Course evaluation data just came out for Univ. of Oklahoma, and it's done college by college. See tweet below. With just raw data in PDF that is very hard to actually analyze, here's a rough way to estimate. Online classes (mostly) have a -995 suffix, so you can search the PDF for that suffix. One of the five questions that is included in the report (I don't know why the others are not included) is "overall the course was...". So, I went through the -995 courses and looked for the college ranking on that question. Now, there are a gazillion problems with this measure: the evaluation questions are vague, they happen at the end of the semester, return rates vary from class to class, class size varies enormously, student starting level of interest in any given class varies enormously (and probably accounts for huge portion of how the course is evaluated, positively or negatively ... but we don't even ask about that), and on and on. Still, the fact that there is a percentile ranking makes it possible to do a sort of rough guesstimate of how online courses look overall, and instead of seeing a nice distribution throughout the rankings (where you would expect some low, some medium, some high), there is a skew in the -995 online courses towards low rankings. The next question, of course, would be what characteristics (if any) the high-ranked courses have in common and what characteristics (if any) the low-ranked courses have in common. But without any information about what actually goes on in courses, there's no telling. Still, I sure would be curious to know what is going on in the highly ranked courses since I could probably get some good ideas just from reading about what those faculty are doing!!! (And yes, my two courses are there in the 80-100 group.) I love teaching online, and I would like to see online courses skew high, not low! Anyway, I think this information shows we need to do a better job, and an important part of doing a better job would surely involve SHARING our experiences, good and bad, and looking for solutions together! +Phil Hill Consider this my rough-and-ready contribution to the quest for numbers we can use to do a better job as educators!!! Those are the numbers I care about most. 

Results:

80-100 10 courses = 22 courses high
60-79 12 courses

40-59 26 courses = 26 courses medium

20-39 29 courses
1-19 21 courses = 50 courses low

https://twitter.com/OUProvostNC/status/560485476398665728

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