eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Nicole Ferguson

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BIOL123, Spring 2014
BIOL123L, Spring 2014

Nicole Ferguson: BIOL123, Spring 2014

Campus: University of Hawaii West Oahu Department: General Education
Course: BIOL 123 - Hawaiian Environmental Biology Crn (Section): 69231 (1)    
1. The instructor taught me methods of analysis for this field of study.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.54 13 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 4 (31%) 8 (62%) 0 (0%)
2. If this course was taken to fulfill course requirements for your concentration/major, how did this course enhance your personal and/or professional development in your concentration/major?
In terms of my future biology major, it thankfully developed my sense of ecology and how to preserve Hawaii's environment.
This class brought in real world problems into the classroom. We were able to broaden our horizon with many different topics.
I needed to take this biology class for my lab credit
It enhanced my insight, because I learned more about the environment
I got more information on environmental biology which i can use in the future when teaching
It helped me with knowing more about the environment.
It fulfilled my credit and also took care of my lab class which is why I first took a look at it. While deciding, this class's description was eye catching and something I knew would benefit not only the knowledge I could gain from the specific course title, but also help me to become aware of the environmental issues going on in everyday life and the possible solutions we can contribute to our world.
3. I would rate the overall effectiveness of the instructor: F=Inferior; D=Poor; C=Average; B=Good; A=Superior.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   F   D   C   B   A  
4.5 13 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 4 (31%) 7 (54%)
4. How much time did you spend during a typical week working on assignments, readings, chats, emails, etc. for this course?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   0 to 2.9 hours   3 to 6.9 hours   7 to 10.9 hours   11 to 14.9 hours   15+ hours  
1.92 13 1.16 Freq(%) 5 (38%) 5 (38%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%)
5. Please comment on the activities or resources that could be added to this course to improve your learning.
Study guides
none, the field trips that she scheduled outside of class helped to enhanced what we learned in class.
More information should be given about exams
I like how we got a different variety of teaching presented
I thought it was perfect:)
Sufficient amount of activities already covered.
6. I expect my grade for the course to be a/an:
Mean N-Size Std Dev   F   D   C   B   A  
4.0 13 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (23%) 6 (46%) 3 (23%)
7. I learned a good deal of factual material in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 13 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 5 (38%) 6 (46%)
8. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 13 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 3 (23%) 7 (54%)
9. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 13 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 4 (31%) 6 (46%)
10. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 13 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (23%) 2 (15%) 7 (54%)
11. Ten years from now I'll probably remember this course most by ...
How she made ecological issues relevant to Hawaii.
The activities that we did as a class and the bonding that we did while trying to solve environmental problems.
The environment . I enjoyed learning most about the ocean. I will remember most about the ocean and how we can improve it
our lab days and field trips. Those were really fun (:
visiting the ocean or hiking and knowing what ecosystem I am in ,
The important topics presented in class
all the fun activities we got to participate in.
The fun learning I had in this class.
The hand on work we got to contribute in on lab days and field trips. Also the wonderful people that filled this class with excitement and humor when completing in class assignments and projects! This course has changed my outlook on life overall and how I can make a difference in sustaining and renewing the environment small scale and large scale impacts.
12. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 13 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 2 (15%) 8 (62%)
13. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 13 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (23%) 2 (15%) 7 (54%)
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  
4.33 13 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 6 (46%) 5 (38%)
15. The instructor acknowledges all questions insofar as possible.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 13 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 5 (38%) 6 (46%)
16. 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 13 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 10 (77%)
17. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.08 13 0.9 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (31%) 3 (23%) 5 (38%)
18. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 13 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (38%) 6 (46%)
19. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
Study guides, post slides before class/lecture, remind us of our future due assignments
Just more group activities and more outdoor activities too. I enjoy doing handy work while learning about the topic we are covering
Nicole Ferguson should give more assignments so that we main retain more information. Too many lectures isnʻt fun
Going more slowly on things, quality not quantity
Maybe a bit slower when going over power points. But it was also very helpful that al the lectures were made available to us online so we could always go back and have it for ourselves.
Nothing
None, this class was great.
20. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
She is very interested in her field, so she likes to involve her students in hands-on activities which helps engage us in our learning.
she has a fun way of conducting class. She has a good balance of lecture time and field trip. Class time is always spent well. Would definitely take a class from her again.
I enjoyed her class. She loves hawaii and loves the history and the land. Her love for hawaii makes it better to understand certain topics because she knew a lot
Nicole is great, just some adjustments can be made to the course
SHE IS REALLY AWESOME
She was a very teacher who seemed very passionate about the environment. i feel like that played a big role how she taught the class. she was also very knowledgeable
It really does make a huge difference in learning from someone who is enthusiastic and very interested in what she's teaching. It allows the students an opportunity to also to be engaged in what is being taught. She's fun and always carrying great class discussions.
great teacher
She is a very passionate teacher. She is very smart and explains it in a way we can all understand it.
Great Professor!
Great professor especially for her first year! She definitely motivated me to become a more helpful individual to the environment and to pass on the knowledge shared with me to others so we can create a better world for all! She is so passionate on what she teaches which is why I feel this way!
21. Class assignments provided an effective aid for learning the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 13 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (23%) 4 (31%) 5 (38%)
22. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 13 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (23%) 3 (23%) 6 (46%)
23. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
Labs and class activities
The aspect of connecting the lecture materials to the field trips.
Outdoor activities and labs
The out of class activities
I liked the way we learned about a wide variety of topics. And then being able to sort of create the course we do.
I liked the outside learning that we did.
I loved all the experiments and group projects
Field trips with all of the fun people
24. My overall evaluation of this course is...
Fun, especially if you care about the environment.
I enjoyed it. There are certain topics I don't understand but if people love learning about the land of our state and want to be with someone who love it as much as them, I suggest ferguson.
EXCELLENT
This course was very interesting. I'm glad i took this class instead of the regular biology class
that is it was fun and very informative.
Great class
Great course should be a Hawaiian class
Really informative and effective
25. Other comments:
No survey responses were found.

Nicole Ferguson: BIOL123L, Spring 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii West Oahu Department: General Education
Course: BIOL 123L - Hawaiian Enviromental Biol Lab Crn (Section): 69232 (1)    
1. The instructor taught me methods of analysis for this field of study.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.77 13 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (23%) 10 (77%) 0 (0%)
2. If this course was taken to fulfill course requirements for your concentration/major, how did this course enhance your personal and/or professional development in your concentration/major?
I learned so many new things
Provided me with a close-up/hands-on experience on how to care for the environment.
Fulfilled my lab credit effectively!
Reminds you to follow the rules and that this is more than just a class. You have to think out of the box and be flexible in different situations.
I needed a lab credit
It enhanced it but doing the physical to what we learned in class
3. I would rate the overall effectiveness of the instructor: F=Inferior; D=Poor; C=Average; B=Good; A=Superior.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   F   D   C   B   A  
4.77 13 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 11 (85%)
4. How much time did you spend during a typical week working on assignments, readings, chats, emails, etc. for this course?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   0 to 2.9 hours   3 to 6.9 hours   7 to 10.9 hours   11 to 14.9 hours   15+ hours  
1.92 13 0.76 Freq(%) 4 (31%) 6 (46%) 3 (23%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
5. Please comment on the activities or resources that could be added to this course to improve your learning.
Study guides More hands-on activities rather than simple lectures Outdoor activities
None, activities were great!
Outdoor activities and more labs
Earlier in the day
6. I expect my grade for the course to be a/an:
Mean N-Size Std Dev   F   D   C   B   A  
4.38 13 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (62%) 5 (38%)
7. I learned a good deal of factual material in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 13 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 11 (85%)
8. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 13 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (15%) 10 (77%)
9. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 13 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (15%) 10 (77%)
10. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 13 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 11 (85%)
11. The instructor clearly stated at the beginning of the semester the objectives of the course and requirements.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 13 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 3 (23%) 9 (69%)
12. The instructor acknowledges all questions insofar as possible.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 13 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (15%) 10 (77%)
13. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 13 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 11 (85%)
14. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 13 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 3 (23%) 9 (69%)
15. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 13 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 11 (85%)
16. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
Plan field trips accordingly so that students are able to make time for them. I know that most students wanted to participate in field trips this semester but werenʻt able to because of the late notice of field trips.
If labs/service learnings are cancelled, let us know ahead of time. Study guides. Group activities.
None, it was great!
I like the different teaching methods!
No need
Maybe having a bit more time in doing labs.
17. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
Great Professor!
She is a very enthusiastic teacher who truly shows her passion through her teaching. Very funny and will gladly help you if you ask.
Very fun teacher, open to adventure kind of person. Shows strong interest towards the environment and how to care for it. She would rather demonstrate than teach us lessons.
Kumu Ferguson is a very nice helpful Teacher she is indeed my favorite so far. she is awesome!!!!
She was a very effective teacher.
Very interactive. Passionate about the topics that she taught.
She made the labs great. The composting and hike was great. There are some labs that I thought were kind of off but the labs were great overall.
Good teacher
EXCELLENT professor she is very knowledgeable
Great teacher and very enthusiastic.
18. Class assignments provided an effective aid for learning the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.54 13 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 4 (31%) 8 (62%)
19. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.54 13 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 4 (31%) 8 (62%)
20. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
I enjoyed going on field trips! Especially hiking.
I loved the trips to work outside of class
Labs and service learnings
The activities we had to complete within lab days
The outdoor activities. and the HIKE
The blending of lectures and and field trips
Doing outdoors and being involved with the land
Doing the labs and also the outside learning at some other places.
Experiments
Field Trips!
21. My overall evaluation of this course is...
Great and fun class!
Very interesting course with a lot of cool facts
Fun, especially if you care about the environment.
AWESOME!
It was very fun and i gained a lot of information about our environment
fun and exciting. always learning something new.
I enjoyed the class. It was fun learning different ways to help our land
Good course to take
EXCELLENT
I advise others to join because is not just a class but you get to go out in nature and stuff.
22. Other comments:
Great teacher! I would definitely take her again if given the opportunity
It was very fun.