My Coursera course continues, flaws and all

CourseraSince I’m exploring peer communication I’ve been spending a lot of time in the forums.   I continue to get quick responses to questions just like everyone else.  I’ve read through the highlights on many posts and have yet to see anyone not get a response to a question.  I find this pretty unusual compared to traditional forums.  People seem very supportive of one another, perhaps because we’re all going through this together without any real access to the professor?

There seems to be a lot of discussion about how some people are “gaming” the system with late homework submissions.  Since all that is being tracked is a submission made by a certain time, many people are taking this as an opportunity to make updates to their sites at a later time.  I’ve read where people have asked a peer reviewer to “come back later” to see the updates.

Much of what we’re learning feels industrial design focused.  I realize there are core methodologies that translate but my project is an entirely digital experience.  So it makes me question if what I’m working on (a mobile app) was the right choice to get the most out of this course.  There are some things he asks us to do that are challenging at best with a digital experience.

I do however really enjoy the “mad scientist” impression he gives off when fiddling in his workshop.  It is a bit intimidating with everything that he has access to and what he can create.  I think there is a little bit of assumption on his part for students to just “go build it” in the quality that he is producing.

Just one minor technical feature that I think is useful for the videos.  The site keeps track of the videos you watched so it’s easy to know what you’ve watched without having to watch a bit of each.  It would be nice to add tags, or notes to sections of a video that you want to come back too.

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