Questions tagged [course-evaluation]

Evaluations by students of the quality of the courses they take.

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My teaching evaluations arrived and female students statistically gave me worse scores than male students. Is there any possible explanation?

I'm a new assistant professor and I finished my first semester of teaching. It's my first class, but I think it went good: the students seemed happy and interested, I had many of them (both male and ...
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Dealing with aggressive student suspected to be cheating

In a previous test one of my TAs discovered a fraudulent pattern in six of the exams. The answers were uncomfortably similar, actually identical in many places. I called the students to my office and ...
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What do polarized student evaluation results say about my teaching?

I taught my first class last quarter. The results for evaluations are very polarized. The raw data shows that my scores are either very high or very low for a majority of items. That implies some ...
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Large, non-random proportion of students not invited for evaluation of a course

In the (not so distant) past I have received the student evaluations for my course. The evaluation was mediocre, something that surprised me since I thought I had good connection with the students ...
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Why does a mathematics department want student evaluations of a famous professor?

If a professor is very famous for his research and belongs to the most prestigious academies of science for his lifetime work, I find it unusual that the math department would ask us to evaluate him. ...
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Do teaching evaluations lead to lower standards in class?

In the somehow recent past, teaching evaluations have become obligatory in many universities/departments in Germany. I've also heard that sometimes these evaluations are used in formal ways to decide ...
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How to deal with students who refuse to do anything except take exams?

This is a follow up to my previous question. Some context: I teach at a new Fachhochschule-type institute, where my course is 5-day, 1 hour/day course to 20+ students. I am actively teaching, ...
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Untrue negative comments on RateMyProfessor website

I pay close attention to how my rating scores/comments are like on the RateMyProfessor website. Very rarely I reported inappropriate comments (which violated site guidelines) for removals, and the ...
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How can one learn from poor teaching evaluations?

I teach at a large R1 state university, and I just received my teaching evaluations for Fall 2013. Usually I get excellent evaluations, but this time my evaluations for Calculus II were an unpleasant ...
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The professor for one of my classes has no direction

I'm in my final semester of a Computer Science degree at University and we have general education requirements. I'm in a Public Speaking course with an interesting professor, lets call him professor ...
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What can I do about nasty comments in student evaluations that could cause me to get fired?

I recently received the results of student evaluations. After my colleague (who is qualified to make such determinations) observed one of my lectures and said it went very well, a small group of ...
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Giving a test lecture, what should I keep in mind? [duplicate]

I hold a PhD in computer science. I've been travelling to conferences presenting my papers and sometimes as part of my teaching assistance duty, I had to give some very simple lectures to students. ...
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How much can/should quotes from student evaluations be edited when preparing a teaching statement?

I'm writing a teaching statement and want to include quotes from student evaluations. How much can/should I edit these (for grammar)?
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How to submit 'teaching evaluations' for a job application?

Some jobs ask you to submit 'teaching evaluations'. Assuming the school doesn't have any preference for how I submit the materials, my issue is that I literally have hundreds of teaching evaluations - ...
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Are student evaluations of teaching assistants read by others in the faculty?

Are student evaluations of teaching assistants read by faculty who assigns teaching duties to TAs or by the primary instructor of the course for which the TA is assisting? I recently met the ...
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How to deal with poor teaching evaluations on academic job market?

I will enter the academic job market after having received poor teaching evaluations for my first and only independently taught class. Some of the criticisms were well founded, and I am trying my best ...
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As a teaching assistant, how important are student evaluations?

I have seen a number of résumés of doctoral students, but only a few of them listed their evaluation scores when presenting their teaching experience. How important are these scores in evaluating ...
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My students compliment my teaching and say they now approach the subject with newfound enthusiasm. Can I ask them to put this in writing?

I'm a beginner instructor teaching undergraduates, and I seem to have their attention and am working hard to inspire them. Recently several of them have told me that they now approach the subject ...
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Is it useful to add excerpts from teaching evaluations in a teaching statement?

Is it useful to add excerpts from teaching evaluations in a teaching statement included in a faculty application? A fair amount of teaching statements seem to contain some, but since excerpts are ...
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Does better learning affect teaching evaluations? If so, how?

Arum and Roksa (p. 7) say: Research on course evaluations by Valen Johnson has convincingly demonstrated that "higher grades do lead to better course evaluations" and "student course evaluations ...
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How can I make sure I (a white male teaching math) am sensitive to “underprivileged” students in my class?

I teach math classes and I was speaking with the assistant chair of my department about a student who claimed that I was rude and put my students down when lecturing. (I'm a Ph.D. student.) This ...
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Alternatives to relying solely on student evaluations of teaching to help administrators more accurately assess teaching effectiveness

This question is about my attempt to give the administrators at my institution some feedback on how to better help them assess faculty teaching effectiveness. My institution is soliciting input from ...
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My professor and chair of the department traced back a supposedly anonymus course evaluation to me. How to proceed?

At my large American university, we have the opportunity to fill out course evaluations. They are not mandatory and are allegedly anonymous. I wrote a negative review for Dr. Smith's course. I stand ...
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What to do about negative teaching evaluations during job interviews?

This past year I taught two undergraduate freshman-level required religion courses (one in the Fall and one in the Spring) and the teaching evaluations from students were rather average-to-poor. These ...
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Proper way to include student evaluations for job application?

I've seen a handful of academic teaching jobs request that the applicant send "copies of student evaluations" as part of the application. How exactly is this supposed to be done? Pick and choose ...
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How bad do your teaching evaluation scores have to be before you should leave them off your resume?

I got a 4.0 out of 5.0 on my teaching evaluations. The average grade in my department is a 4.5. Should I put this on my CV/resume? For reference, I am a PhD student and this is the first class I've ...
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Are course evaluation forms REALLY confidential? [closed]

Someone I know has recently submitted a course evaluation form in which he complained about how poorly the unit was organized and that the lecturer didn't seem to be well prepared for the class. ...
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How to write better teaching evaluations?

As an undergraduate student in the United States, it's evaluation season. While I understand that evaluations are supposed to help the course staff improve for future semesters; poorly worded ...
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What happens when a professor makes damaging comments about another in front of students?

I have had some very negative comments made about me by a small number of students, which my institution is taking seriously enough to terminate my employment. I know that a particular colleague has ...
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Is there an advantage in including quotes from teaching evaluations in a teaching statement?

For context, I am a mathematics PhD student, and I am writing up my teaching statement. In looking up examples of teaching statements, I saw that one of them included quotes from students from ...
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University policy of publishing student course evaluations: Prevalence and pros and cons

These days it is very common to have some course evaluation towards the end of a course, in which students respond to standardized questions on a numerical scale (e.g. between 1 and 5) and can ...
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Is there a known relation between course pass rate and student feedback?

I analysed the relation between the feedback scores of my courses given by students against the average grades of the students in these courses. I found a moderate correlation (Pearson r) of 0.595. i....
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Who reads teaching evaluations?

At the end of each semester, usually a month before final exams, my school (in the US) distributes teaching evaluations. What people will read these? Do people only see these after the final grades ...
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To share or not to share (your student evals)?

It's end of term. If you're teaching faculty, it means you've gotten your student evals. We can't be the only ones trying to decide whether, how or how much to share our student evals, e.g., by ...
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when and how can I write a thank you letter for my professor?

I took a course with my supervisor this semester. the class is finished. I really enjoyed every moment in class. I could ask all of my questions very easily and he always was available to answer them....
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Pros and cons of informing students about the outcome of their course’s evaluation

Is it a good practice that a university informs the students of a class about the final outcome (that is, the overall score of the instructor based on the evaluation forms) of their own evaluation of ...
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How do you assess programming related topics and avoid student cheating?

I am teaching some programming topics to university students (some 300+) including python, sql etc. I would welcome some tips on what's the best way to assess the students and also avoid giving them ...
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How's my lecturing?

I am struggling to work out how good my presentation of material is in lectures I'm currently doing. I've done many lectures in the past, and I've typically received good feedback. I'm now teaching ...
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How to get teaching evaluations for a course as a TA / Co-instructor

Some of the faculty-level academic jobs require teaching evaluations in the submission package, which gives rise to a need to acquire teaching evaluations. My question is then, how can one obtain ...
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At American colleges, are student evaluations of teaching subject to code of conduct?

It is well-known that student evaluations of teaching tend to be spiced with language that is insulting, sexually harassing, sexist, or racist. Most American colleges have a code of conduct that is ...
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Recitation Grades

I'm a Graduate Teaching Assistant in a Mathematics at a large state university. In the fall semester, I will be expected to be a TA for Calculus I, which will be taken by first year students. The ...
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Including critical feedback about a course on exam paper

There was a subject in our university, regarding Web Designing. Under that, we were given a group assignment to build a website using HTML, CSS and PHP(we were allowed to use additional technologies ...
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How to propose alteration of study subjects in college?

I've been studying and working with Game Development for quite a while and I can't help to notice that I'm not using anything that was presented to me in college. My college is focused in gaming ...
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Can anonymized teaching evaluations be made public in the United States? [duplicate]

Can anonymized teaching evaluations be made (legally) publicly available by the teacher who received them in the United States? For example, I have seen a fair amount of teaching statement containing ...
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Do teaching evaluations improve from high participation rates

Do teaching evaluations tend to improve from high voter turn-out? I think that teaching evaluations are naturally answered by people with strong opinions or who are invested in the class. Many ...
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Combining absolute and curve grading?

I know some advantages and disadvantages of using absolute grading as well as curve grading. Next semester, I plan to combine both by first grading absolutely, and then use curve grading to add points ...
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Bad student evaluations

So I just read my evaluations for this past semester, and they are absolutely horrible. The worst I've ever gotten. I put so much effort into teaching, but almost nobody thinks I did a good job. Do ...
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Can a professor fix a mistake in grading after the semester has ended?

Let us assume that a professor is handling a course on statistics for undergrads. They conduct exams and evaluate the answers and award marks to the students. Suppose that the professor committed ...
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How to read/react to students' evaluation?

For my first course on CS topic (first course on the topic and not the first overall), I used the university evaluation system to ask students about their feedback. In addition to responding to ...
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Examination review courses and the (wrong) motivation of participants [closed]

Short summary of the situation Our faculty offers special courses after the end term exams and before the resit for students who failed the first attempt and/or did not participate in the final exam. ...