professor
Valerie Purdie

May 2021

This class was very disorganized. At the beginning of the semester, the prof laid out everything and it seemed organized, but she ended up always changing things, and the midterm was extremely hard. The multiple choice questions were not fair, and very specific. The class did very poorly as a whole and she had to give us extra credit questions to make up for our grade. Also, the assignments took a long time to be graded, and often times I felt lost in the class as it was disorganized.

Apr 2021

Never taken a more disorganized class at Columbia. Though there was a planned structure to the class that she discussed at the beginning, it was barely ever followed. There were way too many "technical difficulties" for someone who boasted of having experience with online teaching. For example, the midterm was supposed to have 6 essay questions where 2 could be dropped but only 5 actually appeared. The prof wanted to make up for it so she said she'd upload an extra credit within a week but it only came around during finals. So more than technical difficulties, I'd say it was lack of organization if not interest. She sends an email before every class but it almost never addresses crucial stuff. It is almost like she only remembers she has to teach a class 10 minutes before it starts. The content seemed interesting but the way she went about teaching it was so chaotic, it successfully made most people lose interest in the class. She tries to make it sound like she cares about her students by saying that she'll make the final easier or bump everyone's midterm grade by 10% (both of which she did to be fair) but the delays in doing the things she actually says are painful and the lack of communication (for things that actually matter) just makes things worse. While the course sounds interesting and the topics are actually good, I didn't learn much at least in this online environment. It might be better in person but good luck with that too.