eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Hongtao Zhou

Available Survey Results

ARCH101, Fall 2014
ARCH490, Spring 2014
ARCH693, Spring 2013

Hongtao Zhou: ARCH101, Fall 2014

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Architecture
Course: ARCH 101 - Basic Design Studio Crn (Section): 70140 (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  
2.12 17 1.9 Freq(%) 10 (59%) 4 (24%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.94 17 0.24 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 16 (94%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 18 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 7 (39%) 10 (56%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 18 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 8 (44%) 9 (50%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.39 18 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 7 (39%) 9 (50%)
6. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
the artist and design aspect that was brought by the instructor was helpful and key in learning design.
Before coming into the class, I knew nothing. Now, I feel like I have a good understanding on architecture, everything design, structure, ground, and much more.
learning about space between objects and how bodies move in a space
His enthusiasm and ideas helped us go in the right direction. He is the polar opposite of his counter- part teacher, Lauren Mitchell, which worked out in the end. The dualism was a good twist to how we encountered the course.
The one and one time that was given to us. The in class workshops were very helpful as well.
Learning the different techniques toward architecture that'll be helpful in the future.
I found Hogtaos's insights to be very valuable, especially the artistic aspect of design.
Time management, figure-ground, analysis.
The artistic projects were so valuable to how we think of ideas creatively. With the open- concept art projects, it allows us to blossom in artistic values that are important for architecutre.
Spatial analysis.
The feedback was direct and very useful for the process and what to do next.
different perspectives
The aspects of the course that were most valuable were the process and the outcome.
7. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 18 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (44%) 10 (56%)
8. Work requirements and grading system were clear from the beginning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.28 18 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 9 (50%) 7 (39%)
9. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
no improvements needed keep doing what you are doing!
Great instructor, everything is good,
I can't say really. Perhaps if he opened us up to our own ideas and build upon those, he would effectively make us think that it was our own idea.
Nothing to improve
At first i felt there was a language barrier, however overtime I was quickly able to understand and relate to what he was saying.
Be more available for students to meet with you.
More focus on basic drawing would be helpful at the beginning of the semester
N/A
SHOW MORE EXAMPLES!!!! THINGS THAT YOU SHOWED ARE VERY HELPFUL!!!!
n/a
10. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.83 18 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (17%) 15 (83%)
11. My overall evaluation of this course is...
I loved it! it was a course that made me think.
Really good, I enjoyed the different projects we did,
Great! It gave me a good foundation on what the heck to do for now on.
It's a fun class, just wish there was more time to work on assignments
Enjoyed how each topic in the syllabus connected to form a whole. I jest realized that overall the course was modeled after "gestalt"
It was so fun, although it was a nightmare at first. I'm so glad I stayed all the way through.
Good way of thinking about design with lots of basics covered without knowing that you are doing them
Very awesome and informative.
development of ideas
very challenging, but overall, kind of fun.
12. Other comments:
Hongtao is AWESOME!
Loved how I could express myself with my work. I liked that there were encouragement to do well in every project that was assigned. Being strict with the deadline was nice too.
You are such a great instructor! I loved having you as my professor because you helped me understand creativity in a whole new way.
Good mix of professors with Lauren... Good range of views so students can connect with either.
working in class is very helpful!!!!
great teacher; makes class fun even though it's challenging and stressful.

Hongtao Zhou: ARCH490, Spring 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Architecture
Course: ARCH 490 - Special Topics Crn (Section): 87478 (004)    
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  
3.71 7 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 0 (0%) 6 (86%) 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  
1.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 7 (100%) 0 (0%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
6. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
All hands on experience
Learning about working with wood, about planning every aspect of your project ahead of time, and planning your use of shop time accordingly.
working in the shop and learning how to use all the machines there really expanded my toolbox. just as importantly the thinking process and design understanding that went along with the projects greatly expanded my skillset and will carry on with me.
As a class we were able to talk and discuss everyone's design. Alsobit made it fun too.
It's a fun way to explore furniture design and learn some techniques regarding construction, design, technique and finishing.
One on one consultations in conceptualizations and actual production of pieces. Shared knowledge of materials, skills, and resources from instructor, teaching assistant, shop employees, and fellow classmates. Hands on work in the craft and creation of furniture pieces.
Responsibility Team work Being careful and detailed.
7. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
8. Work requirements and grading system were clear from the beginning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 7 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (43%) 4 (57%)
9. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
More clarity about hown the group projects are scheduled ahead of time.
None. He went above and beyond meeting the course desires
Maybe more workshops and encouragement to explore various design strategies as well as material choices.
Demonstrations were beneficial and should continued to be implemented. Perhaps a more set timeline would be useful to facilitate a steady schedule of conceptualization to creation to finalization of furniture pieces.
10. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
11. My overall evaluation of this course is...
Very fun and informative course
I found this to be an enjoyable course to take.
overall i thought this course went well, the only difficulty was that there wasn't enough class time set aside for this course that requires a lot of working time. of course we do our best to put in time outside of class but because it only runs a couple hours a week, most student's schedules tend to be filled with other courses from the start of the year, making it harder to find time for us to work.
It was great. I learned everything I wanted to and more. At a time of high stress I could always count on going to the shop and blowing off steam.
It's a great class overall and a good break from all the reading, writing and technical aspects of other classes.
Generally favorable as interesting concepts were brought forth as well as taking away new found skills in the manufacturing of furniture. Broaden my knowledge of tool usage and methods to construct.
Excellent.
12. Other comments:
Can I take this class again?
None.
it is fair to say that you won't find another teacher that is more than willing to work and help his students on their projects, in and outside of class time than hongtao. he is extremely helpful and a great teacher when it comes to construction methods and materiality. because he is very knowledgeable in these areas he is able to give many suggestions and different options in building student's projects, and even if not, he works with you in finding a way to do so and never turns down student's ideas. i personally enjoy hongtao's artistic background that come through in his teaching styles and free-spirited enthusiasm toward working. it makes for an interesting dynamic in the architecture environment, and for me i believe its absolutely necessary to mix the two.
Thanks hongtao for everything really. This semester wouldve been bad if it wasnt for your class and your help most of all
Had a ton off fun! :D
Hongtao is a good teacher in overall. Caring about student which most students want a professor to have is the best quality from Hongtao.,

Hongtao Zhou: ARCH693, Spring 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Architecture
Course: ARCH 693 - Spec Topics: Arch & Design Crn (Section): 89485 (004)    
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  
5.14 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (86%) 1 (14%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 7 (100%) 0 (0%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
7. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
8. I developed a greater sense of personal responsibility.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
9. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
10. I performed up to my potential in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
11. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
12. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The exploratory style.
Study models made for a better final project.
This class is good chance to make furniture.
I had zero skills to begin with this class... and this class pushed me to learn things quickly. I'm very appreciative of that. I also made many mistakes along the way, but without mistakes I would never learn if I never make them. After this class, I think I have a greater understanding of how long I take to get a labor-intensive project done -- before this class, I really had no idea. I'm thankful I took this class, and thankful that Professor Zhou was the instructor.
In class participation as a whole talking and sharing ideas about design!
13. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
The labor part (which is the whole class). I loved brainstorming ideas, and the thought of bringing them to life was exciting. And then the actual "doing" part was the least valuable.... BUT I learned alot from doing it haha.
14. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
15. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
16. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
17. The instructor was enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
18. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
19. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
20. The instructor suggests specific ways students can improve.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
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  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
22. The instructor uses class time well.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
23. Work requirements and grading system were clear from the beginning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
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  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
25. The instructor was consistently well-prepared and organized for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
26. The amount of material covered in the course is reasonable.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
27. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
28. What did you find most valuable and helpful about the instructor?
Hongtao is very good person and very helping at the furniture. I am liking the style of the class where we are to find our own way instead of following prescriptive method.
He is very generous with his time.
He is good teacher. He is always helping and give good comments.
Professor Zhou was a very helpful and understanding professor, and that's all I could really ask for from a professor since I'm usually a very difficult student. He was always excited to teach and work with us which kept (I think) most of us motivated throughout the class -- especially since this class is a labor-intensive class.
Very creative and cool teaching style!
29. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the instructor?
He was having to go to China a lot.
There's only one thing... his limited wardrobe.
hmmm
30. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
I like it. He give to so many idea and materials. Class also not boring. Always fun....
One thing I would probably suggest is helping students time-manage the project. Since I had no sense of how long a project would take me because I've never built anything in my life.... I had no sense of time management when it came to this class. Maybe, Professor Zhou could help us individually grasp the concept of time-management and gear it differently towards each student since we all have different skill levels? Then again, this maybe asking for too much, we are grad students and are supposed to take responsibility for our actions... but some guidance would be nice.
emphasize individual meeting with students...
31. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.83 7 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 5 (71%)
32. Class assignments provided an effective aid for learning the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
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  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
34. The projects were valuable in understanding the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
35. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
36. My overall evaluation of this course is...
Good class for the graduate level and free thinking creative process.
...almost excellent. The class is really good at challenging the students design ideas and proces. Craftsmanship seemed less important.
If you are a architecture student, this is good chance to make furniture. Furniture design is totally different than building design.
This was a challenging and rewarding course. I'm happy that I chose this course!
a great course to stimulate the creativity inside students...
37. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
A class session with examples on sanding/finishing should have been more prepared.
More wood shop hours.
38. Other comments:
Thank you!