VOX DICIPULI

Attention prospective students! These are some of the comments made by students who took my classes in the past. I thought it might be helpful for you to receive some feedback from your peers regarding their overall experience in my classes. Hope you’ll join me this semester! _Dawnja

 

I liked that the professor used real world examples to explain certain concepts. I also appreciate that we got to play around and test out equipment in class in order to familiarize ourselves the functions and challenges of production. I think what made this course incredibly impaction was the ability for the entire class to work on one final project. This way we were able to apply all the skills we learned into a real production piece. Also it’s great to create something that will live years from now.
(Course: Media Design, Concepts)

It was a privilege to learn about and discuss the issues surrounding animal representation with Dawnja. She encouraged honest, thoughtful, informed communication and still knew exactly how to steer the class in the direction of focus and progress. She also never hid the fact that she is very passionate about the subject, which always (in my opinion) makes a class more engaging.
(Course: Animal Images)

It was nice to have a class with the entire cohort who started the program at the same time that I did. I also thought that it was informative and interesting to hear from professors and instructors about their research, projects, and classes. I got a better sense of some of the people I do (and do not) want to study with as well as the variety of classes that are offered. This opened my eyes to areas that I would have never thought to pursue.
(Course: Understanding Media Studies)

Dawnja is brilliant and very enthusiastic about the material. She was very approachable and calming. Her way to break down the readings and present the arguments was helpful and effective. She provided much discussion and a new outlook of material.
(Course: Media Studies: Ideas)

One of the most effective aspects of this course was the balance between readings, writing assignments, and discussions. The organization of the course clearly introduced me to animal-human studies, and the readings were almost always valuable and furthered my understanding. The flexibility of the reading responses was extremely helpful, as we were able to choose four readings from the semester to respond to. I enjoyed the blog that was setup for the course, so that I could post related findings as well as read other reading responses. This gave me space to participate non-verbally to the class, which I really appreciate.
(Course: Animal Images)

Positive aspects were a very intentional and well planned curriculum and clear expectations of the students. The course required great engagement and feedback regarding the reading materials, which is surprisingly difficult to find in a lot of courses at TNS and was a very welcomed surprise.
(Course: Introduction to Media Studies)

The topic, itself, is an emerging field in the (post)humanities, which I find to be very crucial to the Culture and Media major as a whole. The materials, although still very premature (it is emerging, after all), provided great commentary on the field, methodology, ethics, and, to some extent, the politics of the field at large.
(Course: Animal Images)

I really appreciated how Dawnja directed the course. She is very knowledgeable and offered a lot of freedom for students to apply what we were being taught to our own interests and ideas. I will say that this class is probably difficult to teach, especially given the wide-range of interests and skill level. Dawnja did a great job of communicating the course material and providing a general overview of equipment and programs we’ll use later in our course work.
(Course: Media Design, Concepts)

I liked that the students made presentations each week, and that the gaps in their presentations were filled in by the Instructor. I also think the class blog was a very effective tool in teaching this class, because at the end we have a wealth of resources about the material to help guide us when writing our final papers and to just review what was presented in class.
(Course: Media Studies: Ideas)

The wide range of experts brought into Monday lectures gave a really nice survey of the entire field of media studies. The group presentations gave us a taste of what it’s like and what to expect from a group of graduate students working together.
(Course: Understanding Media Studies)

Ms. Burris is fantastic in several aspects, very well prepared and versed in the course material, while having an acute awareness of the student body and any sensitivities surrounding age, race, gender or political stance. She is very observational, well-spoken and adept at understanding and speaking to her audience. She is very encouraging in a manner that shows her investment in the course and students.
(Course: Introduction to Media Studies)

I really enjoyed the broad range of exercises and assignments for this class. I appreciate how it allows an opportunity for students to identify possible future interests in production. The class also introduces students to the variety of production equipment available to them throughout their time in the program. It was great to learn about the many production tools I have available to me during my time in the program.
(Course: Media Design, Concepts)

The online website shared between the class was one of the most effective aspects of the course. We were all able to share interesting posts and articles and reading responses to each other and comment on each others posts. It was a great way to bring the class together. Also, the midterm project and final project which went together were a great way to learn about each other and our different views on the subject of the course.
(Course: Animal Images)

She’s a very good communicator, has a nice personality, explains things well and provides good feedback.
(Course: Understanding Media Studies)

I found the instructor knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the content. Well balanced historical and current references. Instructor impressed me with her openness to assist all students, taking time that would not be required; this suggested her commitment to our individual success in her class.
(Course: Introduction to Media Studies)