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ERIC Number: EJ865452
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0260-2938
An Empirical Test of the Validity of Student Evaluations of Teaching Made on RateMyProfessors.com
Sonntag, Michael E.; Bassett, Jonathan F.; Snyder, Timothy
Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, v34 n5 p499-504 Oct 2009
The present article examined the validity of public web-based teaching evaluations by comparing the ratings on RateMyProfessors.com for 126 professors at Lander University to the institutionally administered student evaluations of teaching and actual average assigned GPAs for these same professors. Easiness website ratings were significantly positively correlated with actual assigned grades. Further, clarity and helpfulness website ratings were significantly positively correlated with student ratings of overall instructor excellence and overall course excellence on the institutionally administered IDEA forms. The results of this study offer preliminary support for the validity of the evaluations on RateMyProfessors.com. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Carolina