EDST 837: Evidence of Learning in School and Everyday Life

Feedback reports:
Students' monthly feedback on the class

You can check this feedback against our estimations of class workload.

  • Report#1. 02/10 -- 03/13
  • Report#2. 03/16 -- 04/03
  • Report#3. Final

  •  Report#1. 09/03-10/03 (fake)

    1. How is the class going?







      number of responses 0 1 7 7 1

      Total number of responses=16, Median=2.5

    2. Select the course areas you:
      like=2 so-so=1 dislike=0 Total Median course area
      8 8 0 16 1.5 Participation in web discussions
      3 11 1 15 1.0 Participation in class discussions
      11 5 0 16 2.0 Participation in small group discussions
      2 11 3 16 1.0 Reading assigned literature
      10 5 1 16 2.0 Weekly projects
      9 6 0 15 2.0 Developing group projects & final paper
      12 4 0 16 2.0 Filling the feedback survey


    3. How many hours do you spend for writing reading and participating in the Web discussions per week?



      1-5 hours=1

      5-10 hours=2

      10-20 hours=3

      > 20 hours=4

      number of responses 0 14 2 0 0

      Total number of responses=16, Median=1.0

    4. How many times on average did you contribute (speak) in whole class discussions (per class meeting)?



      1-2 times=1

      3-4 times=2

      >4 times=3

      number of responses 3 8 3 2

      Total number of responses=16, Median=1.0

    5. How many times on average did you contribute (speak) in small group discussions of readings (per class meeting)?



      1-2 times=1

      3-4 times=2

      >4 times=3

      number of responses 0 0 3 13

      Total number of responses=16, Median=3.0

    6. How many postings on average did you post on the Web (per week)?



      1-3 =1




      8-9=5 >10=6
      number of responses 0 1 9 4 0



      Total number of responses=16, Median=2.0

    7. How much readings did you read for these weeks?

        assigned literature





      number of responses 0 0 16 0

      Total number of responses=16, Median=2.0

    8. Do you feel:
      overwhelmed or totally lost=0 2
      behind=1 0
      basically OK=2 8
      you are getting it=3 3
      on top of the work=4 3
      Total 16
      Median 2.0
    9. Which of the assigned literature for the last two weeks do you really like (please, explain why) and which do you recommend to change (please, explain why and how)?

      A1: I found the literature to be challenging. However, it is a good change. Frankly, I am sick of teachers "dumbing" down the readings. It is good to struggle, a little bit,
      with issues such as these.
      A2: I think the reading from last week in reference to the Native Americans was a bit confusing. Many of the students did not understand the main "gist" of the article.
      A3: I thought the Option 1 article on the community of learners was interesting. It seemed like there were things in this article we can apply to our own philosophy of teaching. I did not like the article that was a study of the Mazahuas. It seemed rather irrelevant and it was very hard to follow. The writing was above my level which made it even more difficult to read.
      A4: I really enjoyed the article, "Learning to Read, the never-ending debate." It enforced my knowledge of the debate going on in the education world between the use of phonics or whole language. I believe in the use of the emergent literacy option because all children learn and progress differently, so all students should learn to read and write using their own pace. the artilce was well written and kept my interest.
          The article, "Mind, Culture and Activity: An International Journal" was very difficult to understand, and was too long. I felt as if the article rambled on and lost me after the first paragraph. I think this artile should be eliminated or changed to an easier to understand artile.
    10. . How do you think the class can be improved?

      A1: I like the class in general. My only criticism does not involve the instructor. I sometimes feel that I, and a few select others are the only ones speaking. I would like to see more class involvement.
      A2: Less time for small group work b/c lots of time is wasted.
      A3: I enjoy discussing issues in the small groups because you can get everyone's opinion from the group. With whole class discussions, not many people speak up , which is fine. So, I think we should spend more time in the small groups, not only discussing the article but also the lectures, and etc.
      A4: So far, the best part of the class is the small group discussions. When we are given the chance to learn from each other we come up with a lot of interesting things. The whole class discussions are not beneficial the way they are going now. I think rather than you responding to each students comments, we should just let the discussion flow. No one person should speak for too long either. This causes people to tune out and not pay attention. The readings do not seem to relate very well to our professional goals. I would be interested to read case studies of students or descriptions of classrooms and then discuss how we would handle things in specific situations.
      A5: I really enjoy the group time to discuss the articles. It gives me a chance to talk with my peers about my ideas or questions about my article and to learn about what they read as well. I get to see many different interpretations of articles, and it expands my knowledge of the literature discussed. I don't think there is anything that can be
      changed or improved in the class. It is going very smoothly.

    THANKS for your very useful feedback and support!!!!!!

    I'll try to address your suggestions and concerns in my instruction. Eugene


    Last changed: September 05, 2001. Created by Eugene Matusov. FrontPage