Thursday, September 11, 2014

In Cheeky Pushback, Colleges Razz Rate My Professors

The Chronicle of Higher Education
September 11th, 2014

The Internet can be a nasty place, as academics know well from Rate My Professors.
It is on that website that faculty members might learn, for example, that their students think they are “useless” or a “general moron,” and say anyone “would enjoy eating the rectum of a brown, exotic Australian toad” more than taking their course.
Yes, those are real reviews.
Many professors assail the website and anything that might give it credence. But at least some faculty members have recently concluded that the best way to challenge the site and its unsubstantiated ratings is to mock it without mercy.
Lehigh University became the latest institution to use the website as fodder for comedy. Taking a cue from a popular late-night comedy trope in which celebrities read cruel tweets about them, Lehigh filmed faculty members reading negative comments about themselves from Rate My Professors, and posted the videos online.

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