Foundations of the Hub's Mid-Semester Feedback Instrument:
Generally, mid-semester feedback is formative and focuses on three basic questions:
1.What would students like to see more of?
2.What would students like to see less of?
3.What would students like to see done differently?
The sample questions provided can be used to build an insturment for students at any moment, although mid-semester is most desired because students will have had enough experience to share feedback and there is still time to make changes to the course, if necessary.
There are colleagues across the university who already incorporate mid-semester feedback into their educator practice, or who have support from their unit to do this work. The Center for Teaching and Learning Innovation (formerly Hub for Learning and Technology) is offering resource to compliment the great work that is already happening, and provide mid-semester feedback support broadly.
We encourage you to built an instrument that is short, and includes both scaled and open-ended questions. The intention is to gain insight into the student experience as it relates to the structure of the course, not specifically on the instructor.
Mid-semester feedback instruments tend to be generic, but you have the opportunity to use these sample questions in constructing an insturment that is helpful to you and tailored to your course(s).
We have drawn from the work of colleagues at Princeton, Vanderbilt, Brown, Kansas, Yale, North Carolina, and MSU’s Broad College of Business to build this list of sample questions. We thank them.