>My evaluations for this course

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VALUE Why did you take this course? (Check the most important one). NUM
1 Required course within my major/minor/program/certificate 4

2 Elective course counting toward my major/minor/program/certificate 0
3 Hamline Plan designation 0
4 General Elective course 0
AVG: 1 STD: 0 MIN: 1 MAX: 1 4
VALUE The instructor effectively communicates his/her knowledge of the subject. NUM
1 Strongly Disagree 0
2 Disagree 0
3 Moderately Disagree 0

4 Neither Agree nor Disagree 0
5 Moderately Agree 0
6 Agree 2
7 Strongly Agree 2
AVG: 6.5 STD: .58 MIN: 6 MAX: 7 4
VALUE The instructor presents this course in an organized fashion. NUM
1 Strongly Disagree 0
2 Disagree 0

3 Moderately Disagree 0
4 Neither Agree nor Disagree 0
5 Moderately Agree 0
6 Agree 1
7 Strongly Agree 3
AVG: 6.75 STD: .5 MIN: 6 MAX: 7 4
We had a topic outline at the beginning of the semester and we made it through just everything with some minor changes at the end of the semester.
VALUE The instructor creates an environment conducive to learning for all students. NUM

1 Strongly Disagree 0
2 Disagree 0
3 Moderately Disagree 0
4 Neither Agree nor Disagree 0
5 Moderately Agree 1
6 Agree 1
7 Strongly Agree 2
AVG: 6.25 STD: .96 MIN: 5 MAX: 7 4

The online screencasts were helpful to me but some students may not learn as well as having a regular lecture style course.
VALUE The instructor’s teaching method encourages me to learn actively. NUM
1 Strongly Disagree 0
2 Disagree 0
3 Moderately Disagree 0
4 Neither Agree nor Disagree 0
5 Moderately Agree 0
6 Agree 0
7 Strongly Agree 4

AVG: 7 STD: 0 MIN: 7 MAX: 7 4
We had to read the sections before hand, have a summary typed up, and have at least one question to ask on the material before class. He also asked questions frequently during the class period.
VALUE The instructor challenges students to meet high academic standards. NUM
1 Strongly Disagree 0
2 Disagree 0
3 Moderately Disagree 0
4 Neither Agree nor Disagree 0
5 Moderately Agree 0

6 Agree 1
7 Strongly Agree 3
AVG: 6.75 STD: .5 MIN: 6 MAX: 7 4
This course was very time consuming outside the classroom.
VALUE The instructor provides feedback that enhances my learning. NUM
1 Strongly Disagree 0
2 Disagree 0
3 Moderately Disagree 0

4 Neither Agree nor Disagree 0
5 Moderately Agree 0
6 Agree 1
7 Strongly Agree 3
AVG: 6.75 STD: .5 MIN: 6 MAX: 7 4
We get feedback everyday on our questions in class and our labs have a lot of comments on them.
VALUE The instructor willingly provides assistance to students. NUM
1 Strongly Disagree 0

2 Disagree 0
3 Moderately Disagree 0
4 Neither Agree nor Disagree 0
5 Moderately Agree 0
6 Agree 0
7 Strongly Agree 4
AVG: 7 STD: 0 MIN: 7 MAX: 7 4
He was always willing to help with homework or conceptual problems.

VALUE The instructor clearly explains how my learning will be evaluated. NUM
1 Strongly Disagree 0
2 Disagree 0
3 Moderately Disagree 0
4 Neither Agree nor Disagree 0
5 Moderately Agree 0
6 Agree 2
7 Strongly Agree 2
AVG: 6.5 STD: .58 MIN: 6 MAX: 7 4

VALUE The instructor is an effective teacher. NUM
1 Strongly Disagree 0
2 Disagree 0
3 Moderately Disagree 0
4 Neither Agree nor Disagree 0
5 Moderately Agree 0
6 Agree 1
7 Strongly Agree 3
AVG: 6.75 STD: .5 MIN: 6 MAX: 7 4

VALUE This course provides a valuable learning experience. NUM
1 Strongly Disagree 0
2 Disagree 0
3 Moderately Disagree 0
4 Neither Agree nor Disagree 0
5 Moderately Agree 0
6 Agree 0
7 Strongly Agree 4
AVG: 7 STD: 0 MIN: 7 MAX: 7 4

Group Summary for questions of type "Strongly Dis/Strongly Agree":
AVG: 6.73 STD: 0.51 MIN: 5 MAX: 7 40
Group Summary for questions of type "Why did you take the course?":
Please make additional comments to be read by the Faculty Personnel Committee and the Dean of the College.
Comments:

The new way of teaching that this professor has provided forces students to try learning on their own by reading the book. But the teacher is also willing to provide personal assistance for when we struggle and can’t learn certain things in the book by ourselves. The online resources that the teacher provides for us would be even more efficient for the student and professor in a crowded class. The class teaches the student to learn how to study modern physics on their own and gives assistance for when we struggle to do that. I could also apply this to any other class which is nice.
This was a new way of teaching that I learned to like a lot. It forced me to prepare for class ahead of time.
Comments made by the student in this section will be read by the instructor only.
What features of this course most effectively helped you to learn?
The learning provided online.
The ability to get nearly unlimited help on assignments, and not having to turn those assignments in. Also, the oral exams were a very effective method of evaluation and forced us to study material more.
Summaries
What changes, if any, would you recommend to improve this course?
Rarely the online resources were not explicit enough. The supplementary material sometimes had miscalculations.

The class is very time-consuming, when factoring in the time needed for reading, studying for quizzes, screencasts, and lab projects; it makes it very difficult to balance other classes. If there were some way to merge any of those things together to ease the time requirement, that would be very helpful.
More lectures in class
The following questions were added by the instructor, and pertain to this course only. They will be read by the instructor only.
Which aspects of the course did you like the most?
The requirement of typing up a summary and asking questions outside of class helped me to be more prepared. The use of mathematica was also very helpful to learn this material. I also enjoyed the subject matter covered in this course.
The reading became more interesting as we went along.
The lecture format, not having to turn in homework, and the oral tests.
I liked how the summaries forced me to read and how the screencasts could be paused.
Which aspects of this class did you like the least?

The amount of time needed to be committed outside this course was a little too much. To watch the screencasts, read the book, and do the summaries along with other classes is something that I feel not a lot of students can handle.
The class quizzes.
The time commitment. I had several very difficult classes this semester, and time management was extraordinarily difficult. This class, while not overly difficult, was still incredibly time-consuming.
This way of doing class takes up a lot of time. We are basically attending a class and a half because of the screencasts.
VALUE Doing the summaries and questions enhanced my learning. NUM
1 Strongly Agree 3
2 Agree 1
3 Neutral 0
4 Disagree 0

5 Strongly Disagree 0
0 Not Applicable 0
AVG: 1.25 STD: .5 MIN: 1 MAX: 2 4
The summaries were moderately helpful, as they had us review the big concepts in readings. The questions were even better though, as they let us get help on just the things we did not understand.
This requirement of the course helped me to be more prepared for class
I’ve experianced not reading and reading and when you don’t read in this class you will be lost in the lectures. If one doesn’t have time to read, they should at least watch the screencast, that helps a lot too.
Please comment on the use of screencasts and only answering questions in class.
I really liked the use of screencasts for this course because we can go back and hear a mini lecture anytime on blackboard. However, I felt like I would have grasped the material even better if we had an in class lecture as well because we can actually interact with you but not the screencasts.

It was an effective way of filling the holes in the reading
Effective; I personally learn better from books than lectures, and it was useful to supplement that with specific questions to the instructor.
I wish there were a few lectures in class on the basic overview of the topic. Sometimes it helps when you see it firsthand on the board.
Please comment on doing homework quizzes daily instead of turning homework in.
Having the quizzes daily forced me to try and fully understand the problems rather than simply looking up equations in the book. I feel like some of the time I did gamble with not doing one of them since it was a one if four chance though.
Perhaps it would be more fun to do class quizzes sometimes and homework other times. The professor would let us know which in the beginning of each class.
Preferable to set homework assignments, since we can receive mroe assistance on them.
I enjoyed the daily quizzes more than homework. Being quizzed on the material meant you actually had to know how to do it instead of knowing how to copy a formula from your book as most people do when they turn in homework.

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About Andy "SuperFly" Rundquist

Associate professor of physics at Hamline.
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One Response to >My evaluations for this course

  1. Janet says:

    >Some good, positive feedback for you! Cool. Sounds like the time-issue is one to think over a bit.

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