Friday, August 17, 2012
ALMOST 1000 teachers at one of Australia's leading universities are being told to make their students happy at the expense of confronting their fledgling thinkers with rigorous lessons, according to the union representing lecturers.
Teachers at the Australian National University now need to explain themselves if too many students are not pleased with them and colleagues must argue why courses with student satisfaction rates of less than 50 per cent should be kept.
One teacher emailed the union: ''I feel under pressure to lower standards and make the student experience more comfortable so I don't end up before the head of school to explain myself.''
I stick to a standard view. Assuming that these poorly designed evals have any validity, high evaluations mean the professor is doing a great job or is fooling the students. Low evals mean the professor needs to do something differently. Evals in the mid range: the professor is probably doing fine.