Typically, instructors and teaching center staff use one of three different methodologies to collect mid-semester feedback, all of which are described below. You may consider a number of factors when selecting the right method for your class, including: class size, the kind of information you are most interested to hear, and the amount of time you can dedicate to collecting feedback.
In-Class Individual Feedback
You can take 10-15 minutes of class time to ask students to fill out a short survey. This method guarantees that all students in attendance will respond. Instructors frequently ask the following questions, but you might also decide to ask others instead of or in addition to these:
- What is helping you learn in this class?
- What is not helping you learn in this class?
- What could you and/or your classmates do to help improve your learning?
- Do you have any suggestions for the instructor?
CTE staff may be able to facilitate the collection of in-class feedback and type up a report.
Some sample forms for in-class individual feedback are available below:
- In-Class Individual Feedback Sample Form 1 (Often used by CTE staff, this form includes two standard questions on what is already helping learning and what could improve learning in the class.)
- In-Class Individual Feedback Sample Form 2 (This form includes the two standard questions and provides sample likert scale questions if you are seeking easily quantifiable feedback. You can find an additional list of possible likert scale questions from Princeton’s McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning.)
- In-Class Individual Feedback Sample Form 3 (This form includes the two standard questions and a question that solicits peer and self reflection.)
- You can find additional examples of questions developed by faculty for a number of different class types (lecture, lab, seminar, etc.) through Brown University’s Center for Teaching and Learning.
Outside-of-Class Individual Feedback
If you do not want to take time to solicit feedback in class, Qualtrics is a great option for gathering anonymous, secure online feedback from your students. You can create and distribute a Qualtrics survey on your own or collaborate with CTE staff. The response rate for an online survey to be done outside of class may not be as high as it is for an in-class individual feedback, but you can guarantee your students’ anonymity and easily create a report.
In-Class Group Feedback
A group feedback session takes 20-25 minutes of class time and involves students working in small groups to fill out a handout in response to the questions of the instructor’s devising. Students then debrief about their feedback as a group and all the students are given a chance to weigh in on the various points that are raised.
This method has the advantage of allowing students to hear from one another (students who don’t appreciate group work may be surprised to discover that many of their peers find it helpful), but it’s also possible that students who do not want to voice their opinion publicly won’t have a chance to voice it. CTE staff typically facilitate these sessions and type up the student feedback into a report.