26 April 2008

web 2.0: BS or useful BS?

an article at inside higher ed offers proof of the validity of student ratings at ratemyprofessor.com.
A new study is about to appear in the journal Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education and it will argue that there are similarities in the rankings in RateMyProfessors.com and IDEA, a student evaluation system used at about 275 colleges nationally and run by a nonprofit group affiliated with Kansas State University.
i preferred professors that could teach me, even though i was not the best student, failing to take full advantage of my professors' time and office hours (take note, young uns!).

my favorite professor doesn't even appear in the listing. maybe his rank was so high that they had to build him his own site. my least favorite (no link as he has since passed) would read the text book to us in class, providing a wonderful opportunity to catch up on crosswords and news.

1 comment:

  1. I'm skeptical of how highly subjective criticism from students is supposed to enable some sort of objective measure of quality of professors. It begs the question of whether making students happy is the goal, or providing a good education? If the two goals intersect, everything's fine.

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