eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Matthew McGranaghan

Available Survey Results

GEOG104, Fall 2014
GEOG387, Fall 2014
GEOG340, Spring 2014
GEOG388, Spring 2014
GEOG489, Spring 2014
GEOG104, Fall 2013
GEOG387, Fall 2013
GEOG104, Spring 2013
GEOG388, Spring 2013
GEOG104, Spring 2011

Matthew McGranaghan: GEOG104, Fall 2014

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Geography
Course: GEOG 104 - Introduction to Geotechnology Crn (Section): 77518 (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  
3.17 12 1.19 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 7 (58%) 2 (17%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.92 12 0.29 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 11 (92%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 12 0.9 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 4 (33%) 7 (58%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.83 12 0.94 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 3 (25%) 5 (42%) 3 (25%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.08 12 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 2 (17%) 4 (33%) 5 (42%)
6. I learned a good deal of factual material in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.92 12 1.31 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 4 (33%) 5 (42%)
7. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.92 12 1.24 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 6 (50%) 4 (33%)
8. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.67 12 0.98 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (17%) 2 (17%) 6 (50%) 2 (17%)
9. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
1) field work such as land navigation, pacing, and spatial distance and direction estimations. 2) GIS and google earth exercises 3) map projections and background information about different projections, scales and history. 4) image interpretation
Matt is a great instructor. Hands on a ctivities and in class dicussions were most valuable.
Not having deadlines for weekly projects, hands on experience
The parts where we learned to read topographic maps and actually learned how to use software. I now understand some of the steps to take to make it work, but I don't know why I was doing certain things like saving and then "reprojecting" maps.
Taking a dip into the many fields of geography was interesting. He has a real gift for keeping the class interested and fun. Not many instructors have this, so coming across one is great.
Learning how to sue maps
API and Topography
All the applied learning, which was basically the entire course.
I enjoyed the image interpretation.
10. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
the book
reflected light lecture for remote sensing is important, but the technical data about light scatter, reflections and speed of light are less important because students want to know basic operation and interpretation of data collected, not so much about how its collected in the biology/chemistry/geography sense. More application might be a better approach.
Slow computers and spotty internet slowed progress. Different versions of QGIS on instructor and student computers was hard and seems dumb.
Some projects did not have clear directions
The many classes we spent not knowing what is going on and why software and databases were not functioning in the way that was expected.
Sometimes spending too much time on one little detail that doesn't really pertain to the matter as a whole.
He would go off subject, a lot. Did not like his style of teaching
map projections
11. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Possibly prepare the data needed before the class demonstration, then if during the demonstration of how to research or downloading the data a problem occurs, switch to saved data that was prepared to save time from trouble shooting it during class. This will be less stress for the professor and also more production for the students.
Download needed materials before class so slow internet doesn't cost valuable class time.
More structured lectures and familiarity with programs used in class.
He could make a lesson plan before coming to class, including what he is going to teach that day and how, as well as make sure he knows how to use the software most effectively and efficiently on the computer provided.
Including a lab day that would follow the project lectures. This would help all students!
Provide power point slides on how to do the labs
be betterorganized
12. Other comments:
Great teacher who is kind and encouraging to students. Love the hip lingo and sayings he says during class. Fun and energetic. Caring.
Great class, great instructor, learned a lot! Thanks Matt!
He is a cool guy.
I love Professor McGranaghan's enthusiasm and charisma! However, sometimes it seems that he forgets that this is a 100-level class (my very first time being exposed to this material) and often moved rapidly from topic to topic using terms that I have never heard of before without defining them. I'd also like to understand better how projections work.
Great teacher!

Matthew McGranaghan: GEOG387, Fall 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Geography
Course: GEOG 387 - GIS Data Visualization Crn (Section): 77118 (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  
4.33 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (67%) 1 (33%) 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 3 0.58 Freq(%) 1 (33%) 2 (67%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 3 1.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (67%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 3 1.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (67%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 3 1.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (67%)
6. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Introduction to GIS
Matt's expert knowledge on the course material.
all of them. My major reason for attending graduate school was to learn the technical computer skills that were incorporated in this class. I
7. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
trying to learn codes of programs and not having clear schedule or plan of what was going on.
none
8. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
means well, but definitely need to organize class better, with syllabus and if any of the programming wasn't required then to go step by step with students to teach them all new programs. Goes on "tangent " and confuses a lot of students.
Matt is the best teacher I have had at UH.
Fantastic. He demonstrates a genuine interest in all his students, giving the difficulty of learning several computer languages in a semester, and the varied background of students in the class, I have no suggestions on how this class could be changed. Watching Matt interact with students day after day in such a professional and dedicated manner always brightens my day.
9. Other comments:
none

Matthew McGranaghan: GEOG340, Spring 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Geography
Course: GEOG 340 - Geography of North America Crn (Section): 89354 (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  
3.38 9 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 3 (33%) 4 (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  
1.5 9 0.53 Freq(%) 4 (44%) 4 (44%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 9 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (44%) 5 (56%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 9 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (56%) 4 (44%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 9 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (56%) 4 (44%)
6. What did you like best about the course?
I enjoyed the multimedia aspects, the ability to watch videos, look at google earth, etc.
Matt has deep insight into the course information and helped expound my knowledge of the subject.
the best part of this course was all the virtual trips.
The lectures on regional differences in North America in accent, humor, etc.
The best thing that I like about this course was that we got know that United States is not the only part of Noth America. It interesting to learn about Canada and Mexico role in transforming our resources. I really like Geography and hope to take more course in the future.
7. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
While I appreciated his efforts to include students in developing the course curriculum, a little more structure would have been nice.
Matt is a very experienced teacher an knows what he is doing. It would be near impossible for Matt to do his job any better.
prof. Matthew is really good teacher, but need a little organization skilsl.
More structured syllabus/schedule to make sure every topic is touched upon.
We need to use update computers, software, and materials to enhance to education. Thank you for nice chairs.
8. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.56 9 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (44%) 5 (56%)
9. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.5 9 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (44%) 4 (44%)
10. Why did you choose to take this course? (It fulfilled a focus designation (WI, E, OC, HAP, etc.), POLS major/minor requirement, major/minor requirement for another department, time and day(s) of the week it was offered, instructor, subject matter, etc.)
It fulfilled a few requirements for graduation
I needed a WI, have always been interested in looking at maps, and wanted to learn more about North American geography.
I took this course because of the quality of the teacher.
WI to complete my requirements for my bachelor.
Suggested requirement for my major.
The reason why I took this was because I needed WI course and I like Geography.
It fulfilled a couple of focus requirements that I was missing for graduation.
11. I learned a good deal of factual material in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 6 (67%)
12. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
I enjoyed the lectures a lot!
The oral presentations helped me become more comfortable with public speaking.
all the virtual trips.
The student presentations were really good.
Oral field trips and term paper.
13. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
The OC requirement led to a large portion of class time being devoted to student presentations, which I found to be less interesting and valuable than the lectures.
none.
Lots of class time spent on student presentations. Although they were valuable, they took away from some of the more important, general topics.
Wake early in morning '.
14. Other comments:
Dr. McGranaghan is a fun guy that knows a lot about geography!
Thank you for teaching us about North America.

Matthew McGranaghan: GEOG388, Spring 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Geography
Course: GEOG 388 - Introduction to GIS Crn (Section): 86987 (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  
3.85 15 1.07 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (40%) 5 (33%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.5 15 0.52 Freq(%) 7 (47%) 7 (47%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
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%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.6 15 1.18 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 5 (33%) 2 (13%) 5 (33%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.53 15 1.25 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 4 (27%) 2 (13%) 5 (33%)
6. What did you like best about the course?
Learning about GIS
Professor McGranaghan's charisma and attitude at every single class was contagious!
The hands on style of it and the fact that the subject matter was focused on Oahu (it didn't have to be).
the casual style in which it was taught.
Going through the labs with us.
I enjoyed the professor
Matt is really friendly.
I like it how Matt is such a nice guy.
This course was very cool and I really enjoyed all of the labs that we did. They introduced us to a wide variety of tools that are of a lot of use in the field of GIS.
7. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Better organization, more organized lectures and chances for in class practice of the tools. Better explained expectations, deadlines, and feedback on assignment.
Go to computer in every class.
I feel as if more time should be spent immersing everyone in the software or having the course split into a an initial class for teaching students the software and then having 388 as a succeeding class that requires the previous course to be a prerequisite.
separate time made for labs or keeping the class times the same but designating a day for working with the software.
Powerpoints, or having the examples loaded up with the different effects already done so they can be presented quickly.
A better, focused syllabus that he could actually stick to and cover the material. Some of the content seems extremely irrelevant to learning how to use ArcGIS.
Go through the labs with us a bit more, to hone in on the skills we need to complete them.
keep structure, require class participation. make due dates. An in class TA would be great help
I think we need more hands-on lab time. I felt lost a lot because I didnʻt know what I was doing.
Maybe try and make his teaching methods a little more organized and clear.
If we could do more labs that would be great!
8. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
3.73 15 1.16 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 3 (20%) 4 (27%) 5 (33%)
9. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
3.87 15 1.19 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 5 (33%) 1 (7%) 7 (47%)
10. Why did you choose to take this course? (It fulfilled a focus designation (WI, E, OC, HAP, etc.), POLS major/minor requirement, major/minor requirement for another department, time and day(s) of the week it was offered, instructor, subject matter, etc.)
It is for my major.
To become more familiar with ArcGIS
major requirement
I wanted to know more about GIS
I needed to learn how to use GIS
I felt it would complement my major and general career interest in natural resource management.
I made it a major of my IS degree...GIS is a very important technology to learn and will be helpful in my future
I took the course because it was a requirement. I also wanted to try and grasp a better understanding of GIS.
It was an upper division elective.
11. Other comments:
There were a broad range of people in the class, I understood a lot of the things because of previous academic and extracurricular activities, but I feel like some other people were lost. In contrast, I ended up listening to some things I already knew about. I don't know if there is enough demand for GIS or what level of proficiency UH is trying to achieve in the students, but maybe a pre-introductory course could be added? Or post-introductory.
Matthew made time available to help out in class and after class. this was much needed. Possibly the creation of an in class TA would be more beneficial. In class TA....ya that would improve the class a lot
Thanks for the great class!

Matthew McGranaghan: GEOG489, Spring 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Geography
Course: GEOG 489 - Applied GIS Crn (Section): 89203 (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  
4.1 10 0.57 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 7 (70%) 2 (20%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.44 10 0.53 Freq(%) 5 (50%) 4 (40%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 10 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 9 (90%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 10 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 1 (10%) 8 (80%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 10 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 8 (80%)
6. What did you like best about the course?
The professor himself. An outstanding human being.
The laid back kind of course. Matt was more interested in making sure the students understand instead of assigning a lot of random work
Matt is awesome
The open approach to the lab requirements, allowing us to work at our own pace
The material.
Extended use of Python and further familiarization with writing script.
Matt is an awesome teacher
doing labs that are practical in the work force
Freedom of the labs
7. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
N/A
Follow a topic per session. The topics were scattered during the semester without focusing on one thing so it was easy to loose track of the class.
More python
The class would benefit from having some smaller labs that serve as stepping stones into the more difficult topics
A little more assigned work might be useful to understanding the topics.
did very well for teaching course for the first time
Divide the class into twice a week.
8. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.4 10 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (60%) 4 (40%)
9. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.8 10 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 8 (80%)
10. Why did you choose to take this course? (It fulfilled a focus designation (WI, E, OC, HAP, etc.), POLS major/minor requirement, major/minor requirement for another department, time and day(s) of the week it was offered, instructor, subject matter, etc.)
This course was an elective, based off an elective Geog 389 with Prof. Chen. I simply wanted to keep the ball rolling even though I may never use this software in real life.
It was a 400 level course of my interest for grad school. I needed to learn something that I could apply later on my work.
because Matt's courses are always fun
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subject matter.
Major requirement.
required. pertains to my profession.
Major requirement
Interest in GIS
11. Other comments:
I had to physically stop coming to class due to a skin condition that developed due to the old A/C system and therefore, have missed almost the entire semester of lectures.
Matt is a great professor, always willing to help.
Good class overall probably could've met more times than once a week

Matthew McGranaghan: GEOG104, Fall 2013     Back to top

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 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.
I am not complaining about nothing
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 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
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.
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?
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.
Use of python and learning how to write script in general
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
The hands on homework.
Very enthusiastic
MAtt is a very creative with his lectures and it was cool that we could watch the helicopter
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.
cool teacher
Matt was a nice person.
Dealing with Google Earth.
The labs were useful
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.
The assignments
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.
8. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Keep teaching it!
better organization
Better organization and come prepared knowing what to teach. Try to follow a set schedule
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
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.
be more organized
KNow what he is teaching, and how to teach it to his students.
Please explain all things clearly and put his shoes on students' since they are only students.
Deadlines!
Maybe not let the direction of the lecture skew too much off topic.
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
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?
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.
The content pertaining to the homework.
Matt is a good and likable teacher but needs to be more organized and explain better things better
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.
the teacher
Only for requirement.
Learning about the different map projections and important components of cartography. I really enjoyed reading the required book.
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 concepts that were taught to us
Everything
15. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Class time always seemed too short.
The book.
the course needs to be more organized
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 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.
16. Other comments:
Professor McGranaghan is highly recommended for any material of or relating to this course!
Matt you are awesome! Just calm down and plan a bit before lecture!!
Deadlines are important!
Matt kept the aspects of this course material light even though at times it would seem intimidating. I appreciated that.
Fun Class

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?
Learning about GIS
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.
Good intro into how GIS operates.
The overall work load of the class.
Interesting program and applications. Not all the kinks worked out however. Very scattered class.
Learning the multiple strengths and weaknesses of ArcGIS, and learning how to navigate around issues with the software.
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.
9. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
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!
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.
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.
Deadlines! In class worksheets/outline handouts are helpful to follow along with the lectures.
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?
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.
how to use program tools and basic functions
GIS relations to urban planning and architecture.
I can now use GIS systems to create sites and topography's for architectural models and plans.
Learning about the numerous capabilities within Arc (even if they don't always function)
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.
16. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the course?
Syllabus, confusing labs, faulty software (ArcGIS 10.1), schedule
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.
having to do things over and over and over and over and over because I couldnt figure out how the program worked
The program was a bit difficult to learn without step by step instructions from the teacher. Felt more like a self-taught course.
The class seemed to have too many students.
Redundant labs.
Software issues and glitches with ArcGIS.
Class term project.
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:
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.
I now know that GIS is incredibly complex and layered.
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.
i enjoyed the teachers style and appreciated his examples and overall intellect
Course was a good intro to GIS but lacked actually teaching the students how to utilize the program use in class.
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.
Overall, I learned a great deal in the course.

Matthew McGranaghan: GEOG104, Spring 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Geography
Course: GEOG 104 - Introduction to Geotechnology Crn (Section): 88331 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 11 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 3 (27%) 7 (64%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.91 11 0.94 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 2 (18%) 5 (45%) 3 (27%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.64 11 1.29 Freq(%) 1 (9%) 1 (9%) 2 (18%) 4 (36%) 3 (27%)
4. I developed enthusiasm about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 11 1.26 Freq(%) 1 (9%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 3 (27%) 5 (45%)
5. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 11 1.18 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 1 (9%) 3 (27%) 5 (45%)
6. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The open format of the classroom and the availability of the professor. He is always willing to help out when he can. I also enjoyed the hands on labs.
all the new concepts i learned in mapping and especially the way i can now use google earth
Matt's down to earth teaching style, he was very approachable and mad the class very low pressure
GIS
The different types of technology.
The introductions to GIS. I find that to be the most sought after skill for employers of Geographic technologies majors these days.
The content present is suitable for the course. However, the instructor failed at communicating the content effectively. If the information were presented in an appropriate manner, the entire content of the course would have proved suitable as a prerequisite for upper division courses.
Matt McGranaghan is clearly knowledgeable and passionate about his field of work. When I have a specific question or need extra help with an assignment, he always makes himself available and takes the time to explain the answer until I fully understand. He very obviously cares if the students truly understand the material and find it interesting.
The teacher's enthusiasm made this course fun. With a less lively professor, or one who didn't care as much, this course would have been dull, boring, not at all worth taking.
7. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
The gis section of the class was hard to follow. I think it could have helped to do some of these section in the computer lab.
not much there was no problems
The readings for the course were not incorporated.
The fact that we had no computers to practice assignments on in class.
The instructor's communication. Though Professor McGranaghan clearly portrayed a high level of enthusiasm for the course, the content itself and guidelines were never clearly defined. A barrage of stuttering and changing his mind mid-topic created a constant confusion throughout the course. Often times, Professor McGranaghan would leave the decision making up to the students in regards to how much should be included in each assignment. This also holds true for the term project and final exam. Though helpful on the student's behalf, allowing the students to determine what the midterm should be on (one option includes a 5 page paper critiquing the class) portrays a lack of his ability to direct and instruct. Furthermore, homework throughout the semester was assigned on the assumption that the students already had experience on various mapping techniques. For an introductory class, Professor McGranaghan does not instruct on an introductory level and leaves a defining feeling that the class is unstructured.
Geography is a very broad field of study. As a human geographer, I felt that the course material in this class was not very relevant to my particular field of study. If indeed geotechnology has any relevance to Human Geography, it was never pointed out to me. I felt bored by the material, and overall frustrated that this course is required for my degree. Partially due to the newness of the course and partially due to Matt's teaching styles, lectures, exams, projects, and the overall schedule of the class was very disorganized and difficult to learn from. The only time I felt I learned anything was when I talked to Matt one-on-one about a subject.
The subject itself is confusing, but turned out pretty good in the end.
8. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.09 11 0.94 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 1 (9%) 5 (45%) 4 (36%)
9. Assignments require a reasonable amount of time and effort.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.27 11 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 4 (36%) 5 (45%)
10. The reading materials were relevant to the course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.09 11 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (27%) 4 (36%) 4 (36%)
11. What changes would you make in the lectures?
Fewer tangents... Although they were interesting topics, they did put us behind some.
maybe one more outside class but i wouldnt change that much
Be a little more organized and understandable, especially since it is a 100 level course.
More specific goals stated and then summarized at the end of lectures. More visual aids.
More structure, organization, and better communication with students.
None
12. What changes would you make in the readings?
nothing
Try to incorporate it into our activities.
None.
More introductory level readings should be required as supplementary lessons rather than having to rely on wikipedia to define what the Professor failed to during the course.
None
13. My overall evaluation of this course is...
I believe this class fulfilled its requirement. It stimulated my interests in the technical geography field and exposed me to the general overview of gis and the like.
a good eval, truly enjoyed the class
good, when the department lowed the core requirement to a 100 level class, I was worried that it was going to be too easy or a time sink of a class, but it was informative and relevant
It is a good course, but may be too complex for a 104 level class. As a senior in Geography I found some of the approaches too in depth for lower level students without previous experience.
I feel that the course could be improved. The Professor is enthusiastic, friendly, and willing to help his students. However the lack of any sort of structure and proper presence as an instructor has left me feeling uneasy about my continuation within the Geography department. Looking back upon the semester, I feel unprepared to engage in upper division coursework within Geography.
Excellent course. It was a great decision to take.
14. Other comments:
Very good class. I look forward to taking more classes with this professor.
i like the professor
The Professor is available for additional information and help outside of class. However, obtaining information during the lecture should be the student's main priority rather than feeling that the only way to comprehend the class in full is by seeking the Professor during office hours.