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Joanna Maryniak

Joanna Maryniak
Łódź
Classical reception studies
Masters Degree

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Egiptología (Egyptology)

Written 2 years ago
It's a standard university course put on the internet and that is both its greatest strength and failing. It is incredibly informational and factual but boring and demanding in this word's worst meaning. The professors didn't understand at all the ideas and practices behind standard MOOCs but they conveyed an enormous range of information.
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Joanna Maryniak completed this course, spending 7 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very hard.

Magic in the Middle Ages

Written 2 years ago
This course was nice and informative if somewhat simplistic. I liked the forums very much, the interaction there was great. Basing the lecture videos on single historical documents was a great idea.

A technical sidenote: what should be definitely fixed in the next run is the horrible one-sided audio in the video. Listening to this course on headphones was plain painful.
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Joanna Maryniak completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Sagas and Space - Thinking Space in Viking Age and Medieval Scandinavia

Written 2 years ago
I won't hesitate to name it as the best MOOC I have ever taken. Each week was run by different specialists (under the supervision of the main team) and it showed that the staff tried their hardest (and succeeded) to find the best specialist in each area. The course was demanding intellectually if not in the domain of time requirements - 5 hours a week seemed reasonable to me.
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Joanna Maryniak completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.

Archaeology's Dirty Little Secrets

Written 2 years ago
I loved this MOOC, I had great fun doing it. The professor was brimming with enthusiasm and her learning really shone through. The idea of interviews with archaeologists working on different sites appealed to me very much. The downside was that the course was very basic - I still hope we'll get a more advanced follow-up to this one.

Still, if you like archaeology, this course is a must.
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Joanna Maryniak completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

Greek and Roman Mythology

Written 2 years ago
I've got quite mixed feelings about this one. I am probably not its target audience - I already have completed several years of Classical Studies, I'm even writing my PhD dissertation in this area right now so it may have seemed pointless for me to take it. Yet I wanted to take a look both at how Classics are thought on the other side of the Atlantic and wanted to see a Classics MOOC.

The course was surprisingly demanding - mostly when it came to length of videos and assignments. I can't really assess the difficulty but I was surprised at the time I was spending with it - and, unlike some other humanities MOOCs where I'd spend a lot of time interacting on the forums, I spent this whole time consuming the main course content. This may be both a pro and a con for this course.

The content of the course also surprised me though that may be just a cultural difference between European and American pedagogical approaches. Many ancient writers were presented but my classical education was screaming in the background about the lack of a broader picture. Each author seemed to be hanging in a void.

The abundance of methodological topics also seemed counter-intuitive. I'd first make sure a student has a clear grasp of all the stories and only then teach them about advanced methods of analysis.

But as a whole I am rather pleased with this course.
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Joanna Maryniak completed this course, spending 7 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Learn to Program: The Fundamentals

Written 2 years ago
I signed up for several different introductory CS courses (LTP1 and ITPP on Coursera, CS50x and 6.00x on EdX) and I have to say that this was the best one. Demanding but not too much - about 4-4,5h/week, very thorough but not boring (the disjointed teching, that somebody here has complained about, was for me a major upside - I found out that 6-10 minutes lectures are easier to stomach than those gargantuan 2h lectures on EdX [I can easily sit and listen for such time in real life auditorium but in front of my computer I get all twitchy and my attention floats away]). This course did not cover a huge range of topic but when it touched one, it would not stop until this topic was covered 100%. Also the professors were very active on the forum and woud answer questions, provide clarifications and respond to feedback. There were also a few downsides but, interestingly enough, most of them - technical: problems with final exam grading (resolving this mess sure took some time), differing level of sound during some of the videos and a total, horrible mess on the discussion forum. But that would be about it - I frankly cannot even think of a bad thing to say about the teaching part. It was so great that I just can't wait for the LTP2.
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Joanna Maryniak completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

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