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Give a shout-out to your favorite Coursera instructors!

Give a shout-out to your favorite Coursera instructors!
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It’s been 7 years since the launch of Coursera! Since then, millions of you have joined us and taken classes from the top universities and companies in the world. We’d like to show some love and appreciation for the thousands of instructors who have worked hard to create high-quality courses so that learners from all over the world have access to the best education. Please give a shout-out to your favorite instructor(s) below!

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Big shout out to Macquarie University and their instructor team for this absolutely AMAZING specialization on excel (https://www.coursera.org/specializations/excel). It's been such an informative, well produced, and insightful step-by-step guide into the world of excel and all the things you can do with it. It's been directly applicable to my work and saved me tons of time sorting data sheets. I'm a total beginner so I was grateful for their intro course before moving into more intermediate concepts. Bravo on the filming, story narrative, and great real-life examples of what someone would use excel for.
A very special shout out to Dr. David L. Boyd, Ph.D. (Duke University)! Professor Boyd is indeed a world class scholar. His work in Global Health is outstanding. I am honored to be the mentor for his “The Challenges of Global Health” course on Coursera. I enjoyed his course and I have learned a lot from him. Most importantly what I have learned I will not forget. Thank you for everything Dr. Boyd.

Kind regards,

Your Coursera Global Community Mentor and Friend,

Pezhman Tehranpour
Dr. Karen Reivich is my favorite instructor because throughout her Positive Psychology resilience course, Dr. Karen gave us numerous personal examples of how course material applied in her personal life.
While others do this, it was the open, honest and forthright manner of her delivery which impacted me so much.
Thank you, Dr. Karen Reivich.


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I would like to thank Andrew Ng for his courses on Machine Learning and Deep Learning. He can take complex concepts and explain them in a way that is understandable and easy to grasp. He goes through the content at a good pace and covers a broad range of topics. Thank you Andrew!

All the best!

Kind Regards
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My big shout out is for the University of Michigan professor “Dr Chuck”! There is no other instructor on any MOOCs like him! He truly connects with his students around the world. His classes are truly for everyone and everywhere. His lecture videos are very engaging and entertaining. All his students love him. He keeps all his course material open for anyone to access and use free of cost under creative commons license. He cares a lot for accessibility. Dr Chuck truly exemplifies, what it means to have the class for everybody. Thank you Dr Chuck for being the true example teacher in the world. I must add that maximum number of blind and visually impaired students have taken his classes on python programming and have completed those successfully. Thank you Dr Chuck for everything you do to make the world a better place for everybody. Hope Coursera recognizes him as a most empathetic and connected teacher.

Dr Chuck with blind students and mentors in Banglore and Mumbai, India and Boston, Massachusetts

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A very special Thank You to Andrew NG for getting me started on the Data Science journey. The ease with which he explains difficult concepts and makes students understand is extraordinary.
Thank You!
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Big shout out to Macquarie University and their instructor team for this absolutely AMAZING specialization on excel (https://www.coursera.org/specializations/excel). It's been such an informative, well produced, and insightful step-by-step guide into the world of excel and all the things you can do with it. It's been directly applicable to my work and saved me tons of time sorting data sheets. I'm a total beginner so I was grateful for their intro course before moving into more intermediate concepts. Bravo on the filming, story narrative, and great real-life examples of what someone would use excel for.
wow, I did not know there was such a specialization!
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MASSIVE thank you to Barb and co. on the Learning How To Learn course. It changed my life as a parent, student and teacher. I am constantly referring to the lessons and it started me down a path that has made my life even more fulfilling. Barb has answered the queries I have sent her directly so I could continue my learning journey. The fact there's a course for kids now is BRILLIANT! 👏🏾 Great content, great instruction, great tools, great thank you! 👍🏾
Prof. Raj Raghunathan, course instructor of A Life Of Happiness And Fulfillment.

Copying below a review I wrote in 2015 when I took the course. That last line "A Life Of Happiness And Fulfillment is truly one of the best courses I’ve attended and with one of the best teachers I’ve come across till date." is still very much true!! :)

"I started the course all over again last week. Not because the first time around was difficult, but because there is so much information packed into the course that a second round seems imperative.

Even after completing the course, I put off writing a review because my vocabulary seemed extremely inadequate. The struggle was similar to the first exercise wherein I had to define happiness. I knew but could not articulate. To simply say “The course is very useful” is an understatement. So is “The teacher is excellent”.

Given that my vocabulary is not increasing dramatically any time soon, I finally decided to at least put down the tangible and let the intangible be for the time being.

Here’s my experience:

- A classmate, Moos Lamerus, concatenated all the suggested readings (links to various studies, articles, TED talks etc) into a single document that ran into 99 pages. That THAT much of research (at a minimum) had gone into the making of the course, is a very very impressive fact indeed.

- In one exercise, I learnt to define happiness (so simple but oh so not easy). I thought I knew, and was I surprised!

- In another, I learnt to move out of my comfort zone a wee bit.

- By the end of yet another exercise, I realised that I don’t face any major problems on a daily basis. Something which I’d taken for granted.

- And another exercise in which I felt relieved to know that I was already doing the right thing even when no one around me was. Strengthened my beliefs.

- One of my favourites is the peer reviews of the exercises. I made my son read a few of the altruistic acts I was reviewing. Thought it will be better than preaching. And now he wants to read it every day and then discuss it with me. Bonus benefit of the course!

- Having read a lot of spiritual, self-help, psychology books, I wouldn’t say that everything in the course was new to me. As another classmate, David Benson put it “this course is like opening up parts of me and re-examining them in light of new ideas.” Some forgotten concepts came to the fore, some existing concepts I was able to look at from a modern and scientific point of view and yet some simply made more sense.

- All of above was made so much more interesting (addictive even) with Dr. Raj’s style of teaching – fun, full of energy, simple and that something (vocab limitation again!!) which kept me glued to the lesson. I’m not the only one who felt sad the course ended.

- He is also the only teacher (amongst the Coursera courses that I took) who actually joined in both the forums and engaged with the students, answering our questions, providing additional reading material relevant to the discussion, even an additional exercise for us to do.

A Life Of Happiness And Fulfillment is truly one of the best courses I’ve attended and with one of the best teachers I’ve come across till date."
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Hello,
It will be very difficult for me to point out any one single course or instructor. Almost all the courses that I have undertaken along with their instructors has been extraordinary.
The Coursera Community that has grown up over the years is absolutely amazing. I have been a big beneficiary. I am pretty old, but I have discovered that there is such a lot to learn and know. Learning is almost like a bottomless pit. I wish Coursera was there when I was young.

All the best for completing seven years. I am sure Coursera is here to stay and touch the live of many, many more people like me. My respect and salutation to all the instructors from whom I have learnt such a lot
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A huge round of applause for Arizona State University and their https://www.coursera.org/specializations/tesol?page=2&skipCourses=true&skipS12ns=false
Teach English NOW! series! Dr. Justin Shewell, Dr. Shane Dixon, Andrea Muerau Harraway and Jessica Cinco's team put together a life-altering course that can lead to a genuine, certified and numbered TESOL certificate. Changed my life for the better 😃 . This is just one course of many though, seriously, most courses I've taken have been awesome.
I would like to say 'Thank you' especially to Prof. White from Duke University, for making me and my son engaged in Neurology sessions for wonderful 12 weeks of hard-work. I found course full and demanding, which I like but in compare of my very poor quality university in UK, which I have the worst experience ever, I've learnt a lot, because someone really explained and encouraged me to be Neuroscientist. I remember the day Prof. said in the lecture I am going to make you a real neuroscientist and I feel like I am in the end of the day and I hope that I will be able to study, even when the racist and hate crime took control over universities in United Kingdom.
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I would like to give a shout out to Barbara Oakley, after taking a course on 'Learning how to learn' at Coursera, It totally changed my mindset positively. I use pomodoro for time management and my life perspective is more open minded. Thank you so much and Thank you Coursera Management for making learning free for all, you guys rock. With Coursera, I have learnt so many courses I have never thought I could learn in my life time and I have shared them with my friends who are very appreciative. Thank you! Thank you!! Thank you!!!
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I want to Hug Professor Daphne Koller. I have not taken a course of hers but I met her in person while on tour , launching "coursera en español" I can hardly believe she is a phd in CS .... She seemed to me more of an expert from a marketing agency or product engineer

Very knowledgeable about the glitches and accessibility issues surrounding her product....No arrogance in defending colleagues with obsolete technology or those using education methods belonging to Rube Goldberg or Heat Robinson worlds

P.S. So far, Daphne Koller has been the only instructor I have met in person as well as some key executives of coursera.org . Back in 2015.

I am still collaborating for free around here, because of her...
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My shout-out -if I must choose just one professor- goes to Corey D ‘Augustine, I really enjoyed the practical course "In the Studio: Post War Abstract Painting", really looking forward to more of those. I am also very happy that they made an exhibition with our paintings in the MoMA and had the opportunity to meet him. Thank you so much for that marvellous experience.
Also, I'd like to highlight that I've been very lucky to have great professors on all the 10+ courses I've taken in Coursera over the years, such as Andrea Rurale, Karl Ulrich, David Owens, Jim Rosenberg, Kevin Hartman, Mike Yao. All of them very good, committed professors with great courses and material to learn from.
Last but not least, I would also like to give a big shout-out to the Coursera team because I'm sure that if there are high quality courses with high-profile professors it is because of the standard that you guys set up. If it wasn't for you guys at Coursera, I'd have never been able to learn so much of the things I love and from wherever I've been. For that I'm forever grateful!

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I would like to say 'Thank you' especially to Prof. White from Duke University, for making me and my son engaged in Neurology sessions for wonderful 12 weeks of hard-work. I found course full and demanding, which I like but in compare of my very poor quality university in UK, which I have the worst experience ever, I've learnt a lot, because someone really explained and encouraged me to be Neuroscientist. I remember the day Prof. said in the lecture I am going to make you a real neuroscientist and I feel like I am in the end of the day and I hope that I will be able to study, even when the racist and hate crime took control over universities in United Kingdom.

yeah, Duke university course are super demanding!
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MASSIVE thank you to Barb and co. on the Learning How To Learn course. It changed my life as a parent, student and teacher. I am constantly referring to the lessons and it started me down a path that has made my life even more fulfilling. Barb has answered the queries I have sent her directly so I could continue my learning journey. The fact there's a course for kids now is BRILLIANT! 👏🏾 Great content, great instruction, great tools, great thank you! 👍🏾
yes, Barb is a nice person and respond to her students directly. I have been her community mentor for a while and know that she is a super friendly person!
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Huge Thank You to Coursera for so much Quality learning and a Shout-Out for teaching non pareil esp. In order studied:
Prof. Peggy Mason: Uni of Chicago. 'Clinical Neurology.'
Prof Scott Plous. Wesleyan Uni. 'Social Psychology'.
Prof George Everley Jr. John Hopkins Uni. 'Psychological First Aid'.
Hi everyone, I really appreciate all Coursera instructors but I would like to especially mention Prof. Ebrahim Afsah from University of Copenhagen, who did an awesome course: After the Arab Spring. He excellently explain the social theories. Thanks a lot to all them.
I would like to say thank you to professor Aric Rindfleisch who led the course Marketing in a digital world. It was one of the best, if not the best, marketing courses I've taken (and I've taken many marketing classes as I was a marketing major. I also had MBA-level marketing classes. All of the classes were from reputable universities in the US and the UK).

Professor Aric was able to design a course that is not only super interesting but also relevant. He was always there to answer our questions/concerns. He also lets us know if he is visiting any certain city so learners can meet with him. I think it's just very kind of him.

The course is also special to me as at that time I was a stay at home mom who tried to get back to marketing world, and was quite overwhelmed with all the changes that the digital world had brought to the profession. Things I learned in college seemed less relevant and I didn't know where to begin. So Professor Aric's course enabled me to relaunch my marketing career again.

If there is an award for Outstanding Educator of the Year on Coursera, I'd like to nominate Professor Aric.

Thank you!!!
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Prof. Raj Raghunathan, course instructor of A Life Of Happiness And Fulfillment.
Copying below a review I wrote in 2015 when I took the course. That last line "A Life Of Happiness And Fulfillment is truly one of the best courses I’ve attended and with one of the best teachers I’ve come across till date." is still very much true!! :)

"I started the course all over again last week. Not because the first time around was difficult, but because there is so much information packed into the course that a second round seems imperative.

Even after completing the course, I put off writing a review because my vocabulary seemed extremely inadequate. The struggle was similar to the first exercise wherein I had to define happiness. I knew but could not articulate. To simply say “The course is very useful” is an understatement. So is “The teacher is excellent”.

Given that my vocabulary is not increasing dramatically any time soon, I finally decided to at least put down the tangible and let the intangible be for the time being.

Here’s my experience:

- A classmate, Moos Lamerus, concatenated all the suggested readings (links to various studies, articles, TED talks etc) into a single document that ran into 99 pages. That THAT much of research (at a minimum) had gone into the making of the course, is a very very impressive fact indeed.

- In one exercise, I learnt to define happiness (so simple but oh so not easy). I thought I knew, and was I surprised!

- In another, I learnt to move out of my comfort zone a wee bit.

- By the end of yet another exercise, I realised that I don’t face any major problems on a daily basis. Something which I’d taken for granted.

- And another exercise in which I felt relieved to know that I was already doing the right thing even when no one around me was. Strengthened my beliefs.

- One of my favourites is the peer reviews of the exercises. I made my son read a few of the altruistic acts I was reviewing. Thought it will be better than preaching. And now he wants to read it every day and then discuss it with me. Bonus benefit of the course!

- Having read a lot of spiritual, self-help, psychology books, I wouldn’t say that everything in the course was new to me. As another classmate, David Benson put it “this course is like opening up parts of me and re-examining them in light of new ideas.” Some forgotten concepts came to the fore, some existing concepts I was able to look at from a modern and scientific point of view and yet some simply made more sense.

- All of above was made so much more interesting (addictive even) with Dr. Raj’s style of teaching – fun, full of energy, simple and that something (vocab limitation again!!) which kept me glued to the lesson. I’m not the only one who felt sad the course ended.

- He is also the only teacher (amongst the Coursera courses that I took) who actually joined in both the forums and engaged with the students, answering our questions, providing additional reading material relevant to the discussion, even an additional exercise for us to do.

A Life Of Happiness And Fulfillment is truly one of the best courses I’ve attended and with one of the best teachers I’ve come across till date."


Wow thanks for sharing this in-depth response! You've convinced me to take this course 🙂
In 2013 I took a course in Virology with Dr. Racaniello of Columbia University. Was so interesting! He had a wonderful assistant named Ashley that helped with our questions. I want to thank Dr. Racaniello and Ashley for such a great course. Would love to take it again as it is pretty deep subject and a repeat would be nice!
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I have taken more than 50 Coursera courses since 2012. While I have thoroughly enjoyed most, three are standouts. These three lecturers were all dynamic and passionate about their subject. Their personalities shone through and as a student, I couldn’t help becoming immersed in the videos and course activities.

Sue Alcock of Archaeology’s Dirty Little Secrets was inspiring! I loved that course. As well as the fascinating videos, each week featured a choice of three peer-reviewed assignments. Some weeks I wanted to do all three. I was amazed to discover that I could find examples of archaeology in my own city, which was established in 1867. When I finished the course, I immediately joined up for 6 more online courses. No matter that I was about to go on a two-week holiday with extremely limited internet access. I rushed through as much as I could before we went away, and returned to the lecture videos to catch up after we returned. This was in the days of weekly quiz deadlines and no rolling over to the next session. I managed to finish five of the six courses. If someone could persuade Sue to release the course again, I would be delighted, although it might be difficult to attract enough peer reviewers these days.

Barbara Oakley of Learning How to Learn. What can I say? Barbara rightfully owns the title of creator of the world’s most popular MOOC, with more than 2 million enrollments since this course was launched in 2014. Yes, the blurb includes Terrence Sejnowski as co-instructor (and he provides some great material), but to me, Barb is the driving force behind the Learning How to Learn phenomenon. I’m sure the world is a more educated place with so many people applying Barb’s learning techniques.

Mike Brown of The Science of the Solar System was another inspiring instructor. I originally signed up with Coursera so I could learn astronomy online. I tried and dropped two astronomy courses because I couldn’t cope with the physics and calculations. My high school studies were far in the past and way too rusty. Just as I was about to give up totally on astronomy, someone in an earth science course forum recommended the Solar System course as not needing too much mathematics, so I tried it. Mike (whose Twitter handle is @plutokiller) not only taught me about the solar system, he also covered geology of the earth and other planets, requirements of life (is there life anywhere else?), and why Pluto is not a planet (and I took a lot of convincing before I agreed). Even without complex calculations, this course is challenging, but so satisfying to complete!

Coursera has enriched my life so much since 2012.
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Hello all, I would like to show some love and appreciation for instructor Yaakov Chaikin who have worked hard to create high-quality courses so that learners from all over the world can receive best education this world can offer. His course, "HTML, CSS, and Javascript for Web Developers" is fun to learn and has many practical benefits in this information age. Thanks instructor Yaakov!
My favorite instructor hands down is Douglas Kearney who does the Poetry Workshop. He is very lively, cool, musical, etc, etc, etc. In Fact, I'm going to email the community team and ask to be a mentor for that course.

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