• ISSN: 2155-7993
  • Journal of Modern Education Review

Does Anonymity in Student Evaluations Matter and How to Preserve It

Dimitrios Liarokapis, Eleftherios Stergiou
(Technological Educational Institute of Epirus, Greece)

Abstract: Higher Education Institutes have introduced processes for online course evaluation. In this work, we present our experiences in understanding why student participation — might not be as high as expected and how it could be increased. We have determined that the perception that the evaluation process is not completely anonymous could be an important reason for low participation. In order to propose feasible improvements to address the issue, we have examined and analyzed anonymity-preserving ideas originating in electronic voting research and the advantages and disadvantages of traditional form based approaches. We propose a solution based on a ticket number system, inspired from the concept of random number generation such the one utilized in the specification of Universally Unique Identifier (UUID). This could lead to a solution that is relatively simple to implement and use.
Key words: course evaluation, student evaluation, anonymity, UUID, e-voting

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