Student feedback during semester

Receiving feedback during a semester can help you fine-tune your teaching. There are several techniques you have access to.

Feedback is a valuable source of information to help you improve your teaching and to provide evidence of the quality of your teaching as part of your teaching portfolio*. Feedback allows you to identify both the elements that enhance learning as well as those that may be creating obstacles for your students.  Take some time to explore the different evaluation options available and decide which approach you will take in each of your courses. Once you have implemented your evaluation approach, remember to allocate time to review the feedback and reflect on what it means for your teaching.

* Note: The Annual Salary Review and Promotions process encourages the use of multiple sources of evidence with respect to teaching and facilitation of learning. This includes peer reviews of teaching and the development of structured teaching portfolios.

In addition to the end-of-semester course evaluations, there are several techniques to obtain student feedback during the semester. These techniques give you feedback when you need it and give you an opportunity to respond to student concerns during the semester. Techniques include mid-semester feedback, specific feedback, the Minute Paper, and the Muddiest Point. Remember to also seek feedback from your Student Rep.

An overview of each of these techniques is provided below including some tips for their effective implementation in your course.