Fall 2020 - An all-time favorite teacher, if not my favorite teacher I've had so far at UCLA. Even in a remote time, this was able to be a fun and engaging class with a sense of community. Using discord for the class, something most people might find an unexpected combination was a highlight of the class. Both the way it allowed an organization for the class and the materials, as well as allowing space for the community to build and engage constantly even after class had ended completely was an enlightening experience. For this class specifically, the projects and formats were new to me and I felt like I both learned a lot and came out of the class with excitement for using some of the ideas and platforms I used again in the future. Snelson, as a professor, is very humble and inviting of what the students want to engage with, often adjusting or planning within the first week with students for what the syllabus will contain for that quarter. The projects will vary in difficulty. One week you might have to make a single page description for a board game, and another week you might have to learn how to code with Twine (my favorite). There were a couple of group projects, which ended up being more fun than the usual hastle. Ultimately, the work is pretty manageable, you'll probably have a final that is very open to what you want to do if you're taking one of his more creative-mediums-based classes. At the end of the quarter, he sat down with us (virtually) to go over the strengths and weaknesses of the course as a class discussion. He cares about his students, a student interested, and ultimately wants everyone to enjoy themselves and do what they want to. His flexibility can be a big plus when it comes to that. I encourage anyone who is interested to take a class with him- it could end up being a highlight class for you.
Spring 2019 - Professor Snelson deserves some ratings. Don't think, just take him! If you're looking for an avant-garde/unconventional English class, this is a great option. I also would take Electronic Literature with him because I loved it even more. He thrives off creativity and is one of the most caring and kind Professors I've ever had. You will think about literature and poetry in such a new light and do experiments and projects that you'd never be able to in other English required classes. I LOVE HIM. Very chill reading/homework assignments, no tests, and a great class to take between some harder ones. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND.