Voting for the 2011 Education Resource People's Choice Awards has closed. Click here to see the final list of winners.
By Sarah Wright
Whether you've got gripes or kudos, taking advantage of the services offered by the Best Professor Rankings nominees will give you the opportunity to share your thoughts about your instructors. And if you're trying to decide between two professors who teach the same class, these sites can prove helpful in making that decision.
Rate My Professors
The rankings offered on Rate My Professors range from the serious (easiness, overall quality) to the silly (hotness). Presented in a straightforward, easy to understand format, the rankings on this site let you see what individuals thought about a professor's helpfulness, clarity and severity. Reviewers can also make specific comments that may clarify the rating they gave. Professors are grouped by school, and overall reviews of each school on the site can also be accessed.
As a free resource for students, professor rankings are only part of what MyEdu offers. Overall, the site offers tools to help you decide what classes to take and help you anticipate what might go on in those classes. The professor rankings are just one part of this. MyEdu's professor rankings focus on factors like the kind of tests the instructor most often gives, workload estimates and teaching style. Official performance evaluations from the school might also be included.
Rather than focusing on professors as individual performers, CourseRank looks at classes as a whole. While professors are a very important part of a class, this site includes other factors, like grade distribution. The professor rankings are tied to specific classes, and if a class has more than one professor, they will all appear in the course information. Ratings for professors work on a star system, with one star being low and five being high. The instructor's grading habits are also included along with their ranking information.
All three nominees are highly deserving, but only one can win. Support your favorite, and don't forget to get the word out and vote on Facebook before October 21st!
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