HI153: MAKING OF THE MODERN WORLD MID-YEAR EVALUATION Many thanks to everyone who filled in the evaluation sheets so thoughtfully and constructively. All teachers on the module are delighted that is has been received so positively. However, we always strive to improve and your comments and suggestions are welcomed and have been fed back to the module team. Please see below some general responses to the issues you have raised. Your tutors will be very pleased to discuss these further with you. Seminars The overwhelming response to the seminar experience was enthusiasm and engagement. It is clear you appreciate the effort that the tutors put in to preparing and supporting you with some very difficult topics. Understandably, there are sometimes concerns with pace (too fast or too slow), levels of participation and the reading (some find it difficult, too long, uninspiring). As the module is unique in its breadth and approach selecting appropriate reading is often challenging. We try and include references to textbooks such as the Hobsbawm quartet, Raymond Williams, Keywords and Chris Bayley’s, The Birth of the Modern World but also include journal articles which may be more niche and esoteric but are also shorter. Understanding, critiquing and engaging with a broad range of secondary literature is one of the key transitional issues from school/college to university and you will find that your confidence in assessing this material grows as you progress through your degree. But if you are struggling with any particular reading/topic do let your seminar tutor know. They are here to help. Lectures Lectures for the module were also well-received. Typical comments on lectures were: ‘well delivered and clear’; ‘topics are interesting and lectures give a good overview’; ‘good content’; ‘good power points with lots of information’; ‘I have enjoyed the wide historical scope of the topics being lectured about’; ‘great topics. Enjoyable to study’; ‘Lecturers passionate about subject’. There were some criticisms about the audibility and delivery of lectures; how they fit with the broader themes of the module and the seminar; and occasionally the amount of information delivered. All of these comments have been passed onto the lecturing staff but it is clear you enjoy the variety of approaches and the ability to hear from experts in particular fields. Personal development The majority of respondents agree that the module has helped them present themselves with confidence and improved their communication skills. Most students are pleased with their efforts to engage with the reading and felt they have learnt and understood a lot in a short amount of time. Suggestions for improvement mostly focus on preparing more for the seminars and improving time-management. Some have suggested that this is their favourite module/class which is great to hear.