12 mai 2015

Federal college ratings will hurt colleges and students

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "al.com"By George T. French, Jr., Billy C. Hawkins, Peter E. Millet and Leslie N. Pollard. We are the presidents of four Alabama historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs)— Miles College in Fairfield in metro Birmingham, Talladega College in Talladega, Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, and Oakwood University in Huntsville.  Along with the 33 other private HBCUs that belong to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), we have a track record of enrolling and graduating students from low-income families, the students the nation most needs to get on the path to college and stay there.  HBCUs out-perform non-HBCUs by 14 percentage points when it comes to educating low-income African Americans—and at tuition levels 30 percent lower than at comparable colleges and universities. More...

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10 mai 2015

Gender Biases in Student Evaluations of Teachers and their Impact on Teacher Incentives

OFCEPar Anne Boring. Gender Biases in Student Evaluations of Teachers and their Impact on Teacher Incentives
Abstract

This paper uses a unique database from a French university to analyze gender biases in student evaluations of teachers (SETs). The results of generalized ordered logit regressions and xed-e ects models suggest that male teachers tend to receive higher SET scores because of students' gender biases. Male students in particular express a strong bias in their favor: male students are approximately 30% more likely to give an excellent overall satisfaction score to male teachers compared to female teachers. The di erent teaching dimensions that students value in men and women tend to correspond to gender stereotypes. The teaching dimensions for which students perceive a comparative advantage for women (such as course preparation and organization) tend to be more time-consuming for the teacher, compared to the teaching dimensions that students value more in men (such as class leadership skills). Men are perceived as being more knowledgeable (male gender stereotype) and obtain higher SET scores than women, but students appear to learn as much from women as from men, suggesting that female teachers are as knowledgeable as men. Finally, I nd that if women increased students' continuous assessment grades by 7.5% compared to the grades given by their male colleagues, they could obtain similar overall satisfaction scores as men. Yet, women do not act on this incentive (men and women give similar continuous assessment grades), suggesting that female teachers are unaware of students' gender biases. These biases have strong negative consequences for female academics, who may spend more time on teaching to try to obtain high SET scores, reducing time available for research. The results suggest that better teaching is not necessarily measured by SETs.

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04 mai 2015

The numbers game

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The numbers game
Steve Wheeler, Learning With Es, 2015/04/15
The assignment of a numeric value to student work is a technology. It's actually a relatively recent technology. Why did we adopt it? Steve Wheeler asks the question and the closest he comes to an answer is in saying "marking of students' work is... about how their work measures up against standards." In the wider scheme of things, though, surprisingly few assessments are made this way. More...

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Kirkpatrick Model Good or Bad? The Epic Mega Battle!

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Kirkpatrick Model Good or Bad? The Epic Mega Battle!
Will Thalheimer, Clark Quinn, Will at Work Learning, 2015/04/14
The Kirkpatrick Model is a mechanism for evaluating learning programs; you can read about it here. The idea is to take evaluations of learning events beyond the 'reaction sheet' and to look at the actual results, including "to what degree targeted outcomes occur as a result of the training event and subsequent reinforcement." These targeted outcomes are often, in a corporate setting, the impact of changes in behaviour (lower losses, keeping on schedule, etc). More...

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02 mai 2015

Registration open for the Institutional Evaluation Programme (IEP)

LogoThe registration period for the 2015-2016 round of EUA’s Institutional Evaluation Programme (IEP) is now open until 3 July 2015.
IEP offers higher education institutions the opportunity to take part in a comprehensive, improvement-oriented institutional evaluation conducted by a team of experienced higher education leaders. The evaluation process and the report delivered by the team aim to support universities in developing their institutional strategic leadership and capacity to manage change.
IEP is a full member of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) and is listed in the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR). For further information on the Programme and how to register, please visit the IEP website. More...

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27 avril 2015

Inside Look at Ratings Plan

HomeBy Michael Stratford. The U.S. Department of Education has set aside more than $4 million to develop the Obama administration’s college ratings system, newly released federal documents show. Read more...

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Cost of College Ratings? For Education Dept., at Least $4 Million

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/Ticker%20revised%20round%2045.gifBy . The U.S. Education Department has budgeted more than $4 million to build its controversial college-ratings system, Inside Higher Ed reports. The department’s contract with RTI International shows that it has already paid the company at least $1.8 million to construct a website and test ratings models. The contract also shows that the system might allow colleges to annotate or provide context to their evaluations. More...

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The next phase of teacher evaluation reform: It's up to you, New York, New York!

By Thomas J. Kane. Since 2009, more than 40 states have rewritten their teacher evaluation policies. Given that school systems have neglected to manage classroom instruction for decades, it was inevitable that many schools would struggle to implement them. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo re-ignited the controversy by including a second round of teacher evaluation reforms in his budget this year.  Below, I describe the most promising opportunities in the new law.  Hopefully, New York will provide a blueprint for other states as they tweak their own systems in the coming years. More...

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26 avril 2015

Students, don't rate me on my appearance but on my teaching

http://static.guim.co.uk/static/c55907932af8ee96c21b7d89a9ebeedb4602fbbf/common/images/logos/the-guardian/news.gifBy Alison Garden. Feedback forms give students the chance to shape university teaching. Why then do some waste the opportunity by focusing on their lecturer’s looks and clothes. More...

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16 avril 2015

Le retour sur les attentes : une démarche pragmatique pour évaluer l'efficacité des formations

Logo de l'Agence Régionale de la Formation tout au long de la vie (ARFTLV Poitou-charentes)La conférence Formavea qui s'est tenue lors du Salon Solution Ressources Humaines du 25 mars dernier a été filmée. Les dirigeants de Formavea y traitent de la question de savoir "comment se servir de l'évaluation de la formation pour prouver le "retour sur investissement" d'une formation et comment cela va permettre au responsable formation d'évoluer dans son métier. Le modèle Kirkpatrick est mis en perspective pour aider à développer la réflexion.
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