Faculty Publications

Title

What does ratemyprofessors.com actually rate?

Document Type

Article

Keywords

construct validation, online evaluations, student evaluation of teaching

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education

Volume

39

Issue

6

First Page

678

Last Page

698

Abstract

This research looks closely at claims that ratemyprofessors.com creates a valid measure of teaching effectiveness because student responses are consistent with a learning model. While some evidence for this contention was found in three datasets taken from the site, the majority of the evidence indicates that the instrument is biassed by a halo effect, and creates what most accurately could be called a 'likeability' scale. © 2013 Taylor & Francis.

Original Publication Date

1-1-2014

DOI of published version

10.1080/02602938.2013.861384

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