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Re: Free introduction to archeology course starts 6th March!

Post by KTM666 » Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:41 pm

Did somebody say beer? I'm in ::g
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Post by Bibsy » Wed Mar 01, 2017 3:41 pm

I saw the "upgrade" thing and thought it didn't offer me anything I cared about. But similarly, I guess if they don't raise money somehow then they will disappear, eventually, so...hmm.

Anyway, this will be my first FutureLearn course. If I like it and do any more, then I might view the "upgrade" at that point as a donation to keep them going. Have to see.

Looking forward to have a bash at this one though.

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Post by DMee94 » Wed Mar 01, 2017 5:48 pm

Signed up!

Can't wait to start!

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Post by les-27 » Wed Mar 01, 2017 7:32 pm

That's me registered looking forward to learning something ::g. First course iv done since school, no chance of detention here or getting caught smoking behind the bike sheds :D ;)

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Post by Saffron » Wed Mar 08, 2017 2:18 am

Just started to work through the first week of the course but not far enough in yet to have any real views about it, but the more detailed description of week 1 certainly sounds promising.

Anybody dived in enough to comment yet?.

I did notice one student comment -
"I have just finished an online course on Stonehenge and wanted to keep learning about the Neolithic period .....
The Stonehenge course was online through http://www.iversity.org" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; and is part of the University of Buckingham MOOC. It was a very good course. .....
The course it is still going on and it is free!"

Another student had also done it and said it was good so if anybody likes this course that could be an interesting follow up - I certainly do not fancy doing the two at once but that one also sounds tempting.

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Post by lord lovell » Wed Mar 08, 2017 1:57 pm

Saffron wrote:Just started to work through the first week of the course but not far enough in yet to have any real views about it, but the more detailed description of week 1 certainly sounds promising.

Anybody dived in enough to comment yet?.

I did notice one student comment -
"I have just finished an online course on Stonehenge and wanted to keep learning about the Neolithic period .....
The Stonehenge course was online through http://www.iversity.org" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; and is part of the University of Buckingham MOOC. It was a very good course. .....
The course it is still going on and it is free!"

Another student had also done it and said it was good so if anybody likes this course that could be an interesting follow up - I certainly do not fancy doing the two at once but that one also sounds tempting.

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if you want a certificate at the end it will cost you£39 plus postage that's if you upgrade otherwise you get nothing but 6 hours of knowledge just waiting for certificate takes 6 to 8 weeks too arrive
good luck I'm still on there if you see one of my comments reply to it ::g

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Post by Saffron » Wed Mar 08, 2017 10:33 pm

lord lovell wrote: if you want a certificate at the end it will cost you£39 plus postage that's if you upgrade otherwise you get nothing but 6 hours of knowledge just waiting for certificate takes 6 to 8 weeks too arrive
good luck I'm still on there if you see one of my comments reply to it ::g
I actually read all the terms and conditions before signing up, and it stated if you wanted a certificate there was a charge and also about taking the test being charged for. All that they have done is clarify the situation by introducing the "Upgrade" option (charges are actually the same as previously), but where previously the course information was retained on line now unless you upgrade you can only see it for 14 days after the course ends.

From my view doing the test might have been "a bit of fun" and interesting to see exactly how much I had taken in but would not be a reason for doing the course. Am I really bothered about a certificate?, probably not as its course is for my own interest and not work related so it would have no "value". Will I really need / want to access the data more than 2 weeks after the course ends, probably not because as doing the course I will make my own notes.

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Re: Free introduction to archeology course starts 6th March!

Post by brian43 » Wed Mar 08, 2017 11:41 pm

@ Lord Lovell,"good luck I'm still on there if you see one of my comments reply to it ::g"

I,m on there too Tony, I will look out for your comments! ::g

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Post by lord lovell » Thu Mar 09, 2017 12:54 pm

typical turns out someone was copying my discussions on the topics and passing it as theres the moderators on the course have sorted them lol ::g

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Post by Oxgirl36 » Thu Mar 09, 2017 10:50 pm

lord lovell wrote:typical turns out someone was copying my discussions on the topics and passing it as theres the moderators on the course have sorted them lol ::g
I don't think they've copied my comments. I'd be flattered if they had. :D
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Post by Saffron » Wed Mar 15, 2017 10:40 pm

Sorry for very short notice but only just seen this on TV, BBC4 11pm tonight (wed 15th)

Digging for Britain
West: Alice Roberts visits archaeological digs around the UK, starting with the west of Britain. Fiinds include the lost First World War training trenches on Salisbury Plain, and Britain's first double henge - discovered just down the road from Stonehenge

"Double Henge ... just down the road from Stonehenge" sounds like the one on our course !!

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Post by Saffron » Thu Mar 16, 2017 12:17 am

Saffron wrote:Sorry for very short notice but only just seen this on TV, BBC4 11pm tonight (wed 15th)

Digging for Britain
West: Alice Roberts visits archaeological digs around the UK, starting with the west of Britain. Fiinds include the lost First World War training trenches on Salisbury Plain, and Britain's first double henge - discovered just down the road from Stonehenge

"Double Henge ... just down the road from Stonehenge" sounds like the one on our course !!

Evan

The dig on this program was NOT the one on the course. However, it did confirm that the whole area of "ceremonial" Neolithic sites in the Stonhenge / Amesbury area was originally much larger than realised until recently as this double henge was near Bulford, to the East of the River Avon where most of the sites previously known about were to the West.


The hole programme was was well worth watching, and also included the Jersey Hoard. So I would recommend watching it on Iplayer (or when repeated as the series normally is).

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Post by geoffb » Thu Mar 16, 2017 10:35 am

Is it me or do others find the course to be more of a forum and quite boring.
I appreciate some may find it interesting but for me, it's a waste of time and effort.
I am sure that I am not the only one who feels this way regarding this
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Post by Saffron » Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:49 pm

geoffb wrote:Is it me or do others find the course to be more of a forum and quite boring.
I appreciate some may find it interesting but for me, it's a waste of time and effort.
I am sure that I am not the only one who feels this way regarding this
I found it informative and learnt some new things about archaeology.

I probably will do other FutureLearn courses on subjects that interest me at some time.

However, I see where Geoff is coming from (although I would not go that far as he did in calling it "a waste of time and effort"). If you just read the articles and watched the videos it would have taken less time than the advertised 6 hours. What would take the extra time is reading, and if inclined responding to, other students comments (many of which knew nothing about the subject).

What did disappoint me was the lack of comments (as far as I could see) by the lecturers and mentors, so we had no idea if comments made were sensible or idiotic (and some were). The most significant lack of response that I saw was in one of the last steps where a doctor (bone specialist) and pathologist questioned some of the statements made in the video and said about the risks of making assumptions about injuries to the bones, and backed his statments with examples - surely the lecurers / mentors should have responded to this (possibly to give further evidence to back up what had been said in the video).

As I did the course purely for my own interest and to gain more knowledge, obviously bring a metal detectorist I was hoping that something would be said about preserving items that I might find but what was said on conservation was limited, so I was not interested in getting a certificate.
Where I thought getting a certificate would be of use was for anybody wanting to go further with archaeolgy or it was an element of their job. However sadly if I was an employer and a member of staff or somebody after a job showed me a certificate from this course and I looked to see exactly what was involved (a few hours reading and watching videos - without even any evidence this had been done (I could have pressed the step complete button every step without having done anything and this would have counted!!)) it would have carried negligable weight.

I would be very interested in others vierws.

At least at one point I did feel like a "real student" as it was very late evening and I was doing the course while eating a pizza and with a can of lager :)) :))

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Post by lord lovell » Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:19 pm

yes there did seem to be a lack of response from a mentor and as you say about comments being right or wrong made me laugh with someone copying mine with no grounds to say mine where correct anyway lol ::g

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Post by Oxgirl36 » Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:36 pm

Hmmm I've found the intro the archeology course not as good as I'd hoped either. I wanted more depth on each subject but it feels like it has skimmed over many of the things I was most interested in. But it's a free course and I have learnt something and it wasn't a complete waste of time by any means.

In contrast I've also been doing another course -England in the times of King Richard III - and I've found this excellent. I've already read extensively on the medieval period but I learnt a lot more. If you love the medieval period it really is worth doing. I look forward to each new topic every week which is always a good sign.

I agree the discussion topics feel a bit forced and need more input from the tutors or mentors. Not sure how much time they can afford to put into the course as it's free. Overall 6/10 for the archeology course and 9/10 for the Richard III course, maybe higher when I finish it!!

What did the rest of you think?
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Post by Giz » Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:21 pm

In contrast I've also been doing another course -England in the times of King Richard III - and I've found this excellent. I've already read extensively on the medieval period but I learnt a lot more. If you love the medieval period it really is worth doing. I look forward to each new topic every week which is always a good sign.

I agree the discussion topics feel a bit forced and need more input from the tutors or mentors. Not sure how much time they can afford to put into the course as it's free. Overall 6/10 for the archeology course and 9/10 for the Richard III course, maybe higher when I finish it!!

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I am also doing England in the times of King Richard III
I found week 3 to be quite a challenge, however the course so far meets my approval.
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Post by brian43 » Tue Mar 21, 2017 12:21 am

True, not enough input by the tutors. Certainly made you think about living and working conditions in medievil times and the range of climactic conditions in those times. It was only a taster really, perhaps some of us expected too much from such a short course. Probably wont do another, getting too old to persue an academic career! :D

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