eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Matthew McGranaghan

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GEOG104, Fall 2013
GEOG387, Fall 2013
GEOG104, Spring 2013
GEOG388, Spring 2013

Matthew McGranaghan: GEOG104, Fall 2013

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Geography
Course: GEOG 104 - Introduction to Geotechnology Crn (Section): 78669 (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  
3.73 11 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (27%) 8 (73%) 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  
1.8 11 0.42 Freq(%) 2 (18%) 8 (73%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 11 1.03 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 1 (9%) 2 (18%) 7 (64%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.82 11 1.33 Freq(%) 1 (9%) 1 (9%) 1 (9%) 4 (36%) 4 (36%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.55 11 1.57 Freq(%) 2 (18%) 1 (9%) 1 (9%) 3 (27%) 4 (36%)
6. I learned a good deal of factual material in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.55 11 1.51 Freq(%) 2 (18%) 1 (9%) 0 (0%) 5 (45%) 3 (27%)
7. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.6 11 1.51 Freq(%) 2 (18%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 4 (36%) 3 (27%)
8. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
Matt is a great guy, perhaps a better syllabus would improve class understanding though. Class was not unreasonable but clearer goals I feel are needed.
I am not complaining about nothing
Matt is awesome
I could tell that he was very knowledgable but he didn't have an effective way of communicating his goals for the class, or teaching the concepts that he wanted us to learn. Please be more organized and have more intention when teaching this course
Power points are always helpful to follow along with. It would make note taking and learning easier.
At some points I felt a little lost as to what we were covering on the syllabus however he explains the material very well atleast I thought he did! Great teacher and I am looking forward to GEOG 388 next semester!
Matt was a really great teacher in that he was super supportive of his students. He was really helpful in explaining concepts in class, and just an awesome person to talk to whether it was about class or the geography major in general. This semester was really crazy for the geography department, and so while there were some things that may have gotten lost in the shuffle, overall I learned a lot and always got help when needed.
9. Other comments:
I liked the compass navigation. I wish we could have incorporated gps units.
Professor McGranaghan is an incredibly knowledgable instructor. However this class is used as a prelude to more expansive GIS technology courses. The information taught in the course is pertinent to the subject but is challenging to condense into a semester course. As an introductory course I feel that it may be challenging to deliver such a large amount of information on such a small time scale.

Matthew McGranaghan: GEOG387, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Geography
Course: GEOG 387 - GIS Data Visualization Crn (Section): 78097 (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 4 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (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  
1.67 4 0.58 Freq(%) 1 (25%) 2 (50%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 4 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 4 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 2 (50%) 1 (25%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.75 4 1.26 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 0 (0%) 2 (50%) 1 (25%)
6. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Use of python and learning how to write script in general
Getting to learn about the different aspects of taking data and presenting it to the public. Learning how to question data presentation from other sources. Working with the "background" of computers - learning the basics about coding in different languages and the histories of those methods.
7. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
The section on Java Script was least valuable as it seems like it's too complicated to get a firm grasp of it in one class sitting. It seems like a couple of weeks could be dedicated to learn how to write Java effectively.
8. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
I think maybe we should focus more on the areas that yield the greatest learning value. For example, python is an excellent tool that we could spend more time becoming proficient with it.
Direct assignments might be more valuable for student scheduling. Sometimes the assignments or projects are too open-ended and not discussed in enough detail for sufficient understanding of what is required from Matt. I know that he prefers this kind of style, and I respect that - but sometimes it can be hard to know what he wants. Prepare yourself for class. Have a little bit more structure. Go on to the computer and familiarize yourself with the websites you plan to visit and the different files you need for demonstrations. Class time gets lost too easily while searching for a missing file or waiting for Arc to load (and crash). Encourage the people who work with the technology in the buildings you teach in to keep the computers up-to-date and working. There were way too many times that the computer failed us and caused a long waiting time. Keep the lectures a little bit more organized. Sometimes things could trail off to a point where it was hard to know what was being discussed. BE CLEAR about what you want, when you want it, and where you are starting from. Assume people have less experience in the subject than you. Try to remember what its like approaching a new subject (especially with coding and computer software) and how it feels like to learn a new system.
9. Other comments:
I feel the most strongly about hands on experience with most of the topics covered in this course. This could be very effective if a new topic was introduced with students (especially because its such a small class size) each on their own computer. As the topic is introduced and discussed, the students could work along side Matt as he explains it. Not direct hand-holding, but at least the ability to click on the right buttons, and find the files, and type in the codes that we're starting to learn. This will provide a base so when we work alone after class later, we already have a little bit of experience with it. Much easier to visualize and work with as opposed to just watching Matt use the computer in front of class.
Matt is one of my favorite professors. He's available outside of class to help with any problem and will sit down with you to make sure you understand the material.

Matthew McGranaghan: GEOG104, Spring 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Geography
Course: GEOG 104 - Introduction to Geotechnology Crn (Section): 86291 (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  
3.07 15 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 6 (40%) 5 (33%) 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  
1.93 15 0.26 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 14 (93%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 15 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 10 (67%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.07 15 0.96 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 3 (20%) 5 (33%) 6 (40%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.8 15 1.26 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 1 (7%) 4 (27%) 6 (40%)
6. The instructor presented concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.47 15 1.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 6 (40%) 1 (7%) 3 (20%) 5 (33%)
7. What did you like best about the course?
The atmosphere was very casual and not intimidating. It was flexible which helped a lot since a lot of a concepts and technology are new to me.
cool teacher
Matt is one of the best teachers I have ever met. He is funny, interesting, intelligent, and has a lot of life experience and interests to bring to the classroom. He deserves higher level classes, with people who have a background knowledge in what he is teaching.
Very enthusiastic
Dealing with Google Earth.
The assignments
The labs were useful
MAtt is a very creative with his lectures and it was cool that we could watch the helicopter
I felt like I learned the most in this course this semester. I gained a wide range of skills that I did not have before.
The hands on homework.
Professor McGranaghan showed genuine interest in student knowledge. Class went off subject, but professor had insightful knowledge that brought student's inquiries back to class content. Professor was energetic, positive, and easy to approach. I liked the freedom of deadlines. It allowed more time for some assignments that I felt deserved more effort.
Matt was a nice person.
8. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Maybe not let the direction of the lecture skew too much off topic.
be more organized
Matt would be best suited for a higher level course in the arts. He is SO FUNNY and so interesting but VERY disorganized. It makes it hard to know what is going on in class. I don't want to say anything negative about him because he is such a good person, but in terms of the subject matter: it needs to be more organized and presented with more structure in class. Even just as far as organized lectures on some days - just to make points. I learned so much in this class in terms of other subjects and going off on tangents - but I think that if this class is going to be required for the Geography degree, even if one is not majoring in Geotech, it needs to be a bit more...simple? Basic? Structured? Matt is well-suited to upper level. Intro classes are hard, I agree, but they need a bit of standardization. I entered this class with ZERO experience in the subjects, and felt that I was a bit lost for a lot of the class.
Better organization and come prepared knowing what to teach. Try to follow a set schedule
Please explain all things clearly and put his shoes on students' since they are only students.
Deadlines!
I think he can improve his teaching by being more organized during the lecture and showing photos of what he wis talking about,instead of drawing it
I believe that having students run through the course material in a presentation format, would help everyone have an easier time learning about the material. Maybe a bit more organization too
better organization
Keep teaching it!
KNow what he is teaching, and how to teach it to his students.
9. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.0 15 0.93 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 3 (20%) 6 (40%) 5 (33%)
10. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.07 15 1.1 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 2 (13%) 4 (27%) 7 (47%)
11. I learned a good deal of factual material in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.87 15 1.3 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 4 (27%) 2 (13%) 7 (47%)
12. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.87 15 1.3 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 1 (7%) 4 (27%) 2 (13%) 7 (47%)
13. I learned to apply principles from this course to new situations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.6 15 1.55 Freq(%) 2 (13%) 2 (13%) 3 (20%) 1 (7%) 7 (47%)
14. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The flexibility was most valuable because it allowed me to really ask questions and have time to actually think about what new homework assignment I was taking on. The homework assignments themselves were very helpful in explaining step by step on what to do.
the teacher
Getting to go outside, working 'hands on' with the topo maps, working with the compass, etc. I think incorporating more hands on projects IN the classroom would be more effective. Also making classes longer, 50 minutes is way too short. Every day it felt like we just got started and people already started packing up their bags to leave. A good 90 minutes + a lot of in-class projects/assignments would be really good to strengthen an understanding of the material.
Only for requirement.
The concepts that were taught to us
Learning about the different map projections and important components of cartography. I really enjoyed reading the required book.
Matt is a good and likable teacher but needs to be more organized and explain better things better
Everything
The content pertaining to the homework.
Great teaching generated a good amount of thinking. Fresh material in book generated interest in field. Usage of various methods in "geotechnology" from hard copy to software was interesting.
15. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
The chalkboard drawings were, at times, helpful. But most of the time I had wished there were pictures or examples prepared before the lesson to show us what to expect.
Too many labs that were very complicated in subject matter and time requirements. They would be better suited for guided labs - for all of us to be working on them together/with an instructor present. This class has a lot of good potential - it just needs to be restructured slightly to make it more open to people who are brand new to the field, or taking it for a requirement.
The topo map.
the course needs to be more organized
The book.
Class time always seemed too short.
16. Other comments:
Matt kept the aspects of this course material light even though at times it would seem intimidating. I appreciated that.
Matt you are awesome! Just calm down and plan a bit before lecture!!
Deadlines are important!
Fun Class
Professor McGranaghan is highly recommended for any material of or relating to this course!

Matthew McGranaghan: GEOG388, Spring 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Geography
Course: GEOG 388 - Introduction to GIS Crn (Section): 88876 (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  
3.9 10 0.57 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 7 (70%) 1 (10%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.6 10 0.52 Freq(%) 4 (40%) 6 (60%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 10 0.97 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 7 (70%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.1 10 0.99 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 1 (10%) 4 (40%) 4 (40%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 10 1.15 Freq(%) 1 (10%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (60%) 3 (30%)
6. 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 10 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (40%) 6 (60%)
7. The instructor was accessible to students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 10 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 1 (10%) 7 (70%)
8. What did you like best about the course?
i enjoyed the energy and enthusiam for the subject which was helpful and kept me trying even when i was not able to make headway.
The overall work load of the class.
Good intro into how GIS operates.
Interesting program and applications. Not all the kinks worked out however. Very scattered class.
The labs were useful to learn how to work with different types of data. It's a lot of trial and error but that's the best way to learn. Matt is always willing to help out and is available to assist with problems or to answer any questions.
Learning the multiple strengths and weaknesses of ArcGIS, and learning how to navigate around issues with the software.
Learning about GIS
9. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
more explaination and in-class use of the computer program and lab assignments
Actually teach ArcMap during class then outside of class. Do step by step classes to better understand the program.
Solidify labs. Some where significantly harder than others and that transition should be smoother.
Deadlines! In class worksheets/outline handouts are helpful to follow along with the lectures.
I'm not sure if there is much that Matt can do with improving the course as long ArcGIS is the focus. The problem and frustration is with the inconsistencies in the software.
By making a clear and precise syllabus, communicating to the students properly. By demonstrating knowledge of the software. Most importantly he needs to develop a schedule and FOLLOW it. We only did half of the stuff we were supposed to cover. Not only that but we had a huge amount of labs to do throughout the semester and its hard to discuss during the class. There NEEDS to be LAB COMPONENT to this class. Seriously!
10. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.0 10 1.05 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 2 (20%) 3 (30%) 4 (40%)
11. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.1 10 1.2 Freq(%) 1 (10%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (50%) 4 (40%)
12. I learned a good deal of factual material in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 10 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 2 (20%) 6 (60%)
13. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.3 10 1.25 Freq(%) 1 (10%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (30%) 6 (60%)
14. I learned to apply principles from this course to new situations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 10 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (50%) 5 (50%)
15. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the course?
how to use program tools and basic functions
Matt's eagerness to help students enabled me to complete my projects on time. He had lots of patience for those who just didn't get GIS.
GIS relations to urban planning and architecture.
I can now use GIS systems to create sites and topography's for architectural models and plans.
The historical component of GIS/cartography and the theory behind it (as much as I could grasp at least). Learning how to deal with spatial data was valuable because there are so many options.
Learning about the numerous capabilities within Arc (even if they don't always function)
16. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the course?
having to do things over and over and over and over and over because I couldnt figure out how the program worked
The class seemed to have too many students.
Lack of powerpoints. If powerpoints were created and posted online, they could be useful study tools. Also, I wish that we would have had step-by-step instructions and worked together during class time to create projects. Some people were completely new to GIS, and were just thrown into the projects with absolutely no instructions.
The program was a bit difficult to learn without step by step instructions from the teacher. Felt more like a self-taught course.
Redundant labs.
Class term project.
Software issues and glitches with ArcGIS.
Syllabus, confusing labs, faulty software (ArcGIS 10.1), schedule
17. The instructor gives clear explanations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 10 1.25 Freq(%) 1 (10%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 4 (40%) 4 (40%)
18. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.1 10 1.29 Freq(%) 1 (10%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 3 (30%) 5 (50%)
19. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 10 1.26 Freq(%) 1 (10%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 7 (70%)
20. Other comments:
i enjoyed the teachers style and appreciated his examples and overall intellect
I have never been in a class where the quality of the students were so poor. There were numerous times where students were having personal conversations, on their phones/laptops, etc. during class. A vast majority of the students did not care to keep up with the assignments or show up to class. Then, towards the end of the semester those students expected help with the assignments during lecture. The content was already covered in class or could have easily been figured out with a little thinking.
I now know that GIS is incredibly complex and layered.
Course was a good intro to GIS but lacked actually teaching the students how to utilize the program use in class.
over all teacher understands materials very well but had hard time communicating due to lack of resources. needs to be a lab class with hands on teaching and pre requisite restrictions.
Overall, I learned a great deal in the course.
Professor McGranaghan is a very knowledgeable man but I think that in order to make this class better he should predetermine a fixed schedule and stick to his assignments, exams, etc... However he is a very nice person and he is available out of class hours.