Winter Grad Course Evaluation
I finally got a summary of graduate students feedback on the consulting course I ran this past winter. It was pretty good overall—on a scale of 1-5, the responses were:
|How much background is required to successfully complete this course?||None||Lots||2.6|
|How easy was it to obtain details/background needed to supplement the lecture material?||Easy||Hard||2.7|
|Did the term work increase your understanding of the material?||Not at all||Very much||4.3|
|The material was presented:||Too slowly||Too fast||3.0|
|The material was:||Too broad||Too specialized||2.8|
|Was the workload:||Too light||Too heavy||3.5|
|How well organized or prepared was the lecturer?||Not at all||Very||4.0|
|How satisfied were you with the lecturer?||Not at all||Very||4.7|
|Overall rating of the course||Bad||Great||4.5|
|What resources did you use heavily for the course?||Lectures||2|
Advice to people who are considering the course in the future:
- If there's a project you're interested in or something you want to learn, this is a great way to spend time doing it and getting a course credit at the same time.
- Great course. Find a good project and give 'er.
- This course is what you make of it. You can mold the course in order to get out more of what you are interested in. I found this freedom great!
- Lots of projects to choose from.
- Good if you want some public speaking experience.
- This course is very good for undergraduate students. It will enhance their coding skills and give them a good opportunity to find a job (by linking them to people in industry). If you are a graduate student and your thesis involves building an application, it's a very good chance to pass a course as you are doing so.
- Great course. You will learn a lot, but make sure you make realistic estimates of how long everything will take, otherwise it will be too much work.
General Comments — Good
- Provides great insight into large project development.
- Lecturer was outstanding!
- Interesting discussions.
- You can do many different things (develop applications) in this course.
- Learn a lot; things you won't learn in any other course.
- Hands-on learning and real-world experience.
General Comments — Bad
- Very code intensive, not very appropriate for grad students if the project is irrelevant to their research.
I’m now looking for project ideas for students in the fall — if you’re interested, please drop me a line.