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Instructor: John Sweeney

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POLS190, Summer II 2011
REL150, Summer II 2010
REL150, Spring 2010
REL150, Fall 2009

John Sweeney: POLS190, Summer II 2011

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Political Science
Course: POLS 190 - Media and Politics Crn (Section): 91199 (701)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.0 6 1.1 Freq(%) 1 (17%) 0 (0%) 3 (50%) 2 (33%) 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  
1.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
6. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 6 0.98 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 1 (17%) 3 (50%)
7. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Great class discussions.
I was surprised to find how much I really liked all of the films we watched in this class. I knew we were going to watch documentaries, but I didn't realize how many really interesting documentaries there were out there. I also thought it was effective how, instead of analyzing a film on it's own, we compared 2 or more of them together. They were all seemingly different, but it was interesting to analyze and discuss how everything is interconnected. Learning about future studies was very cool too. Other polisci classes tend to relate the present only to the past, but John taught us that forecasting different outcomes for the future can greatly help us improve on current issues. I also appreciated that this was a more discussion heavy class, rather than focusing mainly on independent reading/writing, because it really helped me see many different perspectives on everything we were learning. Having the class use twitter and google+ was also valuable. I enjoyed reading the articles that John woud post for us to read.
All the videos we viewed for this course were all very interesting and educational. I personally gained a whole lot of information from these films. It also really helped that our instructor was very interested in all the material so it was helpful to hear his input on things.
i believe the most valuable aspects of the course were the film/documentaries. the class discussions were also very significant to me.
The most valuable aspects of this Political Science course were the interaction and engagement that Professor Sweeney had with the class and his method of teaching through various demonstrations of media and politics were very intriguing. Ultimately, Professor Sweeney's class was very interesting and definitely caught my attention. A+
I enjoyed watching the films presented and then discussing the ways in which the creators of said films were attempting to influence the positions of viewers. In-class discussion also provided quite a bit of valuable information and insight from other perspectives.
8. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Everything was valuable. I really enjoyed this course. John always asked us for feedback about how we felt about the class so far and he would ask us what we were interested in learning.
A lot of us weren't very talkative; I feel like if students actually participated more, it would have called for very interesting discussions based on the material we covered in class. It definitely wouldn't hurt to add more assignments, like a one page response after a film/presentation or even writing down questions from the assigned readings. But then again, it's summer so it was definitely nice to have a more relaxed class!
i do not really have anything that i did not like about the class -great job sir, see you in the water.
N/A
I would have preferred to watch the films at home, if only because the course felt very short and having more time in-class for discussion and examination of the films would've been fun.
9. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
10. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
11. The instructor seems knowledgeable in many areas.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
12. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
13. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
14. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
15. The instructor adjusts to fit individual abilities and interests.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
16. The instructor makes me feel free to ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
17. The instructor was thoughtful and precise in response to questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
18. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
19. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.5 6 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (50%) 3 (50%)

John Sweeney: REL150, Summer II 2010     Back to top

Campus: Kapiolani Community College Department: Humanities
Course: REL 150 - Intro to World's Major Rel Crn (Section): 35147 (0)    
1. The course objectives and procedures were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 6 (67%)
2. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 9 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 2 (22%) 6 (67%)
3. The course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 0 (0%) 8 (89%)
4. The instructor knew the subject area.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 9 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (100%)
5. The instructor encouraged students' participation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
6. The course material was presented in a clear and effective way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 6 (67%)
7. The instructor provided a good atmosphere for learning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 7 (78%)
8. The instructor encouraged me to think for myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
9. The instructor graded tests and assignments fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
10. The instructor informed students of their grades on exams and assignments promptly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
11. The instructor demonstrated concern for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 9 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (44%) 5 (56%)
12. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
13. What are the instructor's major strengths as a teacher?
Religion and communication
His assignments are fun and informative, resulting in more participation from myself. Mr. Sweeney also clearly states his expectations for the course and grades appropriately. His non-conventional presentation of materials kept the class interesting as well as educational.
He knew his subject well. Very good articles/websites that were given in learning this course. He seems like a humble, generous, and patient professor.
he is open to questions and comments that other instructors may not be open to
Great teacher
14. What changes, if any, do you suggest to the instructor?
No,changes needed. He's a fantastic professor :)
I would like to see a more scheduled timeline for discussion postings so that students can plan their weeks appropriately.
I guess when giving assignments on the syllabus, to be more specific on his expectations. But he clarifies it later on. Other than that, he's a pretty cool Professor.
none, keep it up
15. How did the instructor show concern for students?
He was very understanding when dealing with laulima misunderstandings and thoughtful in emails and postings.
He'd always remind us about our assignments. He'd get back to us on a timely fashion.
always open for questions and discussions
16. Would you recommend this instructor to students? Why or why not?
Absolutely, FANTASTIC professor and offers a FUN class!
This class was entertaining and easily graded, I will definitely be recommending it to others.
Yes, to those who had English 100 or above. The work assignments had a lot of English formats (composition writing) that had to be done a specific manner. For a person who's below English 100, they might face some challenging times.
definitely! because he made religion real and enjoyable
17. What else would you like to say about this instructor?
I would have liked to have taken his class in person if I had known how great it was going to be!
He is a good Professor who taught me well. I learned/did a lot of critical thinking. I enjoyed his teaching, the students comments/participations, and this course as a whole.
mahalo for a great class and the opportunity for service learning at kcc
18. Other comments:
THANK YOU!
Thank you for making a class that I was not excited about into a very enjoyable experience, it is a mark of a great teacher.
Thank you for your patience, support, and sharing your knowledge to me and to the rest of the students in this course. Have a Great rest of the Summer!!!

John Sweeney: REL150, Spring 2010     Back to top

Campus: Kapiolani Community College Department: Humanities
Course: REL 150 - Intro to World's Major Rel Crn (Section): 33170 (0)     33571 (0)     34130 (0)    
1. The course objectives and procedures were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 20 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (25%) 17 (71%)
2. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.3 20 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 4 (20%) 8 (35%) 11 (48%)
3. The course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 20 0.37 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 3 (15%) 18 (75%)
4. The instructor knew the subject area.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.95 20 0.22 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 13 (81%)
5. The instructor encouraged students' participation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 20 0.37 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (15%) 8 (50%)
6. The course material was presented in a clear and effective way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 20 0.31 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 19 (79%)
7. The instructor provided a good atmosphere for learning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.85 20 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 1 (5%) 8 (50%)
8. The instructor encouraged me to think for myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 20 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 6 (38%) 9 (56%)
9. The instructor graded tests and assignments fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 16 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 5 (31%) 16 (80%)
10. The instructor informed students of their grades on exams and assignments promptly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 16 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (16%) 5 (31%) 13 (68%)
11. The instructor demonstrated concern for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.19 16 0.91 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 6 (38%) 13 (65%)
12. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 16 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 4 (21%) 15 (79%)
13. What are the instructor's major strengths as a teacher?
He'll explain if you have a question and he is really laid back
He isn't boring so you can actually learn from it. He makes you think and answer small things where you cant really be wrong, but it just helps you stay on the same page. Small jokes here and there to keep it from getting monotone.
He knows what he is talking about and how to go about on teaching religion.
he was approachable and easy to learn from, making the learning environment enjoyable.
He knows how to keep peoples attention. Ive never experienced a BORING class. I always look forward to going.
Overall, he was a great professor who balanced all aspects of the course.
John's major strengths were keeping a great atmosphere and keeping us all up during a 7:45am class. He's a funny teacher as well. He also knows how to make teaching fun.
He keeps the class exciting when he is teaching. Everything He teaches us is on the test so it was great to have a teacher that actually taught me when was on my tests. He is one of my best teachers I have ever had.
He knew the subject area really well. He also was entertaining at 7:45 in the morning.
He is very open to opinions students have, and very easy to talk to. He is very knowledgeable and it seems that he likes to teach!
can relate to students well, makes class interesting
His knowledge and wit makes learning about religion much more relaxed.
New what he was talking about and had a lot of information.
He is good at keeping to the course syllabus.
He makes it entertaining.
Really good at getting class to think "outside the box", awesome at encouraging participation; makes you feel there is no wrong answer. Makes class comfortable, fun to learn.
He knows his stuff
He explained things well and knew what he was talking about.
he was a very understandable and creative teacher using various types of assignments to relate the material in a unique way. he made learning a very old controversy and created a safe environment to express thought and reason
Prompt to class Used full period of time effectively Allowed students to express their ideas
He's entertaining. Keeps things interesting.
The subject was clear and up front. Mr.Sweeney went into depth into the subject of every religion subject we went over.
Great speaker.
I like his method of teaching, he always keep the class participation going. Its a long early class for some of us and he makes it fun by the way he teaches in getting us involved in class discussions.
Very organized with his presentation. In addition, I liked how he connected with the students whether it was trough music or showing various video clips.
Humor
He's very passionate about the subject and class was really entertaining. He had very creative, unconventional and fun ways of teaching. Also, a 3 hour class would normally go by really slow, but this class was so fun and interesting that it went by quickly.
He is very engaging during his lecture. He uses great examples and incorporates a lot of pop culture to better relate topics to students. He made every subject interesting and enjoyable which is why I never missed a class.
Giving us notes on our tests (exams). He makes references on current media culture as well as past cultures. He presents himself very greatly by setting up all the power points and explaining each topic to an understanding manner.
His ability to explain something clearly using interesting examples...
He knows how to make the lectures interesting and finds ways to catch our attention. He also goes into detail with a lot of the material he is covering so that we understand what he is teaching.
knows alot about what he teaches
He made own power point for us. It was very interesting and useful.
He knew what he was talking about. He wasn't vague. I like his teaching style when it comes to his power points being connected with his lecture.
Mr. Sweeney's sense of humor makes an otherwise potentially dull subject really fun to learn. His presentations were well organized, and his assignments made almost guaranteed class participation and discussion.
He does a very good job interacting with the students. Makes it easier go understand the subject matter.
communicating to the students
he made the class fun and interesting and i was able to retain information a lot better and easier
It was easy to see that he was really interested in the subject he was teaching, which makes it easy to stay in tune with the class. His lectures are done with enthusiasm and humor, making them fun, simple to follow, and simple to understand. He uses very good analogies, and the videos used were explained very clearly, making the class seem very real and relative in the world today.
Making students think. Asking students question so everyone is always trying to come up with another question or an answer. Presenting. Mr. Sweeney knew the lessons and taught with confidence.
He was funny and straight to the point
He always enthusiasm every time. Always active, being on time he is repectful.
knows subject very well.
He made sure that we understood using examples.
Mr.John Sweeney is a grade A teacher.One of the best teachers I've ever had.Really makes religion class understandable with a modern day twist.
John makes the classes very interesting. I enjoy they way he teaches because is it very fun :)
He is able to level with the students and make learning the subject very fun.
His major strengths are: having organized lectures, explaining topics when students don't get them and being able to relate the material
He was able to explain the areas covered in away that was exciting and interesting. He utilized videos and occasionally pop culture references to educate us,and was able to make all thematerial understandable.
Mr. Sweeney knew his subject well and made it interesting for us to learn. It wasn't just the same boring lectures we'd here all day but he added videos, music, and pictures to make learning more interesting.
14. What changes, if any, do you suggest to the instructor?
To slow down when you lecturing
n/a
none
N/A.
Teach more religion courses at different times, 745am was a bit too early for me.
I really don't have any changes for him, maybe just explain the test more the first time so we won't get confused again.
I don't have a suggestions to him.
I can not think of any changes.
I would only say that he should talk about native American religions, they seem very interesting.
None
None
The use of his online videos to the course content did not seem relevant sometimes. Find better examples.
No changes please, I feel other students can really benefit from the way things already are
nothing this course is good
Put more videos in the powerpoints so it's more intriguing.
I would add more south park videos that incorporates the material covered in class.
Answer emails Avoid changing assignment dates - it encourages laziness
none
n/a
I don't think i would have him change anything, just keep up the good work and keep doing what you do!
No changes but I do think that he should ask if anyone has any questions or comments during the presentation. Although I know he is pressed for time since the class is only once a week and there is a lot to cover.
none
Maybe uploading the teacher's lecture notes onto Laulima as well. It wasn't always very reliable depending on others to do it.
Kind of, sort of, slow down in speaking. I was able to catch up, but not all the time.
Maybe add more videos to his slides.
nothing, very good professor
I wanted to change slide more slowly
N/A
None
none
none. maybe just to not lecture so much
Sometimes when he asked questions to the class, it was difficult to understand what answers he was looking for. Maybe they could have been asked a bit more clear.
None.
none
Nothing!! everything in the way i see is well organized etc.
be more specific on study guides
Go a little slower.
I would not change anything.
NOTHING
class gets boring at times.
None.
make the classes a little more interactive
The class should have more group activities to interact with one another so we could help each other if necessary.
15. How did the instructor show concern for students?
He talked to you after class and responded to every e mail. He wasnt one of those professors that said, you missed it, not my problem. He tried to help you figure out the best way to get a good grade.
Gave extra credit, take attendance
he answered questions whenever needed.
He would encourage people to speak during class, always was easy going on due dates and is always available through email and office hours.
He was very up to date with ongoing (religious) events and informed us about a lot of them.
He showed concern by asking how everyone's weekend was. He also showed his concerened towards me when i told him how I was sick and didnt come to class. He asked if everything was okay and he told mee to get well.
When I emailed him about not being in class he would email me back. Each student has to take notes or do a status update on laulima so he makes sure that we are all paying attention.
He was willing to answer any questions we had. He also understood what it is like to be a student.
He was always concerned with how we felt on the material presented. Our opinions were not taken lightly.
By being available for students through Laulima as well as after class.
He is offering extra credit for doing this survey and he always ask for feedback about assignment due dates and such.
He was willing to meet after class and is very quick to response on the emails.
Gave extra credits.
Always available to answer questions; via emails, office hrs, class time
he gave extra credit
There were many extra credit opportunities, and he made sure we did good on tests because he gave us a study guide that had everything that would be on the test.
He goes though the material slowly and constantly making sure everyone has questions or understands what is going on.
extra credit and encouraging us to do the best on the test with studyguides we didnt have to make ourselves
He treat you as an equal, like student to student
He always make sure that we have our assignments done and he give chances to those who needed more time to get their class work in.
He sent an e-mail at the end of the semester to let students know if they needed to raise their grade, tried to arrange a temple tour for students who were interested and gave plenty of time to do assignments.
Besides interacting a lot with students in class, he communicated with us via email. He offered extra credit opportunities as well as styaing up to date with grades.
Addressing if any essays were done incorrectly and emailing for a revise.
Always seem to give out second chances..Post-pone due dates for assignments..extra credit assignments.
always making sure we are following along with him and if we need anything, he does the best that he can to help us.
by encouraging us to participate
He was talking interesting story about religioin
He allowed us to come up to him whenever we had any concerns. Also responded to emails.
Extremely prompt responses on the emails, even with last minute issues.
Always made sure e understood the materials through questions and examples.
he emailed promptly and gave suggestions and was very active in using laulima
He let us know he was available if ever needed.
Telling students of his office hours. Asking if there were any questions or concerns.
He gave us more time if we needed it
to understand about what religions really means, he also that know that everyone in our class is different. Every one in the class has different thinking about what others think about the teaching of religions:)
he didnt really but is course is pretty simple that its hard to fail his course.
Status updates to see how we were following along.
Mr.Sweeney always encourages students to participate without putting pressure on anyone.Always checking if the class was clear by asking if we had questions.
John would always ask and tell us that if we needed help to let him know! he was understanding and out going to everyone. He was fair to students too.
He would often ask if there are questions and would encourage discussions.
he helped you when you asked for it
He had one student per class posts notes on Laulima, so that when we do our exams, we had our notes and the other people's notes to refer to. He also had one student per class do a stauts update, where they could write their comments and questions.
16. Would you recommend this instructor to students? Why or why not?
Yes i would recommend him to student because you get to learn a lot
Yeah, its not bummer class. I learned everything i needed to in a short time simply payign attention in class.
Yes, he is a cool teacher and can make religion funny and jokes around about but makes you understand. And unless you can wake up early, i suggest you take a later class with him.
yes, because hes a good instructor.
DEFINITELY!! He knows how to make this subject fun and interesting.
Yes, he's a really great professor and I learned a lot and still had fun.
YES! i already recommened him to students. He's a really good and fun teacher to have.
yes, nice treats students fairly
Yes I would! He is a great teacher! I recommend people to take this course with this teacher.
Yes. This class was interesting and I'm sure having a teacher who is enthusastic about the material he is yeaching helped.
Absolutely. His classes our a clear and simple overview of the worlds religions. Very easy to understand!
yes, because he makes class interesting, and relates material to things students can easily understand.
Yes, it is a great course.
Yes because hes a good teacher and is organized.
yeah, because its a f un learning atmosphere.
Most definitely. I didn't just learn about religion, but I also learned more about myself....in a religious way. Its hard to explain; I mean he doesn't push any religion onto you, he just opens your eyes to what's out there.
yes, he knows how to teach this subject
Yes, I would recommend him to other students. His classes were easy, and as long as you took notes and understood them, you can do good on tests.
yes, because he teaches a very interesting and insightful class that will compel you to learn and think for your self, asking questions and at the end you will have more questions then answers.
Yes. A teacher you listen to. Cool guy.
His class is fun and contemporary. He incorperates things that realate to the now to keep things intresting.
I would recommed this class to students who want to know more about religion. More in detail than what we know.
Yes, funnest religion class ever!!!
YES!!! i want to recommend John Sweeney to any student that takes religion. This teacher got some character. I like the way he teaches. me and my two brother in-law take the same class and we talk about this class all the time after we're done with. he makes it fun. if it was someone else that teaches this class for this long and its boring? guarantee I'll drop the class the 2nd or 3rd week of school. he is a good teacher.
Yes because he makes it enjoyable.
YES
Definitely. He was the best religion professor I've ever had.
Definitely! His class was both interesting and eye-opening. I've learned many new ideas and philosophies which apply to more than just my college degree requirements.
Yes, he makes the class very fun with his power point notes and how he tries to get the students to respond to questions he ask, even if it seems obvious.
Yes..His teaching methods were quite presentable and understandable..He also makes the lectures fun for everyone.
yes. he is a good teacher and there is really never a dull moment in this class.
yes because he is an excellent professor
yes,because he explain a lot and very clear.I like the way using powerpoint to explain.
Yes. because he is very kind, and his class is very interesting
Yes I would. He is an excellent teacher and I enjoyed his class very much.
Absolutely recommended if you are intersted in learning other cultures and their customs. See the aforementioned questions
Of course. He is a really down go earth guy and is easy to talk to.
yes because he was fun and i learned a lot
Yes. Because he is interested in the subject he is teaching, which makes it easy for the students to be as interested in the class. His lectures are easy to understand because he clearly explains everything and openly asks if anyone has questions, and does his best to answer every question asked. The environment in the class was made comfortable and a laid back place to learn.
Yes. This class makes you think. There is no pressure for one to speak in front of the class, but he encourages students to ask questions. He encourages students to ask a question after he himself has asked one. That proves that the students are thinking about the lesson.
Yes
to understand how the study of religion is important etc.
yes i would. great teacher, young, funny, knows the subject very well. course is easy.
Yes, interesting class/subject/perspectives.
Yes this Mr.Sweeney is the best at what he teaches.
Yes, because his way of methods of teaching were very active and I liked watching all the different video clips he showed to us. I enjoyed his jokes too haha
if you are a busy student, i will recommend him.
Yes. He was a very fun professor and he made his lectures entertaining which helped me learn more.
yes, i would recommend him because he helps you understand the material by giving good examples
Yes, I would. He gave us good information about Religion, but presented it in a way so that we absorb it better. He also didn't have us use our books too much, and gave us most of the necessary information for the exam.
I would recommend him to other students because he made learning interesting and fun. He also knew his subject area well.
17. What else would you like to say about this instructor?
He's cool and funny, knows his stuff, too bad i cant wake up all that early for class anymore
Cool cat.
I would love to take another course he teaches in the future.
HE'S AWESOME!! I would love to have him as a teacher again.
I really liked his class and learned alot about different religions. and thank him for a good semester.
I liked the videos we watched. They tied in well with the lectures.
He is a nice guy.
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nothing
His teaching style is interesting....
He teaches good.
I think although he was a fun guy, his sarcasism may have confused me a bit because he was always so sarcastic that it was hard to tell when he was joking or not. Other than that, the semester in his class was great and I would totally recommend people to take his class.
I enjoyed his class a lot, i felt that i have left the class with more questions then answers and it is a god thing because i have more questions that i want to find the answers to and that there are always a big TRUTH followed by a little truth.
He lectures in stories. Gives examples so we understand. Attempts us to think.
:)very easy to pay attention
Maybe to check his emails sometimes.
I would like to thank him for all he taught that I've learned from his class. I got so much information and things that i have never learned before. mahalo!
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He's the nicest person as well as teacher, so I believe that even the most shy students would become interactive and engaged in his class.
He's a cool teacher. If he did other subjects other than Religion, I'd take it in a heartbeat.
no comment
very good professor!!
everything are good but sometime after you explain you turn pointpower to next page too fast cannot write everything.
I was very interesting about your class. Especialy, I like pictures and movies in your power point. And also, I like your talking about religion.
Loved his sense of humor! He really challenges students to think about the subject material.
im glad he was my rel 150 teacher
A teacher that i am happy i had the opportunity to have. And one i will remember having.
I like how very professional he was with presenting different religions. Thanks to him I am more open to other religions and can see beyond my own.
ummm, he is cool, treated everyone fairly with no favortism.
cool guy
Through Mr.Sweeney students really do take an interest in his class and share his passion for religion.
thank you so much
as a person, he is great!
18. Other comments:
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No....
I learned a lot form this class, this class made my eye open more towards religion.
I'm thinking about taking another religion class but will look to see if John is the instructor before deciding. I would definetly take another class if he's the instructor. Good Work!
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THANK YOU!
Again... รข??My country is the world, and my religion is to do good." - Thomas Paine.
No comment
Thank you for teaching. I try to get good grade in final exam.
Great class. Very interesting.
enjoying being in that class, been learning new thing through.
no comments
I truly enjoyed this class Mr.Sweeney made everything so clear. One of the best teachers. He makes you look forward to religion class.I learned so much through his class.Cannot say enough great things about this teacher and his class.

John Sweeney: REL150, Fall 2009     Back to top

Campus: Kapiolani Community College Department: Humanities
Course: REL 150 - Intro to World's Major Rel Crn (Section): 31352 (0)     31354 (0)     31355 (0)     32350 (0)    
1. The instructor did not speak clearly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
1.38 16 1.02 Freq(%) 13 (81%) 3 (19%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%)
2. The instructor explained course procedure. (attendance, assignments, grading policy, exams, etc.)
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 3 (38%) 12 (75%)
3. The instructor was available during office hours and/or via email.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 8 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (25%) 0 (0%) 10 (63%)
4. The instructor knew the subject area.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 16 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 8 (100%)
5. The instructor explained the course goals and objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 16 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (19%) 13 (81%)
6. The instructor was prepared for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 16 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 14 (88%)
7. The instructor encouraged students' participation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 16 0.54 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 5 (63%)
8. The instructor provided a good atmosphere for learning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.93 15 0.26 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 14 (93%)
9. The instructor encouraged me to think for myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 5 (63%) 13 (81%)
10. The instructor's way of teaching assisted my learning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 16 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 13 (81%)
11. The instructor graded tests and assignments fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 8 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 2 (13%) 13 (81%)
12. The instructor informed students of their grades on exams and assignments promptly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 16 1.03 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (25%) 11 (69%)
13. The instructor demonstrated concern for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 16 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (19%) 2 (13%) 3 (38%)
14. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 16 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 2 (13%) 14 (88%)
15. The instructor spoke clearly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 16 0.25 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 15 (94%)
16. What are the instructor's major strengths as a teacher?
He gave us good examples to help us understand what he was trying to teach us. For examples, he used cartoons, humor, and articles related to the subject.
His approach and style was very good towards learning. He incorporated videos, guest speakers, powerpoints, etc. Very funny.
Understanding his material, & breaking it down to bits where we as students could comprehend and remember for tests.
He can listen to others beliefs and not judge. He listens to everybody and tries to make sense of what they are trying to get at. He tries to get people involved in debates.
He was able to explain the concepts well. He made the class fun and interesting. He was also able to answer the questions asked during class discussion.
- utilized well researched material for lectures; ie. literature, news/current events, images - used a wide variety of media, including images, video, music, props - communicated information in ways that were interesting and engaging - presented content that was relevant and challenging to audience - humorous and interesting to listen to - took extra time to respond to questions that could not be covered in class time - encouraged student participation and discussion
Knows subject area very well, is very poised and composed, even in heated discussions. Articulate. Unbiased.
Teaching concept and applying to real life situation.
He has interesting teaching methods, and has a great sense of humor, which made the class more bearable to be in.
Master Piooner of power point.
I liked the way he took modern videos, music, etc... and incorporated them into his lectures. His lecture style kept me interested thrpugh out the semester.
The instructor made the class interesting with videos and audio. Knew the subject well. He approaches the subject matter in a way that is relevant to current events, pop-culture and audience understanding. Exemplifies a genuine passion and interest in the subject
the instructor's strengths as a teacher was that he was cool and not a mean teacher. his teaching style is the best by far in learning the topic that we are learning.
explaning BY COMPARING
LOUD, FRIENDLY, TEACHES WELL
well versed in the use of powerpoint and conducting the class with it.
His passion for the subject and political correctness for teaching a sensitive subject. He was fair with his information of religions and never put his own preferences into our learning. His powerpoints were always well organized, interesting to look at, and his integration with contemporary media (ie youtube, movies, photos, etc.) really kept the class interesting.
Fun, exciting, very good with words, very good articulation. Has a way of speaking that makes you want to listen and participate, and has the sense of humor to go along with his style of teaching. Not too funny where it's distracting, but not like, trying to hard where he looks idiotic. Knows his subject matter, and how to project it in a way that students will enjoy it.
Kept class interesting with power point presentations
very down to earth, controled the class at all times and was able to turn what could quite possible be the most boring subject into my favorite class.
able to relate to students, able to use present day issues to relate to things in the past, aware of current issues around the world, fluent in more than one subject
He is very good at making sure that all of his students are paying attention and making sure that we understand the material.
You could tell he really enjoyed what he was doing and teaching it to the students.
he is a very good and clear speaker.
He's young and knew how to reach a younger audience. His way of teaching was fresh and not boring.
John has the coolest videos in class related to religion. He is also well organized.
He is a good speaker and treats the students as equals. He encourages participation and makes class interesting.
Gave easy extra credit.
John Sweeney had the ability to make religion interesting.
He presents the subject matter in a fun, practical and entertaining manner. He deals with heavy subjects in a light, almost comedic way. Greatly entertaining.
He now only know what he is talking about, but also made it a fun and interesting to learn about religion. This is one of the classes that I actually couldn't wait to attend.
Confident.. Firm to his teaching..
The teacher was clarity on information, friendly, fun.
Encourages group discussions to more in-dept learning the course materials.
The instructor really knew the subject he was teaching, he makes it interesting with movies and youtube videos, plus the class has group activities and the instructor makes the class fun and very creative.
knowledge about the course and making sure that everyone was on the same page, making things interesting
He explains clearly each religion and made us think what's going on based on religious perspectives clearly and deeply. I can recommend my friends to take his class because everyone can learn a lot from his lecture.
He is a very good speaker and relates the material to where we can really understand it.
Mr. Sweeney is a great teacher, this class was my favorite class for my first semester in college. His strength was his way of teaching, I loved watching the different videos that portray religion, and every video was not boring or dragging.
He is able to incorporate his specific topic, and span it in a very worldly perspective; you find yourself open to so many options for learning. He is also able to use examples and stories to help better understand the material.
17. What changes, if any, do you suggest to the instructor?
No changes.
none. very good teacher.
none.
- tell more personal stories - more interactive group work, such as the futures assignment and the hands activity - more opportunity for student presentations or discussion forums in class; equal platform for students to share/contribute - especially those who are not inclined to be vocal
explain grading policy a little more.
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Nothing in particular. Just to keep doing what he's doing.
Nothing really, all is good in the A'ina.
None.
Wish that we didn't have to skip some of the materials that were suppose to be covered in class.
none...
i would suggest the instructor would do more group activity because i feel that if we do this we would understand the topic more better and build our people skills
NONE
none
Allow abbreviated forms of the powerpoitns be available. It was hard to rely on others to post notes for the class. And also make reminders of the articles being posted.
nothing, great course
Absolutely nothing
h is perfect for his subject
Sometimes notes are to fast.
He needs to respond to emails more promptly.
Should be more organized.
nothing, i liked his class.
None! He's wonderful.
None, except maybe let us have more time to write down the notes.
None
more outdoor activities
None
none
Nothing, it was a great semester. =]
More visual learning and even guest speakers.
18. The instructor was not available during office hours and/or via email.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
2.19 16 1.47 Freq(%) 8 (50%) 2 (13%) 3 (19%) 1 (6%) 1 (13%)
19. How did the instructor show concern for students?
He made meetings with people who were on the verge of failing and gave extra credit to those who wanted to take it.
answered questions when asked.
He always encouraged us to speak up if we had any concerns about what we were learing, or if we just wanted to ask questions. He also allowed us to email him if we thought it was more personal, replies in a promts manner.
He let you know when something was due. He asked if we have problems then to let him know.
He gave study guides for the exam and he offered extra credit opportunities.
- answered questions during class or during office hours - well prepared presentation - genuine interest in the course content - genuine interest in students' learning experience
communication
extra credit.
He'd always send us emails before test, etc.
By answering questions quickly and clearly also giving other students to put in their two cents into the topic descusion.
He allowed time for us to ask questions, either in class or anonymously.
Told us whenever assignments were due. He had students write any questions or remarks they had down and he would read and answer the questions in class.
the instructor didnt show that much concern for the student because a lot of the students were doing great in their work.
NOTES ON LAULIMA
responsive with questions.
He always encouraged our shy class to particpate. He asked if we had questions on anything before we moved on and he was always prompt to class.
Always gave ideas and ways to try and improve our grades.
By checking in with the class to see how we were doing
he provided opportunities for extra credit by giving us opportunities to go out and experience religious sites and was always there to answer questions after class.
arrainging an excursion outside of class to assit students with their assignment
Yes, he would answer any of the questions we had in a way we could all understand.
i think slecting random person for posting notes was avery good way to make sure everyone is participating.
He is always available after class to ask questions.
He asks for student feedback and actively listens.
He didn't.
John showed concern for his students by listening actively.
He asked questions and was always free to talk after class.
He made sure that he address any concerns that I had.
Reminded them of their work in class.
He said we could come see him anytime during office hours if we had questions.
By have class discussions.
The instructor informs students to email or make an appointment to see him. Plus starting of the class, we have class discussions of any concern or any question.
Not so much
Yes. He listens well what students say. And he concerns about perticipation of the entire class by posting class note at laulima.
He is always asking questions if we understand the material. He really shows that he wants us to learn.
For me, when i missed an exam, he talked to me on the side and help me take an alternate test that was half the points.
He gave students the opportunity to come see him after class and establishing an online basis to contact. He used the students as a means of helping others students through his note taking process.
20. Would you recommend this instructor to students? Why or why not?
I would recommend this instructor to other students. Mr. Sweeney is a great teacher. He just doesn't speak about the subject, but he opens your eyes and helps you understand not just what you are learning but about what's going on in the world.
yes, very good teaching style and good attitude.
Yes, his class is very easy to get a good grade in. The tests and projects are not very difficult to do.
Yes, I loved the fact that there was so many movies. It really helped us learn, visually. The music was fun too. To listen to matisyahu and learn a little about Judaism.
Yes. I learned a lot from his class and he made the discussion fun and lively.
absolutely. very relevant and stimulating presentation of content. will challenge your thinking. very dynamic speaker, communicator, person.
Yes, enjoyed taking the class and learned a lot about religion in a way that was not stressful.
Yes, highly recommendable, great teacher with clear understanding.
Definitely. Great atmosphere in his class. To put it in one word: FUN.
Yes, i would recommend this instructor to my friends because hes a down to earth kind of guy.
Yes, lectures were fun and he allowed us to speak our minds because there was an understanding that religion is confusing and it doesn't have only one point of view.
yes, he knows the subject well and approaches it in a way that is relevant to current events, pop-culture and audience understanding.
i would really recommend this instructor to other students because this is the type of instructor that would make you want to learn more and open your mind to things.
YES, GOOD TEACHER, GOOD TEACHING METHODS
yes, great teacher.
Yes, definetly. He gives a fair insight into different world religions and erally kept me intrigued with the material.
Yes. He's very good, and the class is fun and exciting.
Yes! Very easy goig and willing to work with the students to make the class more efficient
yes. by far my favorite class so far.
yes, class was informative and challenging.
I think it would be foolish for me not to.
yes .one of the best teacher i ever had.
Yes, He was clear about what he was teaching and also found ways to show how the subject was evident in modern life, which made it more interesting.
YES!
Yes. He is one of the better teachers at KCC. His teaching method keeps students interested.
NO! He was very unprofessional.
Yes, because he links religion to many of the worlds politics and issues that make it easier to learn about the subject.
He's young and fun. He presents material by way of pop culture and the media which makes it especially entertaining.
I definitely recommend this instructor to any student in all of Hawaii! I learned a lot.
I would do so. He's good in teaching religions stuff and he did not criticize religions.
Yes. Fun, friendly, and clarity on information.
Yes because he provides a great leaning environment and has great teaching methods.
Yes, very good instructor
Yes, becuase he is the coolest teacher ive had. Loves to talk and interact with the students
Most definitely.
YES I actually have recommended Sweeney to others already.
Yes. His class is very interesting and with a little dedication, is a fun and entertaining class.
21. What else would you like to say about this instructor?
N/A
love your class. very funny and makes religion fun to learn and his approach is different from many others. makes me want to learn more and want to come to the early class.
Great job done.
He is very funny and he knows the subject well. His stories were very interesting.
thank you. your powerpoint presentations and resource material far exceeds any other instructor i've had at kcc. i can see the tremendous effort and thought that has gone into your lectures and presentation. you do a great job at identifying the audience's point of reference on a subject and building on their understanding from there. it was a pleasure to be in this class.
Really enjoyed taking your class and hope to take more in the future.
Thank you for a wonderful semester.
I'd have to say, thanks for teaching me in a way that I could understand/connect with/remember. It was great to have such a sarcastic instructor, but not in a sense that it was damaging to a student's spirits.
Nothing much, i learned alot from your class. thank you
Great class, I'm happy I had a good profeessor. I thought a religion class was going to be boring,but John found a way to make and keep it interesting.
When we didn't get to cover soem of the materals i was some what dissapointed beacause i thought that all the material that you were going to cover didn't happen. you could have said to one the students to come see u after class and can dissuse the question she had on her mind. and cause of that i was disappointed not all materal were covered.
He made the subject fun and interesting with the different uses of media to teach us the subject. When asking some questions to include class participation, it sometimes ended up into students having a short debate over it, pretty funny. :)
love how you teach. i would like you to encourge more on the group activity.
NONE
awesome ~
He's a great teacher and i would take another one of classes for sure.
he's just a genuinely awesome guy.
I'm really glad I was able to be in his class. He was an awesome teacher.
Thanks for everything I've learned a lot in your class about a lot of different religions/ ? questionable religions.
Lame and some-what offensive jokes.
Nice guy who knew his material and made class fun.
amazing!
Awesome!
Good class to be in if you do religion.
None
Nice guy, lots of pottential, has his head on straight, and love his views on religion and life in general
Thank you so much. I am so happy that was able to learn a lot from you
He's a great teacher and i wouldn't mind taking another one of his classes if he's teaching another subject.
Great instructor, made the class very interesting.
nothing.
22. The instructor actively listened to students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 16 0.54 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 2 (25%) 14 (88%)