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What classes is everyone taking this semester?

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  • KleosKleos Posts: 57
    I'm taking The Ancient Greek Hero with Gregory Nagy. It is a pretty fascinating course and takes "close reading" to a whole new level.
  • EddEdd Posts: 59
    I'm wrapping up my ALM-IT in Digital Media, and am in the Capstone Studio class this fall.
  • GratGrat Posts: 274
    I will be taking a total of 4 Jen Kramer courses at HES when all is said and done.  No wonder they made her their first-ever HES full-time professor.
  • KleosKleos Posts: 57
    Do her classes count toward the Harvard Instructor (HI) requirement?
  • GratGrat Posts: 274
    Surprisingly, it looks like the only Digital Media courses that can count towards the Harvard Instructor requirement are DGMD E-5 "Exploring Digital Media" and DGMD E-10 "Exploring Digital Photography" both taught by Daniel Armendariz.  It looks like he has a Masters in Science from Harvard University.  I'm not sure if Jen Kramer's courses don't count as HI because the course catalog's not updated yet or perhaps it's because she's a Harvard Extension professor and not a Harvard University professor.  

    Most of the CSCI courses count as HI though, including the three versions of CS50, CSCI E-50, the new CSCI E-50A, CSCSI E-50B, and CS10A, CS10B.  I just noticed CSCI E-50A and 50B are just 2 credits each (I suppose that makes sense though).

    You will have to use TheDegreeTracker to find out if you can fulfill some of your non-HI courses with Jen's classes!  They are a lot of fun and the potential for learning is basically as much time as you can put into it.  
  • Taking Marine Biology, Water Resources Management, The Meaning of Life, and Improv.
  • KleosKleos Posts: 57
    I have been wanting to take Meaning of Life. I would love to hear your thoughts on the course. 
  • From the Extension course list: CS165 Big Data Systems. It's a wonderful cutting edge course on modern data system kernels (think newSQL if you want a buzzword). For those who're interested: you need to have taken CS61 and I'd say that CSCIE-66 is somewhat useful because it's easier to learn new approaches when you know how things have been done in the past.

    Also, it has been announced a couple of days ago, that Prof. Idreos will offer graduate level reading and research course CS265 through the Extension School in spring.

  • DmilesDmiles Posts: 41
    NUTR E-105 Food and Nutrition in Health and Wellbeing and BIOS E-18 Evolution. 

    For the Nutrition class, I have several of the same instructors/TF's I had with the Physical Activity class I took last Spring, however, the lead instructor is not a HI. Last Spring, for the Physical Activity class, she was considered the "second in command". It was actually Dr. Edward Phillips that was the lead and so it was an HI class, but from what I hear, this Spring she, (Rachele Pojednic), is going to be the lead on the Physical Activity class and as such it will not be HI. That being said, even though she's not a HI, she's a fun instructor and makes the information interesting and the format of the class is easy on the brain.
  • arwenarwen Posts: 2
    Dmiles said:

    NUTR E-105 Food and Nutrition in Health and Wellbeing and BIOS E-18 Evolution. 


    For the Nutrition class, I have several of the same instructors/TF's I had with the Physical Activity class I took last Spring, however, the lead instructor is not a HI. Last Spring, for the Physical Activity class, she was considered the "second in command". It was actually Dr. Edward Phillips that was the lead and so it was an HI class, but from what I hear, this Spring she, (Rachele Pojednic), is going to be the lead on the Physical Activity class and as such it will not be HI. That being said, even though she's not a HI, she's a fun instructor and makes the information interesting and the format of the class is easy on the brain.
    Would you recommend Dr. Pojednic as an instructor? I would like to take her class this Spring, but I noticed her review on Rate My Professor isn't great. Did you prefer Food Nutrition or PA? I would love to hear your feedback. PA seems like a fun class, but I don't want to ruin my GPA.
  • DmilesDmiles Posts: 41
    edited December 2015
    Absolutely! 100%. The Physical Activity class and now after taking this Nutrition class...easy A's. Both classes are informative and easy material and both were taught with the same format. Weekly discussion posts, weekly open book quizzes, a behavior change project that is easy, open book multiple choice final.
  • arwenarwen Posts: 2
    edited December 2015
    Thanks, Dmiles! I registered today!
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