IMO, option 1 is the better choice. A relational database is more flexible and handles data that is in columns quite well. Trying to process data that is in rows is much more difficult.
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...what you mean. yeah, you are right...1 could be bad or good, theoretically. however, the 10 point scale is an intuitive scale, and usually needs no explanation, but i guess i better include that in the directions.
either way, the "instructor rating" was just a dummy example...and in fact, the 10 point scale is irrelevant to my design confusion....it could have been 1-7, 1-5, just not 0 or 1.