Colin Archibald at Valencia College

Colin Archibald

  • 4.3Overall Quality
  • 4.3Helpfulness
  • 4.3Clarity
  • 3.2Easiness

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3/9/14

COP2800

Accredited

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness1

Clarity2

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

Honestly don't take this teacher, you will struggle a lot. He can teach you a little bit about programming with his Java videos but the assignments are way different and makes you do stuff that he never taught you. When you ask for help in one of the assignments he will just give you "hints" which might as well not just ask him questions.

12/16/13

COP1000

Accredited

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness4

Clarity4

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

It was online and consisted of watching videos and doing assignments. Not too easy but if you refer to his videos then you will do OK. Midterm and finals are on paper. If you study and understand the concepts then you will pass with an A. He is easy to get in touch with on skype. I recommend him for this class.

11/24/13

COP2800

Accredited

Poor Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness1

Clarity2

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

He gave a confusing assignment that listed off things that he required for it I submitted several days early and asked if I missed anything to please tell me and i would fix it. He more or less called me an idiot and told me to find a tutor. All his lessons are from several years ago which you can see from the Programs he uses for 2006. He's horrid

6/12/13

COP-2800-3-2521

Accredited

Average Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness3

Clarity2

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

Although his videos are somewhat helpful, his clarity regarding assignments is terrible. Almost every assignment will have a part that requires you to do something far from your current skill level in respect to the curriculum. Usually, related info is faintly if at all touched upon in the videos.You will be very frustrated if you're new to java.

6/8/13

COP 2800

Accredited

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness2

Clarity1

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

He was really no help at all. You sit and watch his monotonous voice then do his assignments which are confusing since neither he nor the textbook help you with.

4/28/13

COP-2800

Accredited

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

Awesome teacher! I think this has been the best class I've taken at Valencia. Challenging but reasonable. Pay attention to the video, and read the book. If you're stuck, you can typically contact Dr. A on skype. He is always willing to help. You won't like his Mid-term or Final, because it is paper and pencil. Do the assignments and you will be ok

4/25/13

COP 2800

Accredited

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

Good professor ! I've done two classes with him and he is a really helpful professor ! 100% recommended

12/13/12

COP2800

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Great Teacher

12/12/12

COP2220

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

Brought a lot beyond just writing code, like upcoming events, course offerings, scholarship opps, which was very helpful. Class time was usually included him teaching a concept, most classes he'd ask what we want to talk about, also he'd give us in class problems, then discus. He also has some very good instructional videos online.

3/16/12

anyCOP

Good Quality

Easiness5

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

Love this professor, he is actively helping me out, I think believe I see him as my mentor hahaha

2/12/12

cop1006

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

I had his intro to programming concepts last summer and I ADORED him. Currently taking his intro to Java course. It was a hybrid, and I'll admit that the in-class time was semi-useless, because he openly prefers teaching online. His videos are super informative and easy to follow, but if you dont enjoy programming you wont enjoy his class.

12/16/11

COP2800

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

If you want a nationaly respected computer scientist,that has national awards for teaching CS, he's your man. His classes are full by the second day of advanced registration........ need I say more!

12/9/11

COP2805

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

Absolutely amazing teacher. He this way of remembering how he learned things so he understands the pitfalls of programming. The best part is that he's interesting and he knows how to excite people into mentally stimulating thought and conversation, regardless of your proficiency in the subject. Talk to him after class sometime. Bet teacher I've had

10/25/11

COP1000

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

Awesome professor, very helpful and knowledgeable. Yes, he cracks corny jokes, but honestly I found it to be a kind of funny and quirky trait rather than an annoying one. I wouldn't call him an easy A, but if you put in the work an A is not difficult. I love Dr.A and can't wait to take him again next semester!

10/7/11

COP1000

Poor Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness2

Clarity1

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

Most boring monotone voice EVER. Cracks bad jokes & when no1 laughs he tries to call the class out on not being funny. Can't hear him usually because his voice is so low/monotone. Student is REQUIRED to watch hour long videos listening to him explain the same thing OVER AND OVER in his boring voice, puts you to sleep. Enjoys insulting students.

9/8/11

COP2930

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Love this guy, very funny, easy to talk to, easy to understand. Had a great time and learned a ton!

5/23/11

C1006

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Very Good Teacher. If you work Hard You will Definately get "A" the only thing bad is no calc. no computer Just pencil and paper to write code in midterm and Final. 11 Assignments were easy. I didn't do Good on Final that is why I got B. Other wise It was a smooth sail

12/25/10

COP1006

Good Quality

Easiness5

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

Amazing professor. 11 easy assignments due the entire semester, he is an awesome teacher that doesn't mind humor in his class, every now and then you'll hear his Canadian accent slip out.His midterm and final are handwritten which requires a thourough understanding of the subject, but as long as you pay attention and review you'll be fine.Take him.

10/22/10

COP1006

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Wonderful teacher. Wish I could have him for all my classes. A little monotone but good sense of humor, challenging, but happily helps if you are stuck. Definitely not an easy A but best professor in my opinion.

5/5/10

COP2800

Good Quality

Easiness5

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

Dr. Archibald is best programmer I ever met. His assignments make a programming class alive and interesting. Don?t expect that his video lectures explain you everything, they are only help to book study.

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