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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 May 4
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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Crystal Steltenpohl May 4
Replying to @kimberlyquinn @hardsci
Same.
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Sanjay Srivastava May 4
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 May 4
Replying to @hardsci @CNSteltenpohl
Sound simple but valid. Looking forward to hearing updates -- keep us informed, please!
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Sanjay Srivastava May 4
Replying to @criener
Figuring out teaching evaluation is phase 2 :). Gist for now (much to be worked out) is it will be based on evidence of engagement in continuous inprovement, use of good pedagogy, stuff like that 1/
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Sanjay Srivastava May 4
Replying to @criener
Depts will develop local standards for what that means in a specific field. Probably judge from a mix of instructor portfolios and reflection statements, peer evals, maybe student feedback (but interpreted in context, not numerical ratings) 2/
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Sanjay Srivastava May 4
Replying to @criener
We evaluate research through the expert judgment of professional peers. Teaching should be the same. Not perfect but better than the alternatives
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Sanjay Srivastava May 4
It’s not primarily for evaluation, so “useful” is probably a better concept than “valid.” Hope it is!
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Sanjay Srivastava May 4
Ours is headed up by Sierra Dawson and Bill Harbaugh (). I’m sure they’d be happy to share information and ideas as this develops
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Mala Htun May 4
Replying to @hardsci
How will you aggregate the responses? Or is goal just feedback for improvement?
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Sanjay Srivastava May 4
Replying to @malahtun
The latter. See here re professional evaluation
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Andrew Goss May 5
Replying to @hardsci @icpetrie
Real question: will there still be departmental reviews and/or evaluation of teaching?
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Sara Scanga May 5
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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Gretchen McKay May 5
Replying to @hardsci
So how will "high-stake professional evaluation" be conducted? I applaud your efforts.
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Sanjay Srivastava May 5
Replying to @GretchenMcKay1
Still in progress - here’s the gist
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Sanjay Srivastava May 5
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 May 5
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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Sanjay Srivastava May 5
Replying to @DrAndrewGoss @icpetrie
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Gretchen McKay May 5
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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