eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Susan Miyasaka

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Susan Miyasaka: NREM475, TPSS475, Spring 2014

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Natural Res & Environmtl Mgt
Course: NREM 475 - Plant Nutrient Diagnosis Crn (Section): 89387 (001)    
Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Tropical Plant & Soil Science
Course: TPSS 475 - Plant Nutrient Diagnosis Crn (Section): 88359 (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  
4.4 10 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (40%) 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  
1.4 10 0.52 Freq(%) 6 (60%) 4 (40%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.5 2 2.12 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (80%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (80%)
6. Assignments were returned in a timely manner.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 10 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 2 (100%)
7. I developed the ability to solve real problems in this field.
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%) 0 (0%)
8. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 10 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 0 (0%)
9. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 10 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (50%) 10 (100%)
10. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 9 (90%)
11. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and 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%)
12. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
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%)
13. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 10 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 9 (90%)
14. The instructor encourages constructive criticism.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 10 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 2 (100%)
15. The design of this course lets me learn at my own pace.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.3 10 1.16 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 0 (0%) 7 (70%)
16. Assistance from the instructor outside the class was readily available.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 10 0.88 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 0 (0%) 7 (70%)
17. The amount of work required is appropriate for the credit received.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 10 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 2 (100%) 8 (80%)
18. Assignments are graded fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 10 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 8 (80%)
19. Reading assignments are relevant to what is presented in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 10 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 2 (100%)
20. Laboratory assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.9 10 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (50%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 0 (0%)
21. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 10 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (50%) 0 (0%) 4 (40%) 0 (0%)
22. The course was well-organized in terms of continuity and presentation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 10 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (50%) 10 (100%)
23. The guest lecturers were interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 2 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (50%) 9 (90%)
24. Examinations cover the important aspects of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (80%)
25. 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  
3.0 2 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%) 4 (40%) 6 (60%)
26. This was my first online course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   True   False   N/A  
1.4 10 0.52 Freq(%) 6 (60%) 4 (40%) 0 (0%)
27. I had the necessary equipment and technological skills required for the online course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.5 10 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 1 (50%) 6 (60%) 0 (0%)
28. I believe I would have gained more knowledge and a better understanding of the course materials had the online course been conducted in-person.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.88 10 1.64 Freq(%) 1 (10%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 0 (0%) 2 (100%) 2 (20%)
29. What did you like most about your online course experience?
Can review materials over if need
Time flexibility, you could do work well ahead of deadlines when time was abundant or up to the last minute when time was limiting.
I could go at the pace I chose
It was great experience as first time enrolling in an online course! But it was effective and had learnt a lot!
Being able to do homework and quizzes on my own time within the week they were all due.
To be honest, I did not enjoy this course as much as I thought I would. Don't get me wrong Dr. Miyasaka seems like an awesome professor but I feel like I would have gained more if she conducted this class in person.
I liked the ability to learn at my own pace and to repeat online assessments as much as possible in order to solidify my understanding of content in this course. I also liked that fact that we were able to download pdfs of the presentations to refer back to when we needed.
It was very well organized and I knew when all the due dates were because of Dr. Miyasaka's "friendly reminders"
30. What did you like least about your online course experience?
Never could get a perfect score in the first try of the online quizzes.
The quizzes offered some insight into the material, but often the technicality of the question was reflective of minute understanding of what was said or presented during the lecture, not necessarily what was most important to the topic.
I didnt feel any problem with this online course as I was supported very quickly and with great advise from Dr.Susan Miyasaka. I felt as no difference between the two.
I don't like how theres very little interaction with the teacher. There's a lot to be learned from teachers when they tell stories about their experiences and work, this is something I missed in this class as Susan seems like a great person to talk to and learn from. I like the idea of weekly quizzes, but I found most of them to not be very useful, just straight memorization that didn't translate into real learning.
I feel like the pace of the assignments were to intense for not actually having a class. I also didn't like the idea of critiquing each others homework, because it puts added pressure that everyone will be reading your work and might make a student not want to submit assignment and lose points if he/she feels it is not up to their standards.
Some of the assessment questions could have been a little more clear. OR, some of the multiple choice answers could have been a little more clear.
I don't think it had very much to do with diagnosis. We spent so much time learning about the uptake processes and chemistry of each nutrient and very little time dealing with real world problems. The textbook was not helpful at all. No one wants to read hundreds of pages of text. It was just too dense and boring; I barely took it off the shelf.
31. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
Include more online sessions where the professor can make short talks about the topics. Maybe include a field trip.
May be having 2 lectures or video sessions in a week.
More focus on identifying and solving everyday real world plant nutrient deficiencies, instead of the technical biological controls on nutrients within the plant. This is important, but didn't seem very applicable to being able to diagnose a plant and what steps to take to fix it.
Make it a traditionally taught course,or conduct actual lectures during the web online meetings.
1) Perhaps we could use another textbook, which isn't so jam-packed with a lot of dense/abstract material--Some sections in the readings were just so jam-packed with material that it was easy to lose focus of the main point of the section. 2) More frequent online synchronous sessions. 3) More online videos, outside from Dr. Miyasaka's own videos, which provide background information about subjects being discussed--for visual learners in the course.
It would be much more helpful if students were presented with various situations and learned how to diagnose the problem. For example, if the videos included case studies of nutrient deficient crops and we learned how the final diagnosis was made. Unfortunately I do not think that I could diagnose a nutrient deficient plant. I could look up the characteristic symptoms but I learned from my own nutrient deficient plant that one problem is not always clear, even with a soil test. I suggest that the focus is taken off of the chemistry and is put on real world application.
I felt that since this class is titled plant nutrient diagnosis, we should have spent more time doing so, or excercises that were directly related to it. The textbook was difficult to read and I didn't find it to be very useful.
32. Other comments:
Very good course. The laboratory assignment was a great way to apply what we learned in the course.
Great teacher and great information learnt about plant nutrients management.
I think it would have been more fun to do several labs where we have to diagnose a plant's nutrient deficiency, not necessarily write an entire lab report on all of them, but just to get practice in amending soils and learning how to use fertilizer and/or composts correctly.
This class felt like a lot of homework with no actual class. It put a lot of stress on me during the semester. Because of the structure of the online course, i feel I did't get a whole lot out of it.
I think that Dr. Miyasaka did an excellent job for her first time teaching this course online. I really appreciated the short 10-15 minute lectures from her because it helped set the focus for the required readings. I also appreciated the ability to download her's and guest lecturer's PDFs of their powerpoint slides. This course really catered to students who need to learn at their own pace, and I think Dr. Miyasaka did an excellent job at assessing our learning. In addition, I really appreciated the opportunity to provide constructive criticism toward our peers' work, and also receiving constructive criticism from my peers. We had a really good mix of undergraduates and graduate (MS & PhD) students, and on different islands. As this was my first time formally taking an online course, I thoroughly enjoyed everything from start to finish!
I am really enthusiastic about all things plant related but I was really disappointed with this class. I have taken many online classes and this one was formatted the best, but I don't think I will retain very much of the material. It was really helpful that the videos were short and to the point, but every week I kept hoping that we would get to application and we never did.