Midsemester Feedback

While faculty receive a copy of their course evaluations at the end of each semester, many faculty prefer to receive feedback earlier.  One of the best ways to do that is to create your own midsemester evaluation.

Below are some suggestions for collecting midsemester feedback.  These suggestions include relatively open-ended questions so that students say what is on their minds.

Keep, Start, Stop:

Ask students to write down one thing they’d like you to keep doing, one thing they’d like you to start doing, and one thing they would like you to stop doing.

Two Short, Open-Ended Questions:

1. What’s helpful to your learning?
2. What suggestions do you have for change?

Two Other, Short, Open-ended Questions:

1. How is the course going for you?
2. What would help make it a better learning experience for you?

Rate the Course and Explain the Rating:

1. On a scale of 1-7, with 1 being low and 7 being high, how is the course going for you?
2. Why did you choose this number?

Additionally, NYU’s Center for the Advancement of Teaching offers a variety of resources for instructors looking for feedback on their teaching, from do-it-yourself exercises to providing a consultant to observe your class and provide personal, confidential feedback.