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What’s working well, and what needs to be adjusted in your course? Rather than waiting for end-of-semester evaluations, consider collecting feedback in the middle of the semester, when there’s still time to make changes. We invite you to work with us in conducting a Mid-Semester Teaching Feedback session, where we support the collection of anonymous feedback from students and help you understand and implement it.


There are several ways you can collect feedback as an instructor—see our Gathering Teaching Feedback page to explore a range of ideas. Specifically, the Mid-Semester Teaching Feedback process includes the following:

  1. CNDLS staff meet with you as a faculty member to get a sense of the class and to generate the most relevant questions to ask the students.
  2. CNDLS staff meet with your students either in person or via Zoom during class time, in the professor’s absence, and put them into small groups to answer those questions.
  3. Finally, CNDLS meets again with you to share a summary of that student feedback, and to talk through ideas for how to adjust the course going forward.

Whether you’re thinking about gathering student feedback yourself or using another method in consultation or partnership with CNDLS, it’s always helpful to stay in communication with your students about why you’re collecting the feedback and how it will work.

Then, once you have the feedback, it’s important to let them know what you’ve heard from them, and what you’re going to do with the information—which things you’ll be able to change right away, which things may have to wait for another semester, and which things really can’t change (in which case it’s crucial to explain why). Whatever method you choose, we’re happy to help.

Get started

Fill out this Mid-Semester Teaching Feedback session request form to express interest in running an MSTF session in your course.

As always, reach out to us at with questions.


If you’re not ready to participate in a full MSTF session, but still want to gain a better sense of how your class is going, there are many methods to collect student feedback yourself. CNDLS is here to support you in a range of strategies including brief Classroom Assessment Techniques to surveys administered through Qualtrics, Google Forms, Canvas Quizzes (ungraded and anonymous), or SurveyMonkey. Check out our page on gathering teaching feedback for ideas on how to get started with self-assessment.