Studet Critique

After the contest was finished (and the semester's end was in sight) we asked our participating Philosophy 101 students to critique the exercise. We asked them 2 questions.

  1. Do you think that the PT-Contest was a helpful exercise?

  2. How valuable was it? (Scale=1 to 5: 1=Not at all/5=Very Valuable)

Overall, the general response was quite positive. Below we take a look at the statistics.

The Raw Numbers

Do you think that the PT-Contest was a helpful exercise?

Yes No Neutral
Section 03 25 3 4
Section 04 25 5 2
Total 50 8 6

On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1=Not at all and 5=Very Valuable, How valuable was it?

1 2 3 4 5
Section 03 0 2 12 15 3
Section 04 5 2 8 15 2
Total 5 4 20 30 5

The Percentages

Here's the way the percentages break-down:

Do you think that the PT-Contest was a helpful exercise?

  • 78% of the participants thought that the PT-Contest was a helpful exercise.

  • 12% of the participants thought that the PT-Contest was not a helpful exercise.

  • 10% of the participants were neutral on the question of whether or not the PT-Contest was a valuable exercise.

On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1=Not at all and 5=Very Valuable, How valuable was it?

  • 8% of the participants rated the exercise 5, Very Valuable.

  • 47% of the participants rated the exercise 4.

  • 31% of the participants rated the exercise 3.

  • 6% of the participants rated the exercise 2.

  • 8% of the participants rated the exercise 1, Not at all Valuable.

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Our Analysis of the Critique

Based on the above results WE DECLARE THE FIRST ANNUAL PT-CONTEST A SUCCESS with the students. A large majority of the participating students (78%) felt that the exercise was valuable, with 55% of the participating students rating it 4 or 5. Only 12% of the students felt that the exercise was of no value.

Student Comments on the Contest

A few of our students took the liberty of writing comments on their surveys. Here is what they had to say:

  • "It helped me understand the so-called 'intelligence' of machines."

  • "It was very valuable [particularly] in reference to the [course] assignments."

  • "It helped me to see [in the real world] how an AI program works."

  • "Interesting."

  • "It wasn't relevant to me. I don't want to know how to program computers." (This was our only negative comment, we think that this student did not understand the contest. The contest itself does not involve any real computer programming.)

  • "[The PT-Contest] is a good idea."