Winter 2022 - I took this class Winter of my first year because I want to apply to the Communications major. This class has interesting content that is fairly applicable to our everyday lives. It’s not too hard either! Professor Groeling has great lectures with an interesting, dry sense of humor. This course covers a broad topic, so we covered new units every day like “Advertising,” “Privacy,” “Government Repression,” and even the history of computers and the internet. The workload of this class involves a lot of reading and it can be challenging to keep up at times. The grading is based on 3 Exams (18% each, 54%), Projects (40%), and Reading Quizzes (6%) If you like to read peer-reviewed and news articles, you’ll love this class. Each class has 2-4 readings raining from 10-grade level to Graduate school difficulty. During the lecture, he will do a 1 question quiz through iClicker that also ranges in difficulty. I prepared for all of the classes and only missed 4 of the 25+ quizzes. Fortunately, there are plenty of opportunities to make up those missed points. The exams involve a 12 point test (short and long answers) and a 6 point, two pages, take-home essay. A good amount of questions that are on the exam was written by the class for a quiz make-up credit. The projects are the most interesting. You will have a large menu of projects to choose from (ranging from 3-5 points) and must combine any of them to make 40 total points. There is only one mandatory group project (worth 10 points) that everyone in the class does at the beginning. Overall, Professor Groeling runs a great class that I looked forward to most days. Even if I wasn’t particularly interested in one unit, I could often look forward to the next. I recommend you take this class, and if you put in some effort, your GPA will thank you.
I love Prof. Groeling! His humor is very entertaining. He also tries to make the class as engaging as possible through in class exercises. I think that he assigns way to much reading to possibly ever read, especially since the print is really small and some of the articles are terrible. But overall I thought the class was really interesting. And it is absolutely adorable how much he loves his wife and family.
Great guy. Very funny and used effective analogies. He reminds me of Conan O'Brien!! HOWEVER, you have no idea what direction the class is going as far as the upcoming exam-the final (no midterm in this class). He keeps you busy with all these assignments that are unrelated to the lectures in their practicality, for example: he has you make 2 commercials that take a about 6-10 hours each on a political candidate using some computer program at the IMPL lab, etc. By the time it gets near the final, you are expected to know about 800 pages worth of stuff altogether on political strategies of the media, different branches of gov't, etc. You are moving in two different directions in the quarter and you have no idea what you're supposed to know or be studying for until he lays it on you about a week before the final. You CAN NOT slack on the reading, there is NO WAY you can catch up at the end of the quarter. If you lose control of the readings, I advise you to drop the class or accept that you might get lucky and get away with a B if you study 24/7 the week before the final. He is very personable and cool but I would not recommend this class unless it's a major requirement you need to fulfill to graduate.
overall, he's an easy professor. his lectures are quite boring and he spends a lot of time talking about stuff that don't concern the class and he tries to be funny and fails most of the time. and you have to go to class to get credit. there were 3 exams (including the final), attendance points, a project (fairly easy if you spend the good amount of time on it) and some extra points. it was a pretty easy class and somewhat interesting.
Fall 2020 - I took this honors section as an SRP (it's a fake news research lab). The first few weeks we read and summarized scholarly articles about fake news, then the rest of the quarter we looked back at flagged fake news websites from 2016. Not too much work and a good opportunity to get to know Professor Groeling who is so nice.