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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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Students prefer good lectures over the latest technology in class | University Affairs

Students prefer good lectures over the latest technology in class | University Affairs | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Survey of 15,000 Quebec university students shows they’re “old school” when it comes to teaching technology.
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Nailing it with technology: Using ePortfolios to evidence carpentry students’ practical learning - Ako Aotearoa

Nailing it with technology: Using ePortfolios to evidence carpentry students’ practical learning - Ako Aotearoa | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

The latest Ako Aotearoa Good Practice Publication, prepared by Dennis Keys, Cath Fraser and Oliver Abbott of Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, outlines how a practical house-build project and the accompanying ePortfolio assessment have improved student engagement and outcomes, and increased teacher satisfaction.

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The impact of student evaluations on teaching behaviour - Ako Aotearoa

The impact of student evaluations on teaching behaviour - Ako Aotearoa | Higher Education Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
This National Project Fund project examined the extent to which teaching practices are informed by learner feedback in New Zealand tertiary institutions.

 

This project investigated tertiary teachers’ views of, and engagement with, feedback gathered through student evaluations. The study drew on a combination of quantitative and qualitative techniques; in all, 1,065 staff from 3 institutions (1 polytechnic and 2 universities) participated in a questionnaire and 60 volunteers were interviewed.

This study highlights the need for greater use of student evaluation as an integral part of professional development. Closing the loop is introduced as a principle to encourage individual teachers, departments and organisations to:

provide evidence to demonstrate the quality of teaching to government, to staff, to colleagues, to students and other stakeholders enable planning for ongoing personal, professional, course/programme and institutional development enable students to be involved in development activities and give them a voice in the quality aspects of their tertiary experience.

Two outputs are available from this project: a research report and a summary guide.

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