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May 11, 2012


I feel your pain. Deeply.

My institution went to student evals being done electronically on Blackboard. Participation has dropped precipitously - I led the department with a high of 6 evaluations in a section.

I feel for you - not to mention that in most cases, personnel evaluations are protected records. But most of all, looking back at my profs, some of the ones that I NOW consider as being among the best weren't necessarily seen that way at the time.

But also, for an instructor, like a musical performance, the energies of the performer and audience highly influence each other and the final product.

Too funny, Doc!
I like the complaints from students who complain about material on the exam (particularly new material) that wasn't in last year's notes sets....because the lectures are updated, moron!
This year, I have gotten more emails that the lecturers aren't teaching what is going to be on the STEP 1 (national)exam and why do we have so much blood bank anyway? (because, it's important in medicine?) It's not on the step 1....grrrr!
So, we have almost 200 students in our 2nd year class...and they take exams in large rooms on their laptops...trying to simulate the board exam experience....and I go in one room, and I don't recognize anybody! Weird!
Oh well....c'est la vie!

Sounds a lot like the kids at the high school in the district where I work. Lolsob.

The open comment is the only useful part of the evals. The averages based on the multiple choice sections are useful in a range of plus or minus two points. That's out of five. Do the math, as they say. I never even looked at those scores, but I'd read every single comment and use the input to adapt my teaching style.

And that's the part that's gone. It figures.

Forgot to add that

"In addition to my job as a professor I am working another job to make ends meet and that my students require me to buy new software for lectures every semester which have a return value of about 30% of the original price if it is returnable at all and not a new addition that changed nothing but the layout."

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