DSD 2013/2014 evaluation form

10 responses

Summary

1. As a whole, the course was:

Average 4.30
1 1 10%
2 0 0%
3 1 10%
4 1 10%
5 7 70%

Comment - As a whole, the course was

The course is really interesting, but it needs a lot of time and have a lot of deadlines and minor assignments, that overlap with other courses, especially because it doesn't follow the normal periods division of the semester.
very tough, but useful and interesting
The course was excellent in many aspects. It was totally worthy.
great, in the sense that it provided all the feedback we needed to bring our projects to satisfactory completion! The lectures gave another perspective at development (albeit a bit less technical, which is not bad), and pointed us to some new issues we haven't considered while developing.
really good.. Would recommend it to everyone.
The course was a disaster. If there was good communication between students nothing to well

2. The course has fulfilled my expectations:

Average 4.50
1 1 10%
2 0 0%
3 0 0%
4 1 10%
5 8 80%

Comment - The course has fulfilled my expectations

It has not fulfilled my expectations because at the middle of the course I left it because the course is based on a distributed software progect not distributed software in general.
it was interesting to see
My expectations for the course were more than just fulfilled. This was one of the best experiences during my whole study period.
The course was everything I expected, as it was specified multiple times on how it's going to be and how hard it will be. It was difficult at times, but I sometimes you have to push the limit on yourself.

3. The concept of the course with lectures and projects was:

Average 4.30
1 1 10%
2 0 0%
3 0 0%
4 3 30%
5 6 60%

Comment - The concept of the course with lectures and projects was

I would define the whole concept as a very interesting and refreshing one.
Lectures were not that interesting but the project concept is great.
quite good, less than one lecture per week, with concept of mainly working on the project
I liked that the projects actually had some application in the end. Or at least, yielded tactile results for our team members in the long run. I feel this is the key concept, that you're not just taking a course, you're working on something.

4. The course administration (web page, support, information, etc) was:

Average 4.10
1 1 10%
2 0 0%
3 1 10%
4 3 30%
5 5 50%

Comment - The course administration was

the website is a little bit messy, and the course full of minor assignments that are not really needed
Could be better but ok - it's not that important.
The information was provided in the right time and through different approaches.
pretty well organized. It was hard to lose oneself in it, and I don't think changes are needed here.
we had all the lectures, information and materials

5. I have learned:

Average 4.40
1 1 10%
2 0 0%
3 0 0%
4 2 20%
5 7 70%

Comment - I have learned

how to deal with distributed team, presenting skills, some new technical stuff.
on the project, the technologies that we used, git, mysql, java, etc.
I learned a lot while being part of my DSD project.
I've learned a variety of technologies in order to complete my assignment. It was difficult at first, because I've never done Web development before, but I got the hang of it pretty quickly, and that is a new branching experience I believe paid off in the long run.

6. The lectures were:

Average 3.90
1 0 0%
2 1 10%
3 3 30%
4 2 20%
5 4 40%

Comment - The lectures were

The presentations was interesting, but maybe a couple could be cut.
The lectures were very good but maybe, the interaction with students (in some guest lectures) should be enhanced.
I wish the cultural differences was more about the differences, and less about comparing famous people. Though, that was the fun of it, no? Discovering it in our own. :D
not that important and boring. The lecture should focus more on how to deal with (real) problems in distributed development.

7. The guest lectures were:

Average 3.90
1 0 0%
2 1 10%
3 3 30%
4 2 20%
5 4 40%

Comment - The guest lectures were

The guest lecturers were the ones that gave that 'other' point of view, mostly on product development and management, which is mostly neglected, and was a nice refreshment from other subjects I took.
They were interesting and provided a lot of information. However, they could be more interesting if the students are also involved during these lectures e.g., maybe by arguing regarding some certain topics etc.

8. I liked to work in the project:

Average 4.50
1 1 10%
2 0 0%
3 0 0%
4 1 10%
5 8 80%

Comment - I liked to work in the project

The project was really great but some team members were hard to work with.
because it grew from an obligation to self-motivation very quickly. That's the thing when you work in a team, you have not an obligation to some deadlines, but to your team. And you catch some knowledge along the path. Win-win.
I enjoyed working in the project ! It was one of the best projects and teams I have ever been involved in.
I could not communicate with companies by the language or by the meeting´s hour

9. The project advising and support was:

Average 4.40
1 0 0%
2 0 0%
3 2 20%
4 2 20%
5 6 60%

Comment - The project advising and support was

We could always turn to our supervisor, who would provide feedback as soon as possible. Any problems that arose were solved quickly. The customers were precise and didn't change their requirements mid-development, which was a pretty heavy factor, because the requirements usually tend to change a lot.
Not that good. We were mainly on our own.
We had a very good support during all the way.

10. The cooperation between students from FER, POLIMI and MDH was (in your poject):

Average 4.20
1 1 10%
2 0 0%
3 1 10%
4 2 20%
5 6 60%

Comment - The cooperation between students from FER, POLIMI and MDH was (in your project):

Not that good.
The cooperation was in such a good level that sometimes, we could not notice that the team was distributed geographically !!!
Frequent and pretty warm. Sometimes it felt like someone was slacking, but you always get that feeling when working in a group.

11. My workload was:

Average 4.00
1 1 10%
2 0 0%
3 2 20%
4 2 20%
5 5 50%

Comment - My workload was

I really had to spent a lot of time on this project (more than 20 hours per week). However, I was pleased to see the result in the end.
Nothing because I wanted participate in this course to learn about Distributed Software and I found me in a progect where tools and programming languages was unknown for me.
full time job, 6 months old daughter, you do the math :-)
as I was expecting it to be.
as expected. Overloaded globally, but it's something one has to get used to, due to all the non-DSD obligations. One learns to cope. DSD-wise, we stuck to our projected workload, so there's no reason for discontent there.
mostly because it doesn't follow the normal periods flow in the semester, and for minor assignments

12. The equipment for the distance work was:

Average 4.20
1 0 0%
2 0 0%
3 3 30%
4 2 20%
5 5 50%

Comment - The equipment for the distance work was

No problems here. It's not hard to setup anything for this project that we're not already using.
laptop, github, virtual machine provided, and that is more than enough
It was pretty good which made it possible for us to work in distance i.e., while being distributed.
really cool.

13. The things I most liked in the course:

I learned a lot about leading projects, although I haven't done it myself. I also learned how and where problems arise in development firsthand, which I think can be used to prevent those same problems in the future. Also, I liked presenting. It's a skill people underestimate or even dread, and I'm glad this project enables us to present frequently, if we desire so.
The teamwork
Cooperation Project Management Real Project Flight to MDH
This is a great course where we can get really unique experience, work with nice people on cool projects.
I liked and enjoyed everything in this course: project work, lectures, working in distributed conditions, presentations and so on.
The managing of a distributed team, learn how to work in a distributed team and work on a real problem/project.
team work, team's good atmosphere
the projects are really interesting. It was great to work on it.
Everything, but specially working in distributed environment.
Noting

14. The following can be improved in the course:

The quality of video conference could be better
To be honest, I'm not sure. Maybe add some links to good development practices literature; or good programming and development blogs on the main site?
Our project was and is very interesting, but we had to spend a lot of time, often without attending other university courses. Try to delineate before the course begins, the bounds of the project provided to the students.
encourage prezi tool for presentations from the beginning
Learn to student about Distributed Software in general not a specifically progect and give the chance to pass the course with a test or a small progect. I suscribe for this course to learn about Distributed software and I lose this course because I didn´t learn nothing about Distributed Software, I don´t pass the course and I have not the chance to pass.
In my opinion it was perfect, so I don't know what could be improved for next years
Lectures, selection of (better) students
There is no much to be improved in this course, in my opinion. However, I would think of one important detail since the whole course concept is related to distribution. It would be better if there would be teams that include members from all sides (MDH, FER and PoliMi) instead of just two of them.
A bit less polls. Besides that everything is perfect :)
Cut minor assignments (happiness pool, some lectures, middle stages presentations,...)

15. I am a student from:

FER 3 30%
MDH 3 30%
POLIMI 4 40%