In this part of the discussion, I’m going to present an example of how CBE thinking interacts with a real-world problem. As part of the recent LinkedIn dialogue, I tried to think about how CBE might approach one of my own experienced areas of competence – data analysis. Our personal case studies (N=1) are always good sources of data –
Yet another interesting exchange on a LinkedIn board inspires this column – in this case, a question posed by Jari Metsämuuronen, a Finnish researcher looking at how different measures of educational performance are related. Toward the end of the exchange, he made the interesting observation that:
“…the external test score [was] less predictable in comparison with teachers’
Recently, I had an inquiry from a former student of mine, now enrolled in a dissertation-level research methods class that was leaving her baffled. It seemed to me that she was being dropped into the middle of the great big methods ocean without much preparation or even basic vocabulary and structure. So I took a crack at setting out in a short form what I think ought to be the foundation for any such study.
I believe that it is important to think about why these student course evaluation ratings are being obtained, and how that relates to the kinds of measures used. I pointed out in Part 2 that the one-shot end-of-course retrospective rating system cannot obtain ratings valid over the whole term. There are procedures that could obtain valid ratings,
This topic is too good to let go without a reprise; this post is based in part on a final post that I made to the LinkedIn discussion I mentioned earlier.
The point has been made repeatedly and correctly that feedback has to be multidimensional, reflecting different aspects of the teaching. Almost every survey tries to assess these different aspects.
For a couple of weeks now, there has been an energetic discussion on the Higher Education Teaching and Learning discussion board on LinkedIn around the question, “Do student evaluations measure teaching effectiveness?” In the course of some 335 comments, including several of mine, the discussion has predictably gone around the circle several times.
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