Friday, September 18, 2009

Links for 9/18/09

H. William Rice on student evaluations:
…the benefits far outweigh the risks, and faculty members who actually want to become better teachers—and who believe that good teaching skills are not bequeathed to them in perpetuity with the awarding of a Ph.D.—should read them over and over…

…Imagine going to a neurosurgeon who tells you to ignore the complaints her patients have made to the medical board: She has a medical degree, so she can do surgery in any way she damn pleases…
Mark Lilla on studying conservatism. The most surprising thing to me was that he’s a professor of humanities.
Conservatism is a tradition, not a pathology.
Marc Parry on cheating:
A new study contradicts the perception that cheating is more widespread in online classes, finding that students in virtual courses were less likely to cheat than their face-to-face peers.
Michael Hennessy on endowments. HT: Felix Salmon. I was going to include some juicy quotes from the story, but they somehow disabled the select text feature. First of all, I didn’t know that was possible. Second of all, Grrr. I won't be linking to sites that do that in the future.

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