eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Donald Drake

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BOT203, Spring 2013
BOT110, Fall 2012

Donald Drake: BOT203, Spring 2013

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Botany
Course: BOT 203 - Field Botany Crn (Section): 88582 (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  
3.67 7 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 4 (57%) 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 7 0.0 Freq(%) 6 (86%) 0 (0%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 7 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (43%) 4 (57%)
6. I learned to apply principles from this course to new situations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
7. I developed the ability to solve real problems in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
8. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
9. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
10. This course was helpful in developing new skills.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
11. I have become more competent in this subject area during this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
12. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Going outside and doing exercises. Learning to use different tools (compass, gps, etc.). Getting to know other people in the department. Teamwork. Loved the incorporation of mycologists and phycologist on fieldtrip! Learning all of those native species was incredibly valuable! Keying out species was a great learning experience and really fun.
Survey methods and application; experimental design; and experience with real-world field conditions.
The most valuable part of this course was actually being able to get into the field, set up plots, and take down the species lists for the different areas we visited. Having that hands-on learning aspect of the course helped me to gain a more real understanding of the kind of work that professionals in my area of study do. Being able to learn in an environment where the topic being studied surrounded me, I believe, helps me as a student learn more effectively than just looking at herbarium specimens or pictures from a botanical database.
Learning knowledge of field work. It is amazing to me how much faster I was able to learn while doing hands-on work in the field. 5 days in the field is worth more than a whole semester of lecture.
The week long intensive lab was valuable. The opportunity to become acquainted with field techniques, and then contribute to legitimate data, was highly gratifying. Often lab-type classes are so limited in time, scope or resources that the student's results can't help but be basically meaningless. Thus, many a lab can become a tedious exercise that challenges a student's motivation to be invested little beyond their grade. I don;'t think any student was bored in this class. The "hands on" aspect forged in my mind a practical connection between ecological theory and experimentation. Also, the daily exposure to flora, and continuous emphasis on identification greatly helped to solidify my familiarity with the native taxa. And I was grateful for the flexibility of don and jen to adjust the curriculum around the periods of unpleasant weather.
Specifically, all of the work we got to do practicing with survey tools. I have already used some of them at work and in other classes. Overall, the field course was obviously the more valuable.
All aspects of this course are valuable in that both the filed skills learned and practiced and the theory and contextual material learned will be used in the future in most botany courses or field work. This class is one of the most valuable courses a botanist could ever take. The field experience was among the top I have ever experienced.
13. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
I think everything was really valuable and you will work out the kinks (with planning out things) for next year :)
Species recognition.
I think the least valuable was while on the field section of the course, the time could have been utilized a bit more efficiently, but its understandable as this was trial run for future field courses. Other than a more structured schedule, when coming back from field work during the day, I would fully endorse and encourage more courses like this because of the experience and knowledge I have gained from being a part of this class.
Most everything in the course was valuable. There were some class days that could have been condensed. Sometimes we would meet and there would be nothing to do.
The unstructured evenings were very enjoyable, however maybe keep that to a couple of nights. I think an hour or two of some sort of work, or at least a debriefing, after the outings would be profitable time- either for organizing data or reviewing species or techniques learned that day or needed for the next day, maybe have a lesson on using a key and then make everyone key out something- whatever just something structured each night.
None!!
14. The instructor gives individual attention to students in the class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
15. Overall, the TA is an excellent teacher.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.71 7 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 0 (0%) 6 (86%) 0 (0%)
16. The course has significantly increased my knowledge and interests.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
17. The field trips were useful learning experiences.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
18. The instructor has a realistic definition of good performance.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
19. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
20. Other comments:
I think that since you will be in close proximity with others in the class when you are out in the field, it would be nice to do little intros at the beginning of the semester so everyone knows the other people in the class. Maybe incorporate more about species in lectures (how to identify most speciose genera, like coprosma, myrsine). If that native Hawaiian plant book by Dr. Morden could be made available if people wanted to purchase it, that would be great. Maybe see if people of other expertise would be willing to come out on the trip (which I'm sure you will do). Lastly, I say just schedule a meeting time and hope it is the best for most people.
More chocolate would have been good for morale.
Iʻd like to thank both the instructor, Don Drake, and our awesome TA, Jennifer Bufford, for your patience and willingness to help and guide me during this class. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of my time spent in the field with both of you as well as my fellow classmates, and I hope to see more field classes like this offered in the semesters to come. Iʻve learned a lot, especially about where I want to focus my studies on, and I would love to be able to do this again. Mahalo nui!
Excellent class. Glad it will be required for botany students. One of the most important classes to take if you want to go on to a job in botany.
I wish you luck in establishing this as a basic course- It was very very good, and has potential to be even better.
This is where you would like our suggestions for next time I am assuming? Alrighty! For the pre-trip class, I think weekly 5 pt. quizzes on like 2/5 plants would be cool and it would help everyone to get familiar early on with the plants and would spend less time on the trip learning the really common ones. For the trip, one thing I was thinking is that it could be useful and neat to have one day or incorporate on multiple days different environmental survey methods like water or soil sampling, or wildlife inventory, since I think natural resource conservation ties in so well with botany in Hawaii.
Awesome course!

Donald Drake: BOT110, Fall 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Botany
Course: BOT 110 - Biodiversity Crn (Section): 77383 (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  
2.73 30 1.08 Freq(%) 5 (17%) 7 (23%) 9 (30%) 9 (30%) 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  
1.38 30 0.49 Freq(%) 18 (60%) 11 (37%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 30 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (27%) 22 (73%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 30 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 9 (30%) 20 (67%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 30 0.68 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (10%) 9 (30%) 18 (60%)
6. I learned a good deal of factual material in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 30 0.68 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 9 (30%) 19 (63%)
7. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The video clips.
I love this course, simply because it is intriguing. I also think the frequent movie clips were really engaging and made me excited for class. My mind truly was boggled every time!
I enjoyed the general concept of biodiversity and was interested to continually learn more on the subject
All of the information in the lectures was interesting and valuable
Videos
VERY INFORMATIVE CLASS AND GREAT TEACHER. VIDEOS WERE THE MOST VALUABLE.
All of it
All aspects of biodiversity were new to me, so i have a newfound perspective of ecological niches and the patterns andprocesses by which species disperse and reproduce
The videos were very entertaining and full of useful information
The videos that supplemented the lectures were very valuble. It helped to further reinforce the ideas that were being presented to us in another interesting matter.
The videos were very helpful
Loved all the clips he showed, always fit in perfectly to what the subject was and helped me better understand the material.
the movies were educational and fun to enjoy
learning about WHY species diversity was needed to maintain healthy environments and giving specific examples of keystone species was the highlight of this course. I definately gained a greater respect for the complexity of environments and the tremendous destabalization to natural systems humans can cause.
Professor passion in the subject
lectures
The course provided many examples from nature of each of the conservation- or evolution-related terms it describes, coordinated with relevant visual examples (clips from nature films) and an explanation of things the professor finds inaccurate about them. I also enjoyed the optional field trip to Kaena Point.
I really enjoyed the way Professor Drake linked all the information from the beginning of the course to the more recent topics in the end of the semester. I felt that the examples he used were really interesting that's made me remember the information that was presented.
In-class discussions
This class is a great way to learn about the huge diversity among the animals and plants around us. It is extremely interesting, and I'm very glad I decided to take this course.
Evolution and how we see you animals can and are constantly adapting
I liked the videos shown during class and the examples used between slides to demonstrate what the terms meant.
The lecture powerpoints being available on laulima was really helpful to use as material to follow along during class. The iclicker questions were also good for attendance
8. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
The assigned readings.
I'd say it was all valuable.
Some of the lectures got a little dull at times
KINDA BORING, HE SPEAKS VERY MONOTONE.
The books
non
Lack of a study guide did not help.
For a 100 level class I found the content to be very dense, especially for non-science students. The amount of material covered could be further refined and simplified so all students will be capable of understanding the subject matter.
none
none
except for the knowledge that was just technical scientific names of things everything was valuable
iclickers
field trip assignment
I am having a hard time finding problems with the material; as an introductory course it seemed to give a good overview of its subject matter.
Outside-class readings were not emphasized enough
The only complaint I have is buying the i>clicker. None of my other classes will use it, and it's an expensive investment for a class unrelated to my major.
N/A
The classroom being so huge. decreasing student to student interaction.
9. The instructor was enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 30 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 2 (7%) 8 (27%) 19 (63%)
10. The instructor acknowledges all questions insofar as possible.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 30 0.68 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (10%) 8 (27%) 19 (63%)
11. The instructor seems well prepared for each class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 30 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 7 (23%) 22 (73%)
12. Audiovisual materials (or computers) were an asset to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 30 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 2 (7%) 26 (87%)
13. Other comments:
Your tests can be quite confusing. I studied very hard for both exams so far and still did not achieve the grade I set out to get.
This is one of my favorite classes I have ever taken. I also really like Don Drake, he seems truly passionate about biodiversity. I can tell he is humble, and found this class to be humbling.
I wish there were study guides for tests, or more specificity on what would be on tests.
THANKS FOR AN INFORMATIVE SEMESTER.
best class i took this semester
wheres the study guides for the finals and midterms?
A study guide for exams would be very helpful.
Great course! I would recommend to my peers.
Very interesting class, the professor can maybe add extra insight on the lectures or exams....study guide etc.
Awesome teacher, I took this as an class just to fufill a requirement and ended up being one of my favorite classes. He loves what he teaches which really has an effect on how students receive and absorb the info. Listened and answered questions whenever anyone was confused and was always very well prepared !
interesting lectures, excelent use of interactive aids, excellent selection of informational videos, intersting assignments.
videos were key
This course fulfills my DB requirement but is not specifically required for my major. I would have liked to cover more of "Last Chance to See" but I can see how as something that is more anecdotal than strictly factual it might not fit into the course's lesson plan.
As someone who's always dreaded science/natural science courses, I really enjoyed this one. I looked forward to coming to class every day and found the content very interesting.
Great class, professor made it very interesting. I learned a lot!
A very very interesting class, i look forward to going
The tests were extremely difficult to me even though I attend every class unless I was sick
I hope this course continues to be offered. Professor Drake's enthusiasm and clear mastery and knowledge of the material make this an interesting and edifying course.
I really enjoyed the short films along with the lectures. It displayed in live detail of the various species interacting and the impact of how species are vital to our earth.