eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Shawn Arita

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Shawn Arita: ECON300, Spring 2012

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Economics
Course: ECON 300 - Intermediate Macroeconomics Crn (Section): 87448 (003)    
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  
3.3 10 1.25 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (30%) 3 (30%) 3 (30%) 0 (0%) 1 (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 9 0.33 Freq(%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 11 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (27%) 8 (73%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.27 11 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 6 (55%) 4 (36%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 11 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 1 (9%) 6 (55%) 3 (27%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 11 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (64%) 4 (36%)
7. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.09 11 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (27%) 4 (36%) 4 (36%)
8. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The lectures were the most valuable followed by office hours. Mr. Arita seems to have a good understanding of the course material, and he can explain it effectively to others.
The everyday issues that we dealt with in class because it was useful in life scenarios.
I think almost everything since it all relates to each other. Just having a better understanding how other countries trade and why other countries are more rich than others was very interesting to me.
Homework and in-class problem solving helped for better understanding of the concepts.
I just enjoyed the whole aspect of learning macroeconomics that can be applied to the world we live in right now. I especially liked the last part of the course going over the IS-LM models, aggregate demand curves, and information about financial crisis. Before this course I truthfully did not know much about the exact details about the Great Recession, but after this course, I pretty much understand the whole ordeal and what can be done to get the country out of it.
group activities
Talking about real world applications - the 08 Financial Crisis, the Great Depression
9. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
IS-LM models. I saw no need.
I think they were all valuable.
N/A
I believe that everything about this course was valuable to my learning.
lectures
10. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.09 11 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 0 (0%) 7 (64%) 3 (27%)
11. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
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%)
12. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
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%)
13. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.27 11 0.9 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 0 (0%) 5 (45%) 5 (45%)
14. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 11 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 2 (18%) 8 (73%)
15. Other comments:
Good professor. A little monotone and nervous at the beginning but as he got to know the class he warmed up more and taught a lot more efficiently.
really liked his teaching style and he was readily available to all students to explain what we did not understand
I like Shawn he is a very nice guy. It seemed like in the beginning of the semester he struggled to communicate with us effectively. I felt like he might of been talking to us like we were on the same level as him. The good thing is that I think he quickly realized this and began to teach us at a slower pace and dumb it down for us a but more. I think that was quite impressive to see that he was able to switch up his teaching style to better suit his students. I like that he is very proffessional with the way he dresses and talks to us but I like it even more when he kind of just talks to us about whats going on in the world economy in a more casual way. I think he is finding a good balance between the two. I also like that he has been starting the class with a review of what we went over last time.
Online homework was a bit challenging, and myeconportal was a little difficult to navigate to login.
Once said he was unprepared for class.
Great class! I hope I can take a class from him in the near future!
Even though the subject matter was rather dull at times, Shawn was able to make it bearable - sometimes even fun!