eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Wayne Liou

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ECON300, Fall 2013
ECON130, Summer I 2012

Wayne Liou: ECON300, Fall 2013

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Economics
Course: ECON 300 - Intermediate Macroeconomics Crn (Section): 70793 (002)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.45 20 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (5%) 10 (50%) 8 (40%) 1 (5%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.72 20 0.46 Freq(%) 5 (25%) 13 (65%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.05 20 1.32 Freq(%) 2 (10%) 1 (5%) 1 (5%) 6 (30%) 10 (50%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.65 20 1.23 Freq(%) 2 (10%) 1 (5%) 4 (20%) 8 (40%) 5 (25%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.1 20 1.21 Freq(%) 2 (10%) 4 (20%) 7 (35%) 4 (20%) 3 (15%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.15 20 1.27 Freq(%) 2 (10%) 4 (20%) 7 (35%) 3 (15%) 4 (20%)
7. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.05 20 1.36 Freq(%) 3 (15%) 4 (20%) 6 (30%) 3 (15%) 4 (20%)
8. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Group assignments were interesting, I really liked how Wayne attempted to relate this class to a realistic work environment as he stated, since we are always working with other people. Throughout this course, most of the assignments were completed in collaboration with other group members and in turn it benefited that particular communication skill. I don't know if that was the overall goal of the course, but it was a positive externality.
I learned some general things about macroeconomics.
I feel the group homeworks helped us because of the material covered
The rigor of the homework assignments forced people to understand the material.
Some parts of the Homework.
Wayne did a really good job at going through the content and focusing on the key concepts instead of making us try to learn a bunch of useless crap.
Understanding graphs and economic properties.
We need it to graduate. Key concepts which will be used to fulfill the requirements for graduation. I feel his group work encouraged more participation.
Nothing was valuable from this course. The only thing I learned was that my so called professor was not a professor.
the times when examples were demonstrated on the board
Although most of the class complained about how hard the class was, I thought that because we had to struggle, we learned a lot more than if it was spoon fed to us. I often had to go beyond the book (the one thing I REALLY didn't like) to look up concepts myself, and that extra step really helped things set in.
The exams were the most valuable aspect because it really allowed us as the students to see what kinds of problems anx evaluations we will have to make as an economist.
9. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
The homework, not because of the workload or its requirements, but because of its relation to the course material discussed in the class. Some of the assignments were indeed in direct relation to the material taught, but a large portion of it, I think, was branched off into content which wasn't covered in depth or perhaps skimmed over. This resulted in a good portion of work needing to be researched and learned outside of the class, although to Wayne's credit I didn't really meet up in his office to discuss material I was confused on.
Lectures did not add very much understanding to what was gained from the book and Youtube Econ videos.
Wayne Liou, made me feel like an idiot. He assumed too much and explained far too little. He would act as though he was student and tried to play the cool teacher aspect. His lectures were made an hour prior to our class with little detail, his graphs had two sentence explanations and his understanding of the concepts could not be put in example form. His famous quote is, "I think it is in the book." His study guides didn't cover a majority of the test. I also know I'm not the only one that feels this way.
I didn't like the lectures because they sometimes were off topic or ended early
Group homework added unnecessary difficulties. The group project would've sufficed.
Lectures and some parts of homework.
His slides were ugly, some pictures would have helped me pay attention.
All was valuable.
Wayne's teaching style should be geared toward making the homework easier. The majority of the class had to spend hours trying to figure the homework by reading the book on our own. If that were the case, coming to class is actually a waste of time.
The fact that we never had a consistent grading rubric all year and the fates of about 30 hard working students lay in the hands of a fellow student and not of a qualified professor. Honestly I can sympathize with the fact that the dept. may be short staffed and you needed Wayne to teach this course. However, since I had taken the course twice before with Endress both times, I had a really good idea of what to expect. WRONG. Wayne chose an entirely different book and the consequently failed to explain its material time and time again in the class. Wayne is a great person and wicked smart. However that does not make you a good teacher or mentor. The fact is I do not want someone who is still learning, teaching. Simple as that. Wayne never showed he wanted to get better, he still came to class unprepared usually, either not being able to answer questions on the chapter or failing to have a set plan and rubric for assignments. The thing that bothers me the most is that I paid the same amount for this class as I did for others taught by people like Professor La Croix. I clearly got more out of the one with Professor La Croix and would constantly get frustrated knowing that I was paying so much much money for a class in which I was learning nothing from Wayne. If I could get my money back for myself and everyone who took Waynes class I would because we all got robbed. I said it before, I understand the department may have needed to do what they did, but you all need to know that it came at a cost of 30+ students education for a semester.
the overly long hw assignments
I did not like the book. There were too many typos (and some of the info I looked up for the final presentation was inconsistent from the rest of the sources I used to research) and it was just written in a very hard-to-understand format.
The textbook and homework weren't so valuable because the book was difficult to comprehend along with the homework problems within it. It didn't really help me for the exams that well.
10. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 20 1.2 Freq(%) 1 (5%) 2 (10%) 0 (0%) 6 (30%) 11 (55%)
11. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.4 20 1.27 Freq(%) 2 (10%) 3 (15%) 4 (20%) 7 (35%) 4 (20%)
12. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.75 20 1.21 Freq(%) 2 (10%) 1 (5%) 2 (10%) 10 (50%) 5 (25%)
13. Please list your suggestions for improving the course and/or the instructor's teaching style and methods.
First off, Wayne is a really down to earth teacher. His greatest asset in teaching is his ability to relate to us on a realistic level, him being a student knowing exactly what we deal with on a day to day basis. If there was any lapse in communication with the students, it wasn't due to lack of intent on Wayne's part. Wayne has no problem with leaving the classroom open for discussion and if answers aren't provided on the spot he will find a way to answer it after class. Probably the greatest drawback in this course was the choice of textbook material. Applied International Macroeconomics provided questions and answers in a decent format, but explanation of the material was rather soft, and since most of UH's Economics department uses MyEconLab as a source of homework and study, I felt that this course could've greatly benefited with just using MyEconLab instead of this textbook. As a student I have had success in Intermediate MicroEconomics (ECON 301) using MyEconLab, so I was rather confused why ECON 300 was using a different setup from 301 as well as other course before it. Also regarding the Exams, I felt that too much study hours was spent learning material deemed unimportant since it was omitted on the exams. I realize the material needs to be learned anyway, but I can't stand studying 12+ issues in depth only to be tested on 7 of them. Some of the material I studied the longest on wasn't even on the test, and that method of random testing is probably the most inefficient way to issue an exam. I know I'm not the only student who feels this way.
Wayne has a good knowledge, but I think he would be more successful at getting info across if he used more real examples. It would also help if he tied more images, audio, and video to his slides and new lecture points, as additional outlets to reach students.
Just make sure powerpoints cover what's needed to know
Lectures should be more organized and clear, graphs were hard to read and too small. Sometimes lectures were very disjointed and some explanations that were not important were emphasized while important topics for homework and examples were either not covered or unclear.
Wayne's teaching methods were very traditional. Just lecture and depend on students for questions.
the second half of semester Wayne was really good and gave great examples, maybe do more of that.
Encourage more in class participation. Don't assume we already know the material, he seemed irritated if we got confused at his slides and asked for more examples. He did always have slides prepared for class however and does know the material well. I felt his best teaching came when he used the board more than the slides. Encourage more note taking than reading slides.
Wayne shouldn't be a teacher. Maybe a homework helper or grader maybe. But I would not recommend any living person to take part in one of his classes. He's a know-it-all that frequently made the class feel dumb. I feel I should defend Wayne just a little. If he wasn't getting paid like the professor would, maybe that's why he did such a bad job, no incentive? I still wonder where all of our money went if it certainly didn't go to Wayne.
This wasn't an easy class, but it was fair (although most of the class did not see it that way), and I felt that I learned a lot from it. Sometimes I just couldn't see the slides because the graphs were too small, the light was too dim, and my eyes are just really bad.
I think he is knowledgable about what he teaches, but just needs to slow down when explaining material so students can process and comprehend what he is teaching. Also to do more examples of questions and problems we will see on exams.
Lecture should provide examples and reflect on the homework problems.
Wayne knows the material very well but does not teach the lesson that well. Many times in the class, I had no idea what he was talking about.
14. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
3.25 20 1.25 Freq(%) 2 (10%) 4 (20%) 4 (20%) 7 (35%) 3 (15%)
15. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.05 20 1.23 Freq(%) 2 (10%) 0 (0%) 2 (10%) 7 (35%) 9 (45%)
16. Other comments:
Wayne certainly wasn't the worst teacher I've encountered. He legitimately seems like he wants his students to succeed and I understand that, but in this course a large amount of material seemed to be acquired outside of the classroom. Thankfully do to the structure of the course, a lot of this material was learned with the aid of fellow peers. If we were perhaps able to (1) keep the social aspect, (2) implement a strong source of online homework feedback as well as direct information relating to how we can find answers to the homework, and (3) spend more time in class discussing the information we needed to know for the exams rather than memorizing half of it and not being tested on it, this course would be a staple in the Economic course regiment, however I felt that it was slightly lacking in terms of effective learning due to a multiple number of avoidable factors.
I would have liked to learn more about other economics schools and ideas, not just Keynesian macroeconomics.
The group oriented aspect of this class made for an interesting course and I appreciate the professor's democratic process applied to accommodate us. Probably one of the more enriching aspects of this course was the practical use and access to current economic data integrated into the classwork. Overall great class to take.
Thanks for a good semester!
It's unfortunate that a lot of people gave Wayne bad reviews during the first evaluation, because they weren't studying and required their hands to be held for every single problem presented. Students often requested examples for problems in which the book clearly provided easy to understand examples, wasting class time in the process. It's almost as if they needed spend some of their own time outside of class to learn the material... imagine that. Anyhow, I wouldn't hesitate taking another course with Wayne as the instructor. Overall, he did a good job.
I think Professor Liou is very knowledgeable in Economics but he needs to spend more time setting up the lesson plan and use lecture time more constructively. He is a very fair person and with more experience should be able to improve on his shortcomings.
I think Wayne should highly consider teaching. I know he is very busy right now with his dissertation. He has the ability to relate to students because he is much younger then your average econ professor. i think his only problem was he is too smart. He constantly had to keep dumbing down the content and it still wasnt enough. Spending so many years in school learning economics concepts seem so basic to him. and that if no one is asking questions he thinks people understand. More often then not, people just dont ask questions though. I think a helpful thing to do in the future is too constantly go over key terms. Such as marginal, nominal, real, and the difference because if you dont really understand the word the sentence wont make sense. You really have to keep shoving the basics in students faces now a days. Most dont care about subjects, or have to be taught like a high school kid. the hardest part is being able to relate things to students in a way they can relate too. Thats something wayne can do once he has more time to spend on his curriculum. something that i would think should take a few years of teaching at least to perfect. things are always changing. Real world examples help people a lot, making learning things easier if we can use examples in life more people can relate too.
He changed his teaching methods after the 1st survey came out and did a really good job.
I think Wayne has the potential to be a great instructor, his passion for economics shows and his concern for students to learn the material is great. I would however like to take more classes from Wayne after he reads his evaluations and apply's them.
he was not fair. He made rash decisions that were nothing more than personal to him. Since he never made guidlines and rubrics for projects, students often didn't have all the material covered. He would argue that he "told us in class" which is acceptable. However, I would think a first time teacher would at least put a rubric on laulima or email us individual criteria he is looking for so that the day of the project and people come in ready to present, Wayne can be like "that's not what I said to do" at which I reply, "I NEVER SAW IT ON THE RUBRIC". If he had covered his tracks and made directions clear and concise there would be no reason for me to be ranting. I hope all of you can tell I had a lot to say about this course. I hope this department makes better decisions with who they give "the power" clearly Wayne could not handle it. I am very confident other e cafes about wayne will reveal similar stories. Please dont put future students through the torment I went through in Wayne's class, it made me HATE ECONOMICS!
I'm sorry the class gave you a hard time this semester, but I'd take another class from you again!
Please allow students to continue making corrections on exams :).
Wayne is a good teacher. Honestly, Wayne is fair and he makes an effort to help those who wants to be helped. I can see that he has a lot of potential of becoming a great professor. However, Wayne is bad at teaching. His lectures don't really corresponds to the homework and his exams are a bit hard and confusing. Rather, it is more difficult than hard. The reason being is that Wayne seems like he's just there to fill time for the class rather than actually teaching. It's almost as if he doesn't know what he's doing and just covering whatever that needs to cover. There isn't really a focus of what the students should know and the homework as well as the exam is difficult because of this. If Wayne can pin-point what the focus of the subject is and corresponds with the homework and the exam then that'd be great. Other than that, again, Wayne is a good teacher because he's fair. He has a lot of potential since he's easy going and nice. Hope this helps. Cheers Wayne, thanks.

Wayne Liou: ECON130, Summer I 2012     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Economics
Course: ECON 130 - Principles of Microeconomics Crn (Section): 91017 (602)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
2.8 5 1.64 Freq(%) 1 (20%) 2 (40%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 1 (20%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
2.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 5 (100%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 5 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (40%) 3 (60%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 5 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (40%) 3 (60%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 4 0.96 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (25%) 1 (25%) 2 (50%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 5 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (40%) 3 (60%)
7. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 5 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (40%) 3 (60%)
8. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
I found the concepts leaned to be the most valuable to me.
I think because it was such a small class compare to a bigger lecture hall class, I was able to understand the content better and he was able to focus on each student more which really helped me a lot in class.
Online notes and lecutres
I appreciate how he provided lecture notesn for all classes well in advance so that students have the chance to look over them before each class. These notes were easy to understand and was very useful for exam revisions
Wayne Liou's colloquial speech style. and effective use of graphs to simplify powerpoint presentations. Supplemental pdfs on the important terms and their applications.
9. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
None.
occasional oral problems when describing graph dynamics to those who had very little understanding.
10. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 5 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 2 (40%) 2 (40%)
11. The instructor is willing to meet and help students outside class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 5 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 4 (80%)
12. The instructor uses class time well.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 5 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 2 (40%) 2 (40%)
13. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 5 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (40%) 3 (60%)
14. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this INSTRUCTOR?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.4 5 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (60%) 2 (40%)
15. The course materials (texts, handouts) make a valuable contribution to the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (100%)
16. Exams are reasonable in length and difficulty.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 5 1.79 Freq(%) 1 (20%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (80%)
17. The instructor was fair in grading and criteria of grades.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.6 5 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (40%) 3 (60%)
18. What changes would you make in the lectures?
Nothing really, he's very helpful and really good in teaching the class.
Not much. knowledge of different ways to present information will be accumulated over time.
19. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
Nothing really, i really like this course and I like it the way it is.
The course could benefit from more review sessions and more emphasis on the application of the lesson material.
Perhaps more revision sessions for those that don't understand certain topics should be held often.
20. Other comments:
He is an excellent teacher and very well knowledgeable about the course. Very interesting teacher to listen to.
Shorter exams. Good coverage of concepts, but there was definitely too much workable material on the exam to finish in the testing period.
Good quality for summer course. Concise, efficient.