eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Laurel Freas

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Laurel Freas: ANTH458, Fall 2012

Campus: University of Hawaii West Oahu Department: Social Science
Course: ANTH 458 - Forensic Investigations Crn (Section): 65021 (0)    
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  
4.92 13 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 12 (92%) 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?
The course was awesome and gave a sufficient amount of general information about forensic investigations.
great background on forensic anthropology and other related topics
n/a
It exposed me to what I would realistically encounter in the field and what I would be asked to do if I were ever to become an actual forensic anthropologist. It helped tremendously that an actual forensic anthropologist was the person teaching me these things.
Extremely informative. Provided a better picture of what a career in the field is like.
Wow, what a great course! I learned so much about forensic anthropology and physical anthropology in general.
This was my first time learning about forensic anthropology and the way Dr. Freas presented the material made me want to work in this field. She was able to break down the concepts and explain in them in a way that made them stick in my head.
I gave me great insight to how forensic investigations are done and what forensic anthropologists look for during a case
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  
4.83 13 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 10 (77%)
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  
1.85 13 1.21 Freq(%) 7 (54%) 3 (23%) 2 (15%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%)
5. Please comment on the activities or resources that could be added to this course to improve your learning.
Loved the case studies
more hands on learning
Wish there were some type of group work or activities interacting with others so we get to know our own classmates and learn at the same time
small quizzes here and there to help prepare for major exams
I think I would have enjoyed reading an article or two each about a case study pertaining to the field in order to give me more of an in-depth sense of the types of situations I would find myself in if I ever were to become a successful forensic anthropologist.
None. Maybe a couple more articles or readings, but not necessary.
Great job professor Freas!
A hands on approach, i.e. actually bones reflecting the traumas we studied instead of all power point.
None
good-class was well done
6. I expect my grade for the course to be a/an:
Mean N-Size Std Dev   F   D   C   B   A  
4.62 13 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 1 (8%) 10 (77%)
7. I learned a good deal of factual material in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 13 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 12 (92%)
8. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 13 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 11 (85%)
9. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 13 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 12 (92%)
10. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 13 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 12 (92%)
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  
4.83 13 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 10 (77%)
12. The instructor acknowledges all questions insofar as possible.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 13 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 11 (85%)
13. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 13 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 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  
4.92 13 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 12 (92%)
15. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
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%)
16. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
The course was awesome, after taking human skeletal biology I expected the class to be more in depth. Should have taken this class before skeletal, would have helped
more hands on learning
none! She was an excellent Anthropology professor and the style of her teaching was understandable and I really like how the energy she brings to the class!
practice quizzes before exams
This may sound nuts, but I sort of wanted to have more homework or reading assignments. It's just that the stuff we were learning in class was so interesting, and I left the class wanting to know even more.
None. She was fantastic.
None. Her style and methods were perfect for my learning style. She offered suggestions on ways to remember things. The background information she provided helped the entire topic make sense. She provided us with information that we wouldn't be tested on, but that we could take with us so that we can refer back to her class as needed in our future.
Just let her keep teaching Forensic Anthropology Classes! Excellent,down to Earth instructor.
17. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
Awesome job. Was impressed with all of the case studies, from all sorts of different situations (not just CIL stuff which is good). Great speaker and very understandable. Very interesting to listen to and easily approachable.
great
A great professor and I believe in the future as she teaches more classes (if ever again) the students will definitely understand the the class and will love her.
Good teacher. presentations and slides are organized.Very cool upbeat professor
Dr. Freas taught me the things I appreciate learning--she delved into the actual experience of working in this field versus throwing too much theory at us, which is what many of my past professors did and it didn't really help when I actually had to do more hands-on things. Her presentations every class are very easy to follow. She is really good speaker and has a way of keeping us engaged in what she's talking about for that class. You never feel nervous to stop her mid-lecture and ask a question, and she always gives us opportunities during class and at the end of class to ask questions if we need to, even if it means we have to push back the last few slides of her power point to the next class. She never made anyone feel bad for asking a question that pushed her lecture back a couple minutes. You can tell from things like this and the fact that she budgets one day before each exam to have a review session that she really tries to make sure that her students understand everything. Our comprehension of the subject matter is her goal, and I have always appreciated that quality in an instructor. The fact that she worked at the Pound Lab in Florida and now at JPAC makes me feel like I am learning from a credible source who is one of the best in this field, and knowing her background makes me feel like I was pretty lucky to have someone with such a great resume like hers as my instructor.
Awesome.
Dr. Freas is organized and extremely knowledgeable. She is a model professor, and has a gift for presenting difficult information in a concise way. I would recommend her as an instructor to anyone.
Dr. Freas is a very effective instructor. She brings knowledge and enthusiasm to what can be dry subject matter.
Fantastic!!
Dr. Freas was an amazing professor and I am glad I had the opportunity to take her course.
an excellent straight forward instructor who teaches what you need to know and uses numerous teaching styles to accomplish her objectives
18. Class assignments provided an effective aid for learning the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 13 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (15%) 10 (77%)
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  
4.85 13 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 11 (85%)
20. My overall evaluation of this course is...
Loved the class. Again, should take this class before Human Skeletal Biology.
It was a fun and exciting course. I learned a lot about what forensic anthropologist is and what they do for a living. Also, it was interesting to know the type of cases this career pathway comes across and the cases that Professor Laurel shared with us that she experience with her JPAC team!
Not difficult at all if you study the material. The topics were very interesting and fun to learn about
Sometimes there were parts of the tests that felt a little too easy, and as nuts as it sounds, I sort of craved for the test to be a little harder so it would get my brain thinking even harder. And I wanted that just in case I do go to grad school for this and I'd have to compete against other people who want to be a forensic anthropologist too but who are way smarter than me, you know? At times, I also wished there was a little more homework, but I learned a lot of the real-world things I wanted to learn about forensic anthropology from this course without the extra homework anyways. It was easy to come to class every time because Dr. Freas is really good at connecting with her students and keeping them interested in whatever she's teaching that day. Her connections to other people in this field are impressive, and it was ridiculously awesome that she was able to bring in speakers like Dr. Shiroma who could expose us to different but related fields of forensic science.
Awesome.
This is a great course. If Laurel Freas is ever the instructor for any course, I would take it. She clearly loves her work, and is extremely knowledgeable. The course information in interesting. I loved this course.
An excellent course!
Loved it.
Highly informative on the field of forensics and forensic anthropology.
Excellent!
21. Other comments:
I recommend this class to anyone whether an ANTH major or not; its a great class to learn more about forensic anthropology!
Every semester, I always reach a point during the middle of the semester or right before finals where I just loathe coming to class. This is the FIRST class for which I never felt that mid-semester slump. I hope every forensic anthropology class I take after this makes me feel the same way this course has, and I certainly hope any professor I have after experiencing what it feels like to be Dr. Freas' student will make me feel just as passionate and excited about forensic anthropology as she has.
I really hope Dr. Freas might be brought back in the future to teach a related course. I would definitely take another class with her given the opportunity.
Very good class-after class I always go to a freinds house because he wants to hear what I learned that day-he is enrolling this next semester hoping to be able to take this class now