This course in coursera community was ended 2 months ago. It was my firs experience with online education, and it was cool!
This is a survey of ancient Greek history from the Bronze Age to the death of Socrates in 399 BCE made by Wesleyan University. During the course I discovered not only the dates and the names but lots of interesting facts about political and cultural life of the Ancient Greeks.
|Knossos Crete, Palace of Minos (made by me June 2013)|
And one of the most important part for education (as for me) it's a teacher. The course instructor was just wonderful - Andrew Szegedy-Maszak "Professor Andy". If during my 5 years of study at university in Moscow all the teachers were like him, my school would be a holiday on which I would have every morning ran into the class. And I would like to thank you him and saying he is a perfect instructor for me.
The course was organized very good: Professor Andy's interesting lectures, additional material can be found immediately on the site. At the end of each week are tests that you can re-take it three times.
It was not easy for me (first of all because of my English, but for lectures I used English subtitles), the tests were not simple - some of the questions require thinking, logical reasoning and reading additional materials.
But no matter what I gladly found time after work to explore the history of ancient Greece with the professor Andy.
I remember better when I write down., so I wrote short notes while listening to lectures. Some lectures listened to 2 times :)
At the end of the course, I received a certificate and very proud of myself!
Repetition of this course is planned in the near future, information about this can be found on the Coursera website.
Pleasant coincidence: I spent vacation this year on the Crete, visited the Minoan Palace of Knossos (I was already prepared and did not need a guide - it's cool).
I've always been fascinated by the Ancient Greeks but now I'm just in love with it.