ERIC Number: EJ1009903
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
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RateMyProfessors.com: A Validity Exercise
Nelson, C. Leigh; Fife, Eric M.
Communication Teacher, v27 n1 p6-10 2013
Students tend to believe that RateMyProfessors.com (RMP) is an unfailingly valid measure of teaching effectiveness, and in fact viewing that site prior to taking a course can have a direct influence on their future evaluations of faculty. The authors describe an activity whose objective is to have students analyze different types of validity using this popular web site. This exercise is designed to challenge student assumptions about the validity of a measure in general as well as its components: face validity, content validity, criterion validity, concurrent validity, predictive validity, and external validity. A list of references and suggested readings is included.
Descriptors: Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Teacher Effectiveness, Student Attitudes, Content Validity, Predictive Validity, Test Validity, Evaluation Methods, College Faculty, College Students, Web Sites
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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