eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Derek Ferrar

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Derek Ferrar: JOUR150, Fall 2008

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: School of Communications
Course: JOUR 150 - The Press and Society Crn (Section): 75460 (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  
1.88 33 0.86 Freq(%) 13 (39%) 12 (36%) 7 (21%) 1 (3%) 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  
1.15 33 0.36 Freq(%) 28 (85%) 5 (15%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.3 33 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 5 (15%) 10 (30%) 17 (52%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.09 33 0.95 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 7 (21%) 10 (30%) 14 (42%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.06 33 1.17 Freq(%) 2 (6%) 1 (3%) 6 (18%) 8 (24%) 16 (48%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.03 31 1.05 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (10%) 7 (23%) 7 (23%) 14 (45%)
7. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.85 33 1.12 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 6 (18%) 5 (15%) 10 (30%) 12 (36%)
8. I try to relate what I learn in this course to my own experience.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.91 33 0.98 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 4 (12%) 5 (15%) 14 (42%) 10 (30%)
9. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The guest speakers were really great and very relevant to the course materials.
seeing what it is like in a journalism career.
Being able to discuss what is going on the media was quite interesting.
Journalism and media are a part of everyday life and this class teaches you about all types of media and how everything is connected. It teaches you how to understand what is being presented to you, how, why, by whom, and what the purpose is.
Different group projects that provided a wide array of information
going over job oppurtunitites in the field
I think that discussing currents events was extremely valuable in this course, not only to pertain to journalism, but also to the well being of the students taking this course. It is imperative to know what is going on in the world today, and not many younger people seem to keep up with the news and current events. A lot of it is lack of caring and pure laziness, but this course makes it a requirement to be informed, which I think is a great thing.
Mr. Ferrar had vast knowledge about the subject of journalism. He spoke about his own past experiences in the field and about current events that related to the topics we covered from the text book. He made a great effort to keep the class involved by having us talk about current news and the presidential election. He also had several guest speakers come present to the class about a variety of different topics.
i really liked the team projects it was a nice change of pace. I also liked talking about current events and seeing what was taking place in the world
hands on group projects, current events discussions, guest speakers
This course was very interesting and some days were extremely fun and some days were a little on the boring side. The most valuable thing that I absolutely love about this class is the class projects that we got to do and watch. They really broadened my views on every subject, from blogs and advertising to local news and hard pressing issues. I also loved the guest speakers! It was nice to hear from some people who have been in our place before and tell us about the Journalism and media industry.
Just learning about the different types of media and how they are used.
Learning about future journalism and media.
The team projects helped all of us interact with the class
The updates we receive on assignments, upcoming events, all important details.
Reviewing current events as a class. Guest speakers and group projects were eye-opening.
Developing a true understanding of what it means to be "media-literate"
GUEST SPEAKERS FROM DIFFERENT FIELDS BUT AT THE SAME TIME RELATED TO THE CLASS.
Mr Ferrar brought in many diverse guest speakers from all the different areas of journalism and media. He most definitively taught us what to expect if we intend to choose journalism as our major or future career. He was nice and very helpful.
the lectures on how the media can affect and influence society
The assignments were very short and they could be turned in online. Very easy.
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I absolutely loved the amount of video and media presentations to aid the viewer in learning things. I believe, however, that things like media ethics and the history of media in general were two of the most important aspects taught in the course. The use of guest speakers brought points about journalism that I hadn't thought about before, so that was valuable for me as well.
Discussing current events
The final group projects. It allowed the class to focus on certain topics and how they pertain to the journalist world as a whole.
having the class as a whole discuss current events.
how we can see the media in a different way
I feel like I learned a lot from the guest speakers that came. It was really cool to have people from all aspects of the field come and give us real life stories and experiences like that.
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10. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Not learning enough about journalistic writing.
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Some of the questions on the quizzes were, in my opinion, unimportant. If all of the questions on the quizzes and exams were part of the "bigger picture" instead of nitty gritty detailed questions that no one could possibly remember the answer to, then I think it would be easier for the students to study for exams and what not.
The group presentations took up a lot of valuable class time. I understand that each group put a lot of time and effort into making their project, but there should be a time limit that the groups adhere to. Sometimes it seemed like we could have learned more if we just would have had a regular class period instead of a group presentation because students are not as experience in teaching and presenting information as teachers are.
the quizzes were very difficult even though I had been there every day and thought I had a grasp on the information.
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The history of journalism.
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Book material and class lectures.
The textbook.
The air conditioning in the class was way too cold!
readings from the book because we never went over them thoroughly
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I think that the least valuable part of the course (however, there were no real "least valuable" parts), if I had to choose, would be Current Events. I still think it's an important thing to review, but I said that if I had to choose, that would be it.
Reading the entire chapter of the textbook. Only few parts of each chapter should be highlighted.
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Working in such a large group for the group presentations was really difficult for me. I would recommend making the group sizes smaller just cause its so hard to get 6 or 7 people together and work on something like that. In my experience, one or two people really ended up doing the majority of the word. But I guess thats life sometimes.
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11. What things did you get from this course that will benefit you personally?
I learned to appreciate the media in a different light. I also changed majors, to something I know I will be much more successful in.
you have to be quick in this business.
I want to enter the academy for creative media, so learning and understanding current events around the world will make me more knowledgeable and I will hopefully be able to incorporate that into my work at the ACM.
I have learned that everything in the media has a purpose and that everything is connected to each other; tv, radio, magazines, newspapers, etc.
Fundamentals of journalism since it's the field I am going into.
a better understanding of what journalism and media are all about
I really think that staying informed with the news and whats going on today will benefit me not only for this course, but during the course of my life. I will take away from this class the habit of picking up newspapers and actually reading the content for my own well being. I will able to converse with other individuals what is going on and have intellectual conversations because I am informed. I am also thinking about majoring in Journalism/Communications, so this was a great starter course for me to get a feel of what that particular field would be like.
A good knowledge base about media forms and journalism, an improved ability to think critically about the news I read/watch, a respect for journalists and photographers
i really liked how the course did a lot with current events, it was a great way for me to keep up with what was going on in the world
I gained a greater understanding of the media and its relationship with society, and I became a more informed media user because of this class.
This course was very informative and it helped me decide to major in journalism or not. I'm also taking away from this course that it pays off to watch the news and it's actually extremely important and interesting being able to know what is going on in the country and around the world.
I have a better idea of the field that i want to get into.
All the info about the future media and journalism will benifit me if i want to become a journalist.
A better understanding for the media and society, news seems more approachable
knowing about all different kinds of media and learning about the different jobs in the media.
It convinced me to pursue a career that will both utilize and build upon the modern media.
I learned a lot about Current Events.
A GOOD IDEA AND VIEW OF THE WORKING WORLD, THAT WILL HELP ME WITH MY FUTURE DECISIONS.
I now know how things work behind the scenes in the media, and also the history of the media.
it will help me analyze information i receive from the media
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The history of Hawaiian newspapers was not something I knew, and I'll definitely use that knowledge. However, I also learned a lot about journalism's backgrounds through the use of those guest speakers, stuff like undercover work declining - which is an obvious thing, but I hadn't really put thought into it.
More appreciation for the media
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i'll check the news more often.
just to always check the news story
I definitely feel that the instructor was very fun, and I appreciated his sense of humor and willingness to show us funny clips that related to what we were talking about. He was also very oranized and kept on top of all our assignments which I think helped me stay more on top of getting things done cause I always knew when things were due cause it was either posted on laulima or our teacher would always make sure we knew well in advance what assignments were going to be due.
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12. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.91 32 1.12 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 4 (13%) 3 (9%) 13 (41%) 11 (34%)
13. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.94 32 1.11 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 3 (9%) 5 (16%) 11 (34%) 12 (38%)
14. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 32 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 12 (38%) 18 (56%)
15. The instructor was able to stimulate and lead group discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.06 32 1.01 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 4 (13%) 3 (9%) 12 (38%) 13 (41%)
16. The instructor keeps students informed of their progress.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.34 32 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 4 (13%) 10 (31%) 17 (53%)
17. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 30 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 12 (40%) 16 (53%)
18. In general, the course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.9 31 1.11 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 3 (10%) 5 (16%) 11 (35%) 11 (35%)
19. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Very well prepared.
enthusiastic, unorganized, off track
Competent and resourceful
knowledgeable up-to-date organized
Organized, helpful, friendly
nervous yet knowledgeable
Funny Friendly Personable
Knowledgeable, Approachable, Creative
knowledgeable, fair, fun
humorous, knowledgeable, kind
Talented, informative, and talkative.
interesting, enthusiastic
interesting, knowledgable, funny.
Prepared,knowledgeable,easy to approach
attentive and fair
Nice, unexperienced, well-networked.
informative, accurate, helpful
Engaging. Witty.
ORGANIZED CREATIVE AND REAL
honest genuine fun
passionate (about journalism), meticulous
Alternative, Diverse, Organized
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informative, fair
Realistic, in-depth, current
Funny, Interesting, Impressive
Hard worker, but still learning how to teach
good-hearted and new.
organized, experienced, funny
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20. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.0 33 1.06 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 2 (6%) 6 (18%) 11 (33%) 13 (39%)
21. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.7 33 1.07 Freq(%) 2 (6%) 2 (6%) 7 (21%) 15 (45%) 7 (21%)
22. Student presentations significantly contribute to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.03 32 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 7 (22%) 14 (44%) 10 (31%)
23. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.55 33 0.97 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 3 (9%) 11 (33%) 13 (39%) 5 (15%)
24. I feel that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.55 33 1.15 Freq(%) 2 (6%) 5 (15%) 5 (15%) 15 (45%) 6 (18%)
25. Audiovisual materials (or computers) were an asset to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.21 33 0.86 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 6 (18%) 11 (33%) 15 (45%)
26. The guest speakers contributed significantly to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.52 33 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (9%) 10 (30%) 20 (61%)
27. Examination items are clearly worded.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.3 33 1.19 Freq(%) 3 (9%) 5 (15%) 9 (27%) 11 (33%) 5 (15%)
28. The exams concentrated on the important aspects of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.52 33 1.2 Freq(%) 2 (6%) 4 (12%) 11 (33%) 7 (21%) 9 (27%)
29. The instructor has a realistic definition of good performance.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 33 0.94 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (9%) 5 (15%) 14 (42%) 11 (33%)
30. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
3.85 33 1.23 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 5 (15%) 6 (18%) 7 (21%) 14 (42%)