Mid-semester feedback can help instructors improve their course(s) and address any issues or concerns that students may have. It allows for the identification of areas where students are struggling, and it can help instructors make adjustments in real-time to improve the overall learning experience.
Use the button below to request the Center for Faculty Excellence’s (CFE) assistance with planning, gathering, and/or processing your mid-semester feedback.
Mid-semester feedback is a process where instructors gather feedback from students on a course during the middle of the semester. This feedback typically covers a wide range of topics such as the course content, the teaching style, the course materials, and the overall effectiveness of the course. The feedback is collected through surveys, questionnaires, or meetings with students, and it is used to identify areas where the course can be improved and make adjustments accordingly. The mid-semester feedback process is designed to provide an opportunity for ongoing course evaluation and improvement, rather than waiting for end of the semester evaluations. It allows for addressing any issues or concerns that students may have in a timely manner, which can improve the overall learning experience for all students.
Instructors gather mid-semester feedback for a variety of reasons including to:
- Improve their course(s): Mid-semester feedback allows instructors to identify areas where students are struggling, and make adjustments in real-time to improve the overall learning experience.
- Address issues quickly: By collecting feedback mid-semester, instructors can address any issues or concerns that students may have in a timely manner, which can improve the overall learning experience for all students.
- Enhance student engagement: By providing an opportunity for students to give feedback on the course, it can increase their engagement in the course and make them feel more invested in the learning process.
- Improve communication: Mid-semester feedback provides an opportunity for instructors and students to communicate openly and honestly about the course, which can help to build trust and understanding.
Overall, collecting mid-semester feedback is an important tool for instructors to improve the overall effectiveness of the course and enhance the student learning experience.
Mid-semester feedback can include any or all of these data sources:
- instructor self-reflection
- classroom observation
- student focus group
- student survey
Colleagues at the CFE would be happy to meet with you to discuss any part of the process, including planning, question design, collection of student data, or if you have already collected input, debriefing and understanding your findings.
- The CFE can provide you with a reflection guide as well as help you process your self-reflection.
- The CFE can observe a class session paying special attention to areas with opportunities for growth. A follow-up meeting and/or a document discussing observations can be provided. These are meant to serve as a formative experience and are not evaluative in nature.
Student focus group
- The CFE can conduct a student focus group during class time. An initial meeting before the focus group will be conducted to ensure alignment of instructor goals with focus questions.
- The CFE can create in cooperation with you a Qualtrics survey that you can distribute during class time. Analysis of the results by CFE staff can be requested.
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