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Dec 21, 2020

Student evaluations of teaching (SETs) are problematic in many ways—but perhaps useful in other ways. Host Kevin Patton discusses the good, the bad, and the ugly. What are the issues and what's behind those issues?

  • 00:47 | Student Evaluation of Teaching (intro)
  • 02:28 | Share the Fun: Refer & Earn
  • 05:37 | The Good
  • 08:39 | Sponsored by AAA
  • 10:12 | The Bad
  • 26:10 | Sponsored by HAPI
  • 28:13 | The Ugly
  • 44:15 | Sponsored by HAPS
  • 45:26 | Staying Connected

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Student Evaluation of Teaching (intro)

1.5 minutes

A brief intro to this discussion of student evaluation of teaching. This is the first of two planned episodes on this subject.


 Student Evaluations of Teaching I: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly | TAPP 84


Share the Fun: Refer & Earn

3 minutes

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Student Evaluation of Teaching: The Good

3 minutes

There is useful, actionable information that can be obtained from valid and fair student evaluations of teaching. When they work.


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Sponsored by AAA

1.5 minutes

A searchable transcript for this episode, as well as the captioned audiogram of this episode, are sponsored by the American Association for Anatomy (AAA) at

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Captioned audiogram 

Don't forget—HAPS members get a deep discount on AAA membership!

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Student Evaluation of Teaching: The Bad

16 minutes

A lot can go wrong with student evaluations of teaching. In this segment, Kevin uses a recent research article demonstrating unfairness of valid evaluations as a launching point for discussion.

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Sponsored by HAPI Online Graduate Program

2 minutes

The Master of Science in Human Anatomy & Physiology Instruction—the MS-HAPI—is a graduate program for A&P teachers, especially for those who already have a graduate/professional degree. A combination of science courses (enough to qualify you to teach at the college level) and courses in contemporary instructional practice, this program helps you be your best in both on-campus and remote teaching. Kevin Patton is a faculty member in this program. Check it out!

NYCC Human Anatomy and Physiology Instruction


Student Evaluation of Teaching: The Ugly

16 minutes

Kevin turns his attention to a few of the potential ugly issues concerning student evaluations of faculty.

  • The 20 Meanest Teacher Evaluations of All Time (an informal list of anecdotes)
  • Prof Evaluations PART 3 – The Ugly | Evaluations can bring out the least attractive aspects of human nature (online essay)
  • Teaching Evals: Bias and Tenure (online essay)
  • The Frequency of “Brilliant” and “Genius” in Teaching Evaluations Predicts the Representation of Women and African Americans across Fields (research article on bias in online professor-evaluation sites)

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Sponsored by HAPS

1 minute

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