eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Lisa Vallin

Available Survey Results

WS151, Summer II 2014
BIOL350, WS350, Summer I 2014
BIOL350, WS350, Spring 2014
BIOL350, WS350, Fall 2013
BIOL350, WS350, Summer I 2013
BIOL350, WS350, Spring 2013
BIOL350, WS350, Fall 2012
BIOL350, WS350, Spring 2012
BIOL350, WS350, Fall 2011

Lisa Vallin: WS151, Summer II 2014

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Women's Studies Program
Course: WS 151 - Intro to Women's Studies Crn (Section): 96845 (801)    
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  
3.25 4 1.5 Freq(%) 1 (25%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (75%) 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  
1.5 4 0.58 Freq(%) 2 (50%) 2 (50%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 4 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (50%) 2 (50%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 4 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (50%) 2 (50%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
6. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
7. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 4 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (50%) 2 (50%)
8. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
9. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.5 4 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (50%) 2 (50%)
10. The course was well-organized in terms of continuity and presentation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 4 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 2 (50%) 1 (25%)
11. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 4 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (50%) 2 (50%)
12. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
I like how the course is organized.
13. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.5 4 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (50%) 2 (50%)
14. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
I think the assignment of self-assessments is not so useful.
15. Other comments:
No survey responses were found.

Lisa Vallin: BIOL350, WS350, Summer I 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Biology
Course: BIOL 350 - Sex Diffs in the Life Cycle Crn (Section): 97245 (601)    
Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Women's Studies Program
Course: WS 350 - Sex Diffs in the Life Cycle Crn (Section): 96598 (601)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.5 4 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 0 (0%) 3 (75%) 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  
1.0 4 0.0 Freq(%) 4 (100%) 0 (0%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
6. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
7. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
8. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
9. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 4 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (100%)
10. The instructor defined new terms, concepts, and principles.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
11. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
12. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 4 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (100%)
13. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 4 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (100%)
14. The instructor clearly stated at the beginning of the semester the objectives of the course and requirements.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
15. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
16. The instructor spoke clearly and audibly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
17. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 4 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (50%) 2 (50%)
18. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
19. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
20. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
21. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
It's awesome already!
She's very good at making all the students feel validated and comfortable. She sometimes tends to talk with her hand over her mouth. Besides that, she is a fine instructor, very open and happy to share.
Posting the powerpoints on laulima for the students
None. She did an excellent job for this course. I had a well informed understanding of the material covered in a wonderful fashion.
22. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
5.0 4 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (100%)
23. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
24. The course was well-organized in terms of continuity and presentation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
25. Audiovisual materials (or computers) were adequate and used appropriately.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
26. The exams reflected the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
27. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
28. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
I liked everything in general.
Videos, discussions, quizzes. The grading was also very fair and the material wasn't overwhelming.
I liked everything about this course
I enjoyed seeing the documentaries of people struggling with their intersex condition and the criticism they faced from society.
29. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
5.0 4 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (75%)
30. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
Not possible
As a summer course, it was difficult to meet everything on the agenda, but during a regular semester with apt time, I'm sure the class would have been more in-depth, although it was more interesting with a smaller sized class.
Posting the powerpoints on laulima
Please post the remaining parts of the book online and in a pdf form. It would enable students to use the book online, instead of having to bring the book to class everyday.
31. Other comments:
I had a great time in your class. Compared to my other college you blew my other professors away!!
Thumbs up.
None. Please keep up the good work.

Lisa Vallin: BIOL350, WS350, Spring 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Biology
Course: BIOL 350 - Sex Diffs in the Life Cycle Crn (Section): 84972 (001)    
Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Women's Studies Program
Course: WS 350 - Sex Diffs in the Life Cycle Crn (Section): 84970 (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  
3.37 30 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 5 (17%) 10 (25%) 13 (43%) 1 (3%) 1 (3%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.14 30 0.36 Freq(%) 24 (80%) 4 (13%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.93 40 0.27 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (8%) 28 (93%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 40 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (10%) 28 (93%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.93 40 0.27 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 29 (97%)
6. I developed enthusiasm about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 30 0.31 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (10%) 34 (85%)
7. I gained a better understanding of myself through this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 30 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (18%) 25 (83%)
8. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 40 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 5 (13%) 22 (73%)
9. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 40 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (18%) 33 (83%)
10. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 40 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (15%) 34 (85%)
11. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 40 0.27 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (8%) 36 (90%)
12. The instructor defined new terms, concepts, and principles.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 40 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (13%) 27 (90%)
13. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 40 0.43 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 4 (10%) 34 (85%)
14. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 40 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 8 (20%) 31 (78%)
15. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 40 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (5%) 2 (7%) 33 (83%)
16. 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  
4.77 30 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (15%) 34 (85%)
17. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 40 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (5%) 7 (18%) 31 (78%)
18. The instructor spoke clearly and audibly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 40 0.31 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (10%) 35 (88%)
19. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 40 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 2 (5%) 36 (90%)
20. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.98 40 0.16 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 29 (97%)
21. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 40 0.37 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (15%) 33 (83%)
22. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 40 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 3 (8%) 36 (90%)
23. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
N/A
Honestly I think she has been the best teacher I have had thus far at UH and that is after four years and many many credits. There needs to be more teachers like her.
The only thing I can think of is when people in the front ask questions, the people in the back can't hear a word they are saying. So if she would just repeat the questions, it would help tremendously.
Nothing. She is one of the best teachers I have ever had so far
There was a lot of material that had to be covered in the class so the most effective way was to lecture. There were a lot of group discussions but I think based on the needs of the class it was structured how it is supposed to be.
Movie extra credit opportunities on at least two nights of a given week so more people will be able to attend.
made the class very fun
N/a, I greatly enjoyed the presentation of this course and while the material was very interesting I think the presentation of it allowed me to best grasp and retain all of the information effectively.
Everything is great about this course. Nothing needs to be changed.
I would have liked to spend more time on relationships and love. But besides that the course was awesome!
Sometimes the quiz questions were confusing because the terminology used in the quiz differed from that used in the reader. For example, the question referred to "vasocongestion" when the reader used "vasodilation." I'd just like to make sure the terms are clear.
Possibly spend more time on certain subjects. I was especially curious about the health of the vagina and the female system - it is a complicated subject that could probably have its own class dedicated to it. But its such an important part of my life that I wanted to spend more time on that topic.
I really like her teaching methods and would highly recommend this class to another undergraduate.
She does not need to make any improvements. I would say she should continue on implementing various learning materials as she does currently and keep her teaching methods because she is very helpful.
Maybe she could cover less content instead of doing a lot in one sitting of class
More videos.
Nothing. Lisa is amazing.
impossible to improve.
engage students more. maybe do more class activities or ask more questions throughout class
I felt she taught this course very well!! She kept things interesting!!!
Maybe more group work in class towards the end of the semester?
Lisa doesn't need to improve, it was and amazing course.
I thought the way Lisa taught this course was great- she was engaging and very knowledgeable in her subject which enabled me to thoroughly learn the material.
I had an Anthropology 151 class that had a large class and one of the credit hours or whatever was an hour or so with either him or a TA or guest speaker with a smaller portion of the class (about 10-20). Possible way to get more participation both then and in the larger class situation. Loved the discussions but is hard to orchestrate, would using the iClickers help perhaps? I wasn't there for the end (the part I was most excited for), but if it was covered then couldn't love this teacher more! If not, maybe include a portion in the sexual identity portion on Polyamory. There's a Nonprofit, Loving More (https://www.lovemore.com/), and a decent amount of information (http://www.morethantwo.com/polyamory.html) including I guess the main book at the moment is "The Ethical Slut", by Dossie Easton. But overall thank you so much for one of the most comprehensive and helpful course I have taken.
It was good. No changes required
She did a very good job in teaching the course and was readily available for questions when they arose
No improvements
I think that the way she runs her class is great and should keep it up!
honestly, don't have anything I think should be improved
She's doing a great job, very witty and enthusiastic.
I don't think there is anything that she could do to improve the course, it is already fantastic!
24. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.95 40 0.23 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (5%) 36 (90%)
25. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 40 0.68 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (10%) 12 (30%) 24 (60%)
26. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 40 0.81 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 2 (5%) 8 (20%) 29 (73%)
27. The course was well-organized in terms of continuity and presentation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 30 0.31 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (10%) 27 (90%)
28. Audiovisual materials (or computers) were adequate and used appropriately.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.87 30 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (13%) 26 (87%)
29. The guest speakers contributed significantly to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.87 30 0.43 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 2 (7%) 27 (90%)
30. The exams reflected the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 30 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (17%) 25 (83%)
31. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 30 0.31 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (10%) 27 (90%)
32. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
I enjoyed learning about all of the topics covered in class, particularly Masturbation, Sex Education, Sex and Sexuality. It was a chance for me to learn about the biological aspects of sex, which I otherwise would not have had exposure to in my major.
The course content was extremely interesting and very important for all people to know.
The actual lectures were always fun. I looked forward to class everyday. The group activities were also extremely beneficial to my knowledge of the material presented.
I really enjoyed the in class pop quizzes.
Learning about AIDS because there was a lot I didn't know about.
Outside of the content i like using different media to get different perspectives on what we were learning about.
The generous amount of opportunities to earn the best score on assignments is one of the greatest attributes of this course.
Learning about HIV/AIDs and intersex
Everything. I love the professors way of teaching. She has a way of talking about controversial topics without forcing her thoughts onto other people. She is extremely reasonable with many of the homework assignments and makes this course so people can pass and actually walk away with some knowledge.
it was fun and interesting in a sense that this was the only class this semester that I actually enjoyed going to
The interaction between online and in-class work distribution. The in-class quizzes and activities provided an easy and fun interaction to break up lecture materials when needed and the online quizzes helped to supplement and better reinforce memory of the course material while at home. They were also interspersed enough (1 weekly) that I rarely felt stressed or overworked about needing to take them.
Visuals and reader made it easier to understand.
the guest speakers
The way that it pertains to one's life and how it can be used in it.
I loved all of it. I liked how Lisa made herself a part of the course. She didn't teach it from an outsider view. She taught using stories and experiences as well as having speakers come in with their stories and experiences. It was fun and interesting and still professional.
I can't decide because I really just loved this course! I suppose specifically I did like the weaving together of social science and natural science; it was really interesting.
The fact that she takes topics that may be controversial or awkward to talk about, and makes them normal and easy to talk about in class.
I LOVE Lisa. She is engaging, funny, kind, intelligent, open, and so easy to understand. She makes it easy to understand the information and her warmth and honesty make it less uncomfortable when discussing really awkward subjects. Her movies, guest lecturers, weekly quizzes, writing assignments, and lectures all contributed to a very amazing course.
The Guest Speakers. The pop-quizzes. The online quizzes
Always kept me entertained and laughing in class. More than happy to give you extra time to do work when needed. Very understanding and flexible. She knows the info and films were interesting. I would recommend her to other students!
I really liked some of the guest speakers that came to class because they offered real insights into particular topics we were currently talking about in class.
The videos!
I enjoy every aspect of this course from class participation, presentations, and lecture presentations to the extra credit opportunities that she gives. She is very accommodating and that is something that most professors I had lacked.
The comfort created in the class, and the class content
The guest speakers and video content.
I liked the section about the pleasures of sex and foreplay. I also liked how the students were treated like mature adults and Lisa was able to show us material for a mature audience.
diversity of tools used to teach the class
Quizzes. Because we have a limit of three tries so if I get like a 16 or 17 out of 20, I can take it again to get a 20/20.
the online quizzes and extra credit opportunities
I really liked all the documentaries she included in her lectures. They didn't take the whole class and she only showed the parts that pertained to the class.
The aspects of the course that I like the best was the discussions the class had about the material we learned about and the activities.
Guest speakers, all the videos
I enjoyed learning about topics that are taboo to talk about in our society. I feel educated and can understand different kinds of people better and am able to treat them fairly and with respect.
Just about everything was interesting.
I honestly really enjoyed taking the course. I think the fact that we were able to turn in essays later and also have unlimited attempts on quizzes decreased the pressure of grades and allowed me to enjoy taking the course and genuinely understand the material.
EVERYTHING
Diverse, accepting, respectful, loving environment allowing for openness and understanding as well as a vast, and sadly new, knowledge on vital parts of our very being that so few of us get to learn before taking this elective course. I'm so happy that it counts as a BIO 350 course for those in the sciences, reaches so many more people and is well-deserved credit as well. Expansive learning approached from so many ways that it is hard not to learn it, and the teacher is obviously here to help the students, teach for us to learn, and knows she is making a difference doing this.
The visit during our STD topic from Kieva & John I think their name was
I enjoyed the way that the professor incorporated multiple sources of information and alternate viewpoints into the lectures.
I like how she would tell us about her personal experiences with the subject matter. Also the online tests and iClicker attendance and quizzes in class.
I liked the in class assignments
everything
The best thing about this course is all the diffrent things lisa uses to teach us, moveis, pictures, activities and the speakers were really good!!
In class activities and the opportunity to take quizzes more than once.
The extra credit opportunities.
Sexuality in the media, midwives and birth, sexual identity, STD´s
33. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.92 30 0.27 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 24 (80%)
34. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
The grade distribution and weight of certain assignments should be altered. The amount of work we do leading up to the final exam should weigh exceptionally more in our final grade.
Class time could be longer :)
It's great just the way it is. I can't think of any way to improve it.
I think that the course was very good and can not really be improved. Possible things could be make it more interactive or use more or different video aids but that is just student preference and not all may think that.
Less weight of the final exam on your final grade. This final exam hasn't happened yet but the significance of it's weight just scares me.
More time for the information would be nice
N/a, greatly enjoyed the class.
It doesn't need to be improved.
Lecture guide follows the quiz numbers a little better... gets confusing sometimes when trying to look up information.
None
I don't know how to achieve it, but somehow people need to learn to be more mature. They also need to be more respectful toward others by not being disruptive. Of course, you can't control these things, but they were the only things I could point to specifically that could have been improved!
Maybe having the final be a exam #3 instead of a comprehensive final, just because it is so much information to be tested on at once.
Smaller class sizes OR banning computers/phones. Fellow students were incredibly rude and immature using phones and computers throughout class. Very distracting and none of them would contribute to discussion! Lame kids, I am sorry Lisa.
N/A
This course does not need much improvement as previously stated. Professor Vallin should continue on with her teaching methods. If anything, I would like to learn much more in depth about the subjects she does over, but one semester wouldn't suffice even if she could (ex: watch more clips and see more guest presentations; however, there was not enough time in class so she sent us links to movies and guest's resources).
It could cover less material in each class session. Also it could offer more extra credit thats always nice, but there were couple of opportunities through the semester.
More class discussions on HIV/AIDS. Maybe a guest lecturer from the department that researches topics discussed in class.
Nothing really. Maybe post the slides on laulima.
I was completely happy with the course and everything that we learned. I do not believe the course could be improved at all.
This is course is good and there isnt't anything that could be improved. It just sucked that our class was located super far.
I don't know. I really liked everything. I would says less class activities but thats because I'm to lazy to talk to people XD
NA
I don't have any suggestions for improvement, as I thought this course was informative and enjoyable. Lisa is a very good teacher.
N/a
Turn in group work so that you can actually see our progress and if we are on the right track.
EVERYTHING WAS GREAT!
Discussion groups (perhaps semester long) as one of the credit hours, perhaps a raise for her or increase on supply funds, more appraisal, and really the main improvement would be student involvement which Lisa does flawlessly in trying to produce. Also had a Hawaiian Studies class have us take a field trip as one of the one hour, fifteen minute course time (he went to the Lo'i, for example). Also had a professor have extra credit trips during the weekend or whenever and including pictures of the event and the people and so forth helped draw in participation by at least those interested. Maybe even having an STD testing day or something since it is nerve-racking to consider going the first time, especially alone. But I also know we can only do so much, and Lisa does SO much already for her students.
Could improve by putting the slides online
She was great
35. Other comments:
Lisa is very enthusiastic about the course and the topics we covered. Her grading policies were flexible and she is willing to work with students who have overwhelming schedules. I appreciate and will cherish all of the information I learned in her class.
Lisa Vallin was an awesome teacher if I had more semesters I would definitely take more of her courses. UH is lucky to have her as a teacher and should give her a raise.
Honestly this was my favorite class I've ever taken at UH. Lisa was an incredible teacher and she made this material so fun. I looked forward to coming to class everyday, which is rare. I wish I would've sat closer at the beginning of the semester, because I would've felt more engaged. But I made some friends in the back so it's all good! I wish this was like a 3 hour class, I was never ready to leave at the end of class time. I always wanted to learn more. This class and Lisa's teaching has made me consider perhaps persuing a career in this field.
I love you.
A great, funny, understanding, and lenient instructor. I can see that she loves what she does as an instructor. Very passionate about her profession. Very knowledgeable.
Overall Lisa is an incredibly enthusiastic and knowledgeable instructor and I very much enjoyed this course. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in the subject or even just needs an upper division elective credit like me.
Thank You :)
Thanks for an awesome class and semester! If I could take the class over again I would.
Lisa was a great teacher for this class and approaches the material in ways that we can understand it, but makes it fun at the same time.
This class should be required for EVERY university student. so important.
This is an AMAZING class and I am absolutely glad that this crossed with a Biology elective. I am thoroughly surprised that Professor Vallin is still doing her PhD because she teaches very well and portrays her enthusiasm for the course very well. It was one of the more interactive classes that I had and I have talked with fellow Biology majors (both BA & BS) who have all recommended this class to me. It is a breath of fresh air from the non-interactive lectures I've had in previous years.
This course is very useful and that I enjoyed it a lot. Lisa Vallin is a great professor who answers any ones question and has lots of information.
NA
Love the class and the prof! Fabulous, funny, understandable, and just fantastic.
Lisa is a very inspiring instructor!

Lisa Vallin: BIOL350, WS350, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Biology
Course: BIOL 350 - Sex Diffs in the Life Cycle Crn (Section): 77826 (001)    
Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Women's Studies Program
Course: WS 350 - Sex Diffs in the Life Cycle Crn (Section): 76213 (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  
3.06 31 0.89 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 8 (26%) 10 (32%) 12 (39%) 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  
1.2 31 0.41 Freq(%) 24 (77%) 6 (19%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.97 31 0.18 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 30 (97%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 31 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (10%) 28 (90%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 31 0.25 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 29 (94%)
6. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.87 31 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (13%) 27 (87%)
7. The instructor presented concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.97 31 0.18 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 30 (97%)
8. The grading system was clearly explained.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.93 31 0.25 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 28 (90%)
9. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.97 31 0.18 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 30 (97%)
10. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.97 31 0.18 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 29 (94%)
11. I learned a good deal of factual material in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 31 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (19%) 25 (81%)
12. I developed enthusiasm about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.84 31 0.37 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (16%) 29 (81%)
13. I gained a better understanding of myself through this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 31 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (10%) 29 (81%)
14. I try to relate what I learn in this course to my own experience.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.84 31 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 3 (10%) 30 (83%)
15. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 31 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 6 (17%) 25 (81%)
16. Ten years from now I'll probably remember this course most by ...
Everything that I learned. Maybe not the small details and facts, even though I feel as though I will remember some of those small things, but by the major topics learned in the course. Everything in this class is applicable to the real world and people's lives, these are not just facts to memorize about something that doesn't apply personally, this material hits home no matter who you are, therefore it is easier to understand and therefore remember.
The miracle of birth
Lisa's down to earth teaching skills. She creates a learning environment that encourages students to want to do well.
energetic, fun, can relate to so much different ways, and knowledge to share to family, friends, peers, and spouse.
The professor. She did a really good job and showed that she really loved her students. She explained all of the concepts really well and made it easy for everyone to understand. There were also times when we would have group discussions in class and have fun together. We talked about personal experiences and this is what I will remember ten years from now.
The fun lectures and the instructor always making class so informational and fun!
The instructor and the material I learned! It's all relevant to daily life, unlike other courses.
The videos shown in class, the guest speakers, and how great of a teacher Lisa is.
The Professor and the interesting material it covered.
the topics discussed about in an open manner and the use of powerpoint and pictures to best describe what we were learning at the time. I learned more in this class than I did in sex ed.
I don't understand this question
Remembering how awesome Lisa was at teaching the content.
everything that I learned from this class was very interesting and informative and will be useful in real life.
How much I learned and how open Ms. Vallin was open to discussion!!
How open minded and smart Lisa is.
how fun my teacher and the course was. And how we talked about things most classes don't
The health related information that I gained. And how she was very fun and open.
The instructor, Lisa did a great job of making the class interesting and fun to learn.
STD/STI and sexual responsiveness
The amount of information I've retained in one semester! I've learned the most in this class alone, than any other class I've taken and I can't believe it has been about sex and how the body functions sexually. This isn't something I thought I'd ever be as open and comfortable talking about, but because of the way this course was taught and how open and nonjudgmental Lisa has been from day one, it has made this entire subject more bearable. Absolutely loved everything about this course. I'll remember how much material that was taught as well as how much fun it was to learn about it.
the way it was taught she was a very good teacher.
the education of sex
The teaching strategy was extremely effective. I feel more secure about my body, and am very informed about the ways I can keep myself protected from disease.
Passionate teaching and the fun nature of the class
The videos we watched about sex. Even if they were funny and seemed immature, it left the students wanting more and student left the class understanding the material more clearly!
How hilarious and open it was.
all the interesting, disgusting, nasty, crazy pictures and videos that were shown on your power points. They were ridiculous, but cant help it cause its all real. I learned quite a bit from this class about all these sexualities and how the body works. Like I remembered how we learned that our pupils get larger after an orgasm. Its valid. HAHA. I'll remember other lessons such as STDs, gender identities, and how a hermaphrodite really looks like. That was pretty weird, but a great learning experience. This class was overall a learning experience everyday.
my instructor! She was so wonderful. Very informative and humorous. It truly made the subject better to understand and memorize. The videos we watched in class were also memorable; it contained a lot of answers to questions that I never thought I would ask in public.
How open the discussions were and the large amount of valuable information I acquired.
everything I have learned can be related to my life and things that go on everyday.
How enthusiastic Lisa was during lectures. I will most definitely remember the vivid videos and pictures we saw on male/female genitalia and their functions and uses.
Sex
i will remember this course most by the section covering pregnancy. it was very informative and a learned a lot that i did not know previously to taking this class.
The effective teaching method. Lisa used various forms of media, and changed it up frequently. I liked how she used supplemental videos as well as had us work in groups. I think this made it easier to learn. Also, it was refreshing that she took questions throughout the entire lecture because some professors do not take questions till the very end and by then, we forgot what we wanted to ask. Also, I thought I would feel very uncomfortable in this class, but she was able to keep the class from acting immature. She didn't make the topic awkward, so it was very comfortable talking about the subject.
The awesome teacher that I had in this class that was passionate about what she was teaching and very approachable as a person.
The relevance of the course content to my own life, and the enthusiasm and effectiveness of the instructor.
The Professor was very in effective in teaching the material to all the students. I had a great experience in this class and have knowledge to validate my decisions within the content i have learned from this course.
All of the amazing things about the body we learned in class
The movies we watched, and the helpful information we learned about sex, sexuality, and overall life.
The real life lessons that can be learned from this course.
How interesting she made the topic
The no boundaries talk about sex
First, by making me not cringe so much about the subject. Second, the class was fun, and the subject matter was interesting.
This course was incredibly interesting and fun. I was really able to feel comfortable to share ideas in this class despite some of the uncomfortable and controversial topics that were covered. Lisa Vallin really made it easy for us to communicate about many taboo subjects which was great.
The teacher's comfort and openness on talking about this subject and her personal experiences. Lisa really helps make talking about sex comfortable and not awkward.
the professor, because she made the class fun and worth going to.
the instructor's enthusiasm and funny remarks about factual information. also the class itself is a sex class and probably difficult to forget.
Sex
the awesome learning experience from the teacher :)
The helpful things that were taught.
All the effective ways of being safe sexually, and because this is the most enjoyable course I have taken to date.
The touchy subjects it brought up.
The experiences I learn when watching the videos about pregecy and STD's
17. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 36 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (14%) 31 (86%)
18. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 36 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 32 (89%)
19. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.97 31 0.18 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (8%) 33 (92%)
20. The instructor defined new terms, concepts, and principles.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 36 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (14%) 31 (86%)
21. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 36 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (8%) 33 (92%)
22. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 36 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (19%) 29 (81%)
23. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 36 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (17%) 28 (90%)
24. 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  
4.89 36 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 2 (6%) 33 (92%)
25. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 36 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (8%) 33 (92%)
26. The instructor spoke clearly and audibly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 36 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (19%) 32 (89%)
27. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.87 31 0.43 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 1 (3%) 2 (6%) 32 (89%)
28. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 36 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (8%) 33 (92%)
29. The instructor keeps students informed of their progress.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 36 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 3 (8%) 33 (92%)
30. The instructor was willing to help.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 36 0.23 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 34 (94%)
31. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 36 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (8%) 25 (81%)
32. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 36 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 6 (17%) 29 (81%)
33. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
I felt as though the reader (textbook) didnt follow along with the powerpoints at times. There were moments in class where I had to flip through page after page before finding out where we were in the book. It would distract me, if only for a few seconds, from the lecture.
Literally nothing, she was awesome.
Personally, I love her teaching style, energy and what she brings to the class. One thing I would like is knowing how I do on my papers quicker, but I know how much students enroll in her course. But overall, i wouldn't change anything. She cared a lot about her students, respected and understood that we have other classes and accepted late homework as long as we let her know. That's something I admire and wish all professors were like and not just piling our homework as if they are the only class we are enrolled in.
Nothing. She is a great professor!
I honestly don't think she could improve anymore! She is an amazing instructor.
I really enjoyed this class and I have no suggestions for improvement.
Maybe not require a book and Iclicker. Both can be spendy.
I believe she Is doing a fab job already!
I think she has a pretty good setup on her course.
Nothing! One of the best classes ever
I liked when you show the FSH breakdown with cardboard. More of that.
she seems good to me, no need for improvement
n/a
Stay the same.
N/A
Maybe have more guest speakers? I don't think Lisa has to really work on teaching this course because I think the system that she is using works very well, I just think that to get more variety besides her lecturing and watching movies, other speakers that talk about real life situations and what they do for a living really makes the learning part more real!
I cant think of any other way.
she does a great job. she doesn't need to improve.
reminders for online assignments and test
N/A
I think she's doing a wonderful job already, I have no constructive-criticism for her.
I think more videos would help this course and movies to show prime examples of what our lessons are about.
NOTHING! She should stay the way she is. She was a wonderful teacher and it was a honor to have taken her class. She is one of the best instructors on campus. She was truly honest about the subject and even though, at some points the topics were very uncomfortable, she made me feel like it was really natural to feel the way I was feeling. She's passionate, informative, humorous, just wonderful.
I thought she did a fantastic job.
Sometimes it is hard to hear (I sit in the middle of the classroom). Try speaking a little bit slower, it makes it a lot easier to understand :) It is great that you get really excited when you teach (awesome!), it is just really hard to understand when you talk too fast.
not sure, because i think lisa is currently doing a great job teaching this course. it's really great that she shares some of her stories when it's appropriate because it helps to make class more relatable to us as students.
She shouldn't change anything. She's doing a great job!
No suggestions come readily to mind. I think that she's very effective in communicating material to students, and is engaging as well.
Nothing, she does an amazing job.
Nothing at all shes perfect
I really enjoyed the course and I don't think she needs to change anything about it.
N/A
nothing
It seems good the way it is right now.
Just don't stop teaching it!
Some of the structures and slides were hard to get in first glance, some topics I think could have been drawn out a little longer in terms of difficulty.
she's awesome, no need for improvement
She's great!
the only thing left to make this course better is giving free food.
Nothing, she is perfect at it, loved every moment in the course
Try to make the in-class activities more i-clicker based. It would save paper.
34. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.94 36 0.24 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 33 (92%)
35. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.72 36 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (28%) 26 (72%)
36. Assignments require a reasonable amount of time and effort.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 36 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 8 (22%) 26 (72%)
37. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 36 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 5 (14%) 30 (83%)
38. The course was well-organized in terms of continuity and presentation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 36 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (14%) 30 (83%)
39. Audiovisual materials (or computers) were adequate and used appropriately.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 36 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (19%) 28 (78%)
40. The exams reflected the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 36 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 4 (11%) 31 (86%)
41. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 36 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (8%) 31 (86%)
42. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
teacher is fantastic, really makes you want to learn
I enjoyed the enthusiasm and knowledge of the professor. Her personality made for a comfortable learning environment which encouraged people to participate and ask questions. I also liked that we went over a good amount of topics that fall under sex and sexuality.
The audio visual presentations and her personal experiences with the course material.
Everything!
Having guests speakers come in and not only sharing awareness, but also sharing their personal experiences/stories.
I like the organization of everything online. She holds together a big class very well. Lisa is very encouraging and understanding of a stressful and tiring college life of managing full time school while maintaining other life responsibilities that are equally as exhausting. She is a breath for fresh air as a teacher on top of being highly intellectual.
The energy, the examples, and how it was so easy to relate or understand the material.
The structure of taking quizzes every week followed by two essays in the semester was an easy-to-follow format.
I enjoyed the videos and the open conversation within lectures. I liked that everything was online except for the final. That made it a lot easier on my schedule.
I liked the lectures and the way the course was structured with online quizzes. It made covering the amount of material we did manageable.
The material was fun and Lisa made it interesting.
I enjoyed the group activities.
the pictures and video clips, it spoke volumes
The teaching materials. I am happy to see that everything is not just book. I like that what we are learning can be viewed. The videos were all appropriate as well. Lisa was very open for discussion and she showed that she cared. She showed the importance, especially for the fact that majority of the class were still young. She showed how what we are learning applies to every one of us in class.
The relative videos for each lessons. Although they were old, they were still really great videos to have watched.
The topic was interesting and Ms. Vallin made it really applicable to our lives. The quizzes really helped me to learn and remember the material in the lectures.
The video and Guest speakers.
we could turn in late assignments
Everything. her teaching style, her flexibility, her passion to teach!! She taught well
Guest speakers
Pretty much everything. Throughout the semester, I would talk to my boyfriend about things that I learned in class and apply them to our situation.
I liked best learning about the pregnancy of women as well as the sexual transmitted diseases and about how to protect yourself form contracting or passing on such things.
The different methods she used to get people to talk and feel comfortable in her class especially since it can be a touchy subject to teach.
i liked that all the quizzes were online. i also liked how many videos she showed us because i am a visual learner. she was also one of the best professors i have had so far because of her love for the subject.
I like how Lisa Vallin presents the information. She is very good at making such a taboo topic, easy to hear and talk about. She is very concerned about the well being of her students and stresses to us the importance of protecting our bodies during sexual activities. She also had a very smooth way of getting the class to warm up and take judgments away from common unspeakable topics such as hermaphrodites, etc.
I liked how interesting EVERY SINGLE lecture was. It never bored me and I would recommend this to EVERYONE!!
I liked how she introduced us to sexual orientations and gender identities that differed from our own. I can honestly say that I was a little judgemental towards others that were not the typical dude or not the typical girl (transsexuals), but after her lecture where she talked about these ideas, I've actually become much more understanding and informed of their situations and am actually somewhat ashamed that I thought anything negative towards them.
I enjoyed the movies you showed outside of class. They were all so interesting and crazy . The powerpoints were full of pictures and video clips that I learned a lot from.
I enjoyed everything about the course! It began from sexual differences to actually acknowledging diseases, natural feelings, etc. I truly loved the videos we watched in class and I really liked Lisa's experiences with pregnancy stories. She was so focused when teaching our course. During the topic about pregnancy, she answered her questions honestly. I really felt as though she was understanding of the students. She really wanted to know what we wanted out of the course and she delivered it in the best way possible.
online quizzes and videos in class
The information covered and the instructor.
The class activities, in class quizes, and videos were all very helpful in learning the course material.
I liked that you were very open with everything and you made the class fun. Your enthusiasm for teaching made it exciting to come to class and I absolutely love that you are great at emailing back and keeping within reach from students! I was always excited to come to class because I knew I could learn a lot about a usually uncomfortable topic (for me) in a fun way.
i truly enjoyed every aspect of this course. from class activities, to films, to lecture, i enjoyed it all.
It was interesting, and writing assignments were flexible. Also, she gave us the opportunity to get the best grade we could possibly achieve.
I enjoyed the guest speakers we had and chances at extra credit by watching films that related to the topics that we were discussing at the time. I enjoying listening to Lisa's lectures and doing group activities.
Lisa was very engaging, funny, and always made class interesting. The topics discussed in class were also very applicable outside of class, especially to us as young adults. I honestly feel that everyone should take a course like this, the information that is learned in this class is relevant to everyone, for example, to be informed about sexual functioning, to be aware of sexual disorders, to be well- informed, to be open minded and accepting of those who differ from "the norm", how society shapes our views, just to name a few. I've really learned a lot from this course, much more than I would have ever learned in everyday life. I liked that Lisa was really easy to approach, and really easy to talk to. She was also VERY lenient, which is very rare to see in college. She's really understanding, and I can tell that she genuinely cares about the success of each student.
The relation to college life to sex, and those of the biological aspects of sex.
Everything
I liked the guest speakers and the videos we watched. I liked all of the topics except the bit about hormones, just because that's confusing. But she covered it well.
I like the videos that helped to reinforce the concepts learned.
I liked everything about this course
Subject matter is good, and it's presented with good detail without being too cringeworthy.
The open atmosphere that she created which allowed us to freely share ideas. It was a very fun learning atmosphere
The stories the teacher tells to help us remember material.
the freedom that lisa allows her students. she knows her students are self-directed college students, and she is always willing to give chances to help everybody pass
The activities
The fact that we learn something that's important to know but is not talked about because the topic is still a bit taboo.
The way in which Lisa Vallin presented material was very professional. She spoke very openly without making topics awkward which really helped me to feel comfortable and really made me enjoy coming to class. She really knew the material and inspired me to do some of my own reflecting and thinking! great teacher! The course itself was also very beneficial. I feel that sex ed is so important.
all of it, loved her personal experiences that she shared and the comfort level she had with the class was awesome.
The course brought up subjects that would otherwise be hidden.
There is nothing that needs improving
43. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.91 36 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (8%) 30 (83%)
44. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
I feel like this course could be improved by maybe having the lecture guide match more with the powerpoints because sometimes it was hard to follow along. I also feel that we had a lot of pop quizzes and it didnt really feel like pop quizzes because it was everyday. haha. but it was still easy :)
This course can be improved by showing more videos in class. As there is a lot of science involved, it is good to watch real-life footage of some of these scientific concepts.
I honestly don't know how it could be improved. I will recommend this class to anyone that needs an interesting upper division elective. I learned so much!
I have no suggestions for improvement.
I honestly wouldn't really change anything from the course. If I had to choose something it would maybe be the group work. We have enough class discussion to maybe not have group work as well.
Not give so much work..Have a quiz each week was kind of a handful.
Nothing!
Lisa is great!
i honestly don't think she needs to improve anything. I enjoyed this course
n/a
It's great already and should stay the same
There's nothing that I can think of right now.
I think this course could be improved by the amount of material covered. I feel like it was a lot to handle, but I think the way that we were tested on the material seemed to be fair.
Its good.
n/a
There is nothing much to improve. Maybe having more extra credit assignments. Nothing else.
Having to memorize less terms would be nice, there are just too many body parts and hormones and chemicals and diseases and what not to remember.
This course could be improved with more group activities that consists of using the big papers. It allows us to participate more because we are able to get more hands-on into the activity.
I do not have any critiques for the course- it was a great experience.
I can't think of any.
NA
Something I didn't particularly enjoy were the in-class activities. I understand the idea behind them though, to get students engaged in learning and talking with each other, which is a good thing. However, I didn't find them particularly helpful, or particularly enjoyable. It was also sometimes uncomfortable to talk about some of the sensitive topics that were the center of our discussions.
there is no other way i would have wanted to take this course.
It shouldnt. The course itself is fabulous. Maybe just a cheaper book
I think this course should be taken by everyone, especially in college. It's incredibly informational and was ran well as an interesting class I actually wanted to attend.
This course could be improved if the final exam wasn't worth so much of the overall grade.
nothing
I have nothing.
It's great already
Perhaps have some in class quizzes, the online ones are good and help us keep on track, but at the same time it is very easy to just slip up and not study since we have numerous tries and it's online. It's true that this is the student's fault; however, the amount of freedom given might make it hard to prepare for the final.
idk... its one of the best course I've taken thus far. AND I actually learn something, instead of just memorizing.
If the films could be more up to date that would be all I recommend
45. Other comments:
Thank you Professor for your flexibility, encouragement and optimistic teaching styles. It truly took a burden off my shoulders this semester, having such a positive role model. Walking in to class knowing you have a great instructor makes coming to school that much easier.
I would definitely take any of Lisa Vallin's classes again, I want her as my mentor!
Great class and excellent teacher. I will try to take another class with Lisa if I can.
Lisa made the class really fun. This was my favorite course. I've taken a course like this before from another professor, and it was really boring. Lisa made the content really interesting, and I would definitely recommend her course to my peers.
Lisa Vallin is an excellent professor and I am happy to have taken this course. The course was very informative and wonderful and the class was very enjoyable.
One of the best teachers ever!
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N/A
One of the best courses I've taken here with the best teacher I've had here in my 3 years as an undergrad! I'd recommend this class to anyone, no matter the background!
this is a great class and i would recommend it to other people
This class was great. I wouldn't change a thing.
She was a very funny teacher and she really cared about her students unlike other teachers, she gave us time to do our assignments so that we were able to keep up!
This class is wonderful. So cool and interesting. Love it.
Thank you so much Lisa for the wonderful course. I truly hope you teach another course! I've learned more from this class than any other class on UH campus.
great class, will recommend to many other students
I would love to take another class similar to this course or another class offered by Lisa.
You're awesome! Thank you for helping me to become more comfortable with talking about most aspects of sex! I always recommend this class to all my friends and they always want to come sit in for a day :) I have already gotten three people excited to sign up for the course!
I recommend this class for anyone. You gain lots of valuable knowledge and Lisa the instructor is the greatest!
I'm really, really glad that I chose this class as one of my electives. I'll definitely make use of the information I've learned, and the perspectives I've gained.
Lisa Villan, was an amazing instructor and should definitely be considered for a full time professor. She was effective and enthusiastic in every aspect of the course and was humble enough to share points that she did not understand fully. but she came back with research to answer the question so we all were able to have better knowledge of the material.
Lisa was a great teacher with a lot of spirit, humor, and knowledge!
This class was very easy but also helped you learn a lot!! Professor Vallin is hella cool and very understanding of college students deadlines with other classes.
This was one of my favorite classes taken at UH since I began 5 years ago. Please keep offering it for future students
she was a great teacher! I loved coming to class.
Best professor I have had, attractive, funny, and truly enjoyed what she was doing in teaching us all the material, very easy to stay in tune and learn the information.

Lisa Vallin: BIOL350, WS350, Summer I 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Biology
Course: BIOL 350 - Sex Diffs in the Life Cycle Crn (Section): 92205 (601)    
Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Women's Studies Program
Course: WS 350 - Sex Diffs in the Life Cycle Crn (Section): 92165 (601)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.5 6 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 1 (17%) 4 (67%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.33 3 0.58 Freq(%) 2 (67%) 1 (17%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
6. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
7. The instructor presented concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
8. The grading system was clearly explained.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
9. What did you like best about the course?
Being able to do class activities that were fun and interactive. Sometimes in long summer courses, the students get bored and distracted, but Lisa made each class fun and interesting.
I enjoyed making the concept maps and class activities. I also enjoyed the films and videos that were shown throughout the session.
Great instructor!
Quizzes and tests were a good format. There was constant review.
Very applicable to a college lifestyle. Enthusiastic professor who really cares
Lisa was extremely enthusiastic which drew me into the course material.
Everything!
I liked that there were many youtube videos! It definitely helped to further deepen my understanding about the material.
well it was an interesting topic, and quite humorous at times.
10. Effective use of demonstrations, models, or visual aids
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
11. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 6 (100%)
12. I was stimulated to discuss related topics outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (100%)
13. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (67%)
14. I learned to value new viewpoints.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 1 (33%)
15. I reconsidered many of my former attitudes.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 6 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (100%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
16. I gained a better understanding of myself through this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 2 (67%)
17. I developed a greater sense of personal responsibility.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 2 (67%)
18. I developed more confidence in myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 3 1.15 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 0 (0%) 3 (50%)
19. I try to relate what I learn in this course to my own experience.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 6 (100%)
20. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (67%) 1 (33%)
21. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Understanding human sexuality and the variations between all cultures, race, gender and ages. I also really liked the guest speakers she brought in to talk about HIV and natural birth.
I think one aspect that was valuable was the end presentation, which included the use of condoms, dental dams, lube, and other sexual things that could be used during sexual encounters, I think another aspect that was valuable was learning and gaining a better understanding of STI's.
Unbiased course, open-book quizzes with multiple answers. Lots of info and good guest speakers, esp. midwives and
all
All aspects!
errthing
22. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (100%)
23. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 2 (67%)
24. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
25. The instructor defined new terms, concepts, and principles.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
26. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (83%)
27. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
28. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
29. 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 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
30. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
31. The instructor spoke clearly and audibly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
32. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
33. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
34. I was able to get individual help when I needed it.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
35. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
36. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
37. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
She did a fantastic job, I'm not sure how the class could improve.
Maybe engage in more group activities vs. lectures
Class is good already.
nothing to note, lisa was outstanding!
Not sure.
I thought that there was too much group work.
everything was quite alright
38. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
39. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 1 (33%) 1 (33%)
40. Assignments require a reasonable amount of time and effort.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (67%) 1 (33%)
41. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 2 (67%) 1 (33%)
42. The course was well-organized in terms of continuity and presentation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 3 1.15 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
43. Audiovisual materials (or computers) were adequate and used appropriately.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (67%) 6 (100%)
44. The guest lecturers were interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 2 (67%)
45. The guest speakers contributed significantly to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 1 (33%)
46. The exams reflected the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 2 (67%)
47. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 2 (67%)
48. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
The videos! They were awesome. I think Lisa did a nice job at keeping her students stimulated throughout each class meeting. She mixed up her classes with powerpoint lectures, small group activities, guest speakers, videos, iclicker quizzes. Her teaching style is awesome.
I liked going over the importance of sexual identity, gender orientation and roles that can relate to the social environment I am in.
See above comments.
All aspects!
the class activities, and the pop quizzes there I could see if I was really paying attention in class or not...in some cases I obviously wasn't
49. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
5.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (100%)
50. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
Not sure. I think it's pretty awesome how it is now.
maybe the educational clips should be updated if possible.
Class already good.
Instead of an additional self assessment perhaps a choice of a short informative paper about something related to class would be a bit more interesting since the assessments can be a bit redundant.
Don't know
it was a summer course, not much freedom to really change it because you have to fit basically a semester's work into about 5 weeks, nothing can really be helped in that aspect.
51. Other comments:
I will highly recommend her to my friends. It really shows that she is so passionate about teaching and the subject matter. She is super pregnant, and I'm sure being a week or so away from giving birth, she has a lot on her plate. She always came to class on time, energetic, and happy to be there. She is a great instructor.
Wonderful, approachable teacher who's passion is obvious through her teaching. Would definitely suggest her to a friend or take another class from her if offered.
The best class at UH!
it was cool, kinda wanted to talk and hear more about love and relationships that was one of my major interests but it being summer school time was of the issue. So that was okay, learned alot, was interesting, humorous, just in general a good class to take. I liked it.

Lisa Vallin: BIOL350, WS350, Spring 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Biology
Course: BIOL 350 - Sex Diffs in the Life Cycle Crn (Section): 85936 (001)    
Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Women's Studies Program
Course: WS 350 - Sex Diffs in the Life Cycle Crn (Section): 85932 (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  
3.19 37 1.13 Freq(%) 3 (8%) 8 (22%) 7 (19%) 8 (30%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.32 37 0.47 Freq(%) 23 (62%) 11 (30%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.97 37 0.16 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 36 (97%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.95 37 0.23 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (5%) 22 (81%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 37 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 37 (100%)
6. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 37 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 37 (100%)
7. The instructor presented concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 27 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (5%) 35 (95%)
8. The grading system was clearly explained.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.95 37 0.23 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (5%) 35 (95%)
9. The instructor was accessible to students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 37 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 37 (100%)
10. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.74 27 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (8%) 34 (92%)
11. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 37 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (19%) 21 (78%)
12. I participated actively in the small group sessions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 37 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 1 (4%) 7 (19%) 20 (74%)
13. I developed new friendships in this class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.49 37 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 5 (14%) 6 (16%) 13 (48%)
14. I developed greater awareness of societal problems.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 37 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (15%) 23 (85%)
15. I became interested in community projects related to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 27 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 9 (33%) 29 (78%)
16. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 27 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (19%) 34 (92%)
17. I gained a better understanding of myself through this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 27 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 3 (11%) 33 (89%)
18. I developed a greater sense of personal responsibility.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 27 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 5 (14%) 31 (84%)
19. I developed more confidence in myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 37 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (26%) 9 (24%) 16 (59%)
20. I try to relate what I learn in this course to my own experience.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 37 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (8%) 24 (89%)
21. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 37 0.23 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (5%) 22 (81%)
22. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.97 37 0.16 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 36 (97%)
23. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.95 37 0.23 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (5%) 35 (95%)
24. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.97 37 0.16 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 36 (97%)
25. The instructor defined new terms, concepts, and principles.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.95 37 0.23 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (5%) 35 (95%)
26. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 37 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (8%) 33 (89%)
27. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.97 37 0.17 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 35 (95%)
28. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.95 37 0.23 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (5%) 35 (95%)
29. 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  
4.95 37 0.23 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (5%) 35 (95%)
30. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 37 0.23 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (5%) 34 (92%)
31. The instructor spoke clearly and audibly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.97 37 0.16 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 36 (97%)
32. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 37 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 1 (3%) 35 (95%)
33. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.97 37 0.17 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 35 (95%)
34. I was able to get individual help when I needed it.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.84 37 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 4 (11%) 32 (86%)
35. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 37 0.23 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (5%) 34 (92%)
36. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 27 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (15%) 23 (85%)
37. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
none
I think posting up some worksheet or some handout would be helpful since the powerpoint is not posted on laulima or anything.
I think everything was great!
Lisa does very well teaching this course.
Lisa Vallin's course is wonderful! Nothing needs changing (:
make all slides available cause sometimes she spoke too fast
NOTHING. SHE'S THE BEST COLLEGE TEACHER I'VE EVER HAD!!!
Nothing needs to be improved. Great instructor!
She should lessen the amount of guest speakers. Maybe 1 or 2 tops.
I think the way Lisa teaches this course is perfect, don't change a thing!
This class was one of my favorite classes I have taken in my college career and Mrs. Vallin had a lot to do with me loving the class. Not only did she make the material easy and fun to understand, she was very approachable and was enthusiastic about the subject that encouraged me to want to learn more.
not have the final worth 45% of the overall grade. students should be rewarded for the work they have kept up with throughout the entire semester not just the final.
Nothing.
Can't think of anything
Nothing! She is doing an amazing job and I recommend this class to everyone! She loves to teach and loves what she teaches and it shows, and she makes it easy to go to class and learn.
I honestly can't think of anything, this was a really interesting class and she is passionate about the topic and was really helpful and always there for the students.
Establish from day 1 that computers re not allowed in class. It just makes the process easier for everyone
Maybe having more clicker questions would be helpful in making sure students are understanding the material. Maybe posting the powerpoints might be helpful. Also, updating the lecture reader so that it is a little easier to follow would be great. Also, sometimes the lectures seemed rushed and went by very fast and it was hard to take in all the information being presented. Perhaps the more difficult topics, like hormones, could be presented a little slower or maybe just spend a little more time on it, like repeating concepts, so that it can be drilled into our head and we students can remember things better.
no improvements are needed, you are awesome. keep up the great work
None
I honestly think she did amazing. I loved her class and the way she taught. You gotta have some humor in a sex class right? She did great, I can not think of an improvement.
She already does a great job and I enjoy learning from her because she is always so enthusiastic and it makes the course more interesting.
I wish she was able to post the powerpoints online.
nothing
Its a hard problem, but it would be nice to somehow get the students off their computers and phones because it is distracting.
Lisa was seriously great, and one of the best professors thus far!
Lisa was great at teaching this course one thing that would of been nice is to have more up to date videos, but I understand thats not really in her control.
Continue to be encouraging, and enthusiastic! Nothing really to improve the course. I love this course and her teaching style.
Less group/class activities
The only thing about the class that I think NEEDS to be changed, is an index in the back of the course reader.
Nothing
I would not know, its a fabulous course and taught so well as it is.
Maybe less class activities. Some people are less outgoing or more shy so they don't really participate in group work. It makes it difficult when theres people like that in your group.
More personal stories :) I think she connected with her audience a lot more ^_^
It was hard when people were interacting in a big lecture hall because you could not hear them. Repeat what people said so everyone knows whats happening.
She could rethink some of the video choices she showed in class. Some videos we watched seemed unnecessary.
She is a very good teacher and shouldn't change anything.
I think the course is great as it is.
None.
38. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
she responds to emails quickly
The videos were the most valuable and helpful. Helped me better understand concepts. Also, the instructor's personal experiences (stories) were helpful as well.
I thought the quizes really helped me grasp concepts. Especially the fact that I could retake them.
I find that the communication with student was very helpful. She responds to emails very quickly which helps a lot. Also giving student to improve helps tremendously. I feel that short films and clips of the topic really brings a lot of interesting perspective towards me personally. I find it entertaining and also engaged in class.
She is very lenient and understanding.
I really appreciated how we were able to work in groups in class as well as on the quizzes and online tests. She was very good at thoroughly explaining things and able to clarify any questions that arose. I love her teaching method and she was very understanding to the life of college students and accommodated her class well to fit our needs. I appreciated the reader we used for the lectures and how they coincided very well with the lectures, which was very helpful and resourceful for the class work and quizzes.
Everything was helpful. She teaches useful things that help me through everyday life.
I found the group activities to be most valuable because it helped me gain a better understanding of the topic, as well as get insight into the opinions of my classmates.
she knew her stuff
How approachable she is. She is very good with communicating with her students, either when you miss a deadline or if you just need help with a concept. She's very helpful and full of positive energy.
She is willing to listen and help the students when in need. She always made the time for the students. She always did for me!
She is very easy to talk too and she is passionate about the subject.
She was very enthusiastic and was willing to cover a lot of controversial material that not very many of my teacher or professors would ever want to touch on.
She is very flexible with assignments, she is very easily accessible, and is always more than willing to help with any questions or difficulties students may be having.
Everything was valuable
very personable teacher made this class fun and enjoyable
She used many examples and pictures. Video examples and her guidebook made studying a lot easy because everything was well organized.
I got a clearer understanding of gays it was much needed. I feel it should be taught in schools so people don't harass these types of people.
I loved how she was able to teach the information in a comedic way. It helped make it memorable.
Great Teacher
Very, very open to helping students and made the classroom a comfortable place for everyone to talk about the material
Too many things to list. I absolutely loved this class and wish she taught other ones because I would definitely take them all.
That she is willing to take the time to help us out and she always emails back quickly and puts all of our grades on Laulima right away. She is really on top of things which I appreciate because so many professors are not like that.
She is very quick to respond to emails and wants students to succeed
She is very understanding and allows students extra time to complete assignments and quizzes.
She is very enthusiastic and explains the topics that could be considered awkward in humorous and fun way. Her lectures were interesting and easy to follow.
She was very understanding of my situation.
the many extra credit opportunities and the way you communicated with us helped us to be eager to learn
The "down to earth" kind of attitude. Was very friendly and open to opinions and help
She was very easy to talk to, and answered emails on time (which is very nice as an instructor). Lisa Vallin was very clear in explanations and made sure we understood the concepts. She also gave enough extra credit opportunities for people to succeed which is really awesome because you can tell she cares.
She is very open and willing to do whatever benefits the students first.
She has been helpful with a multitude of things. The first being that she tries to make the material stimulating by having videos and people come by to speak. The second is that she tries to help all of her students and is very good in emailing students. The last thing is that she does her best in teaching her students (there are professors in this university that I wish would take example from her).
easy to talk to
I liked the way she was easily accessible if we needed help. She was understanding if I couldnt make a deadline for a paper or online tests. She also taught about awkward subjects in not awkward ways and that was nice because we were in a big lecture hall, and it could get pretty awkward while watching people masterbate and giving birth.
Lisa was open, and comfortable, and lastly entertaining about the subject matter. Sex is most times a taboo topic for majority of us, and Lisa's personality and humor definitely relaxed us and made us want to learn more! Also, Lisa was flexible and accomodating to deadlines and assignments. Lisa was also very prompt and returned ALL of my emails, and I probably emailed her over 10 times this semester. It was apparent that she wanted us to learn and try our best, rather than stress out and try to "half ass" something. More professors need to follow Lisa.
Lisa has been my favorite lecture at the university so far. She approached many topics not commonly talked yet was still able to make me feel comfortable in the class. It really changed the way I think towards social "norms". I believe this course is a real eye opener for narrow minded views and I would recommend it to all students
The online quizzes every week, pop-quizzes, self assessments, response papers, extra credits that she gives. Her knowledge on the information she provides is phenomenal. Great speaker. She speaks very loud and clear. Never a dull moment, very interactive with the students.
Her teaching style
Professor Vallin treated the entire class respectfully, and was always easy to talk to.
She was really understanding of my excused absences and she made it easy to make up any missed grades or activities that I was not able to participate in class with.
All the flexibility and understanding she had with the students. She taught a touchy subject in a very comfortable and relaxed way. She did not make you feel uncomfortable or gross. She was also funny about some of the topics which took off the akwardness at times.
She was very passionate about the course and the material. She was very fair towards grading and offered many extra credit opportunities throughout the course which I liked.
How she seems so enthusiastic and helpful. She was open to listening to students and she is very understanding
Tought material that was more applicable to everyday life.
She was very helpful and always made herself available to students.
She explained it in terms that everyone understands.
She was always open to discussion and flexible about anything that came up. She was easy to approach and talk to and very reasonable. I enjoyed her class very much.
Going to her lectures and doing the quizzes showed our knowledge of the course.
She had pop quizzes and regular quizzes that reinforced the information taught in class. She had guest lecturers that were very informative about what they do. It was not a boring class so that help me stay attentive and be attendant for my classes.
39. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.88 27 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (11%) 23 (85%)
40. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 27 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 1 (4%) 6 (22%) 28 (76%)
41. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 27 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 5 (19%) 21 (78%)
42. The course was well-organized in terms of continuity and presentation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 27 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (22%) 21 (78%)
43. Audiovisual materials (or computers) were adequate and used appropriately.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 27 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (14%) 23 (85%)
44. The guest lecturers were interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 37 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (15%) 22 (81%)
45. The guest speakers contributed significantly to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 27 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (11%) 4 (15%) 20 (74%)
46. The exams reflected the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 27 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (15%) 22 (81%)
47. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 27 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (11%) 24 (89%)
48. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
videos and presentations
The videos, guest speakers, and personal experiences was the best in the course.
The guest speakers were the best part of the course. Also all of the personal stories really grasped my attention.
The topic of this course is interesting itself. I feel that every topic that we learned was somewhat new concepts that I never imagine to learn. I now have a clear understanding of sex differences in life cycle. I'm glad that Lisa was able to teach the subject very clearly.
I liked the short response papers. Lisa chose though-provoking topics for us to write about. I enjoyed sharing my views and experiences with her.
I liked the fact that the course promoted working as a group or with a partner. I find that I learn well when working with others (teaching to them what I know and vice versa). I also liked the guest speakers and the personal stories; they made the class more interesting and I really enjoyed coming to class every day and learning about the material.
SHe mad the class enjoyable
I found ALL aspects of the course ( power points, lectures, videos, pop quizzes, assignments, etc) to be great!
learning about myself and sex, wasnt a fan of the science part.
I like the assignments and quizzes. They are very helpful.
Pop quizzes, weekly online quizzes.
She put a lot of her own personal life events into this course and made it very personable.
I liked the weekly quizzes, they really helped me learn and have a better understanding of the material.
videos, group work and the book
I enjoyed the guest speakers the best because it put a real life spin on the subjects we were learning. The midwives taught me a lot about home births and made me reconsider my options for when that stage in my life occurs.
learning about sex orientation, gender role, gender identity
videos, images and activities were helpful.
n/a
Weekly tests helps me keep up with the course and the multiple opportunities to get extra credit for the course gave variety to understanding the material outside of class
Everything about this course was great, the class participation, the guest speakers, her personal stories, and the lectures were always interesting. Hardly a dull moment in her class.
The videos and the lectures were always interesting.
Vallin is a helpful professor and she uses great audio visuals for example
I liked the extra credit opportunities like the AIDS walk. Unfortunately I was unable to attend the movies and the discussions, but if I was available during the showings, I probably would have gone. I think having the quizzes online and having multiple attempts was good, as well as being able to collaborate on exams. It just takes off a load of pressure, which is really nice.
Pop quizzes and class activities were really helpful.
The class activities and quizzes.
Everything was interesting, the videos and lectures and guest speakers down to the assignments
Everything
I liked the small groups in class, because I got to know people and it became easier to talk about sex than before. I also enjoyed the half online and half lecture. I enjoyed taking my exams and quizes online, I wish every class was like that. It actual makes me nervous now for my final exam that it is in the classroom!
The aspects of the course that I like the best are being engaged in the lectures with clicker questions, even the anonymous questions were fun because it gives us a chance to truly be ourselves. I also love the guest speakers, hearing outside sources and having people come in and share there stories was really special.
A lot of visually stimulating material and interesting class activities.
sexuality
I really enjoyed the class activities because I was able to talk to other people rather than just listening to lecture.
Videos, Class Activities, and Class discussions definitely stimulated the learning environment!
vallin herself, she is a great professor and great personality.
Everything. The topics that were covered...course material...online quizzes and assignments...the quiz reviews. Being able to email her and get a quick response.
that the quizzes and exams, aside from the final, were available online for us to take
I enjoyed the variety in lecturing tools. Lots of lectures, slides, videos, guest speakers, etc.
She made the class fun and even more interesting. She was knowledgeable and she made me laugh.
All the honesty Lisa had with the different topics. The videos she showed and the enthusiasm she taught with. The pop quizzes were nice and a boost in points as well.
I liked the group works because it was application of what we learned so that it can commit better to memory.
The material
Listening to personal experiences from guest speakers.
The fact that she went over things more than once so we can get it in better things.
Lisa's humor and examples and sensitivity when it came to difficult subjects.
Lisa was so helpful and understanding to life circumstances and would allow students extra attempts for better grades on quizzes and longer opprotunities to take the quizzes.
Very clear. Also there was extra credit opportunities incase you messed up in one area of your grade.
49. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
5.0 37 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (15%) 23 (85%)
50. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
Perhaps giving us worksheets or handouts to work on while going through the powerpoint. Also, I understand we were behind but it felt like the lecture was sort of rushed through.
I think this course would be better as a smaller class. Then again not alot of students would have the opportunity to take it.
The class reader should be shortened to be more concise. There should be more extra credit opportunities.
Could possibly do more in-class group activities, since that seemed to stimulate our thinking and helps to not just sit in a lecture the whole class period, but also to discuss with others.
I believe this course is successful the way it is already organized. Students, like myself, are learning and engaging in the course material, as well as Lisa Vallin being very knowledgeable, understanding, but most of all interesting.
Post slides. Go slower.
Maybe a little less group activities because it's already a little awkward learning about some of material in this course.
This course needs not to be improved in any way. The instructor is what makes the class!
People should not bring in their laptops. It is very distracting.
I don't think it can be improved. I think it's great the way it is!
make more writing instead of multiple choice answers
I would not change the course at all.
not have thefinal worth 45% of the overall grade
I think the paper deadlines should be hard deadlines so students don't get tempted to put it off and fall behind. I also think it would be nice if extra credit film opportunities could be scheduled on several days instead of just one.This would allow more opportunity for students who want to participate but may not be able to make it on a specific day to attend.
n/a
Really can't say
I don't think that this class needs any improvement. Lisa Vallin is doing a great job, and she makes her students want to learn. She keeps the material interesting and fresh, and doesn't make usually awkward subject awkward at all.
I think that this course is better suited for a smaller setting. The content and group discussions would be more succesful if they weren't in a lecture class
The lecture reader is sometimes difficult to follow because it is not really organized with the formatting. It all seems to just go on and you can't really tell one section from another. I think the formatting needs work. Pictures in the reader could also be clearer and more detailed in respect to labels and desciptions.
Including group projects. Include research into extra credit.
none
I am very pleased at how this course was ran. I wasn't sure how this course would be different from high school sex ed class, but it was more in depth and tackles some more sensitive problems that perhaps as a high school student, may be a bit hard to understand
Online final exam?
This course could be improved by having more group projects. I really enjoyed the small group diagram's or just putting what we are learning into a different perspective was always enjoyable.
I think there is a great deal of course work with the inclass quizzes, online quizzes, assignments, and tests. It should be reduced slightly considering students are taking other classes.
more modern videos. they are to old.
Nothing, the course was great!
less group activities. Shorter lectures
The course reader needs an index with page numbers of each symptom, mechanism, etc.
I have no ideas about how this course could be improved.
More class activities and involvement with a variety of groups during those times to get to know your students better
Overall, I really enjoyed this class. It was hard to stay stimulated in a big lecture hall when all the quizzes and etc. were online though. I believe it could be offered online as well.
Show more updated videos.
I think the last exam being in class and in person is a little strange considering all of our exams had previously been online. I'm not sure how that will go.
Maybe have more guest lecturers come in to provide some input into what they know about some of the topics taught in class. For example, the topic of transgendered, transexual.. have someone like that come in and teach us about how it's like being that.
51. Other comments:
liked this course a lot most because of the teacher, it probably wouldn't of been as enjoyable
The instructor was great, and I never have thought I would learn so much of the things I have always been curious about. It was a great course and now I
This was an amazing class and I had an awesome semester. Lisa was a great professor and I will recommend this class to other students!
Lisa I don't know if I will ever be able to see your baby in person. Hope that you have a safe delivery and healthy baby. I'm sure you will also be a great mom soon! I really enjoyed the class very much! Kind of bummed that this semester passed by so quickly!
You are AWESOME!! I love the way you run your class and the way in which it is set up. It was great being able to interact with other students. I got a lot out of this class that can carry over into every day life and it is very practical information. Thank you so much!!
Loved this class. I would take it again.
Lisa's the bomb!
Great class!
This was probably one of my favorite courses I've taken at UH. Lisa was such an amazing instructor! I'd highly recommend her and this course to others.
Lisa is a great teacher really made this subject enjoyable and caught my attention every class
it is a great class which I will definitely recommend to others.
n/a
Great job!
I really enjoyed Lisa's approach to the class and the subject material. She is very respectful of everyone and has a good attitude. I appreciated her kindness and effort to help all her student succeed. I learned a lot and am more aware of sex differences in the life cycle.
I just hope we have a good review before the exam so that I will be prepared and know everything because I really want an A in this class and I hope there are no surprises
Loved what i've learned in this course, there's always something new to learn.
Excellently done course.
Thank You Lisa!
I am a bio major and I believe this course would be a great required course for students doing a biology/premed degree. Kind of like a gen ed for bio. It address many issues that you would be confronted with if you were working in a medical field, and it would help students become more objective in their work when dealing with patients.
i like how you are very understandable
Fantastic course! Fantastic professor!
I liked her class. Very entertaining.
I really enjoyed this course and would recommend this course to other students.
Highly recommend this class to my other classmates in other classes.

Lisa Vallin: BIOL350, WS350, Fall 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Biology
Course: BIOL 350 - Sex Diffs in the Life Cycle Crn (Section): 79225 (001)    
Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Women's Studies Program
Course: WS 350 - Sex Diffs in the Life Cycle Crn (Section): 76882 (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  
3.1 30 1.03 Freq(%) 3 (10%) 0 (0%) 8 (27%) 14 (47%) 2 (11%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.5 30 0.51 Freq(%) 15 (50%) 4 (22%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.87 30 0.73 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 17 (94%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.87 30 0.73 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 29 (97%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 18 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (17%) 29 (97%)
6. I learned to identify main points and central issues in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 30 0.75 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 16 (89%)
7. I developed the ability to communicate clearly about this subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 30 0.84 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 4 (13%) 24 (80%)
8. I developed enthusiasm about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 30 0.81 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 2 (11%) 28 (93%)
9. I was stimulated to do outside reading about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.39 18 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 2 (7%) 6 (33%) 22 (73%)
10. I developed a set of overall values in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 18 0.43 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 3 (10%) 25 (83%)
11. I participated actively in the small group sessions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 30 0.77 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (10%) 26 (87%)
12. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 30 0.75 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 28 (93%)
13. I gained a better understanding of myself through this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 30 0.97 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 4 (13%) 0 (0%) 17 (94%)
14. I learned more in this course than I expected to learn.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 30 0.96 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 1 (3%) 18 (100%)
15. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 30 1.0 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 1 (3%) 25 (83%)
16. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 18 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 29 (97%)
17. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 30 0.83 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 2 (7%) 26 (87%)
18. The instructor is friendly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.87 30 0.73 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 29 (97%)
19. The instructor is permissive and flexible.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 30 0.75 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 28 (93%)
20. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.87 30 0.73 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 16 (89%)
21. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.87 30 0.73 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 29 (97%)
22. The objectives of the course were clearly explained.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 30 0.76 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 27 (90%)
23. In general, the course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 30 0.78 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 25 (83%)
24. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.97 30 0.19 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 18 (100%)
25. The course was well-organized in terms of continuity and presentation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 30 0.77 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 16 (89%)
26. The course was a valuable contribution to my education.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.72 18 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (28%) 13 (72%)
27. The guest lecturers were interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.72 18 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (28%) 13 (72%)
28. The guest speakers contributed significantly to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.61 18 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 3 (17%) 19 (63%)
29. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 18 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 28 (93%)
30. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
I like how shes so passionate about the subject!
Lisa is a great teacher. I really enjoy going to her class, solely on the fact she is so passionate about teaching and makes everything fun.
Group activities and videos
Th clicker was an interesting part of this class and stimulated a lot of class participation.
STD
how some of the material correlated with what i study i never felt lost being my first bio class at UH.
I really liked the videos in class. Some were for pure entertainment while others introduce human aspects and provide more concrete examples of the material.
I loved everything about this course. The content was interesting, but the way Lisa taught the class is what made all of us students interested in learning the material.
There was an extremely open atmosphere. Students were allowed to agree and disagree and post questions in regards to the course material.
Absolutely stellar professor. She should be promoted to chair of a sexology department. She is fantastically brilliant, enthusiastic, energetic, had a depth of information, she is truly an asset to UH. I will miss being challenged by her course.
I liked EVERYTHING about this course. Easily the best class I've taken throughout college.
I enjoyed a lot of the class videos were the most interesting
Online quizzes really helpful to help review and boosts the retention of information after class.
I like the weekly quizzes because they encourage you to keep up with th readings.
EVERYTHING!!!
I like having quizzes once a week since it prepared me for the midterm and it reinforces what I read and what I learned in class. I liked the iClicker, I wish more professors use it.
Very interesting course material, and was presented in a fun but knowledgeable way.
The real life application of everything was by far the most useful. Also the course structure with quizes and the flexible schedule for them was very appreciated.
Lisa is an excellent lecturer, very easy to follow along.
Lisa Vallin was such an excellent teacher. I can honestly say that I love her and her teaching styles! Some of the material that we learned was not easy to grasp for me but she is always willing to help and always has time for her students. I know she mentioned that she was a PhD student herself, so I give her so much credit to be able to teach, prepare and organize this course as well as focus in her studies. I definitely learned so many things that I thought I never would and she made it super clear and she made me feel comfortable in learning these kinds of subjects. Overall, I would definitely recommend this class to others because you can learn a lot.
Everything! The lecture guide was a big help and supplement to the online quizzes.
The demonstration today with human penis, and the outercourse intercourse video
i liked her activities, pop quizzes, her slides, and videos.
learning more about the biology of sex differences, sex disease and virus prevention
The extra credit movies. Also, the video clips:)
online quizzes, videos, iclicker
What I liked best about this course was the atmosphere in which the course was provided. It gave us the comfort to openly ask questions, hear and absorb material that can be considered controversial but is important, and also gave us the space to openly talk about concerns or thoughts we had.
Class Activities are a must, keeps everyone engaged
I like that Liza used many visual aids such as pictures, videos, etc. It helps to have a better understanding of the materials.
lisa is a great professor. She know how to teach a interest topic without making students feel awkward.
I absolutley loved this class. Lisa is the BEST teacher for this course. If it wasnt for her the class would not have been as fun as it was. Because of how she lectrured and her style of teaching it made learnign easy and fun; not like work at all. Every day coming to the class was exciting because it was always fascinating to learn. Her sense of humor and personality made everything enjoyable. I'm sad to leave this class.I wish I could take a class from her every semester.
I loved Professor Vallin, she was an awesome professor and right from the first day of class I felt like I was listening to a good friend.
I particularly enjoyed the various methods of learning that were incorporated into this course. These included videos, small group work, an iClicker, online quizzes, and guest lecturers. While they may not suit everyone, I learned to be open to trying new learning styles. The class as a whole was very interactive and geared toward student participation and feedback - a nice change from traditional lecture courses. The course reader was helpful by presenting material in a clear and concise fashion. Finally, the course content was very interesting and applicable to the real world. As a result, I am more educated and aware of everything related to sex and sexuality.
31. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.8 18 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 2 (7%) 13 (72%)
32. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
Maybe less group work, b/c it got tedious after a while!
Nothing, everything was perfect.
I could gain my knowledge about STD This course made me protect by myself
Nothing i think the only thing is the class is so long and gets a little tedious lecturing the whole time. But that is completely out of her control for class time.
The quizzes should be multiple choice, it is frustrating to have to pick out all the answers to one question. The guest speakers from the Life Foundation were not really that informative or interesting.
I cannot think of anything to improve this course. I really did enjoy the guest speakers and extra credit videos though. Keep doing that!
More classes with Vallin!
No attendance would help people receive better grades. Also November 21 was the last day for exams before finals and its November 28 and there is still one exam left (which we still are not sure when it is).
I enjoyed the course and feel that nothing should be changed
More class interaction in lecture. When return from small groups require one group member from each group to report to the entire class what was discussed. This will provide a greater variety of responses!
NOTHING NEEDS TO BE IMPROVED, THIS CLASS IS A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE.
I think the class size could be a little smaller. I also feel final exam shouldn't being 45% of our final grade.
Some videos were probably unnecessary and we may have covered more material had we not watched them, but they were good nonetheless.
I believe that more guest speakers would've been great. Other than that, I think that the class is pretty great as it is.
The speaker that spoke for over 50 minutes about her life with HIV was an absolute waste of my time. The girl was repeating herself over and over and she was a horrible speaker. The two men from the Life Foundation were excellent speakers however the girl went over her time and cut into their time and they were the ones that everyone wanted to hear from.
More time for the writing assignments.
well its the best sex ed class Ive ever taken, maybe if it was in a smaller class room?
having slides to be on laulima would be beneficial since cannot write fast enough with the lecture.
I think the course was great overall.
I would say that the best way this course could be improved is having some sort of way for the students to interact into the lectures with the iClicker system, besides the quizzes and attendance. Maybe if you can find a way to ask a question and have someone answer with the iClicker, or find some way so that you make sure students are engaging, because it is such a large class.
smaller room
I think it is already excellent.
Change the location of the classroom. It was hard to answer questions due to the size of the room and wasn't a very welcoming atmosphere despite Vallins open personally and efforts to make it so. No one wants to yell "Vagina" across a lecture hall, but in a smaller classroom could have obtained more class participation.
33. Other comments:
She is such a great teacher, everyone should follow how she teaches. So awesome!
I love this class one of my favorite electives i have take.
I would recommend this class to everyone even if it isn't your major.
Lisa is a wonderful educator. She is knowledgable and passionate about positive sex education. I took her class based on a recommendation and I would highly recommend the class to others.
LISA VALLIN IS THE SWEETEST TEACHER! SHE SHOWS LOTS OF RESPECT TOWARDS EVERYTHING. I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND TAKING THIS COURSE IF IT IS A REQUIREMENT OR NOT. YOU WILL LEARN A NUMEROUS AMOUNT OF THINGS AND IT IS ALL VERY INTERESTING AND FUN. I WOULD SO TAKE ANOTHER CLASS TAUGHT BY LISA VALLIN ANYDAY :)
I really enjoyed this class. Overall it was really interesting and informative. Lisa is also very interesting and easy to listen too. She's also very accessible, understanding and very approachable.
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thumbs up, A+, shaka
Lisa was an excellent instructor. Very passionate and thorough and open in regards to the subject material and how she treated her students. She made beyond the "normal" amount of effort that instructors make to help or accommodate students concerns. Kept a topic that is uncomfortable for some entertaining and interesting. Overall, great choice for my Bio requirement.
great teacher, always open to questions. Answers emails quickly and is very knowledgeable about the course
At the end, I just want to thanks Liza. You are one of my best instructor! Thank you very much.
She is very nice and helpful teacher ever.

Lisa Vallin: BIOL350, WS350, Spring 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Biology
Course: BIOL 350 - Sex Diffs in the Life Cycle Crn (Section): 86615 (001)    
Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Women's Studies Program
Course: WS 350 - Sex Diffs in the Life Cycle Crn (Section): 86611 (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  
3.39 36 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 16 (44%) 15 (68%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.31 36 0.47 Freq(%) 25 (69%) 7 (33%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 36 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 22 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 22 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 22 (100%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 22 0.87 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 34 (94%)
6. I learned to identify main points and central issues in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.95 22 0.21 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 31 (89%)
7. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.95 22 0.21 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (8%) 21 (95%)
8. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 35 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (9%) 21 (95%)
9. I participated actively in the small group sessions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 36 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 7 (19%) 19 (86%)
10. I developed new friendships in this class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 36 1.1 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 1 (5%) 6 (17%) 3 (14%) 14 (64%)
11. I developed greater awareness of societal problems.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 22 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (9%) 20 (91%)
12. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.95 22 0.21 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 34 (94%)
13. I developed a greater sense of personal responsibility.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 21 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 28 (78%)
14. I performed up to my potential in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 22 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 1 (5%) 27 (75%)
15. I learned more in this course than I expected to learn.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 22 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 20 (91%)
16. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 36 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (14%) 20 (91%)
17. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the course?
Lisa were very interactive and was personal with the students which helped understand the material in the course.
The content of the course was very interesting. It made me want to attend every class. Use of video clips was very helpful and entertaining. Quizzes helped me stay on track in the course. I like how we are allowed to use cheat sheets for the final exam.
The teacher was really interested in the subject and made it extremely interesting to all of her students.
I love the flexibility of the course. It's great how Lisa allows extra time on the weekly quizzes/assignments if needed. She completely understands the hectic lifestyle of being a student and works really well with students to ensure success.
Everything was valuable.
Lisa, She was really knowledgeable about the information and she was always willing to help or grant extensions. Being able to do everything via Laulima also helped a lot.
Honestly, there wasn't one thing within the course that I didn't find fascinating and relevant to my life. I feel that the material in this course was extremely thorough, but would be interested in expanding my knowledge of sexuality. I've mentioned this in class, and it still amazes me, but one thing that I learned was how personally unique every woman's vagina is. I had never seen so many vaginas until this course. It sounds funny, but I find it very interesting because it's indicative of the lack of sexual education I and many of my fellow students have been exposed to. Being a female, you'd think I would have know more about the female physiology, but I found myself ignorant on many basic things. The instructor always made me feel very comfortable with voicing my opinions or asking any questions I had. I always appreciate a teacher with this quality because I've definitely found that, not only is does it make the class more interesting for me, but I'm also able to retain the information better when I'm actively involved in the material. As far as the structure of the course, this was one of the best I've ever taken. I really liked the 'reader and lecture guide'. I find that when I'm too busy trying to write down everything from the slides, I oftentimes miss vital points that the instructor is trying to get across. The instructor was also very understanding to the fact that life is hectic, and that no matter how hard you try, sometimes deadlines are missed. Her leniency, when it came to the assignments, actually made me want to try harder and to be a better student for her. I sincerely hope I have the good fortune to have many more instructors like her, but unfortunately I feel she is a rare breed.
Lisa's lecture style and knowledge helped me grasp the content a lot better. She made the material fun and comfortable even though that is not the easiest thing to do when talking about sex.
Lisa likes to hear from the students. I sent her a few articles and even when I told her about my concerns about the class final exam, she assured me and others she would do anything to help make sure we understood the material. Her Accessibility was outstanding.
The videos and group discussion in the course really helped me to understand the materials at hand.
Learning how we can change our attitudes to be more accepting of others
eVERYTHING!!!!
the slides were great! very informative and easy to read.
I like how approachable the teacher is.
everything
Everything that was discussed was invaluable
What I found valuable in this course is that it not only covers the biological areas, such as how to determine our genetic makeup, but it also covered areas that many of us were interested in. For example we covered different types of protection for safe sex and we also learned and know what STD's look like.
The thing that i find most valuable is the videos they showed in class. Students like myself learn through visual and this was the best way to do so. The quiz every quiz is really helpful as well because it brushes up on the things we learn in class. I like that there are extra credit opportunities to help raise your grade
The videos that presented the viewpoints and perspectives of people in situations we discussed helped to understand a lot of the class material more effectively.
I liked the fact that nothing was awkward in the class. It allowed my buddy and it was a wonderful place to meet girls. My buddy and I met our girlfriends in your class this semester.
Lisa was such an interesting and honest lecturer. She used so many different types of media to explain different concepts (videos/diagrams/pictures/graphs etc). She was honest and open and forced us to really think about the subject matter.
To stop viewing people who are born differently as less common instead of "normal". Also, it was very interesting to learn so much about what makes us who we are and our differences
Lisa was the most valuable and helpful asset of this course. She really knows everything about her subject. I really did not have many questions about the subject because she is very thorough in her teaching. And even when the lectures were boring subject matter, such as anatomy, she still tried her best to make it interesting, which is something very hard to do for college students in a two hour lecture after a lunch break. She is always positive and always willing to help out, and I honestly would have been too embarrassed about a lot of aspects of this course and writing papers for it. But Lisa is so nice and I didn't feel awkward. I would say her good attitude has really helped me to want to try harder and to really learn more because she is really passionate about it. I have never seen her have a bad day. And even if she has, or if she has a meeting after the class, she never makes anyone feel rushed if they have a quick question and she is always polite and helps us out. She also has a lot of funny stories and I seriously laugh half the class. Thanks Lisa! If you have any more Bio courses I would love to take them!
Lisa was excited about and interested in the subject, which made learning a lot more fun.
Respect, understanding how to body works. About sex and pregnancy. Definitely about the transgender and what that means.
Group activities, weekly quizzes to keep our knowledge fresh.
The small discussion groups were the most helpful to solidify and connect the lessons from class
Knowledge of sexual identity
Her passion for the topic made it much more enjoyable and easier to remember the information.
Applicability of material Availability of instructor Communication of material by instructor
Very clear directions. Fun and interesting material.
learning about our own health and her willingness to be helpful
The videos and powerpoint slides Lisa provided was very easy to comprehend the subject and made the subject more interesting.
The lecture guide really helped me to be successful in this class. Great to pratipate in active learning during the class because we are able to follow along.
Learning and understanding myself.
When we had lectures about diseases, and how symptoms for most diseases are no symptoms at all. So the safest to do would be to get checked by your doctor. The class activities were very fun and informative as well. The teacher also always used her own experiences which was very fun, because it showed her exerience and she that she wasn't teaching straight from the book.
Having her lecture guide going along with her lecture helped me in the course as I was able to do the quizzes and also input my notes along side hers and be able to fully grasp what she's saying at the same time putting it in my own words on the side.
The teacher was excellent!
There was so much interesting knowledge learned throughout the class and it was always interesting!
To learn about the complexity of sexual identity and how much hormones control/interfere with our lives.
Lisa's attitude. She makes you feel very comfortable talking about taboo topic. She's AWESOME!! You can tell that she loves Teaching. She's extremely passionate about what she does.I Recommended this class to all my friends.
Lisa's passion for her class was apparent. She is one of the best teachers at Manoa. Not all lecturers have the gift of teaching, but she definitely does.
The focus on sexual orientation and the many types of intercourse including the dangers in them.
In-class activities and discussions, quizzes, and examples (e.g. video)
18. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 22 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 32 (89%)
19. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 22 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (11%) 32 (89%)
20. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.97 36 0.17 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 35 (97%)
21. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.97 36 0.17 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 22 (100%)
22. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 36 0.23 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 22 (100%)
23. The instructor defined new terms, concepts, and principles.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 36 0.23 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 22 (100%)
24. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 36 0.23 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 34 (94%)
25. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.95 22 0.21 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 32 (89%)
26. The instructor clearly stated at the beginning of the semester the objectives of the course and requirements.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 22 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 31 (86%)
27. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 22 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (11%) 32 (89%)
28. The instructor spoke clearly and audibly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 36 0.23 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 2 (6%) 34 (94%)
29. The instructor is friendly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.97 36 0.17 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 21 (100%)
30. The instructor is permissive and flexible.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 36 0.68 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 21 (95%)
31. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.97 35 0.17 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 22 (100%)
32. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 36 0.23 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 34 (94%)
33. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 22 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 32 (91%)
34. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 21 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 35 (97%)
35. The design of this course lets me learn at my own pace.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 21 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 7 (19%) 27 (75%)
36. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 36 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (11%) 32 (89%)
37. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 34 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (12%) 19 (86%)
38. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Lisa is a great teacher and there is not much she can do to improve.
Maybe slow down in her lecture presentations. Sometimes I couldn't keep up with my notes. The lecture guide could be improved by using a darker color paper for section dividers, instead of the light-gray we had this time.
I love the way that she taught the class, it has been my favorite class so far.
I really don't think there is anything she could do to improve the course. This has been the most well-structured class I've ever taken at UH!
There is no improving, She was a wonderful teacher and has the class set up so well. One thing I would have liked was to have her powerpoints uploaded after ever class to laulima. Other then that, loved everything about this class including Lisa.
Honestly, I can think of no improvements. All in all, one of the best courses I've ever taken. As I progress in my schooling and all throughout my career, I will always think of Lisa as one of the most scholastically influential instructors I've ever had.
It was fine the way it was.
Implement more group and class discussions with interesting activities.
I would say to work on how fast she talks. She needs to slow down a little bit.
best professor ive had in a long time!
I think that for the vast amount of work required and to be covered effectively, Lisa does an outstanding job, so I can't imagine how she could improve the teaching of this course. She is passionate, positive friendly and a wonderful teacher. She is approachable, fair and always willing to be available for consultation when necessary
I think that overall Lisa Vallin's course is extremely informative. The only area which would be helpful is if we had more guest speakers.
Lisa Vallin is a great teacher. She teaches and helps her students in any way that she cans and she makes sure that each of us are learning the course in a very fun matter. More teachers should be like her because she cares about her students and their achievements rather than her pay. She's a great teacher and i learn a lot from her.
N/A
Keep doing exactly what you are doing. Maybe some more updated movies as well but thats only a maybe.
sometimes the readings in the lecture guide are repetitive.
I cannot think of anything that would improve the teachings of this course
Don't change a thing. A friend recommended it to me because it was awesome, it is awesome, and I hope it stays awesome! I will recommend this to other people for sure.
Provide lecture power points
Post slides on laulima. The very first slide of the semester was, but all the other slides weren't.
Class could be more challenging.
I honestly do not have really any complaints about the class. The only suggestion I have is I think more discussions in the class would be great. Also if possible, if the class was in a smaller setting it would be much more conducive to discussion. I think some interesting ideas could be brought up. Other than that, I love this class! It was really fun!
none
No improvement needed.
Show better quality and more current videos
Does'nt need to be improved.
the class is being taught well and in an orderly manner
Nothing.
I don't think this course needs improvement.
im not sure, her class is so fun, and informative at the same time, hands down most fun class i have eer had and learned the most in since i been in college.
We need to get her another new mic to use for class. I felt sorry for her since she had to always move the podium because the hand-free mic was not good. I think also because there had been modifications of the lecture guide before the semester, some of her slides did not look like her lecture at some times.
no changes
This course is taught perfectly the way it is!
I think this course was very good taught and are not sure how to improve the teaching.
She's the perfect teacher!!!!
Nothing. Everything was optimal.
An impossible task but much needed; spruce up the biological and anatomical portion somehow.
None
39. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
5.0 19 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 34 (97%)
40. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
Best professor I have ever had in college !
Lisa is a great instructor! She is very energetic and made me want to attend class every time. I hope she will continue teaching this class, since I am definitely going to recommend it to other students. Lisa was one of the best instructors I've had in college!
She is the best teacher I have ever had.
Awesome, amazing teacher. She was really born to do what she does. She is enthusiastic, intelligent, interactive, and extremely personable.
Keep her here in Hawaii. She is a valuable resource!
Wonderful teacher, she is kind, sweet, immensely knowledgeable about the course information and you can tell she loves it. She should always and only teach this class.
She's amazing! I sincerely hope to be able to take another course taught by her, but in any case, I will continue to follow her career with great interest.
She's awesome! A+ teaching style. Wish more instructors were like her.
Excellant, and fun to learn from.
Lisa Vallin is a kind and respectful teacher who acknowledges that mistakes can happen with online submissions. She thoroughly explains the material and slows the class down when needed. The videos that she shows in class are fun and interesting. She knows how to make class interactive and gives the class an overall great vibe.
Amazing lecturer, very fair and understanding
kEEP UP THE gREAT WORK !!
course was awesome. made it feel comfortable talking about things that society would normally look down upon for talking let alone knowing about.
She is a very approachable teacher.
great!!! would highly recommend her!
One of the most thorough, fired-up and friendly teachers ever. In fact I wish all teachers could be just half as lovely as she. She made coming to class a joy.
My overall evaluation of Lisa Vallin is that she is an excellent teacher. She really understands the subject that she is teaching. When we had a question or were unsure about anything, she was able to clarify things right away. Her friendly and bubbly personality made it easy for me to learn. She made the learning environment very comfortable.
Teacher of the year :)
She is an excellent professor, very knowledgeable and also understanding of studentʻs learning needs.
Hottie
The best lecturer I have ever had. She has such a passion for the subject and I was always excited to go to class.
Very good. She has a tendency to show up about five minutes too late, but I have the feeling that she more or less have no choice. She is a very good teacher and presents the subject in a way that makes it very intriguing.
Seriously, one of my favorite professors ever. She didn't make us memorize things, but really I can't describe it but the way she tells a story about the thing we're learning.. you really remember it. I don't have any teachers like that, who can make something so interesting that I remember it out of nowhere after a class. She's really passionate about her subject, and I really like that she knows EVERYTHING about her field of study. I wish I could take this class again, it was really interesting and I loved all of her jokes and videos. :(
Great teacher, very enthusiastic about the subject and made class fun and interesting.
I thought she was one of the best instructors I've had in college. She made the material fun, and the class was well structured.
VERY VERY enthusiastic about what she teaches. It's very obvious she enjoys talking to us about this topic; it really pulls more interest of the class to us students.
Very good teacher; friendly; approachable
She was an excellent teacher and I really enjoyed taking this class! She created a very welcoming atmosphere with a good balance of entertainment and learning.
great
Very enthusiastic and able to relate to us as a peer and instructor.
I believe Lisa is an excellent instructor. Her communication of the material is very good. This is one of the few classes where I am able to absorb much of the information almost instantly. Lisa is also very enthusiastic about the subject, which I believe further engages the students in class. She also uses a variety of methods to teach the class: videos, powerpoint lectures, class discussions, group discussions, and pop quizzes. I believe that teaching the class using a variety of methods keeps the students at "the top" of almost everything. There are many positive aspects of Lisa's teaching. I would be fortunate to come across an instructor who possesses the wonderful qualities Lisa does as an instructor.
Very knowledgeable, friendly, understanding and fun.
great teacher loves the topics and the students great class to take and learn a lot
that she is a really good teacher that know what she is talking about, and make it very interesting for her class.
She's very enthusiastic and made learning about this subject easy and interesting.
Lisa is a great instructor! She is engaging in the class room, makes the learning fun even if they subject content could be a bit uncomfortable at times.
I enjoyed her as an instructor. I was able to relate to the topic through her methods of teaching.
Very fun class, and if she is able to keep on teaching at manoa or anywhere with a class that I need for my major I wil definetely take!!
She's a really great teacher that understands that her students also have other classes, so her work load is acceptable to manage. She's nice and when someone wants to speak up, she'll listen and she tries not to offend anyone. She makes topics that are controversial outside of the classroom, okay to talk about in the classroom, which is very pleasing because I don't often talk about sex or the vagina or STD with many people. She believes that we are born perfectly normal and different from each other. It's fun when she shares experiences and has guest speakers come in to talk to us. The pictures and videos she shows in class are helpful in my understanding of what a certain STD might look like or how different intersex can look like from person to person. Also it was the first time I got to see a live birth. Interesting teacher and so different from any other lecture professor. Her class is engaging and interesting. I'm glad I was able to take the class.
she's amazing!
AWESOME!!!
I think she was very engaged and enthusiastic about the subjuct she was teaching which made it a very interesting course. She wass personal and told us personal stories, which I enjoyed.
Great!!
Awesome!
An extremely interesting and slightly intimidating person. Strange how comfortable she is in talking about certain things. I am amused.
Enthusiastic and energetic about the subject matter
41. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.61 36 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 10 (28%) 24 (67%)
42. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 36 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 3 (8%) 6 (17%) 18 (82%)
43. The course was well-organized in terms of continuity and presentation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 36 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 4 (11%) 31 (86%)
44. Audiovisual materials (or computers) were adequate and used appropriately.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 36 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (11%) 32 (89%)
45. Examinations cover the important aspects of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 36 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (9%) 32 (89%)
46. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.95 22 0.21 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 34 (94%)
47. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
Videos, class activities, guest lecturers, extra credit opportunities.
I loved everything about this class.
Loved the lectures, she knows how students' minds work and will do whatever she can to make sure you get a good grade and learn the objectives she provided.
The videos.
* See above. ;)
I like her demonstrations and her use of videos were very relevant and helpful.
Her honesty and making a generally uncomfortable subject matter comfortable.
I enjoyed the class and group discussions as it allowed us to express our ideas and concerns. The videos were also great because it covered interesting topics.
Lecture guide was a great asset to class
I liked the examples that were given.
everything was interesting
The discussions around sexuality and particularly Gender. Also the in-depth comprehensive disussions around the physiological aspects of males and famales
I liked the aspects of the course that I could relate to. For example, learning about ovulation and the menstrual cycle was very informative for me. From the information that I had learned from this class I am able to apply to my own life experiences.
everything
I very much enjoyed the videos and the group participation
Controversial topics such as inter-sex people and rape.
See "What did you find most valuable and helpful about the course?"
Lisa is just a top notch professor and I think she made the course perfect. Any other teacher would not have made this class as interesting, thorough or fun.
Learned something new every class
Weekly quizes. Videos in class to give us a better understanding.
Weekly quizzes.
All of the real life examples Lisa used to illustrate the different ideas taught.
Lectures from Professor Vallin
The information was easy to comprehend and not once was I uncomfortable looking at the images. Very mature and professional feeling course
Online quizzes Pop quizzes Simple-to-follow lectures that convey details
Videos and pics.
i like the self health topics as well as the topics about other people and their problems
the lectures and the quizzes
I loved the videos that were shown in class and our in-class activities which allowed us to interact with our peers and hear their opinions about a certain subject.
I liked Learningg about gender roles the best
The topics learned and being able to work with fellow peers.
ALL
I like looking at videos and pictures. It's different from reading something being described than actually visualizing it in front of you on the big screen projector.
the videos
Class assignments
I liked watching the relevant movies.
Lectures.
The material and lecture guide was highly organized. There were lots of check points to test our newly learned knowledge.
The videos
Flexibility
48. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.91 34 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (9%) 31 (91%)
49. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
Maybe decrease the amount of writing assignments so it would give Lisa less work to do on corrections. The self-assessments could be more easy to grade if it was more like a survey/questionnaire, rather than an essay.
I can't think of anything that there is to improve, if I could take all of my classes from Lisa Vallin I would.
I almost wish there were more out of class papers to write. It was fun for me to use what I learned in class and apply it to what I have been perceiving the subjects as outside of class and put two and two together.
This course might improve in a smaller class size. Since it deals with a lot of sensitive issues, I think students might get more out of it by experiencing it on a more intimate dynamic. Few students answered aloud in the lecture hall when dealing with sexually charged topics.
No room for improvement! This was an excellent course!
I don't think the course needs improvement. It was great the way Lisa taught it.
This course could be improved with more outside activities (movie screenings, special events, etc.) More guest speakers would also make the class more interesting.
I would say that the only thing that could be improved would be the pictures involving STIs.
I truly don't know that it could be improved and still be as comprehensive and interesting. Maintaining focus in this class requires it to be interesting and that it was.
more extra curricular activities outside of class
Maybe keeping the biology sections together so we arenʻt jumping around and forgetting certain matierials we learned early on.
Better reading guide - not so repetitive. Some readings were irrelevant.
As I mentioned earlier, I am not able to think of anything that can improve the course
It's awesome. I learned a lot. Don't change a thing.
There were a lot of quizzes and work. It would be nice if there was some leeway in attendance, so that if a student misses class a couple times, they aren't affected.
Posting presentation slides on laulima.
More work done in class, though it would have been difficult given the type of classroom and the number of students.
None
There were a few technical difficulties with the audio during some of the videos that I feel should be improved.
Newer videos?
its fine
It would be awesome to get more guest speakers!
I absolutely loved this course. it is so fun and enjoyable, while participating in this class I was able to learn so much while we were having fun and joking around. It was a very fun and interesting class.
The course was really good, not much improvement would be able to make it any better. Hopefully the lecture guide will match with the lectures going on in class next semester.
This course is taught very well and it would be very hard to improve upon. I cannot think of any other way at the moment
Class activities could give some credit (than we should also have had more time to them), but I think people do a better job when they know they are being graded.
Its a perfect course
Definitely a different classroom would help with the group discussions and I don't feel the text helped very much. Eventually I stopped looking at it altogether.
I don't think there should be any improvements made other than keeping up the good work!
50. Other comments:
I hope you continue to teach this course in college. Thank you for the great learning experience!
Excellent class!!! Would recommend it to anyone.
Great Professor, very informative class that has information that is practical for the rest of your life. AWESOME JOB LISA!! You rock!
She is a very enthusiastic teacher. Coming to her class was not a chore, she made it enjoyable for everyone, even during the harder subject matter
I highly recommend this course to all students. It should be a requirement.
Great course taught by a great teacher!
Every single night after class I would literally talk for hours at the dinner table about what we learned in class. From pregnancy to sex to stds. I taught my famliy everything i learned in class becuase it was all so interesting! I loved it and i would definitely recomment it to anyone who needs the class or just needs the credit! Great class. I can't believe i signed up for it just for the credit and came out of it with so much more! Great job and keep doing what you're doing Lisa, you are a great teacher and person!
Lovely, energetic, fair-minded and sweet teacher. Also has strength where and when necessary to get a little tough (perhaps when students are not giving their all, or slacking off a little). It takes a great teacher to facilitate these qualities.
Weekly quizzes were somewhat pointless because you could just get the answers after the first attempt...
Thanks for a fun semester! If you teach anything else please let the class know! :]
Wonderful course and I wish she taught more!
great class!
Thanks lisa for the great semester!
This was a fun class. I think lots of people can learn lots of things from taking this class. I never knew I would be able to see so much graphic pictures but it's the nature of life that we live with and it's a good opportunity to see STDs and pictures that we probably wouldn't have been able to see had we not taken this course. I would recommend many people to take it, especially college students.
:)
Thank you for offering awesome course!

Lisa Vallin: BIOL350, WS350, Fall 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Biology
Course: BIOL 350 - Sex Diffs in the Life Cycle Crn (Section): 78104 (001)    
Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Women's Studies Program
Course: WS 350 - Sex Diffs in the Life Cycle Crn (Section): 77945 (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  
3.14 28 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (36%) 11 (39%) 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  
1.32 28 0.48 Freq(%) 19 (68%) 4 (31%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.96 28 0.19 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 12 (92%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.96 28 0.19 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 27 (96%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 13 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 26 (93%)
6. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 13 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 13 (100%)
7. I developed enthusiasm about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 13 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 22 (81%)
8. I was stimulated to discuss related topics outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 12 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 22 (79%)
9. I participated actively in class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 13 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 16 (57%)
10. I participated actively in the small group sessions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 13 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 5 (18%) 12 (92%)
11. I developed new friendships in this class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.07 28 1.02 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 6 (21%) 9 (69%)
12. I developed greater awareness of societal problems.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 27 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (30%) 13 (100%)
13. I learned to value new viewpoints.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 28 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (100%)
14. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 13 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 13 (100%)
15. I gained a better understanding of myself through this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 13 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 1 (8%) 21 (75%)
16. I developed a greater sense of personal responsibility.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 13 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 19 (68%)
17. I learned more in this course than I expected to learn.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 13 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 25 (93%)
18. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 13 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (29%) 12 (92%)
19. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.93 28 0.26 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 26 (93%)
20. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 28 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 24 (86%)
21. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 13 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 27 (96%)
22. The instructor defined new terms, concepts, and principles.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 28 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (18%) 23 (82%)
23. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 28 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (14%) 24 (86%)
24. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 27 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (19%) 22 (81%)
25. 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  
4.86 28 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (14%) 13 (100%)
26. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 28 0.31 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (11%) 25 (89%)
27. The instructor spoke clearly and audibly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 27 0.57 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 9 (33%) 17 (63%)
28. The instructor is permissive and flexible.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 28 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 1 (8%) 25 (89%)
29. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 13 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 27 (96%)
30. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 28 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 28 (100%)
31. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 28 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (18%) 22 (79%)
32. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.96 28 0.19 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 27 (96%)
33. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 28 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (14%) 12 (100%)
34. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 28 0.31 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (11%) 25 (89%)
35. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
THERE IS SERIOUSLY NOTHING TO IMPROVE. THIS CLASS WAS THE MOST ORGANIZED, ENTERTAINING, INTERESTING, AND FUN COURSE I HAVE EVER TAKEN AT COLLEGE. I ENJOYED EVERYTHING!
Lisa was a very good teacher, one of the best that I have had at UH Manoa. She is very considerate. I liked the fact that she really cared about the students. Although there were due dates, she was very flexible. I met all deadlines on time but just to know that she was willing to consider the students was awesome. She mentioned in class that she wanted us to excel in our class. I felt that she really demonstrated that. Lisa made the course very interesting. The course had a lot of information but the way she taught it had made it seem fun and interesting the entire semester. Her techniques and powerpoints are very good. She gives a fair amount of work also.
overall amazing instructor.
Adapt the lecture guide for Hawaii instead of San Francisco. (That being said I loved the lecture guide. It really helped me learn even if some of the material isn't relevant!) Also make sure the Trans speaker comes for other semesters. I have a feeling that actually seeing a Trans person, and hearing them speak, will change people =)
Nothing!
i thought she did a great job of helping us learn the material. I enjoyed the weekly quized. If it weren't for those I definitely would have fallen behind on my reading and on the learning in general.
putting power points online before class and talking a little slower.
Maybe get a little more guest speakers. other than that nothing
she uses a lot of visual material, displays and videos. it helped me a lot.
Organize the book to follow lecture more.
Make the coursework throughout the semester worth more of the overall grade for the course.
I think the way she runs class is great, doesn't need improvement
The lecture guide could follow the lecture better.
She is awesome there is not much needed for improvement.
The only improvement I wish would be made is the book. The book is useful however, it is hard to find things in it. An index at least would help. if not, maybe the powerpoints should be sent out.
Keep it the way it is! It is very organized.
I think she has done a great job at teaching this course.
Nothing. She teaches this course perfectly.
Lisa was a very good teacher. One improvement is that she could update the course reader with the slides that she used in the lecture. Sometimes there was outdated or missing information in the reader.
By changing nothing.
She did an excellent job!!!
36. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
5.0 27 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 27 (100%)
37. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 13 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (25%) 20 (71%)
38. Directions for assignments are clear and specific.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 28 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (14%) 24 (86%)
39. Assignments require a reasonable amount of time and effort.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.54 28 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 10 (36%) 12 (92%)
40. Assignments are relevant to what is presented in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 27 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (19%) 11 (92%)
41. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 28 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 6 (21%) 10 (77%)
42. The course was well-organized in terms of continuity and presentation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 27 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 17 (63%)
43. Audiovisual materials (or computers) were adequate and used appropriately.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 13 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 21 (75%)
44. The guest speakers contributed significantly to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 13 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 0 (0%) 19 (68%)
45. Examinations cover the important aspects of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 13 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (18%) 23 (82%)
46. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.93 28 0.26 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 26 (93%)
47. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
EVERYTHING! FROM THE LECTURES, PRESENTATIONS, SKITS, CLASS DISCUSSIONS, VIDEO, ASSIGNMENTS, EXAMS, AND QUIZZE ALL WERE FILLED WITH SO MUCH INFORMATION. EVERY CLASS WAS FILLED WITH SOMETHING INFORMATIVE AND I DEFINITELY WOULD RECOMMEND THIS COURSE TO ANYONE. SHE IS A REALLY GREAT PROFESSOR. I WISH ALL PROFESSORS WERE LIKE HER: FUN, ENERGETIC, PASSIONATE, AND CARING. SHE IS AWESOME
I loved everything about the course to the instructor to the textbook that we used to the powerpoints and then to the videos that we watched. She also had small demonstrations with her TA and other people to clearly display concepts that we were learning. The group discussions in class, although at first I was apprehensive, was actually very enjoyable. She has made a lecture course so much easier to understand and keep focused, and coming to class.
The quizzes help me to review the materials that we learned in class and also helpful for the exams. pop quizzed and attendance helped me to attend the class on time. group discussion helped me to discuss and share my thoughts to the class members.
Theoretical basis of sex, sex research, male & female anatomy, pubety & sexual dimorphism, sexual violence & abuse, female & male sexual response systems, masterbation, and sexual fantasy
Lisa is an excellent instructor. She's very fair and understanding when it comes to assignments and grading, and she really cares about students learning, instead of students making a grade. As a result, I know I will retain everything I've learned in her class, something I can say is a rarity in the modern American college system. Her teaching style and enthusiasm make me want to learn - I like that she uses personal anecdotes: they make lectures very engaging.
She was very open and helpful, especially when it came to assignments. Very understanding and caring!
this subject can be uncomfortable but she managed to make learning fun and comfortable for everyone. the anonymous surveys were great because we were able to truly answer the best we know how without being worried that anyone will judge us.
I like that the quizzes and written assignments were all online. I also appreciate that we had a good time frame when to turn in assignments. I definitely think that the best part of the course was the teacher. She is so reasonable and really tires to make accommodations for the students and is very flexible in deadlines and she ALWAYS answers emails. The other thing that I liked about our teacher is the way she presents the information in lectures. Sex education is an awkward topic to teach students about, but she usually tries to add humor, her stories, and she always stresses tolerance and acceptance for things that might be a little different. I really appreciate how she stresses that even though something is viewed as normal does not necessarily mean that other/ different views are wrong. I think that because she makes the class more fun, creative and a little light hearted at times, she creates a great atmosphere for learning. I would definitely recommend this teacher to other students, if not for the amount of info you learn from this class, you are so interested and amused by the way this teacher presents the info. If nothing else, Mrs. Vallin definitely keeps the class interesting. Her choice of short video clips also add young, modern twist to getting the info across.
This was by far my favorite class of all. She was always so enthused with the topics, hands on and very helpful. I have nothing but good things to say about her and the class. I wish everyone at school would take this class its very informative and important especially to students in college.
she was enthusiastic for teaching her topics. she is really passionate!
Effective use of videos and examples were used to help us completely understand concepts. She did an excellent job teaching us not only the book information but put it in words and situations that relate to real-life!
I really like that she is following the lecture guide in a good and clear way, and I also like that we have quizzes every week to test our knowledge on the course material and that we get the answer key so we can see what answers are right or wrong. She also has a clear syllabus and every assignment is clear and she is not stressing anyone out about the assignments. I also think it's awesome that she is swedish!
That we covered so much important material so thoroughly in only a few months
Her lectures and manner of speaking were engaging and easy to listen to. I really enjoyed the lectures and the material we went over
I like how the material was presented and it wasn't just some stuffy old text book format.
Everything
The coursework is very appropriate and grading is very fair. There is no reason why students cannot succeed in this class. Class activities right after a topic are very helpful to reinforce what was taught. Quizzes helped tell students what is important and what Lisa wants us to learn the most.
Everything that was taught gave me a different perspective on the topic of human sexuality.
She maintained a good environment for learning and made everyone feel comfortable.
Explain the concepts well and the use of the iclicker.
I liked everything, but I really liked the videos and the visual materials. The power-point presentations and lecture guide were so helpful since they follow the course pretty closely.
I liked the short group assignments. She provided good examples. I also liked that she brought someone in from the Life Foundation to speak with us on her life living with AIDS, when we were learning about HIV, AIDS, and other STDs.
Literally, everything!
The quizzes.
48. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
5.0 11 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 25 (100%)
49. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
NOTHING... I LOVE THIS COURSE TO THE MAX
N/A.
i think this course was very organized and informative class. but it would be great if the teacher pot the power points on laulima to review the lectures.
I honestly really enjoyed this class the most, it was very clear and well structured. i wouldnt want to change anything about this course.
I really can't think of anything, except minimize the roll of in-class discussions. Most of the time we don't come into classes with friends, and it can be really awkward to talk about sexual history/sexual ideas with people we don't know.
Can't. On anything.
As discussed, the textbook needs to follow the lectures.
maybe a little less emphasis on gay marriage. we understand that it is important to you and it is a great thing to be passionate about. I agree with you one hundred percent, however, not real sure how it is relevant to the course.
Having the lecture guide organized better and in the order that lectures are in.
Most guest speakers, and thats it she does a really great job with this course.
Probably just like I said earlier to organize the book with the lecture slides so we can follow more easily.
There are some material that should be included in the lecture guide
I feel that the course would be even more enjoyable if it was not so early in the morning. 9AM is a little early to see pictures of the bad effects of STD's or videos on sexual interaction.
less emphasis on groupwork.
Better lecture guide. Get rid of the iClicker.
It was a great course not much need for improvement.
Just the book; the book needs more organization. It needs to be easier to find things in the book rather than flip through the entire thing.
This semester was very organized and the material that was presented was very helpful. This course should continue to be taught the way it is.
The guest speaker could have spoken a little louder.
Update course reader with the new slides.
By not changing anything! Except maybe the course book... A little out of order
Maybe a 3 hour limit on the test, instead of two. Maybe have the quizzes worth more percent of grade.
50. Other comments:
LISA VALLIN SHOULD RECEIVE PROFESSOR OF THE YEAR BECAUSE SHE CARES ABOUT HER STUDENTS NOT JUST ON AN EDUCATIONAL LEVEL BUT AS WELL AS A PERSONAL LEVEL. SHE IS SO UNDERSTANDING AND ACCOMMODATING. THE COURSE WAS FILLED WITH TONS OF INFORMATION AND I COULD HAVE NOT ASKED TO BE TAUGHT A DIFFERENT WAY. I'M HAPPY I TOOK THIS COURSE FROM HER
Great course. I would take this instructor again and recommend this course most especially if it is taught by Lisa. The course itself is already interesting but I have enjoyed the class itself with all the other students in it as well. Good idea for an iClicker. Good techniques. Good material. Good quizzes and exams. Good assignments.
this professor is very organized and a lot of passion for teaching. she treated her students fairy and very flexible. I really enjoyed taking this class.
wonderful teacher, i honestly learned so much from this course.
TA Chris is also very good. And the lecture on hormonal reactions where Lisa made each organ/hormone, and illustrated how they work on Chris' body was SUPER helpful! And entertaining, hehe. GREAT class. Definitely recommending it!
Keep her!
The best professor I had, very hands on and helpful in anything that students needed. Very friendly and encouraged everyone to do their very best.
i wish she would speak a little slower than now :) i recommend this class to my friends!
Honestly, overall the best class I have taken in my college career. (And I've taken lors of courses) She is a excellent teacher and really wants you to learn the material. Gives you multiple chances to excel and always there to help when needed. I highly recommend this course and I feel like it should almost be mandatory to take with her. Everything she teaches expands perspective and teaches us other ways to look at life. Teaches us to view life in others shoes and every concept relates to real everyday life!
Wonderful, Informative course. I was pleasantly surprised and I feel that I really learned a lot.
I really like her lectures and wouldn't mind taking more classes taught by her. I found the information she gave to be valuable and thoroughly enjoyed her class.
I very much enjoyed this class and feel like i am taking a lot away from this semester.
I don't understand why this class isn't required. Not only do we learn about biological functions but we also learn about real life situations. I was able to take what I learned and apply it to my other courses. It is an eye opener. Lisa is a great lecturer and provides many different resources from videos to speakers to help us learn. I am glad I took this course; the course and professor were refreshing from what I normally take.
Lisa is very knowledgeable in the topics that were given. She really emphasizes learning and that is hard to find in professors.
Lisa is awesome she is an amazing teacher, Bio 350 is jam packed with information, lots of stuff that goes into sex biology and somehow Lisa made it manageable, interesting and fun. I have already recomended her to some friends. She genuinely cares about her students learning and I learned so much for that class. I wish I could take more classes from her!
Lisa Vallin was the best teacher I have had in the 7 semesters that I have been in college. I would definetely love to take another class from her because she teaches the material well (I learned so much!) and at the same time, she never put too much burden on her students. I appreciate how nice and understanding Lisa is to her students. We were never really stressed out but we learned tons of stuff. She is the best teacher because she cares about her students learning instead of being like other professors that mostly only focus on grading. I am currently recommending this course (if it is taught by Lisa Vallin) to all of my friends. I am glad that I took this course because I learned lots of new and useful things and it was not overly stressful. Everything in this class is practical and useful knowledge and Lisa teaches it well. Lisa knows a lot about these subjects and she keeps everyone interested and enthusiastic.
She was a really great, down-to-earth teacher. Made the students feel very comfortable and made us laugh, which was good because at first many students felt uncomfortable talking/learning about these "taboo" topics on sexuality and gender. I hope to take another course from her soon!
This is by far one of the few professors that actually shows compassion for her students and is a wonderful teacher!
Awesome course!!!