It’s about that time of year when schools are gearing up for end of course evaluations. While gathering meaningful feedback from well-intentioned students to improve faculty practices can be a positive experience, in many cases it is a sensitive subject. Unfortunately, often times the end of course evaluation system is plagued with challenges. Whether it be the delivery method of the survey, manually entering feedback to create reports, or dealing with students who are looking for a chance to unload on their least favorite professor, end of course evaluations can be a source of contention among students, faculty, and administration.
Students may be unwilling to participate in the survey process fearing lack of anonymity or disbelief that their input will make a difference. Faculty may be skeptical about the sincerity of student’s feedback or feel threatened about the weight the surveys carry. This week’s Wordless Wednesday picture depicts an individual looking through a magnifying glass. Faculty may feel as though they are being glared at, perhaps highlighting their weaknesses instead of acknowledging their strengths. Lastly administrators can become frustrated with manual processes such as pencil and paper surveys. Organizing and disseminating the data can be quite a challenge.
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