eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Mehana Vaughan

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HWST458, NREM491, Spring 2015
NREM691, Spring 2015
NREM701, Spring 2015
NREM491, Fall 2014
NREM691, Spring 2014

Mehana Vaughan: HWST458, NREM491, Spring 2015

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Hawaiian Studies
Course: HWST 458 - Natural Resrce Issues & Ethics Crn (Section): 89032 (001)    
Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Natural Res & Environmtl Mgt
Course: NREM 491 - Topics in NREM Crn (Section): 89745 (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  
4.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 2 (67%) 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 (33%)
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%) 2 (67%)
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%) 1 (33%) 2 (67%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (100%)
6. I learned a lot in this 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%)
7. I developed leadership skills in this class.
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. I became interested in community projects related to 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%)
9. I enjoyed this 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%)
10. I gained a better understanding of myself through this 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%)
11. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 1 (100%)
12. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
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. My opinions about some topics changed because of this 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%)
14. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 3 1.15 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 0 (0%) 2 (67%)
15. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Of great value to me was the interdisciplinary nature of this course. The instructors of Hui Aina Momona represent the fields most applicable to a holistic comprehension of natural resource issues in Hawaii.
Hearing from all 4 different views of Cultural Resource Management, great team of professors. The different teaching styles each week was refreshing and hit upon all aspects of the issues at hand. We received a law/community management perspective, a developer perspective, a commissioners perspective, and a community resource management perspective.
16. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
This section is not applicable. I found the entire course extremely valuable.
Structure of the assignments may be improved in the future. Possibly more time for the final projects as 1-2 weeks was difficult, especially at that time in the semester where most of the students already are limited on time with other projects and finals. More guidance and direction for the project will have helped as well. A clear rubric and direction that the group should proceed in.
17. What things did you get from this course that will benefit you personally?
The knowledge I gained about natural resource management will assist me greatly as I pursue my legal career. These issues are of great personal importance to me, and I feel deeply edified concerning this topic after having participated in this course.
Multiperspective views of complex issues. We were given the tools we need to be better prepared to be a leader in cultural resources on our islands.
18. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
19. The instructor clearly stated at the beginning of the semester the objectives of the course and requirements.
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%)
20. 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%)
21. 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%)
22. The instructor was able to stimulate and lead group discussions.
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%) 2 (67%)
23. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
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%)
24. In general, the course was well organized.
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%)
25. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
I have no suggestions for improvement. Her teaching style and methods were perfect as-is.
I would only suggest that topics for assignments be clearly discussed- some assignments were due and nobody knew what they were about; however, I appreaciate how these assignments due dates were pushed back (which was fair). If possible, it would be nice if some lectures were posted on Laulima to help for midterms.
More time for final or be presented with directions earlier in course. Our group did not have an adequate amount of time to really hone in on our subject and make it an amazing project. It was just average due to the amount of time.
It would be great if the powerpoints presented in class was posted on laulima for us after a session. There was a gigantic load of information on the slides that was impossible to take down everything. Very great information that we would be useful to have leaving the course that was in the powerpoints.
26. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
Mehana is an excellent instructor. Her expertise is matched by her ability to communicate that expertise. I would recommend any course taught by her, particularly this one.
I really liked watching her teach, she was very "animated." She also has a nice, soft voice...but when she is talking, you'll listen. I really liked how the instructors and students shared mutual respect. This is the type of class that you can let down your guard, open up, and not be afraid about others judgeing you.
She is really inspirational and motivational. I like how she is very passionate about what she is doing and is able to get the best out of people. Also, she tries to get to know people on a personal level and was able to get the class to connect with each other on a different level than you would in any other class. This is why I love Hawaiian Studies classes.
All great Kumu! Would not have traded anyone that made up the class, teachers and students.
27. Directions for assignments are clear and specific.
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%) 1 (33%)
28. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
29. The course is highly recommended if it were taught by this instructor.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 1 (100%)
30. The course is so conducted that I know on a daily/weekly basis what is expected of me.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 0 (0%)
31. Audiovisual materials (or computers) used in this course contributed significantly to my learning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
32. Other comments:
This was quite honestly the best college course I have ever taken, for a few reasons. The team of instructors represented a diversity of fields, all pertaining directly to the course subject matter. Likewise, the student group was interdisciplinary across a wide range of fields. Not only did we learn key concepts of natural resource management in Hawaii, we also have developed a network of allies in these various fields. The excellence of this format is proven by the fact that ALL students felt deeply engaged and enthusiastic about learning about these issues.
Mahalo Mehana! Mahalo Gregory! Mahalo Malia! This was one of the best classes I've taken in college!!
Mahalo
Hope to see this class taught again, there is a great need for this kind of instruction and this material. Many students have been asking if it will be taught again in interest of taking the course.

Mehana Vaughan: NREM691, Spring 2015     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Natural Res & Environmtl Mgt
Course: NREM 691 - Advanced Topics in NREM Crn (Section): 87985 (006)    
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  
4.75 8 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 0 (0%) 7 (88%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.13 8 0.35 Freq(%) 7 (88%) 1 (13%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 8 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 8 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 7 (88%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.88 8 1.36 Freq(%) 1 (13%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 3 (38%) 3 (38%)
6. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 8 1.16 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 1 (13%) 1 (13%) 5 (63%)
7. Assignments and assessments in this course were related to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 8 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (100%)
8. The instructor provided specific meaningful feedback.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 8 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (100%)
9. The instructor was accessible to students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 8 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 7 (88%)
10. What did you like best about the course?
The application from the content we were learning in class, to actually applying it in a community setting. Not sure of any other class that allows students to do that. Lots of skills learned from this class as well through the work. Ma ka hana ka ʻike.
Practical community engagement Casual class setting Guest speakers
I enjoyed the challenge. I love that we got to work with two students from Anini and that we got to go to the community and meet everyone. We were so lucky that Mehana has such a strong connection with her home community and that we were able to work with all of them.
The material, ideology was very interesting to me. It seems like a very unique class that teaches applied techniques and very relevant information that can be used in many situations. Also the discussion based aspect of the class is something that I enjoyed.
-the trip to Kauai and interacting with the community -the big panel -guest speakers -Mehana's lectures on community based management
learning knowledge & skills necessary for field research with communities
This course was fantastic - I honestly would not have made it through the semester mentally if I hadn't taken it. The group of students was unbelievably talented, and welcoming. I truly believe we all held each other up this semester and learned SO much.
What's not to like, good food, family atmosphere, timely, relevant, and innovative subject matter and teaching methods that work because of a dedicated, knowledgeable, passionate kumu able to channel the same passion out of her students.
11. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
A little more organization and being more clear on directions and instructions. Maybe finding a better system for storing all documents. It got confusing with dropbox and google drive. Would be nice to find one really good system. But I know thats hard. Definitely a rigorous course filled with so much! It was really hard pulling this huge project which could be easily be someones PhD work or lifetime work, into a semester course split between 11 graduate students. But it was an incredible journey, just wondering if it could be smaller scale somehow.
Focus more on management, how does one engage a community and put manage different parties, objectives, goals. We didn't really learn the practical side of that and I think its extremely important if you are going into communities with the aim of setting up functions. How do you manage people in this setting?
This is a tough question, mostly because everything that we did (and we did a lot, too much at times), it was all necessary on one level or another. The workload, the pace, the rigor, the in/flexibility, the deadlines, the dedication, the level of responsibility and accountability -- all of it is representative of real-life aloha `aina work. Sometimes I was frustrated with the amount of work we needed to do. I worked harder than I've ever worked in this class. The bar was set really high, and sometimes that was frustrating. In retrospect, however, I see the course and all that we did in a different light. Beyond the frustration is the realization that Mehana taught us what it means to work on behalf of and for something that is bigger than all of us: our ancestors, our homelands, and our future generations. And when you look at the course from this perspective, then the deadlines, the late nights, the early mornings, the assigned readings that don't get discussed, the change of plan, the 1000 emails -- all of it doesn't matter anymore. I am truly grateful for everything that Mehana taught us, and as much as I'd like to say make this a year long course, reduce the amount of readings, organize it differently, etc. etc. I think that would force something that's not easy (caring for our homelands collectively) into a format that gives the illusion that it's easy, and that does a disservice to the future students and the future protectors of our lands. Make it hard, show us what it's going to take.
Provide solid structure and more specific expectations out of individuals.
-stick to the schedule as best as possible -too much switching around dates -too many unorganized blurb emails, maybe compile thoughts on a draft and try to send as one, it was overwhelming to get 6 or 7 emails at once at 6 in the morning all on different topics
expected way too much of us. should only use Laulima. should have told us from the very start that this course was contributing to a research that she had received NSF funding for.
I feel that the workload is extremely hard to balance, especially with other grad courses and thesis on top. I found myself having less time to do the readings as the semester progressed and had to sacrifice many hours I'd dedicate to other coursework or my own thesis to complete what was required at the level of quality that was expected by the professor.
Started to answer this questions and ended up writing paragraphs and realized that it was good journal material! so see kawela's journal 3 for the answer :)
12. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.75 8 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 6 (75%)
13. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.88 8 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 7 (88%)
14. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 8 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 6 (75%)
15. I gained a better understanding of myself through this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 7 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 1 (14%) 5 (71%)
16. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 5 (63%)
17. My opinions about some topics changed because of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 8 0.99 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 0 (0%) 4 (50%) 3 (38%)
18. What things did you get from this course that will benefit you personally?
I learned so much about myself and my skills, strengths and weaknesses. I learned so much about balance which was incredibly hard this semester. I learned that I couldn't always do it all no matter how hard I tried, it just was nearly impossible.
see my written answer above.
Better understanding of how to work with other people and organizations, especially in a collaborative setting. Knowledge of Hawaiian language and culture, and proper etiquette when engaging with communities.
-learning how to work with the commmunity -working under a grant -connecting with new classmates -a great project experience with hands on work in qualitative work
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Friendship and a life-changing experience. I understand Hawaii better, I feel more connected to the culture being that I did not grow up here, which I think is critical in the NREM department for those of us who are not local. The support I received both from Mehana and my fellow classmates truly kept me going this semester. Even if I did have to sacrifice time on my own work to do better in this class, it was for the greater good of the community we were working in, and helped me be a better teammate for my other classmates. I learned the true meaning of community work and it made me feel like I was actually making a difference in my work and in the community. This translated to better feelings overall about my experience in Hawaii, the importance of volunteer and community work, and made me regain passion for my thesis.
Again, a long answer, see my journal 3!
19. One real strength of this course is the classroom discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 5 (63%)
20. I received personal attention from the instructor.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 8 1.07 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 6 (75%)
21. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 8 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (50%) 4 (50%)
22. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 8 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 7 (88%)
23. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Aloha : she is every embodiment of love and all that ALOHA stands for. Self-less : always giving so much. Everything she does is for her ʻohana, communities, loved ones and students. Determined : to do what may seem like the impossible, she strives. She always has a vision and will do whatever it takes to fulfill that vision.
Committed Community focussed Engaging
aloha dedicated amazing!
Passionate, Caring, Hard-working
-Compassionate -Loving -Knowledgeable
slave driver, inconsiderate, organized
Best Kumu Ever! :)
lokomaikaʻi me kona aloha, ikaika ma o kona akahai, he kumu o ka ʻike hohonu.
24. Assignments require a reasonable amount of time and effort.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.75 8 1.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 1 (13%) 2 (25%) 3 (38%)
25. The group work contributes significantly to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 8 1.07 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 6 (75%)
26. The assigned readings significantly contribute to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 8 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 6 (75%) 1 (13%)
27. Student performance evaluation criteria, including definition of "excellent/A" performance, etc., were provided.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 8 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 4 (50%) 3 (38%)
28. The field trips were useful learning experiences.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 8 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (100%)
29. The guest speakers contributed significantly to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 8 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 7 (88%)
30. Other comments:
Mahalo for having guest speakers that was incredible. Mahalo for an incredible course beyond belief. Mahalo for taking on such a kuleana as this project. Mahalo for striving for what most professors wouldn't dare to attempt, it definitely takes a lot of extra work to pull off this course and you made it happen. So grateful that you made a space/ place for this type of learning because I am not sure of where else this is happening on campus. Mahalo for your love throughout this incredible journey.
This course should be 6 credits. This is the most work I've ever done for any class in my life, although it's not necessarily an unreasonable amount. I've also arguably gained more out of this class than any other class. Group work is necessary for this class (its all about collaboration!) but can be difficult when expectations are not shared among everything, especially due to the heavy work load. I really enjoyed this class though. The material is so interesting to me. I love it.
i wouldn't want to take a course by mehana in future
Thank you Mehana for a wonderful semester :)
Mahalo palena Ê»ole iÄ? Ê»oe e Kumu Mehana no kou aloha lua Ê»ole a me kou Ê»ike i aÊ»o mai iÄ? mÄ?kou haumÄ?na!

Mehana Vaughan: NREM701, Spring 2015     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Natural Res & Environmtl Mgt
Course: NREM 701 - Research Seminar Crn (Section): 82531 (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  
5.0 13 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 13 (100%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.92 12 0.29 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 11 (92%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 13 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 6 (46%) 6 (46%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.54 13 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 4 (31%) 8 (62%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.92 13 0.95 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 3 (23%) 5 (38%) 4 (31%)
6. What did you like best about the course?
I love seminar courses; I think they offer a great opportunity to be exposed to various career pathways and ongoing research. I thought we had a great series of speakers this semester with a good range of research topics covered in NREM. I also really enjoyed learning the oli (although I never had the courage to start it), taking part in putting together the series, and taking on roles each week that contributed to the seminar's success. I also liked that the class as a whole was able to discuss what they wanted to get out of the course from the beginning, and that this was how the rest of the semester was approached.
-the variety of presentations -getting to setup and learn how to run a seminar
The seminars
Learning about Hawaiian culture, language, agriculture, and resource mgmt was very interesting to me.
Food. Exposure to new things/topics.
Great topics covered, great speakers. Very valuable information about running a seminar.
Some of the talks were great! I enjoyed getting to know some of my classmates.
Seminars
How the seminar was ran as a group exercise. Mehana's interesting and precise perspective on most issues.
Many Seminars gave me first hand experience to see the variety of presentation styles and to learn off of them. I'm often too busy to get to go to presentations because of classes or other commitments, so having a class like this was helpful.
Loved the variety of speakers! Enjoyed the camaraderie of the seminars between my classmates, the department and the university overall. I appreciate that this space and place was created for a more local, Hawaiian values type of seminar.
7. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
It might have been nice to have some time set aside to discuss each talk - both about the research topics/presentation content as well as how each presentation related to our goals for learning, i.e. better understanding how to prepare an effective talk. Instead of - or in addition to - writing reflections that were submitted to the professor, it might have been nice to encourage deeper discussion among the class (though we did do this one time before Linda's talk).
-specific deadlines for when things need to be published (fliers etc)
Either add more credits or lose some assignments
Being more clear about assignment due dates and specific expectations would be good. On several occasions, I would barely hear someone mention something about a journal assignment being due, and that's how I found out about it. A loud & clear announcement that something is due, along with specific instructions, would be nice.
Not much teaching necessary for this course.
I think the way it was done this semester was very good. Less busy work may be more useful, or require fewer but longer journal entries.
I felt like the workload was a bit much for a 1 credit class, especially for someone on one of the crews where work needs to be done several days a week. Group work is sometimes difficult and I ended up doing the bulk of the work for my crew.
Seminar Time: 4:00~5:00pm is better. 3:00pm too early (middle of the day).
More time to meet and discuss talks would be great, but this becomes has because the course has decent time commitment already.
No critique. Great course!
8. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.23 13 0.93 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (31%) 2 (15%) 7 (54%)
9. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.38 13 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 6 (46%) 6 (46%)
10. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.08 13 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (23%) 6 (46%) 4 (31%)
11. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 13 0.91 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (38%) 3 (23%) 5 (38%)
12. The amount of work expected outside class was appropriate.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.85 13 1.14 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 3 (23%) 3 (23%) 5 (38%)
13. Other comments:
I really enjoyed coming to seminar and getting to see and chat with everyone each week - we had a great group of people/students. Will be visiting for more interesting talks in the future!
-great seminar series with an added component.
I still think this class require more than a 1 credit course should. Speakers need to be better at pacing their presentations because almost every one of them went over time which is unprofessional.
Figure out a way to distribute some of the duties more evenly... Or reduce workloads for some of the committees
I liked Mehana and the seminar presentations were generally interesting. However, I felt the work load was high for a 1 credit seminar class. Weekly duties were also poorly parsed as certain groups had tasks that were more time consuming than others. In general it felt like the class was striving to be more than it was, with assignments, journals, chants, and group work outside of class time. Performing a chant before every presentation was also awkward and not inline with the goals of a seminar class. As a graduate student I enjoyed the exposure to professional research, but everything else in the course could be dropped without detriment.
This seminar serious has been regarded as the best serious on campus. I think if it had a budget to attract a few high profile or even inter island speakers what it could achieve could be limitless.
Mahalo for putting on seminars like this. It has made a huge difference our department! They are incredibly lucky to have you!

Mehana Vaughan: NREM491, Fall 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Natural Res & Environmtl Mgt
Course: NREM 491 - Topics in NREM Crn (Section): 1639 (111)    
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  
5.5 2 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (50%) 1 (50%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 2 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (50%) 1 (50%)
6. What did you like best about the course?
Offered at Waipa, guest speakers, huaka'i, mix of students (traditional and non traditional, class discussion, small group discussion, discussing with a partner, course design
She has a wealth of well rounded knowledge. She has the ability to listen, understand and guide her students.
7. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%)
8. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%)
9. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%)
10. I participated actively in class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%)
11. I developed leadership skills in this class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 2 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (50%) 1 (50%)
12. I became interested in community projects related to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%)
13. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%)
14. I gained a better understanding of myself through this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%)
15. I developed more confidence in myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%)
16. I learned about career opportunities.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 2 1.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (50%) 0 (0%) 1 (50%)
17. I utilize all the learning opportunities provided in the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%)
18. I help classmates learn.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%)
19. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%)
20. My opinions about some topics changed because of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%)
21. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Intertidal and inshore reef monitoring/fish gonad studies, hearing stories from people who have multi-generational ties to a place that I was learning about, community conflict resolution and mediation skills, kaulana mahina and kilo skills/becoming more connected to surroundings, learning new place names and stories of the place, levels of county and state planning/how they work together, how to become a better community member by engaging more in community meetings, 'aloha 'aina perspectives, interviewing skill, makahiki observance, and our sharing and discussing in and outside of the classroom.
The readings and lectures
22. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
No survey responses were found.
23. What things did you get from this course that will benefit you personally?
A cohort of classmates who have become an 'ohana, a group that I can turn to to tell them my concerns and joys of things we are experiencing at home. Also feeling like together we are a huge asset to our community in protecting the integrity of the way of life we love to life in North Kauai. Personally I feel more confident to organize and hold community gatherings and meetings, speak publicly, approach politicians or others in authoritative positions for help or guidance, and have greater confident in my community.
Each topic was different and yet related.
24. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 2 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (50%) 1 (50%)
25. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%)
26. Assignments require a reasonable amount of time and effort.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%)
27. The field trips were useful learning experiences.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%)
28. The guest lecturers were interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%)
29. Comment on the physical environment of the classroom (space, noise, lighting, seating, etc.)
excellent
Comfortable and enjoyed the outdoor feel while indoors. Field trips were enriching
30. Global appraisal: considering everything how would you rate the overall effectiveness of this Teaching Assistant?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%)
31. Other comments:
She was knowledgeable and helpful. Her assistance and planning skills were great
The class did not cover all aspects that were advertised. Instructor's and other's young, undisciplined students were a distraction during class. Class schedule and field dtrip schedule changed from advertised and frequently during class, preventing attendance at all sessions. Reading materials distributed late, and not discussed, for the most part.

Mehana Vaughan: NREM691, Spring 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Natural Res & Environmtl Mgt
Course: NREM 691 - Advanced Topics in NREM Crn (Section): 89325 (006)    
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  
5.05 19 0.23 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 18 (95%) 1 (5%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.11 19 0.32 Freq(%) 17 (89%) 2 (11%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 19 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 17 (89%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 19 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 8 (42%) 10 (53%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.94 19 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (26%) 9 (47%) 4 (21%)
6. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.95 19 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (26%) 10 (53%) 4 (21%)
7. Assignments and assessments in this course were related to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.37 19 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (63%) 7 (37%)
8. The instructor provided specific meaningful feedback.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 19 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 5 (26%) 13 (68%)
9. The instructor was accessible to students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.11 19 0.88 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 3 (16%) 8 (42%) 7 (37%)
10. What did you like best about the course?
The project component
I really enjoyed how interactive the course was. we all had the opportunity to learn about and from one another, and the community component was also very beneficial in grounding theory we learned about.
I enjoyed the fact that this wasn't an ordinary lecture course. The class was able to bond through discussion and an outside field trip activity.
The guest speakers and the field trip, as well as the opportunity to get out into the community and contribute something. Introduction to the Ostrom framework was enlightening and a game changer (although rushed)...
the guest speakers were awesome and enhanced course content
Really really awesome guest speakers. Also appreciated the literature we were exposed to.
The unpredictable and easy going nature of the course (schedule) was challenging and extremely helpful for me!
It would be hard to just name one thing - this course provided many valuable lessons on multiple levels, including the underlying science and theory of collaborative management, but also a sense of place-based learning, leassons learnt from interacting with class members, guests speakers, and field work.
I like many selective readings in this course, they provide knowledge, opinion, and view that I have never known or thought.
The format and food were very great. It made coming to class (with all of the other stuff in life going on) a little less like a chore and more like going to a friend's house for a visit. This comfortable atmosphere was much better for generating the kind of relationships that we talked about in the course.
The field trip
I really enjoyed the style of the course, the interactions with fellow class members, the journal format, and learning more about the field of collaborative natural resource management. The field trip as well was amazing. Puanani Burgess was awesome.
Students came from a variety of disciplines which made discussions incredibly rich.
multidisciplinary backgrounds of students in the class. added to the collaborative focus of the class
Mehana. She is an amazing person, teacher, and mentor. She is truly inspiring and brought so much life, passion, and deep understanding of the course topics. This course is completely different than any other graduate level course that I have ever taken. As a class we were able to develop a camaraderie that I have not experienced since high school. I was able to connect and meet many smart and interesting people outside of my department. The guest speakers were also amazing. Listening to all these foundational leaders provided a great opportunity for us to learn from different perspectives and voices. All the guest lecturers were smart, enlightening people, who were willing to open up for share with us.
11. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Iʻd suggest a single place for directions on assignments and a syllabus that is set as much as possible. It was confusing to tell what and when something was due, how to turn it in, and sometimes the directions on what we were supposed to do was provided verbally which I couldnʻt always remember. Like in our mid-term evaluation, there was so much going on that it was difficult to track assignments. With so many sheets of paper being handed out each class and mini objectives, I felt lost during class because I was trying to hard to organize things in my mind and in my folder. In sum, more organization and a clear place to look up assignments directions and a single place to turn them in.
If we could have focused a little more on developing the projects, it might not have felt as rushed towards the end.
Try not to follow the schedule too much. I think it caused for a little more scurrying than if the class just flowed. Be a bit more organized. Try not to announce new changes in class (as you might forget what you said)
Less breadth, more depth? As mentioned above, I wish we had spent more time delving into such seminal works as Ostrom's CPR work and less time on other assignments (i.e. the journals, outlines, etc.). We never reached the level of critical discussion as a class on these important texts because we were always rushing to the next topic. Between the lit review, the community- based project, and all the little pieces of paper we had to navigate, there should have been ample opportunity for the instructor to evaluate our understanding of the material. The promise to our communities to deliver a product came with a high level of commitment (and at times some pressure)- next to that, all the write-ups, outlines and drafts that we had to do for class seemed like busy work more appropriate for middle school students.
more clarity in expectations of assignments and ample time to accomplish them better time management
Break this up into 2 courses one based on theory/readings/discussion, the other can be the lit review and community project. Not really fair to students to put all into one semester.
maybe break it into a two-semester course. we need a full year to work with the different programs we have built relationships with
Improve the course? double the amount of credits! That way the students could realistically devote the amount of time to it that this class deserves. Other than that its hard to say because i found each aspect extremely helpful, but the experience as a whole entirely overwhelming! Maybe by consolidating the focus of the course into the readings and the journals, and supplementing that with more field trips and guest lectures. I think the context needs a stronger consideration before trying to apply it?- consider cutting the group project or reducing its scope (only lit rev or only community aspect?)..
Maybe to try to cover a bit less and instead get more into depth into certain materials.
It might work if there are summaries and conclusions about what the class learned for each week in writing. These might be provided by instructor or students who are facilitators. It will help to remember what students have learnt.
A little less work assigned. There were a lot of assignments and these made it really difficult to keep up with everything going on not just in this class, but in other classes and life in general.
Focus on fewer activities during class.
Streamline the lit review and project process - the way questions were posed was kind of confusing and it seemed that we didn't have enough time to make really meaningful contributions to our projects. It felt like just a start, which may ultimately be all that is possible...
Maybe standardizing an in-class schedule (reading discussion, lesson, activity)
more focused discussions and projects. inch wide, mile deep.
There was just too much of everything. Too much reading - Although they were relevant and awesome readings Too many assignments - I liked the journal ones but the little ones here and there created unnecessary stress and anxiety Way too many group projects - I felt as if a majority of my grade depended on whether other people did their share of the work. And many times they did not. So I ended up doing the work load of the group projects mostly on my own. Again more added stress/anxiety/sleepless nights.
12. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.63 19 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (37%) 12 (63%)
13. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.89 19 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 17 (89%)
14. 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 19 0.54 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 13 (68%) 5 (26%)
15. I gained a better understanding of myself through this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 19 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 1 (5%) 6 (32%) 11 (58%)
16. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 19 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 10 (53%) 6 (32%)
17. My opinions about some topics changed because of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 19 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 1 (5%) 7 (37%) 8 (42%)
18. What things did you get from this course that will benefit you personally?
Iʻve learned how to approach communities and that is integral to my future career in this field. Iʻve also learned about the literature on collaboration which can inform how I make decisions.
I think I gained a lot of confidence in myself and created closer relationship towards other classmates in this class. I really felt comfortable around everyone and felt that I would not be judged when I spoke or made a comment.
I definitely gained the opportunity to be sitting in a class that was centered upon Hawaiian values (provided a Hawaiian sense of learning). I gained a bunch of friends that I know I could work with professionally. Learned a lot more about how to collaborate with others in a way that's not so intrusive.
The commitments we made to our community-based projects will remain with me. It was a real opportunity to learn what happens on the ground and how to navigate the sometimes tricky balance between academia and advocacy. The readings were extremely helpful- they came from materials that I probably never would have encountered on my own, and served to frame my thinking on my own projects in a way that was really revolutionary. I also want to say that Mehana served and continues to serve as a tangible model of what a researcher engaged in participatory methods looks like, since we don't have many examples of this in the UH sciences. The opportunity to observe and learn from her has been incredible, and stands to contribute not only to my own personal growth as a researcher but also to the future of our natural resources and to the lÄ?hui that depends upon them.
management, collaborative, and communication skills
a stronger ability to express myself
I learnt some key tools to promote collaborative management, place-based practices, sharing and caring, and the aloha.
Thinking about group, not only myself. Whatever I have to do, e.g., lessons, foods, or the project.
I gained a better understanding of how to approach others (whether through work or volunteering) differently. Seeing things not just from their point of view, but also through the lens of their culture and experience. I think it has taught me to be a little more patient and humble when dealing with others.
Being aware of different perspectives of natural resource management during collaborative projects and learning how to incorporate these perspectives into the project.
A deeper knowledge of the field and exposure to some ideas/concepts that will be important to my research.
The insight shared by our guest speakers was tremendous and will benefit me both academically and professionally.
working with people happens on a many levels, and at every level of interaction in life that effective cooperation and collaboration can only improve whatever facet of life it happens in, whether it be a school project, planning a discussion, or engaging in a community.
So much.... I feel as if some of Mehana's passion has been passed on to me and all of the class. I love her integration of natural resource management from the science and the social perspectives. It really brought to light the importance of culture and people in management situations. It reminded me of the value of just making people connections in trying to develop my career. I find myself searching more about this topic on my free time. And just discussing what I have learned in this class with my friends outside the university. This class totally changed my perspective of natural resource management. I feel very blessed and appreciative to have had the opportunity to have taken such an inspirational course. More of these are needed in NREM.
19. One real strength of this course is the classroom discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.16 19 0.9 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 0 (0%) 10 (53%) 7 (37%)
20. I received personal attention from the instructor.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 19 0.9 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 2 (11%) 4 (21%) 12 (63%)
21. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.74 19 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 5 (26%) 11 (58%) 2 (11%)
22. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 19 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (37%) 12 (63%)
23. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
welcoming, well-informed, intentional
Encouraging Intelligent Kind
Kind, communicator, teacher
Passionate. Busy. Giving.
gracious, open, knowledgeable
Interested passionate
Thought provoking kumu
Awakening, inspiring, and caring
3k: kind and knowledgeable kumu
Intelligent, grounded, passionate
Easy to approach and talk to.
Thoughtful, intelligent, kind
Warm Passionate Abitious
passionate, oluolu, focused
Intelligent Passionate Approachable Strong Fun Beautiful inside & out Leader
24. Assignments require a reasonable amount of time and effort.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.05 19 1.35 Freq(%) 2 (11%) 1 (5%) 1 (5%) 5 (26%) 10 (53%)
25. The group work contributes significantly to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.37 19 0.9 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 2 (11%) 5 (26%) 11 (58%)
26. The assigned readings significantly contribute to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 19 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (53%) 9 (47%)
27. Student performance evaluation criteria, including definition of "excellent/A" performance, etc., were provided.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.21 19 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 11 (58%) 6 (32%)
28. The field trips were useful learning experiences.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.74 19 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (26%) 14 (74%)
29. The guest speakers contributed significantly to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.84 19 0.37 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (16%) 16 (84%)
30. Other comments:
More depth, less breadth :) Mahalo for a wonderful semester!
I would suggest that the literature review be taken out and maybe replaced with the paper specifically for the community project. It seemed the literature review was something that everyone just tried to complete and meet page requirements for the sake of getting a good grade. This course was very overwhelming and should be more than a 3 credit course. I really enjoyed this course and learned a lot of concepts that I will take away with me and use for the rest of my life. The course was disorganized at times but all assignments were always meant for deeper learning.
Kumu Mehana- you are an amazing kumu and an inspiration for us local students. In your course, I developed a vocabulary for thoughts and concepts that were previously just endless swirling currents in my naʻau. We mahalo the sacrifice you and your ʻohana have made to guide us in our journey. You brought an amazing group of students together and I hope we have done you proud. In trying to do too many things, we may not have lived up to your expectations at every moment, but it's not because we didn't care about or value the experience you were trying to create for us. This course is unlike anything I will likely encounter again during my time in grad school- it is something that I will always remember.
I was frustrated when I came took time to prepare for an activity/discussion, but then we never got around to it, or didn't end up having sufficient time to it. In the case of preparing for a discussion, that's ok because I ended up learning more, but in the case of preparing for an activity, it was kind of a waste of time. I feel like Mehana sometimes didn't realize how much time went into assignments/preparations and therefore didn't realize how frustrating this could be for students. Especially students who have so much other stuff going on!
Please dont stop expecting too much of your haumana, but please let them breathe too! you are an amazing kumu and i would sign up for this class anyday!
I feel lucky to have had the chance to take this class.
The field trip and speakers were excellent resources. I very much enjoyed both of them and hope to continue with some of the programs that I have been introduced to during the semester. Mahalo!
This is a great course that i will definitely recommend to others
Mahalo for the mid-semester reviewer and for addressing the small suggestions that we had raised.
The quest speakers were amazing... I really appreciate the opportunity to meet so many local inspirational leaders from our island community. I felt like so much knowledge and stories were shared from both sides. The field trips were also amazing gifts. This course had so many opportunities to learn and grow outside a typical classroom setting. It really opened up so many different perspectives for me to learn from.