Iwate-Aomori JALT:

How Do Students Pick a Number? Seeking Course Evaluation Insights

Date: Sunday, September 26th, 2010 Time: 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Speaker: Christine Winskowski

When students rate their college course and instructor in end-of-semester evaluations, do student choose a 3 for different reasons from choosing a 4 or 5? Data from 34 college students completing two lecture course evaluation forms suggests some evaluation items prompt similar and predictable responses which seem to match the rating number selected. However, other items prompted dissimilar responses, similar responses with different ratings, even responses that seem unmatched to the ratings or that seem unpredictable. In this presentation, participants will have a chance to examine selected data, predict corresponding ratings, and discuss the items and student responses.

Christine Winskowski, Ph.D., teaches English and western studies at Morioka Junior College, Iwate Prefectural University. She directed the ESL Program at Lewis University, Illinois, and taught elsewhere in the U.S. and China. Her research interests include higher education and U.S. social and cultural history.

Organization: Iwate-Aomori Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Iwate-Aomori JALT)

Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1,000 yen

Venue: Aiina, Morioka, 6th Floor, Room 602

Location: Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture, Japan


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