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Oliver Tacke

Jack of all Trades - Master of None

Oliver Tacke
Masters Degree

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Introduction to Big Data

Written 4 years ago
It sounds very harsh, but this "course" was a joke. I was able to complete everything on one afternoon. That was not really tricky because all you get is some basic and fuzzy facts about the subject "Big Data" and the economy related to it. Consequently, that's what's tested in order to pass the course: remembering facts of questionable value.

If we look at the videos' quality, my verdict is the same. I really recommend the lecturers to have a closer look at the books of Garr Reynolds or Nancy Duarte. Presenting ugly and unfeasible slides instead of teaching using an adequate approach really makes me sad.
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Oliver Tacke completed this course.

Hadoop Platform and Application Framework

Written 4 years ago
Definitely better than the "Introduction to Big Data", but still miles away from what I consider a decent course. What's the point in presenting slides and reading the keywords to students? What's the point in handing out those slides instead of "real" documents (compare the ideas of Garr Reynolds or Nancy Duarte on that issue)? What's the point in testing for simple facts? On the bright side: The hands-on assignments were kind of fun, although I fear some people may get frustrated as some background in programming definitely helps - should be made clear in the syllabus, I think.
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Oliver Tacke completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.

Introduction to Big Data Analytics

Written 3 years ago
Part 3 of the Big Data Specialization was definitely mediocre. I no way do I question the technical expertise of the lecturers, but from the perspective of instructional design, the course was awful. The contents were presented in a dull fashion, the quizzes had a focus on replicating facts instead of showing comprehension and were not always constructively aligned to the videos, and I am not even sure what I learned from the assignments: I spent more time figuring out how to install the missing software components than actually using them.

Furthermore, you are forced to use a commercial software. While it can be obtained without further costs, you are forced to "pay" with your contact data, and you must opt-in to receiving emails. I really don't like that attitude. Additionally, when trying to install the software, my Ubuntu system informed me about quality/security issues. I rather installed the software in a virtual machine.
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Oliver Tacke completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.

Fundamentals of Graphic Design

Written 3 years ago
I basically really liked the course. It has a hands-on approach -- you get to produce lots of content instead of just answering questions for quizzes. There were some, but they were way too simple and just good for replicating facts from the videos.

I really disliked that there were some issues that needed information from a teaching assistent (unclear assignments), but all the participants were left alone in the discussion forums.
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Oliver Tacke completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

A Beginner's Guide to Irrational Behavior

Written 3 years ago
I really liked this course. While not perfect from a didactical perspective, it was a lot of fun. Dan Ariely was very engaged and experimented with lots of options for designing the course, although not all of them worked out. The teaching assistants were very helpful in the discussion forums. Thumbs up!
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Oliver Tacke completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Computing for Data Analysis

Written 3 years ago
This course had severe flaws, I don't know if anything changed meanwhile. You shouldn't make onboarding unneccessarily hard for people who are interested in data analysis by starting with describing data strucures. That may or may not make sense in a computer science course, but not if people want to analyze data. So, those who are familiar with programming don't need such an introduction. On the other hand, those who are not familar with programming will probably be overburdened -- that's what actually happened as you could read in the discussion forum.

Just dull presenting and showing ugly power point slides is no fun, the quizzes were meant to replicate facts from the videos, etc.
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Oliver Tacke completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

Gamification

Written 3 years ago
I really liked this course. The grading rubric for the assignments might be improved, but the course was insightful and fun.
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Oliver Tacke completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

Innovating in a Digital World

Written 3 years ago
I am really interested in the topic, but I can delve into it better on my own without being confronted with premature instructional design. Some structured links to literature and videos would suffice for me.

I think it's great that the course relies on a variety of material, e.g. on specialist literature. On the other hand, the material should provide you with all the necessary information to answer the quiz questions. If you ask for technical terms that have not been introduced in the mandatory videos and articles, that's a flaw. If your questions rather determine whether someone has read a text by asking for key words instead of checking comprehension, that's poor (or at least not interesting for me).
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Oliver Tacke is taking this course right now, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.

Introduction to Software Product Management

Written 3 years ago
I really liked the course. It was too easy for my taste, but that's normal for an introduction, I guess. What I really appreciated: You can actually interact with the staff, and they seem to be willing to iteratively improve the course -- quite in line with the principles of Agile Software Development :-)
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Oliver Tacke completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.

Software Processes and Agile Practices

Written 3 years ago
The course way OK, but it had some flaws.

It was very general and could have gone into more detail, but that was intentional, I guess. No big deal. Then again, the difficulty was way too easy and the quiz questions should be tested for test wiseness. What I disliked the most: The way Scrum was introduced and mapped to the role of a "product manager" was very confusing.

Still, not a bad course though.
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Oliver Tacke completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.

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