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Colin Archibald
Professor in the Computer Science department
at Valencia College-East and West Campus, Orlando, FL
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Overall Quality
4.3
Average Grade
A
Hotness
Helpfulness
4.3
Clarity
4.3
Easiness
3.3
Helpfulness
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Clarity
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Easiness
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52 Student Ratings
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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: Mandatory 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

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