Monday, October 29, 2007

Fires and Chocolate

I'm grateful to hear, via various and sundry sources, that everyone made it through the fires relatively safe and sound; here's hoping that smoke inhalation and cabin fever were the only negative consequences of the wildfires for UCSD philosophers. Oh yes, and not being able to see your students' smiling faces for an entire week!

Speaking of students, I was recently directed to the following article about a study from Northwestern about student evaluations:

http://www.dailyprincetonian.com/archives/2007/10/24/news/19128.shtml

It reminded me of two things, in particular:

(1) Why I wait to bring in the home-baked chocolate chip cookies until AFTER the evals; and
(2) Why student evals should always be taken with a grain of salt.

Ideally, our pedagogy will be developed enough that we'll be able to engage even the most reticent students in a way that stimulates them WITHOUT using chemicals :-) (For the more sarcastically inclined, a snarkier take on this study is at http://rateyourstudents.blogspot.com.)

2 comments:

Mike T. said...

Wow. I can't believe they actually titled the study "Fudging the Numbers." Did they consult Messina about it or something?

KI said...

Nice. I didn't make the connection earlier, but the title is certainly Messina-esque.