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CST8207 19W Course Survey Report

 Winter 2019 - Student Course Feedback Survey
Algonquin College - Student Course Feedback Website  

  Responsible Faculty:  IAN ALLEN   Responses / Expected:   52 / 84 (61.90%) 
Focus: Overall Results
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The Course

CST8207 - 10
Q1Course learning activities (e.g lectures, discussions, practical work, group work, etc) are varied.3119100514.6
Q2Course learning activites are linked to the course learning requirements.429000514.8
Q3All of the course learning requirements are covered in the course.3812000504.8
Responses: [SA] Strongly Agree=5 [A] Agree=4 [U] Undecided=3 [D] Disagree=2 [SD] Strongly Disagree.=1 
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The Course

CST8207 - 10
Q4How useful did you find the required resource(s) for this course?4010100514.8
Responses: [VU] Very useful=5 [SU] Somewhat useful=4 [MU] Moderately useful=3 [NVU] Not very useful=2 [NAA] Not at all useful=1 
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The Course

CST8207 - 10
Q5How likely are you to recommend the required resource(s) to future students of this course?3811200514.7
Responses: [EL] Extremely likely=5 [VL] Very likely=4 [SL] Somewhat likely=3 [NVL] Not very likely=2 [NAA] Not at all likely=1 
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The Course

CST8207 - 10
Q6Overall, please rate the quality of this course3912100524.7
Responses: [E] Excellent=5 [VG] Very Good=4 [G] Good=3 [S] Satisfactory=2 [NS] Not Satisfactory=1 
Question:What did you like most about this course?
Response Rate:71.15%   (37 of 52)
1very useful course

2the learning materials very professional
3the Professor
4i like it
6echo I don\'t think I learned anything $(echo \(it\'s a terrible course.\)); echo I\'ll never use Linux.
7different types of commands
8While at first I was stubborn and frustrated with not being spoon fed answers. I truly learned to love and thrive using the course website and exploring to form my own understandings and knowledge of Linux. While it may not be what most expect in academia, it is a much more formative experience should you choose to properly engage with the course content and assignments.

On top of that Ian always brings an amazing level of energy to any and all topics that makes larning and unpacking Linux fundamentals as fun as possible.

Will, truly be a detriment to future level 1 students who will not get to experience this formative style of teaching as it truly lays the fundamental ground work of linux knowledge needed to suceed in the CST faculty.

9We've got the best professor ever
10Vivid class. We all focus on the class and would not get distracted.
11Very well thought out labs. Some were difficult but very rewarding to complete.
12The teacher's personality.
13The subject is very interactive.
14The passion that Ian teaches with. He is the reason for all the students loving this course.
15The overall class discussions were great, walking through how things worked and why they worked.
16The material is well-explained and constructed in a way that helps solidify concepts even weeks after they're learned.
17The fun and sarcastic environment in class
19Methods th
20Linux is hidden and dangerous; it is also very cool, though teaching delivery has to be proper.
21Lectures are awesome!
22Learning to read ALL the words
23Learning about the Linux bash shell for the first time.
24It is very useful for me , I can get many practices.
26Ian's website and how easy it was to find content that you may or may not need.
27Ian's teaching.
28I liked the way Ian taught the course, he made the boring parts of linux much more entertaining and easy to get into.
29I liked the labs the most because Mr. Allen would actually teach us by taking direct questions and even put us on the spot by asking questions so the answers become embedded in the brain.
30I like that the lecture materials are based off of the assigned readings for that week and the upcoming assignments. It makes it really easy to reference the material again and job your memory if you need to supplement your notes.
31I consider the prof was the best.

32I don't know about linux before joining this course but by attending the linux classes i learn more about the commands and how we can use this in less time and efficent way.
33Everything I learned in this course was very new and I'm glad that I took it.
34Everything about this course is great
35Enthusiastic Professor with the desire to teach!
36Assignment and study material
37As a life long windows user, I understand Windows more now that I've taken Linux I.
Question:How could the course be improved to be of benefit to future students?
Response Rate:67.31%   (35 of 52)
1smaller workload
2offer coffee
5more practical work!
6keep professor Ian teach it
7its hard to say given that this is Ian's last semester.
8fewer assignments that have due dates closed to each other.
9by continuing to teach it
10be the same
11Think about a little bit less 
12That's impossible.
13Really great.
14Perhaps more allotted time for midterms.
15Overall the class is really well structured but for future reference I suggest not offering it early in the morning(8am) because Linux is an important topic mixed with a heavy work load of other classes which will likely require us to step up later and I really dont recommend skipping linux.
16Nothing, I enjoyed Ian's course as is.
17Nothing overall course is very good
18No, improvement required if Ian continues.
20Keep Ian's server
21Keep Ian's server up.
22It need more exercises and some easy assignments.
23If Ian didn't retire.
24I would prefer the language on the Linux site a bit more simplified from the angle of grammar because despite being a native English speaker, I found it a bit difficult to understand instructions. I would like the course to be a bit more extended in terms of time so that we students can spend more time on each week's materials.
25I would not asks for any changes
26I willing to learn more contents
27I think there is no need for improvement because i found this course is very useful and good already.
28I think course is providing best of the materials.
29I can't think of anything.
30I believe there is nothing to improve there, I think Ian did a very good job.
31Don't let Ian go.
32Can’t think of a single thing that would make this course any better.
33By reducing the course fees for international students.
34Assignments had same deadlines that made it little difficult for me
35Allow Ian, to continue teaching days and not evenings if it conflicts with his schedule.


 Student Course Feedback Survey - Winter 2019
 Winter 2019
Algonquin College - Student Course Feedback Website  

  Responsible Faculty:  IAN ALLEN   Responses / Expected:   51 / 84 (60.71%) 
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The Professor

Q1Overall, please rate the effectiveness of your course professor454101514.8
Responses: [E] Excellent=5 [VG] Very Good=4 [G] Good=3 [S] Satisfactory=2 [NS] Not Satisfactory=1 
Question:What did you like most about the course professor?
Response Rate:78.85%   (41 of 52)
1his knowledge
2he is good
4Way of teaching
5The way he made the course more engaging, he made some boring aspects something worth listening too
6The structure of the material and the indepth information provded
7The professor really enjoys teaching this class. I think it will be very difficult to find someone to replace him that is as good of a teacher.
8The one and only IAN is the an excellent prof. The way he teaches is incredible. He has a great sense of humour. IAN is the best prof, keep up to this standard.
9The most important thing i like about the professor is that his explaining power is too much good because when i started solving practice tests i was confused but later when i ask questions to professor he help us to solve it very easily.
10The creativity and manner the teacher teaches is great.
11The consistent level of energy and excitement while engaging with all course content, always willing to go over any sort of practice test question to help understand how to appproach correct thinking of Linux logic
12The Professor, Ian Allen, makes the material incredibly accessible and provides all the information necessary to succeed in this course. Each week builds upon the previous week and the material covered can be applied to other courses making them easier to understand.
13Serious, vivid. Teach us to read all the words.
14Ready All Word.
15Personality is interesting
17Learn how to Read All The Words
19Intelligent, highly respected, an expert in his material, experience in delivering information, creating smart assignments that help to understand the theoretical, a very unique professor I ever saw.
20Ian teaches in a way that explains material in many different ways, making things easy to learn. He is able to keep the class interested and engaged, and his humour makes class fun and less stressful.
21Ian sir teaching way is much better than others which makes the course more interesting
22Ian does a very good job at keeping the class engaged
23I liked that he was very saavy of the material he was teaching and the approach he took in the lab classes, to me, was unparalleled to others. He's very empathetic, he understood the reality of certain students and the difficulties they have to go through. He engages with you and speaks to you to know how you are doing, if there's anything he can do to help and when you explain your situation nicely, he does help. That's welcoming. A student has to be able to feel that from his teacher and I found that amazing.
24I liked his talent to teach, keeping students engaged with a precise and dry knowledge - and at the same time - entertained. I will call it environmental design. I think Ian does it, and does it very well. Furthermore, the knowledge obtained this way usually stays!!! Over the course of the 30 years, I changed 2 continents and 2 countries (Belarus -> Canada). In my opinion, I met 3 teachers that have a right to be called teachers from capital T or "Учитель от бога". I do believe, this year, I met the 4th one. It is an intrinsic quality to posses - to teach - combine what is it out there in job world with the content of learning material via unique teaching technique, put it together, and "voila". It prepares and shapes a student like it should, to be ready for the future challenges. This is a fundamental quality of a learning curve, otherwise you went to school for nothing. Not even once I heard in class : "I failed you as a teacher" because a student cannot respond to a question correctly - and even then it was delivered in a funny joking way. It deserves recognition; by far only great teachers make these statements and deliver them in this manner. I sincerely thank Ian for his remarkable work this semester, and knowledge that I received.
25I like the teaching method
26I like about his teaching
27I enjoyed how Ian taught his course. I found his teaching method very useful.
28His way of explaining concepts
29His teaching style. Also his website.
30His love for Linux and the way he tries to indulge it in us.
31His lectures are wonderful.
32His excitement to teach and his methods of teaching it. “Read all the words” got to me a lot!
33His Energy!! Readiness for students.
34He was one of the most knowledgeable and intelligent professors I've ever had.
35He shows up every day.
36He is very humor, and give us many feedback about homework and exams.
37He is extremely knowledgeable and delivers the material in an easy-to-digest manner
38He is a really friendly and easy going with everyone, and very straight about the rules of school
39He explains the notes in the best possible way.
40ENERGETIC, entertaining while teaching, never let you bored in class, Good sense of humour
41Best Professor

Always well prepared

Very Helpful

Very nice

Always on time and never late

Question:What, if anything, could the professor do differently to be of benefit to future students?
Response Rate:67.31%   (35 of 52)
2nothing he's great
3more assignemnt
4keep teaching this course.
5hes retiring :(
6be the same
7Two assignment shouldn't be DUE on one date
8Perhaps show a touch more leniency for the first offence of tardiness or lab section mislabelling.
9Nothing because our professor is do many effort for students
10Not retire.
11No retire.
12Never stop being fun. We need that in a professor sometimes.
14More practical tips
15Make the website simple(the table of content), because most of us where struggling before getting use to how to get to what we where looking for. Moreover, I would not ask for anything else, because everything else was simple and easy to follow.
16IAN, you are too young, please do not retire. The future students will greatly benefit if they are taught by a prof as you.
17I think he can simplify the grammar on the Linux website but other than that, I don't think there's anything I myself could expect more. During the labs when he explains things on the board, I would love to get more time like that but unfortunately it has to come from the students where they are more proactive in asking questions so that he can answer.
18I don't know.
19I do not know what to put here to be politically correct towards the College and at the same time suggest something to the Professor. "Do not retire" Wink Wink...
20His website is so confusing. There are links in links in links. So if possible he should make his website more straight forward.
21He should stay a little longer.
22He could continue to teach it
23Explain slower 
24Everything is perfect in my professor.
25Enjoy his time off teaching.
26Don't retire. Also please, please, please make due dates on Sundays, not Fridays
27Don't Retire...
28Do not retire
29Do more to encourage us to read all the words and think about questions. I think it is a good habit.
30Do more rapping.
31Course was very good

32Be allowed to continue teaching days, so that future level 1 students can get proper Linux crash course/boot camp they need/deserve.
33As i said there is no need for improvement everything is good in this course.
34Although lectures are wonderful, students will appreciate a bit specific instruction or guidance during the lab classes instead of referring them back to the course materials.
35 According to me, everything is upto the mark.