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James Ottery
Professor in the Writing department
at University of Illinois at Springfield, Springfield, IL
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Overall Quality
2.2
Average Grade
N/A
Hotness
Helpfulness
2.1
Clarity
2.3
Easiness
2.6
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22 Student Ratings
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05/17/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
ENG 367 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/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.

05/14/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
4 Easiness
ENG367 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/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.

05/14/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
ENG 330 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/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.

12/22/2011
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
ENG000 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/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.

11/29/2011
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
ENG460 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/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.

11/26/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
4 Easiness
ENG301 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/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.

08/31/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
ENG301 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/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?

07/03/2011
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
ENG300 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/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).

12/15/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
ENG480 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/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!

11/03/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
ENG335 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/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.

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