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Bruce Thompson

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Bruce Thompson
Australia
The person with dementia

Python Programming: A Concise Introduction

Written 10 months ago
I really enjoyed this course. I found the instructor clear and well-organised. The level of difficulty was perfect for me. I have never done a programming course before at any level but use a computer frequently and can write intermediate level HTML/CSS.

I can comfortably use Spyder and the iPython console after this course.

The autograder was easy to use if I just copied my code to a .py file and uploaded and submitted it one-file-at-time. It was also frustrating in that there were two occasions when my code worked fine locally but failed on the autograder. There must have been some problem with white space but, hey, I passed the week!

One huge benefit of the course for me is that it gave me all the tools I need to write a program for data entry into a csv file. This is something I have needed for a while. I wasn't expecting such immediate utility from a month-long beginner course.

Highly recommended.
My rating
Bruce Thompson completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Understanding Dementia

Written 9 months ago
I was in the first class and then repeated it the next year as well. This was also my first MOOC, a great introduction to on-line learning.

I work in aged care and this course gave me an appreciation of the complex problems faced by the people I work with and their families. I have recommended it to many friends, workmates, and families of people with dementia. Personally, it helped me a great deal after my father died from dementia.

This course is recommended for anyone with an interest or concern about dementia, including people with dementia.
My rating
Bruce Thompson completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

Understanding Clinical Research: Behind the Statistics

Written 9 months ago
There were a number of occasions during this course when "I got it!" This is a brilliant course for someone who reads a lot of research but skips Methods and just concentrates on the graphs in the Results sections. My last formal course in stats was 40 years ago and this was just right for me. Now I understand what I'm reading! Maybe I'll even do some research myself.

I loved the Dr Klopper's short videos and well-laid-out keynotes. The tests and assignments were just hard enough to make me think, not too hard to make me give up. I enjoyed the peer-review as well.

A painless reintroduction to statistics.
My rating
Bruce Thompson completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Design and Interpretation of Clinical Trials

Written 8 months ago
This is an excellent course for an amateur researcher like myself. It filled in all the gaps.

The difficulty level of the course was just medium. The videos were plain slides but full of excellent information.
My rating
Bruce Thompson completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Statistical Reasoning for Public Health 1: Estimation, Inference, & Interpretation

Written 7 months ago
This is the worst, and the best MOOC I have done.

Worst because I'm mathematically challenged but need to know statistics. Worst because John McReady is so good at statistics that he assumes I know "stuff". Worst because there are distracting typos in almost every video. Worst because each section is like a meander through the topic and it isn't till it was over that I realized what was important.

It was the best because it was exactly what it said on the box, an introduction to the joys of biostatistics. Even though it was lots of hard work I found exactly what I was looking for. Yes, I understand much more about Statistics than I ever have so Five Stars.

And don't forget to do the optional lectures at the end. Very practical introduction to sample size and power etc.

Fortunately, I did "Understanding Clinical Research: Behind the Statistics" before this MOOC. I don't think I could have made it without that background. If you aren't a gun maths user, maybe you should do the same.
My rating
Bruce Thompson completed this course, spending 12 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.

Preventing Dementia

Written 7 months ago
This is an excellent course. Updated each session for relevance. Well presented with clear videos and infographics.

Highly recommended introduction to preventing dementia.

You need to do this, yes you have risk factors too and "it's never too late or too early to work on reducing your dementia risk". All the side-effects are good!
My rating
Bruce Thompson completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

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

Written 6 months ago
A breezy introduction to the science behind learning. The content is aimed squarely at undergraduate students in the sciences but there were plenty of gems for those not in that category. An excellent course, I'm glad I did it.
My rating
Bruce Thompson completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

Sit Less, Get Active

Written 4 months ago
This course was great because it reminded me of all the good reasons I should be more active. I gave it 5 points because I have increased my activity levels. I got the pedometer out and put in a new battery. I haven't been as faithful with my strength routine though.

Overall the course is introductory level and really suitable for anyone who wants a gentle push to get back outside and active. (If those Scots can get outside, surely I can!) The videos are surprisingly engaging. They interview the most surprising people. Extra reading is good quality. Assignments are simple. - record your activity.
My rating
Bruce Thompson completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

Innovation Through Design: Think, Make, Break, Repeat

Written 3 months ago
This has been my introduction to design. I feel it has been a good introduction to how design can be used for innovation.

The greatest insight I'm taking away is the idea of breaking things frequently. I tend to get bogged down in planning and perfecting my idea and often never implement it.

I particularly liked hearing from people in the industry. Hearing about their experience made me realise that others face similar obstacles. It also fleshed out what "design" means, more than just the theory could.

For me, I would like a little more information on service design but for an introduction, the course was fine.
My rating
Bruce Thompson completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

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