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Sanjay Srivastava
The University of Oregon is moving to drop numerical student ratings of teaching. Students will be asked for written feedback to structured prompts for instructor and course improvement - not as high-stakes professional evaluation
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Sanjay Srivastava 4 May 18
Replying to @hardsci
I should add - if approved. This is in the development and piloting phase right now. But I’m hopeful this will work out (disclosure: I was on the task force that this came out of)
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Shalina Chatlani 10 May 18
Replying to @hardsci
Hi Sanjay, I'm interested in writing about this and why it's an innovative approach to the evaluation system for @EducationDive, how can I get in touch with you?
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Sanjay Srivastava 10 May 18
Replying to @chatlanis
I just followed you back so you can DM me
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Sara Scanga 5 May 18
Replying to @hardsci
How will you motivate/incentivize students to take the extra time to write feedback, rather than just more quickly picking a numerical ranking? We currently only get about 1/3 of our students responding to course evaluations.
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Sanjay Srivastava 5 May 18
Replying to @SaraScanga
By doing in the middle of the term, students will know that the feedback could be used for the course they’re taking. That might be motivating
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Sanjay Srivastava 5 May 18
Replying to @SaraScanga
Also, since this is for course inprovement (but not professional evaluation), it’s a fair question whether you even need a high response rate, vs just hear from students who are invested enough to give constructive feedback
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Sara Scanga 5 May 18
Replying to @hardsci
The students who are most motivated to respond typically have extreme responses (love you or hate you), so small samples of these types of students aren’t usually representative of what the whole class thinks.
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Veronica 5 May 18
Replying to @SaraScanga @hardsci
At my school, courses typically have a mid-course eval that takes the form of stop-start-continue, plus a numerical end of semester one with room for comments. Both are done in class, and the professor steps out of the room for 15 minutes or so. Nearly 100% response rate that way
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Sara Scanga 6 May 18
Replying to @v_borders @hardsci
Yes! Doing it during class time greatly improves response rates, I agree!
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Gretchen McKay 5 May 18
Replying to @hardsci
So how will "high-stake professional evaluation" be conducted? I applaud your efforts.
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Sanjay Srivastava 5 May 18
Replying to @GretchenMcKay1
Still in progress - here’s the gist
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Gretchen McKay 5 May 18
Replying to @hardsci
What about peer observation? Where are you with that? Just curious. I have mixed feelings about. Bravo to your efforts so far!
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Sanjay Srivastava 5 May 18
Replying to @GretchenMcKay1
I expect it’ll be in the mix. I agree it’s not a panacea - it’ll take some care to try to develop something useful and valid. (Better to have observers respond to structured criteria rather than an open ended “how did they do?” essay)
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Kimberly Quinn 4 May 18
Replying to @hardsci
Would love to hear what the prompts are, and how you convinced the university to pilot this.
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Crystal Steltenpohl 🌱 4 May 18
Replying to @kimberlyquinn @hardsci
Same.
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Sanjay Srivastava 4 May 18
Still piloting, I’m sure we’ll share if/when it goes into action. General idea: list of items like course materials, instructor communication, inclusiveness, etc. Student can select up to2-3 items that were beneficial and then write why; same for up to 2-3 that need improvement
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Kimberly Quinn 4 May 18
Replying to @hardsci @CNSteltenpohl
Sound simple but valid. Looking forward to hearing updates -- keep us informed, please!
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Sanjay Srivastava 4 May 18
It’s not primarily for evaluation, so “useful” is probably a better concept than “valid.” Hope it is!
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Andrew Goss 5 May 18
Replying to @hardsci @icpetrie
Real question: will there still be departmental reviews and/or evaluation of teaching?
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Sanjay Srivastava 5 May 18
Replying to @DrAndrewGoss @icpetrie
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