eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Kasey Barton

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BOT420, Spring 2014
BOT420, Spring 2013
BOT410, Spring 2012
BOT410L, Spring 2012
BOT470, Spring 2011
BOT470L, Spring 2011
BOT410, Spring 2010

Kasey Barton: BOT420, Spring 2014

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Botany
Course: BOT 420 - Plant Form and Function Crn (Section): 86761 (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  
3.8 5 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 4 (80%) 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  
2.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 5 (100%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (100%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (100%)
6. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 5 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 4 (80%)
7. The instructor presented concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (100%)
8. Assignments and assessments in this course were related to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (100%)
9. What did you like best about the course?
The learning experience
The use of easy to understand figures and wonderful pictures of plants and their anatomy. There was always something really interesting in every lecture. The paper discussions brought new ideas and connections to the class and made us students think critically like real scientists. I also liked the how small the class was since it gave us more opportunity to interact with the professor. The lab was very enjoyable since I like to work with my hands and connect it to what we learned in class by seeing it with our very own eyes.
Emphasis on applicable knowledge and not on tedious memorization of terminology
Wow, there were soooo many things I loved about this class. If I had to pick one area in particular, I would say that Kasey has a way of explaining concepts that are usually very difficult to grasp. Where the book left off, Dr. Barton picked up and highlighted areas to focus on. There are so many intricacies involved in the physiology of plants that one can be overwhelmed at times. Dr. Barton had a way of clarifying convoluted subject matter.
10. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
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Hard to say, I'm not an expert; she might be:)
It seems like a lot of info for one semester and I understand that this class was originally two semesters but it is too bad that some topics have to be left out to fit everything. I also noticed that our lab would go over the scheduled time and so maybe the lab should be scheduled a longer time or have less problems.
The organization and workload was just right. I like it the way it is.
Nothing really, if I had to suggest something...extra credit opportunities?
11. Effective use of demonstrations, models, or visual aids
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
5.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (100%)
12. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 5 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 4 (80%)
13. I developed enthusiasm about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (100%)
14. One real strength of this course is the classroom discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 5 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 0 (0%) 4 (80%)
15. Any comments about the TA?
He was literally the best TA ever.
Jason was an incredible and knowledgeable guide!
Jason was a wealth of knowledge and seemed to know the material very well. He was very helpful and easy to talk to.
Very helpful, friendly and informative.
Jason is an AMAZING TA; I would say the best ever, but I don't want to hurt any feelings out there. His knowledge and enthusiasm on the subject matter is infectious. I would love it if he could stick around UH Manoa and teach more of my classes, but alas, UH policies...sigh...
16. The laboratory was a valuable part of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (100%)
17. Examinations cover the important aspects of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (100%)
18. Other comments:
Microscopes Are In NEED of Replacement!!!!
I learned a ton of things from this class and I'm glad I took it.
Great class; I highly recommend to anyone interested in how plants really function as sentient beings in the world.

Kasey Barton: BOT420, Spring 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Botany
Course: BOT 420 - Plant Form and Function Crn (Section): 88586 (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  
4.22 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (78%) 2 (22%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 6 (67%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 9 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 2 (22%) 6 (67%)
6. The instructor presented concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 7 (78%)
7. Assignments and assessments in this course were related to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 9 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (44%) 5 (56%)
8. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Don't have labs on days when we are to be doing project research. I'm not sure what could have been done, but the amount of enthusiasm that I have and was inspired towards for the subject was somehow not matched by the amount I learned. I would have rather if we did group brainstorms about research ideas and approaches than just paper discussions, or the project. Hearing research ideas and recent discoveries to go with the material is eye opening and the thought that it inspires needs to be explored at the time the circuits are firing.
Please don't have paper discussions the same day as large assignments or quizzes. This is too much information for us to process in one day. Also, one of quizzes it seemed unclear to the students how much detail we were supposed to know.
The course could be improved by separating discussion days from quiz days. This was very problematic since everyone would want to study more for the quiz than reading a paper for discussion.
Encourage more discussion or exercises that display mastery of the subject matter so that everyone understands what is being taught instead of having it be completely based upon time spent studying powerpoints. Listening to powerpoint after powerpoint after powerpoint can be draining (especially when you have already taken Plant Anatomy which is essentially the exact same course). Overall, Kasey Barton was very helpful and willing to meet with students to help with projects or understanding the material.
Lecture, for the most part, is pretty solid. Easy to follow and very informative. I had a few issues with the lab though. See bellow.
I think that the topics of photosynthesis (how it actually works with the z-scheme, formation of products) and signal transduction pathways are difficult to tackle and maybe could be simplified or have activities in lab to further understand them, or something...
Fewer discussion papers, and not on the day of the quizzes. Why not double up with a lecture on those days? Discussion papers also don't need such a long time to discuss; if students are given an actual part of the paper to discuss they'll be able to form thoughts about it sooner, rather than the entire class remaining silent for five minutes.
9. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 6 (67%)
10. I developed the ability to communicate clearly about this subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.11 9 1.05 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 3 (33%) 4 (44%)
11. I developed the ability to carry out original research in this area.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.11 9 1.05 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 3 (33%) 4 (44%)
12. I developed enthusiasm about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.11 9 1.36 Freq(%) 1 (11%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 2 (22%) 5 (56%)
13. I participated actively in class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 9 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 3 (33%) 5 (56%)
14. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.11 9 0.93 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 0 (0%) 5 (56%) 3 (33%)
15. Any comments about the TA?
He was enthusiastic, helpful, and knowledgable with alot of patience.
Jason was a good TA. He did a good job explaining concepts, working with students, and finding plant examples. Sometimes, we felt rushed to complete lab.
The TA was very helpful and demonstrated knowledge of the course content. The TA helped out a lot with the labs and projects.
Jason was always very helpful and made sure everyone understood how to complete the lab exercises and be prepared for the practical.
Very supportive, put forth a lot of effort, and easy to communicate with.
good job!
Great job
Jason was very helpful with answering questions in lab
16. The laboratory was a valuable part of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 9 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 2 (22%) 5 (56%)
17. Exams are reasonable in length and difficulty.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 9 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 5 (56%) 3 (33%)
18. What changes would you make in the lectures?
Kasey does a great job.
I really enjoyed lectures. Sometimes Kasey has a bit too much information on her slides so people are reading and listening to her at the same time.
Break into mini groups during discussions. Do more class activities so that students could all participate and earn participation points.
Possibly incorporating something other than powerpoints could help to get students engaged. I liked the exercise of giving everyone a card with an Element on it and putting them into categories based on their function in plants.
More critical thinking. Not just in scientific paper discussions. Ask more conceptual questions during slides. Allowing students to become passive not only makes the material feel less interesting, but also inhibits retention.
Maybe more clearly identifying important points in lectures that we will be tested on, especially if its something that needs to be memorized.
Tests and paper discussions should not be on the same day. It's overload for the student leading the discussion.
19. How can the laboratory be improved?
There has to be a way to improve the lab.
Sometimes our lab felt rushed. Instead of having the time to explore in our dissections, we felt rushed to get through the worksheet.
The lab does not need any improvement.
encouraging group work and tasks instead of having everyone just sit and make slides.
Allow for joint student research experiments. Performing research on my own left me limited in both time and resources, which limited the scope of my experiment. Allowing multiple students to work on one experiment could greatly improve the depth and scale of their research, making it feel more significant and improving student motivation.
More days to work on the project.
Lab was good
20. Other comments:
I really liked this course, especially the independent research. It's too bad some of the lecture topics were at the end of the semester, so people did not do research on those topics. It was difficult to stay on top of the discussion papers and quiz materials because they were on the same day.
So far, the class is interesting and it was a good semester!
The paper discussions were downright boring. Often times the instructor would say "So who actually read this paper?" implying that no one read it, but in reality everyone probably read it. Having a discussion about something that simply has no potential for interest outside of a small number of scientists who were probably cited in the paper or specialize on the topic, is unlikely to yield a lively discussion. In a prior course I had taken in the botany department (Plant animal interactions) when we discussed papers we broke into smaller groups of 3-5 people, discussed the paper and then re organized as one group and discussed what we talked about. I felt that this led to better results because people would feel more comfortable discussing the papers (which they may have had trouble with understanding) in smaller groups instead of with the entire class/instructors all focusing on them at once. Overall good course

Kasey Barton: BOT410, Spring 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Botany
Course: BOT 410 - Plant Anatomy Crn (Section): 88532 (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  
4.0 6 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 4 (67%) 1 (17%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 2 (29%) 5 (71%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 5 (71%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
6. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 7 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 2 (29%) 4 (57%)
7. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 7 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 1 (14%) 5 (71%)
8. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The integration of the physiological aspects into the material on anatomy.
The powerpoint presentations were put together well and easy to follow.
I found that when I made slides from cross sections and was able to have a conversation with one of the instructors about what I saw, I retained much more of what I had learned. I also found paper publication discussions very valuable and would suggest that a class discussion during lab with a similar format would also be helpful.
Powerpoints were really helpful and having a quiz after every main section helped my understanding
During busy weeks, having the upcoming schedule in the powerpoints was VERY helpful. I also enjoyed seeing the titles of relevant works in powerpoint slides, and getting to read articles about topics.
I enjoyed the project because it gave me an appreciation of the amount of work that goes into publications as well as the discussions even though I felt like most of them were a bit boring, It was still a valuable tool to communicate efficiently in the scientific community.
The lab since it allowed us to personally visualize the structures we were learning
9. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Specific examples used to describe variability and differences in plant anatomy. I felt knowing that a trait isn't present across the board would have sufficed, rather than bringing up a specific scientific article in a power point.
Although I enjoyed having the papers and reading through them, the discussion was probably the least valuable part of the course (for students at least). Although it is a method of determining participation, we were all waiting to hear what you would say, Kasey!
I felt as though the quizzes did very little to reinforce key concepts, It seemed like the questions on the quizzes that were worth the most points were the specific facts that had little to do with the overlying concept in each lecture.
The write ups on the discussion papers
10. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
Don't have a quiz and a paper discussion scheduled for the same day. While students should be reading the papers further in advance than the night before, that doesn't change the fact that work loads from other classes can sometimes force this to be the case. Choosing between studying for a quiz and preparing for a discussion is an easy decision when discussion participation counts less towards one's final grade.
More videos or modern media, such as using videos or interactive web sites from organizations such as National Geographic or NOVA. News articles might be helpful as well.
Having quizzes and papers on the same day was very difficult, especially if you are a discussion leader on the day when there is a quiz. Not only are you preparing for your discussion, but you also have to review the slides that will be on the quiz. Even people who aren't leading discussion are more likely to study for the quiz than prepare something to say for the discussion, even though we all really want to contribute something. Also, 15 min for the quizzes made it difficult to finish in time, even when quizzes were shortened. In my opinion, having a quiz on a day other than Friday wouldn't hurt grades...maybe on days when quizzes and discussions might be together, move the quiz to the day before or after (letting students know within a reasonable amount of time, of course).
I think it would have been beneficial to begin the projects from the start and integrate some time in each lab period to relate that weeks subject to our individual projects.
Your teaching style is good and content covered in class seemed comprehensive.
11. The laboratory was a valuable part of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
12. Other comments:
I felt that at times you were a bit passive aggressive, specifically in your disapproval of poor discussion sessions and in regards to some of the issues students had with their research projects. While this doesn't have any significant effect on learning the course material, I think it can make it harder for some students to connect with you.
Dr. Barton is a great teacher. She is effective in communicating with the class and is very enthusiastic about plant anatomy. I like that she goes through the lessons repeating and reiterating important concepts more than once. It helps a lot in learning the subject. She is one of the best teachers I've had at UH.
Powerpoints were SO NICE and lectures flowed seamlessly. The course was really organized and a great learning experience, and I really enjoyed it.
Having the quizzes (which are worth a greater percentage of the grade) the same day as discussions resulted in a situation where few people would read the papers because in terms of grade percentage it was the less important assignment.I think this could have been solved by having discussions take place the first 15 minutes of lab instead of Friday (when attendance was typically less).

Kasey Barton: BOT410L, Spring 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Botany
Course: BOT 410L - Plant Anatomy Laboratory Crn (Section): 88533 (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  
3.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%) 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  
1.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 6 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 1 (17%) 4 (67%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 6 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 1 (17%) 4 (67%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 0 (0%) 5 (83%)
6. Other comments:
I think it would have been beneficial to begin the projects from the start and integrate some time in each lab period to relate that weeks subject to our individual projects. Jason was very helpful in lab and willing to take time to explain what we were looking at, I felt as though it would have been beneficial to have more demonstrations instead of just drawing cross sections over and over again. Im sure its been said a thousand times this semester but it was terribly disappointing to not have the cryotome functioning when everyone was so genuinely excited to use it(and even more disappointing how quickly the prospect of fixing it was given up on and blamed on University bureaucracy)
Great review for microscopy techniques. Really useful for having the time to complete our projects, and to see a good variation of cell types, plant tissues, etc. Great lab!
Jason did a fine job TAing and was very approachable and helpful. He was knowledgeable in most subjects but was willing to admit when he didn't know something and would try to find an answer immediately when feasible. I would agree that he demonstrated knowledge of course content, fulfilled the goals of the course, and strongly agree that he communicated effectively.

Kasey Barton: BOT470, Spring 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Botany
Course: BOT 470 - Plant Physiology Crn (Section): 88738 (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  
3.91 11 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 10 (91%) 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 11 0.47 Freq(%) 3 (27%) 8 (73%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 11 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 10 (91%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 11 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 2 (18%) 8 (73%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 11 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 9 (82%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 11 0.93 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 8 (73%)
7. I developed the ability to carry out original research in this area.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.64 11 1.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (27%) 2 (18%) 2 (18%) 4 (36%)
8. I developed enthusiasm about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.64 11 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (45%) 5 (45%) 1 (9%)
9. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.09 11 1.04 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 2 (18%) 3 (27%) 5 (45%)
10. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 11 1.03 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 1 (9%) 2 (18%) 7 (64%)
11. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
powerpoints available on laulima helped, as well as study guides for the exams!
I really enjoyed the plant secondary chemistry section of the class, but other than that I didn't feel like I got much out of it for reasons stated below.
I love the research project in the lab. The lectures and powerpoints are very comprehensive and help a lot when studying. I like that she emphasizes the concepts and encourages us to answer questions that let us use all of our knowledge from the course, not just random topics.
12. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
i would prefer study guides be available sooner
Dr. Paull's teaching abilities. Way too much material presented at one time and expected to know in detail.
Dr. Paull's lectures.
13. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
She's great and very open on helping students. Her attitude makes the classroom atmosphere a bit brighter.
very good instructor. communicates concepts very well, in a way students can understand and grasp them.
Awesome instructor and person. Very intelligent. Communicates clearly and effectively.
Kasey is an extremely well organized lecturer. She presented the conceptual basis of the topics covered very clearly-and made it clear what we would be held responsible for on exams. She also supported the concepts with examples from the literature and research that has been done, which helped to contextualize the concepts. Overall, I found Kasey's teaching methods to be excellent.
She is good at giving lectures and using PowerPoint.
However, Kasey is a great professor. She should teach the entire course herself. Her lectures are easy to understand, interesting to listen to, and the exams cover what she covers in lecture. Dr. Paulls lectures are very unclear and difficult to understand.
Kasey cares about her students and explains material in an effective way. Her study guides were thoughtful and helpful.
I was in her plant anatomy course too and she is seriously one of my favorite teachers in the botany department. She is super knowledgeable and has an incredible interest in physiology that makes the students interested as well. Her passion for the subject is contagious. My overall grade for this teacher is an A++
14. The laboratory was a valuable part of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
2.7 10 1.57 Freq(%) 3 (30%) 2 (20%) 2 (20%) 1 (10%) 2 (20%)
15. My overall evaluation of this course is...
fair; a lot of room for improvement in terms of organizing materials to be available to students online. gained a better respect for plants!
More work and more difficult than I had anticipated.
The lab was not well organized and it often felt as if there were not really the materials or facilities necessary to carry out many of the labs. The result of these conditions were that the lab did not succeed in illustrating the concepts covered in class. I often felt as if I was wasting my time in this lab.
Too much molecularly detailed information in a vey short time. This is mostly reflected in Dr. Paul's portion of the class.
This class is very unorganized. Communication between TA, professors, and students is very poor.
Kasey is a great instructor, challenging but not ridiculous. Dr. Paull did everyone a huge dis-service. I did not enjoy the co-teaching and thought it was detrimental to the learning process. Material was covered a mile a minute. I feel like I didn't really get to learn anything because I was too busy trying to memorize material instead of really letting it sink in, which is why I answered "disagree" to #9. It was just too much, especially with other classes. I'm a good student, I get all A's and B's but I just couldn't seem to do well in this class and I attribute it to the overwhelming amount of material presented and expected to know per test.
Lecture: Get rid of Dr. Paull and it would be a great course. On Kasey's end, the course was great. On Dr. Paull's end, the course was horrible. Kasey is more than knowledgeable to teach this course on her own. Dr. Paull is unnecessary. Lab: Other than the research project, I really did not like the lab. Since this is soon to be an anatomy and physiology course, I recommend using some of the activities form the anatomy lab, those were much more rewarding. Definitely need to work out some kinks.
16. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
dual instructors should communicate more effectively with each other in terms of material covered.
Do not have it taught by multiple professors. Material would be more clear, consistent, and coherent if taught by one person.
Focus on how environment effect physiology more.
The lab could be more organized with more coordination between the teachers running it. The teachers could also ask more questions tying the labs in with the concepts-instead of just having us run through the motions of doing a lab.
One professor to be consistent with teachings.
It should either be split into 2 semesters, have more tests or more graded assignments, cover less material per test.
1. Get rid of Dr. Paull. 2. Improve the lab. 3. I wasn't a huge fan of the textbook, it went too in depth about the cell and molecular biology side of things. Consider getting another textbook since cell and molecular biology or organic chemistry are not prerequisites for this course.
17. Other comments:
This course was co-taught by Kasey Barton (Botany) and Dr. Robert Paull (TPSS). This tag team method was not very effective for me in this course. The professors had very different teaching styles (aka Kasey teaches and Dr. Paull listens to his own voice). I really learned a lot from Kasey and I thrived under her teaching style, not so much under Dr. Paull. I think that it should be reassessed whether this course actually needs to be taught by two professors. I understand that it is cross-listed as a bot/tpss class but I've been in other cross-listed courses that only had one professor so I don't see the logic behind this arrangment for this class.
Kasey is a great instructor, challenging but not ridiculous. Dr. Paull did everyone a huge dis-service. I did not enjoy the co-teaching and thought it was detrimental to the learning process. Material was covered a mile a minute. I feel like I didn't really get to learn anything because I was too busy trying to memorize material instead of really letting it sink in, which is why I answered "disagree" to #9. It was just too much, especially with other classes. I'm a good student, I get all A's and B's but I just couldn't seem to do well in this class and I attribute it to the overwhelming amount of material presented and expected to know per test.

Kasey Barton: BOT470L, Spring 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Botany
Course: BOT 470L - Plant Physiology Laboratory Crn (Section): 88741 (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  
3.86 14 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 12 (86%) 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  
1.79 14 0.43 Freq(%) 3 (21%) 11 (79%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 14 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 5 (36%) 8 (57%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 14 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (21%) 4 (29%) 7 (50%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 14 1.15 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 3 (21%) 9 (64%)
6. Other comments:
This course was very interesting but there were too much high expectations for a required one credit lab and such a short amount of time to carry out the experiments/work. There was a lot of emphasis on having good writing skills for a proposal, methods/timeline, and research paper but not much explanation on how to go about doing it. This also applied to the expectations on statistics and data interpretation. This was challenging for many students especially because many did not have access or experience in statistics, data interpretation, and/or writing research papers. I felt that the expectations were unattainable because the only pre-requisite for this one credit lab was organic chemistry, and not statistics, etc. Also, there was such a high standard for students of many different levels of experience and skill.
The lab needs a lot of revisions. I'm sure you know that. Keep the research projects though. I think the research project is super rewarding. The research project needs a bit more guidance. For example, a list of available tools and materials would be nice so we could get a better idea of what is available to us. It was hard creating a methodology when I wasn't even sure I could do what I wanted to.
This is not for Kasey. This eval is for Maggie. Needs to be a more effective communicator and to be less confrontational. She was unapproachable during class to some students and very helpful to others. Demonstrations of equipment was not given to all but just select individual. This is a one credit lab, maybe it should be two.
The lab was kind of pointless. It could have been way better. I didn't really get much out of it, but I did enjoy doing my independent project.
Kasey did well in terms of being able to help students in lab. Instructions were NOT always clear. Rubrics were not always given in order to inform students about what was expected of them. To assign a final individual research project at the start of the semester was difficult for many non-botany major undergrads, especially since there was no previous botany pre-requisite class. Struggled to find a topic that integrated a specific aspect of plant physiology. Maybe assigning feasable topics might be better? Grading was inconsistent since it alternated between instructor and TA, making it hard to determine in what way work should be done-grading should be consistent throughout so that students can improve with from day 1. Comments on the TA (for lack of TA evaluation): TA was sometimes rude when giving feedback to students. She was unapproachable at times, which made it hard to ask for help and structural criticism.
The TA was rude to many students, multiple times in front of the class.
Kasey Barton is an excellent teacher. I feel that she knew all her material and subject matter and was enthusiastic enough to draw the rest of the class into her lectures. Her powerpoints were extremely clear and the questions on her half of the test were fair. She always helped anyone who needed help during class or lab. I am new to the botany program, and this class is extremely difficult, but i enjoyed it and am interested.

Kasey Barton: BOT410, Spring 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Botany
Course: BOT 410 - Plant Anatomy Crn (Section): 88444 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.72 18 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (28%) 13 (72%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.41 17 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 6 (35%) 9 (53%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.39 18 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 6 (33%) 10 (56%)
4. I learned a good deal of factual material in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.61 18 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 5 (28%) 12 (67%)
5. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 18 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (50%) 9 (50%)
6. I learned to identify main points and central issues in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.39 18 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 9 (50%) 8 (44%)
7. I developed creative ability in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.06 18 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (28%) 7 (39%) 6 (33%)
8. I developed the ability to communicate clearly about this subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.94 18 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (28%) 9 (50%) 4 (22%)
9. I developed the ability to carry out original research in this area.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.28 18 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (17%) 7 (39%) 8 (44%)
10. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.11 18 0.96 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 10 (56%) 6 (33%)
11. I developed enthusiasm about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.94 17 1.03 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 8 (47%) 5 (29%)
12. I developed plans to take additional related courses.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.39 18 1.29 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 4 (22%) 5 (28%) 3 (17%) 5 (28%)
13. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.39 18 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 9 (50%) 8 (44%)
14. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.06 18 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (17%) 11 (61%) 4 (22%)
15. I performed up to my potential in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.78 18 1.11 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (17%) 4 (22%) 5 (28%) 6 (33%)
16. I generally understood the material presented in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 18 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (67%) 6 (33%)
17. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 18 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 10 (56%) 7 (39%)
18. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the course?
The powerpoint lectures were easy to follow along with. Also the notes page that was put up to help study was a good idea.
Awesome power point presentations and the audio files were extremely helpful- dont change it!
Lab is critical for looking at and identifying things talked about in lecture; also posted lecture slides and audio on laulima is AWESOME
I liked the power points, and the images were very helpful
i really appreciated that Dr. Barton recorded her lectures. It helped to hear the material and concepts again just incase i wasnt sure the first time. Weekly quizes helped. She really thought about the syllabus and stuck to it, which i appreciated her being organized. Labs were also informative.
Learning about plant anatomy in the context of research today and relativity to other fields.
having the powerpoints and lecture audios online
Instructor was very helpful and approachable. Material covered was also appropriate for a 400 level class. Weekly quizzes were helpful and I prefer those instead of one or two midterm exams. I also appreciate that lectures are posted online. I also like the idea that the lab and lecture earn the same grade.
The lecture slides were very good and helped me to learn. Also the note layouts posted on laulima helped to direct my studying.
online ppts,audio files, and final research project
Lecture Presentations
being that i'm going into botany, this class is going to be helpful in future classes
I like the research project at the end. It really helped to bring all of the concepts together
going over powerpoints in class and having powerpoints available for download
The weekly quizzes and discussions. It's nice to know that our course grade doesn't depend solely on 2 exams.
Presentation of the information made learning plant anatomy easy. Labs were extremely helpful.
19. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the course?
difficult to get help when working on independant project. teacher was stuck in europe (not her fault) and TA was very unhelpful
That Professor Barton did not explain what leading a discussion meant and many discussions were merely the leaders talking at us more, not asking us questions to stimulate conversation.
Research Projects
Often there was too much to write on the presentations, which makes it hard to focus on what's being said while feverishly writing before the slide changes. There just shouldn't be a paragraph or more of text on a single slide. Also, why make the quizzes so hard? It's not necessary to be tricky or overly challenging, or even to be quite so detail oriented. Focus on the main concepts, cause that's all we're going to remember in the long run anyway.
the small seedling project was a waste of time. That time could have been better used for a preliminary research project to our independent project, then in the end people would have a lot to talk about
Weekly paper discussions, although interesting, were not as helpful as the lectures. I enjoyed reading the papers but I felt that it was a bit of extra work. I also did not need to use the required text for the course.
the tests were to tricky and in-depth for a simple quiz. not enough time was given to do well on these types of short quizs.
i'm not sure
I did not like the weekly quizzes. I don't feel like I absorb as much with weekly quizzes since I don't take them as seriously, whereas with tests, I study and review extensively. I also feel as if the course needs to revisions. Dr. Barton is a promising teacher, but she strays too far from the topic. She tries to explain how what she's teaching relates to other fields to such an extent that I often feel more like I'm in a plant physiology or general botany course rather and a plant anatomy course. She needs to focus her material and go more in depth. For example, instead of just briefly telling us what trichomes are and focusing her lecture on why they're important in ethnobotany and ecology and such, she should say what trichomes are, the different types of trichomes, and if time, give some examples of applications in related fields. Too many tangents.
the first seedling project was unneccessary. Also i would have the weekly assignment readings be the actual articles that are cited in that weeks lectures...
Nothing.
20. The instructor gives clear explanations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 18 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 8 (44%) 9 (50%)
21. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 18 0.94 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 3 (17%) 5 (28%) 9 (50%)
22. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 18 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (50%) 9 (50%)
23. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 18 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (50%) 9 (50%)
24. The instructor was able to clarify difficult course topics.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 18 0.88 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 2 (11%) 7 (39%) 8 (44%)
25. The instructor spoke clearly and audibly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 18 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (44%) 10 (56%)
26. The instructor was enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.72 18 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (28%) 13 (72%)
27. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.11 18 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 2 (11%) 9 (50%) 6 (33%)
28. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
n/a
Going over quizzes after they are handed back- 10 minutes in the beginning of lab or when they are passed back. This would have cemented the material more.
see above
- be here for more classes during the semester - if class and lab is cancelled, email the students, as many of us live far away - aid students with their projects - lighten the work load, there were more discussions, quizzes, and projects than any other class i've ever taken. Towards the end of the semester quizzes were graded much harsher. We're punished for not writing enough information and then we're punished if we write a novel - throughout the semester quizzes were timed but some students got to sit across the hall and take their time??
I feel that the instructor did a good job provided that this was her first time teaching. Instructor may have tried to cover several aspects all at once, for instance lectures, quizzes, paper discussions, labs/lab practicals and reports but I felt that it was necessary in order to understand the concepts presented in the course and also because its a 400 level class.
the material is simple enough, but more time should be spent drafting the tests to suit the material. I felt like things were asked on quizzes that werent necessarily throughly discussed in the lecture. Many questions were inferences which I felt ill prepared to make given my limited experience with the subject matter.
Omit seedling project.
- A lot of students kept bringing up counterarguments to her points in lecture, which is understandable because not much in biology is absolute and there are always exceptions, but in these instances she would jump around with her explanations and try to explain both sides and ultimately confuse everyone with the overexplanation. Instead of this tactic of "devil's advocate" I feel she should just simply answer those questions with "Of course in botany, there are exceptions to everything, but generally and most commonly, these are the trends we see. If you'd like to talk in more detail, see me after class or in my office hours." - Focus on anatomy, not physiology or introductory topics. - If students have long questions off the topic of the lecture, instead of wasting class time letting them force them into a tangent, tell them to talk to you after class instead. - Don't let rude students bully you around. There were a couple super disrespectful students in this class. Its sort of ridiculous that they still act this way in college. Not Dr. Barton's fault, but she needs to approach them and handle it better.
get rid of the first seedling project. make the weekly quizzes on that weeks material, as opposed to the last weeks. it gets confusing having two lectures and a discussion/article on one weeks material and a quiz on the previous weeks stuff.
Having videos about plant anatomy makes learning that more fun.
29. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
n/a, shes very enthusiastic and engaging!
-Go over quizzes and lab tests after would be very helpful for cementing material -If an error is found on a powerpoint while teaching, going back later and correcting it may be helpful
see above
Maybe have us do more activities for lectures. like homework assignments.
none
be there for the students to help them with their independent research projects. it's your job to be the mentor and guide us in the right direction so that we don't feel completely lost The quizzes weren't exactly easy and they always varied in the amount and depth of the questions. Therefore not all of them are going to take the same amount of time. At the end of each lecture there would be a paper that was in the slides, yet those weren't the papers we read for discussion, they should be
Most of the lecture notes are posted online but it would be helpful if they are posted online the night before or a couple of days before the lecture. I found myself having to print the notes in the morning before going to class.
more project time with assistance, and more lead time with a schedule to turn in research ideas, abstract, outline, methods ect in incriments would be more valuable as a learning tool for independent research for those people who have never designed and written their own research before. Overall I got the general impression of panic from many people about how to draft their research and often times, teacher assistance was either unavailable or unhelpful. Advise was confusing and often demanded more of out of the project then was feasible for the level of the student or time remaining to pull it off.
- With the Friday discussions, I think she realized that she needed to step back a bit and let the discussion leaders actually lead, but at first, she dominated the discussions quite a bit. I had another class that was discussion oriented, and for that class, the Teacher made us reference a sentence in the actual article before we could start talking about that subject. I feel as if this is a good tactic to eliminate tangents and talking in circles. I also feel as if she should "single out" students, periodically call on the names of students who don't talk all that often, rather than letting certain people dominate the discussion every time. I think my advice on this is scattered around in my other answers.
course is excellent. very enjoyable, loose atmosphere, lots of great information and discussion.
No improvements needed.
30. The TA is effective.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.56 18 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 4 (22%) 12 (67%) 0 (0%)
31. The TA is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.5 18 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (50%) 9 (50%) 0 (0%)
32. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.39 18 0.92 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 2 (11%) 4 (22%) 11 (61%) 0 (0%)
33. The laboratory was a valuable part of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 18 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 7 (39%) 10 (56%)
34. The guest lecturers were interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.78 18 0.94 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 4 (22%) 8 (44%) 4 (22%)
35. Exams are reasonable in length and difficulty.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.06 18 0.94 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 4 (22%) 6 (33%) 7 (39%)
36. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
I enjoyed learning about Plant Anatomy. I think both Kasey and Jason (TA) knew a lot about the subjects that we went over and were very enthusiastic about it, which made it easier to learn.
power point slides, lab, final project
That lectures were posted with power point files and audio files. This made it much easier to review the material.
Lab, independent research projects
see above
i liked the independed research project.
Learning to do anatomical research and write a research paper on that.
i liked the lectures
Paper discussions, lecture, teacher
lab practicals, final research project
The final project. Although hard, it is a great benefit to get this experience.
subject matter and how it was presented
The weekly quizzes, discussions and the material covered in lab.
Organization of anatomy learned. Class was like a story that unfolded over semester.
37. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
long exams
Constant small test and discussions on the same day (Fridays) that often conflicted with exams and homework in other classes.
Seedling project was not really that helpful
see above
Sometimes, did not think that grading was fair.
the independent project. I don't feel like I got any help from the instructor.
quizzes, research project
friday morning tests discussions
I like making the cross sections myself, but sometimes prepared slides are easier to understand.
seedling project number 1. weekly articles/discussions
Everything.
38. My overall evaluation of this course is...
very good but difficult
Good
pretty good
B+ to A-
Great first semester Kasey!
eh. there is definitely a lot to be learned when it comes to plant anatomy and I do think that the lectures and labs were very helpful.
good class, teacher did good job for it being the first class in a new environment.
good. however, some of the grading was shockingly specific and i continually was caught off guard by the lower than normal marks i was receiving on quizzes and the seedling report, due to different word choice. it seems like with another teacher many of the grades could have been much higher...
Interesting and valuable material covered throughout course. Overall 8 out of 10
Good. Needs to focus more on anatomy and less on physiology, but its good. I like both Dr. Barton and Jason. Jason is a great TA and Dr. Barton is a great teacher who is very passionate about the topic.
very good. good subject matter, good pace, good workload
excellent! I would recommend it to another student.
Excellent and highly recommended.
39. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
prep. for the exam, study guide
Clarify the difference between anatomy and physiology.
Go over quizzes and exams after returned to students.
see above
the instructor should be more available to students.. maybe even present during the labs.
Two research projects instead of one seedling project. In this way, people can be inspired by their own research or other peoples presentations, and either continue their research for a 2nd project, or start a new one. After watching the presentations I was full of ideas for a new project...
this is basically the fifth time this question has been asked on this form
No improvements needed.
40. Other comments:
Mahalo!