Did You Know? A Simple Trick to Save Time and Improve Your Course Evaluations!


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A+ Rubber Stamp on Notebook PaperAs faculty, you likely spend several hours every week carefully reading, evaluating, and grading student work. Research shows that students report higher course satisfaction when they get better grades and when faculty exhibit “immediacy and presence behaviors”. This finding suggests that giving inflated grades on student work without reading it first may save you valuable time and dramatically improve students’ evaluations of your course. This method, called the “Rubber Stamp” method, consists of a few easy steps:

  • Collect student work
  • Randomly assign grades from a range between “A-” and “A+” to all papers
  • Cavalierly sprinkle encouraging handwritten statements like “Good Point!” or “I never thought of that!” throughout the paper.
  • Take up the hobby you always wanted to pursue but never had time to.

Students in “Rubber Stamp” courses report high satisfaction with the prompt turnaround times and unfailingly optimistic feedback they receive from faculty. They often report that they are “amazed” at their grades in these courses, and that their high achievement “almost felt effortless”.

Please note that the “Rubber Stamp” method is most effective on April 1st of each year.

HAPPY APRIL FOOLS’ DAY!

 

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Ted Curran is a Learning Experience Designer/Developer for Autodesk. He is committed to empowering educators and learners to create transformational change through effective pedagogy and technology integration. You can follow Ted on Mastodon, LinkedIn or learn more at my 'About" page. These thoughts are my own.

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2 Responses

  1. Isisgreen08 says:

    Lol Ted, you fooled me!

    I was definitely going to say, ” OMG Ted, is that the type of teacher you are?” but you got me, April Fools!

  2. Isisgreen08 says:

    Lol Ted, you fooled me!

    I was definitely going to say, ” OMG Ted, is that the type of teacher you are?” but you got me, April Fools!

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