Teaching Observations & Evaluations

Feedback is incredibly important to me, and I lean heavily upon any and all comments that I receive to continually improve my teaching. All feedback - even the most seemingly-negative comments - have a certain degree of truth to them, and thus helps guide my teaching styles, and heavily influence the planning and decisions that I make. In addition to formal observations and evaluations, which I have included samples of here, I also regularly collect impromptu feedback from my students so that I can make on-the-fly adjustments during the course.


Evaluations


Spring 2019

Between Fall 2018 and Spring 2019, Colorado State University introduced a new course survey to be used in all undergraduate classes. The new survey has significantly fewer quantitative questions, and instead has much more room for students to type out their own comments.

Selected survey responses:

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Selected student comments:

  • Considering that our class was at 8 in the morning and a public speaking class is difficult to help motivate students (especially college students) to participate and come to class, Ben did a fantastic job. I had no issues with Ben and the way he taught and if I was to rate his instructing ability I would give it a 10/10.

  • Ben made it very clear and was very helpful with providing the information that was needed and walked us through and helped with some examples. Like when we would look at the sample speeches and grade it ourselves was really helpful to know what we needed to do and what we needed not to do.

  • Instructor communicates all information we need to know. He provides an inclusive environment and grades fairly on speeches. He is very approachable, so it isn't intimidating when coming to him for help. Provided a really good environment for the type of class it is.

  • This overall is a good course. Ben really made this course great though. He was welcoming and fun and recognized that we are students and emphasized [sic] with that. He was the reason there were so many strengths.


Fall 2018

On a scale of 1 (Poor) to 5 (Excellent), I received average scores of:

  • 4.73 for “How well did the instructor create an atmosphere that was respectful of student opinions, ideas, and differences?”

  • 4.64 for “How do you rate the instructor’s knowledge of the subject?”

  • 4.55 for “How do you rate the instructor’s effectiveness at managing class sessions?”

Selected survey responses:

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Selected student comments:

  • Ben was a great professor and had a great sense of humor. He taught this course well.

  • I am glad many students have to take this course. Public speaking not not always the easiest thing to do when surrounded by strangers. Ben did a great job at helping each of us (those who asked) become a better public speaker and achieve a good grade. Pop quizzes suck but they helped me understand and made me read the book, I know other instructors did online quizzes so the students really didn't have to try. Again, I am glad Ben was my instructor and hope he can teach classes in the future.

  • Ben was a great instructor. Class sessions were informative and his feedback on our speeches was fantastic and extremely helpful!


 

Observations



Fall 2018

Received feedback from the Director of the Basic Course, describing my work as completed with “excellence and with the utmost professionalism.”

Department faculty have described to the Director of the Basic Course that I am “considered ‘stellar,’ ‘humble,’ and a great teacher.”