eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Lisa Vallin

Available Survey Results

BIOL350, WS350, Spring 2015
BIOL350, WS350, Fall 2014
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: BIOL350, WS350, Spring 2015

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Biology
Course: BIOL 350 - Sex Diffs in the Life Cycle Crn (Section): 84609 (001)    
Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Women's Studies Program
Course: WS 350 - Sex Diffs in the Life Cycle Crn (Section): 84607 (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  
3.2 25 1.15 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 13 (20%) 17 (26%) 29 (44%) 1 (2%) 1 (2%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.19 64 0.39 Freq(%) 52 (81%) 12 (19%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 66 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (9%) 60 (91%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 66 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 8 (12%) 57 (86%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 65 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (9%) 25 (100%)
6. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 65 0.31 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (11%) 58 (89%)
7. The instructor presented concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 66 0.37 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 0 (0%) 59 (89%)
8. What did you like best about the course?
I liked everything. This is my major so it was incredibly interesting to me. I especially liked when we relate this class to our everyday lives.
the opportunity to voice an opinion freely and have class discussion
Professor is so cool
I liked how Professor Vallin was always prepared each class, and did a great job making sure each topic was taught in a professional, but fun manner.
The information discussed in class can be used in everyday life.
We covered a huge range of topics, ones I've never gotten the chance to learn about before.
the films, especially desert flower
The fact that Mrs. Vallin presented both sides of social issues without bias. I also like how it mixed both Biology and Sociology.
LISA! It was amazing! Learning so much about the different aspects of sexuality, and being able to generate our own well informed opinions. EVERYTHING!
I loved the openness of the class, it make asking questions easy, I never felt like I couldn't ask anything in class or felt judge for feeling a type of way about something. She was great at teaching us.
Everything was interesting. Other than it being more or less a sex ed class, the information goes beyond what one would typically expect from such a class and makes it "fun" and brings views from many different perspectives. Rather than telling us how things are, she teaches us information and makes us decide for ourselves what we believe in.
Mrs. Vallin made the course interesting and engaging which allowed students to ask questions more freely without hesitation.
Group projects, online test, class participation, and Lisa's very understanding.
A lot of the content could easily be used outside of class and was interesting to learn about
I liked how engaged Lisa was everyday with the students and the material she was teaching that day. She was always very understanding and open with you if you were having any issues.
Lisa Vallin!
Vallin created a comfortable environment where we were free to ask questions. She was knowledgable and understanding. The class was enjoyable.
The real-life application and guest speakers
Excellent, engaging, and entertaining teacher. Course material is both interesting and very relevant to life. My favorite course this semester and possibly the most useful in college and in life. This should really be a required course to take for college students as it is essential to know about sex to understand life, and not only that but it is also empowering to learn about it as well.
The material
Loved the videos
The guest lectures and video
Very interactive and environment was really open and fun to be in
The enthusiasm and compassion of the professor.
Very interactive and engaging
Lisa Vallin
I like learning about the social customs and outlook of my peers. I am a solitary creature, so it is fascinating to learn what my classmates think.
The course provided valuable information that I will carry with me for life. It was very enjoyable to come to class.
The way Lisa taught.
The professor definitely makes the class fun and easy. She gives us a lot of help and keeps us entertained during lecture. I would take a class from Lisa again if I can.
The different ways of teaching. It really didn't matter what kind of learner I was due to her use of different styles. (ie, videos, activities, discussions, lectures, etc.)
Learning about home birth and sexual identity.
Learning and talking about things we normally dont talk about in class.
It was very interesting but still educational.
she is an amazing teacher and she makes you understand the material. this course is very interesting and fun, i recommend this course to everyone
I liked the naturalness of the course. There were a lot of times where the issues and graphic images shown in lecture could have potentially made the students feel uneasy, but surprisingly, they didn't and all of us students continued having normal discussions.
Lisa really loves what she is teaching!
the videos were well chosen and educational. we also learned such a wide variety of topics. I have learned so much this semester!
Lisa is THE BEST professor on this campus.
The professor
Lisa is so easy to listen to; I felt like she was my friend talking to me instead of a professor. Yet she is so professional, knows her stuff, and communicates in such a enthusiastic manner. It's such a joy to come to class.
I liked that the topic was related to my body and Lisa was able to answer questions about my concerns.
the sex
I enjoy that the class sis taught in a very open manner and allows for much discussion to happen among the students. I also enjoy that Lisa teaches in a very fun and interactive way. She is a very great teacher and a person as well! Fantastic course.
I enjoyed the interaction I felt like I learned a lot about the class overall.
I liked how interactive it was, even though it was a large lecture. And the environment fostered open communication during discussions.
Lisa Vallin!!!
Guest speakers, extra credit opportunities
I liked all the videos that we were able to watch and how she taught the class. Anyone could speak what they were thinking and not get judged for it.
It's a very "eye-opening" course. Deals with topics that are considered "too controversy" for the public and "out of the norm".
n/a
I enjoyed the content of the material and the organization of the class.
I enjoyed the group work, we never really get to experience that with big lecture classes. I also liked having guest speakers and learning about organizations outside of the university.
Lisa brought a nonjudgmental approach to the course. She covered controversial topics in a very un-awkward way and this allowed the course to be more educational than weird.
Everything. This is one of the best courses I've taken in my undergraduate career. The teacher is extremely motivating and the material is applicable to real life. Learning was fun!
The class discussions and how we had a positive safe space to talk about whatever we were unclear on.
Lisa is a great professor. She keeps the topics not awkward and very fun and interesting.
I liked the Lisa the best. She is by far the best professor I have had. The course has interesting content and she never fails to present it in an engaging manner. She is effectively helps us learn the material not just for the course but for our every day lives. I honestly changed parts of my life because of her influence from this course. It is great and I wish there were more courses like this.
The instructor Ms. Vallin is an excellent teacher to teach this course. She is able to manage a huge class of differing opinions with the right amounts of humor and seriousness. I also loved the content of the course; I learned so much. I think all college students should be required to take this class.
The professor was very personable and knowledgeable
I personally liked Lisa's ability to relate complicated material in an efficient way using humor and real life examples.
Lisa is an amazing teacher. She creates a fun, welcoming, and nonjudgmental environment and the way she presents the course material is well spaced out and not that overwhelming.
She was able to explain material in relatable way.
I liked how the course pertains to my own body, and had links with my psychology class. I learned a lot of information I will carry with me the rest of my life, and teach it to my kids too. She has given me a way better understanding of sexuality and how society views males and females in different ways
Learning about children growth and birth.
I liked the applicability to real life events and understandings on both a global and individual level. I appreciated Lisa's lectures and integration of the course material into various assignments and activities.
I enjoyed the vast amount of knowledge that I gathered being in this class.
The course was a very through, detailed version of the sex education that I have missed in elementary. It's not your everyday biology course and that's what is so unique, wonderful, special and great about this class! I really believe quizzes were very helpful in testing our knowledge and in summarizing what we had learned in lecture and from the book. I really love how this class really gave me energy later in the day (because we all feel tired by the afternoon-ish). This class gave me a new outlook on sex, our relationships, perceptions of society, etc. And the papers were really great on reflecting on ourselves. If there was an "EXCELLENT" option, "FABULOUS" or "GREAT" I would choose all three of those options for this class and the instructor.
How the course is very open to all opinions.
Focuses on understanding issues and other points of view, incorporated with the biology necessary to comprehend such issues.
9. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.8 66 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 11 (17%) 24 (96%)
10. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.95 66 0.27 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 1 (2%) 64 (97%)
11. I learned a good deal of factual material in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 24 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 56 (85%)
12. I developed the ability to solve real problems in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 24 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 17 (26%) 44 (67%)
13. I developed the ability to communicate clearly about this subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 66 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 17 (26%) 21 (84%)
14. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.68 66 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 13 (20%) 22 (88%)
15. I was stimulated to discuss related topics outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 66 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (8%) 13 (20%) 21 (84%)
16. I developed a set of overall values in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 66 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (8%) 3 (13%) 19 (83%)
17. I gained a better understanding of myself through this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 25 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (9%) 3 (12%) 48 (73%)
18. I developed a greater sense of personal responsibility.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 25 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (5%) 4 (16%) 46 (70%)
19. I developed more confidence in myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.72 25 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (3%) 2 (8%) 3 (12%) 42 (64%)
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  
4.88 25 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (15%) 52 (79%)
21. I learned more in this course than I expected to learn.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.74 66 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 0 (0%) 10 (15%) 21 (84%)
22. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.68 65 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 15 (23%) 21 (88%)
23. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Pop culture references
Speaking on HIV/AIDS and pregnancy
I felt the relationship created between the students and the professor were most valuable.
sexual educaion
Understanding that it's okay to be open about human sexuality, there is no need to be judgmental, offensive, or afraid of any aspects discussed in this course. It's all part of life!
The films and the lectures
the fact that the course was set up to inform students of social issues around gender and sex by showing them the roots of biology first in order to further understand and solve these issues.
discussing controversial topics in a setting that has created a safe place for it, and also allow us to anonymously share our opinions to see how other people feel. clearing up so many different things we didn't even know we didn't even know. YES!
Everything! I learned more about the topics I thought I knew, like sexual identity and biological sex along with pregnancy.
Pretty much all the information was valuable. I definitely learned a lot regarding the topics covered in this class.
I think the most valuable aspect of this course was learning about the different birth options and weighing out the pros and cons.
Learning how to protect myself and others against harmful diseases or being in unwanted situations
The lessons we learned about women and our bodies was most valuable because there are a lot of things that I didn't know about a woman that I was able to learn throughout the course.
Use of laulima and the constant update of our grades. I'm glad class participation and quizzes are counted towards our grade instead of just counting the midterm and final for our grade like most lecture based classes. Powerpoints were very useful.
Lisa emphasized the idea of respect for each other's opinions especially with difficult topics.
Everything. Evaluating and questioning my own ideas and values about sexuality, including the influences that surround it, was a powerful learning experience.
Guest speakers
Allowed me to have a better understanding of people who might not have the same sexual preferences as I do
The material pertained to my life is valuable in knowing more about myself and maintaining a healthy sexuality physically and mentally
Learning more about topics i thought i knew about but didn't know and then after learning about it my opinion and views changed
The variety of learning methods. Different activities kept the information interesting. i.e. videos, group activities, etc.
The fact that we were updated with the grades has helped me to try my best to keep up the good work.
Lisa Vallin
The instructor was excellent. Lisa explains things well and encourages courteous discussion, while never squelching ill-informed questions from people who do not know the politically correct phrasing. The guest speakers were also fantastic.
The fact that we were able to relate it back to our lives. Ask real life questions that we were having problems with or were curious about. We were able to get answers.
SDDs, safe sex, pregnancy.
I thought the contraception part was very valuable because it's always good to practice safe sex
Different activities as mentioned before and the extra credit.
Learning about home birth, learning how to deal with STDs, and learning about birth control and what to expect for a Pap smear.
Learning about sex and what it entails.
The positive,respectful environment
the most valuable aspects of the course is learning about your own biology, and you learn so many things about yourself and others you would have never thought of in your life. this course helps you answer some unknown questions about yourself and other people
Being able to understand the ethical issues and social stigma around the topics that were discussed throughout the course.
Some of the life skills that were learned.
videos, powerpoints, and group work, weekly quizzes group work encouraged us to talk with our classmates and get to know them. It became a very comfortable place where we felt confident to raise our hands during lecture and ask questions even though the class was quite large.
Everything
I think that all this class has to teach students is valuable. Most students don't get a good education when it comes to sex and I think this course really helps students to learn the biological and social aspects of sex.
The guest speakers were SO valuable and interesting to me.
I valued the in-class discussions the most.
learning about diseases
Lisa was the most valuable aspect of the course! She is very great and she went over a lot of material in what short time we had of only one semester. I also enjoyed that she was very reasonable with her due dates. I felt that she truly understood what it was like to be a student and made the work in this class very reasonable and manageable.
The biology of the course and leaning about social issues was very valuable.
The most valuable parts was understanding everything in a positive light. The instructor did not teach the subject matter with negativity, but showed how all the content should be seen positively.
The course work seems really easy, however, I found that I had learned an incredible amount of information without realizing it. Lisa kept everything fun, and I think that made learning the huge amount of information a lot easier. Lisa also has a great sense of humor and keeps us laughing the entire class.
Guest speakers, lectures
I think learning more about sex differences and going more in dept than most classes would.
the information provided along with the history about cases and the relevance of the videos we viewed in class.
n/a
The whole course was valuable for it made me learn to be more understanding and respecting. I really enjoyed the more personal aspects of the class like the documentaries and self responses so we as students realize how the material can apply to the real world.
The application of ethical issues were the most valuable. It really taught me how to apply what we went over in class with real life situations. It also made it seem a little more real life when Lisa would share her own her stories
The openness and safe environment that Lisa and the course provided. The various other aspects about sex and the reproductive cycle rather than just organisms and their goal to reproduce.
I think that the subjects and topics that were covered are extremely applicable to real life and are really valuable. I think the course makes you actively learn and think. I think applying sensitivity and understanding to these topics help you look at controversial topics in real life in a different light.
Applying what I learned to my own life!
Lecture guide was very helpful and made it easier to follow along. Weekly quizzes are very good practice for exams and teaches me a lot. Exams except for final are online. iClicker makes me show up to class.
The topics we covered were things that we can apply to our every day lives. Going into the course, I thought it would be very science based and more focused on animals, but it was extremely useful information and very relatable. Group discussions kept us engaged and got us thinking and applying our own experiences to the course. Videos and pictures helped demonstrate some topics more in-depth. Seriously a fantastic course with an outstanding instructor.
All the topics that we discussed were extremely valuable. I also think the class discussions also helped to dispel the taboo-like feeling inherent to this topic. I also think the online quizzes and submission of assignments and exams was extremely helpful.
Learning about personal and public health
I believe that the psychological aspects of this course relating to sexuality were very valuable, as they are not commonly or extensively discussed in other science classes.
The information was super valuable and I don't think this should be material everyone should know.
The aspects of sexual identity and differences among them were of value to me.
The difference between hospital and home births, anatomy of men and women, gender identity, the steps of pregnancy, and how to teach children right from wrong.
The lessons about gender and sex.
Being able to stay mature on topics that are often sensitive and understanding the deep implications of various concepts that are often shrugged off.
The most valuable aspects were the views we got to understand learning about topics such as Intersex and HIV.
It's really a self-actualization, self-discovery, and self-reflection type of class that really opens up your perceptions on things you don't understand, disregard, and just things you don't really think about because you think it's just so simple, but its very complex angle and just a really great class. And like I said, not your average, typical biology/science class. You don't see that a lot and this class was actually fun, enjoyable, and just the BEST CLASS EVER.
it teaches you life. simple as that.
The most valuable aspect was the issues that were brought up. Initially took it for the science behind sex and gender differentiation, however the issues allowed me to think more outside the box and understand different points of views.
24. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
N/A
None that I remember
The way students were constantly on their laptops and not actually taking notes.
I thought everything was very valuable
none, all were good
None.
the biology! and all the hormones! ugh it just confused me. there has to be a clearer way.
nothing
None.
I thought they were all valuable and useful
I think everything we learned over the course was valuable.
Class activities were difficult to do with a class so large. Either modify the class activities to be performed in our seats (as opposed to the ground in a lecture hall) or offer smaller classes.
N/a
Everything is significant
All of it seemed quite valuable
I didn't think anything taught in this course were not valuable
N/a
Too many quizzes and emphasized too heavily on the final.
Not Lisa Vallin
I didn't even buy the book, and I can answer almost all quiz and exam questions by coming to class every day and taking good notes. I already know a lot of the material, however; in the interest of not skewing the numbers, I answered a lot of things 'Agree' even if I was not learning them for the first time in this class. I think it is very valuable to most of the students.
None.
None
I think most of the class was valuable. So there was nothing that was not valuable
It would be nice if attendance was weighted more and taken closer to the beginning of class. This class had the most distracting students I have ever been with (mostly the athletes).
None. Everything I learned was valuable in someway.
there is nothing, everything you learn in this course is valuable information
constant comments by the same people every single class. I didnt go to class to hear what everyone else thought, I wanted to go to class and be lectured by someone more qualified than the same 5-6 undergrad students that had to comment on EVERYTHING we went over in class.
I'm all up for discussing female related issues, but not when we persecute men for it.
Nothing!
making big posters during class activities
Abaolutely nothing
I don't think anything was not valuable
n/a
I think the weekly quizzes were least valuable because it was more for memorization and to get a grade.
everything else
Maybe the few group work activities we did towards the beginning of the semester weren't that valuable. Most people just ended up looking things up on their phone and just copying them onto the paper. Also, I noticed not everyone in each group contributed equally, but I understand that is something that is not controllable by the professor.
Maybe make the class a tad bit more difficult.
None
Everything was great!
Online quizzes
N/A
Probably, the facility. Wished we were able to book Art 123 as the room for this class. We have a huge class and sometimes, the room can be a bit too short for the amount of people attending. Plus, this class is very popular!
n/a
I thought all aspects of this course was valuable and would not claim that any of it was not valuable to learning the topics presented.
I felt it was all valuable.
All aspects of course were valuable.
None.
I feel as though all that we learned in class was valuable in some way or another
class activities were not as beneficial to my learning as videos and assignments
The reader could be a little updated, but that is about it.
Unfortunately there were a handful of students who were extremely vocal which often easily distracted the entire class from the lecture. Often times when these individuals would get into their discussion-matches I would feel like we were wasting a lot of time. I didn't come to class to hear about their lives, I came to hear an expert teach. I think being able to contribute and ask questions during class is great but there is also a point where it becomes inconsiderate and too much.
all of the information was valuable; however, if I had to pick one...it would be learning about the male reproductive system since I am female.
I would say not necessarily her fault, but opening up the classroom to questions sometimes got drawn out and on few occasions people had slightly heated debate. It did promote thinking, but it was in my opinion the least valuable aspect of a great course.
Nothing
I thought that each aspect of the course was valuable at least in some way.
I wouldn't say there was anything invaluable.
Working with others and class discussions.
Nothing.
None. All aspects I believe in this course seem to interrelate and connect with each other, so I believe all aspects were important and you learn so much.
NOthing :)
25. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 66 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (14%) 57 (86%)
26. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 66 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (14%) 57 (86%)
27. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 66 0.24 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (6%) 25 (100%)
28. The instructor defined new terms, concepts, and principles.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 66 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (17%) 55 (83%)
29. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 66 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 9 (14%) 56 (85%)
30. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 66 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 3 (13%) 54 (82%)
31. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 25 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 10 (15%) 55 (83%)
32. 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  
4.82 66 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (18%) 54 (82%)
33. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 66 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 14 (21%) 52 (79%)
34. The instructor spoke clearly and audibly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 66 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (14%) 57 (86%)
35. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 66 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 9 (14%) 22 (88%)
36. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 66 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (9%) 60 (91%)
37. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 66 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (14%) 57 (86%)
38. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 63 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 53 (84%)
39. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Include more group activity for a better way to understand materials
She is an excellent professor, and I don't think there's much she needs to improve on.
Sometimes our online quizzes were due before we finished learning all the material that was one them. The answers could be found in our reader but as a mostly audio learner it was easier for me to retain the info when I heard it in lecture.
none, it was a very good course
Her Teaching style is FANTASTIC! However, It is always fun to have even more Interactive Activities :]
Finding a better way to teach the biology and hormones (I'm a WS) in a simplified version. Us WS don't catch on as quickly, and the hormones really didn't seem like they mattered all that much for the rest of the material. Otherwise, Lisa you're doing great!
nothign
Not sure. This class was one of the best of my entire college life. And I've been in college for quite some time now.
The course was set up in a well constructed manner. I dont feel the need to improve on the teaching of this course.
No improvement.
She already does a great job and I don't think she needs to improve any more
No improvements.
N/a
Keep doing what you're doing :)
She's doing great, nothing I can think of
Some of the material on the quizzes were not covered until after the quiz was do. With the reader it didn't matter but it was a little confusing
Not allow class dicussions to get too long and stray from the lecture
N/a
Give less quizzes and more group activities.
She cant she is the best!!!
I would like to see more readings *by* the people we studied (LGBTQAI*, OBGYN, doulas, etc) and fewer academic histories *about* them. More first person. More guest speakers, too, those ladies were great.
I think she does a great job and is very easy to approach. She respects her students and makes learning new concepts fun.
N/a
Slow down on slides
Maybe newer videos? I would also appreciate it if the class wasn't so full. I think that added to the distractions of the class, besides the large proportion of obnoxious athletes in it. I would also appreciate the slides. It is very different in the course reader.
Keep doing the same thing. You're a great professor! One of my favorites here at UH!
n/a
she already does such an amazing job i don't know what else to recommend, keep doing what your doing
tell students to keep comments to a minimum. Its very disruptive to the lectures and doesn't bring a better understanding to any of the concepts that we went over. There were like 2 comments out of the 1000 that were blurted out through the semester that i'm actually glad I heard.
Just be a little more assertive when trying to get the students to settle down during lecture. There was quite a bit of whispering in both the front and back of the class which made it hard to hear what was being discussed.
Keep being enthusiastic about the subject as she already is.
she can't improve. She is the best professor I've ever had and I have the utmost respect for her and what she does.
Nothing lisa is amazing.
I think she's doing a fabulous job as is
NA
I think Lisa can slow down some when she talks and goes over slides giving students some time to take good notes for quizzes.
yes I feel as if the tests are a little harder thane expected and we don't always grasp all the info she throws at us
This course is really great but if i had to say one thing it would be to perhaps use more clicker questions to randomly poll the class on some interesting or fun questions.
Nothing much I have learned a lot in the course.
Sometimes we went over the material really fast, so if we could slow down a bit, that would be helpful
SHE IS PERFECT AS SHE IS!!
Providing PowerPoint lectures on Laulima
I think it is already taught really well!
Just stay the way you are now! Always making class enjoyable, inspiring, welcoming and very comfortable.
n/a
I personally really enjoyed the videos showing how the concepts can apply to real life and how we really need to be understanding of these situations so maybe by incorporating more documentaries.
She is doing well thus far
Maybe provide an outline of each sections.
Continue doing what she's doing! :)
I feel as though she is doing a great job already
Make quizzes due on Sundays instead of Wednesdays because its kind of pointless to take a quiz on something we have not gone over in lecture yet.
I honestly don't think she could improve. She is passionate about the course, respectful to all variety, incorporates various teaching techiques like videos, guest speakers, group activities, etc. Somehow, she can get the whole class to get the pop quiz questions right. I don't know how she does it.
You're doing a great job Lisa! I can't recommend your class enough.
Everything was good. The only thing I can say is I really did not enjoy too much of the discussion parts of the class because the students' opinions would sometimes overpower the class.
I would say to ensure that the questions on the quizzes and online tests are evaluated for accuracy, as some portions did not quite line up with the information in the workbook.
Nothing
She can improve this course by making the quizzes easier to fix instead of going through the whole quiz again.
Don't change anything!
I personally would appreciate a more scientific approach. Much of the course focused on societal issues and emotional implications (like a psychology class), rather than the biology. Further, some of the psychological discussions were slightly inaccurate.
The book could be revised and follow the slides better, but its okay.
Nothing - she does absolutely a fabulous job at teaching and guiding us in this class! It's like, what more can you ask for? Multiple tries on quizzes, i-clicker sign in sheet if your forgot it, a great lecturer (very enthusiastic - I believe the emotions of the instructor relfect greatly on the students), there is NOTHING you can find wrong or that needs improvement on her teaching, she is simply the greatest professor I have ever met and one that I will NOT FORGET :D
more extra credits available to all people!
Perhaps trying to keep the material up with the quizzes, however I understand there is a lot of content and many people would like to further discuss topics, something that can't be helped.
40. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Excited and engaging
Intelligent, Dedicated, Caring
Compassionate, understanding, and knowledgable.
understanding, respectful, encouraging
enthusiastic, knowledgable, fun!
awesome enthusiastic She really wanted to make you learn
Enthusiastic/Passionate Understanding/Open-minded There's no one else like her, she's AMAZING!
passionate, awesome, sensible
Enthusiastic Caring Knowledgeable
Understanding, Passionate, Fun
intelligent personable efficient
Intelligent, funny, amazing.
Enthusiastic, knowledgeable, friendly
Enthusiastic, approachable, knowledgeable
Passionate. Knowledgable. AWESOME.
Knowledgeable, considerate, enthusiastic.
Enthusiastic, passionate, respectable
Insightful Entertaining Receptive
Helpful, nice, knowledgable
Amazing, understanding, Cool
Passionate, enthusiastic, funny.
Caring and Honest
The best Ever
playful, informative, pragmatic
Understanding, positive, and enthusiastic.
Enthusiastic fun
Enthusiastic about her subject
passionate, experienced
Awesome, Funny, Passionate
Passionate, funny
Knowledgeable Fun Personable
amazing, nice, brilliant
energetic, funny, relatable, knowledgeable
Awesome Sauce!!!!
Kind, fair, forgiving
Smart and kind
respectful, professional, encouraging
Perfect, the best, great.
Enthusiastic, Fun, Encouraging
Enthusiastic, caring, fair
Enthusiastic hilarious
hot, blonde, enthusiastic
Reasonable, great speaker, fun
Passionate, Informative, Caring.
Enthusiastic, Knowledgeable, Considerate
1. Enthusiastic 2. Humorous 3. Courteous
Fun and interesting
Funny, Nice, Helpful
Informative - provides a lot of information and reasoning. Friendly - creates a positive atmosphere for the class to enjoy but also share their thoughts. Caring - cares for her students so much (too nice, she needs to be a bit more strict sometimes for the students to learn their mistakes and not slack much).
Great!
enthusiastic, knowledgeable, understanding
Passionate, Encouraging, Personal
Knowledgeable and nonthreatening. Nonjudgmental.
Amazing, creative, inspiring
Funny, Knowledgeable and Understanding
funny, entertaining, intelligent
Enthusiastic, simply a great teacher, respectful, caring
Cool, hilarious and passionate.
funny knowledgeable approachable
Respectful, confident, caring
Awesome teacher
BEST PROFESSOR EVER
Wise, not bias/understanding, great ass instructor
Kind and thoughtful
Enthusiastic, hilarious, and knowledgeable.
Inspiring, Motivating, Energetic
enthusiastic organic caring
Enthusiastic, understanding, passionate.
41. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.95 62 0.22 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (5%) 25 (100%)
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  
4.72 25 0.54 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 7 (11%) 5 (20%) 43 (67%)
43. The course was well-organized in terms of continuity and presentation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.84 25 0.37 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 13 (20%) 51 (80%)
44. Audiovisual materials (or computers) were adequate and used appropriately.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 64 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (17%) 52 (81%)
45. The exams reflected the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 63 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 13 (21%) 50 (79%)
46. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 63 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (11%) 22 (88%)
47. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
The way the slides were constructed and explained. Also how flexible Lisa was, and how she was willing to work with us so that we can achieve the highest grade possible.
Pregnancy and learning how to cope through it and be prepared
I enjoyed ever part of this class.
I liked learning about intersex individuals and pregnancy (among other things)
the group activities
I liked that it incorporated Social Issues with Science, Especially when discussing Gender Stereotypes and Sexual Identity.
the material and what I learned about sexuality, feeling well-informed and so much more confident about myself and my understanding and compassion I can now have for others.
Audiovisual section. We learn about some aspects of sex but we don't get to see it. I liked the section about intersex, it was information but sensitive and accepting towards intersex people. I also liked the documentaries shared in class.
Probably the group work. especially in the beginning of the semester. It really help me realize that the class really focuses around each person differently, since we all come from different backgrounds. I think that set the tone for the rest of the semester.
All of it. All the quizes were conveniently online.
the discussions, videos, movies
I like that she incorporated lectures, videos, group work, and discussions in almost every class to keep us engaged
I liked how engaged she was during every lecture and she was very enthusiastic when teaching the course.
Visual aid, power points, and videos
Weekly quizzes, periodic assignments
I liked that a safe and open space was created by Lisa and the students as well. It was a perfect public learning atmosphere to discuss an otherwise awkward and intimate subject. I liked that our interests in the topic were considered from the beginning of the semester and also the visual aids like videos were helpful in understanding concepts better.
Guest speakers
Everything
Online quizzes, video clips, and easy-to-understand slideshow presentations.
How we were engaged with our classmates
Lisa Vallin
I answered this above
The course material wasn't entirely hard to grasp. Everything that we talked about in class was in the homework and exams. There was surprises.
Everything
Contraceptions
videos!
The guest lecture about home birth.
Class activities
i liked everything in the course i couldn't decide what i liked more. maybe the section on sexual identity i liked more because i learned a lot about sexual identity i never knew about before.
Lisa was a great instructor and I enjoyed hearing her lectures, students comments aside. She is very knowledgeable and the course reader was great.
I really liked learning more about all of the topics that we discussed throughout the semester. There were many new things I learned, like intersex, as well as expanding my knowledge about the things that I already knew, like the effectiveness of contraceptives.
The information that is applicable to everyday life.
the wide variety of subject material made me excited to come to class every week. I loved the guest speakers.----they added so much to the class too.
Lisa
The material taught and how it was taught in a respectful and knowledgable manner
Definitely Lisa!
I liked the open and honest conversations during lecture allowing the students to feel comfortable to talk about the sensitive subject regarding sex.
seeing the professor
I enjoyed all the videos that we got to watch in class. They really opened my eyes to many things I did not previously know about.
Everything
The material was interesting and the films we watched Really complimented what we were learning! It was a fun and engaging class
LISA VALLIN!
Guest speakers
I liked the lectures that we had and how she related the concepts.
the positive atmosphere during class.
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The documentaries and in class discussions.
Having multiple tries on the quizzes
The instructor's openness and unwavering approach to controversial topics and willingness and encouragement for everyone to voice their opinion.
Interactive learning
Everything!!!!!!!!!!! :)
very interesting topics
Guest speakers were extremely eye-opening and I thoroughly enjoyed them. Group activities really helped me to think how I could apply these ideas to my every day life. The way Lisa presents herself and the material is very confident and enthusiastic and you just cannot have a bad time in class. I really enjoyed this class. The topics were constantly engaging and videos, pictures, etc. always helped to demonstrate various topics.
Lisa gave us quizzes and if we felt we wanted to better we could email her for more attempts.
As stated before, I believe that the psychological aspects of this course relating to sexuality were very valuable, as they are not commonly or extensively discussed in other science classes.
Teacher, tone of the environment, and manageable course load
I like the topics that were covered in the class.
Learning about pregnancy and the miracle of life
The biological clarifications on the human sex cycle. Also, the hormone lectures.
I liked that it was easy to follow.
Everything - you learn so much that it can be overwhelming, but its so informative, it becomes a life guidance (of some sort) and very interesting.
all
I appreciated the time Lisa took with each subject.
48. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
5.0 23 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 50 (88%)
49. My overall evaluation of this course is...
Fabulous
Excellent because I went in to this course thinking I knew a lot but found out that I didn't really know much.
This is an excellent course and each student should be required to take this course because it is so interesting and so very informative.
This course should be maditory for college students.
Awesome course! I would highly recommend it to anyone.
very good
It is the MOST informative course I have ever taken revolving around gender and sex. It's one of those classes that you never want to miss! I am ALWAYS excited for this class. By far my Favorite.
I loved this class! I use what i learned in everyday situations and try to inform others about the different options they have.
5/5!!! I would definitely recommend it to anyone and everyone
A++++
Positive
Very informative, I really learned a lot
I learned a lot more than I expected to and had a fun time doing it. This course is informative, fun, and interesting.
Very beneficial, especially for those who aren't as educated when it comes to things such as, the human body, sex, diseases, etc.
Best WS course I have taken.
Keep this class! It would be useful for everyone and anyone to take this class
My favorite course by far.
Most excellent
Fun and valuable
Awesome
I would recommend this class to everyone regardless of major because it applies to everyone
One of the best courses I have ever taken
This class has a lot of in depth material to cover but the professor could not make it any easier and helpful to understand.
Very good experience and very challenging and fun.
AWSOME SAUCE
It was very fun and I recommended it to a number of people, often with a joke. "Take the sex class! The lab practical is a doozy!"
Great course. I would definitely recommend it to friends and fellow classmates.
Excellent
Very good. I would take it again
Loved it. From both a social and biological science stance.
A great course to take. Learn a lof about things that you thought you knew about, but really didn't.
The course was awesome!!
excellent, id recommend this course to everyone
Very good.
I really enjoyed this course and the class in general. I think this course was one of the most interesting and fun classes I've taken so far in my college career. I had so much fun that I've already recommended this class to several of my friends, many of whom aren't even biology or women's studies majors.
Great course! Would take again.
AMAZING
Perfect
I really enjoyed this course and think that it's a great course for anyone to take. The workload is very manageable and fair.
A really informative course.
that it is very educational and informative for people who want to learn more about their body and how things work.
good
Great course, learned a lot, work was manageable, and everything was fair.
Excellent
Informative and engaging class.
AMAZING!
Excellent
Is very good. I liked how things were taught and how we had quizzes to remember the concepts.
A nice elective course to enroll in, but be prepared to have some uncomfortable moments. But overall, a fun and very informative course.
n/a
A great learning opportunity to learn about aspects that are not usually spoken and taught about.
Overall this course was one of my most enjoyed classes. The content and the way it was presented was spot on and really allowed us to understand real life situations.
educational, if not in a science or medical approach, but for life application and for recognizing that our bodies, both sexually and genetically, need to be respected by everyone, including ourselves.
Recommend! I would take it again if I could! Made me a well rounded student!
This course was great and would tell my friends to take the course
One of the best classes I have ever taken here. I learned a lot more than I expected to. I have already recommended this class with the same professor to many people!
The best course I have taken at UH
It's an extremely valuable course that all UH Manoa students should try to take.
Very good course.
The course provided a bunch of interesting topics that covered various aspects in sexual development in the human body that I found very interesting.
Excellent
A great course to learn the differences of sex in the life cycle.
I would do it all over again if I could
Good.
Fantastic, if I could take it again I would.
This is just a great course, seriously. I would definitely recommend this course to EVERYONE. EVERY STUDENT SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE.
great!
Very good course, got more out of the course than I expected I would.
50. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
Different reader style
This course can be improved through having a few more guest speakers because it is pretty cool to get other outside perspectives on the material that is being learned to better enhance knowledge.
I think this course could be improved in a way where students are more respectful toward the rest of the class and the professor. I found it hard to concentrate when students were browsing the Internet.
if the class was not at biomed
Like I said before more class activities are always fun and videos always help to retain information too.
It should seriously be smaller so we can have more discussion, I am personally terrified of talking to 150 people at once, but I had so many different things I wanted to say and contribute over the whole course that I never ever felt comfortable saying. However, if I had been in a smaller class I would have been more likely to share. Though I'm torn, because I want this material to reach as many people as possible! I personally just like a lot of discussion, it helps me and everyone else internalize the material more effectively.
NOTHING
She does a great job.
Longer classes
I think it's fine as it is.
I think she could be a little less lenient when it comes to due dates, because some people tend to take advantage of that and potentially not succeed in the later part of the semester.
Maybe don't make the final 45% of the overall grade...that is extremely stressful.
Keep updating the material especially about birth control. Add some information about cultural differences in other countries to compare to the U.S.
N/a
More courses like this offered by the University
I believe that this course was great and doesn't need to change
Could be improved by not letting class discussions to get out of hand. Class discussions are good but sometimes it strays from the lecture material
N/a
Less quizzes and less emphasis on the final exam being 45% of our grade. More pop quizzes to encourage people to come to class.
It cant its great
More first-person reading assignments More guest speakers Less small group work, I hate it.
The course load could sometimes be a bit much.
No laulima quizzes but use some other site.
N/a
Examples could be updated. More videos?
N/A
n/a
maybe more anonymous questions, i liked participating in an anonymous survey in class and getting live data
the data & statistics could be updated/chosen from more reliable sources.
I can't think of any. I just wish Professor Vallin taught more classes at UH because she is my favorite.
Absolutely nothing
NA
To have available notes online. Powerpoint slides with less words so that it is easier for students to take some good notes.
Nothing.
Perhaps learn a little less material (or less specifics); sometimes I felt like it was moving too fast.
It is impossible to improve this course because it is already perfect.
Provide PowerPoint lectures on Laulima. Course reader needs to be better organized.
I think maybe going a bit slower would be good. Sometimes the material went a little to fast to keep up and it was hard to take notes.
Nothings to say. Class already great as is.
n/a
By having more in class discussions and some how get the students to incorporate their experiences more.
It would be nice to have important slides posted up on Laulima especially if takes a process to understand. The ereader seems very wordy and goes over a lot of content, it would be better if it was more concise and to the point.
No improvement.
I already feel like this course is excellent as is!
Quizzes due Sunday, not Wednesday.
Improve the reader and make it cheaper. It is really just a stack of papers. Either that or make it book quality. Have an alternate extra credit opportunity to those who cannot make it to the scheduled one. It honestly is just a great course, so nothing significant.
The only thing I can say is that sometimes Professor Vallin would ask the opinion of the class and therefore often times students would branch off topic and talk about things that are untrue or irrelevant. I would rather listen to the professor teaching us facts than having to listen to students preaching answers that may not be entirely correct.
I believe that this course could be improved by evaluating the quizzes and tests to make sure that they are properly asking the right question (worded properly) and that the answers are consistent with the in class workbook. I would also say maybe reduce a bit of the readings in the in class workbook, as it is a lot to handle at times.
Nothing
It could be improved just by fixing the quizzes as stated above. Other than that its good course.
Sorry, can't think of anything. This course is awesome
Less discussion and class activities. Require some prerequisites to filter out the people who lack understanding on basic biological processes - either that, or don't allow them to ask poor questions throughout the entire lecture.
Its so far, Biomed is quite a distance.
NONE. N/A. THIS PART SHOULDN'T EXISTS.
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Perhaps using different slides, while good since it can't be uploaded, mainly have to go off reader. Incorporate more class activities as they were helpful for communication with others in such a large class.
51. Other comments:
Love this class!
Thank you and love you Lisa, you're the BEST! :)
I really am appreciative of Professor Vallin's hard work and willingness to see each student succeed.
Lisa was my favorite professor at UH Manoa! She made even the hardest parts of the course (i.e. biology/anatomy) easy to understand and interesting to learn. I wish I wasn't graduating so I could take more courses from Lisa.
you were seriously made for this, keep opening up and growing! much love thank you and have a great summer!
Keep up the good work. Cheehuu
Lisa needs a raise!!
Thanks for a great semester!
AWESOME CLASS!!! Thanks Lisa! :)
N/a
Lisa is amazing! Hopefully she gets to teach more courses that's related to Biology in the near future!
NA
I love LISA as a professor. Best one since I here at UH!
none
GIVE LISA VALLIN A RAISE!!
Thank you Lisa for a fun semester...I didn't really care to learn from this class, just heard it was "an easy A" course. But you made class worth coming to and very interesting. I learned a great deal of information, not sure if I'll use it in the future but I'll definitely have them in mind.
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Lisa was one of the best instructors I have had here at University of Hawaii at Manoa, for she is very passionate about the content and understanding of her students. She made the learning environment enjoyable and something students actually looked forward going to and not just attending because it is required. I wish there were more professors like Lisa here.
This class has really opened my eyes to situations going on in our society. It is a mixture of psychology, sociology, women studies, biology, and physiology which makes it very interesting.
Lisa is the shizznits, keep up the great work
Great job Lisa! Thank you.
Thank you for a great semester.
overall very good class. I feel like I got a lot out of this class and Professor Vallin is what I hope my future professors are like.
Lisa was the best lecture professor I have encountered in my 4 years at UH Manoa and she taught the information in this course in an effective manner that I believe will stick with me for a long time. She carries the characteristics that (in my opinion) an ideal teacher or professor should have.
You rock Lisa
None.
Lisa is the greatest professor I have ever met and it's been such an honor and pleasure of being able to take her class and meeting her. I wish I could take other courses from her, but sadly it is not required for me to. Lisa gives me hope that some professors still have a heart and actually care for students (not kidding). I wish Lisa the best of the best because she truly is THE BEST PROFESSOR EVER.
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Lisa Vallin: BIOL350, WS350, Fall 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Biology
Course: BIOL 350 - Sex Diffs in the Life Cycle Crn (Section): 76960 (001)    
Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Women's Studies Program
Course: WS 350 - Sex Diffs in the Life Cycle Crn (Section): 75815 (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  
3.3 43 0.89 Freq(%) 1 (2%) 6 (25%) 10 (42%) 24 (56%) 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  
1.23 40 0.42 Freq(%) 31 (78%) 9 (23%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.96 24 0.2 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 40 (93%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 24 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 38 (90%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 24 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 38 (93%)
6. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 43 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (9%) 23 (96%)
7. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 24 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (17%) 20 (83%)
8. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Everything was very valuable information. The course was heavily information based, but all content was very important to know.
The videos were great. And the guest speakers.
Everything really, since everything we learned really applies to us. But I would say hearing personal stories from guess speakers was most valuable to see how what we are learning about in class applies to real life.
EVERYTHING! Incredibly interesting class and a wonderful professor.
Visuals and group activities.
The most valuable aspect of the course was the parts that opened my eyes to the reality of things like Transgendered and AIDS
The lectures, extra credit and quizzes
All of it! Every topic is relevant to all of us in the course. Speakers were exceptionally valuable and Lisa is great at explaining thugs so everyone in the class can relate and understand.
EVERYTHING!
I really like how we did group activities and had class discussions.
I enjoyed the quizzes online at home with 3 tries. I also like videos she used during her lecture
The language Lisa used to address complex concepts made the material really easily to understand and relate to!
The open-minded attitude and humor of the teacher
- STI - Group speakers - In class activities - Announcements before class
the guest speakers and quizzes online
i thought this whole course was.
All of the topics were very engaging and also very important to know as a social worker. I'm glad I was able to use what I've learned in this class and apply it to my major. Lisa is also a very enthusiastic and engaging teacher, which makes her class very enjoyable.
The whole class was valuable.
I learned a lot about myself
The videos are what I got the most out of, they make the material easier to remember.
n/a
Class activities Discussions Online quizzes
iClicker participation, class activities, quizzes, lecturers
everything was valuable
Her iclicker quizzes.
The speakers that came in during the course of the semester
When she'd have guest speakers come in and teach us a little more about the content which we were learning at that time.
I have learned a tremendous amount in this class, and its should be required for everyone! Everything we learn about the body and our sexual identity is so important. I have become more open to discussing sex and more comfortable figuring out and understanding my own sexual values. I think that, especially in college, every girl should understand her sexual values and her thoughts and feelings about sex. Looking at the biological aspects, including anatomy and the endocrine system, in addition to the candid social aspects of sex makes this class really interesting and fun! I feel like I have learned more about protection and the correct way to use it, as well as the consequences of not using protection. I have learned a lot more about sexually transmitted diseases, and how to prevent them. Such a great and educational course.
Learning about myself, learning about what the media and what societal impacts have on how we treat others.
the fact that sex was not just something we do but there was deeper meaning to it
The reader was a helpful guide in the course
I loved how quizzes and exams were online. Lisa gave us more than enough time to have the assignments completed and she gave 3 or so tries for each quiz, so we could try more than once to get a better score. All of her class assignments and videos were very educational and I learned a lot. The entire semester was fun and I would recommend this class to everyone!
I loved how available she was. It was really helpful and made me want to learn and do the best that I could.
Guest speakers. Quizzes
I liked how Mrs. Vallin brought in guest speakers. The speakers were very informative when presenting their topics.
The powerpoints
The guest speakers who came to talk to us
The class activities that she puts together helps me learn confusing topics.
All
Information on sexuality and sexual identity
I thought all aspects of the course had value. Never before did I realize how many aspects of sex there were, and how they were all related.
This course discusses many aspects of human sexuality that I was completely unaware of. This course opened my eyes to so many different perspectives and knowledge on sexuality.
They were all very valuable. I have learned a lot
This class provided valuable insight into the space of human sexuality through a biological perspective. It helped to broaden my understanding of every facet of human sexuality from STDs to attraction.
The class activities
Everything, she's on point! She loves to teach this class and she's really awesome with it!
Everything was valuable. I never thought this course would help me in so many ways and I could share to others what I have learned. The informative and inspiration guest speakers and videos. I really liked how Vallin shared her personal experiences. I developed a greater respect for her because she trusts her students will use her stories to make wise choices in life and understand the course better. Her lecture guide was also very helpful to further explain more of the main concepts that Vallin enthusiastically teachers in class.
Our society tells us what we are, and that we must be a certain way no matter what the age.
Learning about consent
I believe every aspect of this class was valuable because we learned about human sexuality, which is something every single person can relate to.
I like the discussions and the way that the that we learned about safe sex
Class activities and class discussions
Knowing about sex, diseases, and prevention of pregnancy and also ovulation.
EVERYTHING except for the class activities. I really loved every film Lisa showed, every guest speaker that came in to talk to us, the constant pictures that most teachers would NEVER show in class, and her personal experiences with certain topics.
The different guest speakers and films shown in this class were the best parts of this class because it tied in well with the concepts we learned in this class. The guest speakers also allowed us to see the concepts we learned realistically and all speakers were really inspiring.
9. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
N/A
It was all valuable!
N/A
none.
everything was valuable
the course reader was off ALOT! This made it difficult to follow along in lecture.
THE ONLY THING I DO NOT LIKE IS ABOUT THOSE STUDENTS ALWAYS PACK 5 MIN BEFORE THE CLASS ENDING TIME... SO IT IS NOTHING RELATED TO PROFESSOR VALLIN
I didn't care too much for the group work.
It was hard for Lisa to get any of the lecture hall to interact. There are alot of fun parts of the course that would be even more impacting if the setting were smaller.
I can't think about any lol
- Some videos shown in class
group assignments
n/a
None everything was necessary!
Group activities. There were multiple group activities throughout the course and in a lecture class with about 100 people in it, its a huge waste of time and not everyone participates, they just sit in the group and everyone else does the work.
n/a
None
Some videos?
nothing
Self assessments
nothing, everything was fun and worth listening to
I think all were valuable.
All was valuable.
none
Nothing. This class was the best class ever.
N/A
Nothing
none. I liked everything in the course. It was very eye-opening
The lectures were kind of boring
none
N/A
I prioritize certain things over others but don't believe that there was anything "least valuable"
Nothing.
I didn't find any aspects that had no value or little value.
n/a
N/A
The pop quizzes
N/A
Online exams
There were no aspects that i believed to be non-valuable
nothing
Nothing, everything was awesome
N/A everything was valuable.
If anything, the least valuable aspects of this course would be the class activities. Im not very fond of class activities because I usually do not like working in groups. I also feel like it is not as helpful for me to learn new information.
I think the reader was not well done at all and a lot of the information is outdated. For example some of the contraceptives were outdated. The reader was out of order, I know it supposed to be just a guide for our note taking but it wastes time as we are flipping back and fourth to see what the lecturer is talking about.
10. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.84 43 0.37 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (16%) 22 (92%)
11. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 41 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 4 (10%) 35 (85%)
12. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.93 43 0.26 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (7%) 40 (93%)
13. The instructor defined new terms, concepts, and principles.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 43 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 37 (86%)
14. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.96 24 0.2 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 5 (12%) 37 (86%)
15. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.84 43 0.37 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (16%) 36 (84%)
16. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.84 43 0.37 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (16%) 36 (84%)
17. 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  
4.9 42 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (10%) 38 (90%)
18. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.84 43 0.43 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 5 (12%) 22 (92%)
19. The instructor spoke clearly and audibly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 42 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (10%) 38 (90%)
20. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 43 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (9%) 39 (91%)
21. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 42 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 0 (0%) 38 (90%)
22. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 24 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 1 (2%) 40 (95%)
23. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 43 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (14%) 37 (86%)
24. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
N/A
No way. She was a really great teacher!
Nothing. It's wonderful as is.
N/A
nothing! :)
nothing needs improving, she executes the course well!
Update the reader if possible to follow along with lecture slides. I don't know if Lisa has control of this but the class size is too large for people to feel comfortable opening up about such deep topics so the amount of class discussion is jeoperdized or only a few people speak over and over.
I really think that she is perfect, maybe she should be being more strict on those people who interrupt (i.e. packing before the class end, talking non-stop during lecture) the class all the time
Nothing. I really liked the structure of this class.
She needs to keep doing what she is doing! Anything negative about the course were inevitable disadvantages from outside factors. She is great!
You're already super good!
- More drawings on the board to explain biological concepts (not just animations on powerpoint)
slow down just a little bit, if not a biology major some was hard to follow
n/a
Lisa is a great teacher but too lenient. Students need to be held accountable for their work.
Nothing
n/a
More organized reader
more group activities
Nothing, shes great. Brings great enthusiasm to the class.
Nothing
Everyone has room for improvements, but I can't think of any for Lisa at the moment. I feel like she's good enough for her teaching position.
Nothing. She is the definition of a great professor. She teaches clearly and tries to engage all of her students with fun activities. She makes herself available, and she is more than willing to help each student get in their assignments, even if that requires an extension. She understands the stress of being a student, and she does everything in her power to make sure this class remains fun, stress- free, but educational. She is awesome, and the class is great.
She does go a bit fast during lectures, as someone who takes notes. But, if you just listen and stay engaged, you learn and retain just as much.
i dont believe she needs to improve anything
able to post powerpoint slides
This class seems a bit too easy to be considered a 300 level course. Maybe not put the exams online or add more homework assignements.
Not make a set a week before finals...
Nothing, she's really engaging
If possible, she could update the book to incorporate all her slides that she talks about in class.
More class activities
nothing, Lisa is awesome
N/A
Spreading out the group work a little more evenly between classes
I love Lisa and I think she's doing a great job, loved her class.
I learn better through activities. She did a great job, but if I had to say something, just include more class activities in the class.
n/a
She is teaching just great!
N/A
N/A
More examples is great and Visuals! However, everything was smooth!
Perhaps, she could incorporate random games in class where students are randomly grouped, too. I think this could help students be more comfortable with meeting others and studying with others in a fun environment.
She sometimes talks a little to fast.
More discussions in class
I think she can improve the class by simply making the powerpoint slides less wordy, but thats about it. I believe the class was very well organized and conducted.
Just continue being awesome
Maybe a smaller class so we can do activities more. I enjoyed this class activities but group work can help us understand material more.
There is honestly not one thing I can think of that Lisa could improve on. This class is probably one of my top 3 (if not the very top) favorite classes I have ever taken at UH. I have retained so much valuable knowledge in such a short period of time.
Update the reader and provide less text in PowerPoints.
25. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.93 42 0.26 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (7%) 39 (93%)
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  
4.68 41 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 2 (5%) 6 (15%) 32 (78%)
27. The course was well-organized in terms of continuity and presentation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 43 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 6 (14%) 36 (84%)
28. Audiovisual materials (or computers) were adequate and used appropriately.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 42 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 5 (12%) 36 (86%)
29. The guest speakers contributed significantly to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.84 43 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (5%) 3 (7%) 38 (88%)
30. The guest lecturers were effective speakers.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.84 43 0.43 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 5 (12%) 37 (86%)
31. The exams reflected the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 43 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (19%) 35 (81%)
32. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 24 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (7%) 40 (93%)
33. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
I liked the incorporation of different aspects, along with guest speakers that helped give a different perspective.
Lisa was flexible about turn-in dates. I didn't procrastinate too much, but there were times when I was overwhelmed with assignments or family stuff came up and it was nice to know I had an extension and wasn't going to get punished for having a life.
I like watching the videos and guest speakers. I really liked learning about pregnancy and that we would watch videos and talk about things that are never talked about, like porn, masturbation, pregnancy, transgender, court cases, etc.
Everything. Professor Vallin is very flexible with deadlines, expectations were established from the very beginning, material is very interesting and everything was explained thoroughly.
Guest speakers were always a pleasant surprise and very interesting. My favorite topic covered in class was sexual differentiation.
i liked the guest speakers
The hands on in class activities, the extra credit and the way Lisa will work with her students
Guest speakers Videos/ visuals Group activities Access to knowledge
The information I learnt from this class is definitely useful in my life time
I really liked the extra credit opportunities.
The videos, the topics and the online course work that could be done on my own time and from home.
I'd like to say all of them! I like the videos and films that the teacher showed us. They were interesting, informative and educational.
- Exam 1 and Exam 2 able to take at home and collaborate with classmates
I really liked the speakers and real life experience being shared
i liked how she was so open to talk about things because it made class so interesting
Guest speakers, Lisa is an enthusiastic teacher, she makes lectures fun and engaging, and the videos are also cool to see!
The whole course was great but my favorite were the guest speakers.
Learning about women
Videos
n/a
Class activities and discussions
learning about the good and the bad, the healthy and unhealthy. there was a balance to everything
her visual presentations and interactions
The online quizzes. and exams.
the fact that there were so many ways to earn points in the class
I like how she brought in guest speakers, it really gave us a different perspective on things. I also liked how she tried to give as much extra credit as she could and also extended deadlines which helped a lot.
All aspects, especially the guest speakers.
All of it! I love learning about sex in the life cycle as a whole.
i liked how the class was very visual because i am a visual learner
online quizzes and exams made it available to go back and practice the quizzes again
I liked all of the class activities and videos we watched in class.
Sex
Learning about the interesting sex topics
I liked how she went over a little bit of everything. She went over fun things and more serious things such as the biology of the body.
The powerpoints
It was a very laid back class, but I still learned a lot!
ALL
How open she was when it came to the sexuality aspects of the course
I appreciated that we were allowed to redo quizzes and were granted permission to do an assignment if we missed a deadline. The few times I didn't submit a quiz were completely by accident because I had forget, so I really appreciated still being able to have the chance to do it.
I liked watching films and doing class activities because we all know that sticking strictly to lectures can be boring at times.
This course was probably the most enjoyable class I've ever taken. I really liked the open poll iclicker questions. I appreciated that Mrs. Vallin created a very open atmosphere in the classroom and encouraged us students to voice our opinions. The material in this course very intriguing as well!
I liked the section where we covered home births and about STD awareness and how important it is to get checked.
Pretty much everything, from the structure of the course to the implementation to the instructor herself. If she taught other classes, I would definitely want to take from her again.
The class activities
Everything, I have gained a lot of knowledge more than any other classes that I have ever taken in school/college.
That we are shaped by our own society wether it is good or bad no matter who or what we are.
The guest speKers. The film. It was an awesome interesting fun course.
Learning about sex and orgasms
The videos and the way the instructor communicated to the class about the topic.
I am appreciative of Lisa's understanding and willingness to work with me.
The open questions
I liked the videos. They help my learning.
I absolutely loved all of the guest speakers that came to talk to us! The home births fascinated me the most!
The guest speakers.
34. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.92 24 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 22 (92%)
35. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
I don't have any suggestions for how the course can be improved.
It can't.
Nothing. Don't change anything.
I dont know how this class can be improved. I never had any complaints about this class. Maybe just preparing us for the final since its different from the two mid term exams.
the final not being worth such a big percentage
Course reader Possibly smaller class
Nothing for Professor Vallin, but the students' attitude and also, some of the videos should be update such as the raising cancer awareness ones.
There are some repeated content in the study guide.
There is not much I would say needs to be improved just talking slower. I really liked and got a lot of knowledge from the class.
Allowing only X amount of times allowed to turn in late assignments. Not reopening assignments whenever students 'forget' to do things. Students will take advantage.
n/a
Better reader. Posted powerpoints or slower lecturing
more group work
Have the last exam and the final be spread out a little more, not within a week of eachother.
nothing
This course could be improved by allowing more students to register for it. Also, this course could be improved by getting a bigger room to be able to do group work in.
Nothing to improve.
We lost a few days due to the amount of holidays in this semester, so we fell behind. Like I mentioned, she does lecture quite quickly, but she has to because there is a lot of material to be covered.
Post powerpoints
This class is great the way it is, but more class activities could be added to the course.
Less material.... It's was a lot.
We all know straight lecturing gets boring for students so maybe find ways to engage in the "boring" topics
It's good
I feel like the last exam shouldn't be so close towards the final exam because it doesn't give us enough time to prep for the final.
I think the course could be improved by adding more class activities in the class.
n/a
It is great as it is! I would say to make the quizzes unlimited but, if there is a limit for 3 it makes me want to get everything correct within 3 tries and we are able to e-mail her to try for more tries. It is awesome.
I would prefer more activities that involve the class. I suggest an alternative way to take attendance if someone forgets their iClicker.
I have said it before, just add a little bit more of visuals, other than that; everything is polish.
it improved me of the people around me and and how we look at everyone in society. I also learned that our society tells us what is the right way and the wrong way. it is really difficult for those individuals that our different to be accepted.
More discussions. Learn about sexual arouse and how does it happen.
Please put up the lectures online, it is very difficult to navigate the course reader. I know you don't have the rights to the lectures, but if we can somehow summarize them or reword them for online purposes, that would be awesome.
Improve seating. So far in the back I cannot see because I come to class later than others. My class beforehand is from Biomed and it's a bit far, By the time I am near class is about to start and no good seats are available.
I honestly cannot think of anything that could be improved in this course.
Update the reader. Provide more simple PowerPoints.
36. Other comments:
Really good class. Lisa is well knowledgeable in the course and material. Sex is a difficult subject to speak about, and she is able to teach the topic with confidence. I recommend the class to all students, even if the class is not within their major. I've learned so much
I really loved this class! Lisa is such a good teacher, very interested in the topic, which makes you more interested too. She kept my focus the whole time, because what we were learning was always so interesting. She makes good use of class activities, videos, power points, guest speakers, and personal stories. I have learned so much from this class and had a fun time while in class as well. I would recommend this to anyone and everyone.
N/A.
BEST CLASS EVER!
So much fun! Lisa is awesome. I would recommend this course to anyone!
Lisa is an awesome professor and very passionate about this subject. I had a great experience in her class and would love to take more classes with her. The material In the course was relevant, up to date, interesting, and new! Out of all my classes this semester this one was the most informative, captivating, and educational!
Thank you professor Vallin, I never got 100% attendance from a class throughout my college life, Your humorous, passion for this topic make me always want to attend your class! Congratulation on your acceptance as a PhD, good luck!! LOVE YOUR CLASS!
I love this course so much! It really broadened my horizon.
Enjoyed and learned a lot from the class. Would recommend this class to others
Would recommend to others.
Lisa Vallin is very passionate about teaching and as hard as the subject it is to talk about sex and sexuality, she made it fun and interesting.
n/a
None.
This is an awesome course, and the fun, truthful and open teaching method really makes this class enjoyable. The way the information is taught so honestly and candidly really makes it fun and easy to learn. The witty videos and class activities also add a lot of amusement to the class. I have taken so many biology/anatomy courses; it is nice to come to a class that makes sex, something so biological and organic, an interesting, authentic, and fun social discussion. Truly one of the best classes I have taken throughout my college career, with a fantastic teacher. Should be a REQUIRED course for everyone. It is so important to learn about your body and how to have safe sex.
I enjoyed the guest speakers very much and they were a nice touch to the class.
Thanks for the best semester Lisa! Your class is the probably one of the best classes at UH!
Great professor! If she taught another course, I would take it.
It's gokd
Thank you for a great semester! You are awesome, Lisa!
Thank you for a great and entertaining semester :)
n/a
If only my other classes was this awesome, I would have paid more attention and gotten a better grades!
This class was very interesting and it helped me look at our society in a whole other view.
n/a
This class was by far the best class I have taken at UH Manoa
Thank you Lisa
WONDERFUL CLASS.

Lisa Vallin: WS151, Summer II 2014     Back to top

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%) 6 (15%) 11 (37%) 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 30 0.25 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%) 3 (8%) 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%) 5 (17%) 32 (80%)
8. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 30 0.53 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  
4.97 30 0.19 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%) 35 (88%)
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%) 28 (93%)
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%) 5 (13%) 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  
4.85 40 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (17%) 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  
4.9 30 0.31 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%) 39 (98%)
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%) 28 (93%)
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?
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.
Nothing. She is one of the best teachers I have ever had so far
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.
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.
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 would have liked to spend more time on relationships and love. But besides that the course was awesome!
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.
Everything is great about this course. Nothing needs to be changed.
N/A
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.
Movie extra credit opportunities on at least two nights of a given week so more people will be able to attend.
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 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
I don't think there is anything that she could do to improve the course, it is already fantastic!
She's doing a great job, very witty and enthusiastic.
engage students more. maybe do more class activities or ask more questions throughout class
Maybe more group work in class towards the end of the semester?
More videos.
It was good. No changes required
impossible to improve.
I felt she taught this course very well!! She kept things interesting!!!
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.
Nothing. Lisa is amazing.
No improvements
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.
She did a very good job in teaching the course and was readily available for questions when they arose
I really like her teaching methods and would highly recommend this class to another undergraduate.
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%) 1 (3%) 6 (15%) 33 (83%)
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?
Outside of the content i like using different media to get different perspectives on what we were learning about.
Learning about AIDS because there was a lot I didn't know about.
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.
it was fun and interesting in a sense that this was the only class this semester that I actually enjoyed going to
the guest speakers
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.
The way that it pertains to one's life and how it can be used in it.
Learning about HIV/AIDs and intersex
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.
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.
The Guest Speakers. The pop-quizzes. The online quizzes
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.
The course content was extremely interesting and very important for all people to know.
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.
Visuals and reader made it easier to understand.
I really enjoyed the in class pop quizzes.
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.
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 generous amount of opportunities to earn the best score on assignments is one of the greatest attributes of this course.
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!!
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 extra credit opportunities.
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.
Sexuality in the media, midwives and birth, sexual identity, STD´s
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!
The videos!
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.
The guest speakers and video content.
EVERYTHING
the online quizzes and extra credit opportunities
The visit during our STD topic from Kieva & John I think their name was
diversity of tools used to teach 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.
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 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.
Just about everything was interesting.
In class activities and the opportunity to take quizzes more than once.
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.
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.
I liked the in class assignments
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.
I enjoyed the way that the professor incorporated multiple sources of information and alternate viewpoints into the lectures.
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.
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.
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.
It's great just the way it is. I can't think of any way to improve it.
Class time could be longer :)
N/a, greatly enjoyed the class.
Lecture guide follows the quiz numbers a little better... gets confusing sometimes when trying to look up information.
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.
More time for the information would be nice
None
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.
It doesn't need to 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.
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!
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.
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.
She was great
This is course is good and there isnt't anything that could be improved. It just sucked that our class was located super far.
NA
I don't have any suggestions for improvement, as I thought this course was informative and enjoyable. Lisa is a very good teacher.
More class discussions on HIV/AIDS. Maybe a guest lecturer from the department that researches topics discussed in class.
EVERYTHING WAS GREAT!
I was completely happy with the course and everything that we learned. I do not believe the course could be improved at all.
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
N/a
Turn in group work so that you can actually see our progress and if we are on the right track.
Nothing really. Maybe post the slides on laulima.
Could improve by putting the slides online
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.
N/A
35. Other comments:
I love you.
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.
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 :)
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.
This class should be required for EVERY university student. so important.
Thanks for an awesome class and semester! If I could take the class over again I would.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lisa is a very inspiring instructor!
NA
Love the class and the prof! Fabulous, funny, understandable, and just fantastic.

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  
3.17 36 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 6 (17%) 17 (47%) 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  
4.83 36 0.38 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%) 26 (84%)
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%) 2 (6%) 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%) 5 (16%) 29 (81%)
16. Ten years from now I'll probably remember this course most by ...
energetic, fun, can relate to so much different ways, and knowledge to share to family, friends, peers, and spouse.
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.
Lisa's down to earth teaching skills. She creates a learning environment that encourages students to want to do well.
the education of sex
The miracle of birth
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.
The fun lectures and the instructor always making class so informational and fun!
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.
everything that I learned from this class was very interesting and informative and will be useful in real life.
I don't understand this question
The videos shown in class, the guest speakers, and how great of a teacher Lisa is.
The health related information that I gained. And how she was very fun and open.
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.
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.
how fun my teacher and the course was. And how we talked about things most classes don't
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.
The Professor and the interesting material it covered.
the way it was taught she was a very good teacher.
Remembering how awesome Lisa was at teaching the content.
The instructor, Lisa did a great job of making the class interesting and fun to learn.
STD/STI and sexual responsiveness
The instructor and the material I learned! It's all relevant to daily life, unlike other courses.
How much I learned and how open Ms. Vallin was open to discussion!!
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.
How open minded and smart Lisa is.
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.
Passionate teaching and the fun nature of the class
The touchy subjects it brought up.
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.
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.
The experiences I learn when watching the videos about pregecy and STD's
Sex
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.
How open the discussions were and the large amount of valuable information I acquired.
The relevance of the course content to my own life, and the enthusiasm and effectiveness of the instructor.
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.
How interesting she made the topic
The awesome teacher that I had in this class that was passionate about what she was teaching and very approachable as a person.
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 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.
The no boundaries talk about sex
The real life lessons that can be learned from this course.
the instructor's enthusiasm and funny remarks about factual information. also the class itself is a sex class and probably difficult to forget.
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.
First, by making me not cringe so much about the subject. Second, the class was fun, and the subject matter was interesting.
the professor, because she made the class fun and worth going to.
Sex
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 awesome learning experience from the teacher :)
everything I have learned can be related to my life and things that go on everyday.
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%) 4 (11%) 32 (89%)
19. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 36 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 33 (92%)
20. The instructor defined new terms, concepts, and principles.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 31 0.25 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%) 29 (81%)
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%) 29 (94%)
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%) 3 (8%) 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  
4.81 36 0.62 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  
4.9 31 0.3 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%) 0 (0%) 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%) 33 (92%)
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%) 26 (84%)
33. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
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.
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.
she does a great job. she doesn't need to improve.
I think she has a pretty good setup on her course.
I honestly don't think she could improve anymore! She is an amazing instructor.
Nothing. She is a great professor!
Maybe not require a book and Iclicker. Both can be spendy.
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I think more videos would help this course and movies to show prime examples of what our lessons are about.
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!
she seems good to me, no need for improvement
I believe she Is doing a fab job already!
I cant think of any other way.
Stay the same.
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I really enjoyed this class and I have no suggestions for improvement.
Nothing! One of the best classes ever
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I think she's doing a wonderful job already, I have no constructive-criticism for her.
I liked when you show the FSH breakdown with cardboard. More of that.
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.
reminders for online assignments and test
Try to make the in-class activities more i-clicker based. It would save paper.
Nothing, she is perfect at it, loved every moment in the course
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.
I thought she did a fantastic job.
No suggestions come readily to mind. I think that she's very effective in communicating material to students, and is engaging as well.
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!
Nothing at all shes perfect
I really enjoyed the course and I don't think she needs to change anything about it.
Nothing, she does an amazing job.
nothing
N/A
she's awesome, no need for improvement
Just don't stop teaching it!
It seems good the way it is right now.
She's great!
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.
the only thing left to make this course better is giving free food.
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?
The energy, the examples, and how it was so easy to relate or understand the material.
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.
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.
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.
The audio visual presentations and her personal experiences with the course material.
the pictures and video clips, it spoke volumes
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.
The structure of taking quizzes every week followed by two essays in the semester was an easy-to-follow format.
The relative videos for each lessons. Although they were old, they were still really great videos to have watched.
Everything!
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 material was fun and Lisa made it interesting.
Everything. her teaching style, her flexibility, her passion to teach!! She taught well
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 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.
Having guests speakers come in and not only sharing awareness, but also sharing their personal experiences/stories.
we could turn in late assignments
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 enjoyed the group activities.
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.
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.
teacher is fantastic, really makes you want to learn
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 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.
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.
The video and Guest speakers.
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.
The course brought up subjects that would otherwise be hidden.
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.
online quizzes and videos in class
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.
There is nothing that needs improving
It was interesting, and writing assignments were flexible. Also, she gave us the opportunity to get the best grade we could possibly achieve.
The information covered and the instructor.
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.
i truly enjoyed every aspect of this course. from class activities, to films, to lecture, i enjoyed it all.
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.
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.
The relation to college life to sex, and those of the biological aspects of sex.
I liked everything about this course
I like the videos that helped to reinforce the concepts learned.
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 open atmosphere that she created which allowed us to freely share ideas. It was a very fun learning atmosphere
Subject matter is good, and it's presented with good detail without being too cringeworthy.
The activities
The stories the teacher tells to help us remember material.
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 class activities, in class quizes, and videos were all very helpful in learning the course material.
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 :)
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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!
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 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.
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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 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.
i honestly don't think she needs to improve anything. I enjoyed this course
Not give so much work..Have a quiz each week was kind of a handful.
Its good.
It's great already and should stay the same
There's nothing that I can think of right now.
I have no suggestions for improvement.
Nothing!
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.
Lisa is great!
If the films could be more up to date that would be all I recommend
I can't think of any.
I do not have any critiques for the course- it was a great experience.
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.
NA
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.
there is no other way i would have wanted to take this course.
nothing
This course could be improved if the final exam wasn't worth so much of the overall grade.
It's great already
I have nothing.
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.
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.
this is a great class and i would recommend it to other people
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.
Great class and excellent teacher. I will try to take another class with Lisa if I can.
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This class is wonderful. So cool and interesting. Love it.
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 class was great. I wouldn't change a thing.
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.
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I would definitely take any of Lisa Vallin's classes again, I want her as my mentor!
One of the best teachers ever!
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!
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.
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.
great class, will recommend to many other students
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 would love to take another class similar to this course or another class offered by Lisa.
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.
I recommend this class for anyone. You gain lots of valuable knowledge and Lisa the instructor is the greatest!
Lisa was a great teacher with a lot of spirit, humor, and knowledge!
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.
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.

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%) 0 (0%) 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  
1.17 6 0.41 Freq(%) 5 (83%) 1 (17%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
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%) 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  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 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!
Very applicable to a college lifestyle. Enthusiastic professor who really cares
Quizzes and tests were a good format. There was constant review.
Lisa was extremely enthusiastic which drew me into the course material.
well it was an interesting topic, and quite humorous at times.
I liked that there were many youtube videos! It definitely helped to further deepen my understanding about the material.
Everything!
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%) 3 (100%)
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%) 5 (83%)
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%) 1 (33%) 2 (67%)
14. I learned to value new viewpoints.
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%)
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%) 2 (33%) 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  
4.83 6 0.41 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 (17%) 0 (0%) 2 (67%)
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%) 4 (67%)
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
errthing
All aspects!
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%) 3 (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!
everything was quite alright
I thought that there was too much group work.
Not sure.
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 (17%) 1 (33%)
40. Assignments require a reasonable amount of time and effort.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 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%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (67%)
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%) 5 (83%)
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%) 2 (67%) 1 (33%)
46. The exams reflected the objectives of the 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 (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%) 0 (0%) 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.
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
All aspects!
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%) 5 (83%)
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.
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.
Class already good.
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.
Don't know
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.
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.
The best class at UH!

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  
2.93 27 0.92 Freq(%) 2 (7%) 8 (22%) 7 (19%) 18 (49%) 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%) 35 (95%)
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%) 26 (96%)
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  
4.95 37 0.23 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (11%) 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  
4.89 27 0.42 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%) 7 (26%) 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  
4.78 27 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (19%) 30 (81%)
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%) 0 (0%) 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%) 4 (15%) 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%) 3 (8%) 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  
4.76 37 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 9 (33%) 15 (56%)
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%) 0 (0%) 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%) 4 (15%) 31 (84%)
19. I developed more confidence in myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 27 0.88 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (26%) 9 (24%) 27 (73%)
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%) 1 (4%) 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%) 3 (8%) 32 (86%)
37. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
NOTHING. SHE'S THE BEST COLLEGE TEACHER I'VE EVER HAD!!!
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.
Lisa Vallin's course is wonderful! Nothing needs changing (:
make all slides available cause sometimes she spoke too fast
Nothing.
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.
She should lessen the amount of guest speakers. Maybe 1 or 2 tops.
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.
none
I think the way Lisa teaches this course is perfect, don't change a thing!
Can't think of anything
Nothing needs to be improved. Great instructor!
Establish from day 1 that computers re not allowed in class. It just makes the process easier for everyone
Lisa does very well teaching this course.
I think posting up some worksheet or some handout would be helpful since the powerpoint is not posted on laulima or 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 think everything was great!
More personal stories :) I think she connected with her audience a lot more ^_^
She is a very good teacher and shouldn't change anything.
None.
no improvements are needed, you are awesome. keep up the great work
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.
Its a hard problem, but it would be nice to somehow get the students off their computers and phones because it is distracting.
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.
I wish she was able to post the powerpoints online.
nothing
Lisa was seriously great, and one of the best professors thus far!
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.
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.
I would not know, its a fabulous course and taught so well as it is.
Less group/class activities
Nothing
She could rethink some of the video choices she showed in class. Some videos we watched seemed unnecessary.
Continue to be encouraging, and enthusiastic! Nothing really to improve the course. I love this course and her teaching style.
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.
The only thing about the class that I think NEEDS to be changed, is an index in the back of the course reader.
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.
I think the course is great as it is.
38. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
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 used many examples and pictures. Video examples and her guidebook made studying a lot easy because everything was well organized.
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
Great Teacher
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.
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 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.
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.
she responds to emails quickly
very personable teacher made this class fun and enjoyable
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.
Very, very open to helping students and made the classroom a comfortable place for everyone to talk about the material
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 quick to respond to emails and wants students to succeed
Everything was valuable
She is very lenient and understanding.
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 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.
Too many things to list. I absolutely loved this class and wish she taught other ones because I would definitely take them all.
I loved how she was able to teach the information in a comedic way. It helped make it memorable.
Everything was helpful. She teaches useful things that help me through everyday life.
I thought the quizes really helped me grasp concepts. Especially the fact that I could retake them.
How she seems so enthusiastic and helpful. She was open to listening to students and she is very understanding
She explained it in terms that everyone understands.
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.
the many extra credit opportunities and the way you communicated with us helped us to be eager to learn
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.
She is very understanding and allows students extra time to complete assignments and quizzes.
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.
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 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
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.
She is very open and willing to do whatever benefits the students first.
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
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.
Her teaching style
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.
She was very helpful and always made herself available to 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.
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.
Going to her lectures and doing the quizzes showed our knowledge of the course.
Professor Vallin treated the entire class respectfully, and was always easy to talk to.
Tought material that was more applicable to everyday life.
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.
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%) 19 (70%)
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 (4%) 0 (0%) 5 (19%) 28 (76%)
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%) 4 (15%) 23 (85%)
44. The guest lecturers were interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 27 0.37 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (16%) 22 (81%)
45. The guest speakers contributed significantly to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 37 0.58 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%) 1 (4%) 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?
I like the assignments and quizzes. They are very helpful.
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.
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.
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The videos and the lectures were always interesting.
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.
Pop quizzes, weekly online quizzes.
She put a lot of her own personal life events into this course and made it very personable.
learning about sex orientation, gender role, gender identity
videos and presentations
videos, group work and the book
I liked the weekly quizzes, they really helped me learn and have a better understanding of the material.
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
Vallin is a helpful professor and she uses great audio visuals for example
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.
The videos, guest speakers, and personal experiences was the best in the course.
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.
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.
videos, images and activities were helpful.
SHe mad the class enjoyable
The guest speakers were the best part of the course. Also all of the personal stories really grasped my attention.
I liked the group works because it was application of what we learned so that it can commit better to memory.
The fact that she went over things more than once so we can get it in better things.
Very clear. Also there was extra credit opportunities incase you messed up in one area of your grade.
Everything was interesting, the videos and lectures and guest speakers down to the assignments
Pop quizzes and class activities were really helpful.
The class activities and quizzes.
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.
I really enjoyed the class activities because I was able to talk to other people rather than just listening to lecture.
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!
A lot of visually stimulating material and interesting class activities.
sexuality
Videos, Class Activities, and Class discussions definitely stimulated the learning environment!
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.
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.
that the quizzes and exams, aside from the final, were available online for us to take
vallin herself, she is a great professor and great personality.
She made the class fun and even more interesting. She was knowledgeable and she made me laugh.
Listening to personal experiences from guest speakers.
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.
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.
I enjoyed the variety in lecturing tools. Lots of lectures, slides, videos, guest speakers, etc.
The material
Lisa's humor and examples and sensitivity when it came to difficult subjects.
49. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.85 27 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (15%) 23 (85%)
50. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
Maybe a little less group activities because it's already a little awkward learning about some of material in this course.
I would not change the course at all.
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.
n/a
People should not bring in their laptops. It is very distracting.
not have thefinal worth 45% of the overall grade
make more writing instead of multiple choice answers
I don't think it can be improved. I think it's great the way it is!
Really can't say
This course needs not to be improved in any way. The instructor is what makes the class!
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 class reader should be shortened to be more concise. There should be more extra credit opportunities.
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.
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 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 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.
I think this course would be better as a smaller class. Then again not alot of students would have the opportunity to take it.
More class activities and involvement with a variety of groups during those times to get to know your students better
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.
none
Including group projects. Include research into extra credit.
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.
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?
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!
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 have no ideas about how this course could be improved.
less group activities. Shorter lectures
Show more updated videos.
The course reader needs an index with page numbers of each symptom, mechanism, etc.
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.
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.
51. Other comments:
Lisa's the bomb!
Loved this class. I would take it again.
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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!
it is a great class which I will definitely recommend to others.
liked this course a lot most because of the teacher, it probably wouldn't of been as enjoyable
Lisa is a great teacher really made this subject enjoyable and caught my attention every 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.
Great class!
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
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!!
Great job!
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!
I liked her class. Very entertaining.
Highly recommend this class to my other classmates in other classes.
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
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.
Excellently done course.
Thank You Lisa!
Loved what i've learned in this course, there's always something new to learn.
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
I really enjoyed this course and would recommend this course to other students.
Fantastic course! Fantastic professor!

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%) 8 (44%) 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 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%) 0 (0%) 16 (89%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.87 30 0.73 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 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%) 14 (78%)
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%) 0 (0%) 28 (93%)
9. I was stimulated to do outside reading about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev