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Comentários e feedback de alunos de Ecology: from cells to Gaia da instituição Universidade Estadual deTomsk

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55 avaliações

Sobre o curso

This course presents the principles of evolution and ecology for citizens and students interested in studying biology and environmental sciences. It discusses major ideas and results. Recent advances have energised these fields with evidence that has implications beyond their boundaries: ideas, mechanisms, and processes that should form part of the toolkit of all biologists and educated citizens. Major topics covered by the course include fundamental principles of ecology, how organisms interact with each other and their environment, evolutionary processes, population dynamics, communities, energy flow and ecosystems, human influences on ecosystems, and the integration and scaling of ecological processes through systems ecology. This course will also review major ecological concepts, identify the techniques used by ecologists, provide an overview of local and global environmental issues, and examine individual, group and governmental activities important for protecting natural ecosystems. The course has been designed to provide information, to direct the student toward pertinent literature, to identify problems and issues, to utilise research methodology for the study of ecology and evolution, and to consider appropriate solutions and analytical techniques. Needed Learner Background: general biology and a good understanding of English. This course has the following expectations and results: 1) covers the theoretical and practical issues involved in ecology and evolution, 2) conducting surveys and inventories in ecology, 3) analyzing the information gathered, 4) and applying their analysis to ecological and conservation problems....

Melhores avaliações

2 de Dez de 2019

The course is very useful for those who are concerned with the enviromantal studies and conservation of the Earth. It is very simple to understand and is provided with videos and transcriptions.

28 de Nov de 2021

The course was comprehensive and comprehendible by a anyone with a basic background in biology or ecology. Looking forward to more courses like these on Coursera!

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1 — 25 de 55 Avaliações para o Ecology: from cells to Gaia

por Nicole W

9 de Set de 2017

I completed the first 2 weeks of this course before I unenrolled. I did not learn much at all. The lectures are a jumble of advanced theories and vocab words that are very briefly explained (if explained at all), with no real uniting theme behind them. You walk away confused, trying to remember all of the dozens of advanced concepts and issues that were brought up in the last 5 minutes, without a clear sense of WHY these concepts are important or HOW they make sense in the bigger picture. I would only recommend this course to someone who has already had an extensive training in ecology who needs a very quick refresher on vocab words. Anyone who is a beginner, who is trying to develop a more in-depth understanding of ecology, or who wants to learn about the big picture of how the study of ecology relates to the world should find another course.

por April H

27 de Ago de 2017

The lectures that compose the first module of this course are short rambles that mention a great many ecological concepts with no consistent theme. The quiz at the end of the module somehow expects the student to have gleaned a detailed understanding of random disparate concepts only briefly mentioned in the preceding lectures. I passed the quiz, but only because I had some previous understanding of the material; I did not learn anything from the lectures. I decided not to continue with the class after this point. The instructor needs to make an effort to structure the material such that basic concepts are taught first, one concept at a time, and in sufficient detail that the student is able to learn what is expected of them.

por Ananya M R

5 de Out de 2020

When I decided to take the course, I had high hopes but they came crashing down in Week 1 itself. I didn't want to judge prematurely so I did the entire course and found it to be badly structured, haphazard and it definitely doesn't give a learner all that it can. While the instructor seems to know his subject, the way in which he rushes through everything, grazing only the surface, at the same time throwing around jargon (either leaving it unexplained or explaining it poorly), is quite annoying. There are too many unexplained visuals and there isn't any complementary reading material. At the start of the course they list 30-odd pages worth of reading material but don't provide links to any during the course at the appropriate times. Also the questions in all the quizzes are written/phrased so poorly that at times you have no idea what they mean or you end up spending extra time rereading the sentences trying to make sense of them. If the course is in English, it should make sense so that learners can understand what's being said. Overall, I expected to learn a lot but learnt very little. There are other courses on Coursera that provide the same or better information in a much more structured manner. Any course has to be well thought out and well structured to be effective and this definitely isn't.

por Yana M

3 de Dez de 2019

The course is very useful for those who are concerned with the enviromantal studies and conservation of the Earth. It is very simple to understand and is provided with videos and transcriptions.

por Peter K

7 de Jan de 2018

I took this course as a refresher while prepping for graduate level study in wildlife biology. I don't know how someone with no previous ecology course work could pass this class. The instructor talks way to fast & covers topics that most professors would spend several hour long lectures in minutes. I am also uncomfortable with the Gaia hypothesis which I brings up repeatedly in later lectures. While the hypothesis is not without merit the scientific community is still generally skeptical & he makes no real effort to discuss criticisms.

On the Quizzes, when in doubt just pick the most long winded option as it is generally the correct one.

Also its not a five week class. The fifth week is a lie.

por Ilaria C

23 de Dez de 2017

The course intention is really good. Unfortunately, it is a compilation of definitions not very well linked to each other. It is hard to see where the teacher is taking us. Furthermore, many sentences don't make sense (grammatically) and it even by reading the transcript, it is hard to understand what it is meant.

There are many interesting concepts but they should developed more. I got the feeling I was rushing through concepts and not really learning anything, even though it is my field of expertise and I was taking notes of everything.

por Wei-Harng L

29 de Ago de 2017

The ascent of the lecturer is not easy to follow for a non-English native like myself. There are some very good contents covered in the MOOC, which is commendable (e.g. Gaia).

por James H

9 de Set de 2019

Great topics covered. Honest portrayal of current environmental challenges and ways to address them, and super interesting and not too difficult course material. Well balanced and thought through course.

por Prakash Y

11 de Mai de 2020

such a nice course, presentation is so good , specially thanks to university "Tomsk State University".

por Andrea B

26 de Fev de 2021

Although it is clear that the instructor knows this subject, I would not recommend this course to anyone as an ineffective educational tool.

The instructor speaks rapidly in a thick accent, forcing reliance upon faulty captions. The video captions inaccurately represent the words being spoken, forcing learners to spend more time trying to interpret lecture content than they spend thinking about the ideas themselves. If a learner does not already know the content being shared, they may not be able to make sense of the information or may even learn concepts incorrectly due to the blatantly inaccurate captions.

For example, the caption claimed that "organisms are an island of water in a sea of cows" where it should have said that they are an "island of order in a sea of chaos." Mistakes like these frequently occurred within the course's text, rendering it barely useable and utterly exasperating.

por Carlette N

6 de Jun de 2020

Poor english. A lot of words were misspelled and the explanations of concepts often unclear. Also the questions in the quiz did not always reflect the material covered in the lectures.

por Gopireddyvyshnavi

19 de Mai de 2020

It is very useful to understand about the biodiversity and it is fabulous

por Alice Z

31 de Mar de 2020

when the first quiz does not provide answers in material in the module ... I leave ang dive one star -

do not spend time being disrespected as as learner. Frankly amazed about that in this course as this Uni usually not like this ...

por John H

18 de Jan de 2021

Was an excellent informative introduction to ecology. The presenter is very informative. His pronounciation of English meant that I had to pay close attention to his lectures (which is good, because learners should pay attention). There is also a transcript which is very useful, especially when reviewing for the test quizzes. Lot's of references to further reading and a mini-project to wrap it up at the end.

por Ramon L D R

12 de Jun de 2021

I loved the course. The material is a great refresher of topics covered in ecology, supplemented with an overview of updates in the field which suggest new directions for the study of ecology. I very much appreciate the time and effort put in the development of the course by the team and the professor. Thank you very much!

por Robin M

20 de Nov de 2017

Enjoyed this course very much. While it was a little hard to understand the teacher, I put on the caption/subtitles and was able to follow along with relative ease. Throughout the course I was very impressed by the thoroughness of the content and the level and types of research currently being done in ecology.

por Nicolás T

28 de Jul de 2020

It was an excellent course! I studied biology but due to inconveniences my ecology was not very good, but with this course I not only learned a lot, but I also remembered various concepts and consolidated many topics.

Thank you very much

por Nanditha R S

28 de Nov de 2021

The course was comprehensive and comprehendible by a anyone with a basic background in biology or ecology. Looking forward to more courses like these on Coursera!

por Zaheera N

16 de Set de 2020

It is wonderful class. I thoroughly enjoyed.Igetmore information about nature.

It is very useful in my studies.and my projects


15 de Jun de 2020

It is very interesting topic to know about biodiversity.

por Royson R I

5 de Abr de 2020

Thanks for offering this course it is just 💯% fabulous.

por Gesille C

18 de Abr de 2021


por Hewa M R P P

16 de Out de 2020

This was a great course. Interesting

por Md. M I

1 de Jul de 2020

It was an amazing course I have done