Questions tagged [evaluation]

Questions relating to academic evaluation and the process of evaluation.

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How should we evaluate our peers?

This is a quite broad question, to which I have some personal answers, but I think I need more different perspectives. I am not talking about evaluating a peer's submitted work as a referee, but ...
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Non-English language papers submitted to REF for evaluation?

So this is a little U.K. specific - I'm just curious whether any of you have seen or heard about such submissions. Now I'm completely aware that in many disciplines this seems unlikely, but how about ...
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Qualitative approach to evaluation of academic production

In Brazil, a government agency, named CAPES, takes care of evaluation of the postgraduate courses. Among other things, they receive criticism, because such evaluation is based on bibliometric approach....
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Would the announcement of penalty for blank answers in a test improve the global results of the class?

In a multiple-choice test evaluation, normally (as far as I know) the wrong answers are penalized, but blank answers not. This makes some students afraid to answer given questions, prefering to leave ...
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Sign of researcher's professional maturity

When one applies for an academic position (especially for a permanent one) or for a significant funding, (s)he is often asked to show his/her professional maturity in research in the motivation letter/...
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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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Anonymous Student Feedback: Moving forward from abusive comments

I'm looking for some guidance from some senior/experienced academics situated in the teaching space. As a relatively new lecturer (though I have some experience in lecturing in the past) I'm always ...
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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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Is there a powerful exam template that doesn't require an engineering degree to use?

Microsoft Word is the standard product for documents in my department as far as the administration is concerned. Final exams go through a work-flow that involves department secretaries creating a ...
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PhD Students research/annual assessment

Some departments do an annual assessment of their PhD students' progress. It includes questions about topics such as: being independent, writing skills, analysis skills, time devoted, reliability, ...
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How to do evaluation when the methodology is unique?

When it comes to the evaluation of a methodology (or an algorithm (CS)) we usually see how well the methodology actually is by comparing it with other similar methods that achieve the same thing. ...
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Are end-of-term student evaluations taken seriously?

My question is in the title, but I'm specifically curious about the case where all students give a professor a negative evaluation. In that instance, does the department/university stop giving him new ...
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What are the potential ramifications of a student intentionally deanonymizing his/her class evaluation?

Presumably, evaluations are anonymized to protect the students from possible retaliation by the instructor or institution. Is there anything in the reverse direction (keeping that information hidden ...
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Research comparing paper and online student evaluations of instruction

What research exists (point me toward references) that compares the effectiveness, validity, and security (or at least a subset of these) of paper and online student evaluations of instructors? At my ...
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What metrics do universities use to evaluate their performance?

I am curious how different universities evaluate their performance. I am curious to know if there is a standardized (or even just generally accepted) set of metrics that universities use to rate ...
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How to find an alternative international transcript evaluation service?

I need a career evaluation for applying to a U.S. university graduate program in computer science. I have an official transcript of all my exams in Italian. I've found this site spantran that ...
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Should previous final exams be released to students?

In general, you can find the past exams for the past 15 years or so at my school. However I had one prof in Calculus III who chose to withhold his exams. This was the only instance in which a prof has ...
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Can reviewing papers help increase your credibility as a researcher?

I was wondering if reviewing papers for established journals was a way to increase ones credibility as a researcher? My question is related to the fact that the journal editors, that are (frequently)...
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Good questions for post-class survey

In order to get feedback more quickly, I've seen some teachers run a quick (certainly no more than 5 minutes), entirely optional, anonymous survey for students at the end of each of each class, ...
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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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How does a graduate student judge if one is slacking off?

As a third year graduate student (theoretical physics) I need to find out methods to understand if I am doing well or not, am I making progress or not, am I putting in enough effort or not? How do I ...
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Suggestions for an alternative grading system

I'm designing a leadership development program for a graduate college at a research university. As part of the project, I've designed a summary sheet which each participant will receive. The summary ...
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Are there any studies on how lecturer review sites such as Rate Your Lecturer affect student choices?

A version of the lecturer review website Rate Your Lecturer recently became active in the UK. Do you know of any studies which consider to what extent students use this or any other review websites ...

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