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Has anybody completed (or have received feedback from anybody) any of the certificates (or individual courses) at one of the following institutions:
Colorado State University
Certificate in Applied Statistics and Data Analysis
Certificate in applied Statistics
If so, I would like to hear some feedback.
If you can recommend any other institution that can offer similar courses/programs online, I would like to hear from you as well.
Thanks for your insight. So in your opinion do you feel the courses are less applicable to real world settings? Are you able to easily apply your skills developed from these courses to solving problems at the workplace?
My primary reason was that I expected the content to be worth the cost given that it was coming from Stanford and the caliber of the people teaching the courses. There are a lot of online opportunities where it's a "great unknown" (at least to me) in terms of quality of instruction and content. I would say that it's not necessarily the right fit if the primary purpose is to enhance technical skills (if I'm interpreting that correctly). In some sort of ideal sequence I would say it would fit as: (1) learn the basics, (2) do it for > 5 years, (3) take the Stanford track.
I'm happy to finally get a chance to talk to someone who took part in courses offered by Statistics.com. Now I just hope you don't mind me asking you a few questions about your experience with them...
Prior to taking the courses you mentioned, did you already have knowledge of geostatistical analysis and forecasting or were these subjects new to you starting these courses?
In general, how did you find their courses? I'm a bit concerned by the relatively short duration of the courses (4 weeks). Did this give you enough time to do readings/assignments/studying? How would you judge the workload? How did this course compare to College/University courses you've completed (if applicable)?
Any other additional information you're able to provide is much appreciated.