Students' end of semester course evaluations are helpful, but by the time you receive
them, it is too late to do anythign for the students who wrote them. Gathering feedback
mid-semester, however, allows you to find out what your students are thinking about
your teaching, whether they are learning what you want them to learn, and if they
need more guidance. You can then make adjustments accordingly.
The Mid-Semester Feedback Process:
- The Instructor works with one of our instructional designers to arrange a time to
come to the classroom. We can also meet with the instructor before the evaluation
- On the day of the assessment, the instructor introduces the facilitator as someone
who is there at his, her, or their request to elicit feedback about the course. The
instructor then leaves the room. After a brief overview of the process, the facilitator
asks students to answer questions. Students have 5-7 minutes to write their responses
to the instructor-provided questions. The following questions often work well: What
is the instructor doing that helps you learn? What could the instructor do differently
to help you learn more? Is there anything else you’d like to say? Next, the facilitator
collects the written responses and elicits oral feedback from the students to get
a quick consensus. Then the facilitator leaves the room. The process takes 15-20 minutes.
- A couple weeks after the classroom visit, the instructor will receive a report detailing
the feedback. The instructor also may also request a meeting with an instructional
designer to discuss this feedback.
- The instructor then discusses the results with the class to clarify what can or can't
Note: Mid-semester feedback evaluations are only available October through the first
week of November (fall semester) & February until Spring Break (spring semester).
To request a consultation, please fill out our Consultation Request Form.
For more information, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (307) 766-4847.