eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Michael Roberts

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Michael Roberts: ECON358, Spring 2014

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Economics
Course: ECON 358 - Environmental Economics Crn (Section): 86736 (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  
3.52 29 0.85 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 3 (10%) 4 (14%) 19 (66%) 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  
1.59 29 0.5 Freq(%) 11 (38%) 16 (55%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 29 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (24%) 21 (72%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 29 0.91 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 2 (7%) 8 (28%) 16 (55%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.11 29 1.13 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 3 (10%) 1 (3%) 10 (34%) 13 (45%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.15 29 1.06 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (10%) 4 (14%) 6 (21%) 14 (48%)
7. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 29 1.15 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 5 (17%) 0 (0%) 5 (17%) 18 (62%)
8. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
I liked how the instructor challenged the class to really engage themselves in the topics and homework assignments. He was more focused on students understanding the concepts and material rather than memorizing definitions and calculating equations.
Piazza was both good and bad. We could see if other students had the same problems, but no one really discussed homework or ideas with each other. Unless the professor posted responses in a timely manner, the website kind of sat idle.
Learning the property rights and equity laws incorporated with environmental economics.
Applications of economics to environmental situations was interesting and useful.
The real world applications of knowledge taught by this course was particularly useful.
The real world problems and applications of economic problems in environmental situations.
How he tried to make all lessons applicable to the real world and our futures
Applying economics to real life, demonstrating the market failures of natural resources.
Real world application
Discussions about ethics in economics and current environmental issues today.
discussions
The ethics part of this course was good. Also the technologies and ways to get them such as photovoltaics was very informative. The view of the fisheries was probably the best part of the course.
All of the aspects of this course were valuable.
Cost benefit analysis
9. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
The instructor's teaching style is a little different than traditional lecturing. He tended to be more conversational and interpersonal rather than reading out of a textbook which may take some learning adaptation.
The exams were very difficult (Midterm 1 in particular) It would be helpful if students had at least a general idea of what to study (the old sample exam was a little misleading regarding exam content). I also would have liked to have a better idea of where I stood, grade-wise, in the class.
R Program
The program R was very hard to utilize for the class, if there were better programs that teach the basics it would have been better.
LEarning R and it seemed like he was setting his own standards, higher than they should be. He assumes everyone thinks like him.
The use of R.
None
R
The use of the program R was confusing and he did not explain its use very well.
None.
NA
10. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 29 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 12 (41%) 14 (48%)
11. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.37 29 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 1 (3%) 12 (41%) 13 (45%)
12. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.14 29 1.01 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 1 (3%) 3 (10%) 11 (38%) 12 (41%)
13. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.89 29 1.03 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (10%) 7 (24%) 8 (28%) 10 (34%)
14. Other comments:
The course was very enjoyable and informative. I appreciated the instructor's attempts to really push students beyond their limits.
Very difficult class, but I feel like I learned the course content well. A review of the basic econ concepts (subsidies, taxes, deadweight loss, etc.) might have been helpful to allow students to focus just on learning the new material rather than struggle to review old material at the same time. Otherwise, this class really helped to develop my interest in environmental economics, and I would recommend this class to a friend!
Exams are harder than homework assignments. It should be the other way around.
Thank you for a great class and my first upper division course. I was very happy to be able to be in your class, and hope that our paths will cross in the future.
This class was a little difficult which is good if i pass i guess hahah. Econ 300 would a good pre-req. for this class because i was quite confused much of the time when calculating graphs, also due to terrible math skills. Overall i enjoyed this class a lot and views of sustainability and the environment are quite different after taking this course. Prof Roberts did an awesome job with using his research and real world applications and applied them to topics being discussed in class. His passion and enthusiasm about his subject is not often seen with many professors.
I felt that the professor was unreasonable. He required the class to use an awful program called "R" and justified it's use based on his biased opinion. Also, exams given are suppose to test us on "knowledge" and "what we learned", not "I want to push your thinking further into something that I didn't teach in class." I was very unhappy to waste my money taking this class. Didn't learn anything meaningful.
Really good guy and an even better economists. Very worldly and kind, but needs to focus more on teaching course material, stuff that i will use in future economics classes, not things that are valuable to him in his current career.
Fun class
Each student was graded fairly comparative to other students. However, what students were expected to know was vague.
Based on the course syllabus this course was not what I expected it to be.