Surveys are designed to help instructors get feedback from students in the middle of the semester, in time for them to make any needed adjustments for the remaining part of the semester. The Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT) collaborates with instructors to develop the survey questions, administer them online and finally produce a summary report of received responses from students. Several faculty members find pre and post-assessment consultations with CLT to be valuable in designing and reporting on results of surveys as formative assessments of teaching. Over the past years, students have shown appreciation for the instructor’s willingness to receive their feedback.
Small-Group Instructional Diagnosis
Small Group Instructional Diagnosis (SGID) is a formative assessment tool in which students are asked about what helps them learn in the course and their suggestions on how to improve their learning experience. Upon the instructor’s request, two CLT staff members facilitate an in-class discussion with students about their current learning experience (in the absence of the course instructor). CLT shares a summary report of students’ feedback and suggests recommendations (where appropriate) with the instructor. Several faculty members find pre and post-assessment consultations with CLT to be valuable in designing and reporting on the results of SGIDs as formative assessments of teaching.
How to Request a Mid-Semester Assessment for Your Course(s)
Each semester, CLT sends out an email announcing the dates for Mid-Semester Assessments (MSA) for faculty to request online surveys and/or Small Group Instructional Diagnosis sessions. Use the link on the announcement email to request MSA for your course(s). If you have any questions, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.