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Kristina Šekrst

Kristina Šekrst
Zagreb
Logic
Masters Degree

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Astrophysics: Exploring Exoplanets

Written 2 months ago
This is the best series of astronomical courses on the Internet. The teaching style, the mysteries (Yes, the mysteries in which you're investigating a made-up universe and play around with it! Or your job is to try to save the world!), the homework sets - everything was perfect. The easiest thing is to take these courses in order, so that Cosmology doesn't surprise you.

After these courses, I gained so much interest, so I switched a bit from my theoretical mathematics background to astrophysics, and I'm loving it in here. So, it can really change your life. This is the best thing.
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Kristina Šekrst completed this course and found the course difficulty to be easy.

Astrophysics: The Violent Universe

Written 2 months ago
This is the best series of astronomical courses on the Internet. The teaching style, the mysteries (Yes, the mysteries in which you're investigating a made-up universe and play around with it! Or your job is to try to save the world!), the homework sets - everything was perfect. The easiest thing is to take these courses in order, so that Cosmology doesn't surprise you.

After these courses, I gained so much interest, so I switched a bit from my theoretical mathematics background to astrophysics, and I'm loving it in here. So, it can really change your life. This is the best thing.
My rating
Kristina Šekrst completed this course and found the course difficulty to be easy.

Process Mining: Data science in Action

Written 2 months ago
I was a bit late with this course, and it seemed boring, but it got my attention when I tried the tool quiz. Then I went over all the lectures again, and tried to see the applications of the theoretical models. There was a lot of Petrie net stuff going on, so if you're looking for practice mostly, this won't be fun. However, I did enjoy real-life examples, but sometimes I was a bit lost in the quizzes with all the complicated networks. Nevertheless, I always recommend this course to everyone who wants to learn about a bit neglected discipline, and I'm strongly recommending it to learn awesome new tools. The instructor was nice, and the TA Joos pretty much single-handedly answered every possible doubt in the forums, and I was hugely impressed by that. The course also features the Process Mining group on LinkedIn, and that's a nice way to stay in touch. All in all, a recommendation, but with a caveat if you're expecting more practice rather than theory.

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Kristina Šekrst completed this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Text Mining and Analytics

Written 2 months ago
I liked the way I could find out about newest algorithms and trends, but I'd like for the ratio of theory and practice to be at least equal, since it's too much focused on the overview of everything there is. I've learned new concepts, but more R/Py examples could help.

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Kristina Šekrst completed this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Linear and Integer Programming

Written 2 months ago
I have to agree that this is one of the best courses offered. I knew I was in love with it when the first quiz was like "how many As are there in professor Sankaranarayanan's surname?". I always wanted to learn more about the Simplex algorithm, and the lectures and the quizzes helped a lot in visualizing the problems, and with learning interesting new optimizations. Great job, and a huge recommendation!

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Kristina Šekrst completed this course and found the course difficulty to be hard.

Algorithmic Thinking (Part 1)

Written 2 months ago
I took this course when it was still a single course, and I'm writing this review a bit late, so I believe that the issues have been changed so far. I think the better way was to expand the course into a couple of more weeks, rather than splitting it into two courses. The teaching style was great, and I enjoyed it very much. The programming assignments were a bit difficult sometimes, but enjoyable. However, I don't think this is a beginner's course, since there's lot of talk about algorithmic complexity (which was awesome). Maybe some more examples could be added to illustrate the complexities with real-life algorithms.

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Kristina Šekrst completed this course and found the course difficulty to be hard.

R Programming

Written 2 months ago
It was a nice introduction, but it could have been better with more practical approaches. Loved the Swirl, and I believe it could contribute greatly if the course oriented more in practical learning, rather than on theoretical approaches.

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Kristina Šekrst completed this course and found the course difficulty to be easy.

Machine Learning

Written 2 months ago
This is the best course on Coursera. I'm happy to see it become a self-paced class for everyone, but I believe that it should run regularly as well, since the course like this deserves to go live. The self-paced look of Coursera courses isn't as good as the live one, and this course focuses on Octave/Matlab programming assignments, which are a better fit to a live course. However, this is just a platform-choice critique, the course itself is simply amazing. However, watch out - it's not a beginner's course. Previous experience in linear algebra is strongly encouraged, and programming experience is required, otherwise you'll get stuck in the beginning. Huge recommendation!

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Kristina Šekrst completed this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Animal Behaviour

Written 2 months ago
I'm extremely glad that I have taken this course, even though I had some trouble deciding whether I'll take it or not, since it was a bit time-consuming. I'm glad I have, this is one of the best courses I have ever seen. The real-life examples and fascinating stories about animal world have clearly stated sources, which is great if you want to dig up further. There are two big assignments along with the quizzes, the first one is to sum up a scientific articles into something that a layman could read, and the second one was to observe animals in the wild, in your neighborhood or via webcam, and to track their behavior. That way everybody could do it, since the instructors provided lots of webcam links to various animals - in ZOOs or natural habitat. This course is a PERFECT BLEND of theory and practice, and I'd recommend it to everyone. It got me interested in animal science, and it's wonderful to see the course Facebook group still being alive and full of interesting articles and discussions. My best recommendations for this amazing course!

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Kristina Šekrst completed this course and found the course difficulty to be easy.

Cryptography I

Written 2 months ago
This was a difficult course, and it requires some previous experience with mathematics, otherwise you'll get stuck. The teaching style was fun, the examples were great, and the quizzes were sometimes a bit too difficult, but worth the trouble. The only flaw in this course is that the Cryptography II is, I quote a certain MOOC fellow colleague, "Duke Nukem among the MOOCs", since we're all waiting for the second part, and it's being moved to another starting date every couple of months, so... give us Crypto II! Please!

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Kristina Šekrst completed this course and found the course difficulty to be very hard.

Online Games: Literature, New Media, and Narrative

Written 2 months ago
I took this course by accident, and I'm glad I did. The course is presented in an interesting way - a blend of lectures and discussions. There is a class group consisting of graduate students, who are each giving opinions about certain literary work, narrative genres or video games, so you feel as if you're a part of that discussion. The practical part of the course focuses on playing Lord of the Rings Online, and this course got me addicted to that world, so that's a +1 star for it as well! The professor was enthusiastic, had a nice sense of humor, and was very active in the forums. His love towards literature and online games was contagious, and there were really fun assignments regarding playing LOTRO, that felt you weren't in a course - you were just having fun. But I've learned new things, even though I had background in literary theory, and, most importantly, I've read new literary work, which were a nice example of the theoretical discussions of the course. I'm giving a huge recommendation for anyone who wants to see an interdisciplinary approach to online gaming (gaming is optional, but it's really a fun experience), and to brush up (or learn as a beginner) your comparative literature skills.

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Kristina Šekrst completed this course and found the course difficulty to be easy.

Introduction to Forensic Science

Written 2 months ago
This is one of the best courses in Coursera. It has a great scientific overview with carefully chosen real-life examples from previous historical cases, and even ones that happened a couple of years ago, which makes the forensic science even more alive. The instructors goes over the most important parts of forensic analysis: determining the time of death, analyzing hair, fibres, DNA and fingerprints, studying about ballistics and bullet trajectories, analyzing toxins and poisons, giving scientific considerations about crime scenes etc. The quizzes were easy, but the course features also peer-reviewed exercises with fictional cases you had to describe and solve, and that was the most entertaining part. The teaching style was great, there's almost a perfect ratio of theory and practice, and I've really enjoyed prof. Bates' sense of humor and his methodological approach. I've learned a lot, and I'm recommending this course to everyone!

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Kristina Šekrst completed this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy

Written 2 months ago
This is a great course, and the amount of trouble can clearly be seen. I love the fact that the new lectures are being added for the second iteration, and I simply cannot praise enough the booklets that accompanied each lecture. One could just read these tutorials and feel like it's a lecture on its own. The only critique I have of this course is the lack of quizzes, since it's easy to fall behind, but the instructors preferred to stay within the traditional approach, as they have explained in the last video entry. Even though there are no quizzes, there are lots of problems to solve, and there are active discussion forums, so that fixes things a bit. This course gives a great blend of mathematics and philosophy, but it relies more heavily on the mathematical part and proofs, so this is a simple caveat.

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Kristina Šekrst completed this course and found the course difficulty to be very hard.

Origins - Formation of the Universe, Solar System, Earth and Life

Written 2 months ago
A lot of time and trouble has been invested into this course, and that can clearly be seen. There was a huge group of professionals, and each of them gave a lecture on their specialty, such as the beginning of the universe, a lecture on geology, flowers, animals, climate change etc. So, this course really covers everything. I've enrolled it because I though it would be more astronomy-based, but this was just the first lecture. However, I'm glad I've stayed, because I've brushed up some of my knowledge from biology, chemistry, and geology, and I've learned a great amount of new interesting facts. Some teaching styles were better than the others, but that is reasonable, since there's a dozen of people working on the teaching part of the course. The forums were quite alive, and they featured questions for that week's instructor. All in all, a huge recommendation for this course, and a great bravo! for the University of Copenhagen.

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Kristina Šekrst completed this course and found the course difficulty to be easy.

Heterogeneous Parallel Programming

Written 2 months ago
I've enjoyed this course, and the programming assignments were fun (on a separate platform though, so this complicated things a bit). Caveat: this is far away from an introductory course, and there's a lot of Googleing forthcoming if you're a newbie like me, since it's easy to get lost.

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Kristina Šekrst completed this course and found the course difficulty to be hard.

Astrobiology and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life

Written 2 months ago
Too bad it was only an introduction, it has a potential to become a great series of courses. I liked the teaching style, and presenting difficult facts has been done in a casual way, so it made things quite easy, maybe even too easy in the quizzes. I'm a bit sad this isn't a regular course, even though self-paced courses have their advantages, I'm always much more a fan of the live ones. A solid course and a nice introduction!

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Kristina Šekrst completed this course and found the course difficulty to be easy.

Artificial Intelligence Planning

Written 2 months ago
This was a nice course, and I'm a bit sad this was its last iteration. It could be improved by adding more real-life examples of techniques mentioned, this kind of felt a bit too theoretical. There were three tracks, and this is great, so anybody could have find the level of engagement he wanted for the class. I'm giving it +1 star because they really tried to engage the students in different ways.

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Kristina Šekrst completed this course and found the course difficulty to be hard.

The Evolving Universe

Written 2 months ago
I liked this course. It presented difficult fact in an engaging manner. I'm giving it 4/5 because the lectures were taped from live lectures, rather than prepared for the course itself, and that makes the most of the students questions inaudible. The assignments were nice, and the level of engagement was nice as well. It's now an archived course on edX and a self-paced one on Coursera, so check it out. Watch out, there are no more certificates available. Be sure to check out Galaxies & Cosmology after this course and to take this one prior to G&C, since you could end up confused in the latter because it's quite an advanced course. The professor is engaged in the forums, and responds to inquiries, so that's a huge plus.

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Kristina Šekrst completed this course and found the course difficulty to be hard.

Dino 101: Dinosaur Paleobiology

Written 2 months ago
I really loved this course, the graphics were amazing and the lectures were intriguing, fun and full of interesting information. Even though the course material is sometimes difficult to follow, there are great lecture notes that accompany each video (not the slides or subtitles, but more like encyclopedia excerpts, and these were very nicely written and illustrated, and could serve as a book on its own). The quizzes were a bit too easy, and I liked the way you could pick your own pace since all the lectures and the quizzes were posted in advanced, but there were weekly e-mails giving insight into new material, but also in new paleontological discovery around the world. I'd recommend this course to anyone who wants to learn the scientific background about their childhood passion, and to be obnoxious among your friends by claiming that the most of the The Jurassic Parks is actually The Cretaceous Park!

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Kristina Šekrst completed this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Super-Earths and Life

Written 2 months ago
I have been a community TA for this course, but I'll try not to be biased. This course is a nice introduction to astrobiology and life itself - so if you have no scientific background, you'll still be able to get by. The forums were bursting with discussions, so I believe everybody could have find the way to be successful in this course, no matter the background. This course was much more text-oriented rather than video oriented, so this is its major flaw. The texts were great and informative, with lots of interactive visualizations, but e-courses tend to focus on videos as lectures which engage you in a way you feel as if you're taking a real course. Otherwise, everyone could just read a textbook on astrobiology. So, I recommend the staff for the next iterations to try to record the texts into smaller lectures - it will be easier to follow for students, and for those that want to go in more detail, there would be texts. Although, there were amazing interview videos with important scientists, so this is a plus. The major plus is the involvement of the instructors in the forums, which is not that often, so kudos.

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Kristina Šekrst completed this course and found the course difficulty to be easy.

Astronomy: Exploring Time and Space

Written 2 months ago
This is a great overview of modern astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology, and even astrobiology. It features lectures not only on philosophy of science and history of space missions, but it gves a nice commentary on the current technological state as well. There are lectures on Solar System, where you can find out about planets and moons, and basic astrobiological terminology, which is then further investigated in later lectures. There is also a lecture on telescopes, which is really useful for techies, and the techniques for finding exoplanets are discussed as well. All in all, the most comprehensive introduction to astronomy online, and the most fun one. It's perfect for beginners, and it's great for experts trying to find better teaching methods. The class features lots of excerpts - educational and fun ones - which make the learning process amazing. Every recommendation!

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Kristina Šekrst completed this course and found the course difficulty to be easy.

Automata Theory

Written 2 months ago
This is a great course covering automata and complexity theory, aimed at those who can follow university-level mathematics easily. So, if there's no prior background, this might not be the case for you, since it's more math-oriented rather than computer science-oriented. There are a lot of proofs, and interesting discussion problems that have been posted every week, and solved in the forums. There are two programming assignments as well, so this is a nice combination of theory and practice. Discussion forums were very useful, and professor was active in these as well. I came to this class after finishing the Mining Massive Datasets one, which I extremely enjoyed, and I've put the Automata on my watchlist, and it certainly was not a mistake.

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Kristina Šekrst completed this course and found the course difficulty to be hard.

From Goddard to Apollo – Part 1: The Rockets’ Red Glare

Written 2 months ago
This is a nice course for beginners, and its advantage is its mentioned shortness. It could also be a disadvantage if you're looking into studying more than a historical overview. However, I liked the simplicity, it's a great way of getting to know the world's rocket geniuses, and I'm looking forward to the second part of the course. Quizzes are easy, and there are two self-assessed essays, which should be converted into peer-reviewed ones, since this is just a summary exercise, rather than a real problem. The course features a Facebook group, which is a nice addition. I'd like it to grow into a bigger course, with more technical data (at least as additional material), and currently I really like optional projects - there should be more of these!

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Kristina Šekrst completed this course and found the course difficulty to be easy.

From the Big Bang to Dark Energy

Written 2 months ago
This is a nice introduction to cosmological problems, but it's more of an advanced introduction, since it requires some knowledge of calculus, which is kind of expected for this field. The lectures deal with Higg's boson, dark matter and dark energy, and inflation, and the whole course can be done on a binge-watch Sunday if you have previous background in physics or mathematics. Too bad it's a self-paced course, I think I would have enjoyed it more if it were a live one. However, the instructor is nice, and the content is nicely organized as well, go for it.

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Kristina Šekrst completed this course and found the course difficulty to be hard.

Paleontology: Theropod Dinosaurs and the Origin of Birds

Written 2 months ago
The same way Dino 101 is certainly in the top three of all MOOCs I have ever taken, if not the best, these courses seem like worthy sequels. I was thrilled to see professor Curie as well again. All in all, a great lecturer, amazing graphics, and the most awesome real-life fossils from the University of Alberta. This course continues Dino 101 in more detail, focusing on Theropoda dinosaurs, and describing their evolution into birds we know today. You'll learn a lot about anatomy, hunting habits, life conditions and novelties these species have manifested, and you'll learn that everything you know about dinosaurs is probably incorrect. I'd recommend this course anytime, and I'd recommend you to take the whole paleontology series, including Dino 101, since this is one of the best things the Internet can offer. I have always been amazed by the quality of production of Dino 101, and this continues the great trend of engaging videos and AMAZING notes - which are like small encyclopedias. Thank you for your time and trouble, it's much appreciated.

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Kristina Šekrst completed this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.

First Nights - Beethoven's 9th Symphony and the 19th Century Orchestra

Written 2 months ago
I've enrolled into this course after being thrilled while taking the Handel one. Professor Kelly's passion is outweighed only by his knowledge, and his methodological and pedagogical ability to transfer this knowledge is simply astounding. In this course you can learn (or refresh your memory) about the basic of a symphony, and then you'll dive into the wonderful world of the 9th symphony: its history, cultural context, structure, performers, and magnificent details about the premiere. A must-take course, can't wait for others in the series.

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Kristina Šekrst completed this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Cognitive Neuroscience Robotics – Part A

Written 2 months ago
This is a nice course, although it may seem a bit too short, so I hope that the second part will compensate. It's a nice interdisciplinary introduction, with psychological aspects, problems in cognitive neuroscience, and advances in robotics and computer science. Quizzes are easy, and maybe too easy. A project of a kind would be a nice addition to the course.

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Kristina Šekrst completed this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.

The Changing Arctic

Written 2 months ago
I really liked this course because it was an introduction I was looking for - an easy overview, but with alarming warnings and educational quality. It is accompanied by a free Interact book, which is a wonderful study resource. However, it should be emphasized that it's needed to pass the quizzes, and there are some quiz errors, which make the experience a little less perfect. The instructor was great, and the way of presenting was nice. I'd recommend this course to anyone who'd like to spend a cozy afternoon learning about Arctic, since the lessons aren't too long, and yet have a powerful impact.

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Kristina Šekrst completed this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Paleontology: Early Vertebrate Evolution

Written 2 months ago
As usual, University of Alberta outdone themselves. This was the last course in the series I have taken, and I'm sad the story is over. I hope the stagnation is only temporary, and I'm really looking forward to the possibility of new courses. The whole paleontology series - along with its predecessor Dino 101 - is a masterpiece. A huge recommendation.

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Kristina Šekrst completed this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.

First Nights - Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and the Birth of Opera

Written 2 months ago
The whole series is absolutely amazing. I was skeptical at first since I thought L'Orfeo wouldn't be as interesting to me as were Handel and Beethoven. Boy, was I wrong. Professor Keller manages to convey the beauty and amazing skills poured down in this work to you as if you're watching a movie rather than studying. Amazing teaching style, great examples and historical trivia, along with live performance. What a course!
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Kristina Šekrst completed this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.

First Nights - Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique and Program Music in the 19th Century

Written 2 months ago
After finishing the previous three courses, it gets even better. I mean, come on, guys, even Godfather 3 isn't that good, but you managed to outdone yourselves with each step. In this course you'll learn not only details, theory, historical facts and cultural context regarding Berlioz's life, work and Fantastic symphony, but also interesting trivia from various manuscripts and memoirs you won't find anywhere else. Unless, of course, you buy the book First Nights, which I did immediately, since I'm a FN junkie after these courses. Amazing videos and fun exercises, you feel as if you're having fun and not studying. I've done more than 70 MOOCs, and this whole series is in the top three. Masterpiece.
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Kristina Šekrst completed this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Origins of the Human Mind

Written 2 months ago
This is a short course, but a great overview of primates, and especially chimpanzees. You'll the result of decades of work, and learn interesting things on how do chimpanzees think, what do they like to do, how they imitate or learn to count, and learn about how to protect them. The lectures have embedded videos of real-life experiments, and it's great to watch them and learn about them from someone's own experience. All in all, I'm looking forward to a possible sequel.

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Kristina Šekrst completed this course and found the course difficulty to be easy.

Big Bang and the Origin of Chemical Elements

Written 2 months ago
Watch out: the course is in Korean, so if you don't know Korean, you can just read the transcripts. The professor really took his time to write poems to analyze the material etc. The course often referenced the previous course, so this was a bit annoying ("as you remember from the previous lecture"). An okay course if you're into reading a bit, it goes through Nobel speeches etc., but it needs a bit more of interactive material, and removing the language barrier would be nice - other than that, just name the course in Korean if you want to attract Korean-speaking audience.

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Kristina Šekrst completed this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Big History - From the Big Bang until Today

Written 2 months ago
This course lays out some nice ideas about connecting knowledge. The instructors are nice nad knowledgeable. However, giving lecture about various things such as the origin of chemical elements up to the agricultural development seems like a nice way of looking at things, but this only scratches the surface of the needed knowledge for such an approach. I would suggest focusing on one topic, and connecting it with the context and similar events. All in all, a nice course.

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Kristina Šekrst completed this course and found the course difficulty to be easy.

Mountains 101

Written 2 months ago
I've taken this course pretty much because all of the University of Alberta courses on Coursera were of highest quality. Thus, I've decided to enroll into this one, having an inclination towards learning biological topics as a hobby. This was a wonderful interdisciplinary course - you'll learn not only about geology, biology - flora and fauna, ecology, but also about culture and history. A nice emphasis will be put on modern significance of mountains, and their impact on human life and vice versa. Every lesson features tech tips for those eager to go hiking - these very very fun and useful. Quizzes were sometimes easy, but still gave a nice learning overview. Instructors were present in the forums, which is also a plus. Looking forward to a possible sequel, and I'm enrolling the next Alberta course right away!

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Kristina Šekrst completed this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Protected Areas Management in Africa

Written 2 months ago
This is quite a different course from others I have encountered, regarding the topic. I have to admit, I've enrolled into it randomly, but I've decided to stay, since this kind of specialized knowledge is rare to be found. This is a great course for people working in protected areas, tourism, culture etc., even if they have nothing to do with Africa, since the course teaches management of protected areas overall. Quizzes aren't difficult, and do not rely on facts, but on real-life problems: here's a protected area, what category is it, what seems to be the issue etc. I liked that, since I never knew about IUCN categorization and different types of management and governance. You'll also learn about endangered species and international agreements, such as CITES appendices, which is useful to learn about trade restrictions of flora and fauna. I've become acquainted with various resources such as iucnredlist.org or protectedplanet.net, which are useful for acquiring further knowledge. The course also features interviews with experts in protected areas in Africa, and managers. There is also a French version of the course (the English one has a voice-over translation), and an active Facebook group. If you're looking for something different, check it out.

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Kristina Šekrst completed this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Data-driven Astronomy

Written 2 months ago
This is a wonderful cross-section of machine learning advancement and astrophysics. With no background in astronomy or with no background in programming, it is easy to stick around. And if you have knowledge of both, then you'll certainly enjoy your stay since there are advanced assignments as well. The course uses Python and Grok interactive learning tool, and you'll tackle a bit with SQL and machine learning. The instructors were pretty much omnipresent in the forums and helped out everybody, which is praiseworthy. I had fun while learning new things, and I hope to see a sequel to such a novel course.

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Kristina Šekrst completed this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Introduction to Molecular Spectroscopy

Written 2 months ago
It's an interesting topic, although a lot of previous knowledge is required, especially in chemistry (came here because of cosmology, and had a rough time). There are three main units dealing with UV and visible-light spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, while the four week is comprised of the final exam. Practice quizzes are difficult, and the exam as well, and I believe the course would be better if it was split into more weeks. Slides are available for download, which is useful, but some extra resources and recommendations would be great, although spectroscopy videos are nice. A background in chemistry is needed in order to appreciate the course completely, so I don't feel competent enough to grade it.

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Kristina Šekrst completed this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Understanding Plants - Part II: Fundamentals of Plant Biology

Written 2 months ago
I loved the second part of the course as much as the first one. This is one of the best MOOCs out there. Professor Chamowitz is funny, intriguing and engaging, and it's easy to learn while having fun. You'll learn a lot, but with lots of interesting video material, animations, additional resources and interesting facts. Unlike the first course that's mostly oriented towards plant behavior, this one goes deep into their biology, photosynthesis, cells etc., and I'd never thought I'd be enjoying learning about chloroplasts. After more than 20 years of schooling and after my PhD lectures, I think I finally know how REALLY photosynthesis works. :) All in all, if you're a layman in biology or an expert - this is the course for you. Really a gem.

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Kristina Šekrst completed this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Using Python for Research

Written 2 months ago
This isn't an introductory courses, but gives you a first-week overview of Python. It's useful for intermediate-to-advanced levels, in order to try out case studies related do classification and data analysis of various datasets and areas, such as biology and DNA sequencing or natural language processing. Instructor is great, but the exercises are sometimes dull and not really creative, but I guess it's useful if you want to dive into a specific area. All in all, a nice course.

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Kristina Šekrst completed this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Indigenous Canada

Written 2 months ago
As usual, University of Alberta always delivers. I have to tell the truth, my extremely great experience with previous UA courses motivated me to enroll into this one, and I was not disappointed. Even though I've studied some First Nation languages, I never knew about the history of indigenous people in Canada, the injustice, treaties, residential schools catastrophes, and utter unfairness. Usually people only learn about the troubles of Indians in America, but this course shows us the ways of life and hard times of indigenous people in Canada as well. You'll learn about historical treaties, backgrounds, crises, culture, art, modern protests and movements, feminism, and even social media. This course is a gem, and I hope to see a sequel.

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Kristina Šekrst completed this course and found the course difficulty to be easy.

Science & Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to Soft Matter Science (part 1)

Written 2 months ago
This course gives you a chemistry background for cooking. You'll learn how to properly marinate, and connect it with the diffusion equation, you'll learn how is the best chocolate made, how the Maillard reactions occur and why we coat dough with yolk or baking soda, how the temperature changes affect the ingredients, how can you use gels and different fats, and understand their chemical background. All in all, even if you don't know anything about chemistry or cooking, this is a great way to find out, and if you're a chemistry or cooking enthusiast, this is a perfect way to get a look of the other side. The course features not only excellent presenters and professors, but also famous chefs sharing their techniques and recipes. I'm enrolling into the second course on physics right now - this one is truly a gem.

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Kristina Šekrst completed this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Algorithmic Toolbox

Written 2 months ago
The course was okay, but it is not an introductory course, since it presupposes programming and mathematical knowledge. It gives an insight into computational complexity, but I believe it should be more detailed for a specialization like this. Instructors were okay, and the assignments were a bit difficult, but they were really well documented.

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Kristina Šekrst completed this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Data Visualization

Written 2 months ago
I thought this class would be boring, but it was a bit of a rest we all needed after the previous programming-buffed courses in the Data Mining specialization. However, I did manage to learn some new stuff and concepts. I would like to recommend to make this class perhaps a bit longer, and to introduce people into d3 coding, since the vast majority of the capstone examples and tasks evolved around creating nice visualizations of the mining tasks.

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Kristina Šekrst completed this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Text Retrieval and Search Engines

Written 2 months ago
I'm encouraging more programming assignments dealing with NLP, and a bit smaller focus on C++ and more R/Py support. It was a fun experience, and I hope that the theoretical approach will slowly turn into a combination of theory and practice.

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Kristina Šekrst completed this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Computational Neuroscience

Written 2 months ago
This course was a huge inspiration, but it required a lot of prerequisites in high-level mathematics and programming. Even though I've passed the course with high marks, the programming exercises took a lot of time, and the quizzes weren't easy. It's not an introductory course, but the first few lectures ought to be enough if you're looking for a glance into what CN is. However, I'd recommend giving more practical introduction to certain theoretical approaches studied, for example, to combine the formula given in the slides with ways how to calculate them in Python and similar. I'm giving it one star more because the lecturers had done a huge job by themselves.

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Kristina Šekrst completed this course and found the course difficulty to be hard.

Imagining Other Earths

Written 2 months ago
This course gives a much broader overview than it seems, it's an introduction into physics in general, into our Solar system, and into topics like relativity or quantum mechanics. It's more of an introduction to astronomy, rather than introduction to exoplanetary astronomy. The lectures are nice, with interesting videos (loved the Dyson one!), too bad Princeton does not offer any certificates whatsoever, and that this course is an on-demand one. Peer-reviewed assignments would function better if it were a live course, this way this nice course seems a bit lonely.

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Kristina Šekrst completed this course and found the course difficulty to be easy.

Confronting The Big Questions: Highlights of Modern Astronomy

Written 2 months ago
This is a nice course divided into four modules dealing with four main questions: Are we alone in the Universe? How do Stars Evolve and Die? What Exists Outside our Galaxy? What is the Fate of the Universe? Although only 4 weeks long, each module covers at least 15 video lectures, so it would take you a whole day to go through that week's lectures. However, since it's self-paced, there's a higher degree of freedom here. The teaching style was nice, and it covers basics of astrobiology, astrophysics and cosmology, and it's somewhere between an introductory course and an intermediate one (the quizzes aren't that easy). Unfortunately, there are no problems or math assignments, but this may be a positive thing for beginners wanting to experience the wonderful world of astronomy. The forums are a bit desolate, but this seems to be an issue with self-paced courses, too bad. All in all, go for it, there's always something new to learn.

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Kristina Šekrst completed this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.

19th-Century Opera: Meyerbeer, Wagner, & Verdi

Written 2 months ago
I have said before that I love the First Nights courses. They are amazing, and professor Kelly is one of the best educators in the world. This course deals with three great operas, Meyerbeer's Les Huguenots, Wagner's Das Rheingold, and Verdi's Otello. You'll learn about the Christian-Protestant conflict and the Huguenots, along with the musical Easter eggs, about Wagner's leitmotif's, about different ways to portray Othello, and why Verdi - at the end of his career - decided to Shakespeare.

Professor Kelly's courses are my favorite courses in the world, and you'll become an instant classical music and opera fan when you listen to a minute of his words. Go on and try it now.
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Kristina Šekrst completed this course.

Chimpanzee Behavior and Conservation

Written 2 months ago
I loved this course, because I not only learned about basics of chimpanzee-based primatology, but because it also inspired me to do volunteer work. There's a lot of ways in which you can help the conservation cause, and this course is here to educate us all about the endangered status of chimpanzees, along with their peculiarities. Did you know that human pregnancy tests work on female chimps as well? Or that chimps produce around 30 different vocalizations? Or heard about the great chimpanzee war that lasted for 4 years in Gombe? Enroll into this course, and you'll find out everything, and have a great time.
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Kristina Šekrst completed this course and found the course difficulty to be easy.

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