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Fall 2019 - Benjamin Miller ENGCMP 1510 -

WRITING WITH STYLE - 1010 - Seminar


Project Title: 2201 - Teaching Survey Fall 2019

Courses Audience: 20
Responses Received: 17
Response Rate: 85.00%

Subject Details
Name ENGCMP 1510 - WRITING WITH STYLE - 1010 - Seminar
DEPARTMENT_CD ENGLISH
CAMPUS_CD PIT
SCHOOL_CD ARTSC
CLASS_NBR 27666
SECTION_NUMBER 1010
TERM_NUMBER 2201
COURSE_TYPE Seminar
CLASS_ATTRIBUTE
First Name Benjamin
Last Name Miller
RANK_DESCR Assistant Professor
TENURE TS

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Table of Contents:

I. Numerical results to Likert scaled items - Summary and Detailed Results

II. Responses to Comments or Open-ended Questions

III. Responses to additional School or Department Questions (if applicable)

IV. Responses to additional QP/Custom Questions (if applicable)

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Arts and Sciences Questions
Summary: 5-point scale - Strongly Disagree to Strongly Agree
Results
Question Response Standard
Mean
Count Deviation
The instructor created an atmosphere that kept me engaged in course content. 17 4.41 0.71
The instructor was prepared for class. 17 4.88 0.33
The instructor treated students with respect. 17 4.94 0.24
The instructor was available to me (in-person, electronically, or both). 17 4.88 0.33
The instructor evaluated my work fairly. 17 4.71 0.47
The instructor provided feedback that was helpful to me. 17 4.59 0.62
I learned a lot from this course. If there is no basis to judge or not applicable, answer N/A. 16 4.06 1.06

Benjamin Miller (ENGCMP 1510 - WRITING WITH STYLE - 1010 - Seminar) 2/6
Detailed Responses

1. The instructor created an atmosphere that kept me engaged in 2. The instructor was prepared for class.
course content.

3. The instructor treated students with respect. 4. The instructor was available to me (in-person, electronically, or
both).

5. The instructor evaluated my work fairly. 6. The instructor provided feedback that was helpful to me.

7. I learned a lot from this course. If there is no basis to judge or


not applicable, answer N/A.

Benjamin Miller (ENGCMP 1510 - WRITING WITH STYLE - 1010 - Seminar) 3/6
The standards the instructor set for me were:

The standards the instructor set for me were:

How many hours per week did you usually spend working on this course outside of classroom time?

How many hours per week did you usually spend working on this course outside of classroom time?

Benjamin Miller (ENGCMP 1510 - WRITING WITH STYLE - 1010 - Seminar) 4/6
Comments
What did you like best about how the course was taught?
Comments
I loved the full class workshops. They provided excellent feedback from a lot of diverse viewpoints.
I felt really free to just write what I wanted to write, yet still focus on making my writing better
The in–class discussions were insightful.
I really liked how the class structure allowed us to write about anything or any genre that we wanted, while still using our work as an
outlet to focus closely on style.
I liked that we were able to do discussions with the whole class and in small group.
The large and small group workshops were helpful to better my work that would be submitted for portfolio
It was abstract enough to allow the students to write about things of interest, but rigid enough to push them to take writing in a
different direction.
James was always extremely respectful and kind to everyone in the class. Always broke down concepts in relatable and easy to
digest ways and he was always prepared with an exact class plan, which was nice.
I liked the discussion based structure of the class. I was able to engage with material, the teacher, and other students all at one
time, which was beneficial to my work and different from many other writing classes.
I liked that there was a bunch of different ways our work was evaluated—small groups, full–class, online feedback, etc. Plus it was
nice having a site where we could look at anyone else's work pretty much any time.
It was comfortable. It was open. It was a welcoming and honest environment.0
The comfortability in the classroom and overall atmosphere; and the different format of each class. Wikidot also was useful and
organized.
Everything. I think Ben is one of, if not the best English professor – perhaps overall professor – I have had at my three years here at
Pitt. I was not only validated in my writing abilities at the start of the class, but I was welcomed into an environment of friendly peers
who wanted to see me succeed, and I felt the same way for them. I gained confidence, in addition to major writing styles that I had
been unaware of before. I had never dissected a sentence in the way we did throughout he semester, and so now I have an entire
tool box, not just to built upon my writing but also to be able to locate the areas of friction and analytically fix them with these new
stylistic features.
I liked the workshops with the class. Often it's hard in college courses to interact with your classmates and give/receive feedback.
Ben does a fantastic job of balancing both and providing a supportive atmosphere for all types of writers.
I enjoyed workshopping my own work and others' in class.
The structure of the course gives all students the chance to participate. I typically don't feel comfortable sharing my work/don't feel
like I get a lot out of writing classes like this but I feel like I've learned a lot and understand my "voice" in my writing better.

Benjamin Miller (ENGCMP 1510 - WRITING WITH STYLE - 1010 - Seminar) 5/6
If you were teaching this course, what would you do differently?
Comments
I think it would be useful to rely less on technology for the course. Not all students possess the ability to log on everyday, and even
then putting pen to paper is helpful for editing. Students can edit their own work or that of others as we do in group workshops, and
quizzes could be given that way.
I really did not like using wikidot. It was fairly easy to use, but not having it integrated into the existing course software (i.e.
blackboard) made it really difficult to keep track of what was going on in my classes. What is the point of having blackboard as a
centralized location for all my course content if one of my professors uses it, two exclusively use box for their classes, and one uses
wikidot. This is more a gripe with the university for not getting the faculty better software than it is with Ben, who does a great job with
wikidot
Nothing comes to mind.
I think the course needed a little bit more structure, especially in the beginning. It kind of seemed like the work we were doing was
all over the place and that there weren't many guidelines for what was being done, which I appreciated, but I would have liked to
known more of the methodology behind the class in the beginning. Maybe this was stated at the beginning fo the semester, but I
can't remember.
I would do conferences or add some way to be able to see how well you're doing in the class and what to improve.
Require more works to be required throughout the semester so that at the end when we do the portfolio it is easier to find pieces to
polish rather than just constant expansion of small exercises.
I don't think I would do anything differently.
Giving some idea of your grade before the final grade deadline. I still don’t know what my grade is! It is anxiety provoking.
I think I would have slightly less workshop time, especially considering that we were not required to work on one or two pieces the
whole time. I ended up writing a lot of beginnings to things and then not finishing them, and then workshops were not as helpful.
quizzes = :(

I know they're necessary though so maybe they're like an outside class thing
Personally I'd like to read more about writing, but I don't think this course was lacking in engaging literature.
I would have a bit more of a structure for long term, or major projects. While I enjoyed the diversity and ability to write (for the most
part) whatever you wanted, a little more unity where students could compare/contrast given a similar prompt might spark more
inspiration or a new sense of style amongst the class itself, not just from published authors.
I would have liked to spend more time studying published writers' works in order to learn how they accomplished certain aspects
such as emotion or tone, through sentence structure choices.
Also, at times in–class discussions were meandering and did not help me learn about topics in Bacon's book.
I wouldn't change much but it may be nice to have more time in class for free writing.

Benjamin Miller (ENGCMP 1510 - WRITING WITH STYLE - 1010 - Seminar) 6/6