eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: John Casken

Available Survey Results

NURS672, Summer II 2013
NURS605, Spring 2013
NURS672, Spring 2013
NURS609, Summer II 2012
NURS672, Summer II 2011
NURS605, Spring 2011
NURS609, Fall 2010
NURS605, Spring 2010
NURS605, Fall 2009
NURS670, Summer II 2009
NURS605, Spring 2009
NURS609, Spring 2009

John Casken: NURS672, Summer II 2013

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Nursing
Course: NURS 672 - Adv C PHN Practicum Crn (Section): 4215 (341)    
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 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (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  
2.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
6. I developed the ability to solve real problems in this field.
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 greater awareness of societal problems.
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 developed a clearer sense of professional identity.
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 create my own learning experiences in connection with 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%)
10. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
Freq(%)
11. The instructor seems knowledgeable in many areas.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
12. The instructor is sensitive to student difficulty with course work.
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. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
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 makes me feel free to ask 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. The instructor has been helpful whenever I have encountered difficulties.
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%)
18. I was able to get individual help when I needed it.
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%)
19. Other comments:
No survey responses were found.

John Casken: NURS605, Spring 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Nursing
Course: NURS 605 - Hlth Promo & Disease Preventn Crn (Section): 3210 (331)    
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  
2.0 13 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 12 (92%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 13 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (23%) 10 (77%)
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  
4.54 13 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 4 (31%) 8 (62%)
6. I developed greater awareness of societal problems.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.54 13 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 2 (15%) 9 (69%)
7. I developed a clearer sense of professional identity.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 13 0.96 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 3 (23%) 8 (62%)
8. I create my own learning experiences in connection with the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 13 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 11 (85%)
9. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 13 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 12 (92%)
10. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 13 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 11 (85%)
11. The instructor is sensitive to student difficulty with course work.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 13 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (23%) 10 (77%)
12. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 13 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 12 (92%)
13. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 13 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (15%) 10 (77%)
14. The instructor frequently discussed recent developments related to the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 13 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (15%) 10 (77%)
15. The instructor is permissive and flexible.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 13 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 1 (8%) 10 (77%)
16. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 13 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 12 (92%)
17. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 13 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 11 (85%)
18. The design of this course lets me learn at my own pace.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 13 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (23%) 10 (77%)
19. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
The feedback that I got back on my papers really was great. This course really pushed me beyond typical clinical matters and put the community at the forefront. This I believe will allow me to connect better with the community.
Dr. Casken's philosophy for global health care reformed my capacity to become a health care leading professional to the level more than i could ever imagined to achieve. His love to each student to guide and teach for achievement is genuine.
His encouragement to think "outside of the box" and creatively - There is no "right" way to approach this subject -
I appreciated his flexibility with assignments and his willingness to work with students to complete the final project for this course.
The freedom to think broadly and tackle assignment topics from several different approaches/points-of-view, as long as we could back our point up and show that we had genuinely put our mind to the subject matter.
20. I believe I would have gained more knowledge and a better understanding of the course materials had the online course been conducted in-person.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.67 13 1.44 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 2 (15%) 2 (15%) 2 (15%) 5 (38%) 0 (0%)
21. Other comments:
The nature of this course really worked well in an online format.
I have been extremely blessed to learn from Dr. Casken.
The lack of text and formal teaching is wonderful and frustrating at once. While I appreciate the broadening of awareness and creativity, I would have also appreciated the addition of a review of what others in the field are learning in regards to program planning, implementation, finances, evaluation, etc.
I believe this to be true, but have also heard from other students that have interacted with Professor Casken, and all have stated that he has a gift for presenting the material well in person and that they learned much more.

John Casken: NURS672, Spring 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Nursing
Course: NURS 672 - Adv C PHN Practicum Crn (Section): 3243 (331)    
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 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (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  
2.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%)
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  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%)
6. I developed the ability to solve real problems in this field.
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%)
7. I developed greater awareness of societal problems.
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%)
8. I developed a clearer sense of professional identity.
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%)
9. I create my own learning experiences in connection with 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%)
10. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
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. The instructor seems knowledgeable in many areas.
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%)
12. The instructor is sensitive to student difficulty with course work.
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. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
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. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
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. The instructor treated students with respect.
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. The instructor makes me feel free to ask questions.
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%)
17. The instructor has been helpful whenever I have encountered difficulties.
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 was able to get individual help when I needed it.
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. Other comments:
Thank you

John Casken: NURS609, Summer II 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Nursing
Course: NURS 609 - Health Policy Crn (Section): 4220 (441)    
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 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (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  
2.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (50%)
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. I deepened my interest in the subject matter 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%)
7. I developed greater awareness of societal problems.
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%)
8. I create my own learning experiences in connection with 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%)
9. 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%)
10. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
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. The instructor is sensitive to student difficulty with course work.
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%)
12. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
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%)
13. The instructor frequently discussed recent developments related to the subject matter.
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%)
14. The instructor is permissive and flexible.
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%)
15. 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 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%)
16. The instructor treated students with respect.
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%)
17. This was my first online course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   True   False   N/A  
2.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%) 0 (0%)
18. I believe I would have gained more knowledge and a better understanding of the course materials had the online course been conducted in-person.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
19. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
Learning about current changes in healthcare and how its impacting the whole nation.
20. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
Arranging meetings with the legislators
21. Other comments:
It was a great learning experience.

John Casken: NURS672, Summer II 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Nursing
Course: NURS 672 - Adv C PHN Practicum Crn (Section): 4093 (441)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
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%) 2 (67%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
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%) 2 (67%)
3. 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%)
4. I developed the ability to solve real problems 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%) 2 (67%)
5. I developed creative ability 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%) 2 (67%)
6. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
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%)
7. I developed enthusiasm about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (67%) 1 (33%)
8. I developed greater awareness of societal problems.
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%) 2 (67%)
9. I became interested in community projects related to the course.
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%)
10. I learned to value new viewpoints.
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%)
11. I developed a clearer sense of professional identity.
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%)
12. The instructor seems knowledgeable in many areas.
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%)
13. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
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%) 2 (67%)
14. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
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%)
15. The instructor treated students with respect.
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%)
16. Comment on the instructor's concern for the students.
Dr. Casken was available to answer questions and responded in a timely fashion.
Dr. Casken is available to his students and shows genuine concern.
17. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
No survey responses were found.
18. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Positive attitude Kind-hearted Fair
Knowledgable Experienced Approachable
kindhearted, respectful, humble, genuine in character
19. Assignments make students think.
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%) 2 (67%)
20. 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  
4.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 2 (67%) 0 (0%)

John Casken: NURS605, Spring 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Nursing
Course: NURS 605 - Hlth Promo & Disease Preventn Crn (Section): 3289 (431)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 7 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (43%) 4 (57%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
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%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 7 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 3 (43%) 3 (43%)
4. I was stimulated to discuss related topics outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.57 7 0.98 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 2 (29%) 3 (43%) 1 (14%)
5. I developed greater awareness of societal problems.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 7 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (43%) 4 (57%)
6. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.14 7 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 4 (57%) 2 (29%)
7. I create my own learning experiences in connection with the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.14 7 1.07 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 0 (0%) 3 (43%) 3 (43%)
8. I help classmates learn.
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%)
9. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 7 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 3 (43%) 3 (43%)
10. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
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%)
11. The instructor is sensitive to student difficulty with course work.
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 stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 7 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (57%) 3 (43%)
13. The instructor frequently discussed recent developments related to the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 7 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (43%) 4 (57%)
14. The flexibility of this course helps all kinds of students learn.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 7 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 3 (43%) 3 (43%)
15. The instructor treated students with respect.
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%)
16. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 7 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (57%) 3 (43%)
17. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Give students the option of working on a "real" or "virtual" project.
The deliverable my group & I struggled with the most, in terms of clarity, was the fiscal discussion for our project's budget/management. Maybe a further clarification or expectation for this deliverable would be helpful. A discussion on the Laulima forum about how projects are generally funded is another approach.
It is enjoyable for students to create their own learning environment, however, sometimes, for paper writing especially, it is difficult if there are no guidelines to follow.
18. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
Gave good feedback.
He is a very supportive, intelligent, & passionate instructor. He provides a liberal approach so that students can feel comfortable sharing their opinions. He is very fair in grading & upfront about expectations. Whenever assignment descriptions were posted late or backed-up, he adjusted due dates accordingly to avoid stress for the students.
He is quite flexible. He really wants his students to practice self directed learning. He is a good encourager. He has a sense of humor.
I really liked Professor Casken's accessibility and willingness to assist.
19. This was my first online course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   True   False   N/A  
2.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%) 0 (0%)
20. What did you like most about your online course experience?
Working in a team. Like working in groups and incorporating others knowledge and experiences.
I enjoyed the general flexibility of having an online course. I think this particular course & required assignments fit well with the online format. Dr. Casken was an effective communicator via email & always welcomed phone calls & face-to-face meetings. I also liked that there was a combination of individual & group work, which allowed balance & fairness.
The benefit of online courses is flexibility. I enjoy being able to address schoolwork when and where I care to.
Working on my own time.
21. What did you like least about your online course experience?
Nothing. I think the online format is appropriate for this course.
I miss the face to face interactions with other students, but mostly I miss the interaction with my professors. Email as a primary form of communication (as opposed to secondary) is my least favorite way to meet/work with people.
Difficult doing group projects because we do not know everyone in the class and it's difficult to meet when there is not an already set meeting schedule.
22. Other comments:
Unfortunately, I wasn't as pleased with my group in this class as I was in 609. I felt that the communication was fairly poor, ideas were not exchanged in a timely manner and the whole thing was just never really cohesive (different people, different ideas about how things should be done) It seems that some just naturally end up doing more than others. But that is the luck of the draw and in many ways, just like life. Overall, I enjoyed this class.

John Casken: NURS609, Fall 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Nursing
Course: NURS 609 - Health Policy Crn (Section): 1333 (411)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 18 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 6 (33%) 11 (61%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.28 18 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (17%) 7 (39%) 8 (44%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.11 18 1.08 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 3 (17%) 4 (22%) 9 (50%)
4. I was stimulated to discuss related topics outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.78 18 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 5 (28%) 6 (33%) 5 (28%)
5. I developed greater awareness of societal problems.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.18 17 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 8 (47%) 6 (35%)
6. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.78 18 1.11 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 2 (11%) 1 (6%) 10 (56%) 4 (22%)
7. I create my own learning experiences in connection with the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.06 18 0.94 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 1 (6%) 9 (50%) 6 (33%)
8. I help classmates learn.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 18 0.97 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 2 (11%) 8 (44%) 6 (33%)
9. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.28 18 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (22%) 5 (28%) 9 (50%)
10. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The group project was extremely valuable.
Working with nurses of varying experience
THe extra readings Casken gave us to read if we were interested.
Having to research a legislative idea and interview stakeholders and government officials, working collaboratively in a large group
Group work. I enjoyed working with others. It was extremely helpful to work with others who were familiar with the process and who had contacts in the community. Made the process effortless.
I find mandatory group work to be frustrating, yet enriching! In the real world, one's ability to communicate effectively and work well with others are characteristics that must be developed as an APRN.
Absolutely loved the virtual project --thought it was a wonderful vehicle to take us through the actual steps of the legislative process --super, super appreciated that, because I didn't know much about it, but now I am stoked --We can spark change, we have the power, it really is a relatively simple system, and it doesn't take a bunch of money, it just takes the willingness to work together and push for what is right manned with the proper research.
The project brought me into the political arena in a new way by looking at what it actually takes to get legislation changed or implemented.
The content and learning about legislative processes.
The requirement to meet with legislators and stakeholder. It forced us to start a dialogue about real issues related to policy.
11. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
There were none.
the text books--could have read copies of selected chapters without getting the entire book(s)
Individual assignments. I appreciate policy, but many of the aspects of policy are just to complicated for me to even begin to figure out- especially the finance part. I would rather write on an aspect of policy rather than create my own solution.
Some of the reading material was least valuable to me.
Too much people in one group. One group member did NOTHING throughout the semester in group work. Which really angered me and other members in the group. They thought they could just stand by and watch the assignment being turned in. The only responses they gave through email was "sounds great to me". I mean seriously, this is a MASTERs program! I'm just mad that nobody has said anything to that person except me.
I did not enjoy the group projects.The group size was too big and only 4 of us really worked on the material.Communicating with members especially when I live on a neighbor island was extremely difficult.There should be some accountability for those who pass this class on other people's work.
12. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 18 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (33%) 12 (67%)
13. The instructor is sensitive to student difficulty with course work.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 18 0.86 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 3 (17%) 13 (72%)
14. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.39 18 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 7 (39%) 9 (50%)
15. The instructor frequently discussed recent developments related to the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 18 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 6 (33%) 11 (61%)
16. The flexibility of this course helps all kinds of students learn.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 18 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 7 (39%) 9 (50%)
17. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.72 18 0.57 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 3 (17%) 14 (78%)
18. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 18 0.97 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 0 (0%) 6 (33%) 10 (56%)
19. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
I would not change the teaching of this course.
Improve on textbook selections. Would have been more beneficial to have been asked to purchase a "how to book" on writing health related legislative bills or on "political pearls" on gaining legislative support for one's bill so, in the future, I could have a book as a quick reference on my desktop.
Needs to have concrete examples of legislation and international approached to policy and assigned readings
Large working groups were somewhat challenging. Not sure if the groups could be limited in size... perhaps no more than 5 students.
Thought it was great.
Continue to improve the timelyness of his response to deliverables, especially the individual ones.
Make groups smaller. 8 people in one group is too large and difficult.
He can provide more resources on the topics of health policy: web-based resources, government resources, texts links. It is really challenging as a novice to wade through the information out in the world. His guidance is always appreciated.
20. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
Feedback on assignments.
He was always re-evaluating his courseload and if he discovered a more time-efficient manner to do an assignment, or a better learning opportunity, he would offer it to the class and not wait until students asked for it. His main goal was that we learned and did not waste our time doing "busy work".
his insight and sharing of his own experiences
Communication
I love John's teaching approach and his positive, "can do" attitude. His love of learning is contagious, and his feedback is very helpful. I really appreciate the fact that he allows us to be creative, adult learners as we discuss new ideas and continue in our professional development.
Excellent professor. Always available and willing to help out. Really appreciated his humor,knowledge and most of all encouragement to explore. thanks much!
He was quick to respond to e-mails and questions. He encourages exploration into the subject matter by balancing criticism with positive comments.
Good communication
Dr. Casken had strong and helpful personal feedback. He was easily accessible and clear in his expectations.
21. This was my first online course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   True   False   N/A  
1.88 16 0.34 Freq(%) 2 (13%) 14 (88%) 0 (0%)
22. What did you like most about your online course experience?
Being able to complete assignments on my own time.
Flexibility
Flexibility. I enjoy not having to deal with traffic and parking to speak with the instructor. I appreciate the flexibility to communicate via internet.
I like the 24/7 availability. It allows students to access the system and coursework according to their own schedules. Really, the learning never stops! It is also nice to read other student papers, because I believe that learning should be shared. I learn a great deal from my classmates because they come with such a rich, diverse backgrounds.
Very well set up....I actually prefer the online format as long as the professor is accessable and Dr. Casken was always --I think I get more individual attention through the online courses through email correspondance. I like having the ability to meet with our groups in the elluminate platform also. Dr. Casken made the format work as the assignements were well structured. Also enjoyed Dr. Casken's eagerness to have us explore. He gave us the framework, but then allowed us the freedom to explore and be creative with our projects --just great!
The flexibility of my use of time since I work full time.
We can get to it when we can.
The flexibility. It was very helpful to manage my time according to my schedule.
23. What did you like least about your online course experience?
I missed in class discussions.
Prefer some face-to-face time
At first, I wasn't sure which Laulima links we were responsible for checking. We only used a few features. I would recommend the instructor to "cleanup" the sidebar and get rid of the links that will not be used.
Being on an outer island I felt out of touch with the political scene and politicians. It is also very difficult to be a part of a group when it is an online course and takes more time to communicate. The online meeting was an improvement but still difficult as we communicated via typing and with several members it became rather disjointed at times. Did not flow smoothly.
The difficulty in getting group members to do things.
Lack of face to face interaction and discussion
The impersonal nature. It was very challenging to work with a group of seven other people without ANY face-to-face communication. My ideal group would involve some face to face interaction, and majority electronic communication.
Group projects!!!!
24. Other comments:
n/a
Please keep emails to minimal or use them as announcements through laulima. The students are overwhelmed with emails from other professors and classmates. Only email what is necessary.
Mahalo!
Overall good course to make one think and look at the bigger picture of health care on a global scale rather than from the perspective of my work environment or personal experience.
I feel that the online courses provide less value for the money. I paid a large tuition and engaged in mostly self-directed instruction. In general, more teaching resources such as lectures, links and active discussions would make online classes more worth the price.

John Casken: NURS605, Spring 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Nursing
Course: NURS 605 - Hlth Promo & Disease Preventn Crn (Section): 3316 (431)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 5 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 4 (80%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 5 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 0 (0%) 4 (80%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 5 1.22 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 0 (0%) 2 (40%) 2 (40%)
4. I was stimulated to discuss related topics outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 5 1.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 3 (60%)
5. I developed greater awareness of societal problems.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 5 1.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (80%)
6. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 5 1.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (80%)
7. I create my own learning experiences in connection with the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (100%)
8. I help classmates learn.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 5 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (40%) 3 (60%)
9. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 5 1.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (80%)
10. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The group work was the only valuable aspect of the course
Designing a project that will help with disease prevention.
The concise aspect of writing thoughts into a 2 page limit. It has honed my skills immensely! Making students reach out into the community - priceless! adjusting deadlines-appropriate.
The "field work" for the virtual health promotion project was the most valuable. We were able to talk to a wide range of community stakeholders to understand their concerns. It was also helpful that Dr. Casken was flexible with deadlines and found it more important for us to have positive experiences interacting with members of the community, rather than trying to meet the deadlines.
11. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
I found this course offered no teaching whatsoever
N/A
The "Introduction to Health Care Economics & Financial Management" text was not very valuable. I would look for a more applicable text for the financial portion of the course. (Sorry, I don't have a specific text in mind.)
12. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (100%)
13. The instructor is sensitive to student difficulty with course work.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 5 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 1 (20%) 3 (60%)
14. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 5 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 4 (80%)
15. The instructor frequently discussed recent developments related to the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 5 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 4 (80%)
16. The flexibility of this course helps all kinds of students learn.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (100%)
17. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (100%)
18. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 5 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 4 (80%)
19. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Dr. Casken can be more present
Occassional live online discussions.
I would recommend more journal articles, rather than textbooks, for reading materials.
20. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
He's approachable, reasonable, and kind.
Regular feedback on performance on written papers.
availability by email & in person.
He is very interested in the subject material. He was very flexible and understood that community stakeholders could not necessarily meet with us according to the syllabus timeline and adjusted due dates accordingly.
21. This was my first online course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   True   False   N/A  
2.0 4 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 4 (100%) 0 (0%)
22. What did you like most about your online course experience?
I can do work in my pajamas
Flexibility. Able to work on my own time. Working as a team on the group project.
flexibility in time
I was able to work on my assignments and read materials on my own schedule. I didn't need to worry about being at a certain place at a certain time.
23. What did you like least about your online course experience?
There is a general lack of teaching that is done online
N/A
lack of human connection, however, it's made up through the introductions in the beginning of class. Also some students are very open to meeting off line.
I miss interacting with the instructor and classmates in person. Sending e-mail messages back and forth creates a time-lag and stifles discussion. I prefer the dynamics of in-person interaction. Also, it was difficult to coordinate the schedules of the people for the group project to "meet" on-line.
24. Other comments:
None.
highly recommend this for all students so that we never lose touch with our community.
I really enjoyed the course!!

John Casken: NURS605, Fall 2009     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Nursing
Course: NURS 605 - Hlth Promo & Disease Preventn Crn (Section): 74779 (001)     1344 (411)    
1. 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%) 3 (33%) 2 (100%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 9 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (44%) 2 (100%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 9 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (50%) 4 (44%) 0 (0%)
4. I was stimulated to discuss related topics outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 9 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 2 (22%) 2 (100%)
5. I developed greater awareness of societal problems.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 9 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 2 (22%) 2 (100%)
6. I became interested in community projects related to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 9 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 4 (44%) 3 (33%)
7. I create my own learning experiences in connection with the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 9 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (56%)
8. I help classmates learn.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 2 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 1 (50%) 1 (11%)
9. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 2 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 2 (25%) 5 (63%)
10. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
the virtual team project.
The instructor allowed us to be open of our ideas into creating interesting health care promotion and disease prevention programs. I loved the class in that it allowed us to free our minds and develop professionally. Allowing us to create our papers and projects in the ways we intend to be, is a big deal in master's programs to allow us to be autonomous.
Lots of computer and email problems this semester. I hope these are worked out in future. I would also like to suggest that the instructor use the grade book option in Laulima to let students know the grades on their deliverables. I sent several emails but still do not know how I scored on two papers. Thank you, Dr. Casken for the individual feedback via email and also for the opportunities in creative learning. The deliverable topics were very enlightening! I loved this class!
instructor's input and constant communication
I enjoyed the freedom to think outside of the box with our group project.
The easy going nature of the course. We knew exactly what was expected of us and when it was required by. The assignments were engaging and encouraged us to think outside the box. I really enjoyed this course. Thanks John!
Most value aspects of the course is the group project. It was interesting to observe the communication styles in our group dynamics via phone and internet. Learned a lot. Also, being challenged with communicating with and following up with individuals from the community.
11. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
I feel that although group work has it's limited place in education, online classes don't work well for group projects.
Group work. At this level it is more problematic than beneficial. I don't like having my grade dependent on group members whose objectives are different than mine. I also dont like capitulating and allowing others to benefit from my hard work.
I missed the face to face discussion with my classmates.
Nothing
The group project was very difficult, because not all the group members participated equally and everyone had busy schedules. However, I think it is essential to keep this as part of the course requirement, because collaborative group work is how things get done in the real world.
none
None
I can not say if there were any.
12. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 7 (78%)
13. The instructor is sensitive to student difficulty with course work.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 9 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (56%) 4 (44%)
14. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 8 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 4 (50%)
15. The instructor frequently discussed recent developments related to the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 9 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 2 (22%) 5 (56%)
16. The flexibility of this course helps all kinds of students learn.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 9 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 3 (33%) 2 (100%)
17. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 7 (78%)
18. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 6 (67%)
19. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
more frequent and timely feedbacks and comments.
Improve communications amongst the bookstore and instructor so we are not buying the incorrect books.
This seemed to be an exceptionally large class; maybe they could limit the amount of students in the course. I enjoyed reading everyone's papers for creative ideas and perspectives, but 30+ students seems like a lot. Could also improve on use of Laulima (i.e., utilize the student gradebook)
a more detailed list of criteria of group project paper
I had a wonderful learning experience!
Could have given a little more direction from the beginning for the course project. Difficult at times to ask questions when not sure what to ask.
When sending email to students - place course number on email so if you are taking 2 classes from the same instructor you know which one they are referring to...
20. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
His interest and fairness was very helpful. He always provided outside info and perspective through email.
the feedback and comments.
He was organize but open to many possible ideas that was relevant to public health. The instructor communicated very effectively by email and he is a quick emailer!
The individual feedback on course deliverables (via email) was very helpful and informative. I also liked how the instructor was always positive and encouraged us to be creative in our ideas and group proposal.
instructor's feedback
Dr. Casken was always available for consultation on course work.
His understanding that everyone has a life and responsibilities outside of school. I really liked his philosophy on teaching/learning as well.
His flexibility and understanding. Also, his ability to empower us to think outside the box.
21. This was my first online course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   True   False   N/A  
1.5 8 0.53 Freq(%) 4 (50%) 4 (50%) 0 (0%)
22. What did you like most about your online course experience?
flexibility.
the flexibility.
Everything is online, you can do it at home or elsewhere. No driving from far west side of Oahu to UH Manoa to save gas and time. Very green way to do distance learning. Laulima was effective tool to communicate.
That I can access the course work at my convenience, anytime of day.
able to read other's work
I had a great group to work with, which made the online experience easier.
The flexibility
Ability to be able to work on course during own time.
23. What did you like least about your online course experience?
Group work
lack human contact
No real-time chatting experience on Laulima. You had to wait for other group member's responses to your messages on the discussion forums. Sometimes, it's difficult to experience other's behavior when discussing the group projects.
The fact that Laulima often experiences unannounced downtimes.
none
It is a bit less personal than in person meetings, and sometimes ideas and meanings can be misconstrued as emotions are not easily sensed over emails.
Missing classroom lecture-this is more applicable to the other course I was enrolled in.
Laulima technical difficulties. At times I would like to see the instructor face-to-face.

John Casken: NURS670, Summer II 2009     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Nursing
Course: NURS 670 - Adv Nsg Prac and PH Disasters Crn (Section): 4215 (441)    
1. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
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%)
2. I developed greater awareness of societal problems.
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%)
3. 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%)
4. I increased my awareness of my own interests and talents.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
5. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
6. I developed a clearer sense of professional identity.
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 create my own learning experiences in connection with 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%)
8. I have become more competent in this subject area during 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%)
9. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Visit to a disaster agency, designing a communications piece, and assessments of our family and community.
10. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
No survey responses were found.
11. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
12. The instructor is sensitive to student difficulty with course work.
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. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
14. 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%)
15. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
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. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
No survey responses were found.
17. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
Dr. Casken's positive attitude and constructive feedback throughout the course! Deliverables were evenly spread throughout the course for self-directed study and time management. Thanks, Dr. Casken!
18. Assignments make students think.
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%)
19. The writing assignments helped me understand the course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
20. What did you like most about your online course experience?
It allowed for self-directed study and improved my time management skills. I liked being able to read what my peers posted.

John Casken: NURS605, Spring 2009     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Nursing
Course: NURS 605 - Hlth Promo & Disease Preventn Crn (Section): 89350 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 15 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 8 (53%) 6 (40%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.73 15 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (40%) 7 (47%) 2 (13%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.4 15 0.91 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 4 (27%) 7 (47%) 1 (7%)
4. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.53 15 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 5 (33%) 9 (60%) 0 (0%)
5. I developed greater awareness of societal problems.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 15 0.93 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 3 (20%) 6 (40%) 5 (33%)
6. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.53 15 1.25 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 2 (13%) 4 (27%) 4 (27%) 4 (27%)
7. I increased my awareness of my own interests and talents.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.53 15 1.13 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 5 (33%) 5 (33%) 3 (20%)
8. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.73 15 1.03 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 7 (47%) 3 (20%)
9. I help classmates learn.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.73 15 1.03 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 7 (47%) 3 (20%)
10. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Developing the health promotion project and applying epidemiology to it.
the reflection papers made me delve deep into the material and enhanced my learning
deliverables
Teamwork on group projects and getting to know others
Reaction paper deliverables, epi project, and health promotion project. The amount of drafts were appropriate. I really liked the deliverables because it allowed you to express your views and it wasn't like he was giving us a question to get the same answer from everyone.
I liked the way my group was able to come together and be one in our class project. I was lucky to have a great bunch of groupmates who were compliant and enthusiastic in contributing to the group.
freedom to write my opinion
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learning how to write a proposal
The assignments were good and made me think about my opinions on important matters, and made me realize where I lacked knowledge. That made it easier to go out and learn more about issues that I was not educated on. Dr. Casken's mini lectures on the Word documents were enjoyable and informative. He is a very good teacher.
The few meetings I had with John really energized me about my project. With any online course, the material is hung out to dry, and the students must simply rely on textbooks and the internet to learn. John is a very passionate person, and I probably would have really enjoyed hearing his lectures. It's too bad really.
11. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
The textbook -- we never used it!
maybe a test of the core concepts in health promotion might have solidified what I learned from the papers.
Commentary assignments
course not structured enough, not clear directions virtual project stressful, hard to do group project online without meeting people in group
5
I felt confused about what was expected
reaction papers. I did not receive any feedback from them, so never knew if I was on the right track.
As always, online classes are tough. I really wish I could have learned more from Dr. Casken b/c I know he has a wealth of knowledge and experience. I would say that the course could have been more structured, ie, less self-instruction and more instruction from the instructor.
Online design. Again, students must teach themselves. This can relieve faculty of teaching responsibilities, but it leaves students in the dark. We suddenly have to motivate ourselves, and figure out what is important and what this subject is about alone. Online courses are not progress, they've taken the fun, appeal, and meaning out of a university. UH is trying to be lecture free it seems.
12. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 14 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 6 (43%) 6 (43%)
13. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.14 14 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (21%) 6 (43%) 5 (36%)
14. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 15 0.86 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 7 (47%) 6 (40%)
15. The instructor gives individual attention to students in the class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.07 14 0.92 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (14%) 6 (43%) 5 (36%)
16. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.54 13 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (46%) 7 (54%)
17. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.92 12 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 3 (25%) 4 (33%) 4 (33%)
18. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
A little more structure in the learning part -- more (targeted, not necessarily lengthy) reading, current news articles, etc.
maybe a test of the core concepts in health promotion might have solidified what I learned from the papers.
incorporate quizzes/exams with and without team effort
Improve punctuality of feedback. For 1st feedback, we got after we wrote our 2nd paper. No feedback for 2nd and 3rd and the drafts. We don't know what we need to fix and correct because we have an idea, but it may not be what the instructor is looking for.
present more effective learning materials. e.g. articles to be read and commented on, better books more clear direction timely feedback
clear expectations for project
I thought there was going to be a community component to this class. was disappointed to learn that there was not. I never even touched the book--total waste of my money.
I would have enjoyed learning about a greater number of topics. I am not necessarily saying I want more workload....well maybe I am. Everything I learned from Dr. Casken was great, but I really wanted more! So for question 17, when I disagreed that the course load was reasonable, it is because I wanted a little more depth.
Lecture, drop the online stuff. Distance people can watch on TV.
19. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
He is very fair, communicates well and genuinely cares about the progress and learning of his students. This made it a pleasurable class to be in.
He was very understanding and you can tell he really wanted us to learn the important concepts of health promotion
the respect he gives his students
Flexible, effectively communicates in a punctual manner, thoughtful feedback on assignments, very open and considerate.
Enthusiasm about health and his views and thoughts about the topics.
It seemed like the instructor personlized his response to my written work. He reflected on my work and infused a bit of his own. His comments were specific and he didn't make you sound stupid. Writing about commplex subjects in one or two pages is difficult. For some reason, the instructor made you do it well.
knowledgable about public health
I appreciated his keen sense of humor. I wish I would've heard more of it.
He is a very nice person, and I can tell he really enjoys teaching and he likes students. I have found this to be the exception, as many professors teach because they have to. Dr. Casken is genuine and enthusiastic about public health nursing, and it makes me more excited about learning. He has a lot of knowledge and ties in the big picture with what he teaches. I liked having him as a teacher a lot.
During those couple short meetings, I got feedback on my project. Turned out John loved my project, and my group members didn't even know it, because they never get to see John.
20. Assignments make students think.
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%)
21. The writing assignments helped me understand the course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.85 13 0.9 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 3 (23%) 6 (46%) 3 (23%)
22. The group work contributes significantly to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.5 12 1.51 Freq(%) 2 (17%) 1 (8%) 2 (17%) 3 (25%) 4 (33%)
23. What did you like most about your online course experience?
Schedule flexibility. Being online was appropriate for this course.
the teacher was very friendly and helped students to get to know one another.
Allowed us to participate in a forum that resulted in awesome group dynamics and learning how to communicate effectively to get the job done efficiently.
Independence and doing things on your own time.
I liked the Group work participation. The instructor made you think critically.
freedom to work from home
group work. I have experienced group work before, but this time it was a horrible expereince.
no final...easy to schedule.
Flexibility is the only advantage I can think of. Honestly I don't like online classes. I suppose you could tell that from my other answers. I think one day online classes will be the way to go, but right now, I do not think technology makes teaching online user-friendly enough for the same amount of teaching to be conducted.
It is hard to answer that, as I feel like I took the course on the moon. The content was interesting, but I need more, I need interaction. That is what I pay for, interaction with an expert in an open forum.

John Casken: NURS609, Spring 2009     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Nursing
Course: NURS 609 - Health Policy Crn (Section): 87389 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 13 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (38%) 8 (62%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 13 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 4 (31%) 7 (54%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.92 13 1.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (23%) 2 (15%) 1 (8%) 7 (54%)
4. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.46 13 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 5 (38%) 7 (54%)
5. I developed greater awareness of societal problems.
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%)
6. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.23 13 1.01 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (15%) 3 (23%) 7 (54%)
7. I increased my awareness of my own interests and talents.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.46 13 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 5 (38%) 7 (54%)
8. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 12 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 5 (42%) 6 (50%)
9. I help classmates learn.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 13 0.91 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (15%) 6 (46%) 4 (31%)
10. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
I enjoyed doing the reaction papers. These invoked the most thought. I also liked that the papers should be short, concise.
going to the legislature and meeting with reps was great - i'm glad casken made us do that. however, the assignment of the "virtual bill" seemed redundant and was confusing. i would rather have followed a real, current bill from start to finish instead of having to make up my own. casken gave good, thoughtful feedback on assignments.
The exposure to the implications of political involvement as it impacts the profession of nursing was foundationally shifting for me. The course 'supported' me embarking into a foreign arena for this I shall be forever grateful. It challenged me to broaden my 'world view' of nursing yet again! :)
The requirement to actually attend a meeting with a legislator was valuable.
his commentaries
Dr. Casken was incredibly supportive and answered questions promptly. I enjoyed the course, and would easily take another course from him.
The legis. group project. Meeting political individuals and visiting the Capitol. I also enjoyed the book "Political Paradox."
Meeting with and conversating with legislators to gain a better understanding of the law-making process.
Dr. Casken helps me to THINK!!!
Most valuable aspects included meeting with a legislature, observing the legislative process, and the textbooks were great!
open ended writing commentary assignments that allowed for personal opinions instead of research reporting. Ability to do hands on learning about legislative issues in the real world. Opportunity to re evaluate concepts with a new focus.
11. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
The virtual project was difficult to get into. Perhaps asking students to select a bill of interest and follow it through the process would have been better. After I chose a topic for my project, I found it didn't really interest me. Nothing more difficult than doing something that doesn't get you fired up.
Communication was not always good for this course and I wish we could have had some way of interacting online with our classmates more - it was a pretty lonely online course.
Group work is always a challenge especially when you encounter a 'weak link and I find this very time consuming and frustrating.
I don't really understand where there was any teaching.
the book readings - this course could have utilized current policy issues
N/A
Keeping track of the hours, but I do see the relevance of it.
General response papers on topics. The reading was interesting, but usually only the instructor responded to commentary. Minimal exchange with classmates.
Lack of interaction with other students in some kind of forum setting/online discussion would have been nice. I would prefer to have a list of other students and contacts numbers in order to interact on email and share information related to the course, etc.
12. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 13 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (23%) 10 (77%)
13. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.77 13 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (23%) 10 (77%)
14. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 13 0.91 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (15%) 6 (46%) 4 (31%)
15. The instructor gives individual attention to students in the class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 13 1.08 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 1 (8%) 5 (38%) 5 (38%)
16. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 13 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (38%) 8 (62%)
17. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.54 13 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (46%) 7 (54%)
18. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Perhaps do more reaction papers. These were the most interesting part of class. We could have done more of them. I learned the most from doing these.
keep in mind that not all students have a background in health policy and that topic need to be introduced in a way so that these students can understand.
Use more of laulima's tools to make the class more interactive - maybe some discussions or sharing of ideas... all we did was post assignments on it. Also, a clearer outline of the virtual legislation assignment, as well as "how a bill becomes a law in Hawaii" or equipping us with some tools to get started on that path would be helpful.
A lot of frustration was from vague assignments which confused a lot of people. The forums in Laulima is horrible and the discussion section should be utilized for easier reading and posting. An additional source of frustration would be from unanswered emails.
I can't think of anything in this moment.
Due to the cyber-bridge, I am unable to objectively stated how the instructor would be in the presence of the student. However, I can say that through observation of his responses and emails, he does appear very respectful and energetic. Improvement, I do not have any suggestions.
Have it be an in-person class instead of online. The online aspect takes away from the discussion portion and decreases interest and motivation to cultivate our thoughts and ideas to share with the class.
I would suggest posting commentaries at least 2 weeks in advance of due date.
arrange for some discussion over the internet to allow engagement between students. This is especially helpful if you are outer island, and don't get direct contact with either the insructor or other students.
19. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
Seems very kind and enthusiastic about teaching. He sends us tidbits of what occurs in govt/the world. This helps to bring home the idea of how general/basic health care can and should be.
Casken is clearly very passionate and cares about his students. I liked that he encouraged us to questions ourselves, our ideas, and our assumptions. He likes projects and readings to be "open- ended" but sometimes this can be very frustrating for us students.
His willing to be understanding in the face of 'life events' was extremely appreciated.
The instructor's interest in policy is contagious and encouraging.
great on email
His commentaries, and the uniqueness of the articles he shared with us during the course.
His feedback allowed me to improve in my writing and perception of events.
Flexible approach, willing to give feedback, focus more on understanding ideas than technical assignments, generally responsive to emails.
Willingness to listen to other's points of view.
Dr. Casken puts students at ease. Reading his views/commentaries were extremely helpful.
A very wise and insightful person. Very gentle and willing to entertain alternate viewpoints. Encourages independent thinking and individual research and learning process. Tried to make the experience enjoyable and not stressful.Opened up lots of opportunity for new ideas.
20. Assignments make students think.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.23 13 1.09 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (46%) 6 (46%)
21. The writing assignments helped me understand the course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.77 13 1.3 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 2 (15%) 0 (0%) 6 (46%) 4 (31%)
22. The group work contributes significantly to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.54 13 1.45 Freq(%) 2 (15%) 1 (8%) 2 (15%) 4 (31%) 4 (31%)
23. What did you like most about your online course experience?
Flexibility of doing assignments on my time.
The ability to work in a group on the legislation project.
Flexibility to do my assignments when convenient for me.
The group assignment.
easy and convenient
I could leisurely read the assignment submissions of other students.
The freedom and autonomy. I felt that we were given sufficient time to turn in assignments. Thank you Dr. Casken for your work and input.
Nothing, except the schedule flexibility and not having to drive to Manoa and pay for parking.
Freedom from class schedules. Ability to get the work done on my own schedule.