Designing Formative Mid-Semester Evaluations, Sept 2014

Do you wonder how your students are responding to your course this semester?

Consider administering a formative assessment to gather mid-semester feedback that you can use to improve your teaching while your course is underway.  Formative assessment can help you recognize when your students are struggling and enable you to address problems in the middle of the semester.

Unlike semester-end student evaluations of teaching, mid-semester surveys are optional and completely confidential.  You can use these formative assessments confidentially; you may also decide to share them with your department head, along with the resulting course modifications, and include the same in your teaching portfolio.

Results of these surveys can provide you with valuable opportunities for reflection and course improvement, and studies show that when students know that you intend to use the results to improve your course immediately, their response rates are typically high and carefully thought-out.

Peruse ITL’s Sample Formative Evaluations or contact the Institute for Teaching and Learning if you would like to learn more about formative assessment or arrange for consultations or classroom observations.