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Colin Archibald
Professor in the Computer Science department
at Valencia College-East and West Campus, Orlando, FL
are you Colin Archibald?
Overall Quality
4.3
Average Grade
A-
Hotness
Helpfulness
4.3
Clarity
4.2
Easiness
3.2
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
0
Easiness
0
57 Student Ratings
Rating Class Comment
12/13/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
cop2800 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Took this course online for introduction to Java and I can honestly say you're better taking this course in a classroom setting. Everything is clearly taught, however, his assignments are sometimes different from what he did in a lecture so you'll end up stuck on it. He replies really late to emails so you're better of looking for help online.

12/08/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
cop1000 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: Not sure yet
"Gives good feedback" "Would take again"

Dr. A is very helpful. He uses youtube videos to teach so you won't need a book. He almost walked me through all the assignments I was having issues on. He responds to emails in a timely fashion even when he's sick. Midterm and Final are pencil and paper other than that the class is pretty easy and kind of fun. I would recommend this class.

12/07/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
2800C Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A
"There for you" "Would take again"

He is a good teacher, lectures are basic but gives you the guidance you need for assignments, know the material in lecture summary, it is on the tests. Expect to work harder if have no experience in coding. This teacher doesn't just take a pay check, he knows, covers, and teaches all material. He wants you to learn and class is built as such.

11/15/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
COP2800 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: Rather not say

Worst "professor" ever. His class was actually the first class I got a bad grade at. He "teaches" you by using videos that he made years ago. If you learn anything from the videos that he makes, well forget it because you won't use any of that information in the assignments he gives. He barely helps you with the assignments he gives.

11/07/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
COP 2800 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: Not sure yet
"Clear grading criteria" "Amazing lectures" "Gives good feedback"

Mr. Archibald is probably one of the best computer science teachers at Valencia. His lectures (videos for me) are clear and include debugging to clear up the programming concepts even more. His assignments are clear and, with practice, truly not too difficult. They do take some time though. Overall, you WILL learn in this class.

08/01/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
COP 1000 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Awesome teacher. Very helpful and explains concepts in a way that's very easy to understand. All you have to do is watch his videos to get an A. It's that simple.

04/26/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
COP 1000 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Archibald is a very detail-oriented professor. He demonstrates how to learn to program by behaving as if he is at the same competency level as the students in the course -- he goes slowly, at the right pace for understanding and follows a consistent troubleshooting process for finding and fixing mistakes.

03/09/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
COP2800 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/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.

12/16/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
COP1000 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/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.

11/24/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
COP2800 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/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

06/12/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
COP-2800-32521 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/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.

06/08/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
COP 2800 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/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.

04/28/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
COP-2800 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/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

04/25/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
COP 2800 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

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

12/13/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
COP2800 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Great Teacher

12/12/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
COP2220 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/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.

03/16/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
anyCOP Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

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

02/12/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
cop1006 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/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.

12/16/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
COP2800 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/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!

12/09/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
COP2805 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/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

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