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Comments:Comm 1301 - Equal to a high school speech course in a large lecture hall. It was fine. No real complaints, it’s a relatively easy course if you have experience with Public Speaking. The only annoying parts of the course were outlines, length requirements, and the AI that graded our speech practice, Pitchvantage. Take it or leave it, but it will help you improve if you struggle with public speaking. You speak in small groups with a TA and it’s relatively low pressure.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2022-09-27

Comments:CSS 1302 - The first words he said in the semester were "This class will change you" or something along the lines of that, but no, it didn't. While professor Edwards is a nice person, he shouldn't be teaching a speech class if his speeches cause me to become drowsy. The assignments were easy but annoying.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2022-07-09

Comments:CSS 1301 - Take him!! Super nice guy and SUPER easy class. Some people thought his lectures were boring, but I thought they weren't too bad. Regardless though, it was an incredibly easy class with lots of opportunities to make up missed assignments/extra credit. Definitely take him!  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2022-06-03

Comments:1302 - This class was pretty boring but it was easy, so that made it tolerable. Because it is a big class you get put into small speech groups which is where you will be giving your speech. Grad students are the graders of your speech so it is pretty laid back. You have a few exams and he gives you a study guide beforehand that covers everything on the exam. The exams are open notes so you can use the textbook and question sheet. Overall it was an easy class so I would recommend taking Professor Edwards.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2022-05-17

Comments:2302 - This class is super easy. You get into small groups for speeches and the TAs in charge of the speaking groups are pretty chill when it comes to grading. There were a few quizzes over different chapters throughout the semester. He posts the same exact reading questions that are on the quiz. He posts video lectures online for quiz purposes, and they are identical to his lectures in class. People would only go to the lectures for the sole purpose of being counted present for attendance. I would always work on outside work in his class, along with everybody else. I will say that he could have been a little bit less monotone, as he is teaching a communications class. Overall, great professor.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2022-04-25

Comments:1302 - Easy A take him and pick an online speaking group if you can. Literally so easy I cannot stress this enough. No work, I barley ever went to class. TA's grade our speeches so easy. You give your speeches every few weeks in speaking groups of like 10  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2022-04-20

Comments:1302 - Literally, look at the rest of the comments. They are correct. This class is super easy if you know how to speak.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2021-12-14

Comments:1302 - I just completed Dr. Edwards' 1302 Fundamentals of Public Communication. The class follows a format of 5 units with one speech and one quiz per unit. The speeches take place outside of the class period within in-person or virtual small groups monitored by a TA. Quizzes are online and open-book and are easy if you take simple notes in class and look up the answers in the book as you go along. The workload is manageable and I only really had to practice my speeches for 3 days max because my TA graded pretty easily. Regarding Dr. Edwards' teaching, you can tell he is genuinely passionate about public speaking. From what I can tell, he cares about his students; he is helpful and understanding if you need to make up a speech. He also gives opportunities for extra credit. Overall, if you have to take this class, you should take it with Dr. Edwards.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2021-12-14

Comments:CSS 1302 - Easy A. I exerted the bare minimum effort in this class and got a 99. All tests are open book, there's only 5 short speeches, and there's a lot of extra credit.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2021-12-12

Comments:1302 - Yeah this was the easiest class i've ever taken. I never went to lecture (granted, attendance is not required at this time due to COVID) and I am going to end the class with a 98/99%. The module quizzes (basically exams) are online open book open note, free 100. I dedicate about 5 minutes to this class every month. Easy easy easy  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2021-11-17

Comments:1302 - The easiest blow off class you will ever take. 4-5 speeches over the whole semester either online or in person with like 6 other people. The only hw ive ever done was about maybe 30 minutes every 3 weeks for the speeches  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2021-11-16

Comments:CSS1302 - The easiest class ever, with a great professor. Professor Edwards is very helpful and responds to emails quickly. The material in the class is so easy. He posted pre-recorded lectures (that are like 5-15 mins) and you really don't even have to go. The guided reading questions are the test. Do those and watch the pre-recorded lectures and you'll get an A on the tests. For the speeches, use the syllabus and do what it says and you'll get an A. If you are taking it M/W/F- we didn't have class this semester on Fridays because we have speech groups other times. SO EASY, TAKE HIM!!!!  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2021-11-15

Comments:1302 - This is probably the easiest class I've ever taken. If you're able to take this course as a hybrid course DO IT! I spent maybe 3 hours per month on this class and finished with a 98. All of the quizzes are open notes and he gives you a very specific reading guide for the textbook/online lectures- I never read the chapters all the way through, just looked for the answers to his questions (these aren't turned in, just to help with the quizzes). You don't need to go into class if you watch the lectures online, typically about 30 minutes worth of recording per unit. One quiz and one speech about every 3 weeks, I always wrote my speeches the night before and never made below a 95. Seriously the easiest class, please take it!  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2020-12-07

Comments:1302 - Dr. Edwards is a great professor! I took his 1302 class in the hybrid format and it was very manageable. All of the course assignments are posted early so you can hypothetically crank out all of the work at the beginning and just submit it as the dates come up. He's very nice and willing to answer any questions!  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2020-11-25

Comments:1302 - This class is so easy! If you have the chance take it with Professor Edwards. Because of the covid-19 pandemic, everything is basically online which makes it very easy. You are allowed to use your notes on the quizzes and the textbook is very straightforward.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2020-11-19

Comments:1302 - I am currently in Professor Edwards' CSS 1302 class and it is one of my easiest courses. As we are in the COVID-19 pandemic, his set-up is a bit different than other reviews. We have 4 speeches, 5 quizzes, and what seems to be no final exam. The quizzes are straight out of the textbook and his lectures, and he even allowed us to use our notes whilst taking them. There are no trick questions. Edwards does a fantastic job of explaining each speech assignment and broke us up into smaller Zoom groups to give our speeches. Honestly, this is a pretty simple course and you can tell that Edwards is such a genuine, kind guy. Definitely recommend taking him.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2020-10-29

Comments:CSS 1302 - I loved Dr. Edwards! He's such a sweet man and an amazing professor. Although his lectures can sometimes get boring, you can tell he knows what he's talking about! The class has 5 speeches, 2 exams, and a final. There's also a discussion portion of your grade along with a website where you can practice your speech for points! He also gives a lot of extra credit! For speech, I'd totally recommend joining a large class! I hate public speaking, but in a big class, you're split up into smaller groups and you get to know those small groups so it's like speaking in front of your friends! Take Edwards!  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2020-05-22

Comments:1301 - Prof was very engaging in lectures and was very helpful outside of class. The workload is virtually nonexistent so long as you keep up with the weekly virtual questions, and the tests are easy to study for. The speeches were performed in a stress-free, small-group, environment. I do believe the grading for speeches depends on the TA you receive for your small group, mine was very lenient. This is a great class for people nervous about performing speeches.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2020-05-08

Comments:1301 - EASIEST CLASS I\'VE EVER TAKEN! He is so chill, 5 speeches, lots of extra credit, 3 exams, and a final. Super simple. There are points that come from discussion posts every week and also a program called pitch-vantage that helps you practice your speeches. Easy A\'s all around. Join a LARGE class. They will break the class into groups with TA\'s. You meet with the group outside of class for each speech. I took this class during the COVID pandemic so he ended up cancelling exam 2+3 and final. 10/10 recommend. I ended the class with a 99. ALSO the class says MWF but you only meet MW so that\'s great :)  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2020-05-06

Comments:3305 - This class is 100% doable. Rich is adorable and he’s a kind grader. I can’t recommend this class enough. It’s a relaxed environment and I became a better, more confident speaker because of this class. Rich splits the class into four different speaking groups, so you give a speech one day and the other three days, you listen to the other groups speak. Very low stress class. Highly recommend!  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2020-04-06

Comments:Adv. Public Speaking - THIS MAN SHOULD HAVE A 100! If you follow his examples exactly and give your speech somewhat professionally you will make an A on everything. I had him for intro to Comm as well and he was just as easy there. Don't be intimidated by the Advanced part, the kids in the course were TERRIBLY inappropriate and unprofessional so unless you are one of those kids, you'll be one of the top speakers in the class. Edwards is sweet and wants you to do well. Test is word for word the review, complete that and you'll be good. Also, don't buy the book- google the title followed by PDF and it's free online  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2017-03-12

Comments:1305 - Im honestly confused why he has such a low rating. TAKE HIM. he gives out super easy group projects which requires him to cancel class almost once a week. He gives out WORD FOR WORD reviews for the three exams. They are seriously so easy!!! There is a long paper at the end but he gives you so much time and offers a lot of help it really isn't that bad especially because there is never any homework.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2016-11-17

Comments:1305-Intro to Comm - Dr. Edwards didn't teach very much, but instead assigned many group projects. They aren't very difficult and don't require a lot of prep- basically be able to give a brief overview of your topic and don't look like an idiot. There is one large term paper, but if you do all the prelim work, writing it is simple. Tests are straight from the study guide. He's not all that exciting, but he cares about his students and he wants to help provide a launching point for the rest of your time in the dept.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2013-05-11

Comments:Speech for business - This was my first class that I took in college and it was great. Dr. Edwards is a really great teacher and really does know what he is talking about. I would recommend taking him if you can. Make sure you do well on your speeches and take advantage of his extra credit opportunities.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2011-08-23

Comments:BIC Rhetoric I - Dr. Edwards can be pretty dry, but he's an effective teacher overall. This was his first year to teach in the BIC, but he got the hang of it quickly. As a communications professor serving as an english teacher, Edwards was great at facilitating the in-class speeches you will have to give. He's an easy grader and very patient; do your work and you will be fine.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2010-04-15

Comments:1305 - Research Methods. This course was BORING, but Edwards makes it as good as he can. He is SO smart and really helpful. I turned in my research paper early, and he completely edited it, and even looked up some of the facts that I needed to add! All I had to do is type them in when I got my rough draft back. I hated the actual class, but looking back, I learned alot and his class helped me in alot of other writing classes across campus. Edwards is a good guy. Just go see him if you need help, and he'll gladly give it.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2009-02-20

Comments:CSS 1304 - This class is simple. You speak often, which serves the purpose of the class. He is helpful in suggesting parts of your speech that can be improved. Overall, the class is plain and simple. No surprises.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2008-03-06

Comments:Independent Study - Dr. Edwards is a great man. He may come across a little harsh, but he knows his stuff! He is one of those people that is too smart for his own good and loves to learn. I personally enjoy that in a professor. He is helpful with research and not impossible in class. I have had him for three courses and I am taking him again next semester.   - Grade In Class:B+

Date: 2006-11-23

Comments:CSS 3305 - This class was one of the easiest classes I've had. Tests are taken directly from the review. He's not very exciting, but he knows his stuff!  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2005-03-30

Comments:CSS 3308 - The class was pretty easy. Tests straight from review material, and he's not very hard on grading for the speeches. No problems here.  - Grade In Class:B

Date: 2004-12-18

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