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Forecasting Effective Student-Teacher Matches by Previewing Teaching Trailers


Psychology Department


College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Date Range



Social and Behavioral Sciences


In applied settings, psychological measurement often involves human judgment and forecasting these judgments is an important research focus. Judgments are typically composed of a blend of three influences: raters, the targets who are rated, and the relationships among raters and targets. Nonetheless, most research focuses on only one of these influences, likely limiting predictive accuracy. We forecasted students evaluations of college lectures from students reactions to brief video trailers for each teacher. In the study, 145 students watched 6-minute teaching trailers for each of the 3 or 4 teachers who delivered one live lectures later in the semester. Students rated the Teaching Trailers and subsequent live lectures, providing estimates of perceived effectiveness and current mood. Quizzes based on lecture content were used to measure student learning.

Conference Name

25th Annual Convention

Conference Location

Washington, DC

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