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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:
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.
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.
Overall great class, challenging but manageable.
n/a
I really enjoyed this class. I learned a lot of new and interesting facts that will definitely help me later in life.
Prompt response with emails and very helpful

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?
The freedom that we have in conducting our experiments.
-experimenting with food in lab -working so closely in groups -class discussions (we had a great class)
Dr. Tamamoto is a great teacher. The experiments are interesting.
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
Cooking freedom in lab
I enjoyed being creative and coming up with food product alternatives that had to meet specific criteria.
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.
I enjoyed the enthusiasm of Dr. Tamamoto and her effort to get the entire class involved in activities and conversations.
8. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
No more practice research homework assignment.
I thought she did a fantastic job!
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.
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.
Lecture material before exams
Limit the number of assignments at the beginning of the course. It was overwhelming at the beginning.
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.
Overall a very proactive teaching style that was well-rounded.
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.
A little less workload per week.
Most pertinent information already given to the professor.
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.
Lecture style teachings along with self centered learning. I find it easier to learn when I'm taught instead of researching
Dr. T talks fast, moves fast, and puts everything into high-speed. There's a learning curve. Just have to get used to it.
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.
12. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Fun,Fair, and approachable
-fun -kind/thoughtful -knowledgeable
Fierce. Balanced. Competent.
Fun, Outgoing, Peppy
fun insightful approachable
Friendly Cooperative
1) Fun 2) Caring
Caring Energetic
Involved. Compassionate. Knowledgeable.
13. Other comments:
Thank you for your willingness to go beyond what is required to help your students.
I enjoyed this course.
N/A
Really enjoyed the class!
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.
Congratulations to you and your family. & we can be friends now.
She is one of the few teachers at the University who are truly approachable and fun to socialize with.

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 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
clearer due dates/expectations outlined on syllabus. match lecture material with lab work and cover said material before the tests.
More teaching of basic concepts of food science would have been helpful.
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.
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.
No suggestions
16. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Bubbly Easy to talk to Enthusiastic
very nice instuctor
smart driven young
Friendly, smart, knowldegable
friendly, knowledgable, positive
Enthusiastic, friendly and welcoming.
Intelligent, Kind, Invested
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?
I enjoyed the entire lab aspect. Experimenting with ingredients and finding out how the affected the end product.
Work in the lab and explore the experiment, it is very fun. I enjoy this part.
eating food in lab
learning how and why food is the way it is, and developing products of our own
The lab - application of learning material
Taste testing products
The labs were the most interesting: testing different cooking techniques and seeing how food reacts during cooking.
Learning food science from people who do food science for a living! Teachers very personable and welcoming.
19. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
48+ hour take home exams
the tests were very comprehensive and little information was previously talked about in class. the work load was overbearing at times.
There was a lot of writing... but then again it is a writing intensive and it helped me to improve my writing.
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.
All the writing.
20. My overall evaluation of this course is...
I enjoyed this course. It was one of my better classes this semester.
Just neutral.
B
this class definitely got me more interested in food science. i really enjoyed it
Time consuming, but also time worthy. Good course. Will learn a lot.
Very good, very fun class, but be prepared to do a ton of work!
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
21. Other comments:
Merry Christmas!
thank you!

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?
Have more lectures relative to the exams.
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.
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.
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.
16. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Energetic and intelligent
Very Enthusiastic
Creative, relatable, encouraging
Approachable, understanding
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?
The experimental aspect of the class. It was interesting.
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.
I really enjoyed the lab and the being able to experiment!
I loved the lab portion where we kind of develop our food product. It was very interesting.
The connection between food and science.
the lab was the best part
19. Which aspects of the course did you like least?
The amount of work given at once.
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.
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.
Journals. Didn't feel like they were relevant to the course.
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.
take home tests was the aspect I liked the least.
20. My overall evaluation of this course is...
It was a nice class.
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 great course and I did enjoy it!
Love this class! Love Dr. Tamamoto! A lot of work but most of the time it's worth it.
Excellent teacher who made the course very enjoyable.
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.
21. Other comments:
extra credit opportunities were worth it!