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Mid-Semester Student Feedback

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End-of-course evaluations provide valuable insight into how students experienced your course, but they come too late for you to make any changes based on that feedback. Mid-semester student feedback is a type of formative assessment that allows you to make teaching adjustments based on students’ comments about how well they are learning in your course.

Soliciting student feedback communicates that you care about the quality of your teaching and about your students’ learning. Some studies indicate that this mid-semester student feedback has the potential to yield higher end-of-course evaluations.

Student feedback sessions can be scheduled between weeks 5 and 10 of the semester. We can conduct student feedback sessions for traditional, blended, and online courses. Insights yielded from student feedback are most useful when paired with a teaching observation. Pairing a student feedback session with an observation provides us a more comprehensive view of your course and helps us offer more-informed suggestions.

Student responses on mid-semester feedback are anonymous. The report generated from that feedback is confidential between you and your consultant. However, many instructors choose to include these reports in tenure and promotion or annual review portfolios as evidence of dedication to continuous improvement of their teaching.

The steps of a mid-semester student feedback:

  1. Request a mid-semester student feedback session through our Teaching Services Request.
  2. A CTE colleague will reach out to gauge your individual needs and confirm a date for your student feedback session.
  3. On the day of your feedback session, please set aside 20 minutes at the beginning or end of class for the CTE colleague to gather student feedback.
  4. After you step out of the room, the CTE colleague will ask students to work in groups of 3-4 to complete a short survey that asks them to discuss the following prompts:
    • What’s helping your learning in this class?
    • What’s making it difficult for you to learn in this class?
    • Do you have any suggestions or comments for your instructor?
  5. During the second half of the feedback session, your consultant will lead a full-class debrief to gauge the percentage of students who agree with the small group responses generated.
  6. Following the feedback session, you will meet with the CTE colleague to discuss student comments. You will receive a written report that summarizes student responses and, if appropriate, offers a few suggestions for implementing changes. We will also help you generate some ideas for how to discuss feedback results and address student concerns with your students.

Last updated: 4/14/2021