Midcourse FeedbackGathering midcourse feedback from your students offers many benefits for their learning and your teaching. It can help you to:
- Identify the teaching practices that benefit students’ learning and those that don’t,
- Heighten students’ awareness of the ways you support their learning experiences,
- Engage students in practicing metacognition by reflecting on their learning,
- Discuss with students the rationale for how you choose to structure their learning experiences, and model how you make midcourse adjustments based on data/evidence,
- Increase students’ engagement in the course as they monitor course adjustments and the impact on their learning process,
- Enhance your teaching development by discussing students’ responses with colleagues at the Center for Teaching and Learning,Improve end-of-term teaching evaluations.
Online student questionnaires alone cannot fully assess teaching and learning effectiveness. Questionnaires are less biased and more useful when they gather information about students’ learning experiences instead of asking students to judge teachers’ expertise or effectiveness.
The two-question survey available in LATTE gathers information about students’ learning experiences. To locate the Midcourse Feedback form in LATTE and invite your students to complete it, please see these instructions.
Here are three additional, confidential services the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) offers to help you to gather and benefit from midcourse feedback. These confidential services are not connected with promotion or tenure reviews (although you may choose to document these as evidence of your teaching development efforts):
1. Confidential Peer Teaching Observations with a CTL Scholar staff member following this Confidential Peer Mentoring process.
2. Midcourse feedback conversation with your students to gather follow-up feedback using this 30-minute Midcourse Feedback process. Please contact CTL@Brandeis.edu to make an appointment.
3. Confidential discussion and analysis of your students’ mid-course feedback with a CTL Scholar or CTL staff member. Sign up here for a confidential consultation.