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Instructor: Jacob Terrell

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LING105, Spring 2014
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Jacob Terrell: LING105, Spring 2014

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Linguistics
Course: LING 105 - Language endangerment Crn (Section): 87278 (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  
2.15 70 1.1 Freq(%) 24 (34%) 22 (31%) 10 (14%) 12 (17%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.48 70 0.5 Freq(%) 35 (50%) 32 (46%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 70 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 8 (11%) 25 (36%) 35 (50%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.39 70 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 7 (10%) 26 (37%) 36 (51%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.41 70 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (4%) 4 (6%) 23 (33%) 38 (54%)
6. I learned a good deal of factual material in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 70 0.95 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 3 (4%) 8 (11%) 19 (27%) 37 (53%)
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  
3.57 70 1.08 Freq(%) 2 (3%) 7 (10%) 29 (41%) 13 (19%) 19 (27%)
8. My opinions about some topics changed because of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.09 70 0.95 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 3 (4%) 13 (19%) 24 (34%) 28 (40%)
9. The instructor explained the writing requirements clearly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 70 0.9 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 2 (3%) 8 (11%) 20 (29%) 38 (54%)
10. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.51 70 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 6 (9%) 19 (27%) 44 (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  
4.59 70 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (3%) 2 (3%) 19 (27%) 47 (67%)
12. The instructor's feedback about my writing helped me become a better writer.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.55 70 0.99 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 5 (7%) 35 (50%) 11 (16%) 17 (24%)
13. In general, the course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 70 1.0 Freq(%) 2 (3%) 2 (3%) 9 (13%) 19 (27%) 36 (51%)
14. The writing assignments helped me understand the course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 70 0.98 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 3 (4%) 13 (19%) 19 (27%) 34 (49%)
15. Reading assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 70 1.06 Freq(%) 2 (3%) 3 (4%) 17 (24%) 18 (26%) 29 (41%)
16. The exams cover the reading assignments well.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.21 70 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (3%) 13 (19%) 23 (33%) 32 (46%)
17. Exams are reasonable in length and difficulty.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 70 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (3%) 10 (14%) 24 (34%) 34 (49%)
18. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
I liked the LBC research because I was able to really learn about how linguistic research would be done and I learned a good amount of my family history on both my Korean and Japanese side of the family.
Being able to learn at my own pace.
We can take the quizzes on our own time and on our own pace.
set your own pace
Easy
Learn at own pace, and that you can potentially finish the course material within the first week of classes
Being able to work at my own pace.
The free-ness of it.
I thought the Language Reports, which required us to look in depth at the history and present-day prospects of a language, were the most interesting part of the course.
I enjoyed the language reports
It was at my own pace.
I like the self-paced section of the course.
going at my own pace and not having to come in for a lecture
I liked that I could learn at my own pace.
I liked how this linguistics class was self mastery so there was a deadline, but the pace you read at depended on how fast I wanted to go.
The History part was the most fun for me.
I did not enjoy this course.
I really liked not having lectures.
I like that I can learn at my own pace
I liked that you can learn at your own pace. I could go to the room and take the tests whenever I had time or when I decided to.
I like the way that I can complete the quizzes and language reports at my own pace. Plus, the readings were interesting.
Not having to show up for a specific class time was nice. Sometimes I don't have enough time in my schedule for a set class time every MWF or TR, so this class was very flexible in that sense.
I liked that we could work at our own pace. Terrell was very easily accessible and sent out updated emails frequently.
I loved this class out of all my classes. I really enjoyed the readings and how we were able to take the quizzes on our own times. This class makes me really want to learn and I wish more classes were like this.
I really liked how this was a self taught class. I was able to work more and focus on my lecture classes but at the same time I had a lot of free time between those classes so I could go In and take my tests.
I like learning on my own at my own pace. Teacher was friendly and still communicated with students and was also very willing to help when struggling with some of the materials.
I liked that I could learn the information at my own pace.
The fact that this course tied well with my busy schedule. I was able to come in and take quizzes when I wanted to within the time limit for the testing center. The readings were quite interesting and Jake was super friendly!
I loved the readings, Language Death was insightful, opened up my mind to new aspects of language.
I really like the fact that this was a mastery course that allowed each student to move at their own pace throughout the semester.
How we get to do things our own pace.
Working at my own pace.
I like that I can go at my own pace in the course. I also like the gates because it keeps people on track instead of waiting until the end of the semester to do all of the quizzes.
quizzes
The aspects that i like best about this course is the rewards. if you put in work as a student and do the reading and all that is asked, you are rewarded with fair grading. In the fact that this course is self-study, i learned an abundance of information. How the course is designed with the foundation quizzes and the following of quizzes of different themes, allows the student to learn all perspectives of language endangerment.
very helpful when you don't know the answers.
Being able to study at my own pace.
Online exams
I like going at my own pace. Work can get in the way at times so its nice to know that as long as you can get your work done, it can get done at your own pace.
I enjoyed completing the language reports. Very interesting and insightful.
I liked that since it was available online, it was easy to work around with my schedule. Also, I like how the grading works. It was just the right amount of work to not overwhelm a student, but to keep them on their toes.
The flexibility of the course.
Understanding how this course works took a while but I feel that it is a very fair system overall.
I have never taken a self taught class so this was the first time for me and I loved it. It really helps you make sure you keep track of what you do and make sure you make time for everything.
I liked being able to take a course that fits my schedule
You are free to learn and complete the content at your own pace. Having the course as a self- study allowed me to fit it in to my tight schedule throughout the day without running into registration problems.
Extra Credit Options
19. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
N/A
Certain exams would be much more difficult than others.
The fact that we have to take the quizzes in the classroom, it would be better to take them online.
...setting your own pace was my downfall, haha
Lots of quizzes
I wish we had opportunities to participate in linguistic experiments.
The deadlines and Jacob never replies to emails. Although he sends out many emails, he does not reply to ours.
Some of the unit quizzes had questions with ambiguous language which would lead the test-taker astray.
the readings were very long
N/a
how fast I can lose time and miss my assignments.
nothing
I had trouble fully understanding which tests I should be taking and when I should do them by. I also never had time to participate in the LiC events so I thought my grade would suffer from this.
First Foundation quiz.
Everything.
I didn't like the book, Empires of the World by Nicholas Ostler. That book was really hard to understand.
Gates
I don't like how the questions on the tests ask about tedious details in the readings. I also did not like how the readings were 25+ pages long.
N/A
If we failed a quiz, it would be better if we were allowed to take another quiz from a different reading on the same day so that we could get more work done.
None in particular.
The readings were sometimes very long and some of them didn't grab all of my attention when I first read it, so I had to reread it.
That the readings were in three different books and I had to carry it with me.
Nothing really.. This class is way better than any in my major!
The tests seemed as though the information was pulled from minute portions of the readings that didn't seem pertinent to anything. The questions were sometimes unreasonably specific and didn't have direct quotations from the book.
Not much. Just the fact that after failing a quiz, it was not possible to retake the quiz on the same day.
Maybe the quiz taking and LBC because it was kind of hard to get out and do assignments if you don't dorm or have a car.
The amount of reading we had to do wasn't a heavy load, but it adds up when you have other classes on top of this course.
none
I didn't like the Ostler book. Syllabus was a little unclear with the requirements- I needed to read it throughout the semester about 10 times and still had misinterpretations.
I did not like choosing a language for the language reports. For languages that are not widely spoken, it was difficult to find enough information to write the report.
readings to LONG
The only negative and possibly unchangeable aspect of the course is the Lab times. I work at least 30 hours a week and am a full time student so the exam times can be difficult to fit in sometimes. However, i did find time and completed the course.
hard to reach deadlines with no motivation
Some readings were boring, but that can't be helped.
Some exams asked extremely detailed questions for lengthy 30+ page readings.
The length of the readings.
I least liked the language reports because it was so hard to find information for some of the languages.
I didn't like one of the required books.
The overall structure of this class was pretty confusing because of how complex it is and I personally had to read over the syllabus many times to fully understand how the class works.
The online tests were kind of hard to do because the readings were so hard to find. I found them on the library website but you had to request the book so I had to wait a couple of days to have to book sent to me through email
I thought some of the quizzes were a lot harder than others, and some of the questions could have been clearer.
I disliked how many of the quiz questions were simply the statistics that were pulled from the assigned readings. I feel that there should be more conceptual and critical thinking questions on the quizzes.
Turning in the assignments
20. What changes would you make in the readings?
I wouldn't make any changes.
Perhaps make some of the readings slightly shorter. Some were at a good length while others were a bit long, which made things difficult when it was time to take the exams.
n/a, was fine
More interesting readings
No Changes
nothing
The Ostler book is immensely dense and full of detail. Perhaps units based on the Ostler book could cover smaller chunks of it.
shorter
Honestly, nothing could make the readings more interesting.
it would be nice to make it shorter amount of pages.
nothing
I am not too sure what I would change because the readings were separated nicely by chapter, but it still felt too long for a 10-question quiz.
None.
Make them shorter.
Give more options for the theme units.
I would pick shorter readings
Make them more interesting
Nothing because the readings were a reasonable amount and interesting.
Some readings were very long.
None in particular.
I think making it shorter would make things more better, but then that means an increase on the amount of quizzes (which isn't that bad).
I enjoyed reading, I wouldn't make any changes. They were thorough and I learned a lot.
I personally did not care for the Ostler book. ALL of the other readings were good. For some reason, the style the book was written in or something was not appealing and difficult to understand.
I would make some of them shorter in length--once you have assigned chapters over 30 pages it gets hard to retain all of the little details needed to correctly answer the questions asked on the tests.
None. The readings tied well with the course and it was interesting. The readings made me realize of the dying and/or endangered languages throughout the world.
Some were slightly biased but the declination of language is an untouched but sensitive subject.
There's nothing that I would change
none
I didn't like the History quizzes. It took me all 3 times to pass my quiz.
Nothing
shorten readings
I would not suggest any changes in the readings. They are sufficient in length and provide solid information about the subject.
shorter chapeters
None.
None
None. The readings are great for information and stimulating.
Cut down the length of the readings.
I would switch the "Language Death" book to a more interesting book, such as ones with stories like "Spoken Here."
The chapters were a bit long, shorten them to smaller sections.
A lot of the readings were very technical and I felt that it was often too in-depth for me to understand (as someone who has little knowledge in linguistics). I would have preferred if we used less sources of information (for example, only using the books we bought or only using online sources).
Nothing
I think that the readings are where they should for the purposes of this course.
Too long for a little quiz
21. What changes would you make in the examinations?
I wouldn't make any changes. I feel that the exams were reasonable in length and the amount of time given to take it.
I feel the exams were fair and a good length, so I don't have any suggestions for change.
Gate system, allow procrastinators like me make up everything in the end...eh, sorry.
None
Have more online quizzes
nothing
Offer one or two more of the online quizzes.
nothing
None
can take the same test 2x a day?
nothing
It would have been nice if I did not have to acquire three different texts for this class alone.
None.
Nothing.
Some of the quiz questions were very specific. If the questions could be more broader, the quizzes would be easier to understand and complete.
Nothing
Not ask tedious questions
N/A
Some quizzes specifically required us to memorize words/phrases, which did not help us understand the material-- at times they only tested us on memorization. If more questions were about the general gist of the readings that would be more helpful.
None in particular,
I wouldn't make any.
The examinations reflected all important parts of the reading. I wouldn't make changes
They were fair. No changes necessary.
I would make the questions not as specific or have them be more prominent details of the books.
The fact that we couldn't retake the quiz on the same day after failing it. It would save time and gas :p
They were fine
None, I liked the way it was set up.
none
The quiz questions aren't general analyzations of the text. They are mostly specific details that are frankly quite hard to remember in a 30-40 page long reading.
Nothing
Make the examinations actually reflect the CONCEPTS that the readings talk about, NOT just random facts from the reading.
The examinations of the course were great. However, during the multiple choice, the option "CHOOSE TWO" answers would be confusing at times. Other than that, quizzes were great.
less detailed questions
None.
See # 19
None. The exams are simple enough to answer if you have read the material.
None.
I can't think of anything I would change about the exams.
The tests usually have a questions about small details where I rather have them ask about the bigger concepts of the chapter.
I felt that the exam system was very fair and I understood the expectations. However, I felt as if a good portion of questions were designed as trick questions that meant you had to read very carefully and possibly memorize some of the text. For example, there were a few questions that I found had multiple possible and very similar answers and even after going back to the readings, I still had trouble finding the correct answer.
Nothing
To allow people to show they truly understand the reading they were assigned, adding more insightful questions will challenge the student to apply what they have learned and draw conclusions about the content.
No exams were assigned
22. What changes would you make in the writing assignments?
N/A
It was a bit hard to find information for some of the more obscure languages (there were many of those), so having assignments that have to do with information that can be found a little more easily would have been helpful.
n/a, was fine. Questions were a good guideline.
None
No changes
shorter, possibly make acceptions for different types of writings like LiC, sometimes there really isn't that much to reflect or summarize.
Take away two unit quizzes and replace them with one more Language Report
nothing
None, they were very straight forward.
nothing
nothing
Nothing.
None.
Nothing.
The writing assignments were good.
Make them more reasonable. Research is difficult to conduct
n/a
N/A
None; they seemed manageable.
Nothing in particular.
I wouldn't make any.
I would have different writing assignments rather than having the same one for each gate.
Also fair. No changes necessary.
The writing assignments are not as difficult as the quizzes.
None. The writing assignments were simple and straightforward.
Those were fine.
Nothing
none
The LIC's and language reports were fair.
Have a resource that lets people browse through language based on its status.
n/a
I would not suggest any changes. the requirements are an accurate representation of what should be expected from a student. However, it might be fun and interesting to provide a new research topic to write about each new gate instead of a new endangered language.
none
None.
none
None.
I wouldn't make any changes about the writing assignments.
More direction in where I can research material.
Writing assignments need no changes.
Nothing
Perhaps studying 3 endangered languages is a bit too much. Instead of repeating the same process for 3 different endangered languages, student can choose to write about a thriving language and research how the language has become stable, spreading its influence, etc.
Better explanations of where to turn it in
23. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.17 70 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (3%) 8 (11%) 30 (43%) 23 (33%)
24. Other comments:
n/a
Very good course
none~
Jake is super easy to talk to about anything in the course. The class is graded fairly and I learned more than I thought.
It's not that this course is bad, I think I just don't fit the style (ie. Self Mastery). I thought I would be able to stay on track but no, I found it difficult at the end to find motivation to go in for quizzes. I think there should be more online quizzes available and more opportunities for LiC's throughout the semester.
If you could also allow for one gate to have a maximum of 7 quizzes that can be taken. Because some people are also taking other classes along with this linguistic class and sometimes during a certain gate, some quizzes can't be taken.
None
Professor Jake is an amazing teacher. He is really caring and kind to all the students. Always willing to help.
none
I really enjoyed this course and overall, it was a really great class to take.
MAHALO for a great semester and a life changing information and view on languages!
Loved Jacob, really easy to talk to and is down to earth. Plus he actually helps when you ask for it.
a very good class for linguistics
This is my second survey course and the format of quizzes and homework's seems adequate based off the reading.
This was my first time taking a linguistics class and it was very beneficial. I learned about a world problem, Language Endangerment, that i now feel strongly about and have formed my own opinion . This course has also contributed to a better understanding of my cultural and social psychology courses. Great experience. Great Semester.
none
Excellent course!
Jacob is a passionate and accessible instructor. He responds quickly to emails and genuinely cares that students learn the course material!
Jake is on top of everything and is always happy to help

Jacob Terrell: LING150B, Spring 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Linguistics
Course: LING 150B - Language in HAP: Unit Mastery Crn (Section): 88823 (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  
2.73 41 0.95 Freq(%) 3 (7%) 16 (39%) 11 (27%) 11 (27%) 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  
1.46 41 0.5 Freq(%) 22 (54%) 19 (46%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 41 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 8 (20%) 13 (32%) 19 (46%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.27 41 0.95 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (7%) 5 (12%) 11 (27%) 22 (54%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.32 41 1.04 Freq(%) 2 (5%) 1 (2%) 2 (5%) 13 (32%) 23 (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  
4.2 41 1.05 Freq(%) 1 (2%) 3 (7%) 4 (10%) 12 (29%) 21 (51%)
7. My opinions about some topics changed because of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.95 41 1.05 Freq(%) 1 (2%) 2 (5%) 11 (27%) 11 (27%) 16 (39%)
8. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Being able to work at my own pace and having some flexibility in exactly what chapters I read or what homework assignments I completed.
Learned much about languages that are not normally taught about or seen as relevant.
The course readings were generally very interesting and well-written. I generally enjoyed reading them.
Observing how linguists view language versus how natives might.
I liked that we were allowed to read on our own time and had the freedom to take the section quizzes when at a time most convenient to us.
The ability to do things at your own pace.
This course/textbook opened my eyes to the importance of linguistic diversity in regards to culture.
The most valuable aspect of this course was that it taught me time management and allowed me to work at my own pace.
I loved the reflections we did after visiting an event or museum. I feel that I was able to gather a ton of information and collaborate my ideas into my paper. I feel like he should have more assignments like these for homework's. My feeling also generate towards video assignments and a refection. I strongly believe that reflections help with our thinking and knowledge process. I love how he didn't judge our reflections, therefore we had no right or wrong answers, which is pretty great! I also love the cost of the book we read. The amount of quizzes are manageable, which helps as being a full time time student doing other classwork.
I think the whole course in general was really valuable. It teaches you how to manage your time well and how to work independently from other classes. Your grade is solely based on you.
I get to make up my own plan on how to study this course.
Reading about the various aspects of linguistics as well as learning about the history of the Pacific region was very valuable.
I loved being able to take this course at my own pace. The "gates" are an excellent way to keep students from procrastinating too much, but I loved being able to get ahead and finish the course early if I wanted to. The homework was also well-balanced, and I learned a fair amount from it. Most of the articles in the book were interesting, too.
the independent nature of the course that allowed me to work at my own pace
N/A
The book provided was very valuable in almost every section. It was filled with such a diverse amount of content in them. The professor and the TA's were very kind and helpful.
Learning more about how Pacific languages came to be greatly changed my views of languages in general. I learned about how origins of languages spread and how some were able to prosper or how others died out.
Self-paced quizzing.
I liked how it was languages of the pacific. It relative to me because when I read sections about hawaii or Hawaiian in general, I learned a lot more and it made sense to me.
The HAP requirement.
the knowledge acquried from this course
I can take quizzes whenever I am free. So it is helpful for my busy schedule.
Mr. Terrell's willingness to help students learn the materials during his office hours, and to quickly answer e-mails has been key in helping me to succeed in this course.
I finished the HAP requirement. I learned that I would rather sit through an hour long class and half listen than try to read passages that I am completely uninterested in on my own time. I learned to never take online courses.
I found that the aspects of the student being in charge of their own progress literally in when they take quizzes and when they turn in assignments was invaluable towards students, like myself, really pushing themselves to learning the course material.
The homework assignments
The outline for the timeline we should follow is very valuable.
I really liked the section on language reconstruction and the introduction section on the relationship of pacific language families. The charts made it very easy to follow.
I enjoyed learning about tty original language of the people that used to live on this island and all of Hawaii. It has made me feel closer to this place I call home.
9. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
N/A
Some of the information presented in the textbook (like vocabulary lists) did not seem completely relevant. Yes, they were needed for sake of examples, but a list of 30 words to review seems like a bit too much.
Homework assignments were not as valuable to my course learning as the readings.
n/a
The course reader was poorly written and there was no structure to the class at all. I do not feel that I learned anything valuable from the reader primarily due to the fact that the concepts were discussed in relation to languages I do not have any knowledge of.
The infrequent grade updates throughout the semester.
The homework assignments were not very informative.
Of course, since it was a unit mastery class, I had to learn the material on my own. This is a pro as well as a con because I find it beneficial to learn the material from an instructor who is physically standing there and teaching the material. However, it's more convenient because you can work on your own time.
I didn't like how we have to wait a next day to take another quiz. Some authors in the book wrote really poor, so it was very hard to comprehend. I had to ask the teacher to explain to me what was happening and what the huge ass vocabulary words meant. Also, i didn't like how different vocabulary words were used on the quiz compared to the book. That is were I got confused a lot.
It is easy to fall behind if I don't plan accordingly.
While interesting, I do not feel like I learned very much from this course. Because of the pace, this course provided me with an easy "A", but not much information.
N/A
n/a
Language reports.
There wasn't really anything I didn't like about this course.
Attendance.
N/A
As the professor said, it is easy to get behind and hard to catch up once you are behind. I had to be good at time management.
N/A
This course.
I found every aspect of this course to be valuable as every chapter was invaluable in learning the subject material of this course.
LBC
There were a couple errors with the answers for the quizzes in LING150, but I'm sure with a bit of time they will get worked out.
Not that they weren't valuable, but counting and honorifics were a little confusing.
I did not find anything too bad about anything in the course.
10. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.34 41 0.94 Freq(%) 1 (2%) 1 (2%) 4 (10%) 12 (29%) 23 (56%)
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  
4.71 41 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 0 (0%) 9 (22%) 31 (76%)
12. In general, the course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 41 1.12 Freq(%) 2 (5%) 3 (7%) 1 (2%) 14 (34%) 21 (51%)
13. Reading assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.9 41 1.18 Freq(%) 3 (7%) 2 (5%) 6 (15%) 15 (37%) 15 (37%)
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 41 1.09 Freq(%) 1 (2%) 4 (10%) 4 (10%) 13 (32%) 19 (46%)
15. The exams cover the reading assignments well.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.32 41 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 5 (12%) 15 (37%) 20 (49%)
16. Exams are reasonable in length and difficulty.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.34 41 0.94 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 4 (10%) 1 (2%) 13 (32%) 23 (56%)
17. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
As above, the flexibility with which I could complete the course requirements.
The way we can learn and test on our own time
The Unit Mastery format was very useful as it allowed me to do things at my own pace. I was able to work on my quizzes when my other classes were not so demanding.
Learning more about pacific languages
I liked that we were allowed to read on our own time and had the freedom to take the section quizzes when at a time most convenient to us.
The ability to do things at your own pace.
I liked how easy and assessable it was to take the quizzes and progress through the units at my own pace.
Being able to work ahead and finish the quizzes early is great about the course, and one of the primary reasons why I chose this class as my elective. The grading system is clear and easy to follow. I also like how grades are regularly updated and I can clearly see what my current grade is.
I liked that I could work at my own pace, during my own time. It was very convenient to read the chapters from home and take the quizzes during my breaks.
I also love the cost of the book we read. The amount of quizzes are manageable, which helps as being a full time time student doing other classwork. I love how our teacher was helpful if we didn't understand what the passages meant.
I liked the fact that this course was like independent study. It helped me manage my time better and take responsibility for my grade.
The unit mastery aspect of this course allows me to work at my own pace. This is especially helpful for science majors that need to take multiple 4-hour labs during the week.
I get to take the quizzes whenever I like before the deadline.
I liked the fact that I could complete the course at my own pace.
Being able to go at my own pace was wonderful.
Self-paced.
I really enjoyed taking the course at my own pace without the pressure of daily or weekly deadlines. It gave me discipline to do homework in a timely manner.
I liked that we were able to work at our own pace to complete the specified coursework and that we were given options to do so, alongside.
I liked how it was a self taught course and I would be able to go in between classes on my breaks and still have time to work but also focus on attending me lecture classes.
no lecture, read and take quizzes at own pace with a set deadline.
Did everything when I wanted to.
Everything was at our own pace
There are three chances to pass each unit. So I feel relatively relax.
that is satisfied a Gen Ed requirement.
The aspect of the course I liked the best was being able to learn the material and take the quizzes at my own pace. During times when I had other exams I could make up the quizzes at another time when things weren't as hectic. This made the course both interesting and convenient.
I liked the aspect of really taking charge of your own studies within your own time to be the best aspect about his course. Providing a test center, online homework submissions, online quizzes, and LMC opportunities are what I found to be so appealing about LING 150.
I liked having choices of chapters to take, and homework assignments to do.
Self paced, and that it was easy to get a hold of the instructor if nessessary.
I like unit mastery courses as a whole. They are very convenient and suit my overloaded schedule. Very easy to follow. More introductory courses should be offered in this format (math, logic, anthropology, bio, etc) especially the auditorium style classes. It would have allowed me to finish more courses without time conflicts.
The layout is very similar to all of Professor Terrell's other classes, so it was very easy to follow. Another plus is that the textbook was very affordable.
18. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
N/A
The instructions for homework assignments were not completely clear.
Homework assignments were not as valuable to my course learning as the readings.
n/a
Again, the reader was poorly written. I also did not like that we had to physically attend the lab for the quizzes.
The infrequent grade updates throughout the semester.
The extra assignments were inconvenient.
I wish there were more options for the homework assignments. Instead of doing additional research, I would've liked to have written a reflection about the course material or something of that sort.
I didn't really like that we had to wait a day to retake an exam. I understand why, but it would just be more convenient if we could retake it on the same day.
I don't like how he doesn't answer his office phone. I don't like how we only have 9-2pm to take quizzes I feel like it should be longer. I don't like how we have go wait the next day to retake a quiz from the same chapter. it takes a lot of time out of my day and can be difficult to manage while taking 15 credits = full time student. I feel like the TAs can be more helpful, they act like they can't explain to us what a passage means or what the question is asking although Jake is very great at doing that!! I feel that some chapters are extremely long so its very difficult to know what to remember for the 10 question quiz :(
None. The class is perfect the way it is.
The information, while interesting, was quickly forgotten.
N/A
I disliked the homework assignments. They are a change of pace from the quizzes that make up a majority of the course grade. Although some are simple, some require a lot of time.
n/a
There wasn't anything about this course that I didn't like.
Doing homework.
I wish the testing center would close later.
N/A
The homework assignments are really long. I feel like half of the amount should suffice.
I realized that I have to memorize a lot of numbers and figures that seem less important than other facts that were not on the quiz.
Having to come in to this room all the time. And the multiple choice. I hate multiple choice.
I liked all the aspects regarding this course.
None.
Occasionally, I disagreed with the question or answer on a quiz. He was available to contact via email, but it was just easier to retake the test.
I like everything!
19. What changes would you make in the readings?
Including more in-depth readings about different parts of the Pacific, similar to the chapter in the reader on Micronesia.
Spell check everything; I laughed every time I saw the word language spelled "Langage".
None; I think the readings were interesting and of reasonable length.
Proof for errors/ typos
I understand that the class is meant to discuss Oceanic languages, the reader used a lot of vocabulary from the language that I was unfamiliar with and therefore had a difficult time understanding the underlying concepts.
none
Some of the tables of statistics were unnecessary.
I would make it a little more interesting. Instead of just talking about statistics, I would like to have read more about opinions and examples from people from different backgrounds.
I feel that some chapters are extremely long so its very difficult to know what to remember for the 10 question quiz :( Please fix this!!! it would be helpful
I don't think I would necessarily change the readings because the course was about languages in the Pacific. I just want to say it was sometimes a hard read but I was able to absorb enough to pass the quizzes.
None.
Change the readings every semester - it is far too easy to cheat in this course because of the repeated material.
None
Some chapters introduce material that was already introduced in a previous chapter. Examples can sometimes take up a lot of space from the reading.
Some readings could be a little more engaging. Most of them were good, but a few were a bit dry.
I really enjoyed these readings!! I wouldn't change anything. I was taking Hawaiian studies at the same time this semester and the readings for this class directly related to the material in HWST and it helped me in that class a lot as well.
Shorter.
Nothing
Nothing particularly.
Some of the language used (English) is unclear or may apply to other areas of the reading. It is slightly confusing.
I would replace them with regular lectures.
None
Only to the quizzes.
I would have liked to have more options for reading (similar to his 105), but I think this format also has it's advantages that it simplifies the course when you just have to complete the whole book. I think he did a great job compiling these readings.
I enjoyed all the readings, except the fact that the sound systems chapter was very extensive and the hardest to recall later in the testing center.
20. What changes would you make in the examinations?
N/A
Have the questions focus more on the idea of the chapter instead of the exact details.
Some of the exams had a lot of questions about specific dates or other minutae that were difficult to remember; the exams that mostly asked questions about the broader concepts were much more fair.
n/a
Because I work right after classes, I would have liked to have the opportunity to take the quizzes online, or have evening lab hours.
none
None.
Some questions are very specific and aren't really about the main points of the chapter. This forces me to memorize numbers, dates, and irrelevant facts that I don't think I should need to remember.
I would make the questions more broad- an overview of the reading for the chapter. I found that some of the questions were really specific, asking for numbers or names (when there were a bunch throughout the chapter) rather than general ideas.
exams ar good, I would say to rewrite the questions in a manner where we can understand because theres always weird vocabulary words we didn't see in the chapter, yet its used to refer to the same word. also questions are just written in a hard way to understand sometimes, i feel like he's trying to be tricky on purpose√Ę?¬¶ :(
None. The exams were sufficiently challenging.
None - they are fine.
none
The examinations are fine.
n/a
I wouldn't make any changes the exams reflected the important points of the reading material.
the quizzes are too detailed, sometimes it's hard to recall the answer because it's too detailed and maybe hard to find in the text.
Easier.
Some of the questions need proofreading.
Nothing
Put less numbers, more important facts.
The test taking experience is simple and easy to follow.
I thought it was really obnoxious having to come in. If all the exams were online it would have been way better. Also, so many of the questions were so niche. It would also be great if it wasn't all multiple choice. When I read a passage I look for the concepts, not the minute facts. This format of quizes was really a struggle for me because of this. Especially those questions that were like, choose 2, or 3, or all. Because those suck. Why aren't there any short answer questions where we can really show we understood the passage? I felt like a sheep on these quizes.
None
None.
If more/all were available online so that I could take them at home at my convenience.
Nothing!
21. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.11 41 1.05 Freq(%) 2 (5%) 0 (0%) 6 (15%) 13 (32%) 16 (39%)
22. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
It would be nice to have some actual lectures to go to instead of just reading out of a book. The course material was really interesting, and I feel like I would have gotten more out of it if I had gotten to discuss it or played with the information in a class setting.
Explain the homework assignments more in depth, or provide examples of what an incomplete and complete assignment is.
Some of the exams had a lot of questions about specific dates or other minutae that were difficult to remember; the exams that mostly asked questions about the broader concepts were much more fair. Homework assignments were not as valuable to my course learning as the readings.
n/a
A monthly lecture on each unit would have been helpful as well as longer testing hours. I also wanted more communication from the instructor. The department should consider online lectures if face-to-face lectures are not possible.
more frequent grade updates
Have more required contact between the instructors and students.
Include more online quizzes or at least have them be available at the beginning of the semester (starting gate one). Also, maybe introduce something new instead of the homework assignments that give students more options. Perhaps writing a class reflection on what we have learned (something where we can write about our personal opinion), taking three additional quizzes to replace one homework assignment, etc.
I think this course could be improved by making the retake available on the same day. I also think it could be improved if the quiz questions covered more broad rather than super specific questions.
re-word exam questions, make longer times to take quizzes (extend after 2pm, maybe have a room for night as well, like 5-8pm), have authors write more clear so we can understand the passage, and make TA's more helpful and welcoming to the students.
None.
Change the readings every semester. Keep the "go at your own pace" theme going. Maybe include more reading options?
It's fine already.
The instructor should give notifications when he will be out as there may be questions that would like to be asked in person. Syllabus could be clarified a little bit more. E.g, understanding that the online quizzes can replace a quiz in the book but are not mandatory.
n/a
More organization and communication.
I would like it if there more extra credit opportunities. Also it would be good if Jacob was available more in class so I could ask him questions next time.
Make less homework required. Have more online quizzes available.
Nothing, everything is very good.
It is easy for students to get behind. So the professor should send out more warnings to students so they can stay on the right track and schedule.
More forgiveness regarding the gates and missing gates for quizzes! Many of us who take this class are taking it for its flexibility, but there was not enough. It would have really helped if quizzes could be taken in the evening. For those of us who work in the day, having the quizzes available only from 9am to 3:10pm was not as flexible as we had hoped. Even extending the testing hours until 5pm, or crafting a schedule with testing days that alternated between morning, afternoon, and night testing hours would have been immensely helpful.
I wish there was at least a few seminars that we had to go to. A forum where we could ask questions and learn about the course structure and the course material would have been very helpful.
I really liked this course so it's hard to discuss what needs improvement about this course. Honestly, I didn't find anything that needs improvement in regards to this course as everything ran smoothly for me as the readings, quizzes, assignments, and overall related materials were all fine by me.
A few re-checks of the quiz. The course, layout, instructor, and content is all very good.
See above
I think the only area that needs improvement is the length of the text on sound systems. With that much information it was hard to know what would be tested and what to focus on.
23. Other comments:
N/A
Overall a good course; would recommend to others who need an interesting elective or FGB credit.
n/a
The instructor-student relationship and communication was very poor. I only received a few emails from my instructor at the beginning of the semester, and as soon as peer evaluations were due, I started to received daily emails. I realize the university instructors are busy, but I feel this instructor could have been a little more interactive in the semester's lessons. For example, the instructor's choice of textbook makes me wonder whether he actually read the material himself. The reader was poorly designed would only be of value to someone who actually spoke the languages, or had some previous exposure to the languages. There at least should have been an introductory lecture in which the instructor gave a face-to-face explanation of the course, a brief overview of the languages and geographical areas we would discuss throughout the semester, and expectations and outcomes of the course. Overall, I don't think this was a valuable course and I think I would have benefited from fulfilling my HAP requirement elsewhere.
none
Jake is a great instructor. Even though he doesn't teach us the material, he's always available to help and easy to get in touch with. He's a really nice, understanding person who is easy to talk to and always says hi!
jake you're amazing you deserve a raise. I log show you truly show that you care about the students and that were all on take passing. I love how open you are to confront and overall you're a good person. I wish more teachers cared about their students and their grades like you do. Thank you for that. Your caringness has made me work harder in class. Please teach more courses!! I love your teaching style as well :)
I really enjoyed this class. I took LING 105 my first semester at UH and that's really what brought me to take LING 150B. Jake is a really good instructor and very good at communicating and sending reminders for people to take the quizzes and to make sure everyone is on track. If I could I would take more classes like this but there's really no need for me to anymore after this course.
Loved Jacob's beard.
N/A
Professor Terrell is very knowledgable and always willing to clarify information.
Course was easy. Don't care if I learned anything.
N/A
Nothing particularly.
The beginning of the semester was very confusing. There was very little corresponance from Jacob and many of my friends and I were very lost as to what the requirements were. By the end of the semester Jacob was spamming us with emails asking us to complete this survey. He seemed more concerned with feedback about the course than actually helping us through the course.
None
Thanks jake

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?
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 independence of work
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.
The actual readings were the most valuable thing to me. I learned a lot from this course.
I think I learned the most from the readings, and for the most part, they were pretty interesting.
The direct connection to Hawaii and the Pacific. I have a greater appreciation for linguistics now.
Learning about the Oceanic languages
Less time consuming
How the course tied everything together to make sense in the end.
The content in the reader was very enlightening.
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 different langauges and their differences
The ability to complete the course at my own pace.
the LIC
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.
The course is very well structured and gives students the hope and possibility to succeed as long as they put in the effort.
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 reading
The fact that I live in the pacific helped me become more aware of the different cultures that are around me.
being able to be self taught
The LiC opportunities: very interesting and I would have never participated in them if it wasn't for this course.
Ability to work at one's own pace. Magnitude of information covered.
Its great to learn about the languages that existed around the pacific islands.
everything
9. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
The format style of quiz taking for the units
N/A.
I didn't really care for the three homework assignments because I didn't feel they were as effective in teaching me about linguistics.
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.
n/a
none
nothing, liked the course greatly as a whole.
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.
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.
repetitive
None.
the quizes
Nothing comes to mind.
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.
A couple of the available homework assignments were a bit confusing to do.
the essays
Learning about the history of the different parts of the pacific.
to much languages!
LBC aspect
Sheer repetition of information.
they all interlinked in some shape or form, so I can't say anything was least valuable
writing
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?
The quizzes were simple yet asked specific questions to make sure I understood the material I was reading.
7/10 to pass
The independence of work
Ability to learn on own pacing and take exams on available time to fit my schedule.
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.
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.
I enjoyed learning about the diversity that actually exists in the Pacific.
n/a
Could manage your own time to study
how the course ties everything together from the past.
I really liked the learn at your own pace.
The constant communication and reminders from the teacher to keep up with our work and keep trying hard.
Being able to take the tests at my own pace was great because I was able to complete the class early.
interesting
Learning in great detail about different aspects of communities and cultures around Oceania.
the freedom and it allowing me to go at my own pace
Being able to learn and take tests at our own pace while having set dates to make sure we are on track.
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.
The fact that I could do everything at my own pace.
the readings
I liked how I could work at my own pace and the quizzes were not that difficult to pass.
that it was self taught
Ability to choose readings in topics that were enjoyable.
Its a do it on your own time, and its not particularly hard to pass this class at all.
I liked the unit quizzes
18. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
I didn't find anything that I liked the least.
None
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.
I disliked the LBC because I put it off to the last minute.
The homework assignments.
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
The gate the limit me to go back to take more chapters
nothing that i disliked
Overall I liked the course.
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.
THE TESTS WERE SO HORRIBLY DESIGNED
There were times throughout a few of the readings (I cannot remember which ones exactly) where the content felt a bit repetitive.
the quizes
The online tests were a little more on the difficult side. The articles were quite lengthy for the amount of questions on the test.
Just one of the chapters were confusing and I was unsure of what to study and remember for the quiz
I hate reading.
the essays
I didn't like how the class is so far from any other classes I have.
i didnt get to choose the languages i learned about
Boring readings.
Nothing really
the writing assignments felt irrelevant
19. What changes would you make in the 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 color
Some of the readings are difficult to read and understand due to grammatical errors.
I would add just a couple of readings on the younger generation in these specific areas.
None. I thought the readings were interesting and I liked the fact that there were different categories of readings.
Not much. Just some of the wording
Some where uninteresting...took me forever to read.
none
nothing, the readings tied everything together from all of pacific history.
Maybe shortening some of the longer readings.
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.
The sections involving sound systems were a bit confusing and difficult, so I decided to pick another chapter to do instead of that one.
more clean
Make it less repetitive in some sections of the readings.
none
Many of the readings have grammatical errors.
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.
more reader friendly
none.
being able to read about languages that interest you
Give the opportunity to only complete readings in particular subjects that each individual enjoys.
I felt some pdfs felt kind of off in pages, like the origins of pidgins pdf page 265-267 were the same exact thing
nothing. the readings were easy to understand and interesting
20. What changes would you make in the examinations?
None. The examinations and the examination process is smooth and very doable.
Maybe to make some of the. Not as nitpicking about the details especially on the longer passages.
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.
N/A.
None. They were short, simple, and really reflected the readings.
None. I thought it gave students a very fair chance to do well in the course.
exams where great!!
none
Make the questions less tricky and the answers more straightforward.
None, I like the way they were handed out and thought the info on them was fair and a reasonable length.
completely redo them the test maker should really sit down and look at how poorly designed it is
I would remove the questions that ask to choose three (3) choices in order to receive full credit for the question.
none
None. They are fairly easy and cover the material in the lesson.
None. They were pretty good.
none
none.
nothing
None, exams were fair.
Nothing
no changes
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.
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.
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.
See 20
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.
Some of the test givers were extremely moody and rude.
n/a
nothing, e-mails sent on a regular basis to keep student up to date.
Overall it was a good course. The content was enlightening. I am glad I took this course.
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.
redo the tests.
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
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.
Better/more interesting homework assignments.
This class could improve by having maybe one or two meeting with Jake throughout the semester to monitor progress
its good how it is! at least for me it was.
Ability for students to have greater focus on certain material rather than a broad overview.
I feel that there could be more unit quizzes that could be taken. The writing assignment should be remade.
23. Other comments:
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.
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.
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.
none
Fantastic course. I would recommend this to anyone who had to fulfill a Hawaiian studies or linguistics requirement.
thanks!
N/A

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?
time management
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.
Regular updates on grades.
Learning in depth about oceanic cultures, I gained a new appreciation for cultures I thought I already knew about
Very interesting class.
The course reader was fairly easy to read through and understand
At least one person(TA) was there in the classroom to help. Learning about places I hardly knew about, especially the various languages.
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
The unit mastery course allowed me to work at my own pace.
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.
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 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.
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 class reader was very informative and the tests were very accurate to what we were reading.
Learning more about the Hawaiian language and culture.
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.
Self Study
Everything was valuable.
Learning about the language was interesting.
the part that explains why hawaii is so diverse
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.
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.
Students are allowed to advance through the course at their own pace.
I really enjoyed how, through this class, you learned on your own the differences of languages that occurred throughout time.
I really enjoyed learning more about the Pacific cultures. It definitely opened my eyes on all those topics.
The fact that it was a self-study course. I could go over the material and take quizzes at my own rate.
Nothing
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.
I enjoyed reading the chapters of the book and learning about a variety of different places and the languages there.
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.
The emails that he sends to keep us updated.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Quizzes were able to be taken in any order and your own pace.
the retake and time to look over the quizzes
Being able to read and understand the reading material and showing that by taking quizzes.
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.
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
learning about languages in the pacific
The strong element of the pacific region which is more relatable.
Understanding more about the Hawaiian language and its origins.
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!
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.
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 projects were the most valuable.
Learning of the difficult language ancestors throughout Oceania.
Coming in on my own time to take the quizzes
Learning about the languages in the Pacific.
9. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
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.
N/A
The material.
none.
None. Everything was coherent
nothing much
the fact that the online quizzes would not let you review the answers you got wrong after you finished them.
none
None
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.
I felt the maps in the course reader were not the greatest. They were better than nothing but could be improved.
Everything had value
Nothing.
The homework assignments were not helpful in understanding the materials.
None, I found learning about Hawaiian language and culture very interesting.
It is an elective and I don't need it for my major.
?
There is none that I can think of.
It is easy to fall behind.
I actually enjoyed every aspect of this course.
Everything
N/A.
None
I didn't think the homework was as valuable.
N/a
N/A
nothing. I really liked this class.
None.
N/a
Self directed classes are tough and can make me procrastinate easily.
None.
n/a
none
N/A
Homeworks could be a little tedious for amount of credit
N/A.
None
not having communication with the instructor
Language structures of other languages.
Really specific test questions
n/a
I didn't see any.
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.
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.
The really long readings (14-25 pages long). They were too long to actually maintain any knowledge learned.
N/a
I think the course was good.
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?
getting to take it whenever, online quizzes
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
I liked how students could set their own pace ahead of the deadlines and complete the course early.
The independent study.
Learning about how languages in the pacific developed was very interesting to me.
Was fairly interesting.
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.
One homework assignment for each gate. The outlining of each chapters.
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.
I liked that I could work at my own pace.
Being able to approach the course at my own pace.
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 liked that it was a self-directed reading course. I'd say all aspects of the course were pretty good.
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.
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.
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.
Self Study
You didn't have to go to class and can study on your own.
I like that I can go my own pace but yet be aware that I'm falling behind.
The study at your own pace part.
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.
(see above)
I liked how the teacher as well as the TAs were very approachable.
Flexibility
Nothing
How the testing center was available for a long period of time everyday.
1. I can work ahead 2. The book is affordable
Doing the quizzes on my own time.
Reading the book.
I was able to go whenever i want and there were online test available
LBC
We can go at our own pace
The online quizzes.
I liked learning about the different linguistic factors in the Pacific.
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.
can study at own pace and take quizzes when convenient
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,
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.
Taking the quizzes at my own time, whenever I was available.
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.
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.
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
test taken when students feel like he/sh is ready
I liked the reader because it was easy to read and understand. The tests for the reader made sense also.
Learning about different pacific cultures
Being able to learn and finish the course at our 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.
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.
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.
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.
The quizzes. I felt they had good formats and were helpful for people with bad memory.
The unit-mastery aspect made it easy for me to complete the course in a month and a half!
I can do the work based on my schedule, and there wasn't any class.
I can work at my own pace.
19. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
bad grammar in the reading, having to go in
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.
The quizzes.
The online quizes had very long readings.
Some typos in the online reading had been unfortunate.
A lot of reading especially the pdf files on laulima and not enough chances for LiCs.
none
None
none
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.
Homework assignments were often just busy work and non-stimulating.
None
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.
Writing papers when it's not a WI class.
Sometimes the reading is long and boring.
The confusing rubic, like the LIC and stuff
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.
(see above)
none
Wish the testing center closed later, like at 4:30
Nothing
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.
Doing the required homeworks
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.
N/A.
none
the room closed at 3
Quizzes and homework
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.
Nothing. I really liked this class.
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.
In the text for the class, there are numerous misspellings. The word 'Lose' is spelled as 'Loose' more than once.
none.
n/a
none
So much reading!
Homework
N/A.
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.
lots of reading
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.
The test room ending time could be later
A handful of the authors in the book made their articles really hard to follow because thy were unorganized.
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
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.
There were no chances to interact with other students.
The really long readings. I didn't enjoy reading them, and I felt like I didn't learn anything from those.
N/a
I like the course. I didn't find anything that I disliked.
20. What changes would you make in the readings?
make available online, CHECK GRAMMAR
Better grammar. Some of the chapters were full of all these languages and it made things harder to read.
Make them more interesting and less lengthy.
shorten the readings for the online quizzes only.
A page was missing in the online reading and was replaced with a duplicate page.
Add in a definition page for some of the words at the end...like a dictionary/glossary.
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.
none
None
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.
"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.
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.
No changes in the readings, they cover many of the introductory topics of linguistics in the pacific.
None
None
Make it shorter
More interesting topic!
Watch for some typos
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.
Many of the readings were somewhat biased, in my opinion.
Some of the articles were too long or detailed.
None
Chapters on Hawaii alone
Little shorter.
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.
Consistency please
Nothing. Just a quick spell check here in there would be good.
none
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.
nothing was really easy and interesting topics.
Some of the concepts were hard to understand if we didn't already have background knowledge.
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.
Refer to question 19.
none.
n/a
Few grammar mistakes.
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".
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.
None
make them shorter it was really hard to remember the information on some, especially the online quizzes
N/A
none
I would make the online readings and tests easier. The reader is much easier to understand.
Some readings were heavy on linguistic vocabulary that was not really explained.
Some of the readings should be taken out and replaced or revised for better understanding.
No changes to the readings, I found all of them quite interesting.
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 :(
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.
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.
Definitely keep the readings at "most" at 11-12 pages.
None
None.
21. What changes would you make in the examinations?
none
I would include less questions on dates and statistics
Make questions that ate more relevant to the general idea if the chapter.
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
Maybe add more questions. Instead of it being 10 questions, make it 20
Add bonus questions.
to let the person review the online quiz answers.
none
None
none
None
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.
No changes, they accurately test on the readings.
None
N/A
Nothing.
Nothing
nothing
Exams were great. No changes needs to be made.
None.
(see below)
None, the exams were easy as long as you kept up with the material
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.
Nothing
None
N/A.
none
none
N/A
I thought the exams covered what i read and were easy
n/a
None!
Exams were great! Not too hard, not too easy.
Good exams.
The examinations are fine.
none.
n/a
Nothing. Good because everything on the exam was exactly from the text.
nothing
Good setup and outline for the quizzes so no change necessary.
Some questions very specific, would like more concentration on overall conceptual ideas rather than nit picky details
N/A.
None.
make broader questions that are less specific to facts
N/A
none
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.
Nothing.
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.
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.
I wouldn't change them at all.
They were pretty good. Can't think of anything to change.
None, the examinations were relatively easy provided you actually did the reading.
None.
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.
grammar and readability of readings
Make better questions.
-quizzes that test the big picture -less quizzes -more LICs -no LBC requirement
more online quiz opportunities. also more LBC opportunities.
Typos
The homework assignments were a bit confusing at first
Give out highlighters. All my highlighters go out since I use it so much on the readings.
I don't think it needs to be improved.
I don't think this class needs to be improved.
The course reader can be improved as stated above.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 think the course is good.
Nothing much, it was very nice
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. :)
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.
Nothing
There should be no need for a testing center. If the course is online, everything should be online.
It's good as is.
This course could have more opportunities for hands on work or listening to speakers in this area.
I think a little leniency in the gates would slightly improve the course.
Handouts and/or supplements to give to students to take home and study.
Less homework and more readings and quizzes
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.
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.
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.
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.
N/A.
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.
none
Nothing that was not answered in the other questions
Other than some of the readings being dull, the course is great.
None! It's a really great course to take!
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).
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.
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).
I have no recommendations for improvement. Even though it was relatively simple, I did learn a lot.
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.
24. Other comments:
Fine.
Great Teacher and TAs!!!
I liked this course!
I would recommend the class if you are able to manage your time and not fall behind.
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.
Jake is such a nice guy! He's really friendly and helpful!
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.
None
N/A
None
None.
Jacob Terrell is very knowledgeable and friendly. He provides a comfortable learning environment where students can readily ask for help.
n/a
none
Thank you for a great semester!
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N/A
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.
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.
none
Good course!
None.

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  
3.58 12 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (17%) 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  
4.5 12 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 4 (33%) 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 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 8 (67%)
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%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (67%)
6. I learned a good deal of factual material in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 12 0.52 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%) 0 (0%) 4 (33%) 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  
4.42 12 0.67 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%) 0 (0%) 6 (50%) 8 (67%)
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%) 9 (75%)
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%) 4 (33%) 5 (42%)
13. The instructor has everything going according to schedule.
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%) 8 (67%)
14. In general, the course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 12 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (25%) 9 (75%)
15. The writing assignments helped me understand the course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (17%) 3 (25%)
16. Reading assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.83 12 1.11 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 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%) 0 (0%) 4 (33%) 5 (42%)
18. Exams are reasonable in length and difficulty.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 12 0.94 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (17%) 5 (42%) 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.
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.
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 really enjoyed that you could study and take exams at your own pace.
Most of the topics in the reader were quite interesting.
- 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!
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.
Unit mastery
Being able to work at your own pace.
Being able to retake the same quiz more than once and having to do less quizzes overall compared to when I took Linguistics 100.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
N/A
In general, I really enjoyed this course. I honestly have nothing "bad" to say about it.
Essay revisions
21. What changes would you make in the readings?
n/a
None, all the readings were really interesting and easy to understand
I thought some of the readings were fairly uninteresting, but it's probably because my interest in not in the subject matter.
Nothing, they were much more interesting to me than the readings of LING 100
Some of the readings were difficult to read.
I felt as if some of the readings were unprofessional.
None.
Some of the readings have no pictures where I thought pictures could prove helpful in understanding the passage.
N/A
Some of the readings were hard to understand because of the way it was worded.
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.
22. What changes would you make in the examinations?
Make sure all answers can be found in the reader
n/a
Nothing
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.
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.
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.
N/A
None
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).
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.
The writing assignments were fine, in my opinion.
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.
Having different TIs rather than the same one throughout the semester.
None.
N/A
N/A
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.
24. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.63 12 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (33%) 6 (50%)
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 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.
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.
Learning about language endangerment and the history of certain languages.
Time management for most, and then the importance of language management to revitalization.
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.
Eye opening in terms of world occurrences and the intricate importance of language.
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 topic
The information learned was interesting.
It is interesting to see how languages become endangered and what we can do to save the endangered languages.
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.
I was able to work at my own pace.
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.
I really liked taking the quizzes at my own time.
Having to manage your own time and keeping track of due dates and your grade
Reading the case studies were very interesting
The books chosen for the course were quite interesting to read and had a lot of useful information about languages.
the freedom to take quizzes
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.
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 quizzes
the language reports
The LiC and LBC also the online quiz
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.
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.
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.
The language reports.
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.
Language history
The books
The Foundations helped as a preview for the harder materials
9. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
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.
I found all of the aspect of the course to be valuable.
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.
none
N/A.
not sure
Some readings are lengthy and hard to understand.
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.
none
None
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.
not having enough reminders sent out.
There were nothing that was technically less valuable.
None.
I value every aspects of this course. This course is excellent.
None
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.
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.
None!
Some of the readings were very linguistics based, and the terminology was hard to understand sometimes.
the online sources
The LiC was technically not required but I feel it would've been more valuable if there were more opportunities.
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?
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.
Being able to test whenever I wanted. With my busy schedule this semester, this class was perfect for me.
Studying at my own pace.
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.
on my own pace
self-paced testing
Online quizzes
I love that I can study at my own pace.
I like to take unit tests at my own pace.
The ability to take tests on your own time and accord.
I liked that I could 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 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.
I really liked the quizzes because they were fast and easy.
being able to work at my own pace
The case studies were well informative
I liked how easily it was to go at my own pace and schedule when to take the quizzes.
the quizzes
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.
I like how there's different gates assigned throughout the semester. The fact that it is assigned makes sure that I am on track.
Reports
Being able to take the quizzes at your own pace
Nice TA's
I liked the self-paced aspect of the course. I liked the option of a variety of units to choose from.
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.
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!
I liked that I could go at my own pace, and that the testing center had such flexible hours.
The history and social aspects of language.
Some topics
doing it on our own.
I liked the Language Reports
19. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
I liked all aspect of the course.
There wasn't really anything I disliked.
none
N/A
not passing quizzes
Nothing
A lot of readings.
Nothing.
None
NONE.
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).
The essays.
not having any reminders or set rubric of how assignments were to be done
Everything was good.
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.
the language reports
Honestly, even thought he readings were not necessarily boring, they weren't so much fun either.
I like everything about this course.
None
Having to wait a whole day to retake a quiz
hard to switch books and to online material.
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 .
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).
I thought some of the quiz questions were quite difficult at times and were very very 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.
None!
Some of the readings were lengthy and it was difficult to remember the specifics of some of the examples used on the books.
Instructor's lck of care for students to succeed
how long the reading are for such a short test
I didnt like the amount of quizzes we had to do
20. What changes would you make in the readings?
It was weird to jump chapters in book to follow the foundations and such.
I found all the readings to be interesting.
More variety of concepts, and maybe some of them could be a little less in length.
none
I would even them out, some are a lot shorter than others, and they aren't exactly proportionally challenging.
?
Make the readings shorter?
More pictures would be great.
One textbooks instead of three.
Maybe require different chapters but then again, the course was very well put together.
None
NONE.
Nothing
More current or up to date literature on endangered languages...hopefully more research has been done on endangered languages.
omit the history part of the readings
Could be A little more interesting
I liked the Abley book but not the Ostler one.
make some shorter or include less chapters
Nothing is needed for the changes in the 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.
It's fine
Nothing
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.
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.
The book by Ostler was quite boring and hard to read.
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.
Most of the readings from Nicholas Ostler were more difficult and less interesting than the other readings.
Sometimes the chapters were too long. I would personally rather read three shorter chapters rather than one very long one.
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
not so long for each one since its only 10 questions
none
21. What changes would you make in the examinations?
Make more available online instead of just three.
The examinations are simple enough, yet still requires reading to pass.
Nothing. It was simple.
make more examinations online
None.
Issue with some wording of the quiz, makes it hard to understand sometimes, rarely though
Have more online quizzes
I think the exams are fair.
None.
None
Maybe provide more online exams.
Nothing
None
none
Exams were well written.
nothing
The examinations are fairly easy and straight-forward. They are not trick questions and therefore are as good as they already are.
The examinations are great!
Nothing
Be able to retake it that day
its alright...
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.
Nothing
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.
None!
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.
More questions about true issues & bulk of reading rather that. Small statistical nonsense
Be able to see the exams before you take it the next day.
maybe drop it by one quiz. other then that it was a great course
22. What changes would you make in the writing assignments?
The writing assignments has a clear outline of what is to be expected and not too long.
Nothing. They were easy enough, and interesting to research.
none
None.
idk
2 language reports, 1 opinion piece on how the course has impacted your world views
None
None.
None
NONE.
Maybe cut down on the number of questions.
None
having a rubric and an example of a paper that should be turned in
Writing assignments can be more detailed and difficult
The writing assignments can be pretty lengthy, however, they are very easy. It does not even have to be in essay-format.
The writing assignments are great as well.
They were good
Nothing
perhaps allow for peer review
None.
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.
The writing assignments are great!
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).
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.
Allow writer to be more creative to write about interesting aspects of the endangered language, people & culture
None
none
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.
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.
I can't find any problems with this course.
I liked every aspects of the course, I just hope they can offer more online examinations.
N/A.
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.
No improvement to course itself, but testing time could be open a little earlier.
More online quizzes because it makes it more convenient for the student.
I think the course is good the way it is now, it might be better to just have one textbook instead of three.
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.
I don't think it needs to be improved.
NONE.
I don't think this course could be improved in any other way.
More interactive?
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.
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.
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
READINGS!
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 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.
None!
More online quizzes would be helpful.
Greater instructor care to aid students. Syllabus needs revisable so student does not have to read 10 times referencing back & forth to understand
Be able to take tests anytime and open hours for the testing center.
25. Other comments:
Overall, a great class to professors and TA.
None.
None
Thank you!
N/A
NONE
none
Very excellent course! I would totally recommend it to my friends.
Thanks for the opportunity to take this course!!