eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Hongtao Zhou

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ARCH490, Spring 2014
ARCH693, Spring 2013

Hongtao Zhou: ARCH490, Spring 2014

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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
Very fun and informative course
I found this to be an enjoyable course to take.
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.
12. Other comments:
Hongtao is a good teacher in overall. Caring about student which most students want a professor to have is the best quality from Hongtao.,
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.
Can I take this class again?
None.
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 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?
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.
The exploratory style.
In class participation as a whole talking and sharing ideas about design!
Study models made for a better final project.
This class is good chance to make furniture.
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?
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.
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.
Very creative and cool teaching style!
He is very generous with his time.
He is good teacher. He is always helping and give good comments.
29. What did you find least valuable and helpful about the instructor?
There's only one thing... his limited wardrobe.
He was having to go to China a lot.
hmmm
30. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
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...
I like it. He give to so many idea and materials. Class also not boring. Always fun....
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...
This was a challenging and rewarding course. I'm happy that I chose this course!
Good class for the graduate level and free thinking creative process.
a great course to stimulate the creativity inside students...
...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.
37. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
More wood shop hours.
A class session with examples on sanding/finishing should have been more prepared.
38. Other comments:
Thank you!