eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Brian Kajiyama

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SPED480B, Summer II 2015
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SPED304, Fall 2013
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Brian Kajiyama: SPED480B, Summer II 2015

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Special Education
Course: SPED 480B - Tech for Chldn w/Dis: El/SpEd Crn (Section): 4161 (441)    
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  
4.06 16 1.12 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (38%) 6 (38%) 1 (6%) 3 (19%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
2.0 15 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 15 (100%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 18 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 18 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 18 0.24 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 17 (94%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 17 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 17 (100%)
6. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 18 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 18 (100%)
7. The instructor presented concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 18 0.24 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 17 (94%)
8. The grading system was clearly explained.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 18 0.24 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 17 (94%)
9. Assignments and assessments in this course were related to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 18 0.24 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 17 (94%)
10. Assignments were returned in a timely manner.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 18 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 16 (89%)
11. The instructor provided specific meaningful feedback.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 18 0.24 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 17 (94%)
12. The instructor was accessible to students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 18 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 16 (89%)
13. What did you like best about the course?
That he was personable and went out of his way to make sure that we all knew when the due dates were. He even sent us reminders the day of. Super helpful when we have busy schedules.
Brian is an amazing inspiration. It's so great to take a SPED class from an instructor who has disabilities. This course has completely changed my outlook on people with disabilities and how I can best assist my SPED students as an elementary school teacher.
I really enjoyed the hands on experiences of this course. All of our course work was extremely valuable and our face to face sessions were filled with rich activities such as making assistive technology devices. We were more than a class, we were a community and I really appreciated that kind of atmosphere.
I liked diving into the world of assistive technology. I feel like I gained great experience in using digital technology.
I really enjoyed everything about this course. The teacher was very knowledgable. I like that the teacher was always prepared. Face to face classes as well as BBC classes were very engaging. I loved the learning trip to the zoo!! My favorite part of the course was the making digital story book!
I enjoyed the trip to the zoo, the chance to be outside and see cute animals and work in small groups. I enjoyed all of the projects. And all of the videos.
I liked how students got to express more of their opinion, thoughts, or feedback on the readings and videos instead of just regurgitating information. I liked how the course material wasn't strictly chapters from the textbook. I appreciated the variety in getting students to learn content and information related to the course objectives. I like how BbC sessions were run where student quotes from previous Laulima postings directed the discussion.
very informative
I really enjoyed this course! This course has been one of my favorites by far. I learned so many valuable things that I will definitely apply in the future. I also liked how genuine, honest and thoughtful our professor is in this course. I really appreciate ALL of the things he does for his students. I am amazed of how he works in this profession. He is inspiring! Also, he has got very good communication skill to explain the subject in a simple and systematic way, which will make any student comfortable and confident about the subject. Brian is one of the best teachers I ever had in my life and I strongly believe that he is a great asset to the UH staff!
The fun projects were so engaging and is something I will use in my future classroom. I also appreciated how the instructor effectively communicated with the class. The field trip was a bonus and so was creating our bubble fan project.
Having Brian as the instructor. It was great to hear first hand experiences for someone that uses so much hi-tech AT. He was also very inspiring.
I liked that the activities were directly related to what we would use in our classes for AT. The assignments were a stepping stone to generate original ideas for how to create lessons which represent UDL.
I liked that Brian was humorous, approachable, knowledgeable and inspiring. He scaffolded learning and did his best to explain or clarify projects so that students knew exactly what to expect at each class and from him as an instructor.
Brian Kajiyama teaching us the variety of assistive technology that will help our future students reach his or her goals. I also liked how Brian introduced us to people who persevered in their life to accomplish their dreams.
Gave me insight and experience to topics i would have not been able to learn.
Meaningful application of tech that I can actually use
14. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Nothing that I can think of he was great!
Honestly, I think he did an amazing job. He was on it all the time, constantly sent us friendly reminders, returned work in a timely manner, and was very easy to speak with.
The only thing that I would say is that the reflection for the final project was a little bit long. A lot of us had a hard time reflecting for five to eight pages. Other than that, don't change a thing.
I think it might be an improvement if his assistive technology were programmed to pronounce the Hawaiian names and words, but it is not necessary.
I think the "no late work" policy was unreasonable, especially because of the demands on students from all other courses. The summer course load is already jam-packed, so a little leniency would have been appreciated. I think that policy would be reasonable for regular semester-long courses but as for summer, I think a revision to that policy should be considered/made.
more time in between projects
I honestly and sincerely think that he does not need to improve anything in this course. Everything was perfect to me. I do not see anything that was lacking.
I thought the hands on experience with the man from Easter Seals was awesome. I think having more experiences to learn/touch/be exposes to different kinds of tech would be great. Still a very successful class though.
The instruction was well thought out and prepared. I felt the teaching of the material was great as a beginner of AT.
I believe Brian refrained from giving his personal opinion about issues and technology in order to offer an objective view about Assistive Technology to us as educators. I definitely appreciate that part of his presentations. However, I would have welcomed more of his own opinions regarding policies since he has dealt with that growing up first hand and in his adult career.
None
Most of all, he made everything relevant to the learners. He spoke from experience and challenged each of us to learn out of our comfort levels.
15. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.83 18 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (17%) 15 (83%)
16. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.94 18 0.24 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 17 (94%)
17. Other comments:
Thank you so much for your time and I wish you the best. I hope to keep in touch!
THANK YOU BRIAN!!!!
There is no better instructor for this course than Brian Kajiyama. We all learned so much from him and I hope to become a better teacher because of him.
Thanks Brian for sharing your personal experiences with us. and for being such an inspiration.
I appreciate this course and this instructor! I definitely learned a lot and was given much needed encouragement along the way.
Thank you Brian for giving us a great semester! We appreciate you, your work, your excellence, your thrive. YOU ARE THE BEST! Thank you and God bless you!
Mahalo Brian for all your hard work and time in teaching us. You made the class fun and engaging. I also appreciated your feedback which helped me to improve my writing.
I found it difficult with my other classes to have no late work accepted. I do distance learning because it allows me to be a single mom in college with limited help and have my children come first. When due dates are not flexible at all, it makes me make the impossible decision between school assignments or mothering. Fortunately, I was able to complete all assignments, but the sacrifice at times was not worth the grade.
Brian Kajiyama is a first class act. He is genuine, compassionate, holds very high expectations for his students and has an overall positive outlook on life. I am blessed to have met him and hope that our paths will cross again in the future.
Brian Kajiyama is an amazing instructor and I learned so much. I will always remember his encouraging words and make sure I advocate for all my students to have equal opportunities.
I loved this course and I would definately take a course from Brian again.

Brian Kajiyama: SPED480D, Spring 2015     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Special Education
Course: SPED 480D - Tech for Chldn w/Dis: Unclass Crn (Section): 88843 (001)    
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  
3.48 23 0.9 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 16 (70%) 5 (22%) 0 (0%) 2 (9%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
2.0 23 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 23 (100%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 24 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 4 (17%) 19 (79%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 24 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 4 (17%) 19 (79%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 24 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 4 (17%) 19 (79%)
6. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 24 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 3 (13%) 20 (83%)
7. The instructor presented concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 23 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (13%) 4 (17%) 16 (70%)
8. The grading system was clearly explained.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.54 24 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (13%) 5 (21%) 16 (67%)
9. Assignments and assessments in this course were related to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 24 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 5 (21%) 18 (75%)
10. Assignments were returned in a timely manner.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 24 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 6 (25%) 17 (71%)
11. The instructor provided specific meaningful feedback.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 24 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 6 (25%) 17 (71%)
12. The instructor was accessible to students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 24 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (13%) 3 (13%) 18 (75%)
13. What did you like best about the course?
I liked the projects because I feel that they were all something we all really reflected on. They were useful and meaningful projects that I hope to implement in my future classroom.
That Brian provided us with knowledge about his own background and personal life! It was very inspiring!
I appreciated the professor's weekly emails and his constant feedback about assignments. I liked the questions asked for discussion posts because it was reflective and required deep thoughts.
I learned a lot of new information. the course was online, but I really was interested at how he ran Collaboration sessions.
Being able to communicate with my professor regardless of the class being online.
I liked that the course was online. I enjoyed the content of the course and I thought it was really useful information.
The workload was not too heavy
I liked the variety of assignments in this course and that it wasn't only just papers.
Flexible.
The fact that I got to learn a few things about the whole another world that exists.
I liked that it was online.
The Blackboard Collaboration.
I liked how the projects were fun and creative.
It was very well organized and easy to follow, considering that it's an online course. I also like how the class is so informative. I can honestly say that I have learn so much
Brian's knowledge, enthusiasm, willingness, and care.
What I liked best about this course was actually our professor and how he shared with us his personal experiences in school and growing up with a disability, and how different teaching styles and situations affected him. I also really liked the videos that he had us watch, as I thought all of them broadened my knowledge of assistive technology and also broadened my perspectives on how to teach children with disabilities and how to approach and interact with people with disabilities.
The blackboard sessions
Brian was understanding of our time and other classes but gave useful information for our future career in the long run.
I liked how informative the course was about all the different options of technology for special education children.
I enjoyed all of the project we did. It gave me a deeper understanding and appreciation for technology use for students with special needs.
I enjoyed watching the videos and getting to listen to Brian's experiences.
Learning about all the content of the course. Learned a lot of new information! I also liked how it was online.
I thoroughly enjoyed the projects for this course and learning how to implement AT in curriculum. I will use the resources and knowledge I've gained from this course in my teaching.
14. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
I feel he is doing a great job! Does not need to improve on anything! Keep doing you.
I would have liked if the weekly posts were posted possibly 2-3 weeks at a time so it would be less than every single week. Other than this preference, I have no complaints. I highly recommend this class to anyone.
He provided great examples and resources for us to use. He introduced me to many new technologies and ways for students with disabilities to go to school.
Perhaps make sure all hand outs have matching due dates for assignments.
Time in which people could submit assignments. The 6pm and 12am deadlines were sometimes hard to stick too. One because I work when we didn't have class and sometimes I would forget to do the 12am posting on sundays.
I think that the course went well but i think that the meetings were a little boring sometimes. It was the same every week.
It would be interesting to have assignments that have to deal with field.
Keeping it up.
He did a great job.
Really nothing. He was a great professor especially for being online.
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Make the weekly assignments shorter maybe less reading or shorter videos.
It was sometimes hard to recall our post from last week, so some of us are left speechless when we get called on our collaborate session. Considering that we are already starting another readings and post for that week's assignment, maybe it's be a good idea to have the collaborate session and the due date of the post close together so that it's fresh in our memory. But nothing major. Everything went well!
Nothing Brian did an amazing job. He was there for us, every step of the way. He provided us with a real life class experience, immense amount of knowledge, and inspiration. We met in person, and I feel that Brian truly got to know me as a student, and a person. I couldn't ask for anything more. Brian is a great teacher, a great resource, and a great addition to the College of Education staff.
I think one thing that can be improved is in the assignments, listing the requirements so they do not get overlooked by students. Really, this is a small improvement to make, as it is very difficult for me to think of something to improve! Professor Kajiyama is very clear in his teaching, and also very kind and caring to give his students reminders of things coming up that are due.
Not have blackboard on Wednesdays. Maybe Tuesdays or Mondays
Brian did a great job
I personally don't benefit as much from online classes as I would from a in person class, this is the only thing I think could be improved on and it isn't a reflection upon Brian's teaching style, simply the style of the class.
I believe that Brian did a fine job teaching this course! He was very thorough in everything he talked about and was always available for counsel if we needed it. :)
I found it very redundant to reply to posts and then listening to people reread their posts on collaborate and have to reply to them again. For some of the topics I felt that was too much and got bored listening to people talk about the same thing. I would have appreciated more lecture, maybe more information on the system for getting these types of technologies for your own classroom. I would also like more instruction on working with programs that are already on the computer. The projects about creating a story I felt didn't quite meet the standard of the class if we weren't given instruction on how to just these programs.
Maybe move the time of the weekly collaborations.
Although very informative and utilized all aspects of AT thought different approaches to learning and my engagement with material, I would have enjoyed spending more time learning more about how AT is incorporated in schools during our collaborative meetings versus why it's important.
15. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.42 24 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (13%) 8 (33%) 13 (54%)
16. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.67 24 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 6 (25%) 17 (71%)
17. Other comments:
Thank you for sharing your stories with us!
The timely of the blackboard collaboration was rather inconvenient (5 PM - 6:30 PM)
Great and informative class!
I really enjoyed the course and it made me think about how to better assist any of my students who may have special needs.
Brian was a great instructor! He is very knowledgble in his expertise. He returns projects in a timely manner and is able to communicate effectively.
thank you
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This has been one of my favorite courses without a doubt. Definitely the best online course I have ever taken. I truly appreciate Brian's thought and care that he put into the course, and to the students. Thank you for everything Brian.
Brian is such an inspiration!
Very informative and important topic! I want to express gratitude for the pace and consistency Brian has as an instructor. I also wanted to share my appreciation for time given to us to work on our final project during the last few weeks of school. It is incredibly helpful and not very many instructors take into consideration how utilizing class time for big projects can be more helpful to students than not.

Brian Kajiyama: SPED480D, Spring 2015     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Special Education
Course: SPED 480D - Tech for Chldn w/Dis: Unclass Crn (Section): 88844 (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  
3.1 21 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 19 (90%) 2 (10%) 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  
1.95 19 0.23 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 18 (95%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 21 0.87 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 20 (95%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 20 0.89 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 19 (95%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 21 0.87 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 20 (95%)
6. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 21 0.87 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 20 (95%)
7. The instructor presented concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 21 0.87 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 20 (95%)
8. The grading system was clearly explained.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 21 0.89 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 19 (90%)
9. Assignments and assessments in this course were related to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 21 0.87 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 20 (95%)
10. Assignments were returned in a timely manner.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 21 0.96 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 19 (90%)
11. The instructor provided specific meaningful feedback.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 21 0.9 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 18 (86%)
12. The instructor was accessible to students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 21 0.87 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 20 (95%)
13. What did you like best about the course?
Brian conveys information in a meaningful and engaging way EVERY class. He genuinely cares about the well-being of his students and makes it clear to us that he whole-heartedly believes in us. I really enjoyed the DIY activities we did in this course and loved being able to have open discussions about real issues in the DOE.
I liked the DIY projects the best. They were all so fun and a great learning experience that I would like to share in my own classroom.
This class was very eye-opening to me. It made me think about the world around me, and improve my awareness and interactions with the world around me. I feel more prepared and willing to help out students with and without disabilities. This class taught me how to use technology in new ways, and how to get students more involved.
Great examples of all technology covered. First hand experience and insight was incredibly valuable.
I loved working on group projects during class time. Brian provided multiple group projects that were engaging and creative.
The diverse projects we completed throughout the year.
That we are able to discuss ideas and questions openly in class.
The course was well outlined and all the information regarding assignments was given in a timely manner.
I liked all the DIY projects that we were assigned to do. They made learning fun and gave us lots of ideas for our classrooms.
I enjoyed the DIY activities. It gives me a better idea of how I can incorporate different technological assistance.
The course was very hands-on with technology and provided me with a lot of new ways to teach students through the use of technology.
very informative and relevant
I liked learning about the different types of assistive technology that is out there for our students. Having the knowledge as teachers we can help our students succeed academically and socially.
Brain provided us with great learning experience. He demonstrates extensive understanding of the content he is teaching. Brain took the time to share his personal experiences that helped us learn and understand assistive technology in more depth.
I like the activities and the DIY projects we did in this class. They are actual activities that I would do with my students. Doing these activities also helped me to know how my students would feel if they did these assignments. I also liked the content of the course and learning about different forms of assistive technology that can be used to help all students, not just those with disabilities.
I was very pleased that Brian taught this class because he was able to bring his personal experiences into the classroom. He always tried his best to make class fun and engaging for his students.
I loved this course! The DIY projects were so helpful in connecting what we were learning in the course to what we could do in our own classrooms. Every assignment was clear and purposeful. I learned so much and it was so awesome to learn it from a person who knows firsthand about having a disability and using technology.
Firstly, I LOVED the fact that this class was in person instead of online. It was a rich and fulfilling experience being a student in Brian's class and I am full of gratitude for that. Brian has first hand experience about this course and I learned so many valuable skills and strategies that will be useful to me in my career as an educator. Brian's class was super organized and all assignments and work were clear and precise. I never felt confused or unsure about what was expected or when something was due. I wish all of my professors taught the way Brian did. This class ran so smoothly and stress free form beginning to end and this is because Brian went above and beyond for all of us. Brian is extremely dedicated, kind, caring, hilarious, professional, knowledgable, enthusiastic and brilliant! UH needs more teachers like him!
I liked the DIY assignments that we did!! I especially enjoyed making and watching the "How To" videos with my peers.
Our professor, Brian Kajiyama, was the most caring and insightful Professor I've ever had in my college career. He made the course not only interesting and engaging but something that I look forward to each week. His perspective on the course content was such that I could not have gotten from any other professor. I feel extremely lucky to have taken this course with him.
14. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Brian is an amazing teacher and should not change anything about this course.
I would require less strenuous online forums or change the due dates to Sunday's instead of Friday's.
I think that one class dedicated to Brian's Q & A session could be earlier, so students can get a better sense and understanding of their professor.
The only suggestion I have would be to share more of the class' student work with the entire class. We had one "film festival", but I would have liked to see my classmates' other projects as examples and models for what I could improve on before the final story book assignment.
I think that less readings or readings that are less time consuming would be helpful to the students.
The course was well organized. The only thing I can think of is to spread out assignments a little more.
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Reading/ watching the material, posting a forum, responding to the forum and then discussing the material in class, this sometimes seemed a little excessive. Maybe just reading, posting and then in class discussion could be enough :)
I think this course was great and I wouldn't change anything.
We did class discussions of the readings every week, maybe we can switch it up by doing group work or mini group discussions.
While I loved the course, I think it would help to make it a hybrid. This is just because having the class every Tuesday afternoon was difficult with our schedule.
If this class was any more perfect it would be kinda scary :) No suggestions I wouldn't change a thing! Thank you so much Brian for all of the effort and time you put in with our cohort this semester! Will miss coming to your class next semester but hopefully will see you around in the COE :) Have a wonderful summer!
The only suggestion that I have is to shorten the time on the in-class blog discussions.
I cannot think of a way that this course could have been improved I feel that the content was meaningful and so was the work assigned. Not once did I have to struggle to find the reasoning or meaning behind the assignments, and that is something that our professor should be very proud of!
15. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.95 21 0.22 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 20 (95%)
16. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
5.0 21 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 21 (100%)
17. Other comments:
Thank you Brian!
I really liked Brian's class. It was fun and a safe environment. We discussed many controversial things, and I felt safe to voice my opinions online/in class. We also had a lot of good times and fun laughs along the way. Great job Brian!
This course was eye-opening, insightful, motivational, inspiring and something that will stay with me throughout my person life and teaching career. Thank you Brian!
It was a pleasure getting to take this corse from Brian, especially face to face!
I enjoyed this course.
I loved that this was a face to face class even though we also had the option for it being an online class. It made the experience enjoyable and we learned a lot from Brian... and Zeus!
I really enjoyed your class!
There is no reason why Brian should be put behind a computer for this course instead of meeting with students, just as any other instructor would do, face-to-face. I was originally told this course was supposed to be online, and I have no idea why. Brian is definitely just as intelligent, effective, and capable to teach face-to-face as any other UH instructor I have had. In fact, he is one of the best instructors I've had.
Brian was understanding and was available when we needed. He responded in a timely manner. He made an accommodation for me and I am greatly appreciative of him.
Brain is an excellent professor that deserves the opportunity to teach face to face courses for as long as he desires. The face to face class introduced students to experiences that we would not have been able to obtain via an online session.
Brian's really funny and kind! Made class fun and more enjoyable.
Thank you for an amazing semester Brian (and Zeus)!! I learned so much from you and I think your class was my favorite of the semester :)
Brian, thank you so much for a terrific semester it was such a pleasure meeting you and spending these Tuesday afternoons together. I really enjoyed this course and being in your class thank you so much for this wonderful experience. I truly feel that I am better prepared to be a teacher after taking your course. -A.G.

Brian Kajiyama: SPED480B, Fall 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Special Education
Course: SPED 480B - Tech for Chldn w/Dis: El/SpEd Crn (Section): 79140 (001)    
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  
4.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (100%) 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  
2.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (100%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (100%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (100%)
6. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (100%)
7. The instructor presented concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%)
8. The grading system was clearly explained.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (100%)
9. Assignments and assessments in this course were related to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (100%)
10. Assignments were returned in a timely manner.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (100%)
11. The instructor provided specific meaningful feedback.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (100%)
12. The instructor was accessible to students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (100%)
13. What did you like best about the course?
Brian is always very helpful throughout any courses I have taken with him. I found the class very beneficial as a future educator.
Helpful tips/powerpoints for assignments
Brian is a great communicator and I love that he's always available to help me.
14. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
I think he has done a great job!
n/a
15. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
5.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (100%)
16. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
5.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (100%)
17. Other comments:
n/a

Brian Kajiyama: SPED480D, Fall 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Special Education
Course: SPED 480D - Tech for Chldn w/Dis: Unclass Crn (Section): 79143 (001)    
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  
3.89 18 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 16 (89%) 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  
2.0 17 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 17 (100%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 20 0.31 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 18 (90%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 20 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 3 (15%) 16 (80%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 20 0.99 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 2 (10%) 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  
4.8 20 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 2 (10%) 17 (85%)
7. The instructor presented concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 20 0.81 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 1 (5%) 2 (10%) 16 (80%)
8. The grading system was clearly explained.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.45 20 1.1 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (15%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 15 (75%)
9. Assignments and assessments in this course were related to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 20 0.57 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 4 (20%) 15 (75%)
10. Assignments were returned in a timely manner.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 20 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 7 (35%) 12 (60%)
11. The instructor provided specific meaningful feedback.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 20 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 1 (5%) 3 (15%) 15 (75%)
12. The instructor was accessible to students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 20 0.92 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 17 (85%)
13. What did you like best about the course?
I enjoyed collaboration and hearing other students views and opinions. I also like how Brian would elaborate in more detail as we discussed any topics.
I appreciated the personal connection Brian was able to offer to the course. He was able to share personal experience with us related to how children with disabilities are treated in both a social and academic setting. I found his perspective valuable.
I liked how in-depth Brian was of how to relate assistive technology to the classroom and he gave many resources that I can use in my future classroom.
The assignments were so much fun and extremely meaningful.
Black board sessions was a convenient way to conduct a class.
I liked how it was online.
I liked how the course presented numerous concepts that can be applied in the classroom to help with numerous students. I like how he presented the concepts in different mediums (powerpoint, videos, articles, etc)
The meaning behind it and Brian's passion for teaching
It was very interesting and fun for an online class
Brian made the class as applicable to our lives as future teachers as possible. I also liked that he shared experiences from his own life to help enhance our learning.
There are many things that I liked about this course. I honestly learned a lot through all the resources such as articles, books, videos, and lectures. I feel that I am a lot more aware than ever in the field of special education. Although our class was online class, the connection with the teacher and other students were present each collaborate session. I feel that many of the resources such as articles and videos were very relatable and interesting to read up about because many of them were real life experience examples. Brian also make comments about our discussion posts in positive way every week and he restates the ideas that are very important in understandable way which really helped me to better understand the content of the course.
I liked the content of the course. What I learned really helped me with writing lesson plans for other classes.
Relatable to teaching and the use of real-life experiences to make learning relevant.
Brian, was always concerned about how we were doing. The projects were very fun, but at the same time provided a challenge.
I liked how Brian taught the course through his personal experiences. He was the perfect person to teach this course because he uses assistive technology to help him communicate. I also liked how we watched videos and read articles about what we were discussing that week. Through these videos and articles I was able to gain a better understanding of the topic we were discussing that week.
insightful to understanding assistive tedchnology
The understanding of what i have to learn and teach students with different disabilities as a teacher through technology. Having to know what to expect from being a future teacher is important for me to understand it better.
I think the assignments were very meaningful. It helped me learn a lot about different methods and strategies to use for different students.
14. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
I honestly wish we could have met up as a class during the semester. Brian is well educated and I have learned so much from his class alone. I wished this course could have been taught in the classroom.
He should make more specific rubrics. His rubrics did not consistently match the descriptions of the assignments. Many times my peers and I would be marked off for an element that wasn't even mentioned in the rubric. Students will feel more comfortable with the assignments if the grading rubrics are clarified. If grading is going to be specific, then the rubrics should be as well.
Brian can imporve by grading according to the rubrics given. Brian gave general rubrics, then graded on specific things. For example, on the short projects. Points were deducted for not giving credit to everyone who helped in the project; however, that was not in the rubric. Also, when getting feed back from my projects I did not completely understand why points were deducted. I thnk it would help if in the response he would say "-1 for not...."
Professor, I highly recommend you review the rubrics :) so that your verbal expectations match your written expectations.
Maybe have collab once or twice a month. Rather than going over everyone's answers on weekly post, actually go over content in a powerpoint so we understand what the course is about. Also, explain why you dock off points for the weekly reflections. Many of us scored 50% or lower for inappropriate word usage. I think it's unfair to grade like that when you should look at the overall post and how much effort we put in it. Change up the week so we aren't doing the same things every week in collab.
Make collaboration sessions 30mins-1 hour instead of 1 hour and 30 mins.
I do not like to have a collaborate session each week. This seems excessive!
I think it was fine as is :)
Honestly, I think it will be a great idea for Brian to teach in actual classroom instead of online class. I don't know how he feels about teaching in the classroom but I notice that he has great sense of personality and feedback. I think it would be great for students to have interactions with him in person. The Black collaborate session is awesome tool for online classes, but due to unexpected disconnections, often times students may disrupts the teachers or other students when the class is in session. Other than that I have no other comment about improvements.
Brian doesn't have to change anything, but maybe blackboard collaboration needs some upgrading. During collaboration there were a few technical problems.
Personally I think having collaborate is beneficial but every week is tiresome, and for me it can be inconvenient. I would rather have an online course that I can access when I have free time. Also I would prefer everything be due Sunday evening instead of Friday at 6 and Sunday at 12. This was very odd to me and it was often times hard to keep up due to other classes and homework.
By including everything he expects into the rubrics.
Brian can improve the teaching of this course by not having collaborate sessions every week. I felt that it wasn't necessary to have it every week because of the assignments we had.
be mindful of students work schedules
There is nothing that the Professor can improve on. just keep on doing a good job.
I think that maybe refreshing our minds with the content before we share what we wrote would be helpful, so that we can have more meaningful discussions. Other than that, it was great!
15. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.5 20 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 8 (40%) 11 (55%)
16. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.7 20 0.57 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 4 (20%) 15 (75%)
17. Other comments:
Brian accommodated to everyone in the class. Things happen in life and he is very understandable. He is very knowledgeable in this content and I do wish he taught other courses. Awesome professor!
I think this class needs to be in a physical classroom. I agree with all the assignments and found it extremely useful; however, I think for this amount of work we need a physical instructor to ask question and I feel it could strengthen udnerstanding. Brian is a great instructor and is very knowledgable; however, I am not sure why points were marked off on my projects. I think he could imporve on making sure how he grades refelcts his rubric. But overall, this was the most information and useful SPED class I have taken.
I highly recommend that this class becomeS a hybrid couse so that students can fully experience the essense of this course (special education) from highly qualified lecturer with a disability.
Thank you for a wonderful semester. I definitely learned a lot from you and from this course. I will be able to help my students more effectively because of this course and the information that you have provided. I learned to be more cautious of my words. I will use the appropriate language throughout my life and remember to acknowledge the person for who they are and not their abilities. Thank you again
THANK YOU, BRIAN! YOU'RE AWESOME.
Great Instruction. Very inspiring!
Brian, I noticed that you always asked us to think something positive that had happened during the week during our collaborate session. This question really helped me to survive this semester. Personally, I felt like I went through such a difficult situations this semester. But by simply you asking this question each week, it helped me to see the positive aspect of my life. I think people tend to focus more on negative things that happens in our lives that we forget to appreciate little things that makes us happy. Thank you for reminder to enjoy little things in life!
I enjoyed Brian's class. He's really caring and when he sees if you missed an assignment he contacts you showing concern and does things to help the student out. Very helpful and supportive.
thank you for putting up with me during the semester! even though i was on the shy side of class. it helped me grow more confidant during the semester and taught me in what to expect out of the students that i am going to teach in the future. ill see you in the future professor.
Thank you for sharing your experiences and knowledge. It was an awesome course!

Brian Kajiyama: SPED480, Summer II 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Special Education
Course: SPED 480 - Technology for Chldrn w/Disab Crn (Section): 4201 (441)    
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  
4.06 16 1.06 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (31%) 8 (50%) 0 (0%) 3 (19%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
2.0 15 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 15 (100%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 16 0.54 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 14 (88%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 16 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 14 (88%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 16 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 14 (88%)
6. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 16 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 16 (100%)
7. The instructor presented concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 16 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 2 (13%) 13 (81%)
8. The grading system was clearly explained.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 16 0.25 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 15 (94%)
9. Assignments and assessments in this course were related to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 16 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 16 (100%)
10. Assignments were returned in a timely manner.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 16 0.25 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 15 (94%)
11. The instructor provided specific meaningful feedback.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 16 0.25 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 15 (94%)
12. The instructor was accessible to students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.87 15 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 13 (87%)
13. What did you like best about the course?
I loved everything. I learned so much from this class and I looked forward to the readings for each week and videos because they were so interesting, insight, useful and just awesome. I enjoyed and hearing from Brian and his experiences. Everything is possible and he is so inspirational to me. Mahalo nui.
It was a very hands on course and I enjoyed it. I learned a lot of new ways to help students with disabilities.
I specifically enjoyed how Brian continued to engage and enlighten us through his methods of teachings and the various resources he also used to teach is. He's a wonderful teacher and he is inspiring. Always encouraging, fair, and helpful through everything. Great resource for all future educators and students in general. Wonderful man, mahalo!
Very interactive learning took place.
effective, engaging, inspiring
I learn a lot about the many ways I can support students with leaning disabilities. Lots of great resources.
His dedication to the course!
I appreciated how everything was evenly spread out throughout the course. Everything had a due date at the start of the semester, and everything was fun but also relevant. Brian seemed prepared all the time, and he thought about his students when forming this course.
I like how connected and passionate he was about the subject. He has shed so much light on disabilities and how to approach and teach them. The assistive technologies are the most prominent tools that I learned throughout our summer together.
I like the projects that integrated all of our concepts.
I loved visiting the zoo and integrating it into what we were leaning about in class. I also enjoyed all the hands-on projects we had. I really made me understand how helpful it could be for students with disabilities.
I enjoyed tapping into my creativity, and the development of creativity that was instilled in this course.
I liked the projects.
Our major projects were very interactive.
14. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Nothing. I appreciate all his 'ike.
Help us download all the software needed in class.
In no way, wonderful course. Well planned and executed.
Brian could be more thorough with his expectations.
Brian is a wonderful teacher. He is always available to clarify and provide precise directions. Keep up the good work.
no comment
He could allow students to share their projects during every face to face...other than that his structure and content is perfect!
I think the reflection papers were a bit lengthy especially the reflection paper for our last project.
I donʻt know how he could improve his teaching of this course. He was very upfront, clear, concise, consistent, and fair. Any improvement that he finds necessary he will have to discover on his own. I found the course to be exactly what I need as a student.
No improvements necessary, enjoyed and learned a lot. Thank you
15. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.8 15 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 13 (87%)
16. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.87 15 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 13 (87%)
17. Other comments:
Mahalo for teaching me so much, providing me with so much resources and tools to help all my keiki. I truly loved this course and thank you for you do.
I am glad this class was mandatory. I have gained so much knowledge and insight regarding disabilities and how to teach children with disabilities.
Thank you for a great Summer semester!
Even though he is restricted by being in a wheel chair and speaking through a machine, the class was very inspirational and encouraging to me.
I really enjoyed this class and the assignments that were given, I felt, were very appropriate and worked with my work and at home schedule.
Thank you, your class and your insights made me a better person.

Brian Kajiyama: SPED480, Summer I 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Special Education
Course: SPED 480 - Technology for Chldrn w/Disab Crn (Section): 96045 (601)    
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  
4.33 15 1.11 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 8 (53%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
2.0 15 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 15 (100%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (33%) 10 (67%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 15 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (40%) 9 (60%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 15 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (33%) 9 (60%)
6. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 15 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (40%) 9 (60%)
7. The instructor presented concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (33%) 10 (67%)
8. The grading system was clearly explained.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 15 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 6 (40%) 8 (53%)
9. Assignments and assessments in this course were related to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 15 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (40%) 9 (60%)
10. Assignments were returned in a timely manner.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 15 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 5 (33%) 9 (60%)
11. The instructor provided specific meaningful feedback.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 15 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 4 (27%) 10 (67%)
12. The instructor was accessible to students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 15 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 11 (73%)
13. What did you like best about the course?
The best thing about this class was that Brian was very knowledgeable about the content. He incorporated his life experiences which only helped us to connect and learn.
I enjoyed the assignments that were given throughout this course. They were interesting, helpful, and engaging.
I enjoyed the multisensory take on the class. I also appreciate how accessible Brian is. Although he was very orderly and tight on his due dates, I appreciated that he was trying to help me out as much as possible.
The videos we had to watch! They were so inspirational and empowering. I loved watching the children and families working together and seeing their point of view. I also loved the short projects. They were really fun to do! I loved making my own storybooks and recording different voices.
Brian provided a wide variety of reading materials and videos to help me better understand assistive technology. I was able to complete assignments at my own pace, and assignments were easily submitted in our Dropbox.
I liked how the course work was divided up into two weeks. It was easier to plan for.
Topics covered were interesting and relatable to the classroom
I loved this course! I think Brian was very informative and very inspiring. He showed so much knowledge and dedication while teaching this class.
I liked that we had an opportunity to familiarize our selves with the knowledge needed in order to provide the best we can for students with disabilities.
I really liked the discussions on blackboard and all of the videos. The videos really helped me to gain a better understanding of assistive technology and how I might be able to use the different AT devices in my class.
I cannot choose one thing I liked best about this course because there are so many. I thought that the collaborations were going to be hard to do and it wasn't! I actually enjoyed this virtual classroom and learned a lot from my peers with their feedback. I really liked Brian as a professor because he was very knowledgable in the content, had such a welcoming and positive attitude, and communicated quickly, like I wish other professors would do. He took the time to see if we understood the content and went over it with us in the collaborations, I really liked that. I also liked that the short projects were engaging and fun and not just papers!
I enjoyed learning about topics and resources that could help me as a teacher. I appreciated learning about how to include students with disabilities into my classroom and how I can support my students.
assignments and projects were relevant to the course and material. instructor was knowledgeable and had personal experience in content.
All of the reading was very helpful throughout the entirety of the class providing great resources and information that can be used in the classroom.
14. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
N/A
n/a
Maybe making more clear due dates? At the beginning of the course, I was really confused on when things were due and then the dates/times changed.
Brian could improve the teaching of this course by making the collaborate sessions more informative. Though it was very interesting hearing everyone's points of view, I would have liked to hear more facts and personal experiences from Brian.
He could lessen the length of the collaborative session because sitting in front of a computer screen for two hours can hurt someone's vision. I guess we could take a break, but I did not want to miss my chance to speak if my picture came up. So there were technically no breaks during the two hour collaborative sessions.
Be more clear with due dates; some were really confusing
I can't think of any ways.
If he wants to improve his course he will make his rubrics for assignments completely solid and specific. His rubrics are general but when he grades assignments he is specific. Students get marked off for not being specific even though the rubric did not ask for those specific things.
The lectures were a little long and it took a while for everyone to speak. Maybe lesson the. Amount of pictures. You show instead of having every student speak each time.
Brian did a great job teaching the course. Everything was well thought out and throughly explained. I'm not sure what there is to improve.
I think the discussion posts were great way to help me reflect on what I read and viewed, however the due date (Friday) caused me to forget some of my reactions and take-aways because it was so far from the actual collaborate session. It wasn't a big though, it just took some getting used to. I just needed to review my notes before collaborate sessions.
shorter collaborate sessions
15. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.53 15 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 5 (33%) 9 (60%)
16. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.6 15 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 4 (27%) 10 (67%)
17. Other comments:
I really enjoyed this course and Brian as an instructor. It was a great experience and I hope everyone gets to have him as an instructor.
It was a quick and informative course. I learned a lot.
I really learned a lot about AT devices and can't wait to try to use some of the low tech and high tech devices in my class!
Thank you for working with us.
I thoroughly enjoyed this class as I had learned much from Brian, I would not have minded taking this class as a semester long one as well because there is probably more that I can learn from it.

Brian Kajiyama: SPED480, Spring 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Special Education
Course: SPED 480 - Technology for Chldrn w/Disab Crn (Section): 89137 (003)    
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  
3.46 25 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 13 (52%) 11 (44%) 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  
2.0 25 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 24 (96%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 25 0.83 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 22 (88%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 25 0.83 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 22 (88%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 25 0.83 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 22 (88%)
6. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 25 0.82 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 23 (92%)
7. The instructor presented concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 25 0.85 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 21 (84%)
8. The grading system was clearly explained.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 25 0.86 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (12%) 20 (80%)
9. Assignments and assessments in this course were related to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 25 0.83 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 22 (88%)
10. Assignments were returned in a timely manner.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 25 0.83 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 22 (88%)
11. The instructor provided specific meaningful feedback.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 25 0.86 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (12%) 20 (80%)
12. The instructor was accessible to students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.74 25 0.86 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 20 (80%)
13. What did you like best about the course?
I loved the jokes of the day, I would like to do that in my classroom one day. I loved Brians organization & structure of the classroom. He was always on time and efficent with our time in the class.
The knowledge and experiences Brian brought into the classroom. It made the learning experience more authentic.
I had a situation where I couldn't come to classes on week days due to a schedule conflict. James Skouge meet with me every Saturday one on one so that I could get the credit and graduate. He is going to give my grade to Brian. This was so helpful. I couldn't be more grateful.
i liked doing a lot of hands on activities and having speakers
the DIY projects
What I liked is that Brian brought in guest speakers that could help us learn more about the types of things we were learning in the reading and discussions. I learned a lot of things from those guest speakers and took into consideration a lot of what they had said.
Guest speakers
To me, the best part of this course is that we had chances to work on the DIY projects; those were extremely enjoyable and useful projects which enabled to learn to use technology create educational products.
I loved the hands on activities we did in class and all the guest speakers he brought into the classroom. I enjoyed attending every week. He was an excellent teacher
We got to do a lot of hands on activities that were fun and participated in class discussions everyday.
Brian always brought a cheerful and supportive attitude to the class and made each class session enjoyable and informative.
I loved that this course revolved around real world experiences and accessibility. I loved that I was able to bring my home knowledge of assistive technology into conversation.
Brian was always prepared and had a fun and meaningful class/activity for us each week. The work that we did for the course taught me so much about the important part that technology plays an an individuals life I really enjoyed learning about the different types of technology and the real world examples of people that are positively effect by those technologies.
I loved learning about AT from individuals who work with students with disabilities, as well as guest speakers who themselves have a disability. It means so much more and really resonates with me to hear guest speakers speak as opposed to simply reading from a book.
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Brian truly cared about each and every one of his students. He was firm about his deadlines, but addressed issues that students were having in his class. I really like that his classes included meaningful and productive discussions, lectures, or activities and humor (the jokes of the week).
preparedness
I enjoyed learning all the new concepts that I can use in my future classroom.
The hands on projects.
I loved the DIY activities that we learned to help us create things to use in our classroom for the future. I think the guest speakers were phenomenal, and I learned a lot through them as well.
What I liked the most about this class was the different types of engaging projects that we were assigned to do. It was fun creative and also very informative and useful
The discussions were always really great, I loved hearing everyones opinions.
I really liked how organized everything was. I also liked how we did hands on activities and we were able to meet speakers after we read articles written by or about them.
I enjoyed the projects because it made learning fun since we got to express ourselves in a way of our choosing.
The course was easy to understand and I also liked how after doing the readings and postings every week; we would have a class discussion for a good portion on the class to hear more from our classmates.
14. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
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This was a perfect course.
open the assignment for a whole week rather than just a few days
Nothing
I can't really think of anything for Brian to improve on. He was an excellent teacher and I highly recoommend that anyone should take this class regardless if you are in the college of education or not.
Possibly give students a few more days to complete the laulima postings.
Brian could continue to bring outside guests from the community and tell stories in class. I think that assistive technology is about empathy and stories are one of the greatest ways to invoke that content.
I liked all aspects of the course, I don't see anything to change.
Brian did an amazing joy instructing this course. I honestly do not have any suggestions for improvement.
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I have no advice, his class is great!
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I think that this class was ran very well and I do not know any way that it could be improved.
Having assignments due on Friday is really difficult due to field. While in field we are planning lessons with our mentor teachers, and it's hard taking time away from that to finish the homework. If we were given until Saturday or Sunday it would have been a lot more helpful.
I think he is doing a great job. I don't know what else he could do to improve this course.
I have no critiques for the class, it's fine the way it is.
15. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.88 25 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (12%) 22 (88%)
16. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.92 25 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 23 (92%)
17. Other comments:
Great instructor, I enjoyed coming to this class. He set up such a postive environment.
This rating was for Dr. Skouge. However Brian was nice enough to let us do this under his blessing and name.
:)
Brian, thank you for taking the time I teach us what the best options are for when working with students with disabilities. I have learned so much from you and I feel a bit more prepared to go into the classroom now, and a bit more confident with my abilities.
Thank you for an inspiring semester! I enjoyed having you as my instructor! :)
Brian was always very positive and willing to help!
This course has been amazing and I have learned a ton. I can't wait to use the techniques in my classroom to assist all students.
Thanks for a great semester, Professor Brian!
Thank you!
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This class was a joy to be a part of. Thank you Brian for a great fun filled, informative semester! :)
Zeus Rocks!
I am so glad I was able to take this class with Brian. He is a great professor and I feel like I learned so much this semester. This has been one of the best classes I have taken at UH so far. Thanks for the awesome semester!
He lets 2 people a week tell a joke to the class to give everyone a chance to laugh.

Brian Kajiyama: SPED304, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Special Education
Course: SPED 304 - Fnds Inclusive Schlg Crn (Section): 76469 (003)    
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  
2.72 18 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 8 (44%) 8 (44%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.61 18 0.5 Freq(%) 7 (39%) 11 (61%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 18 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 18 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 18 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 18 (100%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 18 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 18 (100%)
6. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 18 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 18 (100%)
7. The instructor presented concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 18 0.24 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 17 (94%)
8. The grading system was clearly explained.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 18 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 15 (83%)
9. Assignments and assessments in this course were related to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 18 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 16 (89%)
10. Assignments were returned in a timely manner.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.72 18 0.57 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 3 (17%) 14 (78%)
11. The instructor provided specific meaningful feedback.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 18 0.24 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 16 (89%)
12. The instructor was accessible to students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 18 0.24 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 16 (89%)
13. What did you like best about the course?
I loved this course! This was my first time taking a SPED class and it was an amazingly fulfilling experience for me. I usually have a really difficult time with online classes. In the past I have had a hard time keeping up and remembering to due dates. From the very first class I knew this wasn't going to be a problem. Brian explained the course thoroughly and provided us with detailed information about the semester schedule, when things were due, what was expected every week and what the course would entail. Brian was ALWAYS available to us whenever we needed him and always responded to emails instantly on the same day. His punctuality is admirable and something i have never experience with any of my other teachers. Brian was very kind, caring, encouraging and always willing to help at any time. I enjoyed the collaboration sessions where we could see Brian and interact more personally and with other class member. All of the work we submitted was always graded very promptly and submitted back with really thoughtful and helpful feedback. I really appreciate the effort and time Brian took to provide his wonderful feedback, it really contributed to my learning in the class. I also would like to mention that my favorite aspect of this class was Brians ability to connect and relate to us always. He is a very talented teacher in many ways and he has really inspired me to stay motivated with my education and keep moving forward. I loved how Brian was so open with us and willing to discuss his personal experience as an individual with a disability. Brian's first hand experience with disabilities really made the learning experience better because it felt more "real". I feel inspired to further my education on SPED and i hope that I will be lucky enough to have Brian as my teacher again in the future. So, thank you Brian for such an awesome semester in your class. I really appreciate the wonderful learning experience that I was so lucky to have with you. You are a fantastic teacher and you should be so proud!!
His teaching method was really good and all the things I learned was very interesting.
the content and modules and collaborative sessions
I really enjoyed having an instructor whose life experience related to the subject area. The instructor was able to give us a first-hand account on the joys and trials of special education. Also, we were given a different perspective on what we were learning, which was a bonus!
I benefited from learning about the different disabilities and the laws to protect and help people with disabilities.
I thought it was very interesting and informative.
I liked learning the course material. I thought it was very beneficial to learn about special education from someone who has worked and learned in the special education programs.
I enjoyed the course material. I feel that this course helped better prepare me to serve my students who have disabilities and make them feel like a contributing part of the classroom.
It was manageable, he broke it up into nice sections so it was not overwhelming
The expectations and deadlines for the course were very clear and organized. Having assignments due on the same day of the week consistently made it easy to remember. Mr. Kajiyama is enthusiastic and encouraging. The videos and readings for the course were interesting and a pleasure to read. I learned things from the videos that I can apply to my everyday life. Mr. Kajiyama responds to questions quickly and is available to help if we need it.
I really liked the cool collaborative sessions because we could interact with the while class, along with the teacher. I also found a lot of interest in the weekly activities.
I liked the content of the course. There was a lot of lessons that introduced topics that I had heard or somewhat known about before, but Brian Kajiyama did an excellent job at furthering my knowledge in those topics.
There are a numerous of things like I liked best about this course but the things that really stood out to me what was that I really liked how Brian provided activities for us to do that related to each of the modules that we were working on each week. It was really interesting to find out what each child that has a disability may go through. And it was very interesting to watch the videos that we did it provided me with a lot of information that I will take with me in being a future educator
Our professor is such a motivational and inspiring person! He is the best person to teach this course. Brian is an example of someone who has a disability who has excelled in life due in part to his parents, teachers, additional support systems coupled with his own will and determination. He has given me new perspectives, great understanding, and inspires me to be a better teacher. Mahalo Nui Loa Brian!
14. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
I have really thought hard on this question but I honestly can't think of anything that Brian could do or have done differently. I guess the only thing that I can think of is that I wish this class could have been offered in class instead of online. Only because it would allow more interaction. Other than that, Brian has got his teaching pretty perfected if you ask me :)
None
I thought it was good how it is
I loved the course just exactly as it was.
Just keep on doing what he is doing.
Doesn't need improvement
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I felt like everything was fair and well communicated.
I felt Brian tackled the course very well.
I think overall, Brian is doing a great job with this course and I really don't know what I would have him improve on. I think his communication with his students me especially has been great. He really wants his students do succeed.
His style of teach was excellent wouldn't change anything
I believe he did an amazing job.
15. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.78 18 0.43 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (22%) 14 (78%)
16. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
5.0 18 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 18 (100%)
17. Other comments:
Thank you, Brian for giving me an opportunity to change the way I viewed people with special needs. Continue to aim high and inspire others so they, too, can lead a changed life. God bless.
Brian is extremely patient and understanding, he is an excellent teacher. One of the very few instructors I feel confident and comfortable asking for help and sometimes repeatedly, in doing so he has helped my academic journey go much smoother and has change my perspective of people with disabilities. We need more instructors like him especially one that is passionate teaching and sensitive to ones needs. Having several learning disabilities he has helped me feel a little more comfortable and offered lots of encouragement. There is not enough words to tell Brian how thankful and appreciative I am for all his support, guidance and importantly patience. Thanks Brian, Val Kekahuna
The weekly comments on each forum post isn't very effective. People don't really have conversations about the material, they just write stuff to get the grade. I think it would be more effective if the writer of the forum had to go back and comment on a post made on their forum so there was actual dialog and communication happening between students.
Thanks for a great semester. I learned so much!
I think Brian Kajiyama is such an inspiration and an amazing instructor on top of that.
I really enjoyed taking this course it was a lot of fun and very informal. Thank you!

Brian Kajiyama: SPED304, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Special Education
Course: SPED 304 - Fnds Inclusive Schlg Crn (Section): 1499 (411)    
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  
2.67 6 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (50%) 2 (33%) 1 (17%) 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  
2.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 6 1.6 Freq(%) 1 (17%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 4 (67%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 6 1.6 Freq(%) 1 (17%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 4 (67%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 6 1.63 Freq(%) 1 (17%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (83%)
6. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 6 1.63 Freq(%) 1 (17%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (83%)
7. The instructor presented concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 6 1.63 Freq(%) 1 (17%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (83%)
8. The grading system was clearly explained.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 6 1.63 Freq(%) 1 (17%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (83%)
9. Assignments and assessments in this course were related to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 6 1.63 Freq(%) 1 (17%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (83%)
10. Assignments were returned in a timely manner.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 6 1.6 Freq(%) 1 (17%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 4 (67%)
11. The instructor provided specific meaningful feedback.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 6 1.63 Freq(%) 1 (17%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (83%)
12. The instructor was accessible to students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 6 1.63 Freq(%) 1 (17%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (83%)
13. What did you like best about the course?
The subject matter was incredibly interesting!!
The videos gave me a really clear understanding of the context, and this class was so organized and easy to keep up with because of great communication and teaching techniques. Responses to our peers, and instructor were very helpful and the provided flash cards played a really important role in my education experience.
The course topics and lessons were really insightful. The book was very informative. I've learned lessons and answered my own life questions.
Even if this was an online course, I like that we had the opportunity to have the blackboard collaborations. I like that our work is not only based on the chapters the book. He provides videos which are informational and activities to understand the material better.
I like the weekly module assignment. The activities and videos are so helpful. oh and the notecards are so helpful!!!!
Teacher was very knowledgable and the subject matter was interesting.
14. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Nothing, this was one of my favorite classes I've ever taken!!
He can try and use skybridge!
No room for improvement, keep it up!!!! :)
Keep doing what he's doing. :) very effective
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15. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
16. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
17. Other comments:
Brian Kajiyama honestly inspired my to be a better person, go after my dreams, and helped me realize no goal is ever too big!! I feel lucky to have been taught by such a amazing instructor and i hope to inspire students with my wisdom and experience like Brian has done for me! Thank you for a wonderful semester!
Brian is very understanding and very helpful. If you ask him a question, he responds back pretty quick. He explains things very clearly. Everything on Laulima is really organized so you're able to look for things easily. He inputs your scores in your grade book every week, so you have an idea of what grade you're getting so far. I enjoyed taking this class. I learned a lot of things that I was unaware of and didn't know about. Thank you for a great semester!
I love this class! I learned so much from my instructor, my classmates and all the videos and activities! :D
Great class!

Brian Kajiyama: SPED480, Summer II 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Special Education
Course: SPED 480 - Technology for Chldrn w/Disab Crn (Section): 4346 (441)    
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  
3.46 13 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (54%) 6 (46%) 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  
1.92 13 0.28 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 12 (92%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 13 1.15 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (85%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 13 1.12 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 11 (85%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 13 1.12 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 11 (85%)
6. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 13 1.11 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (92%)
7. The instructor presented concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 13 1.12 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 11 (85%)
8. The grading system was clearly explained.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 13 1.12 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 11 (85%)
9. Assignments and assessments in this course were related to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 13 1.11 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (92%)
10. Assignments were returned in a timely manner.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.54 13 1.13 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 10 (77%)
11. The instructor provided specific meaningful feedback.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 13 1.12 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 11 (85%)
12. The instructor was accessible to students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 13 1.12 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 11 (85%)
13. What did you like best about the course?
I liked the projects that we had to do it was relevant to our class and accomplished course goals.
I thought that the course itself was very interesting and I enjoyed all our creative engaging assignments.
The topics we read about, learned and watched, all were very informational. I also liked the online activities he had us create at face to face classes, which also helped to build team work.
How Brian delivered the content, giving us articles and personal stories rather than only textbook readings.
Being introduced to new technologies and skills that we can apply in various situations was fantastic.
assignments were purposeful and have quality application for future use challenging but interesting time was well spent useful information a really great class overall
Course was well organized and very interactive Face-to-Face sessions.
I enjoyed the weekly face to face collaborations.
the hands on assignments and and face to face activities--those teach far more than reading.
The best part about this course was truly Brian. He is an amazing instructor and really made me more interested in Assistive Technology, so much so that I have decided to pursue graduate school after I achieve my BA degree. I will be doing my masters in Educational Technology.
What I liked best about this course was our instructor, Brian Kajiyama. He has a way of making learning fun. I appreciated learning about technology and how important it is to incorporate technology into my own classroom.
I liked that this course really informed me about using assistive technologies. I had no idea what they were and what they consisted of before this course. I have learned so much and have a gained a greater appreciation for all of the technologies that are provided for students.
I really enjoyed learning about the different tools and technologies I could use to help my students with disabilities.
14. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
He does a really good job. There were many things that I learned through his class, especially things pertaining to technology and assistive technologies.
Maybe a little less homework. It was hard to keep up with our other classes.
It seems as if there was a LOT of writing for this course that was due each week. Having to answer 4 plus questions in their entirety would call for far more than 500 words. Also, adding on to that, the 100 word response we needed to supply to one person each week. If that is the case, this course should be labeled as Writing Intensive and we should get a Writing Intensive credit as well. Also, if there were major projects due, it would have been nice to not also have to keep up with the monthly reading, posting and replying too. The course required hours each week, compared to the other courses we needed to take in this program.
Maybe a little less readings per week. Sometimes it was overwhelming.
You are so passionate, articulate and supportive. I don't think there is any improvement needed - I do think you should have this course designated as writing intensive as I am sure we generated enough writing to meet the requirement. There was a lot of information to share and comment on so it was difficult to shorten responses and address the questions asked each week.
he did a great job. i am not just saying that because i don't know what to say or because i feel neutral but he truly did a remarkable job. he was so on top of everything, activities were engaging, and time was well utilized. i was very impressed by him as an educator. it is rare to have teachers so in control yet so relaxed. i would be pleased to take other classes from brian.
None, I really enjoyed being in his class. He is very organized and punctual. He gives immediate and constructive feedbacks in all of our assignments!
be sure to review every detail of the syllabus and assignment calendar before starting the term to be sure book titles, page numbers, due dates, etc are correct because they may be different from the previous semester or there could be an error.
I think everything about this course was awesome.
The way Brian has designed the course is already great, but I think one way he could relieve stress of students is by shortening the readings or the posts we have to do. Since the course is only during the summer, the amount of information we have to learn is condense into a few weeks shorter than a regular semester. The amount of reading we had to do for this course and our three other courses was a lot and very stressful.
Throughout the beginning of the semester, it took me a while to get use to where everything was. For instance, I realized that questions for the discussion was posted someplace other than the "assignment" section where something was described there also. I would suggest to place questions and assignments for the week all in one place, so future students don't get confused or don't miss out on anything.
15. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.92 13 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 12 (92%)
16. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.92 13 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 12 (92%)
17. Other comments:
Just want to thank Mr. Brian Kajiyama for his time and dedication to his work.
Please label this class as a Writing Intensive designation, because it really is one.
Thank you for a great summer semester. I feel I have learned so much!
Brian, Thank you for showing us true ability and how to really unlock ALL of our students' potential!
Brian is an EXCELLENT professor and I feel so grateful to have been in his class! He is very inspirational as a person and most importantly as a teacher! I would love to take more courses with him when I have the opportunity to do so. Mahalo Brian for a wonderful Summer semester! I look forward to seeing you again!! Aloha!
I really enjoyed having Brian as an instructor and I think that every education student will benefit greatly from having him as an instructor.
Brian Kajiyama is by far, one of the best instructors I've ever had. I am so thankful for his class.
Brian, you are a true inspiration to all and continue to do the things you do.

Brian Kajiyama: SPED480, Summer II 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Special Education
Course: SPED 480 - Technology for Chldrn w/Disab Crn (Section): 4092 (441)    
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  
3.88 25 1.05 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (44%) 10 (40%) 0 (0%) 4 (16%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
2.0 25 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 25 (100%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.96 25 0.2 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 24 (96%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 25 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 1 (4%) 23 (92%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 25 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 1 (4%) 21 (84%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.84 25 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 2 (8%) 22 (88%)
7. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.96 25 0.2 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 24 (96%)
8. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 25 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 1 (4%) 23 (92%)
9. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 25 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 24 (96%)
10. Students in this course are free to disagree and ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 25 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 1 (4%) 22 (88%)
11. The instructor keeps students informed of their progress.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 25 0.28 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 23 (92%)
12. The instructor was available and willing to help with individual problems outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.96 25 0.2 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 24 (96%)
13. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 25 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 0 (0%) 24 (96%)
14. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.96 25 0.2 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 23 (92%)
15. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
It would be helpful if all the directions,reflection questions and resources for reading reflections were in one location. On-line class time management and student attention might be improved if a limit is put to how many people can respond to discussion topics. Sometimes I get tired of hearing what others have to say. I'd rather hear what the teacher has to say
Brian could use less emphasis on the points made in the course by other students, I think there were a lot of comments that were common knowledge or common feelings, but we spent a lot of time discussing them.
The only thing that I thought could be improved a little bit was the weekly colloborate sessions. I think reflecting about what we already reflected on was a little too much. I think if there was something more beneficial to discuss, thsn once a week meetings would be OK.
I think that collaborate every week, posting, and projects in one week were overwhelming. I didn't agree with having collaborate every week to discuss what we wrote in the previous week because if classmates wanted to hear what we said, then they should read the posting. Posting every week are okay, but let the students choose what to say, and don't make them have a minimal requirement, especially when responding to someone else. I also think that responding to someone is pointless. The projects were fun, but don't have postings in the same week because a 2 page reflection is required.
I think that Brain has a great course. He is an amazing instructor. He doesn't need to make any improvements to this coarse.
Less meeting on collaborate although the sessions were great and we learned a lot it was a lot to keep up with on top of the rest of the program work load.
Possibly having less reading material, and not having to respond to a peer in laulima, and then having to respond to someone again during Collaborate sessions.
I understand that this course was taught during summer session, which meant more condensed than regular semester. Although I enjoyed our weekly collaborate session, I felt that I needed to adjust my schedule more in order to attend the collaborate. He could have collaborate session every other week, instead of every week, he was to teach summer session again.
Double check dates and requirements under assignments and on the syllabus
I think Brian is a wonderful teacher. Even though I would like to say he should let us turn in at least ONE assignment late or make an exception from time to time, I am glad he is strict about his policy. It taught me that sometimes you only get ONE chance to do something right...actually that would be exactly how it is in most cases. He taught me that I need to be better prepared and more on top of things, especially when it comes to meeting deadlines.
More specific instructions...other than that, it was an AWESOME course!
Knowing this was a summer intensive course - Brian could have lowered his workload expectations just a little. When there were 5 topics including readings, videos or questions in forums it would have been nice to be able to concentrate on three rather then each of us putting in a 1/2 hearten effort on 5 topics.
-Less reflecting on each others' responses. Brian can teach more about HOW we can incorporate assistive technology in our elementary classrooms and about other kinds of assistive technology available and easily accessible for educators and students. I felt the collaborate sessions were a waste of time and could have been put to better use. -Less of Dr. Skouge's articles. -Make sure due dates and assignment requirements are accurate and stated correctly in laulima and on the syllabus. -If you don't accept late work than students shouldn't be able to make up collaborate sessions.
He might edit his assignments and syllabus so that there are no differences between them. For example assignments on laulima may say 2 page responses, while the syllabus might differ.
I feel that some of the writing components for the course could be slightly reduced in the required size, particularly the peer responses in forums.
Minimize the length of reflection post. Stay on topic. Reconsider schedule for reading posting, reflecting on classmates and collaborate. Collaborate discussion occurs too long after required reading discussed. Discuss the topic before moving on to the next assignment.
It can't be improved because the course was very well structured and scaffolded for our maximum learning! LOVED every moment of the course!
For the connection between forum posts and weekly Collaborate meetings, I would have preferred to have meetings about the next week's readings as opposed to the previous week's: a preview session as opposed to a review session. The weekly readings and forum posts are already designed to be reviews, so this feels to me like we are reviewing reviews, which gets redundant. I guess it does guarantee that everyone actually reads or is exposed to the group's messages, however (whereas they could skim if left to their own devices).
I feel that Brian did an amazing job teaching SPED 480 this past semester. I have gained so much knowledge in this short summer semester and I really appreciated his clear outline on the course. I can't find a single thing that needs improving.
Laulima had "old" assignments from a previous course, thus if a student was ahead of the game and accessing these assignments it led to confusion and mixed dates, tweaked questions. Overall they were the same assignments, but the newer version had more precise directions on how to answer. Ref: Midterm (questions similar but worded differently) and Final presentation (conflict in 3 pages vs. 5-8 pages). There was, on several occasions, date conflicts as well. Starting fresh on Laulima and posting accurate assignments ahead of time could help avoid these situations. Although, I must say the assignments were challenging and thought provoking in a very good way.
16. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
He is always willing to help. He offers quick responses to email questions. Very knowledgeable and always extensively prepared to class.
The many guest speakers and hands on activities were inspiring, enlightening, memorable, useful and easy yet challenging at times. The pace of the assignments were manageable. Amount of writing was doable yet meaningful. Text and other resources were useful and easy to read or view
Brian made us do and experience all of the methods that he encouraged us to use.
I think the course textbook was very useful and interesting. Brian's knowledge of people who actually use these tools made the classes very interesting. All of the guest speakers brought wonderful information and examples that really helped me learn and retain the information that I learned.
The most valuable and helpful about Brian is that he has so much knowledge to offer and is willing to share it with students.
I loved listen to Brian's story. I also think that all of his guest speakers were very valuable and inspiring.
His first hand knowledge of the material and tools we learned bout in his class!!! he was truly an expert in the field of study! he taught us lots of things that we can use on our classrooms in the future.
I think that because Brian is a living example of the course he is teaching, it makes the course that much more enjoyable and meaningful.
Brain is awesome. I can truly say that his class was the most exciting and meaningful class I have ever taken. He knows his materials, and is very positive in every aspect. The most valuable and helpful about Brian is that he is there to help you every step of the way. I sent him emails multiple times to ask questions about projects, and he would always get back to me with very detailed explanation to it.
He was always willing to help students and very good about getting back to us in a timely manner.
I found it helpful that Brian is able to share his personal experiences with us as a tool for learning. To have a teacher that uses Assistive Technology is inspiring, it helped me realize a lot about a persons potential, especially when given the right tools for success. He is very organized, to the point, ANS I LOVE HIS SENSE OF HUMOR!! Thanks for telling us jokes, Brian. Other classmates and I discussed the fact that this has been one of the most meaningful and influential classes in our entire college career. You are a really good quality teacher....thank you for modeling that for us.
Real-life examples, freedom of communication between all in the classroom
While there was so much information - I enjoyed the variety of reading to video to guest speakers.
Brian was always available to answer questions and was quick to respond to correspondence, which is key for a course with a distance learning component. The supplemental readings and videos that were provided paired well with the text to give a comprehensive look at the subject. Brian also had us work on projects that had practical application and integrated the ideas that were being taught.
His experience and challenges he faced through out his life.
His character is excellent. I think that he is probably the perfect person to teach this specific class. I would love to learn more with him in other classes as well.
Brian's candidness was wonderful and refreshing. I also appreciated how humor he interjects into his presentations.
His enthusiasm for his subject.
His responsiveness and weekly updates and reminders.
Personal investment. It is clear and obvious that Brian cares very much about what he's teaching (and as a user of assistive technology, he has every reason in the world to care). A lifetime of personal involvement with assistive technology, building connections, and research on the matter has made Brian uniquely qualified to deal with the assistive technology needs of others, and how to approach people with such needs. Brian is also very proactive, with all of his lessons and resources planned and created in advance of the lesson, even though he has only three days to prepare each lesson (from Saturday to Tuesday, when the lesson in separate forms is taught to each group). He is also rather kind and personable, and is more than willing and happy to help with any concerns and questions the students have.
Things that I found valuable and helpful about Brian would definitely be his break down of the semester. He gave us a set of assignments and stuck with it. I appreciated that he made his work due on the same day and at the same time throughout the semester, it made it very helpful for us. Brian was always organized with his teaching and I really appreciated him grading and providing feedback on our assignments in a timely matter. I know that Brian enjoys what he is doing and that helped us students engage in his teachings. Brian also always made himself available to assist us in any questions or concerns that we had throughout the course. He made this SPED course extremely enjoyable!
I think Brian is a great teacher. It was great learning about the material in this class from someone who has a lot of insight on what he is teaching. Being that Brian has dealt with a lot of the issues and technology that this class teaches us about makes his teaching a lot more meaningful and interesting!
Brian is by far one of the most compassionate professors I have ever had. His time and energy that went into presenting the material created an unforgettable learning experience that opened my eyes to the abilities of all students. I will take what I have learned both to the classroom and beyond into my own personal life. I am extremely grateful for all that I have learned in this class.
17. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.8 25 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 3 (12%) 21 (84%)
18. Class projects are related to course goals and objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 25 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 4 (16%) 20 (80%)
19. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 25 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 1 (4%) 23 (92%)
20. I feel that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 25 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 3 (12%) 18 (72%)
21. The exams were a fair test of your knowledge of the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.68 25 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 4 (16%) 19 (76%)
22. The grading system was clearly explained.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 25 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (8%) 2 (8%) 21 (84%)
23. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
I enjoyed how Brian shared personal stories of children/adults with disabilities, so we could learn about the personal effect a disability has on a person. I also enjoyed how every week we focused on a specific topic of discussion.
I enjoyed the guest speakers and playing with technology.
I enjoyed the projects that we were able to experience through different mediums.
The guest speakers and the videos that we watched. I also liked the different personal stories that we read and heard. I liked the hands on work with different software programs and at our last F2F making switches.
The projects were the best because they were engaging and can be used in the classroom.
Loved e guest speakers and projects.
the mini projects, we learned about things that we can have our students do in the classroom to help themselves.
I really enjoyed learning about the different forms of technology that can be used to assist people with disabilities.
I really enjoyed doing projects throughout his class. They were something meaningful because I chose a topic to focus on. And I also became more familiar and confident with using technologies (google docs, powerpoints, iMovie, etc).
I liked that Brian brought in the aspect of knowing what it is like to have a disability. I also enjoyed all of the guest speakers!!!
Thant everything was well organized, thoroughly explained, and the expectations of us were spelled out very clearly.
group collaboration on how to video. Use of technology in the assignments.
I liked the projects that were assigned. Brian assigned projects that integrated the course material and released the details of the projects only once we had covered the information that we needed in order to successfully complete the projects that had practical application for classroom use. Also Brian invited guest speakers to come and speak to our class during our face-to-face sessions that exposed us even more to the course material and demonstrated AT techniques that we can now use as future teachers to enrich our students' lives.
-Guest speakers -Learning about assistive technology available.
I truly enjoyed the project assignments.
I loved the guest speakers and projects during the F2F weekends and the projects throughout the course.
Creating digital story books.
The readings and videos were by far the best things this semester. I learned a lot from the reading and by the videos which were relevant.
The short projects are all very related to the course material, and allow us to effectively apply the things we are being taught in the class. The short projects also increase rather smoothly in complexity, incorporating multiple forms of media separately until the final lesson, which incorporates all of the forms taught previously in the semester.
I really enjoyed Brians short projects. I feel by participating in these short projects it really helped me to develop knowledge on different technologies I can use in my future classroom.
-The different assistive technology we learned about. -The different personal accounts we had from guest speakers.
Hands on projects and guest speakers.
I enjoyed all the personal stories and guest speakers. This really brought out the reality.
24. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
Collaborate sessions were tedious at times. The comments of classmates got wearisome.
I didn't like that the rubrics didn't match the syllabus.
Reflecting and then reflecting on reflecting.
I didn't like collaborate every week, I didn't like responding to someones post, and I didn't like writing a reflection for the project. If I had to choose one thing I would say collaborate every week was the least thing I liked about the course.
I didn't enjoy responding to my peers posts.
I cant think of anything besides the frequency of the collaborate sessions.
The reading responses.
I would say that reflecting was my least favorite thing in this course. I'm not saying that what he asked to reflect was meaningless, however, the amount of reflections I've done throughout other classes this summer, I became hesitant to reflect.
I didn't like how we spent so much time reflecting on what others said during our collaborate sessions. It always seemed like we rushed through the "lesson" part at the end. I suggest doing less reflections if a lot of people are talking.
Chapter reading, but even those were very interesting.
Too much reading.
-Reflecting on each others' posts. -His dates and requirements very different in Laulima and in the syllabus. -I felt the collaborate sessions were a waste of time and could have been put to better use. For example, Learning more about technology and how to use it in our classrooms.
Some of the text book readings could be described as "dry"
Even though I did get something out of each Collaborate session, it was a very big commitment of my time.
Posting reflections and responding to peers.
N/A
I'm not good with deadlines, and they are rarely friendly to me, so I suppose my first vote, by default, has to go with that. This is something that I am still working on myself, however. I would have liked for the groups to change at some point in the semester, so that we could spend our weekly discussions getting input from more than just our half of the class (or that we could have reviewed the forum material from the other half of the class).
I didn't care for collaborating each week. I understand the importance of it and it useful but it's just hard to take more time out of our already hectic schedules to meet up each week.
The mid-term...didn't like that it had two versions out there. I wish I had received the "updated version". But I also should have been more careful at reading.
25. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.74 25 0.54 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 4 (16%) 18 (72%)
26. Other comments:
This was an excellant class that opened up my eyes to things I had not thought of before. I hope I get the chance to use the things that I have learned in the classroom setting some day.
Brian is amazing and a great instructor. I've learned so much this semester and I can't wait to put my new knowledge to work.
HE is an amazing teacher, person and i leared more from him and what he taught us that any other classs in this program and it is because of how he teaches!!!! reading a textbook only gets you so far, he took his class so much further!
I will miss his class. I wish we could take this class during our regular semester. He has so much to offer, and is so inspiring. I learned to be more positive, and not grumble over small things in life, because Brian's attitude in his life is so positive, when he is faced with unimaginable challenges. I really enjoyed all the guest speakers that he presented during the course as well because they were the real people with experiences. Dr. Skouge and Dr. Kavita were so informational, they taught us very useful learning strategies. Gensen was so funny and inspiring. I felt lucky to take this course and meet these incredible people who are the advocates for individuals with disabilities.
Thank you! You have touched all of our hearts, and affected us all emotionally and intellectually. You also helped me to believe more in MYSELF. Aloha!
great class! life-changing experience for all of us!
Can't wait to call him Dr. Kajiyama!
Of all of the SPED, ITE, EDEP, and EDEF classes that we have had to take for the distance learning cohort in order to earn our BeDs, I got the most out of Brian's class. Brian taught us key information and emphasized classroom application of course knowledge, which I think is extremely important. He challenged us all to open our minds and really reflect about the course material. Without Brian's instruction I do not think that we would have gotten as much out of the class. Brian made the class.
Please make sure due dates and assignment requirements match!!!
Brian, I have found you to be highly intelligent. You have challenged me more than any other professor. Thank you for that. Your class has helped me to see that I would really like to focus on SPED..
Brian should be given a pay raise for his excellent teaching :) He has been the best teacher for me thus far into the statewide Elementary Ed. cohort 507! PAY RAISE!!!
It was a pleasure and an honor to work with you, Brian! Have a lovely end of your summer!
Throughout this course Brian worked hard to introduce us to material that he knows will be helpful in our futures, and I appreciate him for that. I also appreciate him taking the time to organize guest sppeakers to come in and share knowledge with us, those were always interesting.
This course really opened my eyes. Thank you Brian!

Brian Kajiyama: SPED480, Fall 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Special Education
Course: SPED 480 - Technology for Chldrn w/Disab Crn (Section): 78396 (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  
4.13 8 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (88%) 1 (13%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.88 8 0.35 Freq(%) 1 (13%) 7 (88%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
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%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
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%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
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%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
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%)
7. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
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%)
8. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
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%)
9. The instructor treated students fairly.
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. Students in this course are free to disagree and 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%)
11. The instructor keeps students informed of their progress.
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%)
12. The instructor was available and willing to help with individual problems outside of class.
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%)
13. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
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%)
14. The instructor sets high standards for students.
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%)
15. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Thank you, Brian, for a wonderful semester. I have had a difficult time this semester in general, but really appreciated that you took the time to talk with me about how I was doing throughout our time together, and made yourself available not only as my professor, but as a confidant. This showed me that you truly care for my well-being, and made me feel that you want me to succeed, and were more than happy to help me do so. Thank you =)
Brian Kajiyama is a wonderful professor. There is nothing that he needs to improve on. I learned so much from him and my fellow classmates. He also made each class worth being there and the time would always pass by so fast. He also made each assignment worth doing and it was fun and enjoyable.
The only thing that I would suggest is when we are doing the reflections, have the personal reflection due on the Friday and the response due on the Sunday. That way it will get people to do it earlier so that we can comment and not have to wait till Sunday to respond to a friends reflection.
N/A
I feel that Brian has created and carried out a well-rounded course. I dont think there is any way of improving such a wonderful and inspiring course other than making it available to all students at UH instead of just education majors.
16. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
He is a very caring person, and there is no way to see otherwise. He cares for the well-being of his students not only in regards to his class, but in general. This is not always the case with professors, and I was very touched this. He went above and beyond his calls of duty, and with his continued belief in me and my potential, and his unwavering support and readiness to help in any situation possible, I felt that comfortable opening up to him, which made my educational experience this semester much brighter.
He was always willing to help us if we needed it. He was just so open to all of our discussions.
Everything!
Brian puts his whole heart into every lesson plan he makes for this class. The projects and readings were fun, interesting and very relevant to the course material. Brian has great insight and personal experience that is also relevant to this course.
Brian is very knowledgeable and helpful and taught me a lot this semester. He set high expectations for us, but guided us in great discussions and helped us out along the way.
I found the most valuable about Brian was his own personal experience and knowledge he has with the subject matter and how much he cares about his students and their learning experience.
Brian was one of the most caring and on-top-of-it teacher I've ever had in all my years of schooling. He exemplifes all the Teacher Performance Standards.
17. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
5.0 8 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (100%)
18. Class projects are related to course goals and objectives.
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%)
19. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
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%)
20. I feel that this course challenged me intellectually.
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%)
21. The exams were a fair test of your knowledge of the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 8 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (100%)
22. The grading system was clearly explained.
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%)
23. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
Great guest speakers-- relevant and well thought out. We were given many opportunities to hear the perspectives of others, which provided us with a wider understanding of the course.
I loved the assignments because i got to learn first hand how to use technology to help my students.
All the fun DIY projects.
The projects and the guest speakers. Brian worked very hard to have an array of guest speakers for this class- it was AWESOME!
I loved our Do it Yourself projects and all of the awesome guest speakers that came to see us.
I liked everything about this course from the guest speakers to the DIY projects along with the jokes of the week and our group discussions.
I loved hearing from guest speakers and the projects we did were engaging.
24. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
It is COLD in that classroom!
none
Nothing.
N/A
Trying to deliver the joke of the week in a humorous way was difficult for me.
25. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
5.0 8 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (100%)
26. Other comments:
Thank you for a great class!
I really enjoyed being in Brianʻs class. He is so knowledgeable and he really has accomplished a lot of things. It is great to learn about AT from a person who has been through it. It is much more meaningful.
Brian is a wonderful professor with a lot of heart for what he does. I learned a lot from him !!!
One of my most inspirational and motivating courses at UH.

Brian Kajiyama: SPED480, Summer I 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Special Education
Course: SPED 480 - Technology for Chldrn w/Disab Crn (Section): 91427 (601)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 11 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (100%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 12 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (100%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 12 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 11 (92%)
4. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 12 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 11 (92%)
5. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 12 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (100%)
6. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 12 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (100%)
7. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 12 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (100%)
8. Students in this course are free to disagree and ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 12 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 11 (92%)
9. The instructor keeps students informed of their progress.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 12 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 11 (92%)
10. The instructor was available and willing to help with individual problems outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 12 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (100%)
11. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 12 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 11 (92%)
12. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 12 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 11 (92%)
13. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
n/a
Nothing; great class.
Mr.Kaijiyama has done a great job teaching us the course. What he can do to improve the teaching is to provide more videos and stories related to this course to his future students.
The way that Professor Kajiyama taught this course was great. He explains everything thoroughly, and makes assignments clear.
Shorter online discussions.
n/a
This course is great the way he teaches it now! (:
No comment.
14. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
His caring and understanding nature, and willingness to help others.
Brian sends out a lot of e-mails and it's so helpful because he makes sure that we all understand what is to be due and when exactly. With online classes, it's so hard to keep up with what's due and Brian is so organized with everything and he makes it easy for me to keep track of what's coming up.
He was very willing to help his students in whatever way he could. I had first had experience that were very helpful and interesting.
He is optimistic and enthusiastic about teaching this course. I found this attitude most valuable and helpful because this had had a positive influence on our learning.
He is very willing to work with students when they are having difficulties. He is very understanding as well.
His feedback of our projects and responses
He was very knowledgeable about this course and passionate about his work.
Doing projects that will allow educators to use in their classrooms in applying technology into the classroom curriculum.
He always emailed the class about any upcoming assignments and always left feedback after grading assignments. He was very organized!
Brian Kajiyama is a great teacher. He knows course information well. Brain is and accommodating and understanding. He is the most inspirational teacher I've ever had. I feel that it is highly beneficial to have him as a teacher.
What I found to be most valuable and helpful about Brian Kajiyama was how he just was as a teacher overall. He was very understanding, always on top of things, always offering help, and overall very inspiring.
The discussions.
15. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.83 12 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 10 (83%)
16. Class projects are related to course goals and objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 12 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 11 (92%)
17. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 12 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (100%)
18. I feel that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 12 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (17%) 9 (75%)
19. The exams were a fair test of your knowledge of the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 12 1.03 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (42%) 0 (0%) 7 (58%)
20. The grading system was clearly explained.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.92 12 0.29 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 11 (92%)
21. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
The short projects were fun! I believe they are great resources to have as a teacher, and can be modified for all different types of students.
Using the discussion feature on Laulima and having 2 different sessions within 1 class (small class size)
I enjoyed watching the videos and learning about the different kinds of assisstive technology. I liked being able to see technology in action.
Generally, I don't like projects but I like doing projects for this course because those projects were interesting and related to the course materials we learned in class.
The short projects were fun and good ways to apply our knowledge and skills for the course.
Using laulima.
I liked the projects, they were fun to do but gave an insight to how we could use technology to help students with disabilities.
Utilizing technology..
audio books
I loved everything about this course. I really enjoyed the videos such as Sam's story, and Brian's story etc. And I really liked doing the short projects.
The short projects.
22. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
The elluminate sessions, because I do not particularly like being put on the spot to talk/ share my thoughts. I am the type of person that likes to prepare for my answers ahead of time, so I have an idea what I might say.
duration of class
No.
Nothing.
Two and a half hours of video conferences a week.
Some projects were challenging because of my lack of knowledge of technology.
Some group presentations weren't as helpful/ interesting as others. I sometimes felt as if they were leading a game of 21 questions instead of presenting the weeks chapter/discussion readings.
There wasn't anything that I didn't like.
The discussion posting.
23. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.75 12 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (25%) 9 (75%)
24. Other comments:
n/a
Great instructor, beneficial class.
Brian was a great teacher. He was interesting and enthusiastic about teaching. He was very willing to help his students. The assignment we fun and useful.
Thank you, Brian. I wish to be one of your students once more.
Thank you Brain for being a great teacher, you have shown me that if you want something and believe in yourself that you should try your best and you can accomplish any task.
This class met all my expectations of learning about technologies for the disabled, we didn't only stick to the textbook, which made the course a lot more interesting.
Brian is AWESOME !
Brian you are such a great teacher and person! I'm so thankful to have met you and to have taken this class. I feel that it all will make me a better person and it has really opened my eyes up to life!
No comments.

Brian Kajiyama: SPED480, Spring 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Special Education
Course: SPED 480 - Technology for Chldrn w/Disab Crn (Section): 89511 (005)    
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  
2.6 20 0.68 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 7 (35%) 11 (55%) 1 (5%) 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  
1.9 20 0.31 Freq(%) 2 (10%) 18 (90%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 19 0.92 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 18 (95%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 20 0.89 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 19 (95%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 20 0.89 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 19 (95%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 20 0.91 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 18 (90%)
7. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 20 0.91 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 18 (90%)
8. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 20 0.89 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 19 (95%)
9. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 20 0.89 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 19 (95%)
10. Students in this course are free to disagree and ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 20 0.89 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 19 (95%)
11. The instructor keeps students informed of their progress.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 20 0.98 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 18 (90%)
12. The instructor was available and willing to help with individual problems outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 20 0.98 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 18 (90%)
13. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 19 0.92 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 18 (95%)
14. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 20 1.05 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 2 (10%) 15 (75%)
15. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
I think overall Brian did I great job this semester and I really enjoyed this class very much.
Mandatory requirements of having the students see him in his office at least once.
I think everything he does is good. I enjoy his teaching style.
I think that if there was question slides after the relfections from last week that it would encourage more group discussion
Brian Kajiyama is doing everything perfectly. I feel that he should not change anything.
I don't think Brian needs to improve on teaching this course.
It would be great to have more guest speakers!
I think the course went well. There were often quiet spells because I think students didn't know when to speak. If he had persisted on us speaking or stopped and refused to move on until we comment on each other's comments, then we may have discussed more.
More Do It Yourself activities because all of the ones done in class this semester were really fun!
I think he is a great teacher as is and as the old saying goes, "If it 'aint broke, don't fix it."
Professor Kajiyama is an awesome professor. I would recommend his class to anybody. I myself am not a big fan of textbook readings... perhaps instead of assigning textbook readings, he could make a powerpoint of the the main points from the readings to present in class. That's just me though! I'm trying to get out of reading textbooks, but I still think this would be a more interesting way for everybody to learn from the textbooks.
Continue doing what he is doing!
I can not think of any ways he can improve at the moment because all in all he did a great job!
I liked the videos and guest speakers he brought to class. Hearing real stories is both informational and entertaining!
16. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
I really liked how available he was to help us out if we needed assistant. He always encouraged us to ask for help if you needed and was always there to help. He also responded quickly to questions that we asked and was well connected.
He communicates effectively with students and is open to discussion and questions.
I never had a professor care about a student so much! Have mr. Kajiyama as my professor was a pleasure. He always checked on me to see if I was okay. If I missed an assignment he would contact me. He always helped me to get my work completed! He is an awesome professor.
He is always eager and ready to help you with any questions you have.
What I found most valuable and helpful about Brian Kajiyama was that he was very helpful. He helped me with anything that I needed help with. He lessons were also very insightful and were easy to understand.
I really enjoyed all of the guest speakers in this class. I also enjoyed doing the "do it yourself" projects
Brian really encourages his students & the amount of work we do in the classroom is effective for our future careers. He makes sure to update us every week & hold us accountable if we back-slide in the class.
Brian was always reliable through any type of email, especially email. If i were confused I knew I could ask Brain for help and that he would give me great advice to do my best.
Brian showed his concerns of his students by keeping tabs with them on their progress.
He is passionate about teaching his students and does a great job of implementing different teaching styles and modeling them for future teachers.
He is easy to talk to and responds quickly to emails.I felt really comfortable in communicating with Brian.
I found his incite on life, experiences, and views on people with disabilities most valuable. Also, he will always make himself available and is always willing to help. He pays attention to everything we say in our reflections and makes the work we do for this class actually feel worth doing.
Everything! But most of all, his reminder emails. It shows how thoughtful he is of his students and how much he wants us to succeed. Most professors here at UHM have a real "If you're not looking at your syllabus, too bad for you, I don't care!" attitude. Brian sends out an email at least weekly to remind everybody of upcoming assignment due dates and to thank everyone for the class session. It really means a lot to his students and shows his dedication and care for us.
I found that he was always informing the class through emails about weekly reflections that were do and future readings that needed to be completed. I also liked that he always responded quickly to questions via email or anything. He also makes himself available to help in any way that he could.
He provided us with valuable information that we can use in our future classrooms. He was always there to help us out with anything that we needed help with and was very enthusiastic about his teaching. What I found to be the most valuable about Brian Kajiyama is that he is an inspiration to all. He really inspired me to be the best teacher that I can be and made me want to further my education in special education.
He is always available for help and he is very organized and plans everything well!
I thought it was awesome on the first day of class when I found out that Brian had cerebral palsy and was going to be our teacher. I have not had very much experience with people with disabilities and Brian inspired me to change my major to dual prep.
He is always there to help us.
He is always available for help whether over the internet or in his office. He makes sure everyone is on-task and even sends individual reminders to students who have forgotten homework and is flexible on making up work. I think a good teacher is willing to be flexible if a student is willing to learn!
17. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.95 20 0.22 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 19 (95%)
18. Class projects are related to course goals and objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 20 0.89 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 19 (95%)
19. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 20 0.89 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 19 (95%)
20. I feel that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 20 0.94 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (40%) 11 (55%)
21. The exams were a fair test of your knowledge of the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 20 0.93 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (15%) 16 (80%)
22. The grading system was clearly explained.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 20 0.98 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 18 (90%)
23. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
I really liked the different videos and the do it yourself projects that we were able to do in class. They were fun and enjoyable and at the same time we learned a lot from them.
His course projects are innovative and engaging.
I think learning different techniques that I will be able to use in a classroom.
Learning about all the different ways to use my computer to not only help in the classroom but to have fun with during my dail life
What I liked best was that was the DIY projects were we were able to do things on our own. It gave use the chance to learn how to use technology in our classes.
the DIYs
I really liked doing the little activities. It'll help me later on when I start working with students. The content learned in this class can be used with all students.
I enjoyed the DIY projects! they were very engaging and exciting. Now I can use the programs on my mac for educational usage.
Guest speakers, relevant handouts and videos.
I like that the teacher communicated with us so well and that he used every aspect of technology that he could.
I really liked the do it yourself activities because they were so fun and engaging. The activities matched up perfectly to the material that we were reading week to week.
I liked the DYI projects because they were really hands on and allowed creativity.
DIY Projects, guest speakers, Brian's personal videos to show the class
I liked the DIY activities and that every activity we did in class was very engaging. I also like that we started every class session with a joke. It really starts the day, especially Monday's on a positive note!
I enjoyed the Do it Yourself projects!
Working with "real" stories.
I liked how there was a lot of videos and readings but not a lot of written work.
The do it yourself activities
I liked the setup of the class where we had a reflection of last week's materials and then relate it to the current week's. This way, everything seems important and relevant.
24. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
I was never a big person on reading things, so I didn't like all the readings. BUT, I know that reading comes with every course that I take and I learn from the readings as well so this is something that I know I will have to do. But overall I really liked everything.
The readings were sometimes long and there were too much of them during some weeks.
I enjoyed everything!
There was nothing that I did not like about this class.
reflection of our reflections
Honestly, when we explain our own exerts. I often got bored & sleepy.
Speaking when my picture would just show up on the screen. Sometimes others would already say my insight about the readings.
The long class periods and seeing the teacher only once a week.
The aspect of this course that i liked the least was the mid term. Although i was prepared, I just didnt like taking the midterm and using up all the whole class time typing out long answers to the questions.
I enjoyed it all.
Textbook readings
N/a.
The mid term paper that we had to write. It was a little hard to think on the spot rather than having the time to think it through.
Nothing. I enjoyed this class very much!
Nothing, everything was great.
N/A
25. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
5.0 19 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 19 (100%)
26. Other comments:
Thank you so much for being my instructor and thank you for teaching me many things.
n/a
It was a pleasure taking this class with professor kajiyama I am sad it is the end already!!!
Brian is a great instructor. He is very selfless and really focus on us as students. His daily class schedule really forces us to finish the readings and comment on them in class. It brings me out of my comfort zone, which is good for me in the long run.
Really enjoyed this class as well as Brian Kajiyama. I would suggest others to take his class.
I really enjoyed this class & enjoyed learning the different technologies used for people with a disability. When I do get into my career of teaching, I can reference back to this class because it was the best class I took this semester! :)
nope
I really enjoyed this class and wish that Brian Kajiyama taught more courses.
This class changed my views on Special Education and people with disabilities. It also changed my views on life and me as a person. Because of this class I decided to pursue the dual prep program.
Professor Kajiyama is the best!
Thank you for being a great teacher! This is one of the courses that for the first time, I feel that I have actually learned something and made me want to strive to become the best possible teacher.
One of my favorite classes! I never wanted to miss a session.
Thank you for a great semester! :) I hope mny more people are able to learn from you!

Brian Kajiyama: SPED480, Fall 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Special Education
Course: SPED 480 - Technology for Chldrn w/Disab Crn (Section): 79516 (003)    
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  
3.07 14 1.07 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 4 (29%) 7 (50%) 2 (14%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.79 14 0.43 Freq(%) 3 (21%) 11 (79%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.93 15 0.26 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 14 (93%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.93 15 0.26 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 14 (93%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.93 15 0.26 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 14 (93%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.87 15 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 13 (87%)
7. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.93 15 0.26 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 14 (93%)
8. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.93 15 0.26 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 14 (93%)
9. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.93 14 0.27 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 13 (93%)
10. Students in this course are free to disagree and ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.87 15 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 13 (87%)
11. The instructor keeps students informed of their progress.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 15 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 11 (73%)
12. The instructor was available and willing to help with individual problems outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.93 15 0.26 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 14 (93%)
13. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.93 15 0.26 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 14 (93%)
14. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.87 15 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 13 (87%)
15. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
He does not need to improve.
Overall, Brian is good. I would like to take other classes from him again and I would definitely want my friends to take his class. I really learned a lot from him, so there's not much improvement. I wish we met up twice a week at least. This was one of the classes i looked forward to going this semester.
I'd love to learn more about making videos to use in the classroom.
Thankyou Prof Kajiyama,
Not sure, this was probably my favorite class!
I honestly cannot think up of anyways that this course can be improved at the moment.
I think he did a good job teaching this course.
I don't know what Brian can do more for this class. I think Brian is a great teacher. I learned so much for this class, that I didn't know before. It has broaden my knowledge in becoming a teacher.
n/a
Sometimes I think we take up a little too much time sharing our reflections. Maybe instead we could each log in to laulima at the beginning of class and share if we feel moved to do so. Other than that the class is GREAT and needs no changes!
He had everyone be involve in class.
Can't, his course was very informative & I learned A LOT.
No improvements are needed.
I think Brian did a wonderful job teaching this course and I can't seem to think of any way he could change the class to make it better.
16. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
I learned about the most inspirational people in the world, while taking this class. I believe through learning about those people, it has inspired me to make a difference in people's lives. I learned to be most appreciative of all I have and all that I have been blessed with.
I enjoyed Brian's positive attitude. I always looked forward to attending his class. I have learned a great deal from his teaching and most importantly he is such a great role model. We should have more teachers/professors like him that can see each student's potential. I would like to be a difference maker like him. Awesome Job Professor Kajiyama!!!
I find the hands-on activities accompanied by printed instructions valuable. I also think that the readings about certain successful individuals and then having them come and visit and bring awareness to the class through presentations are most valuable.
He is so genuine, and really cares about his students
He was always there to help through email or meetings. His lessons and assignments were extremely clear & well understood.
What I found to be very helpful was the variety of resources Brian brought into the classroom. We had guest speakers that presented on a variety of topics. Also, Brian used a PowerPoint presentation along with his lecture that included not only words but pictures and video clips a well. I find that I am very visually stimulated so this was helpful for me. I also enjoyed working on the computer even though it was a bit frustrating at times and learning different strategies in which we can engage our students with computers as future teachers. Also, Brian was extremely responsive to students throughout the semester. For myself I found that he was quick to respond to e-mails and personally I think it is important for teachers to stay in touch with students during the semester as questions may arise and also especially for classes that are once a week.
Brian has been my best professor so far. He was able to relate to the students and opened my mind to so much about education in general and this particular subject. I felt that if I ever needed help, Brian was more than helpful at all times. He genuinely cares for his students and their well being. His weekly reminders and emails were so helpful and made this class a lot more fulfilling for me. Brian is one of those professors whom I will always remember and whose lessons I will take with me in the future.
He would email us reminders and was very encouraging. He made me not mind doing work. I actually wanted to do the work.
Brian is always in class early. Always ready for class. He really knows he stuff. He always have the attitude of not giving up. Every time I see him it changes me to pursue my career even more.
I remember thinking who better to teach a special education class that someone who knows first hand? That is so true because I learned a lot from Brian's personal experiences. I feel his answers and insight were extremely valuable.
His warm and openness.
Brian's insights on the world and his take on Special Education. Very positive, He created a very positive and engaging classroom environment.
He is very easy to talk to and he is a very understanding teacher. He had each class planned out really well and on schedule. It was also really helpful because he was very well organized!!!!
His positive attitude and Brian was so helpful in every aspect of the course!
17. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
5.0 15 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 15 (100%)
18. Class projects are related to course goals and objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.93 15 0.26 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 14 (93%)
19. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.93 15 0.26 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 14 (93%)
20. I feel that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 15 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 12 (80%)
21. The exams were a fair test of your knowledge of the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.87 15 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 13 (87%)
22. The grading system was clearly explained.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.87 15 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 13 (87%)
23. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
I loved everything about this course!
I enjoyed all the DIY activities. I think that it would definitely be beneficial in the future for me to know about incorporating technologies in the classroom. I also enjoyed all the guest speakers coming to our class. It made the class more enriching.
This class opened my mind more to things that I was not aware of. This class was not hard for me and it didn't have to be. The important thing was that I understood the material; the readings and presentations were understandable and didn't go over my head. Some readings were lengthy but I understood them. The final project requires a lot of planning, time, and effort, in other words, it's a lot of work, but it's do-able. All through out the class I felt that the tasks were do-able, at least after instructions and examples were given out.
All the projects and do it yourself activities.
Simple AT
I liked the class as a whole. Most of times, when leaving the class I feel that I have been inspired in some way. And I think that that is one of the aspects that I like the best...that it is a truly inspirational course and I feel that as future teachers, we will need to be an inspiration to them. I am glad I took this course from Brian Kajiyama.
Basically everything, I loved the DIY projects because they were an innovative way to learn skills about what we could use for our future students. The discussions and weekly postings were also great and forced me to think critically about the concepts and self reflect.
I liked the diy's. They were really fun, but we ran out time a few class periods, but Brian let us finish the next class time. I also liked that the class size was small and Brian encouraged all of us to get to know one another. I thought the concept of the weekly laulima posts was a good idea because it gave everyone a chance to voice his or her opinions especially since sometimes people might never voice their opinions.
I really like the DIY activities. It made me more creative in doing Powerpoints for other classes.
I liked the videos we watched. They were educational and brought a positive view about the disability community. I also liked his guest speakers he had come and talk to our class. Being able to learn how to apply AT into the classroom made me feel more prepared for when I need to work with a student with disabilities as a teacher. Another aspect I enjoyed was the projects. They were really fun and creative to do!
I love the do it yourself activities and the fact that we were given plenty of time to get them done so we didn't have to stress if we messed up or didn't understand. Our questions were welcome and always answered thoroughly, no matter how long it took. There is nothing about this class I didn't like.
I liked how we all were able to input our opinions.
Reflecting on peer responses and posting on laulima. Having the class participate as a whole on reflections of the previous class period.
I really liked the different activities and projects (DIYs). It was a really creative way to learn about technology and incorporating it into fun activities. I never really knew much about using my MAC laptop, but after having many hands-on activities that included the use of lap tops, I really learned a lot about the types of options and ways to use a computer that will become beneficial to children of all ages in a classroom. I also really liked his use of powerpoint slides in class and having class discussions online and together as a class was really fun and a great way to share our thoughts and ideas without feeling uncomfortable.
The discussions because it helped me get a better understanding of the material and the videos and other forms of teaching that Brian used to keep the class interesting. Also the Do it Yourself projects were always fun!
24. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
none.
none.
Talking infront of people
None.
If anything, I would have to say the aspect that I liked least about this course was having to expand on what we posted on Laulima during the beginning of class...I felt a little uncomfortable doing this but I believe it could have been for the better and that Brian wanted to hear from each one of us. I got used to it though as the semester went on and everyone became a little bit more comfortable with each other.
The class was too cold. The AC temp needs to be turned down a lot! Although I liked the laulima posts, I thought as the semester went on, it was getting harder to do because we were pretty much saying the same ti=hings every week and it took up a lot of class time.
There is nothing that I didn't like.
n/a
n/a
NONE.
I really enjoyed coming to class each day. I would have to say that I didn't dislike anything about this class.
The readings in the text book. But it was informative.
25. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
5.0 15 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 15 (100%)
26. Other comments:
I would recommend Brian Kajiyama to others. I loved this course!
Thank you for your positive attitude. You are one of the individuals who are very inspirational. I am so fortunate that I've gotten to know you throughout the semester.
Thankyou, Are you teaching next semester?
Overall, I enjoyed this course and felt that I learned a lot. I would highly recommend this course to others.
BEST PROFESSOR AND BEST CLASS YET
Brian is a really nice guy and was generally interested in his students. He encouraged his students to go to his office hours even if it was just to say hi.
I learned that we should never give up. Also never give up on children with disability or not. They have the potential to do more. They maybe limited, but you can broad their horizons.
Amazing class taught by an amazing person!
Brian is an excellent Professor! loved his teaching style, especially starting each class period with a joke :) will truly miss having Brian as my professor!
Brian Kajiyama is the most inspirational and down-to-earth person I have ever met. I really like the fact that he can incorporate the different concepts of learning and technology into each class lecture. I really loved the different types of class activities that he had introduced, because I really learned a lot from all of it. Not only did I learn new things, I can take those new things that I have learned and actually use it in the future. Brian Kajiyama is truly a dedicated and hard working instructor, I'm so glad to have had him as an instructor. I would have to say that he is one of the best teachers I have met here at UH Manoa. Keep up the good work!!!
I think Brian did a excellent job teaching the course and taught us more than just the course material but about positive ways to live life. Good Job Brian!

Brian Kajiyama: SPED480, Summer II 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Special Education
Course: SPED 480 - Technology for Chldrn w/Disab Crn (Section): 4155 (441)    
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  
3.14 22 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 21 (95%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
2.0 21 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 21 (100%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 22 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 22 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 22 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 22 (100%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 22 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 22 (100%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 22 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 22 (100%)
7. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 22 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 22 (100%)
8. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 21 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 21 (100%)
9. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 22 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 22 (100%)
10. Students in this course are free to disagree and ask questions.
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%)
11. The instructor keeps students informed of their progress.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 22 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 22 (100%)
12. The instructor was available and willing to help with individual problems outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 21 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 21 (100%)
13. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 22 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 22 (100%)
14. The instructor sets high standards for students.
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%)
15. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
It would have been nice to have more F2F time with him. We only had 2 times we meet and only for a short time. I think I speak for all of us in this cohort, we would love to have him teach more classes.
The only thing that I can think of would be to raise the bar a little higher for us. I liked the A.T. website review that we had to do. Maybe in the furture, the students can do their own review, and then take a look at 2 or 3 classmates' reviews, also and see if they agree or disagree with their findings.
I can't think of anyway he can improve the class, it was amazing! I would have liked one more face-to-face class.
Brian did an amazing job in teaching the sped 480 class. I am not sure what Brian can do to improve this class.
Brian can improve the teaching of this course by continuing how he taught SPED 480 this last semester. Brian is a wonderful teacher who genuinely cares about his students and their progress. The only thing that I wish we could have had during SPED 480 were more sessions together on O`ahu. I think that this could have increased our knowledge and growth through this course.
His materials were so well organized and his lectures were so very captivating, which makes it difficult to state what can be improved. Maybe incorporating role-playing activities in which teacher candidates act out what they would do in real-life situations involving people with disabilities.
I cannot make any suggestions; it was an excellent course with an excellent instructor.
SPED480 Has been an exceptional course. I cannot suggest anything Brian could have improved upon.
Brian, your class was amazing!
I am so impressed by his organization and communications with us, and i can think of no way he could have done better by me.
I really do not have any suggestions on how he can improve, but I do want to say Brain did a great job with this class and I wish I could hve him as an instructer again.
nothing
Not sure. He is a great teacher. Very knowledgable on the topic. He is enthusiastic, funny, and helpful. He always made him self available and exhibited great communication with his students.
16. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
He was well organized and always available to help. He knew how to make his lessons valuable for us. He made us want to learn and do his assingments. Everything we did had a reason and all projects were things we would be able to use in our classrooms!
He had first hand knowledge about most of the things we discussed in class. He always had case studies of real people bringing to life what we read in our text. H eencouraged all of us to speak during the elluminate sessions, which I thought was great, as everyone seem to bring different ideas and thoughts to the table. I learned a lot from my classmates this semester.
The course was well organized. He had many thoughtful ways in which the content was imparted,through:readings, class discusions, Elluminate sessions, videos, tests, creative projects,etc. He took a lot of care for the students thoughts and ideas. He had many great guest speakers during our face-to-face and elluminate sessions.
He helped students discover and share a wide variety of tools that can be applied in the classroom. He always gave great, positive feedback and corrected work in a timely fashion. Brian shared his own personal stories which helped make understanding course content so much easier.
Brian was very organized and I understood what was to be expected from me as a student. Brian was a inspirational teacher. I learned a lot from this class that I was not aware of before.
This is a difficult question because Brian did such a wonderful job at accommodating all of us students who were immersed into this hybrid program through University of Hawai`i at Manoa. However, I think what was most valuable and helpful about Brian is that he never had us complete an assignment solely to do work. Everything that we did during this course was related to each other and connected in to the bigger picture of learning the material.
Brian communicated well and was always there is you needed help or had a question.
Loved the elluminate sessions and how helpful/informed Brian was about technology.This class was very organized.
His course was very well-organized for a first-time instructor; he made himself available through various ways online, from email, to his online office, even Skype. He is very fair to all students and adheres to his grading guidelines. His encouraging and positive attitude inspires all who meet him and encourages critical thinking.
This course was excellently developed and taught by Brian! He was enthusiastic and inspiring as well as fair and direct. I feel that not only have I learned the required material for this course, but I have gained an insight into working with children with disabilities and gained hope that I can make a difference in any child's life. I am encouraged to continue my studies because of Brian's course, and I hope one day to be as effective and inspiring an instructor as Brian has been.
He has first hand experience and was able to share his personal thoughts and ways to improve our classrooms to be more open for our SPED students.
He was always available; he provided very useful feedback and encouragement; communication was very fluid; coursework was engaging and appropriate, and presented in a wide variety of formats.
Brian's passion for the subject matter. He is an inspiration and an amazing teacher and human being.
Brian was always prepared and shared his passion for teaching and of the subject content with us daily. He is the most inspiring teacher I have ever had.
His dedication to the course matter. His enthusiasm I would love to take more classes with him.
Super clear and organized. Clear expectations and assignments, very accessible and available to assist students, and really worked to give us a broad exposure, while at the same time exposing us to specific examples and guest speakers. Great incorporation of projects where we had to use some of the technologies we were learning about.
The most valuable thing about Brian was that he had personal life experiences to relate the topics with. He is and amazing person.
everything
Very open and willing to go the extra mile to help his students.
his knowledge and availability
17. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
5.0 21 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 21 (100%)
18. Class projects are related to course goals and objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.95 21 0.22 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 20 (95%)
19. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 21 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 21 (100%)
20. I feel that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 21 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (14%) 18 (86%)
21. The exams were a fair test of your knowledge of the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 21 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 19 (90%)
22. The grading system was clearly explained.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.95 21 0.22 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 20 (95%)
23. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
I enjoyed every part of Brians class. Iam glad that the program added this course. It has opened our eyes to new and old technologies that will be able to help our students. He also made everything we did meaningful, it never seemed like we were doing it just for the class. Everything we will be able to use in our lives and our classroom.
I liked doing all of teh projects the best, and I liked being able to get creative in the process.
I liked the; Videos, face-to-face sessions, creative projects.
I really liked the Elluminate Live sessions. Being able to share and learn new tricks and tools for the classroom is really helpful to me. I also liked the content: videos, readings, and guest speakers.
I loved how I got to use the elluminate live program to get together with my classmates and Brian to discuss and talk about different AT technology that we can use in our future classroom. I enjoyed and looked forward to having the online class every week.
Our weekly Elluminate Live Sessions, online discussions and learning more about how to accommodate students with diverse learning needs. I am an educational assistant and I learned a lot during this course despite all of my experience working in special education. Brian brought up several topics that main stream society considers taboo when discussing peoples with disabilities. I think a big part of what I learned from this class is to consider all options when working with children. Even the options that seem impossible.
I liked that he used examples of local people who had disabilities who are very much able!
Eluminate sessions and projects.
The major fact that it opened my mind to different things and information I had not been previously aware of, and how I can see myself applying this knowledge in my future career.
I love the digital storybooks and the discussion on various AT available.
Weekly elluminate sessions
The variety of activities; guest speakers and videos that made teaching memorable; sharing of information and resources with classmates and instructor.
Some class sessions were held via Elluminate Live. This challenged those of us who may not have been so tech. savvy. It was a great way for students and professor to collaborate.
Our projects!
Learning about assistive devices and better ways to help disabled students.
our Elluminate Live sessions, and our class sessions, and getting to hear about so many stories, often from the sources themselves. All the materials were great, and very interesting. Brian did a great job using a wide variety of resources and materials to support the course: text, video, elluminate live, guest speakers, poetry, and stories.
i enkoyed our weekly elluminate sessions.
all of them
I really enjoyed learning about assistive technology as well as hearing personal stories from Brian and his colleages.
24. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
Not enough F2F time.
I wish we could have had more face-to-face sessions!
Taking tests, I, in general, don't like taking tests.
NOTHING...loved everything!!!
I wish that we could have met more in person, as I think that could have enriched our knowledge.
responding to others to posts.
Just some technical difficulty things during our Elluminate!Live sessions, and not having enough face-to-face sessions. :(
I wish there could have been more Elluminate! Live Sessions.
N/A
Elluminate sessions, because of time constraints.
There was no aspect of the course I disliked.
N/A
Liked it all.
it would have been great to have more face to face time, but as our program is statewide, and we only meet at UHM once a month, there just was not more time available. But the Elluminate live sessions, helped fill this gap.
nothing
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25. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
5.0 21 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 21 (100%)
26. Other comments:
Brian is a great teacher and hope to have him again!
I feel honored to have been taught by Brian. I felt like there could be no one better to teach a course like this, and I am embarrassed to say that I had so many stereotypes in my head regarding people with disablilities. I feel that getting to know Brian during the course of this summer through the class has helped me in ways I cannot explain fully. I know I already look at people with disabilities differently now thanks to Brian. He is SO able, and so amazing and so inspiring, and I am grateful to have had him as a teacher.
Brian Kajiyama is an enthusiastic and caring teacher. I appreciated his well organized class.
Brian did an excellent job teaching this course and I am truly blessed to have been in this class!
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Brian is one of the best teachers I have had at the college level. I can't wait to read one of his books in the future.
Very excellent class, I would love to have Brian as a teacher again!
One of the best instructors I have ever had!
I wish you the best with your future courses Brian, you're helping to create a better world for your students, who want to make a better world for our students, who...
Very thankful for having had the opportunity to take this course!
Brian Kajiyama is a wonderful instructor. It was an honor to take part in his course.
Thank you Brian!!!
Please have him teach more courses.
Brian has been a truly inspirational teacher! Many students in our class had never been exposed to Assistive technologies, but i saw how well we all grasped the possibilities and potential of technology to assist those with disabilities by the end of the class. Great Job Brian! It has truly been a pleasure! Mahalo!