eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Jacob Terrell

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LING102, Fall 2013
LING102, Fall 2013
LING105, Fall 2013
LING150B, Fall 2013
LING100, Spring 2013
LING102, Spring 2013
LING105, Spring 2013

Jacob Terrell: LING102, Fall 2013

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Linguistics
Course: LING 102 - Intro to the Study of Language Crn (Section): 71836 (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  
3.5 16 1.03 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (19%) 4 (25%) 8 (50%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.13 16 0.34 Freq(%) 14 (88%) 2 (13%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
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%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.31 16 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 7 (44%) 7 (44%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
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%)
6. I learned a good deal of factual material in this course.
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%)
7. I improved my abilities to revise my rough drafts and to make my writing more effective.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 16 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (31%) 5 (31%) 5 (31%)
8. My opinions about some topics changed because of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.75 16 0.93 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 6 (38%) 5 (31%) 4 (25%)
9. The instructor explained the writing requirements clearly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 16 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 4 (25%) 10 (63%)
10. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 16 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 4 (25%) 10 (63%)
11. The design of this course lets me learn at my own pace.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 16 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (38%) 10 (63%)
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  
4.06 16 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (31%) 5 (31%) 6 (38%)
13. In general, the course was well organized.
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%)
14. The writing assignments helped me understand the course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.19 16 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (19%) 7 (44%) 6 (38%)
15. Reading assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 16 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (31%) 5 (31%) 5 (31%)
16. The exams cover the reading assignments well.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.19 16 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 9 (56%) 5 (31%)
17. Exams are reasonable in length and difficulty.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 16 0.81 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (25%) 6 (38%) 6 (38%)
18. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
Class was fair and well structured.
I liked the flexible aspect that allowed me to complete the units ahead of the time.
The exams and the class reader and that you are an easy person to talk to.
I actually really liked the essay assignments. I wish I could just write essays for each chapter and not have to come in to take quizzes.
I enjoyed that I could complete the course in a manner that was beneficial to me. Being able to get the class done weeks before finals week helps me to succeed in my other classes as well
I liked how i could learn on my own time
I like the way unit mastery works. I like being able to work at my own pace.
self study aspect
I liked the fact of taking the test at your own pace.
I liked the fact that you could study at your own pace and that you didn't have to attend a class three times a week.
Taking the quizzes at our own pace and getting feedback on our essays.
I liked that the TAs helped with the first drafts for the essays and gave excellent feedback.
That it's a Unit Mastery (even though that had it's consequences).
Being able to work at your own pace.
19. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
Everything was good.
I disliked how structured the writing assignments needed to be.
The readings were sometimes boring.
The quizzes I suppose, but I don't mind the quizzes at all.
It would have been nice to have a couple exams instead of 10 separate quizzes
Some of the quizzes were a little difficult or the questions were unclear.
Sometimes the essays took a while to be returned back.
I thought the questions on some of the quizzes were too specific in detail. The feedback from the TAs were excellent but their grading is way to difficult and harsh at times.
The amount of reading and how boring the chapters are.
The writing assignments because I feel that the grading was a bit iffy due to the different TAs grading the assignment. I understand that there are many students in the class, but I feel that the TAs should be better informed with the grading styles and how strict they must be.
20. What changes would you make in the readings?
Everything was good.
I would incorporate more chapters that are relevant to Hawaii.
Include in the beginning of the packet some sort of guide to interpreting the linguistic markings and pronunciations for those of us who are brand new to the field of linguistics and don't know how to use the pronunciations keys.
The readings were kind of dull at times
I would make the readings 10 pages or less, it makes the material easier to understand and remember.
none
The reading were easy to read and quite enjoyable.
I know that the readings in the reader are probably required topics by the department, but I wish that they were more engaging and fun to read.
21. What changes would you make in the examinations?
Quizzes were fair.
None
Include some online quizzes.
Some questions seemed to be irrelevant to linguistics but I understand that it helps students to actually read the material.
There were too many
Keep the same questions on each exam.
none
Not having too much questions that focus on small details within the chapter. rather focus on the big ideas of the chapter.
As I had mentioned before, the quizzes have questions that are asking for specific details.
None
22. What changes would you make in the writing assignments?
Writing assignments were fair
I would allow a person who completed the writing assignment to receive some type of credit, rather than receive no points. I would also attempt to allow the writing assignments to be so focused on the structure of the paper, and grade more heavily on the paper's content.
None.
The writing assignments are good
i think 2 papers and a mini term paper are a perfect amount for a unit mastery course
none
When you receive feedback from the student tutor on your draft that they reference the draft before correcting the final essay. This way they will know the improvements made and what they commented on.
I think to encourage students to do the first draft of the writing assignments, they should take the average of the final and first draft for the grade.
None; other than maybe having more topics to pick from.
Maybe an optional final writing assignment draft?
23. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.14 16 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 8 (50%) 4 (25%)
24. Other comments:
Professor Terrell was always available for help and was enthusiastic about the material.
None.
n/a
Find better TA's.One girl taps her glass on the table and screams hello at everyone who comes in the room. Very distracting. A native english speaker grading essays would be nice too.
The instructor Jake is very friendly!

Jacob Terrell: LING102, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Linguistics
Course: LING 102 - Intro to the Study of Language Crn (Section): 71837 (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  
3.42 12 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 5 (42%) 6 (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  
1.27 12 0.47 Freq(%) 8 (67%) 3 (25%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 12 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 10 (83%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 12 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 10 (83%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 12 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 10 (83%)
6. I learned a good deal of factual material in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (33%) 8 (67%)
7. I improved my abilities to revise my rough drafts and to make my writing more effective.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 12 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 10 (83%)
8. My opinions about some topics changed because of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 12 0.92 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (25%) 1 (8%) 7 (58%)
9. The instructor explained the writing requirements clearly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 12 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 10 (83%)
10. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 12 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 10 (83%)
11. The design of this course lets me learn at my own pace.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 12 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (100%)
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  
4.75 12 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (92%)
13. In general, the course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 12 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 11 (92%)
14. The writing assignments helped me understand the course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (17%) 9 (75%)
15. Reading assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 12 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 3 (25%) 7 (58%)
16. The exams cover the reading assignments well.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 12 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (25%) 9 (75%)
17. Exams are reasonable in length and difficulty.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (17%) 9 (75%)
18. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
I liked that the course was done based on independent study rather than a lecture. I also felt that it was great to be able to have multiple tries on the quizzes for the units.
I like how flexible the class is. The lessons were not too long and not too short and were all interesting subjects.
I really liked the ability to work at my own pace and to test at my own pace/discretion.
This course was actually very organized, and I appreciated having all of the resources and having everything available on laulima.
Everything
I liked that I could test at my own pace.
I liked that you get to go on your own pace but yet have reasonable deadlines to keep you on track.
The unit mastery format. It allows me to learn at my own pace, and I feel that I am always in control of my own grade. Unlike big lectures, I'm able to actually learn the concepts, and comprehend what I'm reading. I'm taking Religion 150 this semester for my FG credit. It's a big lecture class, and because of that, I'm usually doing work for other classes and not paying attention. I really like the format of this class, and even though I'm not majoring in Linguistics by any means, it gives me a good perspective and new way of thinking on the various topics I read about
I really liked that I could complete this course at my own pace. Im the type of person who likes to get things done, so the fact that I could do 8 chapters in the first gate really put me ahead. I was able to finish the twelve quizzes and an LBC experiment by the second gate and was able to cruise the entire third gate until having to write my mini term paper.
19. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
I've never liked writing papers and I just have the hardest time completing them, so that would have to be what I liked least about the course.
some of the quizzes were difficult
There were no areas that I disliked, because this course had clear goals and objectives throughout the entire course of the semester to help the pace of learning.
The hardest thing of this course really was just making the time to go to the testing center. At first i fell behind a little bit because I would just say I would do it later, but it is really important to keep the one quiz a week pace.
None
Response time is too long when emailing or submitting assignments. The syllabus says that you should expect to wait 3-4 days for feedback from the instructor or grad assistant on essays. I waited over a week for every essay I submitted, which was frustrating especially when an essay draft was submitted the week before and I didnt get a response until the day before the final is due. I usually did not have to make too many adjustments, but the timing is something that could be improved on. I would wait until the last second for a response and I never knew how many revisions I wouldl have to make before the final is due. I turned in assignments early and would have liked timely feedback.
I think I liked everything.
Just that the first writing assignment weren't commented on, but it was okay.
One thing that really annoyed me was this one girl who could not stop talking while she was sitting at the desk. I spend a lot of time in the room because I read my material there and then take the quiz right after. Every time I walked into the room and saw her sitting at the desk, I just wanted to turn around and leave because I have such a hard time trying to read the material thoroughly when it seems like shes talking at the top of her lungs. Nothing against her though, I really dont think she means to do it, but maybe you should talk to her about being considerate of the students trying to study and take quizzes. other than that I really like this course, it was easy enough. Since I was ahead most of the time, and because its an online class, I sometimes felt too lazy to write a paper, or come in to take a quiz, but Im pretty sure thats just my lazy side kicking in.
20. What changes would you make in the readings?
n/a
there were spelling/grammar errors
N/A
I would not make changes to the readings, most were very straight forward and provided the information clearly.
No changes. The amount of reading for every chapter was very manageable.
The readings are fine.
I enjoyed the readings.
None
I totally skipped over the longer chapters because one, it takes me a bit longer to read because Im a slow reader, and after a while, it becomes hard to read because I lose interest in the material and my mind thinks of other things while Im still reading. the only suggestion I would make is to cut down the longer essays, anything more than 10 pages I didn't read.
21. What changes would you make in the examinations?
n/a
make a questions without multiple answers within a question
N/A
Exams were fair and covered the readings well.
No changes in examinations. Three chances for every chapter was an adequate amount of time to pass the quiz. It forced us to read more in-depth instead of briefly skimming each section.
The exams reflect the readings. No suggestions.
Some exams did not match up with the readings.
None
nothing, i think the quizzes are pretty fair. some of the units were difficult because there were a lot of pages and details to know, and some of the questions asked specifically what the small details were. But its good because it makes the reader actually have to pay attention to what he or she is reading if this reader wanted to pass the quiz
22. What changes would you make in the writing assignments?
n/a
no change
N/A
No changes
No changes in writing assignments.
Work on reviewing the essays and providing feedback in a timely manner. The syllabus states feedback will be given in 3-4days, I waited over a week for every assignment.
I enjoyed the writing assignments.
None
I think the writing assignments were easy enough. the hardest thing about the writing assignments were finding a topic to write on. Most of the units were interesting, but didn't interest me enough to write a paper on it. The prompts for the chapters I did like didnt stimulate me too much. But that was about it, good thing there's only four papers to write out of the 12
23. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.8 12 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 8 (67%)
24. Other comments:
Jake Terrell is an amazing person. Although, it was an independent study course, Jake was always there to assist in any way. He was also very quick in responding to e-mails. Thank you so much for all that you did for me this semester, being so accommodating and patient! You're the best!! : )
great class!
This course had an excellent format. Using the course reader is great as well. Jacob Terrell did an excellent job.
I enjoyed this course and I enjoyed doing it on my own time at my own pace.
Good, interesting, loved the self direction aspect. Would have liked timely responses on assignments and emails.
Thanks Jake, and all the grad assistants. Really appreciate all you're doing

Jacob Terrell: LING105, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Linguistics
Course: LING 105 - Language endangerment Crn (Section): 78053 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
2.86 51 1.09 Freq(%) 5 (10%) 15 (29%) 14 (27%) 15 (29%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.37 51 0.49 Freq(%) 31 (61%) 18 (35%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 51 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (12%) 10 (20%) 35 (69%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 51 0.54 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (4%) 11 (22%) 38 (75%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.66 51 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (6%) 11 (22%) 36 (71%)
6. I learned a good deal of factual material in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 51 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (12%) 8 (16%) 36 (71%)
7. My opinions about some topics changed because of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.32 51 0.91 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (4%) 9 (18%) 10 (20%) 29 (57%)
8. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Learning about Linguistics in general. Although it was a self taught class it was still very informing
The reading material is most valuable in learning about this course. I feel like I have learned more about linguistics and why it is so important today.
This class exposed me to the problems that languages face. I was completely unaware of how widespread and grave these problems were. I was pleased by the amount of information I was able to learn from a Unit Mastery course.
The availability of the professor and teaching assistants.
Learning that languages are dying and that there's a lot of languages.
Material read
The fact that we had to come on our own time was the most valuable thing. It taught me how to manage my time correctly so that I took my tests on time instead of waiting until the last minute and then stumbling to get them all done. This taught me how to pace myself and how to have better time management skills.
The encouragement of language preservation
I liked how we were able to take the quizes on our time so that if there was exams coming up I could do more quizes before so that I wouldnt fall behind.
gaining better understanding of languages in society, understanding cultural importance of language
The fact that the course was a self-study course, but the Professor was available for in person consultation at the testing center.
I like that it was independent and worked really well with my schedule
It was most valuable doing the language reports and how we got to learn more into detail about an endangered language.
the ability to take the quizzes online.
No
Everything in this course was valuable! Learning about the significance of preserving and protecting endangered languages was fascinating and I feel like I've gained more insight about the important role language plays in the founding of culture, history, and individual identity.
The flexibility of the course. The ability to finish the course at my own pace, as opposed to the monotony of traditional courses enhanced my learning experience overall. When I did choose to engage with the material, it was because I wanted to learn it and not due to a looming reading assignment. Wish there were more courses designed like this.
The readings from the books in this class were extremely valuable to me. When I first enrolled in this class, I was simply taking it to fulfill an FG requirement. However, over the course of the semester, I developed a strong interest in learning more about the endangerment of languages all across the globe. It was startling to me to realize how many languages are lost each year. I also liked the fact that I could take quizzes on my own time, and that I retake a quiz multiple times in order to pass.
The things that stand out about this course is the fact that the curriculum and material is very worthwhile, the course is at my own pace and style of learning, and the format allows for specific focus on areas of most interest to the student.
I believe one of the most valuable aspect of the course is the knowledge we gain through reading about the various endangered languages.
The quizzes were most valuable
The fact that what I learned in the course about language loss and globalization is still applicable today.
the freedom of time management
The readings provided good amounts of information.
I think the convenience of the class was really nice. I also think that the professor did a great job in seeming open for questions. He was always more than happy to answer any concerns I had about the course.
Become aware of languages being lost throughout the world
Learning about the endangered language was super valuable. I didn't realize how much languages were extinct and some that are beginning to become extinct.
The discipline needed to stay on top of this course was probably the most valuable. It was a great course, with great topics, and I learned a lot; but it was a lot of work to stay on top of this along with the rest of my schedule.
I really enjoyed taking this course. I learned a lot of information in regards to other cultures, the way our world is changing and how we are adapting.
learning something new
I loved the content we learned about. It was very interesting to learn about how languages are dying.
Learning about the different languages and areas where language extinction is prevalent was most valuable.
The readings.
To learn about how language death can affect us all
I thought that the readings we had were very valuable. I learned so much just from reading about the endangered languages, which I have to say that I wouldn't have gotten to learn about at all if I didn't take the class. It really gave me a new perspective on endangered languages, and how many there are out there. I didn't realize the seriousness of the issue until I took this class.
The book is the most valuable.
Gaining a true global understanding of the issue we have at hand. Of not only losing language but extensive knowledge and history of embedded within those languages.
The material presented in this class was very interesting and I was able to learn a lot about various endangered languages across the globe. Although we speak the "lingua franca" of the world, much can be gleamed from smaller less well known languages and this class has raised awareness in the fact that many of them have or are on the brink of extinction. Also, the fact that it is crucial to manage your time whilst taking this class is a great exercise in future organization and planning skills.
The course subject itself is the most valuable aspect. I enjoyed the 3 books that made up our course text.
This course has helped me to become an effective researcher and has helped me to utilize my resources on campus.
9. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
I didn't feel as if any of the material required for the course was irrelevant.
N/A
The boring readings.
Some of the readings were dry.
N/A
I don't think anything from the course is the least valuable because I think everything was pretty fair.
The random number questions, ie: how many speakers are there?
Most of the aspects of the course were valuable.
none
N/A
I don't think anything was not valuable
The need to come in.
No comment
Nothing! I thought everything was valuable! :)
N/A
The syllabus was least valuable
the number of books purchased
Everything was good
I really didn't see the point in the reports. I feel is was a but redundant.
None
Everything was valuable, I was able to gain more knowledge about languages that I haven't heard of. It shows that many languages are dying fast.
Some of the questions on the quizzes were more about some little fact rather than an important concept from the reading. I missed some answers because of it, but it was maybe one a quiz, so it didn't affect me that much.
some of the readings were so long, it wasn't easy to take an exam that was only 10 questions.
I did not enjoy the course, but it was a multicultural requirement (of which I have yet to enjoy any course that falls into that arena)
Reading the book and then taking the quiz right after was not beneficial. There wasn't anything that forced me to remember what was read. So after the reading is read and the quiz is took, whatever I read is forgotten.
reading boring stories
Some quizzes on the content contained strange questions that were worded with vocabulary that could only be learned from outside the class. I had a hard time deciphering what questions were asking sometimes.
All aspects were valuable.
N/A
I wouldn't say any aspects of the course were least valuable because everything gave a complete understanding of what was needed.
The quizzes that we had to take is the least valuable.
The History unit was difficult
N/A
Nothing comes to mind.
N/A
10. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 51 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (4%) 1 (2%) 13 (25%) 35 (69%)
11. The design of this course lets me learn at my own pace.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 51 0.68 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 3 (6%) 7 (14%) 40 (78%)
12. In general, the course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 51 0.79 Freq(%) 1 (2%) 0 (0%) 3 (6%) 10 (20%) 35 (69%)
13. Reading assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.12 51 1.03 Freq(%) 2 (4%) 1 (2%) 9 (18%) 16 (31%) 23 (45%)
14. The course materials (texts, handouts) are easy to read and understand.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.1 51 1.02 Freq(%) 1 (2%) 3 (6%) 9 (18%) 15 (29%) 23 (45%)
15. The exams cover the reading assignments well.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 51 0.93 Freq(%) 1 (2%) 1 (2%) 8 (16%) 15 (29%) 26 (51%)
16. Exams are reasonable in length and difficulty.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 51 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 5 (10%) 16 (31%) 29 (57%)
17. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
Learning at your own pace and the topic of very interesting. Getting to choose what language to write about.
I enjoyed the language reports because it gave me a deeper understanding of endangered languages and how they got to that point.
I was able to study at my own pace, making it more convenient to balance this class with my overall course load.
Jacob was a very helpful professor, he was able to answer all of my questions. He was available almost every time I went in to take my quizzes.
Going at your own pace. You can finish the course by the first gate if you are motivated enough.
The availability of the testing center.
I liked that there was a calendar in the syllabus as to when you should take your classes. That calendar made keeping track of taking quizzes much easier. Also the instructor was very easy going so it made asking questions much easier. Also since I'm a bit prideful, when I failed a test I would usually not want to how my face again but because he was so supportive I didn't mind taking the test over again to pass. I also liked taking the online quizzes, I felt those were easier to me.
The fact that I could move at my own pace.
Time management
I liked how the exams were only 10 questions and you had 3 times just to pass.
Pacing of course, flexibility and online exams
I could learn at my own pace.
I liked the foundation readings
Taking the tests and work at your own pace
No comment
I love the flexibility that Unit Mastery courses give students. This semester, I was very busy with work and a full course load of upper division classes. Jake's Linguistic Unit Mastery course enabled me to take a course that I found interesting without having to worry about attending an actual class. I loved the interesting readings and the quizzes and language reports were doable so long as they were done in a timely manner. Jake's class is awesome! :)
Again, the flexibility.
I really liked being able to work at my own pace.
-The format (self paced) -The books and articles (all worth a read independent of this course)
I enjoyed learning about the different endangered languages best!
the quizzes
The flexibility and how easy it was to communicate with Terrell.
availability of people at testing center
Everything was good.
The convenience of the class. It was nice to not have to report to class everyday.
I enjoyed the flexibility this course provides for me to complete the homework.
Reading about the languages especially reading the book written by Mark Abley. His book was the easiest to understand.
The simple layout of the course; if you do the work, you'll pass, if you don't you'll fail.
The fact that it was self-paced.
mastery course. on your own.
The part that I found the most interesting was how powerful English has become. Super takeaway from the course that really makes you think. I also enjoyed being able to be flexible with my study time and do the course at my own pace.
The flexibility.
Unit Mastery
I enjoyed the reading part of the course the best. To be honest, I am not really a reader, but many of the readings that were required were quite interesting to me making the class a lot easier. Also, I like how I could work at my own pace and come in and take the quizzes whenever I wanted to. That really helped me a lot with making room for my other classes.
The language report is the best.
Subject matter.
It was a unit mastery, so I could go at my own pace
I really enjoyed the book "Spoken Here". It was very insightful and presented interesting information through very relate able stories. The author is very gifted in writing in such a manner that the stories are fun and do not drag out like some of the other required readings. It is also important to note that despite this being a "story based" book, I feel that I learned a lot more about endangered languages through this reading than the others. Although it is the author's first hand experience with these languages, he still was able to include the necessary background information and current status of these languages.
The books! I really enjoyed Spoken Here and Language Death. Language Death is the PERFECT intro to linguistics and what it's all about. This is what I was hoping to get coming into a class like this and it's exactly what I got. Spoken Here just adds an imagery - it illustrates and reinforces what you learn in Language Death. Empires of the World is denser but it's still interesting and it gives historical background, origins of languages, etc. There is a lot that I think other students would be fascinated to learn in these 3 books. If I had not taken this course, I don't think I would've been interested in reading any linguistics books.
I personally like the fact that this was a unit-mastery class.
18. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
The book Empire of the world by Ostler is extremely boring and static compared to the other two.
Personally, I have a hard time recalling what I read if more than an hour or so passes if its factual information compared to a story. So its a little complicated. I have to read the material before taking each test.
N/A
The readings were quite boring, but it is expected for any type of course readings.
Some of the readings were lengthy and dry to read.
Some of the readings.
I didn't like that some unit tests required to read two or three different chapters in the book. When I read one chapter and moved on to another one I would forget all the information about the previous chapter. I would've liked it better if the chapters were back to back but they weren't so it made remembering the information much harder.
The necessity of three different books.
What happened to the $15 manual for the readings? The three books that were used this semester was around ~$60.
I didnt like how for the questions that were wrong, the correct answer wasnt given to you. It would have been helpful if they maybe gave you the correct answer but then maybe we write on a response form why that is a more correct answer. It was really difficult to try to find some of the problems I did wrong.
Some readings confusing at times (writing styles, focus of chapters), language reports
N/A
I hated the history portion of the course
nothing
Some reading materials were not very interesting
Nothing! I love everything about this course!
Mark Abley.
I can't say that there were very many things that I didn't like. I actually really enjoyed this course, and would highly recommend it to students needing to fulfill a language and or FG requirement.
I would have to say the language reports as they can be difficult to research , as some languages have very few information.
The readings
none
Everything was good.
Reading all the materials for the quiz....
The language reports.
Long readings
I don't like how it is easy to fall behind and that some materials were hard to understand like the book written by Olster. His book was a lot more difficult to understand because of his wording and structure, the research paper sometime gets a bit difficult because there weren't a lot of books are article written for a specific language.
It wasn't too bad.
The subject material.
There was no guidance as to what we were supposed to take away from the readings. There isn't anything that tells us what to look for.
the graduate assistants and the teacher makes me feel uncomfortable. especially when im the only one taking a quiz. better lbcs should be provided. if there was better ones maybe i would have participated in one.
The wording for questions in quizzes and the fact that the room fills up during the last day of gates with students.
I like everything.
The readings were sometimes less than desirable
There were no aspects of the course that I did not like the least.
The 14 quizzes that we had to take.
The test questions sometimes felt a little irrelevant to the reading.
Some of the tests were difficult
The other two books were a little dry for my taste (maybe "Language Death" was okay). One thing that I do not like when reading is excessive use of footnotes and both of these texts over used them. If the footnotes are at the bottom of the page, it may be acceptable, but if they are in the back of the book, that leads to very uncomfortable reading. Footnotes for citing sources is okay, but when crucial information is in the footnotes, I feel it would be much more efficient to include that information in the actual text.
Nothing comes to mind.
There were some readings that did not match up to some of the tests, but was very minor.
19. What changes would you make in the readings?
Maybe another book that isn't so static like Ostler's
I dont feel like anything needs to change.
N/A
Probably involve more stimulating readings.
Remove Ostler book.
Replace Crystal, it was difficult reading and the questions on the tests were very specific
I would rather have it where all the readings came from a physical textbook rather than online and text book.
Fewer books.
The readings are dramatically longer in 105 so I'd assume the questions would be spaced evenly (1question per 4pages) but they aren't.
Same as above
Osler reading very dry
N/A
eliminate history :D
nothing
smaller chapter selections
Easier reading material
Nothing. I personally enjoyed all the readings that were assigned!
Find a book to replace "Spoken Here: Travels Among Threatened Languages" By Mark Abley. It's not as involved as the other books, which was a welcoming relief at times, but Abley sometimes pours on the sensationalism to the point that I can no longer take him seriously. Also, some of his assertions were flat out wrong and/or riddled with bias. By the end of semester, I dreaded the thought of having to read another page written by this author. One of the other authors even mentioned that the linguistics field should stray away from sensationalism as a means to attract public interest and/or funding.
Nothing.
Since some readings were from the Hamilton Online, I didn't try bother reading those because for me, that felt very restricted. I enjoyed reading from an actual book. But the topics of the readings were interesting in and of itself.
Make them shorter
I would make one reading about Hawaii.
none
Everything was good.
I think if there were less books to have to read. I understand that there are different aspects into language loss, however I don't think reading the same aspects in different books would prove to be beneficial.
None
The readings are fine but some clarification of some topics would be helpful. if some people complain about a specific reading maybe a note or a summary of that reading should be announce. Also be more strict with the quiz dates or put reminders because it so easy to lost tract of time and to not do the quizzes,
Shorten them, haha.
A worksheet or something that goes along with the reading. It guides us as we read and it'll help is retain information.
better funner readings.
I really loved all the reading that I read. None of them were terribly boring.
Less reading.
Not a whole lot could probably be made, the readings are well suited for the course, it is just that they can sometimes be a little extensive
I guess a change that I would make in the readings would to be to add in more story like readings. Those are the ones that really caught my attention and made me more interested in the language because I was reading about the person who was actually experiencing the language endangerment.
some stuff was too long to read so I would make it shorter and make it easy which makes students to understand the concept with more details and less time loss.
None.
I would include more readings like those in "Spoken Here". I feel that they convey the necessary information that we need to get out of this class, but at the same time are not dull and uninteresting.
If it were me, I would add more readings because I thought the books were fairly light and fun/interesting reads. I actually read Language Death and Spoken Here cover to cover even though we only needed to take a certain number of quizzes, about half of which we could choose to test on. I would say make the students read the entire 3 books, at least Spoken Here and Language Death from cover to cover. Empires of the World is a bit denser and history-based. All 3 books tied in well with each other!
Make sure that the readings and tests match.
20. What changes would you make in the examinations?
Nothing its a good structure
The exams are fairly decent so I cant complain about that.
N/A
Nothing, I believe the exams were stimulating enough for a self directed reading course. Only thing would be probably making the questions more challenging. Probably include some essay questions.
Less questions about inferred opinions.
Less specific questions
I would like it if there was an option to take the quizzes online. Having them ready online would make it much easier for people who don't have the time to go to the testing center.
None.
No more "choose two or more" type questions.
Not much exams were good.
some questions can be really specific instead of concentrating on the overall theme/issues/concepts
N/A
I think they were fine and fair
nothing
More points
Nothing. The online quizzes and the in-class quizzes were relevant to the course material being studied.
Nothing.
I felt that there were some very tricky questions, that although I thoroughly read the assigned chapters, I still missed it because it was a small fact/number etc. But overall, most questions were fair and reasonably cover the text materials!
nothing
-
none
Everything was good.
I thought the exams were fine.
None
The exam is fine.
Their fine the way they are.
None.
Nothing
you should like give hints or clues on what the quiz will be about. or tell in the syllabus what are some things in the context that we should really concentrate on.
Again the wording on the questions need to be simpler and straight to the point.
More questions.
More online-quizzes
I would not make and changes to the examinations.
I would make them that every examinations are online, so students can take anytime they want to.
Wording more succinct and clear what is being asked. Questions match with assigned reading for that test.
N/A
None. I thought the questions were fair and appropriate.
Examinations are fair and do not need improvements
21. What changes would you make in the writing assignments?
I enjoy the writing assignments. Its simple enough to understand and the layout is not complicated. No changes.
N/A
Writing assignments were stimulating once again. However, TA's seem like they don't know how citing sources work. I correctly cited my sources in MLA format and they pointed out that it was wrong. Some changes that could be made was to have each assignment include different types of questions. The same questions for each assignment was very repetitive and monotonous. I believe by including different questions, it would make this assignment more stimulating.
A list of languages people can choose from rather than looking up languages.
More feedback on how to improve
I am fine with the writing assignments. They're not to hard to write but they do require a lot of research because most languages don't have a lot of history on them so it takes a while to write. But I had a fun time researching because I learned a lot about languages.
I'm glad that you don't have to answer all the questions as one is not always able to find the necessary information to do so, so... nothing in particular.
A majority of endangered languages have little to no information about them which makes it a pain trying to find one to write about.
The writing assignments were good.
option to do assignment that is not research based
N/A
nothing. the rubrics were helpful
nothing
Nothing
Nothing. The writing assignments were very straightforward and the guidelines/expectations were clear and easy to follow.
Nothing.
Eight questions for the writing assignment feels like a lot especially for certain languages that has very little information. I'm not sure if we were to have left one or two blank, if we would be deducted points because it was left blank. So maybe less questions?
nothing
-
none
Everything was good.
Some of the questions were asking the same things. So perhaps changing the structure of the reports would be helpful for students.
None, the writing assignments seemed reasonable.
Possible list of languages.
Nothing, keep it the way it is.
None.
Nothing
it is boring! So useless.
Super easy and straight forward writing assignments. Keep them the same!
None.
None
I would not make any changes in the writing assignments. I thought they were good because it allowed you to choose whichever language you wanted to and learn about it.
I would say the writing assignments are good because every time I was doing my paper, I understand systems and concepts new languages.
None.
N/A
I would maybe add another writing assignment. I think for the fact that the Unit Mastery aspect of the course is missing classroom discussion, there should be either another writing assignment or even an interactive online discussion thread. Again, I realize this is Unit Mastery, but I think the subject matter is so interesting it would be great for students who take this specific course section to still be able to benefit from some sort of informal discussion assignment.
Writing assignments should have more variety for this course.
22. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.46 51 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (14%) 12 (24%) 29 (57%)
23. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
I think the course is structure well the way it is
I didn't realize that this online course still required testing on-campus. I have a very busy schedule so its a little difficult for me to spend even a couple hours on campus. Nothing more than a time conflict for me.
I believe this course was structured perfectly. While taking the course, I didn't encounter any faults.
In all the course was a little bit boring and monotonous, but that is expected for a self directed course. The professor should try to include more stimulating and fun readings and assignments.
This course could be improved by adding a more variety of reading material. More online tests would also be nice.
See previous comments.
This course could be improved by having more online quizzes. Also having readings that are consistent instead of jumping from one chapter to another.
-Availability of the books to read while in the classroom. -TAs with less distracting activities; one TA in particular was doing something that involved the clicking of a mouse every half second or so.
Because we don't utilize the entire three books for the readings, I'd appreciate if you just took the readings and made a manual like in Ling103.
Everything about this course is good I do not have any improvements at this time.
Would like to see different readings such as literature reviews rather than just books. 3 books required for class yet not enough usage for 1, limit to 2 books and more lit reviews that can be accessible online? (Saves money and provides alternative to books)
I think that this course was very well organized. I am not sure what needs to be improved.
Make it clearer which quizzes are mandatory
I think this course is very good. Maybe adding different chapters or topics would make it more interesting
Find more interesting material to read.
This course is already amazing and I can't think of anything that could make it better!
Something that I think could enhance this course would be some sort of orientation at the beginning of the semester, where students can ask questions and clarify any confusions.
To improve this course, I would suggest extending testing hours to later in the afternoon if possible. Also, I would suggest other engaging project such as finding songs/videos/movies of endangered languages as a possible alternative to language reports?
The syllabus and how you explain the course is very confusing. You should have one class in the beginning of the semester explaining everything
some of the readings are extensive and every now and then some of the questions asked pertained to one or two words within 30 pages, where there were some other more relevant (in my view) aspects of the language or culture that would have made more sense to ask about.
Everything was good.
I think if the report requirements were tweaked. A lot of the questions are asking the same things over and over. I would also consider lessening the required text for the students. Not only the texts a bit expensive, but they provide the same information needed for the students. I don't think students should be subjected to having three different texts to buy.
This course could be improved by having more online quizes on laulima. Another way this could be improved is by marking the correct answers on the quizes or by allowing us to take the quiz home for review.
More announcement for the quizzes because it easy to fall behind. Like a sign up sheet when to take the quiz on that week so that people doesn't fall behind. A list of languages for the report would be helpful.
If there were more gates, I would definitely stay on task more, but I think that's the point of the class not being a lecture.
Language reports and LBCs are unnecessary. .
I like the way the course is set up overall, and I think that the gates, quizzes, and reports all work really well for the course. The one thing I think needs changing is simple wording in quiz questions, since this is a linguistics class and not an english class.
No improvement needed.
More online-quizzes and more options to opt-out of quizzes
This course can be improved by maybe adding in watching a video in place of a reading.
Since it is online class, it can be improved by making test and quizzes online, so students do not get confused and more time to study other courses.
More online quizzes available maybe?
The readings could be a little less
Not much, just switch out some of the readings as stated above.
I think that even though it's a Unit Mastery class, it should still include an opinion assignment or discussion thread(s). It would make the class a much richer experience.
This course can be improved by keeping the testing center open longer. Also, having more writing assignment options.
24. Other comments:
Jacob is an excellent professor. I would definitely recommend this to other students. I would also take another class taught by Jacob just because he is the professor. Overall, I thought this was a great class. Many aspects of this course can be improved but it simply isn't the professors fault, more due to subject being boring.
N/A
Very communicative and available professor
Great course!
None
Thanks for another great semester, Jake! :)
Thanks for the enjoyable semester.
Thank you Jake! I really enjoyed this class, and I have been re-inspired to pursue a minor in Hawaiian language because of my love for the language.
Thank you for offering this course! :D
Really good course :) Makes me want to take another Linguistics Unit Mastery course again
Professor Terrell was always willing to help and was enthusiastic about the subject.
Would only recommend this course if they have enough time to read all the material and take the exams. This is a nice and easy course but is really stressful if you don't have enough time to read everything.
None
Excellent class
Keep up the good work.
I just really think the multicultural requirement in general is pointless. It is nothing against this course or this professor. The requirement doesn't (in my opinion) spark learning or pique interest in the subjects.
Some of his graduate assistants are very rude. I failed a couple of quizzes this one day and the girl with long hair just tries to tease me or mock me. She like clears her throat and slams the binder and what not. I do not appreciate that kind of people. She shouldn't be a graduate assistant with that kind of attitude.
N/A
Overall, excellent course and I thoroughly enjoyed taking it.
Thank you for a great semester!
This course is really interesting and the unit mastery format is very convenient for those of us who do not have much room in our schedules. Most of the readings were very interesting and I learned a lot more in this class than in some of lecture classes. Thank you for this experience!
I actually took this class because I was curious. I am now actually totally intrigued by the subject and it's sparked something in me to get my language back myself. I was bi-lingual as a kid and lost it along the way. I did not realize, however, just how IMPORTANT linguistics is until I took this course and hopefully other students this semester would be able to say the same. I feel STRONGLY that this course should be a University General Education requirement. People (mainlanders and locals alike) display sheer ignorance of Hawaiian language and culture, and having a course like this would certainly promote awareness and respect. I would love to see Linguistics become a part of required courses for all students here at UH-Manoa.

Jacob Terrell: LING150B, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Linguistics
Course: LING 150B - Language in HAP: Unit Mastery Crn (Section): 78679 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
2.65 37 1.01 Freq(%) 3 (8%) 15 (41%) 13 (35%) 5 (14%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.39 37 0.49 Freq(%) 22 (59%) 14 (38%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.16 37 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (22%) 15 (41%) 14 (38%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.41 37 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (14%) 12 (32%) 20 (54%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.39 37 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (11%) 14 (38%) 18 (49%)
6. I learned a good deal of factual material in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.24 37 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 4 (11%) 17 (46%) 15 (41%)
7. My opinions about some topics changed because of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.14 37 0.86 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 8 (22%) 13 (35%) 15 (41%)
8. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The direct connection to Hawaii and the Pacific. I have a greater appreciation for linguistics now.
The LiC opportunities: very interesting and I would have never participated in them if it wasn't for this course.
Learning about the Oceanic languages
The fact that I live in the pacific helped me become more aware of the different cultures that are around me.
Its great to learn about the languages that existed around the pacific islands.
The independence of work
everything
I think I learned the most from the readings, and for the most part, they were pretty interesting.
Being able to take quizzes on my own time was most valuable to me. I could study the material for this class at my own pace while keeping up in my other classes. Having different gates also helped to make sure I was actually keeping up in this course instead of forgetting about it until the end of the semester.
The historical aspects of language in the Pacific and the understanding of how it changes over time. Very valuable knowledge on languages and dialects in general and knowing just because a language is different, it does not diminish the intelligence of its speakers.
Less time consuming
the reading
How the course tied everything together to make sense in the end.
The fact that I could complete the course at my own pace and do it whenever I wanted or had time to do it.
the LIC
The ability to complete the course at my own pace.
The course is very well structured and gives students the hope and possibility to succeed as long as they put in the effort.
The actual readings were the most valuable thing to me. I learned a lot from this course.
I liked the long hours the center was open. It made it convenient and easy to come in on my own time. The course reader was very helpful for taking the tests. Having the LBC and LiC opportunities also made things more convenient.
Ability to work at one's own pace. Magnitude of information covered.
Learning how to manage my time and manage to stay on track of things on my own throughout the semester despite having other classes to worry about and it being my freshman year. I know it's not course specific, but that's the main thing I brought away from this course. I did learn a lot about the languages of our islands and it's people too though.
The content in the reader was very enlightening.
the different langauges and their differences
being able to be self taught
9. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
The only thing would be the homework. It's not super related and seems like it's just put there to have. Not really useful.
LBC aspect
n/a
Learning about the history of the different parts of the pacific.
they all interlinked in some shape or form, so I can't say anything was least valuable
The format style of quiz taking for the units
writing
I didn't really care for the three homework assignments because I didn't feel they were as effective in teaching me about linguistics.
none
the essays
nothing, liked the course greatly as a whole.
A couple of the available homework assignments were a bit confusing to do.
the quizes
None.
Some of the quiz questions seemed too random from the context of what we had to read, only for two-three of the sections, but it was slightly frustrating.
N/A.
Nothing comes to mind.
Sheer repetition of information.
Some of the information included in all of the texts I found a little unnecessary. There was a lot of minor details explained in the text that made things more difficult to understand.
Some of the wording in the quizzes was tricky. It seemed like sometimes the quiz was trying to trick you rather than test your knowledge of the material.
repetitive
to much languages!
10. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 37 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (16%) 11 (30%) 20 (54%)
11. The design of this course lets me learn at my own pace.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 37 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (8%) 6 (16%) 27 (73%)
12. In general, the course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.46 37 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (8%) 14 (38%) 20 (54%)
13. Reading assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.86 37 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (5%) 9 (24%) 17 (46%) 8 (22%)
14. The course materials (texts, handouts) are easy to read and understand.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.03 37 1.01 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 5 (14%) 3 (8%) 15 (41%) 14 (38%)
15. The exams cover the reading assignments well.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.32 37 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (5%) 2 (5%) 15 (41%) 18 (49%)
16. Exams are reasonable in length and difficulty.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.3 37 0.85 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 3 (8%) 16 (43%) 17 (46%)
17. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
I enjoyed learning about the diversity that actually exists in the Pacific.
n/a
I liked how I could work at my own pace and the quizzes were not that difficult to pass.
Its a do it on your own time, and its not particularly hard to pass this class at all.
7/10 to pass
The independence of work
I liked the unit quizzes
Most of the readings were long enough to describe the material and short enough to be manageable. I also liked the online quizzes because I was able to take it outside of the quiz center hours.
The quizzes were simple yet asked specific questions to make sure I understood the material I was reading.
Ability to learn on own pacing and take exams on available time to fit my schedule.
Could manage your own time to study
the readings
how the course ties everything together from the past.
The fact that I could do everything at my own pace.
the freedom and it allowing me to go at my own pace
Learning in great detail about different aspects of communities and cultures around Oceania.
Being able to take the tests at my own pace was great because I was able to complete the class early.
I enjoyed being able to work at my own pace, but also having deadlines broken up through out the semester helped me stay on top if things.
I liked that we had to read. That's the whole part of the class but I found it interesting and it kept me going. The readings were relevant to my life and I loved learning a lot of new things. It changed my perspective on a lot of things in the Pacific.
Being able to learn and take tests at our own pace while having set dates to make sure we are on track.
Ability to choose readings in topics that were enjoyable.
The constant communication and reminders from the teacher to keep up with our work and keep trying hard.
I really liked the learn at your own pace.
interesting
that it was self taught
18. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
The reading was kind of hard to read at times. The wording was confusing and I had to often re- read a sentence several times to understand it.
n/a
I didn't like how the class is so far from any other classes I have.
Nothing really
None
the writing assignments felt irrelevant
The homework assignments.
I didn't find anything that I liked the least.
First gate seems to focus on at least one topic per theme. Hardest gate to pass considering it requires you to pass over many chapters to fill in the rubric of taking one exam per theme.
The gate the limit me to go back to take more chapters
the essays
nothing that i disliked
I hate reading.
the quizes
There were times throughout a few of the readings (I cannot remember which ones exactly) where the content felt a bit repetitive.
Just one of the chapters were confusing and I was unsure of what to study and remember for the quiz
I disliked the LBC because I put it off to the last minute.
The online tests were a little more on the difficult side. The articles were quite lengthy for the amount of questions on the test.
Boring readings.
Not being in a classroom where I was forced to learn and pay attention, this way of learning allows me to slack off all I want only to regret it in the end.
Overall I liked the course.
THE TESTS WERE SO HORRIBLY DESIGNED
i didnt get to choose the languages i learned about
19. What changes would you make in the readings?
Not much. Just some of the wording
Some where uninteresting...took me forever to read.
none.
I felt some pdfs felt kind of off in pages, like the origins of pidgins pdf page 265-267 were the same exact thing
None
More color
nothing. the readings were easy to understand and interesting
None. I thought the readings were interesting and I liked the fact that there were different categories of readings.
Maybe make the chapters of the course reader around ten pages? I have sort of a short attention span so I often zoned out when the chapter was more than ten pages and I had to go back and read what I just read. But that's just me.
none
more reader friendly
nothing, the readings tied everything together from all of pacific history.
Make them shorter. It's hard to answer only 10 questions out of a very long excerpt. No one has time to know everything they talked about in the chapters.
none
Make it less repetitive in some sections of the readings.
The sections involving sound systems were a bit confusing and difficult, so I decided to pick another chapter to do instead of that one.
I would add just a couple of readings on the younger generation in these specific areas.
Many of the readings have grammatical errors.
Give the opportunity to only complete readings in particular subjects that each individual enjoys.
Less specific details about every little difference between every word and number in all the different languages. It's too overwhelming and makes it harder to grasp the concept.
Maybe shortening some of the longer readings.
more clean
Some of the readings are difficult to read and understand due to grammatical errors.
being able to read about languages that interest you
20. What changes would you make in the examinations?
None. I thought it gave students a very fair chance to do well in the course.
exams where great!!
none.
Nothing
Maybe to make some of the. Not as nitpicking about the details especially on the longer passages.
no changes
None. They were short, simple, and really reflected the readings.
None. The examinations and the examination process is smooth and very doable.
Instead of one topic per 6 themes for the first gate, choosing two/three topics between 3 themes might make an easier load for the first gate. First gate is the most overwhelming gate to pass in this course.
none
none
None. They were pretty good.
none
I would remove the questions that ask to choose three (3) choices in order to receive full credit for the question.
N/A.
None. They are fairly easy and cover the material in the lesson.
None, exams were fair.
None, I like the way they were handed out and thought the info on them was fair and a reasonable length.
Make the questions less tricky and the answers more straightforward.
completely redo them the test maker should really sit down and look at how poorly designed it is
nothing
21. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.39 37 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (5%) 16 (43%) 15 (41%)
22. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
Some of the test givers were extremely moody and rude.
n/a
Tests could be less nitpicky.
Have an option for students to chronologically take each unit(s) on a weekly basis to keep track of workload.
I feel that there could be more unit quizzes that could be taken. The writing assignment should be remade.
Maybe put more desks around the classroom so more people can study. On some days, it seems like we run out of seats when students want to study before taking a quiz.
See 20
This class could improve by having maybe one or two meeting with Jake throughout the semester to monitor progress
nothing, e-mails sent on a regular basis to keep student up to date.
Better/more interesting homework assignments.
I would keep it as it is, the system is effect but allows for the freedom that I feel a directed studies course should allow
Making sure that people knew where and when to get the course reader as that was the only confusing part for me. I also think it would be better if there were more options for online quizzes.
Having one test left to take on the last day of a gate can be stressful. It would be nice if on those days, we were allowed to take a test twice that day in case we fail it the first time.
Ability for students to have greater focus on certain material rather than a broad overview.
I don't think there is much of a way for the course to be improved other than the text, this, in my opinion, is a self teaching course and needs to be handled and managed by the students themselves. As for the text, as I said earlier, it is just a lot of detail to remember and makes the material more difficult to understand and makes me miss out on the overall concept more than anything.
Overall it was a good course. The content was enlightening. I am glad I took this course.
redo the tests.
its good how it is! at least for me it was.
23. Other comments:
n/a
Taking a unit mastery class was a unique but helpful experience for me. I didn't know if I could actually pull off studying on my own and taking quizzes on my own, but I managed to do it and it was fun.
Fantastic course. I would recommend this to anyone who had to fulfill a Hawaiian studies or linguistics requirement.
none
When I first signed up for this class, I didn't think that I would have as much interest in the class as I did. The readings were really interesting, and since I was born in Hawaii, I really enjoyed the sections about pidgin.
N/A
Jacob is a great teacher! I was just poor at managing my time and keeping up with everything. Definitely only a course to take if you're good at managing your time and staying on top of things.
thanks!

Jacob Terrell: LING100, Spring 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Linguistics
Course: LING 100 - Lang in Hawaii & the Pacific Crn (Section): 84962 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
2.46 99 1.18 Freq(%) 26 (26%) 28 (28%) 20 (20%) 24 (24%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.3 99 0.46 Freq(%) 68 (69%) 29 (29%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.26 99 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 20 (20%) 33 (33%) 46 (46%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.49 99 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (6%) 38 (38%) 55 (56%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.54 99 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (10%) 26 (26%) 63 (64%)
6. I learned a good deal of factual material in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 99 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 4 (4%) 33 (33%) 61 (62%)
7. My opinions about some topics changed because of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 99 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (3%) 19 (19%) 37 (37%) 38 (38%)
8. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The readings definitely had a lot of good material on them. The language research homework required us to at least become familiar with new languages, that I would have otherwise never heard about.
time management
Learning in depth about oceanic cultures, I gained a new appreciation for cultures I thought I already knew about
Very interesting class.
Time management in this course was most valuable to me. The open format meant I needed to plan wisely. It was difficult not to take advantage that the class had no set meeting time.
The course reader was fairly easy to read through and understand
Learning about languages and different cultures was an exciting experience. Even though I have lived in Hawaii for so many years, there is still a plethora of Hawaiian knowledge that I do not know yet.
Being able to do it at my own pace.
I think the quizzes were most valuable because it forced you to learn an retain at least some information since it assessed how well you did the readings.
The multiple tries for the quizzes
Self Study
Everything was valuable.
The unit mastery course allowed me to work at my own pace.
Learning about all the different linguistic systems that the Pacific Islanders had helped me to learn the complexity of all the different cultures.
N/A.
Coming in on my own time to take the quizzes
At least one person(TA) was there in the classroom to help. Learning about places I hardly knew about, especially the various languages.
I really enjoyed how, through this class, you learned on your own the differences of languages that occurred throughout time.
Being able to study and work at my own pace was a major selling point for me on this class. Doing the work when I had time and being able to take a break when I didn't was great.
Learning about the language was interesting.
I really enjoyed learning more about the Pacific cultures. It definitely opened my eyes on all those topics.
The fact that it fulfilled the "HAP" requirement. The fact that I didn't have to be in class at 730 am in order to fit it into my schedule unlike another class *cough* HWST 107 *cough* The fact that the instructor doesn't come across as an angry Hawaiian guy and not require to say "EO"(or however you pronounce) at the beginning of class. If I wanted to learn Hawaiian I would take a Hawaiian language class. Another knock against HWST 107 if you didn't catch it. The course reader actually was pretty interesting to read.
Students are allowed to advance through the course at their own pace.
The fact that it was a self-study course. I could go over the material and take quizzes at my own rate.
I enjoyed reading the chapters of the book and learning about a variety of different places and the languages there.
The emails that he sends to keep us updated.
The class reader was very informative and the tests were very accurate to what we were reading.
Learning more about the Hawaiian language and culture.
The size of the course reader. Thank you, made my bag much lighter. It would be great if it can be available in PDF format also.
I liked the textbook because it contained lots of valuable information.
I learned the not through the readings
being able to go in on my own time and read/test at my own pace
The readings were definitely interested and challenged me intellectually.
the part that explains why hawaii is so diverse
I believe that time management skills were the most valuable skills in the course. Since we take quizzes on our own time instead of forcefully attending lectures, I learned to make use of my free time to read the chapter in order to take the quizzes. Also, reading comprehension skills are tested. If a person fails a quiz, it can be retaken for a higher grade, making it an incentive to study the material more in-depth. These skills will gradually help in future college courses in any department.
Being from Hawai'i, I found it valuable to know about places near us and learn about similar cultures. Most of these vultures are not taught in schools and it was awesome to learn about other people of the world, especially ones so close to us.
Understanding more about the Hawaiian language and its origins.
The unit mastery format of the course allowed me to move through the course at my own pace. This was very helpful and allowed a lot of flexibility with my schedule. I also thought the text used in this course was easy to understand and helped to foster my learning this semester. The teacher was also very helpful when needed.
Learning of the difficult language ancestors throughout Oceania.
Regular updates on grades.
The quizzes were the bulk of the course, but I enjoyed the LBC portion because it allowed me to apply linguistics to my own life and family.
Learning about the languages in the Pacific.
That you could go into take quizzes and pass on your own available time. Also i like the retakes provided for the quizzes. Last he really kept us informed with the emails on how we were doing in the class.
I have lived in Hawaii for most of my life, so I valued the knowledge I was gaining about Polynesian language and culture, but also other Oceanic regions. The Hawaiian language has always been a curiosity of mine and it is rewarding for me to discover its vocabulary, grammar and development over time. Additionally, with what I was learning about other Oceanic languages, I now can link Hawaiian with its most closely related languages and use comparative analysis to build on my Hawaiian interests.
Learning about the different languages and how they are related and how they've changed.
Learning about linguistics and also learning how to be self dependent when it comes to handling a course on your own and dictating what you learn.
I liked that our main focus for this course was language in the Pacific. It was interesting to learn about languages outside of my culture.
the fact that it was a self directed class.
Time management was fairly easy - just come in once a week to a quiz and if you didn't read, the readings were fairly easy and coherent enough to understand and take the quiz on the spot. The material learned really helped me to understand in my HAW100 class, it really corresponded to what I learned and the material I learned was helpful too!
Flexible, learning at own pace Readings not too dense Availability of extra quizzes and alternatives to only doing quizzes and homework
I appreciated that we did not have to buy a large, expensive book for the class. It was nice to have the small reader to refer to. I also appreciated the flexible hours for quiz taking. It was very convenient to be able to come into the testing center whenever I wanted to take the quizzes.
I felt the whole course to be valuable because i never even thought about linguistic diversity and how complicating communication could be. I appreciate the opportunity to not only have taken this course but to also have gained so much knowledge.
Quizzes were able to be taken in any order and your own pace.
learning about languages in the pacific
the retake and time to look over the quizzes
Being able to read and understand the reading material and showing that by taking quizzes.
Nothing
The homework options are fun, especially the reconstructing the proto-language assignment
It was all on my own time and record, so it was by my ability whether or not I will be able to pass this class. So it taught me many things about linguistics but also taught me time management.
not having to go to class every day
History of Hawai`i
I really liked how the professor or teaching assistants constantly emailed us reminding us of when the gates were coming up. I also enjoyed how often they updated the grades. I've taken this class before and there wasn't that kind of communication. I used to feel like I had no idea how I was doing in the course, but this semester felt a lot more comfortable.
The strong element of the pacific region which is more relatable.
The projects were the most valuable.
9. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
N/A
certain readings need to be PROOFREAD. (e.g. some still say "see chapter X" or say "loosing culture" instead of "losing culture"). the bad grammar/spelling is distracting to the reader and makes it a lot more difficult to understand the reading.
none.
None. Everything was coherent
Very minimal student interaction. I'm sure we get this elsewhere, but one cannot expect interacting with other students in this class, especially because the testing center is library quiet and no one really engages to meet outside of the testing center to study together.
There is none that I can think of.
the fact that the online quizzes would not let you review the answers you got wrong after you finished them.
none
N/A.
nothing much
I actually enjoyed every aspect of this course.
It is an elective and I don't need it for my major.
I felt the maps in the course reader were not the greatest. They were better than nothing but could be improved.
It is easy to fall behind.
None
N/a
The homework assignments were not helpful in understanding the materials.
None, I found learning about Hawaiian language and culture very interesting.
N/A
Everything had value
Nothing.
?
i believe that the fact that there are no lectures are the least valuable skills in this course. However, since the Unit Mastery format are designed for people who are either unable to attend lectures or need time in their schedule for other classes, I believe that it is useful for have this option available. As a small suggestion, it would be nice to have a small review session once a week (just how PSY 100's Unit Mastery classes run) to further engage students into the course material, instead of just taking quizzes for "points" on paper.
n/a
None
N/a
The material.
I didn't think the homework was as valuable.
I think the course was good.
nothing. I really liked this class.
None.
n/a
None.
N/a
Self directed classes are tough and can make me procrastinate easily.
I didn't see any.
Homeworks could be a little tedious for amount of credit
N/A.
none
N/A
Everything
None
not having communication with the instructor
Language structures of other languages.
I didn't like how we were required to participate in an experiment. I mean I chose to do the extra chapter instead, but that kind of participation should be given as extra credit.
Really specific test questions
The really long readings (14-25 pages long). They were too long to actually maintain any knowledge learned.
10. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 99 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (12%) 28 (28%) 59 (60%)
11. The design of this course lets me learn at my own pace.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 99 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 20 (20%) 78 (79%)
12. The instructor has everything going according to schedule.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 99 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (3%) 23 (23%) 73 (74%)
13. In general, the course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 99 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 0 (0%) 29 (29%) 68 (69%)
14. Reading assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.07 99 0.93 Freq(%) 2 (2%) 3 (3%) 18 (18%) 39 (39%) 37 (37%)
15. The course materials (texts, handouts) are easy to read and understand.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.18 99 0.84 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 1 (1%) 18 (18%) 37 (37%) 41 (41%)
16. The exams cover the reading assignments well.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.39 99 0.68 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (2%) 5 (5%) 44 (44%) 47 (47%)
17. Exams are reasonable in length and difficulty.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.45 99 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (2%) 6 (6%) 35 (35%) 54 (55%)
18. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
As mentioned above, the readings had a lot of good material that I really liked.
You can go at your own pace and finish the class super early
getting to take it whenever, online quizzes
Learning about how languages in the pacific developed was very interesting to me.
Was fairly interesting.
The best part of this course is that Jake sets you up to succeed. His recommendations to past a certain number of units actually puts you ahead of the class! The only reason one would fail or even get below an A, would be on that person's own will.
I enjoyed how the quizzes were taken on our own time. This allowed me to finish the class way ahead of schedule so I could focus on other classes. Also the quiz questions could be answered with text taken straight out of the course reader.
I really enjoyed how we were free to move through the course at our own pace. It certainly was less stressful since we could choose ourselves when to take quizzes.
The fact that we can do it at our own pace and the tests and grading are reasonable.
I liked the online tests.
I really liked the idea of unit mastery and being able to accomplish things at my own pace. I also liked knowing exactly what my grade was and how to achieve the grade I wanted.
Self Study
You didn't have to go to class and can study on your own.
I liked that I could work at my own pace.
How the testing center was available for a long period of time everyday.
Doing the quizzes on my own time.
I can do the work based on my schedule, and there wasn't any class.
One homework assignment for each gate. The outlining of each chapters.
I liked how the teacher as well as the TAs were very approachable.
I like that I can go my own pace but yet be aware that I'm falling behind.
Flexibility
I liked that it was a self-directed reading course. I'd say all aspects of the course were pretty good.
(see above)
1. I can work ahead 2. The book is affordable
Reading the book.
We can go at our own pace
I enjoyed being able to test at my own pace, it was easier to handle with a large class load, and didn't interfere with my other classes.
Since it is a unit mastery it helped me learn about time management. I also enjoyed learning more about the culture.
The online quizzes.
I liked learning about the different linguistic factors in the Pacific.
Somewhat of an online course. For the most part I was able to go at my own pace
being able to work at my own pace
That i could do it on my own time and as long as I stayed ahead, I would do well in the class.
The study at your own pace part.
I like the Unit Mastery format aspect the best. Since we can choose to finish the course early, it is an excellent option for busy college students who are taking more difficult courses.
I liked that there was not mandatory class meetings, it fit my schedule well. The content is what I liked most. I really enjoyed learning about the languages of the pacific.
I liked the reader because it was easy to read and understand. The tests for the reader made sense also.
Being able to learn and finish the course at our own pace.
I liked how students could set their own pace ahead of the deadlines and complete the course early.
Being able to approach the course at my own pace.
can study at own pace and take quizzes when convenient
The unit-mastery aspect made it easy for me to complete the course in a month and a half!
The independent study.
I was able to go whenever i want and there were online test available
LBC
I can work at my own pace.
Learning about the many languages and histories of the pacific. As well as finding out that the university is in the process of revitalizing the languages.
That you could take this class and accomplish work for the class on your own time. Also the reading and quizzes were easy and interesting.
I enjoyed the self-guided and independent curriculum of the class; it's the way I prefer to study. Reading at my own pace with only three deadlines the entire semester was beneficial to my ultimate comprehension of the material.
That I could learn at my own pace.
I liked being able to go in on my own time and learning things at my own pace. I also liked learning about the languages.
Being able to come in on my own time and work at my own pace.
I liked that you gave us the opportunity to retake quizes. I also like that you limit us to only 6 quizes per gate, this allows me to go at my own pace without procrastinating. The extra credit opportunities were also interesting and helpful towards my grade
I like how the teacher was very nice and understanding,
Learning about the other Pacific Islands besides Hawaii - getting acquainted with the focus of the two other subgroups that make up the Pacific triangle was very interesting and just learning about the commonalities between and within these groups.
Flexible, learning at own pace Availability of extra quizzes and alternatives to only doing quizzes and homework
I liked that it fit around my schedule.
Taking the quizzes at my own time, whenever I was available.
test taken when students feel like he/sh is ready
the freedom
The ability to go at my own pace in learning this course.
I liked the "self-study" aspect of this course. I liked the fact that you could work at your own pace.
Nothing
I like the gates because it forces you do keep on track
I liked how we were able to go in at any time that fits our schedule.
that you could do the class on your free time
Reading about pidgin.
My own pace
The three online quizzes available helped out a lot. I'm only on campus a few days out of the week so it saved me a few trips.
Learning about different pacific cultures
The quizzes. I felt they had good formats and were helpful for people with bad memory.
19. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
The quiz questions that had to do with dates and statistics were difficult, due the quantity present in the chapters.
Some of the questions are so stupid. You'd rather test me on a definition of a single foreign terminology rather than the general idea if the chapter? That's crazy.
bad grammar in the reading, having to go in
The online quizes had very long readings.
Some typos in the online reading had been unfortunate.
none
Reading through the chapters were sometimes tedious...especially on the very long chapters.
The readings, a little bit on the boring side... but overall I liked this class.
Writing papers when it's not a WI class.
none
Doing the required homeworks
N/A.
A lot of reading especially the pdf files on laulima and not enough chances for LiCs.
none
Sometimes the reading is long and boring.
Wish the testing center closed later, like at 4:30
The reader is still being edited-- because of that, minor grammatical/inconsistencies can be found in the readings. Also, some of the instructions online did not match what was said in other handouts/readings, making it a little confusing to know what was really going on.
(see above)
1. Inconsistent readings (some are too short while others have way too much information for a 10 question quiz.) 2. The readings for the online quizzes should be legible.
none
Homework assignments were often just busy work and non-stimulating.
None
The homeworks. I don't think it helped me to think as much compared to reading and taking the quizzes.
I did not like having to go to the quiz center to do all my quizzes. It makes it a little difficult to keep up with.
The fact that we had to take quizzes at the school during a restricted time frame. I work three jobs, that's why I signed up for an online course, however, finding time to take the quizzes was very difficult. Now I am in jeopardy of failing this class solely base on that reason.
the LiC options
Nothing.
The confusing rubic, like the LIC and stuff
I disliked the fact that there are no lectures in the course. A small review session, such as PSY 100's lectures, could be implemented to engage students more into the material. Since the review sessions are only from 8 to 10 weeks long, it could be a feasible option for students wishing to finish the course early.
Lack of openness with professor. Not that he is at fault, I was just too intimidated to ask questions due to the fact that we never formally met.
I didnt like the online readings because they were really long and not as interesting. The online reading tests were also much harder than the in class tests.
A handful of the authors in the book made their articles really hard to follow because thy were unorganized.
None
n/a
N/a
The quizzes.
the room closed at 3
Quizzes and homework
I like the course. I didn't find anything that I disliked.
Nothing. I really liked this class.
In the text for the class, there are numerous misspellings. The word 'Lose' is spelled as 'Loose' more than once.
none.
n/a
None.
Some chapters in the course were tedious to read.
I diddnt like how you could only do 6 test in a gate.
None really but I didn't really like the "counting" lesson in the book - probably because I got a low score but the rest were alright! For some reason, I never got the counting aspect in the Austronesian languages
Homework
N/A.
lots of reading
none
So much reading!
Nothing
I tend to put things off very late so I am always stressed.
no having someone to help me
Reading about hundreds of other languages.
There were no chances to interact with other students.
The test room ending time could be later
The really long readings. I didn't enjoy reading them, and I felt like I didn't learn anything from those.
20. What changes would you make in the readings?
Better grammar. Some of the chapters were full of all these languages and it made things harder to read.
make available online, CHECK GRAMMAR
shorten the readings for the online quizzes only.
A page was missing in the online reading and was replaced with a duplicate page.
The format styles should be changed. It seems like they are trying to maximize paper space, but it's easier on the eyes to have headings larger than body text. Also, some of the tables in the readings are cut in half, with portions divided onto two pages. That defeats the purpose of using the table to present the information in a organized format.
Perhaps condense the longer chapters a bit more. The readings and concepts themselves were pretty interesting, but when it got down to the really technical details, it was tedious to read through. In addition, the readings often used unfamiliar symbols to spell out how to pronounce a word. However, there was no section dedicated to telling us what sound each weird symbol represents. Thus, I was often confused and a bit clueless when reading the text since I had no idea what the author was referring to due to my inability to read the special pronunciation symbols.
They need to be grammar-proofed, a lot of typos in the readings and some chapters are hard to understand.
There were a few typos scattered throughout the handbook and there were also a few sentences that were worded in a way which was difficult to understand, in some sections more than others. But overall, the readings were well written and easy enough to understand.
Make it shorter
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Nothing. Just a quick spell check here in there would be good.
Add in a definition page for some of the words at the end...like a dictionary/glossary.
None
Many of the readings were somewhat biased, in my opinion.
More interesting topic!
Chapters on Hawaii alone
Add more readings! That way, there are more chapters for students to choose from and more chances that they'll find something they consider interesting. Students learn more from the subjects they actually want to learn about than they have to learn about.
"Show" the reader probable emigration routes with arrows on maps along with "telling" them through text. A few well placed arrows can make a world of difference in the ease of comprehension.
Some of the articles were too long or detailed.
Consistency please
none
No changes in the readings, they cover many of the introductory topics of linguistics in the pacific.
None
Shorter chapters, or maybe less of the examples given. It gets me confused to the point where I just skimmed over the sections that have examples in different languages.
Maybe there could be extra handouts or supplements for students to take home and study.
I wouldn't make changes to readings.
I wouldn't make any changes because the readings were reasonably concise and manageable.
Not as long. It gets hard to understand and comprehend it all when its more than 10 pages.
Watch for some typos
I believe that the readings were more like academic papers than a structured textbook. I enjoy the difficulty since it will help students be accustomed to college-level coursework, but there is no consistency on its difficulty. At times, I felt as if the amount of effort I read in chapter 2 is unacceptable when it came to chapter 12. Although the varying difficulty is reasonable, I believe it should go from easiest to hardest, instead of chapter 15 being really hard, while chapter 16 being really easy.
None
I would make the online readings and tests easier. The reader is much easier to understand.
Some of the readings should be taken out and replaced or revised for better understanding.
None
Some of the concepts were hard to understand if we didn't already have background knowledge.
None
Make them more interesting and less lengthy.
none
None.
No changes to the readings, I found all of them quite interesting.
nothing was really easy and interesting topics.
Refer to question 19.
none.
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Less typos would be nice...
There were a few chapters that are really long but majority of it is managable.
Make the readings more interesting and shorter.
None they were all fairly interesting and easy to read, well you should try find an easier reading on counting - it was too lengthy and a little difficult to understand :(
More outside readings (readings for online quizzes more exciting than ones in Reader)
I thing the reader should be re-evaluated, there were quite a few errors that probably need to be cleaned up.
Few grammar mistakes.
none
nothing they were all informative
The material in the readings were very educational, I just don't like reading.
I think the "Pidgin in Hawaii" chapter could've been organized better. Mainly, this chapter lacked "section headings" (e.g., "1. Intro", "2. Summary", "3. Conclusion"). This chapter would've been easier to navigate if it had "section headings".
Little shorter.
None
make them shorter it was really hard to remember the information on some, especially the online quizzes
N/A
In some of the readings there were typos, or they were hard to understand. The content was really interesting but in some of the readings the ideas were a little jumbled.
Some readings were heavy on linguistic vocabulary that was not really explained.
Definitely keep the readings at "most" at 11-12 pages.
21. What changes would you make in the examinations?
I would include less questions on dates and statistics
Make questions that ate more relevant to the general idea if the chapter.
none
none.
none
none
Maybe add more questions. Instead of it being 10 questions, make it 20
Exams were great. No changes needs to be made.
None.
to let the person review the online quiz answers.
Nothing.
none
N/A.
Add bonus questions.
None, the exams were easy as long as you kept up with the material
Nothing
None
(see below)
Some of the questions on the quizzes are sort of trivial and I wouldn't expect them to show up on a quiz. Questions are often worded in a hard-to-understand manner.
None
none
No changes, they accurately test on the readings.
None
N/A
More online quizzes, since it is an online course. If that's not possible, make the time frame wider, instead of 9-3.
I wouldn't change anything because I felt that the examinations reflected the given reading material well.
NOthing.
nothing
The examinations shouldn't need to be changed. They are only a short, 10 question quiz that tests students knowledge in the reading. If they don't pass, students can always take them again. However, I wish I was able to retake the quiz on the same day, even with a 2 hour restriction. Since I had time on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, I would often fail a quiz on a Wednesday and pass the same quiz on a Friday. If I were able to retake a quiz on the same day, I would've been able to take 3 quizzes a week instead of 2. However, this is not a major problem since I still finished early, but it is still a good idea to think about shortening the amount of time to retake a quiz. This course, after all, is designed for people who have time constraints.
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Nothing.
None
n/a
None, the examinations were relatively easy provided you actually did the reading.
Avoid asking such obscure questions. Ask questions about the big picture and not the little details that was mentioned in one sentence out of the entire reading.
none
None.
I thought the exams covered what i read and were easy
The examinations are fine.
none.
n/a
None!
Exams were great! Not too hard, not too easy.
Good exams.
None! All were fairly easy and did require me to think for a minute or two before turning in my quiz. That was the one thing I liked about it and maybe unlike some people who can just read it and take the quiz, I needed to highlight and review those important details.
Some questions very specific, would like more concentration on overall conceptual ideas rather than nit picky details
N/A.
Nothing. Good because everything on the exam was exactly from the text.
none
nothing
Good setup and outline for the quizzes so no change necessary.
Nothing
None.
make broader questions that are less specific to facts
N/A
I wouldn't change them at all.
To instead give percentage based on amount correct on each test, rather than having to get 7 or more points to get any grade for the test.
They were pretty good. Can't think of anything to change.
22. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.41 99 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (9%) 36 (36%) 47 (47%)
23. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
Make better questions.
grammar and readability of readings
more online quiz opportunities. also more LBC opportunities.
Typos
The course reader can be improved as stated above.
The homework assignments were a bit confusing at first
Perhaps condenses the longer chapters of the book a little more. More online quizzes would be nice as well.
Textbook need to be grammar-proofed and easier to understand, but other than that, everything is peachy. :)
Make the answers more straightforward. Too vague at times
Make the readings shorter and make this course a WI if there are going to be papers.
I don't think it needs to be improved.
It's good as is.
Give out highlighters. All my highlighters go out since I use it so much on the readings.
Nothing
I think the course is good.
I felt the maps were kind of frustrating. I would keep the map of the pacific as a whole. However I would also have other maps showing micronesia, melanesia, and polynesia. By having the three different regions on separate maps you could show more detail and fit in more place names. You could even use a legend. Where you mark an island with a character and then in the legend associate that character with an island name. That way you don't run out of room in the map.
Establish a bonus point system where if students pass a quiz on their first try with a 10, then get a bonus point that can be used towards another quiz. If a student were to score a 6, they could use a point to boost it to a 7.
This course could have more opportunities for hands on work or listening to speakers in this area.
Improved homework assignments that have something to do with the readings, but that do not recquire so much outside research.
I don't think it needs to be improved in any way.
Handouts and/or supplements to give to students to take home and study.
More online work so you don't have to spend as much time at school.
NOthing, nothing and nothing, I enjoyed every aspect of the class.
Nothing much, it was very nice
A review session should at least be thought about in future classes, just like the Psychology 100 Unit Mastery courses are run. Also, the time constraints should be decreased to accommodate people who can't take quizzes immediately the next day. In addition, exam questions should test more on the main ideas of the chapter, not little items that don't seem important in the chapter (such as percentages).
I'm not sure how this could be changed, but there has been a chapter that I failed 3 times, feeling pretty confident on and til this day, I still didnt understand why. I didnt think I could ask for help after taking the tests, so now Im still left confused about that chapter. Maybe an agreed communication about exams can be established.
Other than some of the readings being dull, the course is great.
I don't think this class needs to be improved.
I have no recommendations for improvement. Even though it was relatively simple, I did learn a lot.
-quizzes that test the big picture -less quizzes -more LICs -no LBC requirement
I think a little leniency in the gates would slightly improve the course.
I think that the course should have more chapters that the students can read. I think that there should be a variety of what the students can read and take a test on. I find myself doing better on quizzes on a chapter that I read that was interesting to me.
Less homework and more readings and quizzes
Edit the course reader and fix any mistakes. Otherwise, the course is stimulating and interesting.
This course could be improved by adding a couple of mandatory lectures. However, it doesn't have be a traditional lecture since unit mastery isnt a traditional class.
This course can be improved by allowing the students a chance to retake the same exam twice in one day rather than waiting a day to retake it. It can also be improved by having the students submit a correction of the answers they got wrong on the test with what the right answer is and what page it can be found on so that the students can retain the information better.
Have the material be less of charts and tables with words and more about concrete ideas instead.
Overall I really liked this course and I'm really happy I enrolled in it. If i had to change something it would be building a better relationship between the teacher and students. This could be improved by having small talk when students come in to take a test.
Make it so that we can take more than 6 test in a gate.
None! It's a really great course to take!
I felt some readings could be replaced as I felt they were either not written well, some writings were repetitive, or did not really add anything to the course (i.e. Counting, UH Department). Quizzes often tested on extremely small details that are easily missed rather than more broad ideas.
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none
nothing...the course was very goo d
This course could be improved by providing more interactive events to show the students what linguistics is about; outside of just reading the text.
There should be no need for a testing center. If the course is online, everything should be online.
Maybe get a bigger testing room.
have the first couple days as days to come into the class and be instructed and then release people out on their own
This course could be improved by adding a couple more online quizzes. An option to be able to borrow the reader while in the testing room would be nice as well.
Participation in experiments should be extra credit. An alternative assignment could be hosting a short lecture about the some of the material in the book. It would be nice to see someone who is passionate about Linguistics talk about it. If hosting the lecture is difficult, then maybe make a video and post it online. Then require students to write a reflection, or maybe compare and contrast the lecture to the book.
Nothing that was not answered in the other questions
The course can be improved by having a good amount of online quizzes, providing good length for readings, and having more options for projects (other than summaries or reviews).
24. Other comments:
Great Teacher and TAs!!!
Jake is such a nice guy! He's really friendly and helpful!
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I would recommend the class if you are able to manage your time and not fall behind.
I liked this course!
None
I didn't really appreciate the email that Jacob Terrell sent out to the students who have low grades in this course. He assumed that the reason why we have not spent much time in the testing center is because we "are not dedicated to University life" he proceeds by saying that university life is what teaches us to "become more mature, independent and adult-like." I would just like to say that my independent adult-life is what made it difficult to attend his testing center hours. He probably should have rethought his belittling email.
I have no other comments other than Dr. Terrel being a great professor to ask questions from. Even though this is a Unit Mastery course, Dr. Terrell was still there from 9:00am to 3:00pm to help both graduate students and students taking the course with questions that we may encounter. Thank you Dr. Terrell for being a great professors and good luck teaching the same course in future semesters.
Really cool professor, good class to take if you want to finish at your own pace. Not hard to get a good grade. Some chapters were pretty interesting to read about.
This course was very interesting and accommodating to my school schedule. The teacher was very helpful whenever needed, organized and readily available through email at all times. I would definitely recommend this class to a friend.
Fine.
None.
Jacob Terrell is very knowledgeable and friendly. He provides a comfortable learning environment where students can readily ask for help.
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None.
none
None
Thank you for a great semester!
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none
Good course!

Jacob Terrell: LING102, Spring 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Linguistics
Course: LING 102 - Intro to the Study of Language Crn (Section): 81609 (001)     84135 (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  
3.64 12 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 3 (25%) 8 (67%) 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  
1.33 12 0.49 Freq(%) 8 (67%) 7 (58%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 12 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 3 (25%) 7 (58%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 9 (75%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 12 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 12 (100%)
6. I learned a good deal of factual material in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 12 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (50%) 9 (75%)
7. I improved my abilities to revise my rough drafts and to make my writing more effective.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 12 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 6 (50%) 7 (58%)
8. My opinions about some topics changed because of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.92 12 1.08 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 5 (42%) 6 (50%)
9. The instructor explained the writing requirements clearly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 12 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 6 (50%) 5 (42%)
10. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 12 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 10 (83%)
11. The design of this course lets me learn at my own pace.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 12 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 9 (75%)
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  
4.25 12 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 5 (42%) 8 (67%)
13. The instructor has everything going according to schedule.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (33%) 8 (67%)
14. In general, the course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 12 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 9 (75%)
15. The writing assignments helped me understand the course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.18 12 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 7 (58%) 9 (75%)
16. Reading assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.92 12 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 3 (25%) 4 (33%) 4 (33%)
17. The exams cover the reading assignments well.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 12 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (17%) 7 (58%) 5 (42%)
18. Exams are reasonable in length and difficulty.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 12 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 3 (25%) 5 (42%)
19. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
Go at my own pace
very straightforward
I loved how I could go at my own pace and go take quizzes in my own time.
Being able to go at my own pace.
I enjoyed that this class was online and some of the topics in the class reader were interesting.
I like the fact that this course is a very easily paced course in the sense that we can complete the course in a manner that suits us. This takes some of the pressure off during times where other courses are very intense and allows us to allocate time more effectively.
I really enjoyed that you could study and take exams at your own pace.
Most of the topics in the reader were quite interesting.
I can study at my own pace and take a quiz at the convenience of my own schedule. The quizzes were pass/fail rather than based on number of questions correct.
- Jake is always willing to help out whenever in need. Always making time for his students and is willing to really reach out whenever he sees fit. Excellent teacher!
Unit mastery is a great design format for students who have a lot of work on their plate, but in need of essential credits for graduation. I thought that it was great that I could study when I had time, and not according to a class-time schedule.
Unit mastery
Being able to work at your own pace.
The unit mastery allows you to work at your own pace with a deadline, which I really love. The readings were pretty interesting and I enjoyed them. Some readings, I felt, were written better than others.
Being able to retake the same quiz more than once and having to do less quizzes overall compared to when I took Linguistics 100.
20. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
Some answers to questions weren't in the book
The writing papers, I would like more feedback. Instead to referring me back to the writing tips paper I would of liked it better if I was told what I wasn't following right.
I didn't like that I had to go to the testing center to take the quizzes when it is an online class. It would be much easier if quizzes could somehow be able to be taken online viz Laulima. It was sometimes difficult to find time to make it to the testing center when students have other classes to attend. It is especially difficult when the testing center is only open from a certain time.
I understand that the hours were limited because of the availability of the room, but at times it was difficult to make time to come to take the tests because on most days I had work or classes to attend. If the room was open till 6pm, that would have been a lot more convenient since most classes and work times (that are during the day) don't go past 5pm. Yet, it is still understandable that the hours could not be this way.
I think that all of the chapters should be required to read.
Some of the questions on the quizzes seemed too specific and rather unimportant in the overall scheme of Linguistics (as an intro-level course). The specific factual information should probably be used only to aid in the learning of core concepts. Either that or bold and italicized text were actually less important than they appeared.
Essay revisions
In general, I really enjoyed this course. I honestly have nothing "bad" to say about it.
N/A
I didn't care much for the essays, but overall the essays were graded very fairly and all of the feedback/comments were extremely helpful.
21. What changes would you make in the readings?
n/a
None, all the readings were really interesting and easy to understand
Nothing, they were much more interesting to me than the readings of LING 100
Some of the readings were difficult to read.
I thought some of the readings were fairly uninteresting, but it's probably because my interest in not in the subject matter.
I felt as if some of the readings were unprofessional.
None.
I thought that the course readings were actually very good, especially for an introductory course. Being a non-Linguistics major, I was afraid that I wouldn't understand or be able to relate to the course matter, but the readings were actually quite interesting and clear. Only a few chapters were a bit dense in my opinion, especially when the exams are quite specific in the questions asked.
N/A
Some of the readings have no pictures where I thought pictures could prove helpful in understanding the passage.
Some of the readings were hard to understand because of the way it was worded.
22. What changes would you make in the examinations?
Make sure all answers can be found in the reader
n/a
Nothing
sometimes the questions were a little unclear.
The tests were fine and simple enough. But like I mentioned above in having to come to the testing center. It was inconvenient when I didn't pass the quiz and can't retake the quiz on the same day. I would then have to come on another day which was limited due to the other classes that I am taking.
I personally thought that at times the exams were more focused on the exact content within the article (like specific numbers or times) more than the concepts that were presented. I can't remember exactly which examinations they were, but there were times when I am looking at the questions and can't remember the exact details and the given choices are sometimes very similar with subtle nuances. On the other hand, there were questions that were apply this linguistic classification/idea to these words, etc., and I thought those questions were very well done. Also, I took the other linguistic course that is a unit mastery. I believe this is LING 100. But, in that course there were opportunities to do online examinations and classroom examinations. I found the online exams very helpful in terms of my schedule, since I could take them whenever.
Nothing, I really thought the grading scale was set at a good standard and that they tested the content fairly.
Fewer specific, seemingly unimportant questions.
I felt that the exams were at a great level of difficulty - not easy enough to "just guess" through them but also not too difficult to make taking a test too stressful. Some tests were harder than others, but that is most likely because of the content of the chapter itself (some chapters exceeded 20 pages whereas others were ~15 pages).
None
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23. What changes would you make in the writing assignments?
n/a
I would have liked more feedback to make my first essays well written since I was just getting a hang of formal writing. It would of been nice to get feedback on what I was doing wrong and what I could of done directly instead of referring me back to the writing tips because I did not know exactly what I needed to work on.
Nothing.
The writing assignments were a bit difficult, but I think that time management takes a place in the difficulty. The only things is that some chapters were hard to write about.
The writing assignments were fine, in my opinion.
Having different TIs rather than the same one throughout the semester.
None.
I liked the open-ended nature of the writing assignments. I thought that it gave me alot of leeway to choose a topic that I was really interested. It can be a nightmare trying to write an essay about a topic completely out of your interest range.
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24. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.6 12 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (33%) 5 (42%)
25. Other comments:
This class strengthened and improve my writing skill set.
Very well done course. I don't think I would take it again, but I would definitely recommend it to others and would gladly take another course with a similar structure as this one.
N/A.
TA's seemed to nit-pick on essays sometimes

Jacob Terrell: LING105, Spring 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Linguistics
Course: LING 105 - Language endangerment Crn (Section): 89261 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
2.38 40 0.9 Freq(%) 5 (13%) 21 (53%) 8 (20%) 6 (15%) 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  
1.33 40 0.48 Freq(%) 26 (65%) 13 (33%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 40 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 4 (10%) 12 (30%) 23 (58%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 40 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 3 (8%) 10 (25%) 26 (65%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 40 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 1 (3%) 9 (23%) 28 (70%)
6. I learned a good deal of factual material in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 40 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 2 (5%) 12 (30%) 25 (63%)
7. My opinions about some topics changed because of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.3 40 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (13%) 18 (45%) 17 (43%)
8. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The books
Language history
the freedom to take quizzes
To be completely honest I initially took the course only to fulfill the Manoa FGB graduation requirement. I was pleasantly surprised when I found myself actually enjoying reading the material. I really liked the fact that it was a self-directed study course and that I was able to take the tests on my leisure provided that I completed the required amount by the gate. Although, I can't say I enjoyed writing and researching the language reports it did give an appreciation of language endangerment. I realized exactly what linguists are up against when they are trying to find documentation on a language. I can only begin to imagine what it would be like to work with a language that had not been previously documented. I also liked the option of doing a few of the quizzes online.
Time management for most, and then the importance of language management to revitalization.
How language changes with time and the different social aspects of language. I found this most valuable because some of my other classes are talking about the effects of climate change, and that fact that many people will have to move due to sea level rise. This will change their culture, and many places, such as the small islands in the pacific, speak their own language. It was interesting for me to be able to connect the human and science aspects of this problem.
Every aspect of the course were valuable. Learning the classification of endangered languages was important in determining whether a language was endangered, extinct or viable.
Having to do reports on endangered languages really helped to open my eyes to the tragic state of affairs the world is in. Not only are languages lost because of selfish corporate globalized expansions, but the very core of a people, the fabric of their lives, their culture dies alongside. As these conglomerate companies grow bigger, richer, the world grows poorer every day, or rather, every two weeks.
The Foundations helped as a preview for the harder materials
Eye opening in terms of world occurrences and the intricate importance of language.
The information learned was interesting.
Learning about language endangerment and the history of certain languages.
I really liked taking the quizzes at my own time.
Doing the language reports, because it gave me the privilege of choosing which language I wanted to do research on. Language Death was most enjoyable to read because it provided a general overview with useful information.
Reading the case studies were very interesting
The essays I thought were really valuable and helped me to really improve my overall understanding of various languages. They helped to introduce me to languages I have never before heard of and experienced, and it allowed me to be a linguist and analyze the language.
The three quizzes that I could take online were valuable to me because I can take them anytime I want. I learned a lot about the endangered languages and how so many of them are dying off. Also Jacob was very quick to respond to emails and I appreciate that.
Learning more about languages in general, how people use them and why. I also learned a lot about the importance of languages and interesting things about them that I wouldn't have known otherwise.
I was able to work at my own pace.
It is interesting to see how languages become endangered and what we can do to save the endangered languages.
Having to manage your own time and keeping track of due dates and your grade
Jacob and his teaching assistants were very helpful, friendly, and nice. It made it easy to come in and take a test because I knew I was going to get the help I needed. They always answered all of my questions and I was able to take my tests easily.
Languages play a large role in culture and values and to come to a death of a language has opened my view about how important to retain a language is.
the language reports
The language reports.
Learning about one of the most important issues of our society, yet an issue that is not being taken care of carefully, and/or an issue that not many people know of. This course allows me to discover this issue of language loss, as well as allowing me to see what other people are doing regarding this issue and what we can do in the future to prevent this issue to go worse.
The books chosen for the course were quite interesting to read and had a lot of useful information about languages.
The LiC and LBC also the online quiz
The topic
I like the books that were chosen to be tested on, they were very informative and interesting. I liked the freedom that this course gave me.
The quizzes
9. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
the online sources
none
Some of the readings were very linguistics based, and the terminology was hard to understand sometimes.
I found all of the aspect of the course to be valuable.
The LiC was technically not required but I feel it would've been more valuable if there were more opportunities.
not sure
A lot of readings were repetative; they seemed identical to some of the others. Although it made it easier to test on, it was hard to read because the concepts were being repeated and there was no variety.
I didn't really care to write about the endangered languages. I think endangered languages are very interesting which is why I decided to take the course and I didn't mind wanting to write the papers about endangered languages at first. However, because the languages are so endangered and not many people do research on the languages, it was really hard to find information that would answer the questions.
I wish the readings were more engaging and something that everyone can relate with. Some of the chapters in the books were very difficult to make a connection with, and thus forgettable.
There were nothing that was technically less valuable.
Some of the required chapters were repetitive but then again they really drove home important points. Other than that, there were no least valuable aspects.
Having to go to class to take the quizzes were least valuable to me because I took an online class so that I don't have to physically go to class. The time slots to take the quizzes were inconvenient for me because I would either be in class or at work.
N/A.
none
Some readings are lengthy and hard to understand.
not having enough reminders sent out.
None
None.
None!
I value every aspects of this course. This course is excellent.
no real help or peer interaction
I think that we should have had more LIC outings available and I wish more of them were free so I could have attended them.
None
10. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 40 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 1 (3%) 9 (23%) 29 (73%)
11. The design of this course lets me learn at my own pace.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 40 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (10%) 4 (10%) 32 (80%)
12. The instructor has everything going according to schedule.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 40 0.54 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (5%) 6 (15%) 32 (80%)
13. In general, the course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 40 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 1 (3%) 8 (20%) 29 (73%)
14. Reading assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.95 40 1.04 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 3 (8%) 7 (18%) 15 (38%) 14 (35%)
15. The course materials (texts, handouts) are easy to read and understand.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 40 0.97 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 2 (5%) 6 (15%) 17 (43%) 13 (33%)
16. The exams cover the reading assignments well.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 40 0.86 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (5%) 4 (10%) 13 (33%) 21 (53%)
17. Exams are reasonable in length and difficulty.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 40 0.9 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (5%) 5 (13%) 7 (18%) 26 (65%)
18. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
doing it on our own.
Some topics
the quizzes
I liked the self-paced aspect of the course. I liked the option of a variety of units to choose from.
Studying at my own pace.
The history and social aspects of language.
I like how we can do the quizzes and assignments at our own pace even though there are deadlines, but it is possible to move ahead. I also like how the course grade is based on completed assignments and not the grade of each assignments.
self-paced testing
I liked the Language Reports
on my own pace
Being able to test whenever I wanted. With my busy schedule this semester, this class was perfect for me.
I really liked the quizzes because they were fast and easy.
Being able to work ahead is one of the best things about this class. I like the idea of being able to do everything according to my schedule. Online quizzes were also extremely convenient!
The case studies were well informative
The ability to take tests on your own time and accord.
I liked that if I fell behind a little, I was always able to make up for it by just working a little harder the next week. It also wasn't too difficult as long as I did my best to put in the effort.
I liked that I could work at my own pace.
I like to take unit tests at my own pace.
being able to work at my own pace
I enjoyed that this course was set to be completed at my own pace, the readings were interesting, and the course was definitely well explained on what had to be done in order to succeed.
I like that Professor Terrell is super nice and is understanding towards the topic and students. He requires certain readings in which are not so much boring as one would think.
Being able to take the quizzes at your own pace
I liked that I could go at my own pace, and that the testing center had such flexible hours.
I like how there's different gates assigned throughout the semester. The fact that it is assigned makes sure that I am on track.
I liked how easily it was to go at my own pace and schedule when to take the quizzes.
I love that I can study at my own pace.
Nice TA's
Online quizzes
I liked learning about linguistics, it is something that I had absolutely no prior knowledge on. I liked the course materials and the freedom to come test whenever it was convenient for me.
I liked fact that we were able to take a few of the quizzes online. This really helped me complete the number of quizzes that I needed to per gate. I also appreciated how quickly the language reports were graded and I liked how the post'em was updated weekly.
Reports
19. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
how long the reading are for such a short test
Instructor's lck of care for students to succeed
the language reports
I would probably say the reports. I did learn a lot through the reports but I'm not a big fan of writing. However, I will always take a self-directed learning class that has reports over a class that I have to sit in .
none
Some of the readings were lengthy and it was difficult to remember the specifics of some of the examples used on the books.
I liked all aspect of the course.
I didnt like the amount of quizzes we had to do
not passing quizzes
There wasn't really anything I disliked.
The essays.
Some of the readings were really long and dense so it was hard to study them for a 10 question quiz. I think (especially for the longer readings) the quiz questions should be more broad and less specific.
Some of the quiz questions ask very specific questions that a normal person probably wouldn't be able to remember. I think it should instead be focused on the main ideas of the chapter instead.
Everything was good.
Nothing.
N/A
None
A lot of readings.
not having any reminders or set rubric of how assignments were to be done
NONE.
Honestly, even thought he readings were not necessarily boring, they weren't so much fun either.
Having to wait a whole day to retake a quiz
None!
I like everything about this course.
I thought some of the quiz questions were quite difficult at times and were very very specific.
hard to switch books and to online material.
Nothing
I think we should have had more LIC opportunities and I wished that the testing center was available for testing more often than from 9-3 (even a few more hours of leeway would have helped).
Even though the language reports taught me a lot about specific languages, they took me a really long time to do (especially the first one).
None
20. What changes would you make in the readings?
not so long for each one since its only 10 questions
Shorter more stimulating crisp and to the point readings that are available readily in PdF rather than searching through many search engines to retrieve & pay for
make some shorter or include less chapters
I don't think I would change anything in the readings. I might add a unit on diacritic markings that way non-linguistics students would have some idea of what they mean and how it changes the pronunciation of the letter. This unit would serve as a great reference for all of the other readings.
none
Sometimes the chapters were too long. I would personally rather read three shorter chapters rather than one very long one.
I found all the readings to be interesting.
none
?
More variety of concepts, and maybe some of them could be a little less in length.
More current or up to date literature on endangered languages...hopefully more research has been done on endangered languages.
I liked the Abley book but not the Ostler one.
It seemed like the readings constantly jumped around everywhere. I wish it was more organized and focused on language endangerment in each region - providing examples in the US, Asia, Europe...etc.
Could be A little more interesting
Maybe require different chapters but then again, the course was very well put together.
It was weird to jump chapters in book to follow the foundations and such.
I would even them out, some are a lot shorter than others, and they aren't exactly proportionally challenging.
None
One textbooks instead of three.
omit the history part of the readings
NONE.
Nothing is needed for the changes in the readings.
Nothing
Most of the readings from Nicholas Ostler were more difficult and less interesting than the other readings.
Some of the readings were a bit long for a topic that is still new to many of us. Sometimes I do get a little sleepy when reading the book, so I would prefer shorter length for a few of the reading assignments.
More pictures would be great.
keep it in the same book or at least put the online readings on laulima so it is easier to find. I spent a good 2 hours looking for a book and not being able to find it.
Make the readings shorter?
The book by Ostler was quite boring and hard to read.
Nothing
It's fine
21. What changes would you make in the examinations?
Be able to see the exams before you take it the next day.
More questions about true issues & bulk of reading rather that. Small statistical nonsense
nothing
On some of the examinations there would be three choices instead of four. I would just make all the questions have four choices for answers to make it standard.
make more examinations online
take out the questions with dates and numbers of population and percentages. I'm not very good with numbers, so these confused me and I eventually tried to memorized all the numbers instead of understanding the overall themes in greater detail because i knew there would be a numbers question on the quiz.
The examinations are simple enough, yet still requires reading to pass.
maybe drop it by one quiz. other then that it was a great course
Issue with some wording of the quiz, makes it hard to understand sometimes, rarely though
Nothing. It was simple.
None
The quizzes are fine, just the fact that some of the questions are too specific. For example, how many people migrated in 1970? If the answer was 100 people, it seems insignificant to actually remember that number. Instead, what is important to recognize is that the amount of people who migrated was a small amount. I never understood why some of the quizzes asked those questions. That just tests our ability to memorize facts.
Exams were well written.
None.
Make more available online instead of just three.
None.
None
I think the exams are fair.
none
Maybe provide more online exams.
The examinations are fairly easy and straight-forward. They are not trick questions and therefore are as good as they already are.
Be able to retake it that day
None!
The examinations are great!
its alright...
Have more online quizzes
Nothing
Nothing
Nothing
22. What changes would you make in the writing assignments?
None
Allow writer to be more creative to write about interesting aspects of the endangered language, people & culture
None.
none
I don't like them. I understand the thinking behind it, but as a science major I do plenty of primary research and essay writing.
The writing assignments has a clear outline of what is to be expected and not too long.
2 language reports, 1 opinion piece on how the course has impacted your world views
none
idk
Nothing. They were easy enough, and interesting to research.
None
The writing assignments are great!
Writing assignments can be more detailed and difficult
None.
None.
None
None
having a rubric and an example of a paper that should be turned in
NONE.
The writing assignments can be pretty lengthy, however, they are very easy. It does not even have to be in essay-format.
Nothing
I would make the writing assignments worth a little more points because I feel like I spend a lot of time researching (not all of the endangered languages have answers available that answer the prompt given).
The writing assignments are great as well.
perhaps allow for peer review
Personally, I would have liked it if there were more required resources to cite in the papers. I feel like if that was required I would have done more research and learned more about each language.
Maybe cut down on the number of questions.
They were good
23. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.47 40 0.88 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 3 (8%) 9 (23%) 23 (58%)
24. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
Be able to take tests anytime and open hours for the testing center.
Greater instructor care to aid students. Syllabus needs revisable so student does not have to read 10 times referencing back & forth to understand
Registering for the course can be a little intimidating. When I registered for the course I wasn't quite sure what would happen after registering even though I had read the syllabus. I would add something to the syllabus telling students what to expect after registration and the start of the semester. Something as little as: "you will receive an email with further instructions on how to begin the semester." would go a long ways.
I liked every aspects of the course, I just hope they can offer more online examinations.
More online quizzes would be helpful.
I think the course does not need any improvements. The schedule is easy to follow so that you can't fall behind unless you slack off. The exams are relatively easy as long as the reading was done. Finally the writing assignment is straightforward in that, the students have to answer 6 out of 8 questions correctly to earn credit.
No improvement to course itself, but testing time could be open a little earlier.
I'm not super sure on how to improve it, its really strongly based on your learning ability and time management how well you do in this course.
I can't find any problems with this course.
I don't think this course could be improved in any other way.
More interactive?
This course is very good so I do not think that it needs to be improved. However, maybe a required class every now and then to discuss what is being read would be nice.
N/A.
I don't think it needs to be improved.
I think the course is good the way it is now, it might be better to just have one textbook instead of three.
NONE.
This course could be improved that there could be more online quizzes. The e-texts or the online readings were easy as well, although it could have been explained more clearly as to how to go about finding the readings.
Overall i feel the course was good as is but i would offer more online quizzes or be able to retake quizzes on the same day
None!
The course is a great online course. Gives me the knowledge that I need to know and does not give me unnecessary things to do. Great course overall.
READINGS!
More online quizzes because it makes it more convenient for the student.
I think this course could be improved by having the testing center available for a longer time period and having more free LIC opportunities in the community.
25. Other comments:
Overall, a great class to professors and TA.
none
Thank you!
None.
N/A
None
NONE
Very excellent course! I would totally recommend it to my friends.
Thanks for the opportunity to take this course!!