STUDENT REVIEWS OF THE ONLINE COURSE

 PL 24 BIOMEDICAL ETHICS   SPRING 2002   
The views expressed here are by students of this course.  Their words are unedited.  There is material placed in bold by the instructor to highlight certain concerns.

FINAL VIEWS

FINAL ESSAYS on the  Course Itself

CULMINATING EXERCISE

FINAL VIEWS

OK, here we are at the end of the semester.  What does Biomedical Ethics now mean to you and why?  Does studying such matters do any good for anyone?

Subject: On studying biomedical ethics

Without getting into overly simple responses about definitions of morality and ethics, let me anwers these questions with an example: Yesterday I read an article on the front page of the New York Times about how seniors in Maine had to make "drug purchase runs" to Canada to buy cheaper medications than they could afford here. In addition to exposing heartbreaking cases, the article talked about politicial and personal health care strategies, including who gets what care -- sound familiar? Today, Monday, on Newsday p. 6, there's an article on early detection of ovarian cancer: research clinical trials, "fast track approval," etcs. 

These was a time when I always started the paper with the sports section. Now it's the other way around. I guess what I'm saying is that by raising my conscious awareness of bioethical issues, I certainly stand to benefit -- and maybe others, too.

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Subject: biomedical ethics

When I first started this class I thought we'd discuss whether or not abortion, euthanasia, etc was good or bad and why we felt that way.  I never thought that we would be applying many different theories and points of view to a particular situation.  Now I know that there are many different ways to look at the same thing and that one answer may not always be the best, sometimes it takes a little bit of each theory to fit your conception and beliefs.  I think studying ethics especially in the health field because there are so many moral issues to be discussed first of all and secondly, since I will be working in the healthcare field it's beneficial to be able to step back now and look at things at a different perspective.  To not just study philosophies but be able to apply them in real life.

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Subject: ethics

I am glad I took this class, I had no idea about the different ethical theories, and as I work each day, these issues are bought up regarding my interaction with the clients and their pets.  I think I will be a better person for being made more aware of these theories

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Subject: What biomedical ethics means to me.

Throughout the course I struggled on a few of the theorists.  I think sometimes it is hard to say what what other theorists believe and sometimes hard to understand why they believe certain things if you are brought up believing one way for so long.  Throughout the course I have opened myself up to looking more at what other theorys believe.  It doesnt have to mean you want to change what you believe in but it may open your eyes to new perspectives on why you believe what you believe as an individual.  I thinnk it laso makes you look at a perspective of the other individual in the situation and not as an outside opinion.

Subject: Biomedical ethics

What does biomedical ethics mean to me?  Well it means how situations in medicine are evaluated by looking at them from ethical viewpoints.  Biomedical ethics help us to formulate a decision about a delimma that is based on fact/theory and not just feelings.   Studying biomedical ethics is of great importance for anyone going into the medical field in any capacity.  Biomedical ethics will help you to look at situations from different viewpoints and arrive at the best conclusion.  It also shows you how some things are considered ethical but illegal at the same time.

Subject: BioMedical Ethics

BioMedical Ethics made me aware of the various ethical principals. As a nurse I deal with ethical decisions frequently. I think this should be a required course for all health care professionals.

Subject: Biomedicial ethics course

Biomedicial Ethics, now means to me the extent of how ethics are applied to medicial situations and how it should play a moe importnat part in everyones lives in determining what is morally right for indviduals and society as a whole.  It also taught me that there is no way to calculate the "1"  correct interpretation and application for every situation.

Studying Bio Med definlety matters and everyone should be required to take such a course.  It helps open your mind and think out of the self egoist mode.  

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Subject: Pretty Cool

Biomedical ethics means a lot more than it did before I took this class.  I think about situations differently.  Whenever I hear ethical cases I think to myself what would Kant say or Natural Law or Rawls.  It's funny and weird at the same time.  I think all health professionals should be mandated to take a course like this. 

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Subject: Biomedical Ethics

Biomedical ethics means in my opinion the veiw in which you view a medical situation.I think studing these matters is effective beacse it enables you to plug different theories into the senerios.  although some of the theories may not have been what my reaction to a situation may have been but it helps you to understand someone else's view points.

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Subject: CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Congratulations guys!  We got through it!  It was cool progressing through this class and engaging in discussions with all of you the way we did.  I can't believe almost 4 months went this fast.  Well good luck to all of you in whatever you do.  BYE!

Subject: what it means to me

Biomedical ethics meant a lot to me in the beginning, hence the reason I chose to sign up for this course over any other. I even had to fight with the chair of my department to allow her to give me credit for this course as a humanities elective, because an ethics course is considered ethics at Schenectady CCC, but I had to say that Suffolk CCC says it's a philosophy course and all that, so finally I was successful. Anyways I had never realized some of the ethical issues that could arise in situations, I think the case scenarios helped me realize what isssues people deal with on a daily basis. Studying these matters definitely sheds light onto a subject that is ordinarily ignored.


DOCUMENT by: Philip Pecorino

Subject: Course Improvement Discussion 2 Start: 5-13-02 End:5-15-02                 

OK, what can we do to make this course better and why do you think so?

What seems to work well, the best, the least?

Try not to rate things by the amount of work involved.

 Please attempt an evaluation based on its effectiveness in assisting you to achieve the learning objectives or intended outcomes.

 We know that the course required a great deal of time, effort and labor on your part.  Here is where we can express whether the labor was worth it in terms of contributing to the goals for the course. Those goals were set by both the instructor and the students.  For those of you who wanted to take a course like this because you wanted to learn about how others thought about ethical issues, well, did you get to learn about such things?

For those of you who were looking to find answers to questions are you now in a better position to go about that task?

 Subject: On making the course better, as if that's possible . . .

Professor, something tells me this is a put-up question -- you know, something you're required by the higher-ups to ask the students regarding feedback (Or else, nothing personal, but you have serious ego issues and really ought to talk to someone about it.) You see, you've asked similar questions in other parts of the course, and most of us keep replying, THIS IS THE BEST DAMN COURSE WE'VE EVER TAKEN! You've done everyhting an online student could ask for and then some. When I first began the modules, I had a kind of intellectual curiosity about what everything was all about. I also wondered who I am, what I stand for, and what my values are. The intensely personal topics in the modules have led me in the direction of those answers. For example, I now know some of the moral dilemmas that will make me circle the wagons and fight, and others that make me yawn. If I'm lucky, I'll keep searching and searching for those ethical answers, never really knowing if they're the "right" answer, but at least they're uniquely mine.

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Subject: Course Improvements

I think the way the whole course was set up was very good and highly educational.  By structuring the discussions around practical, real-life scenarios it helped to reinforce the information.  At the end of the course, I had a very good understanding of each of the theories and how to apply them.  The case studies were also helpful but very time consuming.  For some of the modules it was hard to find a particular case to write about.  The only thing I really didn't like about the course was the textbook that was chosen.  I didn't like how the book was set up (within each chapter).  I want to be able to look up a theory in regards to a moral issue and not have to spend forever searching through the book for something I can quote or something that would help me to understand the theory's position better.

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Subject: improvements

I found the written assignments tedious, I understand that they were to help me understand the concepts, and were to help me defend an argument or theory, but after a while, it stopped being interesting.  Perhaps a different kind of assignment could be thrown in instead to break of the routine.

also, what was the real basis for the case studies? What was I supposed to learn from them?

In regards to the other students, I liked to learn about how the other students feel and think about the theories. They helped me to clarify my thoughts

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Subject: about the course

Without sounding repetative, I enjoyed this course.  I am not the type of person that thinks of only myself.  I am a very giving and helpful person.  Everyday that I go out on the ambulance and try to save a life I think of the other person and not myself, but I also think about the situation fully.  The after effects, whats going to happen to that person down the road, what if I was in the situation, what would I do.  In the questions you asked about how would someoone in this position look at it in different theorys, I think the one thing you could change to possibly make conversation betwen class mates more personal is maybe ask what they as a student think in their own words instead of always thinking in a different theory.  Nobody is wrong or right when it comes to how they feel about a situation or how they handle a situation.  Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and own thoughts.  I think it might make for more conversation and participation between students. 

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Subject: course improvements

Well professor P, we have finally come to the end, and what a long road it took to get here.  The way you set up the course was excellent.  The discussions were a good way to learn.  I liked how you and the other students kept me on the right path if I started to deviate from it.  But some system needs to be derived that keeps everyone involved, and not a select few doing all of the commenting and critiquing, but unfortunately I have no ideas on how to do this.  The structured environment was also very conducive to learning.  It kept you on track and didn't let you fall behind.  As for the case studdies, I did not see the point of these.  I found them very time consuming and most of the time I was struggling to get them done and could not learn any extra info from them.  But I will say they helped me to learn to navigate the net more effectively.  Finally, I liked how you would pose questions to the students when we were having trouble.  This forced us to find and understand the info, as opposed to you just regurgitating it to us.  All in all, my first on-line class was a excellent experience.  If I decide to take another on-line class I hope I can learn as much as I did in this class.  Thank you for an enjoyable semester.

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Subject: Course content

This is my first on-line class.  Whether this class was offered on line or in a classroom, I do not think any changes would have to made.  The content to be learned was clear, well communicated and the schedule was effective in keeping us alert and involved throughout the whole course.  All areas of the required work only helped build on a better understanding of how to apply, understand and relate to the real world. Thank you for this great experience. I also learned how to navigate the web, I was lost at first with the case studies.  The case studies helped us even more relate to real stories and situations.  I've learned to dedicate so much time to this class, and became eager to see what everyone replied now I don't know what I'm going to do with my "free" time. Ha- Ha.  I am though really going to miss this class.

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Subject: one thing to make it better

I enjoyed the course and thought it was presented well. The one thing to make it better would be to have the class maybe take on different ethical theory in a forum and have to present a case for that ethical theory given a certain situation or case study. This would help in understanding the variances between each theory and also bring a little controversy and debate into the course. Having to support a theory you do not really believe in is an excellent way to get into the mind set behind that theory.

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Subject: Course Objectives

Leaving work load aside, I think the course did exactly what it set out to do.  And it did it in a very effective way. 

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Subject: course improvements

I enjoyed this class but I do feel that I would have rather told my point of view on some of the scenarios rather then applied the theories you asked for. I do now have a better understanding of different theories but I feel that sometimes it is challenging to write how someone else would feel about a situation rather then what I felt.

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Subject: improvements

I don't think there is that much of a need for improvement. However, I would suggest one thing that I mentioned in the written assignment. I think the case studies are a great idea, but I personally think they would be more effective if 1 or 2 people did a case study and we actually talked about the case as it would pertain to the module we were in. If you had someone do a case study for euthanasia, then you could have them do it the module before and hand it in so you could see what they have and then in the next module for euthanasia have people read the information then comment on it and have a discussion about the case studies. Maybe, maybe not?? other than that I have to commend you on your efforts in making this course as successful as it was.

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FINAL ESSAYS

Subject: Written Assignment - Due:12-15-02               

Answer each of the questions below and submit 

1. Which of the issues covered this semester has been the most important and why so?

2. Which of the issues covered this semester has meant anything to you personally and why so?

3. Why are not more people aware of these troublesome questions, issues or problems?

4. Now that you have been educated as to these issues in Biomedical Ethics in what way will they have any consequence in your life?

5. Are you in a better position now to think about and handle these issues using ethical principles?

J  S

1. Most important issue: For me, it was unquestionably Is National Health Care a Right? Looking back at the admittedly little I know about government, politics, law, and philisophy, much of it has centered on debates about rights, duties, obligations, and social contracts -- between people, and the people they choose to protect them. Once we get past basic ethical concepts, history, and principles, much of the deabtes over euthanasia, abortion, organt transplants, etc., are latter day issues affecting only a single segment of the population. A national health care system is something affecting EVEYRONE and has done so for centuries. Looking at the problems my grandparents have getting affordable medications, the "group purchase trips" seniors in Maine make to Canada for drugs, and everyone's expectation of the highest care possible, this, for me, is a national priority. 

2. Personal issue: For better or worse, I think I have more than my share of testosterone. I believe in lotsa sex -- but the safe, responsible kind. For this reason, the issues of STDs and abortion have been most personally interesting. As for abortion, been there, done that; certainly my fault as much as the other person's; and while I wouldn't want anyone to have to go that route, I want those who do to do it with full social protection and freedom of choice. As for STDs, well, without getting too personal, let me just say that this is a matter of awesome responsibility for anyone who is sexual active. And certainly, this course has taught me much about responsibility. 

3. Why are people not more aware of these issues? Gee, where do I start? First of all, people generally have only a superficial awareness of these issues from PEOPLE Magazine and Oprah and America's Most Wanted. And long waits in their doctors' offices. To really appreciate the topic, you have to study it -- and that means to read a book on it or take a course. Only two percent of adult Americans are regular book readers (defined as voluntarily reading four or more books per year,) and most of them go to Munson only if everything else is gone or the local bookstore has burned down. That leaves courses, like this one on the college level. Now, this is a "niche" course, taken only be a select interested few. I think we've considerable winnowed this number down enough already. But if that weren't enough, the rest of the civilized out there is too busy watching Oprah or Survivor or copying DVDs to give a damn. Bottom line: people might bitch a lot, but at the end of the day, very few people really care. 

4 and 5. Biomedical ethics and lifetime consequences; better position to handle these principles: I'm lumping these two questions together because they have the same general answer. Living an ethical life, however one defines that, and using ethical principles, comes down to three things for me: ASKING the questions; BECOMING aware of the possible avenues open to me; and acting RESPONSIBLY, however I define that. I found early on in the course that I internalized the questions and tried to frame issues around them. And it's really the questions that are important, and the search for the answers, rather than the answers themselves. The asking and awareness pieces are the internal parts of he ethical dialogue; the responsibility is the external piece. So, yes, I think my grounding in this course has left me much better equipped to deal with life's slings and ethical arrows. 

S D

The cloning issue is the most important because to me this seems like the scientific community has gone into another frame of science.  It is a disturbing issue, and the world needs to respond appropriately 

the cloning issue was the most important to me, this issue is new to the public, and I find the thought of this very disturbing, I like to know the different ethical arguments that can be used to deal with this issue.

I think most people find getting thru everyday life very difficult, they get wrapped up in their own problems, and don't see what is going on around them until they have to experience it themselves.  then it becomes and issue. 

these issues will impact my life in how I conduct myself when dealing with people and difficult situations.  I believe that while I don't believe in one absolute theory, that I may be able to take what I got out of one or two of the theories, and use them to help guide me in how I handle problems and issues.

G  R

1) For me, I think the most important topic we discussed was the infertility and different options of fertitlty.  My one big fear in my life is to not be able to have children when it comes down to that time.  I have always loved children and want to have some of my own after school is done.  My life has been coming together and I have had several medical problems and I just pray I am able to have children.  That topic for me was an informative one and helped me look at different options in the case of being infertile. 

2) I answered this question in with the first. 

3) I think most people are not aware of these issues and problems because in today's society people deal with things as problems or events come up in their own lives.  If someone doesn't have medical problems they don't need to deal with it so they shut the whole idea out.  Everyone has their own problems whether they be health related or not.  There are so many things in the world to worry about that people don't take the time to look at everything. 

4) I am currently ina health field and plan to stay in it one way or another.  I am 26 and am looking forward to many upcoming events in my life.  I have been in college since i graduated high school and had to start over in a different field after an injury,  Dealing with different aspects of the health field as I have been on the receiving, healing, and educating ends of the spectrum, I think the things I take with me from this course will always be there. 

5) I wouldn't say I am totally in a comfortable position to be able to handle all the issues brought up in this course if they come up in my life but I can say I am in a slight better position and am ahead of most people who never take a course like this one.

 

C   A 

1.)  The issues covered that were most important to me are:

           Chapter 6 on Autonomy, truth telling and confidentiality for a couple of reasons.   The first is obvious because throughout my education this topic was briefly discussed.  As a Massage Therapist this issue is very important and I am now aware of the diferent situations a care givers may be involved in and with. Exposure to rights and confidentiality as enlightened  and will help me a more compassionate care giver. It taught me more of the legalities of the topic as well. 

          Chapter 11 on the Claim to Health Care.  This was extremely important because by family has had experienced many challenges with the care for my 96 year old grandmother who has Altimer?s.  It was sickening what she as gone through in getting care.  She had a little money and could not be placed in a Nursing home because Medicare wouldn't

cover her and she didn't have enough financial means to be placed.  There a lot more to the story but I think you get the jist.  So that is why it was a great topic and I learned alot of how our society is faulty and how a perfect solution is impossible.  

2.)   I basically answered this in the first question, but I think that all the topics have open my eyes and mind so all were important and some I didn't even think about or weren't aware of.  Now I am. I can now look and think about an issue with moral regard and apply ethics to myself and to society. 

3.)  I think more people aren't aware of these troublesome questions that those that are because people would have to feel and think.  Most people are as you say Egoist, only concerned about immediate situations in their own lives and don't care about the world as a whole.  Or people think in general, I will never be inflicted or have to worry about this issues.  Wrong , some time or another people do.  Then they are devastated and can't function and play the poor me syndrome .  Instead of being more active in the world problems. 

4.)   The effect taking this class will and does have on me, is that I will pay more attention to what is going on in the world and try to personally apply ethical and moral reasoning to how this issues effect us all.  I rarely watched the news or read the newspaper.  I didn't pay attention, now I do and will continue to.  

5.)  Yes, definitely I am in a better position to think and handle these issues.  Instead ignoring, I have learned to think rationally and encompass all of the views of the ethical positions we learned about.   I may not always be able to apply them correctly, but I'm open to them.  I don't believe just one is correct so having learned so many views only

helps broaden the understanding and implications to situations.    It helped be learn how everything effects everything and everybody one way or another.  Whether right or wrong, good or bad. 

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S  S

1.  I think all of the issues covered this semester were equally important.  All of the modules presented a medical issue that almost everyone may encounter at some point in their life/career.  Giving a basic overview of the most widely discussed topics worked out a lot better than spending the whole semester on a handful of topics that may only mean something to a few people. 

2.  The modules covering patient's rights, truth and consent and the care of the dying really meant the most to me personally.  Working in the physical therapy field, an integral part of the evaluation and treatment process is explaining to the patient what is treatments you would like to do but before you begin you need to have the consent of the patient.  Also physical therapists are often the middle men, stuck between the doctor and the ROC and their family.  Care of the dying really hit home this semester when my friend's mother had been diagnosed with terminal cancer.  Her doctors treated her with chemo/radiation for a month and a half before stopping upon a mutual decision reached between my friend's mom and her doctors.  She died not long after being taken off chemo/radiation but she died not suffering from the complications that come along with chemo therapy.  Had her doctors not agreed to allow her to die with dignity she would still be suffering.   

3.  People don't discuss these sort of issues because ordinarily they don't affect them.  Unless someone gives birth to a severely impaired newborn or has a family member that is terminally ill and wants to die in peace but the doctor won't let them they're not concerned.  People go on the assumption that bad things won't happen to them.  That their child is going to be born healthy or that they will never need to be put on a kidney transplant waiting list.  It isn?t until these issues affect people personally that they begin to care and realize that they could have just as easily been in that same position. 

4.  I think I will continue to look at things differently now.  It has also given me a better perspective on things.  I am now able to see things from different points of view (from the doctor, ROC, family of the ill, etc.).  It also gives me a sense of appreciation in knowing how hard it really is to make a decision that is going to effect a lot of people and if it's not the right one, it may haunt you for the rest of your life. 

5.  I?m definitely in a better position to handle any medical issue that may arise.  Learning about all of the ethical theories, allowed me the opportunity to pick and choose which ones I feel go along with my personal beliefs. 

J  D

            One of the most important issues covered in Biomedical Ethics this semester was that of termination. I believe it was important because it has so many controversial elements yet is something we are faced with every day. Perhaps the most important was that of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide as it involved many ethical complexities and it was extremely interesting to analyze how each of the major ethical theories could be used as a scale to measure the rationale behind this issue. The idea of termination is also misunderstood and feared by many people. Whether it was abortion, impaired infants or euthanasia that we studied in detail, the issue of termination as it related to each of those subjects provided a stimulating and thought provoking discussion. 

            Of personal interest to me in this course was nursing and medical ethics. As a registered nurse it was thought provoking to view situations I deal with quite often from a different scope. The issues of a nurse's responsibility to a care seeker's well-being and healthcare in comparison to the duties to the institution really hit home. This was personal as there is always the call of what is morally and ethically correct with regard to restrictions put into place by the institution one works for compared to what is in the best interest of the person receiving medical care. Many of the ethical dilemmas that were studied were extremely familiar to me and it was nice to tie in ethical principles to how each matter had been addressed. 

            Many of the issues that we studied are brought up on the news on a regular basis. The general public hears about abortion, scarce medical resources, cloning, infertility and a host of other issues. The reason people are not aware is that when these issues are addressed, it is rare to have opinions based upon ethics related along with the various story. Usually it is related to a political or statutory ideal, which is rather shallow when one can now apply other ethical principles to each dilemma. Ethics is not commonly taught in educational institutions, which leaves many people blind to the ethical dilemmas surrounding many issues. This transcends past the medical field as can be clearly seen in business situations such as Enron and other notable political scandals. 

            I was familiar with many of the issues raised in Biomedical Ethics through my work as a registered nurse throughout my career. The way this course study will change my life is in how I will measure the standards placed on decisions made regarding these issues. The personal consequence in my life will be to understand the viewpoints of others and the basis from where their ethical views are founded. 

            I am very much in a better position to handle ethical issues as I have always relied on what I thought was intrinsically the right thing to do when faced personally with many of these same issues. Already, I find myself applying the principles learned and it has helped me in my understanding of those I work with professionally as well as being a more compassionate and understanding caregiver to those people that rely on my services.

K  M

1. I really liked the issue of euthanasia. One being I didn't know what it was and I was very interested in learning about physician assisted suicide and why people were for and against it.  

2. Personally the issue of abortion was probably the most important issue to me. I just have a huge issue with people using abortion as a form of birth control. I think that people should be more careful of the situations they are getting themselves into and realize that anytime sexual intercourse happens that the idea of someone getting pregnant is always an option whether it be a slim chance or huge chance. I think that people shouldn't be having sex until they are fully ready and willing to have a child, and if they don't want a child then either they should have sex or one of them should become sterilized. There's too many people that have kids that either they don't want or can't afford. Alright I better stop cause I could go on and on about this topic because it really frustrates me!!! 

3. I think that people like to have a one track mind and avoid the issues at hand or in fact think of as it won't happen to me. Truth being these issues are real and there is no faking them, so step up to the plate and take it for what it is, because life has it's way of throwing a curve ball every once and awhile and if you're not careful one may hit you.

4. I would have to say that this course has helped me see things from many different perspectives. Since I'm going to be a doctor these issues at hand are things I will have to deal with every day of my life. 

5. I thought I was in a good position to judge things ethically before taking this course, but I do have to say that I have learned so much and I can actually see a good side and a bad side to an issue I never thought I could see a good side to. I can actually see a good side to having abortions. I now can handle a situation that I used to feel soo strongly for or against and was in fact too stubborn to realize there could be some logical reason for the side I didn't agree with. This course definitely helped me see that.

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CULMINATING EXERCISE

PL 24   SPRING   2002  CULMINATING EXERCISE 

Part 1: What did you like best about this course? 

 What I liked best about this course is that I felt comfortable in expressing my anwsers without feeling I was being judged.  When entering my position on scenario's, other students and yourself helped to clarify when I wan't quite getting it.  I didn't feel I was being attacked for being wrong.  It was constructive criticizm. It helped me to learn.  Also, I liked how we could view all the material.  I mean in realtion to a inclass setting.  In a classroom, you can have many people stating opinions and it is forgotten as soon as you leave the room.  By having a constant access to the the modules helped.  

Part 2: What specific things do you think could be improved in the structure or design of the course and learning activities? 

 Although this was my first on -line class and I do not have anything to compare it with I do not feel anything should be changed.  It was a great way to take this class.   

Part 3: How would you improve the quality and participation in course discussions/interactions? 

 I think that the quality and participation was important and was utlitized to the max.  Everyone for the most part participated and respond with each other . I do not know how this could be improved.  

Part  4:   What changes would you suggest be made to the pacing or sequence of the content and activities for this course? (e.g., were the due dates doable for you? Were the course materials sequenced well?) 

It took a great amount of dedication and commitment to completed the assignments, but it was definelty do able.  I'm  going to school full-time and working 30 hours a week and was able to complete everthing on time. You have to have the proper motivation, not all will have that.  Its a personal choice, that doesn't require you to change any aspects of the course.  

Part 5:  What changes would you suggest be made to the quantity of work required for this course? 

 There are no changes that I would or could suggest to be me made in regards to the quality of the work required.  Everything helped support our access to learning what we needed to. It may not have seemed so at the time, but in the end all the requirements helped enrich the material and apllication to real life scenario's.

Part 6:  How could the course be improved in terms of my interaction, participation, and management of the course? 

 personally, you always responded in a timley matter and I never felt ignored.  

Part 7:  What other suggestions, comments, or recommendations would you have for the instructor? 

None, at this time .  It was a great learning experince I will never forget. 

 

Part 1: What did you like best about this course? 

 What I liked about this course was that I could work on it at any time of day or night.  Also the fact that their was always a specific deadline for an assignment, this helped me to schedule my time.   

Part 2: What specific things do you think could be improved in the structure or design of the course and learning activities? 

 The only thing I would change in the structure would be if a way could be created so that if a person were commenting on another persons comments, that you knew who were talking to whom. 

Part 3: How would you improve the quality and participation in course discussions/interactions? 

 I think perhaps the teacher needs to try to make comments on a daily base, this would help on the flow of responses

Part  4:   What changes would you suggest be made to the pacing or sequence of the content and activities for this course? (e.g., were the due dates doable for you? Were the course materials sequenced well?) 

the do dates were mostly doable, but it got kind of boring or repetative to have to do the same thing week after week, perhaps two case studies should be do one week, and no written asssignment, or one written assignment due and some other sort of thing.   

Part 5:  What changes would you suggest be made to the quantity of work required for this course? 

 I think the case studies should start earlier in the course so that when the group project is taking place, you are not trying to cram in everything in the final two weeks, as students are also taking other classes that have term papers due and major exams.

Part 6:  How could the course be improved in terms of my interaction, participation, and management of the course? 

 just that it would be easier or better to get the idea of what is being discussed, if the teacher could comment on a daily basis of every other day basis 

Part 7:  What other suggestions, comments, or recommendations would you have for the instructor?none

 

 Part 1: What did you like best about this course? 

 This being my first online class, I found it easier to discuss things online with fellow classmates then I do normally in a regular classroo setting.  I liked the way it was set up to be able to talk to students and ask questions when necessary. 

Part 2: What specific things do you think could be improved in the structure or design of the course and learning activities? 

 I think it would be nice to be able to discuss with people in the class what their own thoughts would be on a particular subject.  Some epoeple do add in their own view but some just answer the question at hand and don't put their own input into the conversatio at hand. 

Part 3: How would you improve the quality and participation in course discussions/interactions? 

 Well I think it is hard to improve the  participation unless you ask question that people can answer with their own views and personality instead of thinking on a different point of view.  Which don't get me wrong is good too.  I do like thinking about other theorys and how other people would look at things but its more personable when you add your own thought to it and sometimes easier for people to communicate better.

Part  4:   What changes would you suggest be made to the pacing or sequence of the content and activities for this course? (e.g., were the due dates doable for you? Were the course materials sequenced well?) 

I think the amount of time given was doable and very good.  It gives you enough time to look up things either in newspapers or online as well as being able to work and do your other work for the people who take more then one class and have a fll time job.  It is one of the major reasons I took an online class.  I want to graduate this semester and the only way for me to fit everything in is to try it online while working and taking other classes. 

Part 5:  What changes would you suggest be made to the quantity of work required for this course?

Part 6:  How could the course be improved in terms of my interaction, participation, and management of the course?

 I think you should let people know mor ewhen they are on the right track.  Sometimes I wasnt sure if you didn't write anything back to me if you looked at it or if I was correct in my thinking. 

Part 7:  What other suggestions, comments, or recommendations would you have for the instructor?

 

Part 1: What did you like best about this course? 

 I liked the structure of the course.  The way it was set up forced you to stay up on your readings and assignments.  The student led discussions also were helpful in my learning.  The professor and other students were there to help you if you were having trouble.  You were not forced to do it all on your own.   

Part 2: What specific things do you think could be improved in the structure or design of the course and learning activities? 

I think something needs to be done about the case studies.  They realy did not further my learning, they just seemed to take up a lot of time.  Maybe something else could be done instea. more discussion questions? 

Part 3: How would you improve the quality and participation in course discussions/interactions? 

 Possible stated minimal standards could be set for the discussions.  Something like, you must answer all the questions, ask at least 3 questions regarding your classmates answers, and comment on at least three classmates answers.  Or perhaps make an earl;ier  deadline for response to discussion questions so it forces people to be involved earlier in the week, leaving more time for discussion.

Part  4:   What changes would you suggest be made to the pacing or sequence of the content and activities for this course? (e.g., were the due dates doable for you? Were the course materials sequenced well?)

all seemed good 

Part 5:  What changes would you suggest be made to the quantity of work required for this course?

 Just some change to the case study, it just seemed like extra busy work, I did not get much from them.  But the overall work load was satisfactory, and it realy made you learn the material.

Part 6:  How could the course be improved in terms of my interaction, participation, and management of the course?

 Again as above in answer 3, possibly some different deadlines and requirements for the discussion areas.  So as not to have an early week discussion, and then have the stragglers come in the day before it was due, post their remarks and do no discussion

Part 7:  What other suggestions, comments, or recommendations would you have for the instructor? 

Not much.  Professor Pecorino this was a great class.  I learned many things about biomedical ethics, and myself as well.  I think you did a great job with this class.  I realy enjoyed it.  Thank you for a great semester.

Part 1: What did you like best about this course? 

 The course was well organized and easy to understand the assignment schedule and corresponding readings. It was also interesting to learn about the ethical theories that relate to day-to-day decisions faced in my work life. Using the decision scenario's to apply the various ethical policies was also very useful and helped apply the theoretical values to real life issues. 

Part 2: What specific things do you think could be improved in the structure or design of the course and learning activities? 

 As stated before, the structure and design of the course were well presented throughout. As far as learning activities, it would be have been interesting to have a presentation format such as PowerPoint to enhance the group project. 

Part 3: How would you improve the quality and participation in course discussions/interactions? 

 It would have been interesting to assign two or three people as a small group to bounce ideas and thoughts to one another separate from the entire group chat. 

Part  4:   What changes would you suggest be made to the pacing or sequence of the content and activities for this course? (e.g., were the due dates doable for you? Were the course materials sequenced well?)

No changes or suggestions as far as pacing or content sequence. It would have been helpful to share some of the activities/essays from other students to get an idea of what is considered an ideal work product. For those who are working professionals in with rotating shifts, a little more flexibility in the deadline dates would be helpful. 

Part 5:  What changes would you suggest be made to the quantity of work required for this course?

 The quantity of work was acceptable. Just maybe more flexibility as far as deadlines to facilitate those who have full time careers.

Part 6:  How could the course be improved in terms of my interaction, participation, and management of the course?

 Interaction was fine and there was guidance after each written assignment. Also the few times I called to discuss issues; you were also accessible and professional.

Part 7:  What other suggestions, comments, or recommendations would you have for the instructor?

Only other suggestion would be to provide more clarity on what was wanted from each assignment or essay in order to feel more confident that the issues were being correctly addressed.

Part 1: What did you like best about this course?

 I liked the way the information (theories) kept getting reinforced by applying them to each module.  I also think that setting up the discussions and assigning each letter of the alphabet a different theory each time.  This allowed each member of the class the opportunity to apply each theory and see how each would handle the situation.   

Part 2: What specific things do you think could be improved in the structure or design of the course and learning activities? 

 I don't think that there is anyway to improve upon the course.  Setting up a class online is very difficult but the format for which this class was setup seemed to help things flow smoothly and promote optimal learning. 

Part 3: How would you improve the quality and participation in course discussions/interactions?

 In order to stimulate more discussion, it may be necessary to impose a minimum number of responses that each person has to make.  For example, each person might need to make at least two replies in a given discussion in addition to responding to the question.  Also maybe if you stepped in when you saw that there wasn't much discussion and brought up issues to talk about that maybe others hadn't thought of.

Part  4:   What changes would you suggest be made to the pacing or sequence of the content and activities for this course? (e.g., were the due dates doable for you? Were the course materials sequenced well?)

The due dates for all assignments were more than doable.  A week is plenty of time to complete a module and submit a written assignment and/or case study.  I think that the order of the modules was also fine.  I don't think there was much skipping around from one end of the healthcare spectrum to the other. 

Part 5:  What changes would you suggest be made to the quantity of work required for this course?

 I really don't think that there was that much work required that would have been required had the class had been set on a campus somewhere.  Occasionaly a few of the case studies took a long time in order to find a case to discuss and then find 4 different articles containing ethical opinion.  (Especially articles that were written by a philosopher, theologian, medical professional, etc. - most were written by support or activist groups.) 

Part 6:  How could the course be improved in terms of my interaction, participation, and management of the course?

 At the very beginning of the course you were very much involved in the discussions but by the end your amount of participation had declined.  I don't know if it was because we started understanding the theories more and there was no need for you to be as involved.  I feel that there were times when your participation was needed but nothing we couldn't figure out eventually. 

Part 7:  What other suggestions, comments, or recommendations would you have for the instructor? 

No other suggestions.  I think that for this being my first online class it was a very positive experience.  Glad to have participated and I learned a lot for all of this.

 

Part 1: What did you like best about this course? 

 Survey done last month. Thanks, professor. Have a great summer.

Part 2: What specific things do you think could be improved in the structure or design of the course and learning activities?

 None. Well, maybe stroke the poorer students a little more.

Part 3: How would you improve the quality and participation in course discussions/interactions? 

 Seems right to me.

Part  4:   What changes would you suggest be made to the pacing or sequence of the content and activities for this course? (e.g., were the due dates doable for you? Were the course materials sequenced well?) 

As this year, start at a moderate pace, build up toward the middle, and slow down toward the end, when students' interest is waning. 

Part 5:  What changes would you suggest be made to the quantity of work required for this course? 

 Some slight diminution in, or emphasis on, the case studies, which I didn't think was as worthwhile as the didactic portion. 

Part 6:  How could the course be improved in terms of my interaction, participation, and management of the course? 

 Can't. Keep it anonymous, learner-driven, and interactive. 

Part 7:  What other suggestions, comments, or recommendations would you have for the instructor? 

None.

Part 1: What did you like best about this course?

 I liked the class structure and how the course was ran. This was by far the most successful internet course I have taken. I look forward to taking other online courses in hopes they run as smoothly as this one. I think the amount of work was fair and the assignments were fair as well. 

Part 2: What specific things do you think could be improved in the structure or design of the course and learning activities?

 I think the case studies are a great idea, but maybe you could assign 2 or 3 people for each module to do a case study then put up their cases and have the class discuss the cases for one of the discussions. You could have someone look up the case study for euthanasia in the previous module so we could have time to read about the case then discuss it in the proper module. It's just a thought.  

Part 3: How would you improve the quality and participation in course discussions/interactions?

 I think  maybe to get more people to respond to the discussion set a limit as to how many postings one person should make per module, because it appears that some people just post their thoughts and leave and don't bother to read everyone elses. Yes I am guilty of this at some points cause I'm in a hurry, but I think requiring a certain amount would hopefully encourage more people to respond. or at least say put yoy information in the discussion and respond to at least 2 other classmates. That's what my college comp class online did.

Part  4:   What changes would you suggest be made to the pacing or sequence of the content and activities for this course? (e.g., were the due dates doable for you? Were the course materials sequenced well?) 

Everything was definitely doable if I had my week planned out in advance. I never had a lot of time on the weekends so it was nice to have pretty much all day monday to brush up on some of the points in the assignments. 

Part 5:  What changes would you suggest be made to the quantity of work required for this course?

 I think the workload was sufficient 

Part 6:  How could the course be improved in terms of my interaction, participation, and management of the course?

 I think you pretty much knew when to participate and when to let the discussion continue as they were going. 

Part 7:  What other suggestions, comments, or recommendations would you have for the instructor?

I would just have to say that I hope you continue to teach online courses because you definitely have mastered the most successful way to teach a course online. I really hope that other teachers were able to see the way you taught it and I hope people can learn from you. I also want to apologize for not getting this in on time. this is finals week for me and I had finals monday and tuesday, and I worked all day today, I actually just got time to do them. Sorry for being a little late.

 

 

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