eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Alan Teramura

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Alan Teramura: BIOL101, Fall 2009

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Biology
Course: BIOL 101 - Biology & Society Crn (Section): 70497 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
2.19 145 1.06 Freq(%) 38 (26%) 64 (44%) 28 (19%) 11 (8%) 1 (1%) 3 (2%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.74 145 0.44 Freq(%) 37 (26%) 108 (74%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.52 147 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (7%) 50 (34%) 87 (59%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 146 0.72 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 0 (0%) 14 (10%) 59 (40%) 72 (49%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 147 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 4 (3%) 19 (13%) 60 (41%) 64 (44%)
6. I learned more in this course than I expected to learn.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.9 146 0.99 Freq(%) 3 (2%) 8 (5%) 37 (25%) 50 (34%) 48 (33%)
7. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 146 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (1%) 14 (10%) 57 (39%) 73 (50%)
8. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 147 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (1%) 27 (18%) 57 (39%) 61 (41%)
9. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.26 145 0.86 Freq(%) 2 (1%) 4 (3%) 15 (10%) 57 (39%) 67 (46%)
10. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.51 146 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 9 (6%) 51 (35%) 85 (58%)
11. The instructor's voice was clear and understandable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.54 147 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (2%) 6 (4%) 46 (31%) 92 (63%)
12. The instructor defined new terms, concepts, and principles.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 147 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (1%) 12 (8%) 58 (39%) 75 (51%)
13. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.31 145 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (1%) 16 (11%) 62 (43%) 65 (45%)
14. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.16 143 0.89 Freq(%) 3 (2%) 4 (3%) 16 (11%) 64 (45%) 56 (39%)
15. The instructor clearly stated at the beginning of the semester the objectives of the course and requirements.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.54 147 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 11 (7%) 43 (29%) 92 (63%)
16. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 147 0.68 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 13 (9%) 59 (40%) 74 (50%)
17. The instructor spoke clearly and audibly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 146 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 8 (5%) 50 (34%) 87 (60%)
18. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.97 147 0.95 Freq(%) 4 (3%) 1 (1%) 42 (29%) 49 (33%) 51 (35%)
19. The instructor seems well prepared for each class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 145 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 10 (7%) 54 (37%) 80 (55%)
20. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.41 144 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 14 (10%) 54 (38%) 75 (52%)
21. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.37 147 0.77 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 2 (1%) 14 (10%) 55 (37%) 75 (51%)
22. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
N/A
He is currently incorporating videos into his lecture which I think is a good thing.
I think the course is good to my standards.
The questions at the end of the lecture should be given at the beginning, but still doesn't need to be stated in the slides so that everyone still has to be present for the lecture, but we will know what answers to listen for. The midterms' multiple choice questions were tricky as well.
It was really boring. He was monotone.
By asking more questions of the students in the lectures.
yes i think so
If anything, the powerpoints can be a little more informative to study off of.
Shorter lectures, more questions
make lectures more interactive/fun
Get a bigger class room, or reduce the amount of students who can take the class.
Some of the lectures weren't very interesting, making it hard to pay attention. The overall the content was what I expected from the course.
I feel the class is excellent, and is run in a very effective manner.
not reading off of slides and providing a text book would help students study more effectively
No comment.
The instructor doesn't need much improvement really. Very interesting teacher, keeps students well attentive.
more personable.... make it easier to receave help when neeeded...
The instructor should use more than just visual aids and a lecture only filled with information. They should add in examples of how it could be found or used in real life, and make things more interesting. Also, to define the tests more clearly. Many times the material given to study was not really clear on the test.
having more videos and illustrations could make the class more interesting
nothing to improve on, very entertaining
Maybe emphasize the broader concepts more than specific information. It makes it less confusing and helps me understand more.
more videos demonstrating material
He should slow down during lectures because some people still like to write notes rather than print out the slides.
By making the midterm exam questions more clear and understandable and posting the lecture slides at the beginning of every week. He could also return the midterm exam grades sooner.
It is perfect
No comment.
Some of the facts in class changed as the course went on and the powerpoints online were sometimes different that the ones in class. Also, some of the information was a little off. For example, we were talking about greenhouse gases, and water vapor was not mentioned as one, even though it is the most abundant greenhouse gas (I'm an astronomy minor, so I know this stuff).
Lectures were put up online too last-minute on some occasions. Some of the videos were too long. The end-of-lecture questions were ambiguous when they weren't actually questions or didn't have choices as answers. It was hard to answer them in preparation for the exams not knowing what exactly was wanted. Although I liked not having class on video days, it might be easier to pay attention if the questions were given first and then the video shown in class
none
less repetition in examples and course material
More interaction with students.
speak up, make process for watching online videos more readily available.
Include more videos. The ones you showed were very effective in portraying points in your lecture.
Make it more interesting and fun.
field trips
instructor tends to rush through slides
Exam questions need some tuning.It's not too hard or anything,but it's not easy either. I just feel that the questions are kind of different from the actual lecture which makes them hard to answer. Also,the very long lectures are very boring.
Nothing! Great course!
N/A
More home videos
n/a
It's pretty good how it is.
add more videos when talking about more complicated topics, more visual aids.
Instead of just reading off the powerpoints, main points should be written on the powerpoint and then elaborated.
I liked his teaching, it doesn't need improvement.
N/A
make class easier
n/a
Nothing I can think of.
already good
This was the most awful class I have taken yet at UH. I hated the format, I learned nothing but memorizing terms and hope that I would pass the test.
Please make lectures a bit more interesting.
I think he is doing a great job.
Be more enthusiastic, he seemed bored with himself sometimes.
The instructor can improve the teaching of this course by creating some sort of short answer questions on the exam. That way, more students will have to pay more attention to what is said in the class to improve the attendance to the lectures.
I was very impressed with Professor Teramura's class. Although it was a large lecture class, he kept the biology topics interesting. I honestly can not thing of one thing for the Professor Teramura to work on.
He could post the powerpoints ahead of time.
TO SHOW VIDEOS DURING CLASS.
To make the powerpoints a little bit more exciting.
The way it is now, we don't get our tests back in this class. We only get the scores. It's kind of frustrating because you never find out what you get wrong, so theoretically you could go through the rest of your life thinking something is right that is really wrong. I think Dr. Teramura is a great teacher. He really knows the material and presents it to us in a manner that is understandable for the most part. He seems like a real intelligent guy and an asset to the University.
Learn how to pronounce the word "nucleus" correctly, and I might take you more seriously. There is no such word as "nu-kyu-ler" no matter what George Bush says. Also stop treating us like first graders. If you ask people why the S-curve is called the S-curve, you're not going to win a lot of respect points.
print out lecture notes so people dont go on their laptops and do other crap they not suppose to be doing in a lecture class
n/a
more relative topics covered
give questions in the beginning of class so that we can find the answers during as we follow along with the lecture.
He could make some of his questions more clearer.
no real comments here. Thought the class was good.
N/A
Make it more fun.
There is not much to improve. The instructor made the material very easy to understand and was sympathetic. Very easy to talk to.
None, I believe this instructor's teaching style was well-fitted to my learning ability; visually and auditory. The PowerPoint slide notes were a bonus to being prepared for the class lecture.
Use more clips during his lectures.
I would of like more opportunities for points other than the test or maybe even a few extra credits
change up class structure.
Organize well how to take the exam. Sometimes there were too many students to take the exam at one room so that there were not enough chairs and desks. should divide students to fit the room.
23. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.07 147 0.91 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 5 (3%) 35 (24%) 48 (33%) 58 (39%)
24. Audiovisual materials (or computers) were adequate and used appropriately.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.34 144 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 4 (3%) 17 (12%) 49 (34%) 74 (51%)
25. Examinations cover the important aspects of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.3 145 0.79 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 2 (1%) 18 (12%) 56 (39%) 68 (47%)
26. The exams are returned in a reasonable amount of time.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.94 147 1.02 Freq(%) 4 (3%) 11 (7%) 24 (16%) 59 (40%) 49 (33%)
27. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.27 147 0.79 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 3 (2%) 16 (11%) 63 (43%) 64 (44%)
28. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
The lectures/powerpoints that he would go over.
That he gave questions that would be on the exam after every lecture. I enjoyed that very much.
The powerpoints and the exam questions at the end.
I didn't really enjoy this course.
I like that we could drop our lowest test score.
How we could easily prepare for exams.
How the powerpoints are online and attendance is not mandatory
I liked the test structure
the movies
class was organized and followed a set and predictable routine, which is very important for a busy college student
How he gave a portion of the questions that are going to be on the exam after every lecture!
The grading was easy to understand (three midterms, drop the lowest, and the final). It was good to have access to the powerpoints, but it was confusing if the powerpoint in class was different from what was on laulima.
I really enjoyed Dr. Teramura's PowerPoints. They were very fun to look at, and he effectively captured the students' attention.
videos
i thought our professor was funny and made biology seem more interesting then i thought it was going to be.
The grading system: highest three of four exam scores.
The 8 questions following each powerpoint; the questions make an excellent study guide.
i wasnt really a fan of this class period.
The fact we didn't have to buy a textbook for this class made my life so much easier. The power point presentations were fun and interesting too!
i did not having much problems for this class because everything was easy to understand and follow
animations in the powerpoints
The organization of the class was clear and simple
i thoughroghly enjoyed this class!! I felt all of the information was relevant, a good introduction to materials that students will probably learn about in other classes. I especially enjoyed the way that the material was related to us. Dr. teramura was very well spoken, informative and funny! Also I really appreciated the fact that we did not need to purchase a text book, and the power point handouts were made available to us. Thank you!!!! ps. the classroom is kind of cold...
the exams
No homework.
It was informative (and the seats were comfy).
Honestly there weren't very many aspects--it's either sit there and take notes during slides, or watch videos at home. The short clips were helpful though.
the easy to understand power point. absorbed alot of knowledge from each lecture
tests were fair
Great powerpoints and nice to have days off to watch videos online!
none
The Midterms were great.
Watching the videos.
simple grading system
learning about global warming
What I liked best about the coarse is that it is very interesting.There's a lot of references to Hawaii,which is what I liked because Hawaii is barely mentioned in the media,teaching,etc.
That there is no required text book. That we follow along in lecture and if we show up to class and study we can get a good grade!
Getting 8 questions per lecture is a very effective studying tool. Tests are made less stressful, because we are capable of studying these questions ahead of time.
The questions at the end of the lecture was a very tactical way to keep the students through the whole lecture instead of leaving half way. The questions are on the exam
How we were given the 8 questions at the end of each lecture to help prepare us for the exams.
i liked the questions at the end of every lecture. it helped me be more prepared for test and exams. would take him again!
More or less self directed, the course material is easy to learn if one dedicates the time to learn it.
Online lecture slides, the exams were good because he let us know exactly what to study.
The graphics, video, and pictures, which help aid concepts.
the content
no text books, powerpoints.
I liked learning about the Biology in Hawai'i.
The real pictures of cells and other organisms in the body were very interesting to look at.
all
nothing.
Topics relevant to improving today's society and ecosystem.
I guess everything is okay.
Posting lectures online helped a lot considering how sick I got this semester!
My favorite aspect of this course was that there were different types of mediums that we were able to learn through. Not only did Professor Teramura use powerpoints, he was able to integrate videos and animations, for our learning.
How there is no textbook to purchase!!!
Watching relevant and interesting videos and answering the associated questions.
Very well organized. You went into class knowing exactly what to expect and what was expected of you. Professor was well prepared and made lectures appealing.
The fact that he gave us questions from the exam after every lecture, so that we were prepared and knew what to study for the exam.
I liked all of it except for the chemistry section, but that's only because I don't like chemistry and have always been somewhat confused by it. Aside from that, I enjoyed all of the material that was presented.
Simple.
exam questions already given
how relaxed things were during the lecture.
N/A
i liked the organization of the course. every student knew exactly what was going to be on the exams. the most perfect elective course i could have ever asked for.
I like how there were questions at the end of the lectures that would be used in the exam. It's like a study guide that we have to make on our own.
I liked it all. Learned alot.
Powerpoint is clear and informative.
That he provided PDFs of all the slide shows and went over them in detail. That he also gave us questions to study for the test. would recommend to a friend
the videos!
The exams are multiple choice.
The slides and study techniques offered.
The new facts and information given to the class, especially to me, was my best interest in this course. It made me more enthusiastic to giving much more attention to the instructor. The videos assigned to the class was also a bonus for me since it involves to today's impact in society and how citizens can do to help maintain the living life of Earth.
very organized
I liked how everything was posted online in case I wasn't able to make the class.
he was very thorough with his explanations
it was simple and easy to understand
studying with power point was good. Even miss the class, I could catch up later.
29. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.11 146 0.81 Freq(%) 2 (1%) 2 (1%) 23 (16%) 70 (48%) 49 (34%)