History Department Response to Student Feedback
HSTY3051 - Australia and Asia (2005)
Unit Coordinator: Dr John Wong
This course dealt with Australia's relations with the Afro-Asian countries. Student comments have been overwhelmingly positive and enthusiastic:
- Dr John experimented this semester and allowed student presentations to take up the majority of the class. Would have loved to have heard more of his pearls of wisdom, which were less frequent yet invaluable. Dr John encouraged feedback and criticism. Dr John is a highly experienced teacher. I just wish I had heard more
from him and less from us.
- High expectations resulted in high learning. Methods and philosophy taught effective. Dr Wong was of great help. Discussions were always great. Dr Wong gave great feedback. Fantastic subject.
- Dr Wong is a top quality teacher, one of only a handful I have had the pleasure to meet and learn with. I will certainly take some of his ideas with me after graduation.
- Dr Wong is an excellent teacher, committed to his students and loyal to
the higher aspects of learning.
- I was particularly satisfied with both the content of the course and the quality of the teaching. Dr Wong is an excellent teacher who cares about his students.
- Dr Wong is an insightful analyst. Students were given a large degree of
independence in assessment. Dr Wong is always willing to listen, but
he has very forceful opinions
- Dr Wong has a passionate commitment to education.
- A very committed and knowledgeable class
- Lively discussions from wide ranging experiences and access to lectures.
- Dr Wong is very inspiring and encouraging, and I like his teaching style.
- I like this course coordinator. He makes effort to explain what we wanted to know. Overall very good.
- Dr Wong clearly cares deeply about his students. He encourages high standards and when he leads relevant discussions, they can be quite fascinating.
There was one complaint: "Only reservation is that the course is only worth 4 credit points".
There were two suggestions (1) "More student debate/conversation during seminars, less teacher involvement". (2) "My only suggestions would be to focus more on the historical perspective and to make sure the discussions after presentations stay on topic and are structured so that there is wide participation". I shall bear both in mind.
Overall satisfaction rating: 90%