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SciWrite: Writing in the Sciences

Kristin Sainani Stanford University @StanfordOnline
Class Start: TBA
Duration: 8 weeks
Approximate Workload: 4-8 hours/ week
Certificate: Yes
Level: beginner
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This course teaches scientists to become more effective writers, using practical examples and exercises. Topics include: principles of good writing, tricks for writing faster and with less anxiety, the format of a scientific manuscript, and issues in publication and peer review.
Categories: [Health and Medicine]

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2013-11-01
The videos and the instructor are fine, but really the peer review is less than useless.

The were glitches that reset the scores to zero during the editing, and a lot of people got unfair zeros out of this. Not enough people cared to submit feedback at all, and the forum is filled with people complaining about a low grade with no motivation. Finally, a lot of students didn't complete their assigned peer review, so there were cases with only 2 or 1 score given, and also this one with no feedback and unfair low marks.

If the peer review system is not changed, definitely better to avoid this course or just watch the videos. Losing time with the assigments is useless

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2014-04-25
Fantastically practical. Good assignments. Excellent instruction. The peer review process was somewhat flawed because of the significant amount of extra work related to editing pieces by poor non-English speakers, and annoying to read their edits of decent English writing. In all, a super worthwhile course. Take it and you'll be thankful every sentence you write!

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Anonymous (Singapore, Singapore) , 2013-11-26
It is an awesome learning experience even for professional writers.

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