eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

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Instructor: Nicole Hynson

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BOT399, Spring 2014
BOT454, Spring 2014
BOT202, Fall 2013
BOT202L, Fall 2013
BOT454, Spring 2013

Nicole Hynson: BOT399, Spring 2014

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Botany
Course: BOT 399 - Botanical Problems Crn (Section): 86801 (022)    
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  
3.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%) 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  
2.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
6. The instructor provided specific meaningful feedback.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
7. The instructor was accessible to students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
8. This course was helpful in developing new skills.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
9. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
10. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
11. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
12. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
13. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Intelligent, organized, admirable
14. Other comments:
I highly recommend this lab setting to anyone interested in learning the basics of a functional laboratory. From a beginner's perspective, I found the concepts easy to grasp with an added opportunity to become more advanced in future research. I can't wait to be a part of this crew next semester!

Nicole Hynson: BOT454, Spring 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Botany
Course: BOT 454 - Vegetation Ecology Crn (Section): 86762 (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 6 1.03 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 1 (17%) 3 (50%) 1 (17%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.25 6 0.5 Freq(%) 3 (50%) 1 (17%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
6. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
7. The instructor presented concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
8. Assignments and assessments in this course were related to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
9. The instructor was accessible to students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
10. What did you like best about the course?
It was very informative with respects to Ecology. It's well-organized and follows a flow that's easy to come up with.
I enjoyed the field-based project for this class the most, as it allowed us to apply much of the theoretical knowledge that we learned in this course.
I enjoyed designing the experiment.
Nicole mad herself very accessible for extra help on some topics, making the course material much easier to understand at times.
The depth of information that she presented to us in great detail. I loved how if a concept was not understood, Professor Hynson would take the time make sure each student understood what she was saying. Although her course required a lot, the amount of work does not equate to the knowledge that I will be bringing out of this course.
11. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
I think it should either be three classes of 50 minutes or two classes of 1 hour and 15 minutes. The way it's structured right now it seems like it's always rushed.
More focused discussion class. Maybe just two lecture classes.
Satisfied
There is not much to really say, her course is well taught and effective, maybe lighten the homework load a little. Other than that I cannot think of much else to say.
12. I learned to identify main points and central issues in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
13. I developed the ability to carry out original research in this area.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
14. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 0 (0%) 5 (83%)
15. I reconsidered many of my former attitudes.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 6 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 2 (33%) 2 (33%)
16. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
17. I have become more competent in this subject area during this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 6 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 3 (50%)
18. My opinions about some topics changed because of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 6 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 3 (50%) 2 (33%)
19. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
20. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The group project was most valuable. It's good in learning how to create a research project and actually follow through with everything. It was a good step in the door for new students who are unfamiliar with this type of research.
I appreciated the field component the most. This is why I enrolled in this class. Few upper-division courses have an applied component, aside from the semi-defunct field methods course that used to be taught regularly in Kauai.
The critical thinking aspect of her test questions made you synthesize data from multiple lectures
The reading coupled with the labs. Great course material regarding invasive species.
Biodiversity Concepts, Competitive aspects of vegetation ecology, niche theory. The list goes on!
21. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Some of the lab exercises seemed moot. It was only valuable if we decided to use those methods for our project.
I personally had a hard time keeping up with the on-line readings responses for class due to scheduling issues and time constraints. Considering that we also discussed the same texts in class, I am not sure that the reading responses were very helpful to me.
The discussion could be off topic at times and more theological than factual.
the discussion questions...although these were still vauable
Nothing, all content was relevant to course material!
22. Ten years from now I'll probably remember this course most by ...
The group project will be most memorable. It was very exciting working with a great group of people.
The classroom dynamics. It was a good group of people.
Being aware of multiple variables affected ecology.
the labs
My profession, I plan to pursue a career in Resource Conservation which will require many applications of methods that require a proper understanding of plant system dynamics.
23. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
24. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
25. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
26. The instructor was enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
27. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
28. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
29. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
30. The group work contributes significantly to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
31. Class assignments provided an effective aid for learning the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
32. The reading materials were relevant to the course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
33. The laboratory was a valuable part of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
34. The guest lecturers were interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
35. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
36. How can the laboratory be improved?
Either have a specific focus of only doing the research project or have the labs be more relatable
Mosquito repellent.
The lab book was amazing, I will use it as a reference in my future. Great course
The laboratory was the best supplementary lab I have ever taken, having a hands on field experiment was an extremely effective and fun process!
37. Other comments:
It was a great course and should be offered at least once a year
Great class.
Thank you professor Hynson for a great semester and the knowledge you gave us!

Nicole Hynson: BOT202, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Botany
Course: BOT 202 - Plant Ecology Crn (Section): 78121 (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  
3.5 14 1.02 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 5 (36%) 6 (43%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.93 14 0.27 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 13 (93%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 14 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 12 (86%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 14 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 5 (36%) 7 (50%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 14 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 5 (36%) 7 (50%)
6. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
3.86 14 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (29%) 8 (57%) 2 (14%)
7. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.07 14 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 9 (64%) 3 (21%)
8. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.21 14 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 9 (64%) 4 (29%)
9. I developed enthusiasm about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.71 14 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 4 (29%) 7 (50%) 2 (14%)
10. I reconsidered many of my former attitudes.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.5 14 1.09 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (21%) 4 (29%) 4 (29%) 3 (21%)
11. 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  
4.21 14 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 8 (57%) 5 (36%)
12. This course was helpful in developing new skills.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.14 14 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 10 (71%) 3 (21%)
13. I generally understood the material presented in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.92 14 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (21%) 8 (57%) 2 (14%)
14. I learned more in this course than I expected to learn.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.69 14 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (43%) 5 (36%) 2 (14%)
15. Ten years from now I'll probably remember this course most by ...
Carrying a hula hoop around
Hoop project.
How hard I worked to earn my grade, and the new perspectives I gained from learning the material.
the hoop project, the lectures, the dimly lit room and the intense midterms/final
Being able to lecture in front of the class for more than 10 minutes. It was a good experience giving a longer presentation. Also, learning the different kinds of testing questions. The Problem with Wilderness. and being able to speak with Haskell, the author of one of our required books.
I will remember the interesting and sometimes heated discussions of the books
helping me get into botany and learn more on how to improve Hawaiian Ecology
the hula hoop experiment
How interesting some concepts were but also by how lost I felt sometimes as far as what to study or focus on for exams and quizzes.
how much I learned that Ecology was not the field for me.
The mandala circles that we had to place out in nature and study through observations or manipulative experiments.
16. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the course?
lecture and tests
Powerpoints being posted online. Some teachers refuse to post power points even when tests have basis in the teacher presentations, but having powerpoints before class (so that students may acquaint themselves with material beforehand) is very helpful.
Lectures & guests
learning about ecology and how the environment works around us
Discussion questions/roundtable conversations on Thursday mornings. It was interesting to talk with my classmates about current issues in ecology and our ideas about conservation and ecology. The inter-disciplinary questions and discussions were enlightening.
I think the emphasis on synhesis of material rather than memorization was very valuable.
The layout was very good. It kept up the pace while being slow enough to learn everything.
the power points and other students in the class
The general information was great
The general ideas, principles and hypothesis of Ecology.
Learning how to conduct valuable research out in the field.
17. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the course?
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the supplemental readings
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Learning equations about water conduction seemed a little irrelevant.
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18. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 14 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 7 (50%) 6 (43%)
19. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.07 14 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 9 (64%) 3 (21%)
20. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.54 14 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (43%) 7 (50%)
21. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.07 14 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (21%) 7 (50%) 4 (29%)
22. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 14 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 8 (57%) 5 (36%)
23. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.07 14 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 9 (64%) 3 (21%)
24. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.21 14 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 6 (43%) 6 (43%)
25. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 14 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 5 (36%) 7 (50%)
26. The instructor treated students with respect.
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%)
27. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.54 14 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (43%) 7 (50%)
28. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.64 14 1.01 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 4 (29%) 5 (36%) 3 (21%)
29. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
prompt level focused
Enthusiastic, intelligent, level-headed
Knowledgeable & Passionate
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amusing, honest, enthusiastic
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intelligent, determined, tough
Passionate and positive
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Knowledgeable, approachable, helpful
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30. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.64 14 1.01 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 4 (29%) 7 (50%) 2 (14%)
31. Reading assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.21 14 1.53 Freq(%) 2 (14%) 4 (29%) 1 (7%) 3 (21%) 4 (29%)
32. The laboratory was a valuable part of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.71 14 0.99 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 3 (21%) 6 (43%) 3 (21%)
33. Lab assignments are relevant to what is presented in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.79 14 0.97 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 2 (14%) 7 (50%) 3 (21%)
34. 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  
3.93 14 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (21%) 9 (64%) 2 (14%)
35. The course is highly recommended if it were taught by this instructor.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 14 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (29%) 6 (43%) 4 (29%)
36. Exams are creative and require original thought.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.21 14 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 6 (43%) 6 (43%)
37. The examinations are graded very carefully and fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.79 14 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 4 (29%) 6 (43%) 3 (21%)
38. My grades accurately represent my performance in the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.5 14 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 6 (43%) 6 (43%) 1 (7%)
39. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.64 14 0.93 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 6 (43%) 4 (29%) 3 (21%)
40. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
tests and quizzes
Powerpoints. They're organized, easy to follow, and could actually have more detail and still be fine.
The lectures
the lecture slides and real life examples haskell's book
Discussion questions/roundtable conversations in person on Thursday mornings, the Forest Unseen supplemental reading, the supplemental reading The Problem with Wilderness, student presentations, Barton's guest lecture, having powerpoint lecture slides available in advance of the class,
I liked the student run activities.
Student activities as well lectures
the presentations and the hula hoop experiment
The incorporation of ecological studies brought relevancy to the material being presented. It helped make difficult concepts easier to understand.
Getting to go out in nature and observe/study/experiment with it in real time. The helpfulness with the professor, the experiments, and the discussions were also very likable.
41. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
reading and discussions, especially online ones
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the hula hoop project exams labs
Having purchased the textbook.
The tests were challenging, which made them unpleasant to take, but I believe they were fair and helped me actually learn the material.
Assigned books for discussion/reading
The exams and the lab
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Some of the subjects were packed into long lectures, which drew on my patience, and how much I needed to study for the tests.
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42. What changes would you make in the readings?
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43. What changes would you make in the discussion sections?
In class ones run as smoothly as they can, although I don't agree with using them as a teaching tool. online discussion should either be eliminated because we do it in class, so we get graded for the same thing twice. If online questions remain part of the course, I would make then due at midnight rather than noon simply because I have classes at noon.
I advocate having fewer discussion sessions, especially if the online-posting portion of the class will persist through future semesters. Students will end up discussing the same 6 questions at least three times for the class alone (not including running into fellow students outside of class and talking about the questions with them), with the online discussion, small group discussion, then class-wide discussion. This seems very extraneous.
play some back round music to set the mood
Change deadline to midnight. Have a rubric for the grading of the online posts.
Have people raise hands or go arround evenly so the people who talk a lot don't dominate and not allow polite people to speak.
More time talking about the subject of the week rather than the books
Omit them, go over lecture more clearly
Make it very clear what is expected to receive full credit for the on-line discussion posts. The smaller discussion groups produced more discourse then the whole class discussions, which felt forced and typically involved only a small number of participants.
better grading style. she gave me a low score when i did talk and i dont know what else she expects from me.
44. How can the laboratory be improved?
The lab was pretty good, I enjoyed it even if i felt like i didn't get a lot out of it. I think that using more modern methods of ecology would be useful
Laboratory was fine.
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45. Other comments:
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Well done
Great class. It should be taken by other majors as well because it gives basic principle of ecology.
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Nicole Hynson: BOT202L, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Botany
Course: BOT 202L - Plant Ecology Lab Crn (Section): 78122 (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  
3.47 15 0.99 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 6 (40%) 6 (40%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.87 15 0.35 Freq(%) 2 (13%) 13 (87%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 15 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 6 (40%) 8 (53%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.27 15 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 9 (60%) 5 (33%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 15 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 9 (60%) 3 (20%)
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very good lab manual.
Need some revisions on lab manual. Maybe homework check on blogs so students are more obligated to do it.
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Some of the quizzes seemed to be based on memorizing the material rather than learning it. Other than that, the lab had some fun activities and interesting projects.
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Nicole Hynson: BOT454, Spring 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Botany
Course: BOT 454 - Vegetation Ecology Crn (Section): 88587 (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  
2.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%) 0 (0%) 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  
1.33 6 0.52 Freq(%) 4 (67%) 2 (33%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (83%)
6. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.5 6 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (50%) 3 (50%)
7. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
8. I learned to identify main points and central issues in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
9. I developed the ability to carry out original research in this area.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
10. I developed enthusiasm about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (67%) 2 (33%)
11. I developed greater awareness of societal problems.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 6 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (50%) 3 (50%)
12. I developed more confidence in my ability to communicate effectively through writing.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 6 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 4 (67%) 1 (17%)
13. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 6 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 3 (50%)
14. I learned more in this course than I expected to learn.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 6 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (50%) 3 (50%)
15. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Our research projects. The opportunity we had to discuss problems in our class discussions (thanks to small group size). The fact that the teacher is very well organized helps the students get organized and achieve the goals set out at the beginning of the semester.
The lab/experiment part was something I'd never done and don't know of any other classes I would get to do it in. I'm really glad that I had a chance to take a class like this one.
Instead of using memorization to base scores on tests, the actual incorporation of facts and understanding were used to base test scores, which really makes you think and know the material.
The group research project allowed us to practice working with others as well as gain more experience in doing research in the field. Weekly discussions also allowed is to interact with different ideas about invasive topics.
The most valuable aspect of this course was being able to produce our own research projects from the ground up. This was one of the very first classes that I was able to do this. Usually, we have to follow labs out of a lab manual, this was a great experience.
16. Ten years from now I'll probably remember this course most by ...
My very first original research project!
The main ecological topics that I was first introduced to, and already have applied to the things I do everyday.
The mamaki planted in lyon arboretum that our "ours."
The research project.
Creating our own research projects and how helpful Nicole was.
17. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
18. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
19. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
20. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
21. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
22. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
23. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
24. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
25. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
26. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 6 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 2 (33%) 3 (50%)
27. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Organized Knowledgeable Approchable
She is a great communicator and very encouraging.
calm, helpful, fungi-enthusiast
Passionate, helpful, knowledgeable
Helpful & passionate
28. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (67%) 2 (33%)
29. The group work contributes significantly to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
30. Reading assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 6 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 2 (33%) 3 (50%)
31. The laboratory was a valuable part of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
32. Lab assignments are relevant to what is presented in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
33. 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  
4.33 6 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 2 (33%) 3 (50%)
34. The course is highly recommended if it were taught by this instructor.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
35. The field trips were useful learning experiences.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 6 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 2 (33%) 3 (50%)
36. The guest lecturers were interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
37. Exams are creative and require original thought.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
38. The examinations are graded very carefully and fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (67%) 2 (33%)
39. My grades accurately represent my performance in the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.8 6 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 4 (67%) 0 (0%)
40. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 6 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 2 (33%)
41. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
I really enjoyed having such a small class. It really allowed for some one on one interaction between the teacher and the students. I felt like my teacher was involved in my learning and really cared about my success. The research project was very enlightening and the discussions were relevant.
I enjoyed the discussions, it was interesting to hear about issues from other's view.
Group Project
Field work
I really enjoyed the lab portion of this class because I really love being hands on.
42. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
I wasn't a huge fan of the book. I learn a lot through books and I felt like this one wasn't optimal for this class. I liked the discussions but sometimes I felt like we had too many of them.
I did not like the exam format. Many of the questions were open ended and required you to think more interpretively than factually, which I am either not used to doing, or maybe just not good at, but I found them difficult. After getting tests back I found that I commonly misunderstood what kind of answer was acceptable or desired to get full credit. We also only had 2 exams of this type to 'practice' for the final, and I am worried that I still won't be adjusted to this type of exam question.
I wish we could have been able to conduct our experiments over a longer period of time.
43. What changes would you make in the readings?
Have a different book... if possible of course.
None.
Some were a bit hard to understand. But I don't believe tht thy should be changed for that reason
44. What changes would you make in the discussion sections?
Have fewer discussions throughout the semester.
Maybe if there was a really short pre-designed activity that was to be completed during every discussion (for the leader to begin with) to get everyone involved and thinking about the paper, people might have been a bit more enthusiastic.
None, they tied in with the lecture very well.
45. How can the laboratory be improved?
Maybe add a few more visits with our TA or professor to our work sites...
If there was a way to get students thinking about their experiments earlier, like before they have even visited the arboretum, that would give more time for data collection or experimental designing. I felt like could have used some more time to run our experiment. Maybe a list of examples or past student projects to get people thinking about it earlier.
46. Other comments:
Thank you to Nicole Hynson for a great semester. Your organization skills really made a difference and I really enjoyed this class!
I enjoyed this course over all and loved the opportunity to be hands on and greatly appreciated how helpful Nicole was.