Very informative, a good grounding in the subject, I really felt like I gained a lot of valuable knowledge on the subject that will help me in future endeavors. Very well put-together and organized.
I took this course to find out what osteoarchaeology was all about. Excellent, excellent course! Well planned, laid out and , and very interesting. I have learned a lot. Thank you!!!
par Olivia S G•
While the information was interesting, sometimes the assessments would test students on things that weren't taught or reviewed. Much of my review is a criticism of the Coursera platform.
While peer-reviews can be helpful, it requires everyone in the class to have a good understanding of what is being graded, and I don't think everyone taking the course did have a decent understanding-- at one point, someone submitted a photo of a dog as their assignment, and another individual simply copied in text from a published paper. In addition, it was clear that most people didn't really understand how to provide peer reviews. In the comments boxes, where we were supposed to give advice to improve our future work, all too often people would just write "good" or ".". It was very rare that any actual criticism or evaluation would be provided. If people's grades and learning are going to depend on these peer reviews, then they need to be checked for thoroughness and quality, because as of now, I got the impression that some people just rushed through the reviews to get them out of the way. Ironically, the reviews need to be reviewed by a teacher/instructor/moderator to make sure that they are helpful and complete. I attended a college that used peer reviews extensively, but they were also looked over by instructors and poorly done or rushed reviews were used to evaluate the reviewer instead of the reviewee.
It's also worth noting that at some points, the written assignments would have certain expectations for answers but would not actually outline them sufficiently, and it was hard to answer them when the questions weren't even provided.
While the course is interesting, I do not feel that this is really up to par, especially due to the lack of any interaction with people who know what they are doing. The moderator was helpful but one person moderating forums does not replace a TA or teacher. If this course is going to use written assessments, the review system needs to be balanced with oversight, and the assignments need to be better written so the student knows what they have to answer.
Si no sigues el ritmo marcado por los profesores se te puede pasar el tiempo de enviar las tareas y si completas el curso no puedes obtener el certificado. Por lo demás el curso es interesante pero muy básico para conocer muchos aspectos acerca de esqueletos antiguos. Los videos son extensos, los aspectos prácticos son escasos.
Although a little dry, this course is TREMENDOUSLY informative to people who know little about Osteoarcheology. Loses a star, though, for requiring outside Word Documents for the completion of it's special assignments, which I do not have.
par Rachel K•
There is no way to challenge peer reviewers, even when they claim something incorrect. It is difficult to get work graded when submitted late or regraded when reworked. It was a very informative and well structured course other than that.
par Sue B E•
I enjoyed the course very much but having my completion tied up by other people did not appeal to me in the least. I would definitely warn people of that element.
par ELENI K•
This is a nice effort, and it obvious how hard everyone has worked. There are too many presumptions presented as 'facts', though, and too much certainty about research issues that lots of debate is still going around. So, good work, but unless the course is supposed to attract only ignorants and people that haven't been in contact with 'science', some of the instructors act a bit 'I know it all' and that is how it is, although no-one does yet. Sorry to discover this spirit in here.