If you are a Teaching Fellow this semester, and interested in receiving confidential feedback on your teaching and discussing small positive changes you can make before the end of the semester, the Center for Teaching Excellence can help you gather and interpret mid-semester feedback.
What is mid-semester feedback?
This is a chance to hear from CTE staff and/or your students about how your course is going. By receiving feedback mid-way through the semester, you will have the opportunity to make changes to the course that will benefit your students’ learning for the rest of the semester.
“The whole process was really helpful. That I could get helpful anonymous feedback from my students and that they could hear each other's comments as well was extremely valuable. I also think participating made my students feel heard and made them feel like they had more control over their educational experience.” (Past Participant)
What are my options?
When you sign up for the program, you will be able to indicate your interest in one or both of the following options:
- Classroom Observation: One or more CTE staff members will observe one of your class sessions.
- Student Feedback: CTE staff will gather feedback from your students, while you step out of the room. Either individually or in groups, students will be asked to share the aspects of the course that are helping them learn and their suggestions for what could help them learn better. During the pre-meeting, you will be able to discuss the different approaches to gathering feedback with CTE staff and choose the option that works best for you.
To find out more about requesting mid-semester feedback for your course, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the process?
In a pre-meeting with a CTE staff member, you will have the opportunity to discuss your course and determine the type of feedback that you would find most helpful. After one or more CTE staff members have visited your class to observe and/or gather feedback, you will meet with them to discuss the feedback and develop a plan to address at least one area of your teaching.
Is this confidential?
Only you, your students, and relevant CTE staff will know the session has taken place. If you request student feedback, the typed report with that feedback will only be shared between you and CTE staff. However, you are welcome to include elements of the report in your teaching portfolio or to share it with mentors.
If you receive feedback from your students, this confidentiality applies to them as well. Their feedback will be presented anonymously, so you will know how many students agree with a particular idea, but not which student expressed which opinion.