Information Review
Jennifer Golbeck
INST155

Expecting an A+
Anonymous
11/15/2022
As a senior, I can say with confidence this was the easiest class I've ever taken. I'm shocked this is a 3-credit class. Minimal effort will get you an A. - Fully online and async; all assignments are open and able to be completed from day 1 (you could complete the entire class in a week if you had the time) - No need to watch the lectures; all assignments can be done from skimming through the slides - Assignments consisted of short quizzes (1-2 questions), discussion boards, a midterm paper (short/informal, super easy), and final paper (longer/informal, but still easy)
Jennifer Golbeck
INST155

Expecting an A+
Anonymous
11/01/2022
Pretty easy class, definitely has gotten easier from previous semesters. Golbeck no longer makes you do that 10,000 likes assignment, and it's replaced with an 8 page paper. Pretty important to note that this isn't a fun little class about social media, it is a class that discusses networks and graphs, similar to stuff you would learn about nodes and edges in CMSC132. GEPHI is a bit annoying to work with but after a few assignments you get the hang of it and it becomes second nature a little bit. And of course, the class being entirely on ELMS is a huge plus for people who have otherwise busy schedules. There were about two assignments a week with a 1 week grace period with no penalty. I found this class really interesting and I think it's a great option if you're interested in graphs and networks.
Jennifer Golbeck
INFM289I

Expecting an A
Anonymous
08/04/2021
The negative reviews here are ridiculous. I understand this class had a lot of work, but you signed up for and need to take a chill pill and relax... this Professor is very nice and very lenient when it comes to grading and giving extensions--if needed. I can understand the fact that she is teaching online may make it harder because you don't have her in person, but the complaints here are so ridiculous.
Jennifer Golbeck
INST155

Expecting a P
Anonymous
04/08/2021
Way too much work for a 100 level class. A lot of the assignments were unreasonable and took forever. Go with another Gen-Ed.
Jennifer Golbeck
INST155

Expecting a B
Anonymous
01/05/2021
This class was unreasonably difficult for a 100 level Gen Ed class. Golbeck was almost never accessible through email, and when she was, she was needlessly rude. Gephi projects were very vague and confusing, with one 1500 word paper and also getting 10K interactions on social media for a full grade!! That is a ridiculous assignment for an instructor to give. Don't expect regrades from TAs either. Avoid if possible.
Jennifer Golbeck
INST155

Expecting an A+
Anonymous
04/10/2020
If you read any reviews about this class that say "it's extremely difficult" or "Golbeck is not a good teacher", I strongly disagree. INST155 is certainly different than its description on Testudo, but it's not a difficult class. The basis of the class is around social network analysis and using a software named Gephi. If you are unsure about this class, look up Gephi and what it's about. I didn't love Gephi, but this class is still an easy A for someone who at least puts in some effort. There are about 5 "major" assignments that you are graded for in this class; I say "major" because most are only 10 points and super easy if you follow Golbeck's Youtube tutorials. You technically have weekly modules to complete which consists of one discussion board post, but the posts are only worth 1 grade point and they aren't due until the end of the semester. So, you could get them over with early or procrastinate and do them at the end of the semester. Be aware that you are committing to an online class! It might require some more self teaching and discipline than a normal class, but if you are okay with that then this class will be super easy. Golbeck is very understanding and offered so many extensions and extra credit. I was in a GroupMe for this class in which many (lazy) kids complained about this class being more work than a 100-level class, but I am a first year student and thought it was comparable to my other 100-level courses. If you are a good student and do your work, you will get an A in this class.
Jennifer Golbeck
INFM289I

Expecting an A
Anonymous
01/28/2020
awesome
Jennifer Golbeck
INST673

Expecting an A
Anonymous
01/17/2020
Great professor! This class was entirely online during the winter semester. The lecture videos were done really well, and none of the assignments were particularly difficult. The only concern I have is that Weka doesn't seem that widely used, but this class is a decent introduction to a few ways that machine learning algorithms are analyzed in the real world.
Jennifer Golbeck
INST462

Expecting an A-
jgold8610
12/06/2019
I think the main problem is that there are so many assignments and only 1 TA. My class had around 93 people and only one TA. This means our assignments took forever to get graded. Another issue is that some of the assignments had very unclear grading criteria. The class was hard per se but the overworked TA and unclear grading criteria were the class much harder than it needed to be. I did, however, learn a lot of new visualization tools from her class that I have used in my other classes so I'm very thankful for that.
Jennifer Golbeck

Expecting an A
Anonymous
09/05/2012
I'm not sure why everyone is hating on Jen. If you take the time to talk to her, she can help you out a lot. Yes, you definitely have to be proactive with her. It's hard to find her, but generally she's available after class or if you make an appointment with her. Make sure you take advantage of her while she is in class to get facetime. None of her classes are really that hard or boring in context, and she's generous with grading.
Jennifer Golbeck

Expecting an A
Anonymous
12/15/2010
ok, she gives us a lot of things to read. like really, A LOT. BUT, as long as you just read and know the main point (just go through it once, know what the readings are about), you'll definitely get through the quizzes. (yeah, the readings are mostly for the quizzes. so, you have to read them somehow.) but all in all, she's really nice! and she enjoys it if you participate more in the class. and... she's VERY VERY generous in her marking! so, if you've done your homework/do pretty well in your quizzes, you'll def get an A! :D believe me!