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For Spring 2004 course: INTA 3301 A - Int'l Political Econ
Instructor: Dion, Michelle Lynn   CRN: 22387   Class Size: 71   Final Survey

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1. COURSE SEEMED WELL PLANNED AND ORGANIZED 12 11 1 0 0 0 24 4.5
2. GOOD JOB COVERING COURSE OBJECTIVES/CONTENT 14 6 3 1 0 0 24 4.6
3. EXPLAINED COMPLEX MATERIAL CLEARLY 9 8 4 3 0 0 24 4.1
4. WAS APPROACHABLE AND WILLING TO ASSIST 17 4 3 0 0 0 24 4.8
5. ENCOURAGED STUDENTS TO CONSULT WITH HIM/HER 19 4 0 0 0 0 23 4.9
6. CLASS ATTENDANCE IMPORTANT IN PROMOTING LEARNING OF MATERIAL 20 1 1 0 2 0 24 4.9
7. NUMBER OF ASSIGNMENTS WAS REASONABLE 11 10 2 1 0 0 24 4.4
8. EXAMS COVERED COURSE CONTENT/OBJECTIVES 11 6 5 2 0 0 24 4.3
9. EXAMS WERE OF APPROPRIATE DIFFICULTY 8 11 4 1 0 0 24 4.1
10. THE INSTRUCTOR WAS AN EFFECTIVE TEACHER 15 5 2 1 1 0 24 4.7
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Student Comments about the Class or Instructor

The professor did not teach at a level of a college course. All material in class was only a reiteration of what was covered in the book. No unique or insightful coverage in class. I can live with that, but I was forced to waste 3 hours a week attending her class due a strict attendance policy. I found her teaching manner very wasteful (e.g. movie clips that are only relevant to pop culture), repetitive, unoriginal, and uninteresting. Her actions of counting how many in class comments you made is very insulting (we are adults, not grade school children) and sophomoric. I am also extremely upset at the fact that she has such a strict policy, and places such emphasis, on student punctuality, while she took a month to return our papers to us. When asked why she didn''t finish over spring break, she said ''I meant to but the b-b-q was just too good''. I pay a large amount of money to take her course and I believe that we, as a class, deserve as much effort from her as she receives from us. I found her demeanor very unprofessional and believe that she displays favoritism to those students that enthusiastically support her wastes of time.

prof. dion is an amazing professor, very understanding, very patient and willing to go the extra mile to allow students the chance to understand, and to ask any questions. she made learning interesting and seemed very enthusiastic about IPE

Thanks for being so flexible with athletes that aren''t always in class for different reasons! Quit teaching study abroad stuff, so that I can take more classes!

I liked having papers as tests, but we could have had less specific paper topics to cover more of the class. It seems like a lot of readings were wasted.

I enjoyed the class and found it to be interesting. The only frustration I had was the delay in recieving the 2nd paper back. I tried to correct the writing mistakes from the 1st paper and had no idea how successful I had been. The 3rd paper was creeping up but i really wanted to have some time with my 2nd paper back before really working on the 3rd. So a quicker return would have been nice.

The class was extremely well-organized. I never had any doubt as to what I was expected to do, learn, or complete to earn my grade and to understand the material. The reading were very well-selected. They were challenging ''real'' scholarly articles (as opposed to textbook readings) that weren''t dumbed down too much and that argued important theories. I''ve never had to read stuff like that for another class, so I really appreciated how you treated us as smart and capable enough students to do really challenging work. I was not a big fan of the WebCT portion of the class just because there were often a dozen or more discussion postings when I signed on that I would have to read. This took up a lot of time and were generally not really related to the course material.

This was by far the best taught class that I have had at Tech. Thanks Michelle.

I felt that we did not go beyond discussing the general content of the readings. I felt as if class consisted of restating the assigned readings, which we read the night before. However, I did like the emphasis on class participation. I think that there were too many quizzes and that class participation should be gained through general class discussion and WebCt. I also liked the instructor''s use of Webct and the class discussions posted there. It was extremely beneficial in getting more out of the class than just the assigned readings we discussed in class. At times the questions and answers posted by students and the professor were more beneficial than class in general.

a great class. professor is wonderfully approachable and is very easy to relate to. I learned a lot about international economics and how to speak intelligently when discussing issues dealing with the topic.

To begin with, the only negative aspect of the class was the fact that it took a long time for us to get our papers back. Seeing my mistakes helps me learn from them and do better on the next paper, and the fact that it took a long time to get them back, made it hard for me to use what i had learned on the next paper. The good things are: (this was an email i sent, but i''ll say it again) I have never written anything like this before and it''s probably safe to assume that I never will. It isn''t often that a professor truly amazes me. I went to a really great high school, I had the fantastic opportunity to have some great teachers who really changed my life. I''ve been at Tech for 3 years and still have not found a teacher that has really cared about the students in every aspect of their lives the way that my high school teachers did. Your teaching methods are awesome. I love the way that you have/''force'' us to read and then we take quizzes to reinforce the readings. I love to write papers, and I hate tests. I love that for the first time since I arrived at Georgia Tech, I feel like I have a grasp on what a class is about. I love how I actually LIKE economics now. I love how you''re willing to do anything to help us. I love how you sacrifice so much of your time to grade 60 papers in two days. Your class builds my confidence in myself (which has been greatly diminished by this school) and my faith in the Georgia Tech faculty (who seem to be so indifferent to the wellbeing of the students). I mean this in the most sincere way possible and I felt the need to let you know my opinions on the class. I (and I know I speak for many of my classmates when I say this) truly appreciate how much you are willing to help the students, how much you make the topic interesting, and especially how much you care about us. I am very proud to call you my professor and I look forward to being fortun

I thought that the Webct use was good, but I did not like the electronic quizzes, they made it hard to think critically about the questions while I tried to get the computer to cooperate. The readings were good, but I would have preferred a more structured lecture instead of just going back over the readings the whole time. Thank you for sticking to papers instead of tests.

I enjoyed the class, which really surprised me. I thought the class discussions really helped understand the readings. Without the class discussion, I would not have really understood the concepts behind the readings. The discussions about the papers were also important, they really helped clarify the paper assignment.

Tough, but fair, so no complaints. I hate economics, but you made it as bearable as it could be. Good class, good teacher!

I thought that the class was interesting but it was hard to always follow. She moved so fast from topic to topic there wasn''t enough time to grasp one thing before we moved on to the next. It was also hard to participate since it was so fast paced. I didn''t think the quizzes were always representable of the readings too. I would do the readings but get something completely different from it than what I was suppose to have understood. I liked it when she broke the paper topics down as she did for the 2nd and 3rd papers. That made it a lot easier to see what she was looking for and answer the question effectively. It was very hard to write the 4th paper since I felt there was not enough information on particular cases to write a well argued paper. It was also alot harder since it didn''t have the structure that I was used to.

This class was very difficult and thus very rewarding. Looking back at where I was at the beginning of the semester, I think this class has really given me better reading skills and taught me a new style of writing (blunt and to the point). Dr. Dion was often very sarcastic, but I thought that was great because it livened up the course and course material. It was mostly boring stuff (sorry, I really thought it was boring), but I feel more confident about my economics knowledge now. I feel much more informed when I listen to NPR stories on economic issues. It''s like, ''oh yeah, I learned about that in IPE.'' I think Dr. Dion is an effective teacher and I respect her very much!


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