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Jane Charlton
Professor in the Astronomy department
at Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
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Overall Quality
3.7
Average Grade
B-
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.9
Clarity
3.5
Easiness
3.2
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12/17/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
ASTRO 001 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Class is formatted as a video game which I think is pretty cool. However, the down side is that it takes up a lot of time to go through each module (definitely more time than any real class lecture). You will have to invest a lot of time into learning the material, but the exams are very similar to the sample tests.

12/16/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
astro 001 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

So I took this class because I needed an earth science, and from previous reviews this seemed like it was going to be a super easy class. I was wrong. It is set up in the way of a video game which makes it interesting. You really need to study to get an A. It's not a terrible class but be prepared to work for your grade.

12/12/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
Astro 001 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Jane is very helpful. Responds to e-mails very quickly. Study for the exams and you should be fine.

05/06/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
Astro 001 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: A

So easy

05/05/2014
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
ASTRO001 Web Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Thought this would be a easy gened science course, but I have never been more wrong. There is way too much material for each exam and the exams are IMPOSSIBLE. I did well on the first, but they seemed to only get progressively harder. DO NOT take this class

12/20/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
ASTRO001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Easy class if you're interested in Astronomy.

12/18/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
ASTRO001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I took the online version of the class. You need to work on your own pace. It is not that hard most of the questions come from the lecture material and review test. If you have a little interest to Astronomy you will enjoy the class. She responds your e-mails like in one hour. Not so much homework just 2 discussion posts.

12/11/2012
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
ASTRO001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Very difficult online class. Don't take this as a science gen ed. It is very difficult and requires an excessive amount of studying considering it's a gen ed.

10/18/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
5 Easiness
ASTRO001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Mind-numbingly easy class. The comic book-like way the material is covered is annoying, and she tries to get you to memorize a couple constellations for each exam, but those are my only complaints.

05/02/2012
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
ASTRO001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Most difficult online course I've ever taken. And the final is cumulative, which is as horrendous as it sounds. Do NOT take this.

04/05/2012
poor
3 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
ASTRO001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

I tried to take this class online and couldn't. I ended up dropping it. I had a very difficult time.

05/08/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
ASTRO001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Web section. Definitely not easy but 20% is participation which you get by default anyway. She also drops the lowest exam grade. If you don't pass, you didn't try.

04/20/2011
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
ASTRO001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

This class is poorly designed. Yes, it is interesting that it is a story, but the story is dumb and seems very simple, but then the tests are nearly impossible. If you are considering taking astronomy, I would take it in a classroom. It seems like she took a lot of time to make this, but it backfired.

03/29/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
Astro001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Worst class Ive ever taken at Penn State!

03/24/2011
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
ASTRO001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Web class. I thought the modules were interesting and beat having to go to a physical classroom. You will have to study to get your grade (sorry), but it's not very hard. Study guides are very helpful. Having interest in the subject makes it a lot easier though. Very interesting material and covers a lot of topics, doesn't focus on dry stuff.

02/08/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
ASTR001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Awesome prof that took an immense amount of time putting together a format. No textbook just a well put together story to follow which adds humor to some otherwise dry material. Not easy but fair. All material is covered in chapter questions and review packets which prof provides. Great Class! I wish more were taught that way.

01/26/2011
average
5 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
ASTR001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Web course. Do not take. Horrible course design.

12/16/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
ASTRO001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

The people who said this class is hard must be complete morons! This was by far the easiest class I have ever taken. She gives you half of the test of the questions on the test before you even take it. Don't listen to the slackers who wait til the last minute to do everything. This class is AMAZING, take it you will learn a lot!

11/22/2010
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
ASTR001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

I took this course online, IT'S THE WORST. The material we had in class is NOT HELPFUL for the TEST, all she did is putting links in to the modules. Modules are waste of tme. The stories in the modules are useless...A lot of memorizations.DO NOT TAKE THIS!!

11/04/2010
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
Astro001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

I took this course online, IT'S THE WORST. The exams were way too difficult for a Gen Ed course. Modules were pointless and time consuming, not enough provided in notes for the difficulty of the exams. DO NOT TAKE.

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