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Coursera - Animal behaviour and welfare course

Doing my regular sweep of available and future Coursera offers, I found this: Animal behaviour and welfare.

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In this animal behaviour and welfare course, you will learn about animal welfare and why it matters, develop an understanding of some of the main welfare issues animals have to cope with as well as gaining an insight into the behavioural needs and the emotions of dogs, cats, farmed animals and captive wildlife.
I am very curious as it sounds interesting and I've never seen a similar course offered before. Just thought some of you might like it too. It starts in February.
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Old 02.12.2014, 06:58
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Re: Coursera - Animal behaviour and welfare course

Many such courses are available in the local languages. Can we assume this course will be in English?
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Re: Coursera - Animal behaviour and welfare course

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Many such courses are available in the local languages. Can we assume this course will be in English?
If you look at the "course at a glance", it says the course is in English.
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Re: Coursera - Animal behaviour and welfare course

Sounds interesting. I like the Coursera idea - it's great that these resources are available.

A couple of posters on the Dogpages forum (a popular UK rescue discussion board) have taken the course - here's a thread discussing it:
http://www.dogpages.org.uk/forums/in...owtopic=270545


There are several animal behavior and animal welfare courses and seminars available (in Switzerland Certodog springs to mind, as well as the official FBA/Tierpfleger diplomas, Animal Learn in Germany is one I admire - there are many opportunities available ), but cost and language are indeed issues, especially for the pet owner who simply wishes to increase personal knowledge rather than pursue a professional course. There is a wealth of knowledge out there on t'internet, for free. Good for us, good for our pets.

Thanks for the link, Heksita.
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Re: Coursera - Animal behaviour and welfare course

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Many such courses are available in the local languages. Can we assume this course will be in English?
It is
a) in English (teachers are from the University of Edinburgh),
b) online,
c) free of charge.

The only requirement is to follow the time schedule (that is, if you want to earn a grade). Videos and homework are released on a weekly basis and this particular course will have: "(...) a number of short films supplemented with interactive exercises, quizzes and interviews with subject experts."

If you are interested in an official signed certificate, you can pay for the course (49 USD).
Here is the link: https://www.coursera.org/signature/course/animal/973858
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Re: Coursera - Animal behaviour and welfare course

Coursera has many courses on many topics and they are mostly in English. They have a reasonable reputation.

One thing to mention is this will not in any way replace the SKN courses you are likely going to have to do if you're getting a dog.
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They have a reasonable reputation.
I have done a couple and they differ in quality quite significantly.

Simply put: Coursera is a place where professors can publish their favourite pets... (pun intended) - not every lecturer puts the same effort into it and not everyone is simply of the same quality.

But hey, it's free and you can spend your time worse. I simply apply the same rule I do in any other business workshops at conferences - if it does not work for me... I leave.
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Re: Coursera - Animal behaviour and welfare course

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Many such courses are available in the local languages. Can we assume this course will be in English?
Sounds like an interesting course! I'll take a look.

I've done several Coursera courses and most have been great so far. But there were as well times that I signed up and in the end had to unenroll as I did not have the time to finish the course :-(.

I'm doing one on 'What plants know' right now. Very interesting in a nerdy way. :-)
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Re: Coursera - Animal behaviour and welfare course

Just so you know, there is another interesting free course from Duke University available on Coursera: dog emotion and cognition. There is no time limit and it's always open (no schedules).
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