The fall quarter is drawing to a close. In one class I taught two lab sections, and during the lab final exam I put a couple of survey questions into the test. Since I spent time putting together the activities and presentations I was curious how students perceived the labs. So I asked them two things:
1). What was the most interesting or valuable thing you learned this quarter?
2). Which lab did you enjoy the most?
Here are the lab topics:
1: Soils and soilless substrates
2: Seeds; Light levels; Structures
3: Field planting; Irrigation
4: Walnut harvesting
5: Cuttings; Substrate chemical properties
6: Integrated pest management
7: Horticultural education and interpretation; Seedling transplanting
8: Kiwi harvest
9: Landscape design and installation
10: Not a Lab: Answer incoherent or noncommittal
Now to the charts. Here is a breakdown of the labs the students voted for, with pooled data from both lab sections (Figure 1).
It is evident that harvesting is fun. I was very happy to see the strong support for the interest and value of Lab 5. Lab 5 covers material closely related to my area of specialty. Ironically, I felt that my worst lab during the quarter from a teaching perspective occurred in Lab 5, but I guess something still got through.
Next is a comparison between the two sections with regard to votes for which lab provided the most interesting or valuable thing learned (Figure 2).
Lab 5 gets support from both sections.
Today I managed to plow through a mountain of grading. If I can pull off a similar feat tomorrow I might get my grading wrapped up for the quarter. . .