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Thursday, May 16 • 10:15am - 11:15am
Why I Avoid Reading my Students' Evaluations of Teaching

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As instructors, we are told we need to read and respond to our student evaluations of teaching (SEoT). We work hard to provide good learning experiences for our students but the comments can be harsh and confusing (Hodges & Stanton, 2017) and send us into a spiral of negativity and self-doubt. So, how should we respond? Should we or do we: Avoid them? Read but ignore them? Read and obsess? Read and respond?
At this roundtable session, we will acknowledge and honour the difficult emotional aspects of the SEoTs and provide an opportunity to discuss this in a collegial and empathetic environment.
We will not be discussing the reliability and validity of SEoT, but rather will focus on what we need to do to take care of ourselves as instructors who receive SEoT reports an/or other anonymous comments about our teaching from students.
Topics of our conversation will include:
 Sharing approaches to reading and/or responding to anonymous student comments
 Managing emotional reactions to SEoTs
 Reaching out to colleagues for support
 Instructor well-being


Thursday May 16, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
Harbour Centre, Rm 1500

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