Thursday, 23 August 2007

Teaching Evaluations: Full List


Selected Teaching Evaluations Summary:
(Originals available on request)
2006, Lecturing, University of Ulster































































Research Ethics (Optometry) Score /4
Clearly structured 3.5
Teaching coherently organised 3.6
Lecturer made sessions interesting and informative 3.8
Lecturer displayed interest and enthusiasm for the subject 3.9
Comprehensive knowledge of subject 3.8
References and key texts 3.4
Student participation encouraged in discussion/debate 3.7
Lecturer was always fair and impartial 3.7
Lecturer responsive to different ability levels within group 3.5
When used visual aids were easily read 3.2
Delivery clearly audible 3.3
Explanations easy to understand 3.5
Overall Score/6
Overall assessment of teaching 4.9


2005, Lecturing Massey University:


























Political Theory Score/5
1. The teacher comes to class well prepared 4.4
2. The teacher communicates effectively with the class 4.2
3. The teacher is approachable and helpful 4.7
4. The teacher encourages active learning 4.5
5. Overall quality of teaching 4.5




























Ethics Score/5
1. The teacher comes to class well prepared 4.7
2. The teacher communicates effectively with the class 4.5
3. The teacher is approachable and helpful 4.7
4. The teacher encourages active learning 4.6
5. Overall quality of teaching 4.9


This was a paper which I designed and put together myself, so I have included the feedback in regards to the paper design as well:



























Ethics Score/5
1. The paper is well structured 4.4
2. The paper is well organised 4.5
3. The paper assessment procedures are appropriate 4.6
4. The workload for this paper is about right 4.4
5. Overall quality of this paper 4.6


2004, Lecturing Massey University:


























Practical Ethics Score/5
1. The teacher comes to class well prepared 4.5
2. The teacher communicates effectively with the class 3.9
3. The teacher is approachable and helpful 4.7
4. The teacher encourages active learning 4.8
5. Overall quality of teaching 4.4


2004, Tutoring University of Auckland:










































Community, Society and Rights Score/10
1. The tutor drew on students knowledge and experience 8.79
2. The tutor explained course content clearly 8.95
3. The tutor gave me helpful feedback on my learning 8.08
4. The tutor provided sufficient opportunities for student participation 9.82
5. The tutor responded to students questions in a constructive way 9.46
6. The tutor stimulated my interest in the subject 8.66
7. The tutor was easy to approach for help outside the class 8.80
8. The tutor was well prepared for the tutorials 9.56
9. Overall the tutor was an effective teacher 9.56












































Environmental Ethics Score/10
1. The tutor drew on students knowledge and experience 8.33
2. The tutor explained course content clearly 8.87
3. The tutor gave me helpful feedback on my learning 7.87
4. The tutor provided sufficient opportunities for student participation 9.37
5. The tutor responded to students questions in a constructive way 9.25
6. The tutor stimulated my interest in the subject 8.45
7. The tutor was easy to approach for help outside the class 8.75
8. The tutor was well prepared for the tutorials 8.57
9. Overall the tutor was an effective teacher 8.92


2003, Tutoring University of Auckland:











































Introduction to Metaphysics Score/10
1. The tutor drew on students knowledge and experience 8.45
2. The tutor explained course content clearly 8.38
3. The tutor gave me helpful feedback on my learning 8.35
4. The tutor provided sufficient opportunities for student participation 9.71
5. The tutor responded to students questions in a constructive way 9.28
6. The tutor stimulated my interest in the subject 8.67
7. The tutor was easy to approach for help outside the class 8.84
8. The tutor was well prepared for the tutorials 8.50
9. Overall the tutor was an effective teacher 9.11












































Environmental Ethics Score/10
1. The tutor drew on students knowledge and experience 8.83
2. The tutor explained course content clearly 7.83
3. The tutor gave me helpful feedback on my learning 7.83
4. The tutor provided sufficient opportunities for student participation 10.00
5. The tutor responded to students questions in a constructive way 9.66
6. The tutor stimulated my interest in the subject 8.50
7. The tutor was easy to approach for help outside the class 9.10
8. The tutor was well prepared for the tutorials 9.16
9. Overall the tutor was an effective teacher 9.66


2002, Tutoring University of Auckland:











































Philosophy of Religion Score/10
1. The tutor drew on students knowledge and experience 8.88
2. The tutor explained course content clearly 8.88
3. The tutor gave me helpful feedback on my learning 8.67
4. The tutor provided sufficient opportunities for student participation 10.00
5. The tutor responded to students questions in a constructive way 9.16
6. The tutor stimulated my interest in the subject 8.05
7. The tutor was easy to approach for help outside the class 9.10
8. The tutor was well prepared for the tutorials 8.88
9. Overall the tutor was an effective teacher 9.58












































Chinese and Japanese Philosophy Score/10
1. The tutor drew on students knowledge and experience 8.94
2. The tutor explained course content clearly 8.19
3. The tutor gave me helpful feedback on my learning 8.42
4. The tutor provided sufficient opportunities for student participation 10.00
5. The tutor responded to students questions in a constructive way 9.44
6. The tutor stimulated my interest in the subject 8.68
7. The tutor was easy to approach for help outside the class 8.84
8. The tutor was well prepared for the tutorials 8.94
9. Overall the tutor was an effective teacher 9.34












































Applied Ethics Score/10
1. The tutor drew on students knowledge and experience 8.57
2. The tutor explained course content clearly 8.83
3. The tutor gave me helpful feedback on my learning 8.29
4. The tutor provided sufficient opportunities for student participation 9.48
5. The tutor responded to students questions in a constructive way 9.44
6. The tutor stimulated my interest in the subject 8.51
7. The tutor was easy to approach for help outside the class 8.57
8. The tutor was well prepared for the tutorials 9.00
9. Overall the tutor was an effective teacher 9.16


Selected Feedback:
Lecturing:
“Lectures given in a very relaxed & inclusive manner – interesting & informative!”

“Interesting, attention keeping, efficient in verbal & visual.”

“Very knowledgeable, enthusiastic, funny, approachable.”

“I think that David is the best teacher any philosophy student could hope to be taught by. He has a cheery positive attitude and is easily approachable and friendly to talk to.”

“David Hunter is an excellent teacher and extremely approachable! The only piece of constructive criticism I can think of is that his voice is sometimes too soft.”

“If we didn't understand the topic he explained more deeply.”

“I have found David to be an excellent lecturer. He is careful to make sure everyone understands what he is talking about & is willing to clarify things until we understand.”

“David was excellent at teaching, and at stimulating interest & discussions about the topic.”

“He really makes me think, and is very approachable and helpful. The tutorials were well led and extremely productive & informative and worked well with the lectures.”

Tutoring:
“David is dedicated, thoughtful, helpful, approachable, available and overall the best Philosophy tutor I've encountered so far.”

“Understandable, answers my questions completely, constructive manner, enjoyable. This is the only tutorial that I've ever liked.”

“The tutorials were focused & well structured. The tutor made certain the discussion remained on topic. There was no fluff or irrelevant diversions that one gets in some tutorials. Overall, an excellent tutor.”

“David Hunter, a great tutor, he distribute materials in the tutorials very effectively. Very enthusiastic about his teaching. I recommend him to tutor in all philosophy course esp. Ethics. One of the great things about his teaching is that he motivates our interest in the course.”

“David kept the tutorials interesting, initiated class discussion and created an environment where I felt able to raise questions. He was very helpful outside of the class when I approached him regarding my essay. He has been one of the best tutors I've had at university.”

“David was knowledgeable and friendly. I'm not a philosophy major, so most of the ideas were new, but having a really helpful tutor made it easy for me to come up to the level of seasoned philosophy students in the class.”

“Questions & Discussions during class, going over what was covered in lectures, David is a very good tutor, his tutorials are well prepared and really interesting. He is very approachable outside of class, and during class it is easy to make comments and have discussion.”

Unsolicited Feedback:
2007
1. “Philosophy and Bioethics. David Hunter, who regularly comments on posts here at PEA Soup, has created this website, which, besides carrying a blog pertaining the philosophy and bioethics, has the aptly-named "Motherlode of Philosophy Journal Table of Contents, News, Blogs, and Resources," easily one of the most comprehensive and useful collections I've seen in a long time.” Dr. Daniel R. Boisvert, Department of Philosophy, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. PEA Soup

2. “An amazing site:
David Hunter (Ulster) has put together an amazing site that brings together the RSS feeds from all major ethics, bioethics, political theory and general philosophy journals (and, yes, of course, this list includes the Journal of Moral Philosophy!). It also includes bioethics news sources, ethics related blogs and a host of other philosophy resources.” Thom Brooks, Reader in Political and Legal Philosophy at the University of Newcastle (UK) and editor of the Journal of Moral Philosophy. The Brooks Blog

2006 University of Ulster
3. “Hello David,
I would like to reiterate my thanks on behalf of our Dean, Professor Anne Moran, and the Research Unit Coordinator for Education, Professor Rosalind Pritchard, for the excellent presentation and discussion last Friday. Most in the audience were 'new' to ethics and you dealt with all the questions most effectively and also most aimiably. The feedback was excellent and at least one colleague has written very warmly to both Anne and Rosalind about all you did.

Jackie Reilly took the evaluation forms to analyse and I will ask her for copies for you. I will also ask her to send her analysis. I believe there may be a few more out there, so I will chase those up too.

I intend to email your Head of School to record our appreciation. It was a measure of your success that people were so engaged with the issues on a warm Friday afternoon! Hope you had a rest at the week-end after such a demanding week.

Best wishes, Lesley
Dr Lesley Abbott
UNESCO Centre
School of Education
University of Ulster”

4. “Dear David
I just want to thank you for your excellent input to the School of Education training day last Friday. It really was highly beneficial. From a professional point of view, it certainly has helped me to have a much better understanding of key and other issues.
Thank you again.
John
PS We were at the same lunch table.
Dr. John Dallat
Senior Lecturer in Education
Course Director
PGC/Dip/Master's in Higher Education Practice”

5. “Hi David
Just a belated note to say thank you for the session on Monday- and apologies for arriving late (and leaving early!)- too many conflicting commitments

Really enjoyed the content and your style of delivery- so used to death by powerpoint presentation that your session was a real breath of fresh air- and added to the course in Ballymena- has really moved my understanding of ethics committees and ethical issues on!!
Thanks again
Marie

Dr Marie Murphy
Senior Lecturer Exercise Sciences
Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute”

6. “Hi David
I wish I had emailed you last week when I was panicking away. You have put me so much at ease and your advice is invaluable. If only all lecturers were like you. Many, many thanks again. And I hope you enjoy all the other presentations today. I have attached my attempt of a presentation on ‘Scarcity of Healthcare’.
Thanks. Donna.”

2004-05, Massey University:
7. “Well everyone, this is it. Tomorrow is the exam.
This I must say has been one of the most informative and interesting papers that I have done in my 4 years of extramural study. Much thanks to our lecturer Mr David Hunter who has assisted well above and beyond the norm.

For those of you who contributed to WebCT, the discussions have been in the most part helpful and informative.
The best of luck tomorrow for all of you.
Regards Stephen “

8. “By the way, in case I don’t get the chance again – thanks for how well you’ve presented the paper. I have read around a few of the topics and you have presented the ‘guts’ really clearly and succinctly. I also appreciate how you have been so willing to help with essays etc. And I will understand if you are too busy to critic my current thinking.
Regards
Raewyn”

9. “Dear David
Thanks again for looking through my exam outlines – its helpful to say the least!
I have really enjoyed both this paper and the practical ethics paper last year. It has been an interesting, thought provoking and often uncomfortable but enlivening journey.
Thanks for all your comments and your obvious skill in philosophy and your ability and assistance in making the course as accessible as possible.
I am not sure what else I will study in the field of philosophy but already feel it has greatly enriched my classroom teaching and collegial conversations.
Regards Raewyn”

10. “Dear Mr. Hunter,
Hello, how are you? Thank you very much for the revision and exam guide sheet you sent us students last week. It will be very helpful, and I have just been looking at it, and the 'meaning of life' last lesson of the course.
I notice on the last page of our study guide, in the 'congratulations for completing the course' box, there is mention of a ethical questionnaire. I have looked through my course materials but I cannot find this. I was wondering if you could advise me as to where this questionnaire is located in the course materials?
I will write to you again to check over my exam essay plan with you; I don't know whether my mark for the second assignment will be a pass because my view on abortion was not of the accepted norm of today, but I really want to do well for the exam, and pass the paper.
I have very much enjoyed the course, and I will definitely be taking the higher level ethics paper. Thank you very much for teaching me.

Yours Sincerely
Bradley “

11. “David
I am thinking about doing the business ethics course next semester so make it good.

My opinion is that in all of my Massey papers thus far the ethics study guide has been the best. Up until yours, I have not been overly impressed as I am used to the Otago material which is very polished an professional. (I am sucking up for good grades. Is that ethical?)

One change that I think would be more helpful is breaking the modules down further into weeks and give a summery of the learning goals at the beginning of each section.

The footnotes and directed reading is excellent.

The only real disastrous fault I have found is that if one leaves the study guide on the BBQ table overnight, all the pages get crinkly and some of the print becomes illegible.
May I suggest a built in automatic umbrella system.
Steve the second.”

 
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