eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Maria Simon

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Maria Simon: ARCH101, Fall 2012

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Architecture
Course: ARCH 101 - Basic Arch Studio Crn (Section): 70155 (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  
1.29 21 0.64 Freq(%) 17 (81%) 2 (10%) 2 (10%) 0 (0%) 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  
2.0 21 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 21 (100%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 21 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 7 (33%) 13 (62%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 21 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 6 (29%) 13 (62%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 21 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 2 (10%) 8 (38%) 10 (48%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.48 21 0.81 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 1 (5%) 6 (29%) 13 (62%)
7. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 21 0.93 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (24%) 15 (71%)
8. I developed a greater sense of personal responsibility.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 21 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 2 (10%) 18 (86%)
9. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 21 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 5 (24%) 15 (71%)
10. I performed up to my potential in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 21 1.1 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 1 (5%) 1 (5%) 6 (29%) 12 (57%)
11. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 21 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (19%) 17 (81%)
12. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Although a lot of us complained and were overwhelmed by the amount of work given, and the time constraints, I felt that most of the assignments were relevant and realistic. Any less work wouldn't have pushed us to our potentials, but any more would have been counter-productive. All of the work definitely got me thinking about design, which was the purpose of the course. The TA's were definitely a big help in the class, and the fact that there were two professors was good; it brought in other dynamic thinking styles not achieved through a course with one instructor and no TA's.
Developing concepts and learning how to create proper models, and architectural skills.
Presenting in front of our groups and getting feedback from our peers; as well as desk crits where we got feedback from our knowledgable teachers.
Learning about concepts, having one-on-one desk critiques, and working in a group table with others who also give helpful feedback.
Learning all the different things about the basics of architecture and how to how to work with your hands
The aspects most valuable were the concepts and realizing that I am designing something to create space and void.
The group critiques and the checkpoint deadlines.
We actually got to gain more knowledge about different materials, skills on tools and design.
Knowing how to create a Concept and go through with it in my work.
Very hands on, learning style that really challenges you to view and think as a beginning designer/architect. Projects pushed limits that were very rewarding in the end.
Developing our ideas and concepts into model making.
The understanding of the importance of concepts and how it's what holds the entire project altogether.
Every assignment we did was precious.
The amount of work that we need to do and the requirement of the project even though they are Halle ging but they really help me improve myself and my understanding about architecture
Having mainly hands-on projects where we formulate our own concept and what we want our projects to focus on mainly. Also, every project was not just done as a requirement but also was on the process of being creative and effective at the same time.
Learning how to use power-tools was a major necessity in the class. But also understanding the different types of materials such as wood, plaster, concrete etc was important. Oh, and math- you have to know how to math.
13. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
I like to think that everything is a learning experience, and nothing is invaluable. Also, I don't have many complaints aside from lack of sleep and stress overload from projects, which can't be helped.
All studio time was valuable.
The amount of time given for a project to complete was difficult in following.
Nothing, everything I learned in this class was very valuable to me because I will use all these skills that I learned in my future I love this class and its intructors and teacher assistants
There weren't really any aspects of no values since each and everything learned is a step and process to better myself in the field of architecture.
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The inefficient use of the drafting supplies that were required for the class. Some supplies were not used nor were explained on how to use material. Ex. Adjustable triangle, colored pencils, sharpies. Students are spending over $200, and the supplies were not even used.
I did not see anything of least value.
Too much time and money spending.
Sometime there are some miss communication between the j structure and the student
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14. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 21 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 3 (14%) 16 (76%)
15. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.52 21 0.98 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 4 (19%) 15 (71%)
16. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 21 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 3 (14%) 16 (76%)
17. The instructor was enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 21 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 6 (29%) 14 (67%)
18. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 21 1.06 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 3 (14%) 4 (19%) 13 (62%)
19. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 21 0.56 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 4 (19%) 16 (76%)
20. The instructor suggests specific ways students can improve.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 21 1.03 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 4 (19%) 14 (67%)
21. The instructor was available and willing to help with individual problems outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 21 0.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (14%) 18 (86%)
22. The instructor uses class time well.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 21 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 5 (24%) 15 (71%)
23. Work requirements and grading system were clear from the beginning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.9 21 1.21 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 2 (10%) 3 (14%) 6 (29%) 8 (38%)
24. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.14 21 1.01 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 11 (52%) 8 (38%)
25. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 21 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 6 (29%) 12 (57%)
26. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.14 21 1.28 Freq(%) 2 (10%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 7 (33%) 11 (52%)
27. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.48 21 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 2 (10%) 4 (19%) 14 (67%)
28. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
Maria is willing to talk with students about their projects, and takes pride in our first year studio class. I guess her enthusiasm and expectations impels the class to show their best work. Also, since she is a licensed architect, I trust that the information is important to the field, rather than learning from someone who isn't involved with the profession.
Desk crits were really helpful and Maria, and TAs, were really easy to communicate with and get feedback from.
She explains what you are confused about until you get it.
She was willing to help everyone and spent a lot of time talking to individuals about their projects.
That she knew alot of stuff about architecture and teaching it. Also that she has worked on the field meaning that she has a lot of experience
I was able to think more clear and better on the projects enabling me to take it a step farther than what i had developed.
The time she would take to do desk crits with each student and the interest she put into the individual projects. Her advice was always thought-provoking and valuable to the students.
She's always nice and did provide lots of help to me.
She was willing to go out of her way and visit during the weekends and holidays.
Maria was always available to help between her personal schedule and her students. Through communication, things were always explained thoroughly and challenges and expectations were set to challenge each individual that helped advance each student that was willing to go the distance.
Her deep understanding of the subject
The idea that she is an experience licensed architect strengthens her credibility as a professor. She is also very well-rounded: strict when the occasion arises, compassion when needed. She presents herself very professionally but friendly enough to make us students have the ease of comfort to approach her with even the silliest of concerns.
She constantly communicates with students and trys to encourage people.
She is very helpful . She has deep understanding about the project and very good at guiding student what to do in their project
She has suggestions for problems but doesn't always specify enough to be helpful. She is always ready for questions personally and through email.
Well i valued everything about this class because it has helped me out a lot in ways of being creative and thinking outside of the box, expanding my creative sense. I have not found one thing in this class that was not useful to me.
Maria's previous work in architecture really helped her convey architectural design to us. It gave us a real- life perspective of how the architectural field functions.
29. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the instructor?
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Sometimes I would get completely different, and sometimes contradicting, guidance from the 2 professors and 3 TAs
During the beginning of the semester, it was hard to understand what she wanted as requirements for the projects.
Nothing she was always there for her students
Only once when we were just getting into separating space and void.
The grading methods used were unclear, and it left many students unsure of how to please beyond meeting basic requirements. Which requirements were the main focus of projects was also unclear.
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Inability to have work requirements fully understood. No feedback on the projects after grading. Maybe a rubric should be implemented for each project.
The lack of background information in the very beginning of the course overwhelmed us. We sort of had to find our grounding on our own. In the end, it helped us develop into a better student; although there were times that I wished we were given background knowledge prior to the project.
Sometimes miscommunicates with TAs.
She has a hard time communicating the conceptual ideas. She is vague when trying to communicate ideas almost like she is trying to hold back and let us figure it out (sort of) but its a little more confusing than helpful at times. Her "um"s can also be a little distracting.
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Her expectations of the class handicaps any attempts of extra effort. With overly sharp deadlines and a never ending stream of projects, Maria doesn't seem to understand that we have classes other than intro to Design. As well as being highly labor intensive, her projects require added finances that although not "required" are expected. Her communication does not help, as project expectations are never clear- which something that is necessary for a first level course.
30. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
Could be a bit more aware of the cost of materials, especially in this city.
-more instruction
More time to work on one project or less amount of projects.
TA's and proffesors should be on the same page for everything
The only suggestion is to make sure that the students thoroughly understand the key concepts and ideas in architecture.
Be more direct in what you expect from a project, and give students a clear focus and direction in those projects. Provide them more guidance towards meeting the requirements, and aid them in focusing on one aspect rather than overwhelming them with all.
Possibly projects that are less pricey. I spent way more than the amount she said we should save for future projects.
An idea of how each project will benefit a certain skill, or how it creates a skill would be very helpful. Some projects seemed pointless, but in the end students may find themselves putting them into practice, I believe having an idea of the skills a current project is trying to promote will create a bigger impact in the future. Cost was an understatement. Studio supplies are understandably costly, although the materials we were required to use on some projects seemed a bit too much.
Transparency in the grading system. Give feedback and a point system. Give advance time for students to buy the necessary materials for upcoming classes.
Showcase some of personal experience and skills. Professor Simon clearly has a fair share of architectural events, sharing it to the class will give us different perspectives on the subject.
She could explains more about assigment when we stars new.
Introduce ideas a little more thoroughly. I know there are a lot of requirements to meet in the class, but I feel like we went to fast to really grasp everything we needed to learn. The vagueness like i mentioned is a really important thing to work on. Try to figure out the best way to get the idea across to a person who has NEVER heard or worked with the idea before. Sometimes I felt like the concepts were going over my head. We're first year students with no idea what architecture even entailed. I also felt that she thought our modeling and construction skills developed further than they really did. I didn't know how to model anything. My final model shows it even though I spent dozens of hours meticulously trying to figure it out. "Your strongest part of the project should be the models" that's not true. I'm still HORRIBLE at modeling because we weren't taught how. We were just supposed to figure it out on our own... Even some of us are bad at drawing...
I don't think that there is a need of improving in how Maria teaches the class. Even though i struggle with the due dates of the projects but it has helped with time management. So everything she did in class was for the good of it.
I'll just get straight to the point, Maria is an architect- not a teacher. Maybe she should work on more of an higher level course or take a class on how to relate to people. Either way, she has something to work on.
31. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.47 21 0.9 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 2 (10%) 3 (14%) 13 (62%)
32. Class assignments provided an effective aid for learning the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.35 21 0.99 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 1 (5%) 5 (24%) 12 (57%)
33. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.24 21 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 2 (10%) 6 (29%) 11 (52%)
34. The projects were valuable in understanding the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 21 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 4 (19%) 16 (76%)
35. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.19 21 1.08 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 1 (5%) 1 (5%) 8 (38%) 10 (48%)
36. My overall evaluation of this course is...
The course does it's job and has sparked my interest in architecture.
This is an excellent course to take if you want to become an architect as it challenges you to go outside of the box and experience different materials, and environments. This course helped me to develop concepts and design my models and ideas to those concepts.
A challenging course that's effective in teaching the elements of design.
This course was very difficult. It makes you realize if you really want to be here or not. The projects were the most challenging thing I have had to do in my career as a student. However, once completed, you feel proud in what you did and you realize just how much you learned by going through that process. I finally understand what a concept is.
I loved this course and kind of sad it ended, looking foward to continue my career in this field
Very challenging but rewarding. Even if one has done bad, after learning what had happened in this course, and they apply it to future classes on architecture, they should be fine.
Good. It is a very difficult course, but you learn a lot.
Excellent.
Very difficult.
I believe through this course, I have gone a long way and accomplished many things in just one semester. Maria, Hongtou, and the TA's were a big help every step of the way. As a new professor, I could already see the knowledge Mara had as an architect and it was both a learning experience for herself and the students and the outcome was very rewarding.
Satisfactual
Despite of the amount of expenses in this course, I'm glad to say it went to good cause. I was personally overwhelmed at the amount of money I had to input to the program in addition to the tuition. Nevertheless, as I go and act through all the projects, not only was my money's worth was shown, I was also presented with new-found knowledge that I wouldn't have obtained somewhere else.
It was really overwhelming, but i got used to it later. I learned a lot from all the projects we did.
Good.
The course is like an art course and is subjective to the grader's eye vs the skill of the first year builder. Sometimes it was a little unfair to grade based on craft when for some of us, it was the first time ever using hardware like saws, hammers and drills. The course was alright. I felt over worked with projects that seemed a little irrelevant. The projects weren't "fun" and it with the work load, I got discouraged really quickly. I think the first project should be engaging and fun and the lines should be worked on later, but also for the line project, I think too much emphasis was put on it when we didn't work on lines any more after that.
fun and exciting
I would rather walk across a desert of broken glass while reading twilight in comic sans, listening to nickel back, before i decide to take this class again...
37. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
I feel like this question was asked about two times, but the course could be improved by teaching us more about presentation skills. Presentation is so important, even missing a presentation results in a grade drop for the project, but the importance is much greater than that and extends out to the professional field. Yet, it was suggested that we take a public speaking class. It probably would help, but I feel it should be part of the curriculum in the School of Architecture.
It'd be helpful if you taught us how to do things before you expected us to do it, such as drafting. This class was pretty costly, maybe a price limit per project could have been implemented.
A rubric would be a great idea to have so that students would know which part of the project could be improved.
More time....for the cubes project, if we could have done just one or two of them, that would've been nice. Or if someone told me earlier that for the second cube, we could just glue six pieces together instead of cutting them all out.
I would say that proffesors and teacher asssistants should be on the same page about what they want for projects and the requirements
Make sure the students understand the key concepts and ideas of what architecture is. Get the students to design not for crafts and arts but to define space.
The grading methods must be made clearer to the students in order for them to gain a better understanding of how to improve their work.
Cheaper projects, use of all of the things we were said needed to buy.
Some projects could have been explained or maybe thought out a little more to help students understand the main goal they are trying to fulfill. Multiple or at least 2 one on one grade evaluations with the professor would be helpful to each individual to find out where they are and how they can improve.
Improved or have a more detailed schedule in advance. Also, have a detailed budget of the supplies to understand how much students are spending for materials.
Warn the students of the amount of materials that will be needed. Do not say extra materials will only cost about $50 and ends up costing over $200.
I saw many students missing arch100 class because they need to finish the project. Maybe changing the time can help.
The communication between I structure and student and how their stated the requirement in the project should be clearer
I wanted this class to be an engaging class not just a "weeder" class. It was hardcore, but honestly, I spent a RIDICULOUS amount of money for my first semester. Over $500? That's crazy. Focus on projects that don't end up costing us a fortune please. Especially if it is a "weeder" class, where most of us didn't even know what architecture would be like.
Well, as I mentioned earlier, there isn't any need for improvement with this class.
Improve communication Create reasonable projects Lessen the number of projects
38. Other comments:
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Awesome TAs! They all had very different personalties that offered different perspectives and advice.
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Several of students have discussed and established the three Teaching Assistants' characteristics and strength. Jason Mandaloniz - He was first assigned to our group. He is the most quiet out of all the three, but wisdom still shines through him. When you get him talking, you'll see that he has been through different angles of the architectural world. During critiques, he's deadly. He expects a great deal out of his students, and he'll crush you if you do not meet his expectations, all because he knows you can. He has a quiet but serious character that most sees as intimidating. Michael Witte - He was assigned to my group next, halfway through the semester. He has a very interesting humor that puts you at ease. Michael was the one to extricate the most unique ideas out of me. He has a genius laid back attitude, perhaps because of the glasses, but he doesn't take crap from anyone. He nourishes your idea if it's honest, he steps on it if its full of bull. He does not hesitate to call you out of your lie even during pin-ups; so unless you can sell it good, I suggest you ditch the falsehood. I truly enjoy being under his wing, from sarcastic jokes to his wise words. He commends hard work, and is painfully affected of the lack of one. Graham Hart - The sociable TA our group was never assigned. From what I've seen, he's very organized when it comes to gathering his group. They seemed to have a lot of meetings as a whole, something that my group was rarely in. He seems to be the most approachable out of the three. During the critiques that he was leading, he conveys his message nicely to the point that you'll bother enough to consider it and not be depressed about the mistakes you've done. He's referred to as the nicest one.
Thank you for the instruction.
Just to be clear, Maria isn't a bad person- she just has things to work on. I don't know if this is her first year teaching, but something needs to improve. She has the potential to be a very knowledgeable and helpful professor in the future, but as of now, she's a long way from it.