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Instructor: Lauren Tamamoto

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FSHN185, Summer I 2014
FSHN381, Spring 2014
FSHN381, Fall 2013
FSHN381, Fall 2013

Lauren Tamamoto: FSHN185, Summer I 2014

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Human Nutritn,Food & Animal Sc
Course: FSHN 185 - The Science of Human Nutrition Crn (Section): 96634 (602)    
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  
2.13 9 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 7 (78%) 1 (11%) 0 (0%) 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  
1.89 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  
4.67 9 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 6 (67%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.78 9 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (22%) 7 (78%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 7 (78%)
6. This was my first online course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   True   False   N/A  
1.22 9 0.44 Freq(%) 7 (78%) 2 (22%) 0 (0%)
7. The instructor provided timely feedback to all correspondence (questions, messages).
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%) 0 (0%)
8. Other comments:
n/a
I tend to avoid online courses because I am a visual learner but this online course was all right. The professor seemed nice and was really good at responding to emails and sending out reminders for deadlines.
Overall great class, challenging but manageable.
I've never taken an online course before but I'm taking two this summer. Professor Tamamoto was always quick to provide feedback, made due dates very clear, and she made her presence as our professor known which made her far more approachable than my other online professor who did none of these things. I thought she was great and would definitely recommend her.
Prompt response with emails and very helpful
I really enjoyed this class. I learned a lot of new and interesting facts that will definitely help me later in life.

Lauren Tamamoto: FSHN381, Spring 2014     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Human Nutritn,Food & Animal Sc
Course: FSHN 381 - Experimental Foods Crn (Section): 88480 (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  
3.44 9 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (56%) 4 (44%) 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  
2.0 9 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 9 (100%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 6 (67%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 6 (67%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 9 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 2 (22%) 6 (67%)
6. The instructor was accessible to students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 9 0.33 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 8 (89%)
7. What did you like best about the course?
Dr. T & Tim got to know us personally. I actually learned useful information/methods on how to gather research that I can use in my field.
Cooking freedom in lab
-experimenting with food in lab -working so closely in groups -class discussions (we had a great class)
I enjoyed the enthusiasm of Dr. Tamamoto and her effort to get the entire class involved in activities and conversations.
I enjoyed being creative and coming up with food product alternatives that had to meet specific criteria.
Dr. Tamamoto is a great teacher. The experiments are interesting.
The freedom that we have in conducting our experiments.
The overall course was fun and Dr. Tomamotto was excellent at making course work enjoyable. Loved doing experiments.
I really enjoyed the juice study for meadow gold
8. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Class sessions in the beginning of the semester were kinda all over the place... At one point we were moving onto another topic when we hadn't finished a full discussion on a previous... Or maybe I just wasn't prepared for yet another semester of school.
Lecture material before exams
I thought she did a fantastic job!
Overall a very proactive teaching style that was well-rounded.
Limit the number of assignments at the beginning of the course. It was overwhelming at the beginning.
Let students propose a goal for their experiment - or at least 1 of the three experiments. Each group gets to pick one. e.g. I want to make a vegan fried egg with fewer than 10 calories per 200g serving or something similar. Fewer assignments. Make better use of lecture time. Dr. T knows a lot and could teach us more. It seemed like we didn't get much done in lecture and I only came out of respect for the professor and my group mates. Use a textbook. A lot of the time spent researching on the exams seemed excessive to me.
No more practice research homework assignment.
Take home exams need better directions. Very broad statements about what is expected then points are taken away if you do not do what she expects.
9. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 9 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 6 (67%)
10. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 9 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (44%) 5 (56%)
11. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
Dr. T talks fast, moves fast, and puts everything into high-speed. There's a learning curve. Just have to get used to it.
Lecture style teachings along with self centered learning. I find it easier to learn when I'm taught instead of researching
I would have preferred more lectures with content relating to the exams. Although the exams were take-home exams and required students to use reputable sources, some background knowledge I feel would have been beneficial.
Most pertinent information already given to the professor.
A little less workload per week.
N/A
Maybe spreading out the hw assignments of possible? That way they aren't all at the beginning of the course since it can be overwhelming.
12. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Caring Energetic
Friendly Cooperative
-fun -kind/thoughtful -knowledgeable
Involved. Compassionate. Knowledgeable.
1) Fun 2) Caring
Fierce. Balanced. Competent.
Fun,Fair, and approachable
Fun, Outgoing, Peppy
fun insightful approachable
13. Other comments:
Congratulations to you and your family. & we can be friends now.
Thank you for your willingness to go beyond what is required to help your students.
She is one of the few teachers at the University who are truly approachable and fun to socialize with.
Dr. Tamamoto is an awesome instructor! She made learning super enjoyable. She provided an atmosphere for students to have fun and succeed at the same time. I would always look forward to attending her class. She makes time to help students who have questions regarding course material. She truly cares about students' learning and getting the most out of the class. Excellent Excellent Professor! : ) Wish she taught other classes.
I enjoyed this course.
N/A
Really enjoyed the class!

Lauren Tamamoto: FSHN381, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Human Nutritn,Food & Animal Sc
Course: FSHN 381 - Experimental Foods Crn (Section): 74712 (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  
3.6 10 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (40%) 6 (60%) 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  
1.9 10 0.32 Freq(%) 1 (10%) 9 (90%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 10 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 3 (30%) 6 (60%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 10 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 3 (30%) 6 (60%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 10 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 2 (20%) 7 (70%)
6. The instructor presented concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 10 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 3 (30%) 6 (60%)
7. The instructor was accessible to students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 10 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 8 (80%)
8. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.3 10 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 3 (30%) 5 (50%)
9. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.6 10 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (40%) 6 (60%)
10. I developed the ability to solve real problems in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.3 10 1.06 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 1 (10%) 2 (20%) 6 (60%)
11. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 10 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 1 (10%) 8 (80%)
12. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 10 0.92 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (30%) 2 (20%) 5 (50%)
13. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 10 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (50%) 5 (50%)
14. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 10 0.42 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 8 (80%)
15. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
I think that she should teach students about the subjects she includes in her take home examinations. At least provide students with some sort of back ground information first and THEN ask students to elaborate and explain in further detail.
No suggestions
clearer due dates/expectations outlined on syllabus. match lecture material with lab work and cover said material before the tests.
I hope, she can change the teaching method. I feel, I learn more with a traditional teaching instructor than with learner-centered teaching instructor. When a traditional instructor deliver the new knowledge in class, it really bring out the students interest, eager to learn more, and understand the material better. I feel, I am so lost at the beginning of the course. I don't know what the instructor expects us to know and how deep down of the material we have to answer the take home exam. I hope, she can still continue the traditional teaching method and adopt some learner-centered teaching such as group work.
improve lecture topics
Syllabus was a little overwhelming. When it came time to assignments she was good at communicating due dates and requirements. Maybe shorten the syllabus and leave the details for when the assignments actually come around? Lecture more about topics related to the take-home exams. I felt like the take-home exam questions weren't really related to our labs and we didn't talk about it in lecture, so the questions on there were kind of out-of-the- blue.
More teaching of basic concepts of food science would have been helpful.
16. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
friendly, knowledgable, positive
Intelligent, Kind, Invested
very nice instuctor
smart driven young
Bubbly Easy to talk to Enthusiastic
Enthusiastic, friendly and welcoming.
Friendly, smart, knowldegable
17. Assignments are graded fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 10 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (30%) 7 (70%)
18. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
Taste testing products
Learning food science from people who do food science for a living! Teachers very personable and welcoming.
learning how and why food is the way it is, and developing products of our own
Work in the lab and explore the experiment, it is very fun. I enjoy this part.
eating food in lab
I enjoyed the entire lab aspect. Experimenting with ingredients and finding out how the affected the end product.
The labs were the most interesting: testing different cooking techniques and seeing how food reacts during cooking.
The lab - application of learning material
19. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
There was a lot of writing... but then again it is a writing intensive and it helped me to improve my writing.
All the writing.
the tests were very comprehensive and little information was previously talked about in class. the work load was overbearing at times.
48+ hour take home exams
I understand it's a WI course but there's so much work! This was my most enjoyable class, but I think it took up more than 50% of my study time between all classes. Some of the questions are repetitive (on the exam/homeworks). Exams are a lot of work when you factor in spending time for research.
20. My overall evaluation of this course is...
Time consuming, but also time worthy. Good course. Will learn a lot.
Great. Most I've ever put into a class. Really enjoyed learning and exploring my academic side (extensive writing, analyzing, etc) Love Dr. Tamamoto & Tim, feel like they really care. <3
this class definitely got me more interested in food science. i really enjoyed it
Just neutral.
B
I enjoyed this course. It was one of my better classes this semester.
Very good, very fun class, but be prepared to do a ton of work!
21. Other comments:
thank you!
Merry Christmas!

Lauren Tamamoto: FSHN381, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Human Nutritn,Food & Animal Sc
Course: FSHN 381 - Experimental Foods Crn (Section): 74713 (002)    
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 1.11 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (57%) 2 (29%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
2.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
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%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 7 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (57%) 3 (43%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 7 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 2 (29%) 4 (57%)
6. The instructor presented concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.14 7 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 4 (57%) 2 (29%)
7. The instructor was accessible to students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 5 (71%)
8. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.43 7 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (57%) 3 (43%)
9. Global appraisal: Overall how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Very Good  
4.57 7 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (43%) 4 (57%)
10. I developed the ability to solve real problems in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.14 7 0.9 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 2 (29%) 3 (43%)
11. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 5 (71%)
12. I enjoyed this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 5 (71%)
13. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
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%)
14. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
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%)
15. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Sometimes it can get confusing in class with the instructions or the comments made between Dr. Tamamoto and the TA on lab reports. Made it hard to edit because sometimes they were drastic differences.
There could be more lectures to learn about material that could be on the tests rather than receiving a test with many concepts we barely know about.
Have more lectures relative to the exams.
By using the lecture time to go over topics that we may be seeing on the exams to give better direction when researching answers to exam questions.
16. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Very Enthusiastic
Approachable, understanding
Energetic and intelligent
Creative, relatable, encouraging
17. Assignments are graded fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 7 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (57%) 1 (14%)
18. Which aspects of the course did you like the best?
I loved the lab portion where we kind of develop our food product. It was very interesting.
the lab was the best part
I really enjoyed the lab and the being able to experiment!
I liked the labs when we were cooking because it allowed us to physically see the outcomes of adding and taking away certain ingredients. Though some of the food products didn't come out the way we wanted, the process is what really helped us to learn. I also enjoyed learning some background knowledge of conducting sensory evaluations.
The experimental aspect of the class. It was interesting.
The connection between food and science.
19. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
Journals. Didn't feel like they were relevant to the course.
take home tests was the aspect I liked the least.
I felt that the lectures and journals could relate more to the course to allow us students to not only learn more about ourselves, but also be able to develop the skills when experimenting with food.
I didn't really like the fact that we had to present so much times. It would be nice just to present three times throughout the semester; at the end of each experiment. I didn't like the fact that we had to write two journals each week at the beginning of the semester. It was very tiring and it would've been way too repetitive, considering the topics chosen were all somewhat related. But it was nice to not have to write in such a formal matter.
The amount of work given at once.
The writing intensive portion. Journals could have been more useful if they related to the course subject. It became more important to finish the journal than to write a quality journal.
20. My overall evaluation of this course is...
Love this class! Love Dr. Tamamoto! A lot of work but most of the time it's worth it.
I enjoyed this class a lot. It was a lot of hard work but it was very fun. I learned a lot in this course and met many people that made this class great.
It was a great course and I did enjoy it!
I thought that Dr. Tamamoto was a very enthusiastic and sweet teacher. The class was definitely hard at times but it seemed like she wanted us all to do well. I appreciated the opportunities for extra credit because that really helped boost everyone's grade. I felt like once I had the lab report out of the way, the class seemed to get a little easier. Writing the lab report was the most stressful aspect since it was a lot of points and my group was depending on me to do well.
It was a nice class.
Excellent teacher who made the course very enjoyable.
21. Other comments:
extra credit opportunities were worth it!