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Outcomes-based fashion

The new ABET rules are almost upon us and they require us to measure with sensors the outcome of the kind of education we claim we provide.

In faculty meeting yesterday, our Chair said that we would have to respond to comments made on course evaluations.

Well I had the following comment a few years ago when I taught CS101:

Nice sweaters :-)

Assuming the irony button was on, I took the above actually to mean "not nice sweaters". And I did respond, by going shopping (which I detest) with a student who knew orders of magnitude more about fashion than I do.

In an effort to measure the effect of my response to that message in my course evaluations, I've been wearing sweaters fairly regularly since the weather turned colder.

So, what do you think of my sweaters?


In CS101 I never noticed anything wrong with your clothing or fashion style, so it appears that it worked (if it was ever broken)... and oddly enough, my first impressions of you were that I thought you looked like a hockey or football player since you looked "built"... and ironically, you play hockey.

Small world, sorta.

Posted by: Ed at December 4, 2003 11:49 PM

DId the student actually write down the characters colon, dash, and rparen, or did the student make a smiley face the way our first grade teachers used to do when we handed in good work? (Or at least so I've been told, never having done good work in any grade, including first, I can't confirm this).

Posted by: Ari E-B at December 5, 2003 12:47 AM

The student drew an actual smiley face, but I was simulating that with the emoticon.

Ari if I have you in class again I'll put a real smiley on your first assignment.

Ed, thanks for the compliment!


Posted by: rkc at December 5, 2003 6:14 AM

I don't remember anything being wrong with your old sweaters. If nothing else, they're not imbued with evil powers (does anybody still have that picture Michael drew?).

Posted by: Joe at December 5, 2003 10:52 AM

I've never noticed anything wrong with your sweaters. But I'm colorblind, so take that into consideration.

Posted by: Nathan at December 5, 2003 10:55 AM

I'm sorry, awful powers, not evil.

Posted by: Joe at December 5, 2003 11:00 AM

I think my old sweaters called for some kind of fashion emergency as QEftSG would say. I thought they were OK but it's true they were old and worn. I'm not all that fond of shopping.

But a source of my evil power? It's a thought. Size 666.

Posted by: rkc at December 7, 2003 4:40 PM