This Word document, that is just over five pages long, provides guidance, 20 tips and example emails that you can edit and use that may help bolster ratings and diminish or extinguish bad ratings, especially those ones found on websites such as Rate My Professor.
Examples from the document:
3. Let them know, when going over the syllabus or in the beginning of the semester, that you are not assigning "busy work" or "fluff work" that what you are assigning is a part of an accredited program that has to fulfill certain state requirements for the students to be eligible to graduate and be eligible for state certifications or exams. I suggest saying that the assignments are actually going to help them to be successful in their field in the future. On rating websites I have noticed that a lot of times students write about teachers giving them "fluff work" or "busy work" and I wonder if the students write this because professors did not make it clear that there is no "fluff or busy work" in the course.
9. The way these ratings go for websites and evaluations, in my opinion, is that typically ONLY the ones who feel strongly about you will respond. So, if you want better ratings, ask all of your students to go to the professor rating sites and give them a link to it to make it easier. Ask them to rate you when the college gives them teacher evaluations. This will probably help your ratings, overall.
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