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Instructor: Katherine Aumer-Ryan

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FAMR230, Spring 2009
PSY100, Spring 2009

Katherine Aumer-Ryan: FAMR230, Spring 2009

Campus: Kapiolani Community College Department: Social Science
Course: FAMR 230 - Human Development Crn (Section): 33144 (0)     34015 (0)    
1. I learned a good deal of factual material in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 23 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 3 (13%) 19 (83%)
2. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 23 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (17%) 19 (83%)
3. I developed enthusiasm about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 23 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 5 (22%) 17 (74%)
4. I was stimulated to do outside reading about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 22 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 2 (9%) 7 (32%) 12 (55%)
5. I was stimulated to discuss related topics outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.45 22 0.86 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 2 (9%) 5 (23%) 14 (64%)
6. I developed greater awareness of societal problems.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.68 22 0.57 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 5 (23%) 16 (73%)
7. I gained a better understanding of myself through this course.
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 (18%) 17 (77%)
8. I utilize all the learning opportunities provided in the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.31 16 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 7 (44%) 7 (44%)
9. The instructor gives clear explanations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.68 22 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 4 (18%) 17 (77%)
10. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 22 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (9%) 5 (23%) 15 (68%)
11. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.95 22 0.21 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 21 (95%)
12. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 22 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 2 (9%) 19 (86%)
13. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.45 22 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (14%) 6 (27%) 13 (59%)
14. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 22 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (9%) 20 (91%)
15. 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  
4.05 22 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (9%) 4 (18%) 7 (32%) 9 (41%)
16. Talking to the instructor during office hours was helpful.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.14 22 1.04 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 7 (32%) 2 (9%) 12 (55%)
17. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
she's very understanding, gives options and chances but i think she need s to work on her time management in class other then that she's a great teacher, one of my favorites ;)
The instructor encouraged questions and class discussions. She knows her material and covers a lot of it during classtime. She assigns each student to do a presentation during the course of the semester - we get to pick from which chapter we want: most students got the choice they wanted and which day to present it. She gave each presenter about 20 to 25 minutes alloted time, which was reasonable, and left it to us how we want to make the presentation: power point or taped interview or game style etc. The students appreciated the flexibility, and the wide range of topic for our theme as long as it was related to the chapter. Our exams were spread out for every 6 chapters or so, multiple choice format. That way we covered the whole book of 26 chapters in a timely and organized way. She is an excellent instructor for this course!
She was a very good teacher. She gave thorough information & I loved her teaching methods. She really gets the classed involved. She used personal experiences to help us better understand some of the topics that were discussed. She was a very good teacher!!
She was very helpful and encouraging. She helped me to pursue what I enjoy doing.
She was always looking ouyt for the best interest of her dedicated students. She was also always available during her office hours.
I thought professor Aumer-Ryan was very intellectual. She knew the subject matter really well and made it very interesting to learn. She had incorportated a really interactive way of learning by encouraging questions or concerns and also requiring a presentation project. It was really engaging and she had a lot of personal experiences or situations that she could refer to when explaining the topics given. Overall, she is an awesome teacher and I really enjoyed her class.
I found after class discussions useful when I needed insight on my presentations. Another thing I found helpful was the way she related herself to us students.
Dr. Aumer-Ryan's fun personality and her knowledge of the subject material made her a great instructor. Her expectations are clear and concise, she is a fair grader, she explains class material very well, and she generates enthusiastic class discussions. She is one of my favorites and I would love to take a class from her again.
Dr. Aumer-Ryan is a very educated women and knows her topic extremely well. I have had a few lecture based courses before, but the way Katherine teaches has assisted my learning greater then any of my other professors. She does use power point which is helpful for students because they can visually see what she is teaching. My favorite part about the class was every time we would cover a topic, Katherine would give outstanding examples of what the meaning was or could be referring to. I think having a student teach the last 20 minutes of class is very creative and offered a lot of students to learn something new! I feel Katherine is freshly educated and could relate to all the students on a equal level. I liked her because she never judged students or belittled them, like other professors I have had. I heard this class was hard and a lot of students told me they dropped it, but I found it to be one of my favorite classes. I think it is helpful that she does not give home work out everyday... So we can study on our own free time. I never felt rushed, stressed out, or pressured to have something done. Which gave me ample time to study for the test and study worry free. We covered the entire book in this class, which was great. The exams covered a lot but it was very helpful that Katherine posted power points online that contained all the needed and in my eyes most important information from each chapter. The tests weren't too bad. About 60 questions. I think Katherine is a great professor, with a lot of skill and talent, highly educated, and very good at seeing all possible views of a situation. I am glad I took this class and would love to take another class with Katherine in the future.
The instructor was very educated about the course material and used life examples to help illustrate a better understanding for students. I have learned a great deal of information and was provided with a great experience at the same time. The lectures were far from boring, unlike most classes at KCC. This teacher changed my view on the subject, and from being a student who rarely had any motivation to attend class, I developed into a student who attended every class. I will miss this instructor and I hope that other students will have her as an instructor. Any student that is placed into her class is very fortunate and will develop a connection with both the instructor and the course material.
Ms Aumer knows her material very well. She was able to answer every question that students had with a very thorough and informative reply. She is also very enthusiastic and very open to suggestions and comments. She also listens to students very well and is friendly. Outgoing teacher, definately knows what she is talking about. Attractive and pretty as well.
The group dicussions, it was very helpful, and i feel that i gained more out of group interaction, than just reading from the book.
What I found most valuable and helpful about the instructor was how she related the topics we learned in class to real life situations. The instructor also used situations to help us better understand a particular topic.
Dr. Ryan is very knowledgeable in her material and delivers it very clearly during her lectures. Her willingness to engage in class discussion allows her students to understand the material from perspectives other than her own. Her charisma and professionalism allows her to be easily approachable during her office hours which is important for students that may have difficulties in the course. She is genuinely interested in her students' performance and tries to help them achieve their goals to the best of her professional abilities. She is a valuable asset to the UH program and I would personally recommend any student interested in taking FAMR to take her classes.
I thought the instructor was always helpful and took the time to listen to any problems that might have came about. I enjoyed listening to the instructor and what she had to say about stuff.
She has great knowledge in her area of expertise. She is very open-minded and always available to help. I couldn't have asked for a better instructor. She has great people skills.
She was very knowledgeable about the material she was teaching and she had everything planned out and under control.
The information I was able to apply to my life.
That the instructor tried as much as should could to provide outside help to the students and in class review.
she was knowledgeable about the materials presented to the class and also, she provided a great atmosphere.
She is easy to relate to and very down-to-Earth.
Shes the best.
She was easy to talk to and was helpful. She made the class interesting and the material fun to learn.
I really enjoyed this professor, she made this class very enjoyable. I looked forward to coming to her class everyday b/c she was very funny and the subject is very interesting. Hopefully I am able to take one of her classes at UH Manoa. Mahalo Professor!!! Kawehi
she gives good examples
What I found most helpful was that Katherine gave real life examples that we could relate to, to better understand the material that we were learning. She was always willing to help us whenever we needed help. She is an awesome instructor who makes you want to learn and makes learning fun. Thank you very much for making my first semester back enjoyable!
She was very knowledgeable about the subject. She also explain thoroughly in ways that the students could understand and provided examples that relate to the students as well.
She is very knowledgeable in her field and the extensions of it. She is open to class discussions and enjoys and encourages class discussion.
The instructor created a great learning environment. She utilized powerpoint slides while describing events in her personal life that resembles the concept of the topic being learned. Emphasization on participation and class communication. She encouragerd students to attend class by including problems on the test that you would only know from the lecture. I learned a great deal of things that will help me throughout the rest of my life and even others. This class was not one of those easy classes that you can get an easy 'A'. She makes you work or your grade and creates a reasonable amount of assignments. If you are interested in this class, I recommend this teacher. She has a great personality and make class lively.
Katherine is very friendly, outgoing, and she gets everyone involved during class to make our learning more enjoyable-fun-easy to learn. I love the way she teaches and makes students feel comfortable to speak in front of others. I think that she does an awesome job and loves what she does. =)
I really enjoyed the manner in which class was conducted by Katherine. All the material taught in this course is information I'm very familiar with through my Bachelor's degree, so I did not learn much material that is new. Though what I enjoyed and appreciated was the way she interacted with the whole class and held daily discussions based off the material being taught. I felt Katherine really knew how to connect with her students and relate to them, making for a very comfortable and fun learning atmosphere. More importantly, she shows obvious background and extensive knowledge in the subject area. It wasn't like just listening to verbatim from the book.
She was incredibly knowledgeable, and easy to approach. She always answered questions thoroughly. She always encouraged class discussions and was cheerful. I actually liked going to this class because I learned a lot and had fun at the same time. She is one of the best teachers I have ever had.
i think she was able help us remember most of the material she went over by ralating it to something that we would find interesting, and in a way that we could comprehend
She is very enthusiastic and definitely cares about her students and educating us. She knows the course material very well and also gave us other interesting information as well.
Katherine, made class fun and very interactive. Everyone participated in class discussion because she made it that way.
The instructor is very knowledgable and made subject easy to understand in a clear and concise manner. The instructor has a great personality and is very well able to meet everyone on their level. I would recommend her in the future to another student for Famr 230
18. Assignments are graded fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 21 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 5 (24%) 15 (71%)

Katherine Aumer-Ryan: PSY100, Spring 2009     Back to top

Campus: Kapiolani Community College Department: Social Science
Course: PSY 100 - Survey of Psychology Crn (Section): 33993 (0)    
1. I learned a good deal of factual material in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 8 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 7 (88%)
2. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 8 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 7 (88%)
3. I developed creative ability in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 1 (13%) 6 (75%)
4. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 5 (63%)
5. I became interested in community projects related to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 8 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 3 (38%) 3 (38%)
6. I increased my awareness of my own interests and talents.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 8 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 6 (75%)
7. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
This was the course I most enjoyed this semester. My other classes are so frustrating, I always leave with the feeling that I have just wasted time by sitting in lecture. But Katherine knows what she is talking about, presents the information in an understandable and interesting way and actually got to know her students. I very much like the discussion based class time and felt that all the students got a lot out of this class. I really cannot stress enough how much I enjoyed this class and how much respect I have for Katherine. She made this past semester bearable. Other instructors come off as ditzy, uninterested, impersonal, unorganized and without adequate knowledge of the information they teach. Katherine is funny, and comes off as a very smart, accomplished and as a wise person- someone I actually want to learn from. The information I received was interesting and applicable to life situations. She did not simply regurgitate the text book information. I like the case study approach, although I am glad she tailored the original plan. I also noticed this was the only class I have where people actually express opinions, in other classes no one cares to talk or express anything, even when prompted. I learned the most from this class. And out of interest. I did not learn because there would be an exam, but because the information was interesting and the discussion allowed for full understanding of different topics. It was a pleasure taking her class and I definitely recommend her to other students who need to take PSY100. The best teacher I have had at KCC so far.
Professors can have a positive impact on a student's learning experience as far as generating interest in the topic covered, being knowledgeable in the topic area, creating a intellectually safe learning environment thereby gaining the respect from the students as well as maintaining attendance in class, and providing an environment of learning (not just memorizing facts to pass an exam). Unfortunately, I have had professors that were condescending, boring, and perhaps inexperienced in teaching the topic area which have lead to either my poor attendance, dropping the class, or having to self-teach from the textbook. Luckily, Professor Aumer-Ryan is a professor that has had a positive impact on me and has generated great enthusiasm, and fascination in the topic of psychology. She adjusted her teaching style to fit the learning style of our class which was a discussion group format that created an environment where many questions and debates occurred which made the topics covered relevant, interesting and easier to learn. I appreciate my experience in her class and hope there are more professors like her in my academic future. As the quote says, "You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives."-- Clay P. Bedford
The knowledge I gained about the different fields of psychology.
the instructure explained each subject clearer and made a comfortable atmosphere in the classroom.
The teachers way of presenting the information. She made you want to learn and have a desire to do better. She was very interactive with the students and that always helps me. I wish more teachers were like her!
The case studies and class lectures were most valuable to me. The case studies allowed me to apply lessons from the text along with lectures, to real-life situations.
this teacher was awesome. i highly recommend her!
Learning about why people behave the way they do was very interesting. I had no idea that there were so many different variables that had an impact on how people develop cognitively.
8. The instructor gives clear explanations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 8 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 6 (75%)
9. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 8 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (100%)
10. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 8 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 7 (88%)
11. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 8 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (100%)
12. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 8 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 7 (88%)
13. The instructor encourages constructive criticism.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 5 (63%)
14. The instructor gives individual attention to students in the class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 8 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 6 (75%)
15. The instructor makes me feel free to ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 8 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (100%)
16. Talking to the instructor during office hours was helpful.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 8 1.04 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 0 (0%) 5 (63%)