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PASS Summit 2011 Session Evaluations

2011/12/15

Session evaluations from the 2011 PASS Summit have been entered, calculated, and officially released to speakers. While I didn't make it into the "best of" sessions (hey, room for improvement right?) I did improve over last year's scores.

Following a similar format from previous years, each question is rated on a scale of 1-5 (1 = Very Poor, 2 = Poor, 3 = Average, 4 = Good, 5 = Excellent) with room for additional comments should the person completing the form feel compelled to add more information about why they gave a particular score. There were also two comment-only (i.e. unrated) questions. Here's how I fared:

Working With XML In SQL Server

Level: 300
Attendance: 47
Responses: 25
Average Rating: 4.56
Overall Rank: 64 (out of 190 sessions)

1. How would you rate the Speaker’s presentation skills? 4.6
Comments:

2. How would you rate the Speaker’s knowledge of the subject? 4.68
Comments:

3. How would you rate the accuracy of the session title, description and experience level to the actual session? 4.64
Comments:

4. How would you rate the quality of the presentation materials? 4.56
Comments:

5. Did you learn what you expected to learn? 4.32
Comments

6. What will you take away from this session? (comment-only question)

7. What would you change to improve the overall quality of this session? (comment-only question)

 

Paging DR Availability, You're Wanted In The Recovery Room
Level: 200
Attendance: 61
Responses: 42
Average Rating: 4.36
Overall Rank: 124 (out of 190 sessions)

1. How would you rate the Speaker’s presentation skills? 4.4
Comments:

2. How would you rate the Speaker’s knowledge of the subject? 4.6
Comments:

3. How would you rate the accuracy of the session title, description and experience level to the actual session? 4.29
Comments:

4. How would you rate the quality of the presentation materials? 4.31
Comments:

5. Did you learn what you expected to learn? 4.19
Comments:

6. What will you take away from this session? (comment-only question)

7. What would you change to improve the overall quality of this session? (comment-only question)

 

Conclusion

One thing I've learned after presenting at three Summits is that I'm not going to over-analyze the results. I'll leave it at this: I didn't bomb my presentations and I improved over last year's scores so I'm happy. There are a few things I'll tweak to both sessions to make them better, and some of the comments confirm that I could easily turn the HA\DR presentation into a day-long precon (something I've been kicking around for a while now).

I'd like to thank everyone who attended my sessions and took the time to provide honest feedback. I'm happy to have been given the opportunity to present at the Summit and am looking forward to next year!


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