eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Subir Kole

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POLS110, Spring 2012
POLS110, Fall 2011
POLS322, Summer I 2011
POLS110, Spring 2011
POLS110, Fall 2010

Subir Kole: POLS110, Spring 2012

Campus: Kapiolani Community College Department: Social Science
Course: POLS 110 - Intro to Political Science Crn (Section): 33725 (0)    
1. The course objectives and procedures were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 12 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (42%) 7 (58%)
2. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 12 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 4 (33%) 6 (50%)
3. The course was well organized.
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%)
4. The instructor knew the subject area.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 12 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (25%) 9 (75%)
5. The instructor encouraged students' participation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (33%) 8 (67%)
6. The course material was presented in a clear and effective way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 12 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (50%) 6 (50%)
7. The instructor provided a good atmosphere for learning.
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%)
8. The instructor encouraged me to think for myself.
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 graded tests and assignments fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 12 0.9 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 4 (33%) 7 (58%)
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  
4.5 12 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 4 (33%) 7 (58%)
11. The instructor demonstrated concern for students.
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%)
12. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 11 0.92 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 0 (0%) 4 (36%) 6 (55%)
13. What are the instructor's major strengths as a teacher?
Subir Kole is very knowledgeable and professional.
I enjoyed getting his comments on our blogs about the weekly subject matter. It made the class more interactive considering it was an online class.
He was very responsive in a detailed manner.
I appreciated that the Subir would encourage participation but ultimately placing the responsibility on the student. His critique of posted discussions were never damning...instead it offered a different perspective and encouraged additional research.
He plays the devil's advocate really well, which is essential for giving different views of potentially controversial topics.
He's very accessible, and really encouraged us to voice ourown opinions. He really tried to get us to think deeply about the week's topics, and usually gave feedback on what we wrote.
He seemed to know a lot about his subject and the material we were instructed to learn and read up on. His attitude and support was positive and very much in line with what I respect and look for in an instructor. I would definitely recommend his class to anyone.
This course is online and was pretty straight forward. Quizes had assigned dates, and he gave a fair amount of time for discussion post. He always keeps his students updated.
14. What changes, if any, do you suggest to the instructor?
To offer a more leveled way of explaining curriculum.
the videos that he assigned were too long for an online class. It was very frustrating because often they would take several minutes for "buffering" during the presentation which made them even longer. I would suggest shorter ones and on a different medium than what was given this year.
Maybe try lecturing through the blackboard program so other people are more stimulated to learn?
None
I would encourage a disclaimer that people can share their opinions, but they shouldn't take things personally. Also that to give opinions more bearing in the conversation that students utilize evidence to back up their claims.
For me, it was frustrating that the week's discussion topics were posted on different days throughout the week. In our syllabus it said we would have more than a week for our discussions (Tues-next friday), but some weeks we only had a few days. I know it doesn't take long to read and post a response, but I try to organize my work for all my classes so I know what days I should do that class's homework. Not knowing when it would be posted and when it would be due, made it difficult to stay organized. Also for the Short Writing Assigment, we were given the topics later than what was stated in the syllabus. I know the syllabus is never concrete, but I was really banking on having the topics extra early (2 months before the due date), so that I could take my time with it. Because we got it a little later than that, I have to fit it into my schedule of all the other end-of-the-semester work for my other classes.
For most of the semester the assignments were posted well in advance of the end of the week but there were a couple of times where the assignment wasn't posted at the start of the week. In any other situation this would have posed a problem for those of us who are pressed for time but when this happened he just extended the deadline. I REALLY liked that he commented directly on our writings and gave us that feedback. Definitely please keep that up!
It would be helpful to have resource material available ahead of time for planning. I find it helpful to read and than take a few days and than read again to better grasp material in the online sections.
I would maybe suggest having video chat, or posting up videos of himself discussing assignments or any homeworks he assigns. I also noticed that a lot of the articles used were out of date. Lots has changed, and a lot of our topics came from this past war.
15. How did the instructor show concern for students?
He was well organized and gave friendly reminding emails.
his reminders of what was due was very helpful. We older full time students can be forgetful so this helped a lot.
He responds the best that he can to our discussions.
I appreciated the email reminders and excellent suggested articles.
He actually was open to their feelings, like in a certain situation where he felt that he offended someone he was quick to apologize and correct the misunderstanding.
Pretty much the same as question 13.
He commented on all of our writing and posed questions back to us that pushed us to gain more introspection into our responses/thoughts.
Subir Kole would post his personal responces to ours when we would reply on the discussion pages. We would also recieve numerous emails that would keep us updated on quzies and future assignments.
16. Would you recommend this instructor to students? Why or why not?
Yes. Although sometimes online courses can be difficult to keep up with.
HIGHLY!
Yes because he seems to genuinely care about teaching.
Yes...great environment.
Yes. It's an interesting way to look at Political Science.
I would because he's a great teacher who's obviously very knowledgable about the subject. He responds quickly to both emails and discussion posts, and is always encouraging us to do our best.
Absolutely. For the above mentioned reasons. He was well-informed, helpful and pushed students to learn and investigate more.
I would recommend Subir. His class very straight forward with little questions to ask.
17. What else would you like to say about this instructor?
He is smart~
Thanks for a great course, I REALLY enjoyed it!
Thank you.
18. Other comments:
I enjoyed the weekly writings but, in all honestly, the mini tests 'short exams' that were bi weekly for us to do by that Sunday were a real waste of time and kind of struck me as simply busy work. Other than that minor critique, I really, really enjoyed the class!
Politics is not really a strong subject of mines, but I felt I somewhat had a clue on what was going on throughout the course.

Subir Kole: POLS110, Fall 2011     Back to top

Campus: Kapiolani Community College Department: Social Science
Course: POLS 110 - Intro to Political Science Crn (Section): 31642 (0)    
1. The course objectives and procedures were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 3 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 1 (33%) 1 (33%)
2. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 2 (67%) 0 (0%)
3. The course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.67 3 1.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 1 (33%)
4. The instructor knew the subject area.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (67%) 1 (33%)
5. The instructor encouraged students' participation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (67%) 1 (33%)
6. The course material was presented in a clear and effective way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 3 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 1 (33%) 1 (33%)
7. The instructor provided a good atmosphere for learning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 3 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 1 (33%) 1 (33%)
8. The instructor encouraged me to think for myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (67%) 1 (33%)
9. The instructor graded tests and assignments fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 3 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 1 (33%) 1 (33%)
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  
4.33 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (67%) 1 (33%)
11. The instructor demonstrated concern for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 3 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 1 (33%) 1 (33%)
12. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.33 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (67%) 1 (33%) 0 (0%)
13. What are the instructor's major strengths as a teacher?
He is very good at communication with online classes.
14. What changes, if any, do you suggest to the instructor?
Add more ways for students to earn points, either through more quizzes, discussions, or assignments.
Follow through on emails.
15. How did the instructor show concern for students?
He provided extra help for quizzes and tests to prepare us better.
16. Would you recommend this instructor to students? Why or why not?
Yes I would. He makes the schedule and assignments easy to understand.
17. What else would you like to say about this instructor?
No survey responses were found.
18. Other comments:
No survey responses were found.

Subir Kole: POLS322, Summer I 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Political Science
Course: POLS 322 - American Foreign Policy Crn (Section): 90337 (601)    
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  
3.9 10 0.88 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 1 (10%) 6 (60%) 2 (20%) 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 10 0.53 Freq(%) 5 (50%) 5 (50%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 10 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 4 (40%) 5 (50%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 10 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 2 (20%) 7 (70%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 10 0.97 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 0 (0%) 3 (30%) 6 (60%)
6. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 10 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 2 (20%) 6 (60%)
7. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
I felt the individual presentations were most valuable. Each student was required to analyze in depth the previous night's reading and give a presentation to the class. This allowed the class to gain a better understanding of a challenging and long reading while gaining valuable knowledge of the week's theme on foreign policy.
Some of Professor Kole's selections from the readings were excellent, i.e. the Israel Lobby, and America: The Terrorist State. He also made sure to ask many pertinent questions which were thought-provoking and added to a lively debate.
I enjoyed all aspects of the course. In particular, I enjoyed the student presentations and videos watched in class.
Because there was so much reading, I found that projects/assignments that forced me to really evaluate the reading ultimately led me to getting into it more. Even when we were dividing up the reading, it was beneficial to me because it made me examine that section closely and gain a better understanding of it, rather than just skimming over the whole thing which is what I did otherwise.
The readings, and subsequent discussions were the most valuable aspects.
I think the progression of the topics was effective in helping me understand foreign policy better. The readings were diverse enough to give many different perspectives. The openness of the discussions was also helpful in seeing many different opinions on certain subjects. I think having open discussions also helped build better communication between the students with each other and the instructor.
Subir is an excellent instructor and is very knowledgeable about the subject. He also is always available for extra help, questions, or any extra discussion you may need.
8. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
I think there was a failure on the students' part because most students failed to interact in the discussion and debates. So, for next semester, I would create teams of two to debate certain issues using the students' understanding of the materials and logical abilities as criteria for grading students. Professor Kole would act as moderator and fact checker. If students failed to read, failed to provide a logical argument, or failed to participate, it would reflect in their daily grades. As it stands now, students do not seem to be motivated to provide their thoughts and opinions, so it is difficult to assess their abilities. Merely having participation listed on the syllabus fails to motivate students to participate.
The course format was fine, but some readings should be axed such as the health and environment writers. Better writers and research simply needs to be selected.
I felt that the instructor had no interest in hearing your opinions on anything unless you had a wealth of knowledge. Only the graduate students in the class had anything interesting to say to the proffesor. I felt left out despite the fact that this class relates to my major and i had alot to say.
Some of the readings weren't as valuable as others. Although the nature of having a vast amount of reading means that some things might be regurgitated more than once, the readings only sometimes did so during the course of this term.
The readings were a bit long at times.
9. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.3 10 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 3 (30%) 5 (50%)
10. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 10 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 0 (0%) 7 (70%) 2 (20%)
11. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.3 10 0.95 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 0 (0%) 4 (40%) 5 (50%)
12. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 10 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 2 (20%) 7 (70%)
13. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 9 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 5 (56%) 2 (22%)
14. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.4 10 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (60%) 4 (40%)
15. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.2 10 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 6 (60%) 3 (30%)
16. Other comments:
Sometimes when the class was silent it was assumed that we had not done the previous night's reading. Most times, in my opinion, it was that some individuals did not know how to respond to some of the questions being presented, or felt a little self conscious about how their response would sound in a very intellectual class setting.
Good luck Professor Kole.
I think it'd be more beneficial to have students lead discussions. For example, a student doesn't necessarily have to do a presentation but they can be a discussion moderator that'll count towards their participation.

Subir Kole: POLS110, Spring 2011     Back to top

Campus: Kapiolani Community College Department: Social Science
Course: POLS 110 - Intro to Political Science Crn (Section): 33725 (0)    
1. The course objectives and procedures were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.61 23 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (9%) 5 (22%) 16 (70%)
2. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 23 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (22%) 8 (35%) 10 (43%)
3. The course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 23 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (13%) 4 (17%) 16 (70%)
4. The instructor knew the subject area.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.74 23 0.54 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 4 (17%) 18 (78%)
5. The instructor encouraged students' participation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 23 0.57 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 6 (26%) 16 (70%)
6. The course material was presented in a clear and effective way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.52 23 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (13%) 5 (22%) 15 (65%)
7. The instructor provided a good atmosphere for learning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.48 23 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 10 (43%) 12 (52%)
8. The instructor encouraged me to think for myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.61 23 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (9%) 5 (22%) 16 (70%)
9. The instructor graded tests and assignments fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 22 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (9%) 4 (18%) 16 (73%)
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  
4.7 23 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 5 (22%) 17 (74%)
11. The instructor demonstrated concern for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.61 23 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (9%) 5 (22%) 16 (70%)
12. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 22 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 6 (27%) 15 (68%)
13. What are the instructor's major strengths as a teacher?
Very flexible and very organized.
Organized, and clear with instructions
Very good teacher, he knew the subject well and was very motivated to teach.
Subir made this class comfortable. It's as if we all became friends. It was a stimulating and pleasant experience. Notice I refer to him as Subir. We pretty much all did. He makes his students feel like their opinion is important and valuable.I think his major strength is that he is always communicating with his students. I dont know where he finds the time but he does it.
He is very understanding in each of our situations. He does provide enough time for us to do the work. Although, it is an online class, he does communicate with us very often/ at least twice a week via e-mail or laulima. I like that he gives us reminders about our due dates.
Subir knows and understands the subject well. He posts topic discussions that are relevant to what is going on in the world now, and goes even further to relate them to events happening in our own backyard. Even though it's an online course, he encourages us to be involved with one another by allowing to have discussions on topics and even allow us to create our own topics.
He is very considerate of he students. Understanding and knowledgable about his material.
Professor Kole's major strengths as a teacher was the fact that he provided a fair share of workload, he was always consistent with replying back to emails, he is always willing to help us to learn and was concerned for us (in a good way of course). Professor Kole also is very patient and understanding as well as truly knowledgeable about this subject! :)
The class is very well organized. He encourages free thinking and demands much student involvement. He creates a good atmosphere for discussion and gives very thoughtful feedback. He puts a great amount of effort into not just teaching material but also planting seeds to promote critical thinking amongst the class.
He is very knowledgeable in the subject and he's very helpful.
He is very clear with what he wants in class.
Communication with students
Very knowledgable. Well spoken. promotes active learning.
Although this was an online class taken, i found it to be interesting and informative. Professor Kole has maintained a professional and enriching learning environment.
He has a good online presence
Well organized and very proficient in field that he is teaching.
He is organized, understanding, fair, and genuinely concerned for the students.
I do know that he cares about you. It is not just pretending, but genuine. I felt that he really wants us to learn more about contemporary issues around the world, and us, personally. I do appreciate that.
14. What changes, if any, do you suggest to the instructor?
Nothing much because the course was straightforward with deadlines set.
I wish I would take his class face to face
None, absolutely none.
for the resources folder to be more clear. I had a hard time looking for the readings as well as videos sometimes.
There really isn't anything I can think of.
To be perfectly honest, I found Professor Kole's course to be just perfect the way it is. Because it is an online class, we basically had to learn on our own and the fact that Professor Kole made it less stressful and more easier on us than expected has truly helped me succeed in this course. There were discussion's to be posted every week, short quizzes which he provided the questions prior and of course a short writing essay. Everything was just perfect the way it is and I won't change it or make any suggestions of concerns in any way.
I can't see anything that needs to change. I love the way this class is put together.
n/a
none
none
None, Professor Kole's structure of learning online was easy to navigate, and he was very prompt on both discussions and replies.
The assessment methods did not match well with the student learning outcomes. I feel that I could go through this whole course and not learn anything. The assessments were tricky and specific, rather than promoting a general understanding or even emphasizing on key points. From this, I would recommend completely reevaluating assessment. I can understand that Subir wants higher scores and happier students, but I feel that he is sacrificing student success for that outcome.
Nothing
None
Yes, I know the syllabus and course were flexible. Still, to us slackers (cough) it was a little hard to follow up the readings. Can you think of anything that can help us? I DO think it was very flexible course though. If it's just me, please disregard this.
15. How did the instructor show concern for students?
Felxible when I didn't have internet access and allowed me to take my quiz after I came back fro my trip. Really wanted me to take the quiz that I had missed.
Emails was responded frequently
He cared for every one, he gave good feedbacks for every assignment he asked us to do
Oh yes. If One of us were off-base in our understanding of the taught concepts, he gently pointed out the error in direction but complimented the person for his/her input and opinion.
He would reply right away to our e-mails and responses.
He updated his students on anything and eveything. Any changes to the syllabus or course procedures he let them know immediately. He also gave feedback on students assignments good and bad depending on the students submission.
He shows concern for students in a good way of course! He is always on point in notifying us multiple times on whenever a discussion or short quiz is due. One example that justifies this is when some of us students weren't able to take a short quiz one day, he apologized and extended the short quiz for us. He is always asking if we have any questions and he is always consistent in replying with such a fast response!
He responds promptly and thoroughly. He provides constructive criticism, different perspectives, and a lot of encouragement.
For me, he was quick to answer all of my e-mails. I thought that was very important to me especially this semester.
Posting reminders and quiz questions were helpful
responds in a timely manner, when there was a question or concern.
Professor Kole, encouraged us to think outside of the box and generate our own topics for debate or discussions.
He uses his online presence to personalize discussions.
Professor showed that he care about his students by sending emails containing deadlines.
He is understanding and will make sure the needs of the students are met.
He listened, and replies with willingness. He always remind us the quizzes due.
16. Would you recommend this instructor to students? Why or why not?
Yes because hes well organized and sets deadlines for everything thats due at the beginning of the semester. Quizzes are also open book with more than enough time to finish it.
Yes, very good and honest teacher
Absolutely. The reason is because they couldn't find a better Political Science instructor. "Nuff" said.
Yes, because this class is very convenient as well as very informative. Subir Kole is a great professor who communicates very well. He also shows a lot of care for his students and you can tell by his e- mails.
Yes, he makes what may be a not so interesting subject, into one that you will be involved in for the rest of your life!
Yes, his course is outlined from the start and is very straight forward about what he is looking for in the student and for the class. This class of his was very easy to follow and understand. This has made my semester easier to cope with.
Of course! I believe Professor Kole is a wonderful professor. I wish it would have been a classroom, because Professor Kole is truly patient and very kind to his students. He is always concerned and is willing to help us in any way possible. His workload for the course itself was just perfect for an online course. I would most definitely recommend Prof. Kole to other students! I too would take another course of his in the future.
Absolutely. His class is challenging but enjoyable. I've learned a lot this semester.
Yes, because not only is this class challenging but there is a lot to learn.
Yes I would. It was a fun class and it was very well organized
Yes
yes. His way of teaching in fun and inspiring
Yes. Very informative on political issues, and you see another person outside of the U.S point of view on various political subjects.
I would recommend self motivated students and non-majors. I do not think the content of the course is rigorous enough for someone seeking a poly sci path.
Yes, Professor Kole is a great instructor who gets involved with his class and encourages participation and growth.
Absolutely, yes. Why? Go and take the class. You'll know and you'll appreciate it.
Yes
17. What else would you like to say about this instructor?
Nothing
Great teacher and fair
He is a good professor.
I cannot compliment him enough. I felt like I was sitting in his living room, sipping on a cup of coffee and discussing politics. How does he manage that with an online class? Ask him because I have no idea.
great professor!
He is a great guy and will help andbody with his class. He will help improve any students knowledge after taking his course.
Professor Kole has provided me great ease and a wonderful experience in learning about Politics. I am not really knowledgeable when it comes to Politics, but because Prof. Kole has made the course fair for everyone, everything else fell perfectly into place. There were Short Quizzes that we were able to study ahead of time and of course no time limit. The discussions and readings where a great tool to learning many of our readings for each week and to hear other debates, perspectives and ideas from the other students. Not to mention, all of the readings and articles that we read throughout class was highly interesting! I have learned a lot while taking this course and I will highly recommend to others what a great teacher and course this was.
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I have never met professor Kole in person, but i would assume he is an interesting fellow with a mulititude of knowledge.
He needs to understand that students happiness is not the ultimate goal in this course. Learning is. If he so chooses, the "N" grade can be an option for students that struggle. Do a complete overhaul of the assessment methods. They are trivial.
Please stop being so awesome. That's illegal.
18. Other comments:
Nothing
Tjhis was a great class especially for a novice Political Science student. However, I had a lot of trouble with Laulima. Please, please, please,fix it.
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Thank you so much for the wonderful semester. You were a great teacher and I truly appreciate your dedication to the students
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Subir is very good at communicating deadlines and sending out reminders. He is very active in that regard.
Thanks for this semester. I really enjoyed this course and my point of view is broden so much. This course makes me want to go even further. I am thinking of minor at POLS. It was such an interesting course and you cared us so much. Thank you again. Have a good summer. *It is kind of said that I have never seen you.

Subir Kole: POLS110, Fall 2010     Back to top

Campus: Kapiolani Community College Department: Social Science
Course: POLS 110 - Intro to Political Science Crn (Section): 31642 (0)    
1. The course objectives and procedures were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.06 17 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (24%) 8 (47%) 5 (29%)
2. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.35 17 0.86 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 6 (35%) 9 (53%)
3. The course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 17 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (29%) 7 (41%) 5 (29%)
4. The instructor knew the subject area.
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%)
5. The instructor encouraged students' participation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 17 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 3 (18%) 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  
3.94 17 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (35%) 6 (35%) 5 (29%)
7. The instructor provided a good atmosphere for learning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.06 16 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (25%) 7 (44%) 5 (31%)
8. The instructor encouraged me to think for myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 17 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 5 (29%) 10 (59%)
9. The instructor graded tests and assignments fairly.
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%)
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  
4.76 17 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (24%) 13 (76%)
11. The instructor demonstrated concern for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 17 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 3 (18%) 13 (76%)
12. The instructor treated students fairly.
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%)
13. What are the instructor's major strengths as a teacher?
Was very understanding to the needs of his students.
Has great interaction with students in the course. He takes there opinions seriously and integrate these ideas into the course.
He was very flexible.
He is very flexible and at the same time challenging.
Subir took our comments and feedback well and was never afraid to change the syllabus to accommodate his students. Although I have never met this teacher in person I feel like he was one of the best teachers i've had so far in the UH system.
Flexible
His constant awareness of students strengths and weaknesses, knowledge of political going-ons, and thorough use of the Laulima server as well as the internet.
He managed to make a mystifying subject interesting and understandable
Subir Kole took a very active part in this online course. Online teachers i had before just told us what was needed to be done and expected us to do it. Subir Kole took the time to make sure we understood as a class what was expected of us.
helpful and is always there when he was needed.
He really listens to what students are saying and tries as much as possible to make things work.
He seems like a very careing and concerend teacher.
Professor Subir Kole was willing to meet with those who needed help. He was very considerate of the fact that this was an online class, and gave every student the opportunity to thrive in an online environment.
I liked how you were open to ideas of us the students, as this was an online class and incorporated new things during the semester so that it would help us better ourselves.
He keeps the class updated with all the materials we need to do our homework.
I think he was very flexible with his availability.
14. What changes, if any, do you suggest to the instructor?
Change the way we "meet" in the discussion boards. Maybe instead of having readings every other day, have us read and answer questions once a week. This way this allows all the students to try to catch up if they missed a day of reading because of work or another class.
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To have discussion boards be a little more clear.
A little more organization and clarity of what's expected of you in the course would be good.
Probably the timing set. We had a chat scheduled every Tuesday at 7p.m. I tutor kids until 9p.m. Monday through Friday. It made it a little difficult for me to make the chat sessions.
No group paper
None. Love the class as is.
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I think the group project did not work. I think it would be better, for an online class at least, to just do your own paper.
Just that group projects don't usually tend to increase participation it just makes more work for those who actually do it.
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There are a lot of reading assignments, but hardly any discussion. I think there should be fewer and longer discussions so that topics can really be discussed and debated. It's not easy to do a political science class when discussions are constantly moving forward without enough depth. It would also be great if Subir Kole could be involved in the discussions more.
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15. How did the instructor show concern for students?
Was willing to change his syllabus to help his students in any way he could.
He would always post more than one update on upcoming assignments and always returned replies.
He always emailed us a lot, and had camp fire chats open at least once a week, and we can openly ask questions about the course.
He was constantly seeking to know our opinion on things and that was cool.
He always returned my emails promptly and whenever a student was dissatisfied with a section in the course he was always open for suggestions
Many opportunities to do work.
At first the class seemed a little "unorganized" but professor kole explained that it is not that he was unorganized, but that he was open to change. there were major changes in the syllabus well into the semester, but it was only out of the concern of participation of the class. I admit, I thought these changes were unfair and unreasonable, but in the end I realize that it was in the best interest in us, most of the time.
His persistant emails and constant eyes on students that didn't seem to show any interest in the class yet remained in it.
He kept in regular contact with us via e-mail and chats, and would respond immediately to any questions or concerns.
Subir Kole set up a campfire chatroom every tuesday so that students with questions could ask freely. however it would have been great if their was more like it being that i had a prior committment on tuesday's. also subir kole made it clear that we could email kole at anytime with concerns/questions.
he would try to change up the course in a way where all students were benefiting from it.
He asked for our feedback all the time, even changing the syllabus when we thought things weren't working very well. He was very accommodating.
He kept sending e-mails daily to inform students on what needs to be done.
Allowed for scheduled appointments, accepted calls, and was very attentive towards emails.
Always sent out emails about different assignments that were due and different reading and stuff.
He sent e-mails reminding us of our homework due dates and responded to e-mails in a timely fashion.
He constantly reminded the students to do their work and gave opportunities to make up missed assignments.
16. Would you recommend this instructor to students? Why or why not?
Yes, although he could change up his tactics, he is willing to change things no other teacher would, in the middle of the semester no less.
Yes, very caring teacher who cares about students learning
yes, because it was a fun class.
Yes, I believe that though it was rocky at first, he is a solid teacher with a cool class.
Yes I would highly recommend Subir to other students. You learn a lot in this class while not feeling too stressed out about the course. It goes at a very good pace for an online class.
Yes, class is still new and being molded.
Yes, his attention to detail and his understanding of students needs and wants of his curriculum, every student should have a teacher that is this organized and appreciative attitude about his class makes students feel at ease to know they have a teacher who actually teaches.
Yes, he was an interesting instructor
i would recommend subir kole because kole takes the time to really structure the course so it is reasonable and understandable without compromising what is needed to be learned.
yes, very considerate and easy to talk with.
I would mostly recommend him. The class felt a little disorganized at times, because we weren't sticking to the syllabus, but other than that, it was a good class.
Yes because he is a very careing easy teacher.
Yes, he is willing to work with students to better understand the subject content at hand.
I would recommend Subir Kole for students who like to learn their material independently, without a teacher constantly telling us their political views.
Yes, he's a very good instructor that will always help you if you are struggling.
17. What else would you like to say about this instructor?
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He was very chill.
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He was always just an email away and was very attentive to it. Responses would be as quick as 15 minutes later.
Great Job!
Professor Subir Kole, has the understanding of a Great Leader!
Subir Kole never inserted his own political standing, which allowed students to offer their opinions more freely. This is a very valuable attribute in a political science class, in which it is easy for teachers to teach based on personal bias. I felt that Subir Kole maintained a good level of objectivity to the students' learning.
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Keep up the good work!
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Although Subir Kole did remain objective, it would have been great if he had been more involved in guiding discussions to different levels, or offering ways that students could look at the course material in a different light.
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