eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Mary Radnofsky

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Mary Radnofsky: HON101, Fall 2011

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Honors/Selected Studies Prog
Course: HON 101 - Intro to Research at Manoa Crn (Section): 79263 (003)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 9 1.09 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 2 (22%) 5 (56%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.33 9 1.22 Freq(%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 2 (22%) 4 (44%) 1 (11%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.11 9 1.45 Freq(%) 2 (22%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 4 (44%) 1 (11%)
4. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.56 9 1.42 Freq(%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 2 (22%) 2 (22%) 3 (33%)
5. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
2.33 9 1.12 Freq(%) 2 (22%) 4 (44%) 1 (11%) 2 (22%) 0 (0%)
6. I developed greater awareness of societal problems.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.11 9 1.27 Freq(%) 1 (11%) 2 (22%) 2 (22%) 3 (33%) 1 (11%)
7. I improved my abilities to revise my rough drafts and to make my writing more effective.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.33 9 1.32 Freq(%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 3 (33%) 2 (22%) 2 (22%)
8. This course was helpful in developing new skills.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.11 9 1.54 Freq(%) 2 (22%) 1 (11%) 2 (22%) 2 (22%) 2 (22%)
9. The course made me think hard and carefully.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.33 9 1.58 Freq(%) 2 (22%) 1 (11%) 0 (0%) 4 (44%) 2 (22%)
10. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the course?
Professor Radnofsky's willingness to help, especially through emails, was very helpful in this class since we met only once a week.
Writing the mini-study research paper was incredibly valuable to me. It helped me learn to write in a more clear and concise manner than I am ususally use to.
Distinguishing the strengths/weaknesses of qualitative and quantitative research. Writing a research paper using various formats.
I found that the ability to choose topic of our interest and then conduct research on that topic was helpful because it made learning about the process of research much less boring and tedious. Learning to conduct and write a research paper at the college level will be immensely helpful to me in the future since I plan on moving to graduate school after I complete my undergraduate degree.
Radnofsky's lectures on the types of research and handouts were the most helpful
I learned a little about research methods, through reading on my own. However I developed a complete distaste for the subject of research because of this class and teacher.
11. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the course?
Not having a set grading system left me confused as to how this class would be graded.
I thought the beginning lectures of how to use the library as a resource were not necessary. A brief explanation would have been fine.
The transition between the slow pace of the first half of the semester, to the hurried activities of the second half. While the professor was on a trip for four or so weeks, we were supervised by substitute teachers. We covered vague concepts of research, but only delved into real work later on.
I felt that the first couple of weeks in the class weren't very helpful because we basically learned how to use the library and search for credible sources. However I already know how to do this so I found the first 3/4 tedious and somewhat a waste of time.
Radnofsky comes across as conceited and bigoted. She ridicules students who don't hold the same opinion as her. She always has a specific answer in mind when asking questions, and if you don't answer it that way she doesn't accept it. She publicly embarrasses students when they make mistakes by calling them out in front of the class. She doesn't provide answers when you ask for help, instead insisting that you "think it through yourself." She doesn't provide help on your rough drafts, she just tells you what to write because she thinks you're writing isn't good enough. She threatens to dock points off of your grade for not submitting things in, but then continually claims she "didn't receive" what was sent. She forgets to assign due dates, then gets mad when students don't submit it. Overall, I HATED this class, and I never want to take another research course again.
12. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.22 9 1.3 Freq(%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 4 (44%) 1 (11%) 2 (22%)
13. The instructor seems knowledgeable in many areas.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 9 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 2 (22%) 6 (67%)
14. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.33 9 1.32 Freq(%) 1 (11%) 2 (22%) 0 (0%) 5 (56%) 1 (11%)
15. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.33 9 1.22 Freq(%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 2 (22%) 4 (44%) 1 (11%)
16. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.11 9 1.36 Freq(%) 2 (22%) 1 (11%) 0 (0%) 6 (67%) 0 (0%)
17. One real strength of this course is the classroom discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.56 9 1.59 Freq(%) 2 (22%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 3 (33%) 3 (33%)
18. The instructor's feedback about my writing helped me become a better writer.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.22 9 1.3 Freq(%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 4 (44%) 1 (11%) 2 (22%)
19. I was able to get individual help when I needed it.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.67 9 1.12 Freq(%) 1 (11%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 6 (67%) 1 (11%)
20. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.67 9 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 3 (33%) 3 (33%) 2 (22%)
21. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.67 9 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 3 (33%) 3 (33%) 2 (22%)
22. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
The first few weeks of the course were not very geared for what was to come when we started our research papers. If we started the project earlier, and had more time to complete it, then I think it would be a much less hectic and more enjoyable experience. We were also only given 2 weeks to meet with our partner and complete our grant proposals. In the future, students should be given more time to complete this project, especially if it is due during finals week.
The only suggestion I have for this class and Dr. Radnofsky is to give more time to work on the research paper. The research paper was a difficult assignment and while I completed it, I think if I had started it earlier, I would have felt less stressed about it.
It is obvious that Professor Radnofsky is very intellectual within her field, but she lacks genuine sympathy for the students and organization in her notes. Although she initially seemed approachable, her curt persona and rushed style of teaching quickly diminished the optimism I had for the course. It was difficult for several students to determine what she wanted out of them in regards to the objective of the assignments/notes. She does not seem to truly listen to the opinions of some students as well. Rather, she assumes certain things without completely understanding the subtext of what is really happening. If the professor took the time to explain vital information in the beginning of the semester, then things may have been a lot more smooth.
I feel that it would be more useful to the students to only spend 1 class period on how to find credible resources and start working on the research question and review of literature immediately. One of the problems I had was that we were somewhat rushed to finish our research paper in 2 months. If we had a few more weeks the research paper would be much more pleasant.
Use class time for writing and one on one help
Refer above. Everything. She should just go teach at the graduate level, because she completely turns off undergrad students to learning. She lacks compassion and understanding. I am scared to turn this in because I fear she will try to guess who submitted this and punish me by grading my paper harder than normal.
23. The writing assignments helped me develop abilities to solve problems.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.33 9 1.41 Freq(%) 1 (11%) 2 (22%) 1 (11%) 3 (33%) 2 (22%)
24. Reading assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
2.78 9 0.97 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 4 (44%) 4 (44%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%)
25. 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  
3.78 9 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 6 (67%) 1 (11%)
26. The course is highly recommended if it were taught by this instructor.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
2.67 9 1.32 Freq(%) 3 (33%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 3 (33%) 0 (0%)
27. Audiovisual materials (or computers) were an asset to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 9 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 3 (33%) 3 (33%)
28. The grading system was clearly explained.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.11 9 1.45 Freq(%) 1 (11%) 3 (33%) 1 (11%) 2 (22%) 2 (22%)
29. The instructor was objective in evaluating student's work.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.33 9 1.32 Freq(%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 3 (33%) 2 (22%) 2 (22%)
30. My overall evaluation of this course is...
This course was a great experience for learning how to write a professional research paper. I really enjoyed the small class size, because it made the class more interactive and allowed for one-on-one time with the professor if we had any questions.
This class was very stimulating. My knowledge of how to conduct proper research has increased and the knowledge I gained about my topic is priceless. This class was difficult, but if you stick through it, the feeling of accomplishment you receive is extremely staisfying.
Interesting in theory, but difficult in execution. It could have been a much better experience if the class learned about research techniques early, instead of a few weeks before the end of the semester.
I would give the class an overall score of 4 out of 5. I liked the content and gained a lot out of the course, but I felt like the organization and scheduling of due dates could be significantly improved.
Great class if you need to learn how to write a research paper and do basic research
TERRIBLE COURSE. I cannot explain it any other than that. I never want to research anything ever again.
31. Other comments:
Dr. Radnofsky is a wonderful teacher who really teaches a lot about the research process. I will use the information she taught me for years to come.
I would've dropped the course but unfortunately Radnofsky took the first month of classes off to do book signings on the mainland. I found out too late that she was a completely horrible teacher and by this time it was too late to drop without penalty.