Response to Student Feedback
HSTY2670 - New York, New York (2011)
Unit Coordinator: Associate Professor Stephen Robertson
Only 88 of 322 students completed the survey, but their responses indicated that the unit remained as successful as when last taught: 98% of students agreed or strongly agreed that they were satisfied with the quality of the unit, with a mean score of 4.56 out of 5; and 89% agreed or strongly agreed that that teaching in the unit helped them learn effectively, with a mean score of 4.51.
Students identified the strengths of the course as the lectures, the use of visual sources and the focus on place. Below is a sample of comments:
- “Really loved this course. Baffled by how Stephen can present so much information in an engaging way”
- “The lectures were so engaging, so nice to listen to a passionate teacher”
- “The lectures were amazing – informative, clear, ordered and entertaining”
- “Clear course structure, good readings, interesting assessment tasks”
- “This was the best history unit I’ve done. Very well organized and interesting for the entire semester!!!!”
A small number of students expressed some confusion about what was expected in the first essay. I was also concerned about the number of essays submitted that did not focus on place as the question required. The next time the unit is taught I will redesign this task, incorporating additional conceptual material on place and a different question.
A larger group of students expressed concern about the large size of the tutorials. I cannot reduce the size, but I will continue to work with the tutors on ways to work with large groups.