Midterm Student Feedback

Gathering Midterm Student Feedback is valuable for identifying areas for instructional improvement. Many instructors have found that simple changes early on can help motivate students and enhance student learning. Students tend to like the process because it gives them a chance to voice opinions on issues that are most critical to them, and they appreciate the fact that the instructor has solicited their opinions.

CRLT can help instructors with midterm student feedback in two ways:

  1. By facilitating the entire feedback process using the method outlined below.
  2. By consulting with instructors who have gathered midterm student feedback directly from their students on their own.

The CRLT facilitated feedback process involves the use of small group discussions among students about the strengths of the course and any changes that would assist their learning. The instructor arranges to have a CRLT consultant visit the class sometime early in the semester. The consultant arrives at the beginning of the class period and observes until there are approximately 25 minutes left. At that time, the instructor turns the class over to the consultant and leaves the room. The consultant explains the procedure and its purpose and then divides the class into groups of 4 or 5 students. Each group receives a sheet with the following questions:

  1. List the major strengths in this course. (What is helping you learn in the course?) Please explain briefly or give an example for each strength.
  2. List changes that could be made in the course to assist you in learning. Please explain how suggested changes could be made.

Students are asked to discuss each of these questions in their groups. The groups then share their responses with the whole class, and the consultant clarifies and records responses.

Soon after the feedback session (preferably before the class meets again), the consultant meets with the instructor to share the students' comments and his or her observations, and together they discuss possible actions the instructor might take in response to the feedback. The instructor also receives a written report of the student feedback. The process is confidential.

To schedule a midterm student feedback session or to speak with a consultant, please fill out the form here.


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