Evaluation Comments
Course:Data Structures I

Quarter:Autumn 13/14
Time: ::: - :::
Location: Distance Learning
James Riely PhD

Associate Professor
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What are the major strengths and weaknesses of the instructor?

1.   Strengths: Super quick response times via email. Has excellent Weaknesses: Very slow grading of homework, which is important when prepping for exam and getting appropriate feedback.
2.   In general either I just didn't understand the material or the instructor didn't present it in a way that I followed. Chances are if I took the class again and/or with a different instructor I may understand the material better.
3.   I can't think of too many weaknesses. Some would say he would run into snags with programming live in class, but in a roundabout way, it helps show us the process of looking at code at trying to figure out how to fix it. He was very entertaining and knowledgeable on the subject.
4.   Strengths: Enthusiastic. Would answer students questions Weakness: He was unable to present examples in class in an understandable manner. Often making mistakes and tries to fix them.

What aspects of this course were most beneficial to you?

1.   The course was online, which is a huge plus for me, since I can study at my own pace and schedule it according to my current work hours.
3.   Learning how to use data structures certainly helped me understand programming much better, especially as a non-CS degree holder.
4.   Going over the quizzes that we did in class. It helped me understand where my mistakes were made

What do you suggest to improve this course?

1.   Have faster grading and better feedback on my homework and exam.
3.   Probably ease up a little on the pacing. It may just be exclusive to me, but there was a time where I was swamped with three projects (from three different courses) all due around the same time. A bit more hands on experience with coding full programs would be nice too. That's when people might learn the most.
4.   More feedback on homework for online students. I never know why I got points off. More examples that will help with homework.
5.   new course materials with better examples.
6.   While it didn't have too much of an impact, it would have been nice to have assignments graded before having to complete the next assignment or midterm/final.

Comment on the grading procedures and exams

1.   It's fair.
3.   No complaints. You get what you give.
4.   Grading too long. I thought homework was graded poorly.
6.   Very fair

Other comments?

1.   PLEASE record the lectures in mono. It's EXTREMELY annoying to hear the lecture in stereo and to hear the professor phasing in and out of from my left and right side.PLEASE cut out breaks from the video. It's a big waste of time when I'm waiting for the lecture to start/restart. Or make better controls on the iPad so I can actually skip in 10s and 60s intervals.Can we also have synchronized bookmarks in the d2l software? I watch the lectures on my ipad to/from work, and watch the rest on my desktop. It would help tremendously if the bookmarks can be synced between devices.
3.   Good tip on the Hancock Tower!
4.   It was hard to hear a lot of the lectures online.