Tim J Groeling
Department of Communication
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4.2
Overall Rating
Based on 28 Users
Easiness 3.5 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 4.3 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 3.0 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 4.2 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

TOP TAGS

  • Uses Slides
  • Is Podcasted
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Often Funny
  • Would Take Again
  • Has Group Projects
  • Snazzy Dresser
  • Participation Matters
  • Gives Extra Credit

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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

33.3%
27.8%
22.2%
16.7%
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55.2%
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61.8%
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60.9%
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40.6%
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54.5%
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75.4%
62.8%
50.3%
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25.1%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

46.4%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A-
Jan. 25, 2019

As a foreign exchange student from Scandinavia, I was ready to drop this class after the first lesson.

Groeling is the most intimidating but also the funniest professor I have ever encountered in my life. Never ever during my existence on this earth have I experienced the satisfaction of being frightened down to the core while also being intellectually stimulated and laughing my ass off, at the SAME time, until my first class with Groeling.

However, class 151 is the best class I have ever taken in my life. The workload is immense but it is so relevant and important for someone who wants to educate them about one of the most revolutionary technologies in human history.

I am eternally grateful I got the opportunity to take this class and I will remember it forever.

But on the other hand, if you are just trying to fill up your units with an easy class, don't pick this one. This class requires A LOT of work, and it also requires you to actually use your brain. But this class will teach you something that you can use for the rest of your life, so it is worth it.

10/10 would take again.

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Quarter: Spring 2018
Grade: A
Oct. 19, 2018

The professor is funny and well updated with current news as the class requires him to. The material is different every quarter because he asks his students to create the syllabus. The tests are easy because every student can submit two questions and he creates his tests from these questions. Although the class is Bruincasted, you still have to show up to lecture because attendance is taken through iClicker.

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Quarter: Spring 2018
Grade: A+
July 10, 2018

While this class was not difficult, I wouldn't take it again. I don't like the style of Groeling's class. Your grade in the class is based on Clicker questions, projects, and exams. About a week before the exams, Groeling would open up a forum for students to suggest questions for the exams, and most of the questions he puts on the exams are student-suggested questions. So if you study the questions posted online, you can guarantee almost a perfect grade on the in-class portion. We also had take home essays as part of the exam, but they were only 2 pages each and they graded easily in my experience. What I didn't like is that because the exam questions were posted online and because the readings and lectures were posted online, there was no reason for me to sit through lecture, but I still had to in order to get my participation points. I felt like Groeling went too fast through the slides and was not engaging, so I would zone out during class other than the clicker questions, which I felt like was a waste of my time. Take this class if you want to be in control of your grade, but not if you really want to enjoy your time in it.

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Quarter: Spring 2017
Grade: A+
July 12, 2017

Professor Groeling is a really engaging lecturer. He has been doing this for a while, so I promise you that this class is as close to perfect as you can get.

The classes are all based on lecture outlines (slideshows) that he emails the day before each class. If you memorize these outlines and do nothing else, you will do well on the tests.

Your grade is based on iClicker quizzes (6%), projects (40%), and exams (54%). The quizzes are based on the readings, but your common sense can probably get the right answer if you miss a day or two of readings. The exams are VERY fair and quick. You get to submit test questions and some of the ones you submit are on the exam. You can complete as many projects as you need until you reach 40 points, which is really great.

I didn't think the topic was the most interesting going in, but I loved this class and am significantly more interested in the subject after taking it.

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Quarter: Fall 2016
Grade: B+
Dec. 12, 2016

Class is out of 100 points. 3 tests including the final (non-cumulative) each with 18 points (answer 7/8 1 point questions and 2/3 3 point questions, plus a 5 point take home "essay", max 2 pages). Can get up to 40 points for "projects". Assigned on syllabus and can pick and chose which ones you want to do to get up to 40 points (easy). And the rest of the points come from quizzes. One question each class that you answer with an iClicker based of of assigned reading. Each question worth 0.3 points. No textbook, all reading is online articles which can be time consuming. I spent about 1 1/2 hours reading articles before each class. Pretty easy class if you put the effort in. Tim is pretty funny and class was overall interesting. Would deff recommend this class and would take this teacher again

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Quarter: Fall 2016
Grade: A-
Dec. 11, 2016

This is a great class! It gets off to a slow start, but it gets interesting once you get past the history portion. The class has a lot of control over their own learning, including altering the syllabus and creating the exam questions which I loved. The readings are easy and actually interesting since the class gets to pick them- no textbook! Even though its a lecture, the way Groeling teaches makes it seem like a seminar. His lectures are engaging and sometimes funny. Daily quiz scores contribute to your grade, so be aware that attendance is graded if that's something you're not into. Overall, I would take this class again if I could!

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Quarter: Fall 2016
Grade: A
Nov. 28, 2016

As a 4th year, I have gone through my fair share of Comm Studies professors. Without a doubt, I can say that Tim Groeling is one of my favorites. He is a professor who truly cares about the quality of learning his students receive. He is engaged in every lecture, has very useful slides, and the 3 tests he gives are all very fair. For the most part, there is an iClicker question at the beginning of class but from there you can sit back and absorb a really cool lecture about the ways technology has affected the ways we communicate. I never get bored because he is constantly asking for feedback from the class so it keeps everyone awake and involved. He is a professor who intentionally chooses the classrooms he teaches in because he finds some better suited for cooperative learning and has opted for all online articles instead of a textbook because he listens to his students. I highly recommend Professor Groeling and have had a lot of fun in this class.

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Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A
June 11, 2015

This class was thoroughly enjoyable. Students revise the syllabus and create the exam questions. The lectures are informative, detailed and entertaining. The projects are fun to do and the exams are NOT cumulative (what the what?)
This class was really reasonable, unlike the "fire hose of information classes" you sometimes take. Professor Groeling is great; enthusiasctic, relaxed, and was invested in our understanding of the material. Really a lot of fun.

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Grade: N/A
March 29, 2014

Nice prof., easy test from students suggest question (3test) Make your own study guide and should be fine. Projects are okay, and you can get 40% of your grade from those (guarantee you can get all 40%) attendance is mandatory because one MC quiz in every lecture. Overall, it is a nice prof with learning a lot and is a nice, easy grader

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Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A
June 19, 2009

I took the 151 course (instead of the political science based one that was concurrently offered) because I noticed this course really gives you the option to pick your grade. Seriously, the homework assignments are fairly simple (and even fun, if you pick the right ones), and the tests are straightforward. He does count attendance in the grade, but there are assignments to make up points lost and each class is only half a point. Overall, I preferred having the ability to essentially pick my grade based on how much time I was willing to put in. I got an A and never felt overwhelmed by this class.

As for his general teaching style, Professor Groeling has a sense of humor typical of the computer nerd--thus, the topic of this 151 class. Anyway, it makes him more fun to follow along with because he connects computer complications to personal examples of both himself and classmates who volunteer. I am really not a computer person, so this made it easier and simpler for me to learn. As mentioned in other posts, he does indeed post slides and podcasts, and yes, they are very useful. But I noticed with each exam he attempted to ask more questions that might be easier (or only possible) to answer if you had attended lecture or really listened closely to the podcast.

Overall, he really tries to make the study of modern technology communication more personal. Yes, you talk about Facebook in this class. And he can be fun if you let it be. Remain open to his humor and you're golden.

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Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A-
Jan. 25, 2019

As a foreign exchange student from Scandinavia, I was ready to drop this class after the first lesson.

Groeling is the most intimidating but also the funniest professor I have ever encountered in my life. Never ever during my existence on this earth have I experienced the satisfaction of being frightened down to the core while also being intellectually stimulated and laughing my ass off, at the SAME time, until my first class with Groeling.

However, class 151 is the best class I have ever taken in my life. The workload is immense but it is so relevant and important for someone who wants to educate them about one of the most revolutionary technologies in human history.

I am eternally grateful I got the opportunity to take this class and I will remember it forever.

But on the other hand, if you are just trying to fill up your units with an easy class, don't pick this one. This class requires A LOT of work, and it also requires you to actually use your brain. But this class will teach you something that you can use for the rest of your life, so it is worth it.

10/10 would take again.

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Quarter: Spring 2018
Grade: A
Oct. 19, 2018

The professor is funny and well updated with current news as the class requires him to. The material is different every quarter because he asks his students to create the syllabus. The tests are easy because every student can submit two questions and he creates his tests from these questions. Although the class is Bruincasted, you still have to show up to lecture because attendance is taken through iClicker.

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Quarter: Spring 2018
Grade: A+
July 10, 2018

While this class was not difficult, I wouldn't take it again. I don't like the style of Groeling's class. Your grade in the class is based on Clicker questions, projects, and exams. About a week before the exams, Groeling would open up a forum for students to suggest questions for the exams, and most of the questions he puts on the exams are student-suggested questions. So if you study the questions posted online, you can guarantee almost a perfect grade on the in-class portion. We also had take home essays as part of the exam, but they were only 2 pages each and they graded easily in my experience. What I didn't like is that because the exam questions were posted online and because the readings and lectures were posted online, there was no reason for me to sit through lecture, but I still had to in order to get my participation points. I felt like Groeling went too fast through the slides and was not engaging, so I would zone out during class other than the clicker questions, which I felt like was a waste of my time. Take this class if you want to be in control of your grade, but not if you really want to enjoy your time in it.

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Quarter: Spring 2017
Grade: A+
July 12, 2017

Professor Groeling is a really engaging lecturer. He has been doing this for a while, so I promise you that this class is as close to perfect as you can get.

The classes are all based on lecture outlines (slideshows) that he emails the day before each class. If you memorize these outlines and do nothing else, you will do well on the tests.

Your grade is based on iClicker quizzes (6%), projects (40%), and exams (54%). The quizzes are based on the readings, but your common sense can probably get the right answer if you miss a day or two of readings. The exams are VERY fair and quick. You get to submit test questions and some of the ones you submit are on the exam. You can complete as many projects as you need until you reach 40 points, which is really great.

I didn't think the topic was the most interesting going in, but I loved this class and am significantly more interested in the subject after taking it.

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Quarter: Fall 2016
Grade: B+
Dec. 12, 2016

Class is out of 100 points. 3 tests including the final (non-cumulative) each with 18 points (answer 7/8 1 point questions and 2/3 3 point questions, plus a 5 point take home "essay", max 2 pages). Can get up to 40 points for "projects". Assigned on syllabus and can pick and chose which ones you want to do to get up to 40 points (easy). And the rest of the points come from quizzes. One question each class that you answer with an iClicker based of of assigned reading. Each question worth 0.3 points. No textbook, all reading is online articles which can be time consuming. I spent about 1 1/2 hours reading articles before each class. Pretty easy class if you put the effort in. Tim is pretty funny and class was overall interesting. Would deff recommend this class and would take this teacher again

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Quarter: Fall 2016
Grade: A-
Dec. 11, 2016

This is a great class! It gets off to a slow start, but it gets interesting once you get past the history portion. The class has a lot of control over their own learning, including altering the syllabus and creating the exam questions which I loved. The readings are easy and actually interesting since the class gets to pick them- no textbook! Even though its a lecture, the way Groeling teaches makes it seem like a seminar. His lectures are engaging and sometimes funny. Daily quiz scores contribute to your grade, so be aware that attendance is graded if that's something you're not into. Overall, I would take this class again if I could!

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Quarter: Fall 2016
Grade: A
Nov. 28, 2016

As a 4th year, I have gone through my fair share of Comm Studies professors. Without a doubt, I can say that Tim Groeling is one of my favorites. He is a professor who truly cares about the quality of learning his students receive. He is engaged in every lecture, has very useful slides, and the 3 tests he gives are all very fair. For the most part, there is an iClicker question at the beginning of class but from there you can sit back and absorb a really cool lecture about the ways technology has affected the ways we communicate. I never get bored because he is constantly asking for feedback from the class so it keeps everyone awake and involved. He is a professor who intentionally chooses the classrooms he teaches in because he finds some better suited for cooperative learning and has opted for all online articles instead of a textbook because he listens to his students. I highly recommend Professor Groeling and have had a lot of fun in this class.

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Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A
June 11, 2015

This class was thoroughly enjoyable. Students revise the syllabus and create the exam questions. The lectures are informative, detailed and entertaining. The projects are fun to do and the exams are NOT cumulative (what the what?)
This class was really reasonable, unlike the "fire hose of information classes" you sometimes take. Professor Groeling is great; enthusiasctic, relaxed, and was invested in our understanding of the material. Really a lot of fun.

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Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A
March 29, 2014

Nice prof., easy test from students suggest question (3test) Make your own study guide and should be fine. Projects are okay, and you can get 40% of your grade from those (guarantee you can get all 40%) attendance is mandatory because one MC quiz in every lecture. Overall, it is a nice prof with learning a lot and is a nice, easy grader

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Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A
June 19, 2009

I took the 151 course (instead of the political science based one that was concurrently offered) because I noticed this course really gives you the option to pick your grade. Seriously, the homework assignments are fairly simple (and even fun, if you pick the right ones), and the tests are straightforward. He does count attendance in the grade, but there are assignments to make up points lost and each class is only half a point. Overall, I preferred having the ability to essentially pick my grade based on how much time I was willing to put in. I got an A and never felt overwhelmed by this class.

As for his general teaching style, Professor Groeling has a sense of humor typical of the computer nerd--thus, the topic of this 151 class. Anyway, it makes him more fun to follow along with because he connects computer complications to personal examples of both himself and classmates who volunteer. I am really not a computer person, so this made it easier and simpler for me to learn. As mentioned in other posts, he does indeed post slides and podcasts, and yes, they are very useful. But I noticed with each exam he attempted to ask more questions that might be easier (or only possible) to answer if you had attended lecture or really listened closely to the podcast.

Overall, he really tries to make the study of modern technology communication more personal. Yes, you talk about Facebook in this class. And he can be fun if you let it be. Remain open to his humor and you're golden.

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4.2
Overall Rating
Based on 28 Users
Easiness 3.5 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 4.3 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 3.0 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 4.2 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

TOP TAGS

  • Uses Slides
    (14)
  • Is Podcasted
    (13)
  • Engaging Lectures
    (12)
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
    (10)
  • Often Funny
    (12)
  • Would Take Again
    (12)
  • Has Group Projects
    (14)
  • Snazzy Dresser
    (6)
  • Participation Matters
    (8)
  • Gives Extra Credit
    (9)
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