I teach at the college level, also (but, not in a film-related subject). I can't say how impressed I have been with this course. The level of preparation here is incredible! There has been a tremendous amount of material presented and it has been in great form! I am incredibly picky (could say obsessed) with things being presented correctly and in good form. I realize Dr. Edwards had students helping him with some of this material, but I'm sure the majority of the material came from him, plus he also had to oversee the students' work. This had to take a tremendous amount of time and effort on Dr. Edwards part. And I can't imagine having over 16,500 students -- that boggles the mind!!
I think the course has been structured to allow a great deal of flexibility. The only complaint on that score that I have is with the programming from TCM. It has been difficult to try and watch so many movies in such a short period of time and, also, get through the course material. Part of the problem is my own fault because I started just before the deadline to enter, so I have been trying to play catch-up all along. But, it would have been easier to have the course spread out a little longer (maybe over two months) so the films didn't run from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. two nights a week. I'm a night-owl, but I can't handle all-nighters like I could in college! And/or, TCM could have put all of the Hitchcock films on the On Demand channel, so we could watch them later in the week. Some of us don't have working DVRs.
I think we owe Dr. Edwards and his student assistants a huge "Thank You!" As others have mentioned, we got all of this for FREE! Again, that is unbelievable. Dr. Edwards has structured this course to give us a lot of flexibility, so I think we should return the favor and give him a little flexibility in return!
I was going to add my thoughts on this but you've pretty much touched on all the points I was going to make.
Considering the amount of material to be covered and all the juggling that I'm sure the Prof had to do, kudos on a brilliantly executed course. A few lecture notes were posted a bit late and I think everyone took it in stride.