James Ottery at University of Illinois at Springfield

James Ottery

  • 2.2Overall Quality
  • 2.1Helpfulness
  • 2.3Clarity
  • 2.6Easiness

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Class
Rating
Comment
5/17/13

ENG 367

Accredited

Poor Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness2

Clarity2

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

Very nice guy but grades very hard. I loved this class, did well with the tutoring part but he graded low on papers that were completed as he requested and took off many points for missing a few posts on his facebook page. Won't take a class with him again.

5/14/13

ENG367

Accredited

Poor Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest1

Grade ReceivedN/A

Terrible design for the course. Uses public Facebook like-page as a means of class discussion. Failed because I didn't make a handful of fb status updates.

5/14/13

ENG 330

Accredited

Poor Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

During live online group presentations, he would interrupt, many assignments were not very clear; final assignment was changed during last week of class. Not sure this is a class he should teach.

12/22/11

ENG000

Average Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness3

Clarity2

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

He creates a very congenial live online environment and encourages participation - BUT: He doesn't really respond to emails and his clarity and command of written English are somewhat lacking for a person who teaches English classes. Instructions are unclear. He seems to be more interested in poetry - so if you love poetry, he's probably your guy.

11/29/11

ENG460

Average Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness4

Clarity2

Rater Interest1

Grade ReceivedN/A

Dr. Ottery supports the online class. He cares mostly about teaching the subject of personal identity, no matter the type of literature. Not always clear in what he wants and if a grade is incorrect, good luck getting it changed. However, he is a genuine guy and very understanding to a student's concerns. Lots of group work and presentations.

11/26/11

ENG301

Poor Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

I would avoid taking an online class with this guy. It's difficult to follow along with what is due and when. He doesn't really give good instructions for assignments, so you find yourself saying, "I hope I did this right" when you turn things in. He knows his stuff, he just has trouble communicating.

8/31/11

ENG301

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest1

Grade ReceivedN/A

Someone claiming to be an English instructor should have a grasp on how to form coherent sentences. They should understand the basics of punctuation and grammar. They should be able to communicate within the medium they claim to represent. This corpulent a** hat does none of these things. What's the point of trying when people like this teach?

7/3/11

ENG300

Average Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness2

Clarity3

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

Requires group work for online classes. Is very slow to answer emails, often changes requirements of class midway through. Refused to check into a grade error that was a simple mathematical error until chair of department asked him to look into it. Teaches little, expects students to run the class (and not in a good way).

12/15/09

ENG480

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

Dr. Ottery is a phenomenal teacher. You will not find a more enthusiastic professor to work with. He can turn nearly anyone into an English major, due to his passion for the subject and energy in class. He is also extremely supportive of the online format. Many of his courses use Elluminate. Collaborative, fun classes! Really cares about students!

11/3/09

ENG335

Poor Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

I got behind the first month of class. I sent him an e-mail stating I knew I was behind and what could I do to catch-up. His reply "Nothing you have already failed" 18% of the total possible points were given out at that point. As I am a a Math major, that leaves 82% still left right? I guess thats why people become English Profs.

6/7/09

ENG460

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Great professor! His lectures are particularly interesting and he goes out of his way to be helpful.

12/3/08

ENG500

Average Quality

Easiness5

Helpfulness2

Clarity3

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

Seems like a nice guy outside of class, but in class, he is extremely disorganized. I'm not sure how he got tenure. His class was easy, but I learned very little. Not only does he not respond to students, I think he avoids them. From my expeirence, he's useless as a department head.

9/25/08

ENG301

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness1

Clarity2

Rater Interest1

Grade ReceivedN/A

He made me hate the english language. So I switched majors.

9/5/08

ENG500

Poor Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness1

Clarity2

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

I sent this guy an email when I was trying to determine whether or not I wanted to enroll in one of his classes that had a particularly incomprehensible title. I got a one sentence reply. Needless to say I didn't enroll in his class. Is it really that hard to be responsive to student questions? And they wonder why their classes won't make.

8/26/08

CAP225

Poor Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness1

Clarity2

Rater Interest1

Grade ReceivedN/A

This professor skrewed over our whole class in a BS class that isn't necessary for anyones major but we have to take for CAP... take any prof but this one...HE IS BAD!!!

2/19/08

CAP121C

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest1

Grade ReceivedN/A

This guy doesn't know how to teach and he is doesn't help or work with the students at all.

2/19/08

Cap121

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness2

Clarity2

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

Busy Work!!

5/27/06

Cont Amer Lit

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Excellent job of presenting materials. Initiates fascinating discussions. Has a great attitude and goes out of his way to be helpful and engaged.

8/14/05

Cont Amer Novel

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness4

Clarity5

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

Selects great texts and leads very open-ended, indepth discussions of each. Good pacing and not too much busywork writing.

3/12/05

CAP 111

Poor Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness1

Clarity2

Rater Interest1

Grade ReceivedN/A

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