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An Empirical Test of the Validity of Student Evaluations of Teaching Made on RateMyProfessors.com
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Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education Volume 34, Number 5, ISSN 0260-2938

Abstract

The present article examined the validity of public web-based teaching evaluations by comparing the ratings on RateMyProfessors.com for 126 professors at Lander University to the institutionally administered student evaluations of teaching and actual average assigned GPAs for these same professors. Easiness website ratings were significantly positively correlated with actual assigned grades. Further, clarity and helpfulness website ratings were significantly positively correlated with student ratings of overall instructor excellence and overall course excellence on the institutionally administered IDEA forms. The results of this study offer preliminary support for the validity of the evaluations on RateMyProfessors.com. (Contains 2 tables.)

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Sonntag, M.E., Bassett, J.F. & Snyder, T. (2009). An Empirical Test of the Validity of Student Evaluations of Teaching Made on RateMyProfessors.com. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 34(5), 499-504. Retrieved September 16, 2019 from .

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