"Model Thinking" was the first, and still one of the very best, courses I've taken via www.coursera.org.
I'm an engineer with a strong background in quantitative analysis. I've taught Operations Research at the MBA level, and so was skeptical that I would learn anything new or significant from this class. I was wrong. Almost every week yielded a new revelation. It was eye-opening. Thanks to Professor Page I now have a whole new stack of analytical tools in my toolkit. I highly recommend this class, regardless of what you think you know or don't know about modeling social, business, or physical systems.
The way the course touches each subject lightly is fine for me. The wide variety of models described, the examples given and the way the theory is explained is well executed. All in all the subject matter is quite easy.
What I don't like is that sometimes the speed is brought to a halt because long lists of examples or numbers are summed up from the sheets that do not really help understanding the subject. This probably is just a personal annoyance.
The quizzes seem to test if I can remember what the teacher said, instead of making me think and apply the knowledge I just acquired.
A broad introduction to a diverse collection of useful models for thinking about the world. You will need a bit of algebra, but the course is not math-intensive. Great lectures. Over and over, I found myself saying "That's fascinating!" One of my favorites
Wonderful material, a rare opportunity to get a thorough overview of the topic.
It is not an easy topic, but Pr Page is a talented enough teacher to make it affordable in an enjoyable manner.
You can breeze through this course in a couple of hours, but the topic, in my opinion, requires a lot more work than advertise to really benefit from the learning.
A great course, a great opportunity that you do not want to miss to have a wide and thorough overview of most of the model families currently in use by economists, physicists, anthropologists, sociologists, and your beloved government in the control of the masses.
There is no other place to find all this information in gathered one source.
This was my first MOOC and it hooked me in a big way. Professor Page keeps it fresh, interesting, and challanging throught the course. I found out that I was using models for most of my life without knowing it. He absolutly made me better at it (the more models the better, I got it Professor).
I never anticipated that the experience would be so rewarding.
I took the class last year. It's one of the best courses that I have done so far. Prof. Scott covers political, economical, business , and many other models. It's amazing how different fields are connected.
I'm currently taking this class and really enjoying it. It wasn't what I expected at all -- I thought it would be more based on physical science and math rather than social sciences -- but that is my fault for not reading the explanatory materials more carefully. Nevertheless, I have to say I have had some real insights from the lectures. I enjoy how ideas from many different fields are stitched together.
Dr. Page presents with clarity and a high energy level. The materials a high qualtiy. Really enjoying this.