I would love it if Duke had a system not just of student-evaluations, but of badges that students could peer-design and bestow upon teachers. Student evaluations are cast mostly as hedges against the worst pedagogial failings (i.e. did the prof show up to class, grade papers, cover material?); students also grade inflate in their bubble responses. At present, they are all we have, and more useful than nothing, I suppose, but, in the end, I don't learn very much from them and I'm not sure students get much of anything out of the end-of-year ritual. Our evaluations are one size-fits-all form with bubbles to fill in, there's space at the bottom for their comments, they turn them in at the department office, several months later teachers get them back and, if we do well, we receive a letter from the dean saying we scored in the top 5% of evaluations. Not very effective if the goal is more effective teaching and learning. Now, if we had a badging system, there is much students would learn from the activity of designing badges itself and probably much teachers could learn about what matters to students and how they do by these student-centered criteria and categories. Maybe profs should also be designing badges for students that covered other qualities too. In any case, I wish my students, as a project, could spend a week deciding which things theymost value in their education, most prize in their teachers, and then award their teachers' points and badges for those things. That would in itself by a worthy intellectual and collaborative activity.