Tip #808: Fact or Fiction? Student Evaluations are Wrong

Study after study shows that student evaluations seem to be completely uncorrelated with actual learning.” Louis Deslauriers

Fact. A Harvard study confirms what many other studies have shown: students’ perceptions of their learning do not match how well or how much they are actually learning.

I’ve seen this over and over again. Students give an excellent storytelling lecturer glowing evaluations because they’ve been highly entertained and engaged. They end up leaving the class wishing they knew what the lecturer knew. They do not leave the class sure of their own new knowledge and abilities.

May your learning be sweet.


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