Cathy Schryer wrote,
> I think what is most interesting about Rob's question is the
> political contexts that are maintaining the lecture mode of teaching. I see
> at least 2 possible contexts.
> The first is the course evaluation system as it presently exists at
> most instituitions in Canada. I don't know about your institution but the
> course evaluation forms here definitely favour the good presentational style
> lecturer. And for the untenured or for those trying to get a job, those
> course evaluations can make a dfference.
What do people think of Peggy Berkowitz's article "Accounting for
teaching" (in the recent June-July edition of "University
Affairs") advocating the use of dossiers for evaluation purposes? I
was also interested in her comment that "first-year and courses with
large enrolments tend to get lower ratings than upper level courses
or those with small enrolments" and that "faculty's tenure committee
members now take that into account when evaluating student ratings".
Is this the case?
Mieke Koppen Tucker