Mid-Semester Feedback Program

Mid-Semester Feedback (MSF) is a discovery process that solicits feedback from students and faculty on the important aspects and possible positive changes for the student learning experience.

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Goal

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

Feedback Questions

  1. Which aspects of the course are most helpful?
  2. What suggestions would you like to make about how to improve your experience in the course?

Feedback is a circular processSteps

  1. MSF facilitator (a trained HSU graduate student) and instructor meet to plan the feedback session. They discuss the focus and nature of the feedback: student-learning, anonymous and confidential.
  2. In-class activity with the MSF facilitator and students. The instructor is not present. 
    Individual: Each student responds to the Feedback Questions. (4 minutes)
    Small group: Students meet in small groups to share their responses and reach consensus on the top response to the questions for the group. (6 minutes)
    Whole class: Students share the top responses discussed in the small groups and the facilitator works toward a consensus. (6 minutes)
  3. Facilitator collects all feedback forms and documents comments written on any whiteboards. Facilitator 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Last Class Interview is optional and takes a small amount of time. Facilitator returns near the end of the semester to discuss the feedback's impact with the entire class and obtain additional student feedback to close the loop in the process. This demonstrates instructor responsiveness to their learning as well as helps students take final course evaluations more seriously and provide quality feedback.

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