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Instructor: Ileana Ruelas

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Ileana Ruelas: ES214, SOC214, Fall 2013

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Ethnic Studies
Course: ES 214 - Intro to Race & Ethnic Relatns Crn (Section): 80154 (001)    
Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Sociology
Course: SOC 214 - Intro to Race & Ethnic Relatns Crn (Section): 76976 (002)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
2.4 20 1.1 Freq(%) 6 (30%) 3 (15%) 8 (40%) 3 (15%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.4 20 0.5 Freq(%) 12 (60%) 8 (40%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
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%) 17 (85%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 20 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (20%) 15 (75%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.84 20 0.37 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (15%) 16 (80%)
6. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.74 20 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (25%) 14 (70%)
7. The instructor presented concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 20 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 5 (25%) 13 (65%)
8. Assignments and assessments in this course were related to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 20 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (20%) 15 (75%)
9. The instructor provided specific meaningful feedback.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 20 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (15%) 15 (75%)
10. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.53 20 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (15%) 3 (15%) 13 (65%)
11. I learned to apply principles from this course to new situations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.68 20 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 4 (20%) 14 (70%)
12. I learned to identify main points and central issues in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.68 20 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 4 (20%) 14 (70%)
13. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 20 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (20%) 15 (75%)
14. I developed a set of overall values in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.74 20 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (25%) 14 (70%)
15. I developed greater awareness of societal problems.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 20 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (20%) 15 (75%)
16. I gained a better understanding of myself through this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.68 20 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 4 (20%) 14 (70%)
17. I try to relate what I learn in this course to my own experience.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 20 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 4 (20%) 13 (65%)
18. I help classmates learn.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.21 20 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (25%) 5 (25%) 9 (45%)
19. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 20 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 1 (5%) 2 (10%) 15 (75%)
20. I have become more competent in this subject area during this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 20 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 5 (25%) 13 (65%)
21. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 20 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (15%) 4 (20%) 12 (60%)
22. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
THe look at racial issues behind the lens. Not just my view of them.
I think the most valuable aspects are the group work and participation work that we needed to do in class. It not only motivated us to be in class but it also help to reinforce the knowledge from the lecture and we are able to apply what we learned to real-life situations.
when shes talking about race and ethnicity
The readings and having peer peer to peer teaching
the open environment of the classroom.
the structure among the ethnic
the readings, it provided different point of views and theory's which reinforced my learning in this class
I thought Ileana's topics were all very informative and enlightening. Some of them I haven't heard of before (i.e. the memoricide of Nakba). Her presentations were detailed and definitely spurred my mind to think and form opinions. I also appreciated the extra credit opportunities.
All information was most valuable.
The instructor gave a lot of extra credit opportunities and paper writing assignments that I feel has helped me to gain more knowledge and understandings with what we were leanring.
The lectures, class discussions, and the learning partner worked well to help learn the material.
Learning the minorities and the discrimination and segregation which are still taking part in this modern world, led me think about how I should live in the future.
Aware that there is still some unfairness within gender and ethnicity in U.S society and long history of Discrimination and Racism in U.S
Pair or Group works
Everything
23. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Nothing.
I thought that the endless case studies were somewhat dry and not interesting to learn. The insights given by these journal articles were sometimes vague.
the papers
Nothing, everything was valuable!
n/a
To be honest I though the whole "pairing up thing" was such a horrible idea. I can see the potential in it, however instead if promoting collective effort and solidarity, I felt that it propagated inequality even more. In short, the "weaker" students more or less got to ride off the coattails of the more "attentive" students. The better students had to work twice as hard, and the sub-par ones remained complacent. I understand that working together is something crucial, yet if people cannot even help themselves, how in the world are they expected to help others? Also, I think a key factor of collective work is people all doing the same amount. However, this is definitely much easier said than one. Do not get me wrong, I would help someone if they genuinely needed assistance, but I'm not going to assist someone that asks me "yo man can I copy your worksheet." Despite this, perhaps it is not all Ileana's fault. It's just unfortunate, and quite baffling how 2/3 of the class were uninspiring and simple-minded.
All information is important and should be taken seriously.
I did not like how she put too much words up on the power points. There were just way too much information that we had to put down and I got confused at times.
Community participation papers.
The least valuable was grouping partners. Partner was chosed randomly and sometimes my partner did not study hard enough which actully bothered me from studying. If I got to be partners with the ones who I am close with or who I want to be with, I could have made more progress.
There aren't any. The class was very interesting to listen and participate.
N/A
24. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.68 20 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (30%) 13 (65%)
25. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 20 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 4 (20%) 12 (60%)
26. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.84 20 0.37 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (15%) 16 (80%)
27. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 20 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (20%) 15 (75%)
28. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 20 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 6 (30%) 12 (60%)
29. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 20 0.54 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 2 (10%) 16 (80%)
30. The instructor adjusts to fit individual abilities and interests.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 20 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 7 (35%) 11 (55%)
31. The instructor treated students with respect.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.84 20 0.37 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (15%) 16 (80%)
32. The instructor shows appreciation of my efforts to learn.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 20 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (20%) 15 (75%)
33. The instructor has been helpful whenever I have encountered difficulties.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.68 20 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (30%) 13 (65%)
34. The instructor's feedback about my writing helped me become a better writer.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.32 20 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (25%) 3 (15%) 11 (55%)
35. The instructor keeps students informed of their progress.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 20 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (20%) 15 (75%)
36. I was able to get individual help when I needed it.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 20 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 5 (25%) 13 (65%)
37. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.68 20 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (30%) 13 (65%)
38. In general, the course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 20 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 5 (25%) 12 (60%)
39. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.37 20 0.9 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 2 (10%) 5 (25%) 11 (55%)
40. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 20 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 3 (15%) 13 (65%)
41. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Better orgaize the reader.
I think she is doing a great job and should continue with her teaching style. Maybe more group activities and less lectures should liven up the class, especially towards the end of the semester.
shes doig great
More in class time discussing research topics and preparing the paper
maybe not being as lenient.
I feel the content of the course is fine, but the way she groups up people and distribute work is perplexing. I know this sounds very individualistic, but I believe that she should address the class as a whole, not "pair them off." People who want to succeed in the class, will do their best. People who don't care, simply won't. I know not everyone is on an equal footing, yet in the classroom setting we're all given the same material and expectations, so I feel there is no excuse (unless it's something dire). I think it's immensely selfish to expect a student to act as a peer and mentor to another student who has no motivation. It's comical to expect students "to find a smart person in the class and ask them for clarification." I believe that's the professor's job. Also I think her workload could be reduced. I hate to portray myself as a lazy and unwilling student, but I thought the work was a little excessive, considering it's a 200 level course. Maybe instead of papers, she could replace some of them with blog posts. In addition, due to work and other obligations, I feel that the community service assignment should just be limited to a one time thing.
Let writing in powerpoints. It draws then attention away from the lecture. All were important, be instead spread out information and less writing on screen.
Maybe keep her power points to a limit. Less words and more to the point topics rather than putting all information to one slide. It is a lot of information to take in.
In my opinion I feel that the class requirement for two community participation is not necessary for the class. I feel a course like this should not effect student's grades because I view community service as a volunteer action not something they have to do for a class.
As time passed, Ileana tend to speak and teach really fast. I think it was because we were kind of behind the syllabus. But this made me hard to follow. Even though we are behind, I hoped she instructed a little bit slow for students who ahve hard time following. Also it would have been better if she posted the presentation right after the class so students can revise it immediately.
Try not to give a long term deadline for term paper...I kind of suffered a bit doing it despite that I had food poisoning during Thanksgiving week.
she gave us Feedback about essays
More time per slides in slideshows
42. Any comments about the TA?
Had trouble understanding him when he talked and taught. Kind of bounced all over the place.
The TA was helpful in assisting Ileana with the class. He did sub for her a couple of times, which was okay as well.
no
The TA was good and knowledgeable but there needs to be more preparation in terms of when he helps the classes. Sometimes the discussion the TA ran were unclear and made people feel as if the information was irrelevant.
he was hard to understand with the mixture of his accent and lisp.
I thought the TA was fine. Even though he did not do much, I felt that he was a nice guy. He gave back assignments swiftly, and I enjoyed his presentation about racism in the media.
No comments. Love the media section of our course.
Awesome TA! Did what he had to! Funny!
None.
I really appreciated his enthusiasm and passion regarding the class.
He kind of go off topic whenever he's in charge and Ileana left for something else. But he's a good guy though, but kind of hard to talk to.
his presentation was really interesting!
N/A
43. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.05 20 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (30%) 6 (30%) 7 (35%)
44. Assignments are relevant to what is presented in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 20 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 6 (30%) 11 (55%)
45. Assignments are returned promptly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.37 20 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (15%) 6 (30%) 10 (50%)
46. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.32 20 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (20%) 5 (25%) 10 (50%)
47. The course was well-organized in terms of continuity and presentation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 20 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 7 (35%) 10 (50%)
48. I feel that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.37 20 0.96 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 3 (15%) 3 (15%) 12 (60%)
49. The exams gave students an opportunity to demonstrate what they had learned.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 20 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 5 (25%) 11 (55%)
50. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.74 20 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 3 (15%) 15 (75%)
51. Other comments:
Great class, absolutely loved it. You were a great professor ile, look forward to getting you for a class in the future.
I highly recommend this class to everyone, even for non-majors. It gave me insights to the current events and helped me to form ideas in my other classes.
Ruelas is a great teacher and I would love toke another one of her classes. She has been and is a great support with me achieving my goals. She is awesome!
i liked the class
I strongly recommend Ileana Ruelas as a teacher. Twice during class time, on separate occasions, she offered a grade check for us. When I failed to see her, she emailed me my grade at the time, along with ways I could bring up my grade and the possible points left in the class that I could still achieve. I feel like she went out of her way to make sure I did good in this class and in doing so, she made me feel like I needed(which I do) to do good in this class.
All in all I thought this course was alright. It definitely was one of the harder courses I have taken. Although Ileana was a nice and charismatic professor, I think she was completely ignorant to the situation of her students. If she thinks that everyone worked and contributed equally, then she is sorely mistaken. I'm just glad the semester is over.
no
None.
Overall I really liked this course, especially the instructor. Ileana thank you for your help during the course when I had hard time, and thank you for your patience and kindness!
Ileana is really an awesome teacher who I can talk to relating to class. I hope that I can go see her often to also talk about things in life as I attend UH Manoa for four years.
i liked her, she had a lot of love for her students