eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Nicole Grove

Available Survey Results

POLS305, Spring 2015
POLS384, WS384, Fall 2014
POLS366, Spring 2014
ES455B, Fall 2013

Nicole Grove: POLS305, Spring 2015

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Political Science
Course: POLS 305 - Global Politics/Comparative Crn (Section): 87247 (002)    
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  
2.77 13 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 4 (31%) 8 (62%) 1 (8%) 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  
1.57 14 0.51 Freq(%) 6 (43%) 8 (57%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 14 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (29%) 10 (71%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 14 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 3 (21%) 10 (71%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 14 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 3 (21%) 10 (71%)
6. Why did you choose to take this course? (It fulfilled a focus designation (WI, E, OC, HAP, etc.), POLS major/minor requirement, major/minor requirement for another department, time and day(s) of the week it was offered, instructor, subject matter, etc.)
I was going to transfer and I needed the course For the other school
Thought about picking up POLS as a minor and it is a required course to do so.
I took this course because I thought the class would be interesting and it is a required course.
My teacher recommend Nicole to me earlier in the year and I took a chance with the class. It was well worth it. She brought interesting topics and creative argument to every class..
POLS major
I choose to take this course for a POLS major requirement.
POLS major requirement
POLS requirement
Pols minor req
Political science minor elective, and it sounded interesting.
Pols minor. But mainly for the instructor.
pols major
7. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 14 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 3 (21%) 10 (71%)
8. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 14 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 3 (21%) 10 (71%)
9. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 14 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 3 (21%) 10 (71%)
10. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 14 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 3 (21%) 10 (71%)
11. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
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%)
12. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 13 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 3 (23%) 9 (69%)
13. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
Some of the content was interesting
I thought she gave a different point of view from my own that made me think about things from a different perspective.
She would use current events as good examples for the class to grasp material easier.
Using interesting contemporary issues that I could be interested in.
Nicole Grove broaden my perspective on what political science is in America. I didn't know how politics affected everyone, and she made it very clear and precise.
She encouraged her students to think critically about the material through discussions and lectures.
She could incorporate current events and outside tools during her lectures to make them topical and relative to real life. She was always prepared and created powerpoints for days when a student was presenting... just in case they did not show up or they needed to fill extra time.
very engaging and encouraged participation
She has a lot of valuable knowledge and related current events to our curriculum. Encouraging class discussion led to insightful conversations. She had us think about society and culture in different perspectives. Excellent prof, would take another class from her.
Grove is extremely intelligent. Its helpful taking a course from an instructor with a diverse amount of knowledge that I trust is correct.
always engaging in class. She knows how to make kids care about what their learning. This in turn makes me want to come to class and engage.
14. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the instructor?
The literature was less than engaging
Can't think of anything.
She's opinionated
I found what was least valuable was that she would only have select presentations after each student one. I think if she had one for each chapter I would have an easier time writing my papers, because she makes a lot of things clear.
Most of the class was lecture and videos. I would have liked a little more diversity in the teaching styles.
N/A
Sometimes class discussions didn't really take off (lack of class participation).
Nothing shes awesome.
Couldn't say, this is one of the best teachers I have had.
15. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.71 14 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (14%) 11 (79%)
16. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.71 14 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (29%) 10 (71%)
17. The course challenged me to think critically and historically about power and the political.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.71 14 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (14%) 11 (79%) 0 (0%)
18. The course improved my ability to craft and defend evidence-based arguments.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.64 14 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 11 (79%) 0 (0%)
19. Other comments:
None
I feel like she should teach this class again, because the texts that she selected, really challenged my opinions on a lot of stuff, and that what made me want to come to class. I hope to have another class for her, because it was great.
I really enjoyed taking this class with Professor Grove and looking to taking another class with her in the future.
Thanks for the course! Lots of information I learned that I did not know about, or thought would play in to global economics.
Excellent course, I would recommend it to others. However, I think it should have been designated as a writing intensive course as we wrote about 24 pages throughout the semester.
She welcomes classroom debates and discussions. She is open to other ideas. Her presentation on content is very engaging.
this teacher deserves a Raise !!

Nicole Grove: POLS384, WS384, Fall 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Political Science
Course: POLS 384 - Women and Politics Crn (Section): 79557 (001)    
Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Women's Studies Program
Course: WS 384 - Women and Politics Crn (Section): 79567 (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  
3.14 7 1.07 Freq(%) 1 (14%) 0 (0%) 3 (43%) 3 (43%) 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  
4.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 1 (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%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%)
6. The instructor was accessible to students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%) 5 (71%)
7. Why did you choose to take this course? (It fulfilled a focus designation (WI, E, OC, HAP, etc.), POLS major/minor requirement, major/minor requirement for another department, time and day(s) of the week it was offered, instructor, subject matter, etc.)
Because I was interested in the subject matter.
Fufilled a requirement/ sounded interesting
I'm a poli sci minor and hoped to learn something more about women in politics.
I didn't enroll in the class. My 100 level POLS class I enrolled for was cancelled and I somehow ended up in this class. Once I found out it was related to the Middle East I knew it was meant to be.
I chose to take this course because it fulfilled a major requirement for my degree. I chose it sort of arbitrarily from a list of options because it fit best with my schedule but I am glad I did. Although the class ended up being much different than what I thought I signed up for I found the content extremely interesting and the discussion both challenging and thought provoking.
Pol Minor requirement matched my time table Interesting content and subject matter
I just needed another upper division course
8. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
9. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 1 (100%)
10. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 5 (71%)
11. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 5 (71%)
12. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 7 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 3 (43%) 2 (29%)
13. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
14. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
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%)
15. 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%)
16. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
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%)
17. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
She was willing to take time out of her schedule to help you on a paper or answer a question.
coaxes thoughtful answers out of you even if you weren't originally thinking so intensely about the topic
She's extremely knowledgable on the subjects that she teaches, and conveys extremely difficult concepts in a fun way that I could understand clearly. She did an amazing job to at helping me think critically and analyze power structures and or thought processes surrounding politics in the Middle East. It was probably the most thought provoking class I've taken, and she did an incredible job at helping me understand extremely challenging material.
She is easy to approach and makes you feel comfortable in class. She also encourages people to talk about their opinion and answer questions.
I thought the instructor's enthusiasm for the material made the course much more enjoyable and the content much easier to take in.
She works hard to make sure that her students understand the material. She takes the time to repeat and re-articulate the information and her argument to make sure that the students fully understand what is trying to be conveyed.
She is dedicated and helpful
She was willing to find a variety of ways to explain certain subject matter that may seem a little dense. She also listened to many of the different opinions of people
18. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the instructor?
I sometimes felt as if her explanations were wordy, making it hard to understand.
She sometimes isn't great at explaining what she is talking about and sometimes ends up making topics more complicated in an effort to simplify
Nothing! She's awesome!
Nothing I can think of.
Nothing too specific comes to mind. I guess it would've been nice to get reading material for the next class as soon as the previous class was over so that we had more time to complete it. I was probably going to do it last minute regardless, but I imagine there are others out there who are proactive in completing their work that may be frustrated by not getting reading materials for Tuesday until Sunday afternoon.
She tends to go a little fast, make it hard to keep up with lecture.
None
19. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%)
20. The course was well-organized in terms of continuity and presentation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%) 3 (43%)
21. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
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%)
22. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
The videos she showed us helped us more than the actual lecture.
How challenging the ideas are and how you are challenged to question your preconceived notions and the notions of the writers examined
Professor Grove is a really great professor and communicates interesting and challenging material in a way that helps me think critically.
It wasn't only Dr. Grove lecturing. We would communicate together and talk about what our perspectives were on the given situation. There was a lot of critical thinking involved.
I liked the content a lot. I feel like we read viewpoints from scholars who were informative, challenging, provocative and passionate. I feel as though my world view changed with each reading and I can say with immense certainty that I came into this class far more ignorant of the Middle East- its history, its issues and its culture - than I thought I was and that much of what I thought I knew has now been proven to be entirely wrong.
The material was interesting and unique.
The discussions and the readings -small class environment -good lectures
I enjoyed how this course brought an entirely different perspective of the middle East in comparison to much of the media we see today
23. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%)
24. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
I think this course was overall awesome. I do not know what could be improved.
It has a lot of writing, if you make student do this much writing at least make it a WI
Really awesome, can't think of anything
I really love the topic so there is nothing I would change.
The course was fantastic but putting so many essay questions on the midterm and final in such a short window of time is torture. I would rather fill out 3 times as many short answers and only one essay than half-ass several essays just to get something down on the paper before time runs out. I feel like that would've allowed me to better display both the amount of material I had retained as well as my skills in critical analysis and essay writing.
Provide readings earlier.
I found this course unique and challenging. Maybe more explanation of the complex concepts would help.
25. The course challenged me to think critically and historically about power and the political.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (86%) 0 (0%)
26. The course improved my ability to craft and defend evidence-based arguments.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
27. Other comments:
I think the topics discussed are very important. Considering the US's foreign affairs with the Middle East, I think people should be aware of these topics and I am glad this course was available.
None

Nicole Grove: POLS366, Spring 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Political Science
Course: POLS 366 - Adv Tpcs in Thry, Media & Mthd Crn (Section): 88656 (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  
3.23 14 1.01 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 4 (29%) 3 (21%) 5 (36%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.54 14 0.52 Freq(%) 6 (43%) 7 (50%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 14 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 14 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.93 14 0.27 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 13 (93%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.93 14 0.27 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 13 (93%)
6. The instructor was accessible to students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 14 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 11 (79%)
7. Why did you choose to take this course? (It fulfilled a focus designation (WI, E, OC, HAP, etc.), POLS major/minor requirement, major/minor requirement for another department, time and day(s) of the week it was offered, instructor, subject matter, etc.)
I took this class because it fulfilled a W requirement and I was interested in taking more political science classes.
It sounded like a interesting subject
Because I needed an upper division WI
It fulfills WI, O requirement for political science BA
It fulfilled two focus designations. The subject and material was both interesting and clear, it was relevant to today.
It was part of my POLS requirement and the topic interested me.
Requirement
it fulfilled a focus and seemed interesting.
Not only was it a WI, it covered a very interesting subject matter that I was very interested in. There should be more courses like this one.
it was a requirement and i liked the topic
I choose this course to fulfill the OC focus requirement.
It fulfilled the POLS major requirement. It also fulfilled the WI, and OC focus designation.
8. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 14 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 4 (29%) 9 (64%)
9. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 14 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 12 (86%)
10. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 14 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (14%) 11 (79%)
11. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 14 0.43 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (21%) 11 (79%)
12. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
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%)
13. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
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%)
14. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
very knowledgable, very down to earth.
She is very organized and prepared for her lectures and articulates well.
She's very kind and helpful especially when we didn't understand something.
She is a very enthusiastic teacher. She is also a great teacher who is really knowledgable about the topics being discussed. She communicates her thoughts effectively. Overall very impressed
I enjoyed that every lecture, Nicole explained thoroughly the assigned reading and also brought up a discussion question that invokes insight. Every reading was interesting and many of which were relative to focus of the course. The digital Journal was extremely helpful because it applied what we learned into a simulation. From restricted access to digital media to limiting a news source, every assignment challenged to think of the impact of digital media but also, what digital media can turn into.
She reached out to the students and tried to explain things clearly. I felt like she cared and tried to make the class interesting and engaging. I also felt comfortable in her class and that she made hard to grasp concepts easy to understand.
Very helpful and understanding teacher.
She's always available
Her openness to discuss and confront complex problems and issues that are faced in the subject matter.
She was very knowledgeable and provided a lot of interesting points that I never knew about social media and its various uses.
she is very happy and eager about her topic
She was always available whenever someone needed help. She understood that some of the reading material for class was a little difficult to understand and provided help to understand it. She was also very understanding when it came to reasons for absences or tardiness.
She goes over the readings effectively. She also uses PowerPoint to help get her points across, which is helpful.
15. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the instructor?
Nothing.
N/A. She is a very good example of a professor
Everything was great ! Perhaps, if there were quizzes, that would have encouraged majority of the class to be engaged in the material (not saying that they weren't)
N/A.
Nothing
N/A
none
16. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.93 14 0.27 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 13 (93%)
17. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.79 14 0.43 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (21%) 11 (79%)
18. The course challenged me to think critically and historically about power and the political.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.71 14 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (29%) 10 (71%) 0 (0%)
19. The course improved my ability to craft and defend evidence-based arguments.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.43 14 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (57%) 6 (43%) 0 (0%)
20. The course gave me opportunities to practice communicating effectively in public settings, with attention to and appreciation of diverse cultural contexts.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.83 14 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 10 (71%) 0 (0%)
21. The course increased my ability to cogently explain the interconnectedness of local and global dynamics of power within the context of the political and cultural specificities of Hawai'i nei.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.31 14 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 6 (43%) 6 (43%) 1 (7%)
22. Other comments:
Great teacher no lie
I really enjoyed in class ! It had shed light on many concepts that I would have never even thought about, especially the use of digital media. It had challenged me to think of the commodification of digital media and why it is almost hard-wired into our individualism. Great class, I would recommend it to anyone.
I thoroughly enjoyed the class and the teacher. I would love to take another class with her.
Awesome professor and course!
She should give outlines on topics to it's easier to follow along with what she's reading

Nicole Grove: ES455B, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Ethnic Studies
Course: ES 455B - Middle East Crn (Section): 73920 (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  
3.2 15 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 6 (40%) 6 (40%) 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  
1.64 15 0.5 Freq(%) 5 (33%) 9 (60%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.87 15 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 13 (87%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 15 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 4 (27%) 10 (67%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 15 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 5 (33%) 9 (60%)
6. The instructor provided specific meaningful feedback.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 15 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 11 (73%)
7. The instructor was accessible to students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 15 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 11 (73%)
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  
4.6 15 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (40%) 9 (60%)
9. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 15 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (13%) 12 (80%)
10. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the course?
Class discussions and hearing what others have to say on issues regarding the Middle East. How Nicole had us examine the way we think about the Middle East.
Everything about the course was very helpful. It was really important to keep up with the readings assigned because it gave a better understanding of discussion of the reading. It was helpful also that she made powerpoints about the reading for each lecture. It helped me understand what the reading was about. Another thing that was valuable was getting help outside of class. She does her best to respond to emails as fast as possible. I thought it was also cool that she was available to be contacted through phone and Skype as well. That was a super big help especially on days when students can't make it to her office hours. Another thing that was valuable is her honesty. In my entire college career, she was the only teacher that graded and discussed honestly in feedback of essays. She was also specific when she gave us feedback. Her honesty made me a better writer and oral communicator. I also found it valuable with the way she grades. She understands that everyone has their own way of learning. Everyone is different. Some people can write easily and some people aren't writing material and some people are more experienced in writing than others. It was super helpful how she grades student essays based on the student's individual level of writing experience. Mandatory office hours was also helpful (talking about research paper and presentation on a reading). It helped students to prepare better..
I found the content of the course to be the most helpful. Before taking this class I did not have the knowledge of the Middle East that I do now. I learned so much and I feel like I have grown intellectually from this class.
I liked the variety of texts and class activities that were used to teach the subject. The variety in assignment types was not overwhelming though required effort and time commitments.
The content itself is what I found most valuable because I had little knowledge going into the class about the MIddle East in general. I was a bit close-minded and had specific viewpoints about the MIddle East and the civilians themselves. This course has opened my eyes to the different outlooks on the development, economy, women, etc of the Middle East.
I found the knowledge i gather from this class to be most Valuable, before the semester i knew close to nothing about the middle east, but near semester end my knowledge grew because of Professor. Grove.
I felt that there was a lot of information regarding the history and politics of the middle east, which I felt was crucial to having a good understanding of the current situations there.
The fact that we did presentations twice-- once from a student's view and once from Nicole's. This really made the important points come through.
It gave me a whole new perspective of what goes on in the world we live in
Learning about middle eastern political issues from a civilian standpoint/perspective.
11. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the course?
So much reading and not a lot of time to reflect. Good readings, but a lot. Sometimes 200 pages in a week. And this is just one class. So if you are in 5 or 6 classes it adds up. But I understand it is challenging to teach a whole class on such a large part of the world that we see as one but is so diverse and complex.
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I did not find anything not helpful in this course.
More of a broad overview, maybe a short presentation weekly, about specific countries and current events would complete the education of the region.
I don't think there was anything considered least valuable or helpful in this course. I would suggest though to post powerpoint presentations of book chapters online for reference.
What i found least valuable was the amount of tedious readings we had to do in the class. Even though there were a lot readings I found each reading very informative, and i am glad i read each reading even though all the readings were pretty tough.
I felt that a there was maybe a little too much reading. Because there as a lot of reading, it was easy to simply not do it. Because there are no exams on the readings there is little incentive to do them on time.
At a point all the text made me lose interest.
nothing, I enjoyed it
I hate attendance based classes. It sucks that in my senior year I am plagued with being forced to come to class. Made me feel like I was taking my intro freshmen courses again
Very broad spectrum of general knowledge. Wish we could've been more specific on certain issues.
12. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.87 15 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 13 (87%)
13. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 15 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 6 (40%) 7 (47%)
14. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (33%) 10 (67%)
15. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 15 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (40%) 9 (60%)
16. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 15 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 11 (73%)
17. Other comments:
Nicole was available and always checks her emails. She responds and is eager to answer questions and work with you. She made me look at things differently and reexamine my own views. She is passionate about the class and wants us to leave with a better understanding of the Middle East, and I am happy I had the opportunity to take the class.
At first when I entered this class I though, "Oh my goodness, what did I get myself into!" This was a very challenging class for me. It was difficult at times that it drove me crazy because I was lost most of the time! But I've definitely learned a lot, especially giving me knowledge about the Middle East, and became a better writer because of this class! Keep up the great work and thanks for everything!
Nicole is one of the best teachers I have ever had at UH! She is super helpful and extremely nice. She is very lenient and so informative and inspiring. This class was one of my favorite classes of the whole semester! I normally do not like OC classes but I felt so comfortable speaking in this class. She is very respectful of people's opinions and I feel like I could speak my mind and never be judged. This was a very fun class and my knowledge of politics have increased. I normally do not like politics, but this class was great!
Thank you Nicole, I really enjoyed this class and it seriously has opened my eyes to different outlooks and perspectives of the Middle East. Honestly this is the only class that I actually enjoyed going to because it was interactive with the other students and we were able to voice our opinions on the different topics that came up in class.
Nicole Grove was a very good instructor, you can tell she is very enthusiastic about the material, and genuinely wants you to do well.
It was a lot of material to cover in a semester, and although sometime the content in class seemed dry I understand that there was no other way to fit it all in in such a short period of time.
Nicole was a great teacher, even for students that had absolutely no background on the topics discussed in class. She came across as very approachable. Even though I literally have no interest with anything pertaining with the Middle East, I now come away with enough knowledge to not sound like I am completely ignorant.
Enjoyable class and teacher is extremely knowledgable is subject matter. But if the class was focused on one or two themes instead of a broad spectrum, I believe the class would've been more enjoyable.