It’s always problematic when students rate an instructor’s performance, but that doesn’t mean their comments can’t be useful in your own teaching.
It’s end-of-semester time and PSU students are evaluating their professors on the SRTE (Student Rating of Teacher Effectiveness), but unfortunately it is a big waste of time for all involved. The SRTE is so inaccurate, so bias and so useless in helping instructors improve their teaching, it is little more than a bureaucratic ritual that risks unintended negative consequences.
A University of Kansas dispute raises questions about how colleges should respond to evidence of racism, sexism, or other biases in studentsâ evaluations of teaching.
Zero Correlation Between Evaluations and Learning
New study adds to evidence that student reviews of professors have limited validity.
September 21, 2016
A number of studies suggest that student evaluations of teaching are unreliable due to various kinds of biases against instructors. (Here’s one addressing gender.) Yet conventional wisdom remains that students learn best from highly rated instructors; tenure cases have even hinged on it. [more]