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Research indicating that student evaluations should be used for formative rather than summative purposes?

I had a conversation a while back in which someone referred to research indicating that student evaluations of faculty should ideally be used for formative rather than summative evaluation (i.e. in ...
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As an evaluator in mathematics, how should I grade responses that answer the question asked, but in less detail than desired?

I want to know whether there is a need for responding to students who ask for points/marks by arguing that they only answered the question that was asked., a.k.a "literalism". So, I am ...
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Help Me Evaluate A Conference [duplicate]

I am now trying to get my article published before the end of the year. My advisor suggests me to submit my full paper to ICISE-IE 2022, a international conference on information technology and ...
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Effect of audit courses on graduate admissions if they are properly graded

I am a chemistry major and I want to shift towards the more computational and "data-driven" side of things later on. Towards that end, I have started taking relevant courses outside my major....
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Under which criteria should I accept a MSc thesis? [closed]

I am looking for MSc thesis offers, and under which criteria should I accept a position or not? About me: my field of study is Machine Learning for Robotics applications related to space. I am also ...
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What is it called in academia when a teacher grades low scoring students more leniently than those who score well?

For example, in a classroom, if a group of students score 45%, the teacher tries to help these students by allowing them to take a second attempt exam. At the same time, a student with 70% can't ...
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How would you, as a teacher, decide if a particular topic/ concept should be tested as multiple-choice questions or as free-response questions?

This is probably a very broad question. It might be difficult to find one answer across all disciplines. If anyone could share their personal experiences on how they have designed tests and the ...
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I see an increase in homework plagiarism due to the ease of finding solutions online. I am concerned for my students and my work. What can I do?

I work as a remote tutor and help students understand hard concepts/problems in scientific fields in college/university/industry. I am finding a real lack of originality in exercises assigned by ...
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How to measure outcomes of general education and higher education? [closed]

How do you measure the outcomes of general education (up to 12th grade) and higher education (college and above) in a given country? what are some indicators you would suggest I use? If we were to ...
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Can I put details of evaluations results in the Appendix?

I'm about to send a paper about performance optimization in the field of Cloud computing. My target conference has a limit of 10-pages for the main section with unlimited pages for appendixes/...
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Students not engaged at all - despite the efforts of their instructor [closed]

My institution moved all courses online this term. I spent a great amount of efforts: Pre-recording 3 hours of lectures (accompanied by 2% weekly asynchronous quizzes on Moodle) Holding two 1.5 hours ...
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Using the h-index to compare researchers from different fields

We are all aware that the h-index of a researcher is the metric for evaluating the cumulative impact of his/her research publications. I am asking the question regarding a doubt that arises when we ...
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How can teaching assistants deal with grade disputes?

From the answers to this question, it is clear that TAs in the US are usually responsible for grading students' work. In my country, most of the TAs face the following challenges: Students confront ...
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Do TAs in the US usually grade student responses?

In my country, many institutes have the custom of TAs evaluating and distributing the marks of students of that particular course the TA is handling. I am wondering whether it is a part of academic ...
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How to make a student evaluation using Blackboard? [closed]

This is my first year to teach classes in computer science as an instructor. I am looking to get student feedback about the course so far. I know that there is a student evaluation at the end of the ...
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How to evaluate an implementation Master's thesis in Evaluation chapter? [closed]

I am writing a Master's Thesis where I developed an application. The application was developed after the study of another similar application. My application does things differently but the principle ...
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Exam structure and final evaluation, corrective factors [closed]

I've in front of me a real exam. It has two questions, first one divided in two parts (second part can not be answered without first one correctly answered) rated 3 and 2 points respectively. Second ...
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Should we include tool usability evaluation based only on the research team opinions in the paper? [closed]

My team is developing a tool which solves certain problems we encountered in our work. We decided to describe the tool in a paper and attempt to publish it. We got stuck on evaluating the usability of ...
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Are there other evaluation processes besides traditional to evaluate disabled person at university based on their understanding of the subject matter? [closed]

Say there is a disabled person who wants to have B.Sc degree in Computer Science. He knows he has the option of college and other manual jobs. I want to know are there any other easier evaluation ...
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Is it bad to not test the capability of the explainability of the student at the graduate level?

Suppose I am the only instructor for a subject. I need to conduct an exam. I am confused between the following two approaches for designing questions. Approach I: Questions with single line answers ...
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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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Succes in research, awful in solving in basic things [duplicate]

I am a fourth-year Ph.D. student in pure mathematics. I am studying abroad. I need some advice. Before getting through to my question, let me say something about myself. I am studying at a good ...
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Why are dates (of writing or publication) missing in scientific papers?

When I read a scientific paper I usually would like to know the point in time when it has been written or publicized. I would expect such a date written near to other meta data like the the author's ...
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Is it common to have peer teaching evaluation for tenured/tenure-track faculty every year?

Is it common for US public universities to enforce peer teaching evaluations (have professors sit in each others' classes) for tenured faculty member every year? What about requiring evaluation twice ...
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Is it reasonable to ask candidates to create a profile on Google Scholar?

I was in the evaluation committee for the adjunct lecturers this year, and it was a complete nightmare. There were over thirty candidates and many of them didn't have an account on Google Scholar, ...
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Is it safe for a student to give negative feedback in student evaluations? [closed]

It's common for students to be asked for their evaluations of a teacher/course at the end of the semester. Is it safe for the student to give negative feedback? After all, even if the lecturer will ...
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Reasonable sanction [closed]

A lecturer with more than 10 years of experience and proven record of excellence in both teaching and academic service failed to complete his teaching self-assessment. In general, the teaching ...
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What is a common way to tell if an academic is "above average," or outstanding in their field? Is their h-index (Hirsh index) one of them?

If one claimed that a particular scholar was "above average" or "noted" in their field, is there any good metric by which to support or deny such a claim? Is there a generally accepted way to ...
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What is an appropriate academic search engine and ranking system for classics faculty and programs?

Google Scholar and the h-index are widely used in computer science to evaluate academic programs and faculty. Right now I need to evaluate classics programs. I went to Google Scholar and found that ...
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How to evaluate the research level of a paper before any publication?

There are three differents cases when the research level of a paper must be evaluated before any publication: for author: to choose the most appropriate journal, for referee: to recommend ...
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Do German universities internally track the scientific output of single work groups/professors and with which internal/external goals?

We are asked in our group to send new publications for journals and conferences to our secretary, who told me she has to input this information also into a database of the university. Over the years ...
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Including positive and negative evaluation comments during job search

This may sound like a "humble brag," but I assure you that I am asking this as a legitimate question for the sole purpose of increasing my chances of getting a job -- not internet bragging points. I ...
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How can I provide a great external evaluaton of a faculty member's promotion and tenure case?

I recently received an email asking if I would be willing to evaluate a colleague's application for promotion and tenure. We are both at R1 universities in the US. According to the guidelines, I am ...
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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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Writing a paper on user interface without empirical evaluation

I am writing a paper proposing an improvement in the design of a specific user interface. However, this improvement is only based on axiomatic and theoretical assumptions and I haven't made an ...
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Can a thesis not answer the research question and still be good?

I have written a thesis about applying some AI techniques to a simulation that my professor introduced. To make this happen, I had to implement a very large amount of software, because the simulation ...
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Incompetent student

I am a PhD candidate and I have recently received an undergraduate (Bachelor degree student) to work for a short duration. For purpose of discussion, the work is mainly mathematical in this project. ...
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Comparing the scientific outputs of researchers [closed]

We want to compare the scientific outputs of researchers across various fields (such as theoretical physics versus organic chemistry) quantitatively. Is the following formula appropriate? Let us ...
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How to get in situ anonymous global evaluation from students about the works of their peers

My undergraduate students are going to present their group works to the whole class. I would like that their companions globally and anonymously evaluate them, so that each team can in situ get a ...
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How is an experimental particle physicist evaluated?

As an undergraduate student majoring in physics, I intend to apply for a Ph.D. in experimental particle physics. I have known that working as physicists in this field is kind of different, as they are ...
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How do I request that previously taken classes be counted toward my current program?

I'm in need of some advice. I am a nontraditional student coming back to school for a degree in nursing. Before I initially left school I only had 2 prerequisites that I still needed to fill. Now I'm ...
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How do I ask my teacher for his honest opinion about my capabilities

I just ended my internship on bad terms. Both the company and my teachers think that my programming skills are insufficient for a passing grade. We decided to end the internship as continuing would be ...
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How to properly assess a student's knowledge of a subject [closed]

Good afternoon, Often times (in my experiences) tests questions are based upon irrelevant specific details that do not necessarily reflect a student's knowledge of the subject matter. For instance, I ...
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precision vs. usefulness [closed]

I presented a testing (specifically, symbolic execution) approach for special language. I have a problem in evaluating my approach. I am going to evaluate correctness and usefulness of the approach. ...
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How should feedback be given for "silly mistakes" on an exam

I am a TA currently grading a set of 80 midterms for an engineering math course for fourth-year engineer undergrads. The test had four questions, each question had around four parts. Of course, ...
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Traspararent evaluation in lab exams -- good or bad idea?

In a traditional evaluation, instructors only let their students know their total marks when the semester results are released. The marks given for each student for each question is kept confidential. ...
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How should I behave when my undergraduate research marks reduce without any reason in the evaluation process?

I'm an undergraduate IT students currently in 4th year. I am doing my individual research these days. My supervisor guides me well and under her supervision I'm doing my research well. But the ...
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How to evaluate a book, rather than a paper, on a scientific subject?

In academia we collectively evaluate the validity, quality and significance of shorter publications - papers - with a complex system of conferences and journals. With all its flaws, you can get a ...
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Diverse forms of testing and grading

I am close to an academic who is facing heavy criticism for having used an unorthodox grading scheme in a final exams (there was a multiplication involved to ensure a good grade would mean decent ...
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Conflict with conference Program Committee

I was reviewing a paper for a conference. As I wrote in the review, it was IMO a completely average paper (boring problem, boring techniques, average write-up). I gave a scoring of "0" (ranging from -...
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