Discussion: How does everyone feel about online course evaluations? Do you think it makes class run more smoothly? Do you think it helps out get more balanced opinions?

  • I am in favor of online evaluations To me, it always seemed like only people who liked the class had access to in-class evaluations, since they were not announced, given out on a random day, and collected that day. Anyone who has taken a statistics course recognizes this as a selection bias -- they are biasing the results towards people who like the class, as that is who is in class. With online evaluations, anyone who is getting a grade in the class can complete evaluations.--Norlow 12:54, 23 April 2009 (UTC)
  • My concern with online evaluations is the low rate of response we are currently observing. It may be the case that the few students who take the time to answer are the ones with the most extreme opinions, either very negative or very positive. That's another type of selection bias. To counteract that, we need to find ways to increase the response rate. --Mboutin 15:39, 23 April 2009 (UTC)
  • How about the mandatory evaluation system? so if student does not do their evaluation, they cannot check their grades.(I mean still they are able to get grades but not to observe their grade on the transcript or on the mypurdue website.) When I was an undergrad in South Korea, my college did this system and actually it worked although that evaluation might not be valuable. This rule may increase the participation of course evaluation at Purdue University. I guess.--Kim415 07:42, 24 April 2009 (UTC)

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