eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Philip Von Doetinchem

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Philip Von Doetinchem: PHYS272, Spring 2014

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Physics & Astronomy
Course: PHYS 272 - General Physics II Crn (Section): 82002 (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  
2.4 15 0.74 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 8 (53%) 5 (33%) 1 (7%) 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  
1.93 15 0.26 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 14 (93%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 15 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 6 (40%) 8 (53%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.93 15 1.1 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 3 (20%) 4 (27%) 6 (40%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.27 15 1.49 Freq(%) 3 (20%) 2 (13%) 1 (7%) 6 (40%) 3 (20%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.33 15 1.5 Freq(%) 3 (20%) 1 (7%) 3 (20%) 4 (27%) 4 (27%)
7. This course was helpful in developing new skills.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.33 15 1.18 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 2 (13%) 6 (40%) 3 (20%) 3 (20%)
8. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 15 1.36 Freq(%) 2 (13%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 5 (33%) 7 (47%)
9. I have become more competent in this subject area during this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.13 15 1.41 Freq(%) 2 (13%) 4 (27%) 2 (13%) 4 (27%) 3 (20%)
10. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.87 15 1.13 Freq(%) 1 (7%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 5 (33%) 5 (33%)
11. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.47 15 1.3 Freq(%) 2 (13%) 1 (7%) 3 (20%) 6 (40%) 3 (20%)
12. The course was a valuable contribution to my education.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.2 15 1.61 Freq(%) 4 (27%) 1 (7%) 2 (13%) 4 (27%) 4 (27%)
13. Other comments:
Couldn't understand some of the lecture. When I had asked for him to do step by step examples on the board he said he would and then never did. The course should have been broken down into smaller sections, not just a midterm and final.
The way he taught this course was really not satisfying for me. Everything was presented in power point and we never solved an exercise during class time, but he expected us to know how to do everything just from reading the book (might as well just read the book and don't pay a teacher). He also needs to improve his communication skills.
He is a very good professor. He is always very organized, and prepared for the class. He used PowerPoint, video of the experiment which was related to theory learned and problems, and used black board to explain in detail. I really liked his colorful handwritten part of the PowerPoint and how he worked out the problem in steps. Even though the material was difficult and intimidating, he made it less intimidating and interesting. He is also a very understanding professor, and I really enjoyed taking his class. Thank you:)
Professor relied entirely on powerpoint presentations. This class would have been more beneficial to my education if more examples and concepts were covered on the blackboard. Also the format of the class included 1 midterm and 1 final. A more beneficial format would have included more exams throughout the semester like my previous PHYS170 course with Dr Sattler. There were multiple cases where the professor refused to work out requested examples in class. While I understand class time is used to cover required material this was extremely frustrating.
I would like to have an physically explanation how to approach problems
Felt as though I learned a lot of new material without feeling overwhelmed.
I feel as if only one midterm and one final is too little exams with too much information packed into it. If there were 2 or 3 midterms I feel like it would be better for students so failing one midterm or final won't mean failing the class while each midterm covers portions of the curriculum. I feel formula sheets during the midterms would help a lot. Also in lectures I feel it was rushed at times and would have like it if the professor explained harder materials like the integrals and derivatives formulas clearer and spent more time on it. The videos helped a lot in class by giving me a visual /real life application of what we are learning and giving us breaks on a 1 hour 15 minute class is nice. Overall I learned a lot of electromagnetic physics this semester.
This class was hard, any physics class is actually hard for me so I was thankful for a professor who really tried to get students to understand material even if the course wasn't in their best interest. He is always available during office hours and easy to schedule an appointment if his usual hours weren't the best for our own schedules. He gives very good explanations when you see him personally especially if you're struggling with a certain concept, always tries to draw a picture or use a comparison to try explain things in a way a student could better understand physics. I appreciated his efforts to make lecture fun and easier to grasp (youtube videos and comical pictures that have to do with our lesson). It really shows how much a professor cares about his class and his drive to want to make this a good semester for everyone. I give him much credit for being a good professor especially since this is his first semester teaching (I think). I hope he continues to have the same motivation and energy as he did this semester with his future students, it's hard to find professors that try really hard to engage their students in the lessons and lecture - UH is very lucky to have him here.
While Professor Doetinchem is obviously accomplished in his field, its obvious that he is new to teaching. Recommendations I would make to improve the class in no specific order would be to: Have more than one midterm - Having students do their best to cram chapters worth of material and NOT allowing any use of formulas archaic. Having smaller midterms more easily spaced forces us to review and understand sections of material that work together with each other, and overall helps us understand the class better. Go over slides a little slower, and perhaps looking to the audience for ques on when is a good time to move on. More examples. And less emphasis on the conceptual proofs. Consider teaching on the blackboard or at least incorporating it more into your lectures. Especially for examples. It's two different worlds being ushered through an example and seeing the example be performed in front of you. Pros: I enjoyed the video clips demonstrating the concepts we were learning! It's a good link between the abstract and the proven. Also, keep the breaks in the middle of class on TR! You're the first professor to do that for me and I think it's a great idea. 1:15 is just a little to long to be sitting in one place. Overall, you obviously understand the material and want us to find a passion in it as well. Once you understand the flow of information from teacher to pupil you will be a great professor.