Because so much of the interaction between instructors and students in online education is virtual, it’s possible they may never see what the other looks like. A recent study suggests that students’ perception of an instructor’s gender, however, may influence the evaluation they give at the end of the course. The original paper, “What’s in a Name: Exposing Gender Bias in Student Ratings of Teaching,” was published online Dec. 5 in the journal Innovative Higher Education. The researchers plan to do additional studies.

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