Proving that he is not only forward thinking about making his research open, Mark Sample yesterday wrote about making teaching evaluations public. Why–he reasons–allow a self-selected group of student to provide public feedback on a site like RateMyProfessor when he has the full spectrum of qualitative and quantitative data from a much wider sample (pardon the pun) of his students?
Sample is using Scribd to host PDFs of his evaluations and has even released them under a Creative Commons license, anticipating that someone might come up with a way to remix them. This is something that I plan to do myself in the near future. But since I know I’m prone to moving toward openness like this, I wonder reasons one might have for keeping evaluations private. Thoughts?