Also in Inside Higher Ed, a report on a study done by James Felton, a professor at Central Michigan University, finds that there is a correlation between “hotness” and “quality” on the dubious web site Ratemyprofessor.com:
As far as students â€” or whoever is rating professors on the open Rate My Professor site â€” are concerned, nothing predicts a quality instructor like hotness.
Felton found a positive correlation of 0.64 (0.00 means there is no correlaton whatsoever, and 1.0 describes a perfectly linear relationship) between the â€œhotnessâ€� and â€œqualityâ€� â€” quality is a composite of â€œhelpfulnessâ€� and â€œclarityâ€� â€” ratings on the site. â€œHotnessâ€� is determined by evaluators choosing â€œhotâ€� or â€œnot hot,â€� with each click counting as either +1 or -1. â€œQualityâ€� is on a simple 1-5 scale. (Felton may be an exception on the correlation â€” while he doesnâ€™t get any hotness points from RateMyProfessors, he does well on quality.)
I wonder if, by teaching online, I can somehow increase my hotness factor….