Media Life Course Grades 2006-2009

[earlier published in 2007] Every semester and academic year, students are scrambling to move in and about campus, enroll in courses, plan their time ahead... It is a hectic and at times confusing time for all.

Of course there are plenty of commercial services out there that help students (esp. in the US) select courses - for example through sites like RateMyProfessors and Koofers.

However, one of many things that are public in the US that are private elsewhere can be an indicator of a course or professor, especially in the case of large lecture courses: the grade distribution in such courses in the past.

Almost every semester I offer the university-wide T101 Media Life (formerly known as: Living in the Information Age) for about 400+ students per semester. I'm excited about it - and I hope the students too. It generally is a wild ride.

For those students who want to know how their friends fared in the past, I compiled this report on Section GPA averages for the times I taught this course:

Fall 2005 T101 Living in the Information Age
122 Students, Section GPA: 2.810
Spring 2006 T101 Living in the Information Age
116 Students, Section GPA: 2.993
Fall 2006 T 101 Living in the Information Age
115 Students, Section GPA: 3.127
Spring 2008 T 101 Media Life
388 Students, Section GPA: 3.174
Fall 2008 T 101 Media Life
385 Students, Section GPA: 3.374
Spring 2009 T 101 Media Life
391 Students, Section GPA: 3.187
Fall 2009 T 101 Media Life
418 Students, Section GPA: TBA

Another indicator of how students do in this course is by looking at the average grade of the entire class for midterms and final exams:

Fall 2005 T101 Living in the Information Age
122 Students, Midterm: 75; Final: 77
Spring 2006 T101 Living in the Information Age
116 Students, Midterm: 80; Final: 82
Fall 2006 T 101 Living in the Information Age
115 Students, Midterm: 79; Final: 76
Spring 2008 T 101 Media Life
388 Students, Midterm: 77; Final: 80
Fall 2008 T 101 Media Life
388 Students, Midterm: 82; Final: 83
Spring 2009 T 101 Media Life
388 Students, Midterm: 77; Final: 83
Fall 2009 T 101 Media Life
415 Students, Midterm: 78; Final: 78.