Oct 17, 2019
Very informative, fun and interactive. The lecturers are very passionate and you can see that they really love what they do. I would recommend this course to any science loving individual.
Nov 08, 2019
I thoroughly enjoyed this course and felt that it was really well executed. I would consider taking other courses. The lecturers were knowledgeable and articulate. Excellent--Thank you
by Jamie K•
Jul 12, 2019
I already hold a Ph.D. in entomology and a BCE from the Entomological Society of America, and thus have a broad background in the study of insects. However, prior to this course I did not have the opportunity to take a full course that focused specifically on insect-human interactions. While parts of this course were redundant on the knowledge I already hold (which allowed me to zip through the course faster than I'd expect the average student to do), I did slow down on the later units that included some new content that I had not learned previously. Even the redundant portions were a welcome review of insect biology. The course was well organized, engaging, and offered a wealth of information. The visuals were effective, the explanations were clear, and the topics were covered broadly and without apparent bias. Thank you to everyone who worked to make this course happen; your hard work and dedication really show.
My only critique - and it's a minor one - is that the instructors spoke as if reading a script. A more conversational tone would help to create a feeling that I'm really in the classroom.
by diana a•
Sep 27, 2019
I'm trying not to cry, as I've reached the end of this wonderful course. I loved learning from you wonderful teachers, and will miss your faces and voices. Thanks for making this course so wonderfully engaging, full of incredible visuals, succinct interviews, unbiased facts, and thought-provoking lessons and quizzes. I was very happy to enhance my experience by creating Quizlet flashcards for all the terminology and pre/suffixes, and to make that available to my fellow learners. As of now, there are currently 158 participants that have signed up to use them. I'm thrilled that others are benefiting from them as well. My love of arthropods has gained a more scientific foundation, for which i will forever be thankful. My next goal is to somehow become a part of Citizen Science! Thank you for inspiring so many of us. Thanks to the University of Alberta for making this accessible to the world, and for Coursera and their easy-to-use interface. I adored every minute of it.
by Muhammad A•
Aug 07, 2019
Its really a very interesting course to learn the basic knowledge of different type of insects and their interaction with the humans as well.
by Gabriela C R•
Aug 21, 2019
Amazing!!! Learn so much about insects! I am an agronomic engineering student and I definitely think that I will apply some topics that I have learn in my professional life. It was a great experience, thank you so much.
by Harald S•
Aug 26, 2019
Excellent course for a "beginner" as existing rudimentary and a more ore less scattered
(diversified..?) knowledge was just sorted out in a updated way so a more stable
believe in bugs by now for a "student" born 2 year before beginning of WW2.
by Priya P•
Aug 07, 2019
I am an engineer by profession, who has always had a fascination for insects. This structured course helped me learn about them more formally.
The course is very well organized. It was helpful to have diagrams, photos and videos as the instructors spoke.
As a lay person, the modules most informative to me were - "Plant Feeding and Impacts of Herbivory" and "Insects and Disease". The part on taxonomy in Module 1 was also very interesting. I would have liked to delve a little deeper into taxonomy.
I found that one of the female instructors spoke too rapidly, especially on the later modules (9, 10, 11). This made it a bit difficult to follow along.
My only recommendation would be to include a "Further Reading" section at the end of the course that students can refer to if they wish to dig deeper into a particular topic of interest.
by Lizzy B•
Jul 17, 2019
This class is phenomenal. It was shared in the FB group "entomemeology" and a few of us signed up. It's such a great way to take an intro to entomology course because there's no pressure for a grade; I can just passively learn now and let myself totally enjoy it. Later I won't be so stressed taking a full entomology course for a grade!
by Chris S•
Aug 15, 2019
Overall a great course. Would, and have, recommend to others.
by Vavagani I•
Aug 13, 2019
A study which is highly enjoyable and useful for professionals
by James K•
Aug 19, 2019
I learned so much from this class. Most importantly, I appreciated the faculty that would answer my questions in the forum, it made me feel more connected to the course.
by Fran S•
Aug 19, 2019
Although I've always rather liked bugs, after having taken BUGS 101, I have a much deeper appreciation for the value of insects in my daily life and for the importance of insect life in the entire ecosystem.
The course was well-organized, well-presented, and absolutely valuable.
by Sandy J M•
Aug 21, 2019
An excellent course. I have a degree in zoology, I and am a physician who has a keen and ongoing interest in natural history and biology, so I came into this course with some knowledge of the area already. I found that the course was structured to accommodate both beginners people and people such as I who have a moderate amount of knowledge already in this area. I have a couple of suggestions: first, I think that the transcript should be available to download in a more advanced form than simple.txt, because it downloads with dozens and dozens of line breaks that make it very difficult to read. In addition, I found a couple of the presenters had vocal mannerisms that prevented the transcription process from accurately recognizing their speech, causing a lot of errors in the transcription. In any case, these are simply annoyances, and do not take away from the value of the course, and overall I highly recommend it.
by Mary L B•
Dec 01, 2019
I learned a lot in this class! It was both interesting and disgusting! It was also enjoyable in that the instructors were engaging and seemed to be true insect lovers.
by Jennifer T O•
Nov 18, 2019
Informative and engaging! Entomology is a hobby for me. Sadly there's not much interest about bugs in my area. I bought several books on the subject but found some of the terms to be too hard to understand. Being able to have instructors who can explain these terms and concepts is amazing! Thanks for making this course available for people like me!
by Kathy L•
Oct 16, 2019
Loved this course from beginning to end! I learned so much and really appreciate the dedication and professionalism of all the instructors and guest lecturers.
by kate m•
Nov 20, 2019
I truly enjoyed this class. All of the instructors were very good & obviously quite passionate about the subject. Their lectures and the visual information were well presented and easy to understand. The individuals who were 'guest speakers' were knowledgeable and their information was always interesting. I take classes for the pleasure of learning new things and, boy, have I learned a lot!!
by Daegan K•
Nov 22, 2019
It was a great course! I learned a lot about insects and spent quite a while taking notes.
When talking about insects in literature, I would suggest mentioning Jay Hosler's work. He is an entomologist who has written graphic novels about insects, such as Last of the Sandwalkers where the main characters are a group of scientists in a world of mildly-anthropomorphic beetles. Many of the anthropomorphized insect illustrations throughout the course reminded me of his artstyle, they looked enough like humans to be relatable but still respected actual insect anatomy.
Overall the course was great and I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in entomology.
by Shannon R•
Nov 20, 2019
I have a much deeper appreciation of insects now. A more thorough understanding of their classifications, body systems, and functions within society.
by Kimberly G•
Nov 20, 2019
Really enjoyed this course. The information provided was always very interesting and I have learned a lot about insects.
by Hisham E•
Oct 20, 2019
A very interesting course. Many thanks.
by Gabrielle A•
Oct 20, 2019
Great introductory course
by Shawn T D•
Oct 22, 2019
OUTSTANDING So well put together, subject mattered varied but forming foundation of Entomology. I enjoyed the variety of instructors and it was a good mix. Some of the interviews were mehh and a few questions were a bit tricky only because I did not read carefully and select two instead of three or something along those tracks.
by Harvey R L•
Oct 24, 2019
Absolutely fantastic course. I enjoyed every moment.
by Sharon M•
Oct 23, 2019
I enjoyed this course. There was so much to learn and appreciate of our small friends and some that were not so friendly.
by Rodrigo M L•
Nov 26, 2019
I am from Argentina and I found this course incredibly complete and clear. Thanks a lot!!