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Probabilistic Graphical Models

Status: Avslutad
Öppen för svar: 2015-05-19 - 2015-06-19
Antal svar: 17
Procent av deltagarna som svarat: 89%
Kontaktperson: Lennart Svensson»
Utbildningsprogram som genomför enkäten: Chalmers: masterskurs
Utbildningsprogram studenten tillhör: Fristående kurs

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Keep in mind that everyone involved in the course will be able to read your comments. Comments and criticism are welcome, but should remain constructive.

Your own effort

1. How many hours per week did you spend on this course?

We mean total time, that is, it comprises the time you spent in class and the time you spent on your own work. Try to estimate the average time over the entire study period.

17 svarande

At most 15 hours/week»1 5%
Around 20 hours/week»9 52%
Around 25 hours/week»4 23%
Around 30 hours/week»2 11%
At least 35 hours/week»1 5%

Genomsnitt: 2.58

Teaching and course administration

2. The course structure (as divided into lectures, exercises, home assignments, etc.) is appropriate in order to reach the intended learning outcome of the course

17 svarande

Small extent»0 0%
Some extent»2 11%
Large extent»7 41%
Great extent»8 47%

Genomsnitt: 3.35

3. To what extent have the home assignments been of help for your learning?

17 svarande

Small extent»0 0%
Some extent»1 5%
Large extent»8 47%
Great extent»8 47%

Genomsnitt: 3.41

- The home assignments have helped me a lot to understand the course. And the programming help have even been more helpful as it forced you to understand every aspect of the material.» (Great extent)
- The assignments were what turns an intuitive idea into practical knowledge.» (Great extent)

4. The lectures in this class were flipped. Claim: this lead to improved learning and understanding.

To clarify, "flipped" meant that we replaced one lecture with a few video lectures, the task to write a summary and one practice session.

17 svarande

Strongly disagree»0 0%
disagree»1 5%
neither agree nor disagree»2 11%
agree»8 47%
strongly agree»6 35%

Genomsnitt: 4.11

- I believe a more plausible explanation of improved learning and understanding is that the students plainly spend much more time with the material because of mandatory nature of the summaries. Plus, exercises help in general to improve understanding - regardless of whether this is done in a practice session, or otherwise, as long as there as the ability to ask questions.» (disagree)
- Practice session and having videos lectures was good. Writing summary was less good. However discussing the video in class (in our group) with input from you have been great» (agree)
- The flipping of the classroom was an interesting, positive experience. It"s difficult or impossible not being active in the classroom. I have definitely been much more active in the learning process.» (strongly agree)
- Having the opportunity to rewatch lectures, and rewind is invaluable to me. Coming prepared to a practise session is really nice, although it can still be hard when others have previous deeper knowledge in the topic of the practise session.» (strongly agree)

5. I would rather watch a video lecture with quizzes than a live lecture.

17 svarande

Strongly disagree»1 5%
Disagree»3 17%
Neither agree nor disagree»2 11%
Agree»6 35%
Strongly agree»5 29%

Genomsnitt: 3.64

- The ability to ask question on the spot is lost with video lectures.» (Strongly disagree)
- The video lectures are good enough. Complemented with the active learning sessions, it"s better than live lectures. A good live lecture is certainly better than a video lecture. Yet again, you can skip, and rewind which is very nice, (and sometimes, the ability to speed the video up was helpful). The quizes make you stay alert.» (Disagree)
- There are pro"s and con"s with both types of lectures. Video: +can pause/rewind, +can choose when to watch +frees up time for lecturer -can"t ask questions -rewinding the video doesn"t change anything in the message to make it more easily understood » (Neither agree nor disagree)
- So many advantages. I can pause and have time to understand. » (Strongly agree)
- Only problem is the lack of question asking possibilities, but that is of course something that can be fixed by discussion more active participation in discussion forums or similiar.» (Strongly agree)

6. The practice sessions where we focused on our conceptual understanding of the material were useful.

17 svarande

Strongly disagree»0 0%
Disagree»0 0%
Neither agree nor disagree»1 5%
Agree»6 35%
Strongly agree»10 58%

Genomsnitt: 4.52

- I really enjoyed the practice sessions. Most of the time, I had a good understanding of the content before I came to the sessions, but in a couple of times, there were gaps in my knowledge. Things that Daphne had talked about, but I hadn"t fully understood. These things always cleared up in the discussions.» (Strongly agree)
- Practices session help me understand what I could not from the videos» (Strongly agree)
- This is important. However, I think I lagged behind, and thus couldn"t contribute to the discussion and benefit from it as much as I wanted. It worked very well when I did prepare enough though.» (Strongly agree)

7. Please list some of the main advantages and disadvantages with flipped classroom teaching, according to your own experience.

- Spend the time differently, forced to do more preparations beforehand but not much afterwards (apart from assignments)»
- Advantage: - Students come prepared to session Disadvantage: - Takes a lot of time (especially if one has other courses running concurrently) - Even though there is Science publication to back up the hypothesis of flipped classrooms being good, it feels like there is a simpler explanation to the improvement, namely that students are "forced" to spend more time with the material as part of writing the summaries.»
- Freedom in when and how to learn the material Engaged class meetings Involving lectures Get to know the other students»
- The fact that you always sit down and discuss contents of the lectures were really good. You could do this in other courses too (without the flipped classroom, but I haven"t experienced that much). I feel that being active in the learning process has helped a lot. The main disadvantage is that the video lectures aren"t live. You cannot ask questions or make the lecturer explain things more.»
- Better understanding of the material as we can watch video before class.»
- advantage: having the opportunity to watch the videos on my ow time, and being able to listen to more tricky parts more than once. disadvantage: Not being able to ask questions during the lecture. Watching video lectures+ participating in practice sessions take much longer than attending a live lecture. »
- Videos allow understanding at our own pace. Live lectures are good once a while, but for an entirety of a course, it gets monotonous. »
- Flipped classroom is good. Although at times it lead to more confusion in the practice sessions. It will be good may be the teacher repeats/ summarizes the main take-aways from the video lecture. »
- +Made me think one or two extra times about what I"m learning, and I think that helps me -Peer instruction which was used heavily as part of the exercise sessions can lead to a side track for some groups, which the teacher must be careful to pick up on. »
- See above.»

8. How well did the course administration, web page, handouts etc work?

17 svarande

Very badly»0 0%
Rather badly»1 5%
Rather well»5 29%
Very well»11 64%

Genomsnitt: 3.58

Study climate

9. How were the opportunities for asking questions and getting help?

17 svarande

Very poor»0 0%
Rather poor»1 5%
Rather good»3 17%
Very good»13 76%
I did not seek help»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 3.7

10. How well has cooperation between you and your fellow students worked?

17 svarande

Very poorly»0 0%
Rather poorly»0 0%
Rather well»7 41%
Very well»10 58%
I did not seek cooperation»0 0%

Genomsnitt: 3.58

Summarizing questions

11. What is your general impression of the course?

17 svarande

Poor»0 0%
Fair»1 5%
Adequate»1 5%
Good»7 41%
Excellent»8 47%

Genomsnitt: 4.29

12. What should definitely be preserved to next year?

- The whole format has been great, don"t change it!»
- Peer review of exercises»
- Flipped classroom, PS, discussion time for HAs.»
- Flipped classroom.»
- The flipped classroom. The practice sessions. »
- Home assignments with programming exercices Practices sessions Discussion about video watched in group with help from you»
- Homeworks and practice sessions.»
- Flipping the class room.»
- Watching videos is good and summarizing. Also the retrieval is good.»
- Most things»
- Flipped classroom, Daphne"s lectures with additional material when they are lacking. Home assignments.»

13. What should definitely be changed to next year?

- More guidance / skeleton files for the coding exercise. I spent a lot of time thinking about data structures and representations - and those topics were not listed on the course description, so I feel I should not have had to waste my time with those "practicalities". Give some time for questions at the beginning of the practice session about the material. Maybe not everything became clear from the videos.»
- Video lectures with Daphne was not very good, Lennart and Lars should do their own :) Skip per review and summaries.»
- The course load is a bit too high for PhD students I think. Every week we had 5h classroom time, 3h video lectures, writing summaries, solving assignments and reviewing assignments. If you just count the hours, it"s usually not more than 20, but the fact that the course occupies part of every day of the week disrupts most other things you do. »
- The ping pong website. (I don"t know if the problem is with the ping pong framework, or if it is with the usage of it, but I have found that it is cumbersome to find the right information and that you have to read a lot to not miss out on important information). I think that structuring the information in the web pages (either within pingpong or with some other solution) could mean that the course would work a lot better.»
- We should not be required to hand in summaries. Discussing them in class is much better.»
- Homework peer-revisions are not very useful. Also, it would be nice if homework discussions were summarized by providing the correct answers.»
- Practice sessions were good. But can be improved further.»
- The videos are not great. The speaker gives more examples and concentrates less with the technical content. May be because this is a MOOC course. I would prefer some more depth in the technical details in the videos. Not all the students in the group show same level of enthusiasm in the discussions. The peer instructions is also tricky. It takes different amount of time for different students to digest the question and answer. I would prefer the teacher explains the correct solution to the problem rather than again a discussion. »
- The last two weeks were too fast for me. I couldn"t contribute or gain as much as I wanted from the practice sessions.»
- The recorder role is stressful, and I would prefer to have access to the questions before the practise session, but that may defeat the purpose of the sessions to some extent. Perhaps similar study questions could be given beforehand? I don"t know, it was still hard to do all the work without additional questions, but more explanatory examples of the same kind as in the practise sessions would definitely be useful.»

14. Additional comments

- This is the best course I have taken during my time at Chalmers»
- Very helpful and skilled teachers.»
- This is the best course I have had at chalmers.»
- Thank you for a really nice course! It has taken much time (with video lectures and tutorials and practice sessions and homework). In total, the number of hours have been ok, but there has been something to do almost every day, so it has been difficult to combine with the rest of my schedule (which has been hectic this period, and that is of course not your fault). I did have some knowledge about parts of the course content before (and I think many other participants did, too), but it has been very rewarding as I now have a deeper understanding, and I"m actually eager to try some of the techniques out in my own research!»
- Having two summaries per week was not good. It is important to also have slides version of video. It is especially useful when doing home assignments. It would be better if slides has more detailed formula than possible in video.»
- I really liked the course! Would take it again if I could)»
- I"ve come to like the following order of learning new things: 1. being given a solution to a problem 2. being given some intuitive reason why it should work 3. in a home assignment, applying this solution to a baby problem well suited for the exact formulation given 4. Together with peers and teachers analyze theory, why this solution works 5. Optional: In another home assignment either apply to problem which requires some alteration, or (re-)proving certain properties of theory»
- I liked the paper presentations, but some presenters chose a too detailed and difficult level for topics that were not used in the course. You asked everybody to keep a tutorial level, so I don"t think you can do more to fix this. Hard topics for me was the learning, (parameters in particular). The feature as well as sufficient statistics parts could have been more elaborately explained.»

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