Learning is a two way street and everyone can benefit from some constructive feedback and reflection. Below are some popular methods for collecting feedback about your teaching.
Midterm feedback evaluations are confidential and voluntary opportunities for instructors to get student feedback on a selected course, allowing for meaningful changes to be made while the course is still in progress. Unlike end-of-term evaluations, the midterm feedback goes directly to, and only to, the instructor, unless you choose otherwise. You can use the evaluation as a way to begin a dialogue with students about course content and successful learning strategies and as a tool for examining your own assumptions about teaching and learning. The evaluation allows you to gauge how and what students are learning and to assess your teaching.
You have a few options for conducting midterm feedback:
- Do it yourself: Use the templates in these slides to see how you might set up, process and then debrief on your midterm feedback session; and consult these instructions and this overview to see how you might facilitate your session. For more information on each of those topics, you can review these slides and/or contact the EDC. Once you’ve incorporated feedback sessions into your practice, you’ll wonder how you ever taught without them!
- Have the EDC facilitate it: Submit a request to have an EDC representative drop by your class to facilitate a midterm feedback session for you. For classes under 80 students, we typically use cue cards, while for larger classes, we often use the feedback tool on your cuLearn page. If you’ve never done a midterm feedback session before, or if you have a unique class situation where you feel you need someone outside of the course to conduct it, this option makes the most sense for you. In some select cases, it also might make sense for an EDC representative to collect, synthesize and interpret your student feedback.
Regardless of which option you pursue, if you’re looking for ideas or guidance on how to interpret and/or respond to your feedback, you can schedule an appointment with the EDC to discuss your results and next steps.
Small group feedback is typically obtained using three open-ended questions over a 20-minute period. In groups of 3-5, students designate a recorder and decide what their consensus views are in three categories:
- What do you like most about this course and/or its teaching methods?
- What do you like least about the course and/or its teaching methods?
- What suggestions can you offer that would make this course a better learning experience?
You can also design your own questions if you prefer. After discussing all three questions, the students are asked to indicate those items that are most important for the instructor to hear. Following the questionnaire, we’ll meet with you one-on-one to share the feedback both verbally and in written form.
If you would prefer to conduct the assessment yourself, or you have larger classes, we can set up an online midterm feedback questionnaire that would be made available through cuLearn. Forward your course information (date and time, location, size) and we will contact you to set up an appointment. At this time, we can only offer an evaluation of one course per instructor.
The following links can help you get started with online surveys:
- Create a feedback survey on cuLearn
- Create your own electronic survey using Google Forms tool
- Create your own electronic survey using toofast.ca
- Common survey questions
One of our educational developers can observe one of your lectures, or you and a colleague can get together and observe each other’s lectures. Get an idea of the areas we’ll observe with our sample teaching feedback form.
Contact us to set up a meeting to discuss the process and the kind of feedback you’re hoping to receive.