Perhaps it’s too early to judge? (I’m only in Week 2 of 10) Perhaps accounting is just that boring? Either way, so far Wharton’s Intro to Financial Accounting course on Coursera pales in comparison to the UVA Darden Business Strategy Coursera class in almost every way. Let me explain.
First, the Accounting class’ video lectures are simply a combination of text-heavy PowerPoint slides with a voice-over, and occasional web-cam-from-my-office appearance of the professor. To make matters worse, a mock-classroom with virtual classmates chimes in every now and then with questions for the professor. See image below:
Yes, it’s that bad.
Although this does make for a more realistic dialogue-ish classroom dynamic, it’s pretty hard to get past the ridiculous text-to-voice accents with which the virtual students robotically speak. If you can look past that, have the endurance to make it through the excessive length, and can ignore the fact that this professor has essentially written a screenplay set in a classroom in which he is all the actors for each lecture, the actual material isn’t so bad.
To be fair, this is my first accounting class, and it seems like a dry topic. In addition, I have no underlying passion for or interest in accounting in general. I do give the professor credit for trying to liven things up a bit, but at this point it’s just not working. I’ll carry on with an open mind, and hopefully things get better over the next few weeks. After all, it is a 10-week class…
OR, maybe the Accounting class just seems bad in contrast with the Strategy class which consists of concise, professional video lectures with high quality graphics cleverly produced by the Darden media team.
Although I don’t plan on following its lead, at the end of every Accounting video lecture, my virtual classmates all dance around and celebrate making it through the video (as seen below).
This hokey, albeit kind of endearing, final hoorah claws back some of the points I so ruthlessly docked from this class earlier on, and just might end up winning me over with time. Probably not, but maybe.