eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Matthew McGranaghan

Available Survey Results

GEOG104, Spring 2015
GEOG370, Spring 2015
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, Spring 2015

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Geography
Course: GEOG 104 - Introduction to Geotechnology Crn (Section): 88995 (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  
2.8 5 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (40%) 2 (40%) 1 (20%) 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 6 0.52 Freq(%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.5 6 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (67%) 1 (17%) 1 (17%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.5 6 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (67%) 1 (17%) 1 (17%)
6. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
3.17 6 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 3 (50%) 2 (33%) 0 (0%)
7. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.0 6 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 2 (33%) 2 (33%)
8. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
He's a great, great cartographer and so very knowledgeable.
I enjoyed the assignment with the compass, and the use of google earth. I'm also a pretty big fan of topographical maps
subject matter was generally interesting
Wow, was this course fun. I have no academic grounding in cartography, but I have always liked maps, and I learned a great deal. Dr. McGranaghan is extremely entertaining and there was a lot of camaraderie amongst the class.
9. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
â?¦he's also scattered, easily peeved, and often digressing.
I really disliked the struggle that ensued from QGIS. I also disliked how disorganized the course was. I'll talk a bit more about that below.
the course was all over the place! it lacked structure and deadlines, it incorporated programs that had malfunctions or use difficulties, and as a whole felt way beyond its level, was quite hard to understand and wasn't well directed in terms of what was needed/expected (especially with term assignment).
There was an amazing amount of very challenging coursework for a 100-level course. The usual metric of '100 level means 1 hour of homework per hour of lecture time/credit hour' did not apply here at all.
10. Other comments:
Matthew McGranaghan is obviously very very knowledgeable in this topic area. I very much enjoyed his humor and openness with the course. However, each class was very disorganized. It's important to note that the disorganization doesn't stem from improper planning, Matt's website is very well structured, but the inability to cover everything in the schedule creates a bit of chaos. Similarly, we cover so much information and so many different aspects and topics, it's impossible to know what will be on the exams and what we should pay particular care to understand and retain. Perhaps, creating a list of key terms before class that everyone should understand by the end of the class would help solve this. All of that being said, I enjoy Matthew McGranaghan and his course, but throughout I had difficulty knowing exactly what it was I was supposed to focus on. For example, I think we talked about the mandatory book only twice.
This course, or one like it, should be recommended to Ecology/Zoology/Botany students who expect to do a lot of field work. I would hate to have to learn GIS on my own in my first job.

Matthew McGranaghan: GEOG370, Spring 2015     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Geography
Course: GEOG 370 - Aerial Photo & Image Interprtn Crn (Section): 88998 (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  
3.33 6 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 2 (33%) 3 (50%) 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  
1.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 6 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 2 (33%) 3 (50%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 6 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 2 (33%) 3 (50%)
6. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.0 6 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 4 (67%) 1 (17%)
7. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.33 6 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 2 (33%) 3 (50%)
8. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
looking at pictures
Group conversation approach, historical perspective.
The actual image interpretation
Lots of new information, interesting material
discussion
9. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
math
None
The technical side involving math
Lots of work, slightly unorganized and difficult assignments
10. Other comments:
It would be great to have a drone for this class. That is the current technology in the field. To be prepared for the job market this experience would be very helpful. Great Class, great instructor, Mahalo!

Matthew McGranaghan: GEOG104, Fall 2014     Back to top

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?
Learning how to sue maps
API and Topography
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.
All the applied learning, which was basically the entire course.
I enjoyed the image interpretation.
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
10. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
He would go off subject, a lot. Did not like his style of teaching
map projections
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.
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.
11. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Provide power point slides on how to do the labs
be betterorganized
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!
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.
12. Other comments:
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!
Great teacher who is kind and encouraging to students. Love the hip lingo and sayings he says during class. Fun and energetic. Caring.

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?
Matt has deep insight into the course information and helped expound my knowledge of the subject.
I enjoyed the multimedia aspects, the ability to watch videos, look at google earth, etc.
the best part of this course was all the virtual trips.
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.
The lectures on regional differences in North America in accent, humor, etc.
7. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
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.
While I appreciated his efforts to include students in developing the course curriculum, a little more structure would have been nice.
prof. Matthew is really good teacher, but need a little organization skilsl.
We need to use update computers, software, and materials to enhance to education. Thank you for nice chairs.
More structured syllabus/schedule to make sure every topic is touched upon.
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.)
I took this course because of the quality of the teacher.
I needed a WI, have always been interested in looking at maps, and wanted to learn more about North American geography.
WI to complete my requirements for my bachelor.
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.
Suggested requirement for my major.
It fulfilled a few requirements 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?
The oral presentations helped me become more comfortable with public speaking.
I enjoyed the lectures a lot!
all the virtual trips.
Oral field trips and term paper.
The student presentations were really good.
13. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
none.
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.
Wake early in morning '.
Lots of class time spent on student presentations. Although they were valuable, they took away from some of the more important, general topics.
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?
The hands on style of it and the fact that the subject matter was focused on Oahu (it didn't have to be).
Going through the labs with us.
Professor McGranaghan's charisma and attitude at every single class was contagious!
I enjoyed the professor
the casual style in which it was taught.
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.
Learning about GIS
Matt is really friendly.
I like it how Matt is such a nice guy.
7. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Powerpoints, or having the examples loaded up with the different effects already done so they can be presented quickly.
Go through the labs with us a bit more, to hone in on the skills we need to complete them.
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.
keep structure, require class participation. make due dates. An in class TA would be great help
separate time made for labs or keeping the class times the same but designating a day for working with the software.
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.
If we could do more labs that would be great!
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 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.
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.)
I wanted to know more about GIS
I felt it would complement my major and general career interest in natural resource management.
To become more familiar with ArcGIS
I made it a major of my IS degree...GIS is a very important technology to learn and will be helpful in my future
major requirement
I needed to learn how to use GIS
It was an upper division elective.
It is for my major.
I took the course because it was a requirement. I also wanted to try and grasp a better understanding of GIS.
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?
Matt is awesome
The open approach to the lab requirements, allowing us to work at our own pace
The material.
The laid back kind of course. Matt was more interested in making sure the students understand instead of assigning a lot of random work
Extended use of Python and further familiarization with writing script.
Freedom of the labs
The professor himself. An outstanding human being.
Matt is an awesome teacher
doing labs that are practical in the work force
7. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
More python
The class would benefit from having some smaller labs that serve as stepping stones into the more difficult topics
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.
Divide the class into twice a week.
N/A
A little more assigned work might be useful to understanding the topics.
did very well for teaching course for the first time
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.)
because Matt's courses are always fun
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subject matter.
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.
Major requirement.
Interest in GIS
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.
required. pertains to my profession.
Major requirement
11. Other comments:
Matt is a great professor, always willing to help.
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.
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.
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!
I am not complaining about nothing
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 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 awesome
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.
Power points are always helpful to follow along with. It would make note taking and learning easier.
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?
Matt was a nice person.
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.
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 assignments
Dealing with Google Earth.
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
Very enthusiastic
MAtt is a very creative with his lectures and it was cool that we could watch the helicopter
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.
8. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
KNow what he is teaching, and how to teach it to his 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
Please explain all things clearly and put his shoes on students' since they are only students.
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
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
Keep teaching it!
better organization
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?
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.
Everything
The concepts that were taught to us
Only for requirement.
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
Matt is a good and likable teacher but needs to be more organized and explain better things better
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.
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.
The topo map.
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 course needs to be more organized
Class time always seemed too short.
The book.
16. Other comments:
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
Matt you are awesome! Just calm down and plan a bit before lecture!!
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.
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.
Good intro into how GIS operates.
The overall work load of the class.
Learning about GIS
Interesting program and applications. Not all the kinks worked out however. Very scattered class.
9. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
more explaination and in-class use of the computer program and lab assignments
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.
Actually teach ArcMap during class then outside of class. Do step by step classes to better understand the program.
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!
Solidify labs. Some where significantly harder than others and that transition should be smoother.
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
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.
GIS relations to urban planning and architecture.
I can now use GIS systems to create sites and topography's for architectural models and plans.
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.
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
Software issues and glitches with ArcGIS.
Class term project.
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.
Syllabus, confusing labs, faulty software (ArcGIS 10.1), schedule
Redundant labs.
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.
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:
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
Overall, I learned a great deal in the course.
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.
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.

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.
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.
GIS
The different types of technology.
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 introductions to GIS. I find that to be the most sought after skill for employers of Geographic technologies majors these days.
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.
Matt's down to earth teaching style, he was very approachable and mad the class very low pressure
all the new concepts i learned in mapping and especially the way i can now use google earth
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.
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.
The readings for the course were not incorporated.
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 fact that we had no computers to practice assignments on in class.
The subject itself is confusing, but turned out pretty good in the end.
not much there was no problems
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.
More structure, organization, and better communication with students.
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.
None
maybe one more outside class but i wouldnt change that much
12. What changes would you make in the readings?
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.
Try to incorporate it into our activities.
None.
None
nothing
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.
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.
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.
Excellent course. It was a great decision to take.
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
a good eval, truly enjoyed the class
14. Other comments:
Very good class. I look forward to taking more classes with this 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.
i like the professor