Coursera and peer evaluations

September 9, 2013 at 12:38

I am really disappointed with Coursera and  the peer assessments evaluations. A few months ago, I enrolled in the Creative Programming for Digital Media & Mobile Apps course. At that moment, I felt really excited about doing some programming stuff in a more artistic way and I wrote about it in this blog. At some point, I decided to take the signature track and pay 39$ for it. I wanted some credit back at the end of the course because I was going to spend a lot of time and effort on the it…

Finally, I obtained a grade with distinction, but I was really pissed off with some of the peer evaluation messages:

” I am not sure why you submitted five sketches, but I’ve got four other students work to evaluate and I find your submission annoying.”

“why no comments? you submitted five projects (instead of one,) and all their code, but no comments to help me understand how any of them work. This code maybe easy for an experienced programmer to understand, but even an experienced program would have commented their code. It’s very difficult to give a true evaluation of your work….There is no specific project in this pile.”

The rest of the comments were like “Nice!”, “code clear”, “good abstraction” or “Original Idea, good work!”. My final grade was a 5/10 and made me feel as my classmates didn’t take their time to properly evaluate any of my projects. This course was about experimenting and going beyond the examples, the main reason why I released five projects instead of only one…

Anyway, I’ve got the point and a valuable experience: I’m not going to take the signature track again if the instructors are not going to evaluate my work. I don’t want to waste my money and my time evaluating other people’s work.