eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Arlene Buchholz

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Arlene Buchholz: ANSC151, Spring 2010

Campus: Windward Community College Department: Natural Sciences
Course: ANSC 151 - Clinical Laboratory Techniques Crn (Section): 63312 (0)    
1. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.91 11 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (27%) 6 (55%) 2 (18%)
2. I developed the ability to solve real problems in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.91 11 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (36%) 4 (36%) 3 (27%)
3. I developed the ability to communicate clearly about this subject.
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%)
4. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.82 11 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (27%) 7 (64%) 1 (9%)
5. I learned about career opportunities.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.64 11 1.03 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 2 (18%) 5 (45%) 2 (18%)
6. This course was helpful in developing new skills.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.18 11 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 5 (45%) 4 (36%)
7. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The most helpful part of this course was doing the "case studies". Doing the individual research on various conditions, finding informative new websites, and the key material provided in the case study sheet was very interesting.
the laboratory techniques learned in this course to use in the veterinary practice were very useful
Learning the facts about some of the tests we perform in the veterinary field.
Learning the "why" and "how" for the test we are doing. Learning in-depth information on the specimens we will be finding/searching for and helping to treat. Learning what different causes, diagnoses and symptoms could possibly be. I found this course invaluable especially for treatment/diagnoses of parasites-something we will be dealing with frequently as vet. tech students. Also, as vet assist students, being able to speak w/customers over the phone or in person regarding products and services related to their pets problems.
The professor was well informed on the subject matter. I liked her enthusiasm toward the subject, and it made me want to learn more.
Learning about the parasites and bacteria really helped me when i was interning, because i would be able to understand what that parasite was doing to the animal and ways to help the animal.
Most of the material covered was extremely beneficial to pursue a career in the veterinary technician field. I learned a lot from this class. A lot of the information was intense and scattered, I did my best and felt that it was challenging and developed my understanding of the material. Everything, whether it was microbiology to diagnosing diseases, I felt was relevant and helped shaped my understanding of the necessary information involved in this particular field.
Being able to learning about more personalized areas of veterinary medicine.
laboratory procedures and restraints. the biology of the subject.
8. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.82 11 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 2 (18%) 6 (55%) 2 (18%)
9. In general, the course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.27 11 1.27 Freq(%) 1 (9%) 2 (18%) 3 (27%) 3 (27%) 2 (18%)
10. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.27 11 1.27 Freq(%) 1 (9%) 2 (18%) 3 (27%) 3 (27%) 2 (18%)
11. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
The material was presented at much too high of a level, as if we already were familiar with the information. I feel there was far too much material covered that we will not use as veterinary technicians. I felt completely overwhelmed by the lectures. The tests were also WAY too difficult, many questions on the tests were not covered in the lectures. Maybe she could have weekly quizzes given on Laulima? We do this in another of my classes, and I feel I learn so much more when we have short weekly quizzes that are "open book". I think it might have been incredibly helpful to have a couple field trips to a vet clinic or the Humane Society.
with a little more of interaction and activities with the students
she can be more specific on what she is going to test us on, and not give us extra information just because it is available.
Dr. Bucholz can improve teaching the class by trying to focus on real world applications for VET TECH students. She is a doctor and therefore is hard to understand sometimes due to the fact that a lot of us have not taken medical terminology or chemistry yet (I have and that was one of the only ways I was able to completely understand her lecture sometimes.) :) I strongly recommend that this class is not available to students who have not had medical terminology b/c they will be lost or slow down the lecture by asking questions every other min. for clarification. The notes for lecture were thorough, but not necessarily organized or needed completely for quizzes, test etc. There should be an outline in the notes that highlights exactly what we will need to retain and study for. Also, the case studies are a bit subjective and not clearly defined. For example, it took me until the last bit of the semester to finally figure out what she meant by 'diagnoses' for the animals illness. I didn't find out until I was researching a disease and saw how they outlined their case study. This being said, a more indepth explanation of what she wants from us regarding the case study is advisable. Dr. Buchholz, please break it down for us in a digestable way!
relax, take a deep breath, and don't rush through the lectures when you're low on time.
considering this was the first time she has taught this class, I think she did well. :) The only thing I have to say is that there were times when we were given information that we don't necessarily NEED to know, but it's BENEFICIAL to know.
The only thing I can think of is a little more consistency with the lecture notes. For instance, applicable and noteworthy information was given in complete detail towards one topic of interest but not another.
Explain the material in a more simply way! Dr Buchholz is so intelligent that she has a hard time explaining things that is on our level.
To give more information pertaining to veterinary assistant/technician areas
slow down on the lectures, spend more time on what is actually used in clinics. "dumb" down the lectures, we aren't as smart as you think we are!
12. Comment on the instructor's concern for the students.
I believe Dr. Buchholz had great concern that the students learn as much as possible, but I think she needs to understand that we are all NEW to this information and that we are not studying to become veterinarians -- we are studying to be veterinary technicians. She is extremely knowledgeable and very easy-going and personable with the students -- she just needs to be a little less "technical" in her teaching. We understand that she is new to teaching, and we all give her GREAT credit for taking on this challenge. I think she will be a great teacher, if she can ease up a bit.
This course has tons of material so if the students are told more specifics in what to focus to study that will definitely help them a lot
She is very concerned about the students and the amount of resources they have available.
Dr. Buchholz is a very caring, warm and helpful instructor. She values our opinions and truly listens to our concers/complaints/likes/issues and never gets impatient. I wish all of our instructors could be so genuinely caring.
She is a fair grader. She is intelligent, so much so, that the questions she gives on tests are somewhat harder than expected, though to her, she could pass the test with flying colors. She is a fair grader and always helped us raise our grades by adding more assignments and quiz's.
she was able to help us understand alot of the complex systems that we needed to learn
She expressed great concern for the student's welfare and progression in the course material. There was a lot of information covered and she graded with complete fairness.
Very concerned about us students always open for questions and we could contact her at any time.
She helped to make things easier to understand by giving quizzes between exams, very helpful.
it is apparent that she is new to teaching. it will take her some experience to understand what is test-worthy and what is too hard or too easy.
13. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
Her easy-going, understandable nature. She listened to us when we let her know that her tests were far too difficult. She tried to be less technical in her lectures, although I think she still needs to slow down and explain things more fully.
Doctor Buchholz always do her best to answer to our questions
She is very knowledgable and she will get us more information on a subject if needed.
The fact that she is a doctor, a veterinarian and is remarkably (too) smart. She is very knowledgeable about her field and the material we cover. She is also very easy going, approachable and fair.
She did refer to good websites and books that have helpful information.
she was able to adjust her schedule to help us better understand
Dr. Bucholz was a fair and honest professor through the semester. I felt as though she went far beyond her need to accomodate students in her class. I had research questions and her knowledge of material was extremely helpful, and her response was timely as well.
she is very smart and knows her field very well. she just didn't grasp how much we don't know about it.
14. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the instructor?
The PowerPoints, although visually helpful, were too rushed and hard to follow. I never had time to write notes, since she went through the lecture slides too fast.
some of the information given in the lectures will never be used
her lecture notes are sometimes very confusing
The terminology and methods she uses to teach are a bit over a lot of our heads only b/c like I said earlier, a lot of us haven't covered med. terminology/chemistry and the like. Also, anatomy/physiology is a pretty indepth course itself and a lot of us had a hard time retaining all of that in order to keep up with her/the material. I feel that she should focus more on what will be required of us as TECHS and not so much as students or future veterinarians. I realize this is difficult for her b/c of the course material of the class-the books do go indepth and she must differentiate what is needed and what is not. But, for the larger, more vast subjects like micro/molecular biology and serology, I feel like she should give us the rough outline or basics or at least explain it to us in simple terms so that we learn the why's and how's but not exactly what a pathologist would know.
No comment.
15. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
Everything listed in the past comments -- ease up on the complicated details, make things easier to understand by considering the fact that we are all new to this information, give weekly "quizzes" (short and specific to that week's lectures), maybe use less powerpoints and more class discussion. I felt I got much more out of reading my textbook than I did through the lectures. I would have preferred to take this class online. Fortunately for the next semester's class, this class will be online in the Fall.
study guides, more important concepts re-marked, more quizzes, more specific about valuable practices in the veterinary field
organize the lecture notes in a way that makes them easier to study and understand
Simplify the dense, hard stuff for assistant/tech students Keep it career oriented (strictly vet assist/vet tech based) Focus more on techniques (blood draws, running tests, restraint, nutrition, products, laws, etc) and not so much on the details (what type of virus is parvo? Single or double, positive or negative strand DNA or RNA?)
you might need to be a little tougher on the grading. if you're too easy, then students won't take the time to learn and remember important facts needed for future related jobs.
You're a great teacher, and I'm sure you just get nervous talking in front of a class full of students. One thing I do notice is that if a student asks a question, you tend to go in depth on answering the question and you catch yourself and stop mid sentence. Honestly I would like to hear the rest of what you have to say, though that's just me.
i really like it when a teacher is able to verbally quiz us on the things that we learned, like say something but make us remember what it did or how it worked
As mentioned above, just more consistency in the lecture notes.
Making the material easier to understand.
16. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Extremely detailed, friendly, professional
Doctor Buchholz is a very knowledgeable person, she is very organized and very respectful with her students
smart, funny, understanding
Caring Educated Fair
a very understanding person
Well-informed, Pleasant, and Intelligent
Very intellectual, fair, and direct.
Extremely smart, caring
17. The assigned readings were instrumental in the development of my knowledge of the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.18 11 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 5 (45%) 4 (36%)
18. The exams were a fair test of your knowledge of the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.09 11 1.38 Freq(%) 2 (18%) 1 (9%) 4 (36%) 2 (18%) 2 (18%)
19. The instructor clearly explains course procedures (attendance, assignments, exams, etc.).
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.09 11 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 6 (55%) 3 (27%)
20. The instructor is well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.09 11 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (27%) 4 (36%) 4 (36%)
21. The instructor is available for help outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.18 11 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 5 (45%) 4 (36%)
22. The instructor clearly explains the goals, objectives, and overall purpose of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 11 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 1 (9%) 6 (55%) 3 (27%)
23. The instructor allows time for questions and encourages them.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.8 10 1.14 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 1 (10%) 4 (40%) 3 (30%)
24. The instructor stimulates student's thinking about the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.91 11 1.04 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 3 (27%) 3 (27%) 4 (36%)
25. Other comments:
Thanks for your time and for sharing your knowledge with us Doctor Buchholz
One more thing. If the class is going to be this indepth, I feel it should be longer to allow us to ask questions and have discussions-we always (and I think she did, too) felt rushed. It is essential to be able to ask questions and have discussion to absorb and understand this amount of material and the content of it. It is not fair to her or to us for this to be the case. Also, I feel that we should focus more on hands on things and not just leave that to lab-she is the doctor and can be a valuable help in this area! I also strongly suggest that the instructor for lab and the instructor for this class be on the same page with material. It is very difficult to study microbiology in one class and ectoparasites in another and successfully grasp the material and remember it.
She does stimulate students to think with a lot of short answer questions. (It is a very effective way to make students learn and understand the subject)
I enjoyed having Dr. Buchholz as an instructor this semester. I thought she was fair and led the class very well. Her knowledge of the field played a key role in our class' success. I hope to see her on campus again.