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Table 1.
Student and faculty-peer comments on course activities after Understanding by Design (UbD) redesign. Comments A–C are taken from student end-of-course evaluations, and comment D comes from a faculty-peer evaluation from spring 2015.
A “[Instructor] relates back to the artsa and that is very helpful for everyone in class. We have amazing conversations and every topic we talk about is interesting. We have quizzes every week, which at the beginning I thought would be horrible. But once the midterm and final come around you are almost thanking her because refreshing our memories of the prior weeks topics is super helpful. All the labs we do are engaging and useful for the future.” 
B “[Instructor] was always very precise and clearly communicated a structured schedule and daily agenda for the topics we covered in class. She taught with a variety of tools.… She always related the information to the fields of study offered at [our college] (dance, advertising, fine art, etc.).” 
C “All of the labs were exciting and valuable for me.” 
D “[A] regular feature, in which the students and [instructor] talk about media reports related to the subject of the course; this time, two students had seen something that they shared with the class, and [instructor] added one more media report to the mix.… Students were both comfortable with and stimulated intellectually by the subject matter, and the level of activity of the class was high.” 
A “[Instructor] relates back to the artsa and that is very helpful for everyone in class. We have amazing conversations and every topic we talk about is interesting. We have quizzes every week, which at the beginning I thought would be horrible. But once the midterm and final come around you are almost thanking her because refreshing our memories of the prior weeks topics is super helpful. All the labs we do are engaging and useful for the future.” 
B “[Instructor] was always very precise and clearly communicated a structured schedule and daily agenda for the topics we covered in class. She taught with a variety of tools.… She always related the information to the fields of study offered at [our college] (dance, advertising, fine art, etc.).” 
C “All of the labs were exciting and valuable for me.” 
D “[A] regular feature, in which the students and [instructor] talk about media reports related to the subject of the course; this time, two students had seen something that they shared with the class, and [instructor] added one more media report to the mix.… Students were both comfortable with and stimulated intellectually by the subject matter, and the level of activity of the class was high.” 
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This course is taught at a four-year liberal arts college with a focus on arts and media.

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