RLutzSelectedTeachingEvaluations

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Below are selected student comments extracted (by me, of course) from my teaching evaluations at GCC. I patterned the method after that of Cay Horstmann at SJSU who borrowed it from Mark Stamp at SJSU. The comments are grouped by semester and by course. If I taught more than one section of a course in a semester, the comments for the same course are grouped together. Text in [square brackets] are thoughts entered by me. Text in bold were emphasized by me since these are things that really struck me. The student responses provided here were collected at various times throughout the semester and are taken from surveys and course evaluations. The responses shown here were provided anonymously by students.

Note that I try to identify where student feedback directly influences my future offerings of the same course.

Summer 2016

ITEC 4550

  • General Comments
    • Mobile App development should be extended into three more classes. I loved the class and Dr. Lutz made a difficult subject seem easy!
    • Maybe do more recording. The second half of the semester you stopped doing it. I don't know if it was intentional or not. But at least the the students know that you will stop doing it.
    • Nothing should be changed. My only regret was not taking this class in the fall, because I would have had way more time with the projects. This class was actually fun and learned a lot about developing apps.
    • It was a well taught course. The 4 week structure made it difficult though.
    • I would not change anything except to add an advanced mobile app course.
  • What aspects were most valuable?
    • Apps are huge in every market imaginable. Knowing how to create them or at least manipulate them gives me the leg up and the confidence to try and make apps in my spare time
    • I found learning to develop Apps in a hybrid environment to be most valuable. Developing in a hybrid environment seems like it will be a great skill going forward into the workplace.
    • The apps we made are usable and not pointless exercises
    • The breadth of material covered was expansive.
  • What aspects were most challenging?
    • NEVER TAKE THIS CLASS FOR FOUR WEEKS IN THE SUMMER. IT IS A DEATH WISH.
    • The four week semester compresses the class too much. Maybe a summer 8 week would be okay but four is too short.
    • The most challenging thing was learning how to use the Cordova framework and Android Studio development environment properly. At first I thought I would never grasp how to use them, but after many late nights it finally started to click.
  • Which parts of this class did you like the most?
    • Learning about new technologies and getting to play with some of them. Also getting to test application we created in an actual device was awesome.
    • I liked having the ability to create apps. It opened my eyes when I realized how challenging it was and all the steps it took to create them, but I also appreciate that the most. The possibilities are endless.
    • This class has prepared what it's like to be an mobile app developer. Even though, this was a 4 week class. I feel like I have learned a lot and am know more interested in mobile app development.
    • Learning new skills to apply to a mobile app.
    • I liked developing with Cordova the most, but as I got more familiar wit Android Studio I learned to appreciate it as well.
    • extendable deadline
    • The projects were fun but the discussion presentations were a very nice assignment break from coding,very much appreciated.
    • Android Wear part was very interesting. I hope we had more time to do more fun stuff.

Spring 2016

ITEC 2110

  • General Comments
    • Too many projects and not enough time. I felt everything was bunched up in the end and it was stressful. I still do not understand Blender. [This was a hybrid course. A hybrid class puts additonal stress on a student, if time is managed poorly. Students need to ensure that they can make the commitment to a hybrid offering. This was communicated several times throughout the semester.]
  • What aspects were most valuable?
    • What I found most valuable about this course was:
I learned what tonal adjustment was and how to apply it. Dr. Lutz is an amazing teacher. He has taken his time to teach me the material. He is very patient and informative.

    • Learning how to manipulate images and editing videos, very time consuming but ultimately worth it. The video of GIMP snd other similar vidoes
projects
  • What aspects were most challenging?
    • The Multiple choice questions for the tests were often worded awkwardly and took extra time to understand what was being asked. [We offer many sections of this course at GGC and use a standardized test bank for many questions. Thanks for your feedback.]
    • The entire course, I feel, is simply too advanced for a non information technology major. I do not have any use for the things I had to learn in this class. It is a waste of time to force other majors to learn about programs that do not relate to their major. I am surprised I am even passing and I am computer literate. [I'd invite this commenter to read the feedback of others within this page, for both this semester and past semesters. Many students see value and feel that the pacing and level is manageable.]
    • pprojects

    • the hands on part of the test two of the pictures looked the same to me. [I welcome the discussion, let's talk...]
  • Which parts of this class did you like the most?
    • I enjoyed being able to use Macs over PCs. I also enjoyed the activities.
    • The ability to create different images. Closest thing to an art class available.
    • creating the animations [note: we use inkscape, gimp and blender to create animations!]
    • Learning about total tonal adjustment. =) That was fun. And the days you taught were good days because I walked out of class knowing a bit more.
    • In class activities.
    • Learning how to edit image, audio, and video
    • I like watching the video, and making the imovie project that was fun.
    • Doing the projects, it was challenging and I enjoyed challenging myself especially project 2 & 3 [project two was video post-processing, project three was blender animation]
    • the group projects
    • The teachers knowledge of everything in the course made it simple and easy to work through the different assignments and projects. He always made an attempt to make each class fun and maningful. This was a huge help due to the nature of the class material being very dry.
    • pratice
    • I liked learning about Gimp and Inkscape.

ITEC 2150

  • General Comments
    • Really enjoyed the course. We covered so much and it wasn't just centered around learning java. We covered Android apps and concepts that I can apply to other programming languages that I may have to learn in the future.
    • Dr. Lutz's teaching method(s) througout the course was engaging enough. Considering a programming course, you would expect there to be more effort involved with class participation and work during each class, but the opposite is true. At the beginning of the course, we were taught to peer review our classmates and show to the class what our code entails and how we solved the problems, but afterwards, proceeded to listen to lecture after lecture with no engagement.
    • Dull, bland and boring class. I, personally, learned more from internet and book study than I did attending the course. Dr Lutz is a cool professor with a witty (sometimes annoying) and funny, sarcastic personality, but as far as having a teacher getting the students involved with the topics, I would seek different guidance. [Thanks for your feedback! I don't recall any peer review. Engagement is a dialog, some students engaged. Different students learn in different ways; other students provide feedback expressing that my methods are effective for them. Funny? Yes! Annonying? Hmmmmn ......]
    • Great class
    • I liked professor Lutz's way of instructing the class. I thought he managed a lot of different things to cover in a good amount of time, and highlighted the important aspects such as making some topics faster and shorter to solve while other important topics longer and spend a couple in class days on. His assignments and tests are open notes and open sources so there's a lot leniency to learning as you can study outside of class and it counts! Overall 5/5 professor I would recommend you take his class to learn programming because he really cares if you put in the effort.
    • Nice Teacher
  • What aspects were most valuable?
    • I learned so much from Dr. Lutz this semester. He is well versed in his field. He delivered instruction very well and I thought that he did a better job at delivering some of our Discrete math concepts than my math professor did on multiple occasions. The classroom atmosphere was engaging and I never hesitated to participate in discussions or answer questions.
    • Apps codes
    • Everything.
    • Learned a lot of different concepts of programming. At first I was a little lost but after some peer to peer help from the professor and the in class tutor (which was very useful - both) I managed to understand and get passed the speed bumps. I learned a lot!
    • This course has expose me to a variety of different types of material which i find very valuable to my education and are very important for my future. I like the assignments and the way the exams were carried out. Nothing was easy, it was challenging but in a good way.
    • What I found most valuable was the fact that Dr. Lutz was really down-to-earth and relaxed about tests and assignments, such as partial credit towards answers that are incorrect. We had lots of extended time to work on assignments too.
  • What aspects were most challenging?
    • Nothing particularly challenging.
    • Learning a new concept in coding at first takes a little patience and focus, but after about 5-6 hours you know a whole new concept and then you're like: Aha! (Or as the professor says, Aha moment lol). But learning a new concept in a different way of thinking was a little challenging but very fun!
    • Learning new things but thats the point.
    • JAVA is Challenging
  • Which parts of this class did you like the most?
    • I liked all of the various ways we used programming. The Android apps at the end was easily what I liked best.
    • Processing and Android
    • I really enjoyed learning about complex algorithms like searching, sorting, and merging. These are concepts that I can use in outside programming applications.
    • Stressing the importance of javadocs helped a lot with coding - before this class, it was something I rarely used, since my fundamentals instructor just kept telling us to look in the book which didn't help much at all. This led to many of us in the class just googling answers without learning how to use different bits of code - taking a look at the javadocs helped a lot with learning syntax.
    • Leap motion and android studios. Android studios was fun and I would like to spend more time learning it. Processing was ok but I didn't really like it.

ITEC 4550

  • General Comments
    • As much as I would not like to add to the work load or the curriculum length, I have to agree with the assessment that the course should be a part 1 and part 2 where part 2 could explore IOS programming as well. I think the insight on how problems are solved by 2 different platforms doing the same thing would also be helpful. I would like the part 1 as the current layout and have part 2 cover IOS, or both courses could be equal giving people the opportunity to follow 1 or both classes. This suggestion does not mean that both should be required but available. If both are taken, maybe a special mobile applications designation of some sort in the curriculum.
    • I feel this class should have a part II and maybe III. On the same token, I feel like you could have entire courses dedicated specifically to RESTful programming and material design - and there's even more depth we could get into. **There really should be multiple sections of this course offered
    • Also, just as a note, I know we had the fitness project which was good and you wanted us to start implementing the concepts we were learning in the other projects into our semester project so we wouldn't have to put it all on the last week and I think that's good. The challenge I've found is when certain things don't click as quickly as I would like (i.e. I need more practice) it can be tough keeping up. But it's all good. Keep encouraging collaboration! This is a big catalyst to truly grasping it.

    • I like the structure of the course. Focusing more on assignments rather than quizzes/exams.
    • Thank you for spending a lot of time outside of class helping me. I appreciate a professor who takes the time to individually help students. The assignments were fair and the rubrics you provided were very helpful. I really enjoyed working on the final project with my partner. I think in the future though that you might want to expand the choices of the final project. I would say, give two or three possibilities so that the student can choose what they would like to create rather than be stuck with one choice. [Thanks for the feedback about project topics. I've permitted a wider range of topics in the past, but the variablilty of the student work was not very consistent. Perhaps a limited set of topics is a better way to do this is the future -- thanks! ]
    • This course was incredibly interesting and fun. However, there is only so much we can cover in 2 1/2 hours over 15 weeks. There is still an ocean of basic development material to cover, mostly in a more advanced setting. The school could most definitely benefit from having a more advanced version of the class.
  • What aspects were most valuable?
    • How relevant the topics that we went over class tie with whats in the real world
    • I found the bridge to beginning development in mobile applications most valuable from this class. There are many ways to learn how to develop, but being in a classroom environment and having a knowledgeable instructor made it much more fun. The programming involved in this course helped me to become a better programmer in multiple languages. Also, I was able to see what some of the industry best practices are from this course.
    • Learning how to create mobile apps using different methods was rewarding. Making apps that I can use in portfolio, the instruction was great, even the banter. [Banter? :)]
    • Mobile applications has been on my to do list for a while. The elective gave me the guided opportunity to learn how to program for mobile devices. Dr. Lutz guidance was invaluable while learning the material.
    • The instructor and all of our out of class assignment
    • What I found most valuable was being able to get some hands-on experience building mobile apps. It was helpful to see what's all involved from the layouts, the interaction between activities, and learning a little about how RESTful programming works when using data from a website to use in your app.
    • being able to create my own applications for smart phones
  • What aspects were most challenging?
    • Asynchronous task. He will know what I'm talking bout
    • I think the Grizzly colors , morse code, final project were the most challenging parts of the class. I think that they were fairly challenging but not impossible.
    • Keeping up with the pace of this class was challenging. Most of us do not have any prior mobile dev skills yet we have to jump feet first into it. I enjoyed it though, as I learned an incredible amount of information from this course.
    • Material Design, AsyncTask (reenforced the importance of system time and while loops, and fragments
    • The RESTful programming where we were reading in json/gson objects from a website and learning how to parse that data using the appropriate format used to store those objects. I'd like to dig more into that so I can more fully appreciate services like Postman which help parse the objects for you. Cool stuff!
    • The grizzly Morse Code Application and handling other time conflicts
    • getting COROVA to work

    • making sure the code complile and prevent the app from crashing
  • Which parts of this class did you like the most?
    • the final project. It was stressful but I had fun and learned a lot.
    • I really liked working on the STaRS app and the Grizzy Colors.
    • implementing the skills or techiques that was taught in class into our assignments
    • Going through it I was really looking forward to Android, but looking back I also enjoyed the tour through Cordova even though it is not my first choice for programming web apps. The hybrid is promising, but I am still in the native application camp.
    • The discussions were great, I enjoyed a lot of the assignments and the overall class structure.
    • Android Studio
    • When you take a few minutes to talk about an intresting innovation in technology like the magic leap thing you showed us. I think that's a great way to keep things interesting.
    • Some of the projects were enjoyable to work on.
    • creating the physical therapy app project
    • creating ggc star  and of course exercise app, those app are very intersting.
    • cordova
    • I like your lecture, I mean when you teach us something new. I also like the walk thought videoes which save us time, and I know I am on the correct track whiling following the video. I like the assisignemts in this classes as well.
    • I enjoyed the doing the assignments the most.
    • Building apps. It was a new experience for me that taught me a lot. The project in particular was a real challenge that I learned a lot from.
    • I liked working in Android Studio the most. The book we had was very helpful.
    • I enjoyed the gaining some confidence in being able to create my own mobile apps. Also, learning more about material design.
    • I liked the excitment that comes with developing software for mobile apps. It is very interesting and enjoyable. *Learning new dev tools and techniques was very useful and fun.

Fall 2015

ITEC 4550

  • General Comments
    • Dr. Lutz was always willing to teach, prepared and enthusiastic about the teaching the material, I wish we could have more than one session per week [agreed -- we do alter the schedule in different semesters to accommodate both full time and part time students. Once per week at night works well for the part timers. This time we were once / week during the day, sometimes we need to do that based on available classrooms].
    • I wish GGC had Mobile apps 2
    • This class was great, along with the professor. Although the whole class was challenging, the way he taught the class really coincided with the materials and the pacing, thus making the whole experience worthwhile.
  • What aspects were most valuable?
    • Learning the different uses of mobile app development and everything that goes into it.
    • The course-content was quite interesting as well as engaging.
    • The introduction to new technologies.
    • the exposure to new types of IT and the variety of tools we used to develop a good rounded starting base knowledge of mobile application development
  • What aspects were most challenging?
    • Different problems, different solutions yet one problem could be solved in many ways. Dr. Lutz was quite supportive and constructive inside & outside the class while teaching how to debug and figure out the solution.
    • Starting the class with little to no knowledge of the topics was very difficult, considering we hit the ground running. [ITEC 2110 and ITEC 2150 are pre-reqs ...]
    • The introduction to new programming languages.
  • Which parts of this class did you like the most?
    • The android studio development and any in class coding that was done.
    • I realize how valuable knowing this material can be
    • I enjoyed exploring new things that ive never worked with before
    • Some assignments that involved, using some java coding such as Gregorian Leap Year, Magic * Ball. However, I would also like to work on designing the app. Project work has a lot of exposure to that area.
    • Android development concepts. Using Restful calls! I also enjoyed using Media within my applications!
    • learning how to build different apps on android

ITEC 2150

  • General Comments
    • More in class hands on activities would be good. Things like leap motion and Android SDK were interesting and helpful for me. It may be hard given the limited length of class periods, but I think it would be ideal to assign the powerpoints as homework to be done before class, then start class with a 20-30 minute lecture followed by some hands on stuff which implements the topics. [we've added more lab availability since your comment. ]
    • I did appreciate the fact that you didn't give us quite as much repetitive MyProgrammingLab as my Intro to Programming class, replacing them with more Eclipse project assignments.
    • Over all this courses was enjoyable and instructed very well. [thanks for that feedback!]
  • What aspects were most valuable?
    • Experiencing different ways of using the Java Programming language and gaining an understanding of Object Oriented programming.
    • Further advancing my java coding abilities and applying java coding to developing android apps.
    • I really liked the assignments in the Digital Media lab. They gave me the opportunity to apply what I learned in the course and get my hands on with modern technologies.
    • The thought process that goes into programming. Problem solving skills that I didn't have before as well as familiarity with different programming environments that were used throughout the year.
  • What aspects were most challenging?
    • Nothing that I can pinpoint, but I find programming as a whole somewhat difficult to learn at first, but it eventually clicks after the initial confusion wears off.
    • Programming....
    • quickly learning new hardware/software so that I did not fall be hide on assignments.
  • Which parts of this class did you like the most?
    • The Android development.
    • I thoroughly enjoyed the different projects we got to work during the class.
    • Building the UML of rogue by deconstructing the game was very helpful to understand how to program OOP.
    • The Android and Leap Motion projects were interesting and gave the feeling of working on real world applications.
    • I really liked the android portion of the class. I wish we had more time to actually learn about it some more and taken time with the project. I definitely believe it's helpful to see things comes to life as you program them. I loved that aspect and processing as well. I suggest definitely keeping it in your lesson plans but taking a couple weeks with it.
    • I enjoyed the hands on stuff in the digital media lab
    • I like the use of different types of applications of programming such as android development and leap. I also think myprogramming lab is very helpful.
    • Recursion, was nifty even if not used much. Android, was a very real world application of java programming.

Summer 2015

ITEC 2140 and 2150 (combined, limited responses due to low response rate and small class sizes)

  • General Comments
    • Please use more diagrams to illustrate the concepts that are being taught...otherwise this one of my favorite classes so far :) [thanks -- I'm continuing to strive for the right balance of ppt-type materials, live walkthroughs and activities]
  • What aspects were most valuable?
    • Editing existing code to modify it's purpose. It elevated out end product to a level way above what we could have achieved building everything from scratch. [I like that this also trains us to read other people's code, which is a constructive learning aid.]
    • MPL [which is MyProgrammingLab]
  • What aspects were most challenging?
    • Learning Java Script [ouch -- not taught in these courses!]
    • Learning to think in programming language
    • Trying to memorize all the different encryption schemes and how they work [ouch again --do you have the right class. we don't cover encryption.]
  • Which parts of this class did you like the most?
    • I liked the start of this class. I liked how we jumped right into working on projects in processing. I feel like that gave a me good hands on experience.
    • I enjoyed the Android studio portion of the class. I was not expecting to be that in depth with app development or at least the layout side of development.
    • Processing.
    • Writing the programs
    • Being given/working on project type assignments (like the processing sketch and animation).
    • I like the experience with Android Studio I struggled with it at first but its the closest thing to a "real world" experience as a beginner and it's cool to see all the effort that is made to create apps. I now have a new respect for programmers who take the time to make these "simple" apps that we take for granted.
    • I absolutely loved the in-class peer tutor option that way I can address any concerns that I have if Dr. Lutz wasn't able to.
    • i liked that we used android studio and processing in this class.
    • Processing
    • I liked hacking other programs to produce new results. It gives us a finished product without a lot of work. It's rewarding to be able to show off something more complex at the end of the day.
    • Android development
    • Assignments were quite different than usual I've ever worked in my other class. It may not be the same case for all, but I'd love to spend more time on problems that makes me wonder.
    • Android, sorting bench, and the bike/sandwich maker assignments.
    • I enjoyed the group labs that we have done in class. It allows me to see other ways of tackling a problem and finding solutions.

Spring 2015

ITEC 2110

  • General Comments
    • Dr. Lutz is an amazing professor! I loved this class so much!
    • Thank you for your service, I'm glad I had you. Hope to see you in future classes.
  • What aspects were most valuable?
    • How to create a video and manipulate images
    • In whatever career we embark, digital media is going to be incorporated one way or another so having some background on the subject will definitely help.
    • It helped me understand digital media better and how pictures and animation are created.
    • Very chill teacher, willing to go into detail about the topics. Very lenient on assignments and tests. [not lenient -- fair!]
    • how it all adds up in world
  • What aspects were most challenging?
    • Studying for the tests from the lectures
    • Using animation software such as Blender.
  • Which parts of this class did you like the most?
    • People, Teacher and Most of the Lessons.
    • The awesome instructor!

ITEC 2150

  • General Comments
    • Great class, though I wish I could have done better. I'll be honest, though, I'm always just trying to get used to language of programming!
    • Having a laptop to bring to school should be required. I feel that all the intro programming classes should work more with eclipse and less in Dr Java to better prepare them for intermediate programming [we've tried this at times, many students struggle more using eclipse at the beginning...]
    • I would like to have had a coding lab where you sit with the instructor for longer than one hour and write programs. [that's good input, thanks! dont forget the AEC Programming Study Groups and the in-class peer tutors]
  • What aspects were most valuable?
    • All the different programming methods.
    • Getting a better understanding of programming.
    • I found that learning to code teaches you to think logically to problem solve.
    • The instructor's cool, composed, and collected attitude, which led to the class's total engagement in class participation. The valuable cours content
    • There was nothing in this course that's found valuable when there should have been. [please see other student's comments, there are many comments to the contrary! See the previous comment, for example ...]
    • What I found most valuable about this course was learning new coding material.
  • What aspects were most challenging?
    • becoming acclimated to different apps
    • I found writing programs on the spot to be most challenging.
    • Recursion
  • Which parts of this class did you like the most?
    • I loved the rogue segment of the class
    • going over thoery in class on the board when the overhead didn't work. seems to stick more when prof hand writes while he's explaining a concept. ppts too passive.
    • I liked learning the new cutting edge technologies, we just need more time to learn them.
    • Using the Leap Motion device.
    • Working with groups on projects and using various programs to implement what we've learned.
    • I liked learning about the new technology just wish we had a little more time to explore with them.
    • Working with other people on how to solve and code a problem.
    • I liked using the newer technologies in this class. Such as the leapMotion, and Muse, it made it interesting to see the code.

ITEC 4550

  • General Comments
    • A more comprehensive book would be preferable. Android Boot Camp is very slow going. [thanks, we've added another reference style text as recommended, but not required]
    • Mobile apps is a really good course but it's just a shame this was another course that did not go below the surface. Advanced Programming/Java did not drill down deep and this course also did not drill down deep. The market today is very competitive and we have to have seen a lot and be very good at what we do and that goes double for all the seniors that were in this class. Having said that, I did learn a lot, especially with the final project. [appreciate the feedback, it's a challenge to add more content to what we're covering now]
  • What aspects were most valuable?
    • Cordova app development; it's easier to make nice looking apps with cordova
    • How much I learned he covers so much information and the books are great references.
    • I am a software dev major so this course offered me the ability to use my acquired skills to build or develop mobile applications which was very helpful because it allowed me to apply my programming skills on many assignments.
    • I really loved learning all the different places and ways I can continue to build on what we have been learning whether it's with Lynda, MOOC, meetups, Cordova, etc.
    • Learning about RESTful web services and allowing us to branch off for the final project to learn more in depth on our own.
    • Learning to build an app. The class had a good flow to it, besides how late Cordova was introduced.
    • Nothing [Really? Many of your peers took a lot away from this]
    • learning a skill that I would not have learned otherwise. There are a lot of things that this class has offered me, but one of the major things was giving me the chance to step out of a comfort zone and I have found that I can do something if i put my mind to it and use my resources wisely. I liked that he encouraged us to use the discussion boards as forums for students to bounce ideas and troubleshoot off of one another.
  • What aspects were most challenging?
    • Cordova Magic 8 Ball
    • Cordova! There were not enough in-class examples (or examples in general) to showcase what Cordova can really do. One group did a chemistry app in Cordova and I had no idea cordova could do what they had accomplished. I would STRONGLY recommend showing their app off for those that have taken Web Tech and even for those that haven't.
    • Keeping up with the assignments, especially the Cordova ones. Jumping into a new interface and expecting to code at full speed when we've been coding with Eclipse the whole semester was a little too much to ask for.
    • The 8 ball assignment and the currency converter
    • The Cordova was the most difficult and shouldn't be used in future classes. [We continue to evaluate this, however, many students and employers express an interest in maintaining this]
    • The deadlines, I found the deadlines just a little too short. I am a full time student without a job I can't imagine how people who have jobs and are parents keep up with the deadlines. I would suggest you add like half a week maybe only until the next class to your normal dead lines. [ok, I'll try to adjust some deadlines based on you're input, thanks]
    • Towards the final week we were introduced to a new development tool called cordova which is for multy platform programming and it was command intensive. The lack of sufficient time to understand how this tool works is what was challenging. [cordova has since moved to the beginning of the class, thanks]
  • Which parts of this class did you like the most?
    • The end of semester project, I learned the most and I felt I had the most fun.
    • Everything.
    • I liked the Cordova part the most. Even though it is tough to install, I still like the multiple platforms and command line stuff.
    • Everything in the class was interesting, especially to a person who is really looking to build apps.
    • I liked learning about the hybrid mobile framework Cordova. Just wish the book had gotten here earlier than it had.
    • Just learning about Android
    • The start was rough, however at the end where we conducted out own project was quite enjoyable.
    • I really enjoyed all of it. I believe the knowledge gained here will be of great benefit in the IT field.
    • I enjoyed creating an application that I could use in the real world.
    • I liked the individual projects and learning about what other groups' projects. Everyone doing the same final project with a set of the same requirements I don't think would be as fun or informative.
    • Learn how to code in android.
    • The end of semester project. Seeing what everyone else had created was interesting. Some of the project ideas were new and/or creative.
    • I really enjoyed this class even though I wasn't really good at java. Dr. Lutz was very informative. He was always encouraging us to attend Tech Talks. He also provided additional information for Mobile App classes outside of school.

Fall 2014

ITEC 4550

  • General Comments
    • Excellent class.
    • Great course. I really enjoyed it and help me realize that mobile development is where i want to be.
    • The class needs to be split in two. There was not enough time to cover the web apps section of the course. The first course should cover Android concepts, including how to properly use threads/async tasks, fragments and custom list views - some common android app components. The second course could cover some more advanced android (including best development practices) but move on to web apps/Cordova. I think Android is the better choice, over iOS, because iOS requires you to have a Mac, which not all students will have. [Our pace is slightly slower than other schools and online Massive Open Online Courseware (MOOC) courses focused on Android development. So I don't see where we could divide and further dilute the content.]
  • What aspects were most valuable?
    • Depth covered on the android platform.
    • I built even more fundamentals of android development.
    • The final project, because it allowed me to learn to do things I haven't done before.
    • everything, but we need more chapters to cover and new implementation. Project is so difficult [I will look into adding more external materials and possibly a new text in future offereings]
  • What aspects were most challenging?
    • Implementing all of our skill sets into one final project.
    • The new topics I had to learn, outside of class in order to complete my final project.
    • the implementation.
  • Which parts of this class did you like the most?
    • Being able to make your own mobile applications as well as understanding how they work.
    • I like how the assignment is challenging. It helps us to think, not just follow the book.
    • Making the apps on our own
    • learning how to make android apps and cordova
    • creating my own application.
    • Learning more about android.
    • I like the fact that we have different weekly applications that get more complex as time goes on.
    • Being introduced to developments in the industry. Such as the instructor telling us about libraries and meetups.
    • I liked the freedom of picking our group/project. I also enjoyed learning about cordova/hybrid applications.
    • Developing and learning about mobile apps
    • Project presentations. I liked seeing other people's ideas and implementations. I preferred the native android development and would have liked to go deeper.
    • Cordova, Informative discussion prior to starting classes such as IT news, new applications, etc.
    • Making an actual app that we can use on our phones.
    • I enjoyed the whole process in general. How the class slowing built upon previous lessons into one final project.

ITEC 2150

  • General Comments
    • Dr. Lutz is a fantastic instructor. [Thanks!]
    • I really like new technologies like leap
    • More practical to help understand the topics
    • the Muse, Leap Motion and Android App Dev. were very exciting, I'm not an IT major but i definitely benefited from working with new technology and seeing an end product of what i hope (to do/work with) when i graduate.
    • Comparing to introduction to programming there are less problems than I had anticipated although I learned how to read coding from others more efficiently although writing code is still my biggest challenge.
    • Dr. Lutz is a great professor. I recommend him to all ITEC majors. He explains it well, he is engaging, he is helpful, and he cares about whether you get what you are doing and not just doing it because you its what you are supposed to do.
    • Give him a raise [Bravo!]
    • Good Instructor
    • Great teacher and great class.
    • Professor Lutz is a very kind and good hearted gentlemen. I enjoyed his class and not so funny jokes. [the jokes are very funny! haha!]
  • What aspects were most valuable?
    • A deeper understanding of programmatic thinking.
    • Learning Concepts that out in the world so we can study them now to help us for when we actually graduate and look for a job.
    • The practical lab stuff
    • the professor was flexible and helpful.
    • Effectively knowing how to read java code better.
    • How to use concepts that I will be able to use in other courses.
    • I found new programming terminology and command functions valuable in this class.
    • Not only the programming knowledge that was taught to us by the instructor but also from time to time before class started we'd discuss current events in the IT field.
    • That you definitely need to stay on top of your programming knowledge from any other programming classes to do well. The skills I learned and the ways java applies real world jobs.
    • This course has helped me with other programming languages and a better understanding of Java.
  • What aspects were most challenging?
    • The my programming lab assignments.
    • The schedule was tough; I'm a full-time office guy.
    • The test because is very rushing and time limited
    • Coding. I always have a tough time with it.
    • Programming within itself is a challenging course. But once you study hard and understand the concepts you start to get a grasp at it.
    • The dedication needed to complete all assignments
    • The gap between intro to intermediate is really big. Not an easy class, but with enough time, it can be rewarding.
    • What I found challenging was grasping the critical thinking concepts of Recursion.
    • Writing code and thinking creatively is most challenging and very rewarding when I succeed.

Summer 2014

ITEC 2120

  • What aspects were most valuable?
    • I enjoyed the end result of my final project, but I felt like the content was way above us. I found that programming is really awesome.
    • Learning java and processing
    • Programming itself was valuable, so everything I learned was important.
    • I guess learning the basic function with Programming
  • What aspects were most challenging?
    • I felt like the teacher moved to fast for me to be able to keep up at times,but seeing as though this is a summer course it can't really be helped. [this advice may help others -- thanks!]
    • I found learning to be an efficient and effective programmer to be most challenging.
    • It is very different from other class tests. Overall, the entire class was a challenge.
    • Trying to understand every line of code
    • Learning it at a fast and rigorous pace, I regret taking it in the Summer [I hope others who contemplate a summer session read this]]


  • Which parts of this class did you like the most?
    • The instructor was great
    • Using processing
    • Dr. Java
    • The professor is friendly and approachable.
    • The making of little programs in Processor
    • The video guides and pre coding on assignments.
    • I liked exploring processing.
    • working on projects.
    • I enjoyed learning how to code using Processing the most.
    • I liked the fact that you were patient and didn't take over the keyboard.
    • I enjoyed learning how to program.

Spring 2014

ITEC 2110

  • General Comments
    • Dr. Lutz is a really nice guy, and always happy to help, but he should think about making this class a bit easier on himself :)
    • Taking this course was a great experience for me. Learning new software widened my expertise a little bit. Now, I understand a little more how movie makers work their magic. The instructor was a great person to know and be taught by. I hope to come across him in the classroom again.
  • What aspects were most valuable?
    • Doing projects
    • I found that the most valuable thing was it made my reconsider my major and I switched to IT
    • The instructors life experience! Teacher was also humorous, and easy going, and very helpful.
    • What I found most valuable for this course was the way technology is incorporated into careers and what benefits it has.
    • the info was great
    • I enjoyed the creative, hands-on aspect of this class.
    • The wiki page schedule was one thing that was helpful. It contained what to go over for new material in the class and what the assignments and activities are. For projects, the instructor provided templates and tutorials that we can refer to when constructing our own wiki pages. The lectures were informative and had great examples. He also made it quite easy to get participation grades. For example, if we completed a quick online course for software such as GIMP, he would give us a 100. Grace periods for turning in projects and such was great as well. Students had another 24 hours to complete and/or tweak a project.


  • What aspects were most challenging?
    • Learning the textbook objectives
    • The book and concepts were really challenging for a beginner or non major.
    • The most challenging thing was the blender project. The tests
    • Nothing in particular was challenging as long as one knew what they were trying to get done. When we first got started making wiki pages, the syntax in the editing field took a while to get used to. The projects took time too since we had new software to use, software we haven't even seen or heard of before. But, when we got the hang of it, they weren't so bad.
    • The mathematical conversions - it was not clearly explained in class. As this is an entry-level class to this concept, I would encourage the ITEC staff to rethink the technical information included in this class. Many times it was way over the head of the average student - and most of the technical conversions are done automatically by the programs used - the practical knowledge will never actually be applied! [the problems we do are almost exclusively unit conversions, all students should enter with the appropriate foundation]
  • Which parts of this class did you like the most?
    • I liked learning all the applications. I thought it was cool at the end of the semester I felt accomplished that I could do things (like animation in Blender) that I never thought I'd be able to do. I would have never learned how to use these applications if not for this class.
    • the video competition.
    • I liked learning how to use blender the most. It was the most interesting to me. I also liked using the macs. At first I was skeptical, but overall I like using them.
    • Hands on activities in class
    • learning different applications
    • I liked the Imovie part of the class because it allowed the most in terms of creativity.
    • The experience of learning new material and applications. Plus, it was great expanding my digital media capabilities.
    • Doing the activities

ITEC 2150

  • General Comments
    • cool teacher, just slow down a little on teaching pace that way students can catch up in time for next step.
    • there should be more of the android development brought into this class.
  • What aspects were most valuable?
    • android development
    • learning how to develop android based programs to make useful applications
  • What aspects were most challenging?
    • Everything
    • the recursion did a good job explaining but is hard to get around it try to code from scrap
  • Which parts of this class did you like the most?
    • The android project was the most interesting part of class
    • I really enjoyed when you put comments in for each part of your code so that we could see what each part did exactly and then check later in case we forgot.
    • When the instructor worked on examples.
    • I thought it was neat to build an android app.



Fall 2013

ITEC 2110

  • General Comments
    • Excellent course, would recommend. I came out of this course able to do the basic functions of all of the programs we worked with and I have already started working and making images with inkscape.
    • Great Professor that cares for his students and wants them to learn. He knows his information and is there for the students when they need him. Also, grades assignments and posted class grades very fast and frequently!!
    • I would prefer to work along with the programs as a class more. Please understand that computers do not come naturally to everyone, and some of us have to move at slower paces.
    • Dr Lutz is a good professor, he is very helpful.
    • Dr. Lutz is an excellent professor and I am proud that I received instruction from him. This is an excellent course to stimulate the thought process and conceptual thinking. THANK YOU Dr. Lutz.
    • Dr. Lutz was very easy to follow. He was sensitive to the looks of confusion and reviewed in depth in order that clear understanding was accomplished. He made himself available often and kept a great sense of humor throughout as to not allow for a heavy atmosphere. I enjoyed him as an instructor. he knows his field WELL!
    • Great teacher
    • I feel Dr. Lutz does a good job of teaching this class because he is very organized and really cares about his students. Maybe work on the video project in class a little bit
    • This class would have benefited from flipped lessons. With a hybrid course I expected to have more work that would be done outside of class. Lessons were taught in class with projects occurring outside of class. We would often view instructional videos, such as from Lynda.com and Dr. Lutz would provide recorded lectures as a resource for working on projects, but that seemed out of order and made the in-class lessons redundant. Were I the instructor of the course, I would have flipped the entire course. That is, the students would be required to learn outside of class, reviewing prerecorded lectures and tutorials, then would spend the time in class working on projects. Therefor they would have had better scaffolding to succeed, and Dr. Lutz would be able to work in a more 1-on-1 format.
  • What aspects were most valuable?
    • Everything
    • I learned how to use my Mac better
    • Learned lots of new programs that I had never used before, and could maybe use in the future.
    • Learning different digital media applications I may use later on.
    • Learning some new ways to edit photos and some programs I have never explored before. **Learning the advantages of Wiki.
    • The hands on approach this class offered was most valuable to me. Dr. Lutz did an excellent job explaining how to use these tools as well.
    • learning to navigate different software like inkscape and GIMP
    • I am a retired Veteran! It's been a while since dealing with new technology. I feel caught up some what, not a professional but able to apply some knowledge for future projects.
    • I found the hands-on programs presented in this class such as Blender, Gimp, and iMovie to be very useful, as being proficient in them may benefit me in the future.
    • Instructor was excellent and always applied our lessons to real world application
    • The information was interesting to me. I'm not sure how I'll be able to incorporate very much of this into my future career, but I think it will be something fun to fiddle with in free time.
    • The online resources with Lynda
    • The professor was very organized and specific about what was needed in the class.
    • it was cool.
  • What aspects were most challenging?
    • The exams and projects are most challenging. Exams for sure; they were very challenging even with a two side study guide. The projects weren't as challenging; however, they are a lot of outside of class work in a short amount of time that you have to have a Mac to work on. [we use open source software for all projects and assignments, except for two. In-class time is allotted when this happens. It continues to astonish me that I repeat this many times in class and though other means; a small number students always fail to receive the message.]
    • The professor expecting us to understand the material on our own and us having to figure it out on our own time. [Unfortunately, this is true...]
    • The projects
    • Being a hybrid class, I feel as though the most challenging part of this course was time allocation. It takes self discipline to excel in a hybrid course.
    • He certainly didn't discourage student discussion, but I wouldn't say that he encouraged it. If it happened it just kind of happened. He begins each class by reviewing what is upcoming then transitioning into the lesson, which seems appropriate but the transition might have almost been too smooth. It was difficult a few times to tell where the beginning housekeeping points ended and the educational period began. Other than those qualms, Dr. Lutz is an intelligent and enthusiastic man, and I enjoyed having him as an instructor.
    • Not the professors fault but the content of the class was too boring to keep me interested in doing more than the minimum required. Technology is always challenging because of how fast it changes. It was hard understanding terms and processes but worth it.
    • The amount of work, it is very detailed work and I don't think this should be a hybrid class.
  • Which parts of this class did you like the most?
    • drawing in gimp
    • The iMovie project
    • I appreciate that you were available to assist students outside of class.
    • I liked the part when we made ringtones, the iMovie, the gimp
    • Really good teacher, I enjoyed learning about different applications and news of different inventions, research in the technology field.
    • The hands on part of the final exam; enabled a process involving a capstone to the applications learned in the course. IMovie required multiple tasks with a touch of creativity that all students should embrace because it takes away the dullness of repetitive math classes.
    • The parts where Dr. Lutz tied the class to relevant things going on like the new Samsung smart phone/watch or the 3D printers.
    • I enjoyed learning to work with the image editing software. It was interesting and pleasant. I do wish there had been a bit more time afforded to fiddling with images. [me too!]
    • The thing I most enjoyed about the class was learning how to use blender.
    • Enjoyed all of the class, I understand it was hybrid, but it seemed that I learned more when paired with people who had insight on things I had no clue about. GGC is a campus for all ages and some of us just aren't as up to date on the technology advances as most of the younger students are. Although I have taken computer courses, it was years ago and in today's time technology changes so quickly. I don't even remember the transition from 35mm film to digital and it happened so fast!


  • What things in this course should be changed?
    • spend more time going through conversion problems or don't put them on tests
    • Have more in-class labs.
    • sometimes you covered the material really fast
    • I don't think we should have been expected to do the lynda tutorials. That was too much time to take on some applications I most likely won't use in the future. [The longest tutorial we use is 3.5 hours, spread over a 2-3 week period. Students should be investing 12 hr/week into this 4 credit course.]
    • Please continue with Mac's, I am a PC user but will lean towards a purchase of a Mac.
    • I felt the course was very well organized considering everything we had to cover in a hybrid class. I felt the assignment also had reasonable expectations. I wouldn't change any of that. I would change the large emphasis on the Mac's. Yes, it's true the majority of the professionals in digital media use Mac's. Sadly the majority if not all the students in this class are taking it as a required course though and mostly have Windows at home. I felt bad when I overheard a fellow student stating he felt he needed to go out and buy a Mac just for this class so he could keep up. []
    • You might require the Lynda tutorial screen cap prior to allowing students to beginning those projects in class. If they don't have the screen cap submitted, you could require students to view those in class to catch up. This could also diminish any potential complaints relating to not having the software available, or not being able to be on campus to work on it. As a Hybrid class, it simply seems like this might be a more effective way of approaching the teaching.
    • It would have been nice to go over the copyright readings in class a little.
    • Group work seems to yield better results and understanding. If it were not for classmates that were much more experienced and actually worked in the field, it would have been very difficult to maintain. I felt my self sinking below the water often! I did learn that the digital media process is ever learning and what we've learned this semester will be old information next year this time. Ha, next week!

ITEC 3450

  • General Comments
    • I enjoyed learning and using processing. I think your choice of using it over some lower level language was a good choice.
    • I really enjoyed this class. It was about learning and being creative within this environment. Almost like an art class but geared toward coders.
    • I think Processing was great. Maybe if you will continue to use Processing in future courses, make Intermediate be a prerequisite. It's not that it's that hardcore, it would just help out a lot.
    • Intermediate programming and software development 1 should be made a requirement for this class. I have already taken these classes and I'm familiar with some tools that the instructor wanted us to use. But other students were asking basic questions that were covered by those classes and not related to graphics at all. I understand that students will have different skill levels and a short review on things they might not have used in a while is OK. But it is annoying in a 1hr15m class the instructor spends time attempting to explain concepts students should be expected to know, such as basic OOP. I like to think I work hard for my grade and I don't want my learning to be held back by students that are just looking to take the easy route/easy A. Especially not for a 3000 level course.
    • Overall a decent class.
  • What aspects were most valuable?
    • Coding skills; how coding is used all over the world for a variety of things
    • Knowledge of the Processing program and of logic in general.
    • Learning a new technology/software.
    • Learning how to use processing and the combination between hardware and software.
    • Learning processing
    • Learning uses of Java outside of standard concepts. Learned to program 'graphically.'
    • This class exposed me to a lot of programing I wasn't used to as well as different technologies like Processing, Arduino, etc.
  • What aspects were most challenging?
    • Everything!
    • Having to relearn Java
    • I like to say I'm decent at coding and programming, at the same time, it takes so much time for me.
    • I also was not a fan of the videos we watched. To be honest, I only watched the first few and then some near the end involving data processing. I guess I didn't really _need_ them if I was able to get a 100% on all the tests (so far) and almost every single assignment, but still, it makes me wonder if there was anyone who did the same who was not as skilled at programming as I was before hand, and what they would have gotten.
    • The harder concepts while using processing (data displaying) The math parts...
    • The tests. They were very difficult because I felt not enough time was provided nor proper understanding of what content we needed to review before the test.
  • Which parts of this class did you like the most?
    • I actually really enjoyed being able to go back and do more java programming. I'm personally near the end of my under graduate education and my classes, especially regarding programming, are mostly complete. I was glad to be able to do some more Java stuff.
    • I quite liked the different sketches we had to make and that we got to choose our project to do.
    • The final project
    • coding, interesting uses of processing, most of assignments (good balance of challenging vs easy)
    • The open creativity for some assignments in the class.
    • I liked that I learned a new program/technology. I liked that the class gave creative freedom with the assignments
    • Lectures, software decision, final project.
    • Learning how to use Java to make animations.
  • What things in this course should be changed?
    • Processing was good, but it might be a good idea to include some diversity, like some OpenGL, C#, Unity or maybe 3D model building with scripting. [recall that we did cover OpenGL. Several students pursued 3D modlling and animation for their projects. Java v. C# is a wash ....]
    • I'm not sure what would have made this class better. Perhaps we could have done more with 3D. I found the class very fun though.
    • i would have liked it to be a little quicker paced; if you teach class again during fall, give a little more time outside of thanksgiving break to do final
    • I have no complaints for the class.
    • Making Intermediate Programming a requirement. I can't imagine this course taught with OpenGL for Intro students.
    • Nothing
    • None
    • In class, implement more interactive exercises as opposed to the class watching you code on the board.

Summer 2013

ITEC 2110

  • General Comments
    • Dr. lutz is very knowledgeable and awesome. I'm glad i took his class.
    • Less test more project. I believe this class should be based and graded on your ability to preform within the different the software learned about. The more indept material should be covered in a ITEC 3000 or higher not a core class needed to graduate. Not everyone needs to know how many bits are in a byte?..! [as a GenEd class in a liberal arts program, we're obligated to combine theory and practice. Unfortunately, this isn't simply a 'skills' class. Do recall that we did dedicate 50% of the final to a 'hands-on' workflow.]
  • What aspects were most valuable?
    • Dr. Lutz was a great professor
    • I did learn a few basics from different applications throughout the course that may come in handy in the future
    • I found the use of Imovie and gimp to be the most valuable and I enjoyed working with these programs.
    • I gained a lot of knowledge pertaining to the programs used in this course. Fortunately these were all open source programs available to me outside of this course. The course covered many applications of digital media and technology in everyday use.
    • I have learned and heard about new things. I am definitely going to play with imovie once this semester is over.
    • I learned how to do a lot of different things using Mac that I didn't know before because I had only used Windows previously. The instructor was easy to understand and open to questions if you did not understand. He was a very good professor.
    • I've learned how to use a Mac.
    • Using the different softwares such as, gimp, Inkscape, iMovie.
    • learning how to use the many different programs efficiently
    • the teacher was awesome he loved what he was teaching and had patience which made it hard to hate the class
  • What aspects were most challenging?
    • Going into this class and finding out that we were going to Macs frightened me because i barely knew how to use them. So it was a struggle in the beginning.
    • I found blender to be the hardest part of the course in terms of animating things.
    • Staying focused during lectures. Relatively boring.. [sorry about that...]
    • The course moved very fast (it is a summer class). I still felt that more of a breakdown would have been useful for using various programs. A lot was expected that we already know, and it would build on material we were already supposed to have an idea about. Especially with using Mac for the first time as well as most of the programs, I struggled through a lot of the hands-on material.[I agree, the 4-week summer offering of this class is very difficult, because you effectively lose 12 weekends when compared to a regular semester!]
    • I found the applications challenging only because i am not a computer person remembering how to do each little thing on each program and where all the buttons were at
  • Which parts of this class did you like the most?
    • The powerpoints are helpful in emphasizing the important topics from the textbook. The tutorials are also useful in teaching how to work in the programs and use the tools.
    • having fun with my classmates and learning new things.
    • It is very intense but once you learn how to work in certain programs it can be fun.
    • Learning photo editing techniques
    • i liked the fact that we are learning how to use mac software because i have apple stuff and i would like to learn how to use it
    • The current news and Project 1 part 3
    • The last part of class after break because I am fully awake then and when we watch movies.
    • working on projects in class
    • Working with iMovie
  • What things in this course should be changed?
    • It may be more helpful to practice using the tools in class directly after you do a demonstration. [ok, I'll try to incorporate that ...]
    • Maybe add in some games or something but other than that I like it.
    • less lectures & power points! add more time to work on activities & projects in class!
    • I believe guiding students through the projects would improve this course overall. With that being said, I understand that time was of the essence.

Spring 2013

ITEC 2110

  • General Comments
    • Getting through this class is challenging, but you will be proud of yourself in the end to have learned all the programs. I can't imagine a better teacher for the class either! He never makes you feel stupid, which can happen easily when dealing with computers! He is very easy going!
    • Great class so far.
    • I did not see how a business major like myself needed to take a class like this. I do not not think this class should be mandatory for every major. [Actually, it isn't mandatory for every student. Perhaps you should talk with your mentor more about program requirements ...]
    • I thought Dr. Lutz was a great professor.
    • Great teacher, great class. very useful
  • What aspects were most valuable?
    • Dr Lutz seems to love what he is doing. He is very knowledgeable and is very interested in seeing everyone succeed
    • Everything we learned in this course can and will benefit me in my future career. That is what sets it apart from my other courses. I have learned skills that would help towards getting a job after school is done.
    • Learning the real meaning of Digital Media.
    • The increased knowledge about technology.
    • The use of media software such as Inkscape, GIMP, iMovie, etc.
    • I can use the things I learned in real life.
    • Learning about the different types of digital media
    • New found knowledge using Mac computer and the programs, Inkscape, GIMP, Adobe premiere, I movie, and blender. all of which are programs I downloaded on my windows laptop and now use.
  • What aspects were most challenging?
    • Blender, very complex application.
    • I don't have a Mac and had to find time to come on campus to use one. [in all but one case, the same (open source) software we use is in class on Macs is also available on Windows and Linux. In the other case, the case of iMovie, you can substitute Windows Media Maker or other video editing software if you wish. When we use Adobe Audition, we dedicate class time to alleviate any external dependencies.]
    • In class project was most challenging [awesome, that's why we do it in class ...]
    • Just the course itself really. It was challenging working with the various programs, because I have never done anything quite like it before. I enjoyed the challenge and now know how to use these programs!
    • The programs we learned in class were all very challenging to me.
    • The tests were a little hard but all in all the class was great.
    • Understanding the different aspects of the different programs fast enough to keep up.
    • Every single week in this class was tedious because it was all new technology that had to be introduced back to back to back. but it all worth it because its stuff you cant really forget or will have a fast learning curve if you ever went back to it.
    • we got a glimpse at the final and that seems frightening and the definitions through the class were intimidating as well. but if it must be thought there no way around it
    • Projects
    • You have to really want to pay attention to learn.
  • Which parts of this class did you like the most?
    • I liked creating the projects even though they were the hardest and most frustrating. I felt very accomplished once I completed them.
    • The projects. They were extremely difficult to get through, but once you do you look back and wonder why it took you so long. Now I enjoy using the programs.
    • The practical part and getting used to the OS system
    • hands on in, gimp, imovie, blender and the videos
    • Project 3. [ that's the blender project.]
    • The teacher was great.
    • I loved the video project, it was the best part of the class!!
    • Software Walkthroughs
    • The instructor and learning new things that I probably wouldn't have learned in traditional IT courses.
  • What things in this course should be changed?
    • I enjoyed doing the quiz in the beginning of the semester. It really helped me to do well on my first exam because I felt motivated to get a good grade on the quiz. I think with some more of those, I would have done better on the other exams. Other wise I enjoyed the class very much. It can be overwhelming to have so much online content but I don't know how I would make that any better.
    • Maybe a little more in class instruction on how to use the programs. The Lynda tutorials were great, but I think I would have been more comfortable learning in class from Dr.Lutz.
    • I enjoyed it as is
    • The class was fun i learned a lot from it.
    • Probably less busy work, for example those discussion messages due every sunday or whatever it was. That was annoying and didn't really help me with the class at all. [These weren't intended to be busy work. But, I have heard this fedeback previously and decided to remove this requirement in future semesters. Similarly, I'm removing participation in external events for similar reasons. Thanks for the feedback!]
    • None.
    • I think it does pretty well at everything, but it's just up to the actual student to engage themselves in it if they like the type of material.

ITEC2150

  • General Comments
    • The coding portion of the tests in this course was to high. Since this course is required for all ITEC majors, I think they should lower the code weight just a bit. [I consulted with a peer professor, who agreed with you. The last test and final exam were adjusted -- as you've suggested -- thanks for the valuable feedback!]
    • This is my 2nd class with Dr. Lutz, and if he is available for any others that I need to take, or even ones that I don't need to but am interested in, then I will seek out his classes before other professors. The work that we did in this class with the 3D printer was a great learning experience, and something that has peaked my interest in the field. [truth be told, I wanted to dig in on 3D printers too...]
    • please write a program from scratch. Short cuts will only confuse students. [Subsequent to this survey response, we spent the last two classes sessions doing exactly this. Thanks for the suggestion, I plan on doing more of this earlier, next time.]
  • What aspects were most valuable?
    • I found the most valuable is the knowing that java can be used to run a 3D printer.
    • The coding information that was delivered.
    • This course tied the concepts of Intermediate programming to real tangible tasks that I can use outside of the classroom right away. It got me to see coding as more than just lines on a screen and more of a way of thinking.
  • What aspects were most challenging?
    • The coding problems were the most challenging.
    • The concepts of object oriented programming as we got into the more granular areas of Java were the most challenging portion of this course. But the professor helped us navigate those in several different ways.
    • The most challenging I found in the class is some material in the programming.
    • Writing the programs itself. Using skeletons and shortcuts don't work for me. In fact, it makes me more confused... [Thanks, I've added and will continue to add more coding examples, from scratch...]
  • Which parts of this class did you like the most?
    • I liked the openness of the class, meaning that we had a basic structure but that things were fluid enough to assess where we were and change accordingly.
  • What things in this course should be changed?
    • I really like the course as is, I think that you saw in the beginning of the semester that things needed to go slower during the review portion and course corrected. That really helped me. I'm not sure if this particular group of students was an anomaly or not, but I would consider doing that every semester.
  • Are there any things we can do to better prepare students for this class?
    • More coding is the only thing that prepares students for this class, and not just standard assignments, but assignments that require us to think about what we're doing, what we're going to use to do it, and why we are doing it. The more students can see something beneficial to them in the code that they write, the more they will want to code.

Fall 2012

ITEC 1001

  • Great Course, I would recommend it. Help was there. Reviewing of material was great, and across all areas the teacher and the class were helpful and informative. Also, the teacher helped figure out how to do things like using cloud based services and using lynda.com. things that are just plain beneficial
  • He is a great teacher, very lenient and incorporates the world and history with technology. He is very lenient on grades and helps students complete assignments.[lenient?. I consider myself reasonable]
  • What aspects were most valuable?
    • The application of real time/life information related to information technology, it really shows how the course is relevant to everyday life.
  • What aspects were most challenging?
    • Remembering to keep up with all of the weekly discussions.
    • Daily assignments [odd, we didn't have daily assignments, they were weekly discussion postings. perhaps that was the problem...]
    • Nothing in the class was particularly challenging, the class was well presented and if you pay attention in class and do the work there's no reason you shouldn't do well.
  • Which parts of the class did you like the most?
    • For me being able to learn about what I'm interested to do on my own is great. the intro to how to use lynda dot com is my favorite part, and the fact that it was used as a way for us to prepare for test helped me out in the class. I hope even if ggc stops using lynda you can find a site like that to keep using in your class. I also liked the lectures you did that broke ideas down into simpler more understandable concepts using funny drawn out charts to give us something to look at. the introduction to some video of new technology was a great way to give a break from cramming information while still keeping it ITEC related.
    • the course was excellent. I don't think there's anything considerably off that should change. all aspects of the class where helpful. even outside of class you where ready to explain things. I'm not sure sure you can do any more than that without giving away grades. I'm also glad you don't do pop quizzes, I hate those.

ITEC 2110

  • Dr. Lutz was an awesome teacher. I took this class before and had to drop after a few weeks as the teacher was not very patient or understanding. I have several friends that are in the same situation that I found myself in, where we are intimidated by the thought of taking a computer class....I have directed everyone to Dr. Lutz for next semester. YEAH!!!!! He is my hero. Dr. Lutz was easy to access at all times and he was very responsive and understanding. This class was very intense and fast paced but it was worth the time. I spent many hours in the computer lab and that helped, also. I have learned all about Gimp, Garageband, Movietime etc. and I feel that I will be utilizing what I have learned in this class in my professional life. Thank you Dr. Robert Lutz.
  • Get rid of out of class participation grade. I have a busy work schedule and all the events were during times I had work. Therefore, I lost points in my final grade because of this. [there are multiple events that qualify, both during the day and the evening. And, I'll consider an event you propose if it's relevant. You can earn it if you're committed.]
  • Great Class!
  • I am not the best at Digital Media. Dr. Lutz helped me to be successfully in this course. I think Dr. Lutz is a good teacher and would recommend him to future students.
  • I don't understand why non-ITEC majors have to take a secondary ITEC course after completing intro to computing. [Many students come to this understanding, as evidenced in other testimony referenced here in this page. Unfortunately, I don't reach everyone...]
  • Mr. Lutz is a great teacher and highly recommend him to anyone who wants to take digital media.
  • This is a fantastic Teacher!
  • What aspects were most most valuable?
    • How it teaches you how to prepare media for potential applications in a career environment. That even a non art student can use digital media to improve a power point for a presentation and more.
    • I enjoyed the challenge as I am not a computer person, this class made me work the hardest that I have had to work in awhile. I appreciated being able to solve all of the problems that I encountered. Every step of the way, when something worked out the way it was supposed to, I felt elated and actually smiled. I was very proud of myself, that I was able to do the work.
    • I found that expanding my skills on the mac computer was valuable.
    • It did help me to understand and use the Mac which I had previously avoided because it was out of my comfort zone. I can now navigate the Mac even though I still prefer windows.
    • Learning about iMovie and Photoshop. Those are the only two programs I will actually use again. [It was GIMP, not Photoshop. I guess it's the sentiment that counts]
    • The GIMP software.
    • The equipment was pretty valuable. I don't think the tables cost that much though.
    • Using iMovie on the mac's.
    • learning how to make animations.
  • What did you like the most?
    • I liked using blender alot
    • blender
    • Learning how to use the Mac.

Summer 2012

ITEC 2110

  • I highly suggest this professor in this course.
  • Overall the course was great for the summer, however I wish we had more time to go over Blender program because to me it was the most interesting.
  • What aspects were most valuable?
    • How to design a Wiki page.
    • I was very impressed on the open-source / free download material we use in the course. I did not know a few of the programs we used were free. It also helps that we were able to use the same programs at home. This leaves it open for use for the future.
    • Inkscape and GIMP
    • The Lessons [profound!]
    • The professor of this course is very helpful with everything. He takes the time to explain the material.
    • The psychological/emotional lessons: My worth as an individual is not directly tied to a letter grade; a poor grade does not necessarily mean I lack intelligence; my attitude towards technology has been redefined...
    • For a short summer session, Dr. Lutz did a great job at responding to the overall needs of the class by adjusting the pace of the delivery of information and the length/content of the assignments. I appreciate his enthusiasm for the material he teaches.
    • Understanding how digital media is used in our lives daily. Great Job
  • What did you like the most?
    • In theory, all of the content was pretty darn cool. Despite not quite grasping all of it, the artistic part of me really appreciated Blender.The practical application of the material has left me with a nervous tic every time I see a Mac.
    • Using the open source applications were fun to use. It helps to use something you can also use at home instead of spending money to buy. IT helps because I will be using these programs at home also. It was good programs to learn on.
    • THE ACTIVITIES AND PROJECTS
    • iMovie
    • Learning about Gimp and Inkscape

Spring 2012

ITEC 2110

  • Learning how to use imovie and open-source photo editing software. These skills will be useful in my future as a teacher, as well as right now as someone who enjoys photography. The information about lossy vs. lossless compression and file size was also valuable to me, as it pertains to my photography work.
  • The content in general is very useful.
  • This class has been one of my favorite classes at GGC. I learned so much about photo imaging, making videos and putting them on YouTube, understanding different computer language like binary and hexadecimal, and creating 3d images in Blender. I plan on incorporating much of what I learned into lessons I will teach to middle and secondary math students.
  • Dr. Lutz did a great job balancing lecture time and hands on activity time.
  • I can use this in the near future with images, video, and audio.
  • Dr. Lutz was a great teacher that helped me with almost all my work, and heavily involved in our grades. His teaching style made the class more enjoyable.
  • I enjoyed this course immensely more that I originally thought that I would. A large part of this was the instructor, his content delivery method, and the use of media from outside of the textbook to teach us the concepts. I am looking forward to using these skills long after this class is over.
  • I really appreciated Dr. Lutz's class. He helped me understand and apply concepts I learned in this class, while giving several opportunities to be successful. If someone has anything negative to say about this class it is because they refused to pay attention or do the work as required by Dr. Lutz.
  • I think this course is just necessary for all students going through college.
  • What did you like the most?
    • The activities and learning different programs (except Blender) in order to do projects. As a closet-nerd, I thought it was really cool! [blender is polarizing...]
    • Activities and Projects.
    • I liked the discussions on how digital media relates to real world and talking about animation cartoons like family guy, south park, and watching awesome movies like Sintel and the Third and the Fifth.
    • The projects. It broadened my knowledge about creating so much!
    • the hands on activities
    • Learning about how films are made
    • People that did their work and paid attention passed. People that didn't, didn't.
    • animations
    • all
    • projects

ITEC 2120

  • Dr. Lutz is a good teacher that understands what he is teaching.
  • Need more repetition of course work so concepts can sink in. [ah, grasshopper ...]
  • Professor Lutz did a great job and I enjoyed his project!
  • What aspects were most valuable?
    • Doing the coding bats in class, taking things step by step, and having group things.
    • Projects relating to digital media.
  • What did you like the most?
    • reviews
    • Going over coding bats in class and the projects/ group activities [our projects were based around image processing, xBox game/controller processing, or xBox Kinect processing -- where students picked their preference.]

Fall 2011

ITEC 1001

  • Probably the thing I like best about the way you teach our class is that you do not sit up there and say the same thing that we read in the chapters. It would be so redundant if you did that and you would probably lose a lot of peoples interest. Also I like the nugget and turd area. In a lot of cases I learn some pretty cool new things that are out there. [nuggets and turds are weekly postings on IT topics, nuggets are things to hold on to and turds, well, you get it...]
  • I enjoy the reviews. They help me out a lot.
  • I have enjoyed this course so far. Being experienced with computers, I thought I wouldn't get much from this course outside of the credits, however, I have learned a good bit, solidified things I already knew, and now feel that I am ready for the higher technology classes.
  • things that are working in this class are the moments that we as a class are doing everyday. What I mean to say is the the group work and the project that we did for class are some of the ways that are keeping this class fun. This is letting us talk and understand more about the class and its assignments then if we were to do everything by ourselves.
  • Group activities always seem to be very beneficial in learning new material; it allows us a chance to learn collectively from our resources as well as from one another. However, I strongly encourage that we partake in a study guide of some sort for the next test that all of us would be able to complete together. Although I stayed behind to review Wednesday, many of the subjects on which I studied were not on the test. For that reason, I believe a study guide would be a useful tool. [message received, study guide added.]
  • I like the fact that we are able to work in groups. sometimes the material can get confusing but its good to hear from a peer's perspective.
  • I think the in class group activities work well.
  • I personally like when we do group exercises and power points. I always find them informational.
  • For me this course runs pretty smoothly. I have no problems.
  • I think you are doing great, anything we are a having a problem with you do your best to get it fixed.
  • I think this course runs smoothly. I just get lazy sometimes and don't do the homework. So my grade only reflect my effort. I do think there is a lot of homework and some of that could be integrated into class time. [Me �too. However,that would take more class time ...]
  • Everything is working, I think that we should have more class time to work on homework.
  • What aspects were most valuable?
    • It has given me an insight about a lot of things that I did not know before enrolling in this class.
    • Learning how important technology is in our everyday lives and how to become computer literate in general.
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