eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Aaron Hanai

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CE270, Summer I 2014
CE271, Summer I 2014
CE270, Spring 2014
CE271, Spring 2014
EE211, Spring 2014
ME213, Spring 2014
PHYS170, Spring 2014
PHYS170L, Spring 2014
CE270, Fall 2013
CE271, Fall 2013
ME213, Fall 2013
PHYS170, Fall 2013
PHYS170L, Fall 2013
CE270, Summer I 2013
PHYS151, Summer I 2013
PHYS151L, Summer I 2013
CE270, Spring 2013
CE271, Spring 2013
EE211, Spring 2013
EE296, Spring 2013
PHYS170, Spring 2013
PHYS170L, Spring 2013
CE270, Fall 2012
CE271, Fall 2012
ME213, Fall 2012
PHYS151L, Fall 2012
PHYS170, Fall 2012
PHYS170L, Fall 2012
CE270, Spring 2012
CE271, Spring 2012
EE296, Spring 2012
MATH103, Spring 2012
PHYS151, Spring 2012
PHYS151L, Spring 2012
PHYS170L, Spring 2012
CE270, Fall 2011
MATH103, Fall 2011
ME213, Fall 2011
PHYS151, Fall 2011
PHYS151L, Fall 2011
PHYS170L, Fall 2011
MATH103, Summer I 2011
PHYS151, Summer I 2011
PHYS151L, Summer I 2011
MATH100, Spring 2011
MATH103, Spring 2011
PHYS151, Spring 2011
PHYS170L, Spring 2011

Aaron Hanai: CE270, Summer I 2014

Campus: Kapiolani Community College Department: Math & Science
Course: CE 270 - Applied Mechanics I Crn (Section): 35105 (0)    
1. The course objectives and procedures were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.45 22 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (9%) 8 (36%) 12 (55%)
2. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.64 22 0.9 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (9%) 8 (36%) 8 (36%) 4 (18%)
3. The course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 22 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (9%) 6 (27%) 14 (64%)
4. The instructor knew the subject area.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 22 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (14%) 19 (86%)
5. The instructor encouraged students' participation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.91 22 1.02 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (9%) 6 (27%) 6 (27%) 8 (36%)
6. The course material was presented in a clear and effective way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 22 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (14%) 8 (36%) 11 (50%)
7. The instructor provided a good atmosphere for learning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.27 22 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (14%) 10 (45%) 9 (41%)
8. The instructor encouraged me to think for myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 22 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (9%) 7 (32%) 13 (59%)
9. The instructor graded tests and assignments fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 22 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (9%) 10 (45%) 10 (45%)
10. The instructor informed students of their grades on exams and assignments promptly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.18 22 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 2 (9%) 11 (50%) 8 (36%)
11. The instructor demonstrated concern for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 22 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 12 (55%) 9 (41%)
12. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 22 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 9 (41%) 12 (55%)
13. What are the instructor's major strengths as a teacher?
Subject knowledge is immense. Very fair in grading.
He knows what he is talking about. He teaches with a lot of confidence.
He was very straight-forward with every topic. He was very clear with all if his answers to our questions. He shows every single step to make sure that his students fully understand the concept.
Very competent in the material. Gets straight to the point. Does a lot of examples (But doesn't finish). Very clear and concise when speaking.
knowledge of subject area,
His knowledge of the course.
For an online class Aron did a pretty good job presenting the material in a way in which I understood. I like how he went over problems during class that we wanted to have explained
Very knowledgable in his field and always willing to help.
The general knowledge and foundation of his engineering background made the subject more practical than plugging and chugging in numbers.
super smart. very fair. very challenging
really smart dude and knows his stuff.
Knowledge
Mr. Hanai knew the subject extremely well and was able to explain it in a efficient way that was easy to understand. Despite the class lectures being solely online, Mr. Hanai was able to provide excellent online lectures that were I felt were BETTER than in-class lectures. They were jam-packed with information and thorough explanations.
Well organized, and very clear on how to approach problems
He really strived to help the students learn the subject rather than just getting a grade.
14. What changes, if any, do you suggest to the instructor?
Umm, maybe go a little easier on some exams if that's possible.
He should post fully worked out solutions to some of the problems. Numbers and finished work. With the pace of the course it would have really helped to see completely worked problems. Should split the recordings better.
neater presentation of notes. handwriting/ drawings sometimes hard to read.
Adding audio to the saved blackboard link. A guide line of what questions to do for homework, so we may better prepare for exams. More extra credit assignments for students to accumulate points.
none at this time
N/A
Assign homework if possible. I know this sounds sarcastic, but it'll help the students out a bit. Most universities don't actually assign homework, and base grades purely off of exam grades, but considering that this is a summer course, it'll help a lot if there were other avenues of grading. It might add on quite a bit of a workload. This is just a suggestion.
n/a
because this is a summer class its supposed to be a fast paced class therefore, I can't really think of any changes he should make
None. I think hes a good teacher. Personally, i just think the class is too hard to fully grasp the concepts of this course in 6 weeks. It should be offered only to students that need to re take it.
Do more completed problems so we can use them as guidelines. It helps to see them fully worked out so we get used to seeing and doing them that way. Sometimes I understand it in class and then I go back later and forget how we got to a certain step.
15. How did the instructor show concern for students?
After exams he would briefly tell us how the class did and after grading tell us to study more.
The floor was always open. Promptly responded to questions.
provide extra credit opportunity, quick response to emails
Giving the students a chance to earn extra credit by doing this evaluation.
Answered our questions promptly
Responded promptly and assisted whenever possible.
Should anyone have to leave early during the session he would have the pdf version on his website so they can view all the material they had missed.
he helped us with all questions and concerns that we had
He cared because he tells us what we supposed to study on
Addressing questions and acomidating schedules
He was very prompt at answering questions when asked. He made sure to demonstrate the material with lots of examples.
If we had any questions, he gave enough time to answer them in terms of requests which were very helpful. We could see problems that other people were having and saw different ways to solve them which was interesting.
Gave us extra credit and answered all if not most of our questions
He's very caring and he constantly asks us what we want to see worked out and leaves plenty of room for questions. When someone expresses an issue he quickly responds and doesn't make us feel like any of our questions are stupid questions. It's a safe learning environment and he doesn't make us feel scared to ask for help which really makes a huge difference/impact on students.
16. Would you recommend this instructor to students? Why or why not?
Yes. One will definitely learn in his classes.
Yes because you will learn a lot but you also need to learn on your own or as a group. Also, he is a very nice person.
I would strongly recommend Aaron to other students..
Yes, for all the strengths he has the was listed in previous box.
Yes if they have good foundation in physics... summer class is very accelerated
Yes, because of his knowledge of the course.
Yes, he seems to be an excellent professor, knows his stuff and is very good at explaining things
Yes, most knowledgeable physics/math/engineering teacher on campus.
I would recommend Dr. Hanai to students that are only motivated and disciplined enough to handle their time wisely.
yes. he is a very challenging teacher. passing his class, you will understand and be able to apply the material in class
sure
No, he is a good guy but it feels like you're learning on you're own. It might just be the subject matter.
Yes, I would because Mr. Hanai is excellent at explaining difficult concepts.
I think his class was very organized and fundamentally broken down enough to understand but also able to find the problems on their own. The class is good for independent learners and I think this form of medium allows you to interject during discussion without feeling judged - personally.
During the regular semesters definitely. Not for summer school, unless youre re taking for a better grade
I would definitely recommend him. Most teachers have very bad patience and compassion for students. It's difficult because as teachers, they teach the same topic every semester so they've mastered it very well. But when your a new student this is the first time you've encountered the topic so it takes some time. But teachers make us feel stupid and really stops us from wanting to excel and rather just hide in our shells/back of the classroom in fear we'd be shut down or made fun of. Aaron didn't do that. He really practiced and showed a lot of patience and understanding.
17. What else would you like to say about this instructor?
I think that the exams get kinda crazy sometimes, but I think that your grading is very fair. Thank you for that.
Wish I had him during the regular semester, feel I could really learn from him.
He makes a good effort and seems to care about teaching and his students
You are awesome
Great guy, took a few classes from him and have grown to enjoy his style of teaching. Fast paced and in-depth. If you want the most information possible, Aaron is the person to go to. Sometimes I think there's not enough time for all the info he has to share, he's that good. You can tell he cares about his students.
he is a funny guy
Cool dude
N/A
Thanks for the confidence booster
18. Other comments:
This is my second class taught my Aaron Hanai. If I were still attending KCC in the fall, I would take any class he taught.
Thanks for a good semester, Aaron.
None
THIS IS SOO CONFUSING.
before i took exam too, i wanted to build a bridge and jump off of it. lol
nothing else
N/a

Aaron Hanai: CE271, Summer I 2014     Back to top

Campus: Kapiolani Community College Department: Math & Science
Course: CE 271 - Applied Mechanics II Crn (Section): 35291 (0)    
1. The course objectives and procedures were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 16 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (31%) 11 (69%)
2. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 16 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 6 (38%) 8 (50%)
3. The course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 16 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 6 (38%) 8 (50%)
4. The instructor knew the subject area.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 16 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (31%) 11 (69%)
5. The instructor encouraged students' participation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.56 16 0.81 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 7 (44%) 6 (38%) 2 (13%)
6. The course material was presented in a clear and effective way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 16 0.81 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 9 (56%) 5 (31%)
7. The instructor provided a good atmosphere for learning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 16 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 6 (38%) 9 (56%)
8. The instructor encouraged me to think for myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.31 16 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (19%) 5 (31%) 8 (50%)
9. The instructor graded tests and assignments fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 16 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 5 (31%) 10 (63%)
10. The instructor informed students of their grades on exams and assignments promptly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 16 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 6 (38%) 9 (56%)
11. The instructor demonstrated concern for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 16 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 6 (38%) 9 (56%)
12. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 16 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 6 (38%) 9 (56%)
13. What are the instructor's major strengths as a teacher?
He is good at deriving equations. Writes legibly.
Good use of examples and lectures
He's a genius
would take every class with him. had him since phys170 and its been a great experience
Excellent knowledge in all the subjects that he teaches.
Clear presentation
The most obvious strength is extreme knowledge of the subject matter. He can explain any question you have for him in a multitude of ways and will give you the most in depth answer you can handle.
because he knew this class well, he was able to teach it just as good
Aaron seems to care about students and has a good knowledge of the course content
Clear and is pretty knowledgable in the material.
use of the online software
He really tries to help us out as much as he can via the WEB. He posts all materials on his webpage including recordings of his lectures which I used a lot!!
He knows this course very well.
14. What changes, if any, do you suggest to the instructor?
Please do more example problems and finish it. He seems to start a problem then try to explain how to derive it and not give a final solution.
Go over examples is more detail. Step-by-step. review for final.
Possibly making short lecture videos and having students watch them on their own time so during class there is more time for examples
This session needs to be longer then 6 weeks, it would've been better if it was longer like 10-12 weeks would've been more reasonable.
More examples would be helpful, but this class moved very fast in the summer session so that may be difficult.
none
Handwriting and drawing could be improved
none
Try and sound a little more excited and engaging. To be honest, your voice is so soothing and I if I didn't have espresso, I would fall asleep through the whole class and would have to go back and look at the lecture after it was posted.
I think it's not really good idea for me to take this in summer because it's crazy hard, although I love our teacher , he is a very good teacher for this course.
15. How did the instructor show concern for students?
I don't know.
Ask for student questions.
I think his concern was apparent in his preparation, promptness and thoroughness in answering questions and the speed at which he replied to many emails from myself alone.
he tried to make sure he used the simplest steps to solving problems
Extra credit opportunities and opportunities to ask questions
In my situation, I asked him if he could out weigh my final exam score and he did. I was happy that he would make the exception for me.
was available and accessible
I was a long distance student and he made sure I had all my exams sent to the proctor on time.
16. Would you recommend this instructor to students? Why or why not?
Neutral. He was okay. But not bad.
Yes. However I would recommend that students take this class in the school year (not accelerated) and in-class (not virtual).
I already have. His courses are to the point.
Yes, his exams forces students to study and do practice problems on your own time for that subject to become more efficient in time management when it comes to the exam, since you have to know everything proficiently to finish within the allotted time.
yes
Absolutely. And I have. He is an excellent professor.
yes
Yes if they have a strong grip on physics and CE 270
Yes I would because he is understands what students don't understand.
yes, he's a good teacher, he answers questions, and makes things clear.
Yeah. He did his job well and seemed to care about us learning the material.
Yes
17. What else would you like to say about this instructor?
..
Thanks for teaching!!
Please don't go back to Engineering even though I'm sure you could make ten times as much money. We really need good professors.
n/a
Hope you have a good summer
I learned a lot within 6 weeks span.
Good instructor.
18. Other comments:
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It would be awesome if this course could span both summer sessions instead of just one
None
n/a
none

Aaron Hanai: CE270, Spring 2014     Back to top

Campus: Kapiolani Community College Department: Math & Science
Course: CE 270 - Applied Mechanics I Crn (Section): 34434 (0)    
1. The course objectives and procedures were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 32 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (9%) 8 (25%) 21 (66%)
2. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.31 32 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (9%) 16 (50%) 13 (41%)
3. The course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 32 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 1 (3%) 9 (28%) 21 (66%)
4. The instructor knew the subject area.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.87 32 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (13%) 27 (84%)
5. The instructor encouraged students' participation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.16 32 0.88 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 7 (22%) 10 (31%) 14 (44%)
6. The course material was presented in a clear and effective way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 32 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (9%) 12 (38%) 17 (53%)
7. The instructor provided a good atmosphere for learning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.41 32 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 3 (9%) 10 (31%) 18 (56%)
8. The instructor encouraged me to think for myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.52 32 0.57 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 13 (41%) 17 (53%)
9. The instructor graded tests and assignments fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 32 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (6%) 10 (31%) 20 (63%)
10. The instructor informed students of their grades on exams and assignments promptly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 32 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (19%) 12 (38%) 14 (44%)
11. The instructor demonstrated concern for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 32 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (19%) 12 (38%) 14 (44%)
12. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 32 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (9%) 9 (28%) 20 (63%)
13. What are the instructor's major strengths as a teacher?
He is good with the online classroom software. Plus he makes it clear what he will be testing on.
Showing step by step how to solve problem was helpful.
His knowledge, which leads to clear understandable instructions and lecture. Also very personable, easy to communicate with.
He knows the material extremely well
Clearly knew the subject matter.
He knows his subject and knows how to use up all of his class time without going over.
He's understanding, grades fairly, and knows the subject matter very well.
He is very smart and knows his subject well
He is enthusiastic in his field.
Knowledgeable and easily accessible.
The class's was well put together. Materials and resources well easily access and useful.
knows his stuff
Major strengths include knowledge of material.
Clear , very efficient, he knows the subject very well, using recorder for the class makes it easier to review and study.
He knows the subject well and can offer mathematical proof of concepts.
Aaron explained material very well.
The course material is presented in a clear manner. Never once did he ever show any judgement toward a question as if it was absurd or elementary. His online lectures were clearly written so that they could be accessed in the future for review.
knowledge of the subject and the ability to present material in an easy to understand format.
Knows his material
knowledge of material as well as simplifying even the hardest of material
Mastery of the course and how to effectively demonstrate and condense the important information to students.
14. What changes, if any, do you suggest to the instructor?
A little homework to buffer the fact that each test is 25% of the grade.
Practice exams could be helpful
none
I think online quizzes would have been helpful during the week or before exams. The exams were too apart, in terms of dates, and the content from the beginning were hard to retain to the end. I would have rather had multiple exams that were close together because of the waiting period.
I feel the tests are too long for a 90 minute test period. With a high end calculator that can solve systems of equations, matrices, etc then yea it is reasonable but with a basic calculator the test takes too much time.
Try to be a little more engaging. Lessons were often boring and unenthusiastic...
The test problems with tedious and ugly integrals seemed unnecessary. Those problems eat into time that could have gone to showing knowledge of the material and reflect negatively on students' grades.
He should encourage participation during lectures and maybe make the class a hybrid. Like one class online one class face to face.
None that come to mind
My only recommended change would be to assign homework problems that are relevant to what will be covered on the exam. With the current system, it's almost like a guessing game as to what types of problems will be covered on exams. Maybe more practice exams in the future to better help students to prepare.
A few assigned problems from the book to mainly focus on.
...plus session in person for online course...
Explaining the material more clearly.
Assigning less problems to do More time for exam
I liked the class, no need for changes.
It is great just the way it is.
Although the concepts were clearly presented in the lectures, he rarely worked problems all the way through. Although this is an effective method to save time to go over more things. It would be nice to see him work all the math associated with the problem sometimes. Example: he would work a problem until there were 3 equations and 3 unknowns, and then leave it at that. Although all of us have been through enough math classes where we should know how to resolve a problem at this point. It would be nice to see him work it all the way through sometimes.
I cant think of any..
None
N/A
15. How did the instructor show concern for students?
Approachable even though it wasn't his office hours and he was in a rush.
going over and over the concepts to make sure it was clear enough
Offering the slight extra credit for these evaluations is one way
Did allow for taking the exam the entire day that the testing center was open which is nice.
He would answer all questions that popped up in class and make sure we understood before moving on.
He answered every question students had with the subject and he was available outside of class
Open to questions if there are any.
He posted a practice exam that allowed students to get a better grasp of what was being covered on the exam.
Hey sent emails to students and at the start of each class reviewed any subjects or gave any announcements.
Would give pointers on certain sections.
Recording his classes and uploading it once we finish and uploading a pdf version as well shows how mush he is trying to help us.
He is approachable and if i have a question i could go to him for explanation.
Aaron showed concern for students by giving us a practice exam to work on before exam to help us prepare for midterms. He answered everybody question.
His door was always open
He repeatedly asked if anyone had questions and answered questions thoroughly and immediately.
By making himself available at all times
Lets students utilize the testing center with a long window. Moves the harder material before the drop date so students won't be stuck with a bad grade beyond the drop date.
16. Would you recommend this instructor to students? Why or why not?
Yes, he knows how to teach online better than anyone else I've taken an online class from.
Yes, grades fairly and knowledgable on course
most definitely
I would recommend Hanai as a teacher, but warn people that the material is very involved and that you need to understand the material extremely well to get passing grades on the exams
Probably not. While he did in fact know his topic, his method of communicating those ideas was very dull...
I would recommend his class because it is convenient and cheaper in both gas and tuition, but I would warn them how easy it is to mess up since the course is all test based.
Yes
Yes. They will enjoy the experience of online classes.
I would recommend Aaron's class to other students because it is the most convenient one on offer.
Yes very well organized.
Yes, but you must work very hard for the grade that you want.
Of course. The online class system was really good.
Yes! He's a great teacher and cares about his students.
Yes. Aaron is a great professor he is very clear and concise on his lectures. He also helps out if you are having difficulties
yes. the Course material is presented in a systematic way that is easy to understand
Absolutely, and I have. He is an amazing professor.
Yes good teacher that knows his material
yes. great teacher and learned alot
Yes. Fair grading, and as long as you pay attention and attend lecture, you should pass.
17. What else would you like to say about this instructor?
He's nice?
A if professors got graded
Good teacher, but sometimes has a hard times "dumbing things down" and explaining in a way that's easy to understand for those who may not have strong math or physics backgrounds.
I think he has a bird.
I liked the practice exam, I think it helped a lot with time management and getting a feel of what the exam is going to be like.
He should continue teaching in this way.
Good teacher, although I do wish that the recorded lecture portion was a little more organized, but to the best of my knowledge, that is out of his control.
None
In the near future, please show more concern for students learning. Especially when explaining new material. Thank you.
Great teacher and wants all his students to succeed.
I think he goes WAY beyond what is expected.
N/A
18. Other comments:
The overall class and teaching was great, but the only thing that I personally didn't like was that the course was only offered online.
None worth mentioning.
Students should be wary of all courses(like this one) that do not give assigned homework and are online lectures where attendance is not required; If the student is not motivated or organized, it can be very easy to find yourself lost and left behind. Success in this type of class will be up to the student to stay on task.
None
None.
Awesome teacher.
None
N/A

Aaron Hanai: CE271, Spring 2014     Back to top

Campus: Kapiolani Community College Department: Math & Science
Course: CE 271 - Applied Mechanics II Crn (Section): 34435 (0)    
1. The course objectives and procedures were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 18 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 7 (39%) 9 (50%)
2. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 18 0.94 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 3 (17%) 5 (28%) 9 (50%)
3. The course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 18 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 10 (56%) 6 (33%)
4. The instructor knew the subject area.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.72 18 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (28%) 13 (72%)
5. The instructor encouraged students' participation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.11 18 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 2 (11%) 9 (50%) 6 (33%)
6. The course material was presented in a clear and effective way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.89 18 1.08 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 2 (11%) 9 (50%) 5 (28%)
7. The instructor provided a good atmosphere for learning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.28 18 1.07 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 5 (28%) 10 (56%)
8. The instructor encouraged me to think for myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.39 18 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 6 (33%) 10 (56%)
9. The instructor graded tests and assignments fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 18 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 7 (39%) 10 (56%)
10. The instructor informed students of their grades on exams and assignments promptly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.61 18 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 5 (28%) 12 (67%)
11. The instructor demonstrated concern for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 18 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (22%) 4 (22%) 10 (56%)
12. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 18 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 7 (39%) 10 (56%)
13. What are the instructor's major strengths as a teacher?
He knows the subject better than anyone I know.
Teaches straightforward and lets students know exactly what to focus on
Aaron loves the subject that he teaches and I can see why he is an engineer professor.
Knew the material, fair exams and fair grader
He is very knowledgable about the subject. Doesn't need notes. Just knows the material very well. He is able to solve any question.
He knows the subject he is teaching very well.
Knows the subject matter well and presents the information in different ways to help clarify the material.
Understands the subject well.
he knows the material very well and can explain it clearly and concisely.
Easy to understand.
His knowledge of the subject
14. What changes, if any, do you suggest to the instructor?
Nothing besides, be more clearer on test questions
The only changes I would suggest is to write larger on the board. It may not be much but it helps to see a larger visual.
Do more practice problems from the book, assign extra credit homework problems
This class could be offered as an online course like CE270.
He needs to have examples that are concrete, instead of making up examples then changing them mid-way through the problem. Teaching conceptually is a good method, but many students learn best by seeing actual examples worked out with actual values. Changing examples mid-way through a problem often confuses people and makes taking accurate notes almost impossible. In addition he would assume that the people in the class knew of the concepts he glazed over at times. Not everyone in the class has taken physics or statics at KCC... my experience has been that the different teachers teach some concepts differently, and to assume we know what he is doing (while blazing through things) is a bit much. Posting solutions to some practice solutions would also be a good idea if he does not finish a complete problem in class. With no homework due or quizzes, sometimes we have no way of knowing if what we are doing is correct, and it also wastes a lot of time figuring things out if we get an answer to a problem that is "close".
Look at the book and suggest problems that are related to the class.
Maybe add homework as part of the grade.
none
Nothing, he is a really good teacher.
Have more examples ready and on-hand for classes
More organized lectures
15. How did the instructor show concern for students?
He takes questions about the course.
Asking if we understand the material before we moved on
He always ask questions and makes sure that no one was confused.
Sure, always answered questions
Accommodated the students for exam conflicts
He listened to students and provided additional problems and help for the entire class based on the opinions of the majority of students.
Answer questions that students asked.
he returned the tests back promptly and was always willing / available to answer questions
He would give us enough time to study for our exams so we were prepared for them.
He constantly asked if we understood material
He graded exams fairly
16. Would you recommend this instructor to students? Why or why not?
Yes, he is one of the good ones.
Yes, cause if you learn by the book and like to be taught straightforward he is great.
Yes, he knows what he is talking about and knows his subject well. Makes it a easy learning experience.
Sure, but be prepared to study before the lectures to make sure you keep up with him in class
Yes if the student had Physics 170 and CE 270 with him... no if they did not. His teaching style is something that was hard for me to get used to coming from UH Manoa, but if you are able to fully understand his teaching method, it will help in the long run. I have no doubt that Mr. Hanai knows what he is talking about, but it is very hard to keep up with him as we are trying to learn the material.
I would recommend his class to others because of the comfortable learning atmosphere and his ability to teach students with different ways of learning the same material
Yes, understands the subject well.
yes, he is a good teacher, fair and very informative, he really tries to help students further learning and goals.
Yes, I would.
Yes because he is a good teacher
17. What else would you like to say about this instructor?
Keep teaching!
If I could make another change, it would be the sections of the chapter is would teach. He'd sometimes jump around, and it does get a little confusing and I can't quite follow with the book. Other than that, he is a great professor.
Nice guy
Nothing.
Keep doing what you're doing.
He's very intelligent
18. Other comments:
none
None.

Aaron Hanai: EE211, Spring 2014     Back to top

Campus: Kapiolani Community College Department: Math & Science
Course: EE 211 - Basic Circuit Analysis Crn (Section): 34499 (0)    
1. The course objectives and procedures were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 17 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (35%) 11 (65%)
2. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 17 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 7 (41%) 9 (53%)
3. The course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.35 17 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 5 (29%) 9 (53%)
4. The instructor knew the subject area.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 17 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (29%) 12 (71%)
5. The instructor encouraged students' participation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.24 17 0.9 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (29%) 3 (18%) 9 (53%)
6. The course material was presented in a clear and effective way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.35 17 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 5 (29%) 9 (53%)
7. The instructor provided a good atmosphere for learning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 17 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (24%) 13 (76%)
8. The instructor encouraged me to think for myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 17 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 5 (29%) 11 (65%)
9. The instructor graded tests and assignments fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 17 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 15 (88%)
10. The instructor informed students of their grades on exams and assignments promptly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 17 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (24%) 13 (76%)
11. The instructor demonstrated concern for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 17 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 4 (24%) 11 (65%)
12. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 17 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (29%) 12 (71%)
13. What are the instructor's major strengths as a teacher?
He knows the subject and can give his own experiences to relate to the subject.
Able to present material in very clear and approachable manner. Very friendly and always accessible for help. Great teacher, cannot recommend highly enough.
For this class, he mentors on the subjects that are most common in the Electrical Engineering field.
Class was organized and he knew the subject!
because he knew his material well, when we asked questions, he knew how to answer them in a well manner
Explaining material in an easy and simple manner
intelligence
Really Smart Nice and Approachable
He knows the engineering disciplines and mathematical analysis so well that he can integrate the disciplines and communicate analogies, both in symbolic representation and real-world applications. He is the brightest and most enthusiastic teacher and KCC is lucky to have him as a professor. He is also quite humble, not in aptitude, but able to show a lot of humility and never boasts of his abilities at the expense of others' self-esteem. A pleasure to learn from and with him!
Knowledge of material, knew how to break down problems well, made analogies to mechanical systems.
Easy to learn and comprehend.
He's very pragmatic with his method of teaching. In a sense, Aaron made multiple examples of how we would experience these situations as an engineer. He's also VERY proficient in math and physics which makes this course tie in well with the other complementary classes.
14. What changes, if any, do you suggest to the instructor?
More applications.
Not much. His style of teaching is much different than other professors. Although, he could go beyong the scope of the class at times. We will probably run into similar problems in the future.
none
Create more practice problems to study for exams
write bigger
More background on some labs with simple instructions on how circuit board works and connections.
Nothing, this class was taught very well.
Speak louder. Shout if you need to.
15. How did the instructor show concern for students?
By being available for questions and concerns.
He always listens and encourages students in a positive manner.
He responds to anyone if there was a confusion. He was very informative most of the time.
Gave practice quizzes before exams.
he would come around for help if needed during the lab
Adjusting the lab days so that midterms would be given more time to complete
Very helpful with questions
Pace was relaxed and slower, tests were taken during lab time, practice quizzes were helpful, grades quickly and fairly, easy to follow guidelines on labs.
Gave us more time to study for exams.
On one of the tests, Dr. Hanai apologized to the class saying that he was a bit biased in his way of teaching the students the mesh current method. He regrets telling the students that the mesh current method is imaginary (which is also indicated within the text). He felt that the students would disregard this method completely because both the instructor and text indicate that this method isn't based on any type of law; therefore, students won't use for an exam. In the end, the grading for one of the tests wasn't graded as harshly.
16. Would you recommend this instructor to students? Why or why not?
Yes, he's a great teacher. Not all teachers are open to questions. Always available during office hours.
Absolutely, great teacher!
For EE211, I would recommend taking this course. If you know what you are doing and know the whole concept, he will give you a good grade even if you get the answer wrong.
Yes, you can learn a lot!
yes because he is an awesome teacher
Yes, the class is enjoyable and easy to understand
Yes,
Yes, please take Aaron Hanai for any of his engineering disciplines. And if you like interaction, don't take his online courses... take them with him in person, even if it's a repeated course because you'll get the attention and support you need!
Yes he makes engineering classes easier to understand.
Yes, because he is a good teacher to prep us for transferring to a 4 year college.
Yes, I would recommend him to other students. He has shown patience with everyone regardless how far behind the student is, concerning math or physics. He will take the time and write out each step for the bewildered student.
17. What else would you like to say about this instructor?
Great teacher, keep up the good work.
Nothing else.
no
Good teacher
Give him credit for teaching that many classes at once.
Keep doing what you're doing!
The last I heard Engineers get paid more than teachers? Why are you doing this?
18. Other comments:
The super man of engineering.
Love the teaching style, teaches concepts and essentials then up to student to do problems. This method encourages students to think for themselves and also self motivate.
The class could use a bigger whiteboard/chalkboard. It was a little tough keeping track of the notes on the board at times.
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Aaron Hanai: ME213, Spring 2014     Back to top

Campus: Kapiolani Community College Department: Math & Science
Course: ME 213 - Intro to Engineering Design Crn (Section): 35115 (0)    
1. The course objectives and procedures were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
2. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
3. The course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
4. The instructor knew the subject area.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
5. The instructor encouraged students' participation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
6. The course material was presented in a clear and effective way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
7. The instructor provided a good atmosphere for learning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
8. The instructor encouraged me to think for myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
9. The instructor graded tests and assignments fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 0 (0%) 5 (83%)
10. The instructor informed students of their grades on exams and assignments promptly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 0 (0%) 5 (83%)
11. The instructor demonstrated concern for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
12. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
13. What are the instructor's major strengths as a teacher?
His experience in the field outside of academia.
he lets us do what ever type of project we want
Although the class was structured and had a clear purpose, great freedom was given in the way to accomplish the goals of the class. Anytime we had any issues, he was available to provide support
His drive, passion and knowledge.
Very helpful in guiding students ideas
14. What changes, if any, do you suggest to the instructor?
maybe we can have different set projects
This class was awesome. I loved it, wouldn't change Aaron.
15. How did the instructor show concern for students?
we would come by us and ask us if we needed help and try to answer with the best response possible
He often check in to see how the projects were coming along
Always available and answers emails promptly.
16. Would you recommend this instructor to students? Why or why not?
Yes
yes because this class is fun depending on what you do
yes. the class was challenging yet fun
Yes! Great teacher and fun class.
Yes
17. What else would you like to say about this instructor?
n/a
He's great.
18. Other comments:
n/a
Awesome teacher.

Aaron Hanai: PHYS170, Spring 2014     Back to top

Campus: Kapiolani Community College Department: Math & Science
Course: PHYS 170 - General Physics I Crn (Section): 34617 (0)    
1. The course objectives and procedures were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 17 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 7 (41%) 8 (47%)
2. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 17 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 6 (35%) 8 (47%)
3. The course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.94 17 1.12 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 8 (47%) 5 (29%)
4. The instructor knew the subject area.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 17 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 17 (100%)
5. The instructor encouraged students' participation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 17 1.1 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 4 (24%) 10 (59%)
6. The course material was presented in a clear and effective way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.35 17 0.86 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 6 (35%) 9 (53%)
7. The instructor provided a good atmosphere for learning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 17 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 2 (12%) 13 (76%)
8. The instructor encouraged me to think for myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 17 1.06 Freq(%) 1 (6%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 1 (6%) 14 (82%)
9. The instructor graded tests and assignments fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.76 17 0.44 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (24%) 13 (76%)
10. The instructor informed students of their grades on exams and assignments promptly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 17 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 3 (18%) 13 (76%)
11. The instructor demonstrated concern for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.18 17 1.01 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 4 (24%) 3 (18%) 9 (53%)
12. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 17 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 3 (18%) 12 (71%)
13. What are the instructor's major strengths as a teacher?
Aaron knows the subject very well. He also gives a lot of insight as to what to expect in the future courses in engineering and physics as well as encouraging us to seek higher degrees than just a bachelors.
Extremely knowledgable Approachable Fair Grades based on thought process. Wants to know if you really "get it". Passionate about subject
Mr. Hanai is a brilliant teacher. He understands the material and more importantly how to get us to an understanding. His teaching method is logical and adaptive. The progression of material delivery does not overwhelm, but rather methodically lays down layers upon which to build. Most important to me his how he explains the proof of concepts and outlines an effective train of thought when dealing with new concepts. I can see comparisons to his teaching method with the cut and fill method of stabilizing foundations/structures.
A ridiculous amount of subject knowledge. This guy could be a lead engineer for NASA.
The concepts in physics may be difficult to understand at times. Aaron Hanai was very knowledgable about the subject and able to explain things in a way that was both interesting and easy to understand.
Explains concepts well
Aaron has great knowledge in the subject that he's teaching but I feel as if the course could be a little more organized.
Great explanation of material.
good lecture, and helpful when asked specific questions, also very responsive to emails.
He is a genius! He knows the subject that he's teaching well. He also have a better way of explaining Physics concepts that are normally hard to understand in the book. His notes are pretty self-sufficient too, which I really like. I just have to copy whatever it is that he's writing on the board and when I look at it at home, I could understand them instantly. Another thing that I really like about him too is that even if you got the answer wrong but your solutions are correct, he would give you the full credit. I like it how he believes that exams are there to let us show if we understood the topic or not, and not to get a perfect score. He is also very down-to-earth. For a Physics genius of his caliber, he is not the bragging type and he does not look down on you if you don't understand something. He is very accommodating, which I really like about him.
he is compassionate and tries his best to help his students out in any way possible. he is also brilliant beyond any measurable standard.
He is a very knowledgable person in his field and is able to answer most of the questions his students have. He also gives his students a very strong base in Physics by emphasizing in how things are derived and how they work. He allows us to solve the big picture of the problem rather than getting to deep in one problem.
Very educated in his area and understands its real world applications and links to other subjects.
14. What changes, if any, do you suggest to the instructor?
I wish that there were assigned homework problems so that it was clear on what we should be learning and/or studying for quizzes/exams, instead of us as students just going through the whole problem section. or at least give us an idea of types of problems to work on.
Try to stay more on topic in class. Include more steps when solving problems in class. Sometimes it was unclear and hard to follow when reviewing notes at home
Mr. Hanai's demeanor welcomes questions and comments from the students which is great to gauge student understanding but sometimes the excitement of having new tools with which to analyze our world leads us students to pose questions that are connected and may give us better understanding but may also take a lot of class time. Maybe he could have a digital version of the notes included in an outline format available pre class so that we can have a guide to go through during class or for homework then have allotted time to discuss and make relevant connections.
Maybe more quizzes as practice for the midterms.
No Changes
He should create a schedule of the semester so his students know what to expect.
More interactive with students.
Come to class prepared. Try to teach concepts instead of just demonstrating them. Have examples you plan on doing prepared beforehand. WRITE BIGGER, WE CANNOT SEE. When a student asks a question, actually answer it.
assign homework, it helps better instill concepts gone over in lecture.
I strongly sugggest that he louden his voice a bit because his voice is too soft and it's pretty hard to hear him speak, especially if you're sitting at the back. I also suggest that he speak in a more lively tone to get the students fired up. At first, the audibility of his voice and how he delivers his discussions make me sleepy in class (I have work, and I sleep very late because I have to work and study at the same time) even though I'm trying my best to keep my eyes open, and I hated attending his class just because it makes me sleepy. But when I got home and reviewed my notes, I realized he is a genius! He has a good way of explaining Physics concepts and he is able to let you see Physics in a different angle/light. You just need to hear him speak clearer. Eventually I got the knack of it and got used to his voice and the way he delivers his explanations. But really, I think Hanai is an excellent Physics professor! The only thing that I suggest for him would be to find a way to make his voice more audible and livelier. If he could overcome his shyness (this is how I interpret his soft voice and bashful tone), he would definitely be a sensation!
none. keep being awesome
I suggest to Aaron that if possible help his students follow along with him during class by starting off introducing the chapter and what we will be mainly covering that day. Also, class participation would be good during examples being done in class.
Nom
15. How did the instructor show concern for students?
Aaron was always there via office hours and whenever you seen him around campus.
Always asked if we understood Always took ample time to answer all questions Easily available for contact
Mr. Hanai provided extra credit opportunities, heard everyone's voice, discusses career goals and opportunities to keep in mind, and provided PLUS sessions.
Whenever I was confused about something, he was very willing to explain it to me.
He makes himself available to all students for questions
If we asked questions, he would take his time to answer them.
extra credit
I didn't really feel his concern, but I would interpret his grading us fairly and giving us back our exams promptly as his own way of showing his concern for us. Also, one time when I went to him for consultation, he was so down-to-earth, and he gladly answered my questions, which I really appreciated.
this semester my mother broke her ankle, i was involved in a major car accident, and my girl friend had an abortion and left me. Mr. Hanai was more than accomodating and understanding throughout the semester, unlike Don Voyce, who's CHEM162 class i was in that i had to take a W, wasting both my money and time.
He warned us from the beginning that it was going to be a difficult class. Throughout the semester he asked and made sure if we were okay with the topic we just covered. If not he would review and go over more examples.
Helps outside of class and very approachable. Goes out of his way to help students that aren't even his own in projects and class work.
16. Would you recommend this instructor to students? Why or why not?
I would recommend his course to others who are or need to take physics.
Yes, because he is extremely knowledgable. His teaching style takes some getting used to, though. He solves problems in class very quickly and with few steps written down, which can leave some people (like me) confused.
Yes. See above.
Yes. Grades fairly and really knows his stuff.
Yes I would, because he explains in a way that is easy to understand. He does not get side tracked like some teacher; every lecture is full of explanation and important learning material from beginning to end.
Yes. Very good teacher
Yes because he is very knowledgable
Yes, because he is a great professor. He explains the materials and breaks it down to the most simple term so that everyone can understand. He answers any questions that students have and responds in a respectful manner.
yes, good teacher, very sharp, really knows his stuff
That depends. If they want a livelier teacher, then probably not. But if they want to learn Physics concepts in a more understandable way and if they can tolerate his voice, then Hanai is for them because they would definitely learn A LOT from him! I'll also tell them that his grading is pretty fair too. In fact, his grading is a little bit on the lenient side, but still really fair, so that would be a plus.
absolutely. he is a great teacher, almost too smart for his position.
Yes I would recommend him. In order for students to really know what Physics is about you must be able to see the broad picture of it all. Aaron is good at teaching the derivations of things and how to solve them problems generically. His tests reflect what he taught in class and is graded very fairly.
Yes, you will know your subject very well upon completing his course and will feel confident in trusting him in his instruction.
17. What else would you like to say about this instructor?
n/a
Great guy, need more teachers like him. Seems to have many interests, a well rounded person. Deserves compensation for his extra effort.
Amazing.
He has potential to be a very great professor but he needs to organize his course a little more.
.Aaron Hanai is a genius
I wish you taught some of my other classes, thanks for the good semester I learned a lot.
A really great Physics teacher! He has my highest regard and respect for being so down-to-earth and at the same time a Physics genius! It has been a pleasure having him as my Physics professor this semester! He is a great asset to KCC. I wish him the best in his future endeavors! Keep up the great work!
Thank you, for not scaring me out of engineering lol
If you could give out more group quizzes that would really help because they were really useful in helping us understand things that some of us didn't get where as other understood them easily.
Really good guy, took a class from him before and didn't really pay attention. After attending his class for a following semester, noticed that he adapted to his students needs and is actually very helpful and caring. Teaches because he is passionate about teaching and will help whenever available.
18. Other comments:
n/a
none
The extra credit you offered is really great, just wished I took advantage of them. You should also find a way to encourage more people in class to form study groups outside of class with people who have taken the course before. They were really beneficial because we did that this semester.
Good job Aaron!

Aaron Hanai: PHYS170L, Spring 2014     Back to top

Campus: Kapiolani Community College Department: Math & Science
Course: PHYS 170L - General Physics Lab I Crn (Section): 34620 (0)    
1. The course objectives and procedures were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 8 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (50%) 4 (50%)
2. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 8 1.07 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 1 (13%) 3 (38%) 3 (38%)
3. The course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (63%) 3 (38%)
4. The instructor knew the subject area.
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%)
5. The instructor encouraged students' participation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 1 (13%) 6 (75%)
6. The course material was presented in a clear and effective way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 8 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 3 (38%) 3 (38%)
7. The instructor provided a good atmosphere for learning.
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. The instructor encouraged me to think for myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 5 (63%)
9. The instructor graded tests and assignments fairly.
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%)
10. The instructor informed students of their grades on exams and assignments promptly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.5 8 1.6 Freq(%) 2 (25%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (50%) 2 (25%)
11. The instructor demonstrated concern for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 8 1.07 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 1 (13%) 3 (38%) 3 (38%)
12. The instructor treated students fairly.
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%)
13. What are the instructor's major strengths as a teacher?
Strong subject knowledge.
Mr. Hanai give students freedom to use all materials in the classroom, and let students design how to do lab activities.
He knows a lot about his subject
14. What changes, if any, do you suggest to the instructor?
The labs are kind of simply. I think students may want to do harder labs.
No changes for his physics lab class
15. How did the instructor show concern for students?
When students have problems on the Labs, Mr. Hanai will help the students, and tell them which steps are wrong.
He made sure our lab reports were completed so we could get the most credit
16. Would you recommend this instructor to students? Why or why not?
Yes. Made lab fun, which is rare for labs.
Yes, This class is fun and students can learn how to design a lab by themselves.
Yes because, like I said, he knows a lot about his subject
17. What else would you like to say about this instructor?
No survey responses were found.
18. Other comments:
No survey responses were found.

Aaron Hanai: CE270, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: Kapiolani Community College Department: Math & Science
Course: CE 270 - Applied Mechanics I Crn (Section): 31783 (0)    
1. The course objectives and procedures were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.39 23 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 12 (52%) 10 (43%)
2. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.74 23 1.05 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 1 (4%) 7 (30%) 8 (35%) 6 (26%)
3. The course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 23 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 2 (9%) 15 (65%) 4 (17%)
4. The instructor knew the subject area.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.74 23 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (26%) 17 (74%)
5. The instructor encouraged students' participation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.52 23 0.95 Freq(%) 1 (4%) 1 (4%) 9 (39%) 9 (39%) 3 (13%)
6. The course material was presented in a clear and effective way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.83 23 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (9%) 5 (22%) 11 (48%) 5 (22%)
7. The instructor provided a good atmosphere for learning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.87 23 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (9%) 4 (17%) 12 (52%) 5 (22%)
8. The instructor encouraged me to think for myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 23 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (17%) 10 (43%) 9 (39%)
9. The instructor graded tests and assignments fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 23 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (13%) 12 (52%) 8 (35%)
10. The instructor informed students of their grades on exams and assignments promptly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.48 23 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (13%) 6 (26%) 14 (61%)
11. The instructor demonstrated concern for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.09 23 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 4 (17%) 10 (43%) 8 (35%)
12. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.48 23 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 12 (52%) 11 (48%)
13. What are the instructor's major strengths as a teacher?
Helpful during the class session.
He clearly knows the subject matter well. He can relate concepts to applications.
He knew the material very well.
He really knows what he's doing and always shows us an easier way to solve problems
He teaches straight forward and keeps it simple for easier understanding.
Really knows what he is talking about
Aaron understands his subject material well.
Well knowledgable about engineering material.
He knows the subject well.
Very organized and can explain any question you ask.
His knowledge of the subject.
Aaron really know his stuff. The time he took to derive the equations made a world of difference to understanding the course material.
He really knew what he was talking about when he taught this subject.
Clear on explanations, great teacher
His knowledge of the subject.
Enjoys teaching and that excitement is conveyed through his lessons
His knowledge of the subject he teaches
Very knowledgeable. Able to maintain balance between overall goals and important details while explaining problems.
14. What changes, if any, do you suggest to the instructor?
Finish problems.
I would suggest Aaron to encourage asking questions and further student involvement in learning. This being an online class, I know it is different than being in person. Mainly, Aaron, probably unconsciously, keeps the focus of attention on himself and how easy it is for him, without it seems, much consideration that it may be more difficult for others.
More examples from problems. Less examples using the examples.
Be more explanatory on what will be on the test and what specific problems we should practice for. There is too many problems on the txt to know what problems he would be specifically testing us on. For example, when you explain the problems, make sure you let the students know that there will probably be three parts to each question and you can let them know or give hints because problems on the TXT ask for different and more simple answers than what he asks. Sometimes stuff we never went over.
more office hours
Because Aaron understands his subject material so well, I don't think he understands how difficult it is for students who are struggling. The exams were very difficult and we were under-prepared for them. Had we done more actual problem material instead of everything completely in theory, I think we would have been better prepared. I need goals, so instead of saying do every other even problem as a minimum, I would have had liked specific problems picked out from each chapter and had it be more like do these specific problems per chapter.
Take time to show how to do some problems. He expects a lot from his students and that high expectation is why lot of people are struggling in his class.
I just wouldn't take this class online.
Increase time limit for exams.
Assign homework to collect for grading.
Mandatory assigned homework problems.
Maybe you should start trying to make students do problems. That way you get more involvement in the class. People will have to participate more and it would probably help the other students who don't get it to understand it a little better with it being taught in different ways.
None
more example homework
None.
15. How did the instructor show concern for students?
Asked if we had questions during class session.
He did ask if students understood the material. But while asking the questions somewhat minimized it.
He gave alot of warning of when the test would be and the chapters it would cover.
He always asked us if we understood the examples before moving on.
gave feedback promptly
Aaron is engaged as a professor and he does care about his students. I just think he needs more back ground as a teacher and to learn how tough this material is for some students. If he never struggled in school with material like this it is almost impossible for him to empathize with a student who does. This all translates into your teaching approach.
Not sure it seemed like he was going to fast most of the time.
Not sure.
Let us know how we did as a whole class. Always asked if we had questions.
Answered all questions asked during class.
no comment
He would try to give people incentives to do better on the exam which helps because everyone wants that extra push :)
Yes, he offers extracredit
Always available to students through e-mail and office hours.
Asking if there are any questions in class
Always willing to take requests for practice problems in the book.
16. Would you recommend this instructor to students? Why or why not?
Yes, seems like a pretty cool teacher.
I would recommend Aaron to students who already know the subject material they are to learn from Aaron fairly well, or who will be able to pick it up fairly quickly. If the student is a bit slower to learn new concepts especially in math or science, I would recommend someone else.
yes
Yes, because this course is straight forward and thats how he teaches so it is simple on what the course objectives were.
yes because he offer a lot of knowledge
I have talked to other students who are taking this class at UH and they all tell me it is very easy, as opposed to the difficulty were having in Aaron's class. I don't think it's fair to not have an even curriculum across the board. I would say no and encourage students to take this class with an easier professor somewhere else. I was warned prior to taking this class. I have no choice though, because I have no money for UH.
Yes and no. He is a good teacher but really hard and challenging.
Sure if they're up to the challenge.
Yes, if you learn quickly and are disciplined.
Yes, he understands subject well.
Yes
yes I would because he is a really good teacher. He knows what he is talking about and if youre really having trouble, all you have to do is ask him.
Yes
Yes, he is a good teacher who has a high level of knowledge.
Yes. Fun teacher, knows his material
Yes. He knows the subject in and out, and he can explain it well
Yes. Difficult material, but very knowledgeable and fair.
17. What else would you like to say about this instructor?
N/A
I think he is a very smart and nice person. I would just suggest him for upper level or honor classes. *
none
Keep teaching this course, but be more specific and give more detail on what problems future students should study for.
nothing
Aaron is a very nice guy, all the way around. Very humble, very knowlegable about his subject material. His only draw back is not understanding how difficult this material is for his students. We are seeing this material for the first time and even if we took phys 170, like this last time that was at least 3 months ago, we are not going to have the freshest minds on the subject. If the material could be broken down a little more, with more time spent less on theory and more on actual problems, I think that would help.
Smart guy. Actually really smart guy. I just have a hard time keeping up with the fast pace of his course.
Nothing.
Nothing.
nothing else
Prompt
KCC is very fortunate to have him as an instructor.
18. Other comments:
none
None.
n/a
Consider doing CE271 online?
None.
no
n/a.

Aaron Hanai: CE271, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: Kapiolani Community College Department: Math & Science
Course: CE 271 - Applied Mechanics II Crn (Section): 31786 (0)    
1. The course objectives and procedures were clear.
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%)
2. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
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%)
3. The course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 9 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 5 (56%) 3 (33%)
4. The instructor knew the subject area.
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 encouraged students' participation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.89 9 0.93 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (44%) 2 (22%) 3 (33%)
6. The course material was presented in a clear and effective way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 9 0.97 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 0 (0%) 4 (44%) 4 (44%)
7. The instructor provided a good atmosphere for learning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 9 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (56%) 4 (44%)
8. The instructor encouraged me to think for myself.
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%)
9. The instructor graded tests and assignments fairly.
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. The instructor informed students of their grades on exams and assignments promptly.
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%)
11. The instructor demonstrated concern for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 9 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 3 (33%) 5 (56%)
12. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 9 1.39 Freq(%) 1 (11%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 1 (11%) 6 (67%)
13. What are the instructor's major strengths as a teacher?
Continued to improve every semester extremely knowledgeable and able to convey information effectivily
Knows the subject and can explain things in many ways not just one.
His knowledge of the subject matter. His easygoing approach to the subject.
knowledgeable, teaches useful methods that are not in the text
Knowledge of the material, breaking down problems into steps, is clear on exam material.
Very knowledgable in subject matter.
He is very intelligent and teaches in a very tedious mathematical way
14. What changes, if any, do you suggest to the instructor?
None
None.
a little less review at the beginning of each class
Make a plan, sometimes it felt like it was a repeat of the past class.
If testing situation is fixed, make this class online like statics. No need to come to school and recordings of notes/lectures for review. Post exam formula sheets so students know what needs to be derived, what will be given, what needs to be memorized etc.
Assign problems related to test to prepare students for exams
To dumb the class down, I have taken the course before and this was the first time I have been exposed to the concepts in such a mathematical way. The ways I have been taught before was much more understandable, some of the maths used was beyond the 200 level.
15. How did the instructor show concern for students?
Helps with question outside of class even not during office hours.
He was always available outside of class, and he knew what other classes and projects students had, and would try to relate the discussions to those things.
extra credit on tests / time to review problems in class before the test
Clarifies questions, breaks problems down into steps gives a good idea of what problems will be on exams and relevant types of problems and formulas to study.
Very open to questions and patient in answering
He was tedious in his process.
16. Would you recommend this instructor to students? Why or why not?
Definitely. Great instructor, knows his subjects, and easy to understand.
Definitely, because he gets difficult material across to his students in a friendly way that makes it less intimidating.
Yes. One learns a lot in Prof. Hanai's class. Also, Prof Hanai foreshadows and informs on what is to come in later classes at UHM.
Yes one of the better professors in engineering.
Yes, informational and great for students who work in the morning as his courses are late noon.
Only if they were very comfortable with abstract mathematics. I have taken this course at Manoa, and it was a shock because Manoa uses a more physical understanding but Hanai teaches with a far more mathematical way.
17. What else would you like to say about this instructor?
Even answers questions that don't concern the topics of class.
Great teacher.
Great teacher. A real students professor.
Be more conceptual and don't jump straight into a high level mathematical definition for simple concepts.
18. Other comments:
Thumbs up.
Testing situation was messed up but adjusted well.

Aaron Hanai: ME213, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: Kapiolani Community College Department: Math & Science
Course: ME 213 - Intro to Engineering Design Crn (Section): 31889 (0)    
1. The course objectives and procedures were clear.
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%)
2. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 5 (63%)
3. The course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 8 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 2 (25%) 4 (50%)
4. The instructor knew the subject area.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 5 (63%)
5. The instructor encouraged students' participation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 1 (13%) 6 (75%)
6. The course material was presented in a clear and effective way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 8 0.92 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 1 (13%) 5 (63%)
7. The instructor provided a good atmosphere for learning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 8 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 4 (50%)
8. The instructor encouraged me to think for myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 5 (63%)
9. The instructor graded tests and assignments fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 8 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 2 (25%) 4 (50%)
10. The instructor informed students of their grades on exams and assignments promptly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 8 0.93 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 2 (25%) 3 (38%)
11. The instructor demonstrated concern for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 8 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 2 (25%) 4 (50%)
12. The instructor treated students fairly.
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%)
13. What are the instructor's major strengths as a teacher?
He knows the material very well.
He has engineering experience.
Aaron lets students think and then steers then in the right direction.
He's nice and knows his stuff.
14. What changes, if any, do you suggest to the instructor?
A clear plan for the day, sometimes I feel like he would repeat things from last class that was not needed and could have spent time on other things.
Maybe write a mid-semester report so the final report will be easier.
curriculum kind of unsure, but doesnt matter b/c i think it's supposed to be like that; different for every student.
15. How did the instructor show concern for students?
He was always there for help.
He would help when we have problems. Cared about our projects and progression. He was also very encouraging when I didn't know what to do.
16. Would you recommend this instructor to students? Why or why not?
Yes, one can learn a lot from him.
Yes
Yes. I feel I learned some good stuff from him. Beginning engineer stuff.
17. What else would you like to say about this instructor?
Aaron is a fanatasic instructor and engineer. He is very knowledgable as well as hand ons with projects.
nothing. He's nice and great.
18. Other comments:
Fun class. Better computers in the lab would help with Solidworks.

Aaron Hanai: PHYS170, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: Kapiolani Community College Department: Math & Science
Course: PHYS 170 - General Physics I Crn (Section): 31920 (0)    
1. The course objectives and procedures were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.09 23 0.81 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 3 (13%) 11 (48%) 7 (30%)
2. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.18 23 0.66 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (13%) 12 (52%) 7 (30%)
3. The course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.86 23 0.94 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (9%) 5 (22%) 9 (39%) 6 (26%)
4. The instructor knew the subject area.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.68 23 0.57 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 5 (22%) 16 (70%)
5. The instructor encouraged students' participation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.81 23 0.87 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 7 (30%) 8 (35%) 5 (22%)
6. The course material was presented in a clear and effective way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.82 23 0.91 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (9%) 5 (22%) 10 (43%) 5 (22%)
7. The instructor provided a good atmosphere for learning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.27 23 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (9%) 12 (52%) 8 (35%)
8. The instructor encouraged me to think for myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.27 23 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (13%) 10 (43%) 9 (39%)
9. The instructor graded tests and assignments fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 23 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (9%) 6 (26%) 14 (61%)
10. The instructor informed students of their grades on exams and assignments promptly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 23 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (9%) 6 (26%) 14 (61%)
11. The instructor demonstrated concern for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.27 23 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (13%) 10 (43%) 9 (39%)
12. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 23 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 9 (39%) 12 (52%)
13. What are the instructor's major strengths as a teacher?
He knows his material very well and knows how to assist students, Hes never late or absent for class so i know that hes serious about his teaching.
Very thorough on his lectures.
Really smart, very clear instruction.
Extremely knowledgable in the subject
Physic
Aaron is extremely smart and knows the subject matter very well. He is knowledgeable and knows what he is doing.
Aaron knows his material really well and knows the subject.
His vast knowledge in the subject.
Prof. Hanai know's his subject. He can write out proofs for almost everything off the top of his head. He shows us the long way and the short way to solve formula's. He's got personal experience as a physics major and engineer that he share when asked. Great teacher. He also care about his students.
He knows the material well and can explain it well when he teaches it.
he knew his stuff
He's very patient and helpful during and outside of class. He also raises the expectation bar at reasonable increments.
He is really, really smart and knows his stuff when it comes to Physics.
Aaron is very thorough for each lesson.
He has very good knowledge about the subject.
14. What changes, if any, do you suggest to the instructor?
Only thing i would change is for him to be more easier to find on campus
Aaron goes through lectures a little to fast. If you could slow it down that would be great.
Better communication with class as to where they are, what they are struggling with, etc.
I wish he would give problems and material to study outside of class. I know there's the textbook, but if he could make suggestions to problems in the book that would be good to look at it and sections to carefully look over that would make it easier to study outside of class.
I suggest that he might organize his lectures
WRITE SLOWER. He continually writes extremely fast and changes things before students have a chance to write things out. Try dumbing down everything even more. Aaron generally assumes that everyone will understand what he is saying, however, this is a new subject and very hard to understand. Go slow and make sure students know what is going on before assuming that everyone understands.
None
A little slower explainations
Physics can be a dry course. I thought that there wasn't enough discussion about real world application in class. However is you talk to him outside of class he is very open to helping you out and also discusses applications.
Please, speak louder. Much louder. Not shouting. But louder. It was frequently hard to hear you from the front row. Not a good mix with this material.
Go slower, sometimes you can get lost because you go so fast.
great teacher
Pass out five to ten made up problems every few weeks or so and then post the answer key at some later point.
Write bigger.
none
Have a course curriculum written out already instead of him trying to remember what he taught from the last class and going off of memory.
15. How did the instructor show concern for students?
He always answers students questions.
Aaron shows concern by trying to make himself available to students who needed help.
Offered extra credit, moved exam dates for student convenience.
He would always take the time to explain something that somebody didn't understand.
yes he did
Answered the questions asked in class.
He helped students on his time. He would also pop in on PLUS sessions to see how his students are doing.
Answered all questions
He makes sure we know what to expect on a test. He always gives us quizzes before exams. The quizzes a great representations for the exams. He also looks at student statistics for success and failure and adapts his syllabus to fit the student. A few times this semester we needed more time to work on the subject matter and he moved test back. I found this very beneficial. By the time the test came around, I was ready. Sometimes things move so quickly in a semester that after the chapter test you don't have a chance to accumulate it into the following chapters. But because we really get to know one subject I felt that it was engrained throughout.
He lets us know of outside tutoring if we need help. He also lets us talk to him if needed.
He's very approachable in and out side of class. He also sits in on some of the plus sessions for extra help.
He would answer any questions and would always be available to talk to in his office hours if you needed any help.
He helps students study after class
16. Would you recommend this instructor to students? Why or why not?
I would reccomend him because his course plan out is simple and organize so its easy to see what you missed or whats going to happen in the next few weeks ahead.
Yes because Aaron is a great teacher and always does his best to help a student understand the material better.
Yes. Very happy with his class and teaching style. Also suspect he may be a cyborg.
Yes, but only if they are prepared to take their education seriously and understand that a lot of the success of this class is based on how much studying you do outside of class.
yes. he helps you think of it conceptually and you don't have to take so much time to doing the homework.
yes
It depends. Aaron teaches very fast and it is very difficult to understand. My learning methods didn't match up with Aaron's teaching methods so I myself wouldn't take this class from him again. However, there are students in the class that do understand what is going on.
Yes I would because he's a good professor and knows Physics very well to make a student be prepared for upper Physics.
yes, although he is tough and goes through fast, he's fair and very knowledgable and available for extra help if needed.
Yes. He's a good teacher, great syllabus and you will learn a lot.
Yes, because he is a good teacher and know his subject well.
I would recommend him. He not only teaches the material, he teaches a better way to solve problems and shows all the proof behind the equations.
Yes because his knowledge of physics is ridiculously huge and he can answer your questions easily.
no because he often uses the same notation for different things and it gets confusing.
No not really, he teaches the solving of the problem continuously, but not how to get the problem or why he used specific formulas or equations. He doesn't really emphasize that problems should be solved in pieces, which confuses a lot of people.
17. What else would you like to say about this instructor?
Hes a great instructor and knows his students very well. His teaching what he knows and hes excellent in doing that.
Good teacher, would recommend.
His in-depth knowledge of physics has inspired me to want to learn more about physics.
he give us a lot of surprising quizzes and exams
Maybe try assigning homework problems so students get more practice in.
Great teacher, great person.
He is a good teacher.
If Hanai could teach physics as if he is teached it to a little kid, and dumb down the material that can make sense for students there would be more people passing his class. He shows solving the math portions well, but not the reasoning behind why he used certain equations or formulas in the problem. In addition, when he shows the proof he writes it fast, but doesn't really explain why he cancels stuff out and if he does then he usually erases what he wrote anyway making it difficult to comprehend the notes on his class.
18. Other comments:
none
Again, write slower.
none.

Aaron Hanai: PHYS170L, Fall 2013     Back to top

Campus: Kapiolani Community College Department: Math & Science
Course: PHYS 170L - General Physics Lab I Crn (Section): 31922 (0)    
1. The course objectives and procedures were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.45 11 0.93 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 0 (0%) 3 (27%) 7 (64%)
2. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.18 11 1.08 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 2 (18%) 2 (18%) 6 (55%)
3. The course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.45 11 0.93 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 0 (0%) 3 (27%) 7 (64%)
4. The instructor knew the subject area.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.91 11 0.3 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 10 (91%)
5. The instructor encouraged students' participation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.18 11 0.98 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 1 (9%) 4 (36%) 5 (45%)
6. The course material was presented in a clear and effective way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 11 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 5 (45%) 5 (45%)
7. The instructor provided a good atmosphere for learning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.45 11 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 2 (18%) 7 (64%)
8. The instructor encouraged me to think for myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.82 11 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (18%) 9 (82%)
9. The instructor graded tests and assignments fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.45 11 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (55%) 5 (45%)
10. The instructor informed students of their grades on exams and assignments promptly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.09 11 1.58 Freq(%) 2 (18%) 3 (27%) 1 (9%) 2 (18%) 3 (27%)
11. The instructor demonstrated concern for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 11 1.03 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (9%) 1 (9%) 2 (18%) 7 (64%)
12. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.64 11 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (36%) 7 (64%)
13. What are the instructor's major strengths as a teacher?
Physic
he explains stuff breaking down to the thing easy to understand
If you ask him for help he'll give you very clear directions.
Aaron is very knowledgeable on the subject matter and knows what he is talking about.
Knows his criteria and well aware of what happens.
14. What changes, if any, do you suggest to the instructor?
no change
he should be in the lab entire class.
Allow bigger physics groups, maybe four people maximum. It was a lot of work for two people to turn in the entire lab themselves.
Be able to find you more often in campus. Also have more examples for a better learning experience.
15. How did the instructor show concern for students?
yes he did
hes always free to ask questions
He's always around to ask questions.
Answered questions and showed students how to do the labs.
He always answered students questions to help encourage them in class.
16. Would you recommend this instructor to students? Why or why not?
yes
yes. his explanation is easy to understand
Yes I would recommend him. The labs are straight forward but he's around for help if needed.
Yes, this class is pretty self explanatory, especially with the online instructions, you can read what needs to be done before class.
I would reccomend him to others because he knows his material and doesnt need notes to look at. Hes a great instructor.
17. What else would you like to say about this instructor?
none
no
He is a great instructor and i like the fact that hes never late for class.
18. Other comments:
none
no
The physics lab is in major need up an overhaul. Cabinets aren't labeled well, there's usually not enough supplies, and the general organization is not good. In my experience, the STEM faculty is awesome, but the the facilities are in desperate need of an upgrade.

Aaron Hanai: CE270, Summer I 2013     Back to top

Campus: Kapiolani Community College Department: Math & Science
Course: CE 270 - Applied Mechanics I Crn (Section): 35134 (0)    
1. The course objectives and procedures were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (63%) 3 (38%)
2. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 8 1.07 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 1 (13%) 3 (38%) 3 (38%)
3. The course was well organized.
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%)
4. The instructor knew the subject area.
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%)
5. The instructor encouraged students' participation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 8 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 3 (38%) 3 (38%)
6. The course material was presented in a clear and effective way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 8 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (50%) 4 (50%)
7. The instructor provided a good atmosphere for learning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 8 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 3 (38%) 3 (38%)
8. The instructor encouraged me to think for myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 8 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (50%) 4 (50%)
9. The instructor graded tests and assignments fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 8 1.2 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 2 (25%) 1 (13%) 4 (50%)
10. The instructor informed students of their grades on exams and assignments promptly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 5 (63%)
11. The instructor demonstrated concern for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.88 8 1.36 Freq(%) 1 (13%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 3 (38%) 3 (38%)
12. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 8 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 2 (25%) 4 (50%)
13. What are the instructor's major strengths as a teacher?
He knows how to teach the material thoroughly.
Clear and concise. Answers questions to the best of his ability.
Very patient with his students
Straightforward lesson plan.
very knowledgeable about the course
He knows and understands the material well and does not hesitate to show every step.
he know what he is talking about
Very easy to understand. He broke things down and repeated it as many times as needed to understand. He answered all questions very clearly until you understood them. Great instructor.
14. What changes, if any, do you suggest to the instructor?
To go over more relevant problems similar to the exams given.
Not sure.
Do more example problems instead of talking about a few for a very long time.
more time on the test
More availability for students seeking help, even if appointments are necessary.
Can't think of anything.
15. How did the instructor show concern for students?
He gave office hours for us to go see him if we had any concerns or questions.
The format was helpful. Watching the Vods and seeing the white board pages were helpful.
He held review sessions to make sure we knew our material before our midterms.
very helpful and flexible about office hours
Putting more points on tests? Extra-credit evaluation...
Asked if we understood and if we had questions after every demonstration.
16. Would you recommend this instructor to students? Why or why not?
Yes because even though it may be challenging, it's possible to pass if you study hard enough.
Yes.
Yes, he was a good professor overall.
I would recommend Aaron Hanai to students because he teaches very well. By the end of the course, you will know everything.
Maybe for his in-person lecture course. His online recordings are good as well, but not enough for a layperson to pass.
Yes I would. Easy to understand, fair grader and he keeps going over the subject until you understand.
17. What else would you like to say about this instructor?
Aaron Hanai is very concise with his teaching methods. He leaves out all the irrelevant content and focuses on the methods that you need to know. He goes through the material in great detail making sure not to leave out anything.
5 points extra-credit to all who filled out this evaluation plz!
Great Instructor
18. Other comments:
Great Professor!
Don't take an online class unless you already know the material and just need the credit.
N/A

Aaron Hanai: PHYS151, Summer I 2013     Back to top

Campus: Kapiolani Community College Department: Math & Science
Course: PHYS 151 - College Physics I Crn (Section): 35132 (0)    
1. The course objectives and procedures were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.85 20 0.81 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 5 (25%) 10 (50%) 4 (20%)
2. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.65 20 0.99 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 8 (40%) 7 (35%) 4 (20%)
3. The course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.55 20 1.05 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 2 (10%) 5 (25%) 9 (45%) 3 (15%)
4. The instructor knew the subject area.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 20 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 3 (15%) 16 (80%)
5. The instructor encouraged students' participation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.55 20 0.94 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (15%) 6 (30%) 8 (40%) 3 (15%)
6. The course material was presented in a clear and effective way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.5 20 1.05 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 2 (10%) 6 (30%) 8 (40%) 3 (15%)
7. The instructor provided a good atmosphere for learning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.95 20 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (25%) 10 (50%) 4 (20%)
8. The instructor encouraged me to think for myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 20 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (15%) 10 (50%) 7 (35%)
9. The instructor graded tests and assignments fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.32 20 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 9 (45%) 8 (40%)
10. The instructor informed students of their grades on exams and assignments promptly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.32 20 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 9 (45%) 8 (40%)
11. The instructor demonstrated concern for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.8 20 1.24 Freq(%) 2 (10%) 0 (0%) 5 (25%) 6 (30%) 7 (35%)
12. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 20 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 10 (50%) 10 (50%)
13. What are the instructor's major strengths as a teacher?
Professor Hanai's strengths as an instructor are his expertise in physics and his cheerful attitude towards his students.
Knows his subject matter very well
Covered material from the pervious day and made sure we knew what needed to be understood before moving on the next day. He is very smart and knows his Physics.
nice guy
His strengths are knowing what he has to do in order for the students to understand the problem. For example, he will work out a problem one on one with the student even though many have already asked and make sure the student really gets it. He also has a creative mind to set examples for us to visualize the problem better.
he knows what he teaching and he concerns students.
Professor Hanai explains the course materials in great detail.
Ability to "dumb" down the physics to introduce the ideas in a much simpler way than other physics instructors. He spends time to define all vocabulary before using them in new chapters.
Really knows the course material. Able to make generic and sample problems in the spot that makes sense.
Patient, Understanding, Encouraging
He was a great Prof with great knowledge. The course itself was very hard!!!
Has his own way of teaching and is effective in clarifying questions!!!
Presents coplexed concepts clearly.
Smart Graded our work promptly Punctual Gave breaks in between topics, which was helpful
Aaron definitely is knowledgeable in the subject of Physics. He was able to convey his teachings in a way that, for the most part, were easy to understand.
I can not think of any. He is vague and not very relatable.
14. What changes, if any, do you suggest to the instructor?
If any suggestions could be made to Professor Hanai, it would be that he would have more unofficial office hours so that his students could have more opportunities to consult with him about their textbook problems, projects, labs, etc., while also interacting with him on a less formal bases.
Frequent, short pauses directly after working equation would be really helpful. Often got lost writing one equation and trying to follow next step.
Simplify the course when the course is compiled up in just 5 weeks. Too much information and lessons in one week and test.
Maybe to assign more book problems to help us better understand what we should look forward to on the exam. It was difficult since the class was based strictly off of the exams and no homework.
none
He needs to write bigger on the board. Although I would sit closer, the seats are already taken so yeah. He needs to work out the examples with actual numbers than just abbreviations of words so there aren't so much variables in the equation that makes it look intimidating.
none
It would be very helpful if we can discuss more example problems in class.
Give mock exams.
Keep doing what you're doing.
nothing
I would like to materials/handouts be given to student for assistance!!!
Have a longer summer session.
I would have appreciated a more organized and well prepared presentation of the course material. Perhaps a PowerPoint or something prepared ahead of time, worksheet, homework problems, or example problems, that actually gave us the answers to the questions posed, instead of giving us the answer in a series of formulas. Just knowing the formula doesn't mean you are capable of knowing when or how to use it. We can only gain so much from the textbook, especially when the text doesn't tell us the procedure to the problems or the answers to the even numbered problems. Also, when you write on the board, you don't write in a structured format. You start off that way, but half-way through you write all over the place and then it's hard to tell, when taking notes, what the step-by-step procedure is. It would be helpful if you actually did the math, instead of just writing which formula to use and leaving it that way. Lastly, you talk very quietly to the board; almost like you're talking to yourself and aren't comfortable speaking to the class. Your handwriting is tiny. I sat in the front row and could not see some of your numbers even with my glasses on.
There were no particular areas that need improving, other than the general pace of the summer school course session; there was simply far too much material to adequately cover in 6 weeks/make me feel confidently knowledgeable in the class matter.
I would suggest that he show more concern for students who are seeking help and having trouble in the class. He was very unavailable and almost seemed like he did not want to help any time out of class. The topic that he teaches is a very challenging one and I really would have appreciated his help. Please try to relate to students and show that you care about us understanding the topic.
15. How did the instructor show concern for students?
Professor Hanai demonstrated his concern for his students by doing the following: 1) providing them with an exam schedule calendar through his physics/engineering Web site, 2) reviewing exam questions upon their return, 3) answering questions after class, and 4) reminding his students of the topics that they would need to be proficient at for a given exam.
Gave automatic extra credit on tests
He cares
He would make the test 60/50 rather than 50/50 so that we could have a better chance at doing well.
held review sessions
He showed concern to help us bring up our grade when he knew we werent doing so well. He made sure to explain more on the topic we had trouble with to help us understand it.
He surely does concern students, and he tries to grade fair on the test..
Yes.
Gave additional points on a test on a problem that mostly everyone got wrong. The nest day he revisited the problem and the chapter to make sure we understood.
He was available for office hours and graciously spoke with me when I needed to communicate. He would encourage students to study together or do practice problems at home.
gave extra credit and did examples from the book
Patients.
He came to class and answered our questions. He also arranged a tutor.
Aaron would not hesitate to hold the class a few minutes past end time, in order to completely explain that last example, or make sure that his students received all the information need to study efficiently, that night. He always made himself available after class for homework help and questions, even if he were between meetings at the time. When I realized that I was not performing well in the class and took my concerns to Aaron, he took the time to help me consider which course option would suit me best, in detail. This shows that Aaron, despite being a very busy professor, still demonstrates a particular level of caring for his students.
He is a nice guy but he is very vague with what he expects.
16. Would you recommend this instructor to students? Why or why not?
I would recommend Professor Hanai to other students because all that is required of him to create an effective and informative lecture are his notes, a pen, and the participation of his students.
Yes
Yes. He is dedicated and knows a lot about Physics.
yes, nice guy
Yes because he has potential to become a cooler teacher, even when hes already cool
Yes.. from him you can learn about what you are going to learning and he wants to teach even more than regular courses.
Yes, it is because professor Hanai's teaching method is effective.
Yes.
Yes, he teaches what you need to know quickly and effectively.
Yes, because I think he really does understand how difficult the subject is that he teaches, yet I never felt completely hopeless.
yes...very good professor
Yes, because he is understanding about the difficulty of the subject given that it's summer and time is very short.
Yes, he is a great teacher, but physics during the summer if messed up.
I would recommend Professor Hanai to students who were previously exposed to the subject matter, not those who are new to the topic. He would do very well as an upper level instructor, not an intro instructor.
Yes; Aaron is a young professor, and his energy and understanding of Physics really helps enhance the learning process. He is also active in KCC's STEM Program, which effectively illustrates to students how Physics can be applied in real life situations. Overall, I feel like I got a great experience out of the six weeks I spent being taught by Aaron Hanai- even though I struggled greatly with the course pacing, and in the end, probably came out a lot less successful than I had hoped to be.
No I would not. I have encountered great teachers while in the UH system and he lacks a lot of good qualities. He seems kind of lazy and doesn't really prep for class which is unfortunate for us students. He does not give any handouts or resources outside of the text book.
17. What else would you like to say about this instructor?
Professor Hanai's simple and straightforward method of teaching is one that is attainable only through experience and a true knowledge of the subject being taught; seeing his proficiency in physics encourages me to take steps to improve my proficiency in physics.
He needs some confidence and need to relax a little.
He is a good professor. The only thing is were taking this course during the Summer so the work load is compiled and harder to learn since every week is new material than an exam to follow.
none
Good job for teaching us physics in 6weeks. Hard work.
I would like to take his class again!
Nice guy.
he was very good at what he does and shows great passion in the subject
I would like to take him during a regular semester
Too smart for this intro class. Although it is a summer course, and it is supposed to be fast-paced, it seems like he gave up trying to teach us before he even started. His first words on the course were: "You are all crazy to take this class during summer". That does not instill confidence and it doesn't sound encouraging. It came off as a way of discounting our education and gave him an excuse to write formulas on the board without fully explaining anything. I pretty much taught myself in this class. I understood that a lot would be self-taught because of the fast pace, but going to class seemed like a waste of time. Prof. Hanai could definitely have done a better job. It's one thing to teach your students all you can and then have them refer to the text if they have questions while at home, but it's another thing to glaze over the subject in class and have them learn at home.
No other comments.
He needs to prep practice questions before class so that he is not making up problems on the spot, it makes for bad incomplete notes.
18. Other comments:
Homework would have been fantastic to help with grade..
;)
AWESOME
No.
Whenever I asked you a question in class, your manner of answering was very condescending. I feel like you cannot relate to someone who is new to the subject and doesn't know anything about it, because you have been practicing the material so long. I'm sure you know the material very well, and to you, everything seems like common sense or very obvious, but I haven't studied science for the past three years. I come from a social work background, where things are not really quantifiable. If you could have related to me more and not made me feel like an idiot because I needed extra explanation, that would have made the course much more enjoyable.
No other comments.

Aaron Hanai: PHYS151L, Summer I 2013     Back to top

Campus: Kapiolani Community College Department: Math & Science
Course: PHYS 151L - College Physics Laboratory I Crn (Section): 35133 (0)    
1. The course objectives and procedures were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.5 10 1.27 Freq(%) 1 (10%) 1 (10%) 2 (20%) 4 (40%) 2 (20%)
2. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.1 10 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 5 (50%) 3 (30%) 0 (0%)
3. The course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.1 10 1.1 Freq(%) 1 (10%) 2 (20%) 2 (20%) 5 (50%) 0 (0%)
4. The instructor knew the subject area.
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%)
5. The instructor encouraged students' participation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.3 10 0.95 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 4 (40%) 3 (30%) 1 (10%)
6. The course material was presented in a clear and effective way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
2.9 10 1.1 Freq(%) 1 (10%) 2 (20%) 5 (50%) 1 (10%) 1 (10%)
7. The instructor provided a good atmosphere for learning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.5 10 0.97 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (10%) 5 (50%) 2 (20%) 2 (20%)
8. The instructor encouraged me to think for myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.8 10 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (40%) 4 (40%) 2 (20%)
9. The instructor graded tests and assignments fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 10 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 4 (40%) 4 (40%)
10. The instructor informed students of their grades on exams and assignments promptly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.5 10 1.08 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (30%) 0 (0%) 6 (60%) 1 (10%)
11. The instructor demonstrated concern for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.4 10 1.17 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (30%) 2 (20%) 3 (30%) 2 (20%)
12. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 10 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (20%) 6 (60%) 2 (20%)
13. What are the instructor's major strengths as a teacher?
He knows his subject very well and is willing to help.
He is knowledgeable at the material that we were learning and tries his best to make the students thoroughly understand the concepts.
Knowledge base for course is excellent.
Knows the course material very well. Is able to break down a chapter into what it is; teaches the chapter quickly.
Very intelligent and knowledgeable on the subject.
14. What changes, if any, do you suggest to the instructor?
Demonstrate the lab once so we know how to set up the lab and perform them the labs report guides do help but sometimes is not enough.
Grade our labs earlier and return on time.
Give students mock exams. Problems from the book may be similar but don't always prepare the student for the tests.
The lab guide needs to be updated badly. you have to go back in forth between two guides and guess if your doing the right thing.
An intro to the lab would have been nice. Things like: -location of lab materials -what we are practicing that day It would have been good if we were introduced to the topic before we were told to do the lab. We got answers only when we asked. I read the lab procedure beforehand, but this was still confusing.
15. How did the instructor show concern for students?
He is willing to help and allows us to improve our grades by giving us another chance to get a higher grade.
He walked around the classroom and would further explain the lab information if we were confused.
Allowed students who were not in the lab but in the class to visit him during the lab session to get additional help.
He came to class on time
16. Would you recommend this instructor to students? Why or why not?
Yes because he is a good teacher.
Yes, because he is a patient and understanding Professor.
Teaches the subject quickly and what you need to know and none of the filler and fluff material. His grading is fair. His course layout is also well organized.
I would recommend this instructor to students who already are familiar with the subject matter.
17. What else would you like to say about this instructor?
Very nice teacher.
18. Other comments:
Group work is unfortunate.

Aaron Hanai: CE270, Spring 2013     Back to top

Campus: Kapiolani Community College Department: Math & Science
Course: CE 270 - Applied Mechanics I Crn (Section): 33897 (0)    
1. The course objectives and procedures were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 27 0.54 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 6 (22%) 20 (74%)
2. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.41 27 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (11%) 10 (37%) 14 (52%)
3. The course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.48 27 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (11%) 8 (30%) 16 (59%)
4. The instructor knew the subject area.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.89 27 0.32 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (11%) 24 (89%)
5. The instructor encouraged students' participation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.81 27 1.04 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (11%) 8 (30%) 7 (26%) 9 (33%)
6. The course material was presented in a clear and effective way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 27 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (7%) 11 (41%) 14 (52%)
7. The instructor provided a good atmosphere for learning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.37 27 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (11%) 11 (41%) 13 (48%)
8. The instructor encouraged me to think for myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.44 27 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (11%) 9 (33%) 15 (56%)
9. The instructor graded tests and assignments fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.56 27 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 10 (37%) 16 (59%)
10. The instructor informed students of their grades on exams and assignments promptly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.35 27 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 2 (7%) 10 (37%) 13 (48%)
11. The instructor demonstrated concern for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 27 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (4%) 4 (15%) 10 (37%) 12 (44%)
12. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 27 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (41%) 16 (59%)
13. What are the instructor's major strengths as a teacher?
He is able to clearly show and demonstrate ideas and topics in an online environment. He has good communication skills.
He is very knowledgeable in the subjects that he teaches.
He is so smart and able to help us!
Able to clearly explain the topics and also clearly laid out what was expected from us.
knows the subject area very well. he can relate to real life engineering application, and knows which concepts are important and which one's not so much.
He know's the subject very well.
Dr. Hanai is probably the most knowledgable professor I have ever had, and not just with the coursework. Occasionally, a student will need or want to curb their curiosity and ask what seems like an off the wall question. But honestly, Dr. Hanai brilliant at relating things to a much more tangible example for students because of his diverse background.
His knowledge of Physics amazes me. Inspires students to excel. He doesn't have notes in class, yet writes so much on the board with good communication skills and organization.
Very clear concise explanations of material.
Knowledge of material, understanding of students needs, good online format, gave good examples, was very fair on exam problems.
He knows his material bur more examples done during the lecture would help
helpful, great sense of responsibility khowledgeable
He is extremely knowledgeable and able to convey the material in a logical and concise manner. He was always available during office hours and even accessible and willing to help out side of set hours. He grades fairly and promptly always letting students know where they stand.
He goes through a examples that are similar to those on the midterms.
He knows the material well and is able to present it in a clear understandable way. Very prepared and organized during lectures.
taught the material very well
He knows his stuff and he is very smart.
He knows everything what he is talking about on the lectures, and his lecture is pretty neat so that I can understand by looking up myself after.
Very knowledgable Explains subject in detail
Aaron gives a lot of in class examples and he explains them thoroughly.
Very knowledgable about the subject.
Great method of teaching.
14. What changes, if any, do you suggest to the instructor?
Maybe do a little bit more examples in class to help re enforce some of the material
Suggest some specific problems out of the book that highlight the key points, or give us problems to do on our own between classes and go over it the next class. We do plenty of practice problems in class, but it would help to try it on our own first.
Totally is great! Be more friendly to answer question will be greater.
It would be nice to have additional practice exams or worksheets to get a feel for how you will be testing.
I'd rather take this class in-class instead of online.
None.
None. I had the luxury of having Dr. Hanai for three courses now. Physics 170 this semester, and EE211 and CE270 this semester. Many of the gripes that I may have had back then are now nonexistent. For example, I felt the exams early last semester didn't reflect the goals of the course (Physics 170), but now it is much better. I don't feel as if I am subject to unrealistic expectations (though it wasn't likely the case even last semester either). I think we as students are being taught what will be necessary for us to be successful engineers, and any student should appreciate that.
Tests were lengthy in my opinion, but it made me a better student.
Be more explicit about material covered that is not pertinent to exams (Pappus-Guldinus, friction between threads, bearings, etc.) Took too long to grade midterm 3 which is crucial to final grade. Give more examples instead of derivations with regard to hard topics such as moments of inertia and the parallel axis theorem (when to translate axes, translations for composite systems relative to coordinate system, etc.) Bigger curve if possible.
More examples done
none
Ask for more participation in class. Make class a little more exicting.
None, class is great.
none
I think at certain parts of the course could have been explained better. For the third mid-term, the material taught seemed simple while the test for it was extremely difficult. I thought that we could have spent more time on it then we did and it seemed like he rushed this section.
I needed more examples at that time when i was on lecture. sometimes i was still confused to understand how it works.
Homework problems?
15. How did the instructor show concern for students?
He frequently asks questions and is available for help.
Always asking if we have any questions.
Helpful and Clear.
He tried to go over new materials as early as possible before exams to give the students enough time to study the new materials. He gives extra credit on the tests.
Able to talk to him outside of class, provided opportunities to for the student to do better in class.
He showed concern by being available throughout his hectic schedule, as well as ensuring we understand the material and are prepared for the exams.
Went over problems that many students had missed.
Answers questions and reviews concepts that students have a hard time understanding. Records lectures, gives pdf version of notes, willing to help outside of class, cares about student feedback, gives extra credit, fair amount of problems on tests and problems similar to suggested book work and lecture examples, emphasizes material that is important to future courses in engineering.
He is very helpful
He would tell us what is important to know for midterms.
Was helpful during office hours, though he taught so many classes these were very limited.
always went over stuff if you asked
He always responded when i needed to talk to me.
He answers questions in chat to the best of his ablilty.
Extra credit opportunities.
16. Would you recommend this instructor to students? Why or why not?
Yes, he give good and clear explanations especially in an online environment.
Yes. He is a good teacher.
Sure, I will. His class is useful!
For the most part, I would say yes.
Yes I would. He knows all the things very well and can answer all your questions on the subject. He teaches the concept and examples, not only the one or the other.
I would recommend him as a professor for a lecture class only. It was extremely difficult to learn statics online.
No comment.
I would without a doubt. As an engineering professor, I love that he has a diverse background (Mechanical Engineering and Physics) because, for one, he is able to make perfect analogies for us students that I am not sure other professors could do; secondly, he is able to show the ways the world connects around us. How analyzing a bridge is similar to analyzing a circuit, etc. Additionally, having worked in the industry as an engineer, the amount of real-life advice he was able to give us was very valuable. It was a privilege being taught by Dr. Hanai, and honestly, I wish he was coming to UH with a lot of us as a professor.
Yes. You will be prepared for higher level math physics or engineering classes.
I would recommend Dr. Hanai to other students largely because he covered more material than identical courses. He also explained the concepts using common vernacular that made it much easier to understand in comparison to explanations using mainly math and proofs.
Yes he is a good professor who cares for students yet will prepare them well for engineering.
Yes if you can teach yourself a subject
Yes, an excellent professor.
He is a pretty good teacher and easy to understand and folow.
I would definitely recommend him for CE 270. I have a far better understanding of subjects that I thought I already knew, and I look forward to taking his 271 class next semester. Well maybe not "looking forward to", but I wouldn't want to take it from anyone else.
Yes
Sure
YES! He knows everything what he teaches to students. He knows stuff very well. And his exam is fair.
Yes. Good teacher. Very straightforward. Teaches at level that can be understood.
Yes, because he is a great teacher.
Yes, great method of teaching material.
17. What else would you like to say about this instructor?
Thank you for offering this class online.
Thank you! Your class is useful and I learn a lot from you!
None.
The amount that Dr. Hanai has improved as a professor is amazing and I would just recommend that he keeps doing what he is doing.
He deserves an A+ when graded on his teaching performance.
Makes a very difficult class passable for a majority of the students.
Excellent professor
He's a pretty good professor and cares about his students.
none
Is there any way to get more info about internships?
18. Other comments:
He is awesome! Wish Dr.Hanai can teach another class and I can still learn from him!
I like in-class courses better; I'm not a big fan of online classes and Blackboard. That's the only thing that could be improved, at least from the viewpoint of a KCC student.
None.
Thank you for a rewarding semester. Come to UH! Not a comment for Dr. Hanai in particular, but having CE270 online is really not the best way to learn that course material in my opinion.
Thank you Aaron for an awesome semester! Three classes with you... all of them were amusing. All the best to you and your family.
Would look forward to future classes with Aaron.
I think this class could be taught more effectively in a class room and the medium at which it is taught is sufficient. Most of the class is sitting in library or empty classrooms on campus to take an online class which just isn't the same as sitting in class with he teacher.

Aaron Hanai: CE271, Spring 2013     Back to top

Campus: Kapiolani Community College Department: Math & Science
Course: CE 271 - Applied Mechanics II Crn (Section): 33898 (0)    
1. The course objectives and procedures were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (33%) 10 (67%)
2. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 15 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 3 (20%) 10 (67%)
3. The course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (33%) 10 (67%)
4. The instructor knew the subject area.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.87 15 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 13 (87%)
5. The instructor encouraged students' participation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 15 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (7%) 5 (33%) 9 (60%)
6. The course material was presented in a clear and effective way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.53 15 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (47%) 8 (53%)
7. The instructor provided a good atmosphere for learning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 15 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (33%) 10 (67%)
8. The instructor encouraged me to think for myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 15 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (40%) 9 (60%)
9. The instructor graded tests and assignments fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.73 15 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (27%) 11 (73%)
10. The instructor informed students of their grades on exams and assignments promptly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 15 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (40%) 9 (60%)
11. The instructor demonstrated concern for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 15 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (40%) 9 (60%)
12. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 15 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (40%) 9 (60%)
13. What are the instructor's major strengths as a teacher?
His teaching makes a difficult subject easy to understand. If there is confusion, he helps us look at the problem in different way.
Very knowledgeable of subject and taught class well
He definitely knows the material.
Aaron is good at communicating clearly, and simplifying tough concepts.
knows his stuff.
change hard material to easy one. good explaining
He knows his material really well so that when students ask questions, he knows how to answer them. Also he is very easy to talk to and ask for help on anything.
Knows his stuff
Great at explaining the material clearly. Tries to slow down the class when a student doesn't understand. He has great office hours for students who need one on one help. He's even greater at explaining the concept one on one.
Able to make complicated subjects simple and really one of the best teachers I have ever had. Also very friendly and approachable.
Presented detailed information on the material.
14. What changes, if any, do you suggest to the instructor?
none
Take more time on the last topic.
none.
nothing
None
Nothing, great professor the way he is.
None, I think his classes are great and I love his approach and style.
15. How did the instructor show concern for students?
He was available to answer any questions that we had during his office hours and after class.
Tried to help with questions we had
He answered any questions that students had during, before, and after class.
Carefully
making up test for students missing class, or explain every test he turns back to students
He always had his office door open for students as well as during and after class. He seemed like he enjoyed helping students understand the subjects of the courses he is teaching.
Went over materials that students didnt quite understand
Tries encourage students to try harder by including extra credit on exams.
He is always available if you need extra help and does a great job of relating course material to the real world.
Kept students involved and answered questions.
16. Would you recommend this instructor to students? Why or why not?
Yes, he is very fair in grading and is very helpful.
Sure
Yes I would recommend professor Hanai to other students because he knows this material very well.
Yes.
yes. class may be hard because of the material, but you would understand everything if you take him
Sure!! Nice and easy teacher to get to know and learn from.
Yes, Aaron is a great teacher and awesome person
Of course. He's one of the best physics and engineering professors at KCC
Absolutely, best teacher I've had. Friendly, knows his stuff and has a knack for teaching that is rare.
Yes, very understandable teacher.
17. What else would you like to say about this instructor?
Good teacher
The class can be tough, but it's good.
Give him a raise.
nthing
He is also a great mentor for research projects as he had lots of knowledge to help guide our project in the right direction.
N/a
Give him tenure. Great teacher, great person, and a tremendous asset to KCC.
18. Other comments:
Seriously, give the dude a raise.
nothing
N/a

Aaron Hanai: EE211, Spring 2013     Back to top

Campus: Kapiolani Community College Department: Math & Science
Course: EE 211 - Basic Circuit Analysis Crn (Section): 33960 (0)    
1. The course objectives and procedures were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 16 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 14 (88%)
2. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 16 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 2 (13%) 13 (81%)
3. The course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.81 16 0.4 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (19%) 13 (81%)
4. The instructor knew the subject area.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.94 16 0.25 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 15 (94%)
5. The instructor encouraged students' participation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 16 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 4 (25%) 10 (63%)
6. The course material was presented in a clear and effective way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 16 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (25%) 12 (75%)
7. The instructor provided a good atmosphere for learning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 16 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (25%) 12 (75%)
8. The instructor encouraged me to think for myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 16 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 3 (19%) 12 (75%)
9. The instructor graded tests and assignments fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 16 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 14 (88%)
10. The instructor informed students of their grades on exams and assignments promptly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 16 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (25%) 12 (75%)
11. The instructor demonstrated concern for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.69 16 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 3 (19%) 12 (75%)
12. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 16 0.34 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (13%) 14 (88%)
13. What are the instructor's major strengths as a teacher?
Very knowledgeable and serious. Can communicate with students and his tests are definitely asking a lot from the student.
Dr. Aaron Hanai demonstrated exceptional knowledge about the course of study. He transferred the information in a way that allowed the students to connect with material. He was also able to adjust his teaching methods so that any type of student was able to learn even the difficult material. He was also very tenacious in in helping students to learn about this course. Overall Dr. Aaron Hanai is an excellent teacher because he is very knowledgeable, very helpful, and very good at transferring the information to students.
He knew his subject
Knows the subject very well, and was fair.
Knowledge in the material. He always talks about what the textbook says but he doesn't even have the book with him.
taught the material very well and explained everything in detail
Great teacher knowledgeable, able to correlate material to the other classes he teaches as well. Improves with every semester I have taken a class from him.
Great at explaining the material clearly for us students to understand. Encourages students to try work for themselves to pass the class.
Please see CE270 review.
Great concepts to teaching material
Aaron is good at explaining things simply and is not worried about the crap.
He knows his material really well so that when students ask questions, he knows how to answer them. Also he is very easy to talk to and ask for help on anything.
14. What changes, if any, do you suggest to the instructor?
Tests seemed to be very lengthy and high paced. I think better preparation of the test's format would have given me a better start.
I would not change anything about the course.
none
None.
A little more insight into what the exams will be focused on.
none
Nothing, he is a great teacher the way he is.
Please see CE270 review.
None.
None
15. How did the instructor show concern for students?
Would go over material that students had trouble on. Was always there for help.
Dr. Aaron Hanai shows a lot of concern for the students. He is dedicated to making sure that all the students in his class understand the material and that the students are able to comprehend the concepts. If the students need help, Dr. Aaron Hanai will take the extra time to make sure that the students retain the all the information needed for the course.
Easy to talk to in or out of class. Provided opportunities to do better in class.
Lots of generous extra credit opportunities.
always explained everything and was fair
If one student didn't understand the concept he would slow the class down so the student won't get left behind.
Please see CE270 review.
Giving extracredit to help aid students
He would always ask if we had questions or if we understood.
He always had his office door open for students as well as during and after class. He seemed like he enjoyed helping students understand the subjects of the courses he is teaching.
16. Would you recommend this instructor to students? Why or why not?
Yes! You will understand the material and be prepared for more advanced classes.
I recommend Dr. Aaron Hanai to all students that are taking any of the engineering courses. The material of the courses is hard enough, but Dr. Hanai is able to alleviate the difficulty by his various teaching methods.
Yes.
No comment.
Yes. He teaches very thoroughly and uses lots of helpful metaphors to build circuit intuition
yes
Of course. He's one of the greatest physics and engineering professor at KCC.
Please see CE270 review.
yes, great method of teaching
Yes, he is a really good teacher and person.
Sure!! Nice and easy teacher to get to know and learn from.
17. What else would you like to say about this instructor?
He is clear and intelligent... there was never a dull moment.
Nice teacher
None.
none
N/a
Please see CE270 review.
Great teaching
Give him a raise.
He is also a great mentor for research projects as he had lots of knowledge to help guide our project in the right direction.
18. Other comments:
Thank you Aaron for a great semester!
None.
none
The labs are to simple and overlap with physics 272L.
N/a
Please see CE270 review. Please come to UH!

Aaron Hanai: EE296, Spring 2013     Back to top

Campus: Kapiolani Community College Department: Math & Science
Course: EE 296 - Sophomore Project Crn (Section): 33966 (0)    
1. The course objectives and procedures were clear.
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%) 2 (100%)
2. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
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%) 2 (100%)
3. The course was well organized.
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%) 2 (100%)
4. The instructor knew the subject area.
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%) 2 (100%)
5. The instructor encouraged students' participation.
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%) 2 (100%)
6. The course material was presented in a clear and effective way.
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%) 2 (100%)
7. The instructor provided a good atmosphere for learning.
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%) 2 (100%)
8. The instructor encouraged me to think for myself.
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%) 2 (100%)
9. The instructor graded tests and assignments fairly.
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%) 2 (100%)
10. The instructor informed students of their grades on exams and assignments promptly.
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%) 2 (100%)
11. The instructor demonstrated concern for students.
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%) 2 (100%)
12. The instructor treated students fairly.
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%) 2 (100%)
13. What are the instructor's major strengths as a teacher?
No survey responses were found.
14. What changes, if any, do you suggest to the instructor?
No survey responses were found.
15. How did the instructor show concern for students?
He was always available for help when we had questions
16. Would you recommend this instructor to students? Why or why not?
yes. He's a nice guy and is very knowledgable about the material.
17. What else would you like to say about this instructor?
No survey responses were found.
18. Other comments:
No survey responses were found.

Aaron Hanai: PHYS170, Spring 2013     Back to top

Campus: Kapiolani Community College Department: Math & Science
Course: PHYS 170 - General Physics I Crn (Section): 34104 (0)    
1. The course objectives and procedures were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.75 20 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (40%) 9 (45%) 3 (15%)
2. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.75 20 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (35%) 11 (55%) 2 (10%)
3. The course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.55 20 0.94 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 4 (20%) 3 (15%) 11 (55%) 2 (10%)
4. The instructor knew the subject area.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 20 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (30%) 14 (70%)
5. The instructor encouraged students' participation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.55 20 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (15%) 7 (35%) 6 (30%) 4 (20%)
6. The course material was presented in a clear and effective way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.4 20 0.99 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 4 (20%) 7 (35%) 6 (30%) 3 (15%)
7. The instructor provided a good atmosphere for learning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.68 20 0.95 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (15%) 3 (15%) 10 (50%) 3 (15%)
8. The instructor encouraged me to think for myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 20 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 3 (15%) 11 (55%) 5 (25%)
9. The instructor graded tests and assignments fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.35 20 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%) 10 (50%) 9 (45%)
10. The instructor informed students of their grades on exams and assignments promptly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.55 20 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 7 (35%) 12 (60%)
11. The instructor demonstrated concern for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 20 0.73 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (25%) 10 (50%) 5 (25%)
12. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.45 20 0.6 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 9 (45%) 10 (50%)
13. What are the instructor's major strengths as a teacher?
Well know the subject material.
Knows the material very well
He knows all the material very well and find a lot of short ways to solve the problems.
Aaron Hanai is very knowledgable in physics as well as related fields such as civil and mechanical engineering. He provides precise methods for solving the problems he presents in class, and the tests generally follow the class material very closely. He is also friendly and available for questions and concerns.
Physics is a very difficult subject to learn, but he was very effective in teaching it. He provided several examples about each subject, and it related to the exams and quizzes we had. He taught the material at a decent pace, so I wasn't that overwhelmed in learning a lot of material.
very understanding and knowledgeable
He understands his material very well and can create different problems/examples on the material he is teaching.
He knows his stuff and he uses every minute of the class effectively.
He really knows his material Pretty good at explaining his material too
He knows this subject really well
Understanding of what information was important and needed to be conveyed to the students. Mastery of the subject matter.
he knows what he teaches
He is nice. He knows physics very well.
14. What changes, if any, do you suggest to the instructor?
more examples
we need more detail for Phys 170 class .
Please write the things on the board bigger because I cannot really see them if I set at the back row. And please let students do some homework problems that the exam might include because I didn't really know what kind of material would be on the exam.
It would be really helpful if Aaron Hanai presented course material and practice problems in a more accessible way for students. The formulas and techniques used in solving problems are covered very quickly; if the speed at which he wrote on the blackboard was slowed down that would give us time for the new material to sink in, instead of just trying to copy everything down and then trying to recall the context of our notes outside of class. Mr. Hanai's method of teaching problems is difficult to follow if the nature of the problem is not intuitive; he seems to explain the steps of the problems for the perspective of students who already have a foundation of the knowledge necessary to understand it. It would be great if Mr. Hanai assigned homework as well, whether it be online or on paper.
For the third midterm, I had slight difficulty understanding the last three chapters, and it affected my grade. I would've wanted him to go over practice problems more in class, than just mostly talking about what it was about.
I would suggest providing a review session or a practice test prior to our exams.
He just needs to give more examples to students.
He is really smart and everyone knows that, but we are not as smart as he is so sometimes it is very hard to understand Do some homework I think it would really help
More examples with actual numbers .
Sample exams or homework problems that prepared us for the exams.
He can talk louder, write the words bigger and more clear.
15. How did the instructor show concern for students?
extra credit
He answer all the questions that we asked.
Aaron Hanai followed the trends of class performance on his exams, and gave opportunities for the class make up points if we struggled on a particular exam. He also is welcoming of questions after and outside of class, and maintains a friendly disposition.
He allowed opportunities for extra credit and made himself available outside of class. I also liked how he gave us the the opportunity to ask student tutors for help.
good and close communication with student
He would ask if we understand and give us a "heads up" on the next test and the new material so that students could prepare themselves.
Provides Extra Credit Has office hours everyday
He offered extra credit to those who needed
Understood how difficult the course was and told us in the beginning that in order to pass you would need to put many hours of work in. Gave opportunities to improve our grades.
He welcome us to ask question.
16. Would you recommend this instructor to students? Why or why not?
Yes, I learned a lot from him.
maybe
I won't recommend Aaron Hanai to students because students may not able to understand the material that he talk about in class and need to spend a lot of time for working on homework problems. But I think he will be a very good professor if they make everything clearly and easy for students to understand.
I would recommend Aaron Hanai to students who have recently taken previous physics classes in high school or college. I would not recommend Mr. Hanai if the student has little prior academic experience with physics, and also would recommend that the student has completed all four semesters of claculus, as some if the techniques discussed in class are from calulus 3 and calculus 4, and while Mr. Hanai explains the math techniques necessary, he does them very quickly so it is difficult to learn them, as well as apply them to new physics concepts.
For people who are interested in taking Physics, I would highly recommend taking Hanai. The way he talks in class, the way he presents the material, and the pace he goes at is a lot more better than other physics teachers I encountered before.
Yes, he is a fair grader and the material is presented well.
Yes I recommend him to other students because he is really passionate about his subject and he is able to explain the things and make thins much easier for students.
Yes if you don't have a job because maybe you could go to the office hours and plus sessions
Yes he knows his subject really well,
Yes, definitely if you are prepared to attend class and pay attention. This is a difficult subject and if you can do that, you will at least pass the class.
Yes, because overall he is a good teacher.
17. What else would you like to say about this instructor?
nothing
None
Aaron Hanai is a good-spirited and very knowledgable instructor. I believe that if he adjusted his teaching style (perhaps in ways as mentioned above), he would be a great instructor to learn from.
None
honestly I really learned a lot in this class and Hanai made the class interesting but the only thing was that exams were a little bit tough
Hard to believe people this hard working or brilliant are around. Seems to know the material exceptionally well. I spent a lot of time studying this semester and will barely get an A or get a solid B depending on whether I ace the final. My fault, as I didn't really study for the 3rd exam, but still.
He can do better.
18. Other comments:
None
None
Thank you professor for your all your efforts you did this semester for us. For sure now I love physics more :)
Wish I could take PHY272 or CE270 under Aaron as he is one of my favorite professors
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Aaron Hanai: PHYS170L, Spring 2013     Back to top

Campus: Kapiolani Community College Department: Math & Science
Course: PHYS 170L - General Physics Lab I Crn (Section): 34106 (0)    
1. The course objectives and procedures were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 9 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 5 (56%)
2. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 9 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (44%) 4 (44%)
3. The course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 9 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (44%) 4 (44%)
4. The instructor knew the subject area.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.57 9 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 4 (44%)
5. The instructor encouraged students' participation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 9 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 2 (22%) 5 (56%)
6. The course material was presented in a clear and effective way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 9 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 3 (33%) 4 (44%)
7. The instructor provided a good atmosphere for learning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 9 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (44%) 4 (44%)
8. The instructor encouraged me to think for myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 9 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 5 (56%)
9. The instructor graded tests and assignments fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 9 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 5 (56%)
10. The instructor informed students of their grades on exams and assignments promptly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 9 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (11%) 2 (22%) 5 (56%)
11. The instructor demonstrated concern for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 9 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (44%) 4 (44%)
12. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 9 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (33%) 5 (56%)
13. What are the instructor's major strengths as a teacher?
very understanding and supportive to students
He is nice. He explains the procedure of the experiment and show us.
Aaron really knows the material, almost to a flaw. With a high understanding, at times it seems that he may have a hard time bringing it down to be more easily understood.
14. What changes, if any, do you suggest to the instructor?
He can make and organize the lab better.
It would have been helpful (to me at least) if when we went over example problems in class we solved them directly and came to a final answer. Just leaving things in the form of all variables tends to be a little confusing, especially when you're still trying to get a hang of everything.
15. How did the instructor show concern for students?
He have good close communication with students all the time
When we asked him how to do, he was willing to show us.
Going over any questions people had, offering a couple of extra credit opportunities, encouraging students to attend the PLUS sessions, etc.
16. Would you recommend this instructor to students? Why or why not?
Yes, because overall he is a good professor.
I would recommend him, but I would let the students know that they may have a hard time following along from time to time. I never attended the PLUS sessions but I'm sure these would help tremendously.
17. What else would you like to say about this instructor?
Write the words bigger and more clear.
He knows the material very well, but I think because he is pretty new to teaching it can be hard to make it easier to understand.
18. Other comments:
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Sometimes when you go off on tangents, it is useful to give us background information to help things link together. But at the same time it can be distracting and confuse us as we try to focus on a new subject, start taking notes, and then at the end you tell us that it's not something we need to know for class. I would say it's nice to give a little background, but getting into all the math behind it can be confusing. Had a lot of fun in the class though.

Aaron Hanai: CE270, Fall 2012     Back to top

Campus: Kapiolani Community College Department: Math & Science
Course: CE 270 - Applied Mechanics I Crn (Section): 31557 (0)     32229 (0)    
1. The course objectives and procedures were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.9 10 0.57 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (13%) 7 (70%) 7 (23%)
2. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.5 10 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 6 (20%) 4 (40%) 11 (37%) 4 (13%)
3. The course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 10 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 5 (17%) 5 (17%) 6 (60%) 5 (17%)
4. The instructor knew the subject area.
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%) 15 (50%)
5. The instructor encouraged students' participation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.0 10 1.05 Freq(%) 1 (10%) 7 (23%) 12 (40%) 1 (10%) 2 (7%)
6. The course material was presented in a clear and effective way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.8 10 1.03 Freq(%) 1 (10%) 4 (13%) 0 (0%) 8 (80%) 5 (17%)
7. The instructor provided a good atmosphere for learning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.8 10 1.03 Freq(%) 1 (10%) 3 (10%) 0 (0%) 8 (80%) 4 (13%)
8. The instructor encouraged me to think for myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.3 10 0.48 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 21 (70%) 4 (13%)
9. The instructor graded tests and assignments fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.33 30 1.3 Freq(%) 4 (13%) 4 (13%) 2 (20%) 12 (40%) 3 (30%)
10. The instructor informed students of their grades on exams and assignments promptly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 30 0.95 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 1 (10%) 1 (10%) 15 (50%) 4 (40%)
11. The instructor demonstrated concern for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.3 30 1.02 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 1 (10%) 9 (30%) 11 (37%) 1 (10%)
12. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.72 30 1.0 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 4 (13%) 5 (50%) 3 (30%)
13. What are the instructor's major strengths as a teacher?
He knew subject material.
He really knew the subject well and was available for help during his office hours.
He's a very nice guy. If you ask him for help, he's very polite and helpful.
He knows the subject area very well and could explain a concept in different ways in order for us to understand.
Very knowledgeable on engineering topics
proof, explaining
The online class was nice. He really knew the subject well.
knowledgeable precise
His knowledge of the material
He definitely knows the course material well.
He knows the subject matter very well and explains things very clearly. I liked the format of the class and being able to go back and listen to recordings of the lecture when necessary. That helped a lot.
Knew his stuff
Knew subject well
He knew the material very well.
He knows the subject.
plenty of example problems
Great at breaking it down for us to easily to understand the materials.
Hanai is very knowledgeable about his subject of Applied Mechanics. He is very organized and operates in a well timed manner. Even though the class was instructed online, he made the tools useful for students to ask and answer quastions.
Good at explaining the material.
Aaron knows his material very well. He can easily answer questions students ask, and he can explain everything clearly and in an understandable way.
Knows the subject
He knows his topic
He knew the subject well.
He is very straight forward on his tests and goes over the information in the class that will be on the tests
He knew the material really well.
14. What changes, if any, do you suggest to the instructor?
give homework for partial grade instead of 4 test determine whole class grade.
Less problems on exam, not enough time
I would recommend having students to sign in and be in class rather than making it an option to be in class or not. But then again he saves the recordings which is good.
There was one midterm taken that could have used a review day to ask questions..., but other than that, the class is great!
Be more detailed in explaining lessons. A bit hard to relate and understand how to solve for multiple unknowns sometimes. Finish at least the first 2-3 examples used in detail (varied in degree of difficulty, i.e. easy, medium, hard) when shown in lecture. Not all students can follow train of thought especially when done mentally without writing out steps and view them as easy once its partially set up. It is important to learn by doing, but having some incomplete examples to look back on makes it harder to do so.
don't rush on the very last chapters
Make the class not based solely on exams. Homeworks, extra credit, etc... Have practice exams to give out w/ solutions. Study Guide. When he does online problems, if he could finish the problems completely through. When reviewing the classes online, its very easy to get confused.
Online is not a good way to learn this material be at your office during office hours
Less Problems on Exams
More class participation.
I would highly recommend reimplementing homework into this course. Although a significant amount of the material covered comes from physics 170, I felt that homework would have really helped to better understand the material and provide more discussion for online classroom lectures.
The exams were unreasonably long. The questions were fair but the grading was harsh, especially without a curve. There was not enough to do a complete job and have time to go back and check for any mistakes, especially with the vast number of calculations. There was barely time enough to finish exams, much less to check work.
Be stricter on people who go overtime
There are too many problems on exams! Two hours is not enough. Either shorten the exams or lengthen the time allotted for exams. Assigned homework would be more helpful than just suggesting problems. Whatever happened to Mastering Engineering assignments? That would have been beneficial, in my opinion.
A review day is helpful to clear up some areas that we didn't understand in the previous classes. Also a longer time for the tests or fewer problems.
more quizzes and higher weight for quiz scores
Include more office hours for students to get help?
I would suggest some homework to be assigned so students are forced to practice the problems and concepts being taught.
shorter tests
The class is based off of calculations. I would suggest showing more examples than proofs so that students know how to do the calculations well.
more time on exams
The tests had too many questions for the alloted time. It is too stressful for students, especially when they have to take it at the testing center and keep track of their own time.
Less problem on the exam or more time to finish the exam
To give less problems on the tests.
take extra time too explain some topics
15. How did the instructor show concern for students?
Really helpful during his office hours.
He made sure we understood concepts before moving on to another and made himself available to his students through office hours.
Would sometimes ask if students had questions as he was going through lesson. Otherwise we type in our questions and he answers after.
not really
He had office hours
Reviews before exams. A quiz at the beginning of the semester to acquaint us with the testing center.
He was consistent in the office hours that he had open to students. I was also willing to help students through textbook problems.
I didn't notice.
He listens to what we have to say and gives his best answer.
helped solve hw problems online
When we had tons of questions, he would stop his lecturing and explain to us in detail of what we didn't understand?
Didn't.
gave extra credit and answered any and all questions students asked.
When Aaron mentioned an extra credit opportunity, he showed that he had concern for us to do well in the class.
asking questions
He answered question the students had
N/A
He just told us to do homework.
16. Would you recommend this instructor to students? Why or why not?
Sure!
Yes, because he grades fairly and the work load isn't overwhelming.
Yes. This subject is the "foot in the door" to a very tedious and difficult career path. Prof. Hanai makes learning interesting.
I would recommend him if the class included mandatory homework into our grades as well since "suggested" homework makes students lazier to do it. Also if the class was an in-classroom lecture. Teaching engineering online makes it harder to ask questions as we can only type them and sometimes it sounds like the professor isn't sure of his own explanations. If we were in a physical classroom, it'd be easier to ask questions as well ignore any tone variation in voice since we could look at body language for confirmation on a topic.
yes, learning a lot.
Unfortunately no. Unless they grasp physics very well, and have A LOT of time to dedicate to the class. The exams although used many problems from the assigned homework, many of them were the hardest ones to grasp, and not enough problems that tested the student on basics-intermediate.
He is a tough grader with little partial credit on exams that, when done meticulously would take far more than the allotted time. There is little opportunity to make up for lost points. I would not recommend this class to a full-time student
Yes, he is fair on the exams, does not try to trick you.
I would probably not recommend Aaron Hanai to students. I would only suggest him to another student if they did extremely well in physics 170 and have a strong background in calculus. I personally felt that he rushed through a lot of the math and physics as it was a "review of physics 170 material." Therefore, if a student has a strong background in these two areas they would probably do really well in this course.
Yes, because you can definitely learn a lot from him because he knows the material and presents it clearly.
yes, hes great
My only comment on this is that you must work very hard. The class is not easy to pass, let alone get a good grade.
Yes. This is better than taking it at Manoa with a lot more people.
yes, the online class works around alot of busy schedules
Of course, great professor. Nice guy and easy to approach if you need help
I would reccomend Hanai to other students if his classes were taught in a classroom setting. Even though Hanai was fairly understanding in an online setting, the course of Applied Mechanics must be taught in class in order for a student to fully comprehend the course material.
Yes, but he is very detailed.
I would recommend Aaron to other students if they can work hard and study frequently outside of class hours.
yes, because he is a good professor
No. Although he knows the material well, the online system is ineffective and he does not grade fairly.
Yes and No, he's a good teacher and knows the subject well but the exams were a little bit challenging because of the amount of problems and time constraint.
I would recommend Aaron as a teacher, because the way he presents his information is straight forward and understandable.
Yes but I will tell student that this class is hard
17. What else would you like to say about this instructor?
Very knowledgeable and brilliant in engineering and its courses, however its sometimes hard to understand topics because Professor Hanai is so brilliant. He says lots of the work in the examples used are easy so may skip some steps, but it might not always come as quick and simple to students learning, especially since most is relatively new material or hasn't been seen/applied in a while. Regardless, Hanai seems like a very kind professor!
hehe
As a person, a nice guy.
good attitude overall
He is extremely intelligent in physics and civil engineering. I personally think that he should teach higher level courses as his background and teaching style would be a better match to those students.
Good lecturer, but exams were too long. It felt like taking a final every time and without a curve it was worse.
I strongly felt that he wasn't really fond of our class because our level of knowledge wasn't up to par with his past classes. He expects you to really know the subject well, especially if the material he's covering is a review of previous material learned.
he is a good teacher
TAKE HIS CLASS GREAT PROFESSOR¡
Great teacher; seems like an awesome guy. Very structured and organized and knows a lot about the courses he teaches.
He seems to favor students that have KCC as their home campus.
Nice guy, please put a curve on your grading
18. Other comments:
omg
On exams, you either get the answer right or wrong, but you don't exactly know where or how you messed up since the exam itself does not show it. A little more detail on the grading would be appreciated.
none
N.a
Wish I took an in class CE 270 course with Hanai so that I would have been able to talk directly to him and develope some sort of student/instructor relationship.

Aaron Hanai: CE271, Fall 2012     Back to top

Campus: Kapiolani Community College Department: Math & Science
Course: CE 271 - Applied Mechanics II Crn (Section): 31558 (0)    
1. The course objectives and procedures were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.42 19 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 9 (47%) 9 (47%)
2. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.74 19 1.1 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (16%) 5 (26%) 5 (26%) 6 (32%)
3. The course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 19 0.88 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 2 (11%) 7 (37%) 8 (42%)
4. The instructor knew the subject area.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.58 19 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 6 (32%) 12 (63%)
5. The instructor encouraged students' participation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.58 19 1.26 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 4 (21%) 2 (11%) 7 (37%) 5 (26%)
6. The course material was presented in a clear and effective way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.53 19 1.22 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 5 (26%) 5 (26%) 3 (16%) 6 (32%)
7. The instructor provided a good atmosphere for learning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.63 19 1.07 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (16%) 6 (32%) 5 (26%) 5 (26%)
8. The instructor encouraged me to think for myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.32 19 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (11%) 9 (47%) 8 (42%)
9. The instructor graded tests and assignments fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 19 0.88 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (37%) 5 (26%) 7 (37%)
10. The instructor informed students of their grades on exams and assignments promptly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.39 19 0.5 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 11 (58%) 7 (37%)
11. The instructor demonstrated concern for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.84 19 1.07 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (16%) 3 (16%) 7 (37%) 6 (32%)
12. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.05 19 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (32%) 6 (32%) 7 (37%)
13. What are the instructor's major strengths as a teacher?
Well spoken teacher.
He knows the subject matter
knows material
Knows the subject very well and can explain it well also.
yes
He knows the material and teaches it comprehensively.
High level of knowledge
He knows what hes talking about.
He is very knowledgeable of the subject.
He knows the material well.
Knows the subject very well
very knowledgeable with good communication skills. organized
14. What changes, if any, do you suggest to the instructor?
Finish problems completely to show all steps
present it better less shortcuts
CE 271 is not an easy class, and doing it online made it harder. Being able to see a teachers real life/physical explanations is a good way to understand the subject or concepts better. But, its nice to have recordings to watch if you miss class or don't understand something very good the first time. So maybe keep the lectures online and available to next semesters students. Hopefully they utilize the recordings/PDFs.
no
Do not offer this class on-line ever again
Don'