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    Aug 16, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This is a required course for all ISTA majors. Nevertheless, if you have a choice in the professors, definitely go for Mr. Atkinson. Brian Atkinson is an extraordinary professor who shows great interest in his students. He was very thorough while teaching; he took the time to explain material in such a way that everyone understood it regardless of their initial level of understanding. Through his constructivist teaching style, Mr. Atkinson always found innovative ways to reach his teaching objectives (i.e. interactive activities, short films, class discussions). He constantly challenged the class to work collaboratively as a way to prepare us for our future endeavors. He also made himself available to answer questions and expand on concepts, outside of class. All in all, Brian Atkinson went above and beyond to ensure the academic excellence of everyone he taught.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights of the course included TedTalks pertaining to the current topic; Atkinson would show these because he was very keen on keeping everyone engaged. He stated that research shows that the average attention span of an adult is about 20 minutes. Futhermore, there was a fun group project, hands-on activities with candy, and very easy exams.

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    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    Come prepared to learn. There are a lot of readings in the course. As long as you skim them and get the main/interesting points out of each article and pay attention in class, you'll be fine. Make sure that you ask good questions and that you actively participate.

    • Fall 2015
    • Brian Atkinson
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