Mid-Semester Feedback Discussion
Would you like to be adaptive to your students’ feedback? Our CTE Affiliates and Associates can provide you support by facilitating a confidential, mid-semester feedback discussion with your class (or help you design an anonymous online survey). Facilitators work to get actionable feedback from students, and find common feedback themes to communicate back to you.
Deadline for requests is Monday, October 2, 2023.
How does it work?
We follow the process of the SGID (Small Group Instructional Diagnosis), a mid-semester evaluation tool used by instructors in college classes. This protocol involves a CTE trained facilitator leading discussions with students in small groups to gather their feedback on the course. The discussion will take at least 20 minutes. The instructor is not present during the discussion. Through a series of questions, students engage in consensus-building and provide their collective responses. The SGID process provides instructors with valuable insights to enhance student engagement, make timely course adjustments, strengthen communication, and foster a collaborative learning environment. By actively involving students in shaping their educational experience, SGID promotes a student-centered approach to teaching and contributes to continuous improvement in instruction.
Why do this?
- Enhanced Student Engagement: Mid-semester feedback allows students to actively participate in shaping their learning experience. By providing their input, students feel heard, valued, and more engaged in the course. This can lead to increased motivation, attentiveness, and a stronger sense of ownership over their education.
- Real-Time Course Adjustments: Mid-semester feedback provides instructors with valuable insights into how the course is progressing from the students' perspective. This feedback enables timely adjustments to teaching methods, content, assignments, or assessments that might not be effectively meeting students' needs or expectations. It allows instructors to address any emerging issues promptly and create a more tailored and effective learning environment.
- Improved Communication and Rapport: Engaging in mid-semester feedback demonstrates to students that their opinions matter and that the instructor values their input. It fosters open communication and builds rapport between students and instructors. By actively listening to student feedback and addressing their concerns, instructors can strengthen the instructor-student relationship, establish trust, and create a more supportive and collaborative classroom atmosphere.
- Targeted Instructional Development: Student feedback can provide instructors with valuable information about areas where students are struggling or finding the course challenging. This feedback can guide instructors in identifying specific areas that require additional clarification, explanation, or resources. By understanding students' needs better, instructors can develop strategies to address those challenges effectively.
- Continuous Professional Growth: Mid-semester feedback provides instructors with an opportunity for self-reflection and professional growth. This feedback can help instructors refine their teaching approaches, incorporate innovative techniques, and continuously improve their pedagogical skills.