Please join us for the first journal club meeting this fall as Dr. Shanna Shaked, Senior Associate Director for CEILS and Lecturer in Physics & Astronomy, will present a talk on student evaluations titled, “The limited correlation between student evaluations and learning (and what can be done about it)”. Recent studies and meta-analyses of student evaluations of teaching have called into question the validity of using such evaluations as a primary indicator of student learning. Whereas some previous studies have identified moderate correlations between student evaluations and learning, more recent meta-analyses call these results into question. All studies recommend considering student evaluations as only one piece in a collection of artifacts regarding teaching effectiveness. Since other studies identify potential biases in such evaluations (with respect to gender, race, age and many other factors), she will discuss potential alternatives for faculty and administrators interesting in assessing teaching effectiveness.
BobUttl, Carmela A.White, Daniela Wong Gonzalez (2017) Meta-analysis of faculty’s teaching effectiveness: Student evaluation of teaching ratings and student learning are not related. Studies in Educational Evaluation, 54 : 22-42.
Anne Boring, Kellie Ottoboni, Philip B. Stark (2016) Student evaluations of teaching (mostly) do not measure teaching effectiveness. ScienceOpen Research.
Supplementary reading: the most recent review on the topic
Pieter Spooren, Bert Brockx, Dimitri Mortelmans (2013) On the Validity of Student Evaluation of Teaching: The State of the Art. Review of Educational Research, 83(4) : 598-642.