This course is very interesting in that for 3.5 hours in the late night have not made me fall asleep once. The discussions were very well facilitated and ideas and anecdotes were thrown back and forth in the class with interesting pace. The presentations were well organized and theories were clearly presented with videos and slides. The things that I did not like were the reflections being due on Friday. I read the materials, but by the time I reached the class room, I forgot most of what I had already read over the weekend and Monday and Tuesday. Also, the timeline project is a great way to present ideas of information and power, but 10 events in 20 minutes is too much. If we wanted to go into detail, then 5 events for 20 minutes would have been more sufficient. 2 minutes for each event is not enough time to discuss the connections between information and power and not enough time for the audience to process all 10 events to thoroughly peer review. The reflections, essay and projects were great. Overall, great course.
Ms. Ascher provoked intriguing conversations and made me open my mind and think more about the society around me.
Awesome Instructor who is very knowledgeable and passionate about everything within the scope of this class. Very relevant to everyone. If anything maybe the description or name of the course could be something more appealing. Honestly wasn't sure what I was signing up for, but this is by far the best GE class I have taken at UCLA.
I absolutely loved this course and my professor. (The written assignment and presentation have yet to have been graded, so I cannot attest to the fairness in grading. Although, there should be more clarity in the rubric/criteria for grading these large projects.) This is probably one of my favorite classes in my four years at UCLA. The topics brought up in class were ones that caused me to think deeply about the situation and increased my awareness.
I have really enjoyed this class and learning from Professor Ascher.
I really enjoyed this class. As an engineering major, I found the topics covered in class outside my comfort zone and learned a good amount in terms of how knowledge is acquired and distributed.
Professor Ascher led a wonderful discussion during each class period. Her insight was extremely insightful and I can honestly say I gained a lot from her class.
I really enjoyed this course and Ms. Ascher's teaching methods. She navigated controversial issues very expertly explaining her views and reasoning while remaining open to dissenting opinions. It really felt like this course emphasized understanding over assignments which I found very refreshing. Criteria for assignments could have been more clear, but Ms. Ascher's grading style compensated for this a bit.
Professor Ascher inspired new perspective on subjects related to technology, social issues, the internet, and many other facets of modern society. This class provided a setting for the discussion of events and topic as well as the basic role of information in society. A weakness of this class is likely the fact that some issues must be overlooked because of time constraints. Yet, a resounding positive is the inspiration of deep consideration of how information is shared and created at the individual and group level. I appreciate the experiences I had during discussions and the information I was exposed to in the relevant readings.
The strenght of the course is going into important societal problems. The weakness is not stating that this is the primary purpose of the course. [sic]
I first came into this course with an intent to just pass as a GE. I mean that's still the goal, however I learned a lot of valuable information about information itself. A lot of these I learned were shockingly relevant to my daily life and has kept me woke. I would take this course again if I could.
I really enjoyed this class especially it made it think about the fields that I have never even thought of. I learned a lot especially how to think critically and such which will definitely help me a lot in the future.
I really enjoyed this class. The things we learned were relevant to current events, and made me a more educated person on today's society (rather than just learning math equations or about some random event thousands of years ago).
I want to thank you for the wonderful quarter. I thoroughly enjoyed your class and am recommending it to all of my friends (I actually even brought a friend with me to the election class!). It was very clear that you love the field you're in, and that always makes for a pleasant time on the student's end. If I find myself needing an extra class before graduation, I will be sure to search your name first.
Thank you for a wonderful quarter! I'd like to think I'm a pretty smart student, and yet, the class was actually really challenging for me but I'm still glad I took it. It challenged me to think about a lot of subjects that I normally wouldn't have given much thought to. I think this is a really valuable course and I hope you have success teaching it in the future too!