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Instructor: Brian Hew

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BIOL275, Spring 2015
BIOL275, Fall 2014
MICR130, Spring 2014
MICR130, Fall 2013

Brian Hew: BIOL275, Spring 2015

Campus: Kapiolani Community College Department: Math & Science
Course: BIOL 275 - Cell and Molecular Biology Crn (Section): 33377 (0)    
1. The course objectives and procedures were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 17 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (24%) 13 (76%)
2. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 17 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 14 (82%)
3. The course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 17 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 6 (35%) 10 (59%)
4. The instructor knew the subject area.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 17 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 17 (100%)
5. The instructor encouraged students' participation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 17 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 14 (82%)
6. The course material was presented in a clear and effective way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 17 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 3 (18%) 12 (71%)
7. The instructor provided a good atmosphere for learning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 17 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 15 (88%)
8. The instructor encouraged me to think for myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 17 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 15 (88%)
9. The instructor graded tests and assignments fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 17 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 3 (18%) 13 (76%)
10. The instructor informed students of their grades on exams and assignments promptly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 17 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (24%) 13 (76%)
11. The instructor demonstrated concern for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 17 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 15 (88%)
12. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 17 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 14 (82%)
13. What are the instructor's major strengths as a teacher?
Brian, you are a fantastic educator, not just a teacher. You're willingness to help us and explain things in different ways really helped myself and my classmates learn the material. This is a difficult class but Dr. Hew, you took the stress out of it and focused on us actually learning and thinking independently instead of being solely focused on tests and exams. You're brilliant in your field and I'm glad I had the chance to work with you this semester. Thanks again.
Brain Hew is extremely kind and encouraging. always accessible for help, and really encourages his students to think outside of the box, relating real life situations to the concepts covered in class. Really applies concepts learned to "the real world." Very helpful, always willing to help the students, easily approachable.
His knowledge and good attitude. Eagerness to encourage students and drive them.
Dr. Hew really stepped in the students' shoes and was accepting of any schedule changes and was really accommodating if we weren't able to make it to take any exams/ quizzes.
Professor Hew is flexible with the times to take test. I can honestly say if he didn't give us an extra day here and there I wouldn't be getting an A right now in his class.
He's young. And likes beer. We didn't consumer any beer together though.
He is the kind of professor who has dedicated his life to his craft, so to teach this class plays to his strenth.
Very knowledgeable regarding the course work and helps to break the material down in a way where most to all of the students can understand it.
Encouraging discussion and stimulating students to think insightfully about the subject and form opinions about controversial topics.
Entertaining! Very well versed in the subject matter.
He knew a lot about the subject, and was available to students during office hours, online, and email which was quite useful.
Dr. is extremely knowledgeable in his subject matter and honesty cares about his student's success in this course.
Dr. Hew is great at connecting with students which makes learning much easier. He makes class fun to go to and encourages us to do as well as we can in class.
Dr. Hew is very passionate about the topic of molecular biology. He is also very knowledgeable. His major strength as a teacher is that he motivates students. At least for me, his effort and care made me want to try harder in class.
He is the first teacher I've had who effectively implements the flipped classroom approach. His recorded lectures are useable references for covering exam material. They are also concise enough. They do not disrespect your time. He uploads a lot of animations/visual content on to laulima that I found very helpful. His in class lectures are a good mix of participation/exercises and content delivery. Since he also works in the private sector as a molecular biologist, he brings an industry perspective which KCC students are not often exposed too and that is valuable.
Building and maintaining a warm, successful learning classroom environment. His ability to relate to the students and to use a variety of methods that incorporate other disciplines as well. Patience and being flexible! Being prepared and organized at all times. I like his ability to be flexible and teach in different situations, such as in-class and online lectures. Class was very interactive and participation in group discussions was very helpful.
14. What changes, if any, do you suggest to the instructor?
Not a damn thing.
This course went WAY too fast. As an engineering student I take other challenging course at UH Manoa, however this class took up the most of my time and effort. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but even I felt like the learning pace was too fast, especially towards the second half of the semester. I found myself constantly drowning in work for this class, a chapter per lecture, 3 chapters/extensive outlines due over the course of a week and a half, a quiz and a bio informatics project practically every week and a half. The quiz's aren't your typical quizzes either, they are very in depth (similar to taking a short midterm). It was a tell tale sign that we were going too fast because he would not have time to go over and lecture about each chapter in class, and instead always ended up sending us the second half of the chapters via email to go over ourselves alone. To his defense, he was always willing to answer any in depth question via email, which I really appreciated.
EASIER on the proteins!
Speak a little louder..? The classroom's ac and other students spoke over your voice sometimes, I tried really hard to sit in front of you or at least nearby to hear the lecture.
The only change I can honestly suggest it to put less multiple choice on the tests, that seems to be what brings everyone down in points. But other then that this course was great and further enhanced by love for biology.
None.
Sometimes the dialogue of class strays from the subject on hand, but still pertains to the subject of matter.
Give a BioInformatics tutorial in class in the beginning of the semester to help students understand how to navigate around the website better for when they attempt the homework for it.
I would have preferred if classes were slightly more structured. The discussions were valuable and informative but there were instances that I felt that too much class time was being used to answer questions.
More lecturing, and less online videos. A lot of the time was spent going through the bioinformatics project that was already turned in. Instead, I felt that we should have been learning new material for the upcoming quizzes.
none
Tell Bart to shutup
I think his class for very effective the way it was.
Another strength is that he offers additional assignments for students who either don't test well, or are in need of remedial knowledge. One idea is that he could offer extra credit to students who turn in chapter outlines on the day of the lecture for that chapter. Or chapter outlines on the day of the exam. Make sure to Set a page limit (eg 3-4 pages per chapter). This will teach students how to id and summarize only relevant content. Then, simply spot check the outlines and return them at end of class. These outlines will bolster the grades of those who don't test well, pressure students to keep up with the readings in the textbook, and the outlines will be excellent review material for exams. The bioinformatics projects need some work, and this is a tough one because I understand that they are not Dr. Hew's creation. I for one, feel like they should be kept in the course, but I would opt for a 3 hour intensive tutorial/project like "See. This is what you can do with all these open source tools. Boom. Now, come up with a project idea and use these tools. Report back via power point or poster at the end of the semester." Instead, we learned about the bio info tools bit by bit over the whole semester. The information delivery was diffuse, andit was hard to get excited about dreaming up potential applications for the tools.
More literature discussions based on current area of study. Maybe to allow students to focus on personal interests in the molecular biology field, have them review/share/discuss some primary lit. sources (Possibly biweekly) to expose to scientific-based research and apply it to individual interests. The projects really showed how many people had their own personal interests in the molecular biology field.
15. How did the instructor show concern for students?
Brian was very flexible with students and worked around their schedules when conflicts arose.
He is extremely approachable, was ALWAYS available via email, prompt with in depth responses which I really appreciated.
He met with students and tried to understand each individual circumstance and tried his best to help them in those circumstances.
Yes! Professor Hew took his students feelings into consideration a majority of the time in terms of tests and other factors.
He'd seriously address all student questions.
He was very available after and before class making it easy for students to contact him for help.
Discuss with students personally about how they are doing in the class and what they can do to help better understand the material and do better in the class overall.
He is probably the most available and accommodating professor I've ever taken.
Offered online office hours before tests.
He was prompt with posting quiz/midterm scores on laulima, and emailed back efficiently.
Dr. Hew was easy to speak with, made students feel like their opinions mattered and was accessible to everyone outside of class.
The examples that were given in class were relatable and he always made sure the class understood concepts as a whole before moving on. Dr. Hew takes time out of his personal life to record online lectures that are extra handy for tests and quizzes... all in an attempt to make sure his students do well.
He reached out to students when ever he could by trying to communicate with them. He was always available and he often met with students even if it was not during office hour. He was also available until late at night online.
In numerous, numerous ways. He offered flexible exam scheduling in the testing center. He hosted online office hours in the evenings, at times that were convenient for students who were working. He also explained complex biological concepts with a high degree of patients and congeniality.
Very patient and flexible! Cooperated with students schedules and concerns to help them succeed Asks students for feedback/questions Actively listens to students and what they have to say
16. Would you recommend this instructor to students? Why or why not?
YES. If you want to learn, really learn the material he's your guy.
Yes, he is a great professor and his class will really get your mind thinking about what biology projects you might want work on in the future (career wise). Is always interested in any biology related projects you are working on and willing to help/give feed back. My only gripe is that the course went way too fast.
Yes! Amazing professor, knowledgeable and great attitude.
Absolutely, He really cared for the students individually and helped us to want to learn. The course was very interesting and I know Dr.Hew is very intelligent in this field.
Yes, he's tough but fair. As long as you really put effort in then an A is very possible. He'll make sure you know your stuff. If he was a regular professor I would love to take more classes from him.
Yes. He likes the subject material and isn't dry about it.
Yes, he is a very knowledgeable person; but no, because only people that are on top of their work can handle his class.
Yes. He is very knowledgeable about the coursework and tries to help students out as much as he can while still giving them room to grow and improve on their own.
Absolutely yes. Cell and molecular bio is a class that is probably only going to be taken by people going in to the science or health fields. The information presented in his class and the emphasis on discussing ideas and solving problems forms a strong basis for moving forward to more complex or challenging environments. I have already recommended the class to several of my friends who have not taken it.
Yes! Excellent professor.
Yes, because although his class is tough, he offers a lot of extra credit which will definitely help your grade. But it is a lot of self studying, and videos, so students should be prepared.
Definitely yes, see above comments.
I would recommend everyone that needs to take BIOL275 take this class from Dr. Hew. I almost took this class at Manoa this semester but am super happy I ended up taking this here at KCC. I feel I learned more in this class than many of my previous bio classes. I would not say that this class is easy, but if you actually study and take advantage of all the resources provided (online lectures, study guides, ect.) you will do well.
I would definitely recommend Dr. Hew to other students because I have learned so much from him and I have not had a better experience in a class.
Yes. He is a rare professor that can deliver a lot of testable content in a semester without subjecting you to draconian lectures. Instead, there are ample opportunities to explore areas of interest and you feel like you are walking along a natural learning process.
Yes, this class was very interactive and flexible according to individual student interests. Most classes, even though text-book based, do not allow much flexibility in areas of personal interest. If such areas were relatable to our current studies, Dr. Hew was very flexible and accommodating to incorporate that into our class time. I found that this really
17. What else would you like to say about this instructor?
I heard about 3 or 4 of my classmates candidly say throughout the semester that even though there is a lot to learn, that they love the course and that are learning more in this class than any of their other sciences. Shout out to Dr Hew!
You are a great professor!
Bloody hard tests, professors that stretch students like this are rare and needed.
I really appreciated the online lectures!!!! So thank you for spending your time with that :)
Great job professor! If you ever become full time then I'd love to take another class from you.
Peace out yo
Thou shalt take no prisoners.
Keep up the good work!
No one would have felt bad if you told Bart to shut up, we were all tired of hearing him ask his damn questions.
Nothing.
Absolutely the best instructor ever!
He's a great person that cares about his students and does everything he can to help us do well in class and make sure we learn. He encourages us to think about things outside the scope of whats in the class. You can tell he is genuinely interested in cell and molecular biology and it shows in his enthusiasm to teach this class.
I think he should keep doing what he's doing and I think that all teachers should care about their students as much as Dr. Hew does.
MAHALO!! (:
18. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 17 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (29%) 12 (71%)
19. The instructor encourages constructive criticism.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 17 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 3 (18%) 12 (71%)
20. Students in this course are free to disagree and ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 17 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 14 (82%)
21. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 17 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 5 (29%) 11 (65%)
22. The exams were a fair test of your knowledge of the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 17 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (35%) 11 (65%)
23. Other comments:
N/A
None.

Brian Hew: BIOL275, Fall 2014     Back to top

Campus: Kapiolani Community College Department: Math & Science
Course: BIOL 275 - Cell and Molecular Biology Crn (Section): 31568 (0)    
1. The course objectives and procedures were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 12 1.21 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 2 (17%) 2 (17%) 6 (50%)
2. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 12 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (100%)
3. The course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.58 12 1.24 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 4 (33%) 0 (0%) 5 (42%) 3 (25%)
4. The instructor knew the subject area.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 12 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (100%)
5. The instructor encouraged students' participation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 12 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (92%)
6. The course material was presented in a clear and effective way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.92 12 1.16 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 2 (17%) 3 (25%) 5 (42%)
7. The instructor provided a good atmosphere for learning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (33%) 8 (67%)
8. The instructor encouraged me to think for myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 12 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 3 (25%) 8 (67%)
9. The instructor graded tests and assignments fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 12 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 11 (92%)
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  
4.67 12 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 10 (83%)
11. The instructor demonstrated concern for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 12 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 11 (92%)
12. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 12 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (100%)
13. What are the instructor's major strengths as a teacher?
He is very knowledgeable about the course content and is willing to go above and beyond to provide assistance to students.
Telling us what needs to be done in order to get a certain grade.
Being available and flexible for his students.
well he definitely knows the material very well and he does listen to the students feedback to help us to better which was awesome. Overall he was very good.
He is approachable. He is understanding of student's situations and makes himself available to help. He is a great professor.
Dr. Hew can explain concepts and ideas quite well, and he's very helpful both in and outside of class time. He's also very patient and attentive to his students' concerns.
Deep knowledge of the subject. Relates well to his students. Good speaker. Creates a great class environment, almost everyone participates in class. Which is unheard of for that size.
Breaks down information in a way that students can understand such complex topics
14. What changes, if any, do you suggest to the instructor?
I personally don't prefer the online lectures since there are a lot of technical problems that are associated with it. I also tend to focus better if I'm in a physical classroom. I feel like my grades started to drop as soon as the online lecture system was implemented.
Structure the class and don't change it throughout the semester! It got confusing.
None
Maybe just a little more organize but not a big issue at all.
Considering this is his first semester teaching, Dr. Hew's improvement curve has been pretty impressive. His exams are challenging and I personally think he should keep it that way. However, I also think he should focus more on preparing his students for exams by making his lectures more inclusive, explaining more of the material during class.
-Organization for class goals. -I felt that some students took advantage of your willingness to take time outside of school to improve the class, i.e. the blackboard collaborate. I'm somewhat conflicted over this because originally the class lectures were great and reflected the proper example of a class. I definitely enjoyed class when we discussed GMO legislature and how it affects us. Discussing real world problems is important and we were able to discuss this because of blackboard collaborate. On the other hand I didn't find blackboard collaborate better than re-reading the book. Hence i'm conflicted.
He needs to make the class more organized and make his test easier and understandable rather than just pulling his question from a pool.
Work on more interactive lectures, ie, IClickers for attendance and participation credits towards overall grade in class. Also, go over BioInformatics Projects in class before assigning homework on it so students understand how to navigate around the website and don't get lost finding the information needed to answer the homework questions.
15. How did the instructor show concern for students?
He offered extra study sessions and his office hours were always open for students to come in and ask for help.
Tells us due dates.
He was always available after class and was willing to negotiate grades if needed.
He did study sessions and was always available to use.
He emails student about missing assignments and finds a way to help.
He's a good communicator, and will reply to emails right away. He's also very patient and takes the time to go over questions and concerns outside of class.
Countless office hours and after school help. Online help. Discussion boards. Blackboard collaborate. Discussing real world issues related to Cell and Molec. Encourages students everyday at class. Listens to student concerns/needs. ACTUALLY REVIEWS EXAMS AND QUIZZES! Most of my teachers never review what we missed.
He was always available to help.
Go over problems on exams that most/all students miss, reflect on quiz grades and explain why certain questions had specific answer.
16. Would you recommend this instructor to students? Why or why not?
Once he gains more experience in the field of teaching, I can see him becoming a great professor, so for future students, yes.
Yeah
Yes, he explains concepts really well
yes I would because he is a good teacher and he will help as much as he can.
YES! Because he is approachable and his teaching methods are effective.
Yes. Because you'll learn a lot and well.
If the class structure is re-organized and tests are changed in a way that relates them to other classes, then yes.
I would recommend this class to those who want to learn how to survive a difficult subject and get the most out of it.
Yes. Very helpful and grades fairly. Available after class if students have any questions and holds online class discussions a day or two before exams in case anyone has any questions/problems while studying for exam.
17. What else would you like to say about this instructor?
Work on lecturing skills.
He is a great professor.
The study guides and additional questions at the end of class are fun and educational. Keep it up!!!
This year, Cell and Molec was my only class where everyone actively participated. Most of the class actually became friends. I find this so rare for upper division courses.
Keep up the good work!
18. Other comments:
It would be very helpful if the lecture you present in class is the same as the one you upload onto Laulima.
I know this is anonymous but thank you for the advice.
Great teacher! :)

Brian Hew: MICR130, Spring 2014     Back to top

Campus: Kapiolani Community College Department: Math & Science
Course: MICR 130 - General Microbiology Crn (Section): 34584 (0)    
1. The course objectives and procedures were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 16 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 3 (19%) 12 (75%)
2. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.93 16 0.26 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 14 (88%)
3. The course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 16 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 5 (31%) 10 (63%)
4. The instructor knew the subject area.
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%)
5. 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%) 14 (88%)
6. The course material was presented in a clear and effective way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 16 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (38%) 10 (63%)
7. The instructor provided a good atmosphere for learning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 16 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (25%) 12 (75%)
8. The instructor encouraged me to think for myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 16 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 4 (25%) 11 (69%)
9. The instructor graded tests and assignments fairly.
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%)
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  
4.94 16 0.25 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 15 (94%)
11. The instructor demonstrated concern for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 16 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (19%) 13 (81%)
12. The instructor treated students fairly.
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%)
13. What are the instructor's major strengths as a teacher?
Dr. Hew is a great teacher. he knows the material very well.
Brian Hew had a strong heart for his subject. He expressed Microbiology as a way of expressing himself and to me, that is the best of a professors ability to express those reactions to students. It helps them with interest in the subject and encourages them to learn.
His knowledge of the microbiology. He is really in depth about what he knows. He's easy to talk to and ask for help. Very approachable
Knowledge and being personable. Taught with an unbiased approach while prompting critical thinking of social and political aspects of microbiology in our world today. Great teacher.
He always relates his lectures to real life problems which made all of his lecture very interesting
Very helpful in and out of class. Easy to talk to. Understanding and compassionate towards students.
He made the class fun and taught it with an open mind.
he had great amount of knowledge about the field that he was teaching
knew he stuff, kept the class engaged, really fun, helped students
He knew what he was teaching and cared about his students.
Integration of health career situations and encouraged participation.
He knows science.
14. What changes, if any, do you suggest to the instructor?
I would suggest taking out the presentation portion of the course. I felt as if it added more stress to the already difficult course.
More studying preparation outside of school. Any type of science could be difficult for students to fully understand and learn. With extra tutoring, there could have been more students who could have understood the subject more clearly. (including myself)
Some breaks in the lecture/powerpoints would be great. Can be too much to absorb at one time
None
No suggestions at this time.
no changes
none
No changes
None.
smaller worksheets for homework
15. How did the instructor show concern for students?
He made sure that the students were well prepared for the exam.
Yes, Brian Hew always was on top of checking his e-mail and replying to us students. He was very reliable and almost met students outside of this regular office hours.
He wrote comments on the assignments that he gave back to us to come and see him
Offered study groups and always welcomed students to come to office hours.
He would email you.
was always willing to help us out of class. he would try and help us prepare for the exams
yes, was open , had after class reviews, replied quickly, made sure we tried our best
He offered us to attend review sessions, so he could help us prepare for our exam.
Was very open to being a resource for class content and held his own exam reviews.
He helps students in and out of the class
16. Would you recommend this instructor to students? Why or why not?
Yes.. Even though the course material is hard. He still made it fun and interesting.
Yes, He is a understanding teacher, and does know that Microbiology could be challenging. He provides a lot of extra credit opportunities and helps students to not fall behind.
Yeah definitively because he shows that he cares and give a s**t about he is doing. He really wants to succeed and is gonna help you get into the position.
Yes. See #1
Yes. He makes the subject interesting. He makes it so it's not impossible to pass. If you put the work in, you'll get a good grade.
yes because he is a teacher who isn't boring. Lectures are very on point and very knowledgeable
Yes, he clearly explained what was expected. Even though the course is difficult, he brought understanding of difficult concepts.
yes, he is a great teacher. Easy to understand
yes i would because he is very nice and has a sense of humor which helps when your trying to learn a difficult subject such as microbiology
yes, its easy and fun and you learn a lot
Yes, because he is a very organized teacher and he knows what he's talking about. He also helps you do well in this class.
I would recommend Dr. Hew to students who are willing to interact and apply their knowledge. The class isn't meant for students who do no actively participate in learning.
Yes. He might not teach anymore
17. What else would you like to say about this instructor?
Great teacher.
Thank you for a great class and semester in Microbiology 130!
Nothing
he is a good teacher
he knows almost everything?
18. Other comments:
None

Brian Hew: MICR130, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: Kapiolani Community College Department: Math & Science
Course: MICR 130 - General Microbiology Crn (Section): 31900 (0)    
1. The course objectives and procedures were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 20 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 5 (25%) 14 (70%)
2. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 20 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 3 (15%) 15 (75%)
3. The course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 20 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 3 (15%) 15 (75%)
4. The instructor knew the subject area.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 20 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 2 (10%) 17 (85%)
5. The instructor encouraged students' participation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 20 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 3 (15%) 16 (80%)
6. The course material was presented in a clear and effective way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 20 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 5 (25%) 14 (70%)
7. The instructor provided a good atmosphere for learning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 20 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 2 (10%) 17 (85%)
8. The instructor encouraged me to think for myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 20 0.57 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 4 (20%) 15 (75%)
9. The instructor graded tests and assignments fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 20 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 5 (25%) 14 (70%)
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  
4.75 20 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 3 (15%) 16 (80%)
11. The instructor demonstrated concern for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 20 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 5 (25%) 14 (70%)
12. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 20 0.57 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 4 (20%) 15 (75%)
13. What are the instructor's major strengths as a teacher?
He has a good heart wanting to teach others about micro knowledge. And this ambition can broaden student knowledge and change the world.
Knowing what he was talking about for each lesson.
He is very very knowledgable about this subject and he is very good at making things clear when they are confusing at first
Passionate toward microbiology. I feel Dr. Hew has a genuine interest in the student's success in the course. Expertise in field of microbiology lets him emphasize important concepts throughout the course, preventing an overwhelming workload on the student.
Being that it was his first semester at KCC he was at first very unsure.. but the knowledge of the information is his strong point... his orginaztional skill and the worksheet that he provide help with us in knowning if we had really grasp the material
His knowledge of the subject and his enthusiasm about wanting others to know about the subject. Very interested in his students not only doing well and knowing the subject but also in making what we studied highly interesting. Was good at explaining complicated mircobiotic processes so students could understand. Gave us lots of worksheets and readings that were helpful in improving our knowledge even further.
Everything. He is a well rounded teacher
He makes class very entertaining by discussing topics in terms that we can relate to. He also really cares about his students and would do anything just to make them succeed. Dr.Hew is a very enthusiastic and energetic teacher and you can tell right off the bat that he enjoys this subject very much.
Seems to know the material quite well. He is fun and funny. He makes the curriculum interesting. He provides extra credit.
His passion for microbiology and very knowledgeable on every concept. If we would ask a random question and he didn't knew the answer, next class day he would show up with an answer.
- Sincere eagerness to help students be successful - Fosters latent ingenuity - Approachable and friendly
His strength is that he is a professional in his field. Unlike most professors he brings a lot to the table as far as teaching goes. Many professors at KCC seem to know just the subject matter and regurgitate the subject. Dr. Hew is not one of these professors. He is an asset to the University.
Clear and simple explanations of complicated subjects.
gives examples, clear explanation
He is well organized and very outgoing!
Communicating with all of his students. Making sure we are all on the same page and agree with his decisions.
He demonstrated concern for his students.
14. What changes, if any, do you suggest to the instructor?
I think the class is great. Dr. Brian attempt to do the best.
None
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i think that with this hell have an easier time next semester knowing how quickly a sememter really goes by
None
None it was perfect
Being more direct with what he wants in the beginning of the semester so that students are more aware of what is expected
Spend more time on the the more difficult to understand concepts such as Kreb Cycle and DNA,RNA transcription.
None
Don't concern yourself too much with student opinion. It's great that you worry, but remember, you're a teacher. Your job isn't to make us happy. Your job is to prepare us for our respective fields, and I doubt it will be as forgiving in the future as you are.
Maybe to not be as challenging on exams. It is a lot of material to cover.
None.
None.
No
15. How did the instructor show concern for students?
He talked to student from heart to heart.
He emailed us showing concern, giving us reminders, study guides, making sure we were able to have the proper material to study for tests.
He always made time for us and told us to come to this office if needed and he responds to all emails
Makes himself available outside of of class. Created extra materials to help students prepare for upcoming exams.
he would take the time and always be willing to come in on certain days to help with the material..
He was very concerned for students to do well for themselves. he made much time for study sessions and always answered any e-mails with questions that i had promptly. his plan for the class was well-organized and he followed the syllabus to a t.
always in his office and communicated well with students via email
He stays up replying to emails regarding exams and questions and told us that he dedicated himself to this class. I thought that was pretty awesome. He brought in candy to motivate us to participate in class and he always welcomed questions and opinions.
Told students they could come by his office for extra help and offered extra credit.
Reaching out to students when he notice we were confused or dropping our grades.
By conversing with them outside of class and by always being available.
Answered questions promptly, and if didn't know the answer got back to them with the right answer.
patiently teaching
He offers help and resources outside of class
He always wanted us to strive to get "A's on exams. He cared if we passed or not. He made it so we always had enough resources to complete assignments and always made us feel welcome to ask him questions.
He helped me on the problem that I don't know.
16. Would you recommend this instructor to students? Why or why not?
Definitely because he is a great counselor and instructor.
Yes. He's a funny instructor and he cares about his students.
Yes I would because I really like the way he teaches his lectures and his power points are super helpful.
Yes, Dr. Hew makes microbiology interesting to learn. Dr. Hew is very accommodating to his students.
i would definately suggest him as a teacher he has a pasion for his knowledge and an understanding for the students
Yes, I already have
Yes. He makes class fun and entertaining while teaching us important concepts
Of course! He's a really great teacher and he made this topic really fun and easy to learn because of the way he taught the class and I'd want every student to experience this.
Yes. He is fun and keeps the material interesting.
Yes.
Absolutely. Professor Hew will encourage other students to really grab hold to the material and understand it in a way that'll make them proud of themselves.
Yes highly recommend Dr. Hew to students who are going to use microbiology in their chosen field. Not recommended for student just trying to fulfill science requirement. At times his expectations exceed capabilities of students.
Yes, because he made the class interesting and easy to understand.
Maybe, slow down on the material. Going over the material that fast is sometimes too much at one time.
Yes, he's easy-going but is still very informative on Microbiology.
No
17. What else would you like to say about this instructor?
I appreciate Dr. Brian's help in learning this subject.
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Dr. Hew seems excited to teach the course material. Consequently, making the course material interesting to learn.
One of the best teachers i've ever had. He made me so interested in the subject and I've learned more than in any one class i've ever taken. hope i get to have him as my teacher again in the future!
Best teacher I've ever had
He's a cool guy that loves microbiology.
I really appreciate how passionate he is about microbiology and his effort for us to understand it and make it fun.
Professor Hew, in absolute and utter honesty, has inspired me to follow my field of study but eventually return (for at least a while) to teach.
Great teacher, a definite asset to the university.
He is overall a good teacher considering it's his first time teaching.
Awesome first time teacher!
No
18. Other comments:
Overall, everything is excellent
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Yes, I do go on Laulima.
We'll know what you've been up to when you show up to class glowing in the dark.
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No other comments.
No