Online Learning Update

June 21, 2018

Institutional Innovation: Disrupting the faculty member evaluation model

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:05 am

By Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive

Scholars have long pointed out the inherent flaws and potential biases of student evaluation systems — and the fact that these scores can possibly unfairly determine whether faculty members receive tenure or a raise. While these long-used assessment metrics were created with the intention of improving instruction, many institutions are starting to recognize that these largely opinion-driven standards do little to inform administrators on how well a faculty member is performing, which can be negative for the integrity of the business model. That’s why the University of Oregon decided to turn the evaluation system on its head, with administrators developing an evaluation system that would rely more heavily on qualitative measurement, rather than having students rate instructors with arbitrary numbers.

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