Monday, April 21, 2014

Evaluation time

According to Twitter, students are starting to fill out their evaluation forms now.  Are you ready to read their comments which contain the same insightful wisdom that they've shared with you all semester?

No?  Then try this instead.

Happy Monday.


  1. Do people actually read student evaluation comments?

    I may have glanced at the ones I received but I rarely paid attention to them. Most of them would have earned the card's sentiment because they weren't generally weren't useful nor were they particularly civil.

    What was of more value to me, in the rare times that I actually looked at the evaluation results, were the numerical surveys on issues such as whether the students considered me a fair marker or if they thought I returned their exams in a timely manner.

    On the whole, though, the evaluations were a waste of time and paper, accomplishing very little.

  2. I looked at mine--and like QWV above, I find the most useful stuff is in the numerical analysis (especially since my department keeps track, and uses the numbers during the tenure process).

    I dislike the "customer" mentality, though, and lately I have been fighting back in my own small way. In my courses, I take part of the class period and have students fill out a brief anonymous survey of "The Three Most Important Things I Learned in This Class," followed by large group discussion where I list their responses. Then, with 20 minutes left in the class, I depart so that they can fill out the stupid bubble sheet. Diabolical. (Though to be honest, my numbers are always above the department average, not that it ever made a difference to people who dislike me.)

  3. We have them over here too, and a beautiful thing called the NSS survey (Google it). It was clear from the comments of one special snowflake that s/he was filling in the survey for a completely different course. They wilt when they have two deadlines in one week. I tell them that if this is the worst thing in their lives, they are lucky indeed.

  4. I never, ever, EVER read mine. Instead, I throw them into a big pile behind a desk where I can't easily get to them, with a great, satisfying "FOOMP!" until next semester.

    But of course, I have tenure!