Student Feedback

PROJECT: Quotes from Students

ROLE: Assistant Professor

As an assistant professor in the Digital Technology and Culture (DTC) department at Washington State University (WSU), I encourage feedback from my students because my personal teaching goal is to be the kind of professor I wish I’d had in college. Thus, positive feedback feels like a personal win, and negative feedback gives me something to work on.

Shown here are a few of the positive quotes submitted anonymously by students through WSU’s official course feedback system. You can also see student comments at RateMyProfessor.

In DTC, I have taught undergraduate students about graphic and web design:

  • Concepts such as color, typography, grids, user experience (UX), accessibility, responsive design, and more.
  • Software including the Adobe suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, etc.), WordPress, and IDEs such as Codeanywhere.
  • Coding with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, and MySQL.
  • Technical and legal issues around intellectual property, web hosting, file formats, printing issues, content management, and more.
  • History that influenced modern visual design, such as graphic user interfaces, Dadaism, art practices such as printmaking, the origins of the World Wide Web, the impact of Soviet film theory, and more.

AMAZING teacher. Respects students and is always around to help.

Tor is great at what he does. Always knows how to help and is so kind.

He’s very knowledgeable and approachable. I never felt intimidated by asking a question or getting extra help.

Tor finds creative ways to make his course fun and understanding for his students even though the material is extremely difficult and complicated. He is above the average professor at this university and advanced in his teaching.

Tor is flexible but expects a lot from students which is nice, as it motivated me to learn a lot in this class.

He was always very willing and quick to respond when I needed help. He was very understanding.

He is patient and knows what he’s doing so he’s really good about helping students when they need something.

Tor is a really great professor! He understands and is incredibly knowledgeable about the material and he is very approachable and willing to work with students.

Class was the best one I have taken here at WSU. Class was very well structured and actually helped me decide my career path after school! Tor is an amazing professor that actually cares about his students and what they are learning.

Very thorough and patient with the class. Also, you can tell he knows what he’s talking about.

Professor Tor de Vries is very organized and thoughtful. He always tries to make his lectures interesting and adds real-life examples from his work in the past and now.

Tor is very good at explaining things, and always answers any questions asked in a lot of detail! He also gets back to you very quickly, and I like his lectures… One of the most helpful professors I have had with projects.

He is relevant in the industry, clearly knowledgeable, and helpful. He is an engaging lecturer (presentations didn’t feel tedious, but only contained relevant information) and was humorous. He makes time to help students and give strong feedback.

He was a very chill teacher. He taught us in a way for it to be easy to understand.

Tor is the best! He was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the course material. He was willing to put the extra effort in to help students. He was always respectful of students and gave us really great feedback on our work.

I wish all my classes could be taught by Tor.