eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Anthony Amend

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BOT612, Spring 2015
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BOT450, Spring 2014
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BOT699, Fall 2013
BOT105, Fall 2012

Anthony Amend: BOT612, Spring 2015

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Botany
Course: BOT 612 - Advanced Botanical Problems Crn (Section): 89355 (006)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
4.83 12 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 11 (92%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.0 12 0.0 Freq(%) 12 (100%) 0 (0%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.92 12 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 9 (75%) 1 (8%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.92 12 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (33%) 5 (42%) 3 (25%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.08 12 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (25%) 5 (42%) 4 (33%)
6. What did you like best about the course?
Ability to work in small team to design, execute and present research using NGS technologies. Access to reagents/materials and engagement with researchers in the field.
Guest lectures - Craig Nielsen and Tom Oliver were particularly informative and interesting.
The hands on experience in next-gen sequencing. The practical information we received to conduct NGS.
I liked the challenge this course presented. The goals of the course - to come up with a project, prepare the libraries and analyze the data in one semester- were set very high, and we largely had to teach ourselves. It was frustrating and difficult at times, and I still have a lot to learn, but I also learned more in this course than I have in almost any other.
I liked the hands on components - library prep and data analysis. I also liked the idea of a simple experiment (10 samples) from start to finish with experimental design, illumina libraries, and bioinformatic analyses.
It was a great way to dive into new techniques for molecular analysis
The value of this class was going all the way through an NGS experiment from design to analysis and producing publishable results.
This course was both very in depth and open ended. The resources provided (free Illumina sequencing!) were fantastic and the potential for success was high.
Exposure to NGS
Principles were delivered effectively Hands-on experience
7. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.83 12 1.03 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 1 (8%) 6 (50%) 3 (25%)
8. I learned to apply principles from this course to new situations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.08 12 1.08 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 0 (0%) 5 (42%) 5 (42%)
9. I developed the ability to solve real problems in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.73 11 1.19 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 3 (27%) 2 (18%) 4 (36%)
10. I developed the ability to carry out original research in this area.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.92 12 1.16 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 2 (17%) 3 (25%) 5 (42%)
11. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.75 12 1.06 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 5 (42%) 2 (17%) 4 (33%)
12. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Being introduced to theories, principles, methods, etc. at a level of understanding deeper than needed to execute a project. This level-deeper understanding equips students to troubleshoot and innovate. Furthermore, if the material is too difficult to understand now, the projects/assignments could still be accomplished and student will have at least been introduced to the concepts for the future.
Learning to prepare libraries and thoroughly understand the protocol, including the cost of materials necessary. Because of this class, I was able to write a good budget for an NGS grant proposal.
Physically going through library preparation and handling of samples for sequencing.
Being able to explore the real high throughput sequencing data, and realizing that it takes a lot of time to analyze and process them.
The most valuable aspects of the course were the library preparation, I learned a lot about how to work in the lab. The bioinformatic analyses were also very valuable.
The experience of doing the work for extracting and analyzing was helpful for the future.
The sequencing, discussing experimental design, and getting experience doing library preps.
I think that the parts of the course I got the most from were actually outside the classroom. Working through the lab protocols and figuring out the data analysis. I did much of this on my own, but without the incentive of the class, I doubt I would have done any of it.
The talks and the lectures from guest speakers.
Experimental design and formulating hypotheses and research questions power analysis
13. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Some times reading materials were posted somewhat late.
Having to rely on a TA for library prep that has no next generation sequencing experience and little molecular work experience in general Having to rely heavily on standard, vague protocols instead of step-by-step guidance during library prep Having to figure out our analyses almost completely independently
The course moved too quickly, without enough instruction, the bioinformatic and statistical analyses could be two courses on their own. Most of the course was spent trying to figure things out, rather than having clear direction under a semester time constraint.
The group projects ended up being a bit hard to control
The bioinformatics section of this course failed. When entire class sessions had to be spent on trying to get everyone at the same place with software uploads, path configuration, etc, it was a huge waste of time. Bioinformatics is a hugely important tool for this type of research, but it seemed like Dr. Amend didn't have the background knowledge and experience to lead us through it and some people were starting the class having never opened up their terminal window before.
I'm not sure how this can easily be changed other than perhaps increasing the breadth of guest speakers, but I found that for my chosen project topic, which was outisde of Dr. Amend's direct field, I was left largely to myself for figuring out how to do things. This proved positive rather than negative, but I could see it being frustrating.
Group work.
I think some of the guest lectures are not really important eg. RNAseq
14. Ten years from now I'll probably remember this course most by ...
Just how much I learned! Very grateful for the experience and accessibility of the material.
Staying up late and redoing my libraries the weekend before they were due, the second time.
the amount of time spent outside of class troubleshooting.
Being able to use Illumina for free
The paper I published in Coral Reefs.
Sadly, I will remember the number of hours it took to work through the ezRAD protocol. But, I gained many valuable skills
Sleepless nights.
If I could do more research
15. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.4 10 1.26 Freq(%) 1 (10%) 1 (10%) 3 (30%) 3 (30%) 2 (20%)
16. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
Keep the classroom size this small. Too much bigger would be to the detriment of the students.
I think this course would be more effective with step-by-step instruction. One way to do this would be to have a class project that everyone worked on together, along with individual group projects. With a class project, the libraries could be prepared step-by-step with an instructor or knowledgable TA with the opportunity to ask plenty of questions for the smaller group library prep. Then when it got to the analyses step, the class could work through analyzing that data together first step-by-step before attempting to analyze their own data.
It felt as if there was a lot of class time wasted on "working on group analysis" which was done at other times through communication/meetings with individual groups. It's not that having group analysis time in class wouldn't be helpful for some, but perhaps if a whole class period was designated to that then only those that needed that time to meet could attend and everyone else could do other things. Additionally, learning bioinformatics is a huge undertaking, and if data and a finished product is desired at the end of the course focusing on GUI programs for analysis and not command line programs will help with the timeline set out for the course. While the bioinformatic lectures/tutorials were intended to be helpful they rarely accomplished much due to individual problem associated with lack of general bioinformatic knowledge. While I personally am striving to learn bioinformatics with command line programs, for the purpose of the class project it seems like a lofty goal in such a short amount of time. (Or perhaps require pre-reqs before people can take the course, although personally I think that takes away from the accessibility of learning these techniques to interested grad students.)
Earlier access to the super computer. More hands on guidance for the analysis programs we used.
This class could have been better if it was class periods a week, one for lecture and one for group work.
Be more specific, perhaps start off with project ideas that are feasible. Have very clear instructions for library preparations as well as bioinformatic analysis pipelines.
This course should definitely be two semesters long. Fitting everything into one semester is possible, but for the most part the troubleshooting takes too long. A course over two semesters would be best for this class.
The one thing I would suggest that would vastly improve the course would be to cut out the focus on command line bioinformatics. That is at least one entire course by itself. In fact I took that course and still am not fully comfortable in it. For the time available for this course and considering the wide range of experience of students, all bioinformatics analysis should be done on GUIs like BaseSpace, Genious, and Galaxy, maybe with a discussion about how to continue to learn and the value of being able to do these analyses in the command line. At the very least, there should be a prerequisite level of comfort with the command line interface and class sessions should not be spent on work that could be done individually at home (the Unix tutorials).
I think that for this specific course, one very strong suggestion I have is to either require some previous knowledge of linux/unix, or to spend considerably more time on that subject early on. More than one lecture was hindered due to lack of basic usability knowledge.
1) Tested tutorials 2) Progress checks on groups 3) Individual research with class data
when students proposing their research plans show them the problems and difficulties associate with it. it is hard to overcome some of the constraints at a short time since the course is only a semester long. I think course must be at least 2 semester long
17. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Encouraging available
Helpful, great teacher
charismatic, approachable, intelligent
Sharp Attentive Responsive
Knowledgeable, clear, approachable
knowledgeable good communicator
18. Any comments about the TA?
Dedicated to the class, available.
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The TA was awesome.
She was very helpful during the library preparations.
Very helpful in the lab portion of the class.
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She was a massive help during the long lab weekends.
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helpful in most cases
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19. How can the laboratory be improved?
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Better pipettes and laboratory protocols, i.e. gel electrophoresis protocol without EtBr, or at least without an EtBr soak.
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Dr. Amend's lab was great, but the lab setting at 5th floor was rather poor in terms of available equipment (misfitting pipette tips etc.).
Having clear protocols made for the reagents we will be using and emphasizing the steps that could go wrong, also more time would have been helpful - with 4 groups working at the same time it can be crowded and stressful.
The lab should be a designated day separate from the lecture. Then in the lab we can learn the nitty gritty stuff. Also if the class was stretched over two semesters, the extraction process could be a lot more lax.
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Mainly by improving the basic facilities. The donated lab space we used was a little rough.
More TAs to allow flexibility of lab times.
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20. Other comments:
Using the UHManoa supercomputers and personal computers/laptops was difficult and frustrating at times. If class could be offered in a computer lab, then that would be helpful. I hope (for the sake of students and the department) that this class is offered again. One of the top three most valuable classes I have taken at UH.
Overall I learned from this class, but I often found myself frustrated with the structure and how time was spent in class.
Overall I learned a ton, but this could have been a better experience if the course was more clear.
A good class, but could be better with some adjusting to scheduling.
My biggest frustration with this class was when class time was wasted. As graduate students we have very little free time and when we decide to dedicate some of our time to taking a course, we expect that to be a productive, profitable experience. Especially those of us who work off campus and have to make a special trip to campus in order to take the course. When class time is spent unproductively (everyone at their computers doing individual work (tutorials), meeting with groups, troubleshooting issues with the bioinformatics portion, etc), our to-do lists start playing in our heads, we start thinking of what we could be doing that would actually be productive, and it's a very frustrating experience.
I hated the group aspect of this class. If I could go back in time, I would've chosen a different group. My group was terrible.

Anthony Amend: BOT105, Fall 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Botany
Course: BOT 105 - Ethnobotany Crn (Section): 73858 (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  
2.24 17 0.97 Freq(%) 4 (24%) 7 (41%) 4 (24%) 2 (12%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.41 17 0.51 Freq(%) 10 (59%) 7 (41%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 17 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 14 (82%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 17 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (24%) 13 (76%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 17 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 15 (88%)
6. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 17 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 14 (82%)
7. The instructor presented concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 17 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 14 (82%)
8. The grading system was clearly explained.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 17 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 4 (24%) 12 (71%)
9. Assignments and assessments in this course were related to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 16 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (19%) 13 (81%)
10. Assignments were returned in a timely manner.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 17 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 5 (29%) 10 (59%)
11. The instructor provided specific meaningful feedback.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 17 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 6 (35%) 8 (47%)
12. The instructor was accessible to students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.41 17 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 8 (47%) 8 (47%)
13. What did you like best about the course?
Lab
the lab portion of the class was always interesting
The plant of the day and the labs
I loved the hands-on labs.
I like learning about plants
What I liked most was learning about new plants. I also liked that the powerpoints were easy to follow and that the lectures were understandable.
It was very interesting and easy to follow because it was very well organized!
I loved the lab section of the course and the hands-on aspect of it. I also liked the plant of the day and guest speakers.
It broadened my views of what Ethnobotany really was and what it involves and struck a huge interest in me. I really liked how it focused on more hawaiian plants as well, it made it more relatable to know and see the plants we talk about in class. There was a lot of really interesting information in this class. The labs were definitely my favorite though.
This was definitely one of the most interesting classes I have taken at UH. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The lab.
guest speakers
It was fun and interactive.
I liked the way the material was presented. I thought his lectures were informative and well thought out.
I liked learning about the useful uses of plants.
I liked doing the Labs
I really enjoyed being able to have the labs on Fridays and getting to experience things hands on. Also, the class was interesting. Dr. Amend did a really good job at not putting too much information on the slides. I really liked his teaching style.
14. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Make PowerPoint slides more informative for review as they only make sense during the presentation.
add another test instead of the final paper
N/A
I wish the labs came with more hand-outs or the information reviewed in labs was available somewhere. I didn't realize I needed to be taking notes for the midterm and final, so when I went to study I had nothing to study from.
Learn more about hawaiian culture
I think there should be more group work. It helps us get to know our classmates more. Furthermore, it helps us practice our communication skills.
I enjoyed the class as it was!
I think he did a very good job but some lectures he went through the slides too quickly for me to write them down
Maybe set aside a small portion of lecture to talk about the readings that we are assigned, that way it's not like we're teaching ourselves the information that we will be quizzed and tested on.
Perhaps if the class wasn't after lunch time, it would be easier to stay awake in it. Regardless of how interesting the subject, after lunch I tend to have a hard time staying awake. Sorry!
Less guest lectures.
Keep bringing in a plant of the the week
I would have liked more information on what would be on the test. For example, maybe giving us better advice on what material to study instead of saying everything will be on the test or give us a study guide with headings about the key topics we absolutely have to know (it doesn't have to be super detailed).
I think the learning structure works great.
By doing more group activities
I think he does a good job keeping the students engaged in his lectures. However some of the guest speakers that were brought in were knowledgeable, but I was unsure what I was supposed to learn from their lecture.
15. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.71 17 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (29%) 12 (71%)
16. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.63 16 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 4 (25%) 11 (69%)
17. Why did you choose to take this course? (It fulfilled a focus designation (WI, E, OC, HAP, etc.), POLS major/minor requirement, major/minor requirement for another department, time and day(s) of the week it was offered, instructor, subject matter, etc.)
Fulfilled a focus designation
it looked like an interesting class
fulfilled the gen ed requirements and sounded interesting
Major requirement
For a focus designation
I was interested in learning about plants because I grew up watching my mom grow her own food, and using some plants as medicine. It also fulfilled my general ed requirement.
It fulfilled a requirement but I chose it because it sounded very interesting and I am glad I took it!
It was a requirement for a focus designation.
It was an elective and seemed interesting
I took this course because it was a prerequisite to a course that unfortunately no longer offered at UHM.
It fulfilled an FG
GMP requirement
Fulfills the FG requirement
I chose to take this course because I was interested in it. It did not fulfill any focus designation requirements of mine nor was it required for my major.
I took this class based on a recommendation from a counselor.
Focus designation
It fulfilled an elective credit, and I was interested in learning more about Ethnobotany.
18. Any comments about the TA?
Sean was great!
Very nice guy and makes it clear to understand what were going over. Super helpful and thoughtful
Shawn was awesome. He knew was very knowledgeable and engaging.
He was alright
The TA returned my work in a timely manner most of the time, and was helpful. The things I learned were very interesting, but I feel like it was hard to concentrate when we had to stand while the TA read everything about each plant. I feel like there should be more activities in each lab.
Shawn was great!
Really liked Shawn, he was informative and great at teaching the material.
He was awesome! Knew his stuff and taught it efficiently
Shawn was awesome. Very knowledgable and easy to talk to.
Shawn kept the lab interesting and fun.
Shawn was excellent. Great lab.
Very helpful
My TA was good. He was funny and made the lab lecture interesting. I thought he did a great job.
Sean was a great TA and taught well.
Very good teaching
I really liked my TA, Shawn. He did a great job at covering the material and was a really fun TA. He knew a lot about what he was talking about and made it interesting and relatable.
19. The laboratory was a valuable part of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 16 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (19%) 13 (81%)
20. Other comments:
as i said prior i didn't care for final writing assignment and would rather have had another test to gauge my knowledge in the course
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Overall, I would definitely recommend this class to anyone. I like that we do not just sit and listen to the professor. We actually get to see and do things for our assignments and our labs. Hands on learning is always valuable in any course.
Love this class!
I really like the aspect of the course that the papers and writing assignment are worth more points than the tests. I am a very bad test taker and this has helped with my anxiety for my overall grade in this class. Thank you!
I'd reccomend this class to anybody
Thanks so much for an awesome semester of Ethnobotany!
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I really enjoyed this course.

Anthony Amend: BOT105, Fall 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Botany
Course: BOT 105 - Ethnobotany Crn (Section): 76364 (002)    
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  
2.07 14 1.07 Freq(%) 6 (43%) 2 (14%) 5 (36%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.38 13 0.51 Freq(%) 8 (62%) 5 (38%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 14 1.09 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 11 (79%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 15 1.06 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 10 (67%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 15 1.06 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 11 (73%)
6. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 15 1.06 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 11 (73%)
7. The instructor presented concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 15 1.13 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (13%) 11 (73%)
8. The grading system was clearly explained.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 15 1.06 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 11 (73%)
9. Assignments and assessments in this course were related to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 15 1.06 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (33%) 9 (60%)
10. Assignments were returned in a timely manner.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 15 1.19 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 3 (20%) 8 (53%)
11. The instructor provided specific meaningful feedback.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.87 15 1.3 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 2 (13%) 1 (7%) 5 (33%) 6 (40%)
12. The instructor was accessible to students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.07 15 1.16 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 7 (47%) 6 (40%)
13. What did you like best about the course?
The thing I liked best was the amount of relativity this course has in correlation with our everyday lives. Each class we learn so much about different topics that have a huge impact on our survival and well being.
I learn so much
The importance it taught about the natural world. Sometimes we as busy humans can forget about how important and essential the natural world is to us and this course brought back that awareness and appreciation.
i really enjoyed the connection to Hawaiian culture as well as the specific plants of the day during lecture.
Learning about plants and their use in modern day was very interesting
It was extremely interesting, very-well planned and organized and easy to understand. The lectures were all at a great pace, I was able to take notes and keep up and understand all the concepts. The tests covered expected topics and I was able to get a very good grade from studying my notes. Everything covered was interesting and was presented in an interesting manner. I really liked the lab sections too, they were so much fun and I learned a lot.
I really appreciated the wide range of aspects regarding plants which were touched upon. Along with the various guest speakers which all had very distinct careers yet they all lead back to botany/ethnobotany.
Labs with Shawn
I loved that the environment was so open and friendly. I was never nervous about asking questions about the material or assignments and both the instructor or TA were always helpful. And the labs and course were very interactive which also made the course very interesting and fun.
The material and information taught in class lectures.
I liked that this course had a deep connection with everyone's lives. There were things in the lecture that I was able to adapt into daily life.
The videos he chose were very helpful and not incredibly boring as most are.
the lab and hands on stuff
The lectures were interesting, the labs were hands-on learning, the guest speakers had a lot of insight.
14. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Nothing
He's amazing
He's great!
Anthony is an extremely good lecturer. He talks clearly and makes everything interesting with good examples and explanations. I also really liked the "daily plant" thing. I am a senior and he is definitely one of the best professors I've ever had. He made it very clear what we should know and what we would be tested on. I also liked the field trip worksheets, except for the fact that I had to pay $17 to go to the Bishop Museum. If he is sending 100+ students to do a required project, he should get us some kind of discount from them. The field trips were relevant and fun though. I didn't like that the class was so big, which made it seem like personable and thus we didn't get as much feedback, but that's not Anthony's fault and I think he dealt with it well. I also thought maybe there were a few too many guest lecturers. Keep up the good work, Anthony! Definitely an asset to UH.
Honestly, I couldn't think of something to enrich this course. Professor Amend did a marvelous job at always keeping us engaged with intriguing material in a passionate manner.
He did a good job. Maybe different field trips
The only improvement I could think of would be to have more group projects in class. I loved the lectures but the group days were a lot of fun and helped to really get the point across about whatever subject we were learning about.
Nothing. I like everything about the class.
It is easier to know what will be on the tests when there are multiple with less time in between. with only a midterm and a final, it seemed like there were a ton of topics that I didn't know well enough to demonstrate knowledge in the course effectively.
Returning assignments fast would be good but other than that he did a great job!
be more involved with grading and feedback
I don't have any suggestions. Anthony was my favorite professor to attend lectures with. Most teachers trail off and talk about unrelated matters, but Anthony was straight forward and knew what he was talking about.
15. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.8 15 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 12 (80%)
16. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.73 15 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 11 (73%)
17. Why did you choose to take this course? (It fulfilled a focus designation (WI, E, OC, HAP, etc.), POLS major/minor requirement, major/minor requirement for another department, time and day(s) of the week it was offered, instructor, subject matter, etc.)
I chose to take this course because I needed one more elective and the course description really interested me.
A friend
Fulfilled a focus designation.
It counted as a FG credit, but I was also curious about the subject matter.
Elective
To fill the global history requirement or whatever, and it looked the most interesting out of the options.
Major requirement.
It futilely a FG I believe and it fit in my schedule nicely
I took this course because it fulfilled a requirement for my major.
I heard from previous students that has taken this course that it was great. So I thought I might give it a shot.
I came into UH as a freshman with 64 college units from actual college classes, I chose this class because the system told me I needed another elective to finish my GE. This seemed like the most painless.
It is one of the requirements for Uh. I have always been interested in how plants are used in different cultures and I am very glad I took the course, I have learned a lot.
i thought it fulfilled my HAP, i was wrong, but i was also interested in the class
Major requirement.
18. Other comments:
...
Enjoyed the class very much, thank you!
I would recommend this course to anyone looking to get a broader understanding of Botany or Ethnobotany.
Great class.
Thank you, Anthony! This is a really awesome class.

Anthony Amend: BOT105, Fall 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Botany
Course: BOT 105 - Ethnobotany Crn (Section): 76365 (003)    
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  
1.64 14 0.84 Freq(%) 8 (57%) 3 (21%) 3 (21%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.46 13 0.52 Freq(%) 7 (54%) 6 (46%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 3 (20%) 11 (73%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 15 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 11 (73%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 15 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 5 (33%) 9 (60%)
6. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (33%) 10 (67%)
7. The instructor presented concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 14 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 4 (29%) 9 (64%)
8. The grading system was clearly explained.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (33%) 10 (67%)
9. Assignments and assessments in this course were related to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 15 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 6 (40%) 8 (53%)
10. Assignments were returned in a timely manner.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 15 0.92 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (13%) 6 (40%) 6 (40%)
11. The instructor provided specific meaningful feedback.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 15 0.9 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 2 (13%) 9 (60%)
12. The instructor was accessible to students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 15 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 6 (40%) 8 (53%)
13. What did you like best about the course?
The lab portion was interesting as I was able to apply my knowledge from lecture
I liked the labs most because we got see deal with plants up close.
How some of the labs were really hands on. It was cool to actually see the plants in person.
I liked the labs, I think they were very fun and educating. I know for a fact I would have never ate an eggfruit, made tapa or even made homemaide ginger-ale! SO EXCITING!!
The lab. I like to actually observe and interact with the plants I learn.
Amend did an awesome job making this course interesting. I loved the material we covered!
I loved the hands on sections on Friday, as well as learning about the different fruits and vegetables that people used. Things that were related to real life or applicable today.
I like that we learned about how tightly human culture is tied to specific plants and how we cannot live without one another.
It was alot of fun
covered very interesting topics
The guest lectures can be really interesting
The labs were cool and efficient. Just didn't like the times.
interesting, practical knowledge
The self-directed trips to Lyon Arboretum, Bishop Museum, and Chinatown.
14. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Put more information of the slides of his presentation to make note taking easier
Anthony can improve teaching of this course by giving a stricter syllabus. Perhaps by tackling specific learning objectives shown in the power point. or by showing things to look out for before showing lectures so students have incentive to stay in class the whole time.
Tie in some of the reading to the course, don't make it so segmented.
It would be nice to see the course covers more about the people and plants around the world than just in Hawaii.
One of the best teachers I have had!
You don't necessarily need a study guide for the midterm, but try to tell the students what to study, as oppose to just saying study everything. We go over a lot of material, so it would have been nice to know what would have been on the midterm or what to expect.
Some of the assignments outside of class took a while to get to so maybe some trips closer to the campus?
He can improve the course by focusing more on the parts of ethnobotany that can be interesting and less of what is mostly just kinda uninteresting kinda abstractish things
more demonstrations of practical uses
More explicitly incorporate the text readings into teachings, or reduce the text readings altogether. The reading material is quite broad and dense and difficult to connect to the lab and the lecture.
15. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.47 15 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 6 (40%) 8 (53%)
16. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.6 15 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (40%) 9 (60%)
17. Why did you choose to take this course? (It fulfilled a focus designation (WI, E, OC, HAP, etc.), POLS major/minor requirement, major/minor requirement for another department, time and day(s) of the week it was offered, instructor, subject matter, etc.)
Fulfilled FGA requirement
WI
I thought it would be fun to take.
It fit my schedule as far as timing and it did fulfill one of my requirements. I am also very interested in plants and their uses.
It fulfilled a focus designation.
I thought this course sounded interesting, as I wanted to expand my knowledge on the interaction between human and plants. It filled an elective requirement.
I'm a Freshman from out of state, and my advisor recommended I take this class.
I chose to take this because of core requirements but also because I personally enjoy learning about plants and how its connected to human cultures.
It fulfilled a focus designation and seemed interesting
elective credits and sounded interesting
It seemed like a good course to take
Just wanted an insight about plants
sounded better than my other options
It fulfilled a focus designation. I heard good things about Dr. Amend.
18. Other comments:
The class is a good intro class, especially because of the lots of guest lectures
Dr. Amend is a very pleasant professor. He seems to enjoy teaching.

Anthony Amend: BOT105, Fall 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Botany
Course: BOT 105 - Ethnobotany Crn (Section): 76366 (004)    
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  
2.6 15 1.3 Freq(%) 3 (20%) 4 (27%) 6 (40%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.4 15 0.51 Freq(%) 9 (60%) 6 (40%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.93 15 0.26 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 14 (93%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 15 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 12 (80%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 15 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (40%) 9 (60%)
6. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (33%) 10 (67%)
7. The instructor presented concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 15 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 5 (33%) 9 (60%)
8. The grading system was clearly explained.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (33%) 10 (67%)
9. Assignments and assessments in this course were related to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 15 1.01 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 3 (20%) 3 (20%) 8 (53%)
10. Assignments were returned in a timely manner.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 15 1.06 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 1 (7%) 5 (33%) 7 (47%)
11. The instructor provided specific meaningful feedback.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.07 15 1.03 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 4 (27%) 3 (20%) 7 (47%)
12. The instructor was accessible to students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 15 0.94 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (13%) 5 (33%) 7 (47%)
13. What did you like best about the course?
The interactive labs where we did fun activities such as trying exotic fruits and making things the way indigenous peoples used to make them.
Fun and interesting topics, the class presented information clearly.
The lab
Covered a lot of the basics. My favorite was probably the history of plant use in ancient cultures, more than modern times.
Engaging, non-ethnobotanist-major friendly, concepts explained in an interesting manner.
It was really educational but at the same time extremly fun and interesting.
The lab portion
The straight forwardness of the material but it was interesting
I enjoyed exploring plants from different regions as well as the lecture where we talked about spices. I stayed in Sri Lanka for almost a month and I thought I knew everything about spices and spice trades, but apparently not. Anthony taught me some new things through power points, but mostly through his lecture, which made it more believable.
consistently had interesting topics
The lab. they were fun to do. Also the assignments. I got to go to some cool places.
It was very fascinating and I learned many new things!
It is very interesting.
Love the material and Dr. Amend's lectures were great. My favorite topics were medicinal ethnobotany and ethnobotany of Hawai'i.
14. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
I know the course is an interdisciplinary course but I would've appreciated a study guide for exams.
It was difficult to relate lecture material to lab material some weeks.
Give a study guide or something to narrow our research.
Some days I felt I had learned a lot but I would notice I hadn't written anything down. Maybe have more detailed lecture slides that can be used as guides of what information specifically needed to be remembered for the exams.
More related material presented together
Posting study guides online would be helpful
Possibly go in some kind of order when teaching curriculum instead of doing something different everyday
I would say Anthony is doing a great job IN class, but I feel he can improve the class by posting the lecture notes on laulima much sooner. There were occasions where he was going a little too fast and he abruptly changed slides right as I was getting to the juicy part, and sometimes the notes wouldn't be posted for weeks, which by that time I wouldn't remember that area of discussion because I couldn't review what I didn't write down. I remember there were maybe eight slides from previous lectures that weren't posted until a few days before our midterms, which was a bit challenging trying to prepare.
Provide incentives to coming to class. As the semester went on, less and less people started to show up to lecture I noticed.
no improvements needed1
Possibly not make the final cumulative. Studying videos, lectures and reading two books is a lot to study before the final exam.
15. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.33 15 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 8 (53%) 6 (40%)
16. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.73 15 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 11 (73%)
17. Why did you choose to take this course? (It fulfilled a focus designation (WI, E, OC, HAP, etc.), POLS major/minor requirement, major/minor requirement for another department, time and day(s) of the week it was offered, instructor, subject matter, etc.)
It fulfilled the FGC requirement.
Fulfilled focus requirement
It fit my schedule and it fulfilled on of my requirements.
Fulfilled E requirement.
Graduation requirement and seemed an interesting topic.
It is a requirement and reading description made me be very interested in it
Preq. for courses and heard good reviews about Dr. Amend
It fulfilled a focus designation
I took this course as a general education class, and because I signed up late.
fulfilled gen ed requirement
I took this course because it fulfilled my gen ed credit (FG C).
It fulfilled a focus designation course and it also sounded interesting.
I chose this course to fulfill a general Ed. requirement.
Interested in the subject matter and fulfilled the FG/C Focus Requirement
18. Other comments:
Matthew Bond was also a great TA! I didn't see anywhere else to write about him, so I added it here.
Great job, it was my favorite class
Happy dude!
Thanks for being a great teacher :)
Good course. Even better teacher. I never even heard of ethnobotany but after taking this course, I understand it and I have grown a greater appreciation towards the relationship between plants and people.

Anthony Amend: BOT105, Fall 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Botany
Course: BOT 105 - Ethnobotany Crn (Section): 79709 (005)    
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  
2.17 6 0.75 Freq(%) 1 (17%) 3 (50%) 2 (33%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.33 6 0.52 Freq(%) 4 (67%) 2 (33%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (67%) 2 (33%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 6 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 3 (50%) 2 (33%)
6. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 6 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (50%) 3 (50%)
7. The instructor presented concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 6 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (50%) 3 (50%)
8. The grading system was clearly explained.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
9. Assignments and assessments in this course were related to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
10. Assignments were returned in a timely manner.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 6 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 2 (33%) 2 (33%)
11. The instructor provided specific meaningful feedback.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (67%) 2 (33%)
12. The instructor was accessible to students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 6 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 3 (50%) 2 (33%)
13. What did you like best about the course?
Both LAB and his lecture! We also had some guest lectures, that was a good experience to listen from each of different plant specialists.
all the different fields and sub divisions that fell under ethnobotany
All the field trips and the speakers were great.
Teacher was the best!
Learned lots of new things.
14. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
I pretty much like his teaching way! I always wanted to make sure that my answers of his sample questions are correct, so hope he can post those answers of the questions on laulima!
I think he did fine.
He can get even more guest speakers like when we had those 4 experts in their field where we interviewed them. That was cool seeing their point of view of ethnobotanical research of places all over the world.
I like the way he teaches :) maybe more plants of the day
Make the lectures more interesting/exciting.
15. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.33 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (67%) 2 (33%)
16. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.17 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (83%) 1 (17%)
17. Why did you choose to take this course? (It fulfilled a focus designation (WI, E, OC, HAP, etc.), POLS major/minor requirement, major/minor requirement for another department, time and day(s) of the week it was offered, instructor, subject matter, etc.)
First, it's my BS degree's requirement from FG section. Second, I'm very interested in studying nutrition, plants, health and stuff. That is why I chose to take this course.
FG requirement
Just because I wanted to take something random. it wasnt required but I am glad I took it because i learned something interesting every class.
It fulfilled a requirement.
Fulfilled a credit
fulfilled focus
18. Other comments:
Amend is the man.

Anthony Amend: BOT105, Fall 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Botany
Course: BOT 105 - Ethnobotany Crn (Section): 76367 (006)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
1.38 8 0.52 Freq(%) 5 (63%) 3 (38%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.38 8 0.52 Freq(%) 5 (63%) 3 (38%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 8 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 0 (0%) 7 (88%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 5 (63%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 8 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 7 (88%)
6. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 8 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 7 (88%)
7. The instructor presented concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 8 0.92 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 1 (13%) 5 (63%)
8. The grading system was clearly explained.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 8 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 3 (38%) 4 (50%)
9. Assignments and assessments in this course were related to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 8 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (50%) 4 (50%)
10. Assignments were returned in a timely manner.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 8 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 3 (38%) 3 (38%)
11. The instructor provided specific meaningful feedback.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.75 8 1.04 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 2 (25%) 3 (38%) 2 (25%)
12. The instructor was accessible to students.
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%)
13. What did you like best about the course?
Plant of the day.
Very interesting course content. Interactive labs and field labs which made learning enjoyable.
material
I enjoyed labs the most. I felt hands-on labs taught me the most.
It was very interesting and gave us a good look at ethnobotany and taught us way more about plants.
I like how guest speakers who were experts in their respective field of ethnobotany were brought in for lectures. It let us see ethnobotany in practice and how wide the field can be. I really enjoyed the lectures given by the professor as well. He seems passionate about what he does and knows the material well. I like how he also presented a "plant of the day" in his lectures; it made the lectures more interesting. I also like how the professor made some of the lessons interactive rather than just all lectures, like how we have mini-labs every week and how we played a game in class one time. I thought the homework load wasn't too bad and was pretty reasonable. I liked how the homework actually required us to go and explore places rather than just researching about plants online. Overall, I enjoyed the topics covered in the course and the activities that we got to do.
New information I was never exposed to previously.
14. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Bring in more guest speakers.
Have TAs attend lecture and discuss at the beginning of lab.
more text on slides
He can create powerpoint slides that provide more information.
Put lectures online so we can study them outside of class as well.
One thing I wish we had more of was more hands-on activities in the mini-labs that we had each week, because I think experience can be one the best ways to learn. It also would have been nice if there was a study guide or review session for the class before the midterm or final.
Concepts and basic cultural, social or scientific impacts of specific plants or case studies across a broader and more useful scale should be focused on more than having us remember specific plants and their cultural name. Concepts that allow thought or usage outside of a test or class is important to have retaining information, even if Botany is not a major. Otherwise, the knowledge of specifics of various plants is easy to forget and benign.
15. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.25 8 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 2 (25%) 4 (50%)
16. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.38 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (63%) 3 (38%)
17. Why did you choose to take this course? (It fulfilled a focus designation (WI, E, OC, HAP, etc.), POLS major/minor requirement, major/minor requirement for another department, time and day(s) of the week it was offered, instructor, subject matter, etc.)
Sounded interesting
I took this class because I've taken botany in the past and this seemed like a logical continuation, as well as covered material that interests me.
because it fullied an fg course
It fulfilled FG requirement.
It fulfilled requirements for one of my classes
I chose to take this course because it fulfilled a focus designation (FG requirement), and also because I recently took an interest in how plants were used after learning how to garden.
Thought it'd be interesting to try a class of a subject I have no previously broached.
18. Other comments:
none
I enrolled in this course only to fulfill a FG requirement but after completing this course, I grew a great interest in ethnobotany. I even thought of majoring in ethnobotany! I just don't know where to go or how to start but this course was definitely worth it!
Loved this class
N/A

Anthony Amend: BOT105, Fall 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Botany
Course: BOT 105 - Ethnobotany Crn (Section): 79710 (007)    
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  
1.86 14 0.95 Freq(%) 7 (50%) 2 (14%) 5 (36%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.38 13 0.51 Freq(%) 8 (62%) 5 (38%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 14 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 12 (86%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 14 0.43 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (21%) 11 (79%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 14 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (29%) 10 (71%)
6. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 14 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 12 (86%)
7. The instructor presented concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 14 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 4 (29%) 9 (64%)
8. The grading system was clearly explained.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 14 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 4 (29%) 9 (64%)
9. Assignments and assessments in this course were related to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 14 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (43%) 8 (57%)
10. Assignments were returned in a timely manner.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 14 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 5 (36%) 7 (50%)
11. The instructor provided specific meaningful feedback.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 14 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 4 (29%) 8 (57%)
12. The instructor was accessible to students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 14 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 5 (36%) 8 (57%)
13. What did you like best about the course?
Dr. Amend makes the class very interesting by elaborating on examples from his own field studies or others. He makes the class fun and enjoyable by breaking the material apart and incorporating 'mini-breaks' where he explains other concepts, like 'the plant of the day'. I feel like out of all classes I have taken this semester, I retained the most information from this class.
I enjoyed all the lectures very much and the labs were all very interesting.
The unique facts learned about plants and their meaning
What I liked best about this class was the fun lectures, both the interactive and guest speakers.
it was an interesting course and Mr. Amend made everyone feel comfortable
Learning about the many uses of plants.
It was full with activities, very fun class.
It was very interesting and focused on learning rather then getting the grade. I also love the labs because it was hands on.
The fact that there was a wide spectrum of topics taught was my favorite thing about the course.
Just to see how much the professor really enjoys teaching ethnobotany really shows how much he loves doing what he does. I also enjoyed the labs, which were also taught by a great professor. Just to see people teaching, and they have a passion in what they do is what intrigues me the most
The best thing about this course is the labs because of the small amount of people in the class. We are able to focus and learn more with the hands on experience rather than just listening to a lecture for an hour.
The variety of plants and cultures that are involved in the class.
14. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
I really like the class as it is. He is an excellent teacher.
This course needs no improving
More experimental teaching activities. The voyagers activity helped me answer a question on the midterm. :)
He can improve his teachings maybe by making lectures a little bit more worthy, especially when it comes to test/exams.
I think de did a good job
Doesn't need to be improved, great class!
He has got it up a 100%.
None.
I would say nothing.
Maybe power points with a little more words on what he talks about for topics. Sometimes he can talk to fast and we might not catch what he had said.
Mr. Amend can improve teaching the course by going over the readings in his lectures.
Involve more fun activities . but other than that great job.
15. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.36 14 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 5 (36%) 7 (50%)
16. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.57 14 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 4 (29%) 9 (64%)
17. Why did you choose to take this course? (It fulfilled a focus designation (WI, E, OC, HAP, etc.), POLS major/minor requirement, major/minor requirement for another department, time and day(s) of the week it was offered, instructor, subject matter, etc.)
major requirement
I chose to take ethnobotany because I was curious about the subject
I originally was going to minor in ethnobotany but then realize halfway that the minor does not fit into my schedule.
This course fulfilled a focus designation, but also because I had several family and friends recommend this course to me.
it fulfilled a focus designation
This course fulfills a general education requirement and also I've always been interested in botany.
elective
To fulfill FG requirement.
I chose this class because it seemed interesting and I wanted to learn more.
General requirement.
It fulfilled a FGC.
18. Other comments:
I have learned that ethnobotany is a fascinating subject and I plan to take similar courses in the future.
This was a overall great class, both during lectures and lab. I am glad that I took this class and I feel that everything taught during this semester will be used throughout my life.
GREAT CLASS! Learned a lot
Keep it up Anthony :) my favorite class that I have taken in the University of Hawaii.
Awesome class! Made me appreciate plants!
Great professor and great class
N/A

Anthony Amend: BOT450, Spring 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Botany
Course: BOT 450 - Natural Hist of Hawn Islands Crn (Section): 84010 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.94 18 0.24 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 17 (94%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.39 18 0.5 Freq(%) 11 (61%) 7 (39%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 18 0.43 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (22%) 14 (78%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 18 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (17%) 15 (83%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 18 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 16 (89%)
6. The instructor was accessible to students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 18 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 4 (22%) 13 (72%)
7. What changes would you make in the discussion sections?
The movies were old and very unentertaining. They had good information but the videos were very dry in narration and footage. This was a big downer when the time could be used to talk about some truly interesting topics or even the topics that video explained but in a better and more stimulating way.
With more activities, the students would be less likely to leave halfway through the class as they do if we are just watching a film. Also, I would change it so that the students that turn their assignments in on time get more of an incentive than people who did not.
Better activities
None. The discussion sections were very engaging and helpful.
No changes in the discussion session needs to be changed. The presentation from different people each class is entertaining
none
None. They were very enjoyable, especially outdoor field discussions.
The discussion sections went well in my opinion, i dont see any changes being needed. =)
I enjoyed the discussions but they mainly consisted of watching videos more than discussing things
As far as the writing intensive sessions go, the assignments are pretty unorganized. I only got like one returned back the whole semester. And as far as the assignments for the final project, I got almost no feedback. Outline was never returned back, so wasn't sure if I was doing anything right.
They are pretty good as they are. I like them.
Readings for class are very excessive for a single class; they are basically impossible to finish. I like learning from specialists in each specific field and think the way the course is set up (with different speakers each class)is beneficial for learning the most about a specific topic.
Less videos, the interactive activites were more enjoyable and educational
8. How can the laboratory be improved?
Make it more interactive and fun.
I would add more involved activities that spark the interest of the students.
Better system with watching movies
There was a laboratory for this course?
The organization of submitting homework online needs to be improved.
none
Possibly returning graded work to the students so that they knew what their grades looked like in class.
Moving the class to the sakamaki room was very appreciated. Being in that type of a setting rather then a desk and chair (classroom) setting was much better as we were able to interact with our peers and actually hold discussions rather than looking at each others backs.
It was fine
There is no lab.
Get rid of the super old videos. I know they have cool footage, but most of the time we can't even see it because the video quality is so bad. There has to be more current videos that have some of the same footage, and it would be better for everyone if these were used. Maybe provide more structure to the environmental assessment periods, so that people are actually forced to participate and learn from them, instead of just standing around doing nothing.
N/a
9. Other comments:
Very fun class. Anthony Amend is a very approachable and helpful educator.
Fun course!
The exams are hard since the people preparing the lectures are different from whoever makes the exams so it makes it hard to study for what is going to be on the exams/ what is important to take away from lecture.
Also, when I emailed with questions about the assignments, I never heard back. Giving me no extra help.
Dr. Amend is an excellent instructor and I have really enjoyed learning from him.
Advertise this class for non-majors more than for biology/zoology/botany majors, as the content is kind of over-simplified for students in science. Most science majors have already learned about many of the topics presented. It is a good class, but a little simple for a 400 level ZOOL/BOT course.
N/a

Anthony Amend: BOT450, Spring 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Botany
Course: BOT 450 - Natural Hist of Hawn Islands Crn (Section): 89431 (003)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.4 30 0.81 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 3 (10%) 9 (30%) 17 (57%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.37 30 0.49 Freq(%) 19 (63%) 11 (37%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 30 0.86 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 11 (37%) 17 (57%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.37 30 0.93 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 12 (40%) 16 (53%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 30 0.84 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 14 (47%) 14 (47%)
6. Other comments:
I like the way Dr. Amend presents information, he speaks clearly and concisely. Also, he's very helpful with answering questions/responding to emails in a timely manner. Great class!
Awesome course!! I would recommend it to all of my friends.
He seemed like he knew what he was doing.
I thought this course was interesting in the fact that there were different people guest lecturing nearly every lecture. However, due to this diversity of lecturers, it is difficult to pinpoint what is required for exams as each lecturer has a different way of presenting the various topics.
This class was not what I expected. There was no real study guide and the one provided was just a list of questions made by the TA. The exam didn't really cover the quizzes that we took. There NEEDS to be a study guide for this class because there is too much material to cover and I wanted to do well in this class. Animals, plants, and land is too broad of a subjects to not give us something specific to study for. Telling us "oh study everything," seriously? This class was really a race for my grade and I did not learn anything. I just wanted a good grade. I would never recommend this class to anyone. Dr. Hunter did not help at all, but Anthony was at least helpful.
This was an awesome class learned a lot there is just so many wonderful people that get cut short cause lecture is very short. Ps. I need to own the Mushroom book for Hawaii!!
Both Dr. Hunter and Dr. Amend were well versed in their knowledge and the speakers that came to speak in class were very interesting and well chosen. I really enjoyed this class, and I liked the format and wide variety of information that was presented to uss
I enjoyed the brief introduction into all the different areas of natural history
Nicest professor ever!
This course could use a little more structure on what is expected to be known on the exams. Simply saying all the readings, lectures and quizzes is a stupendous amount of information and not really a strict expectation.
very good informative class with a diverse array of topics that easily attract the students attention. highly recommended
The class was a very good opportunity to learn about a plethora of things about the Hawaiian Islands. But it was also a lot of information to take in within a short period of time, and the tests were accumulative, which resulted in a incredibly hard test to study for. The amount of readings required for the lectures seemed astounding to me, more than any other class. But overall the classes were interesting, and I've learned a lot.
I wish they curved.
I really enjoy this class and his teaching.
Very nice Professor who is always willing to help you.
Anthony Amend was awesome. KNowledgeable, understanding, and flexable.

Anthony Amend: BOT105, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Botany
Course: BOT 105 - Ethnobotany Crn (Section): 74048 (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  
2.31 13 0.95 Freq(%) 3 (23%) 4 (31%) 5 (38%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.54 13 0.52 Freq(%) 6 (46%) 7 (54%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 13 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 10 (77%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
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%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 13 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 3 (23%) 9 (69%)
6. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
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%)
7. I developed enthusiasm about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.23 13 1.09 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 0 (0%) 4 (31%) 7 (54%)
8. I was stimulated to discuss related topics outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.08 13 1.04 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 3 (23%) 3 (23%) 6 (46%)
9. I developed plans to take additional related courses.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.77 13 1.01 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 5 (38%) 3 (23%) 4 (31%)
10. I gained a better understanding of myself through this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.77 13 1.01 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 2 (15%) 6 (46%) 3 (23%)
11. I try to relate what I learn in this course to my own experience.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.08 13 0.86 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 7 (54%) 4 (31%)
12. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
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%)
13. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.31 13 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 5 (38%) 6 (46%)
14. The laboratory was a valuable part of this course.
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%)
15. Exams are reasonable in length and difficulty.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 13 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 6 (46%) 6 (46%)
16. What changes would you make in the lectures?
None
Nothing. Anthony is a great speaker and explains the material in a way that is straight forward and easy to understand while keeping it interesting and entertaining. Very impressed.
None.I found lectures intriguing because professor Amend is well spoken,genuinely eager to lecture,always on time and well prepared for class.
NONE
more interesting. Have us participate more besides eclicker
Make them a little bit more interesting and exciting, hands on.
Make them a bit more engaging, either use the I-Clickers more or not at all, encourage more discussion.
The lectures are perfect, and do more than an adequate job in covering the topics from the course readings. The only change i would recommend would be to go a little more in depth with the slides. Often times there will be a slide displaying a single picture accompanied by an in-depth 5-10 minute discussion of topics related to the picture, however for those who missed class that day, or are studying for the final, these slides are close to useless. It would be more helpful if all slides at least had a brief breakdown of the topics they relate to for future reference. However, most of the slides, as well as the review of key points at the end of each lecture are excellent for studying.
The lectures are good and keep me awake. It would be nice if some pictures on the powerpoint had a label or description because sometimes when I'm looking at picture I'm not listening to what is being said about it, so I dont have a good understanding about it. If the pictures had a description with them I would have an easier time understanding them.
There's nothing I could come up with to change anything, I can't really complain about anything in this course.
Less I-clicking; other than that, the lectures were well done.
17. Other comments:
Very interesting and non stressful. Looked forward to going to this class
The lab portion of the course was very informative and fun, and I will be recommending it to fellow students who are always jealous when I tell them what I get to work on in class.
Labs are always exciting but I wish labs were longer because time feels so crammed,especially for those of us with ten minutes between classes.
I really enjoyed our labs, they gave a first hand perspective of the material we were learning in class.
all in all the class was very good. my only complaints would be that between the i-clicker, and Bishop Museum, as well as the two required texts, it was a little bit expensive. Maybe in the future either don't have i-clickers or use them more. also if it would be possible to work out some deal with Bishop Museum where the class buys bulk tickets at a discount, which the students can than buy.
I've thoroughly enjoyed this class. Professor Amend is clearly extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the subject matter. He does an extremely effective job of teaching the material in a manner that is concise, engaging, and funny. There hasn't been a single lecture that has bored me. The guest speakers have all been fantastic, and do an excellent job of highlighting various aspects of ethnobotanical practices. The labs are all informative, and some were quite engaging and enjoyable, however many of them were fairly dry and boring. There were also a few points in lab where it was obvious that the TA knew very little about the subject beyond the basic facts outlined in their notes. Frequently at the beginning of class Professor Amend would nervously/jokingly comment on the declining attendance, or the lack of questions, apparently worried that they reflect on his abilities as a teacher. No one ever had questions because he did a masterful job of covering the topic in the previous lecture, and made sure to present both sides of most arguments in a fairly non-biased way. In my opinion the lack of questions is merely a reflection of the excellent job he did at teaching the subject. Declining attendance is to be expected and likely has little to do with how entertaining and engaging his teaching style is. As the semester dragged on my attendance declined in all of my classes, and I think its a fair bet to say that a similar story is true for many students. This was my favorite class this semester, largely because of Professor Amend's passionate, inclusive, and engaging teaching style.
The lab is GREAT. Learned A LOT
Anthony's a really great and approachable guy, and he's a very capable teacher with enthusiasm for what he's teaching. He makes himself available during and after class to discuss, and even encourages discussion between students. I really love that.

Anthony Amend: BOT105, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Botany
Course: BOT 105 - Ethnobotany Crn (Section): 76897 (002)    
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  
2.0 4 1.41 Freq(%) 2 (50%) 1 (25%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
6. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
7. I developed enthusiasm about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
8. I was stimulated to discuss related topics outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
9. I developed plans to take additional related courses.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 4 0.96 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 1 (25%) 2 (50%)
10. I gained a better understanding of myself through this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.75 4 0.96 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (50%) 1 (25%) 1 (25%)
11. I try to relate what I learn in this course to my own experience.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 4 0.96 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 1 (25%) 2 (50%)
12. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 4 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (50%) 2 (50%)
13. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
14. The laboratory was a valuable part of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 4 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (50%) 2 (50%)
15. Exams are reasonable in length and difficulty.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 4 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (50%) 2 (50%)
16. What changes would you make in the lectures?
Since the class size was relatively small I think it was unnecessary to buy an iclicker for the class discussions/questions. I was comfortable with just raising my hand. Although I really enjoyed going to the Bishop Museum for one of our assignments I wish we could have gotten a discount for it. Also, since there might be students who may not have enough time for some of the out of class assignments, I think it would be nice to have an alternative assignment.
Nothing! Love the lectures and guest speakers.
nothing
17. Other comments:
Great class. I enjoyed the guest speakers that came to our class and I learned a lot from the lab as well.
no other comments
I really appreciated having the opportunity to hear and learn from a variety of guest speakers as well as from our TAs and professor about their experiences in the field. With this I feel I now have a broader as well as richer understanding of how a degree in ethnobotany can be utilized. I think it is a great way to capture students' attention and open their worlds up to all the possibilities that go along with pursuing a degree in ethnobotany or botany.

Anthony Amend: BOT105, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Botany
Course: BOT 105 - Ethnobotany Crn (Section): 76898 (003)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
4.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
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  
4.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%)
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 deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%)
7. I developed enthusiasm about the course material.
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 was stimulated to discuss related topics outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
9. I developed plans to take additional related courses.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
10. I gained a better understanding of myself through this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%)
11. I try to relate what I learn in this course to my own experience.
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 amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
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. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%)
14. The laboratory was a valuable part of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%)
15. Exams are reasonable in length and difficulty.
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. What changes would you make in the lectures?
Anthony is a good professor who shows his love for the topic with enthusiasm in his lectures. Seeing that this is only the second class he's taught I really applaud him with how he handles the class. The lectures were interesting and easy to follow. The only thing I can mention to improve them would be to allow for a little more time to go over the last couple slides (the overview) but that's not too necessary since if you were paying attention during the presentation you would have known all the summary points.
17. Other comments:
Anthony is very approachable and engages the students very well. I would love to have him as a professor in a future class.

Anthony Amend: BOT105, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Botany
Course: BOT 105 - Ethnobotany Crn (Section): 76899 (004)    
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  
2.88 8 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 3 (38%) 2 (25%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.5 8 0.53 Freq(%) 4 (50%) 4 (50%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 8 1.41 Freq(%) 1 (13%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 6 (75%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 8 1.41 Freq(%) 1 (13%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 6 (75%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 8 1.41 Freq(%) 1 (13%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 6 (75%)
6. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 8 1.46 Freq(%) 1 (13%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 1 (13%) 5 (63%)
7. I developed enthusiasm about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 8 1.46 Freq(%) 1 (13%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 1 (13%) 5 (63%)
8. I was stimulated to discuss related topics outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 8 1.41 Freq(%) 1 (13%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 2 (25%) 4 (50%)
9. I developed plans to take additional related courses.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 8 1.51 Freq(%) 1 (13%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 0 (0%) 5 (63%)
10. I gained a better understanding of myself through this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.88 8 1.46 Freq(%) 1 (13%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 1 (13%) 4 (50%)
11. I try to relate what I learn in this course to my own experience.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 8 1.39 Freq(%) 1 (13%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 5 (63%)
12. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 8 1.36 Freq(%) 1 (13%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 4 (50%)
13. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 8 1.41 Freq(%) 1 (13%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 2 (25%) 4 (50%)
14. The laboratory was a valuable part of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 8 1.39 Freq(%) 1 (13%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 5 (63%)
15. Exams are reasonable in length and difficulty.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 8 1.36 Freq(%) 1 (13%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 4 (50%)
16. What changes would you make in the lectures?
No changes. Class was informal and taught well.
75 minute lectures instead of 50 minutes Replace iclicker with short assignments turned in at the start of class to indicate attendance. The short assignments could be a reflection/commentary on content covered in lecture or readings, or areas students want to further investigate. Altogether students would have a portfolio with 32 entries to represent each class/lecture or the readings by the end of the semester. This would help students retain information and also eliminate the cost of the iclicker. The iclicker was an expensive tool that was under utilized and not really effective anyway for helping students learn, engage with the material or internalize content. Have students prepare questions and concerns about the lecture content in advance and submit via laulima so that the instructor can address student interests related to the particular topics. Have students post introductions at the beginning of the semester on laulima so that students and the instructor can see student interests, academic background, career aspirations and common ground. Also use laulima as a forum for students to post interesting resources and notify each other of events or opportunities on campus (like UROP or SOFT). Many students in this course seemed to already have an interest in this field and a concern for environmental issues. The lectures always addressed the social and environmental implications related to each of the lecture topics, however I think the course could go further in asking students to think about changes societies need to make. Personally, I think students need to be challenged and guided through a process of identifying ways they can make personal changes and participate in change at the community, state or national level. Taking courses at a university is not about getting a grade and getting a "job". It should serve to help individuals become engaged and responsible citizens of this planet.
The diverse variety and complexity of subjects within introductory ethnobotany create the need for more in depth conversation and questions during class, but 50 minutes isn't sufficient for discussion or deep exploration. I would increase the lecture time, as there were often times when the instructor didn't even have the time to complete his own lecture. 50 minutes isn't sufficient for lecture times.
Exam reminders would be awesome for those of us who work full time and attend school full time
I thoroughly enjoyed lectures. They were interesting and never felt long I also enjoyed our guest speakers.
17. Other comments:
As a Sociology major, I found this class extremely insightful in offering explanations and analyses of social phenomena. Having now spent 13+3+5 years of my life in formal education settings, I am really alarmed at how under emphasized the natural environment has been in my liberal arts education. To me, it reflects how detached western society has become from the natural processes which shape and sustain our lives. It is alarming to me how many students, including myself, lack the knowledge or efficacy to engage with the environment the way human communities have for millennia. ----- The instructor brought in several guest speakers/professors from UH or from the ethnobotany field, and this was an excellent way to showcase the community of individuals in this field. I will now be taking a course with one of the guest professors that relates to my honors thesis, which I would have otherwise not known about.
Labs were interesting and fun, but a bit under developed. I would encourage for the TA's to be more intellectually prepared and composed and while maintaining the level of fun and excitement present in experiential learning, and increase the standards and expectations of the students while in lab.
Great Professor, very friendly and enthusiastic! Would recommend his course to anyone.
I loved this class. Both of our text books are wonderful, and our projects made learning especially fun and I feel like I gained some good experience. Anthony Amend is knowledgable and approachable, which made for a comfortable learning environment. I definitely recommend his class.

Anthony Amend: BOT105, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Botany
Course: BOT 105 - Ethnobotany Crn (Section): 76901 (006)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
1.83 6 1.17 Freq(%) 3 (50%) 2 (33%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.17 6 0.41 Freq(%) 5 (83%) 1 (17%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 6 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 1 (17%) 4 (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  
4.33 6 1.03 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 0 (0%) 4 (67%)
7. I developed enthusiasm about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 6 1.03 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 0 (0%) 4 (67%)
8. I was stimulated to discuss related topics outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 6 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 4 (67%) 1 (17%)
9. I developed plans to take additional related courses.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.67 6 1.21 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 2 (33%) 1 (17%) 2 (33%)
10. I gained a better understanding of myself through this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 6 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 4 (67%) 1 (17%)
11. I try to relate what I learn in this course to my own experience.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 6 1.17 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 3 (50%)
12. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (67%) 2 (33%)
13. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 6 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 3 (50%) 2 (33%)
14. The laboratory was a valuable part of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 6 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 1 (17%) 4 (67%)
15. Exams are reasonable in length and difficulty.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 6 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 3 (50%) 2 (33%)
16. What changes would you make in the lectures?
I felt that lectures were fine. It was interesting and easy to sit through to learn new material. I enjoyed the guest speakers which were a real treat.
Nothing the lectures were extremely helpful!!!!
Better projector system. Randomly turned off,once in a while delaying lecture
make them more active
I feel that the lectures should be more based on what the exam is going to be on.
17. Other comments:
I enjoyed this class. I thought that Anthony was a great professor who is sincerely interested in the class and his students.
this class got me extremely interested in ethnobotany and I am strongly considering changing majors because of it!
enjoyable class, made learning fun
I also feel the instructor should have made a study guide or explained to the class what material is going to be on the exam.

Anthony Amend: BOT612, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Botany
Course: BOT 612 - Advanced Botanical Problems Crn (Section): 80071 (004)    
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 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.14 7 0.38 Freq(%) 6 (86%) 1 (14%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
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%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
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%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
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%)
6. Other comments:
it would have been nice, especially since this is a 2 credit seminar, if there was a class every week or every other week that would teach students terminology and basic information about fungi and certain processes/current laboratory techniques. this would help facilitate the discussion classes because some of these papers were very advanced for people who are not in the field and some basic understanding/teaching would go a long way to overall learning.
Great Job. I felt like this course really gave me an in depth look at the state of knowledge of fungal symbioses (a lot left to learn!), and the methods used at the moment that indicate what kind of knowledge we can gain in the future. The classroom atmosphere was relaxed and supportive, and the material has been very interesting. I appreciated the Mycorrhizal primer lecture. I don't know if it would benefit the entire class as much as it would for me, but I would suggest you consider (if you haven't already) starting the class off with a lecture or two, to give the class (who had such a variety of academic backgrounds) some basis of understanding to start off with. Thanks for a great course.
For students without strong fungi background, it would be helpful to have one seminar, maybe even outside of normal class time, at the beginning of the semester that would go over what should be the common knowledge to a fungal biologist. For example, go over what fungi are based on morphology, taxonomy, evolution, etc. Give students enough background so that they have a grasp of what's important in fungal ecology, then when they go looking for papers to present they can find something relevant to current research.
Even though the flexibility to submit the written assignments at any point throughout the semester seemed like a great idea at first, it might have been better to have set due dates for each.
I really like this course. I like talking about fungi and learning about other types of fungal research.
Great class. It was like a journal club which are always fun. Wish it was at a different time, but that's not the biggest complaint in the world

Anthony Amend: BOT699, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Botany
Course: BOT 699 - Directed Research Crn (Section): 78126 (002)    
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  
1.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 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. Other comments:
No survey responses were found.

Anthony Amend: BOT105, Fall 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Botany
Course: BOT 105 - Ethnobotany Crn (Section): 74363 (001)     77982 (002)     77983 (003)     77984 (004)     77985 (005)     77986 (006)     77987 (007)     77988 (008)    
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  
2.38 9 0.92 Freq(%) 1 (11%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.33 6 0.52 Freq(%) 4 (67%) 1 (20%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (40%) 5 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 5 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 2 (40%) 1 (100%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 5 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (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 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (33%) 1 (17%)
7. I developed enthusiasm about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 9 1.09 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 1 (25%)
8. I was stimulated to discuss related topics outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.11 9 1.05 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%)
9. I developed plans to take additional related courses.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (50%) 2 (22%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
10. I gained a better understanding of myself through this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 1 (25%) 1 (100%)
11. I try to relate what I learn in this course to my own experience.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (75%) 5 (56%)
12. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 5 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 0 (0%)
13. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 2 (40%)
14. The laboratory was a valuable part of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 9 0.97 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (60%)
15. Exams are reasonable in length and difficulty.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.83 6 0.98 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (75%) 1 (100%)
16. What changes would you make in the lectures?
N/A
TA that actually know that subject and give at least a little bit of a shit about teaching the labs
Gain more in-depth knowledge about topics rather then surface information
Less PowerPoint
N/A
Maybe going over a portion of the readings during the lecture, possibly at the beginning of class.
The field trips! The information on one of the trips was no longer accurate and left many students confused on how to gather the data. Then there was the fees to go to the museum which was $15! Ridiculous. Other than that, it's a pretty good course.
N/A
Nothing really, they were pretty good as is.
I loved the Chocolate presentation. It had such a good mix of information. I felt like I got a taste of what anthropologists and ethnobotanists do when I saw the map of stimulants found in central and south america. I was entertained. I learned some new information that I deemed odd and interesting, which prompted me to research on my own after class (like the interesting idea of plumeria cocoa foam) and then it also covered basic intro ethnobotany topics. I think some lectures were better than others. But overall, it was a good class. I am already interested in the subject, so I knew a lot of the material covered. I am impatient to learn more.
More based on work
nothing
I enjoyed the occasional, short group activities that were a part of some of the lectures. I strongly recommend the "counting off" method of dividing the class, mainly because I am introverted and finding groups can be an anxiety filled scramble for social acceptance. Its better to just randomly separate the class by sequentially counting off 1 thru (however number of groups there are). I really enjoyed the ethics activity; it was very fun to talk with some classmates about hypothetical dilemmas. Awesome course overall though. Keep up the hard work!
Make it more fun like how we have labs and make it more "ethnobotany" like, relating it to Hawaiian plants.
nothing . . . very open minded
Nothing; they were thoughtful and insightful.
None
Maybe just go a little slower sometimes through the slides. Sometimes its hard to write everything down.
Take role
I think some of the lectures could go a bit more in-depth on certain topics. But in general very interesting..I appreciated the diversity within the subject and the variety of what we learned. All of the guest lecturers were pretty awesome as well. And labs were always fun, Natalie did a great job.
No more games, felt like a waste of time.
find tas that know content
I don't know how plausible this would be with a course this size, but if you were too add an additional lab time where there is some discussion or review on the readings, videos, etc...it would make for a more stimulating and interactive environment. There were few times that anyone cared to make a comment or have a question concerning the readings, and it might be that because there is no accountability they simply aren't reading.
17. Other comments:
N/A
Great class, I have recommended it to friends
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I didn't know what I was getting into when I signed up for this course but in the end this was my favorite course of the semester. I use the information gained from the course more frequently than expected. I see plants or foods and provide background information on them without prompting. The material was presented in an interesting way, especially the activities in the labs.
The labs were boring, poorly structured and didn't really add to the material learned in class. It is unfortunate because usually labs are my favorite part of any class.
It's a good course, and it was awesome.
Awesome job with the course a bit much to take in for both mid term and final.
This class was by far the most interesting and enjoyable class I had this semester. Thank you for keeping my hopes alive that there are interesting classes in college. Keep up the good job!
I'm a political science major, so ethnobotany is the perfect mixture of botany and humanities. The chapters and coursework were, dare I say, fun. My biggest complaint is that the lab was so short. My TA, Kim, worked her butt off to put together each lab and it showed. She facilitated such a pleasant environment to interact with the materials and classmates. It was almost sad to have to leave after a short hour. I'm a big fan of this class. Go ethnobotany!
GOOD JOB(:
great influence on students
Amend is amazing, TA's were good as well!
I fully enjoyed taking this class. Professor Amend is very knowledgeable in Ethnobotany and I learned a lot of valuable things from this class.
The lab section, field trips, and guest speakers were amazing additions to the course.