CEP 320: Sex Roles in Education
This semester, I taught CEP 320: Sex Roles in Education for the Department of Counseling & Educational Psychology in the College of Education at New Mexico State University.
It was my first course as the instructor of record.
Notable achievements included:
- the improvement of the syllabus, from an older version;
- the establishment of assignments linked to evidence-based learning objectives;
- the creation of a highly organized, asynchronous, virtual course (Canvas IMSCC export file available unpon request); and
- weekly announcements, typically including video updates.
Forty students were enrolled, which meant data for the evaluations were based on response rates of:
- mid-semester = 77.5%
- end of semester = 37.5%
As shown in the following table (which reports the mean; range = 1 to 7), students tended to agree strongly with all criteria of instructor effectiveness. On average, they rated my overall effectiveness as excellent.
The following qualitative feedback came from the open-ended responses on the survey.
“I feel the instructor has done great with communication and feedback from journals. He responds in a timely manner to emails and is always there to help if we have questions or need assistance. There is not anything they could improve on in my view.”
“The weekly announcements really help!”
“He was absolutely amazing! Even though this class was online I really felt that I learned quite a bit through the class. 10/10 Work queen. Also I think that the feedback that he offered on every assignment was very informative and helped me improve on my work for the next time.”
“This is my favorite professor I have ever had. I think the feedback that he had was phenomenal and they really make my day. I highly enjoy the assignments we have and how open he is in expressing his thoughts in comparison to ours. 15/10 would recommend.”
“I think the instructor does well in the class, through reaching out to us every week and giving us reminders about due dates. He also offers assistance if we have questions and replies in a timely manner. I enjoy the class and the instructors involvement even though class is asynchronous online.”
“I absolutely love this course.”
“I feel like the instructor has done a great job teaching this course online, therefore, I don’t necessarily think he should do anything in improving the course material. I’m learning and attaining the information very well by the way he is delivering the content for this course.”
“I don’t think there needs to be any improvements! This course was very clear and helpful!”
“Cory is doing a wonderful job so far. I enjoy class assignments and with each assignment my worldview has grown and increased.”
“Doing the weekly announcements really helps. Doing a video for the bigger projects helps too.”
“Nothing, this class is easy to navigate, organized and straight forward. It is actually the best class that I have come across in terms of structure.”
“Professor Corey sets up this course so well, I am never confused. This is my favorite course I have ever taken.”
“This instructor has been great and very helpful through out the course.”
CONCERNS & AREAS OF GROWTH
“I feel like it’s easier to have the discussion and reply to the discussion due on the same day. It’s not a big deal at all, but it could easily be done all at once.”
“Nothing, perhaps doing video lectures.”
“Could improve in giving better feedback, especially to discussions or reaction journals :)”
“I think Cory does a great job. If anything, i would suggest lecturing; however, that is just a personal preference.”
“Possibly uploading lectures instead of having students completely read from the book for their own learning.”
“The whole class is structure very organized matter. The one thing I would suggested in improving is making the class more ‘fun’. maybe adding more visuals.”
“Allow breaks from regular work when big projects are due that week”
“Maybe a little more time with the instructor via zoom.”
End of Semester
By the end of the semester, the ratings increased, but fewer students completed the survey.
The following (selected) qualitative feedback came from the official course evaluations from the department.
“This course is my favorite course I have ever taken at NMSU. The instructor, when emailed, got back to me in a timely manner and if there was any confusion he would send out announcements. The course is structured very straight forward and was not confusing one bit.”
“Instructor Cory provided organized models to follow when assignments are due which helped me keep up with the assignments. Cory was great with providing feedback to better understand what we missed and what we can work on. Cory’s overall strength was communication, organization, flexibility when we needed to have a meeting through zoom.”
“I think incorporating media clips helped me engage with the course material a lot more than my other courses. I really liked that Cory provided clear and very thorough videos about our major assignments because I am a visual learner. Required discussions helped me with consistent learning and reflecting throughout this course.”
“He was very patient and kind.”