eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Saeko Shibayama

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EALL271, Spring 2014
JPN407E, Fall 2013
JPN461, Fall 2013

Saeko Shibayama: EALL271, Spring 2014

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: East Asian Languages & Lit
Course: EALL 271 - Jpnse Lit in Trans-Traditional Crn (Section): 80638 (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  
3.37 20 1.3 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 4 (20%) 5 (25%) 7 (35%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.89 20 0.32 Freq(%) 2 (10%) 16 (80%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 20 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 6 (30%) 12 (60%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.95 20 1.1 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (15%) 3 (15%) 6 (30%) 8 (40%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.85 20 1.14 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 1 (5%) 5 (25%) 6 (30%) 7 (35%)
6. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
2.85 20 1.39 Freq(%) 5 (25%) 2 (10%) 7 (35%) 3 (15%) 3 (15%)
7. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Grading scale heavy on papers.
The ppt slides.
the reading material
we were allowed to rewrite essays. she communicated effectively with us and was organized with due dates for essays. very analytical. sometimes it was frustrating to see so many markings on my essays as well as more in depth questions about subjects I felt that I had already described fully. however I feel like it helped me to see the things I missed or what I could do to make the essay better.
I felt that the essays were the most valuable because it forced the student to think beyond than just comprehensive reading of the subject matter.
The visuals on the powerpoints because it helps to see texts, poems, and quotes in a larger view. The pictures and videos based off of the texts helped to deepen my understanding of the materials.
The different types of written genres and their deeper meanings
Concepts of Japanese aesthetics
Her knowledge of the subject criteria.
I think the textbook was pretty well written, especially with the introduction before each piece that gave some background information.
The readings.
I thought the lectures quite valuable. It helped me notice a lot of the deeper meanings in the story or understanding the story at all if I didn't get it the first time when I read it.
most of them
Japanese literature and the meaning behind writings and messages of old japan.
The chosen literature and the writing intensive aspect of the course.
The textbooks
8. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
-Grading too harsh (for a 200 level course) -Can't write an A paper with only 3 pages which teaches the instructor something -Not consistent with grading -Created a weakness/disinterest of classical Japanese literature -class not interactive (difficult questions pressed on to students)
The quizzes were least valuable.
sitting through a lecture about the reading
the midterm was a little frustrating because of its format. all the choices were on the back of the page and i had to constantly flip the page back and forth and double check whether i put the answers in the correct column and row.
Nothing was the least bit valuable.
Mid-Term questions
none
The teacher's expectation for this class was way too high. The only way we could get an A on the papers was if we taught something new to the professor in 3 pages. I mean, how can someone who is completely new to learning about classical Japanese works teach something new to a professor who has a PhD, and do it 6 times in one semester? It is a survey class after all. I feel like it's the teacher's job to teach us and guide us in our analysis of the texts. The midterm was ridiculous too. I think the average was around 40%. The exam was supposed to be multiple choice (that's what was announced in class) but it turned out to be in the word bank style. In any case, the exam was about pure memorization of quotes from the lecture slides. Not very meaningful in my opinion. I also thought the teacher did not do a very good job of being open- minded about interpretations of the text. If an opinion given by a student didn't match the professor's opinion, he/she was basically shut down.
The lectures.
I thought the essay topics were a bit broad. It would've helped to explain a bit more about what was desired in these essays.
n/a
Pre-exam reviews, also the help of study guides could have brought an improvement in exam results.
The poems.
The powerpoints
9. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 20 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (25%) 5 (25%) 10 (50%)
10. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.8 20 1.06 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 7 (35%) 4 (20%) 7 (35%)
11. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.7 20 1.34 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 4 (20%) 3 (15%) 4 (20%) 8 (40%)
12. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.95 20 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 4 (20%) 10 (50%) 5 (25%)
13. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.45 20 1.43 Freq(%) 3 (15%) 2 (10%) 4 (20%) 5 (25%) 6 (30%)
14. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
3.4 20 1.31 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 6 (30%) 2 (10%) 6 (30%) 5 (25%)
15. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.1 20 1.07 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 4 (20%) 6 (30%) 9 (45%)
16. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.05 20 1.47 Freq(%) 5 (25%) 2 (10%) 3 (15%) 7 (35%) 3 (15%)
17. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
3.4 20 1.27 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 5 (25%) 4 (20%) 5 (25%) 5 (25%)
18. Other comments:
Professor knows her content but should stick to pure research, teaching style not intended for learning for students. This class would disappoint many students who thought Japanese classical works are interesting. Impossible to get an A.
The instructions to write our papers and the way she graded them was unfair. She let the students pick whatever subject we wanted to write about, yet she criticized the content and distributed lower grades because she did not agree. If she wanted us to write about a specific subject that she wanted to read about, then she should have instruct us to do so.
i wasnt too sure about what kind of paper to write, letting me decide what topic to write on wasn't clear. if there were suggested topics made for the readings i might have had a better sense of what ideas to bring up in a paper. if there were more involvement between the students, like discussing the reading in groups, maybe there would have been better results of ideas in a paper. then after the group discussions, we could present them to you and you can clarify and explain the reading. the students probably wouldnt have had a bad average by the midterm if there were more involvement.
She is a very caring and understanding instructor, which made taking the class more enjoyable, rather than stressful.
The instructor is too picky on the grading and on what the instructor wants out of the essays. The midterms, were not multiple choice as the instructor stated many times during lecture, which resulted majority of the students to do poorly on the midterm. Even though the materials were given on Laulima, the exams made it impossible to take and hopes of passing it with good grade.
none
The tests were organized in a very confusing format. It was difficult to answer some of the questions because of the format. The things on the test were, at times, very obscure. The lectures did not really help with the tests.
i think she should change the test format. Also, the way she grades essays is not fair. She said we need to give her new points rather than she already knows. It is very unfair even the revised version too.
overall fun and interesting course. learned many in-depth things behind how Japanese thought and how they portrayed it in their writings.
The tests that were "multiple choice" were actually word bank and extremely difficult to answer. Too much material to remember and no second chances.

Saeko Shibayama: JPN407E, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: East Asian Languages & Lit
Course: JPN 407E - Modern Literature Crn (Section): 74964 (002)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.8 15 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 12 (80%) 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 15 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 15 (100%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.87 15 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 13 (87%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 3 (20%) 11 (73%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (33%) 10 (67%)
6. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 15 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 4 (27%) 9 (60%)
7. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The in-class discussions. There were times when, reading on my own, I couldn't quite grasp the messages of the pieces we read. However, going over them in class, I was able to catch and really understand some of the nuances that escaped me on my own.
Communicate using Japanese in the class room.
reading sentences and translating in class
I was able to learn how to analyze stories in Japanese from famous authors like Murakami Haruki. This class even improved my grammar and translation skills.
I liked more of the modern readings.
I learned a lot of words and readings by various Japanese writers.
Reading sentences together
I enjoyed the variety of the course readings. Style and content were as interesting as they were diverse. I've found, that by studying Japanese literature in conjunction with Japanese language, my vocabulary has increased, and my understanding of Japanese culture has improved through the narratives of individual authors in addition to textbook learning.
It was great that we got to read works from various authors such as Natsume Soseki, Murakami Haruki, and Tawada Yoko.
Sensei understood all of the content and answered all of the students' questions.
Learning how to read Japanese texts and translate into english
Learning the vocab, kanji, and translating passage was very valuable. I believe it was necessary to know them. Also, having different literature to read were very fascinating. It was also interesting in learning the terms of literary terms in Japanese.
The reading were very good, liked all of them
Translating the text in a proper way. Finding the main subject, verb etc and forming a professional level translation.
8. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Nothing comes to mind actually.
Reading out loud the text and then translate it. It's just inefficient and class moves too slow.
none.
I feel like we had too many reading and not enough time to spend on them.
Sometimes the readings felt random. Still good though.
The Japanese reading levels of the students were varied, which affected the pacing of each class in terms of consistency. At times, I would have preferred having Professor Shibayama take over the class reading and elaborate more of her own interpretations and thoughts.
I did not like how sometimes took a lot of time for some people to read through the text, even though we were asked to go over it before class. Maybe if there was a quiz or something on the reading material, people would be more likely to prepare for class.
none
none. I thought all aspects were valuable
I thought everything was valuable.
Word by word translations took very long to do
N/A
9. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 15 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 4 (27%) 10 (67%)
10. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 15 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 11 (73%)
11. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 15 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (13%) 12 (80%)
12. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 15 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 12 (80%)
13. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 15 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 11 (73%)
14. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.6 15 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 4 (27%) 10 (67%)
15. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 15 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (20%) 12 (80%)
16. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 15 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (13%) 12 (80%)
17. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.67 15 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 3 (20%) 11 (73%)
18. Other comments:
I think more written practice for translation is necessary. It's hard for students to translate the text from Japanese to English by just oral communication.
I love the constructive criticism on how to write my kanji better but when it is deducted from my grade even though I wrote it correctly, it is frustrating.
This is one of the most kick-ass teachers ever. Shibayama Sensei is not clueless, unlike many other "teachers." She is ALWAYS organized, on time, available for help, and clear with her communication. She also actually seems genuinely interested in the topic, unlike many other teachers. She also wears cute coordinated outfits and has big glasses that make her look like a cute anime character. Her english (language) is also much better than some of the other Japanese Senseis. She is fucking erudite and awesome. Blew my mind.
I enjoyed this class very much. It was very well structured, with all goals and expectations clearly laid out from the beginning in the course syllabus.
One of the best teachers I have ever had the pleasure of taking a course from. I know this is anonymous and you will read this in January but sorry for coming in late all the time.
It was nice learning and reading literature in this class :) I now have interest in literature in general.
I genuinely learned a lot from translating the texts!!

Saeko Shibayama: JPN461, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: East Asian Languages & Lit
Course: JPN 461 - Intro to Classical Japanese Crn (Section): 74660 (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 13 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 9 (69%) 2 (15%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.38 13 0.51 Freq(%) 8 (62%) 5 (38%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.31 13 1.11 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (38%) 7 (54%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.23 13 1.09 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (46%) 6 (46%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.15 13 1.21 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 3 (23%) 7 (54%)
6. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.85 13 1.46 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 2 (15%) 2 (15%) 1 (8%) 7 (54%)
7. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The most valuable aspect of this course was the fact that I was able to learn a subject that was exclusive to Japanese school education. A very unique subject to learn.
Guest speakers.
I appreciate that Sensei has a deep understanding for the subject matter and her passion is reflected in the class.
Quizzes were very helpful because it kept us on top of the course material. In-class reading analysis was also very beneficial because it allowed us to vocalize our thoughts and discuss confusing readings.
I liked the way that we approached the readings. They were very difficult but Shibayama sensei was very patient in handling our going over them.
It was very hands on and interactive.
learning classic Japanese grammar and translating texts into English.
grammar
I found the in-class reading activities to be very educational and enjoyable. Furthermore, the textbook is a great resource for working through the readings on your own.
Allowing for freely open discussion during lectures so that it did not become a class where you just listen and follow, even if it does not make sense.
Being able to parse things was probably the most valuable thing out of this course.
Learning the grammar of classical Japanese was most helpful because this was my first course on this topic. I now feel that I have the tools necessary to read works of classical Japanese.
8. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
The difficulty. I feel like there are so many things to learn and apply. I know I don't feel like I studied enough but taking this course lightly in the beginning of this semester really backfired on me. Need focus and continuous effort of studying in order to pass.
I think the fact that this is not applicable to modern Japanese.
N/A
NA
there was a lot to cover, but this is probably something that can't be avoided.
n/a
The pacing, or maybe the amount of work was a little much. The mid-term could have been shorter, but it was graded quite fairly.
We stayed too much in the book o.o
In the beginning of the course, I felt a little overwhelmed by the readings because they contained many words and particles that we had not gone over yet in class.
9. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 13 1.15 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 5 (38%) 5 (38%)
10. The course objectives were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.92 13 1.19 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 3 (23%) 4 (31%) 5 (38%)
11. The instructor presented the course materials in a clear and organized way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 13 1.15 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 5 (38%) 5 (38%)
12. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.46 13 0.78 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 3 (23%) 8 (62%)
13. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.08 13 1.04 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 3 (23%) 3 (23%) 6 (46%)
14. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.31 13 1.18 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 1 (8%) 3 (23%) 8 (62%)
15. The instructional materials (e.g., texts, handouts, etc.) were relevant to course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 13 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (31%) 9 (69%)
16. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 13 1.12 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (31%) 8 (62%)
17. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.0 13 1.15 Freq(%) 1 (8%) 0 (0%) 2 (15%) 5 (38%) 5 (38%)
18. Other comments:
It was a hard course..........
Memorizing examples from the book is not really a way to learn. Students shouldn't have to memorize Japanese they can't understand and then be expected to remember it all for the exams, in which no translations are provided. This made choosing the function of various auxiliary verbs nearly impossible unless you somehow remembered the abundant amount of examples from the book. However, the repetitive natural of hinshi bunkai that we did in class (from various texts) was useful as it helped me learn the Japanese conjugation names and better learn things for myself. I also enjoyed the guest speakers since their talks were intriguing and relevant to what we learn in class.
Overall I appreciate Sensei and her energy and effort. However, I do not think that I learned very much from this class and do not see how it is applicable to Japanese. I would not recommend this class to a friend.
JPN 461 is a challenging course, and at first I was very intimidated. However, Shibayama-Sensei was very helpful and clear in her teaching style, which was very helpful. She took everything step-by- step and after the first couple of weeks of this course, I knew I would survive. She is a very kind and sweet teacher, and I'm glad she was our Sensei for this course!
Thank you for a great semester! We learned a lot of very difficult material :)
Professor Shibayama's course is a great introduction to Classical Japanese. She presents the material in a way that is not only interesting and fun, but also in a way that makes you think for yourself. Overall, a great experience.
It's a really useful course, if you put in the time to study. As for teaching methods, to be honest, it wasn't the most engaging, but then again, I guess there isn't really any interesting way to teach classical Japanese. If there's another method to learning classical, maybe one that doesn't involve heavy memorization and parsing, then that would be great. Maybe once Sensei has a couple more years of teaching experience under her belt, the class will go a bit more smoothly. However, there were interesting parts in the course, and I found that after I had finished my translation, I felt really accomplished. Thanks for the semester, Sensei!