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Alex Alderman

As Summer Sets In, a Chance to Regard the Good, Bad, and Ugly of Student Evaluations - 0 views

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    An overview of course evaluations, from the sadly ignorant to the painfully accurate, with some consideration on how to improve student responses and make better use of them.
Joe Murphy

Hearing the student voice: finding value in feedback - 0 views

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    "The value in feedback from students lies in considering the centrality of experience." The author applies John Locke's concept of "primary" (i.e. objective) and "secondary" (i.e. subjective) qualities to course evaluations.
Joe Murphy

What Can We Learn from End-of-Course Evaluations? - 1 views

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    As you think about adding your course-specific questions to the college evaluation form, what feedback will be most useful to you? (The start-stop-continue framework referenced in this article sounds promising.)
Joe Murphy

What Happens in a Course is a Shared Responsibility - 0 views

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    We include a question about what the student could do to improve their learning in a course in our mid-semester GIFT sessions, but there are more explicit ways to think about how classes function as communities of discourse.
Joe Murphy

Courses That Are Hard, but Not Too Hard: Finding the Sweet Spot - 0 views

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    Worth thinking about this as we wrap up the semester and plan for the next one. Did your students find your course to be difficult enough to be motivating, but still achievable?
Joe Murphy

Three ways to make teaching evaluations more effective - 1 views

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    In this article, Annelise Heinz looks at ways you can use reflection, student self-reflection, and experimentation to evaluate and enrich your teaching.
Joe Murphy

The research on course evaluations - 1 views

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    Terrific podcast discussion reviewing the body of literature on course evaluations. Did you know it's one of the deepest areas of research in the scholarship of teaching and learning?
Joe Murphy

Resolving to Be Better (Rated) - 0 views

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    How do you read and respond to your course evaluations?
Jason Bennett

Evaluating students' evaluations of professors - 0 views

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    This study takes the novel approach of comparing course evaluations for courses and follow-up courses and finds that "teacher effectiveness is negatively correlated with students' evaluations." Except for higher performing students, those who did better in follow up courses, indicating greater learning in the earlier courses, gave worse evaluations.
Jason Bennett

An Evaluation of Course Evaluations - 0 views

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    Course evaluations - everyone does them and nobody is happy with them. A Berkeley statistics professor writes a thorough and readable run-down of why student course evaluations are mostly worthless at measuring what they purport to measure - teaching effectiveness. He also offers useful suggestions for better methods of assessing courses, but they are time consuming.
Joe Murphy

How, and Why, You Should Have Students Assess Themselves - 1 views

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    Some interesting examples here of questions you can ask students to help cement the major concepts of your courses. (Some of these would fit in nicely as part of your personal questions in the course evaluation system!)
Joe Murphy

It's Not Too Late: Making Mid-Course Adjustments - 0 views

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    "It's not too late to make improvements that can still impact student outcomes as well as our shared classroom experience for the remaining weeks of the term."
Jason Bennett

Gendered Language in Teaching Evaluations - 1 views

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    A very fascinating, interactive chart that allows you to search for the incidence of words used to describe male and female teachers in millions of RateMyProfessor.com reviews.
Joe Murphy

Prompts to Help Students Reflect on Learning - 0 views

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    Interesting list of prompts which ask students to reflect on their learning process and preferences. Some of these might make good course evaluation questions. How do you help students reflect on their time at Kenyon?
Joe Murphy

The Semester's Just About Over! Now Grade Your Own Teaching. - 0 views

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    The college conducts student evaluations of teaching for all courses, and many faculty members supplement those evaluations by asking questions of their own (within, or along side, the college's official system). But do you take time to conduct a self-evaluation? This article includes a link to a self-evaluation form.
Joe Murphy

Flipped learning skepticism: Is flipped learning just self-teaching? - 0 views

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    The author addresses some of the criticisms of flipped learning, including student resistance and how to overcome it. The key is thinking about how face-to-face time is used to reach higher-level learning goals than otherwise possible.
Joe Murphy

Rethinking Course Evaluations to Improve Student Learning - 0 views

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    From Jose Bowen's blog: course evaluations tend to focus on the perception of teaching. What if, instead, we focused them on institutional and departmental (and, I'd add, instructor and course) goals for learning?
Joe Murphy

"I Hate Your Class: It Changed My Life" - 0 views

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    "Like great art, a great course disturbs its audience. But if it is too disturbing, the audience may withdraw (figuratively or even literally). If it is too affirming, it is just entertainment; fun, but with no real impact."
Joe Murphy

The Last Day of Class - 4 views

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    From Endicott College, an interesting set of suggestions for using the last day of the class to help culminate the class experience and show the transitions to the next steps. Some of these require a fair amount of planning (portfolios and pre- and post-tests) while others (concept mapping and syllabus review) probably could be used on a moment's notice. I particularly like the last suggestion... maybe the CIP needs a fortune cookie machine?
Joe Murphy

Improve your Course Evaluations by having your Class Write Letters to Future Students - 1 views

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    Many students don't know who the real audience is for their course evaluations. Brian Croxall has an interesting solution for that - tell them that the audience is the students in the next class.
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