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Richard Felnagle
Professor in the English department
at Mesa Community College, Mesa, AZ
Overall Quality
3.5
Average Grade
A+
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.4
Clarity
3.6
Easiness
2.8
Helpfulness
0
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61 Student Ratings
4 Professor's Notes
Rating Class Comment
11/30/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
HUM250 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A
"Amazing lectures" "Inspirational"

Richard is an excellent teacher. Modules are well designed and easy to follow. His lectures are informative and he is very animated and amusing. Work is not that difficult, just follow the instructions and you will get an A. I took the class as a prereq filler (I am a biochem major) and it turned out to be my favorite this semester.

11/23/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
HUM 250 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A
"Clear grading criteria"

I love this teacher! There can be a lot of reading but it's not horrible. Just do the discussions and quizzes on time and you should be fine. He's pretty funny and I like how he inspires all of his students to travel and discover more artifacts around the world. Overall awesome!

10/28/2014
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
Hum250 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A
"Inspirational" "Get ready to read"

This class is very easy. Read the material, do the study guides and you will pass. The layout of the class was very easy to follow, super organized. I appreciated how Mr. Felnagle would encourage us to visit places out of the US, either through a website or pictures or even to go there! I would recommend if you do not mind reading.

09/04/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
HUM 250 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A

Strict guidelines and requirements does not make him a poor instructor! His enthusiasm & dry humor is awesome. ALL info CLEARLY posted. Emails reminders/ announcements regularly-DETAILED Study Guides provided-Extends everything BUT final-FOLLOW DIRECTIONS specific but CLEAR-4wk Summer INTENSE but I loved! ALL info avail if you take the time to read

05/16/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
5 Easiness
HUM251 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Class can get confusing because of the layout of modules. You can literally skip all the videos and the Intro's/Overviews to the modules and still easily complete the module. He takes the papers very seriously so do a good job on those and you will pass. Try to stay 1 module ahead of the schedule, it pays off.

12/20/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
HUM250 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Loved it, finished it in less than a week! I absolutely hate history, but it was fun since it included literature and music. 15 quizzes (can take quizzes an unlimited amount of times) and 2 essays (only 750 words each), 87.5% = A! It really does make me want to travel to Pont-du-Gard in France, Constantine's basilica in Germany, and much more.

10/22/2013
poor
3 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
4 Easiness
ENG101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Very rude. Blames missed deadlines and "poor" submitted work that was his fault on the student. Grumpy almost every day when he comes to class. The only good thing is that he responds quickly to messages. Otherwise, take someone else as your English teacher.

10/16/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
HUM250 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Richard's class is not for those wanting to skate through an easy online course. He provides all his own material so you don't have to buy a textbook, and the material is extremely entertaining/informative at the same time. Be prepared to spend a LOT of time studying and writing, but in my opinion it was well worth the money. Great course!

01/02/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
HUM250 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

The class isn't difficult but he is. His lectures are all online, boring although he is animated. I tried hard to understand his questions which usually resulted in him telling me I missed the point. I got tired of hearing it and gave up. Not sure what he wanted; very unclear. Lots of work, reading the lectures etc. Take anyone else but him!

11/16/2012
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
HUM250 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Horrible teacher. Not clear on what he wants with papers and discussions. Had us watch many videos in real player format. I hadn't seen real player videos since early 2000's FAR behind the times technologically.

11/15/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
HUM250 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

I'm a 3.8 GPA student with 120 college credits. I've completed Freshman-Senior level classes. This is NOT a Sophomore level course. This is a 3-cr course, but the reading/studying required is as though it's a 5-cr course. He says there's a problem with all of us, but if all his students are subpar to his standards, it may be his teaching methods!

10/31/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
EngAaab Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Very very poor teacher, grades based off his feelings and how he feels that day, not the work you did. Definantly recommend taking somebody else

08/15/2012
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
HUM250 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Well, he certainly put a lot of time into his modules but there is a lot of material to cover (expect to study for 6-8 hours per quiz and there are a ton of them). Also many test questions have two correct answers which is frustrating but only one will be 'correct'. Grade 'A' students will struggle to get a B. If GPA is important look elsewhere.

08/06/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
HUM250 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Hated this class. Lots of reading, watching videos and writing notes. Tricky multiple question tests that often had two appropriate answers. Trick answers. Difficult to rebuttal online. I wasn't willing to bet my 4.0 gpa on a power hungry teacher who purposely makes his class difficult and makes a wonderful subject into a bad experience.

04/16/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
hum250 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

This guys is a really good teacher. He is clear on what he wants and expects. He is a no nonsense person. Makes you really think. There is alot of reading that is the only down fall.Love his info. If you do not like to read do not take this class.

04/15/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
HUM250 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Professor Felnagle is very clear in his requirements for the class. The synthesis papers are not difficult if you put some thought into the topics: he does not simply hand you the connections you are to make on your own. The reading is much less than what is required in university classes. The study guides are thorough (long), but worth it.

01/17/2012
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
HUM250 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This was a great class. The lecture videos were very entertaining, Mr Felnagle clearly has a great passion for this subject, and he worked very hard on compiling this online course. All instructions are clearly written out in the syllabus and the two required papers weren't that difficult. I would definitely recommend this teacher and this class.

01/15/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
HUM250 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

good lectures, he worked hard on his site He is egotistical, you have to write 2 1000 wrd papers, the instuctions are 3 pages, and 15min video* He didnt respond to an emails ina timely maner. In said paper you are to come to you "own" conclusion(that has to match what his is)or you will get no credit. The 2 papers were absoultly ridiculous.3.85 gpa

12/14/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
HUM250 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

This guy was a crack-up, loved watching his videos. He was quirky. He clearly worked hard to put the class together so that you don't have to buy a book and he only gave you the important information. The synthesis papers were not hard and he gave great feedback. Nice to have an online teacher that actually taught the class.

12/14/2011
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
HUM250 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

If you're looking for an easy online class don't take him. The material was boring, the tests were too short and the synthesis papers were hard and pointless. He doesn't round your grade whatsoever so if you're a point away from the next grade bracket he won't help you out, so be careful.

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Posted on: 01/15/13
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I am sorry that some students feel they don't understand my writing assignments, but I think the reason is that they are expecting to be assigned research papers, and my assignments ask them to think critically about the readings. However, I define criteria for all assignments, and I don't grade based on how I feel that day.

Posted on: 01/15/13
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A student has alleged that I try to trick students with multiple-choice quizzes with more than one correct answer. Absolutely not true. The quizzes are taken directly from the readings, and there is only one correct answer per question.

Posted on: 01/15/13
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I have removed all Real Player media from my courses. I started using Real media years ago because that was what the college provided. Now, I provide the highest quality streaming media I can from a variety of sources using embedded players that will work on most tablets and smart phones.

Posted on: 01/15/13
Last Updated:

Some students have complained about the length of the readings. In all fairness, though, they include a lot of streaming media, and everything is provided online at no additional cost to the students. An average student completes the readings in two or three hours per week. I know because I can see how much time students spend on these readings.

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