Actual student evaluations.
“The instructor was exceptionally good at:”
2013 (first semester at UW-Stout)
His explanation of the course material was refreshing and I found it easier to pay attention during class. I feel very comfortable in his class, very no nonsense, down to earth. I feel that at UW-Stout there should be more teachers modeled after Steve. He told us the things that we needed to know for industry, along with his opinion on what the book said, vs. what industry would actually be like.
Meeting with his students and going that extra mile to make sure that each person truly understood the content of the class.
Explained homework exceptionally well in class! Teaching the material and adding his personal "know how" into the lectures with real-world examples was a HUGE HELP!!! Really good to be taught by someone who knows it in real life!
Highlighting the most important and relevant aspects from the text.
He also explained them in simple and understandable terms.
He was great at tying in personal industry examples.
All expectations where clearly laid out.
He used D2L the most effectively out of all my professors this year.
I always knew what and when an assignment was due, and he posted all assignment grades with feedback. None of my other professors were nearly as consistent.
He cared a lot about every student to make sure everyone understood the material. He was always available outside of class time to help with questions on the homework. Always very helpful!
He really knew the area of study that he was portraying to us. You can tell that he has spent a long time in the industry as he could correlate the material to his real life experiences. He's very good at understanding students and did an exceptional job at teaching us!
Always smiling and in a good mood. As a student I could easily tell the instructor was passionate about the subject and teaching. He was very helpful with homework, provided all the course information on D2L, and was very fair with grading.
All the knowledge that he had up in his brain
He was good at explaining real life scenarios that brought froth a much better understanding for the material than just teaching it. His knowledge in the field was awesome and I couldnt ask for more when being taught this type of class.
Steve is a wonderful instructor whom I've had in the past and love how accommodating he is with the courses he teaches, I plan to take what ever INMGT classes I can with Steve.
Very good at understanding the course material and being prepared for class. Is very down to earth and never talks down to students. Very approachable and easy to communicate with. He was also a very fair grader and created an environment in which students had ample opportunity to achieve a good grade.
Understanding the content and showing multiple ways to get a solution. This helped to be able to check answers
Taking the time to go over problems that seemed difficult to students Also, made exams very similar to homework so there weren't any questions in which we did not cover on the exams. If extra help was needed, he would talk with you individually to try to work things out.
Listening to our suggestions, considering them, and implementing them
He really wanted his students to succeed and would help in whatever way possible to make sure this happened.
Letting students learn and figure things out in a hands-on manner. Kept classroom atmosphere light and enjoyable. Wasn't a horribly stressful class to come to.
Steve provided an exceptional amount of knowledge and experience pertaining to industry and how this course can really connect with what we are going to be moving forward into. Steve is also very patient with students and is good at finding a way to clearly communicate his message to the students. UW Stout is fortunate to have a professor who is so passionate and willing to connect with his students.
The teacher was exceptionally good at using his past experience to make the material being taught reachable, very patient with the class and was able to teach us all of the material with out just giving us the answer but helping guide us through the process.
Allowing students to problem solve and be innovative and creative. He also was careful not to give the students any unnecessary busy work just for the sake of having assignments. He was very realistic and made the course highly applicable to the workforce.
Really nice guy, cares about his students and wants them to do well. Helped the class understand whats expected of them.
Talking with the class each day about what where we should be at in the semester and what needs to be done in both the lab and what was needed for the reports.
- Facilitating operational discussions, while allowing students to make final decisions.
- Recommending more efficient manufacturing processes.
- Providing detailed rubrics for projects and presentations.
I appreciated the that he clearly stated his expectations of students in this class. He also graded our assignments quickly and provided feedback every time.
Greeting the class at start time, sharing his plan for each particular class period, showing the class an updated schedule if there were any sort of changes made, and lastly the instructor was available to all students if we didn't understand a question or a problem using excel.
This professor is great at relating to students. He really does a great job with teaching, because he fully understands to information he is presenting and has stories from his work experience. I also liked his homework assignments because he doesn't assign busy work. All of his homework has a purpose and is directly related to the course material.
The class was extremely well organized, and I had no trouble figuring out what I needed to do to fulfill class requirements. Great online class!
I was always impressed with the feedback given for every assignment.
Working with students to maximize their learning in the course.
He was approachable and wanted to interact with us as individuals.
Has more real life examples than any other teacher I have ever had. Helps a lot with learning how this applies to the real world.
For his first time through the material, I thought he did a good job of presenting it. I learned a lot. He supplemented lesson materials with useful examples from his career experience.
Taking the time to respond to discussion topics. I really appreciated the addition of the videos that helped explain the MRP and MPS assignments
Instructor was very responsive to questions and made it easy to work in a distance environment.
Providing excellent examples about how to solve problems in MS Excel. . He also did a good job of leading students in the right direction, but still made them figure out the answers on their own. I thought it was a very effective way to teach on-line students.
Providing a detailed assignment calendar and following it.
He knew exactly what he was teaching.
Meeting with students during office hours to understand the materials better for homework
Working through example problems during lecture and thoroughly answering students questions regarding the homework assignments.
Providing great feedback. Professor Heidtke also provided some good videos that directly associated with chapter material.
good syllabus, east to follow directions, relevant discussion, applied to what I do everyday.
The recorded power point presentations were very helpful. Generally, I would read the chapter, review the powerpoint slides and then listen to the presentation. That repitition was very helpful.
Explaining what needed to be on the graphs and table exercises. The videos that were posted really helped a lot. Also, the power points with verbal communication from the instructor were awesome.
There were a lot of homework assignments and he would allow me to ask questions and he gave great feedback, which allowed me to get a better grade in this course.
Going into detail when giving certain examples on a certain topic. I liked how he used real world examples to let us know what he has been through.
Very good at helping us understand what the APICS exams would be like when we actually went in to take them.
Creating assignments relevant to the course material in order to prepare for the APICS exams.
Being kind and helpful to students to make sure that all students understood the process and always works with students on learning material. Doesn't just give you the answer but helps find the answer and works with the student
I thought he was good at telling us what we need to know. If you show up and just pay attention its hard to not understand what he is teaching.
Having open dialogue.
Giving feedback on Homework and Exams
Very knowledgeable on the subject, good at explaining things differently if it was previously hard to understand
Presenting material more than one way. he answered all question about any problems quickly but precisely until all students understood the material.
using real life examples of lean manufacturing
using real world experience to explain concepts in a way students could easily visualize to help students better grasp and comprehend important concepts
Answering questions and using his knowledge/past experiences to help students (especially related to change implementation)
The assignments were easy to complete, yet challenged me to use the chapters skills to real life situations. I liked the pace of the class and was able to complete each assignment in a timely manner.
I was also happy that the assignments were graded and feedback was given within the week.
Providing us with all our materials. laying everything out for a structured schedule of due dates and time management over the course of the semester.
Giving us discussion questions to help us grasp the main concepts of the course even though it was instructed online. It was also very helpful when we got video references for the excel problems since we were unable to learn how to complete them in a classroom setting. The material was always available which was nice because I prefer to work ahead when possible.
He was very helpful in helping me get ready for my BSCM Exam by providing me with everything I needed and answered all me questions.
Using his experience in the field to reflect his in-depth knowledge about ideas of inventory, material management, constraints, and overall resource planning.
the videos that were to help with the problems were extremely helpful! I really enjoyed them and they helped with the problems immensely!
Providing useful material that was relevant to the subject and using real life examples. He was also very good at structuring the course and choosing materials and relevant work.
I've had Mr. Heidtke in other classes and have to say he does an excellent job. I've had classes with other instructors that offer little to no feedback but Mr. Heidtke comments on assignments and has material laid out in a relevant order (not jumping around).
Giving clear instructions and expectations. Grading assignments promptly. Giving feedback. Planning and organization. Helping with any questions. Breaking material into step by step clear instruction for learning.
Engaging the class from the very first day. Assignments were given immediately - no easing us in! - and we started the semester by reading The Goal and having lively online discussions. The book was so fascinating and the conversations so interesting that I found myself consistently working on assignments for this course before the other course I'm taking this semester.
I also really liked the videos and the problem-solving assignments - they were fun!
Offering much feedback on graded assignments.
Questions were always answered in a timely manner.
Grading was consistent.
Mr. Heike was an excellent instructor.
The materials we learned and relating them to certain projects we were doing. Everything went well together.
Putting us in the real world of going to a company was an awesome idea
Examples of Lean activities in industry.
Giving instructions, setting expectations and feedback. The guidance provided was excellent. The in class activities were a good learning experience.
Meeting with the students at the company to see what they were working on
The professor was very good at providing real life examples and relating them to the current material being discussed.
Provided good feedback for assignments.
Incorporated class activities for students to be involved rather than just watching PowerPoints.
His knowledge of the material was vast and was good with talking about real life examples
Providing real life examples and teaching lessons through activities and student involvement
Feedback and correction of work. The layout and organization of the material was also excellent with a logical flow to the process. I also like the method used for discussion by having us enter our discussion before we can view other's. I think it provides us the opportunity to be authentic in our responses and allows us to compare those with the groups instead of mimicking other's responses.
Getting back to students that had questions, and providing feedback if we didn't receive 100% on an assignment. The assignments were laid out nicely, and we didn't have to question when things were due.
I was very pleased with this Instructor. I am a distance learner and could reach him via email and he would respond ALWAYS within 5 hours (even when he was on Spring Break) I found him to be very fair and I did lean quite a lot during this course. He would also respond to discussions and post grades within a timely manner.
I also appreciated the fact that he made available the first chapter of the textbook as I did not receive my physical copy in time to start the course.
I would like to thank him openly for his teaching approach and his responsiveness.
Connecting with students and understanding what we feel and how we feel about the class. Overall did well.
Teaching in general, I learned so much from this course. All valuable knowledge that I will be able to take with me into future careers.
Having a online course that flowed well. Standardized due dates/times allowed for students to get into the flow class an plan out their week.
The three main areas I found to be exceptional are:
1. the texts - the three different texts really worked well to expand the lessons covered as well as complimented each other so the flow of the course felt natural and informative.
2. The assignments - the assignments related to the course objectives and expectations were clearly defined. They did not feel like busy work, but were actually focused on the objectives and guided the learning. Also, all assignments were graded very quickly and feedback was clear.
3. Material preparation - the material was ready and open with plenty of time to complete assignments and meet deadlines.
Excellent at feedback, communication, presenting the material and module organization.
My compliments! This has been one of the best classes I have taken at Stout!! I feel I actually learned something! You and Scot Vaver are pros!!
I ESPECIALLY appreciated the videos demonstrating the Excel problems. It made it much simpler to understand and simulated the classroom experience. They really made a difference in my learning.
Course was organized. Giving extra credit for early contributions was great. A little bit of credit adds up to a percent which is nice.
I thought the videos for the MM and SCM sections where very helpful for learning the content.
Helping when I had questions. Made sure that I understood concepts in the material before I had to take exams or quizzes.
Providing examples of the work required. I enjoyed the opportunity to learn using the lecture recordings/videos available in several of the modules.
Understanding the students as well as being flexible. He knows what we are going through and that the info is hard and a lot of work/time.
helping out our group without giving away all of the answers to doing our project.
Delivering the material and helping the students understand and implement the concepts.
Answering questions and giving help when neeeded. Very understanding of the work put in and what is realistic for the semester
Supporting the group with information during the projects!
Allowing the student to understand his/her potential. Allowing the students the freedom to explore multiple ways to "get the job done".
Very organized course, was very clear at what was needed/wanted for each assignment. Adding comments to each assignment to help improve the next assignment for the student, and answering questions when asked for it.
Giving clear directions for the homework problems where we were working with Excel and the project.
I have taken 17 online courses with Stout and Professor Heidtke has been by far the most responsive instructor I have ever had. He not only emailed you back promptly, but with a full explanatory email. Getting instructors to respond has been the biggest challenge of online learning, and I was very fortunate to have taken this class with him. I also really liked that all the course material was available immediately, especially for online students it is important to have the material available so they can work on it at their own pace.
The Professor was great and getting back to me when ever I had a question. It was reassuring to know that if I had diffculty understanding something, I would get it resolved.
Living the course he is teaching.
Excellent organization and structure
Feedback was always efficient and clear in almost all situations.
Fair and consistent grading.
I enjoyed taking the class. I thought it was entertaining and knowlegable. I really liked that you tied your past experiences with the current topics. It helps me learn and understand the material.
Checking if students understand the material. The first unit reading The Goal was beneficial and he made sure people understood the concepts covered in the text.
Good at using other techniques to teach students. Would use his own experience, textbooks, and othe sources to teach students in different ways. He was good at explaining how people usually think and why it's important to take in consideration to the new information and change the way you see things.
Explaining what will be on the exams, what to study for when it comes to quzzesses, and he knows when he is wrong he goes back and tries to resolve it.
Being on time and not cancelling classes.
Funny and used good real world examples.
Had a lot of knowledge abou the material and how to study for the APics exams
Steve Heidtke, CPIM, M.Ed.