ENGL121: Comp II: Researching the Public Experience
Spring 2011 | Section 002 (31771) | TR 9-11:40 a.m. Course Materials | Eastern Michigan University

Enrollment: 24
Forms Completed: 15 (63%)

Core Items (A: Much Above Average, B: Above Average, C: Average, D: Below Average, E: Much Below Average)

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Overall Rating of the Teaching Effectiveness of this Instructor 1/100 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1
Overall Rating of this Course 0/0 1/100 0/0 0/0 0/0 1

Additional Items (SA: Strongly Agree, A: Agree, U: Undecided, D: Disagree, SD: Strongly Disagree)

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My instructor seems well-prepared for class 5/100 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 5
My instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations 3/60 2/40 0/0 0/0 0/0 5
The instructor is reasonably accessible outside the classroom 4/80 1/20 0/0 0/0 0/0 5
The instructor has stimulated my thinking 3/60 2/40 0/0 0/0 0/0 5
The goals of the course are clearly stated and consistently pursued 5/100 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 5
My instructor respects students regardless of sex, age or race 5/100 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 5


What did you like most about this instructor and course?

  1. I thought it was very thought provoking.
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  3. Instructor had a plan everyday and execited it very well. The course was designed to build up to a final paper which worked well for a writing course.
  4. I did not like the instructor. I didnt learn anything about english. We all had to do our own learning on our own time. He didn't teach anything in class. But it was an interesting class.
  5. It was a comprehensive, step-by-step walkthrough of doing research for a paper. For being out of school for 6 years, this was much needed.
  6. He made writing papers fun and not so much a task.
  7. Easy going, cool guy.
  8. Learning more about creative writing.
  9. I liked that the instructor took a seemingly innocuous topic, food, and made it interesting enough for a whole semester of study.
  10. The instructor was specific about class assignments and the course gave me something to think about.
  11. All the comments we got on our papers. He was willing to help and meet w/ us.
  12. Interesting topic of food.
  13. I like the smaller assignments (the memos and tracings) becaus they got me thinking, investigating my research topic.
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  15. Instead of making class easy/boring stimulated my thinking with reasonable assignments, expectations, lessons, etc. Made me want to come to class.

What did you dislike most about this instructor and course?

  1. I felt like it was more based around food politics instead of English, but I suppose since food was a big part of the class that was bound to happen.
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  3. At first the topic and book used to study it, but the controversial nature of the book ended up lending to learning, and overall knowledge of the topic.
  4. Derek has us go to "Purdue Owl" instead of teaching us in class how to do things. Never explains the assignment.
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  6. Needed to be more strict on late and lazy students.
  7. "tracings" + "memos" are gay names for writing assignments.
  8. The time about rather the short semester.
  9. I disliked that some of the writings were not linked very strongly to food. Word work was a good example.
  10. In the beginning of the semester, he should have explained the research project more.
  11. We only got two days to write our 3 page paper and 5 day to write our 1 page paper.
  12. 2:40 is too long for an English class.
  13. The CLO sheets.
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  15. Nothing.

What constructive suggestions do you have for this instructor or course?

  1. Some of his answers are long-winded when a simple explanation would do. He may keep more students attention by being a bit more concise.
  2. The way the instructor teaches the class isnt aimed an English 121 class. No mechanics of writing was ever done in this class. We weren't taught how to do a research paper but yet we had a ten page one assigned to us. The instructor makes up classroom rules as we go along and doesn follow rules about attendance that is clearly stated in the syllabus. The whole semester, we critiqued a book and told to write papers but "HOW" to write them was never discussed which is the purpose of an ENG121 class. If given the chance again to take this class I would not take this professor and I wouldn't recommend him to a fellow peer. With the closing of the semester I have learnt next to nothing from this course.
  3. The method of funnelling everything into the final piece is good, but can it be applied to other topics besides food. It would be nice to see how the semester would have went with a focus on some other topic.
  4. Actually teach about english and not food.
  5. More in depth an different researching methods.
  6. Crack down on slackers.
  7. Nice beard.
  8. For days a week 4 2 hour a day.
  9. Try to balance out the viewpoints presented. I have no proble with a partisan source (from 3) but that source should be balanced by an alternate viewpoint.
  10. We did not have time for project thinking.
  11. Tell us to be thinking of a research argument starting on the first day of class.
  12. Possibly less writing of new work + more revisions of old work.
  13. Instead of the same groups try making new ones everyday.
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  15. I liked the memo/tracing feeding into research argument, use that in future.

Additional Comments

  1. I found the class very interesting. However, I have never taken such a politically driven general ed. class. The book Eating Animals by J.S. Foer was a bit much I think. It inspired a lot of conversation, but I didn't take this class in order to have my eating habits changed...and they have because I'm freaked out by factory farming now. Like I said very interesting but perhaps a less politically driven book would be better.
    I also think the attendance policy was a bit strict. I don't think students should have points taken away if there is a family issue or some other extrenuous reason. I will say however that while I didn't fully agree with the policy he study to it and we were all aware of it from the beginning. As a note to the dept. give the man a computer lab. I took him as a professor because I heard about his skills in that area for research & English. It would have been awesome. He's a nice guy & good teacher.
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