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Coursera anyone?
show user profile  Garp
I just enrolled for a 6-week course starting in a few days and was wondering if any of you have had experience with these.

Here is the site and here is a talk about what it is.

I'm used to learn on my own but I thought I'd try something more structured for a change, see how it goes.




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8/8/2012 5:34:25 PM (last edit: 8/8/2012 5:34:25 PM)
show user profile  herfst1
First I've heard of it. Amazing that anyone gives anything away for free in this day in age. What course are you doing? I'm guessing "Algorithms: Design and Analysis, Part 1."
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8/8/2012 6:02:53 PM (last edit: 8/8/2012 6:02:53 PM)
show user profile  Garp
Almost :)
'Algorithms: Design and Analysis, Part1' started the 6th of june and the deadline for the final exam was 3 days ago. I've registered to it though to access the content that remains on-line. I'm catching up with it (going through week 2 right now) so I might enroll in Part 2 in a few weeks.
I've picked 'Algorithms, Part 1'. It starts in 4 days with Part 2 some time in november. Princeton also provides a quick intro to java which is necessary as java is the supporting language for their course. I'm going through it like crazy. As I have a decent understanding of C++, it's relatively easy.
The two courses are independant but still complementary. I wish I had learned about coursera a little earlier.




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8/8/2012 6:13:16 PM (last edit: 8/8/2012 6:19:05 PM)
show user profile  9krausec
That sounds pretty cool Mr.Garp!




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8/8/2012 6:52:39 PM (last edit: 8/8/2012 6:52:39 PM)
show user profile  BishBashRoss
Aye, you are one smart mofo!





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8/8/2012 6:57:27 PM (last edit: 8/8/2012 6:57:27 PM)
show user profile  Garp
Hmm.. actually, the lectures I've been through make me feel slightly retarded.
I'd like to think that's because he's speaking fast and I'm not used to it. Always the optimist :)

So, who's been through some of them courses already? Anyone?




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8/8/2012 10:08:11 PM (last edit: 8/8/2012 10:08:11 PM)
show user profile  donvella
Free... whats the hitch? Do I have to donate a kidney or something?




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8/9/2012 2:21:57 AM (last edit: 8/9/2012 2:21:57 AM)
show user profile  Garp
Nope :)

Ok. No coursera students around here yet. I'll make sure to report how it went and what benefit I got from it when it's over.

In the meantime, I'm feeling the same mixture of excitement and anxiety as I did as a kid :)
Fist day of class in 2 days. Woot!




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8/10/2012 2:10:17 AM (last edit: 8/10/2012 2:10:17 AM)
show user profile  LionDebt
Looks very... interesting.. and free.. I'll be sure to give it a try at the very least. Thanks for sharing.
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8/10/2012 2:21:30 AM (last edit: 8/10/2012 2:21:30 AM)
show user profile  Garp
Well, first week's quizzes, exercises, assignments, etc: done. Grading: 100%! Yay!!
And I already feel like I've learned a ton.

Just garping my joy, carry on...




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8/21/2012 3:46:13 PM (last edit: 8/21/2012 3:46:13 PM)
show user profile  herfst1
It's pretty inspiring that you're doing this course at your age - soon to be 47, or so I heard (apologies for the backhanded compliment). ;)

Seriously, well done with the 100% (though I'd be more surprised if you said you didn't get 100%). Keep us updated.
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8/21/2012 5:09:04 PM (last edit: 8/21/2012 5:09:04 PM)
show user profile  Garp
:))

I'm pretty sure it's gonna get trickier.




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8/22/2012 5:02:26 AM (last edit: 8/22/2012 5:02:26 AM)
show user profile  Garp
Week 2: 100%.
Week 3: 100% and way ahead of schedule.
Happy (so far).




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8/28/2012 8:09:47 PM (last edit: 8/28/2012 8:09:47 PM)
show user profile  Garp
*auto-bump*

Weeks 4 and 5, same thing. Which makes me feel confident for the final (assignment brief next sunday).
Frankly, I'm impressed by how faster I was able to learn, having to stick to a schedule. The course is really great. I'm going to sign in for a few more :)

On a sad side note, I finally got pissed with a bossing moron Community TA (the local moderator, so to speak). So I might get banned. I dunno...




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9/13/2012 7:20:40 AM (last edit: 9/13/2012 7:20:40 AM)
show user profile  jareu
bookmarked! I'm going to be taking advantage of this for sure!!



He who says it cannot be done is interrupting the man doing it.

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9/13/2012 7:30:35 AM (last edit: 9/13/2012 7:30:35 AM)
 
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