinaire (à la hauteur de la réputation de l'ENS) et des supports (vidéos, exercices, notes de cours et examens) d'une qualité exceptionnelle. Il s' agit d'un cours d'introduction, donc accessible à tous (à un niveau licence), mais assez exigent, notamment sur le chapitre "méthodes énergétiques". Persévérer est payant car ce cours donne de très bonnes bases. Il a, depuis la première édition que j'ai suivie, été scindé et en 2 parties, ce qui le rend plus facilement gérable que sa version initiale, qui s'étalait sur 15 semaines. Je le recommande vraiment!
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Maxime Zabiégo completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Énergies renouvelables

Written 2 years ago
Une très bonne introduction aux énergies renouvelables. Le cours est assez complet et très bien documenté, comme l'ensemble des MOOCs proposés par l'UVED. Je n'ai pas eu la possibilité d'y consacrer autant de temps que je l'aurais souhaité (notamment pour participer aux débats), mais je pense que je le ferai à une prochaine occasion.
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Maxime Zabiégo completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

Causes et enjeux du changement climatique

Written 2 years ago
Bon cours d'introduction sur le sujet. Bien documenté, comme l'ensemble des cours de l'UVED, et abordant le problème par des approches diversifiées.
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Maxime Zabiégo completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Introduction à la mécanique des fluides

Written 2 years ago
Ce cours constitue une bonne introduction aux bases de la mécanique des fluides. Il est assez accessible et propose des supports de bonne qualité, ainsi que des exercices d'applications intéressants. Un traitement des aspects "simulations numériques" aurait été un complément utile.
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Maxime Zabiégo completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

Fondamentaux pour le Big Data

Written 2 years ago
Un cours de bonne qualité (notamment pour les parties "maths" et "python"), avec un bon rapport bénéfice / temps investi. Néanmoins, l'ensemble manque un peu de cohérence vis-à-vis de la thématique "Big Data", car ce cours est en fait une boîte à outils en préparation au big data plus qu'un cours sur le big data lui-même. Pour la session que j'ai suivie (la première de ce cours), l'application finale proposée était un peu décevante vis-à-vis des ambitions de mise en application, mais cette faiblesse a peut-être été corrigée depuis...
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Maxime Zabiégo completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Mécanique des solides déformables

Written 2 years ago
J'ai abandonné ce cours assez rapidement parce qu'il répondait moins bien à mes attentes que d'autres cours de mécanique, notamment le génialissime cours de l'ENS-Cachan "pratique du dimensionnement mécanique". L'approche est très mathématique/formaliste, plutôt orientée théorie que pratique, même si le cours propose de nombreux exercices.

Les supports de cours sont de qualité satisfaisante (beaucoup d'exos, notamment), mais les vidéos sont terriblement soporifiques...
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Maxime Zabiégo dropped this course.

Problèmes Energétiques Globaux

Written 2 years ago
Un cours d'introduction, qui couvre pas mal de sujets (science & technique, économie, politique, environnement...) mais de manière assez superficielle. Sur certains sujets, j'ai trouvé l'approche assez biaisée : un manque de mise en perspective qui tient peut-être aussi à ce que l'objectif n'est pas d'aller au fond des choses...
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Maxime Zabiégo audited this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

Interview Research and Preparation

Written 2 years ago
This course should be taken by anyone involved in the processs of applying for job interviews! It's both useful and pleasant to take.

I work for a big company, in France, in the field of science & technology R&D, and my lab recently opened a position for which we started receiving applicants a few weeks ago. As a member of the team the position is opened to work with, I've been involved in the interview process. I was just amazed to see how unprepared the applicants were : they made mistake after mistake. Since we also have trainees and Ph.D students in the lab, who'll soon have to search for their first job, I had a look at the MOOC offer in the field of "preparing for job interviews", in order to see what advice I could provide for them to get prepared for this key step in building their career.

I registered to this MOOC, from University of Maryland - College Park, as an auditor and started browsing through their videos and accompanying documents. I just got caught in right away, despite the fact that I couldn't participate (neither submit nor evaluate) in assignments: one needs to be pay for that, and I had no real interest in doing so, for now, although I truly think it's worth the cost if one is in the position of preparing for job interviews.

I realised that, if the job applicants we interviewed in my lab had taken this remarkable course prior to their interviews, this would have saved them so many basic mistakes. If you never had the opportunity to reflect on what a job interview process is, and are applying for interviews, just give it a try: I bet you'll benefit from this experience a lot... and it might simply change your life! This course is the first of a series of 5 from a specialization. I already audited the first 2 courses, and I'm just eager to see the next two come on stage (the last is a capstone project I'll skip for now.)
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Maxime Zabiégo is taking this course right now, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.

Successful Interviewing

Written 2 years ago
This course should be taken by anyone involved in the processs of applying for job interviews! It's both useful and pleasant to take.

I work for a big company, in France, in the field of science & technology R&D, and my lab recently opened a position for which we started receiving applicants a few weeks ago. As a member of the team the position is opened to work with, I've been involved in the interview process. I was just amazed to see how unprepared the applicants were : they made mistake after mistake. Since we also have trainees and Ph.D students in the lab, who'll soon have to search for their first job, I had a look at the MOOC offer in the field of "preparing for job interviews", in order to see what advice I could provide for them to get prepared for this key step in building their career.

I registered to this MOOC, from University of Maryland - College Park, as an auditor and started browsing through their videos and accompanying documents. I just got caught in right away, despite the fact that I couldn't participate (neither submit nor evaluate) in assignments: one needs to be pay for that, and I had no real interest in doing so, for now, although I truly think it's worth the cost if one is in the position of preparing for job interviews.

I realised that, if the job applicants we interviewed in my lab had taken this remarkable course prior to their interviews, this would have saved them so many basic mistakes. If you never had the opportunity to reflect on what a job interview process is, and are applying for interviews, just give it a try: I bet you'll benefit from this experience a lot... and it might simply change your life! This course is the second of a series of 5 from a specialization. I already audited the first 2 courses, and I'm just eager to see the next two come on stage (the last is a capstone project I'll skip for now.)
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Maxime Zabiégo audited this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.

Materials Science: 10 Things Every Engineer Should Know

Written a year ago
This is a nice course for those who look for a quick and basic overview on material science. The course covers 10 key topics of this discipline, each topic taking about half an hour to review. Not an in-depth description, of course, but this is perfect for getting a flavor of the domain. Then, if you want to learn more, I recommend the Coursera / Georgia Tech course entitled "Material behavior", which is just perfect to go a step further...
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Maxime Zabiégo completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.

MOOC gestion de projet

Written a year ago
Ce cours est un modèle de pédagogie! J'ai particulièrement apprécié son côté "boite à outils". N'ayant pas d'intérêt immédiat pour la gestion de projet, je ne me suis pas énormément investi (j'ai essentiellement regardé les vidéos), mais j'ai pu mesurer la pertinence des enseignements au regard de divers problématiques auxquelles j'ai pu être confronté dans mon activité d'ingénieur.
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Maxime Zabiégo audited this course and found the course difficulty to be very easy.

Material Behavior

Written a year ago
This course provides some interesting presentation of materials behavior. The level is more intermediate than introductory: taking UC Davis' introductory course "Materials science: 10 things every engineers should know" is probably useful if you don't have any background in the field.

The course is well built, but its presentation is rather monotonous, and the quizzes are far too easy. Some sections are very interesting: I particularly enjoyed the parts on crystallography and defects. Others are less attractive: the last week, in particular, is difficult to connect to the rest of the course, and looksna bit too specific fornsuch a course.

It's sad to note that the forum is virtually dead. Worst, it's not monitored by the course team: the course has been running for a while, but the slides for week 2 can't be downloaded (erroneous file format), and although the problem was raised weeks ago, thre's still no answer to the request for correcting this bug. Yet another indication that Coursera's recent move to its new platform and to favoring self-paced courses is not for the best.
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Maxime Zabiégo completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Advanced Interviewing Techniques

Written a year ago
This course should be taken by anyone involved in the processs of applying for job interviews! It's both useful and pleasant to take.

I work for a big company, in France, in the field of science & technology R&D, and my lab recently opened a position for which we started receiving applicants a few weeks ago. As a member of the team the position is opened to work with, I've been involved in the interview process. I was just amazed to see how unprepared the applicants were : they made mistake after mistake. Since we also have trainees and Ph.D students in the lab, who'll soon have to search for their first job, I had a look at the MOOC offer in the field of "preparing for job interviews", in order to see what advice I could provide for them to get prepared for this key step in building their career.

I registered to this MOOC, from University of Maryland - College Park, as an auditor and started browsing through their videos and accompanying documents. I just got caught in right away, despite the fact that I couldn't participate (neither submit nor evaluate) in assignments: one needs to be pay for that, and I had no real interest in doing so, for now, although I truly think it's worth the cost if one is in the position of preparing for job interviews.

I realised that, if the job applicants we interviewed in my lab had taken this remarkable course prior to their interviews, this would have saved them so many basic mistakes. If you never had the opportunity to reflect on what a job interview process is, and are applying for interviews, just give it a try: I bet you'll benefit from this experience a lot... and it might simply change your life! This course is the third of a series of 5 from a specialization.
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Maxime Zabiégo audited this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.

Enseigner et Former dans le Supérieur

Written a year ago
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Maxime Zabiégo audited this course.

A Hands-on Introduction to Engineering Simulations

Written a year ago
This course provides an ideal approach to engineering simulations: both Finite Element Analyses (FEA) and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).

As stated in the title, it offers the possibility to practice a lot: it proposes simple guided simulations through lectures (all steps are explicitly detailed in a remarkably clear way), as well as homework exercises on follow-up applications (which allow to reproduce the lectures' examples on similar problems).

Computations are illustrated through the use of the ANSYS software, for which a student version is available, for free. ANSYS is an easy-to-use software, widely used in the industry, with lots of very nice features: a very good tool to get familiar with this type of computations. If you intend to use some other software (like myself: my company doesn't use ANSYS...unfortunately), you'll still be able to benefit from most of the course material. Indeed, Rajesh Bhaskaran (the instructor), largely emphasizes generic methods that apply beyond ANSYS simulations.

The pace of the course is well adapted to beginner students, and the quizzes are simple enough to easily obtain a certificate, I think. The course is also appropriate for intermediate students: the optional applications proposed at the end of the course are more complex than the mandatory quizzes & homework exercices. In addition, complementary/advanced material is proposed through the SimCafe.org website (which is hosted by Cornell University, in connection with this course).

The key feature of the course, in my opinion, is that it is applied and carefully related to industrial applications. This makes it better suited for those student who prefer a hands-on approach than the course proposed by the University of Michigan, through Coursera (https://www.class-central.com/mooc/3537/coursera-the-finite-element-method-for-problems-in-physics), which is more demanding, theory-oriented and mathematically involved.

The course, which was recently proposed in the in-session format, is now closed, but it should soon be proposed in the self-paced format. Hopefully, this won't affect the very valuable forum, which, although I didn't use it much myself, seemed very supportive.
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Maxime Zabiégo completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

The Finite Element Method for Problems in Physics

Written a year ago
I started to follow this course but only truly worked on the first two weeks: I only quickly browsed through the rest of the course material because it was not really what I was looking for at that time.

The course material appears quite valuable, but it's oriented towards mathematical aspects (theory) more than towards applications: although there're some practice exercises, most of the course is devoted to establishing models more than to use them (which was my need at that time).

I also found the pacing of the course far too slow, and the lectures far too long: this is the main reason why I stopped watching. I can't say that it's not a good course, but its large volume only makes it relevant for those who truly are interested in the mathematical approach of the Finite Element Method. If you're more interested in applications, I'd rather recommend the excellent course proposed by Cornell University, through edX: https://www.class-central.com/mooc/5850/edx-engr2000x-a-hands-on-introduction-to-engineering-simulations.
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Maxime Zabiégo audited this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Creative Problem Solving

Written a year ago
Just tried it a few months ago, but wasn't interested enough in the introductory presentation to go further.

Didn't actually planned to review this course (confused it with another one, although I took both), but couldn't find how to cancel my review. Probably better not to take my opinion into account. Sorry for that...
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Maxime Zabiégo dropped this course.

Creative Problem Solving and Decision Making

Written a year ago
I found the course quite interesting, but it wasn't really what I expected: my interest was about scientific/technical problems, and the course only partly applies to these (essentially relevant for project management aspects, for those, in my opinion).

The course material is of good quality, though: I particularly used the notes (2 chapters from a book), and I found the videos fairly engaging.

I think this course was recently updated with new material, which I can't comment on, since I completed the 2014 session.
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Maxime Zabiégo completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

Introduction to Dynamical Systems and Chaos

Written a year ago
This course is perfect for beginners who want to get a grasp of the field of chaos with minimal mathematical/numerical material, but yet enough to have a flavor of the underlying world, beyond the bases. Dave Feldman is a great teacher, very dedicated to explaining the ideas in a simple way, accessible to most (if not all).

I was already acquainted with chaos, which I had studied at University... 25 years ago. So, I found the course fairly easy and didn't watch all videos. Nevertheless, the material I reviewed was very relevant and interesting: the excellent refresher I was looking for to remind me of the good old days! I took the class parallel to re-reading the book "Chaos", by James Gleick, which Dave Feldman cleverly recommends as a complementary resource. The course and the book complement one another idealy (more historical/people aspects in the book), considering that they follow very similar outlines.

The topic of chaos is coverred very progressively, to introduce the key ideas. Many illustrations are provided and detailed, to clarify the theory by simple computations: the most tricky ones are conducted through programs made availalble by Dave Feldman, so that no mathematical/numerical skill is actually required.

Although the course is clearly aimed at some introductory level, Dave Feldman gives many hints on more difficult issues that would require some more involved approach. In addition, many practice exercises (optional) are proposed at different levels: the most advanced allow those who want to go further than the basic level required for the graded quizzes to tackle more technical problems.

An excellent course that I do recommend to anyone interested in learning about chaos at an introductory level.
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Maxime Zabiégo completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.

A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment

Written a year ago
Absolutely brilliant!

There's nothing significant I can add to the many reviews above.

I took this class because it was marked as one of the greatest ever on Class Central, but I had no particular objective to keep me motivated. Yet, I truly enjoyed my time watching the videos, reading some of the recommended articles/books, doing some of the assignments. Although I didn't complete all assignments this time, the material (lectures & assignments) was a great source of inspiration.

The course helped me realize that I was happier than I thought, today. I understood that it was so because I had made changes in my life (in the past 3 years, consecutive to some pretty unhappy period) that were largely in agreement with what prof. Raj teaches in his class. Just being made aware that you're a very happy person already helps a lot, and I'm very greatful for that learning. Being equipped with the tools to sustain and develop this hapiness capital is an even greater gift. Although I didn't spend as much time as I could/should have on the course, this time, I'm sure that this is a course I'll revisit many times in the future!
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Maxime Zabiégo audited this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

Becoming a Resilient Person - The Science of Stress Management

Written a year ago
I took this course a while ago, so my memory might not be too reliable, but I remember a very pleasant course. Clayton Cook, the instructor, had a very soothing presence and I found his explanations clear and easy to understand. The course was helpful to analyse stressful situations and how to cope with them by using simple techniques. I wasn't so stressed (anymore) at the time I took the class, but the recommendations it provided appeared sound to me, and quite consistent with my prior experience of stressful situations I had faced.

This course probably is a good start with this topic, because it requires quite a limited investment. I have, since then, taken the class "a life of hapiness and fulfilment" (through Coursera, on a similar topic), which I'd recommend to take if you're ready to spend more time than required by "becoming a resilient person". If this is your first experience with the topic, "becoming a resilient person" is perfectly fine, though.
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Maxime Zabiégo completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.

PCSC - Modélisation des composites

Written a year ago
Un cours intéressant et bien construit (la marque de fabrique de l'ENS-Cachan), mais qui, pour sa première session (celle que j'ai suivie), souffrait encore de quelques faiblesses. Notamment, ce cours axé "modélisation" est associé à un cours axé "fabrication", qui est probablement utile en amont pour se familiariser avec les composites, mais qui n'avait pas pu être proposé à l'époque. Ce cours "préparatoire" est désormais disponible (il débute à l'heure où j'écris cette revue), et on peut espérer qu'il offrira les bases utiles/nécessaires au cours de modélisation.

Le cours est très progressif dans sa difficulté, et les explications sont très claires (vidéos parfois un peu rapides : un support écrit résumant les formules/méthodes serait utile). Une bonne illustration de la mécanique des composites.
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Maxime Zabiégo completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

Statistique pour l'ingénieur

Written 12 months ago
Un très bon cours sur les statistiques appliquées aux sciences de l'ingénieur. Les supports sont très complets et très soignés : des vidéos didactiques (mais parfois un peu rapides), un cours écrit très rigoureux, des exercices corrigés qui illustrent bien les connaissances acquises, et des quizzes d'évaluation (un peu trop simples et axés sur le cours plutôt que sur son application : tant mieux pour celles/ceux qui veulent avant tout obtenir un certificat, mais pas très pertinent...)

Le cours ne propose pas, contrairement à ses concurrents, d'apprentissage à l'utilisation d'un logiciel (tel que R), mais ça n'est finalement pas trop gênant car cela permet de se concentrer sur les connaissances statistiques, traitées à un niveau assez avancé, même si le cours débute à un niveau très introductif. Au final, tirer le meilleur profit du cours demande un certain investissement, pour s'y retrouver dans les nombreuses notions abordées. Une synthèse, en fin de cours, serait utile, mais c'est, à ce stade à chacun de se faire sa propre analyse...

Je recommande vivement ce cours aux élèves ingénieurs et étudiants (dans tout domaine impliquant potentiellement dds statistiques) : il constitue sans aucun doute une formation très utile.
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Maxime Zabiégo completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Fundamentals of Manufacturing Processes

Written 11 months ago
Very interesting course: a nice introduction to manufacturing, with some (fairly light) theoretical aspects, and a large variety of applications from the industry. If you ever wondered how such products as the iPhone or Lego bricks are manufactured, this is the place to go!

After a brief introduction of the attributes that characterise process performance (rate, cost, quality and flexibility), the course successively covers several basic processes (one each week: machining, injection molding, thermoforming...), before concluding with a brief overview of robotics and sustainability, and a discussion of various perspectives.

I found it somewhat frustrating that some processes (forging, extrusion, rolling...) were not discussed, and that assembly issues (welding, mechanical fitting...) were mostly ignored. I do understand, however, that a single course cannot cover this vast topic exhaustively: 10 weeks is already quite long, I guess.

The videos are very clear and well structured. I particularly appreciated the demos (both MIT videos and industry examples taken from YouTube), which efficiently illustrate the concepts discussed in a general context.

I was a bit disappointed by the problem sets, though: they are generally straightforward and thus don't particularly motivate learners to explore complementary material, beyond the lectures.
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Maxime Zabiégo completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

Preparation for Introductory Biology: DNA to Organisms

Written 10 months ago
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Maxime Zabiégo audited this course.

The Science and Politics of the GMO

Written 7 months ago
I only audited this course (essentially watched the videos), but I found it very interesting and informative. I certainly recommend it to anyone interested in a dispassionate overview of the controversial topic of GMOs.

The course team is obviously not 100% neutral regarding the debate on GMOs (can anyone be?), but I think they do their best to adopt a constructive approach and to explain the key aspects of the debate. Since I myself work in the field of nuclear energy, I'm well aware of the difficulty of having a rational debate on such issues, which generally suffer from partisan preconceptions (on both sides), as well as from emotional positions. I think that the course does a good job of avoiding the basic traps of such debates. I'm not sure that the course entirely reflects the full reality of what GMOs actually are, though, but I consider that it honnestly describes what they could/should be in an ideal world, that would be freed from the greedy search for profit of Monsantos and such, as well as from the dogmatic opposition to specific scientific/technological domains by Greenpeace and other partisan NGOs.

The main strength of the course is to approach the issue of GMOs from a variety of angles: scientific, economical, sociological, political... This makes it very instructive, and I think that such an appraoch is very valuable in the context of such a complex topic. I was, for instance, very interested in the comparative analysis of the respective perceptions of GMOs in the US (mostly favorable to GMOs) and Europe (rather opposed to GMOs), as well as by the the discovery of the impact that occidental NGOs can have on GMO programmes in the asian continent.

This course offers multiple keys to decipher the debate on GMOs, and more generally debates on complex scientific issues like GMOs, nuclear energy, climate change...
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Maxime Zabiégo audited this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

The Basics of Transport Phenomena

Written 7 months ago
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Maxime Zabiégo partially completed this course.

Advanced Transport Phenomena

Written 7 months ago
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Maxime Zabiégo partially completed this course.

Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance

Written 7 months ago
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Maxime Zabiégo partially completed this course.

Thermodynamique : fondements

Written 7 months ago
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Maxime Zabiégo audited this course.

Moralities of Everyday Life

Written 7 months ago
Both informative and entertaining. Professor Bloom is very good at capturing his audience and listening to him is was a real pleasure.

Owing to lack of time, I didn't participate in forum discussions, but just watching the course videos and browsing complementary resources proved very valuable. I have prof. Bloom's book in my chart for further reading and I'll definitely look for other courses / talks from him.
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Maxime Zabiégo audited this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.

Software Development Process

Written 7 months ago
Truly brilliant! A very enjoyable and useful course! The explanations are crystal clear and taught in a very engaging manner.

This course is peculiar in the sense that it does not propose much practice, except for simple quizzes that are imbedded into the lectures. Nevertheless, it is very valuable for anyone who wants to get a quick and fairly comprehensive overview of software development processes: managers, project leader, designer, programmer, users... everyone can benefit from this remarkable course.

I remember the difficulties I experienced back 10 years ago at a time when I participated in a sofware development project, within an inexperienced team working for norrow-minded and ill-educated clients. It would have been so helpful to have this course available at that time, to put everyone on the same page and teach our group how collective, structured and flexible a software development project needs to be. This course does that perfectly, and I think it can be enlightening for all participants of such a project.

The lectures are very compact, which makes it possible to cover a lot of ground in a fairly short time: less than 10 hours to watch all videos and perform all quizzes, I would say. The lectures cover many topics but fairly lightly. They offer a large variety of illustrative examples, though, which partly compensate for the lack of practice projects. It would have been useful to suggest additional materials, but this topic is already very well documented on the internet, as well as through academic books. So, it's quite easy to manage more advanced studies from this overview course, and I think it's precisely what it's intended to.
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Maxime Zabiégo completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

American Government

Written 5 months ago
This course is fantastic! I only watched the videos, because I wasn't available for any deeper involvement, but I think I'm likely to come back for full participation later, and I also consider buying the book attached with the course.

The overview of American Government provided by this course is quite extensive, yet very accessible, even for some foreigner like me (I'm French). Le video lectures cover a large variety of aspects, in a very engaging way. They are very helpful in understanding the subtleties of American Politics. They offer numerous examples, taken from both recent history (post Trum election) to fundational history.

I probably have a better understanding of American Government, now, than I have of French Government, and I wish such course were available for French or European Politics!

As a side benefit, the course proved very useful, for me, to decipher some of the political mysteries of House of Cards - season 5, which had left me rather clueless when I watched the previous seasons.

I strongly recommend this course, particularly to non-American people who want to understand better the way the American society operates, and its differences with their own society. This experience, from a French/European perspective, was particularly enlightening for me.
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Maxime Zabiégo audited this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

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