eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Elizabeth McFarlane

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Elizabeth McFarlane: PH765, Fall 2012

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Public Health Sci/Epidemiology
Course: PH 765 - Program Evaluation Crn (Section): 75331 (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  
5.0 10 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (100%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.78 10 0.44 Freq(%) 2 (20%) 7 (70%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 10 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 8 (80%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 10 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (50%) 4 (40%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 10 0.97 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 0 (0%) 4 (40%) 4 (40%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 10 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 4 (40%) 4 (40%)
7. I developed a set of overall values in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 10 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (60%) 4 (40%)
8. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 10 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (30%) 4 (40%) 3 (30%)
9. I participated actively in class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 10 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 2 (20%) 6 (60%)
10. I became interested in community projects related to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 10 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 3 (30%) 4 (40%)
11. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 10 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 4 (40%) 4 (40%)
12. I have become more competent in this subject area during this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 10 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 4 (40%) 4 (40%)
13. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Doing the final group project was the most valuable part of the class because we were able to apply knowledge gained and learn through experience about what it takes to theoretically plan an evaluation.
The text and articles provided a range of materials relevant to the many aspects of health program evaluation. Dr. McFarlane communicated effectively and shared her expertise and experiences which facilitated student understanding and perspective.
The class project (Developing an evaluation proposal)
I think conducting the evaluation plan was the most helpful aspect of the evaluation class. I think it would be even more helpful to do an actual evaluation of a program and not just a plan of one. However, I recognize the brevity of the semester made that a little difficult. Dr. McFarlane was always enthusiastic about the material and helping us to understand the background of evaluation.
Professor provided relevant experiences during her career. She had program staff attend sessions to present various programs for students to select to prepare an evaluation proposal.
I really enjoyed our discussions and student presentations of key articles.
as hard as it was, developing the eval plan....
14. What things did you get from this course that will benefit you personally?
Making friends/meeting new colleagues
Personal interaction and discussions with classmates from other disciplines benefit my understanding of other professionals working in the field of social sciences.
Knowing evaluation designs and when, where and how to use them.
Learning how to do an evaluation plan. Making the timeline for the plan (I think this should be a focus of one of the class periods because it was very helpful).
Using actual programs who were requesting proposals made this a real life experience.
I think that the tools provided to complete a program evaluation were good, especially the theory of who a p.e. should be conducted...the ethics in the field etc.
Process involved with developing eval.
15. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 10 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (50%) 3 (30%)
16. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 10 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 1 (10%) 4 (40%) 3 (30%)
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  
4.56 10 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (40%) 5 (50%)
18. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 10 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 3 (30%) 5 (50%)
19. The instructor was enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 10 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 8 (80%)
20. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 10 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (30%) 7 (70%)
21. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 10 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 8 (80%)
22. The instructor suggests specific ways students can improve.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.3 10 1.06 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 1 (10%) 2 (20%) 6 (60%)
23. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 10 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (30%) 6 (60%)
24. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 10 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 2 (20%) 6 (60%)
25. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
Suggestions: No need to read the syllabus word for word on the first day. It's sufficient to thoroughly cover key points. Post PowerPoint lectures on Laulima as stated and in a timely manner. Provide direct lessons on the planning and conducting of an evaluation as opposed to assigning numerous articles to review. Do not give 10 points quizzes covering a span of 7 chapters as it is not an adequate measure of student knowledge and creates a disproportionate amount of study time to the value of the test. Either reduce the chapters for the quiz, or give a clear study guide, or give a full exam to cover 7 chapters.
1) Allow one to two more weeks for students to work on their evaluation proposals and presentations since some of us have little to no experience developing an evaluation proposal. 2) Allow one in-class day for instruction/guidance on the direction and content of evaluation proposals, after the peer-review session and edits have been made. 3) Have tests for learning on non-student lead article discussion days. Though students read the articles, most students spent their time studying content for the tests thus student lead discussions lacked enthusiasm on test days.
More time should be spent on learning logic models and understanding how to use them to develop a program and an evaluation. This is a critical skill that we sort of under-discussed and the book reading didn't provide much of an explanation. I felt that some of the articles did not help me understand program evaluation well. They did help with the background of evaluation, but were not always that helpful to understanding how to conduct an evaluation. I also felt that sometimes the article discussions were steered away from a real open discussion of the article and toward Dr. McFarlane's specific point. Perhaps it would be better to have the questions submitted to her in advance and get feedback on them so that the discussion can move in the intended direction for the learning objectives. I don't know that leading an article discussion was all that helpful to my understanding of program evaluation as well. In addition, the exams were not what I expected them to be. They seemed to pull information from the readings that the majority of the class felt was not that important and did not include things that we felt were very important. They also required a lot of reading and study prep, but didn't reinforce the learning that well. Perhaps blogs on assignments would help to ensure students were reading, but allow for better synthesis of Evaluation themes.
Verbatim lecture from the PowerPoint created a less dynamic teaching environment. Exams were based on the entire book; therefore, a more focused approach would have been beneficial.
I feel that professor McFarlane is a good teacher teaching a difficult subject. The end product to create a theoretical program eval proposal doesn't make me confident that I will be able to an actual one. I would think there is some overlap in program planning and program eval so if there would be someway to combine those two courses to learn the theory and tools to do one and then in the next semester actually work with an org to conduct one I think that would be more beneficial.
26. Class assignments provided an effective aid for learning the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 10 1.05 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 2 (20%) 3 (30%) 4 (40%)
27. Reading assignments make students think.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.3 10 1.06 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 1 (10%) 2 (20%) 6 (60%)
28. The assigned readings were instrumental in the development of my knowledge of the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 10 1.05 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 2 (20%) 3 (30%) 4 (40%)
29. Exams are reasonable in length and difficulty.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 10 1.48 Freq(%) 1 (10%) 1 (10%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 7 (70%)
30. The test items are adequately explained after a test is given.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 10 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (40%) 4 (40%)
31. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.3 10 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 3 (30%) 5 (50%)
32. Other comments:
I really appreciated Dr. McFarlane's enthusiasm and willingness to help us learn and meet the course goals. I also appreciated that she generously provided treats every week! I think we all got spoiled and fat on that.
Dr. McFarlane has good expertise in this area of study. I'm glad I had her as my instructor. Good job!
Again, I would consider this course excellent if we were able to actually apply what we learn which I don't think is a reflection of the professor but rather the program requirements.
it was hard but good.
Thank you for allowing me to take this course. I learned a great deal from you and hope to work with you in the near future as I strive to complete my PhD. Malo