eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Michael Ross

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BOT101, Fall 2014
BOT101L, Fall 2014
BOT105, Fall 2014
BOT130, Fall 2014
BOT130L, Fall 2014

Michael Ross: BOT101, Fall 2014

Campus: Kapiolani Community College Department: Math & Science
Course: BOT 101 - General Botany Crn (Section): 31570 (0)    
1. The course objectives and procedures were clear.
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%)
2. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
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%)
3. The course was well organized.
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%)
4. The instructor knew the subject area.
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%)
5. The instructor encouraged students' participation.
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%)
6. The course material was presented in a clear and effective way.
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%)
7. The instructor provided a good atmosphere for learning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 17 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 2 (12%) 12 (71%)
8. The instructor encouraged me to think for myself.
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%)
9. The instructor graded tests and assignments fairly.
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%)
10. The instructor informed students of their grades on exams and assignments promptly.
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%)
11. The instructor demonstrated concern for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 16 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 3 (19%) 12 (75%)
12. The instructor treated students fairly.
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%)
13. What are the instructor's major strengths as a teacher?
He is passionate, knowledgable and caring. The absolute best teacher i have ever had and he really wants to make a difference. He sees the faults in society and shows us both sides of the argument and tells us to do more research and to make our own opinion. He encourages questions and is knowledgeable beyond belief. He wants us all to be active members of the community and gives and shows us opportunities to. This guy really needs a raise and a high five because he is absolutely awesome. Please give him more say in the school because he deserves it, i don't know how much time he has for that considering all of the community work he already does but he really is the best teacher i have ever had and encourages us students to want to love to learn and to make our own opinions. I have never had a teacher who can show his own opinion without being biased and one who is so passionate about helping and educating.
very knowledgeable, provided a lot of events to encourage students to learn more about the subject. We are able to made connection between ourselves and the materials we learned in class.
Michael Ross is passionate, concise, and has clear - easy to understand, and engaging lectures. He makes science feel easy and sound fun, which isn't a very easy thing to do. I can't recall a time in my life before this class I got psyched for learning about a genetic codon.
He is very passionate about botany and knows what he's talking about
He is so passionate about what he teachers, and he passes that down to each one of his students! Was able to answer any question, and he cares about his students. Professor Ross really knows his subjects!
He is very passionate about what he teaches. Because he is so passionate students, such as myself, find more interest in the course.
Passionate. Professional. Inspiring.
He is very enthusiastic about Botany. He knows what he is talking about and his passion shows in the way he is able to bring light to the course, and other outside issues.
Good communication with students
teaching
He has the ability to make the subject passionate for many.
He is very enthusiastic about teaching and talking about botany.
He is very well informed in plant anatomy and deeply shows his concern for the native species on the island.
He is a very enthusiastic teacher which in turn made the class materials interesting to learn.
14. What changes, if any, do you suggest to the instructor?
he has it down, honestly.
because bot101 is a foundation course, a lot of new materials will cover in this class, a lot of new words, this may reduce the students interest. It is different than bot130, a lot of examples we can find in real life. student can't found much examples in real life from bot101, it is a challenge.
None.
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Nothing at all.
None at the moment, one of very few teachers that I absolutely enjoyed learning from.
I wouldn't change a thing. I only wish I had enrolled for the lab as well.
none
class activities
nada
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Please move the class out of the dungeon. Its a nice ocean view on the outside, but the inside is like a dungeon with pleasant lighting.
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15. How did the instructor show concern for students?
he had study sessions, told us to come by his office whenever and encouraged us to stay after class and ask questions. He never wanted anyone to get left behind.
always encourage students to study on the materials and provided a lot of help outside of the class.
Michael Ross keeps regular office hours, and helps whenever he can, if it's needed. You can't really ask for more than that.
he would review things constantly whenever the class couldn't answer his questions
Would stay after class, would host study sessions before every quiz and exam. Graded everything promptly and sent emails to when the grades were posted. Would answer his phone anytime during office hours, and was always enthusiastic towards students that needed extra help.
He urged for students to always come to his course as we not only learn course material, but things about our everyday surroundings. He also took time out of his schedule to do study sessions. (Which really helped us students).
He always encouraged participation, related the subject to fields we can apply outside of the classroom. Offered extra credit activities. Was always available for further questioning after class.
He keeps encouraging the students to participate.
remembers everyones names
with great concern
Always asked questions if students had issues.
He gives some opportunities for extra credits.
Near the end of the semester, he openly tells the class that many students aren't as interested as he would like them to be and worries of how they are going to pass the class.
He always showed signs of being available, he would often say come and see him if you need help or if you have questions or concerns. It was easy to approach him with problems and such.
16. Would you recommend this instructor to students? Why or why not?
Absolutely. He is very passionate and knowledgeable and encourages you to take chances and to ask questions. Very active member of the community who does not want to do anything but help people
Yes, I like the class and the subject. There are a lots of things cover, but is good to know it.
Definitely. I watched Michael Ross change the way my classmates think about Botany. Teachers like Micheal Ross will produce more Botanists in the world.
Yes, I was recommended this class by one of my friends and I've recommended it to my sisiter
Absolutely. I learned so much from his course, and he really shows the difference between a instructor that loves what he is teaching, and one who struggles to get to class and teach every day.
Absolutely recommend to other students. Whether you are a major in Botany or not, his class is very interesting and an eye-opener.
I highly recommend Professor Ross...since the beginning of the semester I have constantly suggested this course to students.
Yes because he is very knowledgeable and influential.
yes, excellent teacher
heck yes
Hell yes. Best instructor in this campus.
I don't recommend the class to students who aren't really interested in botany because the quizzes and the exams are tricky and they requires great efforts and time to study.
Sure, if the students are really interested in how nature works and worry about how much of nature is changing, I would highly recommend his to his class.
Yes! He is a great teacher and knows how to make Botany a great class.
17. What else would you like to say about this instructor?
It is very rare to see an individual who has so much faith in the good of people. He really wants to see us succeed as a species and shows many ways to better ourselves and others.
He's a cool dude
Excited to take Bot 130.
One of the few teachers whose class I really enjoyed!
I'd like to thank him for his dedication and genuine instruction. His teachings helped me with self discovery and must admit it was a life changing semester.
There should be more teachers like him.
nothing
super rad dude
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I hope he gets better students who are more interested in botany than the Fall 2014 class.
He is an overall great teacher, he grades quickly and explains the coursework as much as possible. Plus, he's always available for help and offers quiz reviews in his office before the class.
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18. Other comments:
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Really enjoyed the course! Science isn't my greatest subject, but the teaching style and passion really had me yearning to better myself in it. Almost thought about changing my major!
I strongly feel that the chemistry and biology courses are prerequisites in this BOT course. Also, this course requires service-learning and students taking this course must be informed on that before the course starts.
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Michael Ross: BOT101L, Fall 2014     Back to top

Campus: Kapiolani Community College Department: Math & Science
Course: BOT 101L - General Botany Laboratory Crn (Section): 31571 (0)    
1. The course objectives and procedures were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 10 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 9 (90%)
2. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 10 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 9 (90%)
3. The course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 10 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 8 (80%)
4. The instructor knew the subject area.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 10 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 9 (90%)
5. The instructor encouraged students' participation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 10 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 9 (90%)
6. The course material was presented in a clear and effective way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 10 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 8 (80%)
7. The instructor provided a good atmosphere for learning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 10 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 9 (90%)
8. The instructor encouraged me to think for myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 10 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 8 (80%)
9. The instructor graded tests and assignments fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 10 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 8 (80%)
10. The instructor informed students of their grades on exams and assignments promptly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 10 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 9 (90%)
11. The instructor demonstrated concern for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 10 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 8 (80%)
12. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 10 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 8 (80%)
13. What are the instructor's major strengths as a teacher?
Mr. Ross's strengths are everything from numbers 1-12 in the previous questions before this one. Very knowledgable, caring for his students, enthusiastic, makes learning fun & enjoyable, & helps you if you dont understand. Great teacher!!!
Passionate about subject, always wanted to help, and find different ways to try new teaching methods that may benefit his students more. Never a dull moment in class, and really knows everything he is teaching down to the core.
He is passionate about what he teaches and teaches well and clearly.
Considering that this is a lab class, he is hands-on with props and displays and well informed with what is considered safe to be handled with and things that require more care.
He knows what he's doing
very passionate about botany, and has a vast amount of knowledge that he loves to share with his students. explains everything very clear, and always answers any questions you may have clearly to where it becomes understandable
teaching
He uses many visuals to help enhance his teaching. Like diagrams, and 3D models to show the insides of plants and other organisms.
14. What changes, if any, do you suggest to the instructor?
None.
None that I can think of at the moment.
Can't say much for changes. It a fun class and the questions + sections to read in the lab manual are all online.
nopee
nada
Your drawings, while simple, are fine. They don't have to look good, they just have to get your point across.
15. How did the instructor show concern for students?
Very knowledgable, caring for his students, enthusiastic, makes learning fun & enjoyable, & helps you if you dont understand. Great teacher!!!
Helped after class, asked if students had any questions or concerns daily. Would take time to really go over any questions a student had. Always available during his office hours.
He encouraged students to be prompt and come to his lectures and classes. He also provides many opportunities for extra credit.
He keeps the class focused on the task at hand and points out things that require special attention.
he was always there to answer our questions
he was always willing to help, and gave tips for success of labs in class
by being concerned
By constantly trying to encourage us, and engaging in conversation with us, especially if the student is doing something botany related outside of class.
16. Would you recommend this instructor to students? Why or why not?
Yes! Very knowledgable, caring for his students, enthusiastic, makes learning fun & enjoyable, & helps you if you dont understand. Great teacher!!!
Yes, just a great teacher and great course material, although very challenging.
Absolutely would. He is a great teacher that loves what he teaches and is able to teach it well to his students.
The class fills the lab requirement and the class is straight forward on what to expect. And he is a good teacher so many students can do well in his class if they study for his quizes.
yes
Yes, he is a very good teacher and cares about his students grasping the concepts of what he is trying to teach. He is energetic so it is hard to not pay attention to what he is saying.
totes mahgoats
He is a great teacher. Refer to the above.
17. What else would you like to say about this instructor?
He is the best botany teacher ever!!! I hope he continues his teaching career at KCC or in general. The best person for all of the botany course at any community college/university!
Keep on teaching!
One of the best teachers I have ever had for any science course.
Hope he has fun with his Spring 2015 lab class.
super cool
super rad dude
His drawings are simple, but do a great job of helping him when he is explaining certain things to us.
18. Other comments:
Mr. Ross is the bomb! Very knowledgable, caring for his students, enthusiastic, makes learning fun & enjoyable, & helps you if you dont understand. Great teacher!!! He is the best botany teacher ever!!! I hope he continues his teaching career at KCC or in general. The best person for all of the botany course at any community college/university!
The class was so interesting and fun, it almost made me switch majors.

Michael Ross: BOT105, Fall 2014     Back to top

Campus: Kapiolani Community College Department: Math & Science
Course: BOT 105 - Ethnobotany Crn (Section): 31575 (0)    
1. The course objectives and procedures were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 19 0.96 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (21%) 14 (74%)
2. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 19 0.96 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (32%) 12 (63%)
3. The course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 19 0.96 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (21%) 14 (74%)
4. The instructor knew the subject area.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.61 18 0.98 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (17%) 14 (78%)
5. The instructor encouraged students' participation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 19 0.96 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (21%) 14 (74%)
6. The course material was presented in a clear and effective way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.37 19 1.07 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 4 (21%) 12 (63%)
7. The instructor provided a good atmosphere for learning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 19 0.96 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (26%) 13 (68%)
8. The instructor encouraged me to think for myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 19 1.02 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 4 (21%) 13 (68%)
9. The instructor graded tests and assignments fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 19 1.07 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 3 (16%) 13 (68%)
10. The instructor informed students of their grades on exams and assignments promptly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 19 0.96 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (26%) 13 (68%)
11. The instructor demonstrated concern for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 19 1.02 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 4 (21%) 13 (68%)
12. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 19 1.02 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 4 (21%) 13 (68%)
13. What are the instructor's major strengths as a teacher?
Very passionate and knows the material is able and willing to answer questions. Professor Ross is a great instructor and I would love to take more of his classes.
Mike is very passionate for Ethnobotany and his field. He always makes class fun and interesting for everyone every class.
Mr. Ross' strengths as a teacher is that he knew his subject matter in and out. His knowledge of the course work we have learned in class is beyond impressive in that he presents lectures and its information while referring to no resources but the powerpoint. He also makes his lectures engaging, even when material can be a bit overwhelming sometimes. Throughout his lectures he engages his students by asking questions, or opinions on subjects. However the most admirable strength the Mr. Ross has a teacher is that he really knows how to facilitate students in the classroom. I feel that his presence and energy that he exudes earns him a lot of respect from my peers and myself, and I commend him for that. Especially when comparing to other professors in the UH community college system.
Knowledgeable and Reliable
He knows the subject well and makes the class lectures very interesting to listen to.
He is passionate about his field and it really shows through his teaching.
Always tries to help students by giving opportunities to gain more points
He Has Passion for botany
He is really passionate to teach us Botany, so I enjoyed take his lecture every time.
I could fill this whole prompt with great things about Mike, but to put it simply: Mike is an INCREDIBLE instructor with an obvious passion, and abundounce amount of knowledge for botany/agriculture. It was great to learn from, talk to, and argue with Mike about various topics and i hope to cross paths again in the future.
He was very passionate teacher.
he wants to teach you everything he knows
Dr. Ross knows the material and presents it in an interesting and easy to understand lecture.
He is very knowledgeable and knows the material well. He is organized and very good at explaining things.
14. What changes, if any, do you suggest to the instructor?
None
None
Nothing he is a great teacher
Maybe having more samples of the plants we are learning about.
Have a study guide for Hawaiian language used in the class. Give weekly quizes. The test have too many questions.
The amount of Hawaiian on exams is a bit much, Mike. I completely understand that it is an Ethnobotany course and that cultural education is a part of it, but many people in the class have zero, or little, Hawaiian culture/language exposure so on top of the material we are also learning brand new words. I think that having the common name along with the Hawaiian name would be a wonderful way to promote learning.
no changes, he cherry.
15. How did the instructor show concern for students?
He always told us that we could talk to him or email him if we needed help with something or had questions about anything. Also, he would always be free for answering questions after class.
By always letting students know his office hours, and making himself approachable, friendly, and available.
Give us ride to our service learning activities
He would always try to answer people's questions even if it meant getting a little off course of the specific material.
Remembered names of every students in the class in two days
yes
He doesn't give up on students
Helped to arrange rides to service learning events in class to make sure all who wanted to participate, could.
16. Would you recommend this instructor to students? Why or why not?
Yes, definitely! Mike is very passionate for the subject of Ethnobotany and I very much enjoyed his class. He makes learning fun, and he makes you understand the different topics discussed in class in a very fun and engaged manner. He grades very fairly, and is always accessible for questions and help on anything through either email, or in person after or before class. The best thing about Mike is that he knows your name and he gets to know you as the course goes on. I really loved his class.
I would definitely recommend Michael Ross to students as it is not just an easy-peasy "A" class. You will actually learn the subject, have opportunities to critically think about the material, and take away a lot of knowledge and experience even if the course subject is not your major.
YES Take his class
Definitely. He is a cool guy who loves what he does.
Yes but only to students who have had Botany 101
ABSOLUTELY!
yes. he's a good instructor
Yes. Books are interesting, lecture is easy to follow, power points are posted to assist in studying.
Yes, he is one of the best teachers I've had in college
17. What else would you like to say about this instructor?
He is the BEST teacher ever! I learned so much from Mike, and I will take what I learned in Ethnobotany and use it in my daily life, and hopefully pass it on to others, and help make the community more aware of the topics we discussed in class.
I feel that Michael Ross is a great asset to Kapiolani Community College, and I enjoy his teaching style and professionalism in the classroom.
HE IS THE BEST TEACHER
One of the best instructors at KCC.
He keeps class interesting with his thorough knowledge of plants.
he is cherry.
Smart, helpful and open minded. Excellent combination of qualities in anew academic guide.
18. Other comments:
No survey responses were found.

Michael Ross: BOT130, Fall 2014     Back to top

Campus: Kapiolani Community College Department: Math & Science
Course: BOT 130 - Plants in Hawaiian Environment Crn (Section): 31577 (0)    
1. The course objectives and procedures were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 19 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 17 (89%)
2. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.95 19 0.23 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 18 (95%)
3. The course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 19 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (21%) 15 (79%)
4. The instructor knew the subject area.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 19 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 17 (89%)
5. The instructor encouraged students' participation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 19 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 17 (89%)
6. The course material was presented in a clear and effective way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.84 19 0.37 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (16%) 16 (84%)
7. The instructor provided a good atmosphere for learning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 19 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 17 (89%)
8. The instructor encouraged me to think for myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.68 19 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 4 (21%) 14 (74%)
9. The instructor graded tests and assignments fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.84 19 0.37 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (16%) 16 (84%)
10. The instructor informed students of their grades on exams and assignments promptly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 19 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (21%) 15 (79%)
11. The instructor demonstrated concern for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 19 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (21%) 15 (79%)
12. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.84 19 0.37 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (16%) 16 (84%)
13. What are the instructor's major strengths as a teacher?
He knows anything about plants.
having a lot of knowledge of plants. unique class.
Knowledgeable in course content, humorous, disciplined, focused, flexible, fair, organized.
understanding and very professional
Unfortunately I mixed up the BOT lab and BOT lecture surveys so this will be for lab instead. Professor Ross is very passionate and knowledgeable about every aspect of botany we covered. In lab we had a smaller group of people so he was much more personable in lab which was a great experience to have in addition to lecture. Professor Ross had the perfect balance of outdoor activities (eco system field trips), science (brief lecture-style talks, terrarium project and microscope work) and Hawaiian culture (exploring plants on campus and the field trips). The tests were a challenge but VERY hands on. We got to see the plants we had talked about in lecture and had read about in our xeroxed pages and have a point of reference instead of everything being just on paper.
energetic
He's very passionate in what he does, informative and proactive with related topics as well. I really liked the reminders for when due dates were approaching, those were really crucial for me.
Professor Michael Ross know his subject and teaches it with passion. He is extremely organized and encourages us to participate in class daily.
He knew the subject area very well, I feel like I learned a lot of information that I didn't expect to learn in this course, and they're all information that are local issues that should be addressed.
professor Ross is passionate about his work
He teaches the material well and he knows the material like the back of his hand! It is also great that he returns our exams fairly fast.
Very knowledgeable of the subject taught. Very willing to answer questions and encouraged participation.
He's very passionate about the subject and makes sure everyone understands what he's talking about
Defining what was expected and making it clear. Mr.Ross is very understanding and approachable. He is very good as a teacher in my opinion and passionate about what he is teaching that inspires his students.
Kumu Ross is a great teacher. He is very clear and enthusiastic with his curriculum. I enjoyed learning from him, and would recommend his course to my peers.
14. What changes, if any, do you suggest to the instructor?
Nothing special.
Hmm...wow, maybe cut down some of the lecture materials? As in maybe have the students look through some of that content on their own and do some Q and A in class about topics? Although to be fair, botany is a very detailed discipline so there is just a wealth of information that has to be given out to students so...(as in I not sure if you can just "lop off" information lol).
I wouldn't change anything about lab. Maybe just that it would be twice a week because it was so enjoyable!
no service learning
To upload powerpoints to laulima BEFORE having a presentation. Its just much easier to have on hand while following with the lecture.
I think he is doing just fine. I have learned a lot from him.
Announce extra credit opportunities earlier in advance
Don't pound on the desk so hard.
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15. How did the instructor show concern for students?
He has engagement with his classmates.When i asked a questtion to him, he treated that politely and it was really easy to understand.
oral, laulima, slides
He was understanding of individual students situations, flexible, fair, gave extra credit opportunities that expanded the concept of sustainability and ecosystems, and gave service learning opportunities at the KCC Greenhouse (I enjoyed that part very much!) :)
hey gave out extra credit opps and let people turn things in late
Professor Ross had a much smaller class for BOT lab so he was able to dedicate more time to each of us and answer questions. He would make sure everyone understood everything and if people looked confused he would help them out.
He reminded them of how important attendance affected your grade, how no participation hurts your grade as well and asked if we had seen other classmates because he hasn't seen or heard from them.
He show concern for all of his students. He will warn us to keep up with our reading and prepare for our exam. He reminds us do our service learning.
He would answer every question that students had and stop lecture whenever someone had a question or comment and never talked over anyone.
He found us a classroom that was more suitable for lectures instead of being taught botany in a chemistry lab. He also allowed us to speak our suggestions and provided warnings ahead of time as far as due dates for assignments.
He encouraged class participation and offered extra credit because he noticed some people missed/skipped class which takes away from participation points.
Always knowing each of us as a student and where we are in learning or struggling.
Kumu Ross showed concern for students through service learning, having us participate in class, and always providing a professional and accessible environment.
16. Would you recommend this instructor to students? Why or why not?
yes, I recommend taking his class if you are interested in Botany because he is a nice person and i can tell he is an enthusiastic teacher!
yes, because his class was fun and he is kind. But, content was a little difficult
I would DEFINITELY recommend him to students because quite simply...he knows his stuff. He is also firm but fair and he lays out all what is expected of the students in a very transparent way. He also has a good sense of humor too :D
yes he taught me a lot
ABSOLUTELY. He's just extremely competent and this lab course goes hand in hand with lecture in my opinion. I know it wasn't mandatory but I'm so glad I took it. It's invaluable.
Yes, because he's very familiar with what he's touching, passionately informative, gives examples of where plants are located and very descriptive through his course.
I would definately recommend him to other students because he is a organized, passionate and helpful teacher.
Yes, he knows exactly what he's talking about, and when he doesn't, he's honest about not knowing it instead of making something up to pretend that he knows the correct answer.
I would recommend this class as requirement to all students
Yes! It is a great class and it really motivates you to get rid of invasive species and makes you want to plant all the endemic and endangered plants as you can!
Yes because he is able to teach this class well while allowing the students to participate and service learning was like the hands on experience.
Yes! He's awesome and you will learn a lot from him
Definitely, for the reasons above.
I would recommend Kumu Ross to students, because he creates an environment that is very productive for learning about botany.
17. What else would you like to say about this instructor?
I really like your class!
the class was fun
Not much else except the pacing was pretty good in this course...loved the extra credit opportunities, the take home exam angle, the service learning opportunities at the KCC Greenhouse, and the Pa'ina (definitely keep all of these and haha definitely give that take home exam in a timely fashion...no giving it over Thanksgiving break or Spring Break lol...glad we didn't have that issue^^).
he was an awesome teacher I really enjoyed his classes
Lab was much easier to participate actively in because of the amount of people. It didn't feel like everyone was talking over each other to get the participation credit the same way lecture could tend to get. All in all a great course.
He's cool!
I trully enjoyed this class. I think Micheal Ross is an excellent teacher. If I could I would like to take another class he is teaching.
Thank you for a great semester!
I am glad I had the opportunity to take his class.
I loved his class and he inspired me to learn more about Botany.
Mahalo nui Kumu Ross for a wonderful class. I would love to see a class about aquatic plants offered by Kumu Ross, and I hope that will be in the near future.
18. Other comments:
nothing
Nope except I enjoyed his course and I hope he gets students in his next class that are kinda vocal like us haha :D
Again this is for botany LAB not the lecture class.
One of my favorite teachers ever.
I feel that 25 hours of service learning is too much for one semester, especially for full-time students with jobs. The process of logging in hours and submitting them is confusing. That's the only thing I did not enjoy about taking this course, the service learning. Also, the classroom was uncomfortably cold.
Thank you very much! I really enjoyed your classes. I learned a lot.

Michael Ross: BOT130L, Fall 2014     Back to top

Campus: Kapiolani Community College Department: Math & Science
Course: BOT 130L - Plants in Hawaiian Environ Lab Crn (Section): 31579 (0)    
1. The course objectives and procedures were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 6 (67%)
2. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 7 (78%)
3. The course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 6 (67%)
4. The instructor knew the subject area.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
5. The instructor encouraged students' participation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 7 (78%)
6. The course material was presented in a clear and effective way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
7. The instructor provided a good atmosphere for learning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
8. The instructor encouraged me to think for myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 7 (78%)
9. The instructor graded tests and assignments fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 6 (67%)
10. The instructor informed students of their grades on exams and assignments promptly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 6 (67%)
11. The instructor demonstrated concern for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 9 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 3 (33%) 5 (56%)
12. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 9 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (44%) 5 (56%)
13. What are the instructor's major strengths as a teacher?
he knows his info on the subject
He knows what he's teaching, very familiar with the subject and passionate in taking us to sites that related to the class.
He is Enthusiastic and passionate.
Very knowledgeable in course content, funny, disciplined, organized, methodical (important for science stuff in my opinion), fair, open minded, flexible :)
Professor Ross is by far the most passionate and knowledgeable teacher I've dealt with at KCC. He was able to answer nearly all of the questions people had in one way or another. His power points were ALWAYS up on Laulima and not only that but they were usually even done so before or right after class (within an hour of class ending). He never fell behind on the syllabus, which made the class very stable.
treated students equally
Mr. Ross is able to teach students by a hands on experience technique which I thought was my best way to learn. He is very knowledgeable of the materials taught.
14. What changes, if any, do you suggest to the instructor?
none
Hmm...I can't really think of anything right now. I thought the pacing of the course was spot on :)
Honestly it's hard to find anything to change. The one slight irritation I had was that he sometimes goes VERY quickly past parts of the power point so notes can be hard to take, unless you're a speed-writer. That being said he does put everything on Laulima so you can supplement anything you missed after class. Another thing is that this is a large class. It was sometimes hard to get a word in because a lot of students would just shout things out instead of raising their hands. I think this is due to class participation being such a huge part of the grade. I do see it as an issue if everyone has to participate so much for that portion of the grade it becomes a bit of a competition. It got a little better as the semester went on, though, in the end it became one large discussion everyone could participate in.
15. How did the instructor show concern for students?
He mentioned how not participating in class could really hinder your grade and he would ask for students if he hadn't heard or seen them.
He was available by email and office hours, he sent reminder emails and told us verbally to stay on course during the course :) Of course, he was also empathetic as it pertained to some of our student issues (e.g. service learning kinks) and was understanding of our individual situations :)
Professor Ross would talk to students who were falling behind and showed a strong interest in people coming to class on time and not missing class. He was VERY active via email and responded with very little waiting time. Also again, because he is very passionate about the subject he was very enthused at students shared interest in the subject.
oral, slides,
16. Would you recommend this instructor to students? Why or why not?
yes he was fun and i learned a lot
Yes, because it's a lot of fun, he is very helpful and resourceful. He does his best to clarify and explain things to you in a way that you'll understand.
I would definitely recommend him to students because he knows his subject very, very well. In addition, his pacing of the course is very good...and come on...love the field trips we did to further enhance our understanding of our native plants, the environment, and the data collection methods that scientists use in the field :)
Something I didn't understand was going to be a part of this course prior to the first day of class was service learning. IF you don't have time for the additional 25+ hours of service learning outside of class I would not suggest this class. It is a vital part of getting everything you can out of class but it IS also very time consuming. Otherwise I couldn't recommend this class more! It's enthralling, entertaining and professor Ross is an expert at imparting vast amounts of knowledge. This is by far the class I've enjoyed most this semester and it has opened up a world I knew virtually nothing about prior to taking the course.
yes. This class is active, so it is fun
17. What else would you like to say about this instructor?
He's Cool!
Not much else except that I enjoyed this lab class because of the concepts I learned about, the pacing of the lab course was spot on (in my opinion), and the field work enhanced our understanding of the concepts covered in the course.
Professor Ross needs to just keep doing what he's doing. I can only hope he'll be teaching new botany classes in the future because I would attend any class he teaches in a heartbeat.
18. Other comments:
Not much else except thank you for a very informative, fun, and well paced semester...students would be lucky to have a solid professor like him for a lab course :)