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Instructor: Robert Boller

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COMG251, Fall 2013
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COMG251, Fall 2013
COMG251, Fall 2013
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COMG251, Fall 2013
COMG251, Fall 2013
COMG251, Fall 2013
COMG251, Fall 2013
COMG251A, Fall 2013
COMG453, Fall 2013
COMG251, Spring 2013
COMG251A, Spring 2013
COMG353, Spring 2013
COMG453, Spring 2013
COMG251, Fall 2012
COMG251A, Fall 2012
COMG353, Fall 2012
COMG385, Fall 2012
COMG453, Fall 2012
SP251, Spring 2012
SP251, Fall 2011
SP251A, Fall 2011
SP353, Fall 2011
SP453, Fall 2011
SP251, Spring 2011
SP251A, Spring 2011
SP353, Spring 2011
SP381, Spring 2011
SP499, Spring 2011
SP251, Fall 2010
SP353, Fall 2010
SP361, Summer I 2010
SP251, Spring 2010
SP251A, Spring 2010
SP353, Spring 2010
SP251, Fall 2009
SP364, Fall 2009

Robert Boller: COMG251, Fall 2013

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Communicology
Course: COMG 251 - Principles of Eff Public Spkg Crn (Section): 77272 (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 17 1.08 Freq(%) 4 (24%) 6 (35%) 3 (18%) 3 (18%) 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  
1.88 17 0.34 Freq(%) 2 (12%) 14 (82%)
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  
4.82 17 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 14 (82%)
6. I learned to apply principles from this course to new situations.
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%)
7. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 17 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 2 (12%) 14 (82%)
8. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
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%)
9. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 17 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 16 (94%)
10. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 17 0.24 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 16 (94%)
11. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 17 0.24 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 16 (94%)
12. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 17 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 2 (12%) 14 (82%)
13. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Different, enthusiastic, caring
General Dynamism and a freakin cool haircut.
interesting knowledgeable
Enthusiastic, entertaining, dynamic
Blessed, transparent, and wise.
quirky, storyteller
Energetic and intelligent
Energetic and passionate.
Knowledgable, sincere, entertaining
He knows what he is talking about and he makes his lectures easier to comprehend by using examples(stories).
enthusiastic charismatic energetic
Interesting and on task. My TA James kin was equal in ability to complete tasks and being clear.
Knowledgeable, talkative
enthusiastic, knowledgeable, efficient
engaging, entertaining, captivating
Enthusiastic, intersting, charming
14. Overall, the TA is an excellent teacher.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
5.0 17 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 17 (100%) 0 (0%)
15. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
5.0 17 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 17 (100%) 0 (0%)
16. The TA was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
5.0 17 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 17 (100%) 0 (0%)
17. Assignments are relevant to what is presented in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 17 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 16 (94%)
18. Student presentations significantly contribute to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 17 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 17 (100%)
19. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 17 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 14 (82%)
20. The guest speakers contributed significantly to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 17 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 1 (6%) 14 (82%)
21. Grades are assigned fairly and impartially.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 17 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 15 (88%)
22. Please list: suggestions for improving the TA's teaching style and methods.
Have class outside of the classroom again!!
James, I really like how you are able to examine things with an open mind and always present us with cool tidbits of information about the course and/or funny/scary/awesome videos. I only have one suggestion to make about your teaching style and that is keep doing what you're doing. Thank you.
James is a great TA. He really is able to connect with his students and explain things on a different level. He should keep continuing to speak about his research findings because they are interesting and relate to our course.
James Kim was a great TA. From the beginning he let the class know the expectations and what was required to succeed. James is passionate about the subject and always offers tidbits of information drawn from research studies in order to widen our perspective of why people act a certain way. His teachings were completely applicable to life outside the communicology classroom. I'm able to better assess different audiences and present different kinds of information. It's a skill I can apply to when I tutor Economics next semester. James has been a big help both in and outside the course. Within the course, he reviews important topics and why it's useful in speeches. The videos he shows at the beginning are always relevant, and great at grabbing our attention at the beginning of the morning. He uses all the resources around to help the class understand concepts in ways that are non- traditional and very effective. Outside the course I've been inspired to take up more public speaking roles and am able to help others in study groups effectively thanks to Jame's unique teaching methods. Even though James is still just a TA, I can say that he has taught me more than what most of my teachers throughout the years have. Public speaking is one of the greatest and most important tools in any career. I'm glad to have had him as my TA. I would recommend anyone to take this class if James is teaching.
More group projects could help learning.
Continue what you're doing because it's working.
Could have spent a little more time studying and going over midterm/final.
I like the way he conducted class. He always kept us interacting with each other and the topic of discussions are always really interesting. He was very helpful and his class was a lot of fun.
James Kim good Ta
I have no critiques. My TA knew what he was talking about. I enjoyed this class very much.
23. My overall evaluation of this course is...
I enjoyed it very much. It was challenging and I did feel old habits coming back. But Dr Boller made it enjoyable and he expressed concern if a student want meeting expectation. He truly knows what he's talking about and he cares for his students well-being and strives to have us all succeed.
Awesome, learned a lot about the finer sides of public speaking and material that is generally pretty intuitive. Definitely aided in my public speaking ability.
Great. I am glad that i took this class instead of COMG 151
Excellent
Awesome...I recommend it to the world.
This is a great course! The exams are too centered on the book, but if you read it then there's no way you can go wrong. The speeches are great practice for public speaking. I'm glad I took this class as it will help me in my business major and future career. This is the most applicable course I have taken so far and I would recommend it to every student on campus.
Its a good class but crams too many speeches in a short semester.
Definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone, but it helped me control my speeches with that push.
I really enjoyed the course and the teachers. They gave me the tools and know how to prepare before giving a speech and showed me that public speaking isn't as terrifying as I originally thought it to be. I wouldn't say that public speeking is fun, but they've made it manageable and doable.
I enjoyed the taking this class.
This is a very useful course. Especially if you're going into a field that requires you to speak in front of five or more people frequently.
Awesome
good, unless you hate talking in front of people.
Thumbs up!
excellent. Both the TA and the professor were very encouraging. Many teachers are just people standing in front of the class. They have no real interaction with their students. However, both the TA and professor were able to develop a good interaction between teacher and student. They held an authoritative role while also connecting with the students in a fun engaging way. It helped keep me focused on excelling rather than just trying to "pass" and get a grade. I enjoyed that the labs didn't involve any written note taking. It was more engaging and kept us on our toes to learn right then and there and fully understand the concept during class rather than focusing on writing down everything.
It was a very fun course surprisingly and I actually learned a lot.
24. Other comments:
Thank you for not giving up on me.
I appreciate the whole idea of saving the earth. However, it was really hard to take the exam using the overhead. I loved the class, I just wished they told us beforehand or asked if it was something we wanted.
Great Class

Robert Boller: COMG251, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Communicology
Course: COMG 251 - Principles of Eff Public Spkg Crn (Section): 77275 (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  
2.38 16 0.81 Freq(%) 3 (19%) 4 (25%) 9 (56%) 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  
1.75 16 0.45 Freq(%) 4 (25%) 12 (75%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 16 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (44%) 9 (56%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 16 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (56%) 7 (44%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 16 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 4 (25%) 11 (69%)
6. I learned to apply principles from this course to new situations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 16 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (63%) 6 (38%)
7. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.19 16 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 9 (56%) 5 (31%)
8. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 16 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (25%) 12 (75%)
9. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 16 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (38%) 10 (63%)
10. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 16 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (25%) 12 (75%)
11. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 16 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 5 (31%) 10 (63%)
12. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 16 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (38%) 10 (63%)
13. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Enthusiastic, exciting, outgoing
Energetic and entertaining
Corky, Weird, Spontaneous.
Great public speaker.
different and cool
knowledgeable extemporaneous funny
Dynamic, interesting,Optimus Prime, technically that last one is two words, but it is a name, so yeahhhhhhh. Also I am aware that I've gone over the two or three word limit, but I felt it necessary to address the last two letter word.
Dynamic and enthusiast
awesome speaker
Dynamically engaging
energetic, enthusiastic, knowledgeable
Dynamic, entertaining, and fun
Enthusiastic, knowledgeable, funny
energetic, charismatic, enthusiatic
Dynamic & Enthusiastic
14. Overall, the TA is an excellent teacher.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.75 16 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (25%) 12 (75%) 0 (0%)
15. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.73 16 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (25%) 11 (69%) 0 (0%)
16. The TA was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.56 16 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (44%) 9 (56%) 0 (0%)
17. Assignments are relevant to what is presented in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 16 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (25%) 12 (75%)
18. Student presentations significantly contribute to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 16 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (31%) 11 (69%)
19. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 16 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (19%) 6 (38%) 7 (44%)
20. The guest speakers contributed significantly to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 16 0.86 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (25%) 4 (25%) 8 (50%)
21. Grades are assigned fairly and impartially.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 16 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (31%) 11 (69%)
22. Please list: suggestions for improving the TA's teaching style and methods.
Incorporate some more reviews throughout the semester instead of just the week before midterms/finals.
You could be more in depth about what we needed to do for our speeches. For example explan or show us example of former students work.
My TA, James Kim, is very spontaneous. His teaching style is very to the point. It was very interesting how he talks to the class about studies that he has looked at about love, attraction, etc.
It was perceived by a few students that favoritism took place. It was subtle to an extent, but overall there was a certain vibe that was given off that the TA didn't like certain students in the class as much as the others.
cool and different
James seemed to favor some students over others.
My TA is James Kim. He always dedicated every minute of class time to learning, or teaching us something new. For example, before class started if people were present in the room he would play a video or have something interactive for us to watch and talk about. And then when class started we got right into discussing speeches,techniques, and many other things. James is easy to talk to, and always has something positive to say, which tends to calm the nerves of someone about to present a speech.
TA: James Kim. He is a great and fun TA. He definitely made the course fun
James Kim, knows the content, truly trying to help the students. Love his humor and little things that he did in class to keep us engaged
TA: James Kim Nothing in particular, but keep up the great class starting attention getters!
I do not believe the TA could have done much better, he did a great job.
James was a great TA. His focus was on helping his students succeed in the class. He was enthusiastic about what he was teaching, and he looked for different ways of presenting the material using Youtube videos and examples. I think because he is a grad student, he was very understanding of our situations as students; he understsood that we have lives outside of school and the classroom, which I think is something a lot of teachers overlook. The only suggestion I have is to maybe spend more time on how to improve our presentations since they are the bulk of the course. The two exams are only 20% combined, versus the informative and persuasive speech worth 40% combined. James did try to help the class out with studying for the midterm and final, which was a big plus. Overall, I thought it was an awesome class, and there was a lot value in what I learned.
James Kim is a remarkable TA, he was enthusiastic and charismatic, and taught me valuable knowledge not only for COMG but for life as well. I highly recommend he just stays the same, because I do not want him to change.
James; He was a good TA. He did not teach in an orthodox manner. I thought that he was interesting and enjoyed the before instruction discussions he started class with.
23. My overall evaluation of this course is...
I loved the course and feel a lot more confident about my public speaking skills. I enjoyed making the speeches and delivering them to the class. It was different than any other course I have taken at UH.
This class was very helpful and I honestly do think that it has and will help me in the future to become a better public speaker.
The course is interesting and helps with public speaking tips. It will definitely be needed in the major I'm going pursuing.
good
Overall, this course did very well in engaging me in the material and I will probably used what I learned in the future.
Optimus Prime, Steven Segal, Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee, Batman, Superman, Catwoman, Hilary Clinton, these are just a few individuals that this class is on equal terms with. Plus I'm sure all of these people would have found the class interesting as well. This paragraph should clearly explain my evaluation of the class. And if not, then whoever is reading this needs to watch more movies, read more comic books, or take a greater interest in politics.
Really helped my public speaking and overall fun
awesome course, no regrets
Excellent!
The course was fun and interesting. There were many things that i did not know about Public Speaking, it really tells who you are and how you interact with society. The teacher and the TA's were all on the same page and had everything very well organized. I thought this class was great and i wouldn't have taken this course if it wasn't required but glad that i did. I enjoyed the class very much thank you
Very fun and effective course, I really enjoyed going to labs and listening to what my TA (James Kim) had to say. Every class was fun and he presented interesting topics in class.
The lecture class was okay, but James Kim made the course overall entertaining and well worth it.
I thought that this course was good. I feel like it should have been an Oral Core class, because this involved a lot of speeches. I know that a few other oral core classes don't involve this much talking.
24. Other comments:
N/A
Overall, good TA and good professor. Could use just a tad improvements, but all together, I'm quite content.
none
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TA: James Kim
to be honest, in mass lecture classes i always ended up doing my homework or working on my computer because the class is too boring. the first day of lecture dr. boller got my attention and i could never finish my reading because he is too good of a speaker.
n/a
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Robert Boller: COMG251, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Communicology
Course: COMG 251 - Principles of Eff Public Spkg Crn (Section): 77277 (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  
2.18 17 0.95 Freq(%) 4 (24%) 8 (47%) 3 (18%) 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  
1.82 17 0.39 Freq(%) 3 (18%) 14 (82%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 17 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 5 (29%) 10 (59%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.31 17 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 9 (53%) 6 (35%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 17 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 6 (35%) 9 (53%)
6. I learned to apply principles from this course to new situations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 17 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 6 (35%) 8 (47%)
7. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.88 17 0.81 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (35%) 6 (35%) 4 (24%)
8. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 17 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 6 (35%) 9 (53%)
9. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 17 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 6 (35%) 9 (53%)
10. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 17 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 6 (35%) 9 (53%)
11. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.31 17 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 9 (53%) 6 (35%)
12. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 17 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 8 (47%) 5 (29%)
13. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Charisma, Spunk, chutzpah.
Extemporaneous, funny
Enthusiastic and approachable
dynamic confident charismatic
Enthusiastic, dynamic, vocal
Dynamic! Intriguing
Unique, Charismatic
Engaging and interesting.
energetic, enthusiastic, dynamic
Intense Interesting Spontaneous
Charismatic about speech.
14. Overall, the TA is an excellent teacher.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.82 17 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 14 (82%) 0 (0%)
15. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.82 17 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 15 (88%) 0 (0%)
16. The TA was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
5.0 17 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 17 (100%) 0 (0%)
17. Assignments are relevant to what is presented in 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%)
18. Student presentations significantly contribute to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 17 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (35%) 11 (65%)
19. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 17 1.06 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 6 (35%) 2 (12%) 8 (47%)
20. The guest speakers contributed significantly to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.31 17 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 7 (41%) 7 (41%)
21. Grades are assigned fairly and impartially.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.41 17 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 6 (35%) 9 (53%)
22. Please list: suggestions for improving the TA's teaching style and methods.
James Kim is a very down to earth, caring individual. In regards to improvements that could be made, my only suggestion would be to curb adding comments during a speech.
Could give more suggestions in helping students choose challenging topics for the speeches.
James was very clear and informative about class lessons.
Incorporate more info from text
James was the best TA i've ever had. I wouldn't really change anything.
Maybe manage time better because not everyone assigned on their presentation day gets to go. Other than that James Kim is a great guy and is really helpful and engaging. He does a great job when connecting with students.
need more preparation for the tests
Style and methods are good, but sometimes speaks up too much during student presentations. Sometimes detracts from the audience's experience, but sometimes improves it.
The TA's teaching style was very formal while still amusing and interactive. It wasn't one of those boring labs where it's like a second lecture, it was a fun, engaging discussion and it was my most enjoyable class this semester. I feel like there are no suggestions to be made since everything we went over was informative and really helped me grasp the material learned in the course.
N/A
23. My overall evaluation of this course is...
An excellent course to break phobia's or hesitancy in terms of speaking publicly. Within the first week of class we were already giving speeches and I enjoyed the fast paced, challenging environment.
Useful
This course was challenging but very helpful in providing me with confidence and skills to become a better public speaker.
Very educational and entertaining. I learned a lot
It was a great course.
This course is great and very engaging. You get to use what you learn during lecture in the lab class.
it helped my public speaking a lot
Good, I don't feel like i learned a lot of new things, but rather helped refine things I already knew or were familiar with.
This course was okay. The lecture was interesting, but the lab is where I learned most of what I feel I needed to learn when it comes to effective public speaking.
Its ok.
24. Other comments:
Class is good, should remain a requirement.
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Robert Boller: COMG251, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Communicology
Course: COMG 251 - Principles of Eff Public Spkg Crn (Section): 77280 (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  
2.64 14 1.34 Freq(%) 3 (21%) 3 (21%) 6 (43%) 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  
1.92 14 0.28 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 12 (86%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 14 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 7 (50%) 6 (43%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 14 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 9 (64%) 3 (21%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 14 1.08 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (36%) 8 (57%)
6. I learned to apply principles from this course to new situations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.93 14 1.07 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 7 (50%) 4 (29%)
7. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.5 14 1.09 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (21%) 4 (29%) 4 (29%) 3 (21%)
8. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 14 1.08 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (36%) 8 (57%)
9. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 14 1.08 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (36%) 8 (57%)
10. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 14 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (36%) 9 (64%)
11. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.08 14 0.95 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (14%) 5 (36%) 5 (36%)
12. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.79 14 1.19 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 5 (36%) 3 (21%) 5 (36%)
13. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Very effective and enthusiastic Professor
Very insightful.
smart fun enthusiastic
loud energetic confident
different interesting awesome
Worldly Seeks Improvement Comfortable
Fun and exciting
boring, stale material
Knowledgeable, charismatic, enthusiastic
interesting sincere talkative
Enthusiastic, Good intentions
14. Overall, the TA is an excellent teacher.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.36 14 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 7 (50%) 6 (43%) 0 (0%)
15. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.43 14 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (57%) 6 (43%) 0 (0%)
16. The TA was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.5 14 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (50%) 7 (50%) 0 (0%)
17. Assignments are relevant to what is presented in class.
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%)
18. Student presentations significantly contribute to this course.
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%)
19. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.64 14 1.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 5 (36%) 0 (0%) 4 (29%) 5 (36%)
20. The guest speakers contributed significantly to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.86 14 0.86 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 0 (0%) 10 (71%) 2 (14%)
21. Grades are assigned fairly and impartially.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 14 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 7 (50%) 6 (43%)
22. Please list: suggestions for improving the TA's teaching style and methods.
TA Kaneshiro was very fair, yet an effective TA. She graded assignments fairly and in a timely manner, was easy to communicate with and email and was understanding of personal situations going on at home that affected class.
None.
really liked this TA
I feel you covered everything well and it was a pleasure to go to class everyday. You are very helpful and keep doing what you are doing.
The TA needs no real improvement just more time and experience in front of students. Her eagerness and connection to the students are attributes she should use as the cornerstone of her teaching foundation.
My TA was great! No improvement needed
be nicer Jessica!
Tough but fair, I do not really have any suggestions.
I think TA should hold review section for the midterm and final.
Have more fun speeches because those were fun and we all had fun with it as a class. It broke the ice easily.
23. My overall evaluation of this course is...
Good, but wouldn't take it again.
A++
It was a blast. If only I couldve remembered to do one of my presentations earlier then the day it was scheduled.
I really enjoyed taking this course and I recommended it to everyone I know. Robert Boller is a great professor and is also very helpful and no class is ever boring.
This course was taught extremely well. I'm not a fan of the the large lecture hall classes, but understand their necessity. I think for this class though smaller classes would give the students greater opportunities to speak in front of an audience. Also more speeches should be presented to really help students find their voice.
This course was difficult at time, but I seemed to enjoy it every class.
Good. let me face my fear of talking to lots of people
okay...
Public speaking in general was daunting for me earlier, but when I had to get a passing grade in the class it pushed me to step outside my comfort zone. Challenging but rewarding. Glad I took this class rather than another Speech class.
this speech course is very demanding with it workload. However, it does provide useful information for future presentation.
It was a fun class even though it was speaking just didn't like the thought of having to read or buy a textbook when we should be speaking. I don't want to waste money on a book if we have a lecture that talks about it and we still do speeches. I did enjoy the speeches and the variety of speeches we did however.
24. Other comments:
Don't use an iClicker-some students (like me) can't afford it.
fine

Robert Boller: COMG251, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Communicology
Course: COMG 251 - Principles of Eff Public Spkg Crn (Section): 78877 (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  
2.0 16 0.97 Freq(%) 6 (38%) 5 (31%) 4 (25%) 1 (6%) 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  
1.87 16 0.35 Freq(%) 2 (13%) 13 (81%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 16 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (25%) 12 (75%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 16 1.03 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (25%) 11 (69%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 16 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (25%) 11 (69%)
6. I learned to apply principles from this course to new situations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 16 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 4 (25%) 11 (69%)
7. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 16 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 5 (31%) 10 (63%)
8. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 16 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 14 (88%)
9. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 16 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 2 (13%) 13 (81%)
10. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 16 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (19%) 13 (81%)
11. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 16 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (31%) 11 (69%)
12. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 16 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 5 (31%) 10 (63%)
13. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Energized, engaging
Passionate, engaging, & knowledgable.
Enthusiastic, creative, fun
Enthusiastic, real, personable
entertaining, great speaker, knowledgeable
Effective passionate
Enthusiastic, interesting, reasonable.
speaker teacher
enthusiastic, great teacher
Awesome Confident
Dynamic, professional, awesome
Interesting and Relatable.
Charismatic, Funny, Knowledgeable
Charismatic energetic insightful
Knowledgable Fun Charismatic
14. Overall, the TA is an excellent teacher.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.88 16 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 14 (88%) 0 (0%)
15. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.75 16 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (25%) 12 (75%) 0 (0%)
16. The TA was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.94 16 0.25 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 15 (94%) 0 (0%)
17. Assignments are relevant to what is presented in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 16 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 14 (88%)
18. Student presentations significantly contribute to 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%)
19. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.31 16 1.08 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 1 (6%) 3 (19%) 10 (63%)
20. The guest speakers contributed significantly to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 16 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 3 (19%) 11 (69%)
21. Grades are assigned fairly and impartially.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 16 0.54 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 14 (88%)
22. Please list: suggestions for improving the TA's teaching style and methods.
Wear less attractive clothes. Being a beautiful woman, it can be distracting.
Nothing comes to mind. Keri did an awesome job! A little harsh when it came to presentations, but with good reason.
N/A
none
She is great
I dont think my TA needs any improvements.
Offering example speeches may have been useful to help better guide us in structuring our speeches. (especially between the informative and persuasive speeches....many persuasive speeches came across as more informative).
N/A. She was great!
23. My overall evaluation of this course is...
Very good. #4 because we didn't get Morgan Freeman....
Fun course! However I'm glad it's over. Nearly 100% of assignments were speeches, and there was little time for breaks typically.
This course was awesome! I would definitely take another course taught by Dr. Boller!
Had a great time and learned significant skills
Required
Good, very interesting and pushed me to my limits.
great practical course where material learn can be applied anywhere
I enjoyed this course
Excellent
Great!
This is one of the best courses I've taken during the time I spent in college. Its straight forward, difficult, and yet you still take something away from taking this course that you can use in real life. Public speaking is a difficult thing and I feel like I have somewhat over come my fear of public speaking from taking this course.
I really enjoyed this course, it was both fun and challenging. Highly recommended!
Very helpful to building my public speaking skills
What a wonderful course. Both the professor and TAs performed exceptionally well. I definitely learned a lot in this course.
24. Other comments:
Difficult, but not too difficult. More nerve racking than anything!
I would recommend this class to my peers
I enjoyed this course and would definitely take it again. Boller is an awesome teacher and kari is an awesome TA
I would recommend anyone to take this course.
:)

Robert Boller: COMG251, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Communicology
Course: COMG 251 - Principles of Eff Public Spkg Crn (Section): 77284 (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  
2.13 17 0.96 Freq(%) 5 (29%) 5 (29%) 5 (29%) 1 (6%) 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  
1.88 17 0.34 Freq(%) 2 (12%) 14 (82%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 17 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (29%) 12 (71%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 17 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 5 (29%) 11 (65%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 17 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 6 (35%) 10 (59%)
6. I learned to apply principles from this course to new situations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.24 17 0.9 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 2 (12%) 6 (35%) 8 (47%)
7. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 17 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (24%) 9 (53%) 4 (24%)
8. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 17 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (29%) 12 (71%)
9. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 17 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (29%) 12 (71%)
10. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 17 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (24%) 12 (71%)
11. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 17 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (41%) 10 (59%)
12. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.82 17 1.19 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 4 (24%) 3 (18%) 7 (41%)
13. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Different, communicator
fun, interesting
animated, interesting, unconventional
enthusiastic, passion
inspirational, excellent, enthusiastic
Confident and knowledgeable
Knowledgable, interesting, nice
Enthusiastic, Exciting, and Understanding
Enthusiastic, story-teller
passionate, informative
passionate, outgoing
Great haircut. Traveled the world. Would make great first impressions at the bar or club.
Enthusiastic, passionate
Clear and lively
enthusiastic articulate
interesting, enthusiastic
Intelligent, Personable
14. Overall, the TA is an excellent teacher.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.82 17 1.13 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 3 (18%) 7 (41%) 5 (29%) 0 (0%)
15. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.41 17 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 8 (47%) 8 (47%) 0 (0%)
16. The TA was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.18 17 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 8 (47%) 6 (35%) 0 (0%)
17. Assignments are relevant to what is presented in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.35 17 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 7 (41%) 8 (47%)
18. Student presentations significantly contribute to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.35 17 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 9 (53%) 7 (41%)
19. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.41 17 1.18 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 3 (18%) 4 (24%) 6 (35%) 3 (18%)
20. The guest speakers contributed significantly to this course.
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%)
21. Grades are assigned fairly and impartially.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.59 17 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 4 (24%) 7 (41%) 3 (18%)
22. Please list: suggestions for improving the TA's teaching style and methods.
It was kind of tough grading.
Doesn't grade fairly on speeches and assignments.
Make her more leniant on the date assignments were turned in due to absences
She has good ability to teach students, but it would be much better if she tried to put students at ease.
there isn't anything to say about her teaching styles and methods.
Try to be easier on students in difficult situations, such as living in a hotel for 100 days without any of their belongings.
I would say my TA is fair, but rather strict and I feel like I've improved but discouraged because of the grade.
Allow more types of speeches, like debates were fun and interesting
the TA I had was a very good teacher, and I cannot think of how she could improve.
No one likes a hard knock teacher. There are times to be understanding as well as lenient. At least if there is improvement it should be shown in the grades. Grading was hard and obtaining an A was difficult.
Accept late turn-ins like audience analysis or evaluations. And also make a leeway for having students provide their TA's the grading rubrics. I don't understand the necessity for having such strict deadlines and this forcibly structured way of turning in and accepting hard copy assignments. Our TA didn't accept the fact that one of my classmates was unable to produce a hard copy of an outline draft at a certain time. He just moved into his apartment, his printer and such were still getting shipped over, and he only had enough money in his checking to sustain his food and transportation to and from school. Why couldn't the TA just accept an e-mail and print it her/himself?
NA. My TA was always professional and concise in her instructions, and made sure to include the entire class in any discussions, activities, etc.
perfect
remind the class of the speeches
23. My overall evaluation of this course is...
I learned a lot and hope to use the knowledge in the future.
It was interesting and difficult.
I enjoyed this course for the most part
It was an excellent course.
it was alright, but the mid term needs to be based on what is taught and not random things.
Effectively taught me how to be more effective when giving a speech
Good course, good way to get over your fear of public speaking.
It was a challenging and enjoyable course.
It was a good introductory to speech. I wish that chapters in the book were assigned instead of expecting us to know everything.
Loved this course!
Strong professor and TAs, beneficial material, always a good environment in lecture and discussion classes.
great course
The course was great, not really what I was looking for, some of the linguistic stylings were not explained thoroughly enough. Kind of impartial about how I feel about the course, the instructor was great, TA was great, but the text and course not as great I wanted it to be
24. Other comments:
It made me to improve my presentation skill.
I thought I was doing well in this class, but turns out I was actually on the edge of passing and failing. My public speaking skills aren't that great to begin with but I believe that I have improved significantly over the semester. It is kind of frustrating and discouraging to know that I wasn't doing well when I thought I was and saw myself improved in public speaking; in terms of speaking in front of a class at least.
really helped out with my public speaking skills

Robert Boller: COMG251, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Communicology
Course: COMG 251 - Principles of Eff Public Spkg Crn (Section): 78878 (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  
1.22 18 0.43 Freq(%) 14 (78%) 4 (22%) 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  
1.83 18 0.38 Freq(%) 3 (17%) 15 (83%)
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  
4.61 18 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (39%) 11 (61%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.61 18 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 4 (22%) 13 (72%)
6. I learned to apply principles from this course to new situations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 18 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 7 (39%) 9 (50%)
7. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 18 1.03 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 3 (17%) 8 (44%) 6 (33%)
8. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.61 18 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 5 (28%) 12 (67%)
9. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 18 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 5 (28%) 11 (61%)
10. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.72 18 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (28%) 13 (72%)
11. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 18 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 6 (33%) 8 (44%)
12. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 18 0.86 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (22%) 4 (22%) 8 (44%)
13. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Professional, effective
interesting, knowledgable
engaging, smart, helpful
passionate entertaining informative
interesting, enthusiastic
Energetic, Enthusiastic
Energetic, passionate, emotional
Interesting,knowledgeable
fun, enthusiastic, dynamic
Enthusiasm Knowledge Understanding
Very dynamic
Energetic
Fun Stimulating Enthusiastic
Full of words
Funny, respectful, one of the best.
Well-spoken; interesting
1.Intense 2.Stand-Offish 3.Passionate
Charismatic, passionate, amicable
14. Overall, the TA is an excellent teacher.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.39 18 1.04 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 5 (28%) 11 (61%) 0 (0%)
15. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.5 18 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 7 (39%) 10 (56%) 0 (0%)
16. The TA was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.39 18 1.09 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 3 (17%) 12 (67%) 0 (0%)
17. Assignments are relevant to what is presented in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 18 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 8 (44%) 9 (50%)
18. Student presentations significantly contribute to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 18 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 4 (22%) 11 (61%)
19. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 18 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 8 (44%) 8 (44%)
20. The guest speakers contributed significantly to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.39 18 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 7 (39%) 9 (50%)
21. Grades are assigned fairly and impartially.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 18 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (17%) 6 (33%) 9 (50%)
22. Please list: suggestions for improving the TA's teaching style and methods.
none
None
he was great
Na
N/a
Be more empathetic.
None
Clearly explain assignments and speeches
N/A
Have more energy and interest in the individual students
Funny and easy to get along. Hard on the grading but it is a 251 course, understandable.
My class always seems to be running behind. We hardly ever had time between different speech assignments.
Nothing really, I very much enjoyed having the TA, where I felt like I could go ask questions about the materials presented in class. :)
Mark Warner is perfect .
23. My overall evaluation of this course is...
excellent
Definitely one of the best courses. I recommend this to other students.
helpful for anyone and everyone
It's alright. My speech slightly improved but I don't see why this class is a mandatory one.
Very enjoyable and I learned how to be a better public speaker
good
I loved the content.
Difficult but effective
Lectures suck but labs are fun.
I had a lot of fun, I am a lot more comfortable with speaking in public, and the course itself is great.
One of the best course ever.
The course was interesting, but I would prefer if it weren't a general education requirement.
This course is very invigorating and challenging. Even though we had speeches every 3 weeks or so, I very much enjoyed it and I could tell that my public speaking skills have very much improved. I also know now how to organize a speech correctly and how to effectively get the point across to the audience. I can use these skills in everyday life and I very much enjoy that!
I loved this public speaking class because it have me more self confidence and I made a bunch of friends!
24. Other comments:
None
N/a

Robert Boller: COMG251, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Communicology
Course: COMG 251 - Principles of Eff Public Spkg Crn (Section): 78880 (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  
2.27 15 0.7 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 10 (67%) 3 (20%) 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  
1.93 15 0.26 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 14 (93%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
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%)
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  
4.73 15 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 11 (73%)
6. I learned to apply principles from this course to new situations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 15 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 4 (27%) 8 (53%)
7. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.93 15 1.22 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 2 (13%) 5 (33%) 6 (40%)
8. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
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%)
9. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 15 0.94 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 3 (20%) 9 (60%)
10. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.87 15 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 13 (87%)
11. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
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%)
12. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 15 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 4 (27%) 9 (60%)
13. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Enthusiastic, energetic, engaging
Sophisticate person in this field.
relatable, knowledgeable, enthusiastic
Energetic, articulate, creative
Exciting, genuine.
Dynamic Teacher
Passionate Enthusiastic
proffesional, clear, stern
Happy, nice.
Energetic, Passionate
Eccentric Storyteller
Enthusiastic, driven
Funny and knowledgeable
14. Overall, the TA is an excellent teacher.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.07 15 1.22 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 5 (33%) 7 (47%) 0 (0%)
15. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.2 15 1.08 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 6 (40%) 7 (47%) 0 (0%)
16. The TA was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.36 15 1.01 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (13%) 2 (13%) 9 (60%) 1 (7%)
17. Assignments are relevant to what is presented in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.27 15 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 8 (53%) 6 (40%)
18. Student presentations significantly contribute to this course.
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%)
19. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.53 15 1.25 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 2 (13%) 4 (27%) 4 (27%) 4 (27%)
20. The guest speakers contributed significantly to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.8 15 1.01 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 3 (20%) 6 (40%) 4 (27%)
21. Grades are assigned fairly and impartially.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.87 15 1.19 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 2 (13%) 6 (40%) 5 (33%)
22. Please list: suggestions for improving the TA's teaching style and methods.
Time management
I really liked my TA! She was really approachable. ONLY criticism is that the grades had conflicting and contradicting remarks sometimes for the speeches, but nothing major.
My TA did an excellent job. She made herself very relatable to all of the students and also knew how to maintain a professional student-teacher relationship.
Maybe ave review session for the midterm like other TAs did.
none
the ta's were good, maybe a little less lab time and a little more time with robert
Nothing really, she was so nice.
The TA was horrible
Great TA! Easy to talk to if any questions, quick response and insightful on all topics. Very helpful. In class she gives great examples and overview of expectations of presentations. Can't think of any negative aspects.
Perhaps giving more examples of good speaking
N/A
23. My overall evaluation of this course is...
Excelent
Making the course too difficult, could be more simplistic.
pretty good class. Wish the lectures were posted online. There is also WAY too much reading assigned for the class. I think it's unrealistic to expect a student to read 3-4 chapters a week.
Awesome! I will definitely use what I've learned from this course in the future.
Fun class.
I enjoyed this class
It was an interesting course and i learned some useful stuff.
A lot of fun and informative.
Great course except the TA was horrible
Great class for public speaking to become more confident as a person when having to present. Prime example of the value of proper preparation to succeed!
I liked it. It was definitely something that everyone should take, but seems to be much more difficult for those who have no background in speaking.
I think this course was enjoyable and was interesting. The guest speakers were the best part because they talked about interesting topics.
24. Other comments:
Will take another COMG class!
:)
I would take it again.
None.
The TA was horrible
Although I know the professor is very knowledgable in this subject, I felt when he gave lectures it was sometimes feeling like a jumble and difficult to take notes to study for this class.

Robert Boller: COMG251, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Communicology
Course: COMG 251 - Principles of Eff Public Spkg Crn (Section): 77289 (009)    
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 18 1.15 Freq(%) 10 (56%) 4 (22%) 1 (6%) 3 (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  
1.83 18 0.38 Freq(%) 3 (17%) 15 (83%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.39 18 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 9 (50%) 8 (44%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 18 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 10 (56%) 7 (39%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 18 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 7 (39%) 10 (56%)
6. I learned to apply principles from this course to new situations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 18 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (44%) 10 (56%)
7. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 18 0.81 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (22%) 6 (33%) 8 (44%)
8. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.72 18 0.57 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 3 (17%) 14 (78%)
9. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 18 0.92 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 2 (11%) 3 (17%) 12 (67%)
10. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 18 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (33%) 12 (67%)
11. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 18 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 7 (39%) 10 (56%)
12. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 18 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (17%) 9 (50%) 6 (33%)
13. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Charismatic, Knowledgeable, Creative
Creative, spontaneous, alert
Cool, and confident
Different, Interesting
Awesome ad Passionate
Funny, friendly, communicator
Animated, excited, funny
a tad egocentric
Enthusiastic, stimulating
Lively, Fun, Unpredictable
Entertaining and Experienced
Enthusiastic, interesting, fun
Outgoing, enthusiastic, bold
Enthusiastic Organized
Very cool
14. Overall, the TA is an excellent teacher.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.28 18 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 8 (44%) 8 (44%) 0 (0%)
15. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.39 18 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (61%) 7 (39%) 0 (0%)
16. The TA was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.33 18 1.08 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 4 (22%) 11 (61%) 0 (0%)
17. Assignments are relevant to what is presented in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.61 18 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (39%) 11 (61%)
18. Student presentations significantly contribute to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.72 18 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (28%) 13 (72%)
19. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.59 18 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (17%) 4 (22%) 7 (39%) 3 (17%)
20. The guest speakers contributed significantly to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.06 18 0.97 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 1 (6%) 8 (44%) 6 (33%)
21. Grades are assigned fairly and impartially.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.72 18 1.36 Freq(%) 2 (11%) 1 (6%) 4 (22%) 4 (22%) 7 (39%)
22. Please list: suggestions for improving the TA's teaching style and methods.
TA was a great teacher
stronger emphasis on the rubrics make PowerPoint available on laulima provide easier ways to sign up for speeches and a way to distribute audience analysis for speeches
For one of the speech assignment we weren't clear about the audience analysis
Overall, he was a good TA. The only problem, if any, is that he needs to answer emails more quickly.
More Improv assignments
Our TA was cool and I had fun in the class, and his advice for the speeches were good if you applied it to your speech
Mark graded pretty harshly on some opinion based criteria
Mark did a good job. Is a pretty harsh grader, but fair.
kind of a tough grader even if the criteria was followed, he always found "something" wrong but he's a really nice guy with a sense of humor
He is a little rude.
Ease up on grading
Awesome Possum Very easy to get along with TA
Mark should pay attention to his students emails and be more informative on where each information is for the parts of the presentation that is needed such as the audience analysis etc.
Mark Warner was an awesome TA.
Nothing
Grades too harsh
23. My overall evaluation of this course is...
I think it was a really great course. It was challenging in the way that they required students to be creative but still follow the rules and conventions that they set up with regards to public speaking.
a good wealth of knowledge for speaking in front of an any audience, but the course was graded harsher than I imagined
It was a fun class and made me more confident in talking in front of an audience
I thought that this course helped me a lot but I felt that Dr. Boller was unprepared a few lectures.
This course was very helpful. This course is doing great and the teaching methods shown are very good.
Course good for everyone because helps speak more effectively, and there are many advantages to taking the course
pretty challenging but helps you learn to communicate effectively in a wide array of different speeches
Fun class! I learned a lot. It was a bit harder than I expected, but it was worth it.
Reading the book cover to cover is a very ineffective way of teaching course concepts. It may have been more helpful to focus on covering a greater majority of the course material in the slideshows (specific to exam concepts and definitons). However, I really enjoyed the lab and the atmosphere created by the TA and students.
Helpful in terms of being more comfortable and prepared during presentations.
Overall, I believe it taught me a lot.
I had a great time taking it and would gladly recommend the course to people that don't have to take it.
It was fun and cool
This course was a lot of fun and I really learned a lot of new material that I can use throughout my years of college and beyond.
It was an excellent course. Improved my confidence as a speaker and presenter.
24. Other comments:
Personally, I wouldn't mind to have a tad bigger lab classes just so the presentations would be more fun.
I did enjoy the idea of this class and Dr. Boller's tone, but for some odd reason he kind of rubbed me the wrong way. I don't know why, he just seemed to be trying too hard to be "cool". And even as he reads this he'll probably scoff and laugh, but his credibility statements just always came off egotistically to me. I'm sure many experienced the complete opposite, but I don't know why it just irritated me all semester. Although, I don't doubt at all that he's an incredibly friendly guy.
Thank you.

Robert Boller: COMG251, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Communicology
Course: COMG 251 - Principles of Eff Public Spkg Crn (Section): 77291 (010)    
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  
2.12 17 1.32 Freq(%) 8 (47%) 3 (18%) 3 (18%) 2 (12%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.69 17 0.48 Freq(%) 5 (29%) 11 (65%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.24 17 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 8 (47%) 7 (41%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.35 17 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 9 (53%) 7 (41%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
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%)
6. I learned to apply principles from this course to new situations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.24 17 0.9 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 2 (12%) 6 (35%) 8 (47%)
7. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.88 17 1.11 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 5 (29%) 3 (18%) 7 (41%)
8. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
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. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 17 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 7 (41%) 8 (47%)
10. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 17 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 7 (41%) 9 (53%)
11. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 17 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 6 (35%) 8 (47%)
12. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.88 17 0.93 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 5 (29%) 6 (35%) 5 (29%)
13. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Knowledgeable and enthusiastic
interesting and fun
Enthusiastic and relatable
Enthusiastic, confident
extemporaneous enthusiastic
cool
Enthusiastic Knowledgeable Passionate Relatable
Energetic, passionate
dumbs it down to freshman level. not a 200 level course lecture wise. TA's teaching 2/3s of the class isn't right either
Enthusiastic, helpful, interesting
Clam, smart
dynamic, story teller
Robert Boller is very smart and knows the subject very, very well. Also, he makes everyone feel confident and comfortable with public speaking. Additionally, he is so friendly, and easy to ask questions to.
Enthusiastic, interesting, great speaker.
enthusiastic knowledgeable
awesome, intelligent, funny
14. Overall, the TA is an excellent teacher.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.12 17 1.17 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 4 (24%) 3 (18%) 9 (53%) 0 (0%)
15. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.18 17 0.88 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (29%) 4 (24%) 8 (47%) 0 (0%)
16. The TA was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.35 17 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 7 (41%) 8 (47%) 0 (0%)
17. Assignments are relevant to what is presented in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 17 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 10 (59%) 6 (35%)
18. Student presentations significantly contribute to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.41 17 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 6 (35%) 9 (53%)
19. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.47 17 1.12 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 4 (24%) 5 (29%) 4 (24%) 4 (24%)
20. The guest speakers contributed significantly to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 17 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 2 (12%) 7 (41%) 6 (35%)
21. Grades are assigned fairly and impartially.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 17 0.94 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 4 (24%) 6 (35%) 6 (35%)
22. Please list: suggestions for improving the TA's teaching style and methods.
Had an awesome TA Keri. Very helpful.
more professional towards all students.
N/A
Keri was a great TA! No improvement needed
Maybe more of spending time on how to be better in speeches rather than just going through guidelines. We can read guidelines on our own and the TA can ask if there's any questions.
no
More relatable, seemed to befriend some students but not others.
professional, but had incidents where emotions overran her verbage
None
Wasn't clear on the assignments. The day before presentations she gave us more information about the assignment. Ended up changing half of it.
Perfect
The TA was very knowledgeable but came across as mean sometimes. lighten up!
TAs are very helpful in encouraging students to exercise public speaking. The labs allow more comfort by providing a limited number of students, which is better than having to present in a mass lecture room. In this class, I have developed and gained enough skills on how to avoid anxiety and became more ready to speak in front of crowds.
None, it was fair grading and very enjoyable.
It might be nice if my TA was a bit more strict about students messing around when people were presenting. It was a bit hard to deal with that we were in a small room and while presenting had to deal with someone laughing at me from a bit over a foot away.
23. My overall evaluation of this course is...
Recommended! Awesome lecture and awesome lab. Really helpful and made me a better speaker in front of crowds
I enjoyed the course and the speeches that we had to give. It was a challenge, but it was also fun.
Good course be selective
Pretty good. Better than I thought it would be, but I think the TA made it.
I enjoyed doing speeches!
i like it
I enjoy public speaking, and found it a great course
This course was very informative and practically easy as long as you enjoy public speaking. The only downside is that the five speeches seem a little rushed.
mediocre. ta's shouldn't be teaching > 0.5 of the course
Positive
I learned a lot from this class. Improved my communication skills.
Good enough for me to understand the skill which we can use in public speaking.
I like the course. I think public speaking is a vital skill to have.
Even though this class was stressful at the beginning of the semester, I have learned so many things that will help me in my future career. Also, this class helped me to see things that are going on around me, beyond my normal interests because all the presentations required challenging topics and current affairs.
Excellent and very eye opening.
was a great course, makes me really want to take the next one if i can manage to fit it into my schedule. i learned alot and would love to learn more, especially if it was from the same professor.
24. Other comments:
Keri is an awesome TA
N/A
n/a
N/A.
Nope
N/A

Robert Boller: COMG251, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Communicology
Course: COMG 251 - Principles of Eff Public Spkg Crn (Section): 77293 (011)    
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  
1.65 17 0.7 Freq(%) 8 (47%) 7 (41%) 2 (12%) 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  
1.94 17 0.24 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 16 (94%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 17 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 3 (18%) 12 (71%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 17 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 7 (41%) 9 (53%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
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%)
6. I learned to apply principles from this course to new situations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.41 17 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 5 (29%) 10 (59%)
7. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.35 17 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 9 (53%) 7 (41%)
8. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 17 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 15 (88%)
9. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 17 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 13 (76%)
10. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 17 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 15 (88%)
11. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 17 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 2 (12%) 13 (76%)
12. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 17 0.92 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 2 (12%) 5 (29%) 9 (53%)
13. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Exciting Exuberant Cool
Funny Understandable Prepared
Serious, Informative
Enthusiastic, wonderful and amazing.
exciting enthusiastic elegant
efficient, entertaining, understanding
Charismatic Dramatic
Serious, Intellectual, Deceptive
interesting, engaging, fair, nice
Cool, Informative
Charismatic and inspiring
Lively Enthusiastic Upbeat
Energetic, excited, interesting
Interesting, enthusiastic, knowledgable
Friendly Helpful Interesting
14. Overall, the TA is an excellent teacher.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.31 17 0.95 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 2 (12%) 4 (24%) 9 (53%) 0 (0%)
15. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.33 17 0.98 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 2 (12%) 3 (18%) 9 (53%) 0 (0%)
16. The TA was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.13 17 1.02 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 4 (24%) 3 (18%) 8 (47%) 0 (0%)
17. Assignments are relevant to what is presented in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 17 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (29%) 11 (65%)
18. Student presentations significantly contribute to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 17 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 3 (18%) 12 (71%)
19. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 17 1.15 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 4 (24%) 4 (24%) 7 (41%)
20. The guest speakers contributed significantly to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.94 17 1.18 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 5 (29%) 3 (18%) 7 (41%)
21. Grades are assigned fairly and impartially.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 17 1.41 Freq(%) 2 (12%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 2 (12%) 9 (53%)
22. Please list: suggestions for improving the TA's teaching style and methods.
Put a little more consideration when turning in self-evaluations. By giving the option of emailing your evaluations instead of just a hard copy.
I think that Jessica was a great TA. Im glad i had her instead of the other ones.
Give a speech yourself for an example...
None.
The TA did a good job on informing us when things were due. However, the attendance policy regarding illness or forgetting an iClicker should be rethought about. Also, the TA should give us more examples of concepts in lecture instead of us just presenting. We need more discussion time to discuss with our classmates and actually practice talking with our peers instead of talking at them like we did in presentations; it's less conversational and more of a performance, not at all like the expected extemporaneous style of speaking. The outline example was really good, and we need more exercises like that. Otherwise, it was a good semester. Thanks.
My TA made class very interesting and fun, and I liked it.
sometimes quite strict but overall good TA
you're awesome
One of the best teaching assistants I've had the privilege of being paired with, she was Enthusiastic about teaching and was always an email away if there were any questions, I would highly recommend her to anyone. She genuinely cares about the students and is very encouraging, speech class may have seemed like an unbearable course but she made it quite enjoyable.
I like the TA, she is a very good TA.
N/A
23. My overall evaluation of this course is...
It was a great class, I enjoyed it and I got more confident in my speaking ability.
Although I hate talking in front of my classes, I enjoyed this class. I love my TA, she actually takes the time to remind us what we need on our presentation day and she doesn't take a while to get back to me via email, especially when I want her to revise my outlines. Which is very helpful because for my persuasive speech, it was more like an informative speech so I had to change it, but I would have not noticed that without her help.
Fun, Challenging
GREAT
Really helps with one's fear of public speaking.
Fun, educational and entertaining.
The course is supposed to teach us public speaking and have us practice. It would be better if we had "speaking drafts" where we can perform in front of our classmates instead of being just lectured about how to do a speech, do it, without any feedback before the actual grading date. That way, we can practice what we learned and also get more practice of public speaking in a "non-threatening" way that does not take its toll on our grade if we do poorly or get nervous. Otherwise, it seems like an over-ambitious pre-requisite class that is at times more demanding than our major requirements. Public speaking is important, but the pressure is put on us just to do well in the class, not to apply it in everyday settings. The first "photo scavenger hunt," although it took a lot of time, was a good way of making us realize public speaking isn't just a class, but a life skill that we will need to use for the rest of our careers and our lives. Sadly, the rest of the year didn't follow suit as the speeches felt more like laborious, "filler," concept projects that didn't particularly make us see the amazing quality of public speaking in our lives. Too much focus was on presentation and not enough on discussion. We were taught speaking in a didactic manner instead of discussion, which would prepare us better in a setting in which we are expected to speak and think freely, instead of being lectured at and expected to regurgitate the information.
I liked the course a lot. I'm not a great public speaker, but taking this class helped my speaking abilities in front of people.
It was tough yet enjoyable, and I learned valuable lessons in public speaking and life in general from lectures, assignments,and listening to others.
Awesome, Fun, and Challenging Course
Lectures good Labs great
I really liked this course and I learned lots. I think I want to take another comunicology course to improve my speaking skills.
Good class
Alright, pretty good.
24. Other comments:
Jessica was a great t.a.
Professor Boller is a great lecturer and teacher.
iclicker requirements seem a bit arbitrary.
It would be good if we had more leeway for absences, especially regarding illness and iClickers. If the TA sees us in class, we're obviously present and shouldn't be marked absent.
Dr. Boller is a great teacher and lecturer. Jessica Kaneshiro is a great TA!
I will miss this class!
N/a
The TA was very good

Robert Boller: COMG251, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Communicology
Course: COMG 251 - Principles of Eff Public Spkg Crn (Section): 77294 (012)    
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  
2.63 16 1.15 Freq(%) 3 (19%) 5 (31%) 3 (19%) 5 (31%) 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  
1.88 16 0.34 Freq(%) 2 (13%) 14 (88%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
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%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 16 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (25%) 12 (75%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 16 0.25 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 15 (94%)
6. I learned to apply principles from this course to new situations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 16 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 2 (13%) 13 (81%)
7. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 16 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 14 (88%)
8. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 16 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 14 (88%)
9. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 16 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 14 (88%)
10. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 16 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 14 (88%)
11. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 16 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 4 (25%) 11 (69%)
12. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.31 16 1.08 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 1 (6%) 3 (19%) 10 (63%)
13. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Funny, Interesting, Smart
Charismatic Engaging
Two words, Wow
Confident, Engaging, and inspiring
passionate
Enthusiastic, funny
exciting, fun, interesting
Enthusiastic, compelling, practical
Exciting Dynamic Knowledgeable
Stories, fast paced, awesome!
Funny Energetic Outspoken
Into Himself
really freakin awesome!
Energetic, enthusiastic and charismatic.
Extremely energetic!
Passionate Knowledgeable Enthusiastic
14. Overall, the TA is an excellent teacher.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.8 16 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 13 (81%) 1 (6%)
15. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.73 16 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 2 (13%) 12 (75%) 1 (6%)
16. The TA was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.93 16 0.27 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 13 (81%) 2 (13%)
17. Assignments are relevant to what is presented in class.
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%)
18. Student presentations significantly contribute to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 16 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 14 (88%)
19. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.88 16 1.15 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 5 (31%) 2 (13%) 7 (44%)
20. The guest speakers contributed significantly to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.31 16 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (25%) 3 (19%) 9 (56%)
21. Grades are assigned fairly and impartially.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 16 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 6 (38%) 8 (50%)
22. Please list: suggestions for improving the TA's teaching style and methods.
N/A - everything was great!
Was mean
no suggestions
I do not have any suggestions for improving the TA's teaching style and methods.
very helpful gave attention outside of class if needed.
Keri is easy to talk to, yet taken seriously by her students. She wants everyone to succeed as long as they put hard work into the class. Makes you feel comfortable, as well as the class as a whole. Great TA! No improvements needed.
My TA was the best shout out to Keri!!!!!
did awesome, none
I feel the TA was clear when explaining what we were supposed to do. She did not have to "teach" much per say, however, the things she did go over in class were easy to understand.
Keri was an excellent instructor.
23. My overall evaluation of this course is...
Really fun course. The lectures were interesting, and being able to give speeches about the topics I enjoy made it easier.
would recomend to anyway
Highly recommend it if you want an extra class.
good
It is very interesting.
it was better than i expected
The course was more than what I expected and I learned extensively how to speak effectively. The labs really helped to put into practice what we learned in lecture. This is especially helpful since lots of people of glossophobia. I definitely recommend the course to those who want to improve their public speaking skills.
A+
Comm-251 was a great course that I enjoyed very much. I do not like speaking in front of people but it was fun to give speeches. Learned a lot of qualities of speaking and had fun doing it.
10/10
I enjoyed the course and I think the assignments were very helpful to practice the topics covered in class. Even though there is not a ton of theory taught in class, I do feel the material covered and the way it was covered helped a lot to think about many ways of improving my public speaking skills.
Although I elected to take the course, I can honestly say it was much more difficult than what I expected. I did not realize there was so much structure involved with speech preparing and delivery and this is not a strength of mine. This is an added bonus that I was required to practice which stretched me outside of my comfort zone, and this is a good thing, but believe my grade will reflect my lack and not my efforts or enthusiasm. Because of the time constraints it was difficult to fully explore, discuss and practice the subjects and topics discussed in the course text book.
In the beginning, I was dreading this course. I was not comfortable with public speaking, nor was I good at it. However, I ended up really loving this course. The speech assignments are different and interesting and the fact that we can choose our own topics (relevant to the speech type, of course) is really great. We also learned techniques of public speaking, how to make speaking an art or craft. Watching examples of great speakers really made me think about speeches I've heard and how effective they are. I think I've improved as a public speaker.
24. Other comments:
It was difficult to ask TA for help. She's hard to approach.
Midterms are annoyingly hard.
n/a
I really like the different guest speakers like the UH debate team and Sterling Higa/Harrison Ines. Seeing the different forms of public speech in action opened my perspective on what it is and can be.
I was timid to speak, like any other classmate, but Keri made a very comfortable atmosphere for everyone. Also, Bowler provided great knowledge on the subject. Great class!
Glad the grade was mainly based on speeches rather than tests.
awesome
If there is anything the class could improve on is maybe a more structure set of slides or hand- outs after lecture to learn all the terms and concepts easier. The powerpoints where adapt well to the way Dr. Boller teaches the class, however, they were not very helpful to study for exams. I feel the book was really good, easy to read and to follow.
The classroom was a horrible setup for a speech class and referring to a projector and power point presentation. The classroom was way too small!
Thank you :)

Robert Boller: COMG251, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Communicology
Course: COMG 251 - Principles of Eff Public Spkg Crn (Section): 77295 (013)    
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  
2.76 17 1.09 Freq(%) 3 (18%) 3 (18%) 6 (35%) 5 (29%) 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  
1.82 17 0.39 Freq(%) 3 (18%) 14 (82%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 17 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 5 (29%) 11 (65%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 17 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 6 (35%) 10 (59%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 17 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 13 (76%)
6. I learned to apply principles from this course to new situations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 17 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 6 (35%) 10 (59%)
7. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.24 17 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 7 (41%) 7 (41%)
8. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 17 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (29%) 12 (71%)
9. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.35 17 1.06 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 5 (29%) 10 (59%)
10. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 17 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 2 (12%) 13 (76%)
11. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 17 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 6 (35%) 8 (47%)
12. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 17 1.16 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 5 (29%) 10 (59%)
13. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Talkative Storyteller
Confident Passionate Outgoing
Frenetic, unprepared, self-victimizing
Mid life crisis
Arrogant, Listening, Exciting.
enthusiastic engaging
New and interesting
interesting
Animated Knowledgeable Comfortable
enthusiastic, convicted, concerned, liberal
interesting repetitive
intelligent confident compassionate
Energetic, passionate, knowledgeable
Knowledgeable loquacious
Upbeat, interesting, dynamic
14. Overall, the TA is an excellent teacher.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.88 17 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 15 (88%) 0 (0%)
15. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.88 17 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 15 (88%) 0 (0%)
16. The TA was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.94 17 0.24 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 16 (94%) 0 (0%)
17. Assignments are relevant to what is presented in class.
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%)
18. Student presentations significantly contribute to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 17 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (24%) 12 (71%)
19. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.87 17 1.19 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 5 (29%) 3 (18%) 6 (35%)
20. The guest speakers contributed significantly to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.06 17 1.09 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 3 (18%) 4 (24%) 8 (47%)
21. Grades are assigned fairly and impartially.
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%)
22. Please list: suggestions for improving the TA's teaching style and methods.
N/A
I liked my TA's teaching style. Jessica was always available if I needed help, and she made what was required clear. She also gave constructive feedback, which helped me to improve throughout the time I took this course.
Jessica has done a really great job of informing us about our speeches and guiding us through them. She's also very approachable but maintains authority.
Jessica was a fantastic TA, I dont think there's much need for improvement.
The TA could be a little more lenient on deadlines to come in to term with the TA's from other sections.
The small class activities were fun but it seemed that we could not complete every activity due to time. The impromptu style was more engaging and required less preparation time. I really enjoyed the enthusiasm and how the TA was engaging with the students so that stories came more naturally. The open topics made the class interesting and was effective for learning the speech process because students got to do interesting topics and were still forced to follow a standard flow. It seemed as long as the students were trying to learn and utilize the speech methods the speech topic did not matter. The random topics made it easier to listen to and was fun to talk about.
My TA Jessica Kaneshiro does not need improvement. She is the best, #1, the best TA I've ever had. First of all, when I first registered for this class I thought it would be a very boring class. However, Jessica has changed my perspective about Communicology and put my interest level to the highest. She inspired me to be the best speaker ever like she is. She makes me enjoy this class a lot. I feel very happy when I come to class every week. I enjoy the labs way more than the mass lecture because sometimes Dr. Boller's lecture is super boring. While Jessie keeps her lectures fresh every time. I get to talk to her a lot so she is like a friend to me, not like a teacher that I feel intimidated. Jessica is very easy to talk to. She helps me a lot whenever I need help. But I think she should give out extra credit for student improvements, or to recover from bad speeches. Overall, even though I did not have the others TA but I already know Jessie is the best TA. I am glad to meet and know more about her this semester. But I am even more glad to share my stories and experiences with Jess. She made this course very enjoyable for me. I learned a lot of things from her. I tried to write 2500 characters but it's too hard to write. But if you are reading this, hope you remember me and wish you all the best with your grad work. See you at Starbucks :D
none. I really like Jess :)
The TA should have an example of the speech outline at the beginning of the course. But other than that, the TA was excellent. I enjoyed going to her class and listening to her lectures.
Nothing, our TA was awesome! Always available when I needed to meet up and very helpful in getting my speeches together.
I LOVE JESSICA. She cares about her students. I thought she was fair.
Jess Kaneshiro presented herself in a very amicable manner and was instrumental in the vital role as a teachers assistant. She was available when needed and a great help in assisting me to resolve issues that arose. I think she truly does an excellent job and would recommend other students to her to be their TA.
Jess was a great TA and helped a lot, I have no suggestions for improvement.
Speak slower
Jess did a great job!Maybe send email reminders two days ahead instead of the day before? But other than that nothing much to improve on. Was available to be contacted if we had any questions, was very nice ans super helpful. Wish all my TA's were like this
23. My overall evaluation of this course is...
Excellent
I took this course because I was required to do so. I was not looking forward to it because let's face it who likes to speak in front of many people; however, this class has made me more confident in my presentation ability. I've discovered presentations is more about just speaking, and anyone who wants to improve and become more confident in public speaking should take this class. I highly recommend it.
The lab has been a constructive forum for practicing public speaking. I was expecting more from the lecture. Please see below.
The labs were great with the TA, but I was disappointed with the speakers this term. They seemed last minute and were just random place holders to fill.
I enjoyed this course and I feel it helped me improve my speaking confidence and verbal organizational skills. But, I also feel that it detracted from time i could be spending on other courses. For a sophomore class, it probably took more time and effort than 2 of my other major courses combined.
The course was well balanced between lab and lecture. The grading was fair and the TA made giving speeches more enjoyable. Dr. Boller is very enthusiastic and makes the topics easier to learn. He also mixes it up with the guest speakers to give us a feel of how effective speakers conduct speeches.
Interesting course. Better than I expected.
none
I thoroughly enjoyed this course. I liked the speeches that were assigned and the teaching style of the TA.
It has made me more comfortable organizing speeches and giving them in front of an audience.
it was a nice learning experience
I truly enjoyed the lectures from Dr. Boller and learned a lot about organization of speech presentation. I enjoyed learning from Jess and being a part of her class. I would highly recommend this course to other students
This was a pretty fair course and presented the information well.
Twas fun
Interesting for a general ed required course. Keep up the good work!
24. Other comments:
N/A
Thank you Professor Boller and TA Jessica for making me more confident in my public speaking abilities. I learned so much that I did not know about public speaking. Keep up the great work!
Dr. Boller seems to rely on excuses as a method of (mis)conducting his daily activities; in the end, this amounted to lectures that were manically delivered, non-linear, and on the rare occasion when they did deliver content, simplistic and banal. Dr. Boller did not seem to realize that he gave material on the midterm that was not discussed until after the midterm. He also showed little regard for his students by giving out a study "guide" that was an unstructured list of terms, without any organizing logic. This was especially frustrating given very little content was delivered during lecture. His credibility was undermined frequently, as he stalled for time by sending the entire lecture hall on a scavenger hunt, had us "talk to our neighbors," or had us take a litany of iclicker polls on non-academic topics. We were frequently told that we'd have guest speakers, however they did not largely materialize. If we have learned anything well in this course, it is about the activities of the UH debate team. He is very invested in the debate team, this much is clear. I can see why he has had to implement mandatory attendance; the lecture simply does not have much value. This is unfortunate -- I was hoping this class would offer more substance. Respectfully, I can tell Dr. Boller cares about the material. If his content matched his enthusiasm, we'd have a world-class course on our hands. I just don't think that he's got it together enough to deliver on this course.
Jesscia is the best TA ever.
NONE
don't require the book. not necessary.
Might take another COMG course because of this one!

Robert Boller: COMG251, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Communicology
Course: COMG 251 - Principles of Eff Public Spkg Crn (Section): 77292 (014)    
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  
1.59 17 0.8 Freq(%) 10 (59%) 4 (24%) 3 (18%) 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  
1.71 17 0.47 Freq(%) 5 (29%) 12 (71%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
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%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
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%)
5. The instructor communicated 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%)
6. I learned to apply principles from this course to new situations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 17 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 4 (24%) 11 (65%)
7. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.76 17 1.25 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 6 (35%) 2 (12%) 7 (41%)
8. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
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%)
9. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 17 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 6 (35%) 10 (59%)
10. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 17 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (24%) 13 (76%)
11. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
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%)
12. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.12 17 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 9 (53%) 5 (29%)
13. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Energetic and effective
observant thoughtful tolerant
Enthusiastic and Poised
Charismatic, lively, and
charismatic, enthusiastic, casual
Outgoing knowledgable
Very interactive class learned how to do a good and organized speech.
Psyched, entertaining, knowledged
public speaker
Irrelevant Enthusiastic
Arrogant and Self-aware
Poised, Confident, Relaxed
Enthusiastic, knowledgable
Young at heart, funny, and engaging
Spontaneous impulsive fun
14. Overall, the TA is an excellent teacher.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.88 17 1.17 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 3 (18%) 6 (35%) 6 (35%) 0 (0%)
15. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.0 17 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 3 (18%) 8 (47%) 5 (29%) 0 (0%)
16. The TA was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.18 17 0.95 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 3 (18%) 5 (29%) 8 (47%) 0 (0%)
17. Assignments are relevant to what is presented in class.
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%)
18. Student presentations significantly contribute to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.31 17 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 7 (41%) 7 (41%)
19. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.59 17 1.18 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 2 (12%) 4 (24%) 6 (35%) 4 (24%)
20. The guest speakers contributed significantly to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.88 17 0.99 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 9 (53%) 4 (24%)
21. Grades are assigned fairly and impartially.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.53 17 1.28 Freq(%) 2 (12%) 1 (6%) 4 (24%) 6 (35%) 4 (24%)
22. Please list: suggestions for improving the TA's teaching style and methods.
N/a
sometimes a little unprofessional in dealing with disruptive, but nothing terrible. just be more professional
I have nothing to really suggest. Class went smoothly and we didn't have any trouble.
A little more engagement with the class would be nice, towards the end of the semester certain people in the class became friends, but had the class had a warm environment from the beginning I feel we could've been more comfortable speaking in front of each other.
Overall the TA did a good job. Not really all that much explaining is done since the labs are primarily a place for students to present, but the TA was always available for questions which is useful. No real suggestions on improvement
Should have a better/ stronger grading style I was marked lower on a speech than I should have been , and everyone else in the class told me that I presented just fine so my score should have been a little bit higher
Showed videos of example presentations also participated in speech battles and improv. Really good TA answered any of the questions that I had.
More of a variety of inpromptu speaking
None
I think Mark should do a better job in explaining what he wants from speeches. There were times I thought where i did decent but ended up not getting the grade i wanted.
I suggest that the TA should give better eye contact when speaking to his class. Otherwise, he was funny and a great teacher!
Mark was kind of mean and unapproachable. If he had a better attitude class would've been more fun
23. My overall evaluation of this course is...
Good course to prepare for public speaking
good course, appropriate difficulty, look forward to going to class :)
Although I would not take this course unless necessary, I think it does a good job exposing you to a multitude of different types of speeches. It introduces you to a lot of different speaking styles and gives a lot of tips and ways to improve and conquer the fear of public speaking.
This course was really helpful in making me a better public speaker, Rob taught the material in lecture in an interesting way while our TA Mark helped facilitate growth in our speeches and at the same time allowed us to have fun.
The course is useful and overall fairly painless and enjoyable. My one gripe is with the textbook. While some of the information may, in fact, be useful, classes rarely, if ever, go over the textbook. Most students didn't know where they were supposed to be in the textbook, or even that they were supposed to read it on their own. The study guide is incomplete and the exam is pretty much useless. I received an A on most of my presentations for example, but scored 70% on the midterm after some time studying for it. The midterm questions are confusing, poorly-worded, and deceptive. The concepts are rarely gone over in class in the way that they are presented in the textbook and because of this I feel like many students are cheated out of a grade. To make up for this somewhat, the final and midterm are actually a pretty low percentage of overall grade, which is good, but the whole situation should be handled in a better manner. In general though, the class was enjoyable and informative.
It was an ok course for my first semester of college
Really great course if I could I would take it again. I would recommend this course to anyone who is in any major. It is all valuable experience.
I really enjoyed the class and feel like the material is something that will be useful in everyday life situations.
good
It was a good course, but the guest speakers were uninteresting and generally unhelpful. Professor Boller loves anecdotes, so if you like anecdotes, it'd be helpful I guess. I don't.
It was a good course.
I highly despise public speaking.
This course is very interesting and I would definitely recommend it to my friends
This course was a great first course I took as a freshman! I really enjoyed this and my class was awesome (:
It was kind of a dread because it was a lot of work. But I learned a lot and got a lot more comfortable with public speaking
24. Other comments:
N/a
more connections/references to the textbook please
The professor does a good job teaching the class. He is confident, knows what he is talking about, and is comfortable and easy to listen to. The TA does a good job leading/directing the lab class and made things run smoothly.
The only comment I have about this class is I was disappointed that there were not as many guest speakers as I thought that there were going to be.
none
none.

Robert Boller: COMG251, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Communicology
Course: COMG 251 - Principles of Eff Public Spkg Crn (Section): 79954 (015)    
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  
2.08 12 1.0 Freq(%) 4 (33%) 4 (33%) 3 (25%) 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  
1.82 12 0.4 Freq(%) 2 (17%) 9 (75%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 12 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 5 (42%) 6 (50%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 12 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (58%) 5 (42%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 12 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 3 (25%) 7 (58%)
6. I learned to apply principles from this course to new situations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 12 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 7 (58%) 4 (33%)
7. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.08 12 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 7 (58%) 3 (25%)
8. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 12 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 3 (25%) 7 (58%)
9. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 12 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 3 (25%) 7 (58%)
10. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 12 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 4 (33%) 7 (58%)
11. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.45 12 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 4 (33%) 6 (50%)
12. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 12 0.97 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 4 (33%) 6 (50%)
13. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Reactive, Unprepared, Comfortable
interesting engaging
Confident. Entertaining. Cool.
enthusiastic, passionate, friendly
Enthusiastic and Experienced.
Friendly, knowledgable, approachable
Communicate well
Unique Enthusiastic Passionate
Confident, Knowledgeable, Passionate
effective speaker
14. Overall, the TA is an excellent teacher.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.83 12 1.03 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 4 (33%) 3 (25%) 4 (33%) 0 (0%)
15. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.82 12 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (17%) 6 (50%) 2 (17%) 0 (0%)
16. The TA was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.08 12 1.24 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 3 (25%) 6 (50%) 0 (0%)
17. Assignments are relevant to what is presented in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 12 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 5 (42%) 5 (42%)
18. Student presentations significantly contribute to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 12 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 6 (50%) 5 (42%)
19. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.08 12 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (25%) 5 (42%) 4 (33%)
20. The guest speakers contributed significantly to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 12 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (25%) 3 (25%) 6 (50%)
21. Grades are assigned fairly and impartially.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.67 12 1.56 Freq(%) 2 (17%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 3 (25%) 5 (42%)
22. Please list: suggestions for improving the TA's teaching style and methods.
Be more enthusiastic and unbiased. Be objective during grading. Be professional. Care about what you are teaching. Establish a bond with your students.
nothing really, the style they currently use fits the course just fine and very effective.
I don't agree with the TA grading sometimes. I feel like it is sometimes too harsh, but overall I learned a little from the class. I think there should have been more activities provided to improve my public speaking skills rather than just being assigned speeches and giving them.
I believe that the attendance policy is a little too harsh. Maybe the policy could be altered just a little to help people.
Trying to be a little more friendly and welcoming.
23. My overall evaluation of this course is...
It is not necessary.
Overall this course is very useful despite if it is required or not, since it is a very important skill we all need.
This was an interesting and fun course.
I would say, I did not learn much from this class, or the things I learned from the class are things that were already obvious. Before I took this class, I thought I would learn practical techniques that would help me improve my public speaking skills. I don't know if I did not give my best or if the class was actually really boring. The only times that I thought the class was interesting was when there were guest speakers that come in and give lectures.
Good class, good teacher and TA, and helpful overall
I thought this course was fun, but i would have the TA explain the types of presentations a bit better, or provide us with more time to prepare. 6 speeches weren't so bad but i feel if we only had 3-4 we would be more effective at applying lessons that we have learned in class lectures.
This class is useful in my life. Very educational.
Enjoyed it and learned new things that can help me in the future
n/a
24. Other comments:
Should not be needed for Communicology majors - we learn everything here in our department. I did not learn anything new.
very good course
Make some assignment more clear.

Robert Boller: COMG251A, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Communicology
Course: COMG 251A - Principles of Eff Public Spkg Crn (Section): 77290 (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  
1.33 12 0.49 Freq(%) 8 (67%) 4 (33%) 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  
1.58 12 0.51 Freq(%) 5 (42%) 7 (58%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 12 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 10 (83%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 12 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 10 (83%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (17%) 9 (75%)
6. I learned to apply principles from this course to new situations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 12 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 11 (92%)
7. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 12 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 11 (92%)
8. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 12 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (100%)
9. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 12 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 10 (83%)
10. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 12 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (100%)
11. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 12 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 11 (92%)
12. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 10 (83%)
13. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
enthusiastic, approachable, knowledgeable
1. Cool 2. Energetic 3. Mentor
effective relatable understanding
energetic unique
Passionate, cool, intelligent
Sporadic, interesting, humorous
passionate inspired knowledgeable
Scattered, Relatable, Passionate
14. Overall, the TA is an excellent teacher.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
5.0 12 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (42%) 6 (50%)
15. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
5.0 12 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (42%) 6 (50%)
16. The TA was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
5.0 12 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (42%) 6 (50%)
17. Assignments are relevant to what is presented in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 12 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 9 (75%)
18. Student presentations significantly contribute to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 12 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 10 (83%)
19. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.27 12 1.1 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (17%) 1 (8%) 7 (58%)
20. The guest speakers contributed significantly to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 12 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 10 (83%)
21. Grades are assigned fairly and impartially.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 12 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 9 (75%)
22. Please list: suggestions for improving the TA's teaching style and methods.
He could probably be a little more organized. Sometimes dates and what were suppose to do were unclear.
None.
n/a
N/A
N/A
Dr Boller taught the Honors section, not a TA
I did not have a TA, I had Dr. Boller.
23. My overall evaluation of this course is...
I think it was a very good course, a nice break from all the science and math. It helps you become a better public speaker, which is useful in whatever career field you choose.
It was a really good course. I'm glad that I took it, and that I had Dr. B. specifically as a teacher. I do truly believe that going through this course did help me to improve in public speaking, and I am very happy about that. I still have a lot more to improve on, but I feel that through this course I learned some really effective methods and was given access to some great tools to help myself do that. I would definitely take a class from Dr. B. again.
I thought it was a good learning experience and very applicable to real world situations.
Interesting course. I was able to practice my presentation skills.
Very fun and good class, I have learned a lot and have improved drastically in public speaking.
I really enjoyed in. I loved the speeches and the fact that the assignments were pretty open to interpretation as long as we met certain requirements.
Super interesting! I didn't think I would be very interested in Communicology, but I've learned so much and it's very applicable to lots of aspects of my life.
Great course, i just wished it counted for another focus in addition to the DA... Its pretty rigorous.
24. Other comments:
n/a
Great course, It should count for more.

Robert Boller: COMG453, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Communicology
Course: COMG 453 - Debate & Forensics Practicum Crn (Section): 77271 (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  
2.75 4 1.26 Freq(%) 1 (25%) 0 (0%) 2 (50%) 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  
1.5 4 0.58 Freq(%) 2 (50%) 2 (50%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 4 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the 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%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
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%)
6. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 4 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (75%)
7. I learned to value new viewpoints.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 4 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 0 (0%) 3 (75%)
8. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 4 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (100%)
9. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Debating!!
Critical thinking was most valuable as well as applications to real world issues.
the constant debates really sharpened my skills and allowed me to learn a lot throughout the entire semester.
The constant debating caused me to look at new ideas and concepts and challenge existing views I held.
10. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Judging speech events
11. Ten years from now I'll probably remember this course most by ...
Being a semi finalist in a debate tournament!
the people I met and the experiences I had along the way. When I think back on college, this will easily be one of the highlights.
The amazing group of students from all over the university who came together to discuss ideas and challenge normal ways of thinking. I never imagined debating had such transferable life skills.
12. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
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. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
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%)
14. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the 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. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (75%) 1 (25%)
16. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 4 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 2 (50%) 1 (25%)
17. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Enthusiastic, straightforward, knowledgable
Intelligent, awesome, sharp
Charismatic, stoic and grounded
18. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
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%)
19. Assignments make students think.
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%)
20. Assignments are relevant to what is presented in 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%)
21. Assignments are graded fairly.
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%)
22. Student presentations significantly contribute to 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%)
23. The course was a valuable contribution to my education.
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%)
24. I feel that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 4 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (100%)
25. Other comments:
This is hands down one of my favorite classes ever.
Thank you Rob for everything you taught us in this course. DFS only moving up!

Robert Boller: COMG251, Spring 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Communicology
Course: COMG 251 - Principles of Eff Public Spkg Crn (Section): 88380 (001)     88382 (002)     88384 (003)     88386 (004)     88387 (005)     88389 (006)     88391 (007)     88393 (008)     88395 (009)     88399 (010)     88402 (011)     88405 (012)     88407 (013)     88409 (014)    
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  
3.29 14 0.91 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 4 (25%) 2 (13%) 2 (11%) 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  
1.94 17 0.24 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 15 (79%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 16 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (33%) 11 (61%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 18 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 6 (32%) 12 (63%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.21 19 0.92 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 12 (86%)
6. I learned to apply principles from this course to new situations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 17 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 5 (29%) 11 (65%)
7. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.06 17 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 6 (32%) 14 (82%)
8. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
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 (21%) 9 (56%)
9. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 19 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 9 (47%) 8 (47%)
10. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 19 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (24%) 13 (76%)
11. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 17 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 2 (13%) 10 (53%)
12. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 16 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (37%) 5 (29%) 9 (50%)
13. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Confident, Short
Hes an amazing professor and interesting to listen to.
knowledgable, fair, and engaging.
Passionate, effective, brave/courageous.
Fun, knowledgable, dedicated
Enthusiastic, adventurous, knowledgeable
Confident, and Friendly
Passionate
Charismatic and knowledgeable
enjoyed guest lecturers.
Short hammah dolo
Quick and Funny
good at talking
knowledgeable. talkative.
Prepared
Funny and cool.
Competent and engaging.
Effective. Well-spoken.
Confident, Knowledgable, Fun
good teacher
Energetic and Informative
Effective and energetic
Energetic, passionate
Great Professor
Prepared, well expressed.
Understanding, enthusiastic, dedicated
energetic and enthusiastic
Energetic, cool, confident
Confident, Professional
Eclectic, Traveled
Talkative, easy going,
Engaging and entertaining.
The man who lectures on pretty obvious stuff on mondays
prepared and professional
nice, energetic
Clear and friendly
energetic, fun , tedious
friendly, outgoing, enthusiastic
Talks about himself way to much!
Talkative, enthusiastic
Interesting, knowledgable, enthusiastic
Boller talks about himself a lot
Passionate Understanding Awesome
boring and uninteresting
Passionate Calming Funny
Prepared Articulate
enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and open about concepts
Creative, funny, smart
Fun,Smart, easy-going
Informational Relating
Funny and interesting
Interesting, enthusiastic, knowledgeable
Enthusiastic ! Amicable ! Engaging !
I felt that actually learning about principles in class and being able to apply them was much better than reading the book.
Enthusiastic, Professional, Interesting
Effective and Interesting
Excited nice
enthusiastic, effective, organized
Decisive and empowering
passionate, inspiring
enthusiastic and honest
professional, effective, and enjoyable
Enthusiastic Interesting Smart
Inspiring
Enthusiastic Narcasistic Good teacher!
seemed "fake" emotions were forceful
Knowledgeable, Confident, and Prepared.
personable, enthusiastic, motivating
Experienced well-travelled
interesting, energetic
Professor Boller really seemed to know his stuff.
Clear, Engaging, Entertaining
Effective and clear
Very interesting speaker I really enjoy the stories he tells us as well as the guest speakers that were brought in. The material is explained very clearly in a way that I feel anyone could probably understand.
Enthusiastic, descriptive, funny
Enthusiastic, engaging, and fun
skilled vocal enthusiastic
Enthusiastic, confident, educating
passionate and knowledgeable
Interesting, Good Speaker
Awesome Cool Intellectual
Articulate. Confident.
intelligent, chill, eager
Effective instructor
Energetic and passionate
Dynamic, enthusiastic, passionate
Story-teller Well-prepared Confident
Interesting, Knowledgeable, Fearless
Interesting, Confident
Personable, travelled, explanatory
Fun and interesting
great teacher
cool calm
engaging experienced enthusiastic
Knowledgable, driven.
Very enthusiastic and understandable
On time and very helpful.
Well-spoken, confident, (yet nervous at the same time), and insightful because of all the trips he took around the world.
Enthusiastic engaging and interesting
enthusiastic, interesting, exciting
Great personality, easy to listen to. Excellent lecturer.
Captivating, Prepared, Enthusiastic
Dynamic, entertaining, knowledgable
Practical & concise.
Passionate. Intelligent
Energetic and fun.
Open and confident
passionate about his subject very entertaining and relatable methodical
Energetic/Engaging
Really damn good.
Awesome Professor!
Confident, passionate about his subject
Prepared, confident
Energetic On point relevant
enthusiastic, entertaining, and informative
cultured, educated, interesting
efficient charismatic
pretty good professor
Enthusiastic Passionate Experienced
Humorous, personable
Enthusiastic, tough, educational
interesting, nervous
Knowledgeable, Interactive, & fluid
Informative, Happy, Exciting
intriguing understandable articulate
Three words to describe Robert Boller is charismatic, brave, and sociable.
Enthusiastic, knowledgeable
enthusiastic, expressive, akamai
interesting professional effective
dynamic and enthusiastic
enthusiastic
Awesome style
Male Professor
Expressive and confident.
enthusiastic and enlightening
Charismatic, Focused, Intense
good-hearted entertaining
Talkative, confident, nice
Interesting, fun
Persuasive, Informative, Narrative
Relatable, cool, nice.
Creative and thoughtful
MR. Boller is a very active and a good instructor for this course because he is always come up with good examples to make his teachings more interesting and easily digested by students in general. He has invited my speakers during the lecture which makes the lecture is become more a dynamic learning environment
Charismatic, Intelligent
good teacher
Calm, Knowledgeable, Tape recording
Confident Enthusiastic
humorous, smart
enthusiastic, clear speaker, entertaining
Great speaker obviously
Enthusiastic and encouraging
Enthusiastic and interesting.
Monotonous, knowledgeable, straight-forward
Cool-headed, laid back,professional
Lively and descriptive.
Funny, Out-there, creative
Interesting helpful extemporaneous
Interesting, funny, understadable
Inspiring and Intelligent
Enthusiastic, considerate
Enthusiastic, charismatic, knowledgable
Interesting, Fun and Intelligent
enthusiastic and caring
Enthusiastic Interesting
Knowledgeable, enthusiastic
very interesting
He is calm, fluent, and knowledgeable.
chill. cool. relaxed
Enthusiastic, good speaker
chatty, untucked
expressive relatable
Funny, outgoing, Cool
Charismatic, Energetic
enthusiastic experienced
Great storyteller
Engaging, funny, entertaining
Experienced, knowledgable
Confident Energetic Sociable
Intelligent, knowledgable, interesting
Nice guy. Good teacher.
knowledgable enthusiastic assertive
Knowledgable, fun
effective, quick-to-the-point, engaging
enthusiastic, experienced, engaging.
Intelligent, interesting, and relevant.
energetic, funny, smart
effective and passionate
intelligent; charismatic
Creative! Positive! Courageous! (Very nerve wrecking to talk in front of many, we should know by now!) =)
awesome, credible, charismatic
articulate, entertaining
Knowledgeable,applicable, entertaining
Charismatic Energetic Capricious (in a good way)
Enthusiastic and confident
great active knowledgeable
Dynamic, Knowledgeable, Sincere
Great teacher.
Aki was fun and entertaining
enthusiastic fun
Coolest professor ever!!!!!!!!
up beat enthusiastic
engaging, focused
Educated, relative
Enthusiastic, dynamic, educational
Enthusiastic and well rounded instructor
interesting, dynamic
Smart and Good Story Teller
Outgoing, enthusiastic
knowledgeable
Confident temper
FLUID, ENGAGED, TEAM LEADER
engaging
14. Overall, the TA is an excellent teacher.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.13 17 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 3 (18%) 12 (63%) 0 (0%)
15. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.81 17 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (29%) 12 (63%) 0 (0%)
16. The TA was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.56 19 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 4 (21%) 10 (59%) 0 (0%)
17. Assignments are relevant to what is presented in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 19 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (29%) 13 (76%)
18. Student presentations significantly contribute to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 17 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 1 (6%) 12 (63%)
19. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 18 1.14 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 2 (11%) 2 (11%) 4 (24%) 8 (47%)
20. The guest speakers contributed significantly to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 17 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 3 (18%) 10 (53%)
21. Grades are assigned fairly and impartially.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.88 16 1.36 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (32%) 9 (47%)
22. Please list: suggestions for improving the TA's teaching style and methods.
She needs to chill out and learn to be more lenient
The one thing that bothered me the most was that while presenting, Lucille looks very concerned, even angry at times, and I found it hard to look at her while giving a speech because it made me feel as if I was doing something wrong.
Not many suggestions. Lucille was a great TA. At times, she seemed to be very rigid in her ideas of what a good speech was, but it didn't affect me much.
My TA was an overall good TA. She was easy to talk to and was always willing to help us. One thing I would comment on would be her grading methods. Even though it was more or less fair, I thought it was a little harsh.
I really liked Lucille's helpfulness and efficiency. I thought she did an excellent job.
Grades are given back a little quicker
none
the TA was excellent
strict grader almost impossible to earn an A
Curve the grades
TA was phenomenal. Definitely recommend her!!
I sincerely hope that this was her first time teaching, and that her sloppy and ineffective style will improve with practice.
Should be less harsh of a grader- especially for an introductory level course. Should go over exactly what is needed through every step for the outline and presentation. Should also have more uniformity between the TA's grading styles, way order of speakers are chosen, etc.
Please smile more and nod when students present so that they have more confidence that they are doing something right. You look very stern most of the time, it freaks students out because we would think we are doing poorly on our presentations. But other than that, you are a pretty good TA :)
Nothing! Lucille was absolutely great. She gave it to us straight up and we knew exactly what was expected of us. If we wanted an A, we definitely had to earn it, but there was never a situation where it was unreasonable! She was more than accommodating and I would highly recommend her for a teaching position in the future!
No suggestions. Lucille is awesome.
I would just like to have my emails replied to. There were many times when I have emailed my TA and she had not responded.
nothing
I wish she would give more examples, like if she did a speech for us to give a sort of preview of the speech. There were times where I was really confused on what she was expecting when it came to a few of the speeches. But overall the TA was easy to talk to when I needed help and was understanding.
N/a
The TA was great! very fun to be in her class.
Lucille did an excellent job of TA'ing and helping our lab improve our speeches
She's great.
More in-class help with presentation
nothing really, Lucille was a great TA.
1. More workshops and activities with impromptu speaking 2. More group games that allow students to work together and become comfortable with each other
No qualms. Very professional, very interesting, and
Loved Lucille!
Maybe more impromptu games and activities that gets us speaking instead of being lectured at. Lectures are what Boller does already, we might as well get more speaking done since that is the focus of the course.
TA needs to be more timely in regards to grading. Towards half way of the semester, it seem that everyone but me received their outline with their critique.
TA's teaching style and methods are helpful and good enough
N/A
Likes: Banned overused topics, promotes new topics that are not overused Dislikes: Topic Restrictions Improvements: Needs to lessen topic restrictions. Needs to prevent presentation topics from becoming repetitive. For example,I didn't really want to hear 3 different people commemorating about dogs. The topic of dogs and any other topic should have been on first come first serve basis (not just for commemorative speech, but for all other speeches as well).
not restrict topics, be more lenient
none
N/A
My TA's teaching style was already good. I feel that she really explained the course well and I can't think of anything that she would need to change.
- Spending more time on study material for tests
Nothing, her knowledge during powerpoint presentations are amazing. She doesnt even look at the slides, which I never see. Stimulating in-class activities and working with me through struggles (good and bad) made her amazing.
nothing, she was very good
Not sooo strict more freedom for speeches
Not much to change, super helpful and available.
enthusiastic, energetic, jovial
None CK is a great t.a.
Difficult to get a excellent score on the big assignment speeches.
Good work. Grading was a little tough
Personable Helpful
More activities
N/a
I really enjoyed how bubbly CK was. She made the lab sessions bearable and I wanted to attend class because of her. I am really lucky to have had her as my TA because she made it easier to give speeches without the stress of being judged. There isn't much I can say to help you improve and I understand that that isn't helpful at all. Just continue what you're doing and you'll do amazing in this field! You're naturally easy to get along with and this caused us, the students, to relax more early in the semester. Your personal stories really made it feel like we all had a connection with you, whether or not we visited you at office hours. It made me feel more comfortable sharing personal stories instead of feeling stiff and self-conscious. Your outgoing characteristic makes it easier for students to let go of our preconceived notions of what we should be doing; it allowed us to not follow a strict structure and find our own personal style of giving a speech. You are doing such an amazing job!
CK is great :)
No suggestions she did a great job!
n/a
Don't really have any suggestions, TA was very vocal, and charismatic, available outside class, and understanding. Very good TA.
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Provide some examples/ppts of presentations. Everything else is pefect
Can't really think of anything he needs to improve on, overall his teaching style seems fine in my opinion.
No improvements required... best ta ever
Honestly James Kim was one of the best instructors I have ever learned from. Including professors. I could not be any happier with him.
Nothing, everything the TA did was good and presented the class with everything that he knew.
James our TA is doing a great job at teaching. There isn't anything he needs to improve on
My TA was great. He is very supportive, so I am less nervous when I am speaking.
None
Try to connect more with the students
I believe that my TA did an excellent job and I have no suggestions for improvement.
No suggestions! Best TA ever!!!
Improve English.
good
Nothing really, my TA was very helpful and answered all my questions.
She had minor english issues, but none were too bad to take away from the fact she was a great TA.
Send powerpoints to students or have it up on laulima
Explain rubric grading.
Although overall she was a pretty good TA, sometimes it felt like she wasn't completely confident or knowledgeable in the material she was teaching.
Some students have other classes or long distances to travel and it can cause attendance problems. May consider being more understanding to extenuating circumstances.
time to work on presentations in class would be helpful in order to confirm that our approach is correct
Sometimes it was hard to understand certain aspects of what she was expecting from us. The lack of clarity made it difficult to turn in and present everything that was necessary.
I thought my TA did very well in teaching and instructing the class. I was able to talk to her when I needed help and when I needed assistance in finding a topic.
A little bit awkward at teaching.
None
Great style of teaching. I remember the TA saying things like "I should have told you this at the beginning of the semester." Kind of nitpicky and really minor, but it would have been nice to know some of the things at the beginning of the semester.
n/a
Keep up the good work.
Making the class more fun than it already it is. The class is clear, to the point. I really don't think that there is much to change. Probably the pace of what and how we learn and when to present could be slowed, but I understand due to the time constrictions we had. I enjoyed the class, the learning environment, and great TA. I couldn't ask for more.
no complaints, the TA did a fantastic job at teaching
Nothing, James is pretty awesome.
-Share more personal stories with class to connect with students as opposed to always starting class with videos. -For example, James' story of learning how to recover from a stalling aircraft was very interesting and allowed us to see more of who he is.
Try to wear less blue collared shirts.
More examples of real life speakers during class discussion.
Create a grading rubric that breaks down the speech grades in detail
I really cant think of any, it was a great class!
very happy that I was assigned to her because she is very meticulous and always attentive for her students. Best TA I ever had!
Did a great job. Maybe more clear on how the speeches should be structured.
Nothing that I can think of.
N/A
No improvements, Caroline was the best. She is a fantastic teacher. She is confident but not overconfident or cocky in anyway which helps you to really pay attention and listen to her. She expects what she knows you can handle and pushes you to do your best while being stern if you don't but never loses her temper. She remains professional yet fun. Great TA.
Not much, I really enjoyed my TA. Her style and methods were good for learning the class. My only complaint would be that I would've liked more time to prepare between each speech, but I don't think that's something that could be altered without significantly affecting the course.
Be a little more serious with examples. Instead of using cookies, use an issue that you can express both knowledge and proper form in a speech. Keeping it basic made it difficult to write about things that genuinely effect us all.
I had a lot of difficulties with my TA. It seemed like she was uninterested in my presentations and not willing to help me out in any situation. I emailed her that i couldn't make class due to a very crisis and she emailed me back saying that she cannot excuse my absence even after I emailed her ahead of time. She didn't even bother to find out the situation I was in and was very insensitive to my situation. It seems as if the topic does not interest her she automatically gives a poor grade. Overall I had a very unpleasant time in her lab.
More communication activities.
Do more activities
I thought Abel was an awesome TA! He was effective and knew how to help us out if we ever had a problem.
Be more organized and concise.
Maybe to send us our grades for speeches sooner. Overall I like my TA's teaching style and methods because he tries to make the class engaging and interesting. The TA definitely encourages us to do our best. I like how my TA offers suggestions about our speech topic selection.
more small class exercises could be helpful
Abel was great at explaining what needed to be done. No need to improve. Always clear and concise with a bit of humor thrown in.
I wish we did more activities such as impromptu speaking.
None. Abel was a great TA
None, Abel was a great TA!
None
none
funny happy, supportive
Aki was a very good teacher, I really enjoyed being in her class. I can't say there is any improvements as I have enjoyed her class very much.
Grades should be based off of how much we IMPROVED and how we performed, and not on the outlines or self-evaluations.
I loved my TA, I thought she did awesome and was fair with her feedback and grading.
I think Ms. Aki is a perfect TA for the class, she makes me less nervous during my presentations but still I am still nervous and I think it is my problem..she is very friendly and full of humor....
Nothing, Keep doing what you're doing Aki!
great TA, very enthusiastic
My TA, Aki Kuioka, was very good :)
I really liked my TA. Whenever I needed help she was approachable and helpful and she was very understanding of me being an athlete and missing class because of Athletic events.
none, the TA was a very good teacher
Nothing
Aki is a great teacher. Her class works prepares us for our next presentations and help is to get along great with classmates. Can't ask for more!
Ms. Aki is the best! Our labs were the most fun!
N/A. My TA was very knowledgeable and fair. Assignments were fun and engaging. She is a wonderful person and teacher.
AKI STOP FORGETTING STUFF IN YOUR ROOM. But Aki was a fantastic teacher; I loved her energy from the beginning.
I can honestly say that there are no immediate suggestions that I can think of. If I had to suggest something, I would say that it would have helped if Caroline gave example speeches for each type of speech that embodied all of the types of problems that people would get marked off for. Being able to clearly identify what the main problems might be would make it easier to identify the same problems that I have.
Dont change anything. I had a blast in class.
the TA's could be a bit more helpful with dealing with anxiety.
There is nothing that needs to be improved because she's always available for help, teaches us what we need to know, always send us reminders.
There aren't any suggestions that I have for my T.A. I thought they she did a good job.
I think My TA did a great job at teaching, but if i had to suggest something to improve, it would be to maybe incorporate more of the exam material.
None
could create more activities and i liked how she rewarded us with cookies when we completed an assignment.
Nothing, very enthusiastic and cheerful. Makes the class fun and not dull.
Caroline is an excellent T.A. She is always present and always prepared. Always reminds us when things are due. Approachable, not intimidating. GIVES US FOOD. Makes funny and ethical remarks. Sometimes, she laughs at her own jokes even when no one else is laughing(LOL). Grades fairly and fast. Need to invest more time on APA citation format of different kinds of online resources (how to cite database books, database news articles, blogs...) Says umm a lot and can cause distraction during her lessons. Said she'd offer e.c opportunities if we read the book, but only did it one time... Overall great G.T.A - tbh, better than Dr.Boller.
Caroline is a awesome and fair teaching assistant even though she might be a little harsh on the grades. We definitely learned a lot in her class, she made the class interesting and I was glad that I had her for my TA!
nothing
-follow the syllabus
Caroline was great. she was always enthusiastic, very prompt on everything she did, easy to get a hold of, and always looked beautiful every day in class.
My TA was a really nice person and she was easy to talk to. I don't have anything bad to say.
My TA was great!
None
I think the grading is a bit harsh. It's as if only a perfect speaker with years of public speaking experience can receive a 100. The top speakers in the class should be awarded better grades as long as they present a good performance. Although, we cannot expect to be the best speakers from one semester, we can learn the tools to be a better speaker. I think obtaining an A in the course is difficult even if one presents a good presentation.
He was knit picky on the grading. It would be impossible to get a perfect score from him
Go over material that is not well covered during lecture.
Nothing he was a good TA.
he is a great TA
None
A clearer example of an effective presentation
TA's name was Aki Kuioka
Aki was great and I enjoyed having her as my TA.
Nothing, I thought he did well.
TA was really good.
make powerpoints available online
none
It was good
n/a aki was amazing
Aki was a good TA who knew the material quite well.
n/a Aki did a good job
give more examples for each speech (on youtube)
I really liked having James as my TA. He was very helpful and understanding. His class was always pretty fun! He also grades fairly and gives really good feedback for our presentations. Best TA ever!
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James was awesome.
None
Slightly more organization
None needing.
Continue the excellent work, i thought he did a fine job with his teaching style
Very easy to understand.
I thought that James did an awesome job TA'ing overall, and he took care of any situation (awkward, inappropriate, boring, off-track) and kept every class interesting. If I had to choose who is the genuinely friendliest who is best connected with his students, I would have to go with James. He really knows how to talk on our level and keep us open to opinion and not afraid to go out of our comfort-zone.
I wouldn't change anything
23. My overall evaluation of this course is...
The presentations were fun but the book was useless
I loved this class! I intend to minor in communicology after taking this course
Good course, informative, and the guest speakers were a very good aspect to the class. I also really liked how the exams are given. Only problem is that I felt the text book was a total waste.
Excellent. Although I hate PS, I was able to learn to like it a bit more.
Good course. Definitely recommend this to future students.
Excellent! I would recommend this course to people both who enjoy public speaking as well as those who are looking to improve in the area.
Good
good:)
It was a very challenging course and I felt like I had to work toward the grade I got, which makes me feel so much more accomplished in the end. I achieved my goal:) You really had to work hard to earn the grade of an "A", it's not just given to anyone.
Good
This was a good course. It helped me with my speech impediment and allowed me to calm my anxiety of presenting in front of an audience.
a waste of time.
C-. This course has the potential to be decent, but if you have a TA who provides little direction and has a harsh grading style- it's hard to appreciate the course.
great!
A- because you guys stress the time of the presentation too much and that doesnt help us with our communication/speech skills. We are so worried about going over or under even one second of the time that we wont focus on the other more important aspects. At least make it seem okay if we go over a little and dont deduct points because of that because then that would just be unfair. And you should provide more examples of how you want to self-eval, presentation, and outline should be done so we can do it as accurately as we can.
I originally came into this course thinking that I would absolutely hate it and dread all the assignments and speeches, but as we went along and as I got to know my lab section better, I got more and more comfortable with the material and looked forward to coming to class each and every day. I love the fact that the class sizes are relatively small! Would definitely recommend this course to another student.
Great!
I like this course. Dr. Boller made it fun and has a great knowledge about communication. The course had helped me tremendously.
I thought it was helpful in some areas but overall I didn't get as much as I was expecting it to be.
Awesome
I enjoyed taking Comg251 very much; although it was a requirement, I would still enroll in this course as the content and skills I obtained were helpful.
Decent
I loved this course. At first, I was nervous presenting since I didn't know anyone.Then, as I got used to my surroundings, it came easy.
I really love this course.
Fun and helpful
This was a very helpful course that has taught me a lot. I feel that I have grown as a speaker and have gained valuable experience in public speaking. I particularly enjoyed listening to the guest speakers who were charismati and very skilled in communication.
Incredible. A must!
I think this course was very beneficial.
Good.
organized and active course
I did not care for this course. It is supposed to help me be a better speaker, but the two largest assignments were graded based on how well you researched and cited two random topics that you previously knew little about. Due to this, I was not passionate about either of my topics and it made my actual speech mediocre. I think there should be less presentations(most of this class is listening to others present) and more activities during lab that help people learn the techniques to be a better speaker. We should practice these techniques in lab as a class so it seems more natural when we do it in the actual presentations.
Lectures were boring, but guest speakers were pretty good. TA was a little more strict with topic choices, but grading was pretty fair. Didn't like how all the presentations were back to back.
too much work, speeches kept overlapping. it got to the point where people were trying to do the speeches to get it over with. a lot of criteria needed to be met. too much work for an intro to speech class, graded us like it was our major.
great intro for a speech course
okay
It was interesting, the lectures seemed to be a big blur because I never really learned anything but in the Labs I feel like I really learned about speech.
- I think this course was great and really helped me with my public speaking skills
I loved it.