These evaluations come from the Introductory Psychology course that I taught during the Fall semester of 2015 at Haverford College. The course had 28 students and 16 completed this evaluation.

Quantitative Ratings

Haverford College doesn’t produce college averages for its student evaluations so I can only present my data collected from this class.

Plot of mean (+/-) SE

The next analysis describes how the course workload compared to other courses.
* Students had 5 choices
+ Much Heavier
+ Somewhat Heavier
+ About Average
+ Somewhat Lighter
+ Much Lighter

##    About average Somewhat heavier Somewhat lighter 
##                7                4                5

Following up to more precisely analyze their work outside class. The following question asks students to estimate how many hours they devote to the course each week.

##   vars  n mean   sd median trimmed  mad min max range  skew kurtosis   se
## 1    1 16 4.06 1.28      4    4.07 1.48   2   6     4 -0.09     -1.3 0.32

Commentary

Overall Comments

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## 1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I really enjoyed taking the course. I found that our class had an enjoyable dynamic and I thought the Professor was very ethusiatic about the materials he was teaching. I could tell the Professor has done a lot of prep work outside of class, in that he could readdress something one of the students has said weeks ago and tie that into the class that day. 
## 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             I thought that Professor Kurczek taught a really great course. He did a good job of covering everything to give the class a good introduction to psychology. He is very enthusiastic and knowledgable about the subject. He is very helpful to his students when they have questions and always makes time to answer emails and have meetings. His assignments were interesting and fair, but still challenging. 
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## 4  I really enjoyed this course! I hadn't planned on taking this class but I got lotteried out of a different class and so decided to sign up for this one because it sounded kind of interesting. From the beginning I knew it was a good choice because the material was interesting and I liked going to lectures. I would probably say this was my favorite course this semester because I liked learning about the different topics and I liked my professor and how he ran lectures. He was very accessible and I always felt like I could talk to him about anything I was having trouble with. In addition, my professor was kind enough to talk to me about an area of psychology/economics that I'm potentially interested in pursuing. I'm now considering a possible major/minor in psychology and I think my positive experiences in this course have definitely influenced that. 
## 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Maybe psychology classes just don't appeal to me, but I had higher hopes coming into this class. I found the material very fact-based and without much thinking required, and I thought the small in-class assignments and forum questions did not produce many substantive answers.
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## 7                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     The instructor was very prepared and continually improving throughout the course. Unfortunately, I am just not interested in psychology, so I did not enjoy it that much, but it was still a good course.
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## 9                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Thank you so much for your teaching and help this term! I much enjoyed the course. I guess it can be really hard from listening as student to teaching a class, but you have done absolutely great job!\nGood luck next semester!
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## 11                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         I thought Professor Kurczek was helpful and made the class interesting by bringing in his own personal experience with psychology. He also gave us the opportunity to do some public speaking which I always appreciate. I got the sense that professor Kurczek truly cared whether or not we found the material as exciting as he often did and as a result I never found myself wishing the lectures would end. The only critique I have of Professor Kurczek is that I wish he gave me some more in depth and constructive feedback on my papers.
## 12                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Jake was an innovative professor and I really enjoyed learning and collaborating with him this semester. This class is making me consider a Psychology major. It was really engaging and I really enjoyed doing the chapter and the digital story. I would suggest however that the digital story evaluations be written instead of numbered for other students because more often than not the topics were really interesting and I wanted to convey more and write more about the topic than could fit within the number evaluations. 
## 13                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               I really enjoyed this course, and my professor made this class both intriguing and enjoyable. I felt that I learned a lot of information in a short period of time because of his commitment to the class and his enthusiasm for the material.
## 14                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 He makes an unbelieveable effort to be relateable and relevant which is very much appreciated. He cares so deeply about this subject and it shows in his teaching. I find myself laughing at his references and learning a ton each day-- he is so engaging!
## 15                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Again, Jake has been my favorite teacher. The only bad thing I can say is that I can't take another one of his classes as he's a visiting professor.
## 16                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     I LOVED Intro to Psych with Jake. I wish I could take his class next semester but I have a conflict in my schedule. I am so excited about psychology and although I do not think it will be a major for me my interest has been sparked and I think that is the most important part of any class. Thanks Jake for a great semester I am truly grateful!

Lecture Suggestions

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## 4                                                                                                                            I really liked that the professor kept lectures interesting by adding in different activities, videos, and short news presentations by students.
## 5                                        Maybe it was because of the nature of the subject, but the lectures, despite certain breaks and activities interspersed, included a good deal of simply displaying facts and definitions in powerpoints, which did not appeal to me.
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## 7                                                                                                                                                                                                               I liked how lectures were broken up with activities sometimes
## 8                                                                                                                                                                They were great lectures. They were never boring, never the same thing. I would have liked more activities. 
## 9                                                                                                                                                        More doable activities linked to topic can be practiced in class, it would be helpful for understanding the subject.
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## 11 Professor Kurczek always kept the class interesting by bringing in information outside of the textbook to help us understand psychological concepts. I thought this greatly improved my understanding of the course material and prevented me from getting bored in class.
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## 13                                                                I liked how some of the lectures had interactive activities incorporated in them. This made the class come together more and understand concepts better as a whole when something was especially confusing.
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## 15                                                                              Jake has been my  favorite teacher in my time as a student. Every single note he presents with examples in a way that makes sense and makes everything seem incredibly relevant in our lives.
## 16                                   I generally enjoyed Jake's lectures they were by far the most stimulating lectures of all my lecture classes this semester. I think that there is a lot of variety and Jake does a good job of keeping us engaged and asking questions.

Evaluation Suggestions

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## 2      The exams and projects were very fair and were graded very fairly. I thought the assignments were interesting and gave the class the freedom to think for themselves, research what they are passionate about, while still being challenged an appropriate amount. 
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## 4                                                                                                               I think the professor did a really good job of commenting so I could tell that he had thoroughly read my exam/paper and his comments were really helpful. 
## 5                                                                                                                                Having two big research type assignments in an intro class was very overwhelming and it was hard to figure out how to do them on the fly.
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## 7                                                                                                                     The chapter and digital story were a lot of work, and I do not think that was adequately reflected with the percentage they were worth for the grade
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## 9                                                                                                                                Generally helpful, but it could be more so if a personal office is held to talk to each student for like 10-15 minutes on their projects.
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## 11                                                                                                                                                                     Professor Kurczek was great about being available to meet when I had any questions about my papers.
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## 13                                                                                I thought some of the papers we could have used a little more time for, or have had a shorter version of it. But the papers were still interesting and a good writing experience for me.
## 14 The only one I didn't feel that I gained a ton from was the chapter. it didn't seem to be pertinent to psychology and I didn't feel that I enhanced my understadning of the subject matter as much as I did in the digital story (which i loves) or the written exams. 
## 15                                                                                                                Incredibly interesting exams and papers that were much less about memorizing information and much more about the applications of why everything matters.
## 16                                                            I think that Jake gives really good comments. I like how when he grades us on the rubric he explains WHY he is giving us such a high score of WHY he is taking off points which I find to be really helpful.

Poor Topics

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## 1                                                                                                                                 I found the sensation and perception unit the least interesting
## 2  I found the topics that focused solely on biology were the least interesting, however, I acknowledge they are valuable to the study of psychology and need to be included in an intro course. 
## 3                                                                                                                                            I found the biological components least interesting.
## 4                                                                                                 I thought that maybe the Sensation and Perception chapter was not the most interesting/useful. 
## 5                                                                I found the theories of social psychology arbitrary and presented without very much context for why we accept or challenge them.
## 6                                                                                                                                                                                       Very few.
## 7                                                                                                                                                                                          Memory
## 8                                                                                                                                                                            Biology and Behavior
## 9                                                                                                                                                 Maybe biological because I am not a bio person.
## 10                                                                                                                                             the first couple chapters talking about the brain 
## 11                                                                              I did not find the neuroscience section on how the brain communicates with the rest of the body very interesting.
## 12                                                           I personally didn't enjoy social psychology as much but I know some people who really enjoyed it so that is my personal preferences.
## 13                                                            I did not really find anything uninteresting in the course; all units were concepts that I could apply to myself or the real world.
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## 15                                                                                                         While I can't exactly say it is not useful, I didn't really enjoy the biology chapter.
## 16         I personally did not really enjoy the cognitive and memory units (which I know are Jake's favorites) but content wise they just were not interesting to me as my personal preference.

Good Topics

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## 1                                                                                                                                     I found the Social psychology unit and the stress unit the most interesting
## 2                                                                                                                       I thought the chapters on memory, cognition, and social psych were the most interesting. 
## 3                                                                                                                                                           I thought social psychology was the most interesting.
## 4  Personally I really liked the Personality and Social Psychology chapters because I'd had a little prior exposure to these topics prior to this course and studying them again reinforced my interest in them. 
## 5                                                                                                                                                         No topics stand out as especially interesting or useful
## 6                                                                                                                                                                                            Almost all of them. 
## 7                                                                                                                                                                                   The first topic on procedures
## 8                                                                                                                                                                                            Memory and Learning 
## 9                                                                                                                                                       Learning, memory, personality and psychological disorder.
## 10                                                                                                                                                                                  Memory, dreams, personalities
## 11                                                                                                    I liked learning about learning, behavior, and some marketing techniques that are used to influence others.
## 12                             I really enjoyed everything we talked about regarding learning and development because those are topics of interest to me and were presented in a very relevant and relatable way.
## 13                                                                                                                        I found the memory unit and personality types extremely interesting and very relatable.
## 14                                                                                                                                            Digital story, motivation, conditioning, conformity/social behavior
## 15                                                                                                                                                                            I really enjoyed social psychology.
## 16          I found the whole Social Psychology unit really interesting and I hope to take that class at some point in the future as well as the mental disorders that we talked about in the last two lectures.

Poor Readings

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## 1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I used the Noba textbook the least frequently
## 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           I think that all the reading were valuable. 
## 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   None
## 4                                                                                                                                                            I didn't really enjoy reading the Biology chapter but I'm glad I read it because I think you need to know the basic biology of psychology. 
## 5                                                                                                                                                                                      The textbook was fine, but boring, and I didn't need to read too much of it to learn what I needed for the exams.
## 6                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               The chapter focused on research methods.
## 7                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               I only read the textbook
## 8                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The science of psychology\nResearch Methodology\nHealth and Well Being 
## 9                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nothing really.
## 10                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             textbook was not interesting but valuable
## 11                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      none, the textbook was neither particularly interesting or dull.
## 12                                                                                                                                                                                 I did not read the textbook before class and only reviewed it along with the slideshow presentations before the exams
## 13 The one I found the least interesting was probably the one that focused on our brain chemicals and how that gives different people different personalities. Although I thought it was interesting, it was something that I personally was less interested in compared to the other topics we studied.
## 14                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              sensation and perception
## 15                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Textbook readings were not a necessary part of this course.
## 16                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               I generally like most of the readings.

Good Readings

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## 1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I thought the Gazzaniga textbook was very helpful
## 2                                                                                                                                                                            I found that all the chapters assigned were relevant and aided in my understanding of the topics discussed in class. 
## 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I found the text book readings valuable in relation to the lectures
## 4                                                                                                       I personally thought that reading the textbook chapters on Personality and Social Psychology were interesting but that is probably because those were my favorite topics of the semester. 
## 5                                                                                                                                                                                            The powerpoint slides were most useful as an outline for all of the facts and information we covered.
## 6                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             The chapter that focused on psychological disorders.
## 7                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     I only did textbook readings
## 8                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Memory\nPersonality
## 9                                                                                                                                                We didn't have much outside reading besides course material and our own projects. I found reading on my own interested project the most valuable.
## 10                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        textbook
## 11                                                                                                                        The class readings were strictly out of the text book and I found the lectures to be equally helpful. Independent readings for research projects were quite interesting.
## 12                                                                                                                                                                                                            I found all the reading I did for my research papers the most valuable and engaging.
## 13                                        I found the readings about the brain towards the beginning of the semester the most interesting because although it was more technical and biological, it was very interesting to learn how the brain works and which parts of the brain stimulate what.
## 14                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The chapeters on conditioning and biological perspectives of the brain
## 15                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Textbook readings were not a necessary part of this course.
## 16 I think the textbook readings where usually interesting and helpful. I found that sometimes they did not go into as much detail as I needed to truly understand the topic so sometimes I would have to seek outside resources but other than that I thought the textbook did a fairly good job.

Other Reading Comments

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## 7  Break up the readings. It was more daunting when we had a chapter due each week. It would have been better if there were specific sections to read for each class.
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## 9                                                                                             Maybe more outside reading, or documentary session (like once a month).
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## 13                                                         In general I enjoyed the readings because they worked well with the information presented in the lectures.
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