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Instructor: Steven Brown

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DIS383, Spring 2014
DIS383, Spring 2014
DIS699, Spring 2014
DIS397, Fall 2013
DIS397, Fall 2013
DIS699, Fall 2013
DIS397, Spring 2013
DIS699, Spring 2013
DIS397, Fall 2012
DIS699, Fall 2012

Steven Brown: DIS383, Spring 2014

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Center on Disability Studies
Course: DIS 383 - Disability History and Culture Crn (Section): 88651 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.71 18 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 3 (17%) 13 (72%) 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  
1.29 18 0.47 Freq(%) 12 (67%) 5 (28%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 18 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (28%) 12 (67%)
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  
4.56 18 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (44%) 10 (56%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
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 was stimulated to do outside reading about the course material.
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%)
8. I learned to value new viewpoints.
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%)
9. I try to relate what I learn in this course to my own experience.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.61 18 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (39%) 11 (61%)
10. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
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%)
11. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives 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%)
12. The instructor's feedback about my writing helped me become a better writer.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.11 18 0.9 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 3 (17%) 7 (39%) 7 (39%)
13. Assistance from the instructor outside the class was readily available.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 18 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (17%) 8 (44%) 7 (39%)
14. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 18 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (33%) 11 (61%)
15. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
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%)
16. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
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%)
17. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 18 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 6 (33%) 10 (56%)
18. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 18 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 6 (33%) 10 (56%)
19. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Have more discussions for interactions with other students
I think itʻs great the way he does it now! :)
I thought what he did was good abut having a meeting in the beginning so we know who we are going to be talking about the entire year.
Not sure that there needs to be change because this class is highly dependent on student participation. the fact that we need to read and respond weekly helps us not only to understand the topic but also to get better acquainted with one another to possibly give our input in helping them to understand what they may not know. so i don't think change is needed.
I'm not too sure if you can improve on this course. I thought it was already well "layed out." I understood what needed to be done. Instructions were fairly straight forward. Very interesting subject.
N/a The course is structured just fine.
Overall Steven Brown did a great job teaching the course. Although it was an online course I feel he communicated and participated just as much if not more than my other teachers in sit in classes! Things that I think would improve the course were mainly related to the weekly posts. One thing that was hard for me was writing my responses in the time frames (one post between Wednesday-Thursday and one post between Friday-Sunday). I understand the reasoning behind it so that it creates more of a discussion instead of people just posting three posts back to back to back. I think what would have been good was if we had a question due by Tuesday and then two responses after Tuesday due by Sunday as long as we posted on two separate days.
none, very informative class
I think that for an online course is fine as is. It contains a very informative syllabus that covers all information in depth that will be needed to stay successful and on course throughout the semester.
20. Online communication with class members and the instructor helped me to learn course materials in an effective manner.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.72 18 0.57 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 3 (17%) 14 (78%) 0 (0%)
21. Participation in online conversations (e.g., chats/bulletin boards/discussions boards) with my classmates contributed to my understanding of the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.59 18 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 4 (22%) 12 (67%) 0 (0%)
22. What did you like most about your online course experience?
The flexibility of when I participated.
I like the discussions because we could communicate with others
I would have to say the discussions made my online experience extremely enjoyable! Having to ask a question about the assigned readings/videos and then responding to two other classmatesÊ» questions, really generated powerful discussions.
I loved the whole course.
i learned that even though the class is online, the fact that it's more of a mandatory interaction type of class makes it interesting. like i stated before it helps us to better know one another and get a deeper understanding of the topic at hand.
Discussions.
The subjects that were covered were very interesting.
I felt very good about it. It is really hard to forget that you have assignments due online at times.
I really like the online weekly discussion and her structured the assignments were.
I enjoy not waking up at 730 in the morning and having to drag my self to class!
I liked the fact that we were stimulated to think about various situations from a different point of view and that we could openly express our opinions and ideas.
23. What did you like least about your online course experience?
writing a research paper
N/A
all of the different books we had to read and buy.
there wasn't anything i would say against online classes.
There was nothing to dislike.
Forgetting to submit my homework.
I usually got 10/10 for my weekly posting, but one week i got an 8/10. I am assuming I got a lower grade because I posted our weekly 3 require posts to close together, but I believe as long as I did the required 2 posts a week I should have gotten the 10/10.
Online courses always require you to be on top of things like knowing when things are due.
N/A
24. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
I really liked the selected readings, the interaction among the class, and Professor Brown's comments.
discussions
The assigned reading and videos! I learned more about disability studies in this one course, than I ever have in my life!
I liked the discussions.
noone is wrong because every opinion is welcome in a class such as this.
The feedback each student receives and gives to other classmates.
The freedom in which the class offers and not actually having to walk to a location.
I really like learning about the different aspects of disabilities, from famous people who were disabled to the appropriate languages to used and the treatment of people with disabilities overtime.
I really liked the short weekly readings instead of big long readings.
The fact that we were given various types of reading materials (i.e books, online articles, video, and media).
25. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
writing a research paper
The AMOUNT of assigned reading and videos! At times, it seemed like too many tasks were assigned for the week. I still appreciate the things I learned from those assignments, it was just a bit much at times, thatʻs all.
buying the books.
n/a
The research paper
I enjoyed every bit of the course.
None. I like the class in all.
n/a
I thought the 8 page report was very difficult and could have had a little more structure to it. I was confused at times what was expected in order to get a good grade.
N/A
26. Other comments:
GREAT COURSE!
I really liked how you communicated with the students as much as possible
n/a
Good job :)
Great job Prof. Brown on keeping us up to date with deadlines, responding to our posts, and having a very well prepared agenda.

Steven Brown: DIS383, Spring 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Center on Disability Studies
Course: DIS 383 - Disability History and Culture Crn (Section): 3190 (431)    
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  
3.33 6 1.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (50%) 1 (17%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 1 (17%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.17 6 0.41 Freq(%) 5 (83%) 1 (17%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
7. I was stimulated to do outside reading about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
8. I learned to value new viewpoints.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
9. I try to relate what I learn in this course to my own experience.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
10. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
11. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
12. The instructor's feedback about my writing helped me become a better writer.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 6 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (50%) 3 (50%)
13. Assistance from the instructor outside the class was readily available.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 6 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 4 (67%) 1 (17%)
14. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
15. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
16. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
17. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (67%) 2 (33%)
18. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
19. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
I think that his teaching does not need improvement. Great class!
The only thing I could think to suggest would to possibly make the first paper a little longer in length and the research paper a little shorter. That way, the papers are a more even in length.
Nothing, Dr. Brown was an excellent instructor.
20. Online communication with class members and the instructor helped me to learn course materials in an effective manner.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%) 0 (0%)
21. Participation in online conversations (e.g., chats/bulletin boards/discussions boards) with my classmates contributed to my understanding of the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%) 0 (0%)
22. What did you like most about your online course experience?
I likes the communication I was able to have with my other classmates.
I really liked the class discussions and reading about other people's opinions.
I liked the weekly discussion the best for this online class. Because we were posting three times a week, it felt like we actually knew each other. It did not feel like other online classes where you have no idea who is in your class.
It was a great way to learn from others about disabilities studies.
I enjoyed being able to learn at my own pace and yet still being able to interact with my classmates.
He is completely knowledgeable about the course and gives us great material to learn from and is very helpful to make sure we understand everything.
23. What did you like least about your online course experience?
Sometimes it's hard to remember due dates because there is no live class.
n/a
I would have to say I least liked using Laulima. Many times the site would freeze or not work at all. This has nothing to do with the class but it is definitely a little frustrating seeing as I need it to work for my posts.
Sometimes laulima would run slow or not allow me to post my assignments.
24. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
I liked all of the readings, they really helped further my understanding of the problems people with disabilities face on a daily basis.
The amount of work is what I like the best. It is not to overwhelming, but enough that I can learn a lot.
I really loved the information Professor Brown presented to us. Every week there were articles/videos that were very interesting and opened my eyes to a lot of the disability culture I had not known previously.
The content of which we studied.
While there were required readings, I was also able to study areas I was genuinely interested in.
The material given to us to help us understand this course; the books, stories, articles,videos and such.
25. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
n/a
The research paper was difficult for me because it was hard finding a lot of information on my topic. However, it was interesting learning about the topic I chose.
There were few people in the class, so there would have been even more interesting discussions if there were more students. Some of the readings were also a bit much to handle in a week.
26. Other comments:
n/a
Very well taught and enlightening class--I'm very glad I decided to take it!

Steven Brown: DIS699, Spring 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Center on Disability Studies
Course: DIS 699 - Directed Reading &/or Research Crn (Section): 84458 (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  
4.0 2 1.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (50%) 0 (0%) 1 (50%) 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 2 0.71 Freq(%) 1 (50%) 1 (50%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%)
7. I was stimulated to do outside reading about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%)
8. I learned to value new viewpoints.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%)
9. I try to relate what I learn in this course to my own experience.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%)
10. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%)
11. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%)
12. The instructor's feedback about my writing helped me become a better writer.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%)
13. Assistance from the instructor outside the class was readily available.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 2 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (50%) 1 (50%)
14. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%)
15. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%)
16. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 2 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (50%) 1 (50%)
17. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%)
18. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 2 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (50%) 1 (50%)
19. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Since I took this as a DIS 699 but was placed within DIS 383 to do the class discussions, I had some difficulties initially when trying to figure out the differences between our course assignment deadlines. For the first couple of weeks I was looking at the wrong syllabus. Another difficulty I had was on trying to find the course readings. Some of them were found online and others were provided. It would have been nice if the electronic copies had all the author names/titles on it. Some of the .pdf copies were abbreviated so I did not know what reading it was without opening it. Maybe if the syllabus indicated what it was titled within the course reading pdf's it would have been easier to access.
20. Online communication with class members and the instructor helped me to learn course materials in an effective manner.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%) 0 (0%)
21. Participation in online conversations (e.g., chats/bulletin boards/discussions boards) with my classmates contributed to my understanding of the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%) 0 (0%)
22. What did you like most about your online course experience?
I liked the discussion portion of this class. It was nice to be able to hear about what my other classmates were thinking and talking about. Online courses also allow us to not feel afraid when posting our opinions and thought processes. It provides a good learning environment where everyone has a voice.
I enjoyed the opportunity to explore the assignments in my own way with supportive guidance.
23. What did you like least about your online course experience?
There wasn't a lot of peers in this class (DIS 383) so when some of them had questions I did not know how to answer or did not want to answer, it made it difficult to make the 3 responses per week. Similarly, not all of the classmates posted which also made it difficult.
The whole class was enjoyable.
24. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
I liked the discussions and the course reading materials/resources. I really liked learning about this field of study and would like to further learn about it in the future. I plan to get a certificate in this eventually.
Working with Steve.
25. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
Getting to understand the syllabus since it was slightly different from the DIS 383 syllabus. Also, searching for some of the online readings were occasionally difficult because I wasn't sure where to find them or if they were provided in pfd format.
Nothing
26. Other comments:
I really enjoyed this class, the reading materials, the video/pictures, and overall this new field of study. Before entering this class, I believed I understood all I needed to about my own biases and my self-awareness. However, as I was going through the weeks I discovered some biases I had towards this population. By uncovering this, I was able to not only own up to it, by posting it within the discussions, but I also recognized I had the kuleana to change it for the better. For me, this is the most important and rewarding of all lessons I learned and I believe that because of this class I definitely want to further my own understanding and knowledge of this population. Another thing I would like to mention is that Dr. Brown was very kind and understanding towards my numerous issues throughout the semester and he was really encouraging and supportive of me. I believe that he also allowed me to recognize the areas that I need to personally grow and did so in a way that did not make me feel entirely isolated. It was an amazing experience working with him and I wish he saw me at my best and when I had better days. Mahalo nui loa, Dr. Brown!
Thank you so much!!!

Steven Brown: DIS397, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Center on Disability Studies
Course: DIS 397 - History Disability Culture Crn (Section): 77398 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.88 16 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (19%) 12 (75%) 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  
1.33 16 0.49 Freq(%) 10 (63%) 5 (31%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
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%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
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%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 16 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 5 (31%) 9 (56%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 16 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (44%) 8 (50%)
7. I was stimulated to do outside reading about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.06 16 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 4 (25%) 4 (25%) 7 (44%)
8. I learned to value new viewpoints.
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%)
9. I try to relate what I learn in this course to my own experience.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 16 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (31%) 11 (69%)
10. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 16 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 4 (25%) 9 (56%)
11. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
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%)
12. The instructor's feedback about my writing helped me become a better writer.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.19 16 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (25%) 5 (31%) 7 (44%)
13. Assistance from the instructor outside the class was readily available.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 16 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 7 (44%) 8 (50%)
14. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.19 16 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 8 (50%) 6 (38%)
15. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 16 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 8 (50%) 7 (44%)
16. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.07 16 0.96 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 3 (19%) 5 (31%) 6 (38%)
17. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 16 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (50%) 8 (50%)
18. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
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%)
19. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Some students preferred different names over those listed on their forum names. While it was easy enough to see what they preferred by reading their comments, I think it would be beneficial to post a list of the names students prefer at the beginning of the semester. This way, students do not get offended by other students using incorrect names.
Minimize the readings. It was a little difficult to get all those readings done and also meeting other courses readings.
Please start utilizing grade book. It was frustrating having to repeatedly ask for my grade over and over. Additionally, for papers and projects, perhaps be more clear on specific requirements. Additionally, I would not make students have to post by a certain date.
There is a lot of writing, even for a writing intensive course. Between the posts and papers, there seemed to be a lot. The amount of reading was a little much too.
The readings did seem like a lot at times, but it was very valuable information where it helped me learn a lot throughout the course.
The forum posts are are great way to communicate with other students and professor Brown, The amount required to post every week is fair.
I think the course is well structured as it is.
None, was a great course and very eye opening to different ways of thinking and analyzing things. Made me realize many different things.
I think it would be good if Professor Brown also provides some of his own perspective on the reading materials assigned. It is good to get feedback from my fellow classmates, but I also would like Professor Brown's thoughts on certain topics.
20. Online communication with class members and the instructor helped me to learn course materials in an effective manner.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.5 16 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 4 (25%) 10 (63%) 0 (0%)
21. Participation in online conversations (e.g., chats/bulletin boards/discussions boards) with my classmates contributed to my understanding of the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.63 16 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (38%) 10 (63%) 0 (0%)
22. What did you like most about your online course experience?
Steve was very good about reading our comments and leaving questions for us to think about. It is nice to know that a professor is actually reading all my work!
I enjoyed that we were the ones facilitating discussions. I liked that everyone shared their own experiences and questions about certain readings.
I liked the flexibility of not having to physically be in a class.
I love the topic of the course and it was clear that Steve knows the subject well.
Being required to participate in online discussions throughout the week helped me to stay engaged and to discipline myself to do well in this online class. I learn a lot from how other students explain what they have read in our readings or their opinions on the topics we cover.
I enjoyed being able to learn, and make posts on my own time.
I liked that we had a least two or three days to do each of the postings. It made it much easier for me to plan out my time with my other classes.
I was given enough time to complete assignments on time.
Professor Brown was very knowledgable and his material and interactions with the students showed that. I really appreciated that he always responded quickly to emails and forum posts.
It gave me an different perspective on learning with out actually being in a classroom but online.
I liked the fact that I did not need to attend to class physically. However on the flip side of the coin, I think I actually would have retain more information if it was a regular class. Disability Studies was a very interesting course. There were many things that I did not specifically know about and this class was a real eye opener to understanding disability a lot better.
I was able to do the work on my own time.
I liked reading my classmates feedback on Laulima for my weekly postings.
I liked that the assignments were spaced out well. The discussion forums were a great way to interact with my classmates and share our opinions on different subject matters in the field of disability studies.
23. What did you like least about your online course experience?
Laulima froze a couple times and I had to retype my work.
The amount of reading that had to be done was challenging.
Not having access to my grades.
There was quite a bit of reading.
Sometimes I felt some students got a little sensitive to how other students worded phrases, especially when it came to talking about disabilities. Sometimes we just do not know how to word phrases properly and it may be hard to completely avoid effecting anyone's feelings.
n/a
There was a large amount of reading.
n/a
Itʻs not so much seen as I didnʻt like something about this it was more so a very different experience.
Like I said previously about not retaining as much as if I were to actually be in class. Perhaps I absorb information best with both visual and audio.
The only downside of an online class is that there was no face-to-face conversations.
24. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
I really enjoyed reading all the comments and opinions of my fellow classmates. Many brought up aspects of an article that I had not considered.
The discussion board was great! I enjoyed reading everyones questions and responses.
I liked the week focused on the Holocaust
See above
I liked that we did not just have to stick to reading books and articles, but we were also given pictures, videos, and websites to look at.
I enjoyed the research paper instead of an actual test for the final.
I liked the weekly laulima discussions with our classmates
The course load was spaced out as evenly as possible so nothing was crammed.
The medias presented (readings, videos, websites, images, etc.) were very interesting and every week was something new and it always grabbed my attention.
I like the mixture of both readings and videos. I really enjoyed the interesting questions we all posted.
I liked how there are many different answers to a question and that understanding multiple perspectives helped me gain a better understanding of disability studies.
The different materials were better for me. So instead of just reading, there were audio and video materials and I believe that helped me understand the topic better.
The freedom to think outside the box
The best part of this course is that the deadline for submitting assignments are great. I liked that for the weekly discussions we were required to pose a question to the class because it really helped me comprehend and analyze the readings better.
25. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
The minor bugs on laulima, but nothing directly related to the course.
Again the amount of reading was a challenge.
The research paper as the directions were not entirely clear, it would have been nice to have more of a structure to follow.
See above
N/A
n/a
n/a
There is a lot of writing required for this class, but it is expected since this is a writing intensive course.
26. Other comments:
None.
Thank you for working with my hectic football schedule.
Great class, good teacher. A few suggestions but overall a good experience.
N/A
Professor Brown did a great job of communicating online throughout the semester. I will definitely recommend this class in the future.
I would have like to have more feedback on the weekly comments we were required to post.
Thank you for a great semester Professor Brown! The material in this class has really given me a greater appreciation and respect for individuals with disabilities.

Steven Brown: DIS397, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Center on Disability Studies
Course: DIS 397 - History Disability Culture Crn (Section): 1038 (411)    
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  
3.5 4 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (50%) 2 (50%) 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  
4.75 4 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 3 (75%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 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 gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
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%)
7. I was stimulated to do outside reading about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 4 1.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 2 (50%)
8. I learned to value new viewpoints.
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%)
9. I try to relate what I learn in this course to my own experience.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 4 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (50%) 2 (50%)
10. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 4 1.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 2 (50%)
11. 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%)
12. The instructor's feedback about my writing helped me become a better writer.
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. Assistance from the instructor outside the class was readily available.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.67 4 1.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 1 (25%)
14. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 4 0.96 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 1 (25%) 2 (50%)
15. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 4 0.96 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 1 (25%) 2 (50%)
16. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 4 0.96 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 1 (25%) 2 (50%)
17. The instructor sets high standards for students.
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%)
18. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.75 4 0.96 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (50%) 1 (25%) 1 (25%)
19. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Dr. Steve really master this field. I must admit that I learned a lot from this class, I may not get a good grade from this class. But I admit that I learned a lot from this class. Dr. Steve is very experienced in the field which he taught to the class.
I think the discussion posts were just hard to keep up with because we had to respond to other people's posts but I slowly learned you can also post a reaction to a video which was easier because I hate reading because in my other classes we also have to do a lot of reading so it becomes very tedious. But I don't think discussion posts should make up most of your grade I think we should have like reaction papers and other discussion activities.
Steven Brown can improve the teaching this course by making the clarifications in the syllabus and helping the students understand the instructions. I was not sure I understood his syllabus, so that I asked him to give his clear explanations what his instructions were before I started doing my online assignments.
- Pick less expensive books (The Staff of Oedipus was VERY expensive) - Keep Gradebook on Laulima updated so we know where we stand throughout the semester, especially in the Discussion Board section.
20. Online communication with class members and the instructor helped me to learn course materials in an effective manner.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.5 4 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (50%) 2 (50%) 0 (0%)
21. Participation in online conversations (e.g., chats/bulletin boards/discussions boards) with my classmates contributed to my understanding of the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.33 4 1.15 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 0 (0%) 2 (50%) 1 (25%)
22. What did you like most about your online course experience?
All topics are Dr. Steve bring to this class is really relevant and appropriate to the needs of people with disabilities like me.
I liked the fact that it was online to save me the trip to school to fight for parking. And I also liked that I learned about the history of disabilities and I got more of a sense about like why we think the way we do. I especially liked the book report because it was interesting to learn about side shows and the real aspects of circuses.
What I liked the most about my online course was that I enjoyed the experience of reading the online history of disability because it gave me a broad knowledge of people with different disabilities.
23. What did you like least about your online course experience?
None. All topics is extraordinary.
The least thing I liked about it was the discussions I think you should at least get most points back even if your discussion is late. I know it's not fair to the students who turn it in early but it is just a discussion post.
I had no problems with my online assignments because Professor Steven Brown made sure that I understood him very clearly. He is accessible to his students and me in the online class.
24. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
All topics
The aspect I liked best was the book report
All of the weekly discussion forums were valuable to me because my classmates gave me their different perspectives of people with disabilities and they provided me with more information on FDR (Franklin D. Roosevelt), for example. Intensive writing helps me to practice putting my critical thinking skills on paper and understand the cultural aspects of disability from my own Deaf Cultural perspective. Many videos had English subtitles.
25. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
None, I love all the topics
The least was the discussion posts
The aspect of the course I liked the least was lots of online reading assignments.
26. Other comments:
Hopefully Dr. Steve will always be in good health so that many more students are going to learn from him as I have learned so far. I also hoped one day to be working with him in my country.
I really appreciated Steven Brown's email communication and helpfulness because he provided good support and answered all of my questions. His teaching of the course was excellent and easy to understand.

Steven Brown: DIS699, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Center on Disability Studies
Course: DIS 699 - Directed Reading &/or Research Crn (Section): 74775 (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  
5.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (100%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 3 (100%) 0 (0%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (100%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 2 (67%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 2 (67%)
7. I was stimulated to do outside reading about the course material.
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. I learned to value new viewpoints.
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%)
9. I try to relate what I learn in this course to my own experience.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 2 (67%)
10. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 3 1.15 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 0 (0%) 2 (67%)
11. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
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%)
12. The instructor's feedback about my writing helped me become a better writer.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 3 1.15 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 0 (0%) 2 (67%)
13. Assistance from the instructor outside the class was readily available.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (100%)
14. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (100%)
15. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
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%)
16. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.33 3 1.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 1 (33%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%)
17. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 2 (67%)
18. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 2 (67%)
19. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Although there was regular interaction on the course forums it would be nice to better understand/get to know and connect with classmates. Perhaps a small group project could be included in the future.
Hold one physical meeting for everyone to see each other; set the tone for the class
I think that Steve Brown sets high expectations for his students and in my case it made me a better follower of directions.It was the first time anyone had been honest about my writing and it keyed me into areas of needed improvement. I think there was a little too much weekly information to read or view.
20. Online communication with class members and the instructor helped me to learn course materials in an effective manner.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.0 3 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 1 (33%) 1 (33%) 0 (0%)
21. Participation in online conversations (e.g., chats/bulletin boards/discussions boards) with my classmates contributed to my understanding of the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 2 (67%) 0 (0%)
22. What did you like most about your online course experience?
I liked the wide range of topics covered (from Home to Hip Hop) and the wide range of materials that the syllabus included. Utilizing youtubes, websites, newsites, and academic journals was a very effective way of I liked that most of the course materials were available online (including kindle editions of books). I greatly appreciated the flexibility of an asynchronous online class. I appreciate that the Professor was always readily available to answer questions via email or phone.
Flexibility in the times we can interact
I enjoyed the weekly class discussions and enjoyed the diversity of information he provided. I learned a great deal about myself and will take away with me skills which I can apply to my future.
23. What did you like least about your online course experience?
Lacked a feeling of cohesion amongst students.
Not being able to connect names to faces
Video files - I can't sit still and just watch a video. I have to be engaged to earn.
24. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
Wide variety of content. It provided me with a good understanding of changing views and perceptions of disability and disability culture throughout history. Helped me to better understand and contextualize current ideas and interpretations about disability.
Ability to choose books for review as well as research topic
I loved the books Steve Brown recommended
25. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
No survey responses were found.
26. Other comments:
Informative and enjoyable class. Challenged me to see other viewpoints/exposed me to new viewpoints.
Thank you

Steven Brown: DIS397, Spring 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Center on Disability Studies
Course: DIS 397 - History Disability Culture Crn (Section): 87253 (001)     3483 (432)    
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  
3.0 7 1.1 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 13 (68%) 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 7 0.55 Freq(%) 3 (43%) 3 (16%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 12 (63%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 12 (63%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (32%) 5 (71%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (53%) 9 (47%)
7. I was stimulated to do outside reading about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.32 19 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 9 (47%) 8 (42%)
8. I learned to value new viewpoints.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.74 19 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (26%) 5 (71%)
9. I try to relate what I learn in this course to my own experience.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.74 19 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (26%) 5 (71%)
10. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 19 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (37%) 6 (86%)
11. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 19 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (42%) 11 (58%)
12. The instructor's feedback about my writing helped me become a better writer.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.89 19 0.81 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 4 (21%) 10 (53%) 4 (21%)
13. Assistance from the instructor outside the class was readily available.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.32 19 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (16%) 7 (37%) 9 (47%)
14. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 19 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (42%) 11 (58%)
15. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 19 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 8 (42%) 10 (53%)
16. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 19 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 8 (42%) 10 (53%)
17. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 10 (53%)
18. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 7 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (43%) 4 (57%)
19. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
I loved this course. My eyes were opened to how I and others percieve people with disabilities. The only thing that would have made this course better would be a weekly or bi weekly virtual classroom with open dialog.
I liked the discussion format of the class, but I felt like it left us teaching ourselves. I learned some about others views on topics related to disability, but I didn't feel like I heard much from Steve. Also I wasn't sure if I was expected to get through all the readings and videos for each week, or just some of them, but there really was more than I cared to read, and often I only read enough to make my weekly posts.
not put different time limits on when to respond to posts
I think he can improve by being more active in weekly discussion posts. His teaching would be more effective if he created more discussion throughout the posts and among students. Open ended questions would be sufficient especially because laulima sends students an email when a post is made to their thread or a thread they replied on.
I thought he did a good job teaching the course.
N/A
need more pointers for the larger writing assignments
Perhaps by enforcing more deadlines for the research paper (e.g., in sections).
I don't have any suggestions for improvement because he was so open with communicating with his students.
Maybe participate more in the weekly forum
n/a
it would be nice to hear his input in the weekly postings
Have a shorter or perhaps more compacted syllabus. Syllabus extremely lengthy and was confusing during the first weeks of the semester. But I do like that he was organized.
I truly enjoyed this class, the stimulating discussions and Steve Brown unbiased contributions on the discussion. He provided feedback on my progress throughout the course, both positive and constructively critical. My only suggestion is that there be more variety in the weekly assignments.
Maybe post example papers for the book review and research papers and also if it is possible be available for help on rough drafts if it is done in a timely manner.
I do not really have any complaints or anything for this course. I really enjoyed this course and I believe Steven Brown did a great job instructing this course.
Steve Brown did a great job teaching this course. It was always able to clarify his expectations for the work.
Steven Brown did a great job teaching this course. I enjoyed it tremendously.
I don't think there is anything to improve. He is very knowledgable about this topic. I have learned a lot from this class.
20. Online communication with class members and the instructor helped me to learn course materials in an effective manner.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.0 7 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 4 (57%) 11 (58%) 1 (14%)
21. Participation in online conversations (e.g., chats/bulletin boards/discussions boards) with my classmates contributed to my understanding of the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.35 19 0.86 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (21%) 3 (43%) 3 (43%) 2 (11%)
22. What did you like most about your online course experience?
Everything I learned through the readings, videos and panels.
I enjoyed being able to study from home, whenever I wanted to. I enjoyed being able to write out my opinions, rather than having to speak up in a classroom setting, and the anonymity of it left me feeling that I could speak my mind.
no class
I liked the weekly question and discussion posts because it made me feel more invested in the class. I liked the posts because I was able to express my own opinion and I think that better and more effective than all the students answering the same set of questions weekly. The posts were manageable and engaging.
I liked that the course was mostly self-directed and that while there was a lot of reading material, it was very varied and made for interesting work.
Easy to learn about new view points because of the online forum. I liked that he used media such as youtube videos that were funny to teach ideas that we learned through the class.
I liked how everything was really independent and I could do things on my own time, rather than being in a classroom.
I like our online discussions. The questions that came up from classmates were
I enjoyed participating in active discussion every week.
I liked the forums and reading everyone's different views of certain topics. It really made you think in different ways, opening up to hearing how others think.
The ability to do the work at my own pace and the weekly forum assignment.
The forums were very helpful in keeping track of the readings. The assignments were a variety of readings, videos, and music; they were different ways of learning and very fun. I also liked that Steve had sent out emails updating us on announcements and also our current participation grades.
I enjoyed the feedback from other students and the responsiveness of students to questions and answers.
it gave freedom to do the course requirements when it was a good time for me - there wasn't a specific required meeting time
Allowed me to work at my own pace and schedule and allow myself ample time to come up with informative and creative discussions.
I liked that Professor Brown had both videos and readings for the weekly posts. By having numerous aspects of one subject, I was able to grasp the weeks subject clearer.
The fact that my schedule for work and life was very flexible. It still matched my educational standards.
I thought the class was well organized and class expectations were well clarified.
I just like taking online courses because it's convenient as I get to do my homework when it's convenient for me and I still can work and do my everyday tasks. I still get to get my education and interact with others and learn about other's experiences and have discussions with others despite not being face to face. Online courses are great for those with busy lives who still want to get a college education. The final thing I like best about the online experience is it teaches discipline because you need to log on and be disciplined enough to do and finish your work by the deadlines despite not having a set time to do each assignment just a deadline. It takes lots of discipline to log on and not get lazy despite all the distractions and other things to do online while having to do your online work.
The discussions with the other students were interesting. It was great that we had time to formulate our responses. Many of the answers required a lot of explanatory information. It would have been difficult to answer some of these questions in a physical class.
Posting questions and commenting on questions and comments from my classmates. While reading the material for each week, I could ponder about questions and formulate one. I could think about the questions and comments my classmates posted before writing an answer.
I like it so much, that I have learned a lot from my classmates. They have made this class a life-learning experience for me. I loved the different opinions that everyone shared. At times some things were new to me and an eye-opener, but I see life of disable people from a different perspective.
23. What did you like least about your online course experience?
Limited interraction with the professor himself. He was always available if we needed him, but otherwise we didn't hear a lot from him.
problems with laulima
Nothing
Sometimes too much busy work.
I was confused at what the expectations were at first, but I quickly got the hang of it.
the online discussions shouldn't have to be throughout the whole week, as long as they get done before the end of the week should be enough.
I wish that there had been more deadlines for sections of the research paper so that I would not fall behind. ALso, if there were more opportunities for extra credit.
There wasn't anything that bothered me.
The issues with Laulima and getting emails from every student doing a forum.
It was the first time to take an online class so it was a bit challenging.
n/a
I liked that our class was very open and critically in their posts. I always liked that we had several disabled individuals within the group, so they were able to give their personal outlook on the topics.
It was difficult to stay organised and keep all my classes straight because each online course works differently.
The message boards were always a difficult part of the week. In one respect I enjoyed it and on the other hand I almost felt like I was biting my nails hoping I didn't offend anyone. I felt at times the message boards didn't seem as academic as they were a place to rant, rave, and provide cynical reviews. At times it felt very overwhelming.
Once again no complaints from my online experience thus far.
Using Laulima was extremely frustrating. Also, in the discussions I sometimes forgot exactly who I was responding to. It would have been great if the postings also had a picture of the student next to it.
Not seeing my classmates. I would prefer to have a picture of them whenever they post a question or a comment.
24. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
I learned a lot about what constitutes a disability as well as the issues in dealing with them. I liked that most of the readings and videos were from the perspective of people with disabilities and most of my classmates had direct experience with disabilities as well.
the subject material and videos
I liked the weekly posts and the amount of essays that were required.
I liked that we learned how to challenge our previous notions of thinking. I felt like I've learned how to be more about respect through this class and that it's given me a more deep understanding about disability and disability culture. I thought that the professor was quite creative in trying to get us to understand the ideas that we learned in class, and that he made it easy enough for us to understand since most of us did not have experience in disability studies before.
Each topic from week to week was really interesting and gave me a new perspective on the disability culture.
I liked the online discussions because they were interesting and really made you think. They weren't vague.
I enjoyed learning through the videos, links to articles, and texts.
I liked the forums because I like hearing about what other people think, especially on the topic of disability.
The course made us take a new view of a topic most people over look.
The readings and the book report paper. It made me read a book I would never come across and it really made me learn a lot of things in our history.
There were interesting materials and readings. I learned a lot about disability.
I liked how structured the course was and how deadlines were clearly set. I also was impressed with how the instructor consistently communicated with the students.
the resources were appropriate for the weekly topic
Readings and videos
The Book Review paper was a great way to apply the course topic to my major and interests. I also enjoyed the discussions. Everyone was respectful and contributed their own perspectives and experiences.
The new viewpoints brought up, and aspects of history I have previously been oblivious to. From this class I feel convinced disability history should be incorporated into mainstream history classes. I also felt the way this class was arranged highly promoted student learning and understanding of the many different aspects associated with disability history.
There really wasn't one aspect that I enjoyed more than the other. I enjoyed everything equally because the reading and the online discussions brought knowledge and insight to the topic and objectives of the course. Our book review allowed us to focus on one subject and write about it and learn valuable writing skills while doing it and our final research paper is allowing us to research a topic we are interested in and work on our writing skills from our book review.
The discussions of attitudes towards disabled people in various periods of history. This course clear up some misconceptions I had had for example that the Spartans let all their disabled infants die. Leaning about eugenics in the US was interesting and disturbing.
Being able to ponder about my questions and comments first before I posted them for my classmates to read. The fact that students had to post questions about the readings. This way a lot of different questions were asked because each classmate looked at the texts with different eyes. Discussions could therefore be varied and were not limited to answering the questions Steven Brown would have asked. This way the questions of the students were answered.
I like the communication among the classmates and their opinions about each reading.
25. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
At times the posts seemed forced. I might have prefered a different format for making posts. Perhaps there could have been a few general questions posted each week by the professor that the class could respond to. I thought there were too many questions to respond to, and I rarely felt that there was much back and forth. Mostly people would make one post in response to the question and that was it. And most other people would not respond to the other responses but instead to the question. It kind of limited the dialog.
the deadlines for posts
I wish that the course covered a wider range of disabilities in a more detailed way. It would have been interesting to learn about disabilities that aren't as common as Autism.
I know that we have to actively participate but there were times when the online forum posts seemed too much.
N/A
nothing.
I did not enjoy the research paper writing experience.
There wasn't anything that I didn't like. He was clear and concise about what he wanted.
I feel like we are obligated to say something nice in the forums. It sometimes made it hard for me as a student to speak my mind.
n/a
sometimes it was difficult to think of a question to post, especially when someone already asked about the topic you were thinking about
We were required to post throughout the week, not just in one sitting. Though I understand why he did this, some weeks were harder than others to fulfill that requirement.
None.
I realize online education lacks the mode of communication afforded in a regular classroom, but I felt as thought I didn't have a grasp of what was expected of me or how I was developing as a student till big projects were returned with stern reviews.
I enjoyed everything this course had to offer.
The section in the class about disability in other cultures. It is certainly an interesting and important aspect, however the section was integrated into the rest of the class very well. A lot of this section amounted to interpreting the significance of mythology. I found it difficult to relate it to the regular experience of disabled people in these cultures.
I was not too interested about the aspect of disability in mythology.
26. Other comments:
Good class overall. All of my complaints are minor complaints, and I am generally happy I took the class.
I had a an overall good experience in the course and I would encourage someone to take it. I liked how my essays were graded but I wish I received even more feedback to strengthen my writing skills. For example, I would have liked to have known his opinion about my writing style and level.
I liked this class very much, especially since I felt that I genuinely learned a lot.
N/A
I enjoyed the book I selected that was listed on the suggested books document (for the book review assignment); I am considering reading more listed during the summer for leisure.
I really liked the flow and content of the class. I would recommend this course to other friends. It really helps you see the world in a different manner.
Interesting class glad I registered for it.
Good course and would definitely recommend to my peers.
overall a great class, would recommend to others
I had a lot going on this semester that made it so I wasn't able to participate and keep on track with assignments. Professor Brown made sure I was up to date on my progress and tried to help out as much as he could.
Loved the class! Helped me realize that disability culture is here and thriving. Also helped me to recognize my own outlooks on the culture and understand disability issues clearer. Overall great class! Glad is took it!
This class was a very informative class and I really enjoyed taking this course. It really helps to have the instructor be very knowledgeable in the subject area and also have personal experience within the subject.
I would definitely recommend this course.
The progress reports when Steven Brown told me how many points I already have for my questions and comments were very helpful.This way I knew whether I was on the right track with questions and comments. I hope he tells students who do not reach the full points why they did not reach them. Maybe this could be put into the grade-book on Laulima. I appreciated getting my book report back with readable comments. This really helps to understand what Steven Brown expects. I hope he is going to do the same thing with my research paper.
Very knowledgable teacher.

Steven Brown: DIS699, Spring 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Center on Disability Studies
Course: DIS 699 - Directed Reading &/or Research Crn (Section): 85296 (002)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
7. I was stimulated to do outside reading about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%)
8. I learned to value new viewpoints.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%)
9. I try to relate what I learn in this course to my own experience.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%)
10. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%)
11. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
12. The instructor's feedback about my writing helped me become a better writer.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
13. Assistance from the instructor outside the class was readily available.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
14. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
15. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
16. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
17. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%)
18. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
I don't have any suggestion, but I did feel a bit disconnected from my classmates. This is a gripe I have with every online course... The weekly discussions in the forums are great, but there isn't any sort of personal connection beyond week one introductory posts... Maybe a collaborative assignment of some sort to ensure direct contact between students? It's so tough to work in some sort of student to student engagement in an online environment...
19. Online communication with class members and the instructor helped me to learn course materials in an effective manner.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%)
20. Participation in online conversations (e.g., chats/bulletin boards/discussions boards) facilitated by the instructor contributed to my understanding of the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%)
21. What did you like most about your online course experience?
The weekly forum discussions were always engaging. Each week there was always at least one thread, if not several, through which I learned something about disabilities and disabilities studies through my peers. When Steve contributed to threads, it was always poignant and, most often, included additional reading that helped bolster the conversation.
22. What did you like least about your online course experience?
As mentioned above, I felt a bit separated from my classmates. It's the nature of online courses.
23. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
The subject matter. The weekly readings were enjoyable and considerably boosted my knowledge of disability studies. I also loved the layout of the course with a detailed syllabus and fantastic grading rubrics for each assignment.
24. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
No survey responses were found.
25. Other comments:
Thank you, Steve, for a fantastic course. It was more than I could have asked for, and I'm already using a lot of the information we've gone over in this course in other classes I'm taking.

Steven Brown: DIS397, Fall 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Center on Disability Studies
Course: DIS 397 - History Disability Culture Crn (Section): 78662 (001)     1089 (411)    
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  
3.5 2 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (50%) 5 (63%) 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  
1.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 2 (100%) 1 (13%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 2 1.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (50%) 0 (0%) 8 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 2 1.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (50%) 0 (0%) 8 (100%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 2 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 1 (50%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 2 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 5 (63%)
7. I was stimulated to do outside reading about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 8 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 6 (75%)
8. I learned to value new viewpoints.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 1 (50%)
9. I try to relate what I learn in this course to my own experience.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 1 (13%) 1 (50%)
10. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 8 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 1 (50%)
11. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 8 1.41 Freq(%) 1 (13%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 6 (75%)
12. The instructor's feedback about my writing helped me become a better writer.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 8 0.92 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 1 (13%) 5 (63%)
13. Assistance from the instructor outside the class was readily available.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 1 (13%) 6 (75%)
14. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 1 (13%) 6 (75%)
15. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 8 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 7 (88%)
16. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 8 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 6 (75%)
17. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 2 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (50%) 7 (88%)
18. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 2 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (50%) 1 (50%)
19. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
More Feedback to students.
Have less reading material for the forums.
I think online courses are innately more challenging to teach due to the fact that we don't gather as a class to discuss information and for the instructor to be able to have regular, mandated set times to meet with students-- online professors are working with students from different parts of the country and world. I would suggest maybe group work?? The discussion posts were useful in that it brought us all together as a class to discuss. Perhaps group work on a part of disability studies or history would force us to master an area, prepare discussion questions for the class, etc. Just throwing things out there. Maybe even a discussion leader every week posting questions, and required to respond back to answers and to just lead overall discussion trajectory.
have clearer directions for assignments in the syllabus
No comment. The course was very good. All materials presented were excellent in giving the student a thorough understanding of the topic.
20. Online communication with class members and the instructor helped me to learn course materials in an effective manner.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.5 2 2.12 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (88%) 0 (0%)
21. Participation in online conversations (e.g., chats/bulletin boards/discussions boards) with my classmates contributed to my understanding of the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.63 8 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (50%) 1 (13%) 0 (0%) 1 (50%) 0 (0%)
22. What did you like most about your online course experience?
I get to communicate with other students and respond back to their comments.
Other students engaged in conversation, more than just with the required discussion post(s).
The communication was still there.
The communication through the discussion board.
I really liked the discussion board forums. I think a lot of personal accounts were shared in connection to the material that we were studying at the time. This type of accounts help foster a more complete understanding of the material, as it is applied to our lives and made more meaningful and personally connected. I really liked how we were required to respond to two people by Thursday and then two more responses by Sunday. This forced us to consistently (throughout the week) reflect on the readings and contribute to the formation of ideas.
The ability to learn the material without attending a class
Very good knowledge. I feel the class has given me a better understanding of disabilities and covered a range of topics. Very greatful for taking this course. Because it is a distance course I think we were required to read more than if we attended a course on campus. It's like self study and I was able to apply my thoughts more openly being it was online. In addition, I think the online courses provides more student feedback versus classroom type setting where people tend to be more hesitant or sometimes self critizing thus prevents them from sharing.
23. What did you like least about your online course experience?
It was sometimes hard to figure out when things were actually due, specifically the online discussion posts.
I think what you lose in an online course is the personal connection you make with fellow classmates and the camaraderie that you can develop. I think online asynchronous classes are great because it allows for those in other time zones, and those that work full-time jobs to take the course-- makes it accessible in that way... yet at the same time, you lose the contact with classmates. I guess to summarize, I miss the contact (face to face) with fellow classmates. My EDEP program was only in-class and it allowed me to make friends that lasted to present day. Colleagues in the same area that I feel comfortable going to for different advice. As a whole, though, I really appreciate the online format. i wouldn't be able to work a full-time job and take a course had it been synchronous online course and/or in-person.
Chatting about course material in discussions
I strongly suggest eliminating the Laulima responses and postings from going to the email. In addition to all of the postings on Laulima, the responses are automatically filtered to the students email. With 3 online coures I received well over 600 emails from Laulima responses. I don't see the necessity. If the student is working in the Laulima course then all materials (back and forth communication) should remain exclusive to the Laulima course.
24. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
The discussion because it helped me a lot with my career.
Most of the reading and videos used throughout the course, and hearing the opinions of my fellow students.
Being able to express myself
I really liked being able to choose a topic of interest to conduct research on. If I had my topic secured early on, I could have chosen a book for the book review that related to my final paper. this would have probably helped me a great deal. I actually really liked both subjects and found that it forced us not to rely on the readings and course material to learn, but to explore through other resources we find.
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Because I live in Waianae I did not have to travel to UH. This is a great help. And, I think I got the good information if not better through doing the course online.
25. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
The synchronous sessions because it was hard to fit into the rest of my schedule.
I don't really know.
Discussions
Too much postings being filtered to UH email from Laulima.
26. Other comments:
Thank you Professor Brown I really liked this class a lot because I get to communicate with other Special Education Teachers and they helped me to understand more about students with special needs. Again thank you Professor.
I liked how Steven showed me a different world through disability culture that I knew very little about until now.
Excellent course. Excellent information. Excellent self study for students serious students. I work full time and participated in 3 online courses and traveled to KCC twice a week for ASL and live in Waianae. It was very challenging. I think it would have been easier if UH offered ASL on other campuses and not only KCC.

Steven Brown: DIS699, Fall 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Center on Disability Studies
Course: DIS 699 - Directed Reading &/or Research Crn (Section): 75164 (001)     1322 (411)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%)
7. I was stimulated to do outside reading about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%)
8. I learned to value new viewpoints.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%)
9. I try to relate what I learn in this course to my own experience.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
10. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
11. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%)
12. The instructor's feedback about my writing helped me become a better writer.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%)
13. Assistance from the instructor outside the class was readily available.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
14. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
15. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%)
16. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%)
17. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%)
18. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%)
19. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
No survey responses were found.
20. Online communication with class members and the instructor helped me to learn course materials in an effective manner.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
21. Participation in online conversations (e.g., chats/bulletin boards/discussions boards) facilitated by the instructor contributed to my understanding of the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.0 1 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (100%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
22. What did you like most about your online course experience?
I liked having time to read and process the materials independently, and then to form specific questions. I liked having the freedom to respond to questions posed by fellow students that I found particularly engaging.
23. What did you like least about your online course experience?
I'm not sure I would register for a mixed course again (graduate and undergraduate) in an online format. A face to face class may have been different, but communicating in writing with students who were participating in their first disability studies course was frustrating. But, perhaps, I'm just a grumpy graduate student. Maybe an additional synchronous session during the semester would be possible in the future?
24. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
The weekly readings were excellent. I also enjoyed the "multi-media" aspects, watching videos with a critical eye to disability content.
25. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
The graduate specific readings were very dry and theoretical. Even with a deep interest in the content, I found them difficult to get through. Again, in a face to face context, it might have been different.
26. Other comments:
Would there be a way in the future in a mixed course for graduate students to either meet synchronously with the professor (i.e. a graduate specific discussion) or to have a chance to use a separate forum some weeks (again, graduate specific)? I know that both undergraduates and graduate students need to hear aspects of each others' discussions, but frankly, I found the spelling/grammatical errors, sentence fragments, etc. of the undergraduates to be distracting from the content. I refrained from comment during the course because I didn't know if some students were using disability accommodations. Again, a synchronous discussion where we can hear each other and develop a conversation aloud might be helpful. Thank you so much for your work, Steve!