eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Domnica-Daita Serghi

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BIOL101, Summer I 2013
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BIOL407, Fall 2011
BIOL124, Spring 2011
BIOL101, Spring 2011
BIOL124, Fall 2010
BIOL407, Fall 2010

Domnica-Daita Serghi: BIOL101, Summer I 2013

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Biology
Course: BIOL 101 - Biology & Society Crn (Section): 90043 (601)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.04 26 1.61 Freq(%) 6 (23%) 2 (8%) 11 (42%) 3 (12%) 0 (0%) 4 (15%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.77 26 0.43 Freq(%) 6 (23%) 20 (77%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 26 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (35%) 17 (65%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 26 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (42%) 15 (58%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 26 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (12%) 10 (38%) 12 (46%)
6. I participated actively in the small group sessions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.48 26 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 11 (42%) 13 (50%)
7. I developed greater awareness of societal problems.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.54 26 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 10 (38%) 15 (58%)
8. My opinions about some topics changed because of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.23 26 0.91 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 5 (19%) 7 (27%) 13 (50%)
9. I learned more in this course than I expected to learn.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.46 26 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 11 (42%) 14 (54%)
10. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.08 26 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 4 (15%) 13 (50%) 8 (31%)
11. What things did you get from this course that will benefit you personally?
sea level groth population
Learning about sustainability, and how we all can help the earth recover from global warming.
I was able to learn more about the biological problems we face everyday. I was able to better understand the concept of sustainability and what it means for the environment.
I got an overall fundamental knowledge of biology, the environment, and the world. This will help me understand the world around me in a better and more critical way than before.
Info on sustainability.
The ideas of sustainability and how to take care of the environment.
How to live more sustainable.
influence me in thinking about the nature
Information to relate lecture material to my real life so as to live more aware, able to make small but important changes in line with sustainability principles and make more healthy choices; better able to structure research online and check for credibility;
Learning about our carbon and water footprint was beneficial. Realizing how much energy we use and how Hawaii is at risk is important. Also learning about Hawaii's watersheds and aquifers were topics that I didn't know about.
Learn more about biology things that environments surrounding us
From this course I've learned how to be more ecologically responsible, something that is extremely important to me as our resources aren't replenishing themselves as we wish they would. I've also learned how to be more aware of sustainability.
New ways to live a more sustainable lifestyle.
I think the emphasis of sustainability helped and will benefit me later on to some extent. I suppose the exposure to people from the group activities will help me to develop relationships with others.
I learned more about sustiainability
I now know that there is a very very slight chance (or none at all) that there are fairies because the fungi doesn't grow in a circle for the fairies sake, they grow because thats how they grow automatically.
I gained a better understanding of how ecosystems are important, not only to animals but also to humans, so I will be living more sustainably.
It is important to have a sustainable life.
A better understanding of GM foods and sustainability.
Things in this class that benefited me personally was the exposure and refreshing of current events in sustainability that keeps me interested in the subject.
I can know some new vocabulary for my class, also study sustainability can help to understand our environment and life what's the problem for them. What we should noticed and have a mind to protect our earth.
The professor opened my eyes to how much my daily behaviors can effect the environment around me and with this knowledge, I have begun to adopt my careless behaviors into more conscientious ones.
12. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the course?
lots & lots
I found the units on sustainability and ecology helpful and valuable.
The lectures were interesting and informational. The current event assignments were a good way to tie in what we learn in class to what is happening in the world today.
I thought the powerpoint discussions were most helpful.
Google Drive.
There was a lot of interesting knowledge gained and I have a better understanding of biology now.
Learning about sustainability and what can do to live a more sustainable lifestyle.
the present topics like gmo
The introduction lectures on a topic followed by assignments in small groups. Many students really participated fully and we got to know each other and learn to work together and share research, organization and presentation of our findings......5 minds are really better than 1....it was also esp good to mix up the groups so we did not get too comfortable/complacent.
It was helpful that we got to sit in groups and discuss topics brought up in class. I also liked that everybody had to do a current event. Lots of the articles shared were interesting and could affect everyone in the class.
Substainability
The emphasis on sustainability.
I think the most helpful part was the fact that there was no textbook to worry about and the classes were engaging, not just a sit-in lecture where you can fall asleep.
That we related the topics to real life subjects in the news
I think at my age, the most helpful subject was about the STDs and HIV
Dr. Serghi's slides and the collaborative classroom helped a lot.
How does different components of the environment work
The current event projects/presentations helped get better ideas about the subjects being learned.
What I found most valuable about this course was potential contacts into work fields that relate to sustainability.
Helping me to increased my vocabulary about biology, even though I'm not good at biology, this course let me know what biology study about.
I found that a lot of information was helpful as it set up a basic understanding of biology and how biology is incorporated into our daily lives.
13. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.54 26 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 10 (38%) 15 (58%)
14. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 26 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 11 (42%) 13 (50%)
15. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.54 26 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 10 (38%) 15 (58%)
16. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 26 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 9 (35%) 15 (58%)
17. The instructor seems knowledgeable in many areas.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 26 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 9 (35%) 15 (58%)
18. The instructor defined new terms, concepts, and principles.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.27 26 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 4 (15%) 8 (31%) 13 (50%)
19. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 26 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 2 (8%) 11 (42%) 10 (38%)
20. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.35 26 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 13 (50%) 11 (42%)
21. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.27 26 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 2 (8%) 12 (46%) 11 (42%)
22. The instructor clearly stated at the beginning of the semester the objectives of the course and requirements.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.08 26 0.98 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (12%) 2 (8%) 11 (42%) 10 (38%)
23. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 26 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 9 (35%) 15 (58%)
24. The instructor frequently discussed recent developments related to the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.46 26 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 10 (38%) 14 (54%)
25. The instructor presented the origins of ideas and concepts.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.46 26 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 10 (38%) 14 (54%)
26. The instructor spoke clearly and audibly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.24 26 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 2 (8%) 12 (46%) 10 (38%)
27. The flexibility of this course helps all kinds of students learn.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.31 26 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (15%) 10 (38%) 12 (46%)
28. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 26 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 13 (50%) 12 (46%)
29. The teaching-learning strategies used in the course encouraged active class participation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 26 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 15 (58%) 10 (38%)
30. One real strength of this course is the classroom discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.24 26 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 3 (12%) 10 (38%) 11 (42%)
31. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 26 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 14 (54%) 11 (42%)
32. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 26 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 9 (35%) 15 (58%)
33. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.35 26 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 2 (8%) 10 (38%) 13 (50%)
34. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
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Bringing in more guest lecturers. I felt like the one that we had was very interesting, and I wanted to know more.
Have a clear-cut syllabus and grading rubric before the start of the semester.
Keep doing what she's doing.
Make the syllabus more clear and traditional!
She can allow for more discussions and have more group activities. Possibly more in class activities.
None, good job.
give a little more time on a group work
Summer courses are challenging.....so short a time to cram in so much information....but we had to move so quickly that there was often not enough time for the subject matter to sink in.... Perhaps the instructor can ask more questions in class...call on individuals....I know that we were, as a whole, not a very outgoing class, but I wanted my classmates to participate more vocally.
Showing more videos would help. Some people think watching videos is a waste of time, but I find them really helpful explaining processes that would be difficult to do just on paper. In the beginning of class some of our hw was sent through email and some on the google doc, which made it confusing. Sometimes I worried if I did the homework or not.
Best instructor in UH
I don't have any improvements; she's a great professor.
It sort of felt like the presentations sped by and maybe not everything was too clear.
I did not like the technological aspect
Her lectures were more fluid than the beginning of the class. Also, I feel like I could understand her better.
Having the syllabus up earlier and the gradebook at the end was helpful too.
Improve the pronunciation of English
Just planning/laying out the grading beforehand.
Mrs. Serghi can improve teaching in this course by double checking if the presenting equipment is ready and compatible with the electronic lesson she is trying to present.
Teaching us use more question to help us to understand the hard question. And use game to help us remember it is better.
She could improve the class by possibly incorporating a field trip into the class to places that are causing pollutants in the atmosphere and places that are being effected by the pollution (such as a rainforest watershed).
35. Assignments make students think.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.23 26 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 2 (8%) 13 (50%) 10 (38%)
36. Assignments are relevant to what is presented in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 26 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 11 (42%) 14 (54%)
37. Class projects are related to course goals and objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.46 26 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 12 (46%) 13 (50%)
38. Student presentations significantly contribute to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.23 26 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (23%) 8 (31%) 12 (46%)
39. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.19 26 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (15%) 13 (50%) 9 (35%)
40. Audiovisual materials (or computers) were adequate and used appropriately.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.48 26 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 9 (35%) 14 (54%)
41. The exams reflected the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 26 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 12 (46%) 11 (42%)
42. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 26 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (38%) 14 (54%)
43. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
videos!!!!
The lectures on sustainability and how we can stop global warming.
I liked the I-clicker quizzes and the group work we had to do.
I thought the iclickers were pretty cool, I had never used them before and they made the class more interactive and had you pay attention.
Google Drive usage!
The presentations, and group discussions.
Very flexible.
GMO
1. following Ms Sergai's guidelines for doing critical research and learning to give more objective opinion. 2. Great visuals on screen during lectures 3. group collaboration
I like that we were able to have class discussion about topics covered. That gets everyone to participate. The videos we watched were helpful. Videos are sometimes more engaging that straight lecturing and gets students to pay attention.
Hawaii environment
The class participation through our current events project.
The iClicker aspect was interesting and somewhat of an electric version of 'raise your hand'. Group activities were nice as well.
I liked that the topics were made interesting
The group work and sessions really helped me retain the information better
The iclicker question
The group projects were good at involving students.
Aspects of the course that I liked best were the group discussion projects with genetic inheritance and the guest speaker presentation on water sustainability.
I like the part of gene, virusï¼?disease and cell. That let me interested in that.
I liked the group work a lot because it caused everyone to engage in our given topic and then teach it to the rest of the class. Learning from my other peers also put information in the words of someone my age which could make it easier to grasp topics.
44. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.35 26 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 13 (50%) 11 (42%)
45. Other comments:
more videos!!!
I didn't expect much of this class prior to the start. However, the class has informed me with many biological issues and has provided with me new knowledge and understanding of biology and how it relates to society. Overall, the class was much more fun, interesting and informative than I had initially expected.
Great course that teaches the fundamentals of biology and the environment, in a not stressful class setting making it easy to learn for non-science majors who just have to take this because it is required.
Great class to take and a lot of valuable knowledge gained. The professor was really nice, intelligent, and overall made the class good.
thanks for the interessting course
None
None
Learned a lot in such a short period of time.

Domnica-Daita Serghi: BIOL101, Fall 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Biology
Course: BIOL 101 - Biology & Society Crn (Section): 70386 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
2.03 140 0.91 Freq(%) 42 (30%) 66 (47%) 18 (13%) 14 (10%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.78 139 0.41 Freq(%) 30 (22%) 109 (78%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.21 141 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (2%) 20 (14%) 63 (45%) 55 (39%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.02 140 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 4 (3%) 28 (20%) 69 (49%) 39 (28%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.42 139 1.04 Freq(%) 4 (3%) 24 (17%) 43 (31%) 46 (33%) 22 (16%)
6. I developed greater awareness of societal problems.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.01 140 0.89 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 8 (6%) 25 (18%) 61 (44%) 45 (32%)
7. My opinions about some topics changed because of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.6 139 1.09 Freq(%) 6 (4%) 15 (11%) 40 (29%) 46 (33%) 32 (23%)
8. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.44 138 1.07 Freq(%) 6 (4%) 17 (12%) 51 (37%) 38 (28%) 26 (19%)
9. What things did you get from this course that will benefit you personally?
Nothing
Personally I've taken a lot of bio classes so i didn't take a lot from this course. I did like the professor very much. She went over the all of the material very well.
sustainability
I got my three biology credits.
I learned a lot about society and sustainability. I think it is very important to learn about sustainability, especially with so many issues going on, and I have to say that I learned a lot about it. I also learned the basics of biology, everything from animals to cells to plants.
If I pass the class, I will have one less class to take. Yay!
Sustainability
I learned that I want to contribute to helping the sustainability of our Earth through sustainable practices such as not using as much water and stopping littering.
Biology knowledge. Learned most stuff in high school, but it was a good way to refresh my memory.
I will have a more sustainable lifestyle
A lot of the material was life-related.
I now understand sustainability a lot better, and the things I've learned in this class will help me to make "greener" decisions every day. Also, I plan to incorporate sustainability in my career the best I can since I am now aware of the growing issues facing our world today.
A better understanding of sustainability and it's importance in our society.
Some credits...nah just kidding besides that I also learned quite a bit about Sustainability and increased my own awareness of our global situation as well as learning quite a few things about biology.
The need to recycle and not physically waste things that could effect our ecosystem. SUSTAINABILITY!!!
None that I can think of.
A lot of environmental knowledge was in my opinion, very interesting and added upon what I knew about the subject previously.
know more about biology
I feel that learning about sustainability will help benefit the world in the future. I have the knowledge of sustainable action and the affects I will try to be more sustainable.
The knowledge of sustainability practices that I can do to benefit the environment.
expanded my knowledge about the basics of Biology
I learned how important sustainability is within society. I learned that I need to be more aware of how much resources I use and that I need to conserve.
I learned how to apply what I learned in biology to everyday life.
I learned a lot about sustainability and how to preserve and protect the earth.
Sustainability, the seven methods of sustainability.
I learned about sustainability and how there are many ways to maintain a sustainable life. Global Warming awareness was also brought to my attention.
Relevant to my life
I learned about the various environmental issues that are occurring right now due to my lifestyle and the actions that I take on a daily basis. Knowing these issues will help me to change my lifestyle in order to preserve our natural resources that are depleting. I will be able to make a difference in this world.
The emphasis on sustainability has inspired me to make more eco-friendly choices and support environmentally friendly processes. One of the videos she showed really cemented this concept for me as it described the way of the early Hawaiians: "kuleana", a word encompassing responsibility and privilege. While we may use the earth's resources for ourselves, we must not treat it cruelly. It is our privilege to be nurtured by the land, thus we must care for it as it cares for us.
I learned more about living more sustainably and making a difference in the current world that is slowly degrading due to human activities.
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Learning about sustainability will personally benefit me.
Nothing really changed my personality but I did learn a lot.
I learned how to more sustainable
The ideas about sustainability, biology, and conservation.
-more understanding of some biology content -finding other ways of learning the materials than just from the prof. lectures
Sustainability is a big thing that I received from this course. There are many things that is not realized right now.
i now have a better understanding of things like sustainability and how it plays a role in our lives.
we have to change the way we live to save and change what is happening in the world
Things I learned from this course that will benefit me personally would be sustainability. It was my favorite topic and I learned how to better myself and the economy. I also learned how to help Hawaii's environment and to teach my family/friends about it. The things about STD's and Cancer also benefitted me. I learned more about those topics.
I learned about different things that I never knew before and it got me a little more interested in biology which makes me want to study it further.
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How to be more sustainable and shrink my carbon footprint.
Sustainable ideas
This course taught me important life goals that you can apply everywhere. I learned about sustainability and just awareness of how sensitive our environment is. This course really got me interested in environmental studies.
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n/a
I ended up learning about how viruses can end up in a person and learning about sea level rise.
Knowledge to help me make sustainable choices.
The knowledge that sustainability is an important issue and an essential part of ensuring a more productive future.
I enjoyed the cancer topic because my .mother has had cancer so I will take those facts with me.
Just to think more logically in situations rather than just emotion
I learned a lot of topics that I never looked into before. Ex: stem cells and GM food
Knowing specific information on our ecosystems and the effects global warming is causing.
i learned how to make my house sustainable
I can finally explain Dams in my words! But on a serious note, the information about sustainability was amazingly helpful and eye opening.
That I learned a lot from sustainability and conserving energy and waste management and etc.
I became more aware of my impact on the environment.
I benefitted from this class because I was able to relearn much of the things I learned in elementary school and middle school.
Forum submissions helped to open me up to articles I would otherwise have missed.
Learning about sustainability and the environment, as well as the need to take care of the earth
I learned how to do a forum submission.
skills in applying sustainability towards my everyday life.
Sustainability and the environment
if anything, maybe some information about sustainability
I learned how to incorporate sustainable practices in my life
I gained knowledge about my homeplace(Hawai'i) and how I can improve my ways to create less destruction to the environment.
Sustainability
going green!
Greater knowledge.
I learned a lot about the impact we have on our environment and the importance of helping to maintain and better it. I didn't think I cared so much before but after really looking at the issues during the course, I feel very strongly about it.
I really had chance to understand the concepts of Biology and also natures. I seriously started to think of recycling, so i think it can be one of my benefit as personally.
I could say I have better knowledge of science in society and how to be more sustainable for myself.
Instructor really cares about me by sending me email and reminding me if I forget to submit homework or forum submission.
Biology was incorporated into real life experiences. Everyday experiences like eating and over populations. I started to independently think about our future, and that is the goal right? It wasn't homework or a chore, but I began to think and to care and I think that one of the greatest lessons of all.
I learned a great deal about sustainability, she did a fantastic job explaining and presenting material. Great Professor.
Personally, I learned about communicating with the professor effectively to ensure that my grade will not be jeopardized. But I also learned about global warming and ways to be more sustainable.
Now I know how to better live my life through her teachings
The things i learned in bio, i can use in other sciences because bio is the base for science.
When guest speaker shannah trevenna came in to speak that's when I learned the most.
Credit for db requirement. Knowledge of sustainability.
Learning about the current environment and society issues that I was never aware of before.
It was well taught
I learned more about the world around me and how each function to create our surroundings.
I feel that I now have a better understanding of what sustainability means and how it effects my life.
nothing, i learned it all already
I learned more about sustainability which I can apply to everyday life in local communities.
basic biology information as well as some ways these topics affect society and our sustainability
I learned about some issues that I did not know about before.
Who I marry to have babies with green eyes... Just kidding To save more water, do what I can to help sustainability
Knowledge of sustainability.
My knowledge on renewable energy and global warming has increased.
I learned the different characteristics that are affecting the Earth and biomes, which in turn, affect us. This will help me to be more aware.
I learned a lot about sustainability.
Basic knowledge of biological science and it's relations in our society. Also knowledge on current growing sustainability matters and other situations involving the future of our planet.
It just made me consider my actions more.
The general knowledge of all things bio.
I learned that humans messed up the Earth and that we are in a great deal of trouble if we don't take action.
The main thing that I got from this course that will benefit me personally is technology. Everything for this course was pretty much online, and this was the first class I took that required everything to be online. After taking this course, I am now able to complete online tasks and understand how to do things online.
All of the information that i got from this course will benefit me personally because it just made me aware of what's going on in the world and ways that we harm it, also how we can help it.
The things that benefited me the most personally in the course was the introduction of sustainability tactics that i can use in everyday life to reduce and be aware of my negative impact on the enviroment.
aspects which related to society's functions were most helpful
Study habits
Before this course, I did not know much about biology. However after this course, I now know more the subject. I was thinking about different majors, and although this course was interesting I do not think that I will major in this course.
Tips on how to limit my impact on the environment. I really did appreciate that.
I learned more about the environment and how the things we do as humans can effect it.
Global warming.
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10. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.78 141 0.9 Freq(%) 2 (1%) 9 (6%) 37 (26%) 63 (45%) 30 (21%)
11. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.74 140 0.98 Freq(%) 4 (3%) 11 (8%) 32 (23%) 63 (45%) 30 (21%)
12. The instructor defined new terms, concepts, and principles.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.97 139 0.88 Freq(%) 3 (2%) 5 (4%) 22 (16%) 72 (52%) 37 (27%)
13. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.47 139 1.04 Freq(%) 4 (3%) 22 (16%) 41 (29%) 48 (35%) 24 (17%)
14. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.61 140 0.99 Freq(%) 5 (4%) 12 (9%) 41 (29%) 57 (41%) 25 (18%)
15. The instructor clearly stated at the beginning of the semester the objectives of the course and requirements.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.12 141 0.83 Freq(%) 2 (1%) 2 (1%) 23 (16%) 64 (45%) 50 (35%)
16. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.91 141 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (2%) 37 (26%) 70 (50%) 31 (22%)
17. The instructor spoke clearly and audibly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.31 140 1.06 Freq(%) 7 (5%) 25 (18%) 42 (30%) 49 (35%) 17 (12%)
18. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.75 140 0.86 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 6 (4%) 55 (39%) 47 (34%) 32 (23%)
19. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.03 140 0.88 Freq(%) 2 (1%) 4 (3%) 28 (20%) 60 (43%) 46 (33%)
20. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.75 138 1.0 Freq(%) 3 (2%) 13 (9%) 33 (24%) 56 (41%) 33 (24%)
21. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
N/A
Be a little louder in class. Go over more of the vital points in your slides.
She could slow down her lectures a bit.
In such a large lecture, it is nice to mix up the lectures with movies (all of the movies we watched were very informative and enjoyable, I could have appreciated more of them!) or interactive lectures (i.e. the lecture about STDs), or more iClicker sessions.
I know that Biology is boring for most people so can you please try to make it more interesting and engaging? Maybe more "hands-on", but not necessarily super difficult assignments?
More strict towards disruptive students
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She could try to go slower and not present so much information in just one lecture.
Go slower.
She covered so much material very quickly. I enjoyed learning about everything, but it felt somewhat rushed to fit into one lecture.
Make power points less crowded. Most of the time the slides are too crowded so I end up not reading everything. Make things more interesting because usually it is just lecture.
Speaking a little more clearly that is all. Maybe not get distracted as much. She did not get distracted very often nor do I feel it detracted from my learning experience but since she did a great job I can't think on too many things to improve on.
More activities or be more interactive.
Perhaps less topics because it could be difficult for people to study some many things at once.
More notifications for assignments and quizzes etc. and when they're due.
make the class more interesting
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teach it like it is... a lecture.
Letting us know which aspects of the lectures are important to remember. Slow down during lectures.
She needs to improve on the way she communicates to the class and on making lectures a bit more exciting.
Maybe not to cram so much information and material into one semester. I thought all the material was interesting and useful. I just wish it was spaced out a bit because there is so much to learn in such a short period of time. Cramming the material does not help me remember it later when I finish the course.
Less online assignments, no icliker
Talk slower, put less words on the slides, be more fun.
It would be nice if the instructor didn't rush through the material sometimes.
I dunno
She needs to be clearer on what is going to be tested on and what isn't. Because there is a new topic discussed every class, it is unrealistic to expect students to absorb all material. There needs to be an emphasis on what students need to know versus what is appropriate course material.
Explain the topic more in depth
She needs to slow down a bit when discussing difficult concepts.
Perhaps go a little slower through the powerpoints, as students are trying to write and listen at the same time. The power points themselves can be a little more clear, as when I open them to study I am often confused as the powerpoints only contain fragmented information.
I think the forum submissions should be changed to be due after the lecture and not before, because it's hard to know what is expected for each submission if you don't understand the topic and the relations to biology. It also doesn't help that you're being graded on how accurate/how related they are to each other.
She became a little more organized and easier to understand.
More Iclicker questions involves the class more. Videos that load faster are important too.
By taking things more slower, and not making all the homework and submissions so complicated
Check the mic, walking around is good, and be understanding it's intimidating to speak in a lecture hall setting and usually not expected of students.
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This seemed more like a non-introductory course. A little bit easier would be best for this 101 class.
provide better instructions on things like online tests.
biology is such a broad topic it is hard to gain a clear understanding of the course when we moved so fast because we had so many topics
Shorten your powerpoints into bullet points instead of paragraphs and I feel like you should emphasize more on things that will be on the test. Talk a little slower and clearer. More examples like for the punnett squares. Stuff like that should have more examples or worksheets for the students to better understand it.
She could have gone over things a little slower and explain some things a little more because it was confusing.
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Space out your iClicker questions. Not all at the beginning and dont always have one at the end of class. Have one in 15 minute intervals or something random because I notice some students come at the end of class just to do that one question for attendence.
More videos.
Her teaching is good, not bad but not really great. I think if she got the students more engaged or did something to make the lectures a bit more interesting then that would be really great. For a 101 class, you're going to have a lot of students with a smaller attention span than others, with many people not paying attention or not engaged in lecture it can be slightly discouraging for the students that are trying to listen. Also since the slides are up on laulima, many students don't take notes and don't follow along in lecture. I think to increase student involvement and participation, powerpoint slides should be available like a day before the lecture then taken down after lecture, then maybe reposted like at the end of the week. That way it will motivate students to prep early for the lecture since it won't be up later and to take notes in class since it won't be up after.
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She can improve the teaching of this course by posting the due date as the last date the assignment can be turned in, instead of the next date.
Give more out of class resources
I have no suggestions for improvement. I truly enjoyed Ms. Serghi's class.
Maybe go a little slower.. not do everything online.
Be more creative when talking about the material and to communicate more effectively
I strongly believe the class would be much better if the power points had less information, and only included the most important things we need to know.
Make assignment instruction more clear. Improve test questioning.
speak more clearly, and create an easier corse website, such as move to laulima like every other class in school.
She teaches well for a 200 student course. The technical difficulties of the microphone are standard for lecture halls.
nothing, she is a great teacher.
I would like if she communicated with us more during class, and did not just read off of the power points. It would make class a lot more enjoyable to go to.
Improvise with her lectures. Most times she reads off of her slides. If she were to memorize the subject and be more fluid then the lectures would be easier to understand and follow along.
If it's possible to shorten the slides and make the class more exciting.
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less information on the powerpoint slides and go slower.
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Not having soo much on the class slides, don't move to fast, point out important things to know.
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Provide more visuals in here powerpoint lectures.
Speak slowly.
make in class exercises
Go slower.
I think there was an original mix up in the class size so it did seem like the full lecture was a bit to handle for her at the beginning. However, throughout the course she got more comfortable. If she does teach a large lecture style course again, more interactive things may be helpful in keeping the students alert.
I think she should make her powerpoints with more details on each topics, so students will be able to understand them easily.
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involve more videos in the class. keep on the online test because it is so much effective for student and for Instructor to grade it.
The tests seemed to be the only thing that was unstable. Like the length and amount of time would have great disparity test to test. Also the technology took a little while to get used to, but I think that's on the students part to stop refusing it and accept that this is a highly tech involved class. And when there were glitches or mishaps, she was very understanding and fair.
She did a great job at handling such a large class, I can not think of a better way of presenting information than she did.
To go slower on the powerpoint slides.
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If she didn't go through chapters and concepts to fast.
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Nothing much. It was pretty straight forward
I think reviewing a little more sometimes on previous lectures would be helpful.
More exciting
I think how the course is taught is excellent and nothing should be changed.
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Keep the information on the slides short and sweet. It will make it easier to take notes and learn the important concepts, and it will also help students to pay attention because they won't be overwhelmed with information at one time.
forum assignments and test questions are confusing. Especially test, phrase them better, they're phrased very confusingly
n/a
should have some hands on examples if possible to engage the class
She can try to be more clear when explaining some material.
Maybe more connections between bio terms and life events Pointing out students who are disrupting class, or kick them out
Slow down a little in the lectures.
Better ways to make a point, too monotone. Maybe more activities that will force students to get more involved.
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She needs to be more clear on material and go at a slower pace for the students to follow along. Also, she should spend more time on some topics rather than flying through them.
Better the homework and forum structure
By providing more real life examples to what we are learning.
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Test questions need to be worded better Tests should be done in class rather than with our time outside of class Tests should be shorter I think the class should be taught entirely online or entirely in the classroom It was pretty pointless to go to class because all the information was online- the only reason I went was for attendance points
Some of the topics that were covered could have been taught in a more clear way. The lectures were understandable, but the powerpoint slides had too many words on it. Some of the lecture presentations were really fast, and I wasn't able to take notes. When giving lectures, she can make the powerpoint slides less wordy and present the lecture a bit slower so that everyone can understand what is being taught.
Sometimes she goes too fast on the power points and it's hard to get all of the notes.
Just slow down when you speak
Better communicate homework and if you keep the forum submission better communicate the due dates.
Try to teach within the level of the students. We are not all experts in meteorology, for example. Simplify the concepts a bit and don't test too in- depth.
She should slow down a lot more. It is difficult to take notes in the class, but it is helpful the slides are on laulima.
Get text book. The course website and her way of assigning homework was a little bit confusing.
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22. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.44 139 1.1 Freq(%) 8 (6%) 17 (12%) 45 (32%) 44 (32%) 25 (18%)
23. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.3 139 1.15 Freq(%) 14 (10%) 15 (11%) 45 (32%) 45 (32%) 20 (14%)
24. Audiovisual materials (or computers) were adequate and used appropriately.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.01 139 0.81 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 5 (4%) 30 (22%) 63 (45%) 41 (29%)
25. Examinations cover the important aspects of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.84 140 0.82 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 8 (6%) 30 (21%) 75 (54%) 26 (19%)
26. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 138 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 22 (16%) 64 (46%) 51 (37%)
27. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
None
Sustainability
I liked how the assignments were online and accessible from almost anywhere.
The films we watched were big eye-openers, and our guest speakers really broadened my knowledge.
iClicker.
Movies
Online tests and homeworks, iclicker questions in class
I liked how the course let you submit personalized homework assignments that were different from other classmates so you had to find the right answer and write about it instead of everyone in the class trying to find the same answers.
Power points give a great visual and make things clear. Videos were nice.
I liked the iclicker questions
Extra credits
I enjoyed the iClicker because it engaged the students. Also, I enjoyed the case studies because they made the material more realistic. It's much easier to listen and learn when the same situation could happen to us. I liked the in-class activities, even though our class was so large. It was fun to interact with my classmates.
The exams weren't extremely difficult; they were to the point, you either knew it or you weren't in class.
Online test were very easy because we could do it on our time during the weekend. You still need to study hard and know the concepts to get a good grade but it is helpful that you can do it at home. I liked that everything was online too.
Forum Submissions and the lectures in class actually.
The online work
Everything was made clear. Helpful calender with all the duedates for assignments.
The focus on environmental science(s) and native life.
online test
I like hearing other people come to class and speak about what they are most knowledgeable about. It is more interesting and learning more from hearing from someone who actually works with the subject talked about then someone who just hears about the subject and have never really experience.
The broad range of topics covered, that didn't necessarily pertain to biology, but is good for us to know (sustainability).
I love how the tests were online!
10 HW's
The online aspect of the course. The class web page was well organized and easy to navigate.
I liked the homework assignments because they were useful in comprehending the materials taught in class and some of the assignments were fun to do.
I liked all the material we covered in the course. It was all useful information for me and I enjoyed learning it.
I like learning about GMO
Online tests.
I liked learning about animals and environmental issues.
The endong
I enjoyed the interactive homework assignments. Assignments that are relevant and interactive are always a plus in any class. Online homework submissions and tests made it easier to consistently do work. I admired her commitment to take student feedback seriously.
I enjoyed the sustainability lessons because these are lessons that we can implement into our daily lives.
I loved watching in-class movies - I am inclined to learn visually, so the videos were quite helpful in reinforcing the material. Homework was fun, easy, and not too burdensome; forum posts were a little daunting at first, but after researching and writing it increased my understanding of the issues.
I liked the whole forum submission and the online testing concepts.
All or most of the work was online. So I was able to do the work ahead of time if necessary or I could get help from outside sources if needed.
I liked being able to answer questions in class with iClicker and get immediate feedback.
I liked the colorful powerpoints and illustrations. Also liked the use of Iclicker.
I like that i can apply things from what I learned to my everyday lifestyle
I like the sustainability parts and the class activities parts.
I enjoyed learning about photosynthesis, and how to helpencourage a sustainable community. I also enjoyed learning about the effect of plastics on marine life.
-I learned some more information about Biology.
i liked how all the information was provided and straight forward.
the videos were very interesting and fun to see
I liked that the tests, powerpoints and homework were all online. I liked that you had a schedule of what we would cover everyday.
I liked learning about different things, even though I did it more on my own.
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She was sometimes interesting and had some sense of humor. Its good that she focuses on how everything impacts hawaii so we know that it'd immediately affect us.
Videos
I liked that the homework wasn't hard and that the exams were online.
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The assignments linking the topics discussed in class with society.
I liked the online exams and extra credit opportunities.
The connection to our specific situation in Hawaii
I liked the informality of the class setting. I appreciated the attempt o connect with such a large lecture class with the use of I-clicker.
Not quite sure can't pick one.
I liked that the notes were easily available online
I liked some films we watched.
-ecosystems -genetic diseases
online tests, large participation grade, no weighted grades
Loved the videos. Loved the homework, very reasonable.
Learning about sustainability in every class lecture.
I enjoyed how she us our impact on the environment and hawaii's environment
I liked that the tests were online, so that we could take it on our own time.
Take home tests were helpful.
The online exams
O think the online feature, but then the whole class should've just been online.
iclicker
The videos
didn't get that much homework
I liked the iclicker questions
Covering sustainability.
Iclicker was fun
the homework assignments
iClicker.
I thought it was interesting to use Google as the main form of assignments and tests. For me it was nice because it worked around my busy schedule with school and work. She also covered a wide variety of topics in the course, finding relevant topics to us as college students and new members of progressing society.
I like her powerpoint about hawaii's nature.
I liked that most of the tests were online, and the homework was online. That made things a lot easier for me.
Audiovisual materials, power points, Instructor has broader knowledge about the topic.
I love how she incorporated several mediums of media. She used video, power point, iclicker, even mini group experiments. Class was different and I was not just being lectured at. She was talking to the students, not at them.
Learning how I can create a more sustainable society, and help promote others to do so as well.
The workload was not too much and there were lots of opportunities to improve your grade.
How lenient the grading was.
I liked the aspect of sustainability and how it effects us.
Guest speaker Shannah Trevenna.
Online homework.
The interactive aspect of the I-clickers was good for the class, and also the topics on sustainability were something new and refreshing.
Homework was easy
The lectures are posted before our class time which prepared us on what we are expected to go over in class. The iClicker questions is a handy way of checking on attendance and involving the class, especially since it is a lecture class. We all will learn why that is the answer to the question by the small discussion after each question which was really helpful to me.
The videos were very informative.
I like the interactive assignments, especially the crossword puzzle. It helped to really test whether I had learned the material as well I thought I did, and it was a fun way to review the lecture points.
nothing
Throughout the class, I liked learning about how the subject related to Hawaii because it made it more personal.
online tests were very convenient
I like that the tests were online so I could do them on my time.
I liked the online assignments and readings and print outs. The stories were interesting like the girl whos cells had too much water. Or the rat online assignment The homework was easy and helpful
Sole.of the homeworks actually.
I liked the video reviews because the videos proved to be very interesting. The videos also related to us as well.
The online exams we're a nice change of pace.
Learning about DNAs and Genetics
The general knowledge that this course provided.
the videos, even if it did make me feel like humanity has failed in more ways than one.
substainability
I thought the movies were well chosen and highly educational I liked that the lectures were available online everything we learned was of value
The aspect of the course that I liked the best was that everything was online. I also like that the iclickers were used. I wished that we would have gotten extra credit points or graded if we got the answers right.
The aspects of this course that i liked best was that she made things very clear and she knew her material very well.
The documentaries about sustainability.
society
i liked how everything was online.
Examples
I liked learning about different aspects of biology. Although i did not find it that interesting, but I enjoyed learning about all these different topics.
Exam formats, homework, and iClicker questions.
My favorite aspect of the course was the focus on Sustainability.
All info are in the slides.
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28. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
3.46 138 0.82 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 12 (9%) 61 (44%) 50 (36%) 14 (10%)
29. Other comments:
Overall great course! :)
Good course for the basics of Bio.
Finding my grade was confusing.
This class really needs a textbook. I know Dr. Serghi can't particularly do anything about ordering a textbook for the class, but it's ridiculous to try to teach bio without a textbook. It makes the required study and memorization exceedingly more difficult.
None
To do well, you must go to class. That is important for any student in her class.
None.
Sometimes it is hard to understand with your strong accent. I am not saying it's really bad but try work on pronouncing certain words better.
None
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Great teacher, great class, i would recommend her.
Noise is consistently a problem in her lectures. If she had an assistant to help silence the class, I think the level of discourse in the class would improve greatly.
I was a bit skeptical on how biology could relate to sustainability, but was surprised to see how much I have learned from linking the two. The environment emphasis was a little excessive, but I think more people need to realize how important the land and sea really are. Taking care of the land is really another way of taking care of our children, as they will be the ones "inheriting" the land and whatever is left of it after we are "done." Proverbs 12:10 says, "The righteous man regards the life of his animal;" it is therefore the moral man's duty to care for the earth as it has been entrusted to us.
Her accent was very thick. I have lived in Hawaii for all my life and never encountered someone with this type of accent and it was very hard for me to understand the course work throughout the semester. She seems nice but need to work on her social skills, so the students dont feel intimdated to ask questions.
none
I appreciate the effort put into the class by the teacher and I hope she keeps that enthusiasm. The large classroom setting makes it difficult to speak in and we do not have microphones ourselves. Initially it was sometimes difficult to understand her because of my unfamiliarity with her accent but over time it became easier. I wish her a happy vacation and best of luck in her endeavors.
Dr. Serghi is a pleasant woman who's extensive knowledge about Biology is apparent.
None.
if i wanted to have an online course i would have signed up for one. this was supposed to be a lecture hall and i missed assignments because of things being online. i do not sign up for online couses because i do not do well at them.
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Too much online. Make it like a school class not an online coarse.
nothing more to say
she made it easy to get good grades as long as you completed all of the work, and it was rigorous at some times, but most of the time it was nice.
As far the very scientific side of the course, the jargon was difficult at times and I strongly feel that a textbook would have provided us with foundational information that our professor does not have the time to go over in class.
N/A
I wish the final was also online like the other tests that we took.
n/a
It was just really hard to focus and pay attention because the material was dry.
I thoroughly enjoyed this class. I'm not a science person so being able to keep up and understand the material in this course was a personal success for me. I would highly recommend this course for people who usually do not grasp science so easily like me because she breaks it down in ways we can understand and retain.
None.
I am glad to be your student this semester. I enjoy every minute of it. Thank You so much and Good luck with your teaching career.
She was a really good professor.
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This was an informational class, but is still a work in progress.
SLOW DOWN THE LECTURES!!!!! And, knowing that students will leave en mass a few minutes before the end of class, try to time lectures to fit that. Also, try to cram less stuff in each lecture so that maybe the pacing will be better and less rushed.
thank you
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Domnica-Daita Serghi: BIOL407, Fall 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Biology
Course: BIOL 407 - Molecular Biology Crn (Section): 78308 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
4.25 16 0.68 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 8 (50%) 6 (38%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.63 16 0.5 Freq(%) 6 (38%) 10 (63%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 16 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 5 (31%) 9 (56%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 16 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 6 (38%) 9 (56%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.31 16 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 6 (38%) 8 (50%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 16 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 6 (38%) 8 (50%)
7. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 16 0.81 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (19%) 3 (19%) 10 (63%)
8. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the course?
It was like a refresher for the lower level molecular biology class but this time we had to use what we know and apply them in problem solving.
I liked that we presented significant scientific articles. The online homework helped keep me in track of what material I should know at each class.
The old journal articles for the first presentation. It was nice to read the articles that made history and changed science.
The most valuable part of the course was reading scientific papers and presenting the information. I have only taken one other course that taught students about reading and understanding journals/papers. Not only did this teach me to think critically about molecular techniques used, but it also taught me how to analyze and understand complex papers and apply it to the "theory" we learn in class. Presenting the papers helped me to learn how to present "scientific" information to my peers (which is what anyone who goes into research will need to do). It was sort of like having journal club built into the normal course...very helpful for understanding the "real" science.
Dr. Serghi is a dedicated educator. She was always easy to approach, helpful and patient when explaining. The course itself, was well planed.
I found the presentations to be the most valuable and helpful aspects about the course because it allowed the students to critically analyze scientific literature, both historical and modern. Further, the presentations allowed the students to communicate their understanding of the reading. In addition, I found the Analyze the Data questions to be valuable since it allowed students to apply the reading.
Analyze the data questions and online exams. I also liked the integration of novel experiments that led to Nobel prizes.
The paper presentations required outside work and helped us understand big picture and real life examples
I enjoyed the small class size and discussion of materials. The regular homework questions related to the reading help me keep up with the class (although i would have liked them to be open a week in advance rather than the morning of in some cases). Reading historically famous papers in the field was very helpful, although reading less important and (in my opinion) less well written papers later in the semester was more challenging (although useful to see the difference between a Nobel prize paper and common publications). Open book take home tests were very nice and I feel they helped me learn just as much as the class. If there were important details that I missed or didn't pay attention too in class, I was able to learn them during the test. The tests felt like a test of skill necessary in the field rather than a test of your ability to memorize facts. They measured your ability to quickly research and synthesize information which I felt helped me more than most other classes I've had up until now. The presentation of papers was also a helpful experience, as I have had limited experience up until now reading and analyzing papers during my undergrad education.
Although I didn't enjoy it at the time (too busy :) )i thought the class presentations were very useful. it is a good way to practice giving presentations on complicated subjects and thinking critically, but i think there needs to be a way to encourage class participation during presentations. A lab component would be nice as well.
One thing that I found to be particularly valuable was the opportunity to present research papers (current and historical) to the class via a power point presentation. This is the first time that I had the opportunity to analyze and present a research paper. I found this exercise highly enlightening and educational. I would highly encourage that this exercise be continued in this course and expanded to other courses.
9. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 16 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 8 (50%) 7 (44%)
10. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 16 0.68 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 8 (50%) 6 (38%)
11. The instructor defined new terms, concepts, and principles.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 16 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 8 (50%) 7 (44%)
12. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 16 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 2 (13%) 7 (44%) 6 (38%)
13. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 16 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 6 (38%) 8 (50%)
14. The instructor clearly stated at the beginning of the semester the objectives of the course and requirements.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 15 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 10 (67%)
15. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 15 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (53%) 7 (47%)
16. The instructor spoke clearly and audibly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 16 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (50%) 8 (50%)
17. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 15 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 3 (20%) 9 (60%)
18. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.19 16 0.91 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 2 (13%) 6 (38%) 7 (44%)
19. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 15 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 8 (53%) 6 (40%)
20. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
more pictures on lecture slides and more emphasis on Analyze the Data problems
Scientific papers were very difficult to go through. I would have like to have known what background knowledge I should consider when reading through them. I enjoyed learning about them though.
I would recommend that the students choose the second journal article, so that we can choose an article that we enjoy learning about. But the journal article should be relevant to course material. For example, if I could choose, I would have presented an article about effects of antibiotics on mitochondria.
The teaching of the course was fine. The content can be a bit difficult at times, but Dr. Serghi did a good job at making the difficult concepts easier to understand. For next time, I think it would be nice if the homework questions, especially the analyze the data parts, were discussed at least weekly so we know that we are on track with the questions (since similar ones show up on the exam). We started doing this after the first exam, and it was very helpful.
First, I commend Dr. Serghi's efforts at teaching this semester. However, I felt that in the beginning, she seemed exasperated at answering students' questions, when no one would answer her, or when students did not understand her. However, I felt that this was virtually eliminated by the end of the semester, and she no longer seemed exasperated. In fact, I felt that she enjoyed student discussions.
I think it would be beneficial to add information from outside the book, especially personal experience with research. It was really helpful when you brought in slides from your Ph.D. I think it would be great to integrate more of that into the course. Also, a lab would be really helpful.
keep up with the grading - more instruction on the presentation of the papers.
Although a lot of work in molecular biology is recent, our ability to synthesize ideas and understand the information in newer publications depends on our knowledge of past experiments and research. I feel greater focus on historically famous experiments would be more helpful to our understanding of the subject. If there is ever a chance to offer a course that simply involves reading and discussing the significance of Nobel papers (call it History 450 or Bio 480 or something, analysis of Nobel literature. theses courses would be very helpful in every subject from chemistry to physics to biology, to history and art. The television was invented by a farmer watching light refract in morning dew on a field!! Nobel laureates are 10 times more likely to participate in the arts.) In short I really enjoyed the Nobel papers and would like to see the importance of more of them discussed in class. say Monday and Wednesday we learn the concepts necessary to understand the paper discussed on Friday. Each week has a new focus, primarily on the necessary background information and techniques. What why and how.
A lab would help.
21. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 16 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 6 (38%) 8 (50%)
22. Audiovisual materials (or computers) were adequate and used appropriately.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 16 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (50%) 8 (50%)
23. Examinations cover the important aspects of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.31 16 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (19%) 5 (31%) 8 (50%)
24. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 16 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (38%) 10 (63%)
25. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
All
I liked how we examined famous scientific articles. It helped me understand how they were able to come up with the scientific concepts that help shape the theories that we have today.
Analyze the Data problems were the best! (: Loved them!
For me, the best aspects of the course were that the homework and exams were available online. I liked that the exams were available online and that I had a choice on which day I could take it. Like most college students today, I work off campus and have family responsibilities. Having the flexibility to do and. submit my homework online anytime before the due date really helped me plan ahead and stay on track. Having the exams online also gave me flexibility, and it was less stressful because I got to choose a time when I was at my peak so I did better than I may have on a written test. I also like that the lectures were made available before (and occasionally after) class. I could preview the lecture and ask questions in class if I did not understand something.
The course was challenging but not intimidating.
I liked the student presentations and the Analyze the Data questions the best.
I thought the presentations were very helpful, although I think the students could have been a little more stimulating in the way they presented them (including myself).
The Analyze the data was a chance to think more big picture
The presentation of papers, discussion of data form previous papers (analyze the data) and the open book tests all encouraged learning more than grading. This is one of the few classes I've taken so far that I feel really worked to help me understand the subject rather than graded my ability to teach myself.
i liked having different types of assignments. Not just 2 exams and 1 final and thats it. The variety was good.
I really appreciated the method of and time allotted for the taking of examinations. The format of the exams really mitigated the majority of the stress and pressure felt during typical exams and allowed me to clearly focus on and determine the appropriate answer(s). Domnica-Daita Serghi focus on encouraging her studentâ??s ability to analyze and interpret data was of profound significance. It helped me to understand the material presented in the text and throughout the course in a broader and more comprehensible manner. In comparison to other more traditional science courses where all you do is memorize facts and figures long enough to pass the exam/class (which are then quickly forgotten), Serghiâ??s approach was, without a question, a more comprehensive and thought provoking style of instruction.
26. What changes would you make in the lectures?
I had a really difficult time with the analyze the data problems. I did not really know how to approach the data in the first place. Maybe a guideline on how to do it?.
More advanced topics?
Nothing, lectures were good.
I would make the PowerPoint lectures more concise. A few times, I felt that the presentations were difficult to pay attention to. Perhaps, I was not interested in the content of those presentations? Also, I believe that reading the scientific literature should be made mandatory to increase class discussions, which was usually not the case during the second round of presentations.
Less textbook focused and more examples of experiments that influenced molecular and cell biology.
Less lecture style and involve the class more. - maybe add iclickers or a lab
I would have fewer presentations, with more focus on the significance of the research and potentials for further research. It would be helpful for the class to cover the necessary background information leading up to each presentation, and then analyses the data from the presentation as a class. Identify important methods in the paper and other cases in which they can be used. I feel that a more detailed investigation into the basics of the subject would be more helpful than a good overview of the more complicated aspects. The reading from the books was very helpful, but I feel by the end of the class we were reading papers that we (or maybe just I) didn't really understand anymore.
make them available before the lecture, i always found that helped.
27. What changes would you make in the writing assignments?
I liked the writing assignments.
Let us choose the second journal article instead of assigning it.
No changes.
Some of the scientific paper presentations were hard to follow at times. In some cases presenters moved on to talk about experimental methods before the class could get a good grasp of the hypothesis. Also, if I had to do such presentation again, perhaps I would make use of the bord to illustrate what was is being said, or print out hand-outs with some of the main points of the discusion.
I don't necessarily believe that the homework (not the Analyze the Data) helped much, as most of the time, it was regurgitating the content in the textbook. I felt that the homework assignments, other than the Analyze the Data, were merely busy work.
The summary paper was really good, it might be useful to make students write a summary paper for both presentations.
more instructions and feedback once before the final draft is due
I would make the daily homework available for submission earlier. By the end of the semester I was crunched for time with other classes and was unable to always find time the night before to do the questions. Also I would make analysis of the data of each paper a weekly or bi weekly assignment and do away with the final paper.
It was stressful being that the writing assignment was worth 20% of the grade.
28. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.2 15 0.94 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (13%) 5 (33%) 7 (47%)
29. Other comments:
I think it would be very beneficial if the class was more interactive. We have such a small class and that would be really beneficial if we were able to exchange ideas with each other. It would help inspire new ideas and critical thinking.
Thank you, Dr. Serghi!
Overall, this class was great. The best part about it was the online portion for homework and exams. All I had to focus on was coming to class and understanding the lecture since online homework submission gave me the freedom to get it done before the due date. Dr. Serghi is very personable, smart, and compassionate. She does not dismiss student's questions, but challenges us to first think critically about it and then gives us answers if we still cannot come up with them. Also, she brings in information from outside of the book, which broadens our understanding of the various topics.
Daita is a great professor and should definitely be able to teach this course again. - i would personally only take it again if she was the teacher
It was a very enjoyable class. Best of luck to you and your growing family. I look forward to seeing you again next semester.
this might sound crazy, but my only real criticism is please don't wave the pointer all around when you want to talk about 1 thing on the screen. its confusing / makes me dizzy. maybe just keep it on what you want to talk about (in one place )and if thats too long, turn it off for a minute.

Domnica-Daita Serghi: BIOL124, Spring 2011     Back to top

Campus: Leeward Community College Department: Natural Sciences
Course: BIOL 124 - Environment & Ecology Crn (Section): 52408 (0)    
1. I developed greater awareness of societal problems.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
2. My opinions about some topics changed because of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%)
3. I learned more in this course than I expected to learn.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
4. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the course?
Watching videos helped me understand more about certain things.
5. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the course?
Too much talking straight off of the powerpoint.
6. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
7. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
8. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
9. The instructor clearly stated at the beginning of the semester the objectives of the course and requirements.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
10. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
11. Work requirements and grading system were clear from the beginning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
12. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%)
13. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Adding more videos is a great idea. You seem to take in and remember more from watching a video or movie clip.
14. Assignments are relevant to what is presented in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%)
15. Student presentations significantly contribute to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%)
16. Reading assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%)
17. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%)
18. The field trips were useful learning experiences.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
19. Examinations cover the important aspects of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%)
20. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%)
21. Other comments:
This was overall a good class. I have enjoyed learning new things, and the hands on environmental field trips were excellent. Thank you for a great semester.

Domnica-Daita Serghi: BIOL101, Spring 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Biology
Course: BIOL 101 - Biology & Society Crn (Section): 88072 (002)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
2.32 38 1.09 Freq(%) 12 (32%) 8 (21%) 12 (32%) 6 (16%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.73 37 0.45 Freq(%) 10 (27%) 27 (73%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.34 38 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (8%) 19 (50%) 16 (42%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.26 38 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (13%) 18 (47%) 15 (39%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.89 37 0.99 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 4 (11%) 8 (22%) 13 (35%) 12 (32%)
6. I developed greater awareness of societal problems.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.08 38 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (18%) 21 (55%) 10 (26%)
7. My opinions about some topics changed because of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.73 37 0.99 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (8%) 15 (41%) 8 (22%) 11 (30%)
8. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.76 38 0.88 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (5%) 14 (37%) 13 (34%) 9 (24%)
9. What things did you get from this course that will benefit you personally?
she gave me better understanding in topics like sustainability, ecosystems, gm foods.
The knowledge about how GMO and our our food.
I have new information on the current problems and technologies facing our world that will allow me to make better decisions. It has also given me a base knowledge that will help me to understand new problems as they arise, and a better understanding of basc biology that will help me in the future. This course also gave me a better understanding of the world as a whole that is necessary to living in it without using it up. This course provided me with materials that will help in the future and the skills to find more and to work around biases. This course was very helpful and the effects of this course will radiate into the future decisions and understanding of biology.
NO, I don't more then this course of biology for my major. this was just a requirement
Better understanding of the green movement.
This course served as a good refresher of biology. It has been 12 years since my last biology class. This course was very well presented and organized in a way that made it easier to remember.
No comment
I can't think of anything specific.
I learned how biology affects us as a society, which also applies to my major and thesis, as I look at the interaction between science and society.
having completed bio 171 and currently taking 172 I was able to see how 101 would have sufficiently prepared me for those classes
Just a broader perspective on Biology.
Learned more about stem cell research and genetically modified foods.
I learned that things are a lot worst than I though, and that I will try harder at helping out the environment and our society.
knowledge of scientific skills and processes
the broad range of topics helped me to be better informed about certain issues.
not much. I knew many of the topics from high school biology.
I personally did not get much from the course, however I did get my mind refreshed with basic biology.
Through Domnica-Daita Serghi's enthusiastic instruction, I further understood the mysteries of biology.
It helps me understand what danger our native plants and animals are in. It motivates me to conserve our extinct species and probably save the resources that we need.
more understanding.
I liked the genetics unit and the unit on blood. Those were the units that were the most useful and got me thinking and asking questions about my own genetic history which was quite useful. Thank you!
I think that overall, her personality and love of the subject is obvious. However, trying to teach her students the same love that she has, was difficult for her. She didn't present information as inspiring as she had viewed it. I do however think that is a teaching ability that can be improved.
broader understanding of biology and society and how they are effected by each other.
This course allowed me to learn Biology more in-depth. It also helped me to be more aware about some environmental and social problems that are occurring now.
Being more careful about the things that I buy, because it could directly affect the environment.
A lot of very useful information relating to biology
The only thing that wil benefit me, is that it will refreshen what I already know about biology because I have a lot of prior knowledge of the subject.
10. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 38 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (8%) 5 (13%) 19 (50%) 11 (29%)
11. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.92 38 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (8%) 6 (16%) 20 (53%) 9 (24%)
12. The instructor defined new terms, concepts, and principles.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.05 37 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (24%) 17 (46%) 11 (30%)
13. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.89 37 0.88 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (5%) 10 (27%) 15 (41%) 10 (27%)
14. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.97 38 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 10 (26%) 16 (42%) 11 (29%)
15. The instructor clearly stated at the beginning of the semester the objectives of the course and requirements.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.31 36 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (17%) 13 (36%) 17 (47%)
16. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.24 38 0.68 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (13%) 19 (50%) 14 (37%)
17. The instructor spoke clearly and audibly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.84 38 1.03 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 2 (5%) 11 (29%) 12 (32%) 12 (32%)
18. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.08 38 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (26%) 15 (39%) 13 (34%)
19. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.11 38 0.89 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 7 (18%) 16 (42%) 14 (37%)
20. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.03 38 1.03 Freq(%) 2 (5%) 0 (0%) 7 (18%) 15 (39%) 14 (37%)
21. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
more interesting ways to keep students involved. clicker was used only for attendance after a few weeks.
You should provide handouts of the lecture and go over it with the class while doing powerpoint. Don't make the powerpoint so long. And the tests are ridiculous!!! Why have them so long?? The material is hard enough already and you make the tests too broad and difficult for just a bio 101 class. Don't think so deeply. And provide study guides, because trust me, your students need all the help they can get.
She did a great job teaching this course. Because this was a large, basic intro class, it is hard to interact with the material until the end of larger units. If there is a chance for more interaction or discussion it would be more engaging but this is a hard class to do this with if it is still as large as it is. Also, a project may be nice, to expand and apply the information as well as enabling us to meet other students in the class. But given the size and level of this class, she did an amazing job.
Less online quizzes
The only suggestion that I have would be more class participation. This is hard to achieve especially in the 100 level, but I think more questions directed to individuals rather than the class would benefit everyone.
No comment
I liked pretty much everything about it. It was just hard for her to get all of her discussions done as well as she wanted to because most of the class did not want to participate.
No suggestions.
More clear test questions
even though the videos were a nice touch to the lass I feel there were too much, maybe if 1-2 videos were omitted that would make the class a bit better
I think she doesn't need any improvement in her teaching. She is doing perfectly well as an instructor.
I personally felt a couple of the topics went a little too in depth for a 101 course that is required for science majors.
She could plan out how much time she spends on certain slides so that she doesn't have to miss some slides.
more hands on tasks
I didn't feel like the course required a lot of effort so I didn't put a lot of effort in.
i don't see much to be improved.
I believe that Domnica-Daita Serghi did an exquisite job in teaching the class everything she had to teach for the course. I do not think that she needs any improvements in teaching the course.
She can make the final exam online and open notes.
less homework.
She does not need to offer so much extra credit to students. It gives them the opportunity to not do the homework if they can do the extra credit which does not stimulate learning.
I think that narrowing down the subject matter to fit the available time for the class was difficult for her to do. Class plans and objectives, I think, need to be re-evaluated and lessened to become more effective and time efficient.
I feel that the lectures went a little to fast for learning in class. It was a good thing the powerpoints were available online though.
Incorporate more class activities and stronger supplements of homework.
Maybe serve ice cold beverages and baked goods every class would be nice
I just wish that she would not read directly off of the power points, we see it and can read it for ourselves. I wish she would elaborate and espand on each points rather than reading them off the power point.
22. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.76 38 0.88 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (8%) 11 (29%) 16 (42%) 8 (21%)
23. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.7 37 1.05 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 3 (8%) 12 (32%) 11 (30%) 10 (27%)
24. Audiovisual materials (or computers) were adequate and used appropriately.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.11 37 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (24%) 15 (41%) 13 (35%)
25. Examinations cover the important aspects of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.16 37 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 4 (11%) 20 (54%) 12 (32%)
26. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.34 38 0.81 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 5 (13%) 12 (32%) 20 (53%)
27. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
Teacher was well organized and prepared.
I liked the fact that the things we were learning were applicable or related to the worold we live in today. It was applied to life now and relevent to reality. It was clear and concise with detail but not so much so as to confuse. The teacher did an amazing job and the class made sense and was fun. The things we learned are important for the world we live in, not random biology that no one cares about. The lessons we can take out of the lectures can be applied to us, not just some idea that will never be used again.
Using the I-Clicker
I enjoyed the assignments. All of the homeworks were interesting and sometimes fun. But more importantly they really put into perspective the concepts learned for the lecture(s).
No comment
I liked that the midterms were online and the fact that we were given ample time to finish.
The interplay between science and its actual effects on people and communities.
The learning of GMO.
genetics and biofood
I liked that we got to review the slide shows after lectures so that we could review the course material.
simple and straightforward
It was an easy filler course that met requirements and didn't require a lot of time
i liked the use of the iclickers as attendance.
Personally, I appreciated the videos the best, given that I am a visual learner. However, the lectures were not boring, and the course material was always interesting.
I loved that we do quizzes online and it is open notes. It really helped me to get a good grade in the class.I also liked using the iClicker. (: Putting the powerpoints online was very helpful as well.
power points.
I liked the iclicker because it got us more involved and I feel that we should have used it more often in classes so that it was more than an attendance tool.
Lecture notes, and in-class assignment I think worked best (i.e iclicker and group assignments
I liked that our exams were quizzes where we could use our notes, and do on our own time, i also liked how she had us interact in the lectures by answering multiple questions with our iclickers
I like how the professor tried to make the topics relate back to the students. That way, it showed us that we are all affected by all world matters.
Carbon footprint, anything about animal communities and how they affect one another in a population
I liked the Iclicker its so nasty
To be honest, I'm kind of neutral. It wasn't entirely terrible nor was it excellent; right in the middle.
28. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.0 38 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 8 (21%) 19 (50%) 10 (26%)
29. Other comments:
Don't spend so much time on powerpoints. And not everyone is knowlegable about biology, that is why we are taking the class. Explain clearer, and don't shut down students when they try to answer. That is the reason why no one answers.
I was very impressed with Dr. Serghi. She is a wonderful and professional instructor. She is very knowledgeable, and the one time I remember that she didn't know the answer to a question that was asked; she shot out an email to everyone that afternoon with the answer. That shows a level of dedication that this school needs more of. She is a fine assest to the University. And get the poor woman some parking on campus so she doesn't need to run from the structure everyday!
None
no commemt
did not entirely enjoy the complete essay exams
No comments.
Is pretty much what should be expected for a 101 class.
My sincere thanks goes out to Domnica-Daita Serghi for her admirable efforts to give me a better understanding of Biology.
none (:
I think Overall the Professor was averagely good, and has potential to be great. Her friendly attitude, and respect towards her students are among her best qualities. She often gives extra credit oppurtunities, and help needed outside of class. I think possible solutions she can consider to improve her teaching abilities are creating better lectures that are limited to time contraints, creating a learning objective outline in the begining of ch slides for student to understand what is going on before divining into the lecture, and creating better examples that can get her students involved in the lecture.
I wish we used the iclicker a little more since I bought it especially for this class. I wanted to make the price worth while, even if I will use it for other classes too.

Domnica-Daita Serghi: BIOL124, Fall 2010     Back to top

Campus: Leeward Community College Department: Natural Sciences
Course: BIOL 124 - Environment & Ecology Crn (Section): 51722 (0)    
1. I developed greater awareness of societal problems.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 14 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 6 (43%) 7 (50%)
2. My opinions about some topics changed because of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.07 14 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (29%) 5 (36%) 5 (36%)
3. I learned more in this course than I expected to learn.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 14 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 5 (36%) 7 (50%)
4. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the course?
Online assignments, hands on field trips, in class debate
I have learned a lot, and I learned a lot of things about our enviornment that never thought to cross my mind before. I look at life a whole lot differetly ow.
There is a variety of topics covered. The course is multi-dimensional.
i really enjoyed the service learning projects. they were very fun and imformative. made me feel good about giving back to the enviroment!
The material is presented in such a way that it is very easy to understand, and leaves very few questions about it.
I found the Field trip was more valuable because we got to help save endangered plants.
made me more aware of the environment around me
The Saturday morning trips to help the environment.
The pertinence of the material taught and how relevant it is with all that's going on in the world.
The issues that were previously unknown to me are now things that i have a lot of interest in.
Learning about how we are poisoning the Earth, and how we as a community can help change that.
The awareness towards environmental problems. They're real life problems that directly effect everyone.
Learning Service
The course was not as in depth as I expected it to be but it was informative nonetheless. I actually learned something, and that's valuable in itself.
5. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the course?
Group projects, many did not participate or even come to class
there wasn't anything that was not valuable, but the most valuable i'd have to say would be learning about the way our environment works.
If the debate was organized better I feel it would be more helpful. The points were all valuable, but it was altogether chaotic. Not the instructor's fault.
too long powerpoints
The group projects worked against me as I keep very busy with school and work. The good thing about that, was that there was only one major project so far.
Nothing. Everything was A Day I Learned Something New.
nothing
I disagree with some of the material in the class, because I feel some of the material isn't accurate.
The sheer volume of material taught. I think it's too much. It would be better to have less material and more time to cover the topics for a more thorough understanding.
The long lectures.
The text book was pretty expensive and we rarely used it.
I consider everything I learned in this class to be valuable information.
Group presentation
The lectures were every single day and I prefer a class with a bit of teaching variety. The slides were informative but they were more of a crutch. It's just a harder way for me to learn.
6. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 14 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (43%) 8 (57%)
7. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 14 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (14%) 11 (79%)
8. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 14 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 6 (43%) 7 (50%)
9. The instructor clearly stated at the beginning of the semester the objectives of the course and requirements.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 14 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 4 (29%) 9 (64%)
10. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 14 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 4 (29%) 9 (64%)
11. Work requirements and grading system were clear from the beginning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.54 13 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (46%) 7 (54%)
12. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.54 13 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (46%) 7 (54%)
13. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
she's already great !
Continue in the manner that she currently teaches.
remind daily about online assignments
All of the material was presented very clearly, and the book felt a bit useless. Maybe by announcing that the book wouldn't be necessary would save the students a bit of money.
To much power point. It gets kinda boring once in a while. I think you should mix it up here and there.
she did a really good job
Have a couple more Staurday trips.
I personally learn more by watching the You Tube clips. Show more of those...
By having more hands on projects.
I'm not sure.
simple lecture
She's a wonderful teacher, but she's too smart to teach ecology. That was obvious from day 1.
14. Assignments are relevant to what is presented in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 13 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (38%) 8 (62%)
15. Student presentations significantly contribute to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.08 13 0.86 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 7 (54%) 4 (31%)
16. Reading assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.69 13 0.95 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 5 (38%) 4 (31%) 3 (23%)
17. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.85 13 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (38%) 5 (38%) 3 (23%)
18. The field trips were useful learning experiences.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.54 13 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 4 (31%) 8 (62%)
19. Examinations cover the important aspects of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 12 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 6 (50%) 5 (42%)
20. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.46 13 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (54%) 6 (46%)
21. Other comments:
I'd reccomened you as a teacher to anyone !
None.
i had fun in this class, thank you
Was a great class, stimulated my mind, and made me more insightful of the environmental impacts we humans have had on the Earth.
Thank you for a great semester, Ms Domnica-Daita Serghi.
The masteringenvironmentalscience.com website should link up more in vocabulary usage and lessons taught on the slides and in the book. I learned more in class than I did during any homework assignment.

Domnica-Daita Serghi: BIOL407, Fall 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Biology
Course: BIOL 407 - Molecular Biology Crn (Section): 79686 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
4.5 4 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 0 (0%) 3 (75%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (75%) 1 (25%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 4 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (50%) 2 (50%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (75%) 1 (25%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (67%) 1 (33%)
7. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 4 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (50%) 2 (50%)
8. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the course?
I though reading the papers was useful and presented a more 'real world' way of seeing Molecular Biology in action.
The small class size was the most helpful. I had an easier time learning because of this. I loved the in class discussions that we used to have.
The powerpoints were really helpful... Having diagrams that weren't in the book was nice.
The instructor is very knowledgeable about the field of molecular biology.
9. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 4 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (50%) 2 (50%)
10. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (75%) 1 (25%)
11. The instructor defined new terms, concepts, and principles.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 4 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (50%) 2 (50%)
12. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 4 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (50%) 2 (50%)
13. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 4 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (50%) 2 (50%)
14. The instructor clearly stated at the beginning of the semester the objectives of the course and requirements.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (75%) 1 (25%)
15. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 4 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (50%) 2 (50%)
16. The instructor spoke clearly and audibly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (75%) 1 (25%)
17. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 4 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (100%)
18. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 4 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (100%) 0 (0%)
19. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%) 0 (0%)
20. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Maybe at times be alittle more organized. Although I know it was hard since she was assigned to teach this course 2 weeks before the course started.
Could go more in depth on some of the topics.
21. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 4 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (50%) 2 (50%)
22. Audiovisual materials (or computers) were adequate and used appropriately.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 4 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (50%) 2 (50%)
23. Examinations cover the important aspects of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 4 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (50%) 2 (50%)
24. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
25. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
Reading the papers, and having my peers present them.
I liked the oral presentations in this course.
The lectures
The best parts were when the lecture was related to current technologies (for example, the Glowing Zebrafish). The student presentations were interesting also.
26. What changes would you make in the lectures?
A few more animations to get key points across.
Nothing, I like the discussion style setting.
27. What changes would you make in the writing assignments?
I thought the writing assignment was a useful exercise, and very reasonable. I don't think any changes need to made to it.
None
They were challenging, but I guess thats good, so I wouldn't change them.
28. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.5 4 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (50%) 2 (50%)
29. Other comments:
Overall, I enjoyed this course, and I definately learned a lot about a subject I would not otherwise have known. I think for being the first time this course was taught by this instructor it went exceptionally well and I felt challenged without it being too hard. That being said, I did think the level of work required to do well in the course was a little heavier than I would have anticipated for a 400-level lecture based course. However, though it was a lot of work, I didn't feel like any of it was wasted or unnecessary, so I'm not sure what could/should be trimmed.
Dr. Serghi demonstrated a passion for teaching and learning biology. She was very understanding and always willing to help those in need. If she did not know an answer to a question, the next day she would be prepared to answer it. Overall, a very good teacher but a little disorganized at times. However, if able to continue teaching I would defintely take one of her classes again.