When the new technology kills the romance
by Raša Karapandža
Teaching evaluations that students give to their professors are one of the most important things for any university. Recently, here at EBS, we have switched from paper based evaluations of professors to electronic ones. This modernisation makes things more efficient. Usually that is a great thing. In this case however, I hate it. The new teaching evaluations are completely impersonal.
As an ode to the old school of evaluating teachers using pen and paper I have collected some of the messages that I have received over the last three years. I’d like to express my gratitude to all of you that wrote these evaluations but also to the rest of you that I had a chance to work with. You have honoured me in a way the new bits and bytes in some teaching evaluation database will have difficulties to do, unless they allow the use of emojies and stuff. Though, I have to admit that this is not only about me, but also about you and that I feel I have only been in the right place at the right time. It’s been my good fortune to work with highly creative, challenging, fascinating and sometimes demanding individuals…