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Instructor: Dolores Foley

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PLAN661, Spring 2011
PLAN610, Fall 2009

Dolores Foley: PLAN661, Spring 2011

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Urban & Regional Planning
Course: PLAN 661 - Collaboration Between Sectors Crn (Section): 89087 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.71 14 0.99 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 3 (21%) 8 (57%) 2 (14%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.79 14 1.05 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 10 (71%) 2 (14%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
2.86 14 1.03 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 4 (29%) 6 (43%) 2 (14%) 1 (7%)
4. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.69 13 1.11 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 8 (62%) 2 (15%)
5. I learned to apply principles from this course to new situations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 14 1.04 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 8 (57%) 4 (29%)
6. I developed the ability to communicate clearly about this subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.79 14 1.05 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 3 (21%) 7 (50%) 3 (21%)
7. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 14 1.18 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 7 (50%) 5 (36%)
8. I learned to value new viewpoints.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.07 14 1.27 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 4 (29%) 7 (50%)
9. I developed more confidence in myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 14 1.04 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 8 (57%) 4 (29%)
10. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.79 14 1.12 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 8 (57%) 3 (21%)
11. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.57 14 1.16 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 4 (29%) 5 (36%) 3 (21%)
12. My opinions about some topics changed because of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.93 14 1.27 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 2 (14%) 4 (29%) 6 (43%)
13. The course made me think hard and carefully.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.64 14 1.15 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 3 (21%) 6 (43%) 3 (21%)
14. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Field work or involvement with the larger community provided me with a great appreciation and understanding of the course's elements. The reading materials were pertinent and reflective of the process and strategies highlighted in the course description.
The group project. The exercises in class that made us reflect on our group process.
practical skills on how to plan and conduct participatory meeting is the most valuable aspect I learn from this class.
using activities
Group project
guest speakers, documentaries.. real-life situated learning aspect was fantastic.
Working in a group helps me develop collaborative skills.
group projects and creating the process
Group Projects
Group project.
The group project with the community is very valuable for me. It is a first hand experience of what collaboration is all about, within the group/team itself made up of fellow students and with the community.
The collaborative group projects were most valuable as they allowed us to put theory into practice.
15. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
None.
The beginning part felt redundant. It would have been helpful if we could have done more reflective exercises earlier in the course
a class based project with Hauula Community is a great opportunity to implement theories about effective collaboration, but the time and communication limitation impeded me to really implement the theories. Most of us seems that they did not put great efforts in running this project. In this part, i feel that this project did not allow me to make a good progress in sharping my collaboration skills.
group work
none
Sometimes I have difficulty understanding the instruction from the professor. She constantly changes her mind.
While guest speakers are valuable, I felt that the message became somewhat repetitive and no one speaker had innovative ideas to bring to the field/topic of collaboration.
16. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.36 14 0.93 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (21%) 4 (29%) 6 (43%) 1 (7%)
17. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.0 13 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 5 (38%) 4 (31%) 3 (23%) 1 (8%)
18. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.5 14 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 4 (29%) 7 (50%) 1 (7%)
19. The instructor frequently discussed recent developments related to the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.46 13 1.13 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (23%) 4 (31%) 3 (23%) 3 (23%)
20. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 14 1.04 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 1 (7%) 6 (43%) 5 (36%)
21. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 14 0.88 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (14%) 7 (50%) 4 (29%)
22. Students in this course are free to disagree and ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.07 14 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 8 (57%) 4 (29%)
23. The instructor suggests specific ways students can improve.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.29 14 0.91 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (21%) 5 (36%) 5 (36%) 1 (7%)
24. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.36 14 1.01 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 4 (29%) 2 (14%) 7 (50%) 1 (7%)
25. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.71 14 0.99 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (21%) 0 (0%) 9 (64%) 2 (14%)
26. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
None.
more reflective exercises. More diversity in guest speakers. Opportunities in class for role-play and practice.
lessons that i got from this class is very valuable. Dolores always bring experienced guest speakers to our class and it riches my knowledge about collaboration and working with community. Dolores also makes good power point about the topic. Probably she has already been prepared, but, sometimes I feel that Dolores is not well prepared in delivering the power point. So, I cannot give some suggestion about it. If she speak more clearly and leads student discussion about the reading resources in the class, her class will be perfect.
needs to provide more structure for the group projects, allow groups to select themselves
Having rubrics for the papers would help students understand grading expectations better.
Clearer instruction/expectation both for assignment and syllabus.
I would have liked to have had the class encouraged to engage in more discourse about the readings, theories, and concepts of collaboration and perhaps less guest speakers.
27. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
3.64 14 0.93 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 3 (21%) 7 (50%) 2 (14%)
28. Assignments are relevant to what is presented in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.93 14 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 10 (71%) 2 (14%)
29. The reading materials were relevant to the course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.14 14 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 8 (57%) 4 (29%)
30. The projects were valuable in understanding the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.14 14 0.95 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (14%) 5 (36%) 6 (43%)
31. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
3.79 14 1.12 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 8 (57%) 3 (21%)
32. Other comments:
Dolores' professional experience in collaborating was showcased very well. The reading requirements provided a cache of information that is necessary an applicable in practical working situations. Reading and digesting these methods allowed me to identify the techniques that I had used or omitted in my previous profession; allowing me to better prepare for future endeavors that will require a collaborative spirit. Dolores was very flexible with her lesson plan. Permitting a deviation from the standard set in the beginning of the the course, the class was provided with an opportunity to choose the topic/project of their desire. I think that this provided a better and more heightened sense of commitment and involvement toward the final project
Some of the readings felt redundant, more diversity in thought on the subject matter if possible would be nice.
Sometimes we get confused of her assignment instruction, so, it will be great if she can provide clear instruction in the beginning of semester so we would be better prepared on doing the all assignments.
she was out sick and should have taken more time to rest
It was obvious that Dr. Foley had a lot of experience in the subject that was taught. I would have liked to hear more about her experiences. I thought the way that she set up the projects were great and that the reflections were very useful in helping me to examine how I collaborate and what I have learned about collaborating.

Dolores Foley: PLAN610, Fall 2009     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Urban & Regional Planning
Course: PLAN 610 - Community Plan & Social Policy Crn (Section): 73456 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 9 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 2 (22%) 6 (67%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.11 9 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 4 (44%) 3 (33%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.5 8 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (63%) 2 (25%) 1 (13%)
4. I learned to identify main points and central issues in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.11 9 1.05 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 3 (33%) 4 (44%)
5. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 9 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 4 (44%) 3 (33%)
6. I participated actively in class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.89 9 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 4 (44%) 2 (22%)
7. I became interested in community projects related to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.11 9 1.17 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 2 (22%) 1 (11%) 5 (56%)
8. I learned to value new viewpoints.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.78 9 0.97 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (56%) 1 (11%) 3 (33%)
9. In general, the course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.78 9 1.09 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 3 (33%) 2 (22%) 3 (33%)
10. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Sometimes it felt like to broad of an overview of topics. We covered a great deal of information but nothing in depth and for some of I felt that some of the most important conversations, such as mobilizing the community/empowerment, evaluation and social indicators were glossed over.
It was a great class. I also like the field trip to talk with homeless people.
Discussing reading assignments.
would have like to have learned more about community planning, instead of spending so much time on what was a pretty superficial look at some current social policy issues.
more guest lecturers
do a better job of engaging students in discussion
I found the readings for this course to be very helpful. I thought there could have been more of them.
I would say the main thing is to have more detailed lectures about the individual topics. Plus, while I enjoyed the video, some of them were too long and could have been shortened and still got their point across. I think the Waianae field trip was a good hands on exercise for us students.
11. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
She seems to be very knowledgeable about the material and the community.
She has views from the people in need.
The instructor well prepared and managed, particularly guest speaker and field study.
seems like a very nice person, approachable.
passionate about the topics covered
kind and approachable
As a Non-Planning major I found all aspects of the course enlightening and extremely valuable. I intend on utilizing many of the concepts learned in class throughout my career in business. I looked forward to every class session, and made sure never to miss a class. Dr. Foley is extremely skilled at conveying the key points behind an idea with both depth and clarity. I appreciated her teaching style and wished that more professors excelled at this skill. The use of guest speakers were also valuable in learning the subject matter and helped to cement and expand my knowledge on their issues.
I think her enthusiasm toward the course was valuable as well as the connections she has made to get us highly qualified guest speakers.
12. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the instructor?
Sometimes she was not very articulate or clear. for the first assignment I wished that she had been more clear and talked about expectations more in class.
n/a
speak more loudly and clearly and with more fervor to engage students more
None
The least valuable part of the class was having us students present the material because that was too unorganized and boring for most of us that we didn't learn anything from it.
13. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
empowering bottom-up approach inspiring
friendly and smart
passionate, competent, engaging
Role Model.
Impartial, caring, connected.
14. Student presentations significantly contribute to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 9 0.97 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 0 (0%) 4 (44%) 4 (44%)
15. Reading assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.78 9 0.97 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (56%) 1 (11%) 3 (33%)
16. Reading assignments make students think.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.88 8 0.99 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (50%) 1 (13%) 3 (38%)
17. Reading assignments are relevant to what is presented in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 9 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 3 (33%) 3 (33%)
18. The guest speakers contributed significantly to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 9 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 4 (44%) 4 (44%)
19. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
I really enjoyed the field trip to Waianae and the class projects.
covered variety of policies. provided tools for planning.
The best aspect of this course is the instructor gave comprehensive perspective of social issue through group project, movie, guest speaker and field study.
I enjoyed having free reign in choosing my own term paper topic.
guest speakers
field trip
The guest speakers, the field trip, the group work.
I enjoyed the field trip the most or anything that was very hands on.
20. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
I wish that we discussed the readings more in class. The readings were sometimes stale and since we didnt discuss them in class it felt fruitless to read them. I like getting the professors perspective on the readings and I felt that this was lacking.
none
Log news wasn't enough to understand social issue.
the news logs. THese sometimes felt very juvenile. "One interesting thing I read in this article...." felt like I was writing "One fun thing I did on my summer vacation..." I would have preferred maybe 2 or 3 assignments to write a slightly longer policy brief - this would have taught a new and valuable skill. What makes this a "core course" in community planning? Seems like much more time was spent on looking at various social issues - an education anyone can get from reading the newspaper - and not much time spent on the subject of community planning, and the time that was spent did not explore the subject in much depth.
we did a lot of readings and rarely ever discussed them or their relevance
None
I think the student presentations were too boring for us to learn off of, plus listening to students I didn't feel like they were purely credible since there was no source citations.
21. What changes would you make in the lectures?
more guest speakers more opportunities for students for community learning project
Discussing the reading assignments
lectures could have been more focused. I think in preparing a lecture, there should be a clear sense of what the student should be taking away from it. What are the main points?
more group discussions
less PowerPoint presentations, more field work and discussion
Although the videos were helpful, some of them were a bit long and it was difficult to focus. Perhaps shorter video clips to convey the key points would work better? Overall the lectures were excellent.
I would make them less cluttered so students can more easily relate to them. Using more examples is probably prudent.
22. What changes would you make in the readings?
it might be time to update the readings.
none all are updated
More academic readings such as journal article or research report in particular social issue.
less of them
I found the readings for this course to be very helpful. I thought there could have been more of them.
I thought the readings were fine, it just depended upon the topic and my interest toward it.
23. What changes would you make in the discussion sections?
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none
Making brief report or evaluation for each group presentation.
discussions were good. There was a nice balance of lecture and discussion time.
have them be more engaging, instead of the same format every time
I very much enjoyed moderating the class discussions, perhaps in future courses, students could moderate class discussions. It seems that facilitating dialog among groups of people would be a vital skill in planning.
I would start picking on students and having them answer questions because the same people with the same opinions keep talking.
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