Monday, September 22, 2008

The 80% rule, explained

Yesterday's New York Times magazine is devoted to the current state of teaching on college campuses. The magazine has a number of articles to recommend, but one in particular, "Judgment Day," by Mark Oppenheimer, is worth reading first. Oppenheimer's piece reviews the pros but mostly cons of the now-institutionalized method of relying solely on student evaluations of professors to determine "teaching effectiveness." Read that article, and then compare it with my post of July 2007 on the same topic.

More on this later.

1 comment:

Carlos said...

This isn't surprising...I'm teaching a class as an adjunct this year and they sent us a memo on the "importance" of our evaluations.

What I don't understand is why they care how a class that's only worth one credit, is mostly taken pass/fail and is a non-recurring topic with a most certainly non-recurring instructor is evaluated. I'm not planning on teaching at Drexel again-or anywhere else for that matter-anytime soon. If there's one thing I learned from observing at AU is that classes are better when the Professor just does his own thing without giving a crap about what anyone thinks...so that's the philosophy I'm going with.