Gather Mid-Semester Feedback Easily
Last week, I wrote to you about the importance of asking your students for feedback: how it promotes metacognition and improves student engagement and participation in the course.
This week, I’m writing to offer an easy way to gather that feedback: sign up for the Center for Teaching and Learning’s Mid-Semester Feedback program, and we will help you gather that information.
This program gives your students a way to provide you with confidential and anonymous feedback on how the course is organized, the alignment between the assignments and the course's goals and objectives, and how students respond to your teaching style and to the resources you provide. Preview the questions; you will have the option of adding 1-2 questions of your own to the survey.
Once you’ve registered and told us which courses to survey, staff from the CTL will set up the survey and invite your students to respond. After your students complete the survey, we will send you the survey results and some recommendations so you can decide how best to respond to your students' needs. Sometimes your response might include making a change to an aspect of the course. Sometimes your response might be a conversation with your students, helping them understand the rationale behind your design of the course. And sometimes your response might be a request for even more information, perhaps by soliciting information through a minute paper.
One advantage of this approach over the standard end-of-semester course evaluations is that early-semester feedback occurs early enough in the semester that you can make changes in the course right away and see their effect. Students respond positively when their comments result in changes to the course, leading to improved student attitudes about the class and/or instructor in the end-of-semester evaluations (Keutzer, 1993; Overall and Marsh, 1979).
Give it a try! Sign up by Thursday, March 6, 2023 and we'll get your survey out the following week.