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The Case of the Consecutive Course Questionnaires

If you follow my blog regularly (You know who you are—both of you....), you know that I like to present readers with cases to ponder. You did so well on a previous case about course evaluations, here’s another one that you might find interesting: Read More

Should you read the course evaluations from your spring course before the end of the Maymester course?


I wouldn't - it wouldn't be fair - because I would ascribe the negative comments to individuals - probably the wrong students (we tend to blame the people we dislike most and or whom we think dislike us most) - and even though I would be aware that I might be blaming the wrong students - I would be unable to not feel a tad negative towards the suspects - and that would affect my scoring of their tests - not necessarily that I would give low scores - I might give high scores to convince myself that I was above such petty retaliation.


My gut feeling is that it would not be a good idea to read the feedback. It seems more likely it would lead to a negative outcome than a positive one

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Mitchell M. Handelsman, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology and a Colorado University President's Teaching Scholar at the University of Colorado Denver.


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