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ERIC Number: EJ933684
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1531-7714 Testing Assumptions about Student Use and Misuse
Bleske-Rechek, April; Michels, Kelsey
Practical Assessment, Research & Evaluation, v15 n5 May 2010
Since its inception in 1999, the ( website has grown in popularity and, with that, notoriety. In this research we tested three assumptions about the website: (1) Students use to either rant or rave; (2) Students who post on are different from students who do not post; and (3) Students reward easiness by giving favorable quality ratings to easy instructors. We analyzed anonymous self-report data on use of from 208 students at a regional public university and ratings of 322 instructors at that university. Our findings suggest that (1) student motivations for posting on the website are wide ranging and moderate in tone; (2) few student characteristics differentiate those who post from those who do not post on the website; and (3) although easiness and quality are highly correlated, discipline differences in easiness but not in quality suggest that students can, and do, discriminate between easiness and quality. We concur with previous researchers (e.g., Otto, Sanford, & Ross, 2008) that, although the site is limited, has more validity than generally assumed. (Contains 7 figures, 1 table, and 1 note.)
Dr. Lawrence M. Rudner. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin