eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Justin Walguarnery

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BIOL171, Spring 2014
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BIOL171, Fall 2012
ZOOL101, Summer II 2011
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Justin Walguarnery: BIOL171, Spring 2014

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Biology
Course: BIOL 171 - Introduction to Biology I Crn (Section): 88714 (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  
1.88 86 1.06 Freq(%) 41 (48%) 18 (21%) 17 (20%) 4 (5%) 2 (2%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.81 86 0.39 Freq(%) 15 (17%) 64 (74%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.84 86 0.37 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 14 (16%) 71 (83%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 86 0.43 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 21 (24%) 64 (74%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 86 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (2%) 21 (24%) 63 (73%)
6. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.74 86 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (2%) 18 (21%) 65 (76%)
7. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 86 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 2 (2%) 19 (22%) 62 (72%)
8. The instructor defined new terms, concepts, and principles.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.74 86 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 20 (23%) 65 (76%)
9. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.72 86 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (2%) 20 (23%) 63 (73%)
10. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.45 86 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 9 (10%) 26 (30%) 50 (58%)
11. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 86 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (3%) 30 (35%) 52 (60%)
12. 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  
4.72 86 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 22 (26%) 63 (73%)
13. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.74 86 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 22 (26%) 64 (74%)
14. The instructor spoke clearly and audibly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.74 86 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (2%) 18 (21%) 65 (76%)
15. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 86 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (7%) 23 (27%) 54 (63%)
16. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 86 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (3%) 24 (28%) 57 (66%)
17. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.46 86 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (2%) 8 (9%) 24 (28%) 51 (59%)
18. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
It would be useful to have more linkage between the 171 lab and the lecture.
it was very good
Maybe include some video examples
Justin is an absolutely amazing teacher and he broke down everything as easily and straightforward as possible. He also presented the material in an entertaining way that keeps us alert as best he can in such a gigantic mass lecture. He's been well prepared for every class and he followed the schedule perfectly. The homework was due at the same time, same day every week. It made it beyond easy to follow and not miss any assignments (unlike most teachers who like to just assign due dates on a monday one week then thursday or friday the next) He made it so easy to follow. He also knew exactly what he was putting on the tests so he knew what to focus on and prepare us. There were no surprises on the tests and it made us leave each class feeling good about ourselves and ultimately making us WANT to succeed and learn the material rather than just getting the grade. (Other classes we can prepare all semester but when it comes to the test they're totally differently worded questions than what we've been practicing and the structure of the tests would be completely novel to us.) His stayed consistent and we knew what to expect and what to focus on so we actually could just focus on studying and understanding the material rather than worrying/guessing what the test would be like or what grade we'd need JUST to pass. It made me more confident about my studies and gave me hope. I actually studied my butt off and it was ironically fun! Because on test day I could leave confidently. There's absolutely nothing he NEEDS to improve on. He is exactly what every teacher needs to follow / learn from.
sometimes a little monotone
He should put the lectures on Laulima faster to give students more time to look over the slides before class and take notes.
Nothing, maybe do a quick study review before exams
n/a
maybe less material through the semester
Give more work for us to do and make the deadline due for the mastering Biology at midnight of the day of class, not at noon right before class. That way you can remind them that mastering biology is due and cove the stuff in class that the students will be working on.
less slides
N/A
Add more Iclicker questions
Going to class shouldn't be extra credit...
Maybe some slight integration of more lecture material to the homework, though a good portion of homework is still relevant to material covered in class.
Throw candy at students.
Include more iclicker questions. Using that type of technology is very helpful, stimulating, and fun for the long lecture.
I love this class! Justin is a great lecturer and I hope to take another class from him!
Walguarnery is an example of an A-class professor. He is the most enthusiastic teacher I have ever had. His teaching style is impressive and he is always available (stresses it during class) after class. His personal examples are relevant and iClicker questions make you think!
The course was good as is
for some of the lectures he has to adjust them because we have gone overtime and many of the student had to leave before the lecture was over.
Make the class a little smaller.
Give us assistance or aid on what to study.
I think different stylel of teaching and more examples so it's not gonna be boring.
The amount of information in one presentation can be a bit overwhelming and I would have rather taken the Biology class that was 3 days a week rather than 2.
A practice exam would improve this course. I feel this way because the homework is based on mastering chemistr, and the exam is based on his lecture slides. It would be nice to practice answering questions similar to the actual exam format prior to an exam.
can't think of anything. amazing professor
Professor Walguarnery can improve by going a little bit slower when presenting his power point slides. He is very knowledgable about animals and plants and can easily explain certain topics with little to no trouble. But the pace that he explains is very fast. He gives little to no time for students that do not have computers to take notes. Either than fixing his pace, there is nothing else that i wold recommend him fixing.
I wish he would have drawn out biological processes of, for example, photosynthesis, on the board (so we can see it more visually).
Please have practice exams
Justin taught the course well. It was just a matter of how much information we are able to retain at once. Perhaps Justin could throw in a few mnemonic devices to help us remember all the material.
n/a
Nothing. He is a great professor, I'm just lazy
Biology is boring. Possibly make it less boring?
N/A
Maybe more extra credit? Or have something like a study-guide to help students know what to study.
He does a good job
He taught the course very well, I have no comment.
create a study guide for each test
Everything's good
I know that the amount of material is pretty standard across all the biology courses and professors, but each section of 8-9 chapters subdivided into 3 exams is a lot of material to cover in such a short amount of time. Not sure what can be done to help this situation, but overall there are no improvements to his teaching style specifically.
Nothing that I can think of. His lectures are very enjoyable.
I felt that covering a chapter a day was a bit much and would have appreciated some recap lectures.
Study guides for the exams would be nice. Being a student with a learning disability I struggle to prepare for exams to begin with, having some sort of focus for preparing for exams would be nice
He is hard to convince in terms of boosting up my grade. He is not very understandable as other professors are. Not very approachable, but very knowledgeable. I think he can be a better teacher if he actually stops doing unnecessary movements in front. He also need to have more diversity in his voice as he is very monotonic.
Add in videos! When lecturing on certain animal adaptations and concepts it might be easier for students to understand if they can see a visual. The images used work well enough, but to see life in action would be much more interesting!
19. 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 86 0.98 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 5 (6%) 12 (14%) 25 (29%) 41 (48%)
20. Audiovisual materials (or computers) were adequate and used appropriately.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 86 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 3 (3%) 26 (30%) 54 (63%)
21. The exams reflected the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.51 86 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (10%) 23 (27%) 52 (60%)
22. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.66 86 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 26 (30%) 56 (65%)
23. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
all of it
Phylogeny
Justin is an absolutely amazing teacher and he broke down everything as easily and straightforward as possible. He also presented the material in an entertaining way that keeps us alert as best he can in such a gigantic mass lecture. He's been well prepared for every class and he followed the schedule perfectly. The homework was due at the same time, same day every week. It made it beyond easy to follow and not miss any assignments (unlike most teachers who like to just assign due dates on a monday one week then thursday or friday the next) He made it so easy to follow. He also knew exactly what he was putting on the tests so he knew what to focus on and prepare us. There were no surprises on the tests and it made us leave each class feeling good about ourselves and ultimately making us WANT to succeed and learn the material rather than just getting the grade. (Other classes we can prepare all semester but when it comes to the test they're totally differently worded questions than what we've been practicing and the structure of the tests would be completely novel to us.) His stayed consistent and we knew what to expect and what to focus on so we actually could just focus on studying and understanding the material rather than worrying/guessing what the test would be like or what grade we'd need JUST to pass. It made me more confident about my studies and gave me hope. I actually studied my butt off and it was ironically fun! Because on test day I could leave confidently. There's absolutely nothing he NEEDS to improve on. He is exactly what every teacher needs to follow / learn from.
Good moderation of lecture and homework
certain chapters
I like how the grading scale was set in the beginning and the exams are straightforward and multiple choice.
I enjoyed that the powerpoint slides were used often
I liked when he would go into more detail on the more important topics. It helped me to understand it a little better.
The course material related to helping me as a human in my everyday life. ie. What kind of enzymes or proteins are best for our health.
everything
The amount of information on the slides and what he presented was a lot and he didn't miss anything
The lectures were always well thought out and easy to follow
PowerPoint lectures posted on laulima were extremely helpful in studying to enhance my notes that were taken rushed in class
I appreciated Professor Walguarnery's lectures for his thorough explanations. I enjoyed the MasteringBiology homework because I felt that it gave me a stronger grasp of the concepts through practice.
The organization of the lecture slides (logical). Each slide had relevant visuals, and helped further understand the content.
I like the iClicker quizzes because it was a like a quiz to make sure you knew what was going on and what we were learning.
The powerpoints were informative and interesting.
Everything was good
He made it clear what parts of the subject were important and what was most likely going to show up on the exams
The iClicker questions.
The I clicker questions.
I was very interested in the material, and my professor was agreeable.
I liked that the presentations was like a study guide for the test.
I felt his lectures and course material were well organized. The homework assignments helped me gain a better understanding of each concept. I appreciated the iclicker questions as extra credit for coming to class everyday.
Professor Walguarnery was great he answered questions after class and during office hours if needed. He seemed to actually care about his students, opposed to other professors.
for a course with a lot of information, walguarnery made it relatively easy to lean
I like that instead of basing the midterms and finals on random selections from the textbook, he gives us questions from material that he has covered and explained. The homework that he passes out also helps us because it's easy to understand and sometimes fun. I like his style of teaching the most.
He takes a moment to stop and make sure everyone is on the right track - (he will even just stand there awkwardly as no one asks questions).
Power points were posted online
The curve was definitely a good aspect, although it could be more generous. I also enjoyed how Justin was easy to contact and how he would stay at the end of every lecture to answer any and all questions.
iClickers and powerpoints on laulima
I liked how the midterms were only based on information in the powerpoints and that they were only multiple choice.
Genetics
All the information you need is on the slides so we know exactly what to study
Enthusiastic teacher, Knowledgable, Easy to Understand
I liked the easy to follow lectures/powerpoints. Extra credit is really simple.
The powerpoint lectures!
I liked that he grades well
Very easy to learn from and always willing to answer questions or make sure the entire class understands a concept before continuing with the lecture.
How organized and well the material was explained.
how Walguarnery stressed important parts during lecture
The tests
I like how Professor Walguarnery had very organized powerpoints that pin pointed all the important details of each chapter, while elaborating on it further during lectures. I was able to read the chapter we were doing that week, and come to class having all the confusing information cleared up during his lectures. He is fair and straightforward in his exams so I do NOT feel like he is trying to confuse and trick us intentionally.
The lectures are easy to follow.
I really liked the iClicker questions because they were helpful in reinforcing ideas and they also helped prep me for the exams.
I enjoyed the side information that was related to our class but was not required for exams. I learn best when I can see how concepts in class are applied in the real world.
Great teacher, easy to talk to and went out of his way to help understand the info
Biology has a lot of information knowing that what was in his slides was very helpful in studying for exams.. The text book can be overwhelming.
I like how the powerpoints are very appealing. i just don't like how the questions on exams are just really hard.
I love learning about animals and how life came to be. I especially enjoyed the time we spent learning about species and how they came to be. Which species branched from which ancestor and how all animals are connected. I found it incredibly interesting.
24. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.57 86 0.57 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (3%) 30 (35%) 51 (59%)
25. Other comments:
very good
He was also very patient with the class. He never made anyone feel dumb or stupid. And no questions were ever a bad question. He knows how to work with students and doesn't make it feel like it's his JOB. He portrays it as he's really there for us and not just the financial aspects of it. He treats us like we're all smart and instills confidence into us. He just makes the class so straightforward there's no guessing or getting confused about dates/exams/test questions, etc. He also tells you specifically what concepts to study for the exam, what concepts to write down and not forget because we'll need it for next semester, and what concepts will take a little more time and effort to study.
The class is straightforward which makes it easy to study the material. I enjoy this class and I learn a lot from the lectures.
None
Needs more hands on interaction to keep students intrigued. Also add a video here and there of some historical discovery or something biological of some sort, that should spice it up a bit. Itʻs just hard keeping a lectura hall of 150 or more intrigued and wanting to learn.
Great teacher looking forward to having him again in the fall.
Walguarnery is the best professor I had this term.
Great course
Probably the best Biology teacher that i've had. I only took biology once in high school and it did not leave too fond of a memory. However, he makes sure you understand the material and are well prepared for the midterms. He does not read off the slides and explains by his own experience and knowledge. He is truly a knowledgable man in the field of Biology and i would definitely recommend any Biology major to take their basic biology from him.
Professor Walguarnery is a very good professor.
They should fix the technical problems in BILG152. Other than that, Justin was a great teacher.
I'm glad I made the decision to take BIO 171 with this instructor. His tests are reasonable and from what I hear, much easier than the other professor teaching 171 this semester.
Good, clear teaching in a boring subject
Great Professor!
none.
Great Biology Teacher!!
Best professor ever.
Exams are worth 90% of overall grade. That's a little too much.
Really good course. Too much content makes it hard for students to actually master it. Other than that, the professor needs to be much more understandable and flexible on some conditions with students. For example if one misses an assignment or made a major error on exam such as scantron misnumbering. He should also provide us more extra credit opportunities.

Justin Walguarnery: BIOL172, Spring 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Biology
Course: BIOL 172 - Introduction to Biology II Crn (Section): 85044 (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  
2.0 127 1.36 Freq(%) 63 (50%) 27 (21%) 19 (15%) 8 (6%) 0 (0%) 7 (6%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.95 127 0.22 Freq(%) 6 (5%) 114 (90%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 127 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 0 (0%) 16 (13%) 110 (87%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 127 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (2%) 21 (17%) 103 (81%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 127 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (2%) 4 (3%) 25 (20%) 95 (75%)
6. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 127 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 2 (2%) 25 (20%) 98 (77%)
7. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 127 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (3%) 23 (18%) 100 (79%)
8. The instructor defined new terms, concepts, and principles.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 127 0.43 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 25 (20%) 99 (78%)
9. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 127 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 5 (4%) 25 (20%) 96 (76%)
10. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 127 0.84 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 4 (3%) 11 (9%) 35 (28%) 75 (59%)
11. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 127 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (2%) 6 (5%) 37 (29%) 78 (61%)
12. 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  
4.72 127 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (2%) 29 (23%) 93 (73%)
13. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 127 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 28 (22%) 98 (77%)
14. The instructor spoke clearly and audibly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.74 127 0.54 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 3 (2%) 24 (19%) 99 (78%)
15. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 127 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (2%) 13 (10%) 28 (22%) 84 (66%)
16. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 127 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 22 (17%) 105 (83%)
17. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.39 127 0.9 Freq(%) 2 (2%) 4 (3%) 12 (9%) 33 (26%) 76 (60%)
18. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Overall a great course, I see no need for improvement.
None you're awesome:) Can iCLICKER be extra credit again?
Maybe post the slides on Laulima more in advance to give students the chance to review the lecture before class. Also, maybe posing questions to the class during lecture may stimulate the students to think and be ready to actively participate.
No comments (: This is one of my favorite classes because J. Wal is such an excellent professor. He communicates very effectively, makes lecture engaging and interesting, and answers any and all questions at any point during the class.
Everything is perfect.
Explain what to study when preparing for the exam.
Using more online homework to stress important points, and give students a better understanding. The mastering biology helped to understand and set things better due to the animations and sample questions.
Keep doing what you are doing!
Iclicker is annoying and MasteringBiology is a poorly made website that doesn't help much for exam preparation. Lectures are good and slides contain most of the information needed to pass the exam. It is most helpful to learn from anecdotes and explanations rather than just reading off the slides in any case.
nothing , good teacher
Speak better not monotone.
Like Bio171, Justin taught well. I felt that the curve should be more generous because Bio171 has an extremely large amount of content.
I think his way of teaching is effective and helpful to engage in learning.
I can't think of Ny ways that he could improve, I really enjoyed taking his class.
There is SO much material to learn in this course. There should be a class period before the exam that is dedicated to reviewing material on the exam, or a practice exam if possible.
Maybe give more outside examples and not just explain what is on the slides
Try not to have late afternoon classes, put more videos
Nothing
I think Professor could assign more homework to keep students more occupied and know what he wants us to focus and study more for the exam. I feel there is not enough clarification about what students show know about exam and homework does not really help enough for studying for exam.
Speak up during lecture. Sometimes very unclear and hard to understand. Change up the structure of the class, repetitive and becomes harder to pay attention in class. Especially for a late class like 4:30-5:20. Study guides for exams, saying to just look at slides is ridiculous...you have a lot of slides!!!
I think the course is great, can be a bit boring at times but I think that deals with the student more than the actual lecture.
Course content provided in the media form of PowerPoint ought to be distributed by making such media available at the beginning of the semester. Because some students learn at different paces, as some would like to get ahead of other students in their individual learning process, I strongly suggest that PowerPoint by chapter be available at the start of the course and NOT be updated on Laulima on a weekly basis. I understand this is a general introductory level course run as a survey course, however, covering one chapter per class, especially when the class is run in the late afternoon, is not suggested. I strongly believe, as some other students may point out, is that given the amount of knowledge provided in the textbook, that knowledge is simply not transferred over to what is "important" and should be learned. I understand it is the student's responsibility to acquire most to all knowledge provided in the textbook, however, at a survey introductory level course, this is not the case. At minimum, there should be at least two class periods to cover one chapter, sufficient time to make clear what points are critical for information purposes, such as key questions and themes that will be needed to know for exams. Because this course ran covering one chapter per class and without weekly or daily quizzes, students are not drilling themselves about the importance of review and revision. Course content must be broken down and not teach students one chapter per day where learning is minimized and students just become information processors by memorizing the course content. The Biology department ought to get rid of both general biology I and II and institute a four-course sequence that also covers general biology, but in addition to offering the course content at a specialized level. If there are already emphases offered by the biology dept for students to choose from, then General Biology I and II should be replaced by those course sequences required for that student's emphasis, ie. cell adn molecular biology, marine, etc. Most of these suggestions are not due to a professor's fault, but are attributed to the structural deficiencies by course content and required courses for a biology major. It is the structure of a curriculum and course outline that determines how a professor will adapt to teaching, ie one chapter per class period.
Be a little more enthusiastic when teaching
Stress what particular topics we should study for
Add a little more examples to confusing topics.
Possibly have a review session on all the chapters that will be on the exam(s) in class? And maybe review on all i-clicker questions during that time to refresh our memory.
-have more exams to cover less amounts of topics per exam.
More iclicker questions through the lecture targeting more difficult concepts.
There could be a study guide, to help guide students to the more important details that would be on the test. Also, continue to show video clips during lecture, and maybe more iclicker questions to help students engage in topics.
No ways, good teaching
N/A
provide handouts to make sure we understand. homework is good, but sometimes there needs to be a little extra, even if there is no credit involved
He did awesome! I love his teaching style. No recommendations for improvements
I think that there was a lot of information covered on each test and it would've been helpful if it was broken down more.
Justin is extremely knowledgeable about the subject matter and encourages students to ask questions about concepts they do not fully understand. Nothing can be improved.
Nothing..... perfect already
This semester Justin Walguarnery used more supplemental instruction such as videos and movies (vs. 171). I really appreciated that and hopes he uses even more next semester; even if they are very short they help break up the monotony of the lecture.
Does a good job!
He is doing very well. I don't think there's much to say.
My only suggestion is that there are more exams that cover a smaller set of information because the two exams covered quite a bit and the material was overwhelming to study, especially with a number of other classes. Had I only been taking BIO 172 I could have easily studied for the exams and done well. However with the limited amount of time I had to devote to BIO 172, the amount of content within one exam was too much in my opinion which is why a number of students didn't do quite well on the second exam.
None
by giving more opportunity for extra credit.
Maybe add more demonstrations and examples. A lot of the clas just strict content and it can get a little taxing.
Honestly though the book was a good reference, I think if I had friends taking this class I'd tell the to just use the etext that comes with the masteringmicrobio for the rare times we need it, and NOT actually buy the text itself. We just don't really use it.
Add more videos/fun facts/stories in your presentation. I liked when you would do that. It was nice break from the information overload we would get. concepts after concepts gets overwhelming so having videos or stories to help us understand it more was nice and made the concepts less intimidating.
Focus more on the topics that students will be tested on. If a minor point will be on the test, make it more important in the lecture. Also, when introducing an entirely new complex topic, he currently teaches too fast and does not explain in great enough detail.
Not go through the lectures as fast.
hes already awesome
Not sure, everything is pretty well oiled.
He could be a little more engaging. A lot of the time I felt like Justin was just reading off his slides and I didn't really need to be there.
He does not need to improve the teaching of this course.
I really wish there were more exams or perhaps regular quizzes between exams. The quantity to study for each exam was a lot, and it might have been easier to have previously been tested on the material. Also, multiple iClicker questions might help to force critical thinking about the material, and would also help for the grading when students are a couple of minutes late or have to leave early. As it stands, I saw several people not get credit for attendance due to arriving late or leaving early when they were there the entire rest of the time.
None
sound more enthusiastic provide study guides
This course could be improved by including more iClicker questions in the lecture presentations, because those act as good practice questions for the exam.
Nothing he was a great lecturer. There's a big difference in being a professor and being a professor that can actually teach and be a good lecturer and he was both. I purposely took his class late at 430 because he was teaching it and because I really liked him from the previous semester.
I feel that there is no improvement needed.
I think the information could be a little more organized in the power points, sometimes I couldn't tell which animals belonged in which phlyum. Also it is sometimes hard to hear you during lecture.
He should give a study guide
Have less information to cover. There was way too many things we have to memorize.
Make the exams a little more clear, they were extremely difficult even after studying really hard.
By providing more diversity to his teaching plan. The videos shown in some of the lecture are a nice change of scenery.
More tests throughout the semester, with only 2 midterms and final there is so much material study for each test.
Although I realize that this is general biology, I feel like the topics were too spread out and kind of jumped around. Since there was no real continuity (we covered everything from protists to ecology), I feel like this semester was harder than 171. In general, Professor Walguarnery is a good teacher considering the broad range of topics he needed to cover during this course.
More iClicker questions to make the class more interactive, those are really helpful.
Provide study guides, past exams to practice for upcoming exams.
I would rather see an improvement in tutoring than the teaching of this course.
I like the videos that he incorporates into his lessons, so I would say put more!
He should improve the structure of his lectures. Sometimes, he rushes through concepts with examples without discussing much of the main point of the slides.
N/A
He is an awesome guy. He don't need anything more
should give mini quizzes to prepare us for the exams
19. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.92 127 1.03 Freq(%) 3 (2%) 6 (5%) 35 (28%) 35 (28%) 46 (36%)
20. Audiovisual materials (or computers) were adequate and used appropriately.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 127 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (2%) 4 (3%) 40 (31%) 76 (60%)
21. The exams reflected the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 127 0.79 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 2 (2%) 11 (9%) 42 (33%) 68 (54%)
22. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 127 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 8 (6%) 33 (26%) 82 (65%)
23. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
I really liked how the material on the tests were from the slides learned in class. It made learning the material much easier to understand and kept the stress levels at a comfortable setting because I didn't need to scramble through the book to find different concepts.
-Able to understand -analogy, examples are easy to understand
Getting a good, general survey of the concepts in biology. The pace is pretty good and reasonable. It was challenging enough for me. For the grading, I'm very happy that the criteria and expectations were clear even before the semester started. This way I am able to keep track of how I'm doing and predict my grade.
Learning about the human body and reproductive systems. I feel like we are now entering the medical aspects of biology, and that's mostly what I am interested in.
I like the fact that the exams come straight off the power point.
The iclicker questions.
The material
Learning about the different phylums of animals and also the video about plant communication.
watching the youtube videos
Clicker questions
Justin was very helpful and could be easily contacted.
I liked how he included video clips as examples to some of the concepts (how nerve cells work, how animals behave, etc.).
Learning about the biodiversity of species on the planet.
The plant unit was the easiest to grasp. Learning about the nervous and immune systems of animals is also interesting, but it is a little more complicated and harder to learn.
I liked that the class has a great structure
It was all about the big concept; mostly based on the slides given in class and the book was only supplementary
I liked that the Professor was so clearly knowledgeable about the material that we covered and that he was able to give personal anecdotes about his time practicing his profession.
Great teacher
I like that he incorporated personal experiences to help students understand the material better. Providing audiovisuals and pictures of animals and plants as examples. Material is very interesting, but hard to put together what is expected of the exam.
Slides were online. I didn't miss information if I wasn't able to make it to class
I loved learning about animals in all the different classes and phylum. Justin made each lecture easy to follow and added personal information which made the topics more relatable.
walguarnery was very clear and straight to the point
Watching videos that helped in remember concepts
Not many aspects to list because there are many improvements to be made. The only aspect I liked was that the exam questions were strictly made up from the information given on the PowerPoint lectures. However, I believe this is not entirely the best method to learn because it leaves out so much other material and larger themes which can only be gotten from the textbook. I believe the exam questions that are taken from the PowerPoint ought to be used for daily quizzes, which then are counted towards a smaller portion of a student's overall grade (10%). Then, these same questions are used in similar fashion that may be paralelled on the final exam, some questions are the same and some questions are new. That way, students when studying for the final are continually reviewing past concepts that are tied altogether throughout the two midterms and one final, bringing all important points together. Students learn best when they are drilled the same question, and do not learn best when old questions are not asked again or are forgotten. This point also ties together with reorganizing both introductory general biology courses because students are overwhelmed by the mass overload of information without learning much and do not retain important information for later upper-level courses.
I like his grading scale, he is also very forgiving and willing to help.
I liked how he was very passionate about what he was teaching.
How i-clicker questions were either in the beginning, middle or end of class. Lecture slides and everything else were available on Laulima and the course itself was very interesting and I like the incorporation of videos in class (those really make us stay awake! & they were helpful to provide us visualization).
There were no surprises on the exam
Videos with applications to the topics covered during class.
Video clips that were shown in class, and interesting facts that were shared.
Everything
Mastering Bio, and PPT
i loved the animal sections of this course
The examples he used as well as the videos he showed in class. It showed real -life examples of what we learned in class.
I enjoyed learning about the different groups of animals, etc.
Walguarnery is a great professor and knows how to effectively relay the course content to his students. There was a lot of content covered in this class, but Walguarnery broke it down into sections that made sense and helped clarify complicated processes and concepts.
Very good at explaining the material and making sure were prepared for the test
I liked the way he reached and how knowledgable he was.
IQlickers
That the test were straight forward.
That he was very clear about where he got the exam material from.. and that they were available online as well. That made it much easier to double check my notes and know what he's drawing from.
I liked how lectures were posted on Laulima. Helped out greatly.
random videos and examples
The presentations were straight forward.
Interesting videos that were relevant and examples of real life things that are interesting like the water bear, hornets knowing where their nests are by visual markers etc
all of it
I like the way he does his reviews in class and always stresses main points. He also had various funny slides and videos that helped supplement the learning. I have always enjoyed his lectures from even Biology 171.
Subjects involving animals. Tests were easy to study for but challenged my knowledge
Lectures are not boring, and masteringbiology is very helpful with learning the material.
The course is simple with presentations and tests.
Aspects of teaching: thoroughness of slides, as well as the publishing of slides before class to follow along and make notes as the class progresses. Aspects of material: animals and the different biological systems.
Him
iClicker questions video examples
The Professor was very knowledgable about this subject. I was very confident that what I was learning was accurate.
He is very good at explaining all the concepts and making sure that everyone understands the content. He provides lots of examples to ensure comprehension of the material.
I really liked his PowerPoint presentations and how he was always prepared for class and always reminded us about hw he posted online etc.
I really enjoyed the animal section of the course, which was mainly the second half of the semester.
He was very clear and easy to approach about questions. Homework load was very reasonable as well.
He kept things simple and to the point
The fact that we got into animals not jut the make up of them
I enjoyed the portion after plants and before ecosystem.
All test questions come from his lecture
I really liked the videos shown in class during this semester since they gave me a sort of context in which I could place the topics shown in class.
The visuals used in lecture presentations were very interesting and made lectures fun.
Watching online videos to get an understanding of a different perspective.
Professor Walguarnery was very approachable and understanding. The learning emporium is a great tool to help better understand the course.
I like how e cover a broad range of things in biology and not just a couple things. It's a great intro to everything biology.
He provides possible exam questions, which we can answer without getting it correct and still receive for participating.
Explaining thoroughly
The animal behavior section. And how he teaches
Learning about the different systems of the animal
24. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.49 127 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 7 (6%) 47 (37%) 70 (55%)
25. Other comments:
Look forward to seeing you next year!:)
Justin spoke very clearly, paused to ask if anyone had questions and understood, and even tried to include some humor to ease the possible boredom of students. I like that he tried to make past connections to older concepts or to real life. I think my favorite part was when Justin showed videos and images during lecture--it was a good break from just reading slides and listening to him speak. He is very willing to help students after and outside of class. This is my second semester with Professor Walguarnery and I am quite satisfied with him.
Try to keep the exam questions fair instead of changing one word that makes the whole thing wrong.
Justin Walguarnery is a good teacher and very knowledgeable about the subject of biology.
Tests were often much harder than the material covered in lecture
A very large amount of content.
I am grateful that I was able to learn from Dr. Walguarnery. Although this was an introductory course to Biology, it was interesting and detailed nonetheless.
Thanks for being such an awesome teacher!!
Make online homework worth at least some credit (1/2 credit or even lower) a day after the due date. I have never missed an assignment (171&172) except for one that I honestly forgot about. It impacted my homework grade a lot but hopefully it will not significantly impact my overall grade as I also do well on the exams.
Justin Walguarnery is competent is his specialized field, however, there are structural and organization deficiencies a part of the amount of course content in a short period of time. Also, the grading is also unfair. The current grading system is as follows: iClicker (5%), Exam 1 (20%), Exam 2 (20%), weekly homework (15%), and Final Exam (40%). Given the student's current understanding of this grade breakdown, students are inclined to focus on the final more than the previous exam because the final exam is worth the most. Thus, students will not study as much for the first two exams, while participation by iClicker and weekly homework are seen as not important because, first, homeworks are weekly and not daily (quizzes ought to be daily), homeworks also were not assigned at the beginning of the semester. For a 17-week semester, there were only 10 homeworks total. iClicker was not used much because only one question was asked at the end of the class period. As a student who has studied sociology of education, students learn best when they take daily quizzes at the beginning of the class period that covers material assigned from the previous day. I understand iClicker works efficiently in a large class, but using such a device removes the hands on learning for students who do not have pen and paper physically in front of them and are thus disengaged with their work. My suggestion for a new grading breakdown for this course as well as other biology courses: Participation: Do not use iClicker. Daily quiz tests reading material assigned from previous class period. Worth 15%. Homework: Assigned weekly, comprised of some new material, as well as questions from previous quizzes. Worth 15%. Exams: More frequent. All exams worth 50% (Each exam worth its own percent depending on how many exams total there are. For example, if there are 25 chapters total, 10% worth per exam that covers five chapters). Each exam covers at minimum five chapters (if one chapter is covered per day). Final exam: This exam is cumulative that uses questions already seen from previous exams and quizzes. Worth 20%.(If a student waits for the end of the semester to study, then all learning is mostly lost. Please distribute this information of suggestions to biology department professors and people who will use this information to make quality changes which are tremendously needed if the biology department wants to produce high-quality students who are future professionals and researchers
I will suggest this class to all my friends. I cannot see myself taking a bio class from any other teacher
Please project your voice a little louder.
The topics were very interesting, however there was so much information to study for each test. I would recommend giving at least one more test per section. That would give 5 tests in the semester, and would give us a better chance at showing that we know the material instead of shoving a lot of information and memorizing everything and then making us remember small details. I would rather demonstrate that in smaller portions. More tests are easier to handle than fewer tests with a ton of information to cover. But overall, it is a good class
Tests are hard and questions are unexpected, very specific.
Seriously interesting my professor had a pet skunk!
None.
Great instructor!
Even though I didn't do quite so well this semester, I can truly appreciate Professor Walguarnery's teaching style and I will always recommend him to any student taking a biology course. He is knowledgable and is able to make class an interesting environment while providing us with ample material to study so that we may do well in his class.
Very knowledgeable professor. i would recommend to others.
He is a great teacher but some questions on the test are hard for how unimportant they are.
I love justin
One of my best teachers
He is very approachable and available for questions or discussion/clarification.
YAAASSSSS
Glad I was able to take this course with Dr. Walguarnery!
I really liked walguarney as my bio professor last semester and this semester. Always responded to emails promptly and he makes it so that students can find other ways to be able to pass the class instead of just basing it off of exams. Liked how he interacted with the iclicker and how he always posted the lecturers and emphasized which parts we should study. His exams were definitely challenging but he wasn't like other professors where they teach you on things they didnt go over in class. Taking his class again next semester. His teaching style is great and works really well with me.
Very nice and helpful teacher!
The exams cover TOO MUCH material. It's ridiculous to expect us to be able to memorize so much information but it's impossible to get a good grade if you don't.
He is a very knowledgeable professor. He is patient in explaining misunderstood concepts, and is approachable.
Wonderful introductory biology course. I learned a great deal and biology has become one of my favorite subjects.
I enjoy it. Just wish other people would too.
Nope

Justin Walguarnery: ZOOL490B, Spring 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Zoology
Course: ZOOL 490B - General Zoology Crn (Section): 87648 (003)    
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  
3.5 12 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 4 (33%) 7 (58%) 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  
1.58 12 0.51 Freq(%) 5 (42%) 7 (58%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (33%) 8 (67%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (33%) 8 (67%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (33%) 8 (67%)
6. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 12 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (42%) 7 (58%)
7. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (33%) 8 (67%)
8. The instructor defined new terms, concepts, and principles.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (33%) 8 (67%)
9. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (33%) 8 (67%)
10. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (33%) 8 (67%)
11. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 12 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (25%) 9 (75%)
12. 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  
4.5 12 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 4 (33%) 7 (58%)
13. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (33%) 8 (67%)
14. The instructor spoke clearly and audibly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 12 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (25%) 9 (75%)
15. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 12 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (42%) 7 (58%)
16. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 12 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (25%) 9 (75%)
17. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (33%) 8 (67%)
18. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Nothing in particular... If anything I would write out reading assignments/writing assignments all on syllabus to prevent confusion about due dates, when to read which chapters, etc.
Have the students attempt to find answers (via research papers) to the questions they have regarding the material. This may create a better platform for discussion.
so far prof. walguarnery is great at teaching these seminar type classes and as far as i am aware, he does not need to do anything to improve the class
It is excellent as it is.
The small class atmosphere was great. The discussions were within an intimate setting which allowed for a smoother class period. This also allowed us to go over the material more in depth to get a better understanding about the topics.
Add in other sources, like video clips, that can better explain some of the more difficult ideas.
No comment
Nothing. Thoroughly enjoyed this class.
Maybe incorporate more videos or presentations about the material being learned. Some people are visual learners, so it could be helpful to have pictures or videos.
He does a great job! Sometimes the concepts/topics/terms/etc were challenging, but they were mostly clarified in class. If he could post some pictures/videos to help explain a potentially confusing topic (before we're going to discuss it), then the students may have a better understanding while reading the book. I think it's very important to verbally discuss things to promote understanding, and the video/picture/resource could just be an optional thing for people who are interested.
The books were both interesting but the second book, Epigenetics Revolution, was a little more difficult to grasp without taking genetics, so it was harder to keep with with discussion.
19. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (17%) 9 (75%)
20. Audiovisual materials (or computers) were adequate and used appropriately.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 12 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 3 (25%) 8 (67%)
21. The exams reflected the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 12 1.04 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (50%) 0 (0%) 6 (50%)
22. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (17%) 9 (75%)
23. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
I really enjoyed how all students were required to ask a question, and that these questions were not anonymous. If anonymous, I may have only came up with poor-quality questions. Essay topics really helped me understand the text material, especially the essay about DNA methylation. This assignment forced me to learn the material to a deeper level. Although we all do not like to write papers, I think these were necessary, and just at the right amount. The one-page requirement relieved us that we did not have to write pages and pages. It also helped us to be concise with our paragraphs and be straight to the point. I also think revision opportunities forced students to learn. If everybody got 100%, they would've taken you easily and slacked off on future essays. Even to those who did get 100% on their first tries, it was good for them to know that they needed to keep up with the good work rather than thinking that it was just an easy A.
I liked that the professor did research on some of the most common topics of interest and was able to provide good descriptions/answers in class.
i liked that this course was a discussion-based course and allowed for opinions and questions to be a major part of the class, rather than a traditional lecture-based class
I like reading the books they are very interesting. I also like it when Walguarnery explains confusing topics in class.
I enjoyed the small setting and being able to actually interact with the professor.
I like how the class was set up, that anyone can voice their thoughts and opinions on a subject.
Hw questions from the readings were answered in great detail and helped me better understand the material.
I liked the open discussions in class. Forced us all to think critically and have a deeper understanding of the material.
That the students got to express their thoughts and opinions about topics. That there were no exams.
This was a great topic. I liked how the course was very interactive. This was a chance to learn science by asking questions in a very welcoming environment. I also got to learn more about a cutting-edge new field that I probably wouldn't have known much about otherwise. I liked the two books that were used, especially Epigenetics Revolution. I really like the movie we watched as well. It just brought everything we were studying into real-life context.
I really appreciated the free rain of the course and the consistency of the work (reading 2 chapters every week and no exams). I feel like this is one of the first 1 credit courses I have taken that has actually been fair work for 1 credit and not more then it should be.
24. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.75 12 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (25%) 9 (75%)
25. Other comments:
Both books were great. Agile Gene was a good book to start off with -- less technical and more entertaining to read. However, Carey's book was also necessary for us to really learn. Many topics may have been a little challenging, but it's good to get us exposed to these topics and it helped to listen to you break down some of the hard information/analogies for us. Thank you for a great semester! I would recommend this type of class to another student.
Very relaxed course that teaches a lot.
I will be using the suggested readings, especially the epigenetics revolution, as references for future studies. The second reading was my personal favorite of the two assigned readings because it helped me better understand the terms and processes of the subjects given. Mahalo for a wonderful and educating semester, Professor Walguarnery!
Justin should have more classes like this. I feel like Iʻve learned more in this class about biology and genetics than I have in all of my upper level biology, genetics, microbiology courses that were all 3+ credits.
Overall, I'm really glad I took this course. I wish there were more courses like this to allow us to explore different topics of science that aren't really covered in depth.
at one point there was a day that the class was on its own for discussion and I thought that was pretty valuable to have the students initiate there own discussion.

Justin Walguarnery: BIOL171, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Biology
Course: BIOL 171 - Introduction to Biology I Crn (Section): 70340 (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  
1.84 179 1.1 Freq(%) 96 (54%) 34 (19%) 35 (20%) 10 (6%) 0 (0%) 3 (2%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.95 179 0.22 Freq(%) 9 (5%) 167 (93%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 179 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (2%) 28 (16%) 144 (80%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.74 179 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (2%) 40 (22%) 136 (76%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.66 179 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (4%) 45 (25%) 126 (70%)
6. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.72 179 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (3%) 38 (21%) 133 (74%)
7. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 179 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (4%) 38 (21%) 132 (74%)
8. The instructor defined new terms, concepts, and principles.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 179 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (2%) 40 (22%) 132 (74%)
9. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 179 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (5%) 46 (26%) 124 (69%)
10. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 179 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (2%) 21 (12%) 51 (28%) 103 (58%)
11. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 179 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 18 (10%) 47 (26%) 112 (63%)
12. 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  
4.62 179 0.57 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (4%) 51 (28%) 119 (66%)
13. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.66 179 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (2%) 53 (30%) 121 (68%)
14. The instructor spoke clearly and audibly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.66 179 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (2%) 9 (5%) 34 (19%) 132 (74%)
15. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 179 0.68 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 19 (11%) 46 (26%) 113 (63%)
16. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 179 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (3%) 32 (18%) 141 (79%)
17. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 179 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 16 (9%) 43 (24%) 116 (65%)
18. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
providing a practice exam
Have a study guide for the exams
remove lip ring. or add additional lip ring to opposite side of mouth. it's all about symmetry. also, tighter t-shirts.
To be honest i feel like he did a great job at teaching. Basically nothing to improve on.
explained everything as clear as could be
Nothing, his teaching method is very reasonable
Display more information on mastering biology and when assignments are due.
Give practice exams not just Iclicker questions.
He was excellent in all aspects.
Act a more enthusiastic about the topics he's teaching and do more iclicker questions.
Put more emphasis on things that are important and that will be on the tests
Include some points that are not talked about in lectures that were on the exams
Have a better classroom so seats are more available
He is doing just fine.
Include more iClicker questions throughout the lectures, because those are good study questions for the exams.
Not really sure. He does really good with his lectures.
It would be helpful if he had sent a weekly email reminder about the Mastering Biology homework. The syllabus should be updated to include a description about the Mastering Biology homework (because it doesn't). The practice questions he posts during lecture should be posted on Laulima or included in the slides before class as a study aid.
Professor Walguarnery can tend to be monotone at some points. If he were to engage the class more, it might help.
Great professor. I'd recommend providing more connections to the real world to aid in understanding the material. Also, maybe show a couple videos relating to course content to mix it up a bit.
More interactive lectures
More iClicker questions can get the class more involved! They are fun and enjoyable.
He can not be so monotone, more enthusiastic
Talk with a little more enthusiasm to engage the class more!
Try using examples from the lab
I noticed that the syllabus and first PowerPoint on the class grading policy are not clear. The syllabus does not include homework in the grading but the PowerPoint does.
He could speak in a less monotone manner.
Include videos in the lecture to add variety to how the material is taught.
Justin may improve greatly if he connected terms with real world examples because it gets a bit monotonous when presenting similarly close to the powerpoint slide texts.
There isn't need for improvement, his class is easily understandable but challenging enough to keep me interested in the lectures.
eliminate monotone style of speaking. Be more animated.
Go slower or cut down on material taught.
Allow weekends to complete homework
Nothing really needs improving. He explains all slide content and gives pertinent examples
Very helpful and effective in communicating
This instructor should go over material that is going to be on the exam, it's a bit difficult to go over all the slideshows when there is just so much material covered over the course of the semester. An outline will also be helpful for students because it helps eliminates unnecessary topics within a chapter that we need to study.
I pretty much thought everything was good.
He did a very good job. There is not much to improve
Nothing, it is a good course.
Take it slow for the students to understand.
I feel the class was taught very well. It does not really need any improvements. The main thing that would be a problem was that the microphone wouldn't work some days, but that was a technical issue not a teaching issue.
He can improve by using more videos and other presentation styles to alter his lectures a bit.
Maybe some animation on power points would help engage more of the class.
Keep doing what he is doing!
Have more supplementary materials like mastering biology. The activities required to do in the homework provide a better understanding of the materials. Also help to remember important content.
Justin is a great instructor. He is always organized and always answers questions. He is very easy to talk to and knows the material. What makes him such a great professor is that he knows the material AND is able to conn
Wouldn't change a thing.
have more midterms instead of getting tested on 9 chapters at once for each midterm
none
Nothing much to be changed.
More interaction than clicker
He may possibly be the best teacher i had this semester. im taking a class taught by him at 4;30pm next semester so that should equate to how good he is
He can't; he teaches very well
I do not think that there is anything that Justin can do to improve this course anymore.
N/A
I think that it would have been easier if there wasn't as much chapters covered for each tests. It was a lot of information to learn.
Keep doing the same. Maybe more example videos
You seem to talk with your muscles a lot. Either get fat or wear a long shirt cause it can get distracting.
Cutting down the amount of material that are going to be covered on the exam
Ask more questions to the class, and have them interact more.
Have grades more readily available on Laulima so students can check their progress throughout the course of the semester.
Perhaps have more iclicker questions. The iclicker questions were truly what made me think harder about each topic, and it kept me from getting distracted from the lecture.
speak slower on some points, and enunciate words a little better
I wish there were more exams covering fewer chapters per exam. Also, it's not his fault, but the microphone went out several times. In a large classroom like this lecture, it is difficult to hear if you are in the back without amplification.
Great course, Loved learning about the topics!
maybe slow down a little more for the harder to grasp concepts
By giving more tips and advice for doing well in his course since Biology is a difficult course to undergo.
Give practice exams
Have more interaction with the students. The lectures seem so dry when all we do is listen and then at the end do one clicker question.
Dr. Walguarnery is amazing! He really helped me understand the new concepts and made me more interested in Biology in general!
Great professor an informative presenter! As an improvement I would say more iclicker questions if time allows. They really helped me to stop during the lecture and think about what we had gone over, and I noticed I retained more information from those lectures. Also, put questions in the middle of the lecture, not just the end.
He can't. He is too perfect.
Everything he says comes straight from the power points, maybe he can expand on the concepts.
There should be a greater incentive to come to class, such as making the iclicker questions worth actual points or making them part of the grade.
N/a
He is an amazing professor! I wish all of my professor taught like this one.
He was very enthusiastic about the subject. I don't think the class needs to change.
none
No room for improvement.
none, a great professor!
The only improvement could be to leave the questions in the lecture in the powerpoint.
It wasn't really in his control, but it was difficult understanding him because the microphone was not working properly. And also, it was a little irritating when the iclicker wasn't working either.
I don't think he needs to make any major improvements!
prep class more for exams, provide study guides
Maybe involve more clicker questions to further engage the class in the concepts being taught to the students
He can be more active.
Try different methods during lecture to encourage learning, like having planned small quiz passed out once a week or once a month
Its good as it is!
Be more clear on the specific topics that will be on the test
N/A
To not have homework due on the day of any exam.
I think that Justin Walguarnery does a good job teaching biology. He is fair on grading and the exams are straight from the powerpoint we learn in class. I don't think Justin needs to do anything to improve teaching of this course.
Power points have too many words and it is hard to take notes with the spead of speech that is used during lectures.
Maybe fix the microphone and more iclicker questions, that's about it.
Have more iClicker questions and present them more spaced out during class, to keep the class engaged, awake, and listening.
to go slower on important parts of the lesson
It was perfect!!! LOVE this class!!!
He can improve by giving study guides for the exams.
Professor Walguarnery could add more iClicker questions throughout each powerpoint lecture. The iClicker questions really solidified my understanding of the material and more iClicker questions per lecture would only improve that.
Make homework count
Have the power points available the night before class
Give the students study guides instead of going over all lecture material. There were too much material to read and go over before ever exam which had students put un necessary information into our brain. Made exams a little more challenging.
Nothing, really enjoye the course. Liked how everything tested on was covered during lecture. No surprises on the test, was greatly appreciated
19. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.97 179 0.99 Freq(%) 2 (1%) 10 (6%) 46 (26%) 52 (29%) 66 (37%)
20. Audiovisual materials (or computers) were adequate and used appropriately.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 179 0.7 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 1 (1%) 12 (7%) 68 (38%) 94 (53%)
21. The exams reflected the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.45 179 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 10 (6%) 74 (41%) 91 (51%)
22. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 179 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (7%) 49 (27%) 115 (64%)
23. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
I like how extra credit was given to students that come every class with their iclickers. It gave students a slight rise in their grades.
The exams are based on the powerpoints
The information learned. I thought I was going to learn about the animals already, thank God there's another class for that.
I thought learning about viruses was pretty cool.
I liked that he kept the exam material completely based on the power points he showed on class.
The tutors he supplied for us, and the interactivity within the class by using iclickers.
I liked the iClicker questions for attendance and participation points.
The class was very fair in grading and there were no surprises on the test that was not covered in class.
The interesting and engaging teaching environment.
The interactive questions.
The course wasn't difficult to grasp. Professor Walguarnery goes at a good paste and his exams reflect our knowledge. Doesn't make learning stressful instead, fun.
The simplicity of his lectures
I liked how we had iclicker classes
I just love biology
I liked how his exams were based exactly off of his lectures in class, so they were fairly easy to study for.
I think I really enjoyed how personable he was regardless of how big the class was.
Lecture slides were on point. There was nothing that wasn't included on the slides that showed up on the exam. All information presented was relevant to the course material to be learned.
Learning about taxonomy.
through slides
The predictability was good. You know what is expected of you, know what is going to be covered, know what to study for the exams, etc. It makes it that much easier on the students. Also, I liked the fact that Dr. Walguarnery seemed to sincerely care about the students and their grades.
I liked how the exams were based off of the lectures and that we utilized the iClicker to better our knowledge of the certain subject we were learning.
Power points were good they weren't overfilled with info or too long.
His example slides and his powerpoint. He makes the clearest and most simple power points to help myself understand the material.
How there are only 3 tests total, and no cumulative! So helpful!
The tests covered what the professor said they would and there were no surprises! Also, the grading scale is helpful!
I like how although I am not a fan of Biology, I do not struggle with understanding the material because the lectures and homework are clear and informative.
I thought the material taught was interesting and was clearly taught. I also liked how the homework related to the course and helped to prepare for the test
It was straightforward.
The length of the powerpoint for each lecture class. They were short and to the point.
Mastering Biology I liked best.
Lectures were helpful and interesting.
the course was pretty dry, but I like the examples used when covering new material.
Everything was straight forward. There was no question about what he expected from us.
The grading was very fair!
The material was presented clearly and the exams were all topics reviewed in class
Knowing that our exams came directly from the slides so we didn't have to study two things
His class was interesting and you learn alot
Professor Walguarnery made the materials easy to understand through his clear explanations. He is very helpful and is easily approachable if students need help.
I enjoyed some of the sections that were discussed, information about taxonomy was interesting. iClicker questions were good and helpful.
His lectures were very informative.
Good explanations and the teacher seems to enjoy what he's teaching.
I liked that the lectures were always posted online so that you could refer back to them and not have to worry about missing anything. I liked that the iClicker questions helped secure your knowledge of the main concept. I liked that he was easy to get in touch with.
My favorite aspects were learning about the reproductive processes in both animals and plants. I also enjoyed learning about the different types of bacteria and viruses present in the world.
I enjoyed the grading system.
I really enjoyed learning about evolution and all the factors that play into it.
The lecture content, book , and homework covered the same materials. This allowed for ease in studying and understanding materials.
Justin is a great instructor. He is organized and always answ
The use of the iClickers each lecture.
- The powerpoint slides were easy to understand and straight to the point. - Professor did not read off the slides - Explains very well
the beginning stuff
Every aspect is all right.
slideshows are short and easy to understand
The exams cover material that was discussed in class and students are informed of what to study.
All of it
He teaches in a way that is easily understandable.
The aspects of this course that I liked best was learning new things.
Power Points were very concise
The online practice on Mastering Biology was a very useful teaching/learning tool and helped me to understand the content better
I liked how he made use of Mastering Biology for homework. It was a good and different way to do homework, compared to other courses.
Professor was easy to learn from and examples made things interesting
PICTURES!!! <3
Grading was already curved; the main concepts were the focus of tests
Well spoken professor, knows what it is he is talking about.
I like how the course was well-organized. I always knew what to expect and what I needed to do to perform well.
I like that he is willing to answer any questions that students had. I also appreciated the review sessions he would have right before each exam. This helps reinforce exactly what I need to know for each test, and I really appreciated it.
the general understanding of biology I received from this course
His slides were clear, concise, and explained the topics well.
I really learned a lot! I enjoyed it.
When he would use cool fun interesting examples to back up concepts. EX: glowfish
The powerpoint slides
the iClicker questions - they helped me actually realize how much I'd understood the day's lecture, which made me go to the book and review chapters.
The online homework was easy, and helped with the understanding of the lesson.
His knowledge of the course
I liked how the tests were non cumulative because there was just such a huge amount of information covered in this course that it would have been a bit much to study the finer details of everything for every test.
He is very straightforward. I actually like the iClicker questions because it makes me reflect on the lectures.
I liked the mastering biology homework. They helped in preparation for the exams.
Detailed overviews of the concepts through powerpoint
How real examples were brought into play with the concepts we were learning in class. Most of the examples caught my attention and helped me remember the concepts better.
Justin's teaching style. It was enthusiastic and understandable.
The order in which the topics were covered.
His style of teaching.
The powerpoints were clear and had detailed information, which made things easier to understand. Mainly just having the visual figures helped a lot.
The power points and lectures made the material easier to understand.
The lecture itself was very helpful, along with the teachers input and description of topics
He is good at explaining the concepts and always makes sure he allows students to ask any questions.
I like when he related class material/biology with animals and visuals
Thorough power points and lecturing
I liked the iClicker.
lecture slides are interesting
The clear and thorough power points
Evolution
Mastering Biology homework
Really appreciated the iClicker points as they really helped us maintain reasonable grades.
I liked that he was very straightforward about the material on the exam.
I like how the exams are straight from the power points we learn in class. The exams are fair and Justin doesn't put tricky questions on the exam to lower students' grades. The grading of this course is also fair, including the extra credit points students' earn from clickers.
I like that test are based off of power points and that the homework is related to material taught during lecture.
I love doing iClicker questions to help see if I am understanding the material.
I liked that all the material needed was on the PowerPoint, no surprises on the exam. Covered everything equally.
I loved the way he graded his exams. He was a very fair and generous grader, and his curves really helped to improve the grades of a lot of people.
his use of powerpoints in regards to the main topics of the lesson
I like how I get to interact with use of the iClicker
We covered all the basics of the field of biology, and learned about the significance of each concept.
I appreciated that I knew exactly was expected of me going into the course. In addition, I liked that I knew what I needed to study for the exams, consequently helping me to do better on the exams. Professor Walguarnery's slide show presentations were very well made--the use of pictures rather than words was very helpful and forced me to listen to what Professor Walguarnery was saying rather than trying to read what was on the slides.
He makes sure you know the material.
Having power point slides posted before class
It was all quite interesting.
The grading scale., also like stated early no surprises on the test because everything covered was on the lecture slide
24. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.52 179 0.57 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (3%) 71 (40%) 96 (54%)
25. Other comments:
Keep teaching the way you teach. An excellent Biology teacher.
I loved the class and I loved the teacher.
Very good professor, easy to understand, learn a lot, very helpful. He is knowledgeable and knows how to pass on his knowledge to his students.
Place some videos in the lecture to keep students alert. I like that we use an iClicker. It encourages me to go to class.
None
I would also recommend adding another test to help spread out the assessment of the material.
Lecture is hard to follow sometimes because it gets monotonous and doesn't seem to interesting.
He's a great professor who is very understanding and flexible.
The iclicker questions were very helpful.
You're the best
I would recommend this class for anyone needing to take 171 or 172. I wish 172 for the Spring semester wasn't so late.
Just Walguarney looks like a young Sylvester Stallone and is a very stimulating instructor. Despite the fact that it was an 8:30 AM class, he managed to keep me awake and engaged through almost every lecture. He is very knowledgeable about the subject and has a great way of presenting the information. I also appreciated how straightforward the information was, and how there would be no surprise content on the exams.
Justin is a great professor. He knows the material very well and is able to connect it to real life issues as well as his studies. He is well prepared and organized. Asking him questions to clarify subject material is also very easy. He is great at explaining material. I knew most of the material going into the class and still learned a great deal. Overall Justin is a great professor. I would definitely take more of his classes in the future.
Really enjoyed having this class, was well taught and I feel I learned a lot.
none
I would like him to teach Bio 172 for next semester. Great teacher with great reasonable grading system.
Its a fun enjoyable class
He is a fair professor and is available to assist students when needed
Nope
None.
Never seen a man wear a lip ring so well.
I recommend this instructor for this course for others.
Very good professor.
none
It would be perfect if there were more seats available because it seemed like there were more students than seats. A lot of times, people ended up sitting on the ground during lecture.
I liked that Professor Justin was prompted to answer questions and was very fair when it came to grading homework.
stay snazzy justin
You can tell that he really cares and wants all of his students to succeed. He answers any questions that students ask in a very respective and clear way. He speaks very clearly too.
Awesome biology class! :)
Loved this course with this instructor!
Thank you!
I have registered to be in Mr. Walguarnery's class next semester due to his awesome course this semester!
He was a good professor that did a good job teaching.
Can their be no more iclicker buying books is expensive as it is...:(
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Very good course. It was a little challenging and daunting to figure out what information would be important to know for the tests since we covered about 8 or 9 chapters for each test. Other than that, the material was presented very clearly and I really appreciated the time you spent clarifying information and helping us understand the material. I also really liked that you tried to make everything as simple as possible while still retaining the most crucial aspects of each topic.
I would definitely recommend this course to anyone!
very good professor, understands students if there is a problem or need in taking a test due to absence, speaks easily so students understand
Can't wait for next semester!!!!
I would take another course from this professor.
good job
More study guides to help the students study what actually needs to be studied.

Justin Walguarnery: BIOL171, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Biology
Course: BIOL 171 - Introduction to Biology I Crn (Section): 77047 (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  
1.92 79 1.13 Freq(%) 40 (51%) 14 (18%) 13 (16%) 9 (11%) 1 (1%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.9 79 0.31 Freq(%) 8 (10%) 69 (87%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 79 0.55 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (13%) 68 (86%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 79 0.63 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 20 (25%) 57 (72%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 79 0.67 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 0 (0%) 2 (3%) 24 (30%) 52 (66%)
6. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 79 0.66 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 0 (0%) 2 (3%) 19 (24%) 56 (71%)
7. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 79 0.65 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 0 (0%) 2 (3%) 15 (19%) 60 (76%)
8. The instructor defined new terms, concepts, and principles.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.68 79 0.63 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 19 (24%) 58 (73%)
9. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.54 79 0.69 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 0 (0%) 3 (4%) 26 (33%) 49 (62%)
10. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.23 79 0.88 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 1 (1%) 14 (18%) 26 (33%) 37 (47%)
11. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.28 79 0.8 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 1 (1%) 8 (10%) 33 (42%) 35 (44%)
12. 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  
4.59 79 0.71 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 0 (0%) 4 (5%) 20 (25%) 54 (68%)
13. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 79 0.69 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 0 (0%) 3 (4%) 24 (30%) 51 (65%)
14. The instructor spoke clearly and audibly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.66 79 0.66 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 0 (0%) 2 (3%) 19 (24%) 57 (72%)
15. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.46 79 0.83 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 2 (3%) 5 (6%) 23 (29%) 48 (61%)
16. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 79 0.57 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 13 (16%) 64 (81%)
17. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 79 0.74 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 0 (0%) 5 (6%) 21 (27%) 50 (63%)
18. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Sometimes Justin can be a bit mono-toned. He could try to have some exciting points here and there to wake everyone up.
Take more time on the lectures. Instead of completing one chapter everyday he could possibly, talk about them more thoroughly.
If lecture and lab corresponded better with one another the entire Bio 171 course would be greatly improved.
More homework problems to help undersatnd the subject and to have more practice with terms that are needed to know.
I think preparing some sort of study guide would really help students with the exams.
He could try to be a little less monotone and more enthusiastic?
He could make use of the iClickers more to see if there are some topics that need to be covered more.
Use more examples from the book to describe challenging topics.
Don't make clicker questions mandatory.
making the presentations a little more lively.
It would be nice if he was slightly less monotone.
Possibly add some sort of in class activity to make it more exciting.
Maybe giving more examples and using smaller words so we can actually grasp the concept.
Don't know
I think Justin is doing a fantastic job.
Shouldn't change.
Give practice exams
Some concepts were over our heads, but to the point where no one was even able to formulate a question about how lost we were. Mainly with the difficulties around DNA.
He can possibly slow down in his lectures because it was difficult for me to take notes.
Considering the amount of material that needs to be covered, he did a good job of stripping everything down to the basics however with the large amount of "stuff" to know I would have found it very helpful to have a study guide in preparation for the exams. I felt that the review sessions were lacking in that the open question and answer was fine, but the advise to study was to look at everything on the powerpoints...frustrating! For an intro course I was hoping for a little more guidance to what to focus on or what topics students had problems with in the past to pay more attention to.
By providing more homework.
I can't think of any way to improve the course.
I really connected with his way of teaching, perhaps better review sessions would be nice, but it was still good.
n/a
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offer midday/afternoon classes. 8:30 is very early and 3:30 ends pretty late. his next semester class is even later. I would have definitely taken him again if he offered better times.
Talk a littl bit slower on the key slides of the class
Giving the homework till Sunday to complete. Friday is such an odd day if it is opened on Monday.
He's great
To improve on the course I would recommend that Walguarnery used other forms of teaching aids besides powerpoint. It would make the class more interesting if there were some videos or something else mixed in.
Justin Walguarnery is a great teacher and he is well informed about the subject he is teaching. I honestly wish I could say that about all my teachers. I wish I could take his class again.
it's pretty good as is; lectures are very easy to understand and fairly straight forward
I think that if he made the class available earlier in the day I would be happier, but other than that I enjoy this class.
I think it is perfect the way it is.
I understand that there is a required amount of information we need to know by the end of the semester, but I think it would be easier, and more efficient, if we had more tests cover less chapters. Having information from eight different chapters is A LOT to review.
Simplify some of the material
He is a little monotone and needs a little more enthusiasm but other than that he's perfect!
He could make a study guide, perhaps.
He could be a little more interesting.
He's an outstanding professor. I think he should hint the specifics of what is on the exams so that we don't over study or under study.
LESS WORDS ON POWERPOINTS. Listening to what he says and writing notes with this difficult course does not help understand what he's saying. Overall, great with the subject. Very knowledgeable.
He does a really good job of teaching the material and being straight forward.
Justin's methods of teaching are very effective and his powerpoints are very informational and easy to follow.
I got nothing.
make it more fun
Make lecture more interesting, and give reminders for online homework
He could cut off some contents that he decide to not bring to be in exam. There are many details that students cannot remember all in short time.
include video(s) during presentation
More office hours
Perhaps, bring in actual props so we can actually see what certain organisms look like or models of different biological processes for visual aid.
No iClicker!
Make more time to meet with students. I feel like we could only reach you after class or through email.
Nothing! Great class, interesting, and not too dense.
19. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.99 79 1.03 Freq(%) 2 (3%) 2 (3%) 24 (30%) 18 (23%) 33 (42%)
20. Audiovisual materials (or computers) were adequate and used appropriately.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 79 0.83 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 1 (1%) 8 (10%) 25 (32%) 42 (53%)
21. The exams reflected the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 79 0.78 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 1 (1%) 5 (6%) 28 (35%) 43 (54%)
22. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 79 0.7 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 0 (0%) 3 (4%) 27 (34%) 47 (59%)
23. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
The course was straight powerpoint, and the exam answers were found all in the powerpoint. There were no tricks, or games when it came to the exams, just straight to the point. Justin also went through the lecture fairly quickly which was great.
That he explained the slides of each chapter rather than reading right off the powerpoint slides as more big lecture professors do.
Examples of current research about relevant topics were very neat.
The homework. It helped me to use the knowledge that was learned in classand apply it. This helped me retain the knowledge better.
Well, I like biology, so the subject matter itself was engaging.
I loved his curve and the boost iClicker questions provided!
I liked how broad of a range of topics were able to be covered so we were able to be exposed to many different fields of biology that are out there. I felt like I was able to find the specific areas of biology that I liked and disliked.
The theory of evolution
I liked that the power points were straight-forward, and they were also posted online, so I could go and study the information.
That there were only a few tests.
He was very straightforward with his lectures and exams. Would summarize the text so that we could understand it better. But pictures on the slide which made it easier to connect difficult concepts to something that we know or can easily picture.
having the iclicker test questions.
There was nothing that stood out. It was a lecture every day.
I enjoyed the evolutions and origins aspects of the course.
Learning about viruses and bacteria was my favorite part of the class. Also learning there is a real animal called a mole-cricket was pretty awesome!
Subject matter
I like how he really knows what he's talking about and can answer any of our questions.
He uses lots of relatable examples in talking about the topics
The course material was clear what we needed to know. He didn't give us the answers directly, but as long as you went to lecture and paid attention then you would know what would be on the exams.
I like the examples used in the power points and he explained all of the difficult concepts very thoroughly.
The consistency of the online homework assignments; always assigned and due on the same days at same times. The iclicker involvement was cool too, not just for attendance, but to see if you're understanding the material for the lecture.
The reading material.
I liked that the lectures were online and we can print them out to study with them and we didn't have to take notes. The professor was really cool. He was really easy going and really open to all of our questions.
I loved that he could relate everything in lecture to real life applications/examples, it really made me remember and understand the material.
In Professor Walguarnery's lectures he clearly states the main points and tells you that these are the things to know for the upcoming exams. Also, if you do not understand a topic too well he goes into detail about it and tries to explain it beyond just the textbook definition.
extra credit opportunities. He should have mastering count for some of our grade if hes going to assign and expect us to do it every week.
I liked how the slides were put up online and could be viewed again to retread the information
It was straight forward which I loved.
He keeps everything simple
I liked the fact that attending class and participating in the iclicker questions is extra credit. Many students dont show up to class and get good grades on the test. I believe that it is fair for the students who do go to class and strive to learn to get extra credit.
power points and supplemental videos
I like that he doesn't require the book. Powerpoints are to the point and give you the information that he thinks is most important. I know exactly what he wants me to study and know for the test.
Powerpoints were uploaded in advance allowing students to print the slides to take notes.
He articulates his words very well and will explain and answer any question about any complex concepts in detail.
Topics were interesting
The lectures had nice pictures that effectively helped my understanding of the material.
Everything
The power points were very helpful, not so much text that it becomes very dull.
I liked that he put the lectures online.
Iclicker was great exercise. His attitude was always great. He's an outstanding professor.
Anything that had nothing to do with cells.
I liked how straight forward his tests are, no trick questions or anything. He goes over exactly what will be on exams and makes it easy to study.
I liked how Justin's powerpoints were easy to follow along with and simplified the content so I could make better sense of new concepts.
You get points for participation, the course was easy to understand, and the professor is understandable.
his lectures are not very long
Lab
Its fair grading
I like how you give real world applications of the topics we discuss and not just "learn this because I said to"
the i clicker questions.
N/A
- He had powerpoints posted up on Laulima to refer back to. - He was clear and understanding in teaching biological knowledge. He does not just read off the text, but also give examples and explains in a very simple way for us to understand him. He also uses real life situations and issues that are currently happening now, that we can relate to.
The lectures were intriguing
The lectures were interesting and very informative. I learned a lot in this class and am glad that I signed up for it. The instructor spoke clearly and gave great examples to help each student fully understand the material being presented.
24. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.39 79 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (6%) 38 (48%) 36 (46%)
25. Other comments:
Good Job! I love the power points and how the exams are related exactly to them. See you in 172
Justin is a good teacher and understands the material very well.
Thanks for a good semster.
My problem with this course is that it is EXTREMELY difficult to study for the exams. I really believe that students would benefit from some sort of guidance (i.e. a study guide) to prepare for exams.
I would take this course from him again!
None
Overall an extremely friendly and intelligent teacher; he never hesitated to help students and answer questions. Also, he made lectures interesting and made sure to slow down and emphasize important pints throughout lectures. I would give him a solid A as a teacher and recommend anybody in the field of biology to take him as a professor.
Mastering biology assignments helped with studying and understanding the concepts
would recommend people to take this class again with the same teacher.
I would like to take the next biology course with this instructor.
Mastering bio isn't very helpful (don't feel like I really learn anything from it) but it's a good grade booster. Justin is really nice if you have any questions about anything!
This is a great professor and would recommend him to students.
I loved this class even though biology generally doesn't come easy to me he made it very enjoyable and understandable.
None
Thanks for making Biology fun and not to painful.
There was a lot of material covered in this course. I would have really appreciated a study guide for the tests.
This is a great Biology class I learned a lot.
Great teacher
Again, he's outstanding. I want him to teach all my science courses.
Several things that throw me off is -his large vocabulary -a lot of things on his lectures. I understand he's smart, but half the time in class I try figuring out what he was trying to say and look up the huge word he uses. Overall, great professor! Smart, and tries his best to make things easy.
Overall one of my better professors I have had at UHM. I plan to take another BIOL course by him.
Great teacher! Very knowledgable.
Good course but there was just a lot of information crammed into one semester.
none
Some questions on tests weren't covered in class

Justin Walguarnery: BIOL172, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Biology
Course: BIOL 172 - Introduction to Biology II Crn (Section): 78998 (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  
1.81 114 1.11 Freq(%) 62 (54%) 24 (21%) 14 (12%) 10 (9%) 1 (1%) 1 (1%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.96 114 0.21 Freq(%) 5 (4%) 107 (94%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 114 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 19 (17%) 94 (82%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 114 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 29 (25%) 84 (74%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 114 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (5%) 30 (26%) 78 (68%)
6. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 114 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (4%) 24 (21%) 84 (74%)
7. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 114 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 8 (7%) 23 (20%) 81 (71%)
8. The instructor defined new terms, concepts, and principles.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 114 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (4%) 20 (18%) 90 (79%)
9. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.61 114 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 4 (4%) 34 (30%) 75 (66%)
10. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 114 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 19 (17%) 27 (24%) 66 (58%)
11. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.52 114 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (10%) 32 (28%) 69 (61%)
12. 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  
4.61 114 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 7 (6%) 27 (24%) 79 (69%)
13. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 114 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (2%) 31 (27%) 81 (71%)
14. The instructor spoke clearly and audibly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.72 114 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (5%) 20 (18%) 88 (77%)
15. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 114 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 14 (12%) 28 (25%) 71 (62%)
16. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 114 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 26 (23%) 87 (76%)
17. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 114 1.04 Freq(%) 3 (3%) 5 (4%) 18 (16%) 26 (23%) 62 (54%)
18. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
He's a great teacher
Maybe making the amount for the exams less because it is a lot of material to remember
He does a great job at everything, really. The only thing I could be bitter about is how much information we have to memorize. But that is expected; biology isn't a simple concept.
His power points were excellent and the way he summarized the materials was very good. But his lectures were just exactly off his power points, if there was a better way to connect the lectures to more example to memorize the material that would be nice. I think it was good of him that he pointed the main idea, and had the main idea repeated in multiply slides. But if feel like there could be better connection to the rest of the terms to the main idea, to help better memorize so much material. The test did not cover all the material, and there is a lot of material that we go over. So maybe we could have more homework quizzes that go over the different material and the details, and for the test to focus on the bigger ideas and concepts that we need to know and that applies to other classes.
I enjoyed this class, I just tended to fall asleep a lot in lecture.
To not squeeze so many sections/chapters into an exam. It makes it difficult to study and remember everything to pass the test. Maybe have more exams every 4 or so sections so we can be able to retain more information easier, then lead up until the midterms and finals. I know most people probably do not like more tests, but it's very difficult to retain 12-14 different 30-40pages of power points. I think we'd be more successful to get better grades and actually remember the facts.
He is really good, but his voice is so monotonic. He could improve if he add grace to his speech.
There is often too much material per each exam. The class in itself has a lot of material, but only 3 exams is rough for the amount of things we cover in class.
No mastering biology
let students know that you don't really NEED to buy the text book. Barely used anything in the bundle except Mastering.
Sometimes it's difficult to hear so he can project his voice a bit more.
Justin Walguarnery was a great teacher for this class, he was knowledgable on the material and kept the lectures engaging by adding a lot of information and not just read from power points. I believe he focused in on important points in each chapter and made a very overwhelming amount of material much more digestible.
More clarity on hw dates
I think his course is already perfect.
Perhaps he can use simpler examples or use more video clips in his lectures for better understanding of the course materials.
Nothing really. Great Biology teacher.
Not cram too much info into slides
The only thing that Professor Walguarnery can do to improve his course, is to shorten the amount of lectures in one midterm. Reviewing 15 chapters worth of material is insane. I'm pretty sure no one starts ahead; but either than that he's doing a great job.
He could have more than one review session.
not sure, everything was done perfectly.
Explain more in-depth certain power point slides
n/a
I feel like i did not get enough practice in between exams, making the nights before an exam more stressful. possibly assigning more home work would help the students commit the course material to memory.
Focus a little bit more on what might be on the exams, not word for word but succinct.
Have a study guide for the exams
The material actually tested on is not as difficult/in depth as his slides. My only frustration was that I studied very difficult concepts covered in the slides but the test did not cover as complex/difficult the information given to us wise. However, I recognize the more challenging things I studied that were not tested on I will see later on in medical school. So there really is no loss and there is nothing wrong with over studying on my end.
I feel like this class was already quite great.
Give a more detailed analysis on the grading (i.e., class average, curve (if applicable)).
Better test reveiws?
Remind about homework after each lecture
Nothing
Add more interesting videos, but other than that this class was awesome!
extend class time
add more iclicker questions that are likely to be on exams
The only thing I would request is study guides, so that we're not in the dark when it comes to test time.
Less content in one exam, so more spread out exams.
Maybe provide slight studies guides, the exams are really tough because we need to know so much information!
Assertive on Mastering Biology Homework. Reminding when new homework is available.
Nothing, he's good!
More tests rather than 2 huge midterms that covered so much material
Maybe be a bit more energetic while teaching. I understand that it's a lecture but adding fun facts or something similar would make class more enjoyable.
Have practice tests before an exam
I think he can improve by maybe giving one more iClicker question per lecture.
Make things a little more exciting. He knows his stuff, not doubt about that. Maybe try and get the students involved in some kind of activity to encourage better learning.
Maybe providing practice exams before the actual exam.
Great teacher. Maybe add a practice exam or more relevant mastering biology questions.
A little extra credit would be reassuring.
More pictures
I thought the course was taught well and the work/tests were reasonable
He could slow down a little, or add more questions.
I feel that his method of teaching was a great method. To be able to see everything and have it explained at once was very helpful. Perhaps to have the class be more interactive would have been great.
He should provide a study guide before exams. There is so much information to know for just one exam it's very overwhelming.
Great instructor
He taught well, it is just a hard course.
Possibly make a study session to make sure the information is solidified.
Great teacher nothing i can note to improve on
He is doing a good job
The course it's self is a lot to take in and I don't think they will limit the amount of information. So maybe taking the time to go over specifically what's going to be on the tests because there is so much information and only 50 questions per test (excluding the final).
More animated video to help understand the subject/topic, like where each cell/organ is and what is it's purpose. This would help a lot compare to reading from the textbook because I find visuals less complex and am able to understand better.
More Videos explaining complex biological processes
N/A
There is a lot of information to know it can be overwhelming for yes tests. Maybe break it down more so There is less material per test that we have to study or maybe have homework or extra credit that forces you to study the material little by little? I don't know just a lot to memorize I don't know that that can be avoided.
course was great
Sometimes he tests things on the test that either weren't mentioned or not stressed enough. During reviews, a lot of the things he suggested we study didn't make up many questions. It would help if he stressed the things that were actually going to be on the test.
19. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 114 1.08 Freq(%) 3 (3%) 7 (6%) 26 (23%) 28 (25%) 49 (43%)
20. Audiovisual materials (or computers) were adequate and used appropriately.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.61 114 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (6%) 30 (26%) 76 (67%)
21. The exams reflected the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.48 114 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 5 (4%) 46 (40%) 62 (54%)
22. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.54 114 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (4%) 42 (37%) 65 (57%)
23. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
Justin! He is a good teacher.
I like how he made slides and he explained the slides instead of reading right off of what the slides say.
I really liked how he had various examples for different slides, using other sources such as Ted videos and youtube videos that were about the subject we were learning and they were really interesting.
just the knowledge that he had on certain things amazed me
The information was interesting, the examples were peculiar, and the content was something that could be applicable to everyday thinking.
The material was easy to understand and interesting.
The visuals.
I liked the visual aids and videos.
The lectures are really enriching. Dr. Walguarnery extends his lectures to the practical usage of Biology in real life.
The videos shown in class were very informational and helpful.
watching videos
Tested us on things that were gone over in class. Made material easy to understand and related a lot of it to how it affects us as humans.
Very informative course with interactive aspects (iClicker questions) and helpful slides.
The lectures, I actually get into what my professor is saying and the concepts are interesting to learn about in my opinion.
Course material is very interesting, but there's just so much to memorize and the concepts are difficult to comprehend at times.
Learning about animals and their environment.
I loved how professor walguarnery incorporated different animals as examples of what we were learning. He explained everything very well and always answered questions.
I liked his lecture's the most. He cracked a couple of jokes here and there; and he's a pretty chill guy.
I liked when he showed videos that relate to the topics discussed in class
Power points were easily accessible and concepts were explained thoroughly
I really enjoyed the lectures. I felt that they were thought provoking and very relevant to the course material. I also appreciated the fact that what was gone over in class was actually on the exams. I feel like some professors do not always have the tests in mind when they are speaking, but tat was not the case in this course.
The power points intrigued me the most since I was learning so much and I could also look back to it in the future.
I liked how our questions on the exam were taken exactly from the power points and that the power points were available to us before class.
The clarification in the expectations of the course were clear and everything else in the class was pretty straight forward- no curve balls that the students had to freak out about last minute or stress on/figure out on their own
I liked that the tests were straightforward.
I enjoyed the videos throughout the lectures and how organized the presentations were.
The online homework.
The power points.
everything!
I liked that the powerpoints were as simple as they could be given the content of the class
How he presented the information in a way where I could understand. He always had examples.
lectures
he speaks clearly and answers questions whenever someone has one, even during the middle of the powerpoint. he's very helpful and likes helping his students
Interesting stuff!
How well he knows his information.
I liked the videos that were shown in class, kept me interested and contained good information
Interesting tangents during lecture allowed us to remember terms better. Very interesting and powerpoint was displayed efficiently where information was relevant and not cluttered with work.
The way walguarnery simplified the course and made it easier to comprehend
Learning about animals
I loved learning about the workings about the animal and human body. I also enjoyed loved when we went in depth while learning about germs--it was oddly fascinating.
The power points posted on Laulima are very helpful in studying
The fact that he used real life example that the students see all the in Hawaii.
I liked how the layout of the test exams were based directly off of the slides. It made things easier to study knowing that everything on the exam were going to be from the powerpoints. For some reason the books are harder for me to understand. Whereas with the powerpoints, text material is summerized and easier for me to grasp the concept of the subject.
The different videos showed in class
I thought that the use of power point was very beneficial. The professor was knowledgeable and seemed to enjoy his work. He was straight-forward, professional, and understanding. I thought that the tests where reasonable and the online homework was beneficial. Show up, study, and get a good grade. No tricks! Great intro course!
The power points are very helpful
he highlighted the main points of the chapters on the slides---exam questions came directly from the slides excellent teacher
I liked the videos and supplmental information that he would give, even if it wasn't on the test. I really like that the test is straight from the powerpoints because it makes it easier to study, and I don't have to frantically try to take notes on everything that he says in class.
I liked the whole set up of the lecture with having a giant wall projecting the powerpoint for everyone to see. I enjoyed listening to Mr.Walguarney teach because he seemed very confident yet very chill that he was easy to talk to and listen to.
Information was interesting, but just too much information smashed into one semester. I don't know what to study for the exams because there is too much information that I won't know is necessary for the exam or not.
The visual aids that were used within the lectures and how professor Walguarnery made the material easier to comprehend.
everything
Good grading policy.
The phylogenies, mainly how certain traits developed
I like how the course is taught off of his power points, instead of us having to read the textbooks. The content is straight to the point and simplified so it's easier to grasp.
good lectures. posted power points were helpful.
I really enjoyed all the examples he gave of organisms that relate to the topic being discussed. It makes what we're learning more interesting.
He posted the powerpoints the day before lecture
I like the fact that the test are based on the lectures, but the lecture slides start to add up when exams arrive and there is too much information.
The lectures are really easy to follow and you really don't need to read the book as long as you properly read the powerpoints. Everything you need to learn is on the powerpoints.
Learning about why the current state of the world ecologically is what it is and what we can do about it.
The teacher
His teaching was great and loved the pwerpoints they were very helpful
I enjoyed the class as a whole. Justin was one of the better lecturers I have had. He was clear. Gave plenty of examples and metaphors. I was confused very little if at all during the semester. I enjoyed his class so much I made sure I was in his lecture next semester.
The material was interesting although in a large volume.
24. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.49 114 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 8 (7%) 38 (33%) 64 (56%)
25. Other comments:
I like the teacher and his teaching. Problem: I do not like the way the class grading system is set up. To much weight on only three exams and not enough wiggle room for other opportunities to display knowledge of the large amount of material covered. Having only three exams do not accurately display students true comprehension of topics. Also, by not providing an actual study quide and/or outline, this creates unnecessary stress for students. Solution: Have quizzes in-between the large exams to help students track progression and comprehension. This will help students know what to expect in the large exams and also allow students to seek help as needed by the results of the quizzes. I feel that it is imperative to have a study guide and/or outline to better prepare students for these exams. I feel that this is imperative in order to help maintain stress levels during and prior to exam days. I also feel that these solution will boost confidence in students and allow them to feel that they would be able to succeed. This is an introductory course. Mahalo
He's a cool dude.
Overall Mr. Walguarnery is a excellent professor, the material for this class is just a lot to retain, and it is difficult for students to memorize so much. If there were more optional homework assignments to practice the materials that would be good.
A+
This is the best lecture class I have, so far, at UHM. The university should hire more university professors like Dr. Walguarnery. He really knows what he is teaching.
Fun course, great teacher, but I wish his Exams weren't so tricky...the wordings throws me off a bit, but overall I enjoyed BIOL!
This is one of my favorite classes this semester. Walguarnery is a great professor and the success in his students should show that.
I thought Justin was an excellent Biology teacher. He really gets into details when explaining slides. Keep teaching the way you teach.
Professor Walguarney is a great professor and always willing to help his students so that they better understand the material. Overall i would say he is a great professor.
I would totally recommend taking your introductory biology courses from Justin Walguarnery. He's an amazing professor, that actually knows what he's talking about and he goes at a pace that every one can follow. The only down side to his teaching style is that he cramps together 15 chapters into one midterm and expects us to review everything by then. I also don't like the fact that, that's the only thing he can actually grade us on. Besides homework, tests are worth 20% of our grade, and I'm sorry but i find that ridiculous.
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I really enjoyed this course and I hope that I have Justin Walguarnery in future courses.
Walguarnery is a great teacher! He not only is very clear in teaching lecture but he is genuinely a nice person. He is understanding and considerate and wants his time to be openly known as a resource for his students to use. He is polite and considerate and I don't think he's just doing it for show. Awesome teacher.
It should be curved grade.
I enjoyed this class and Dr. W as a professor
Intense amount of material to learn over the course of the semester. Does not quite allow for really retaining material, but simply memorizing until after exam.
He is a very good professor and knows how to teach very well, he also explains and further elaborates when a student doesn't understand a particular topic but his exams are a little harsh especially when he expects us to memorize all of the lecture slide, which I find a bit tedious and useless. Why should I memorize thorough information that possibly won't be on the exam and waste so much time on that? I think study guides would be appropriate for the class or an outline of what NOT to waste my time on not studying.
Best teacher! He's awesome and I enjoyed his class very much! Can't wait to take his next class!
Great class, hard material, would've been helpful to have study guides tho.
He is a great teacher and wants his students to do well.
This class was incredibly interesting and taught me a lot!
I do like this course. But I would like to reccomend Professor Justin to maybe creative activities to get the students more engaged into the subject. This could really help the students get more involved and remember things better. I also want to reccomend that maybe he can give the students quizzes or homework worksheets in between tests. That would really help us prep for the exams. I do understand that the exams are based off of the slides, but then again there are enormous amounts of slides per powerpoint and can be very overwhelming. By creating mini quizzes, activities, or hw worksheets ON TOP of the masteringbiology homeworks, this could really help prepare the class more for each exams and finals. Other than that, I like this class! Professor Justin KNOWS HIS STUFF. Iʻm always amazed and how much he knows and doesnʻt need notes or paper to look at to help him with his slides. ITʻS ALL BY MEMORY!! Love it. Thanks justin. HAVE A GOOD CHRISTMAS BREAK!
A hard class, need to study more :/
Very helpful
i enjoyed not having to struggle listening to you teach the material
Maybe there could be like 2 free class misses where you don't lose points. Sometimes people get sick, and don't want to be dishonest and give someone else their iClicker to get the points for them.
Please consider the study guides so students can actually enjoy the class without thinking of failing the course.
Professor Walguarnery did a great job this semester in teaching us Biology. I had him for 171 as well and would recommend him to incoming/ lowerclassmen to take.
I learned a lot from this course but the amount of information was kind of overbearing
good teacher. very clear, gave good examples
I liked everything about this class. It's very easy and understandable as long as you listen to the lectures and do the homework.
None
He is a good speaker and has good knowledge of course material. His powerpoints were helpful in breaking down the massive amount of material we needed to learn for the course.

Justin Walguarnery: ZOOL439, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Zoology
Course: ZOOL 439 - Animal Ecology Crn (Section): 73098 (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  
3.76 29 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (31%) 18 (62%) 2 (7%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.69 29 0.47 Freq(%) 9 (31%) 20 (69%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 29 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (21%) 23 (79%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 29 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (14%) 25 (86%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 29 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (14%) 25 (86%)
6. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 29 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (21%) 23 (79%)
7. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 29 0.31 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (10%) 25 (86%)
8. The instructor defined new terms, concepts, and principles.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 29 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 3 (10%) 25 (86%)
9. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 29 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (14%) 25 (86%)
10. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 29 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (10%) 6 (21%) 19 (66%)
11. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 29 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 8 (28%) 19 (66%)
12. 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  
4.83 29 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (17%) 24 (83%)
13. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 29 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (17%) 24 (83%)
14. The instructor spoke clearly and audibly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 29 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 5 (17%) 23 (79%)
15. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.66 29 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 6 (21%) 21 (72%)
16. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 29 0.31 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (10%) 26 (90%)
17. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 29 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (17%) 24 (83%)
18. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
He does a really good job at teaching this course! He doesn't need to change anything.
Honestly can't think of anything...
Elaborate more from your powerpoints, I know this may be challenging as there are so many topics covered, but this would not only help us understand concepts better, it would also give students more incentive to attend class
This was one of the best courses I have ever taken. I cannot actually think of anything. Justin used pictures, videos, his exams were fair and about the subject matter that was taught. He reviewed in class and was always ready to help out. The concepts were beneficial to my major and I would recommend this class to my friends.
Some short youtube clips of certain behaviors would be effective.
Don't make us buy the book if we're not going to use it.
Since the class is specifically required for marine bio majors, it would have been nice to have more of a marine emphasis on the material. I also would have liked to turn in the worksheets for the videos and papers, just to get some more grades than just from exams.
Some of the lectures could have been less fast. I had trouble taking notes because he went over things so quickly and if I got confused I'd fall behind and miss a section/slide/explanation.
Perhaps speak a little louder, there are times when your voice does not sound very clear, even at the front row. Especially when you speak while transitioning slides, the volume gets obstructed by the equipment in the corner.
Not sure why our tests were not given back in class. I know I could go and get it from his office but I don't think that should be required when there was plenty of time in class to hand them back and recollect. The feedback would have been useful to prepare for future tests. Also a textbook was "required" however would have been completely unnecessary /I would have been upset if I had purchased it, not sure why it was even suggested?
N/A
Great as is!
Everything was fair
try to keep students engaged because this will help grasp complex subjects.
Nothing. It was great.
19. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.04 29 1.26 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 4 (14%) 3 (10%) 5 (17%) 15 (52%)
20. Audiovisual materials (or computers) were adequate and used appropriately.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 29 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (10%) 3 (10%) 23 (79%)
21. The exams reflected the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 29 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (17%) 23 (79%)
22. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 29 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 3 (10%) 25 (86%)
23. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
I like the days where we get to watch videos. They are relevant to the topics at hand and interesting at the same time.
I liked the structure of the course, how the information was presented, and the balance between lectures, movies, and reading assignments. I also like that references to the literature were provided for most of the slides.
Videos to illustrate/make stronger concepts covered in class
documentaries for visuals!
I really liked the subject because it tied together everything that we have learned in previous biology courses and applied concept to real world examples.
I enjoyed all aspects of the course. His teaching style made learning a new topic desirable.
Everything. Walguarnery is an amazing professor. Although he can get monotone in the lecture, he cares and has so much passion about what he is teaching. He is one of the professors that really does care about his students.
It is very clear and interesting topics. Video days are a nice break.
I liked having 5 exams and no final. I also thought all the material was really interesting. The sperm whale video was probably my favorite one.
The videos and readings were great but the textbook was a waste of money and that was a lot of money - I didn't use it at all and I wish I hadn't bought it (and I got good grades without it). Justin always put up cute creatures on the powerpoints and provided really interesting and engaging examples to keep us interested. It was great.
The videos shown in class were interesting to watch and tie into the material effectively. The reading assignments are also rather enjoyable.
Very structured, no surprises on the exams, videos were a good touch.
I really enjoyed all of the recent ecological studies that Justin would include in his lectures. There were really interesting lecture slides, readings, and videos that we watched. The sturcture was great and the tests were not tricky. As long as you studied and came to class, there is no way a student could not do well in this course.
I liked that Dr. Walguarnery used examples that were captivating during his lectures. I also liked the video choices he used to supplement the lectures; they were very informational as well as entertaining and fun to watch. I appreciated that lots of the important topics/facts were highlighted in each lecture, either by different font coloration or by Dr. Walguarnery himself. I liked that this course was very straight forward and that Dr. Walguarnery made the subject matter exciting and eye opening via his lectures, photos, examples, videos, and literature.
I thought all the topics were very interesting and also was taught extremely well!
the class was well organized! movies that were shown in class supported newly learned concepts.
I loved that the exams exactly reflect the most important material taught in-class. If you go to class and review your notes you will do well and I very much appreciate that.
Very interesting topics. The evolution of domestic animals particularly. I even went home and showed the materials to friends I thought would be interested.
24. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.64 29 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (34%) 18 (62%)
25. Other comments:
This class has been very valuable in terms of providing useful information that I am using in my graduate research (mostly in helping me better understand various aspects of papers I read). I am very glad I took the course.
I definitely like the break up of the class into units and having an exam per unit. =)
I truly enjoyed this class. Thank you for using so many pictures and also utilizing video in your class.
This class didn't really go beyond anything I had already learned in intro Biology courses-while well taught, it was fairly boring due to its repetitive nature.
Overall I really enjoyed this class and Justin as a teacher! He did a great job.
I would (and do) highly recommend this course for any biology/zoology major that is in need of electives.

Justin Walguarnery: ZOOL490B, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Zoology
Course: ZOOL 490B - General Zoology Crn (Section): 74318 (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  
3.64 11 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 2 (18%) 8 (73%) 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  
1.6 11 0.52 Freq(%) 4 (36%) 6 (55%)
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  
4.91 11 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 10 (91%)
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. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 11 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (45%) 6 (55%)
7. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 11 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 3 (27%) 7 (64%)
8. The instructor defined new terms, concepts, and principles.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 11 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (27%) 8 (73%)
9. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 11 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (36%) 7 (64%)
10. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 11 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (27%) 8 (73%)
11. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 11 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (27%) 8 (73%)
12. 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  
4.5 11 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 3 (27%) 6 (55%)
13. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
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%)
14. The instructor spoke clearly and audibly.
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%)
15. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 11 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (27%) 8 (73%)
16. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
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%)
17. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 11 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 3 (27%) 7 (64%)
18. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Sometimes the chapters are very long so it takes me longer than one hour (1 credit class) to read it.
This is a class about reading a book and discussing, so he does not need to improve anything.
As far as the subject matter chosen, I can honestly not think of anything. Outside material was given to give different perspectives and he was very open to people's interpretations and thoughts. Justin was always really welcoming to what we had to say, which is not that common. For that, I want to say Thank you. (mid-sentence capitalization pulled from Darwin to exaggerate :)). Other than that, visual material? - Which again, with the given subject matter is not the easiest. I wish we could take next semesters course on epigenetics, but that is already underway to being changed for consequent years.
I would have liked more recommendations for outside reading.
Speak louder
Justin did a very good job in making sure all of our voices were heard but instead of just having the students submit a question, he should also try to conduct the discussion in a way that everyone who submitted a question HAS to ask it and participate in the discussions. I made sure to participate in every class but there were others that probably submitted questions (or didn't put much effort into reading/their questions) that will probably receive the same grade as I did despite their lack of effort.
I think for this type of class, the structure worked perfectly.
I think that this class needs no improvement.
19. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 11 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (27%) 8 (73%)
20. Audiovisual materials (or computers) were adequate and used appropriately.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.73 11 0.9 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (55%) 2 (18%) 3 (27%)
21. The exams reflected the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.9 11 0.88 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (36%) 3 (27%) 3 (27%)
22. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 11 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (36%) 7 (64%)
23. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
Its a must read for zoology majors, so I am glad we have Justin to help us along with this difficult reading.
I very much enjoyed the set up of a one-day-a-week class
Such an interesting approach to learning. I love the discussion aspect where I learn from other students.
The small class size giving each of the us the ability and comfort to have meaningful discussion. Everyone could have a voice if they choose too - as the time was there. It was great to learn in this setting and made it much easier to feed off of others interpretations and ideas.
Darwin was a more engaging author than I expected.
Justin is a really good professor
Overall, I was very pleased with the topic that was covered this semester. I've always been a little interested in learning more about Charles Darwin and now I'm even more interested.
I found this class to be very interesting and enjoyable. Great way to end my undergraduate!
I liked learning about the time period when Origins was first published. Justin is very knowledgeable about not only the biology behind the book, but Darwin's contemporaries and he includes some history in the discussion.
24. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.55 11 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (45%) 6 (55%)
25. Other comments:
It would be better to be in classroom where we can sit in a circle.
Very good teacher! Purposely chose him for a different class next semester because he's an awesome teacher!
I have recommended this course to several people already.
I think this course offers reasonable course work for it's credit worth. Also, Justin is very knowledgeable in this subject (Biology in general) so it's nice to be able to discuss with him/pick- his-brain on some of these subjects. I would highly recommend that other students (of any major) to take a course by him, including this one.
I love taking Justin's classes. This is my third course with him. I think this university could use more professors like him. He is clear and concise about the material he wants you to know and he is a very fair grader. It is evident that he wants his students to succeed and he is always encouraging. You can tell he has a passion for what he does and it inspired me to work harder and increased my desire learn independently. I always highly recommend him as a professor to other classmates.

Justin Walguarnery: BIOL171, Fall 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Biology
Course: BIOL 171 - Introduction to Biology I Crn (Section): 70385 (001)     78193 (002)     79833 (003)    
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  
1.85 95 1.22 Freq(%) 54 (57%) 14 (13%) 25 (11%) 6 (6%) 0 (0%) 2 (1%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.94 232 0.23 Freq(%) 13 (6%) 84 (88%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 232 0.51 Freq(%) 1 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (2%) 18 (16%) 75 (79%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.72 112 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (1%) 25 (22%) 64 (67%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 112 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 13 (6%) 29 (26%) 53 (56%)
6. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 112 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (5%) 25 (22%) 81 (72%)
7. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 112 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 8 (7%) 59 (25%) 83 (74%)
8. The instructor defined new terms, concepts, and principles.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.66 232 0.58 Freq(%) 1 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (3%) 24 (25%) 77 (69%)
9. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 95 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 8 (7%) 34 (30%) 68 (61%)
10. 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  
4.61 112 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (3%) 31 (28%) 73 (65%)
11. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.28 112 0.88 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 2 (2%) 17 (18%) 31 (28%) 58 (52%)
12. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.66 112 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 4 (4%) 27 (24%) 138 (59%)
13. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
I could review through his power points online.
Emphasis on lecture, builds incentive for attendance.
The lectures were very well illustrated an easy to follow making the class more interesting. Justin did a great job of clarifying any and all questions and would spend more time on a tpic if needed.
everything
I like how the course is simple and the concepts are easy to understand.
The course was well organized and easy to follow.
Professor Walguarnery was great at giving lectures and his powerpoint slides were very fitting.
It was extremely interesting and a little challenging.
The aspects of the course I liked the best was how he is well prepared for his lectures. The power point was very useful and easy to follow. I liked how he pointed which part of the lecture that needed a follow up reading in the textbook. Finally, the test questions were from the lecture power points which made it possible to understand the course without doing excessive studying and being confuse on what to study.
The tests. He was fair and never gave a question that was too difficult and if it was a difficult question he made sure to have stressed it during lecture.
This course was pretty interesting, and our teacher was enthusiastic about the material. I enjoyed the examples he used. Our professor explained the concepts well too.
I enjoyed that the lectures were always available on laulima. And for the most part, the review sessions were helpful
Lectures were very straight forward and simple enough to understand. The content was explained very thoroughly.
He was very quick and efficient with his lectures. He was easy to understand. I also liked that he based his tests off his powerpoints so it was easy to study for them. Great teacher overall!
I felt that I learned a lot of information in a compact way that was easy to learn.
Walguarnery was an extremely effective teacher in that he made the information relevant and understandable.
The professor was a great lecturer. He made sure that we understood the concepts before moving on to the next slide.
Learning about how everything on earth is related in some form or another and that science is a working theory
Having the mastering bio homework helped me keep up with the course and the power points, illustrations, and videos helped further explain tougher material
I liked all the lectures the best, but particularly those involving biotechnology.
the iclicker questions
I like how he knew what he was talking about the whole time. He could answer any question and is very knowledgeable about this subject.
The professor explained everything in more than one way to ensure we understood the main concepts. He used very interesting example that would easily retain our attention to the sometimes long lectures.
The aspects I liked the best was the examples.
Course powerpoints were very helpful. Visual aids paired with lecture examples made understanding the content and the textbook easy. Dr. Walguarnery was very fair, always eager to teach, and very friendly. He seemed to enjoy teaching and that made me want to learn even more so. Also, having the powerpoints posted online was extremely useful!
Extra credit was available and that lectures are posted on laulima.
I didn't like this course at all.
Dr.Walguarnery tried to explain complicated topics more easier so students can understand better and he gave different ways of explaining the topics.
Review sessions in class before exam day was very helpful because it helped to focus on what topics and concepts to focus on. It was also helpful to review the lecture slides at my convenience.
The powerpoints were very useful in summarizing the key points of the lessons. The optional iClicker questions were also good because it gave extra points if we answered the questions, so students had incentive to attend lectures.
I benefit greatly from the lectures being online.
Powerpoints uploaded to Laulima for easy access.
I liked that the powerpoints were simple and he got right down to the points we needed to know and never went on tangents about things that we did not need to know.
iClicker questions !
I liked the lectures. They are straight to the point and they help me understand what I need to know.
I enjoyed how thorough Walguarnery explained every slide and concept being introduced.
How his exams are based on the lectures.
The class is very straight forward and easy to understand.
I actually have enjoyed the entire course; all of the material is interesting and Professor Walguarnery taught it well. I especially liked the visuals including pictures and graphs. These were very helpful in learning the material.
Learning all the new Biology terms and realizing how it was different from high school.
I like how this classes grading is very lenient. Because this course is a very difficult course, I was glad the grading system was generous. I also like how you can get extra points with participation of the iClicker.
Material, instructor.
I liked doing mastering biology online and the iclicker was helpful to use in class
The iclicker which is used for extra credit, and also the grade point scale.
I like that we used iclickers in class. It helped give us points to add to our grade. It was also helpful in ensuring that we understood the lecture of that day. I actually looked forward to the iclicker questions of the day!
The powerpoints he creates are extremely helpful
Being able to keep in contact with both teacher and lab instructor was useful and the reply rate of both instructors were prompt and insightful.
I liked the discussion on Biotechnology.
I liked being able to use the iclicker. The iclicker made the class interactive and made sure we understood the concept.
I liked how he had thorough powerpoints and iclicker questions to help us understand the material well with review sessions before the exam.
iclicker
That tests were based straight from the lecture powerpoints.
Excellent teacher, made hard concepts easier to understand
The course was interesting because it covered a broad list of topics.
Very simple presentations.
The grading system was very fair.
Justin is a very professional professor. I have enjoyed my time learning from him. Learning in a lecture hall has been difficult for me, however, Justin's lectures and his method of teaching has been informative. I am looking forward to more classes from him.
Very knowledgable and clear teacher.
I liked how the course was straightforward. No trick questions on the exams, and everything we needed to know was on the lecture slides.
the lectures
I like his powerpoint and how to present information to us. It's easy to follow and he talks clear.
I really liked that he explained concepts thoroughly in clear and concise manner.
I liked the lectures just because I like biology.
The lectures were easy to understand so when the exams came around, I knew what to study for and what to expect from it.
I liked his teaching style. He didn't rely to heavily on the book, which is refreshing. His tests were very fair. He explicitly stated that all of his tests came from his lectures, and they did. There were no hidden tricks or anything and that's great. The homework also helped a lot too. The homework pertained to the topic and wasn't busy work, I would say it was a great study aid. The professor also gave more than enough time to complete the homework.
I love how when the professor presented the lectures he would always include picture samples or examples of the subject he was talking about.
I liked how the exams were not cumulative and he explained ideas and concepts in simple ways that is easy to understand.
I liked how he got us involved with iClicker questions and his powerpoints were very easy to follow and study from. He was also very knowledgeable about the subject and easy to talk to after class when I had question.
Many of the lectures I found extremely interesting, he makes use of examples and portrayed the information in a good way.
Justin is very personable.
The lectures were well focused and pointed out all that would be on the test and were mixed with enough humor and interesting facts to keep the information interesting and make me want to learn the course material.
The format of the class which is power-point based is excellent because it condenses all the important concepts for us.
The powerpoints are available online, and incorporating the online textbook as part of our homework.
how justin was very clear when explaining difficult concepts.
iclicker
I liked that the subjects taught were straight forward and to the point. The explanations given by professor were easy to follow and understand.
the fact that he gives us extra credit for going to the lectures using the iclicker
The iclicker questions in class.
I liked how he really knew what he is talking about and the powerpoints were very useful.
I liked that we had iclicker questions that helped us to understand what was being taught in the lesson. I also liked that the slides that he talked about in class were posted online, so that we could look back and study them. Last i liked the exams were directly based on the slides that we learned in class and that he would have a review session to prepare us for the exam and answer questions we had.
Walguarnery is very clear and easy to understand in lectures.
His PowerPoints are always posted on Laulima. This helped when I was sick.
He explained everything easily.
The presentations were available online. Information were presented clearly.
Used engaging pictures and diagrams to illustrate concepts of biology. Effective communicator and displays knowledge of subject. Kept subject interesting to learn about.
I really liked how he posted lecture notes before class. It made note-taking easier! I was able to listen to him talk about the slide while taking notes of my own.
I liked it that he clearly stated where the questions for the test were coming from so that there were no surprises.
I liked that it was a straightforward class and that all the material that was presented to us in the powerpoints during lecture were on the exams. Also, I liked that when using the iClickers, even though we may get them wrong, he still gives us participation points for coming. Good, clear slides used. The curve was very generous and really helped my grade.
The lectures made preparing for the exam pretty straightforward, learned a lot.
I liked that Justin was awesome!
Nothing
I took AP Biology in high school, so the information presented was somewhat of a review. However, Justin provided a lot of new and current information that added to what I already knew. The use of organisms as examples of each concept really helped me understand how it plays a role in biology.
the questions for each lecture
He's a good teacher and covers all materials on the test he administers
Class expectations were very clear
Lectures available online. Extra credit opportunities.
Having all the power points online.
I really enjoyed his power point presentations. They were informative and he gave examples pertaining to the subject at hand.
I enjoy the use of the iClicker it's very interactive and gives me incentive to pay attention in class.
The course was just relaxing because he gave a good foundation on what to expect for the class and how to pass.
His attitude was always bright and he was always ready to teach!
I like how you gave us points for the iclicker questions. It was also very helpful.
All of it.
I like that the test questions come from the powerpoint, although that did not give an advantage to the students that actually attended class.
the professor outlined the requirements of the course so effectively, I didn't have to do anything but study what he outlined.
He was very interested in Biology, this was obvious from his lectures and the examples he would use
Lectures were great, tests have been consistent with whats been taught in lectures
All of the powerpoints were available online, so if we missed anything, we could go back and review. Also, the test were based entirely on the powerpoints, so there were no "surprise" questions on things we didn't learn.
Helped when needed. All exams are based off of lecture power points.
The amount of information he shared as well as his own experience
I liked that he used powerpoints and they were visually easy to understand.
It was detailed and a good review of my AP biology class that I took in high school.
The aspect of the course that I like the best has to be the lectures. Mr. Walguarnery made the information easier to comprehend and understand.
During the class Mr. Walguarnery was very clear when describing the principles of the lectures, as well as giving the class a better understanding of the content.
I liked the fact that the exams were not cumulative. This allowed me to focus on the material more in depth.
Very reliable information. The information correlated well with the exams. All info was clear.
I liked that there are many different ways to earn points rather than simply taking exams.
I like that he gave real examples of what is happen today in biology and he also did not lecture straight from the book which is refreshing. Also he disagree with the book sometimes to and it was nice to see that he was making corrections in his material when new discoveries have been made in the field.
How fast we flew by 26 chapters in one semester. Never thought it was possible. I liked the power point presentation for each chapter. It made taking notes easier for us when lectured.
The class was straight forward, no surprises.
iclicker extra credit.
I like how exam questions only came from the power point presentations. I also liked the opportunity for extra credit points through class participation and homework.
*everything you needed to know was on the slides * Professor was very approachable * Professor allowed opportunities for extra credit
Grading System
I liked the subject... biology. Slides were easy to understand!
Having a proactive class with iclickers.
how he uses iclickers to take roll
I enjoyed the iclicker questions. They kept me engaged in lecture, as well as help my grade. MasteringBiology was also helpful. It did not require much time, but was useful to review that week's lectures. I appreciate breaking lectures into two parts so that all the material is covered thoroughly, and nothing is "crammed".
good powerpoints
I-clicker questions and availability of powerpoints
I liked being able to have a lab that went along with the lecture material. The course material made much more sense when there was the lab to back up the information being taught.
Justin knew the topics he was teaching very well. His grading policy was very fair.
I liked the concepts that were being taught in the lectures
Everything was from the power point and you got extra credit in class just by participating with iClicker.
The presentation of the information including graphics and important terms bolded.
I liked that he posted all the slides on laulima for further study.
all this was over all a excellent class
I like that the slides are online so it was easy to take notes while he was lecturing. He made himself available for office time and he stresses things that are more important than others.
I feel like the professor was really good at staying on track with what needed to be learned and when. I never felt like we were rushing and pressed for time.
The rules and objectives of the class were very straightforward.
I liked how this class is straight-forward with the lectures and the tests based on the lectures. It's just simple sit and pay attention. I also enjoy the bonus questions on the tests and the 5 extra credit with the iClicker.
Mr. Walguarnery was a very good speaker. I found his lectures to be very helpful and beneficial.
The Powepoints effectively highlighted the important parts in the textbook. Some of the iClicker questions were also a little challenging and helped to check if my understanding of the lessons were correct.
-organized -powerpoints posted -simple
I liked how the class was very interesting and that we learned a lot about biology.
Very clear, lets you know exactly what he wants you to know for test.
simple ish
The aspects of this course that I liked the best was that he always put his slideshows up before class so if I was to be behind on my notes I can turn to my powerpoint and continue on with my notes. Also, he talks clearly so it's a plus to be able to listen to and understand him. He always stresses on the next lecture the important key aspects that we really need to know.
The lecture was easy to understand and the materials were presented in a very understandable manner. I also enjoyed the fact that all the lectures were available on laulima.
I liked how he used the clicker questions to help ask us questions.
Professor Walguarnery knew how to communicate the information in a simple, understandable way, and could answer all questions proficiently.
i liked how concepts and new terms were explained in detail and were even backed up by examples, which made the content easier to learn and remember
I enjoyed the lectures. They were well done and interesting.
Mr. Walguarnery is straight to the point.
I love the teacher!
I like how detailed his lectures were and how he explained some concerts more in depth if we didn't understand
I liked how well Walguarnery explained each slide, rather than just reading off of the slides.
he explained concepts clearly. and what he talked about was actually on the test.
large lecture, good experience
The lectures were always interesting, and I liked the setup of the mastering biology homework, which contained activities that would assist in answering the questions. The powerpoints also covered a lot of important information that was easy to follow.
That he uploaded everything on laulima and it was always before hand.
simple lectures and great explanations non cumulative
He compared what we were learning in class to research that is going on in the world and so we could compare what we were learning in class with real life.
From Professor Walguarnery's course i like the way he showed us the material. He would thoroughly go through the powerpoints and take note of what was crucial to be learned from the lecture.
His midterm questions are taken from the slides in class or from what he says in class. No sneaky questions from the book.
One of the aspects I liked in this course is the fact that Justin went straight to the point when explaining his lectures and so were his questions on the midterms.
Lecture
I like learning about all the evolution principle that shape our understanding of biology.
I like how he taught the class, that he posted the lectures online before the class, and the examples with the iclickers that he uses
The lectures on evolution and adaptations was the most interesting
great instructor, he is very knowledgeable about animals so he gives many examples about animals in his learning.
How relative it is to the world around us.
The straight-forward lectures and tests.
I liked that the powerpoints were very straightforward.
I liked the use if the iClicker in his lectures, it helped me see where I was in the class.
I think that the opportunity for extra credit was generous. I think that Justin was straightforward about being successful in this course. I appreciated the slides being uploaded to Laulima. He was also timely about returning tests, despite the volume of students.
No comment
The powerpoints were all online and the iclicker questions made for good practice.
Dr. Walguarnery lectured well and made his points clear.
Lecture slides were very thorough
I enjoyed the use of the clicker.
I liked that the lectures were interesting and that the powerpoints were easy to understand. Also that whatever was in the lecture it is on the test. That made the studying part alot easier.
The content is interesting, and I like that illustrations are used to explain a lot of the concepts.
I liked that he put up HD pictures in his powerpoint slides. They were amazing to look at and it definitely captivated my attention.
The material covered was interesting and presented in a very understandable way.
Possible 5% extra credit for attending to class.
Clear-cut, no surprises. Somewhat interesting. I liked the way Justin Walguarnery would explain a lot of the slides which did help to better understand concepts rather then just reading them offline. I also liked all of the resources available if further practice & reading was needed. MasateringBiology web site was very helpful as well.
The organized slides.
Having homework and iclicker as part of the grade.
He gives 3 exams and no quizzes
I liked this teacher's laid back attitude and apparent interest in the subject, and you can tell he wants us all to succeed and do well
Learning things that I need to know for my major.
the homework
The option that the students are given the information (power-points) and that we have IClicker questions that makes us come to class to learn.
I like Biology in general so I enjoyed everything about it. I like the iClicker questions the best though.
The lecture materials were easy to understand.
Excellent course
The prepared slides really highlighted important concepts covered in the course and helped make exam preparation much easier. The online homework was good challenging questions to think about the concepts from a different perspective than the lectures covered. Also the online activities where illustrations of process become animated really was super helpful in making sense of some of these complicated processes.
Prepared lecture slides and iclicker questions to further guide the main points Justin was trying to emphasize.
The exams were off the lecture slides really made things a lot easier for me. It was a lot easier for me to study, but it also made it easy to understand what I would be tested on.
The explanations were clear and concise
How easy the concepts were made to understand and grasp.
I like that we learned a lot about evolution, and how things evolved over time.
Being able to sit in lectures.
He put his own spin on the information. He talked to us like he, himself, was in college, making it easier to listen to and overall more enjoyable.
I liked how the instructor explained everything that was going to be on a midterm and how the midterm is structured.
I liked the overall design of the class, where we learn through powerpoint and are tested on the information presented in class, rather than all of the information from the book. Not all newly learned knowledge is retained and by teaching the most important topics and testing the students on that topic.
nothing to say
His examples during lectures were clear and understandable
everything
I like the fact that the instructor made it so easy to understand the material. I took AP Biology, and I've learned more from this lecture than I did in AP Biology. I also like the fact that the exams were based on the information on the lecture slides and not on the book. It makes studying less stressful.
Pictures and explanations
The examples
The content was really interesting.
He did a good job at pointing out the important materials throughout his lectures.
iclicker questions and the homework
The PowerPoint was a great study guide.
the fun facts
how we come back to material so it is okay if i dont have it down the first time around.
I love the evolution aspects of this course.
The fact that he made Biology interesting, using many real life examples, keeping the lectures entertaining.
I like the examples and illustrations the best. It allowed for us to relate the information we are learning to real life situations and experimentations.
Pictures on the PowerPoint.
Justin is very consistent and his work is always posted for your personal studying.
I liked that his power points summarized everything you needed to know for the exams. This made studying very easy. I also thought that all the information was presented in a organized and easy to understand way.
I enjoyed the iclicker question Mr. Walguarnery provided us in class because it allowed us to utilize what we just learned in class and test our knowledge. It also gave us an idea of what an exam question on the specific topic would be like, preparing us for the exam. In addition, Mr. Walguarnery always explained the question after all the iclicker results came in, so we were able to reconfirm our choice or learn why we got the question wrong. I feel that what I was able to retain more of what I learned from the iclicker questions than from reading the textbook.
The exams, straight to the point!
I actually liked learning about everything that we went over this semester.
The clear presentation of the power points. I also liked that it was easy to study for the tests because the questions directly correlated to the power points.
I liked Justin's enthusiasm for the subject. It made wanting to learn a lot easier.
Everything
The teaching style was what i liked most about the class.
I liked the way homework was conducted on mastering biology, I also liked the visuals and examples used in lecture.
Justin Walguarnery knew the material very well and provided key points to stress on for upcoming exams.
He emphasizes on participation, gets the class involved and is fair
He kept the class interesting.
The iclicker questions were especially helpful in the understanding of class material.
The introductory chapters because they are easiest
The lectures are easy to understand
The explanations and the videos that shows the examples.
The class was interesting.
The teacher.
DNA and RNA synthesis
I liked having review sessions before the tests during a class period.
All concepts are explained in detail by presentations and orally.
I liked learning new things that I have never known prior to the course.
Straight and to the point
he is always prepared and knows alot about the course material.
The instructor was very nice.
-Justin is a very knowledgeable teacher who really knows what hes talking about and obviously puts a lot of work into the preparation for every class. I liked the mastering bio and also how we did not HAVE to show up for class every day.
Justin Walguarnery knows everything there is to know, and is able to answer questions in depth to make sure you know what is going on.
Great flow with the lectures. He was very well prepared which helped a lot.
The review before the exams.
Clicker questions promoted participation. Interesting material and straight to the point. Also, lecture slides were posted which helped in reviewing and gaining a full understanding of the material.
The course is based on powerpoint lectures so there is nothing really to like besides the material in any chapters.
He made the course easy through his lectures
His teaching style was simple and to the point. He clarified confusion and he made it a point to emphasize important concepts throughout lectures. He told us what to study for when exams came around which contributed my understanding of concepts and success on exams.
I liked the iclickers as a way to reinforce information at the end of class, and his illustrations in his powerpoints were really clear and easy to understand. Plus, he graded very fairly.
ICLICKER QUESTIONS and Masteringbiology, for the extra points!
The pictures, diagrams, and videos in lecture and in homework sets were really helpful in understanding the certain steps of processess like in DNA replication, Light Reaction...etc.
The section about evolution.
I really enjoyed how clear Professor. Walguarnery made the material. There was a lot to cover throughout the semester but his lectures made everything really clear to me. I really learned a lot from him. He knows the material very well.
the cool pictures he spliced into his presentation as examples
Powerpoints and his explanation for each slide
learned new terms easy access to lecture on laulima
i love biology
He is very knowledgable, and posts the slides to laulima to review
The aspects of the course that I liked the best were that all the aspects of the course were interesting and very useful to know. Also, the teacher is very good at explaining all the concepts and the definitions. The tests are also very relevant to the lectures and the material learned in class. So, the tests were not that difficult as long as I put a lot of time into studying for them. I also liked the using the iclickers because it helped me to participate and helped facilitate my learning. It is more interactive when using iclickers instead of thinking that this is just one of those boring classes that I would have to sit in again.
I like the power points, they were easy to understand and got straight to the point.
I thought the lectures were easy to follow and take notes on
Lectures were on Laulima
That he left a day before exams for any questions anyone had. He was enthusiastic about what he taught and always gave good explanations of what was being taught, especially harder concepts.
I liked how he connected biological concepts to everyday life. It made the topics seem relatable.
He had good examples.
The fact that the test are based off the lectures so it made studying for test easier.
The feel
The examples he gave to explain different concepts were interesting, such as the bioluminescent cat
I like biology, in general. I loved learning about the study of life. The material was inetresting to learn about.
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how the tests were based off the power points and the power points are easy to use for review and studying.
Liked the powerpoints and the picture demonstrations
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I liked his style of lecture and was easy to understand
I really like the power point presentations that were made available. They helped. The i clicker was a valuable tool, too. Being able to answer things like this in class helped to drive points home and reinforce material from the lecture. The fact that there was no point value assigned to right or wrong and instead assigned to participation made it even better. I think that this is a great way to get people involved without putting them on the spot in classrooms as large as ours. People are very self conscious.
The interesting topics that was covered made the course fun.
I liked the use of the iclicker for extra points and for help with ideas for what would be on the tests.
Everything was to the point.
The powerpoints were effective tools for learning
I liked that each lecture was posted online for reviewing and that the exams were based only on the lectures. I also liked that we had iclicker questions to help us see if we understood the material. It was great that the iclicker questions were extra credit, and getting them wrong did not count against our grades.
his slide shows
14. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
HW and examples are all online. Some in-book problems would be good.
There weren't any apsects of the course i did not enjoy.
nothing
I don't like how there is so much material to study for.
The course was slightly boring at times.
None.
The material itself was the best.
The professor was not easily available to answer questions and didn't respond to emails in a timely manner if at all. Given the large class size and not the opportunity to ask too many questions in the class itself, I think its important for the professor to respond to emails on a regular basis.
there is no aspects of the course I liked least.
Nothing he made the course difficult yet understandable and interesting.
Cause the lecture was so big, it was hard to see and hear from the back of the room, and sometimes the microphone or i-clicker wasn't working...and the slides went to fast... I didn't really like how it took forever to get our test grades back..
the lectures were long and hard to follow at times.
I didn't like how he wouldn't post the powerpoints on laulima until right before the class or sometimes even after class was over since I like to have the powerpoint on my laptop during his lecture so I can follow along.
There were no aspects of the course that I disliked.
There is a lot of information for this course that it becomes a bit overwhelming at times.
I didn't like how it wasn't very interactive, I know that a lecture is difficult to add participation in but its better if students are more comfortable with asking questions during lecture
The assigned homeworks.
none
The lectures were sometimes a bit boring, but maybe I only fell asleep because it was a morning class.
Always running till the end of the allotted class time.
Learning about inheritance.
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The class size is to big for the room. Students were constantly forced to sit on the stairs so they dont bump each other while they take notes. The test were incredibly difficult.
His tests were set up for an advanced class rather then a 101 class.
I didn't find Homework on MasteringBiology helpful some of the time because there ended up being homework problems of topics that we weren't responsible for knowing for the exams and wasn't on lecture slides.
The early class time was unfavorable because many students are not awake yet at 8:30. Perhaps a later time would be better.
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Not many grades, him not being consistent with posting homework
I wouldn't say that I didn't like mastering biology. I thought it could have been more useful. Some of the questions in my opinion were not related to the study material. Especially toward the parts about Darwin and Natural Selection. In the beginning they were great but as the semester went on the questions started to go away from the lectures.
I would've liked more visual examples, maybe animations in order to explain the concepts.
How I did not use my textbook at all. I spent money on these textbooks and they weren't helpful since his exams are based on lectures. Wasted money on the books, should have returned them but required the mastering biology code.
Class size is very large.
How he had extra credit and did the iClicker.
What I did not like about the course is that the lessons were too fast. Walguarnery explained each one thoroughly but just the overall time went too quick and learning a bunch of information in a short period of time before the tests were a bit overwhelming.
Class size.
I didn't really have any
To much content for one test.
I didn't like the homework part of the course. I didn't think it was very helpful. It was just something to get done by the due date.
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I least liked the discussion on meiosis and all those processes.
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I disliked how some of the homework was difficult and different from what was on the exam.
no study guides
The course was dull at times because it was only lecture
A lot of information to memorize for the exam
I did not like that some things were covered in much greater detail than other things that were just as complicated.
Tests.
Nothing at the moment.
Some concepts where left unclear, difficult.
Nothing to not like. It was a basic course and he taught the material really well.
none
His exams are a little hard, and doesn't test on concepts, but only on specific information.
I enjoyed all aspects of this course.
I didn't like the iClicker questions, only because they seemed a lot harder than the information that we learned before. They're supposed to be learning checks, but I didn't know the answers to a lot of them. But I do like having learning checks in place. They make the class more interesting.
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When the iclicker didn't work.
What I like the least was when we or a next your professor tried to ask us questions however students weren't really motivated to participate in the lectures.
I did not like how I don't know how the grading system works, it not very clear.
It was too early in the morning. Next semester I will schedule a later class.
iclicker
Nothing specific that I didn't like, except that it was early!
None.
None
Just the fact that there's so many students!
how much material we learn in such a short amount of time.
n/a
none
the way his exam questions are worded.
the trick multiple choice questions on the exams
Biology is a difficult subject for me but I think the professor teaches it very well so there is nothing i did not like.
Only having three exams.
He tends to repeat what he says on the slides as he teaches us.
I didn't feel like I could go to the instructor if I wanted clarification about certain topics.
mastering biology online homework
Mastering Biology homework.
He didn't have a TA. During exams, he passed the exams out himself. It took a lot of time away from the exam.
nothing it was all good and strait forward.
He's just really monotone so lectures are a little boring. I took the 830 class this semester and fell asleep a few times. Can't really help it, it's the register of his voice
Sometimes the lectures were dry, also use of a laser pointer may have been helpful when pointing to things in the powerpoint in front of the class.
I disliked nothing.
Posting the lectures on Laulima were great because I would print them out and take notes on it during class. However, towards the end of the semester the lectures were posted late, right before class so I did not get a chance to print them out.
He's very monotone. Very boring.
None
It was way too early in the morning. The class is always packed and I was deterred from going to lecture because there was mostly no seating.
nothing. My tuition was not poorly spent. It was worth every penny.
I love the class in general I have nothing negative to say.
Interesting subject and the professor was really trying to communicate with the students.
Some slides were too long to follow.
your voice is sometimes monotone so it gets boring at times.
None
Problems with the equipment.
That it was VERY power point based. I understand that with 300 students you have to rely on a projection system, but he had a hard time stepping away from the power point and interacting with us.
None
Having such a large class made it very intimidating to ask questions.
None
Nothing really, except that homework is a must for this class.
Nothing
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The aspect of the course that I like the least is the broken iclicker program on some days...we couldn't do the iclicker questions :(
Sometimes Walguarnery went over some material on his slides rather quickly because he was a little late to class.
Although the powerpoints were the method by which Justin taught, I felt that he could've made the powerpoints more interesting with the addition of videos.
early class
I did not like that the lectures were so long, yet the lecture had to be done quickly.
There is a lot of material that is covered in this class. I wish it would have been broken up a little more. Test were every 8-9 chapters I believe. It would have been nice if it would have been every 4-5 chapters. Given us two more exams throughout the semester. This way more time could have been devoted to each chapter when studying instead of having to remember all 8 chapters on a 50 question exam is a lot of information to recall.
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It is very boring.
I did not like how distracting the lecture hall could be at times.
* Online homework was sometimes inconsistent and confused me * When passing out the tests the Professor has no help so some students get the test faster * I would have enjoyed practice exams
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Monotone when speaking in lecture. Hard to focus sometimes.
I liked everything about the class.
the lecture, its so boring
Terribly slow at returning grades for exams with students with disabilities having to wait longer than those without. Students who took their exams at Kokua had to wait an additional week (at least) for exams. I would have liked three exams covering 6 chapters each instead of two exams covering nine chapters each. I feel like I retain the information better when tested on smaller chunks of information.
Although lectures can get a bit monotonous, there wasn't anything that I didn't like from this course.
I did not like the fact that we could not do our work ahead of time. The work was not uploaded until that time.
His lectures were sometimes boring. But for topics like that it is difficult to keep lectures interesting.
The tests weren't as easy because they covered a ton of materials.
not enough interaction with course knowledge.
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some of the slides were just repeated information
The class was exceptionally well.
I felt like there were too many technical difficulties. There were a lot of times where the iClicker machine did not work(not that I'm complaining, he gives us all points when that happens) and other times when we'd have to delay class because the cabinet was locked and he could not access his materials. Besides the couple times this happened I believe the class went fairly well.
Nothing in particular. The lecture hall was uncomfortable.
The only thing I didn't like is that some of the questions felt like curve- balls.
There was nothing i didnt dislike
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None
I didn't like the homework problems on MasteringBiology. Some of the questions were very weirdly worded and sometimes did not work with my browser.
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boring ish
The aspects of the course I liked the least was that for me personally I thought that everything was too packed, as in all the information being to compact and allowed me to retain all this information in such a short time. Also, maybe he could go a little more in depth for the study guide for midterms or exams.
I did not enjoy the fact that there were so many people in the lecture. But I understand that it is something that cannot be helped.
Well nothing really was bad about this class...
Nah, it was pretty good.
there wasn't anything that i didn't like
I felt that some of the exam question were poorly worded and difficult to understand.
HIs voice is pretty monotonic, so lectures can get boring easily.
The Mastering bio homework. Hard to remember to complete them!
i-Clicker! I always forgot mine. The i-Clicker is Walguarnery's way of seeing who all attended class, so I could be there but since I'd forgotten my i-Clicker, I would be counted as absent.
too big
labs, homework
The only thing about the course I did not like was the late time of the class. If I were to choose a lecture time, I probably wouldn't choose that time again.
nothing
3 midterms, should be broken down to 4-6 midterms/exams
the time limit put on some of the mastering biology homeworks
none
I didn't like that we weren't able to turn in homework late. I at least thought it would be better if we were able to turn in homework late and just have some points deducted depending on how late we turned it in.
Tests
The lessons on the cell and bacteria.
the homework
Tests of course.
exams.
I wish there was more hands on aspects in lectures. If we had groups to \elp understand the material, and less powerpoints.
How cold the lecture hall in Spalding was.
I think the powerpoints should be uploaded to Laulima earlier than the day of class.
There really wasn't anything that I didn't like.
I would have liked more review before the second test, the material was more dense.
no comment
The online homework does not really help prepare for the tests and the lectures are not very entertaining/attention grabbing?
None.
I didn't like that there wasn't a study guide for the test. Also I just didn't like the room that we were in.
It seems like the professor rushes through the material sometimes and doesn't take the time necessary to explain it thoroughly.
I liked the grading scale, although I think I would have been more happy with a curve.
The amount of time it took to see exam grades.
Points are limited to 3 exams.
The strange noise in the building non-stop was a little distracting, other then that can't really complain. & some concepts were talked about really fast, but thats where all the extra resources helped out.
Clicker questions.
Boring lectures
It was soooo boring sometimes. The material is already kind of dense in parts and somehow the lectures would put me to sleep. I think they get monotone. I wis there was more enthusiasm, real life examples, humor, something to keep me interested.
I liked everything.
the time it was at was too late
Sometimes it is hard to focus in the class and it is easy to zone off.
Evolution.
None
Nothing really
Sometimes students talking during the lecture was distracting. Every once in a while online homework problems seemed to have some glitches, an animation wouldn't load correctly or it was difficult to tell what was being pointed at in a figure, these technical issues impact our course grade even though it's not a matter of a lack of understanding of the subject matter.
Did not find the mastering biology homework to be helpful when it came to the exams.
I didnt like that the second midterm had questions from the homework, and I think that the homework should at least give you 2 chances to get the correct answer before taking off points.
One lecture per chapter. I felt like we could have stressed more chapters than others.
None.
Most likely understanding concepts.
exams
100% Lecture
too much terms.
Sometimes he forgot to tell us when we had homework.
I didn't like how much of a monotone the instructor has.
There was nothing in the course i did not like; everything was interesting and important to learn for my future career.
nothing to say
none
none
I didn't like the review sessions. They did not help me at all.
Lectures were too long
The iClickr use for attendance was kind of annoying for me, my iClickr kept malfunctioning (even after replacing batteries) so many days I missed opportunities to get those attendance points.
There was just a lot of information.
He tended to depend on the power point presentations a little too much and he had a difficult time describing some of the illustrations on the screen without a laser pointer or yard stick.
The tests were slightly difficult
The test was pretty difficult.
the length of the lectures
how much specific stuff we went over was a little frustrating, i like more of the big picture.
Photosynthesis and Cell Resp
It didn't like the way the information for the lectures was presented, it confused me and I couldn't relate it to the other subjects we were learning. I also didn't like the review lectures for exams, he didn't tell us what we were supposed to study and instead had us ask him questions. How are the students supposed ask for questions relating to the exam when he doesn't tell us what subjects we should focus on the most.
Grading system.
The test questions were wordy and confusing,
I do not like that the exams weighed so heavily on your grade. The first exam results were super delayed for some unknown reason, and didn't come until 2 days before the last day to drop the class...and if you didn't do so well you had to drop the course. I think there should have been more criteria for your grade, just so that if you didn't do so well on one test you wouldn't be forced to drop or accept a C at the best.
The course was alright and met with course expectations, etc. However, the class never made me feel enthusiastic about the subject matter, which I wish it did. Mr. Walguarnery doesn't seem that excited about what he is teaching. However, he did do a good job of teaching us the material and got us ready for the exams.
None!
I pretty much liked all of the course.
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Nothing
I didn't like the speed he lectured at because it was a little fast for me to take notes and also comprehend what he was saying.
I did not enjoy the non-use of a microphone. It appeared that the BUSAD microphones were stationary, if possible they should get mobile mics like in SPALL.
None
He sometimes talked too fast during the lectures and didn't give us enough time to take note.
The chapters that require more memorization
Nothing.
The fast pace powerpoint lecture and the tests.
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Lectures were sometimes boring.
Phospholipid Bilayers
I didn't like how sometimes the instructor didn't go in order of the chapter. He explained the information in a different order than it appears on the text bool. So it made it hard to keep up with the textbook readings.
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The lectures were sometimes boring and long.
Too much material covered on each exam.
The lectures got me lost sometimes and its easy to not pay attention but it was good overall.
In the lectures I felt like the material became to dry, and I got lost
Sometimes the format of class got boring.
However, i wish that the review was more clear, less than half of the things gone over in the review are even on the exam...if it was more narrowed down to meet the test..then students wouldn't waste their time studying things that are unnecessary.
The way of how my professor talked.
The labs didn't match up with the lectures
none. it was great
I actually enjoyed everything about the class, nothing to complain about.
The non-use of textbook
None
That the tests were worth almost a third of our grade and homework had very little impact.
All powerpoint lectures gets boring at times. I feel like the class needs to be stimulated and involved more. Maybe add videos or stimulate a class discussion.
the lab
There was nothing much that I didnt really like
he told us the test will be straight forward and directly from the lecture slides... however, it was not
hate the part where we learned about chemistry but i know we had to understand it to be able to understand the biology portion
Kind of reading off the slides, but still important info
Their was no aspect of this course that I disliked.
I disliked how the lectures didn't ever differ in how he taught them, it would be nice if he tried different approaches.
the mastering biology homework
Went too fast, too much info at once
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The specificity of different cycles. That was the most difficult to learn.
It could have gone into more detail.
the way the test questions are written made it hard for me to understand what was being asked.
Lectures
Everything was by powerpoint. Possibly more hands on learning would have been better.
The problem with the course was that it was pretty boring. It wasn't fun to listen to him teach. He was nice though. It's just that lecture was boring.
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The tests were very different from the material,thought I knew the material but felt on the tests didnt do so well
I didn't like the fact that the class, while interactive through iclicker, was not really interactive in any other way. It would be really cool if the classroom time could include more hands on stuff. I understand that there is a lab and the labs correspond nicely to the classroom content as it is presented, but what Justin in presenting has fascinating facets and could include some hands on stuff, too. Of course, i realize this would mean smaller classes, etc etc and that may not happen...just saying.
With such a big class, it gets hard to concentrate.
Lectures got kind of boring but it's to be expected in a big lecture class.
NONE
I didn't like that we moved through each chapter so quickly. I feel that we didn't get to fully understand and grasp the the entirety of the information, but we're rather learning just portions of each chapter. However, I understand that it was necessary to move quickly because we had to cover a lot of material within a certain time frame.
sometimes would go too fast during lectures
15. Other comments:
Great professor!:)
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Sometime the teacher is a bit monotone and for heavy lectures like gene regulation use more visuals.
I would suggest maybe going over the slides a little more slowly on the ones we have to copy down, cause sometimes I felt I didn't get to copy everything, and then we stayed on a slide that we didn't need to copy anything from for a long time...Also, maybe watch the time more so we won't be rushing slides in the last minute. Also, maybe put the grades up more on time...
The course was really straight forward. The teacher emphasized the important aspects of the chapters.
I wish there were quizzes for every 4 chapters or so because having 9 chapters to be covered for one exam is a lot of material to cover. Along with a lot of time dedicated to just this class alone. Slides were flipped through at a rather fast pace making it difficult to hand write notes.
The professor had a good knowledge of the subject, answered questions, and seemed to really enjoy his job.
Very good teacher, I would take him for EVERY Biology class if I had the chance. He can explains things VERY well.
Great course! I would recommend that everyone takes it from Dr. Walguarnery. I only had one year of basic biology in my freshman year of high school and I was still able to keep up in this course (thanks to the teaching).
I really want to thank Dr.Walguarnery for providing his extra office hours and helping on topics that I didn't understand or complicated topics. He provided thorough and clear explanation.
I really liked the iClicker questions being extra credit. It helps us by paying attention and having an incentive allows me to make sure what is going on.
really good job! The lectures were very helpful!!
I thought the professor was really knowledgeable. Although he repeated alot of concepts, I thought he went through material really fast. I did like that he was able to refer back to previous lectures to help us review and understand the concepts he was trying to get across. He was a really good professor overall!
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Great teacher, great class.
Great teacher!
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none
I want to take a class of his again! He's awesome
I think he's a good professor and I liked the class a lot.
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Otherwise great teacher!!!
Justin is da bomb!!
Awesome dude with great knowledge in Biology and knew what he was talking about 24/7.
Justin has a lip-ring :D
Great teacher, and a challenging but fun course!
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I would definitely take another class with this instructor again!
Good teacher for this intro class, would take a class from him again.
Great class. Went at a good pace where it did not bore people that already had a strong biology background but not too fast for those that have not taken Biology since the first semester of their freshman year in high school.
Overall very informative. If i wasn't completely interested by Biology, I would fall asleep easily in this class though. Consider being more... engaging.
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Very handsome!
Overall though your a great teacher.
None
Professor is a rock star.
Justin is super cool, but he is very hard to relate to. When questions were asked he seemed taken off-guard, and answered them only on a very surface level. It was hard to form a 'bond' with him as a teacher. I know it was an early morning class and it was huge, but I have had teachers that go the 'extra step' in the past and make it feel like you're coming to class for a reason. His exams are literally written from the power points and very simple - which is fine if you dont care and just want a grade, but it makes it feel kind of silly to be coming every day and paying for a course where you could just stay home and read the lectures online. All in all, Justin, step out, show some personality, make connections. It will do you good.
Great class
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I learned a great deal of information from this course, and I believe it would shape my future in Biology greatly. THANK YOU MR. WALGUARNERY!!! ã??ã??ã??ã?¨ã??ã??ã??ã??ã?¾ã??ã??ã??
Overall, he was a great professor and taught the terms in an easy-to- understand way, and helped students with inquiries and questions.
Justin was my first Biology professor. He introduced me to a lot of new topics that will help me achieve success throughout my college career. He's a caring, articulate teacher that cares about his students. I'm thankful for his knowledge and highly recommend him if you want to do well in Biology.
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Add more i-clicker questions. When Justin would go over the topics you thought you understood it, but when actually applying it to questions I would get confused. More i-clicker questions would have helped me determine if I actually understood the material as well as I thought I did.
Keep up the good teaching Justin! You're a good professor. I like the way you teach and I hope all the other Biology professors teach the way you do. I liked the fact that you sent out the pdf document of what we are going to going over for class. It would be great if you could upload it all at once before the semester starts? My Chemistry teacher did the same with uploading a outline for our chem class. By doing this, I think it would be easier for us, the students, because we won't have to wait till the day of or the morning of class to see what we'll be doing. It'll give us a jump start on the chapters so we can be prepared in the sense. Although reading the chapter before hand is ideal, I think it would be a nice addition if you uploaded the pdf before the start of the semester so we can view or get an idea of what we're covering for that specific chapter.
none.
Justin is a great professor and I thoroughly enjoyed his class. He appears knowledgeable and confident about the subject.
* overall good course
Course is pretty fair and straight forward.
I enjoyed the class.
Dr. Walguarnery is very knowledgeable and explains the content efficiently. I like how he does not read exactly from the slides. Most times, it is easier to write down what he saying instead of copying text from the powerpoint. His way of describing the topic is much easier to absorb than trying to understand the slide alone. I thoroughly enjoyed the class, and feel that the concepts were well covered.
Justin is a good professor and I would take another course from him.
GREAT teacher and I would totally have him again!
desks were not left-hand acceesable. hard to take notes on a right handed desk.
Really like how Prof Walguarnery went over the slides and didn't just read from them but put things in his own words, super helpful!
I enjoyed the class and will be happy continuing biology.
I enjoyed this class it's just I wish that I did well on my last two midterms!
Overall, Mr. W is a wonderful teacher.
He is a great teacher!
He is a great teacher
Great professor!
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great teacher
Knows BIOLOGY very well
Awesome teacher. I highly recommend him for any student.
Wish there was practice exams.
You should try to work on making a study guide and also your tone of voice. Your lectures are very interesting but keeping one tone of voice makes it very had to pay attention. other than that I truely like your lectures!
The exams are a little bit hard for me because the exam questions seem to be worded differently from how they were taught in the lecture.
He was awesome, but sometimes I lose focus because his voice drones on.
Include more iClicker questions during lecture.
While I can tell the professor made the way he grades the course so it would be easy for people to do well, I actually dont like the grading style. I think we should write papers as well. Basing so much on multiple choice is not really fair as sometimes the wording can be tricky, etc..
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My recommendation would be to possibly include questions from the homework on exams or eliminate the homework altogether because it didn't help very much.. Secondly, the entire semester made me second guess whether or not the material was sugar coated. I'm gearing up to take the MCAT in the summer and hope that key material was not skipped this semester! Other than that, Justin was well prepared and clearly knowledgeable of the course material. Definitley would recommend others to take this intro level Biology course from him!
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Great teacher! I hope he teaches other classes that I have to take down the road!
The professor was very successful in presenting the material of the course, and he showed thorough understanding of the material.
nothing to say
none
Keep up what you're doing! It's simple, easy to understand, and easy to follow.
He's a nice teacher and was always willing to help with questions.
Needs to update great regularly.
Overall, this was not one of the better biology classes, I have taken.
Great job to Professor Walguarnery.
;)
He's an excellent professor!
I think he is a great teacher! I love his powerpoints and how easy they are to follow. Since the slides are posted on laulima, even if you miss a day, you can still know exactly what you missed in class. He made biology really interesting and easy to understand. His class was structured and very well organized, but it was only not boring in any way. I seriously wish he was my teacher for all my classes!
I wish there had been more clearer outlines or study guides that condensed material more clearly.
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Overall great course
Justin makes himself open to help, he is willing to spend extra time with you for help.Overall, very good professor.
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GREAT professor. I have recommended him to other students. One of my favorite classes to attend.
Course covers a lot of material. Tests are much harder than what is presented in the lectures. Just a simple study guide of what to focus on would help.
Great!
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Monotonous at times
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He is a great professor and knows exactly what he's talking about.
Great teacher
I took Bio last year up in New York and struggled. This bio class was way better and I understood concepts that I didn't get last year. Keep up the good job!
Justin is super smart and able to explain the concepts in ways that are easily understood. he is a very good professor
The teacher explains all the concepts clearly and effectively and I can tell he is very passionate about teaching his students about Biology and its importance as well as its diversity in today's fast developing world.
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Justin was awesome! He really knows his stuff and is really passionate about biology!
It was good
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Class was well organized and Walguarnery was always available before/after class and at his office hours for help.
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Justin is a little monotone and boring to listen to, but his thorough and intense knowledge of biology clearly makes up for that.
Some of the lectures were unorganized. His voice is very monotone. While he does answer some questions, most of his answers are not detailed and do not fully answer the question.

Justin Walguarnery: ZOOL101, Summer II 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Zoology
Course: ZOOL 101 - Principles of Zoology Crn (Section): 92117 (701)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 8 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 6 (75%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 8 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 7 (88%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 5 (63%)
4. I learned a good deal of factual material in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 8 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 0 (0%) 7 (88%)
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 8 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 2 (25%) 5 (63%)
6. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
I thought the topics we covered were really interesting and the amount of information given for each one was perfect. I felt like I learned a good deal about a variety of topics in Zoology without being over/underwhelmed by any of them.
The basic understanding of zoology
I think Justin is a good teacher because he explains well, so I wasn't bored in class even though the subject can be boring. And also, he is nice and willing to help the students all the time. However, I think he is not really sociable, at least in class.
I like how the information was backed by up to date research.
It's the first time I study zoology, it waas really interesting to study how life is complex and wonderfull. Mr Walguarnery well explain his classes and I was able to understand all of it even if I'm not bilinguish.
At the beginning of the course, the professor made known what other fields zoology was used in and the importance of studying zoology.
7. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
It would have been nice to have access to the Powerpoints before the lesson in which they were presented. The lectures were so fast-paced that it was difficult to take notes efficiently and having an idea of what the Powerpoints look like ahead of time would have been helpful.
The lectures were dry. In my opinion the lectures could have had some more videos to help illustrate abstract concepts that were covered in the material. There must be some sort of videos that helped illustrate process better than some of the diagrams shown. Also the use of a laserpointer would have been helpful, because there was many times where the professor was pointing at the projection screen but it was not clear what was being pointed at.
The lecture room was too big for the class. The class was awfully quiet the whole session. I felt bad for Justin, he must have been discouraged while teaching. And also, I wish Justin tried to do something to lighten the atmosphere. If we were in a small, cozy room, the atmosphere would have been a lot better.
The coldness of the room
Knowing and studying all the small details of the cells and organisms within animals.
8. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 8 1.06 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 5 (63%)
9. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 8 0.93 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 2 (25%) 3 (38%)
10. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 8 0.99 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 0 (0%) 4 (50%) 3 (38%)
11. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree