Comments - Winter 2017
Online Teaching Evaluation
In response to these
What would you like to
say about this course to a student who is considering taking it in the
Very practical course with an
immense potential to change the lives of the disabled.
Yes take it!
Take this class! You will hear from
so many great guest lecturers, and Dave is always available to provide very
helpful feedback. One of my favorite classes I've taken at
I highly recommend this class. You
will learn a lot about working with the community.
Some of the guest speakers are
really interesting but the quality varies widely. [It is not suprising that
there were differences between guest lecturers as each presented in his/her own
area of expertise. In addition, there were two new speakers this year whose
presentation quality I was not able to establish prior to their
Take it! Great
Good class! Crazy [I suspect
crazy is a positive attribute] organized, and good guest speakers. Taking
it for 1 unit CR/NC is a great easy way to open your eyes in terms of
perspectives in engineering!
Easy class and also fun. But make
sure you have people with technical skills in your team too so prototyping
won't be too hard. [Technical skills needed vary with the team project
Dave's intentions are good, but the
execution of this class could go much better. There are many things that are
way too excessive such as TWO presentations, TWO reports, mandatory attendance,
field trips, screenings, feedback on EVERY single class and lecturer, and on
top of that, endless hours in the PRL. These are only some of the things that
aren't acceptable for a 3 unit course. Dave also uses primitive technology and
refuses to update to software that can play videos (or at least use Chrome, not
IE!) for presentations, making every presentation suffer because of that. There
could be vast improvements. [I believe these are the comments of a student
under end-of-term academic stress. The course expectations are described on the
first day of class, have remained unchanged for a number of years, and are
reasonable for a 3 credit unit course. The mid-term presentations allow team
members to receive evaluations from fellow students and community members that
identify areas of proficiency and improvement for their end-of-term reports. In
the same way, my mid-term report markups highlight writing strengths and need
for corrections for the end-of-term reports. This student is unaware of the
inability to play an embedded video in a PowerPoint slide show on a computer
that is different from the one on which it was created. This is not a browser
issue. Playing the video uploaded to YouTube works well, but does require
clicking on a link in PowerPoint and expanding the video to full-screen. I wish
this student listed the "vast improvements".]
Dave is an amazingly organized and
sweet guy who will make a lot of time in his own schedule to help you and your
time. He is lecturing about a topic that he is truly passionate about and has
grown a community around it.
Awesome intro to assistive
technology and its applications/impact, take it!
It is a great way to learn about
assistive technologies even if you have not had any prior exposure
Doing a project is pretty
worthwhile. You might not develop new skills, but you get something that feels
Come in with the mentality of
"getting out what you put into it." It's a course that is very dependent on the
individual and the team. If your team is willing to put in time and onboard
with the community partner and engaged with the material, you will get so much
out of the course.
Would you like to
provide any other comments about this course?
thanks for the
The team project is enough.
Everything else does not add anything but stress. [I believe the team
reports & presentations, guest lecturers, the field trips, film screening,
and Assistive Technology Faire do add to the course.]
Pace can be slow - I would have
preferred no break in the class. It is a short enough class that a 5 minute
break after 10 minutes of introduction feels unnecessary. Would also cut a lot
of the professor introductory remarks in the beginning as it can be summarized
in a slide or sent out as written instructions. [I think a break is needed
in an 80 minute class session. A good time to do this is the transistion
between the my opening remarks and the introduction of the guest lecturer. This
gives time for late arriving students to sign in, collect the handout, and get
the speaker evaluation form. Even though the introductory "administrative"
remarks can be found on the course website and are included in a weekly email,
I have found that both written and verbal reminders are
For all students - What
item did you hear, see, or learn was most surprising, new, interesting, or
provided a new perspective?
How assistive tech can transform
the lives of the disabled and the incredible amount of courage that they
Our platform should be written as
if we were making a product for older children (not cartoony)
How to incorporate the subject
[user] into the design process
I thought the playground was the
best trip, and most eye opening!
Working with a community member on
need identification and the prototype
The most impactful moment was when
you organized a group of Stanford students that used assistive technologies to
come in and tell their stories. It was the first time I think I really
empathized with some of their disabilities.
info presented at Stanford student
I like learning about how students
at Stanford deal with their disabilities.
Working on empathetic
Even the smallest innovations can
make a huge difference in people's lives.
I was most surprised to learn how
important aesthetics were to the users.
The Magical Bridge Playground field
trip was awesome and gave me an entirely new perspective on how much thought
and innovation goes into every design aspect of assistive tech
For students who worked
on a team project - Provide one example of an assistive technology or design /
development concept presented in class that you used in pursuit of your team
Designing beyond the norm: Our
prototype aimed to be inclusive of those with and without
Interactive games that assisted in
teaching special education students.
Desire to look good
Iteration, iteration, iteration.
Making sure the "product" works well and the user will be proud of using
Helping students learn to function
in society by providing them the tools to practice societal
The idea of not coming in with an
idea already in mind -- it was so necessary to approach the problem with an
We definitely pursued the five C's
presented by Gary Berke in class
emphasis on modality and
For students who worked
on a team project - What did you find most valuable about your team project
Teamwork and prototype building
Collaborating as a team to complete
a goal was the most valuable part of my team.
Working through a problem that was
Going through several failures and
learning from them. We couldn't give up because we were building this for
someone else, rather than just for a grade.
Great way to learn to work together
efficiency and build something fun at the same time.
Working with someone who could
provide us with a new perspective
Meeting with our community member
was very valuable
interacting with the participants
at Abilities United
creating an attraction for people
with a visual impairment
Comments from 2017 Cardinal Course
Why would you recommend
that other students take [this] community engaged learning (i.e.,
One of the few classes that allows
you to take what you learned in class and apply it to a real world
Great learning experience and gives
you new perspectives.
It is necessary to incorporate
experience with the community in any academic setting, gives good
It was an educational and fun
The course changed my perspective
on disability and assistive technology.
I loved this class.
Great way to see real world
It is a great way to incorporate
service with my academic interests.
Didn't know this [community engaged
learning] was something that existed until I was given this
It was cool to work on a project
and see it finished. Very satisfying knowing everything was created by
Incredible learning experience and
I will grow personally / academically.
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