First German MOOC
It doesn't start until October, but you can sign up to be notified when it starts now. I thought it might interest some people here. I have seen people on Duolingo talk about taking Coursera courses before, so I know there are fellow Couersera(ers?) here.
Edit: For those that don't know what an MOOC is, here is a useful link. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massive_open_online_course
I've got some experience with coursera - the quality of the courses is very inconsistent, some can be terrific but others aren't really worth doing at all. I'd advise anyone considering one to look closely at which institution is actually running the course, how the assessments are structured, how much interaction there is with professional teaching staff etc. The main problem is unstructured peer review often being part of the marking criteria- that can be great if people on the course have enough knowledge and experience - but when everyone is a beginner it too often turns in to the blind leading the blind. Generally for this reason the courses that require some previous knowledge are better than those that don't.
I don't want to put anyone off, but be aware that the drop out rate for MOOC courses is very high, so it's a good idea to consider carefully whether a course is suited to your needs and abilities before you sign up.
This one for example states that it's for absolute beginners in German, so it could work well alongside starting on duolingo, but if you're looking for something more challenging than the duolingo exercises this probably isn't going to be it.
The main problem is unstructured peer review often being part of the marking criteria- that can be great if people on the course have enough knowledge and experience - but when everyone is a beginner it too often turns in to the blind leading the blind.
Of course we don't know how the course will actually turn out, but the people working on the course have far more experience and knowledge of German than most of us here. The first thing I did was check their credentials, as I do with all Coursera courses.
I don't want to put anyone off, but be aware that the drop out rate for MOOC courses is very high
It is for Duolingo as well. Most people never finish the tree. If one does not like the course, they can simply quit working on it since it's free.
> I don't want to put anyone off, but be aware that the drop out rate for MOOC courses is very high, so it's a good idea to consider carefully whether a course is suited to your needs and abilities before you sign up.
On the other hand there is no penalty for dropping out if it's not to your liking, so you don't necessarily have to anguish over it.
I've taken two previous MOOC courses through Coursera and am currently working on the third. I also took one through EdX. I have dropped a couple of courses, because of not having the option to download videos for offline viewing (I have a bandwidth problem which makes streaming video a nerve-racking experience).
Thanks for sharing, I love Coursera! Now there's also a Chinese course coming up!
Can you link to them please? I see courses taught in German, but I don't see any courses teaching German.
my bad, I thought the course was simply in German, not an actual German language course. None of the courses at iversity are "language learning" courses.
Although at the upper levels of learning a language, you need to just do things in the target language. I've completed the German tree here on Duolingo and didn't fully understand the course I tried to take on iversity, but it did help me find places where I needed improvement.
Thanks for clearing that up.:) I'd like to take a MOOC course taught in German when I am advanced enough, though that will most likely be over a year from now.
Awesome! I have tried some coursera courses but never completed .... maybe I will complete this though :- )
Thank you for this one :) The course is from UPenn so the quality should be guaranteed.
yes i have read it but let me rephrase the question : is this course offering something that i can't find on youtube or other sites ?
Somewhat. It is offering German instruction by a German teacher in MOOC format. I am sure there are videos of teachers teaching German on YouTube, if you want to find those, but this course will be more interactive than watching a YouTube video.
Thanks for this. I don't think my German is good enough but it looks very interesting. I have done several Coursera nursing and health courses and they are generally good. I think Pennsylvania has a large German and Dutch population so it should be good.
I don't think my German is good enough but it looks very interesting.
The course is for complete beginners.
I think Pennsylvania has a large German and Dutch population so it should be good.
I don't see how that would have any effect on the quality. This course is being taught by professors from an Ivy League university though, so it should be pretty good.