This was my first MOOC and I fully enjoyed every aspect. The knowledge level of the instructors was evident as was their commitment to their students and the varied formats were consistently engaging.
The variety of presentations of a vast amount of knowledge made it engaging. Dr. Radner herself was engaging! The course provided a deep look into a civilization that is a bedrock to the modern world.
автор: Hamdanil R•
Very enjoyable course and I learned a lot. When people talk about an ancient empire that runs efficiently many would think about Rome, but it's cool to know that there's an earlier empire in a different part of the world that's no less awesome. Professor Radner is very knowledgeable and the scope of the materials are very intersting.
автор: Syed H A•
I think this course is very well designed for the beginners in assyriology. Karen Radner & others have been excellent in their delivery of all important aspects of the Assyrian empire - from religion to culture, family to army and from internal & external influencers of this empire!
автор: Thomas d S•
Dank course. Loved the fish coat dudes. The expert opinions were also great--it was neat to hear from a variety of academics studying these topics. I would've liked to learn more about Assyrian deities and mythology though, even if lots of it was just copy pasted from Babylon.
автор: Christopher J M•
It was a fun and interesting course. There were many tests and sometimes they have been a bit specific andI will not remember the details of names and dates right after taking them. So, even though the tests were good, they may have focused on themes a bit more than facts.
автор: char m•
Karen is very knowledgeable, and mostly engaging. At first, I thought the student question and answer was not valuable, but I was wrong! Some of the most interesting tidbits came here. The experts section was not useful. Have one speak on his area of expertise.
автор: Richard P S•
The course was an interesting overview of a small but very important time and place history. I found the material interesting and the level of detail was what right for me.
автор: Niklas A•
Very interesting, in particular getting an understanding of what society looked like and what people experienced as citizens of this early empire.
автор: Ken L•
The course was relatively short and succinct. It answered a number of questions, and opened up some new areas of interest. Well done. Thank you.
автор: Edward O T•
Its been very helpful in trying to understand a little more of other kingdoms outside of Egypt, Greece, Turkey and Rome
автор: Masha G•
I was inspired by the notion of "client-states" within Organising an Empire: The Assyrian Way.
автор: Varun N•
Had heard very little of this great civilization; the course gave a superb insight into it
автор: Joy S•
super interesting. I would give it a 5 stars except it has peer review in the final week
автор: J B•
Exactly what I needed: A quick insight into the Assyrians. Thank you so much.
Not enough material about the military history of the empire.
автор: JOSE T B M•
Esta bien bueno en general. Me gustaría mas apoyo visual
автор: John C•
very interesting, history is so cool.
автор: UBAYDUR R R•
very tremendous and flexible course.
автор: Katharina R•
I learned much about the Assyrian Empire which I did not know before or ever imagined. Instructor Karen Radner taught the content well and in depth. I recommend this course. The content gave me much insight on how Assyrian traditions were also kind of similar to those of neighboring empires in ancient times. I am, however, missing the course certificate: therefore only 3 stars
автор: Nathan S•
a brief introduction to the Assyrian empire
The videos are well done and there is nice variety of different lecture styles: Standard lectures about history, one-on-one interview formats about daily life, question-answer sessions with a wide variety of researchers and the very helpful Playmobil props acting out the complicated succession, rebellion, move the capitol, etc., dramas that come up in Assyrian history.
What could be better
There are no essays or writing assignments, just those multiple choice "video comprehension" quizzes.
There is relatively little reading material assigned, only a few web articles. No translations of primary documents were assigned.
We get to see some Assyrian art and artifacts, but not nearly as many as I had hoped.
It's too brief and doesn't cover connections with the larger world in much depth. For example, a learner new to the area might need some background differentiating nearby or preceding civilizations, such as the Hittites, Sumer, Akkadia, etc., and explaining that the Assyrian culture and language was not uniquely "Assyrian". Also, some further discussion of Assyria's relations with Egypt and the ancient Hebrews would be a nice connection to elaborate, since that's probably where most people in the West first hear about Assyria.
El curso esta bien pero para los alumnos que no hablamos ingles , esta muy mal, las traducciones no son buenas , y sobre todo los cuestionarios es dificilisimo contestar si no esta bien traducido , hay que estar siempre pegado al traductor de google , o al que sea para poder contestar alguna pregunta . Deberian solucionar esto
автор: fernando g u•
автор: Carlos H•