eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Nicole Grove

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Nicole Grove: ES455B, Fall 2013

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?
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.
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.
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..
It gave me a whole new perspective of what goes on in the world we live in
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.
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.
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 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.
Learning about middle eastern political issues from a civilian standpoint/perspective.
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.
11. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the 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 did not find anything not helpful in this course.
N/A
nothing, I enjoyed it
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.
At a point all the text made me lose interest.
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
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.
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.
Very broad spectrum of general knowledge. Wish we could've been more specific on certain issues.
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.
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 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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.