eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Anthony Amend

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BOT105, Fall 2013
BOT105, Fall 2013
BOT105, Fall 2013
BOT105, Fall 2013
BOT612, Fall 2013
BOT699, Fall 2013
BOT105, Fall 2012

Anthony Amend: BOT105, Fall 2013

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
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.
Less I-clicking; other than that, the lectures were well done.
None.I found lectures intriguing because professor Amend is well spoken,genuinely eager to lecture,always on time and well prepared for class.
There's nothing I could come up with to change anything, I can't really complain about anything in this course.
None
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.
more interesting. Have us participate more besides eclicker
Make them a little bit more interesting and exciting, hands on.
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.
17. Other comments:
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.
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.
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.
Very interesting and non stressful. Looked forward to going to this class
The lab is GREAT. Learned A LOT
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.

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?
Nothing! Love the lectures and guest speakers.
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
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.
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.
no other comments

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): 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.
I feel that the lectures should be more based on what the exam is going to be on.
make them more active
Better projector system. Randomly turned off,once in a while delaying lecture
Nothing the lectures were extremely helpful!!!!
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.
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.
enjoyable class, made learning fun
this class got me extremely interested in ethnobotany and I am strongly considering changing majors because of it!

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:
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
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.
I really like this course. I like talking about fungi and learning about other types of fungal research.
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.
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.
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.

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  
2.83 6 1.17 Freq(%) 1 (17%) 3 (60%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 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  
1.5 4 0.58 Freq(%) 2 (50%) 0 (0%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
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%)
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 (25%) 0 (0%) 7 (78%)
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%) 2 (40%) 2 (33%)
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 9 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 3 (33%) 1 (25%)
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%) 1 (25%) 1 (20%) 0 (0%) 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  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%)
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%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 0 (0%) 2 (40%)
10. I gained a better understanding of myself through this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.6 5 1.14 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (40%) 3 (33%)
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  
4.4 5 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 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  
4.17 6 0.98 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 1 (20%) 1 (17%) 1 (100%)
13. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 9 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (50%) 2 (40%)
14. The laboratory was a valuable part of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 6 1.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 1 (100%)
15. Exams are reasonable in length and difficulty.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 3 (60%) 1 (20%)
16. What changes would you make in the lectures?
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Gain more in-depth knowledge about topics rather then surface information
TA that actually know that subject and give at least a little bit of a shit about teaching the labs
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Maybe going over a portion of the readings during the lecture, possibly at the beginning of class.
Less PowerPoint
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
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.
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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!
Maybe just go a little slower sometimes through the slides. Sometimes its hard to write everything down.
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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.
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.
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.
No more games, felt like a waste of time.
find tas that know content
17. Other comments:
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.
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!
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.
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!
Amend is amazing, TA's were good as well!
GOOD JOB(:
great influence on students
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.