No one looks forward to performance reviews. Supervisors and those being supervised alike dread the exercise. For some it is a waste of time, for others the process involves trepidation over job security or perhaps suspicions of bias. We search for a better way to do an important task.
Well, relax, now there's an app for that. Please have a look at this article by L.V. Anderson in Slate, which explores the issues involved and describes a new product called TINYpulse Perform. The piece contains a number of links involving the various controversies with performance reviews.
It's interesting that the new products take their cues from fitness applications that track physical activities, and dating sites that pair you up with a partner based on your own goals and preferences. It's common in performance reviews to evaluate yourself periodically based on previously stated goals. So it is no surprise that someone figured out a way to go digital.
Some aspects of the article apply principally to the corporate world, where student evaluations are not in play. However, when you compare the questions asked of students in evaluations, they often resemble queries asked of consumers to measure customer satisfaction. To be honest, we seem more concerned in student surveys with whether students had a happy experience instead of how much they learned. Would you recommend this class to a friend?
But isn't it possible, least in some instances, to learn a great deal from a great teacher who compels us to push through an unpleasant threshold? Learning can be hard.