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Issues and priorities arising around academic development, teaching and learning in Higher Education.
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Student Evaluations Aren’t Useless. They’re Just Poorly Used.

Student Evaluations Aren’t Useless. They’re Just Poorly Used. | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

If it’s early May, then it must be time to talk about what student evaluations of teaching are worth. In a recent essay in Slate, Rebecca Schuman claims that student evaluations are “useless” in their current form, because they encourage students to punish rigorous teachers with low scores and mean comments (and, all too often, sexist or racist ones). The article has gotten a lot of attention from academics I know, who have shared their own stories of uninformed and upsetting comments.

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Will Twitter & Facebook Replace Professional Development Programs For Teachers? | WiredAcademic

Will Twitter & Facebook Replace Professional Development Programs For Teachers? | WiredAcademic | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Twitter and Facebook might soon replace traditional professional development for teachers. Instead of enduring hours-long workshops a few times a year, teachers could reach out to peers on the Internet in real time for advice on things like planning a lesson (or salvaging a lesson that’s going wrong), overcoming classroom management problems, or helping students with disabilities.

 

Or, at least, that’s what a group of Internet-savvy educators who convened in New York City this week are hoping.

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