Tag: Evaluation


How to Make the Most of Student Evals

June 27, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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There’s an ongoing debate in academia as to whether or not student evals effectively inform on teaching. However, no matter where you stand in the debate, there are steps you can take to analyze evals and get the most out of student feedback, writes¬†Todd D. Zakrajsek, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine […]

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Designing Better Multiple-Choice Questions

October 1, 2018 | Meg Gregory

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In a recent article for WashU’s The Source, Associate Professor in the Departments of Education and of Psychological & Brain Sciences, Andrew Butler describes his research on best practices for multiple-choice testing. He notes that the best multiple-choice tests provide at least three plausible answers and test for “real world” cognitive processing, like comparison and […]

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Responding to Negative Student Evaluations

May 30, 2018 | Meg Gregory

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In a recent Faculty Focus article, “What to Do About Those Negative Comments on Course Evaluations,” Maryellen Weimer, PhD, provides suggestions for how to productively respond to outlying negative feedback on end of term student evaluations. She explores her own tendency to overreach and obsess over the “one negative comment in a sea of positive […]

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