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Instructor: Tom Dinell

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PLAN310, Spring 2014
PLAN310, Fall 2013
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PLAN310, Spring 2011

Tom Dinell: PLAN310, Spring 2014

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Urban & Regional Planning
Course: PLAN 310 - Introduction to Planning Crn (Section): 86286 (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  
3.63 17 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (35%) 10 (59%) 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  
1.31 17 0.48 Freq(%) 11 (65%) 5 (29%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 17 0.24 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 16 (94%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 17 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 15 (88%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 17 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 2 (12%) 14 (82%)
6. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 17 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 14 (82%)
7. The instructor presented concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 17 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 14 (82%)
8. The grading system was clearly explained.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 17 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 2 (12%) 14 (82%)
9. The instructor provided specific meaningful feedback.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 17 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 15 (88%)
10. The instructor was accessible to students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 17 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 4 (24%) 12 (71%)
11. What did you like best about the course?
I like how we were required to do presentations. I also liked how the professor gave opportunities for students to do rewrites. Also, Urban Plan is an excellent exercise.
I really enjoy the fact that this course was a writing intensive course. Professor Dinell helped me realize the mistakes I always make in the papers that I write. Now, I am very cautious and no longer make the same mistakes. I feel as if Professor Dinell was very knowledgable and knows how to teach the basics of urban planning. His teaching technique is quite amazing. I would love to take another class with Professor Dinell.
presentations, the Urban Plan project (great fun & educational experience)
The class felt very personal. At the end it felt like we were a small family instead of a group of strangers that just so happened to take the same class.
UrbanPlan project was a great group project that introduced us to real world careers skills. Also, interviewing a professional was
Tom kept class lectures lively and worth learning
Tom has a very high level of knowledge, and he was able to communicate it effectively.
Its relevancy to real world problems.
I loved how involved this class got and how practical the lessons were. Tom was also a great mentor and I wish I had taken this class more seriously.
I really enjoyed the discussions we had in class. Tom made sure to facilitate an environment where everyone felt comfortable to speak and share their thoughts. The UrbanPlan project was also a lot of fun, and very educational. Tom was very humorous in class, which made it that much easier to pay attention and engage. His feedback was also very specific, and very informative.
The overall topic of planning. Very interesting
The UrbanPlan project was extremely fun and I got so much out of it and it was a challenge that was very mentally stimulating.
I belife that the Assignments given was the best part. I really enjoyed observing Waikīkī, interviewing a Planner and working as a group to establish a brand new community. Tom has been a joy and great teacher to learn from. I had learn much from you. i might even be looking into a planning career. Mahalo nui Tom.
My favorite part of the course was the Urban Plan project.
12. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Tom Dinell is an excellent professor. His class is designed to keep the students busy, but at the same time, one has the potential to learn a lot.
One thing that could improve this course would be keeping to the syllabus. We were able to keep to the syllabus for 7/8 of the semester but when there were changes that were mentioned, the changes were not necessarily followed, which created some confusion. Also, it would have been great to have our papers be returned sooner.
He can;t. He has perfected the art of teaching.
Quicker responses to grades and email
Better organization of the syllabus.
Less readings.
I personally believe Tom does not need to change anything. He knows his stuff and I too know what he knows about planning, as much as he could teach in a semester.
I was only called on once for our reading (the 2-minute extemporaneous) while some students were called on multiple times. I would have liked to have had the opportunity to earn more points.
I believe Tom is doing a very good job in teaching this course
Assign more projects like the UrbanPlan project where students have to apply what they learned.
I Honestly feel that the course was perfect. Even though at times it felt like a lot of work , I still enjoyed it. Oral presentations are one of my favorites. I just loved it.
13. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.76 17 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (24%) 13 (76%)
14. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.88 17 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 14 (82%)
15. 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 17 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (24%) 12 (71%)
16. I learned to apply principles from this course to new situations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 17 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 3 (18%) 13 (76%)
17. I developed the ability to communicate clearly about this subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 17 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 3 (18%) 13 (76%)
18. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 17 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 3 (18%) 13 (76%)
19. I learned to value new viewpoints.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 17 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (24%) 13 (76%)
20. I developed more confidence in myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 17 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (24%) 13 (76%)
21. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 17 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 4 (24%) 12 (71%)
22. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 17 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 2 (12%) 13 (76%)
23. My opinions about some topics changed because of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 17 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 2 (12%) 12 (71%)
24. The course made me think hard and carefully.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 17 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 14 (82%)
25. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
I like Urban Plan.
The UrbanPlan project was the most valuable because I learned how to work with others and think on my feet. I was also able to learn a lot about what urban planners do by doing a project that put me and the rest of my group in charge of our own "city".
class discussion, when we could question each other about the content of our presentations
I think the most valuable aspect was our group discussions. The entire class time actually felt like it was that way. It was a way to bring new perspectives to shed light on a wide range of topics. It really pushed the idea that Planning is a very social career.
Being able to present our research to the class was great practice for presenting our ideas.
Oral presentation developed good communication skills. Urban plan
Working on the Urban Plan project was very valuable. It allowed us to work together as a group to solve a specific problem, much like working in an actual workplace would.
Lectures
Reaching out to other planners in the community to make connections and create relationships with people in the field. Working with classmates to complete huge projects and learning about issues Hawaii faces today.
UrbanPlan was most valuable to me... it really taught me to think critically about subjects/issues that I didn't know existed. I was able to work with classmates that I wouldn't have met otherwise (architecture students), and I gained a healthy appreciation for not only planners, but architects as well. Tom's feedback was also very valuable. He was specific, and informative. I am confident that I am a better communicator now because of his advice.
Presentations helped me greatly develop my communication.
The feedback on our presentations and the UrbanPlan project
The Hands on experience and oral presentation
26. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
I did not like some of the readings. Some were valuable and interesting, but some were quite long and boring.
i think the readings were a nice supplement to what we were learning in class, but i think they would be more valuable/more people would rad them if they were a little shorter
None
readings were a bit too much to catch up
N/A
Readings, peer presentations
Nothing
I wish there could have been more discussion on the readings... however, this was not the fault of the instructor. The majority of the class failed to read the assigned material, which was a shame.
Having to do readings. It was a lot clearer when Tom discussed the topics in class
Listening to boring students present.
I think all assignments was relevent to the course.
27. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 17 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 2 (12%) 14 (82%)
28. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 17 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 14 (82%)
29. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 17 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (24%) 13 (76%)
30. The instructor frequently discussed recent developments related to the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 17 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 14 (82%)
31. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 17 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 14 (82%)
32. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 17 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 1 (6%) 14 (82%)
33. Students in this course are free to disagree and ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 17 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 2 (12%) 14 (82%)
34. The instructor suggests specific ways students can improve.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 17 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 15 (88%)
35. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 17 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 14 (82%)
36. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 17 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (24%) 13 (76%)
37. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
maybe have fewer or shorter readings :)
None
N/A
This class proved very enriching. The only suggestion I have would be to please have a more systematic way of calling on students for the extemporaneous 2-minute summary of the readings.
He is doing just fine
38. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.88 17 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 14 (82%)
39. Assignments are relevant to what is presented in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 17 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 14 (82%)
40. The reading materials were relevant to the course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 17 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 13 (76%)
41. The projects were valuable in understanding the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 17 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 14 (82%)
42. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.82 17 0.39 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 14 (82%)
43. Other comments:
Professor Dinell is an amazing professor and I am beyond blessed to have been a student of his. He is funny and always ensures that we leave the classroom on a good note. Thank you Professor Dinell for a wonderful semester!
Wonderful professor. He is obviously passionate about what he does and very, very knowledgeable when it comes to the subject matter.
Thanks Dinell
Tom is very organized and keeps class interesting
N/A
Tom makes great old-people jokes and is very caring of his students.
I really enjoyed this class. I learned so much about planning and history. My writing and oral communication skills have improved significantly due to Tom's feedback. If I didn't have to take other courses to fulfill my major, I would continue to take his courses! The man is a genius.
Mahalo

Tom Dinell: PLAN310, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Urban & Regional Planning
Course: PLAN 310 - Introduction to Planning Crn (Section): 77979 (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  
3.67 15 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (33%) 10 (67%) 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  
1.27 15 0.46 Freq(%) 11 (73%) 4 (27%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 15 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 15 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 15 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 13 (87%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 15 1.12 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 11 (73%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 15 0.91 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 12 (80%)
7. I learned to apply principles from this course to new situations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 3 (20%) 11 (73%)
8. I developed the ability to communicate clearly about this subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 15 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 2 (13%) 11 (73%)
9. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 15 0.99 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (13%) 2 (13%) 10 (67%)
10. I learned to value new viewpoints.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 15 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (13%) 12 (80%)
11. I developed more confidence in myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 15 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 5 (33%) 9 (60%)
12. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 3 (20%) 11 (73%)
13. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
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%)
14. My opinions about some topics changed because of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 15 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 3 (20%) 9 (60%)
15. The course made me think hard and carefully.
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%)
16. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The planning exercise was most valuable to me in the aspects how of planning works.
I really liked the urban planning project
class involvement made it interesting
Planning aspects were valuable. Understanding the needs of the people and trying to satisfy all the shareholders.
The comments after presentations and the comments for rewrites are the most valuable aspects of this course.
I believe aspects of this course that were most valuable is designing overall. Dinell has pushed us to think deeply upon designing a new neighborhood that satisfies the needs of the residents of the town. Its not just about the allocations, but revenues, taxes, and comfort amongst the people. I thought it was a great exercise. I also thought presenting is very valuable because it enhanced my speaking skills, keeping my eye contact towards the listeners, and it just builds my overall communication skills.
Urban plan was a great exercise for the course.
The presentation aspect was beneficial as we got good practice and feedback in delivering our presentations. I also felt the Urban Plan project had high value as we role played with a team and critically thought of how to approach an agreement not just among us, but on the convinces an arbitrary audience.
UrbanPlan was a valuable experience because it showed how different elements work together to create a town.
The Urban plan project!
17. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
n/a
I think having those homework readings were least valuable because I feel like we learn better with in class exercises as a whole. Its better to learn with everyone so we can communicate more effectively with one another.
Hmmm.. have to think. Least valuable... I would say it would have been nice to have an outline for all power points and class discussions.
N/A
18. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 15 0.91 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 4 (27%) 9 (60%)
19. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 15 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 10 (67%)
20. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
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%)
21. The instructor frequently discussed recent developments related to the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 15 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (13%) 12 (80%)
22. The instructor treated students fairly.
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%)
23. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 12 (80%)
24. 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%)
25. The instructor suggests specific ways students can improve.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 15 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 13 (87%)
26. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
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%)
27. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 15 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 3 (20%) 10 (67%)
28. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
More planning exercises like Elmwood.
n/a
I think Dinell's teaching style could be better if he could provide better overhead displays. For example, make slides rather than use the Elmo to show us a piece of paper. I think it would be nice to have a power point with pictures and more examples, with the addition of the regular hard copy of just what we go over, not the power point.
I think it would be interesting to have to do both a walk in waikiki and moilili. One at the beginning and one near the end. Not only to do a comparison, but also our tools for making urban planning observations would be sharper for the second walk.
More energy and talk louder.
29. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.6 15 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 4 (27%) 10 (67%)
30. Assignments are relevant to what is presented in class.
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%)
31. The reading materials were relevant to the course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 3 (20%) 11 (73%)
32. The projects were valuable in understanding the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 1 (7%) 12 (80%)
33. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.4 15 0.99 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (13%) 2 (13%) 10 (67%)
34. Other comments:
Tom was a great professor with much knowledge of the subject. He went out of his way to make his lessons fun and entertaining with song, dance and great food. Never met another professor quite like him. Awesome to see him teaching multiple generations of students on the subject he knows best.
good class overall. I like the seminar style. The workload was pretty heavy though. As a student who also works full time, i found it too be overbearing, but I survived. Thanks for a great semester
I learned a lot about urban planning, which helps me in my architecture classes. This class is a lot related to some of my architecture classes. It shows a different approach and different view of the subject, which help me view things in different perspectives. I also learned a lot about collaboration.
Dinell is a great teacher. Speaks a bit slow, but still interesting to understand his jokes.
Thanks Tom, enjoyed the class and feel inspired for my future endeavors.
I wish there were more undergrad courses in Planning!

Tom Dinell: PLAN310, Fall 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Urban & Regional Planning
Course: PLAN 310 - Introduction to Planning Crn (Section): 79761 (002)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
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%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 16 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (19%) 13 (81%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 16 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 8 (50%) 7 (44%)
4. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 16 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 4 (25%) 11 (69%)
5. I learned to apply principles from this course to new situations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 16 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 5 (31%) 10 (63%)
6. I developed the ability to communicate clearly about this subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 16 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 6 (38%) 9 (56%)
7. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 16 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 5 (31%) 9 (56%)
8. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 16 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 4 (25%) 11 (69%)
9. I learned to value new viewpoints.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 16 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (38%) 10 (63%)
10. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 16 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (38%) 10 (63%)
11. I developed more confidence in my ability to communicate effectively through writing.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.31 16 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (25%) 3 (19%) 9 (56%)
12. I developed more confidence in myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 15 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 6 (40%) 7 (47%)
13. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 15 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 5 (33%) 8 (53%)
14. 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  
4.2 15 0.68 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 8 (53%) 5 (33%)
15. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 16 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 7 (44%) 8 (50%)
16. My opinions about some topics changed because of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 16 0.81 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (25%) 6 (38%) 6 (38%)
17. The course made me think hard and carefully.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.31 16 1.01 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (44%) 8 (50%)
18. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
I really enjoyed your writing rubric, It really helped me improve my writing. Criticism needed for my speaking and writing, they helped me improve.
I really enjoyed the group projects and layout of the classroom.
Urban planning is important because it is relevant in our everyday lifestyles.
elmwood project
The elmwood urban plan project was a great group project that challenged the class.
The presentations because this was definitely a weakness of mine. Also, UrbanPlan because it was a challenging group project and presentation.
The course offered valuable experiences in the planning process and what it takes to make things. Knowing this, the complexity of land us planning has me questioning more about the environments we live in.
The coursework was overall very interesting and valuable. It has encouraged me to pursue further education in the Planning field and DURP.
The elm street project was a very good experience.
I felt the group development assignment was well thought out and implemented.
Definitely UrbanPlan. The group project is awesome, however, my view may be biased because I had a great group. Whether you have a good group or not, it will really demonstrate the realities [potentially problematic due to member disagreement] of urban planning. There is a synthesis required that helps reveal that no plan is perfect, and not everyone will be happy in the end (better yet, your lucky if a majority of people are happy). This is helped by the amazing jurors that are brought in. Tom knows some real sound professionals.
hands on activities that we were required to participate in
urbanplan was great. tom is an excellent prof
There were many presentations and writing in this course. It was good for me to develop my language skills.
guest speakers and urbanplan
19. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
I didn't like the urban plan on a saturday.
none
Wish he would utilize the powerpoint more. but the digital projector was fine as well.
Some of the lectures could have been geared to be more enjoyable instead of paper with bullet points on the ELMO.
I found most of the course most valuable, exceedingly more info than I could ever thought to have learn in one semester.
None.
The final.
I did not find any part of this non relevant to the material discussed.
We do a lot of presentation, which is great! But when people are bad at presenting, the audience becomes disinterested and tends to not listen. Because people are presenting important information, the audience suffers.
readings were not discussed much
none
20. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the course?
criticism and notes about presentations and writing were very useful. The urbanplan helped make me friends and was a great group project that required cooperation skills.
I really enjoyed the guest speakers and interview assignment
The option to rewrite a paper for a better grade
UrbanPlan
UrbanPlan was interesting as in brought our group to work together more. Rewrites are also helpful because they not only show what we did wrong, it shows that we can do better.
Hands on assignments such as Walk in Waikiki and UrbanPlan, allow students to experience planning issues first hand.
The Elm Street project was valuable and helpful.
Organizational skills developed through the group project.
Definite the presentation critics. Presentation is so important...in every field. Tom gives good feedback about your presentation skills, and if you really pay homage to them, you can really improve your presentation skills.
lectures were very informative and class interaction was comfortable
I could understand what is important for a sustainable planning to think about economy, society and environment today.
urbanplan
21. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the course?
I wish there were more indebt planning talks about historical planning distputes in hawaii and in the world.
He did not go through the writing guidelines of what he expected out of us.
n/a
not applicable
Nothing.
The final was least valuable and helpful.
The class schedule was changed multiple times, and Tom was a little disorganized. Haha, it is ironic, it is a planning course, granted urban planning, but still, it's sort of funny.
limited scope outside of hawaii
none
22. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.19 16 1.05 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 7 (44%) 7 (44%)
23. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 16 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 2 (13%) 7 (44%) 6 (38%)
24. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 16 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (56%) 7 (44%)
25. The instructor frequently discussed recent developments related to the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.19 16 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 8 (50%) 6 (38%)
26. The instructor was enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 16 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (25%) 12 (75%)
27. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 16 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (31%) 11 (69%)
28. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 16 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 6 (38%) 9 (56%)
29. Students in this course are free to disagree and ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 16 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 6 (38%) 9 (56%)
30. The instructor suggests specific ways students can improve.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 16 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 4 (25%) 11 (69%)
31. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 16 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 4 (25%) 10 (63%)
32. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 16 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (44%) 9 (56%)
33. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 16 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 5 (31%) 10 (63%)
34. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
He is a person of knowledgable and wisdom. Really stoked i got to take a class by the father of UH planning. He told what you needed to improve on in a nice way.
the guest speakers and guest presentations
Very caring and enthusiastic professor
THe comments on the writings were very helpful
His enthusiasm about the subject and his openness to help in class and through email. If you had any questions, Tom went out of his way to help.
His patience and his all-around knowledge for the subject matter.
He's an excellent professor. He's enthusiastic, attentive and available for students in class and via email. He communicates concepts, information, and assignments effectively and is a generally interesting and well spoken person.
His many years of experience.
His knowledge within this field is extensive.
Very knowledgable and qualified man. Really knows his stuff, and is well know amongst professionals.
very easy to talk with
critiques of oral presentations and writing assignments
Mr. Dinell's comments and advice were very helpful to revise my papers.
Returns emails in a timely manor
35. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the instructor?
Sometimes I couldn't understand what you were saying.
there wasn't very much time for the readings
n/a
n/a
not applicable
Nothing.
Not trying his wife's homemade jam.
When he turns his hearing aid off
not much.
none
36. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
Talk a little clearer. REALLY INTERESTED how that jam tastes. FAMOUS DINELL JAM FOR EVERYBODY.
none
Maybe incorporate some newer technology i.e. powerpoints
Some of the lectures were a bit boring...group work helped.
N/A
Nothing
Course schedule was a little hard to understand...and yes I did read the whole syllabus, it is just put in a sort of quirky way. The due dates for certain projects was confounding cause you'd turn in the paper sometimes three weeks before you presented the information to the class. I can understand this may be due to guest lecturers availability and etc, but its makes the continuum of context a little difficult to maintain.
pau hana classes?
more in class time for urban plan! This is necessary for students to solidify their vision for Elmwood and develop a financially feasible plan which reflects that vision, and is considered with respect to the multiple community stakeholders involved. The urban plan exercise should not be so hurried.
none. maybe for the final paper ask for a rough draft in addition to the final and final rewrite.
37. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.73 15 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 11 (73%)
38. Assignments are relevant to what is presented in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 16 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 6 (38%) 9 (56%)
39. The reading materials were relevant to the course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 16 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 8 (50%) 7 (44%)
40. The projects were valuable in understanding the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 16 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 5 (31%) 10 (63%)
41. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.53 15 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (47%) 8 (53%)
42. Other comments:
It was a pleasure Tom, take care of yourself. A seed planted today is a return tomorrow.
Awesome teacher, nice and polite!
None.
great class!
grade on a 20 point scale instead of ten
This course was very busy because of various assignments, however, each assignments were very valuable for me to develop my architecture design. Also, Prof. Dinell's advise was very helpful for my doctorate project of my major(architecture).

Tom Dinell: PLAN310, Spring 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Urban & Regional Planning
Course: PLAN 310 - Introduction to Planning Crn (Section): 89245 (002)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 19 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 17 (89%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.84 19 0.37 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (16%) 16 (84%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.74 19 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (26%) 14 (74%)
4. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 19 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 5 (26%) 13 (68%)
5. I learned to apply principles from this course to new situations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 19 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (37%) 12 (63%)
6. I developed the ability to communicate clearly about this subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 19 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 7 (37%) 11 (58%)
7. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 19 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 1 (5%) 4 (21%) 13 (68%)
8. I learned to value new viewpoints.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 19 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 5 (26%) 13 (68%)
9. I developed more confidence in myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 19 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 6 (32%) 11 (58%)
10. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 18 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (17%) 4 (22%) 11 (61%)
11. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 19 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (47%) 10 (53%)
12. My opinions about some topics changed because of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 19 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (16%) 5 (26%) 11 (58%)
13. The course made me think hard and carefully.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 19 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 5 (26%) 13 (68%)
14. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Understanding the process of a Planner and what they go through to develop a set of plan.
Urban Plan was a great simulation of the world of planning, and i probably got the most out of that section of the course.
I like that he had guest speakers from different fields within the planning field. I also really liked the projects.
city planing
The professor was very understanding of my stituation
I really enjoyed the Urban Plan Project. I really learned how and what planners do with this project. I also like the very detailed syllabus and schedule, it really helped me to stay organized and I knew exactly what to do for each assignment.
This course made me more of a critical thinker, plan ahead and a good communicator.
Guest lecturers, presentations, UrbanPlan, Tom Dinell, students interested in Planning, everything!
The aspect of the course that was most valuable was urban plan because it exposed me to common problems that planners deal with.
I like the group project. It was challenging and gave me an opportunity to see what Planning was all about.
he does a really good job at correcting my papers and lets me know what i did wrong
Our own personal urban plan competition was extremely helpful in understanding not only the history and basis of planning but also the professional experience of competition
I thought that he was very informed on the subjects we studied and I gained a whole new understanding of what Urban Planning was all about.
Assignments like the Talk With Planner Interview and UrbanPlan were extremely valuable. Being able to work hands on and learn about the profession and subject matter was better than listening to any other lecture or reading.
Group interactions and presentations
15. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
n/a
Lectures and readings seemed a little superfluous at times but it all came together and the info was very useful.
none
The letures were and lacked in application.
Readings weren't always read thoroughly for various reasons: pressed for time, falling asleep, did not catch everything on first pass. Would like to reread sections, probably will before final exams.
I feel all the projects and topics covered in this course were relevant.
N/A
none
none really :)
Some lectures
16. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 19 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 1 (5%) 6 (32%) 11 (58%)
17. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.37 19 0.68 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 8 (42%) 9 (47%)
18. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 19 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (16%) 5 (26%) 11 (58%)
19. The instructor frequently discussed recent developments related to the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 19 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 8 (42%) 10 (53%)
20. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 19 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 17 (89%)
21. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.84 19 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 1 (5%) 17 (89%)
22. Students in this course are free to disagree and ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 19 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 17 (89%)
23. The instructor suggests specific ways students can improve.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 19 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 6 (32%) 12 (63%)
24. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.68 19 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (32%) 13 (68%)
25. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 18 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (17%) 15 (83%)
26. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
n/a
None. Tom's got it.
Overall a good class
Hearing aids, handouts prepared for class, clocks in classroom on time, not slow.
In the future the course could expand more on how planning can be used beyond its regulatory aspects. We did cover how planning is used outside of regulation but I would like to hear more about it.
none, it was most enjoyable
He has been doing this for a long time and I can't think of anything that he could improve on.
It was relatively smooth
27. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.89 18 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 16 (89%)
28. Assignments are relevant to what is presented in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 19 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 5 (26%) 13 (68%)
29. The reading materials were relevant to the course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.37 19 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (16%) 6 (32%) 10 (53%)
30. The projects were valuable in understanding the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.79 19 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (21%) 15 (79%)
31. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.63 19 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 5 (26%) 13 (68%)
32. Other comments:
N/A
One of the best classes I've taken at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. I would recommend Tom Dinell to anyone interested in Planning, or as a class to broaden horizons.
Tom Dinell is one the best instructors I had in a long time. We need more instructors that use humor to teach.
tom is a great teacher!!! I really enjoyed his class
It was my favorite course of the semester and would highly recommend it to anyone.
Great Job!! Keep up the good work!