Feb 11, 2017
Very informative! Everybody should take this course, to know more about their own microbiome...\n\nThe first lessons are not so exciting, but hang in there! The most interesting parts come later ;)
Jul 01, 2018
It was a good experience, and while I'm not too big on microbiology in general, I was intrigued in the role our microbiome plays in our lives. The summer I did this changed my life in a way. :)
par Prateek D•
May 07, 2019
Probably ideal for those who have a background in biology.
par DRABO M S•
Nov 01, 2015
Microbiome is like the Amazone forest! Lot of mystery!
par Arjit J•
Aug 17, 2015
great info,friendly staff and very easy to understand
par Raminder s•
Dec 10, 2015
I am waiting for advance course.
par Isabelle d P•
May 04, 2016
Knowledgeable course taught by great teachers!
par Paramita S•
May 27, 2017
The course was informative and worth taking.
par Renate G•
Feb 17, 2018
Clear, entertaining, interesting, varied.
par Shaun C•
Feb 15, 2019
Good overview of an interesting subject.
par Mirko H•
Apr 02, 2019
Very good introduction course.
par trish d•
Aug 21, 2015
par Giovanni F•
Mar 01, 2017
par Suzanne S•
Sep 10, 2015
In general this was an easy, interesting and enjoyable course, Video interviews and lectures by key researchers in this exciting field were a highlight. It's an introductory course so not deep, but fun.
A couple of things significantly detracted from the course for me.
One was a feeling of unqualified evangelism. I think the microbiome is indeed a hugely important field, but the level of hype here, and lack of any critical perspective, was off-putting. This is particularly disturbing for products like probiotics, which have become a huge industry with little solid evidence to support them, or to choose between them. Also, they devote a lot of time to selling the American Gut Project. Which is a good cause, but I would rather they had spent that time teaching me something useful. I resent being duped into watching ads when I've signed up to be educated.
The other thing that bothered me was the course required us to divulge a lot of personal information to other students in pointless, time-consuming projects. I didn't learn anything from these projects and found them annoying.
par Jennifer F•
Feb 08, 2016
Overall this course has covered a lot of good and interesting information! I found the presentation to be lacking somewhat as the course-leaders were reading off the info in front of the camera, which gave the lectures an artificial sort of feel. I did enjoy the different interviews along the way, which spiced things up a bit. The grading of this course needs to be revised, in my view, as some things will go amiss when students grade each other. All in all it's clear that a lot of work has gone into this course, and that is definitely to be commended by all involved.
par Mary W•
Mar 25, 2016
Great subject and some very well presented videos. However there were several which were incomprehensible. Either because of the quality of the video or the very heavy accent of the speaker especially to a non-American viewer. One doesn't always want to read a transcript but to listen and concentrate. If all the videos had been of good listenable quality I would have given the course 5 stars
par Sandra J•
May 11, 2020
Less detailed information then expected but great for people that don't have any knowledge about (gut) microbiota yet
par arinn w•
Dec 29, 2016
the information was presented so slowly that it was hard to follow. i have taken a couple other introductory biology/genetics courses so some of the information was familiar, but i (and a friend who watched over my shoulder) found the videos nearly unwatchable due to the slow pace the presenters were speaking
Jun 23, 2018
Extremely clear presentations by the researchers, but loses 2 stars for relying on assignments based on Google Docs which did not load properly and resulted in me not being able to complete the course.
par Roy A E•
Jan 08, 2016
Very disappointed in this course. It is more of an infomercial for American Gut than an actual course. Additional knowledge gained was very little.
par Doug H•
Aug 30, 2016
I was denied completion of this course because a fellow course taker felt the need to "grade" unfairly. I suggest all "peers" keep in mind we are here to learn not to be judge so critically. The spirit of the course was destroyed by a thoughtless action. If you wish to be critical that's fine but at least have the courage to leave feedback for me to review. Coward.