Mid-Semester Feedback Program

Mid-Semester Feedback Program
Mid-Semester Feedback is a discovery process that solicits feedback from students on important aspects within a course. The goal is to identify any possible changes that may have a positive impact on students' learning experiences.

Request a Feedback Survey

Goal

To provide instructors and students with an opportunity for mid-semester feedback that focuses on important aspects of the learning in the course.

Instructors will receive feedback from students on components of the course. Students will be asked to provide specific examples.

  1. What could we start doing to increase your learning success in this class?
  2. What could we stop doing because it may be hindering your learning in this class?
  3. What should we continue doing because it is helping you learn?

Instructors may substitute or add other questions to the survey.

COVID-19 Note

The fundamental goal has not changed. COVID-19 remote instruction has prompted changes in process due to the extreme variability in how courses are offered and scheduled.  

Online Feedback Method: The CTL will distribute an online survey, synthesize the results, write a report for the instructor. 

Steps for Soliciting Feedback Online

Feedback is a circular process

  1. Interested instructors request a feedback survey.
  2. The CTL briefly meets with the requesting instructor to clarify additional feedback topics or questions. They discuss the focus and nature of the feedback: student-learning, anonymous and confidential.
  3. The CTL creates a course-specific online survey based on the instructor's desires and provides that link to instructors for distribution. 
  4. A CTL facilitator collects all student comments and creates a spreadsheet with the feedback and organizes it into themes and number of times mentioned. The CTL forwards the information in a report to the instructor with an offer of consultation. The instructor has complete freedom to decide what to do with the input and the program is entirely separate from retention and tenure.
  5. Instructor shares feedback with students as an opportunity to discuss ways of learning. This helps to promote trust and opens opportunities to everyone to make the most of the remainder of the semester.

Flexibility: If the process above does not meet your needs, then please contact the CTL director, Enoch Hale (enoch.hale@humboldt.edu), and we will find a different approach. 

HSU Instructors See the Benefits of Mid-Semester Feedback

This service [MSF] was helpful to understand the needs of my students while maintaining a rigorous course with quality assignments. For instance, I made changes to a homework assignment that I had introduced in the Spring 2016 semester for my Learning and Motivation courses. This new assignment was inspired by comments from the student evaluations from the previous semester. The changes I made to the assignment were well received, as evidenced through my student evaluations. It is important to students that their instructors acknowledge their thoughts and suggestions as it empowers them to take a more active role in their own education. This in turn may make students more invested in the class. I was happy that my students noticed and appreciated my efforts to work with them, as one student’s evaluation comment says, “Dr. Sanchez is a  teacher that is really open to feedback from her class. Throughout the year she allowed her students to provide feedback and she listened. I noticed that she would change some of the class structure to help the flow. She has done an amazing job!” (Spring 2016).” - Mari Sanchez, Psychology

"The mid-semester evaluation process was very user-friendly, informative, and felt like class time well spent. It was helpful to get student feedback when there is still time in the semester to respond and make changes. In response to student feedback through these evaluations, I now write more on the whiteboard, talk more slowly, and hold review sessions before each exam. These evaluations are nice in that you feel compelled to make changes and respond to the critiques because the students know you heard their feedback and expect to see some adjustments.” - Lucy Kerhoulas, Forestry and Wildland

“Mid-Semester Evaluations helped me to see the students’ perceptions on course strengths, weaknesses, and needs. Once I had it, I incorporated them into my next half of teaching and finally my overall evaluation was 4.5 out of 5.0. Therefore, MSE is really important to instructors to get the feedback from students early and then improve the teaching the next half of the semester.” - Buddihika Madurapperuma, Environmental Science Management

The Mid-Semester Feedback Program has been offered at HSU since 1997, pioneered and faciliated by Dr. Diane Johnson, Department of Mathematics. As we continue this incredible program at HSU, we are building on its benefits by looking at long-term impact on student success.

Questions? Please contact the Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) at: ctl@humboldt.edu or call 707.826.4461