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Instructor: Daniel Suthers

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Daniel Suthers: ICS311, Fall 2013

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Information& Computer Sciences
Course: ICS 311 - Algorithms Crn (Section): 71687 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.53 30 1.01 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 4 (13%) 11 (37%) 12 (40%) 1 (3%) 2 (7%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.93 30 0.26 Freq(%) 2 (7%) 27 (90%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 30 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 9 (30%) 20 (67%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 30 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (13%) 12 (40%) 14 (47%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.03 30 0.93 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 1 (3%) 3 (10%) 16 (53%) 9 (30%)
6. I learned a good deal of factual material in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.27 30 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 2 (7%) 15 (50%) 12 (40%)
7. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.97 30 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (30%) 13 (43%) 8 (27%)
8. I developed the ability to solve real problems in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 30 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 8 (27%) 11 (37%) 10 (33%)
9. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.73 30 0.94 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (10%) 9 (30%) 11 (37%) 7 (23%)
10. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 30 0.68 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (17%) 16 (53%) 9 (30%)
11. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 30 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (30%) 21 (70%)
12. I have become more competent in this subject area during this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 30 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 5 (17%) 13 (43%) 11 (37%)
13. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The course contains some valuable skills about writing an developing efficient code, as well as tools to analyze it.
The in-class group problems greatly helped in my understanding of the material. A normal lecture class would not instill the information in a better manner than these in-class applications. I also found the videos to be quite interesting and a good source of reference. The videos explained everything in depth, which helped a great deal in learning each concept.
The screencasts! It helped that we could listen to them time and time again. Also it was nice having multiple split up per subtopics and they were very in depth, making sure the students did have a good understanding of the material. I also really appreciated the inverted class system. I learned a WHOLE lot more and I think I have a pretty solid understanding of most of the concepts. It helped to practice the topic ideas in class. It was also a nice way to get to know my peers in my major! I have never made this many friends in ICS before!
the group work and the podcast
Having a group work every class.
The podcast were very well organized and made concepts much easier to pick up than usual.
The most valuable aspects of this course were the implementation projects and group classwork. The latter though, was also one of the most frustrating aspects as discussed in the next section.
When we went over material that was new like linear programming and NP completeness.
Learning various different algorithms and their application
Tracing algorithms was valuable and fun, along with learning what algorithms can be made efficient.
The new format of the course was very effective. Getting substantial class time to do hands-on problem solving is a great way to teach Algorithms.
Learning complex algorithms that teach us how the world operates
In class problems, online lectures.
All the subjects taught felt important
Real life applications via practical algorithms.
Some aspects of the course that were most valuable was when I got to do problem sets regarding to the topic with my fellow classmates. This way of teaching taught me how to work with others who I'm not familiar with and it made it easier to solve the problem. I felt that this method really helped me grasp the material and also figure out how to explain the material to others. I also liked the project implementations that were given in the class since they helped me develop my own algorithms and also see how the algorithms work in real time.
The new style of learning was great. Considering I took this course with Sugihara the semester before this and I didn't learn anything. This new way of teaching with the podcasts to learn and the class time for problem solving really made it fun and challenging at the same time. Definitely much better.
Everything appeared to be valuable.
The podcasts really helped me learn. I loved how I could watch when I was free and rewind back if I didn't understand what he was talking about.
Data Structures.
Although I hated them, the projects probably were most beneficial as a learning utility. The second-most helpful thing in the course was the podcasts which were much more helpful than reading.
Being able to do the work in groups allowed for more discussion of the problems.
I believe the theoretical concepts were the most valuable of this course. Although they were important, I believe they were much too dense, two chapters per week. However, we eventually got used to this format. I also liked the idea of video lectures, since we get to review them again if we weren't too strong on the material. Even without changing to the video lecture format, I believe Dr. Suthers is a good teacher, and his style of teaching assures that his students understand the material. Additionally, the in-class exercises with the ability to work in groups and ask questions were also very helpful in helping with us understand course material.
learned about different algorithms and how they are applied, whats there growth, etc.
Being able to analyze programs effectively is the best takeaway I think, but really everything was useful.
The daily routine of this course was to work within a group to solve the problems given out in class. It contributed very well to social skills and possibly simulated a real work atmosphere.
14. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
I'm not really sure what wouldn't be valuable.
You expected up to keep up with your schedule of 3 midterms, 3 projects, quizes and classwork everyday, etc etc, but you couldn't keep up with it yourself! We all have other things we need to get done same like you and it is UNREASONABLE to expect us to keep up with it all when you could not! It was even more unreasonable that you expected up to do well on your second and third midterm when you no longer had any screencasts to teach us. You even said in class that many of the later topics took you a while to understand but then expect us to do well on then without you even teaching them to us! Also it is unfair how you could not return many of the homeworks, midterms, and projects on a timely manner. We have no idea how we are doing in the class. Without the return of project 1, how are we supposed to know if we are doing project 2 correctly??? The same goes for project 2 and 3. We don't even know if what we are doing is correct.
ending up in a group that didn't know anything or doesn't talk much.
none
The classwork, but not because it wasn't important. It did help a lot in some cases, it's just that in most other cases we were given too much to do in too little of a time frame. It's difficult to learn when we were constantly worried about time. If we were given a more reasonable amount of work, I feel that the classwork would be most essential to our learning.
Almost half the course was review of what we should have learned in ICS241. Because of this we had a ridiculous amount of homework, online reading, and tests. The students in ICS311 have passed ICS241 and don't need to review everything we learned before. This was like taking two classes in the same amount of time.
I didn't need the lectures to cover like ten minutes of proofs.
Deadlines, but that's just how it goes.
all important
not too sure,
The hard exams and time-consuming projects.
There were no aspects of the course that were least valuable.
Midterms were rather rough, but it is understandable since it is covering a whole ton of material throughout the semester. Also programming projects were rough and didn't really help my understanding of anything, just kinda felt added on for more point distribution.
Probably the extra topics...not to be a jerk or anything.
The group work in class, half the time I was in a group the people barely even talked to each other. Just did the work and ask if we agree with the answer and continue on.
NC Complete.
I don't know.
I think the projects need to be removed entirely from the course. Since we have two chapters per week to study plus exams, I found almost no time to work on the projects. Since they only cover about one topic each, I don't think they are needed for this course (especially since according to his online syllabus, Dr. Sugihara, the previous ICS 311 professor who is notoriously a difficult professor, took out this requirement completely in his class, making them extra credit). If there must be projects for this class, then exams should be removed instead, since I found myself pushing off the projects in favor of studying for exams.
THE WORKLOAD IS TOO MUCH, WHICH WAS UNNECESSARY
I don't feel the course introduced useless material. I would argue that 2 Coding projects is sufficient though, considering the 3 midterms + final, and the large amount of weekly assignments ie. homework, quizzes, reading material before class.
The TA did not fulfill his role as a "teaching" assistant. The TA was just an extra body with voice in the room. Instead of helping students with the problems given in the lecture, he made them more problematic.
15. The instructor gives clear explanations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.93 30 0.94 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 8 (27%) 12 (40%) 9 (30%)
16. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 30 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 2 (7%) 11 (37%) 15 (50%)
17. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 30 0.91 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 4 (13%) 11 (37%) 13 (43%)
18. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.27 30 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 4 (13%) 11 (37%) 14 (47%)
19. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 30 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (33%) 20 (67%)
20. The instructor seems knowledgeable in many areas.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 30 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 9 (30%) 19 (63%)
21. The instructor clearly stated at the beginning of the semester the objectives of the course and requirements.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.41 30 0.57 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 15 (50%) 13 (43%)
22. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.27 30 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 3 (10%) 13 (43%) 13 (43%)
23. The instructor was enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 30 0.57 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 15 (50%) 14 (47%)
24. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 30 0.68 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (10%) 9 (30%) 18 (60%)
25. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.77 30 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 11 (37%) 12 (40%) 6 (20%)
26. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.97 30 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 8 (27%) 12 (40%) 9 (30%)
27. The instructor makes me feel free to ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 30 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (20%) 13 (43%) 11 (37%)
28. The instructor keeps students informed of their progress.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.38 30 1.4 Freq(%) 4 (13%) 4 (13%) 6 (20%) 7 (23%) 8 (27%)
29. The instructor seems well prepared for each class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.83 30 1.05 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 2 (7%) 7 (23%) 11 (37%) 9 (30%)
30. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.03 30 0.96 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 7 (23%) 11 (37%) 11 (37%)
31. In general, the course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.83 30 0.91 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 9 (30%) 11 (37%) 8 (27%)
32. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.52 30 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (10%) 8 (27%) 18 (60%)
33. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
Daniel Suthers is a very nice person. He does put a lot of work into the course. However, he seems to have a number of outside commitments that seem sometimes to detrimental to the course. For instance, we didn't get the first midterm back until it was already time to take the second midterm and we didn't get the second midterm back until 12/5 which was well after taking the third midterm and we still haven't gotten our first project scores. This sometimes makes it stressful and hard to judge where we stand in the course.
he is very knowledgeable, especially when it comes to networks and graphs. he does a good job in the podcasts that he makes.
Knowledgeable and enthusiastic. His class was very well organized, though a bit time consuming.
Professor Suthers is a knowledgeable and fair professor, but I believe that the new inverted classroom this semester was a bit difficult for him to settle into immediately, which he did warn us about. The class felt somewhat disorganized, but I feel that it just needs to be given some time. The extra credit really helped, though, as there's so much points to be distributed it is easy to lose a good amount when focusing on multiple different assignments (homework, projects, quizzes, etc). I understand that the class is inherently taxing, though, and I feel it is just about right in terms of difficulty. Just get those screen casts out earlier and give us more time for class assignments :-)
was a helpful professor though he would sometime confuse himself as well as the students.
very busy and doesn't have enough time to prepare for this new class style.
He seems to expect too much out of students, and his feedback to students comes off as mean. However, he is happy to help but not in a timely manner.
top notch. He dedicated so much time to this class. He really went above and beyond day in and day out.
Great Professor who had a very busy schedule.
Great teacher, lots of fun.
He's a great teacher for the course
4/5
that he understands the material pretty well and that he is able to find ways to make the course a bit easier and understandable for his students. His teaching methods this semester were a bit rough due to sudden changes, but overall I like the idea of listening to the lectures before class and then working on the problem sets with fellow classmates to grasps the concept even more. He is good at changing the structure of the classroom in a way that seems more suitable to students.
Great teacher, much better than Sugihara for this course. Very funny and knowledgeable and made it feel natural to ask questions. Usually i am very nervous to ask the professor questions but he was very nice and approachable during class problem solving. Amazing professor, keep it up. We need more professors like you in this department.
an excellent professor that responds pretty quickly and efficiently to students. Though, sometimes unintentionally degrades student (I think he means it as a joke)...it is really apparent that it is unintentional though so none of the students really pay any mind to it.
great professor that really helps you learn
He's very knowledgable and makes his students work hard to understand better about algorithms.
He's an incredibly hard-working teacher. I would have to say he worked harder in this class than any of his students did, and that isn't something many teachers can say. I think he is admirable as a person.
Enthusiasitic about the material.
I really enjoy Dr. Suthers' style of teaching. He emphasizes key ideas that we should get out of each topic. Also, I enjoy the fact that he switched the class into an inverted classroom format, where we are able to do problem solving in class. Homework problems are also fun to complete, since they often require tracing algorithms (in pseudocode form), which I believe is the "fun part" of the theoretical aspect of the course. Thanks to the inverted classroom format, the exams are not as difficult than I expected, since I was forced to learn in order to be able to participate in problem solving sessions. Unfortunately, I felt like the projects didn't fit into the class at all. It would be okay during a lecture format, since we would have more time at home instead of watching the video lectures to complete the projects. However, I felt like all my time was consumed in either studying for the quizzes and problem sessions for the corresponding class or homework problems on the weekends. This resulted in little time for the projects. In addition, since there is almost no discussion of the project, it is difficult to find inspiration to do them since they only cover one topic which is only briefly covered. I appreciate Dr. Suthers' effort to help students succeed in the course with the "highest repeat rate" in the whole university.
needs to be more organized, you over schedule the class workload, which cuts into the time that we have to do the daily class problems.
He is a teacher of the highest quality. He is intelligent and very fun to be around, we had many laughs during the semester. I understand he is responsible for restructuring the algorithms course. I came into algorithms with dread after hearing so many people testify to it's difficulty, but I can honestly say this is the most fun I've had in an ICS course which must be an amazing turnaround from the previous setup. Easy to talk to and provided very clear web notes and podcasts which helped me greatly. I thought placing us in groups to work out problems was a great way to learn and meet the other people in ICS. I've been in class with these people for over a year and barely knew any of them. Can't say enough good things honestly. The only bad thing is the rate of our assignments being graded. I totally understand though, since he was literally trying to reinvent 311 at the time and record podcasts.
Professor Suthers is a very nice professor. He demonstrates knowledge in the course material but lacks the communication skills and teaching skills to instill that knowledge into his students. When students are at a dead end of a problem, he is unable to help the student out. He constantly gives excuses of why thing are not done in time for the next lecture. The same goes for grading tests as well as the projects. He has given a midterm without grading and returning the previous midterm. Currently, the class is set to turn in another the third and final project yet the first and second projects have not been graded. He does not make up for the lost time.
34. The TA gives clear and understandable explanations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.72 30 0.84 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 9 (30%) 15 (50%) 4 (13%) 1 (3%)
35. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.63 30 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (10%) 10 (33%) 12 (40%) 5 (17%) 0 (0%)
36. The TA grades paper (exams, homework) fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.93 30 1.0 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 1 (3%) 6 (20%) 12 (40%) 9 (30%) 1 (3%)
37. The TA was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.76 30 1.02 Freq(%) 2 (7%) 0 (0%) 7 (23%) 14 (47%) 6 (20%) 1 (3%)
38. The TA's comments on written work were helpful.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.42 30 1.14 Freq(%) 2 (7%) 2 (7%) 8 (27%) 8 (27%) 4 (13%) 6 (20%)
39. Assignments (papers, problem sets) seem carefully chosen.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 30 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 2 (7%) 15 (50%) 11 (37%)
40. Assignments make students think.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 30 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 9 (30%) 20 (67%)
41. Assignments are relevant to what is presented in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 30 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 2 (7%) 10 (33%) 17 (57%)
42. The course materials (texts, handouts) are easy to read and understand.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.47 30 1.25 Freq(%) 2 (7%) 5 (17%) 8 (27%) 7 (23%) 8 (27%)
43. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.07 30 0.94 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (10%) 3 (10%) 13 (43%) 11 (37%)
44. In relation to the number of hours spent in class, this course requires an appropriate amount of homework.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.97 30 1.19 Freq(%) 2 (7%) 1 (3%) 6 (20%) 8 (27%) 13 (43%)
45. The course is so conducted that I know on a daily/weekly basis what is expected of me.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.23 30 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (10%) 17 (57%) 10 (33%)
46. Audiovisual materials (or computers) were adequate and used appropriately.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 30 0.68 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (10%) 9 (30%) 18 (60%)
47. The projects were valuable in understanding the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.89 30 1.17 Freq(%) 2 (7%) 1 (3%) 5 (17%) 10 (33%) 10 (33%)
48. The instructor required a reasonable amount of work to be done in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 30 1.05 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 4 (13%) 4 (13%) 10 (33%) 12 (40%)
49. Examinations cover the important aspects of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.3 30 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (13%) 13 (43%) 13 (43%)
50. Exams are reasonable in length and difficulty.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.67 30 1.32 Freq(%) 3 (10%) 3 (10%) 5 (17%) 9 (30%) 10 (33%)
51. The examinations are graded very carefully and fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 30 0.95 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 1 (3%) 4 (13%) 15 (50%) 9 (30%)
52. The exams gave students an opportunity to demonstrate what they had learned.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 30 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 4 (13%) 16 (53%) 8 (27%)
53. Grades are assigned fairly and impartially.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 30 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 4 (13%) 16 (53%) 8 (27%)
54. The grading system was clearly explained.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.14 30 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (20%) 13 (43%) 10 (33%)
55. Requests for re-grading or review were handled fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.9 30 0.96 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 9 (30%) 11 (37%) 9 (30%)
56. What changes would you make in the lectures?
I never asked for a regrading so I'm not sure of how fair that was. I do think that the midterm was selected to cover material. I don't feel that the problems were always necessarily best for answering on a midterm or that the way he wanted us to answer questions was the best.
Nothing, I liked how the screencasts were. Very helpful and informative!
if only algorithms and discrete math could be easy, but it's not, so we are stuck with hard lectures no matter how it's presented.
As mentioned before, get those screencasts out earlier and make the in class lectures more concise if we are to finish our classwork without pulling out all our hair!
Would have been a much better class if the review from ICS 241 was omitted. Then the work load would have been fine and the projects could have been released earlier.
Have a few examples that are not in the book or explain the reasoning further in-depth
Having video lectures were great, but could be made simpler for students to grasp as they might need it for problem sets or projects.
no changes
None. The podcast lecture format was perfect.
Learning emporium tutors for 311
The aggregate analysis section was pretty difficult to grasp.
I wouldn't make any changes
Examples on how to effectively code the project.
It would be nice if in the lectures, more examples would be given to help further make the concept clearer to understand. Also, it would've been nice if there was a lecture for all topics taught in this course, so that I would not get confused about the how the problem sets worked during class. Sometimes the text material provided terms that seemed a bit confusing to understand, which made it difficult to do the problem sets without the lecture.
None. This was probably one of the best parts of the course. Simply because I was able to learn everything more effectively than listening to a lecture in class. Having lectures done on our own times is great because it opened up time for problem solving during class, which is what I feel was also a great addition to helping us learn.
none really, except maybe allowing a bit more time to do the in class work, sometimes it is more difficult and takes longer depending on the students that are in each group.
no group work.
Less exams, less quizs, less homework's, less projects, more fun!!!
I don't know, I'm not an expert. Jeez.
Have them out earlier. But since this was the first time, it was understandable.
I believe that the video lectures need to be prepared in advanced, which should already be in effect next semester since the lectures were recorded this semester. This way, the professor can just review the lectures and revise them if needed. Also, other courses teaching ICS 311 or Algorithms in another university can utilize these resources when necessary (like the MIT lectures).
screencasts need to be published earlier. Missed screencasts when you had other things to do. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT I HAVE OTHER THINGS TO DO TO SO THATS NOT A FREAKING EXCUSE!! SO I EXPECT A FREAKING SCREENCAST IF YOU WANT ME TO UNDERSTAND THE MATERIAL
Get a working microphone, the one he had cut out a lot and made him hard to hear.
The professor needs to give more examples. Although this class requires much problem solving skills, the professor at the very least should give us simple examples that correlate to the tougher problems. If not, remove those tougher problems if you cannot efficiently help a student solve them. The other change would need to be the TA. He should either be replaced by another or be trained properly. Kendyll Doi behavior in class bothered many students. He acted as if he was in charge of the class constantly talking and having a say in everything. It was very annoying. My tuition payment goes toward the professor and not Kendyll. I do not feel I should be in a class where a TA is teaching a class. My money is meant for Ph.D. material.
57. What changes would you make in the readings?
It's hard to say, there is an overwhelming amount of material to absorb or learn in this course.
an easier to understand textbook, although this textbook is considered one of the best textbooks in algorithms, it gets very wording and too technical at times but that is the purpose of showing proofs.
I did not use the book often this semester, so I cannot say much, although some of the material Suthers provided outside of class and the book were helpful (those found under resources in laulima). Perhaps more of those?
Again decrease the review and increase the amount of time on new topics.
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The web notes makes the text material a bit simpler to understand, but they weren't as clarified as students needed for the quizzes.
In terms of the actual textbook, I would say assign passages to read and don't ask students read whole chapters. The text may be comprehensive, but it's not an easy read for the amount of time given to cover each topic.
None. His web notes complemented the CLRS text very well.
Ha!
There is a lot to read...
not too sure
None.
Some changes I would make in the readings would be to provide readings that gave clearer examples on the algorithms and data structures. For example, the readings for the graph adt seemed a bit confusing in terms of figuring out how the adt was related to certain data structures as well as what data structures would be included in the implementing the adt. If more examples were given that provided specifics of the implementation of the graph adt, then it would've been much easier in figuring out how the graph adt work and finding possibly ways of approaching this problem.
None. I didn't have any problems understanding the readings, Dr. Suthers did a great job on them.
The change would depend on how the course will change, if the course is split in two, then the change should be relative to how the course is split. But if the credit hours changes, then it should be alright to keep them how they are currently.
none
nothing much.
What readings?
n/a
I believe that the readings make a substantial amount of understanding for the course material. However, in my opinion, I believe that the web notes and the video lectures themselves are enough since the exams are open book, and reading the book during exams refresh our memory of what was explained in the web notes in slightly more detail.
What readings?
Use as many visualizations as possible for the concepts. Helps out dumb people like me.
The textbook in its entirety is a very complex reading. Other than maybe the first three to five chapters of the book, the material becomes daunting. At times I find myself reading a sentence many times over and still do not understand what is trying to be put across to me. If the professor has a hard time translating the textbook into terms the students can understand, a change of reading materials is in desperate need.
58. My overall evaluation of this course is...
It was an experiment on a new way of teaching the class through group exercises and online lectures. I found the homework to be slightly tolerable after working on something similar to it in class, but the course material overall was still difficult. We had to learn a variety of topics in such little time that I can't say I really retained much information. It would be much better if this course were made into 2 parts. That way it would give the professor time to expand and explain on topics rather than hoping everyone can understand them immediately.
It has the potential to be a great course. Having taken the course before in the old structure I do think the new way of teaching is far better, but it is still too much material in order to really learn it as well as other courses.
Given the number and complexity of the topics in this class, this course should be broken up into 2 semesters rather than putting it all into a one. However, the pacing of the class was appropriate for the time constraints and the professor did well in explaining each topic and organizing the class in such a way that allowed everyone to be engaged with the information.
I like the new format of the class. the work load can be hard to bare at times especially when you have other classes to worry about.
There are so many things to do in this 3 credits course. It is really difficult to accomplish this course with three other courses.
Great course, especially when I hear about people calling ICS 311 a nightmare course.
A difficult course, but the inverted style was at the very least, an interesting change of pace. A little more experimentation with it and it would definitely be better than the standard lecture class. The class material itself eased up at the end in terms of difficulty, thanks to material building upon each other, such as the projects which were a great way to learn.
Tries to accomplish too much in too little time. But on that note this class could drop the first half or review and would have a reasonable work load.
It was really difficult. Getting homework/projects back sooner would be nice. The changes to this class were a huge improvement and allowed students to practice the material.
I like the new approach used for this course, with video lectures out of class and problem sets during class. Projects and exams aren't graded in a timely manner and when they are, some of the grading is very strict.
The professor's teaching style is adequate and the change to the inverted classroom helped a lot. The pace of the course NEEDS revision (more detail in "other comments").
10 out of 10.
Learned more from this class more than any other at Manoa. It was a humbling expierence
It was fun, learned a lot even though my grades don't reflect that since I turned in every project late... and my exams are poor and my quiz scores are poor. Probably doesn't make any sense but yeah. I liked the flow of the class. Listen to lectures online/read book -> take a quiz to see what little I understand -> come to class with questions -> do class problems to learn and hopefully leave with answers -> homework is the actual did I learn anything this week. Only problem I feel with this course is the amount of material crammed into one. Having only one day pretty much for each chapter feels overwhelming at times. I mean some chapters were fine for one day topics but I feel like a majority of them should be covered for at least two days for thorough understanding.
Its a challenging course, but its not particularly hard if you prepare and study for it
3.5/5
that this course has really helped me grasp the concept of algorithms. The way this class was structured really helped me get a taste of how the algorithm worked as well as being able to work with others in trying to solve the algorithm or explain how the algorithm applies to real-life applications. I really like the way the of how course is formatted currently. It makes the class seem much more interesting and really engages into learning more about algorithms. I would recommend keeping this format for future classes.
Great course. Please let him teach 311 for the future instead of Sugihara. Dr. Suthers made it very fun to learn and I took a lot out of this class compared to taking it with Sugihara when I didn't learn anything. Though this course is challenging, Dr. Suthers makes it manageable and leaving this course I feel a lot more prepared for the future.
So much time out of my semester was spent on this class, especially considering it was only three credits. It is a bit much to expect students to read large amounts of the book, listen to all lectures, take quizzes before every class session (and do well on them which means repeated listening to lectures and reading the book), do weekly homeworks, have three projects and three midterms, in addition to a final. I mean I understand that this class should either be worth more credits or the professor is working on splitting it into two classes, but for us, this semester was still a lot of work. While credit hours are not stated to have a maximum number of hours expected out of students outside of class, I felt that this was a bit much. While, it is nice to have the professor provide extra credit opportunities to students who really need it, it would be nice to be able to focus on this class and not have to focus on multiple others that may/may not expect the same amount of work out of students (this would be partially resolved by increasing the stated credit hours).
very hard class
Good class, time consuming and difficult topic.
I learned a lot, and quickly. It was extremely well organized, and the combination of podcasts and in-class assignments made me feel like I was capable of learning everything in the class, and that the resources for doing so were provided for me.
It was an interesting course which required you to spend a lot of time understanding the material.
This required course may be one of the hardest courses in the field of Computer Science, but in terms of course material, I believe that Dr. Suthers made the course easier to digest. The biggest help was converting the format into online format. I took ICS 212 with Dr. Patriarche a few semesters ago who made the class an inverted classroom. Since it was a programing class, she made class time to work on programing assignments (with the TA in the labs) while giving video lectures viewable anytime with quizzes to showcase our understanding of the material. She took out exams entirely and it worked well, since she made learning C easier than Java (which, to most people, is the other way around). Maybe some of her ideas can be employed onto this class. Maybe the requirement of having exams OR projects should be eliminated in order for students to focus on learning what is important. Since Dr.Suthers stated himself that ICS 311 is "not a programming course, per se", we could have the projects taken out completely, and have the programming part in use in another course. If both exams and projects are necessary, maybe have one big group project instead due at the end of the semester to ease on the workload. Overall, this course is somewhat easier to handle to due to inverted classroom format, but I believe that it is still a very difficult course that students shouldn't take lightly.
NOT WORTH 3 CREDITS FOR THE AMOUNT OF FREAKING WORK I HAD TO PUT INTO THIS CLASS
Great! Came in to the class with fear and can now say it was the most fun I've had in an ICS course.
Algorithms is not an easy subject and I don't expect it to be handed to me on a silver platter. I understand that working on problems is the only way you will learn. However, when a student is at a dead end and can cannot solve certain problems, it is the course instructor's duty to help the student. Some of the help that is given only makes matters worse. I think the projects are fair and the class work is fair somewhat as well. The homework problems somewhat fair as well. Its just a matter of helping the students. All the excuses the instructor has given are nonsense. To say that he cannot reply due to watching the last episodes of the Breaking Bad series. In addition, not being able to grade and exams or projects due to trip to the east coast. That is not fair to the students. Something needs to be done with either the work or the instructor. Students are given a deadline to meet. The instructor must be given a timeline to meet as well. If the instructor does not meet the deadline, then students must be compensated for the instructor's lack of professionalism. Students are often needing help and the instructor is rarely available for help. His lack of teaching and help should be compensated with easier work if his life away from work interferes with the needs and goals of this class.
59. Other comments:
great class overall
HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND GOOD LUCK WITH THE NEXT CLASS
Online lectures are fine but they are not a replacement for an actual lecture where we can ask question. A lecture then a few min at the end to do a exercise would be better then it is now.
If possible have 2 TAs to cover the huge amount of grading done. Have them alternate grading assignments or have one for classwork and one for homework.
The TA really needs to tone it down. He comes off as annoying and not as helpful as other students need him to be. He does encourage you when you're on the right path.
Everything assigned in this course helped in learning the material: the homework, quizzes, classwork, the projects, the exams, the readings, etc. However, the amount of time given to cover each topic on top of doing all the assignments isn't enough. By the time you think you understand a topic, the class has moved on to the next topic. The pace of this course would make anyone question what they want to major in. I understand that not just anyone should be able to get a computer science degree, but at the same time, we need people out there developing our technologies for the future. Though it may take a little longer to earn a degree in computer science, I think this course needs to be split into an Algorithms I and Algorithms II in order to teach students what they need to learn at a pace most can handle.
We should get Extra credit for filling this out, just saying I gave you guys some pretty good reviews.
You remind me of a crazy mad scientist in a good way. :)
Difficult course. May really need to invest time on this course in order to pass with a satisfactory grade.
Possibly split this course into 2 courses. As just having one 311 class is pretty rough as there are WAY too many topics to deal with in just one semester. Having 2 classes would be much better and everyone would learn more I believe. As long as Dr. Suthers is teaching them.
This class really needs to be split in two or given more credit hours, having three midterms (and a final) and three projects is way too much for only 3 credits. I basically had at least a midterm a week since the end of the first month of school, in addition to all projects given by every class and any additional homework given, needless to say, it wasn't that much of a "fun" semester.
wished that java code was included with the pseudocode. in other class i've noticed that I learned more if there was a pseudocode + the actual code to compare what is really happening. more time on the homework too much questions in the exam, not enough time to finish them all. podcast + quizzes out early and not the previous day.
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Thanks for all the awesome work you put into the class Dr. Suthers!
Thank you Dr. Suthers for an excellent semester, and good luck teaching the course in online format in future semesters!
NEED TO MANAGE TIME BETTER, OR CUT SOMETHING OUT OF THE DAILY ROUTINE because even if there are 4 students within each group the lecture notes/readings were hard to understand for most people. And when we need to rely on the screencasts, they were published really late in the night, when most people are already getting ready to sleep, doing other homework. Workload is insane.....WHY!!! this isnt the only class we are taking and you should be considerate of that

Daniel Suthers: ICS668, Fall 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Information& Computer Sciences
Course: ICS 668 - Social Informatics Crn (Section): 79272 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
5.0 10 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (100%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.4 10 0.52 Freq(%) 6 (60%) 4 (40%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
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%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 10 1.09 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 1 (10%) 2 (20%) 5 (50%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.1 10 1.2 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 0 (0%) 3 (30%) 5 (50%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.1 10 0.99 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 1 (10%) 4 (40%) 4 (40%)
7. I learned to identify main points and central issues in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.3 10 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (70%) 3 (30%)
8. I learned to recognize quality work in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.1 10 0.88 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 0 (0%) 6 (60%) 3 (30%)
9. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.3 10 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 3 (30%) 5 (50%)
10. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.8 10 1.03 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 3 (30%) 3 (30%) 3 (30%)
11. I try to relate what I learn in this course to my own experience.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 10 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 4 (40%) 4 (40%)
12. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 10 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 6 (60%) 3 (30%)
13. My opinions about some topics changed because of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 10 1.05 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 2 (20%) 3 (30%) 4 (40%)
14. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The variety of articles and discussions.
The discussions in class
Readings in general Partial selfselection of Readings in particular
Dr. Suthers' extremely rich experiences and knowledge in this field and in other interdisciplinary fields.
The interesting readings were valuable. Logically the interesting papers lead to interesting class discussions.
A plethora of topics were covered, which gave a good range of different aspects to the overall topic of social informatics. Open exploration into the contents of the topics based on the reading provided sometimes allowed a greater look at said topics from other perspectives or with different foci.
the readings and writing summaries
15. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
The online discussions were of least value.
The forced reading summaries and posting of messages
I understand that this is a seminar class and everybody gets to talk. However, some auditing students who do not care about the credits but just have a good time by saying whatever they feel like even not related to the discussion topics at all. This drags the quality of the class discussion down.
The problem was the variability between what was "interesting" vs. what was practical knowledge. Although professor did a brief overview of papers, there needed to be a points in which it was stated "this is significant because...XYZ". Why? Some things we grew up with and understand or assume. As such there are a number of topics(important ideas and concepts) that some people gloss over because we "knew" it but didn't put much importance into it. Just because we know it doesn't mean we understand it or why it is important. Since the class was centered around discussion, if the discussion wasn't interesting, there would be a loss of gain. On that same note, I felt the class was too large to have full participation. As discussions have shown, discussion tended to be dominated by few people and those who were basically willing to blurt something out and "gain" speaker status. I have talked with people outside of class who felt that the discussions didn't promote participation due to the way people acted, reacted, portrayed themselves, etc. A smaller class with induced participation could have helped in this manner. Online discussion may have suffered from the same effects. Personally I found it incredibly hard to comment on someone's summary because most were so cookie cutter. I read paper x by y. It contained z. How is anyone supposed to comment on that? Not to mention those who didn't to the standard summary usually stated their opinion. How am I supposed to comment on their opinion without agreeing(imo pointless post) or disagreeing which I appear to be offensive. General discussion also suffered somewhat. Discussion in general DID suffer because of fear of insulting someone. Take the conversations that did get "heated" there were few instances, and most people immediately backed off because they didn't want to insult anyone. This is good and bad. Good because people care. Bad because it leads to a stagnant idea pool. Someone who never encounters new ideas cannot gain new idea. AND someone who is unwilling to accept new ideas cannot improve. True debate is VERY hard to come by. Most debate is try as hard as possible to convince the other party I'm right, and not giving in because that means I lost.
Some readings proved long and not very interested. Conversations were sometimes derailed and participation proved difficult when topics were steered in certain directions. The general sense of the class felt very scattered and prevented deep exploration at times due to time constraints, conversational direction, and limitations of topic and focus.
16. What things did you get from this course that will benefit you personally?
This course helped me to develop the community of practice portion of my design for a mobile device learning environment. I also obtained articles that contribute to my Lit Review.
Survey taking techniques and learning to read through other people's literature
This course is eye-opening. It opened the door for me to Social Informatics. I was exposed to the major theories and classic studies in this field, which benefit my own research.
Many things. Most importantly is the viewpoints I have gained. Hard to quantify and explain. Also want to use this area to explain Q17. "Daniel Suthers gives clear explanations" To be honest, this is hard to ask because it was a discussion, meaning emphasis was put into presenting an idea and see what the different interpretations were. And yes, it was possible that we can be told the "real" interpretation but still believe in our own.
A slightly better understanding of the meaning of terminology and the vast range of topics that is included within it.
Applications of SNA and ANT, my research paper, the origins of the field
17. The instructor gives clear explanations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.7 10 1.16 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 2 (20%) 3 (30%) 3 (30%)
18. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 10 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 0 (0%) 9 (90%)
19. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 10 1.07 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 1 (10%) 1 (10%) 7 (70%)
20. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
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%)
21. The instructor seems knowledgeable in many areas.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 10 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (50%) 5 (50%)
22. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 10 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 6 (60%) 2 (20%)
23. The instructor frequently discussed recent developments related to the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.3 10 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 5 (50%) 4 (40%)
24. The instructor was enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 10 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 2 (20%) 7 (70%)
25. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 10 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 4 (40%) 4 (40%)
26. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.67 10 1.12 Freq(%) 1 (10%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 6 (60%) 1 (10%)
27. The instructor tailors this course to help many kinds of students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.1 10 0.99 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 1 (10%) 4 (40%) 4 (40%)
28. The instructor makes me feel free to ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.3 10 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 3 (30%) 5 (50%)
29. One real strength of this course is the classroom discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.3 10 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 3 (30%) 5 (50%)
30. The instructor keeps students informed of their progress.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
2.11 10 1.05 Freq(%) 3 (30%) 3 (30%) 2 (20%) 1 (10%) 0 (0%)
31. The instructor seems well prepared for each class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.4 10 1.35 Freq(%) 1 (10%) 2 (20%) 1 (10%) 4 (40%) 2 (20%)
32. Work requirements and grading system were clear from the beginning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.4 10 1.51 Freq(%) 2 (20%) 1 (10%) 0 (0%) 5 (50%) 2 (20%)
33. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.89 10 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (30%) 4 (40%) 2 (20%)
34. In general, the course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 10 1.05 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 2 (20%) 3 (30%) 4 (40%)
35. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.1 10 0.88 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 0 (0%) 6 (60%) 3 (30%)
36. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
More time for project development.
if there was another way to assign a grade without forcing reading summaries that might be nice. <- also hard on teacher to keep grades up to date because there's so much to read
I like the structure of the course but I would like to have more timely feedback.
Earlier feedback on how students are doing in terms of participation, summary grades, and such.
By having less auditing students.
Mostly covered in "what aspects were least valuable" Give clear feedback on progress. Actually give progress reports and feedback early, so people know what to do. Then you can be lax on giving reports. Q47. grades are assigned fairly and impartially. Yes, except as stated, need early feedback to understand what is desired of the assignments.
It is important to ensure students have a good grasp of their standing in terms of grading and whether the input they are providing to the class is sufficient or not. Participation in class both online and offline with both the participation points and the summary&discussion points were giving general classifications which could not be used to comfortably confirm acknowledgement of points for grades. Project specifications, potential issues, and guidelines for development would be welcome additions when assigning a project. Readings provided uneven usefulness during class discussion, prioritizing which readings might get more emphasis or points existing points of discussion might make discussion points easier to access and debate. Exploring alternative approaches to class discussion and participation could help gain more involvement from the class as a whole. The current method of trying to summarize the papers then asking for feedback in a general scope can be somewhat disorienting to addressing points of interest in the reading. Key issues in the readings, or how the readings match up to the major concepts of the class topic might be useful in knowing what to focus on and prevent major digressions in class or student's aim in discussion.
37. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
Great!
nice guy. fun class
He is an enthusiastic Professor who is interested in the course but he currently has a great deal of work so he is short on time.
Knowledgeable in Social Informatics. Seems very busy with a lot of classes, research, conferences.
very good
Excellent discussion leader; authoritative expert in the field (and many other interdisciplinary fields) but still respects even very naive opinions from his students.
Good teacher, would take more classes.
Dr. Suthers is an enthusiastic and spirited professor who seems to have a fair grasp of his topic. While he shows a caring for the topic and students, his approach lacks some clarity and can be disorienting at times in terms of goals and points to focus on. He appears to often be affected by his other class which in turn has an affect on the students in this class. I would be interested in seeing him in a more focused class, with clearer objectives.
A great professor and great researcher.
38. Assignments are relevant to what is presented in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 10 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 2 (20%) 7 (70%)
39. The writing assignments helped me understand the course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 10 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 6 (60%) 3 (30%)
40. Reading assignments seem carefully chosen.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 10 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 6 (60%) 2 (20%)
41. Reading assignments require a reasonable amount of time and effort.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 10 1.03 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 1 (10%) 3 (30%) 5 (50%)
42. 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  
4.5 10 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (50%) 5 (50%)
43. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 10 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 4 (40%) 5 (50%)
44. The course is so conducted that I know on a daily/weekly basis what is expected of me.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.7 10 1.7 Freq(%) 2 (20%) 1 (10%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 5 (50%)
45. The projects were valuable in understanding the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.7 10 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 2 (20%) 6 (60%) 1 (10%)
46. The guest speakers contributed significantly to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.6 10 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 3 (30%) 5 (50%) 1 (10%)
47. Grades are assigned fairly and impartially.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.5 10 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 4 (40%) 4 (40%) 1 (10%)
48. 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  
3.9 10 1.1 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 3 (30%) 2 (20%) 4 (40%) 0 (0%)
49. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
Variety of topics and class discussions.
the class discussions
Classroom Discussion
I enjoyed reading about World of Warcraft, Twitter, facebook, youtube.
Dr. Suthers' extremely rich experiences and knowledge in this field and his terrific listening skills that flourish the seminar discussions.
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Interactions with other students were both entertaining and educational. Being able to discuss topics and to digress while maintaining a connection to the material proved to be stimulating though not always useful in the long run. The online interactions provided a different way to interact with classmates as well, allowing easier ways for students who felt less inclined to participate in class a way to interact without feeling pressed to speak up or interrupt other students. Some topics provided were fairly interesting and provided interesting points of interaction. The topic range also provided a lot of different options for what a student could focus on as a point of interest.
50. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
I felt overwhelmed by the unfamiliar technical content of some of the articles. I had to read and re- read many articles.
the online summaries
The lack of timely feedback.
Some people blab out their opinions without even thinking, which wasted the valuable class time.
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The amount of readings and their relevance to class and assignments were sometimes vague and confusing. Sometimes long readings rarely became important to class interactions and discussions while other times they took up most of the discussion. Student interactions while health were sometimes overly one sided or focused on one perspective or type of conversation. Often times the discussion became controlled in class by one or two students who would then create an affirmative statement or a inconclusive statement that was difficult to transition from in order to create more conversation. A lack of starting point or key points to discuss in readings prevented starting conversations in class and made preparation for class difficult. Grading and standards were not clear and many students have voiced amongst each other the difficulty in knowing how well they are doing in class or whether they are doing them right. The sense that Professor Suthers is busy and overwhelmed by doing this class in addition to teaching other classes made it difficult to want to ask too much of him which instead lead to students being confused. Summarize were often commented by the professor well after they were submitted, suggesting corrections which couldn't be done to subsequent assignments between submission and response. Feedback on participation was not given often and left some of us uncertain if we were doing them right or if we were receiving credit for our efforts. Project assignment and specifications were not very clear. Checkpoints were not given much effort and clarity in what was required from the project made setting goals and providing materials difficult. Feedback helped to realign ideas, but if ideas were not clear then the need to clarification then the idea reconstruction would overtake the ability to gain more materials and an understanding of what is necessary for the project. The overall disorganization and specification of the class created much confusion about the class as a whole and detracted from the learning experience and enjoyment.
I didn't like that we, the students, were divided (by major, it seemed) for so long. I think it took, like, 7 or 8 weeks for us to really gel and develop a functional class dynamic.
51. My overall evaluation of this course is...
Very Good!
not bad, it was kind of hard at times but fun also. some topics were much more enjoyable than others
Very good
Great class; interesting and eye-opening readings; usually inspiring discussion.
Good teacher, would take more classes.
An interesting sounding class that needs more development and classification. Focus and key points of note are necessary to help facilitate growth and discussion in the topic and create a healthy learning environment for those who do not have a clear understanding of the topic. Overall, a good class that is shadowed by the flaws which dampen the experience.
good. I highly recommend it to others in the future.
52. Other comments:
Hope Dr. Suthers can offer this kind of class more often.
Why the hell is google analytics scripts running!? Really, when I saw that I was tempted to stop the evaluation immediately. In fact, I dislike that very much considering there was a segment on online security/personal info.
Need to grade reactions every week or two, not once every other month... Need to reply to emails more promptly.
Freedom provides endless potential, but without guidelines one might get lost wandering the endless expanse.
next time, touch on activity theory and really bridge the gap of algorithms and programming by some sort of discussion or paper.

Daniel Suthers: ICS668, Spring 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Information& Computer Sciences
Course: ICS 668 - Social Informatics Crn (Section): 88615 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 6 1.21 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 4 (67%)
4. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (67%) 2 (33%)
5. I learned to identify main points and central issues in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (67%) 2 (33%)
6. I learned to recognize quality work in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 6 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (50%) 3 (50%)
7. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 6 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 2 (33%) 3 (50%)
8. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 6 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 3 (50%) 2 (33%)
9. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (67%) 2 (33%)
10. What things did you get from this course that will benefit you personally?
Summaries, reflections, and class discussions of readings definitely helped me to think critically about the material in order to prepare for the SI exam and further develop my research interests.
major theories in social informatics and how to apply them in research
The readings really help me to see what social informatics deal with and get interested in further learning in this area. As I have no previous knowledge about it, I found the course necessary and interesting for me.
Exposure to lots of readings and theories.
11. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
12. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 6 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 1 (17%) 4 (67%)
13. The instructor frequently discussed recent developments related to the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
14. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
15. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 6 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 1 (17%) 4 (67%)
16. The instructor makes me feel free to ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
17. The instructor seems well prepared for each class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 6 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 1 (17%) 4 (67%)
18. Work requirements and grading system were clear from the beginning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 5 1.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 3 (60%)
19. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 6 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 1 (17%) 4 (67%)
20. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 6 1.17 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 3 (50%)
21. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
He created an environment where students felt comfortable to participate in discussion. The class had more or a collaborative feel to it which helped with learning the content.
his teaching style and methods -- they stimulated me to be more analytical and critical about what i read.
how to critically analyze content and relate ideas to various theories discussed/presented in the field/course.
Prof. Suthers' in class summary is very helpful for me as a non-native speaker. Also, the reading summary is really a good practice although it often took me many hours to write, it pays off, too.
Highly knowledgeable about the content area. His willingness to consider student generated ideas for seminar topics.
22. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
There's not a whole lot that I would improve. I enjoyed how the class was structured so that we were able to focus on our papers towards the end. I also enjoyed the special topics that were student generated.
perhaps the amount of weekly assignment -- i see great benefits of weekly assignment. it did help sharpen my thought. but it took me so much time to complete.
since the course requires the students to read, and understand/apply research methodologies throughout the course, it would be extremely helpful to discuss the various types of research and analysis methods and how they are used in research in the beginning of class. emphasis on project types and areas from the beginning of course.
I found this course to be extremely reading heavy, even after the weekly reading assignments were reduced so that we could work on our final projects. I would have also appreciated more feedback in regards to our grades for our weekly reading summaries and participation. I feel that this class could benefit from having more structure, or varying it occasionally so that it isn't always a class discussion on the readings. I enjoyed having guest lecturers and being exposed to other points of view.
23. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
encouraging, constructive, invested
knowledgeable supportive dedicated (himself to teaching for students' best interest)
a great researcher and analyst
enthusiastic, concise, caring, insightful, open-minded
Knowledgeable, Current, Resourceful
24. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
great nurturing teacher who truly cares about student needs.
excellent. he's one of the best teachers i've ever known.
A professor who is easy to communicate with and a source of inspiration to become a good researcher and critical analyst.
A great instructor!
Excellent instructor. He invested a lot of his time and energy to this class. Unlike some other professors, teaching is only something they are required to do after tenure were granted. I really appreciate Dr. Suthors' effort to make this course challenging, yet enjoyable.
25. The writing assignments helped me understand the course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 6 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (50%) 3 (50%)
26. Reading assignments seem carefully chosen.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 6 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 1 (17%) 4 (67%)
27. Reading assignments require a reasonable amount of time and effort.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.67 6 1.37 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 2 (33%)
28. 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  
4.5 6 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (50%) 3 (50%)
29. The course is so conducted that I know on a daily/weekly basis what is expected of me.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
30. The projects were valuable in understanding the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 6 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (50%) 3 (50%)
31. The instructor gave fair and consistent grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 0 (0%) 5 (83%)
32. Online communication with class members and the instructor helped me to learn course materials in an effective manner.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.17 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (83%) 1 (17%) 0 (0%)
33. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
see above comments.
discussion in class -- improved my understanding about weekly topics
discussion style class
Its wide range of topic coverage and its pragmatical value for CIS area exam.
In-class discussion, really inspiring.
Variety of weekly discussion topics
34. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
time-consuming weekly assignment
an absence of a structured summary (in every class) of theories and key ideas to look for the following week.
Course structure
35. My overall evaluation of this course is...
helpful.
excellent
I learned a lot of valuable and interesting theories related to the course field which could also be applicable to other fields of study.
useful and inspiring
Excellent, beyond my expectation.
Very interesting class, and provided a great overview of a variety of topics.
36. Other comments:
lot of information to read, gather and make sense.

Daniel Suthers: ICS668, Fall 2009     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Information& Computer Sciences
Course: ICS 668 - Social Informatics Crn (Section): 79096 (001)    
1. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.22 9 0.44 Freq(%) 7 (78%) 2 (22%)
2. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 9 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (100%)
3. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 9 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (100%)
4. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 9 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (100%)
5. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 9 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 2 (22%) 6 (67%)
6. I developed the ability to carry out original research in this area.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 9 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 3 (33%) 4 (44%)
7. I learned to recognize quality work in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 9 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 2 (22%) 6 (67%)
8. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 6 (67%)
9. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 9 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 3 (33%) 4 (44%)
10. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
11. What things did you get from this course that will benefit you personally?
I earned valuable insights into an area of computer science that I had not really experienced before but will be needed for my current research. I will be able to be more sensitive to the human side of computing when designing systems after taking this course.
The range of topics was broad, but the readings and discussion allowed a deep discussion of a variety of different theories, techniques, and research methodologies.
I learned how to personal reflect on a class session. I also learned how to summarize, review, and critically analyze an academic paper.
12. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 9 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (100%)
13. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 9 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (100%)
14. The instructor frequently discussed recent developments related to the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 9 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (100%)
15. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 7 (78%)
16. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 6 (67%)
17. The instructor makes me feel free to ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 7 (78%)
18. The instructor seems well prepared for each class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 7 (78%)
19. Work requirements and grading system were clear from the beginning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
20. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 9 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (44%) 5 (56%)
21. In general, the course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 7 (78%)
22. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 6 (67%)
23. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
He is extremely knowledgeable about this field and has a lot of practical experience in research. He makes the class atmosphere casual and comfortable but expects a high level discourse which ensures a stimulating discussion every meeting.
The in-depth knowledge and related research experience of Dr. Suthers was the #1 reason this was an effective course.
He was extremely into the subject we studied and had extensive experience in doing research, therefore he was very knowledgeable about the field.
24. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
Some of the papers were a little boring. I think the class should be restructured so that research methods and terminology are intermixed with current issues throughout the year. That would help very much in terms of making the class more engaging.
25. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
knowledgeable, interested, enthusiastic
enthusiastic, knowledgeable, professional
Enthusiastic, helpful, and well experienced.
26. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
I really liked having this instructor and feel he genuinely increased my ability to become a researcher.
I have never seen such an excellent instructor who always tries to find ways to be inclusive to different types of students. The instructor is very supportive to your personality and deliver what a students need.
Outstanding. Addresses concepts that are difficult and beats them into submission.
The instructor was very enthusiastic about the course and subject. He was strongly committed to making the course as interesting and helpful as possible. He was always prepared for class and prepared to help any student who needed it outside of class.
27. Assignments are relevant to what is presented in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 9 1.01 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 7 (78%)
28. Reading assignments seem carefully chosen.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 9 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (44%) 5 (56%)
29. Reading assignments require a reasonable amount of time and effort.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 9 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 2 (22%) 6 (67%)
30. 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  
4.67 9 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 7 (78%)
31. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 7 (78%)
32. The course is so conducted that I know on a daily/weekly basis what is expected of me.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 6 (67%)
33. The projects were valuable in understanding the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 7 (78%)
34. Grades are assigned fairly and impartially.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 7 (78%)
35. Online communication with class members and the instructor helped me to learn course materials in an effective manner.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.86 9 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 6 (67%) 2 (22%)
36. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
I found the in-class meetings with the informal discussions the most enjoyable.
This was a very well structured course that covered a wide range of related topics. It was great when the theory covered early in the class came through in studies where one would not expect it.
the possibility to discuss "special topics" and the readings at least for the special topic sessions.
I liked the end of the semester when we could cover current issues in the field. I found that very relevant to my understanding of the broader subject of computer science.
37. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
I was quite frustrated with the students who didn't participate in class. I felt somewhat uncomfortable having a discussion with the professor and other class members while a few people sat there and watched us.
disCourse. Primarily because it was so darn slow.
the assignment of posting "reflections" by 2 days after class: I'd rather post reflections when I really want to discuss something. Maybe a certain ammount of online contribution could be required without timing limits?
I disliked the lack of any technical work. I was hoping to learn more about computers, but the class didn't cover and technical subjects.
38. My overall evaluation of this course is...
Great course. Not the usual computer science class which was hard to get used to but I learned a lot.
Outstanding. Made me interested in many more things than I can possibly study or research.
excellent
good and interesting enough to me but a student with no backgrounnd of study may struggle and be overwhelmed by all the theories and approaches through the reading assignments
I thought the course was very interesting and I believe the knowledge and skills I gained from it will be very helpful into the future.

Daniel Suthers: ICS667, Spring 2009     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Information& Computer Sciences
Course: ICS 667 - Advanced HCI Design Methods Crn (Section): 88882 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 4 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (100%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 4 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (100%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 4 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (100%)
4. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 4 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (50%) 2 (50%)
5. I developed the ability to solve real problems in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 4 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (50%) 2 (50%)
6. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
7. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 4 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (50%) 2 (50%)
8. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 4 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (100%)
9. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
We covered both pragmatic and theoretical aspects of HCI design methods.
By covering a variety of practical and theoretical foundations for HCI, the course avoided "how to create a pretty web page" by asking why techniques were good/bad.
As a system designer and developer I have been exposed extensively to the technical aspects of system design but not the "human" aspects of system design. This aspect of system design is often ignored or omitted and can determine the success or failure of a system regardless of the technical quality of the system. This ICS class provided me the framework to understand and directly address the human aspect of system design.
10. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
The after-class online reflection posting assignment: although it originated some interesting discussions, it was mandatory and therefore sometimes writing it and reading others' posting was time consuming with no additional value.
escalation of the amount of writing beyond what we could effectively discuss
11. What things did you get from this course that will benefit you personally?
The Raskin and Krippendorff readings were excellent, albeit very different, and forced me to think about HCI in ways I had never considered.
Some of the discussion material in class bordered on highly conceptual philosophical concepts which at times was difficult for me to understand. However that was a limitation of my knowledge and experiences. Gaining experience and knowledge in these aspects of system design will be beneficial for me when I am involved in future system design projects.
12. The instructor gives clear explanations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
13. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 4 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (100%)
14. The instructor is sensitive to student difficulty with course work.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 4 1.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 2 (50%)
15. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 4 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (100%)
16. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 4 0.96 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 1 (25%) 2 (50%)
17. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 4 0.96 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 1 (25%) 2 (50%)
18. The instructor makes me feel free to ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
19. The instructor seems well prepared for each class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 4 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (100%)
20. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
21. In general, the course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 4 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (100%)
22. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 4 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (100%)
23. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
He stimulated students to participate in the design of the course.
Dr. Suthers' ICS background, HCI teaching experience, and strong research background were evident in his understanding of the subject matter and the diversity of the topics covered in the class.
Instructors knowledge of course material and content
24. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
It might be interesting to do more experimental activities, maybe optimizing the time for in class discussion, which fortunately touched many tangent issues, however sometimes for too long. Maybe it would be fruitful to stimulate more the overall online discussion instead of assigning a mandatory personal reflection posting after each class, i.e. it could count positively if after class the student answers her/his or others' previous posts on the light of eventual thoughts emerged during the class meeting. The week's rhythm would be: (1)personal reading (2)posting online of personal thoughts (3)class meeting (4)distributed online discussions.
sympathy
The first day of class seemed very unstructured however this was a non issue for the rest of the course.
25. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
knowledgeable enthusiastic engaging
challenging, knowledgeable
knowledgable and experienced in human computer interaction theory
26. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
excellent
Excellent. Top 5% of all instructors I've taken courses from.
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27. Assignments are relevant to what is presented in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 4 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (100%)
28. Class assignments provided an effective aid for learning the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
29. 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  
4.25 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (75%) 1 (25%)
30. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
31. The course is so conducted that I know on a daily/weekly basis what is expected of me.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 4 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (50%) 2 (50%)
32. The projects were valuable in understanding the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 4 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (100%)
33. Grades are assigned fairly and impartially.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 2 (67%) 0 (0%)
34. My overall evaluation of this course is...
very good
Excellent. I am glad I took it, although I was wary before taking the course that it would be too detailed/in-the-weeds w.r.t. computer programming that I would not get the breadth of material and topics that interest me.

Daniel Suthers: ICS491, Fall 2008     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Information& Computer Sciences
Course: ICS 491 - Special Topics Crn (Section): 78169 (003)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
4.13 8 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (88%) 1 (13%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.63 8 0.52 Freq(%) 3 (38%) 5 (63%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 8 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 6 (75%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 8 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (50%) 4 (50%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 8 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 2 (25%) 5 (63%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 7 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 3 (43%) 3 (43%)
7. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 7 1.11 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 4 (57%)
8. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 8 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 2 (25%) 4 (50%)
9. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 8 0.92 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 1 (13%) 5 (63%)
10. The instructor makes me feel free to ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 1 (13%) 6 (75%)
11. The instructor seems well prepared for each class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 8 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (50%) 4 (50%)
12. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 8 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 2 (25%) 5 (63%)
13. In general, the course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 8 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 3 (38%) 4 (50%)
14. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
very good. a little late at times...but is very enthusiastic about the subject
Excelent instrutor
very helpful teacher, thank you! but also too much reading!!
There was very little feedback from the instructor as to how we were doing in this course.
Very knowledgeable in his study of work and it shows in the lectures.
Dr. Suthers is a really nice guy, and makes his class very interesting. He picks lots of topics for reading and discussion which are surprisingly contemporary. The discussions often have us analyzing popular web technology and video games in ways that gave me a much deeper insight into the psychology of designing and interfacing with technology. Being an actual researcher in this field was probably a major factor in all of this, because he is well versed in all of the current literatur and is also very excited to talk about these topics, which got me excited to learn it as well.
15. Assignments are relevant to what is presented in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 8 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 2 (25%) 5 (63%)
16. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 5 (63%)
17. Grades are assigned fairly and impartially.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 8 0.99 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 1 (13%) 4 (50%)
18. My overall evaluation of this course is...
very good. the final project could be easier, especially for undergraduates. In my opinion a reasonable paper length would be less than 10 pages because of time constraints. I would suggest Maximum of 5 pages and a minimum of 3 pages that would be the best range.
Excelent Instructor
There was a lot of theoretical information. If there was more of an emphasis on applicable material, I think it would better enhance the learning in the class.
good!!
I learned some things. I think there is plenty of room for improvement in the presentation and organization of this course.
This course has deepened my interest of this area of computer science.
This is a really great course and I think I learned a lot in it, even though it doesn't have a whole lot to do directly with my field of study (embedded systems). The instructor made it really interesting, and so I think I learned a lot. It was kind of disappointing though that this was the only human-computer interaction (HCI) related course available this semester, especially since there appears to be many faculty members with HCI experience. The actual HCI course was not available this semester at all, and could probably be a prerequisite for this course.