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Instructor: Melanie Van Der Tuin

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Melanie Van Der Tuin: ENG204, Fall 2010

Campus: Leeward Community College Department: Writing
Course: ENG 204 - WI-Intro to Creative Writing Crn (Section): 51764 (0)    
1. I increased my awareness of my own interests and talents.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 11 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (36%) 7 (64%)
2. I improved my abilities to revise my rough drafts and to make my writing more effective.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 11 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (36%) 7 (64%)
3. I utilize all the learning opportunities provided in the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.18 11 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 5 (45%) 4 (36%)
4. I have become more competent in this subject area during this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.18 11 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 7 (64%) 3 (27%)
5. Ten years from now I'll probably remember this course most by ...
This course being my first writing intensive. I do agree, that this course was rather "intense" and overwhelming at some points. However, it helps motivate me to do more work. Not only for this class but for others as well. Besides all that, the one thing I will remember the most about this class was the LNF. After writing the LNF, I reflected on certain events that occured to me and I looked back on it on in a totally different perspective. I reflected on my accomplishments which made me feel more better about myself, despite how one event was rather devastating. We live and we learn and I believe that the LNF helped me realize that.
The portfolio we produced.
The poems and stories I actually wrote, I am proud of them and I am so surprised I was able to create them.
The poetry section we have done.
The helpfulness not only from the students, but as well as the professor. Also, the professor has been on top of our game and allowed each student to explore their minds and let us post what we feel. It was the only class where I believe there was not "wrong" answer.
How much work I had to do.
workshops
This class has been valuable to me in one specific area; I am much more aware now of my limitations as a writer. I hope that I never forget this. I have take a great many online classes through Leeward Community College, and this was one of the best. I have been very impressed by the level of communication available to me; Professor Van Der Tuin put me at ease from the beginning. There have been a couple of students in particular, who have been a great help in keeping me motivated, and brought humor and fun to the online workshops.
The meeting I had with the teacher, and the difficulties I have in this class.
how well i have written!!
6. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the course?
The online workshops proved to be really helpful in this course. After awhile, I got the hang of critiquing others work and knowing my own weak points in my writing from the views of others. I, for one, cannot critique my own paper because everything I write sounds right to me. With the help of my fellow classmates, I was able to determine what areas I needed to work on in order to improve. The workshops should be used for future courses so that it can support a student's writing techniques.
The instructor was passionate about the course.
The phone conference and draft reviews with the professor and the critiques and edits from the class. The text was also very helpful.
The different learning styles used and all the techniques that go along with it.
Professor Melanie's online course was very organized which made it easy to keep track of due dates and upcoming assignments. The group sessions where we critiqued/reviewed one another's work was also very helpful.
The professor being able to respond back to our questions on time. Also, she lists our assignments nicely for us.
It helped me think on a deeper level when writing creative material.
Minot's "Three Genres"
The number one reason I will remember this class is also the most valuable aspect, and this is the awareness of my limitations as a writer. I have a modicum of talent, but not enough to pursue writing as a career. My punctuation and grammar skills need work; I already know this to be true, but in this class I believe I have been able to hone in on just which areas still require the most focus. Ms. Van Der Tuin is by far the most thorough professor I have ever had in regards to her response to my work; this includes both online and on campus courses. Her feedback, in many cases line by line within my works, was both helpful, and encouraging. I have been very impressed with her genuine interest in my work, and her professionalism. I had found sources on the web in the past to help me with this prior to taking this class, but Melanie offered many more and in some cases much better, sources during this class.
The teacher is willing to help with assignments and I had the opportunity to use smarthinking.
the fact that melanie is willing to help and give extensions where needed. i like that she understands where we are coming from as students and are willing to work with us when we hit a few "snags".
7. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the course?
None that I can think of at the moment. I can't complain about the load of work that had to be done because it is a writing intensive.
Nothing.
Well if I had to choose, um, maybe the blogs were not an asset to me.
As much as I would like to say that there were things that were not valuable I can't. All materials helped and are valuable.
I found the reading reflections to be tedious and not so necessary, especially when you're putting so much effort into your drafts and responses to others. I think assigning the reading is important, but if the student opted to not read it, it would be reflected in the quality of their writing. The reading reflections seemed to detract from the limited time available for the writing process.
The assignment due dates were very easily missed because they were due on some odd day like Tuesdays. I think it would be better if she gave us until the end of the week preferably Fridays to turn in our work.
The amount of work we had to do
student critiques
Having to wait for the other students in class to turn in their assignments so I can finish mine.
i realized that i didn't really like this class online. i would have preferred it face to face, in the classroom.
8. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 11 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (100%)
9. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 11 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 10 (91%)
10. The instructor makes me feel free to ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 11 0.93 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 8 (73%)
11. The instructor suggests specific ways students can improve.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 11 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (27%) 8 (73%)
12. Feedback from other students about my written work was valuable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.18 11 1.08 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 2 (18%) 2 (18%) 6 (55%)
13. I received personal attention from the instructor.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 11 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 2 (18%) 8 (73%)
14. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 11 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 9 (82%)
15. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 10 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (30%) 7 (70%)
16. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 11 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 1 (9%) 9 (82%)
17. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Motivated and well-organized
Bright, insightful, awesome.
Encouraging, Exciting and Entertaining!
Enthusiastic, helpful, and understanding.
thorough, and enthusiastic
Energetic, passionate and honest.
determined, caring, challenging
consistant understanding knowledgable
Accessible, knowledgable, enthusiastic.
available, honest, understanding
nice, helpful, understanding
18. The assigned readings were instrumental in the development of my knowledge of the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 11 0.81 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 3 (27%) 6 (55%)
19. This was my first online course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   True   False   N/A  
2.0 11 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 11 (100%) 0 (0%)
20. Participation in online conversations (e.g., chats/bulletin boards/discussions boards) with my classmates contributed to my understanding of the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.27 11 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 4 (36%) 5 (45%) 0 (0%)
21. Other comments:
Fun times!
This was a great class. I wanted to learn more about creative writing and this class did that and so much more. I never thought I would learn so much, accomplish so much and enjoy it so much! Thank you Professor!
Thank you Melanie!
I think that the inclusion of workgroups and discussion boards are crucial to the success of an online class, but not everyone is comfortable with this venue, and in this particular class I think I probably overwhelmed the others with the volume of my posts. I would have welcomed a bit more feedback from the other student's. I don't care for the text, "Three Genres"; this is largely due to the style adopted by the author, Stephen Minot, and his selection of poems, prose, and drama. I have never-the-less, gained some helpful information.
loved this class! i wish i didn't fall behind at times, though.. and i wish that it was a classroom class. but, like i said, i love this class.. and the assignments were so fun! i never knew i could write like that!