Student feedback on teaching and on units taught 2017 Sem 1
Here are some selected student comments taken from Curtin University’s student evaluation system in 2017:
INFO3009 2017 SP1
The most helpful aspect was Kathryn Greenhill herself, her knowledge and enthusiasm, and the great
organisation of the unit. It was helpful to have a graduated approach to the final assessment, and my
learning was useful in my practicum placement as I had to do some data clean-up. The opportunity to
have live chats was great, even though I was unable to attend due to work commitments, however I still
listened to recordings. Kathryn was very prompt in responses, and very supportive. Her no-nonsense
approach is appreciated, but this is tempered with good humour. Kathryn is a great lecturer.
INFO3008 2017 Sem 1
Kathryn has so much knowledge and enthusiasm and conveys this in her teaching. She is fantastically
organised, and responds promptly and fully to questions and problems. Her commitment to students
making it through the unit is obvious. Kathryn is supportive, no-nonsense, but fair, which at 3rd Year
level is exactly right. I was greatly helped in this unit, and it is one of the more enjoyable ones, even
though I had hoped to get a better overall mark – my fault, not reflective of the teaching. I enjoyed
learning with Kathryn.It is a very practical unit – we need more of them!
INFO1000 2017 Sem 1
Teacher feedback was fantastic, I really appreciated that Kathryn was so easy to contact if you needed
help. I did find the unit a little confusing and overwhelming at times. Once I read through through the
material, I did get an idea where to go.
INFO5007 2017 Sem 1
I’ve done a number of online units before, and this is the best by a wide margin. The site format for the
modules and assessments information was excellent, and it would be great if other units adopted this
too. I also liked how the assessments were timed out, particularly having a number of goal deadlines
within assessment 3. The live chats helped to make me feel engaged as an online student, and the
thorough and enthusiastic updates given by the lecturer were great too.
Kathryn genuinely wants us to do well and provided all the information we could possibly need to do
well. Having all the resources available early was very useful.
I enrolled in this subject in 2015 but withdrew due to other commitments. Since then, Kathryn Greenhill
has substantially re-written the unit, with clear learning outcomes, relevant exercises, well-paced, great
notes, and removal of the group assignment a great improvement (I live in Victoria, and work and study,
and the time difference makes group assignments very difficult). Feedback was thorough, and I could
easily see where I could improve. The collaborate sessions are more useful than recorded lectures used in
other units which often don’t add value to lecture notes.
I found the videos made by Kathryn very helpful i.e. how to cite references in media and the video on
what is expected in scholarly writing. This is one unit that I never felt overly confused about anything as I
personally found that Kathryn had uploaded all material required. I enjoyed the small videos in the topic
notes such as the 5 minute videos explaining a concept made by other people as it provided a break from
the reading and also explained the concept in a different way to the readings, helping me to get more of
I found the unit was conducted with incredible efficiency and professionalism. The subject was
interesting, but in a way intimidating, which was mainly due to only knowing the basics of information
technology when I started. I can honestly say that it was only due to the way the unit was run that I was
able to learn as much as I did.
Kathryn was exceptionally easy to talk to within the collaborate sessions and also extremely helpful
whenever I had an issue or problem. The structure of the unit was perfectly done and she was always
contactable should something not be understood or need clarification. The videos showing how to
perform certain tasks or provide more information such as the video on copyrighting and plagiarism were
really very helpful and I wish more teachers would adopt this strategy.
I was very happy with teaching in this unit. On a number of occasions I had to contact Kathryn and my
queries were dealt with and I was never made to feel I was being a nusiance. Also I felt any comments
made were relevant and constructive allowing me to think back over my processes.
Always helpful and information provided is easy to understand. Very approachable and clearly interested
in the subject and definitely makes it interesting for students. I do not believe I’ve ever gone out and
found so much information on so many things simply because my interest has been piqued in a lecture.
Kathryn Greenhill was an incredibly engaging teacher. The feedback she provided was fantastic and she
was always available for assistance. The guidance and support available regarding assessments was
amazing! Everything was so clear and perfectly presented. Kathryn Greenhill made Technologies for
Information Services a really enjoyable subject to complete.
INFO5025 2017 SP1
Kathryn, your obvious enthusiasm for this subject and for your students’ development of knowledge are
refreshing and infectious. Your notes are well-written and clear, and easy to follow. I liked the ‘start here’
introductions. You use Collaborate really well, and I found your use of online technologies a vast
improvement on the recordings of lectures used in some other units, which rarely add to lecture notes (if
well-written), and add little value for the hour they take to listen to. Your also use the discussion board
better than some, encouraging learning without being repetitive.
Her enthusiasm for the subject increases my own enthusiasm for learning the material. I like how clear
the outcomes and expectations are for each module.
It was only due to the depth that each module and each assessment had been dealt with by Kathryn that I
was able to complete the unit as well as I did. I found that Kathryn’s experience, professionalism and
humour helped, particularly as I started the unit as a complete novice to information technology. The lack
of good marks was not due to the way the unit was run but due more to the fact that I was studying a full
compliment and also working full-time (which Kathryn did warn me about in the beginning!). Thank you
The unit content, feedback delivery and assessments seemed organised and well thought out. There was
also a clear effort to understand the concerns students may have.
Enthusiasm in teaching is difficult to convey in person let alone for an online unit but Kathryn is certainly
enthusiastic, even in the face of less than enthused students or those whose interest is diluted by a
screen. Breadth and diversity of readings assigned are good Instructions and course structure is clear
and repetition of instructions is a tedious (probably more so for her) but necessary
I have never had a lecturer as clear and genuine as Kathryn. She wants us to do well and she gives all the
Kathryn’s topic notes were easy to understand, and at times there was humour throughout them which
made reading them enjoyable. Kathryn’s videos were easy to follow and I felt included all relevant
information to the topic at hand. The assignment instructions could seem long at times, but all of the
information was helpful to complete the assessment appropriately. Kathryn’s tip of re reading the unit
outlinin week 3 proved to be a good one!
I found Kathryn’s teaching style to be very engaging. I felt like I knew exactly what was required of me at
all times and everything was very clear.
Organised, knowledgeable, provides a wealth of information and definitely passionate and enthusiastic.
Kathryn is very enthusiastic, energetic, instructive and has a very positive focus
Kathryn was exceptionally helpful in the discussion boards whenever a question was asked she was
prompt and helpful. I found the structure of the course extremely well thought out and easy to follow as
a student, the way the tasks were released slowly allowed me to focus on what was being taught now
rather than stress about the future.
Overall I really enjoyed this unit. It was my first time studying in many years and my first time studying
online. Kathryn did a great job of making me feel comfortable and confident right from the start. I
actually really enjoyed the collaborative sessions even though I was not able to participate because of the
time difference. I found watching the sessions afterwards really helped me feel more connected to my
fellow students. It’s always comforting to know that others have similar issues!
I don’t think there is a way to improve it, the unit was great.
As stated in the other survey, I not sure how this could have been improved – this is probably the best
unit I have taken so far in my education journey in that I never felt overly confused by anything Kathryn
said and felt confident completing the assessments.
This really was a perfect unit for me- wouldn’t change anything.
I’m not sure that it could be improved. The assignments were well spaced out and engaging, the topics
for each module were interesting and encouraged further investigation, and the support was amazing.
I think it’s great just the way it is.