Paper 1B

Are students’ course evaluations reflective of their perceived grade level on learning objectives?


Tine Nielsen, cand.psych, Lektor/BSc, MSc, PhD Psychology, Associate professor, Institut for Psykologi, Københavns Universitet


A common discourse on standard student evaluations of teaching (i.e. student satisfaction) in higher education is that “able” students evaluate favorably, and the “not so able” students unfavorably. Does this extend to course evaluations, which are genuine evaluations for the purpose of course development. The relationship between course evaluations and average self-perceived grade level on the learning objectives is explored using data from two consecutive evaluations of a course.