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EVALUATION OF EFFECTIVENESS OF GEOGRAPHY 207 (Spring 2002)

(http://faculty.washington.edu/krumme/207/02/evaluation.html)
Instructor's Name: GŁnter Krumme [Box 353550; Tel: 3-9089; E-mail krumme@u]

After you have completed this form, it will be collected by a class member who will send it to the University Assessment Center. I will receive it only after grades have been submitted and will use the results to assess content and procedures of this course as well as the benefits of educational communications technologies.


I. DIFFICULTY, QUALITY & EFFECTIVENESS OF THIS COURSE: (Given the 200-level and title of this class, were the content and degree of difficulty appropriate? How would you evaluate: the organization of the course; the quality of readings and assignments; the role of this course as part of your larger academic program; quality of course logistics [syllabus, access to readings, handouts]? Have you gained an improved understanding of the spatial economy and general economic processes as they affect your own daily life?


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II. SELF-REFLECTIONS: Why had you signed up for this course? Were you well enough prepared for this course? If not why not? Were you able to attend classes regularly and spend the normal and expected amount of time (class time + 10 hours per week) for this class? If not why not? Did your motivation change during the quarter? If yes, how and why?


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III. TEACHING OF COURSE: (The instructor's apparent familiarity with class content; style of presentation and interaction; organization of individual class meetings; ability to hold your attention and "make you think" at this time of day; use of examples; willingness to help with problems and assignments; extent and usefulness of instructor's personal, written or E-mail comments on your work and assignments; fairness of grading and other evaluations)


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IV. GUIDANCE ASSOCIATED WITH YOUR SPECIAL INTERESTS AND NEEDS: (Instructor's availability for advice and discussions outside of class; quality of teaching/ learning on one-to-one basis; sensitivity toward your special problems and interests; help with improving your study/learning/research skills; willingness and ability to respond to questions about your academic program and career plans; have you become a more motivated and independent learner? Did instructor help you in overcoming barriers to learning?


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V. INDEPENDENT & COLLABORATIVE WORK: How successful and useful was the instructor's attempt to achieve a high degree of integration of your interests and class content? Did your understanding of the class content improve as a result of independent and collaborative work related to your interests? Did your 'independent' explorations of your interests become more meaningful as a result of the association with class content, the "class framework" and the interests and backgrounds of others in the class?


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VI. SPECIAL SKILLS, OUTREACH & 5TH HOUR: I would very much like to hear some of your thoughts about the 5th Hour/ Outreach/ Workshop/ Internship/ Sharing-your-Skills Component of this class. What have been the benefits or shortcomings of this component? How can it be improved? (Please answer even if you have participated only relatively little)


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VII. EXAMINATIONS & PORTFOLIO: How do you evaluate the comprehensiveness, balance and fairness of the in-class examinations, the value of the portfolio assignments and the role of the presentations (Online or otherwise)?


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VIII. HOW MUCH HAS THE USE OF THE INTERNET HELPED YOU TO ACHIEVE THE FOLLOWING OBJECTIVES:

( 3 = extensively; 2 = moderately; 1 = hardly or not at all )

1.____ Provide a larger and more complete picture of Economic Geography which otherwise would have been lost in this short 10-week quarter.
2.____ Add diversity to the presentation of class content (in addition to the use of lectures, in-class discussions and hard-copy readings).
3.____ Facilitate and improve outside-class communication between instructor and students.
4.____ Reduce necessity for lengthy Q & A periods dealing with logistic matters thereby saving valuable class time.
5.____ Provide a small group or workshop atmosphere in this class of 56 students and encourage your participation where otherwise you may not participate.
6.____ Accommodate special needs and interests (i.e. create multiple and multi-level learning environments).
7.____ Integrate the teaching of a broader range of library- and internet related resource skills into the presentation of subject areas.
8.____ Provide opportunity to experiment with hypertextual or multi-media presentation of your portfolio.
9.____ Encourage you to accept partial responsibility for your own education through active, electronically enhanced learning experiences.
10.____ Help you understand that learning is a continuous process and that you can access this class (and hopefully many other classes in the future) before and after you are officially "enrolled".
11.____ Promote collaboration and acquisition of useful teamwork skills.
12.____ Contribute -- e.g. through your group project -- not just to your own education but to that of your peers and to larger segments of society.
13.____ Enable you to organize your daily (home-job-campus) logistics more efficiently in time & space.
14.____ Enable you to expand and practice your computer communication skills.
15.____ Facilitate "boundary-spanning" communication and activities on campus and between class and community (for your research, volunteering & internships).


IX. WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING 207 WEB PAGES HAVE BEEN (MORE OR LESS) USEFUL TO YOUR LEARNING ENVIRONMENT IN GEOGRAPHY 207:

( 3 = very useful; 2 = moderately useful; 1 = hardly or not at all )

____ Calendar
____ Right Column on Calendar
____ Class Discussions
____ Media - Events - Economic News
____ Front Page (207 Home Page)
____ Glossary

____ Membership List & Group Pages
____ Portfolio Guidelines
____ Recycled (Old) Tests
____ Message Board
____ Resource Page(s) for your topic/theme
____ Support Pages for Stutz Text

____ Template for Table of Contents
____ VLab (Virtual Lab Guide)
____ Weekly Agendas
____ Handout Pages
____ Your Own Pages
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X. CLASS ROOM: After your experience this quarter, would you recommend that our room(s) be again used for Geog.207 in the future?
____Yes, Definitely____Maybe ____No, Definitely Not
COMMENTS:

XI. ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would very much appreciate all of your other suggestions and visions for this class and its different components, including the use of educational communication technologies. You may want to discuss the overall quality of your learning experience and the effectiveness of the class as a whole. Do you expect the materials covered to be useful for other classes or professionally? Do you have specific suggestions as to what you would like to see included in the course. To make space for additions or to reduce the overall amount of material covered what materials would you suggest to drop or reduce? Have the many challenges & frustrations related to access, communications and content taught you anything about real life?

(Please use space on the back of this page)

Thank you very much for this input and for all your other feedback and great ideas during the quarter (and do not hesitate to "drop by" during Fall quarter to challenge your grade or to discuss the class, your contributions and your continuing interest in economic geography)!

If you cannot return this form via the class envelope, please mail it directly to the Educational Assessment Center, Box 35 58 37, UW Campus Mail. (453 Schmitz).


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