eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: John Zuern

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John Zuern: ENG209, Summer II 2012

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: English
Course: ENG 209 - Business Writing Crn (Section): 90420 (701)     92361 (702)    
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  
3.69 16 1.14 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 4 (25%) 5 (31%) 7 (44%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.63 16 0.5 Freq(%) 6 (38%) 11 (69%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 16 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (25%) 10 (63%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 16 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (19%) 10 (63%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 16 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 2 (13%) 9 (56%)
6. I improved my abilities to do the kinds of writing used by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 16 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 7 (44%) 12 (75%)
7. I improved my abilities to revise my rough drafts and to make my writing more effective.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.31 16 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 3 (19%) 12 (75%)
8. The instructor gave useful writing assignments.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 16 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (25%) 0 (0%) 10 (63%)
9. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 16 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 9 (56%) 6 (38%)
10. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 16 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 7 (44%) 12 (75%)
11. I was able to get individual help when I needed it.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 16 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 4 (25%) 12 (75%)
12. Grades are assigned fairly and impartially.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 16 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 4 (25%) 10 (63%)
13. The grading system was clearly explained.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 16 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 3 (19%) 11 (69%)
14. My grades accurately represent my performance in the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 16 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 2 (13%) 12 (75%)
15. This was my first online course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   True   False   N/A  
1.56 16 0.51 Freq(%) 7 (44%) 9 (56%) 0 (0%)
16. I had the necessary equipment and technological skills required for the online course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.63 16 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 4 (25%) 11 (69%) 0 (0%)
17. What did you like most about your online course experience?
I liked that I could be anywhere and still be able to complete my assignments on time.
I liked that the professor was helpful and that we could turn in things a little late without getting penalized because it is hard to keep track of online classes with work and such going on.
I could do my work whenever i had time so it made it easier than actually going to a class.
Being able to learn in the convenience of my own home, or wherever I chose. Although an English course would be better taken in person, some people aren't able to put it in their schedule, so I'm glad this one was available online.
It was a lot easier for me to do my work on my own terms.
Class time independence
I liked the flexibility it allowed me to have with my schedule. I also liked that I could be anywhere and still complete the assignments.
I enjoyed the flexibility to take control of my own learning while working full-time duringt the summer.
The flexibility to do the day's assignments whenever i had the time. Not having to wake up early to go to class.
I liked being able to work at my own pace and schedule. Because of the schedule already given in the syllabus and Professor Zuern being very good about updating us through emails, I was able to plan ahead and work around my schedule if need be.
Although I would normally say that I would rather work at my own pace and not have work every day, this was not the case in this class. Having work due every day helped me to keep up with the workload and not get far behind because I know I would have procrastinated if not for the due dates. The pace was steady and nothing too overwhelming.
learing how to write for a business type audience
I liked that he gave us a schedule of the assignments beforehand, that way it gave us a chance to plan our schedule accordingly. It was very convenient.
Save time going to campus.
The flexibility of being able to do the work when it fit in my schedule.
Although it was an online course, examples were clear and very helpful. and the professor could be reached very easily and was always very helpful
Professor Zuern was always available to help when I needed and he replyed to emails promptly.
Its mostly flexible around my schedule and I don't have to go to class.
Mr. Zuern was very involved in our work. I wasn't expecting there to be so much communication between the teacher and student in this class. I thought it was very effective.
I liked the convenience of being able to work on the assignments at my own pace and not having to take the time to go to a classroom for lecture notes. It is also nice to be able to buy a textbook and get full usage out of it for a class. I also liked that I was able to take this course without having to physically be in Hawaii.
Professor Zuern always kept students up-to-date on assignment objectives and sue dates.
I enjoyed the interactions with the different students. I felt less timid to express my opinions. I also liked the fact I was challenged to time manage better.
I enjoyed all the feedback i got back from Professor Zuern, he is very good at answering questions and very nice. A great teacher!
It was independent but I still felt guided in the learning experience.
18. What did you like least about your online course experience?
I disliked that there was an assignment due everyday of the week, it seemed to be a little extensive for a summer course. I also disliked the group project portion, because it is very difficult to collaborate with 5 people over the internet when they are living in different parts of the world at the time. It is also more difficult to do group work when you can not meet in person.
The group project was a little hard to coordinate because of the time differences and we don't really know the people we are working with.
It was a little difficult communicating with others.
I guess it would be the fast-pace, though since it is a summer course, that is expected.
nothing everything was good
Laulima downtime
I liked everything. There was nothing I didn't like.
There was nothing liked least in this online course.
Harder to effectively communicate with both the professor as well as group mate for the collaborative report. I am in New Jersey, and two of my group mates were in Cali and well as two more in Hawaii, coordinating between 3 time zones and various schedules is tricky, but not impossible.
The group project was somewhat hard to collaborate on with some students living on the east coast and others living in Hawaii
It was a little difficult to do the assignments during the same time that we are working on the group project. I felt that I couldn't work at my full potential for both the assignments and the project because I was splitting my attention and concentration between multiple assignments for the same class.
It was a bit difficult to work in the collaborative teams. Being an online course definitely made meeting up more difficult. However, John helped by creating chatrooms for each team to communicate in.
the amount of assignments assigned
I didn't care for the group report assignment. I think the group was too big, for an online class. It was hard to meet up at the same time for chat meeting. Also it was difficult to write a single, cohesive report with people who aren't really on the same page as you.
Personal life interference.
The group project. It was hard to find a time everyone could meet
There was a lot of reading and assignments due everyday instead of end of week
The group project is too difficult to coordinate with so many different schedule and in such a short amount of time.
Probably the chatroom, since one time it kept logging me off.
Having assignments due everyday. I know it helps to keep you on track and that you can work ahead, but sometimes they creep up on you.
For this class we had a group assignment so it was difficult to coordinate everyone's schedules for an online summer course. Sometimes it is easier to have someone there to physically explain things to you if you don't understand something.
None
Waiting for feedback from classmates and the teacher is tough when you're trying to work on something and it's fresh in your mind.
This class is very fast paced and intensive, i wish i took it during a regular semester so i could have more time.
Working with classmates I couldn't physically work with.
19. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
Same as 17.
I liked that the professor was nice and that there was no penalty for turning in things a little late.
Challenging but doable.
Besides being able to do the course on my own time, I enjoyed the examples and the course reader.
communicating with my peers
I liked how Professor Zuern effectively communicated through frequent emails, memos, and comments.
The best aspect is being able to complete the assignments on my own time and in my own chosen environment. I didn't have to commute which saved on gas and I could accomplish a multitude of other things while still getting my course work done.
My professor required much peer interaction which I thought gave this online class a human interactive aspect that I enjoyed.
Learning how to compile a resume as well as application letter.
I liked the chat room. This was a very useful tool that I have yet to use in any other previous classes, especially for the group project.
John was always very prompt and efficient in answering the students' questions. He was always consistent in his online office hours and if he was unable to make it, he promptly sent out emails alerting us. He replied to emails very quickly and was always willing to help. In addition, he took care in going over each of our assignments and always gave back very thorough and helpful feedback.
the projects and opportunities work on hw i could use for my future
I liked the resume and memo part. Memos and resumes I know I will be using in my future, and I learned a lot about them.
Feedbacks and looking at what other students did on assignments.
Chat availability for help
The aspect I liked the most was how Professor Zuern gave us feedback. I liked that he used the Track Changes feature to give us detailed and personal feedback on my work.
I like that its online and that there is a 2 day grace period.
The curriculum. I thought the information was useful and important for all business majors.
The skills learned from the different assignments, how to deal with complaints and how to communicate effectively.
The concepts were fairly easy to learn.
John was very involved in the class. He was very available and I liked the consistency of the workload.
I liked getting his input on my writing assignments the best
Learning to write effective memos and letters.
20. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
Writing assignments everyday.
I did not like the group projects.
It was a little difficult.
everything was good
The e-book was a major downfall. I did not like paying nearly $70 for the e-book and its software. The e-book reader software is quite difficult to navigate. Students had to go through the pains of downloading software plus its updates, on top of downloading the e-book separately. PDF versions would have worked better.
There was nothing that I didn't like.
It was a little difficult to finish assignments the night of, every weekday night, but besides that everything was great!
Some of the assignments felt mundane/silly.
I thought all aspects were good.
Nothing!
none
none, some where harder then others, but i believe they were all beneficial
The book was expensive. I wanted to see more of how other students were doing on assignments and how they were responding to the various situations.
the reading
The aspect I liked the least was not having the face to face interaction but that can't be helped for an online course.
None that I can think of.
None, really.
Some of the homework assignments were difficult and you do not have the luxury of being able to communicate in person to have something explained to you. Sometimes instructions for assignments were not clear and it is easier to have them explained to you in person.
None
I wasn't a huge fan of the book or some of the earlier assignments.
How fast paced it is, wasn't prepared for it
The inconsistent office hours from the teacher.
21. Other comments:
Very good teacher and I enjoyed this class it taught me lots of important concepts that can benefit me in the long run.
This course exceeded my expectations. I thought I was already a good writer, but this course challenged my skills and showed me many areas to improve. The course content has proven to be extremely valuable to me. I would suggest not using the e-book version in the future. It would be nice to redirect students to buying or borrowing a used version of the book, especially because it's an older edition. For example, I found an Amazon seller advertising the paperback version for a few cents plus $3.99 for shipping. Unfortunately, the company cannot do refunds on e-books.
Simply because communication with the professor was so easy and readily available I didn't feel isolated from a "classroom" environment. I would recommend this course to anyone and have new positive insight to what it's like taking online courses.
Great Professor, definitely cares about his students and makes an effort.
Overall this class was very helpful and I feel that I learned a lot from this course.
Very great professor!
The article about Do it Now was a good material.
Great class! Enjoyed it and learned a lot!
None
Thank you John. You made my online class experience very memorable... In a good way :)