eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Anil Mehta

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ETRO102, Fall 2013
ETRO102, Fall 2013
ETRO450, Fall 2013
ETRO161, Spring 2013

Anil Mehta: ETRO102, Fall 2013

Campus: Univ of Hawaii Maui College Department: Electronic & Computer Eng Tech
Course: ETRO 102 - Instrumentatn Engr Tech Crn (Section): 45673 (0)    
1. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Doing group projects and working as a team was the most valuable aspect. Doing so made us not only think about the experiment, but try to make sense of it in a way that we could explain what's happening to each other.
I found the labs helped me understand practical uses for the information
The hands on experiments and the in depth illustrations of key concepts were the most important parts of this course. Without those, I wouldn't have been able to follow the course.
Learning the way light behaves and how optics play a role in day to day life that can also be applied to a profession. The large amount of hands on work was a great asset since we actually were able to see for ourselves how things worked instead of merely seeing diagrams in a textbook. The exams and quizzes were fair in judging our understanding on the subject matter. Also extremely important was that Prof. Mehta made the class fun. I actually dreaded missing class not out of fear, but because I wanted to learn more. It wasn't a chore, it was something to look forward to.
the extra credit
I believe that the most valuable aspects in this class are teamwork, as we have to split into groups to do labs, and also enthusiasm or interest in the material, because without that, there is no point in taking the course.
Professor Mehta was willing to explain subjects much deeper than the course required, and answered any questions. It was great for someone to explain the basics to us
2. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 8 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 2 (25%) 5 (63%)
3. The instructor makes me feel free to ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 8 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 6 (75%)
4. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 8 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 3 (38%) 4 (50%)
5. Class assignments provided an effective aid for learning the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 8 1.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 5 (63%)
6. The exams were a fair test of your knowledge of the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.88 8 1.55 Freq(%) 1 (13%) 1 (13%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 4 (50%)
7. My grades accurately represent my performance in the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 8 1.04 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 4 (50%)
8. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
Laulima was not a fun way to take tests. Either changing the questions or putting more information about how the test will be graded would be great.
Better use of laulima or better exams as they seemed to be very buggy, I constantly got questions right but it said they were still wrong even tho they matched the answer key.
Slow down. Give practice assignments instead of expecting students to learn by only studying the presentation slides.
More study material outside of the class is about the only thing I can think of. Everything else was excellent.
This course could be improved by having a much more fair way of testing us. Rather than having a test on the computer, maybe having a written test.
I feel that the labs in this course were a bit short. I also think that there are also problems with laulima, so that could be fixed.
Increased structure would be nice, a set schedule in the syllabus would clarify a lot. Breaks in the class, like 10 mins as 3 hrs is a long time More time to work on innovation day projects
9. Other comments:
Innovation day was awesome!
just the exams were not well made and even when the answer was right according to its own answer key it still marked it as wrong. I still have not been graded on the major exams and have been waiting for a grade for over a month
Awesome professor.
I felt this course was challenging, but not overwhelming and frustrating. I greatly appreciated the availability and assistance that Professor Mehta provided. I initially thought the class was going to be very difficult, but Prof. Mehta made things a lot more understandable. I never felt that he was unreceptive. Though at first he may come off as intimidating, he truly is a great person and extremely fun. He never came off as condescending, but instead tried to inspire us as much and as often as possible. I truly believe he is a great asset to the college and that if the opportunity to obtain more like him occurs, it should be taken. The positives I've garnered from this course are invaluable. I look forward to learning more and conversing with Prof. Mehta. Thank you Prof. Mehta, you truly are one of the greatest teachers I've encountered.
This course would have to be one of my favorites. I love the way we can do hands on labs, and I had a fantastic time working and presenting a project for Innovation Day. I also find the thing that we learn in this class to be very interesting, and I hope I am able to use this knowledge and the skills I have gained and improved on in my career.

Anil Mehta: ETRO102, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: Univ of Hawaii Maui College Department: Electronic & Computer Eng Tech
Course: ETRO 102 - Instrumentatn Engr Tech Crn (Section): 46131 (0)    
1. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Explanation, and relate-ability where helpful. He always took time to help us understand things and help reiterate on things.
The lectures followed by hands on learning in labs
lecture notes on laulima were quite helpful in conveying ideas not understood fully in class lectures.
Learning about optics and the math behind it. Also, using lab equipment to view how optics work in the real world.
2. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 5 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (60%) 2 (40%)
3. The instructor makes me feel free to ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 5 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 2 (40%) 2 (40%)
4. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 5 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 2 (40%) 2 (40%)
5. Class assignments provided an effective aid for learning the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 5 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (80%) 1 (20%)
6. The exams were a fair test of your knowledge of the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.4 5 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (60%) 2 (40%)
7. My grades accurately represent my performance in the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 5 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 2 (40%) 2 (40%)
8. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
Exam explanations. Some questions where hard to understand
a textbook for reference
the course needs a book of some kind to define objectives and aid in study, a portable source of information other than personal notes would be helpful, in class and out of class, laulima lecture notes are not available in class unless we go home and print them.
Having more lab equipment available. Having a course study book regarding the subject matter for reference. More usage of the laulima portal to view assignments/grades.
9. Other comments:
No survey responses were found.

Anil Mehta: ETRO450, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: Univ of Hawaii Maui College Department: Engineering Tech
Course: ETRO 450 - Signal Processing Crn (Section): 45682 (0)    
1. Other comments:
He's great! he knows his topic
The official class really needs to be longer. It is way too short and we all have very busy schedules, so having to come in extra days isn't really a good option. It was nice that Dr. Mehta took extra time to help us with subjects that we had difficulty with and he was pretty understanding of our difficulties. He did a good job explaining things, but we were often unclear on what the homework was as the explanations were vague. It might be nice if more of the homework came from the book where we'd have a clearer explanation to start from. A note on the general ECET/ET program- We really need a stronger calculus background to be able to do this work.
Course instructions wasn't as clear as expected. Structure of course did not have a defined learning objective. Different approaches to subject could be explained in different ways. Granted the difficulties of course, instructor seemed to have detailed knowledge of subject and was genuinely interested in teaching.
Dr. Mehta is a good teacher. I like the way he teaches. He is interactive and leaves room for questions. Students are allowed to ask questions (whether students are confused, or just to add upon a topic being discussed). The class is also entertaining. Dr. Mehta has a lot of energy and enthusiasm during class and shows passion in the material. This sort of spirit keeps students engaged in the class and not fall asleep (especially since the material can be overwhelming). I wish there was more opportunity for students to write on the board (like how he had us coming up to the board in the beginning of the semester). I felt even more engaged, and this way, I was able to grasp the course material even more. I felt I could retain the knowledge even after class with this method. I find this method effective since we have such a small class size. I also wished we did labs. We did do some hands-on activity with Pure Data, but I didn't feel it was successful since we had to learn how to use the program which took time away from doing the actual activity. Maybe if we could use a program we already know, like MatLab or an easy-to-use program to use for lab exercises, I think the concepts would be better embedded in our heads. All in all, Dr. Mehta is a passionate teacher. He makes it fun to learn...even concepts that are either hard to grasp, or material that may seem pretty boring.

Anil Mehta: ETRO161, Spring 2013     Back to top

Campus: Univ of Hawaii Maui College Department: Electronic & Computer Eng Tech
Course: ETRO 161 - Intro Optics & Photonics Crn (Section): 47744 (0)    
1. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Hands on with the lab equipment.
Everything from the course was valuable. Professor Mehta is an outstanding and very inspiring instructor. He thoroughly engages students to think critically about course material and beyond. He also motivates students to be more active in their future careers by encouraging them to seek networking and outreach opportunities in the community. It is a pleasure to learn from a Professor of his high-level expertise and he is a definite asset to UH Maui.
Lot of labs which is great hands on
The different kinds of lab experiment that we did in class that related to his lectures was really convenient in our learning
Self directed learning and free form thinking.
all of the content was very helpful for my etro classes. god use on teaching formulas
The teacher. Anil Mehta is obviously extremely knowledgeable about the subject matter and is very good at explaining it and understanding questions and explaining answers to such questions.
The labs allow you to actually observe, evaluate and come to understand the complex behavior and phenomena of light and various light instruments. The instructor, Anil Mehta, induced a broad conceptual understanding rather than rote memorization with his superb mathematical knowledge, lecture illustrations and willingness to answer questions in and out of class.
The in depth explanation of concepts previously covered in ETRO 102 made the material very interesting.
The Labs
2. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 14 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 6 (43%) 7 (50%)
3. The instructor makes me feel free to ask questions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 14 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 4 (29%) 8 (57%)
4. The instructor was available for consultation with students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 14 0.65 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 5 (36%) 8 (57%)
5. Class assignments provided an effective aid for learning the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 14 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 6 (43%) 6 (43%)
6. The exams were a fair test of your knowledge of the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.21 14 0.97 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 2 (14%) 4 (29%) 7 (50%)
7. My grades accurately represent my performance in the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 14 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (14%) 6 (43%) 6 (43%)
8. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
A bit more instruction on how certain labs were done. A few groups were confused at certain points, but nothing we couldnt solve ourselves.
Perhaps making a textbook mandatory. Also, this is no reflection on the Professor whatsoever, however the supplies for the assigned labs were severely lacking, which was an obstacle to timely completion of lab work as students had to wait in line for things such as lenses, etc. For future students, it would be great to ensure there are enough supplies (and an extra set or two) so that students will be set up for success.
understanding the problem well before executing
With the 3 hour long classes, have one half be lecture then labs. It was kind of hard sitting through a lecture with alot of information like the things that he was teaching us was just overwhelming sometimes.
Could be more structured.
Better (or more organized) equipment for the labs. It seemed like half the lab time was taken trying to track down the necessary components to do the lab.
The labs were slowed down by mislabeling or no labeling of things like lens focal lengths and slits widths. Over several years, the lenses have been put back in the wrong envelopes. This requires a student to know or learn how to determine the focal point of a lens (actually good for understanding). However, the Newton slit slides are not labeled with their size. The problem is with the Newton slides. One can find the actual slide kit listed on their Internet site, but no slit sizes. Not being able to compare your calculations with the actual size precludes being able to verify whether one's calculations are correct, the percentage of error, or even if one is using the right formula.
Possibly less in depth analysis of the derivation of formulas used in optical calculations. Some students, particularly those of us who don't have a deep understanding of higher math (Math 107 is the highest class in the AS degree course plan)sometimes find the lengthy discussions of these issues bewildering and disheartening.
more Labs and more time on tests
Slowing down and double checking on class progress instead of individual progress might be good
9. Other comments:
good class
He's a great teacher and you can see that he wants us to learn and understand the material but in the beginning of the course, it was just an overload of information and was kind of moving at a fast pace. It was kind of intimidating also but I guess that he assumed that we already knew the basic concepts of some things. but overall he's a great teacher, knows his stuff and just wants all of us to do well
at first i didn't think that he was a good instructor because he expected us to know a lot,but with time he got better but good instructor overall. he is always ready to help if you ask. P.S this is NASRE