Rating Your Professor, Online

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At the end of the semester, many colleges have their professors pass sheets of paper to their students to gain some feedback on the class and on their teaching style, etc. It is understood that you can fill these forms out anonymously, but a lot of students do not feel that their anonymity is protected. Therefore, candor is withheld and no true feedback is given.

Rating Your Professors

Back in 1999, a software engineer from California, John Swapceinski, decided to give students a real choice, founding a professor-rating site that is now called RateMyProfessors.com. The site guarantees anonymity, allowing students to rate more than one million professors at over 6000 schools across America, Canada, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand.

Students use the site before signing up for classes to learn about the teaching style and grading system for a particular professor. By reading the ten most recent comments about the professor and the average rating for that instructor, students can learn plenty about a professor. Or, avoid taking the class altogether.

Besides rating college professors according to easiness, clarity, usefulness of the course, interest, and textbook use, students can judge the professor’s appearance as “hot” or “not” and leave comments.

Critics of the Site

Of course, the site isn’t with out its critics including some college professors who have seen themselves maligned online. Ever since MTVu took over the site last year, professors have been given the opportunity to “strike back” by posting a video rebuttal on the site. In addition, Rate Your Students has sprung up, a blog started by a college profession at a southern university.

Of course, if you really like your professor then nominating him or her for the 2nd Annual RateMyProfessors.com Top 50 rankings is the way to go. At least something positive can get be accomplished by giving kudos where and when due!

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